11:9 more than a prophet. John the Baptist was the immediate forerunner of the One to whom all the prophets pointed, and hence he pointed to Christ more clearly than all of them. As such, he himself was the object of prophecy, the one predicted in Mal. 3:1, the fulfillment of the Elijah prophecy of Mal. 4:5, 6 (v. 14), the herald of the Servant of the Lord (3:3; Is. 40:3).