Who Was John The Baptist?

Clay's picture

Malachi 4:5&6

"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."

John 1:21
"And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No."

Matthew 11:11&14
" Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist....

And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come."

I don't know what to make of all this. The prophet Malachi said that Elijah, who never died, would be sent to prepare the way for the Lord. John, when questioned, said that he was not Elijah. Jesus, however, said that if you could accept it....that He was indeed Elijah.

Who was John The Baptist???? Does anyone have some insight on this?


drp's picture

John's whole biography is in the bible; easy enough

to read.
Part of your problem might be in Elijah. "Malachi said that Elijah, who never died" ?! Nowhere in the bible does it say that Elijah never died. He was 'taken up into heaven' at they time he turned over his mission to Elisha, but we can't take that as the literal 'Heaven-where-God-lives', because a number of years after his ascension in the windstorm Elijah is still alive and active as a prophet, this time to the king of Judah. Because of the wicked course taken by King Jehoram of Judah, Elijah writes him a letter expressing Jehovah's condemnation, which is fulfilled shortly thereafter.-2Ch 21:12-15 The NWT says "and E·li´jah went ascending in the windstorm to the heavens". 2 Kings 2:11 This would have to be the case, because Jesus said, "Moreover, no man has ascended into heaven but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man." John 3:13

The most sensible and scriptural explanation is that John the Baptizer represents Elijah. John, who wore a hair garment and a leather girdle around his loins as did Elijah, denied that he actually was Elijah in person. (2Ki 1:8; Mt 3:4; Joh 1:21) The angel had not told John's father Zechariah that John would be Elijah, but that he would have "Elijah's spirit and power ... to get ready for Jehovah a prepared people." (Lu 1:17) Jesus indicated that John did that work but was not recognized by the Jews.
Hope this helps.
Unless otherwise etc. all scriptures are NWT

Unless etc. all scriptures are NWT