In the Gospel of John, John the Baptist explicitly denies being Elijah. In the annunciation narrative in Luke, an angel appears to Zechariah, John’s father, and tells him that John “will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God,” and that he will go forth “in the spirit and power of Elijah.”
Why was John the Baptist referred to as Elijah?
So John the Baptist was Elijah in the sense that he ministered “in the spirit and power of Elijah.” This similarity extended to John’s rustic clothing (Matt 3:4; cf. 2 Kings 1:8).
Were Elijah and John the Baptist the same?
No. John the Baptist was not Elijah. However, John had a title of Elias, because he came to prepare people for the coming of Christ (6 months younger than him).
Did Elijah reincarnate as John the Baptist?
According to the advocates of this belief, Elijah is the witness of the first coming of Christ, Elijah reincarnated as John the Baptist and Enoch is the witness of the second coming, that is to say Enoch would return as a higher reincarnation (controlled reincarnation) before the second coming of Christ.
Who is the Elijah who was to come?
The Christian New Testament notes that some people thought that Jesus was, in some sense, Elijah, but it also makes clear that John the Baptist is “the Elijah” who was promised to come in Malachi 3:1; 4:5.
|Died||c. 849 BCE near Jericho|
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The Jewish preacher and prophet, celebrated as one of the earliest Christian saints, is believed to have paved the way for his distant cousin, Jesus, whom John famously baptized in the Jordan River.
What happened to Elijah in the Bible?
He is taken up bodily in a chariot of fire. He didn’t die, but was carried off to heaven while still alive. The Bible doesn’t say when he died. He handed his mantle over to Elisha and later he was caught away in a windstorm.