11:14 he is Elijah. Jesus identifies John the Baptist as the Elijah prophesied by Malachi to come as the forerunner of the Messiah (Mal. 4:5). This identification required the eyes of faith (“if you are willing to accept it”). There may have been some misunderstanding that Elijah would be reincarnated, but John denied that he was Elijah (John 1:21). Gabriel’s announcement was that John would come “in the spirit and power” of Elijah (Luke 1:17).