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    Literary references to the return of John the Baptist

In the Bible

Bible-affiliated literature (Hildegard of Bingen, Pope John XXIII)

Further references

 

Where are we told that John the Baptist will return into this world? The doubt with which most people have to confront themselves, when first meeting with this fact, is hidden in this question. It is very important that everyone answers this question for himself. Each person is challenged. Only having answered this question, one may proceed to the actual themes.

Below the most important literary references are named, and shortly summarized. For further information please see the books >John the Baptist – His Life and Work – His Return< and >The Covenant of the Rose<

In the Bible

In the bible we find the clearest references to the return of John the Baptist, resp. Elijah, in the books of the Prophets Malachi and Isaiah. Malachi [Mal 4:5] precisely names Elijah, whereas Isaiah [Isa 40:3-6] announces the forerunner as >voice crying in the wilderness <.

On grounds of Jesus’ words, spoken in [Mt 11:14] , in Mk 17:10-13, and in Mk 9:11-13, we have to understand that John the Baptist is identical with Elijah.

Jesus Christ knew about the mission of John the Baptist and his identity with Elijah. He apparently also was aware of the double function and task of the Baptist. The first commission was the forerunning and way-preparation for Jesus himself. The second mission is fulfilling itself now: His return before the days of the final judgment.

This Elijah-identity of John the Baptist is surrounded by a mystery: Elijah was God’s first prophet, on the other hand he is the last messenger before the Judgment of the Lord: It almost seems as if alpha and omega are blending into entirety.

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Bible-affiliated literature

Hildegard of Bingen

This renewed return of John the Baptist is also described in detail by Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) in her prophetic >Vision of the True Light< [>scivias<]. It is her most important oeuvre. In it she minutely predicts the long and painful wrestle between Elijah, resp. John, with the antichrist (please, see also >John the Baptist – His life and Work – His Return<) In her description, Elijah is sided by a man faithful to God: Enoch. Here automatically the struggle of the two God-sent witnesses against the prince of the world (Lucifer), mentioned in the Revelation of John [Rev 11:3-13] comes to mind. We may expect those two noble men to be Elijah, respectively John the Baptist, and Enoch.

Pope John XXIII

Hardly a pope was as popular and well-liked as John XXIII (1881-1963). As pope he bequeathed the world with a great work, but also with his personal >il giornale dell’anima<, the diary of his soul. 13 years after his death the world learns a small portion of his prophecies. It is proved that they were written before 1935. The finding is surrounded by secrets. Only one fifth of the prophecies is published with the title >Le profizie de Papa Giovanni<.

Within the text we find the following extracted sentences:

“Michael and John will step down onto the earth

Do expect the Sign of John.

The lamb is prepared. 

Open your heart to the Lily.

The voice announced by the trumpets will be forceful.

Light from the west, the last light before the eternal unknown light.

The time is nigh”.

The words can be interpreted as follows: By Michael [Mikail] probably the Archangel Michael is referred to. He will interfere with the events on earth, together with John the Baptist. Farther on in this text it is expressed, coded, that John brings a message of peace; it is rejected by the world, however.

Only then arises, as a saving grace, the Sign of John the Baptist. He is again the forerunner and precursor of Christ. For it also says: >The lamb is prepared<. But it is also easily feasible, that the world will be in the antichrist’s hold at that point in time. How vividly will John be persecuted then!

With the >lily< we have a clear reference to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, in the >forceful voice< a reference to John the Baptist, of whom probably is spoken of as >the light from the west<. Then he will be the last messenger >the last light< before the return of the Spirit of Christ.

The words can be interpreted as follows: By Michael [Mikail] probably the Archangel Michael is referred to. He will interfere with the events on earth, together with John the Baptist. Farther on in this text it is expressed, coded, that John brings a message of peace; it is rejected by the world, however.

Only then arises, as a saving grace, the Sign of John the Baptist. He is again the forerunner and precursor of Christ. For it also says: >The lamb is prepared<. But it is also easily feasible, that the world will be in the antichrist’s hold at that point in time. How vividly will John be persecuted then!

With the >lily< we have a clear reference to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, in the >forceful voice< a reference to John the Baptist, of whom probably is spoken of as >the light from the west<. Then he will be the last messenger >the last light< before the return of the Spirit of Christ.

>The time is nigh< is a verified saying of John the Baptist, who heralded the coming of Christ. In this prophesy he (the Baptist) has a conscious and definite significance and symbolizes hope and fulfillment.

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Further Sources of reference:

Bertha Dudde

The well-known visionary Bertha Dudde (1891-1965) received a detailed spiritual vision of John the Baptist’s return at the end of time. Her prophesy is completely in line with that of Hildegard of Bingen, in some parts and explanations even more precise. So, e. g., she states that the body of John the Baptist has already been born on earth. That man’s name also is John. He will not be conscious of his renewed mission on earth, before the hour when his body is touched by the Spirit of John.

In her vision Bertha Dudde also describes the hard way of John the Baptist, just like Hildegard of Bingen did. Both visionaries foretell the disregard and persecution of the renewed forerunner of Christ will have to face. The world does not accept him, although he wishes to guide men towards God, lovingly and humbly – yet decidedly. The very majority of men will even turn against him, for he preaches the turning away from the world. At the end of his terrestrial mission he is overtaken by the same fate as once before: He is murdered, his combatants are exposed to bailiffs. A dreadful parallel and repetition of the blindness of this world.

 

Jakob Lorber

Many readers are also familiar with the Styrian mystic Jacob Lorber (1800-1864). Also to him – by Jesus Christ - the return of John the Baptist at the end of time was described in a vision. In a paragraph of his writing it says: >if you will accept it, there is this John, the Elijah, who in future times, once again, shall come before the Messiah<.