The Scrolls:Johns Voice in the Wilderness

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However, did you not read what Jesus said?

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He prepared the people for Christ's first coming. It is our job to prepare the world for Christ's second coming Matthew We have looked at the prophecy referring to John the Baptizer as "a voice calling in the wilderness" Isaiah Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, also prophesies of a messenger of the Lord Malachi Jesus himself interpreted this passage for us, and applied it to John the Baptizer Matthew You will notice that Jesus also says of John the Baptizer that "he himself is Elijah who is to come".

This is another reference to Malachi —to the closing words in fact, of Malachi and of the Old Testament Matthew , Malachi Jesus refers to this matter again later in Matthew, in a response to a question from his disciples Matthew The angel Gabriel, who appeared to Zacharias also confirms this interpretation, and provides us with more information as to the sense in which John the Baptist was Elijah. Gabriel says that John came "in the spirit and power of Elijah" Luke John the Baptizer was not Elijah himself, but the antitype of Elijah who preached with the same spirit and the same power as Elijah.

The question of whether or not John was Elijah literally is settled by John the Baptizer himself. It is disheartening but it is a reminder to me that I need to look somewhere else for leadership in my life. I guess more than ever, I need John the Baptist to be calling out and telling me someone better is coming and his Name is above every name. His name is Jesus and He is a leader I can look up to and He will never disappoint.

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And when I let Him down, I can go to Him and ask for forgiveness. He will pardon anyone who asks. Hi Pastor Ben, That was a great article…. Thanks Hope! That is a beautiful passage in Isaiah.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. See John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, standing alone to rebuke the pride and formalism of the Jewish nation. See the first bearers of the gospel into Europe. How obscure, how hopeless, seemed the mission of Paul and Silas, the two tentmakers, as they with their companions took ship at Troas for Philippi. See the little communities of slaves and peasants in conflict with the heathenism of imperial Rome. God be my help. See John Wesley preaching Christ and His righteousness in the midst of formalism, sensualism, and infidelity. When God wants to convert the heathen, He will do it without your help or mine.

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

Do not many turn from this work to trample down the growth springing from the same seed today? As in earlier ages, the special truths for this time are found, not with the ecclesiastical authorities, but with men and women who are not too learned or too wise to believe the word of God. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the paths of the Lord.

It may be more possible now that we may not even hear the message for the time. Remember that John was not only literally in the desert, but also was that great body of preachers and ministers supposedly bringing the revival message. John was someone who was seemingly standing alone in the midst of all of these methods and interpretations and even theories about revival and reformation.

This work of preparation was going on all over and Jesus passed by all the Essenes, the Pharisees and schools of theology and came right to John the Baptist and suffered him to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus saw that his work would fulfill righteousness. The people [the remnant church] slumber on in their sins. They continue to declare themselves rich and having need of nothing [even Christ and the forgiveness of sins]. Many inquire: Why are all these reproofs given? Why do the Testimonies continually charge us with backsliding and with grievous sins?

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But let these murmurers see their hearts and compare their lives with the practical teachings of the Bible, let them humble their souls before God, let the grace of God illuminate the darkness, and the scales will fall from their eyes, and they will realize their true spiritual poverty and wretchedness.

They will feel the necessity of buying gold, which is pure faith and love; white raiment, which is a spotless character made pure in the blood of their dear Redeemer; and eyesalve, which is the grace of God and which will give clear discernment of spiritual things and detect sin. These attainments are more precious than the gold of Ophir. Without the grace which is shown as being white raiment, eyesalve and gold, we cannot have true spiritual discernment.

We will not be able to detect sin under any guise. Brothers and sisters, we need that eyesalve, that raiment, that gold tried in the fire but how many are willing to receive this message. How many are willing to stand alone and give this message and be a voice crying in the wilderness in these last days, these evil days. How many are willing to stand alone though the majority forsakes us. How many are ready to stand with Jesus. Two thieves were crucified with Jesus, one on one side and one on the other and even though they both reviled Him, one was converted.

One said to remember him when he came into His kingdom. Jesus had something to strengthen Him in his last hours. That cloud covered Jesus and He was wrapped in thick darkness while lightening crashed and thunder rolled throughout the heaven and he could not be seen and He was all alone wrestling with God. He was suffering the agony of separation from God for you and for me. Jesus knew what it meant to be alone. In these last days, though we may be in the crowd, or in the forest, we will, in our spiritual experience, have to stand alone with God.

John the Baptizer and Qumran

If God would send someone to stand by your side and to preach with you, you will still have your hand firmly in His. May we all see the importance of this divine truth and that we understand that the popular, the easy side, is not the side of God. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side.

Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. All those who desire to be on the popular and easy side will go over there when the storm approaches. We need a fitting up, a preparation that is greater than what we now know.