THE REVELATION OF THE
JOHN THE BAPTIST
Now that we see that Elijah is first a Moses, let us ask the critical and revealing question:
Was John the Baptist an Elijah or a Moses?
In Luke 1:17, the angel declared concerning John that he would go “in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” But we have already seen that promises can be made to the forerunner, that are not fulfilled until later in another. For John to go “in the spirit and power of Elijah,” did not say that he was Elijah, but that he would go in that spirit.
When Yahshua was asked if John was Elijah, in Matthew 11:14 He elusively stated, “if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.” But quite significantly, you will note that Yahshua did not come right out and state that John was Elijah. The closest He came to this was in Matthew 17:12 and Mark 9:12-13, the latter which we quote:
“Elijah does first come and restore all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I say to you that Elijah has indeed come, and they did to him whatever they wished, just as it is written of him.”
And yet to make this of certain confusion, both of these passages were preceded with either the indication or the plain declaration that the coming of Elijah was something yet to take place. In Matthew 17:11, Yahshua first clearly stated regarding one who was still yet to come: “Elijah is coming and will restore all things.” When He said this, John was already dead; so how could He say Elijah is coming if John was Elijah?
We see above that Yahshua was obviously willing to believe that John was Elijah; yet even so, He preceded with the qualifier – “And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt?” In other words, He begged the question that if John was Elijah who restores all things, then how would it be that both He and John would be killed? Even in this passage, something is amiss. Something was going on that was not complete, or in fact was off time, premature; for Yahshua said that, even if John was Elijah, He would be rejected.
Clearly, a big part of the question was whether they could believe that John was the Elijah. For Yahshua said that if they were willing to accept it, John was Elijah.
Before we look at the outcome of not believing in John, let us add to this dilemma by seeing exactly what John had to say about this question. In John 1:21 when the priests and Levites asked him straight forward, “Are you Elijah?,” he directly answered, “I am not.” So John himself plainly stated that he was not Elijah.
Clearly, in all of this, the question begs an answer: Was John Elijah? To answer this, let’s get back to this matter that Yahshua set forth – “if you are willing to accept it, ….”
What seed testimony did Yahweh give us regarding the consequences of not believing in Elijah? When Yahweh begins something, He always provides a seed testimony that tells the outcome. He did so in the original Garden of Eden as to what would happen in the kingdom of heaven, the church, as well as in America. Likewise, He did so per Judah, who afforded the tribe for the kingdom, in that we enter into priesthood through Yahshua, who was of the tribe of Judah (Hebrews 7:11-14). If you want to know what happens to the kingdom, look at the seed testimony of what happened to Judah’s three mixed sons (Genesis 38:1-11). And in like manner, we will now see that Yahweh provided a seed testimony as to what happened when John was not believed in, even by himself.
When John’s father questioned the feasibility of the promise made by the angel that Elizabeth would bear him a son who would go in the spirit and power of Elijah, the angel declared a most unusual consequence. The angel was not acting here out of emotions so as to punish Zacharias, for neither did Sarah nor Abraham believe when they were told the like message and there was not this strong consequence. No, the angel was operating out of government and foretelling prophecy.
“And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time” [Luke 1:20].
Thus we see prophesied that the consequence for not believing in John as the Elijah is a breach of extended silence, the inability to speak until the proper time. So when Yahshua said, “if you are willing to accept it,” He was really pointing back to Zacharias and the consequence for not accepting John as the Elijah. And the consequence of unbelief regarding John and the “John” first Remnant was silence regarding the truth concerning the kingdom until the true Elijah was “birthed.” In like testimony, this silence or lack of information is attested by Elijah’s first act of stopping it from raining for 3 (3 ½) years – foreshadowing the like drought on Yahweh’s word, Zacharias’ silence. And when Elijah is “birthed,” then Zacharias can speak and prophesy, and the rain can come!
“Zacharias” means “Yahweh will remember.” Yahweh will remember the promise He made to the Moses first Remnant. The waters of Gihon that travel underground in Hezekiah’s tunnel will emerge out at the Pool of Siloam, or the third-part Millennial reign where the eyes of the blind are opened with clay of spittle (Shelah and Clay of Spittle, page 7). Promise-receiving Zerah, the light, will be birthed after the breach is complete (Genesis 38:27-30). Even likewise, Yahweh’s back is finally seen after a period of being hidden in the cleft of the rock as He has passed by (Exodus 33:17-23). These all speak of the same thing – a fulfillment following an extended period of silence, lack, or being hidden. Like King Ahasuerus regarding Mordecai, Yahweh needs to remember what He began 2,000 years ago and fulfill it.
In testimony equal to the message concerning John, what was the consequence for the sons of Israel when they came up to the promised land at Tabernacles and did not believe so as to enter in? They were sent into the wilderness to wander for forty years and to die. What we will see is that this opportunity to enter the promised land at Tabernacles, and yet failing to do so, was the same thing as the test of believing in John.
This was clearly evidenced when Stephen was equally stoned at Tabernacles. While the Bible does not specifically say when Stephen was stoned, the wilderness experience where at Tabernacles they picked up stones to kill the two witnesses, was undoubtedly repeated with the stoning of Stephen, producing the like consequence – the wilderness wanderings for the church. Of course just before being stoned, Stephen even called that wandering period – “the church in the wilderness” (Lit. of Acts 7:38). Why? Because that is exactly where the church was about to go!
It is also most interesting that John was born at Passover, and died at Passover, yet the failure here was at Tabernacles. Likewise, it is quite telling that there are a host of Christians who think that Tabernacles will equally take them into the promised land and that they will ascend alive. If that was going to have happened, it would have happened by Tabernacles, 2003 (read The Passing Over Principle, page 3). Christians need to look back at what took place with the sons of Israel at Tabernacles, as well as Stephen, and reassess their pursuit – for they too will fail, and have already failed. The only way to enter into the promised land is through Passover, evidenced by the sons of Israel’s final entry at that time, as well as the birth and death of John at Passover. The spirit of Elijah is not Tabernacles, but Passover – overcoming death. Up to 2003, Tabernacles has been a proven failure, even death!
Thus we can conclude that while John had the spirit of Elijah, as he forthrightly stated, he was not Elijah. Instead, he was a Moses, who leads into the wilderness! And confirming his consequence as a Moses, let us see what the consequence was for Yahshua regarding John.
Did John prepare the way for Yahshua? Yes, he did indeed precede Him and prepared the way. But what then? If you want to know what John’s real ministry was and what it foreshadowed, then look at what happened to Yahshua immediately after John baptized Him, and look at Yahshua’s fate – He died! Elijah provides life; Moses provides death!
Where did Yahshua go after John baptized Him? The answer is certainly most revealing for the body of Christ. Mark 1:12-13 graphically tells us. Immediately after John baptized Yahshua, the very next verses read: “Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.”
Is it not obvious that the wilderness Yahshua was in for forty days, is the same testimony of the wilderness the sons of Israel were in for forty years after their Tabernacles failure? And quite obviously, these are both types of the wilderness that the church would be in for forty Jubilee waiting periods, or from Pentecost to 1994 (with the stoning of Stephen marking that fateful determination). When Yahshua was baptized by John and immediately was led by the Spirit into the wilderness with Satan and the wild beasts, this is exactly what happened to the church when it too followed the Moses first Remnant and after Pentecost was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. As went Christ, so has gone the body of Christ!
In like manner, where did Moses lead the sons of Israel with their like baptism in the Sea of Reeds? Into the wilderness! Yahshua’s baptism by John, and the sons of Israel’s baptism by Moses, were identical, with identical results.
Were the wilderness wanderings supposed to take place after leaving Egypt? No, Moses was supposed to have led them into the promised land. “He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land which He has sworn to our fathers” (Deuteronomy 6:23). But did Moses “bring them in”? No. All they ever knew under Moses was a wilderness experience. In equal regard, whether it be John the Baptist or the first Remnant, they were supposed to lead men into the promised land; but instead, they led men into a wilderness with death and Satan. Such is the case with the first “Elijah.” They bring death instead!
Thus we see again that the first “Elijah” is a Moses that leads into the wilderness. The second Elijah is the true fulfilling Elijah, the Joshua that leads into the promised land.
Where was John carrying out his work anyway? His location clearly defines his true work, even his fulfillment. In all four gospels, we are told that John himself was in the wilderness. In fact, when asked who he was, he forewarned that he was “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” This explains why, when directly asked if he was Elijah, John clearly stated – “I am not.”
Mark 1:2-3 provides an interesting mix of Malachi and Isaiah. In introducing John, Mark states that he quotes Isaiah; but he is the only one who actually precedes the quote with a reference concerning Elijah from Malachi:
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: [but from Malachi 3:1 he begins] "BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY; [then from Isaiah 40:3] THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.' "
Thus, though John had the spirit of Elijah, in fact he was not Elijah. But rather, he was “the voice of one crying in wilderness,” which we have seen is clearly a Moses work which precedes and awaits the true Elijah, the prophet spoken of by Peter (and Moses).
As with Zerah, there has to be a scarlet thread that endures so as to keep the promise and the office of Elijah alive, and that is the office of the twelfth apostle. This is the like scarlet thread that was hung in the window of Rahab the harlot that insured that she and her family would overcome death (Joshua 2:12-21). And like the silence that was placed on Zacharias, she too was placed under an oath of silence by these two spies whereby she could not tell anyone about them. Such has been the case for 2,000 years regarding the two-part Remnant. Nobody has known about them! That is, until now! Thereby, we know that the fulfilling John is birthed!
We just noted that the fulfilling Elijah is the Joshua that leads into the promised land. It is quite revealing as to the name of this Elijah – Joshua, which is actually Yahshua. They are the same name. In like regard, there is confusion as to who is the prophet in Acts 3:21-26. Most want to say that he is Yahshua; but in fact, as we have seen, he is a man, who actually stands in Yahshua’s office and prepares His way. This is evidenced here with Joshua. He too was only a man, and when they crossed the Jordan he spoke with Yahshua, who came to him as “captain of Yahweh’s host” (Joshua 5:14). So, if Joshua, who is clearly the Elijah, is Yahshua, then how could he be talking to Yahshua? Because he was not. He was a man, representing a man who would lead the way into the Millennial reign, the promised land – a prophet from among your brethren who stands in the office of Yahshua; a man like Moses; Elijah, who prepares the way for Yahshua.
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