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The Prophet In Aenon
The purpose of the life and ministry (see the Fact Finder question below) of the prophet John (commonly known as "John the Baptist") was to announce the arrival of the The Messiah:
"3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance [see The Origin of Baptism]: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with The Holy Ghost, and with fire: 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire [see Baptism Of Fire]" (Matthew 3:11-12 KJV)
"And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there"
John had a very popular ministry at a time when Jesus was almost unknown. But John made clear that "I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him."
"3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples [see Disciples of Christ] into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
Fact Finder: (a) Was the prophet John born of a miracle? Was the entire purpose of his life to be the prophet that would announce the coming of the Christ? Was that mission announced to John's father before John was even conceived? (b) What happened to John after Jesus began His ministry, as John prophesied would come?