those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And
saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The New Testament - A Brief Overview
"Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being
governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip
tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch
of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto
John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness."
John Appears Preaching in the Wilderness
John the Baptist was born about 5 BC, and now about 26 A.D. about the age of
30 he appears in the wilderness of Judea. He was preaching to everyone that they
should repent and turn from wickedness and prepare themselves for the coming of
the Messiah. His message was a cry for repentance, that the time was at hand for
people to prepare for the coming of the King.
Prophecies About John the Baptist
The prophecies in the Old Testament were very familiar to John. The
Scriptures foretold that the Messiah would be the Lord Himself, the glorious
King, and he would come to lay down his life for his friends. The forerunner or
messenger was actually a Herald who would run ahead and prepare everyone for the
King's arrival. The main Prophecies about this messenger can be found in Isaiah
40:3-5 and Malachi 3:1.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every
valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the
crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see [it]
together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].
"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me:
and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the
messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the
LORD of hosts."