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Scriptural Reincarnation Debunked
Welcome. Today I am going to cover the topic of reincarnation. Why? Because despite the idea of reincarnation coming from other religions (some of which I also discuss in this article), a lot of people take scripture out of context to say that John is Elijah reincarnated.
Malachi 4 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Elohim.
Here we see that Elijah is prophesied to come back. When did he come back? In the New Testament, but not in the way you might think if you take this part literally. The Savior tells us that John is Elijah.
Luke 1 17
"And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for Elohim".
Note how it says, "in the spirit and power of Elias", not as the reincarnated soul of Elias. It makes no mention of John having the soul of Elijah within him.
John did for the Savior what Elijah was to have done for the coming of Elohim, but he was not Elijah reincarnated. In other words, John the Baptist’s identification as Elijah was not predicated upon his being the actual Elijah.
Titus 3 5
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit;"
This verse is also taken out of context. "Regeneration" is taken as the soul being transferred into another body. Another word for regeneration is rebirth, related to the biblical phrase “born again.” This is about being born again, renewing your mind and devoting yourself to the Most High. The Strong's Concordance word for renewal is 3824. paliggenesia : regeneration, <renewal>.
Hebrews 9 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
There is no mention of our souls being passed onto another body. In no other scripture do we see something like reincarnation happen.
Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.