Ramchal doesn’t discuss Elijah at any length in his works but we will at this juncture since he’s cited at the end of the verses of Malachi we quoted above, and since he’ll play an important role in the onset of the Messianic Era.
The clearest exposition of Elijah’s role in the end of days is presented at the end of Tractate Eduyot (8:7). We’re told there that “Elijah will come to (the world in the Messianic Era in order to) solve disputations (among the sages’ redactions) … to bring peace to the world, … and to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers”, which is to say that he will establish peace and harmony in the world so that God can establish the same throughout the universe by manifesting His Yichud.
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