AGREEMENT OR DISAGREEMENT?.
For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come.
Once again the disciples ask Jesus about Elisha and he replies :
The disciples asked him, "Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?" Jesus replied, "Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist. (Matthew 17:10-13)
So from the above passages it's crystal clear which cannot be ignored that Jesus was referring to John the Baptist as Elisha who came but the Jews did not recognise him? Even the disciples knew whom Jesus was referring to as found in Matthew 17. THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION IS WAS JOHN THE BAPTIST AWARE IF HE WAS ELIJAH? Let's find out :
Now this was John's testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Messiah." "Well then, who are you?" they asked. "Are you Elijah?" "No," he replied. "Are you the Prophet we are expecting?" "No." (John 1:19-21)
Notice how John the Baptist openly denied he was not the Messiah nor Elijah nor That Prophet the Jews we're expecting ? Did Jesus make a mistake on who John the Baptist was? Or is there something else we need to know like reincarnation which is a pagan belief hard to explain! (NOTE I will add additional part of pagan belief at the bottom of this paper) It doesn't stop there John the Baptist himself wasn't sure if Jesus was the Messiah let's read this great problem :
Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" (Matthew 11:2-3)
The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
( Luke 7:18-19)
Wait a sec John the Baptist wasn't sure of Jesus was the chosen one? Then Why would john the author say he knew him from start?? If John the Baptist wasn't sure who Jesus was what he came for, HOW SURE ARE YOU!!
Can you imagine John the Baptist doubted if Jesus was the chosen one and needed clarification? John the Baptist whom Jesus said no man born of a woman is greater then him (Matthew 11:11), (Luke 7:28).. Jesus even called John the Baptist elijah (Matthew 11:14) and John the Baptist doubted him he must of had his reason why???
That's another blow on John the author for trying to make it seem like John the Baptist and Jesus were in agreement... Two great men's from the same time same place not sure if each other?
Additional part added
Pagan idea found by jesus of the bible ?
Pagans believe in reincarnation that's unanimously agreed by all Hindu idol worshippers... It's funny we find such an idea by jesus about John the Baptist? According to jesus elijah came back as John the Baptist? The story goes like this, The jews asked jesus how can he be the messiah when elijah has not arrived yet? And jesus replied by saying :
"And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah, who is to come."
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already.... then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist
But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him. (Mark 9:13)
No prophets of the OT spoke of reincarnation??? That's a pagan idea which is only found by jesus of the bible!! No wonder the jews hadn't accepted his ideology
Wonder how Christians will snake out of this one...