Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Bible Study Program
Matthew, Chapter 3
Luke, Chapter 3
John the Baptist Bible Study Quest
The Story of John the Baptist is Elijah
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Tell Me the Story of Jesus Bible
study program. This is our extremely interesting and awe inspiring
... John the Baptist Bible study trek for truth taking an in depth
look into the story of John the Baptist and the mysterious
interpretation of the phrase ... John the Baptist is Elijah. The
comforting message of truth found within this completely compelling
and eyebrow lifting, John the Baptist Bible study proving how and why
John the Baptist is Elijah, will bring forth understanding and then
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Most have heard of John the Baptist and know he was a man chosen by
God to come before Jesus and preach repentance. John the Baptist was
filled with Holy Ghost fire! Let's learn more about this John the
Baptist Bible entity, who blazed the trail for Jesus.
The last thing we read about Jesus from the Bible, was that when He was
talking with the teachers and doctors in the Temple at age 12.
Nothing else is written of Him for the next eighteen years and when
Jesus was 30 years old, we find John the Baptist (which is about the
same age but six months older) living in the wilderness of Judea.
We discover while sojourning along in our John the Baptist Bible
study on the heartwarming and yet tear jerking saga of the story of
John the Baptist is Elijah that John the Baptist wore clothes made of
camel's hair and a leather belt and he ate locusts and wild honey.
The Word of God came to John the Baptist so he came into the country
around Jordan and started to preach about the baptism of repentance
for the remission of sins.
Let us take a short John the Baptist Bible study field trip to better
explain the story of John the Baptist Baptism aspect as it is very
important ... Water Baptism, which was how John the Baptist cleansed
the sins of the Jewish people, was a way of cleansing you from
your sins prior to Jesus who is now the living water and the
only way to truly have your sins cleansed. The act of water baptism
found in the story of John the Baptist is still practiced today as a
type of physical expression. To learn more on this topic, see the
Water Baptism Bible study.
A few Prophets from the Old Testament spoke about John the Baptist
arriving before the Lord Jesus came onto the stage of history, as
predicted in loads of prophecy. Isaiah called John the Baptist the
voice of one that cries in the wilderness (Isaiah
40:3). The prophet Malachi also spoke of John as the forerunner
of Jesus when he spoke God's Words (Malachi
3:1), Behold, I will send my messenger and he shall prepare the
way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His
temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in:
behold, He shall come, says the Lord of hosts.
The people of Jerusalem and all Judea and all around Jordan were
baptized by John in the Jordan river and they confessed their sins.
John the Baptist Bible Study Tidbit of Truth ... This is why he
became known as John the Baptist.
When John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious
leaders of the time) come to his baptism, he asked them, O generation
of vipers, who warned you to run from the wrath to come? Make your
actions worthy of repentance and don't think to yourselves; We have
Abraham as our father because I tell you, God is able to make
children of Abraham out of these stones. Know also that the axe cuts
at the root of the trees: every tree that doesn't produce good fruit
is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Let me share a small John the Baptist Bible study tidbit ... John the
Baptist as well as all of the prophets were aware that the religious
leaders were hypocrites and were not right in the eyes of the Lord.
Let us return to the story of John the Baptist and find out how John
the Baptist is Elijah.
The people asked John how they should live and John answered, If you
have two coats, give one to someone who has none and if you have
food, do the same. Then tax collectors came to be baptized too and
asked John how they should live. John told them, Collect no more than
what you're ordered to. And the soldiers asked, And what should we
do? John answered them, Do violence to nobody, don't accuse anyone
falsely, and be content with your wages.
The Jewish Religious leaders sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem
to ask John who he was, and the people wondered if he was the Christ
or not. John declared, I am not the Christ. They asked, Then are you
Elijah? John said, I am not.
We just read in this John the Baptist Bible study that John the
Baptist was asked if he was Elijah, and he said No, at least in the
story of John the Baptist. However, there is Scripture where Jesus
says that John the Baptist is Elijah.
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the
multitudes concerning John, What went ye
out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft
raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say
unto you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I
send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before
11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of
women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:
notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the
Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias [Elijah],
which was for to come.
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
It appears that we have an interpretation issue. Jesus said that John
the Baptist was Elijah and John told the wanna be Pharisees that he
was not Elijah. Which is truth? They both are. The answer is
Spiritual and that is why Jesus finished with "He that hath ears
to hear, let him hear" ... If you would like a more in depth
study on John the Baptist is Elijah, you can check out our Spirit
of Elijah Bible study.
Let us return to this John the Baptist Bible study as we seek more
Spiritual truth about the story of John the Baptist is Elijah study.
So they asked him, Who do you say you are, so we can tell the people
that sent us? John said, I am the voice of one crying in the
wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah
The messengers asking John who he was were Pharisees and they asked
him, Why do you baptize if you're not the Christ or Elijah? John
answered, I truly baptize you in water, but there is one of your own
people who you don't know, it is He, who will come after me who is
preferred before me, whose shoes I'm not worthy to unloose.
He'll baptize with the Holy
Ghost and with fire. His fan (used to separate the grain from the
waste) is in His hand and He'll thoroughly clean His floor and gather
the wheat into His garner, but He'll burn the chaff with unquenchable
fire. John is referring to God separating the good from the bad
during the End
Throughout the story of John the Baptist where we seek evidence to
prove that John the Baptist is Elijah, he preached many other things
to the people. He also criticized king Herod because Herod married
Herodias, who was Herod's brother Philip's wife, and for all the
other evil things he had done in his life and this angered the King,
but moreso ... His wife.
Then Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized of John. When
John saw Jesus he said, Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the
sin of the world. This is who I spoke of when I said, After me comes
a man who is preferred before me: because He was before me. I didn't
know Him, except that He would be made known to Israel, so I have
come baptizing with water.
We are going to step aside from our John the Baptist Bible study for
a moment, since we have confirmed that John the Baptist is Elijah,
and focus on how John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Back in the story
of John the Baptist ... John said to Jesus, I need to be baptized of
you, and you come to me? Jesus answered, Allow it to be. We must
fulfill all righteousness.
John the Baptist told Jesus at the baptism of Jesus that it was
Jesus who should be baptizing John. Jesus told John that they needed
to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew
Let's take another John the Baptist Bible study field trip ... Most
do not understand what Jesus meant when He said that He and John were
to "fulfill all righteousness" ... He was referring to Spiritual
fulfilling of a prophecy concerning a Holy day known as Day of
Atonement described in (Leviticus
On the 10th day of the seventh month the Levite priest of
Israel at the time (which was John the Baptist at this point in
time), was to confess the sins of the people and put these sins
onto an he goat and send the he goat into the wilderness.
This he goat would then have all the sins of the people on him.
John the Baptist was a Levite priest and Jesus did take the
sins of the people upon Himself. After the baptism of Jesus, He
went into the wilderness for 40 days and was tempted by the
devil (Matthew 4:1-11).
This also means that Jesus' ministry began when He was baptized on
the 10th day of the 7th month and lasted until Passover which is
the 14th day of the 1st month. There are 360 days in a Jewish year.
Jesus was 30 when he began His ministry ... Luke
3:22-23 ... His ministry lasted three years plus. The Gospel of
John describes three different Passover feasts over the course of
Jesus' ministry. This implies that Jesus preached for a period of
three years ...
John 6:4 and
John 11:55 ...
It began at the Day of Atonement and ended on Passover which is
6 months apart. So Jesus' ministry was 3½ years long.
John the Baptist Bible Study Summary
Back to the story of John the Baptist is Elijah ... So, John baptized
Jesus and when Jesus came up out of the water, the Heavens opened and
the Spirit of God came from Heaven like a dove and remained on Jesus,
and a voice from Heaven said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am
Our loving Heavenly Father gave us prophecy of this event in the
Psalms of David (Psalms
2:7). The story of John the Baptist confirms that John the
Baptist testified that when the Word of God
came to him, in the wilderness, that God had spoken this to John ...
The one that you see the Spirit descending upon, is the one who
baptizes with the Holy
Oh, the John the Baptist Bible study exploring the many events within
the story of John the Baptist is just getting started. There is so
much more to learn other than how John the Baptist is Elijah ... Come
find out ...
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare