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John the Baptist is now the harbinger of the Master as he was on earth
and confirms Jesus’ writing through Padgett

August 10, 1915


I am here, John the Baptist.

I came to tell you that I am now the harbinger of the Master as I was when on earth, and that he is the true Jesus who writes to you in all the communications that you will receive signed by him. I tell you this so that you will believe and not doubt the messages that you receive. He has written you, and you must rely on what he says, for what he has said to you will surely come to pass.

I am the same John who appeared in Palestine and announced Jesus’s coming, and just as I told the people what was actually to take place, so I tell you what is actually taking place now. You will not only receive the messages of truth that he will write you, but they will also be distributed to all mankind wherever the written and spoken languages of the world exist. So you have before you a wonderful and important mission, and one that will do more to make men true brothers and lovers of God than anything that has happened since the Master was on earth and taught and preached the truths of God and did good to mortal man.

I sometimes have wondered why you should have been selected. I see that your soul development has not been nearly as great as that of many others who now live and have lived. Nevertheless, as the Master has made the selection, we understand that he knows what is best, and that his selection must be the right one. As a consequence of this, we who are his followers in the celestial world are trying our best to forward the cause and help you. I must tell you that you have behind you in this great work, supporting and maintaining you, more spiritual power than any mortal has ever had before. This may sound surprising to you, but it is true.

So, my brother, for such I must call you now, try to acquire faith in God’s desire to save all men from the errors of their lives and to make them at-one with him. This will enable you to stand forth as the representative of the Master and the authoritative teacher of his great truths. I am now in the celestial heavens and am very close to Jesus in his home and in his love for God and for all mankind. I have powers that are great and a love that is divine, and what I tell you now I will tell to the world when the opportunity presents itself.

Your brother in Christ,
John the Baptist    

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John writes about his life and ministry

March 3, 1955 Daniel G. Samuels


I am here, John the Baptist.

I am happy that you are permitting me to write to you. I would like to supply some information about my life.

I was born in the month of June some six months before that of my cousin Jesus in the neighborhood of Ain Karim, which is a small town not far from Jerusalem. I was the son of a priest who served in the Temple in Jerusalem. My family was pious and devoted and filled with a strict interpretation regarding the laws that the Jews believed had been received from God through Moses. To my father, these laws of Moses and the Ten Commandments represented the most important part of the Jewish religion, and he taught me a strict moral code that I absorbed in my youth and that later became the cardinal principles of my brief ministry as the harbinger of the glad tidings of Jesus.

During my manhood I was an ascetic and shunned all meat and strong drink. I ate only the simplest of foods in order not to be subject to the passions of man, and later I became a hermit and lived in a cave away from the haunts of men and their society.

When Jesus and his family returned from Egypt to Nazareth to be among his people in Galilee, I had many occasions to see and talk to him there. This continued over a period of many years up to the time of my ministry, which began only a few months apart from each other. This ministry was worked out between us and formed part of a plan prearranged in advance, and the gospel is not true in declaring that I did not know Jesus, but that I would anoint the one on whom I would see the dove of the holy spirit descend (Matthew 3:16).

I did know Jesus, and I did anoint him, not because I saw any dove or heard a voice from heaven, but because I was convinced in my heart that he was the Messiah, and that I was the prophet who was to announce his coming. Although I wish to state that I did not truly understand that Jesus was bringing with him immortality that comes from possession of the divine love, nor did I even possess this love in my soul at the time of my execution.

As a youth and young man, in order to make a livelihood, I used to work in the fields of wheat and might be said to have been a farmer. My true vocation, however, was that of a prophet in the sense that Elijah was, that is to say, to proclaim to the rulers and the people to repent of their evil ways and to return to the path of righteousness that God had directed the Jews to follow as the great goal of their religion calling for love to God and one’s fellowman.

It is not true, as some theologians believe, that I tried to lead a reform movement independent of Jesus, nor was I to any extent influenced by the Essenes, whose views of purity led them to isolated communities away from the so-called contaminations of the genuine Hebrew civilization or the Hellenistic influences and where they carried out their religious practices. Like Jesus, I believed not in retreat from the world but in carrying the message of God to the people, and as I believed in ablution as symbolical of spiritual purity, I had of necessity to preach where water was readily obtainable, and that was the Jordan.

It was in this sense that I was a real prophet, for I not only preached repentance to all who would listen, but I also thundered against what I considered the evil conduct of Herod for transgressions against God’s laws of matrimony. I looked upon his marriage to Herodias as illegal (Mark 6:18), an act that could bring down upon his subjects the wrath of God. Herodias was not living with Herod while his half brother was alive for he was dead at the time the royal pair were married. But to us, the Pharisees, to which I belonged, the marriage was not legal because no woman, as we understood it, could contract marriage with the brother of a deceased husband when children had been born of the first marriage. Hence Salome, the offspring of Herodias, and Herod’s half brother invalidated this marriage to Herod, and it was this violation of our levirate marriage law (Leviticus 18:16) that prompted my preaching against him.

It is true, of course, that Herodias was incensed against me (Mark 6:19), for, as a member of the ruling class, she was a Sadducee at heart and did not believe in the correctness of my views. She therefore was elated to see me imprisoned and silenced. Herod did not concern himself too much about this part of my preaching, for while he disagreed with me about the interpretation of the marriage laws, wrangling between Pharisees and Sadducees had been going on for some two centuries and such legalistic disputes did not have the urgency for him as this particular one had for Herodias. He was concerned rather with the attitude that the Roman overlords took towards religious meetings, which could be a pretext for seditious and rebellious gatherings, and he thought it wise to remove with my arrest the cause of such possible sources of disorder in his territory.

Herod sent some soldiers in the garb of travelers to seek me out without arousing suspicion, and though I was not preaching in territory subject to his jurisdiction he had me sequestered (Matthew 14:3) into his land and brought me to his fortress of Macherus near the Dead Sea. I was confined there for about ten months, or until Herodias’ birthday, on your calendar, late February of the year 29 A.D. I know that Herod was not too anxious for my death, but Herodias wanted it, and her request was granted.

Solome did dance at this festival (Mark 6:22), but it is not true that her dancing made Herod grant her request for my death; on the contrary, she has assured me that she never did ask for my decapitation, and I can state that my head was never brought in before the king on a platter (Mark 6:25). These, of course are fanciful details that students of the Old Testament will associate with the story of the festival of Purim, wherein King Ahasuerus vowed to grant Ester anything she asked for at his banquet.

At the time of my death, I did not, as I have said, possess the divine love, although I did have an abundance of the natural love in a pure state and was in a good spiritual condition. At the time of Jesus’ birth it became possible for spirits to obtain the divine love, and at the time of the Transfiguration on the Mount, Moses and Elijah had obtained this love in considerable abundance. The Transfiguration took place less than six months after my death. I was in that spiritual state that enabled me to realize its importance and to seek for the great gift. I was one of those who understood the real meaning of Jesus’ ministry, and I prayed for the divine love and obtained it.

As a spirit I watched the progress of Jesus’s efforts to win the Jewish people, and I often came to him to offer him comfort. I also attempted to warn him at the time of his arrest, (as a spirit) shortly before the approach of Judas and the henchmen of the high priest in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:47). He seemed to have a realization of his coming death, although this has been exaggerated by the copyists of the gospels, who have sought to show that Jesus was fated to die on the cross, and that it was his mission to shed his blood through betrayal and crucifixion. All of the statements attributed to Jesus that his time was not yet come (John 7:6) or that his time had come (Matthew 26:18) are not true, yet the fact of the matter is that Jesus did have a foreboding of his coming disaster, and I did try to get his attention and warn him of the betrayal.

I will not write more now.

John the Baptist, of the New Testament