The prophet Isaiah describes God returning to the land of Israel. In this prophecy, God is seen as making preparations for the return, as if he were a king. The words “the Lord will come” in Malachi also suggest that God’s glory will be revealed. The community of Essenes at Qumran was not as welcoming as the people of Jerusalem. In contrast to the Essenes, John drew much attention in the desert.
The prophet Isaiah tells us that the coming of the Messiah is accompanied by the appearance of a forerunner. This forerunner would prepare the people for the arrival of the king. Two prophecies in the Old Testament tell us what the forerunner would look like. The first one describes John the Baptist’s appearance as a man who preached in the wilderness. The second one is a broader prophecy about the era of Jesus, pointing to Jesus as the Messiah.
Isaiah 40:3 is a multilayered theological prophecy. It comes from the second half of the book, which describes a new exodus from Babylon. The second part of the book is dedicated to a final atonement for sin. Isaiah 40:3 is also a prophetic reference to John the Baptist, which Matthew relates to the work of Jesus.
The implication that Jesus is the Messiah is clear. Matthew introduces John the Baptist as a man who preaches in the wilderness, and then links him to the Isaiah prophecy. He quotes Isaiah 40:3 to support this claim. This is a very interesting connection, as it demonstrates that the prophet Isaiah predicted would return in time.
Isaiah’s language is similar to that of prophets of the Old Testament. The language used in Isaiah’s prophecies is comparable to that of the Old Testament prophets. For example, he describes himself as being like a prophet and saying, “He is the king and the Lord will come in the wilderness.” The same thing happens in Malachi, but Elijah is a king!
In addition to the Isaiah prophecy about John the king’s coming, the Old Testament prophet Isaiah says that the Messiah will come to earth as the king. This king is the “Messiah” of the Bible, and the Revelation is the forerunner. It is a forerunner who is supposed to prepare the people for the Messiah.
The Gospel of Matthew introduces John the Baptist as a man preaching in the wilderness. The prophet’s identity is linked to Isaiah 40:3, which refers to the Messiah’s coming. As such, the Old Testament was a significant source for his teachings. The Gospel of Matthew focuses on the Old Testament’s role in predicting the future.
In the Gospel of Mark, John the Baptist quotes Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi. When asked about his identity, Jesus cites Isaiah 40:3 in his response to the priests and Levites. The passages that refer to the Holy Spirit are found in both Jn 1:19-28 and Mk 1:8. It is this quotation that makes the Prophet a prophet, a “man of God” and the Messiah.
John the Baptist was familiar with Old Testament prophecies. The forerunner would be the Lord Himself, and the forerunner would be the herald for the king’s coming. Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1 are two of the main Old Testament prophecies about the forerunner. They point to a similar purpose: the king’s return and the preparation of the people to meet the King of righteousness.
John the Baptist denied being the Messiah, which was the most important prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. However, he claimed to be the forerunner of the Messiah and the fulfillment of Isaiah 40. While the Jewish teachings at the time said that the prophet must return before the Messiah would come, Isaiah’s forerunner was a voice in the wilderness, and John the Baptist claimed to be the forerunner of the future Christ.