Who is Elijah?

Who is Elijah?  Why, it was John the Baptist and I will prove it...  If you have room to receive it.

Malachi 4:5-6

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Concerning John the Baptist it is written in the Gospel of Luke:

Luke 1:13-17

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’[b] and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Jesus spoke of John in even more detail...  Check this out:

Matthew 11:13-15

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive ithe is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Matthew 17:11-13

Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first[a] and will restore all things. 12 But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.

Mark 9:12-13

 Then He answered and told them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13 But I say to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him.”

Now consider the following:

John 1:19-21

 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

And he answered, “No.”

Oh but wait look here:

Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

You see?  John DENIED himself when they asked if he was Elijah; he simply said, "I am not".

Not only that, John's knowledge of the truth was for Jesus to become greater and him less.  Not only that, those that recorded the testimony of John wrote..."He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”  So you see? There IS the option of DENYING as you can see.  Do you understand?  Rather he CONFESSED he is not the Christ; he did not deny it.

John 3:30

30 He must become greater; I must become less.” -John the Baptist

And finally, if you read carefully in the Gospel accounts of the transfiguration on the mount.  You will note that Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus and a few of His disciples.  This happened after John was beheaded; in all accounts of the Gospels which had the transfiguration.



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