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John the baptist was a preview of the coming Christ

The Elijah Forerunner


The forerunner, whom God calls "Elijah," is a sign of the Christ.  His life will resemble what Jesus will do when He comes.  He is a preview of the Messiah.  John the Baptist was a picture of what Christ would do at His first coming.  Therefore, Jesus called John, "Elijah."


Mat 11:14

And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.


The forerunner is sent to prepare the way of the Lord and be a sign and a preview of the Messiah.


Mat 17:12

“But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.”


Why did John have to suffer and be executed?  Because Jesus would suffer and be executed.


Birth announced by an angel



Miraculous birth





Grew strong in spirit 





Suddenly appeared preaching







Spent time alone




Did not attend a rabbinic school




Rejected by religious leaders





Received by the common people




Made disciples




Preached to the people



Persecuted and suffered



John the Baptist

Luk 1:5-25

Birth announced by Gabriel


Luk 1:7  ...Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.



Luk 1:80  So the child grew and became strong in spirit...




Luk 3:2-3  ...the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance..."


Luk 1:80  ...and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.


John was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.



Luk 7:30  But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.


Mar 1:5  all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River...


Jhn 1:35  Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.


John preached and spoke of the One who would come after him


Was thrown in prison by Herod




Luk 1:26-38

Birth announced by Gabriel


Born of a virgin





Luk 2:40  And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.


Luk 4:14  Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.




Jhn 7:53-8:1  And everyone went to his own house.  But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.


Jhn 7:15  And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”


Luk 9:22  The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed...


Mar 12:37  And the common people heard Him gladly.




John 4:1  ...Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John...



Jesus preached and fulfilled John's message


Suffered at the hands of the soldiers



If you want to know what Messiah will do, you look to the forerunner.


The one sent to forerun for the King is a sign and a picture of the coming Lord.


He must prepare the bride for the Bridegroom.


His work will resemble the Lord's.


He is a preview of things to come.

Image by Joshua Wilson


Suddenly appears




Comes on a white horse






He conquers 






He restores all things




He brings glory to God








Departure in the clouds

Comes in the clouds

End time Elijah

Mat 25:6  And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming.'


Rev 6:1-2  Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals...And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him...


Begins conquest for the Lord

Rev 6:2  ...he went out conquering and to conquer.




Mat 17:11  Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.


Isa 28:5  In that day the LORD of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people.






Goes up with the church in the clouds to meet the Lord.

1 Th 4:17  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

He is the mighty and strong one of Isaiah 28:2

Return of Jesus Christ

Mar 13:26  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.


Rev 19:11  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.


Conquers the world

Rev 19:15  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. 


Completes the restoration of all things and sets up His Kingdom

Rev 20


Brings the ultimate glory to God

Rev 21







Comes in the clouds with the church.

Mar 13:26  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

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