How does this compare with what John the Baptist did? In Mark 1 we read:
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
Here John did not anoint, he baptized. The effect however is the same. Jesus was the new prophet who succeeded John. For John said,
He must increase but I must decrease. John 3:30
Jesus is also the new King of Israel. John also leaves the scene before the third task is finished.
The new 'king of Syria' is Judas Iscariot, the man of perdition. And Jesus 'anoints' or authorizes him to carry out judgment in the following passage.
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
25 He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
Here the judgment is not against Israel the nation, but against Israel personified, namely Jesus Himself. But all three elements of the commission are fulfilled. And the three characters are in parallel.
Elijah is to Elisha is to Hazael as John is to Jesus is to Judas. John baptized Jesus who was the new prophet and the new king. Jesus gave Judas permission to betray him.
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