Prophecies about John the Baptist
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The Prophecy of Isaiah the Prophet
From Isaiah the prophet “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘make ready the way of the LORD, make his paths straight.’” This prophecy about John the Baptist is in all four Gospels (Mark 1:3).
The priests and Levites asked John, “Who are you? What do you say about yourself?” He responded with the prophecy from Isaiah.
Luke 1:80; 3:4-6
John lived in the dessert, the wilderness, until his ministry began.
The voice in the wilderness announced the time of comfort for Jerusalem. The one coming would bring Yahweh’s salvation, end iniquity, end warfare, and “His arm” would rule for Him.
The Book of Malachi and the prophecies about John
The name “Malachi” means My messenger. The book of Malachi gave strong reproof against the priests and Levites. The mouth of the priest or the Levite should speak true instruction which “turns many back from iniquity.” He is supposed to be the “Messenger of Yahweh of hosts.”
God would send “My messenger” that would clear the way for Yahweh. And the Lord (Adonai), whom they sought, would suddenly come to the Temple.
The Old Testament Scriptures close out with this promise of the coming of Elijah the prophet.
Luke 1:5, 8-17
John’s parents were from the tribe of Levi. His father, Zachariah, was a priest. John was an Aaronite, a priest, of the tribe of Levi. This child would “go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah.”
Matthew 11:7-15; 17:10-13
Jesus declared that John the Baptist is this Elijah who was to come.
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