There is one Testament reading in the New Testament where it says very clearly that there’s reincarnation. They didn’t use the word “reincarnation,” but here’s what happened. When Elijah left the planet, I don’t know how many hundred years before Jesus, he left in what was described as a fiery chariot. And then, the prophecy for him was that he was going to come back, and he was going to be the way-shower and the precursor, the one that cleared the field for Jesus. He was going to have to come back right before the Messiah. And, for those of you don’t know, the Messiah was Jesus. And I know there’s a lot of people who are belligerently stubborn and believe that he wasn’t the Messiah, but that’s because they don’t want to believe it, and it’s not true what they believe, because Jesus was, in fact, the Messiah. So, the one that came before, six months before, was born before Jesus, was John the Baptist. And he was born from Elizabeth, and Elizabeth was in her late 70s, and she was too old to actually have a baby, but she was given John the Baptist as a baby, as a gift to her — she and Zacharias. Elizabeth and Zacharias were married, and they were a barren couple. He was a rabbi. And John the Baptist was born of her in her 70s or late 70s. And he was the precursor, he was the way-shower for Jesus. And he was the one that was yelling at all the people to repent because the Messiah was coming, the Kingdom of Heaven was coming. So he gets killed right after Jesus came, pretty soon.
And the apostles knew this prophecy. Everybody knew the prophecy that for the Messiah to come, the way-shower would have to come first, and that would be Elijah. So they asked him. They said, “We know that Elijah is supposed to come before the Messiah comes, so what happened? Where is he?”
And Jesus said very clearly, he said, “He’s already come, and they did with him whatever they wanted,” meaning they killed him. They cut off his head. And then it says right in black and white in the New Testament — I think it’s in Matthew — that then they knew that he was speaking of John the Baptist, meaning John the Baptist was Elijah. Now, the ones that are really narrow-minded would say that John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah, but that’s not the prophecy — the prophecy that Elijah was coming back to be the way-shower.
And so that’s how he came back. He came back in the fiery chariot of Elizabeth, and he became a baby through her, which means he reincarnated, which means he was a soul. That was Elijah, the soul, who was in Elijah’s body back then and now that soul, Elijah, now is named John the Baptist, and he’s in John’s body, and that’s his mission. They’re the same soul. They’re the same being in a different body, and Jesus verified it.
And it would be hard to leave John the Baptist and Elijah out of the story because then where would the proof be that he was the Messiah? Well, there’s lots of proof: there’s all the miracles and all the raising people from the dead, and there’s the resurrection, and there’s the ascension in front of crowds of people and all of that. But that was a necessary beginning to the Messiah’s journey, the Messiah’s sacrifice, the Messiah’s presentation into the world. So that’s an absolute, clear testimony of reincarnation, right there, that could not be removed from the Testament because it would have messed up the whole story. So that’s not just a special occasion. Everybody is reincarnated.