Malachi 3:1a – John The Baptist Mission Foretold

John the Baptist was “foretold in the Old Testament Prophets” by Malachi and Isaiah.The birth of John was also prophesied of by an angel of the Lord in Luke 1:11-17 to His Father Zechariah while he was in the temple tending his priestly duties. 11-Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

To accomplish this mission, we are told in Malachi 4:5-6 that John would come in the spirit and power of Elijah. The Jews apparently were looking for Elijah to be literally raised from the dead as a sign of the Messiah’s coming. They were not expecting John to come. As a result, the disciples refused to accept John, only to understand later that Elijah had come through John only, but in a spiritual sense.

John’s Divine commission to preach and baptize was to “all of Israel and the land of Judea”.

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

This foretold prophecy was fulfilled about 400 years later by John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus was about to begin his public ministry, John the Baptist proclaimed to others: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29.