Reincarnation and the Bible
A basic cosmic law taught in the old Scripture texts is that of process of rebirth: the doctrine that as differentiated Spirits in God we are reborn again and again in physical bodies of increasing efficiency on the physical plane to learn the lessons pertaining to the material existence, and to unfold our dormant divine potentialities into dynamic powers.
Elijah becomes John the Baptist
“Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ” They asked him, “Then who you are? Are you Elijah?” ~John 1, 19-21
It is obvious that the Jewish priests believed in the theory of reincarnation, otherwise they would not have asked such a question, especially to someone that were most likely to disrespect.
“But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." ~Matthew 17:12, 13
“Tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he (…) if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He, who has ears, let him hear.”~Matthew 11:11, 15
In the 9th Chapter of the Testament of St. John we find an interesting parable which teaches the working of this law. It reads as follows: