Who is "The Prophet" in the Gospel of John?

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In the Gospel of John, we see various groups coming out to John the Baptist and asking him if he is the Christ, or Elijah, or the Prophet. Who do they mean by "the Prophet"? Do they mean Isaiah? Moses? Someone else?
 

TrevorL

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Greetings LifeIn,
In the Gospel of John, we see various groups coming out to John the Baptist and asking him if he is the Christ, or Elijah, or the Prophet. Who do they mean by "the Prophet"?
I equate this with the Prophet that God mentioned to Moses.
Deuteronomy 18:15,18 (KJV): 15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

I understand this to be fulfilled in Jesus, but the question posed by the Pharisees indicates that they were uncertain if the Christ and the Prophet were going to be one and the same person. Jesus is the Prophet, Priest and King, and he is the Son of God.

Kind regards
Trevor
 
In the Gospel of John, we see various groups coming out to John the Baptist and asking him if he is the Christ, or Elijah, or the Prophet. Who do they mean by "the Prophet"? Do they mean Isaiah? Moses? Someone else?
Joh_1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?​

"that prophet" is a reference to "Moses", as in Malachi 4. The Pharisees knew of the prophecies concerning the return of Elijah, but misunderstood it, and so likewise the same with the prophecies concerning Moses. The words "that prophet" had reference to Moses. The Jews had been inclined to the belief that Moses would be raised from the dead, and taken to heaven. They did not know that he had already been raised. When the Baptist began his ministry, many thought that he might be the prophet Moses risen from the dead, for he seemed to have a thorough knowledge of the prophecies and of the history of Israel.

Deu_18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;​
Deu_18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.​
Mal 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.​
Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:​
Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.​
 
The real "that prophet" would be Jesus, whom was spoken about:

Joh_6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.​
Act 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.​
Act 3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.​
Act 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.​
Act_7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.​
Act 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:​
 
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