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The Sacred Geometry Mysteries of Christianity

John the Baptist

John the BaptistJohn the Baptist is a New Testament personification of the Old Testament prophet Elijah who must "come first" to herald the coming of Jesus Christ as predicted by the Old Testament prophet Malachi. John the Baptist indeed does "come first" before Jesus in all four Gospels and anoints him with the water of the Jordan river, which is the easternmost border of the Holy Land, the border on which the Sun first rises. He is a bedrock character for fundamentalist Christians but a careful reading of the gospel texts reveals that he is also one of Christianity's greatest Gnostic characters (the Greek word gnosis means "to know").

The Gnostic Christians believed in the doctrines of One God, angels, immortal souls, and reincarnation. They believed that when a person's soul was entombed into flesh (the body) at birth, it forgot that it originally came from the one true God and was doomed to be reincarnated upon death into another body until the soul somehow "learned" (came to know) about it's true divine nature. They believed that "the God" of the Old Testament was the "Demiurge," the god who created matter, the god who was jealous of other gods (meaning the One True God). According to Gnostic theology, John the Baptist was a prophet from the Old Testament who did not know the True God, and thus had to be reincarnated. The two earliest canonical gospels contain a lot of evidence that supports the Gnostic view that John the Baptist was the reincarnated prophet Elias (Elijah).

  • John the Baptist is the first human character "to come" in Mark's gospel. The text immediately links him to a prophet and then actually calls him an angel ... "As it was written in Isaiah the prophet - behold, I send my angel before your face who will prepare the way for you" (Mk 1:2).
  • Mark later defines dead people who rise as angels ... "when they rise from the dead, people do not marry nor are they given in marriage, but are like angels in the heavens" (Mk 12:25). Elias was the only person in the Old Testament who was raised by God's angels into heaven (2 Kings 2:12). The diagram below shows how the gematria value of John's name is linked to the raised Jesus.

The Sign of John the Baptist (2220)

The Sign of John the Baptist 2220

John Baptist = 2220

Jesus says that John the Baptist is Elias

  • Immediately after admitting to the disciples of John the Baptist that Jesus might be the messiah, Jesus says the following to a crowd about John the Baptist: “What did you go out into the desert to see? ... A prophet? Yes I tell you, and one greater than a prophet. This is the one for whom it was written: Behold, I send my messenger before your face who will prepare the way before you.” … Truly I say to you ... there has not been raised of those born of women greater than John the Baptist. ... For all the prophets and the Law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elias ... the one about to come. The one having ears, let him hear” (Mt 11:9-14).
  • In Matthew's version of the transfiguration John the Baptist is again revealed as Elias by Jesus ... Elias will come first ... he will not be recognized ... people did to him what they pleased (they killed him) ... and then ... he was speaking to them about John the Baptist (Mt 17:10-13).
  • It seems that late first century Literalist Christians were not "willing to accept nor to recognize" that John the Baptist was Elias ... even though Jesus said he was. In the gospel of John (Jn 1:19-25), the Jews from Jerusalem (Priests, Levites, and Pharisees) ask John the Baptist who he is. John begs the question by replying "I Am Not The Christ." The Jews then ask him "What are you then ... are you Elijah? John truthfully replies "I Am Not." The Jews then ask him again if he is "The Prophet" and John says "NO." The author of this gospel used semantic wordplay to tell a lie by telling the truth to a straw man. By having the Jews pose their questions in the present tense, John did not have to answer the real question of whether he was the reincarnated Elijah. John could truthfully be Elijah in the past and John the Baptist in the present.

The Following Sacred Geometry Stories
Reveal the Identity of John the Baptist

  • In Mark's story of the transfiguration, John the Baptist is revealed through gematria as the prophet Elias in eight different verses.
  • In the sacred geometry story of the crucifixion, death, and raising of Jesus, John the Baptist, as Elias, comes to restore all things just as Jesus predicted in the story of the transfiguration (Mk 9:12)!
  • In the last chapter in the gospel of John, the Beloved Disciple (Elias) is revealed through eight gematria diagrams as John the Baptist.

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