Yeshua makes it clear that John the Baptist is Elijah.
“For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14″And if you care to accept it, he himself is Elijah, who was to come.” (Matthew 11:13-14)
And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Elijah truly shall first come and restore all things. But I say unto you that Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they pleased. Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer by them.” Then the disciples understood that He spoke unto them of John the Baptist.
Prophecy also foretold of Elijah’s return prior to the tribulation. Elijah is one of the two witnesses.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.” (Malachi 4:5)
The witnesses are referred to as lampstands.
These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:4)
John the Baptist is referred to as a lamp.
“That man John was a lamp that burns and brightly shines, and for a while you were willing to rejoice in his light.” (John 5:35)
About three months into my new life as a Christian, I was having some problems with what I assumed was a demon, which was impersonating my minds inner voice. I associated it with the seemingly automatic responsive part of the mind that comments on stimuli and input. I thought it was mimicking my thoughts and planting ideas in this usually less than noticed part of my mind.
When I first became aware of this, and started considering the possibility that it was not me who was making these thoughts, this voice started to say horribly blasphemous things. This caused me a lot of stress because I was still not sure whether it was me who was responsible for these thoughts or not.
Shortly later, I had a dream where I was sitting next to God. Usually in my dreams I don’t realize that the person I am interacting with is God until I wake up. In this dream, however, I had my first real conversation with God where I actually realized that the person I was talking with was God.
Prior to this I had some level of confusion about just who and what God actually was. Sometimes he would manifest in the female form, usually when I was emotionally very low and sometimes as a man, more often when I needed chastisement. In this dream I only saw his robes and perhaps his hand at one point. I heard his voice though, and it was an overlap of male and female voices combined. Which confirmed my suspicions that he is both male and female. I think he presents himself in the masculine form in the Bible, because in it he is assuming a position of leadership.
I was talking to God about the voice in my head that was causing me so much grief. He said “Don’t you remember when you were two weeks (a week is symbolic of 7 years) old you defeated the voices of…” He listed two names. They both started with an A. One of them sounded something like Azrael, before this, I had probably heard this name before, as its the name of the archangel of death. I can’t remember exactly what he said but regardless it sounded very similar to that. As he was telling me about these demons that I had defeated, he held up a picture in front of my eyes of a young teen. He didn’t look like me, having a different face, and longer, lighter colored hair. In my dream I didn’t seem to notice that this person was not me. I told God that if I didn’t make it, and were to fail, that it was do to my own corruption. God said “that would make me sad.”
I woke up immediately afterwards. I remembered the picture of the boy and how different he looked from me, and spent the next couple days debating whether or not I was Schizophrenic.
A couple days later, I had another dream in a school classroom setting, which is where most of the dreams take place where God is trying to strengthen you or teach you something. In this dream, God was working on building aspects of my public speaking skills and confidence. I glanced at the clock to see how much longer till class got out when the teacher said “well there’s only one student that hasn’t been called on yet, John the Baptist.” Then I woke up. I still found it very hard to believe, but now the picture with the boy made more sense.
After a week of so, I was speculating about the prophecies concerning how the whole world will hate the two witnesses, I had a dream where I was clinging to a floating island in the sea that was being beaten by waves. Sea is symbolic of people (Revelation 17:15).
After dwelling on this for a while I became very pessimistic about myself and about the job that I would have to do. I’ll admit that I felt very inadequate and unfit for this massive role that he has planned for me. I asked God “why me?” He explained in another dream.
I was sitting next to God, and he had a piece of paper which had a list of names of Old Testament prophets on it. I remember him saying something lighthearted about one of the prophets that showed he wouldn’t be ideal for the job, I can’t remember what it was though. Moments later we were playing cards, I won all of the hands. I think God wanted me to ease my mind a bit and let me know that I was the best person for the job.