Why Did Jesus Say John the Baptist Was Elijah the Prophet?

Episode 441 Show Notes 

From the Show

This is a call to repentance. It was so characteristic of John’s ministry out there in the wilderness, calling people to repentance, saying that the kingdom of God was at hand. Jesus himself said that John the Baptist was the last in the line of the old Testament prophets pointing forward to the Messiah and his kingdom. And that’s exactly what John did. And that what made him like Elijah. He came to turn people back to God by pointing them to Jesus.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. What is the best interpretation of "all will know me" in the Jer. 31:34 prophecy of the New Covenant? 

2. There are people that wear crosses, and they are convinced that they got a close walk with God. But they don't do anything that's correct. You've got, for example, mothers that put their daughters down. You've got husbands or wives that put their spouses down. You've got people hurting people just to make themselves feel better because they have psychological problems. Now, would those people be saved? Are they going to enter heaven even though they didn't follow through with anything, because there's no fruit there? I don’t know. I don't see any fruit. 

3. In Mark 1:2–3 it says, “As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare yourself way, the voice of the one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.’” Then it goes on to say this was John the Baptist. My question is how is Elijah the prophet and John the Baptist connected? 

4. What does it mean only 144,000 people will go to heaven? 

5. In light of 1 Corinthians 6:9–11, is it true then that there is really no such thing as what’s commonly referred to as a backslider? 

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