The anthropologist Dierk Lange has shown that the biblical Israelites are in fact the Aku (aka Ọmọ Oduduwa; erroneously called Yoruba which is actually the Aku division that is also called Ọyọ), so the implication of this information is that Yoruba customs and beliefs can be used for bible exegesis – the people of the state of Israel today are impostors and thus cannot be trusted in any way. The connection between John the Baptist and Elijah as the same person which was confirmed explicitly by Eshumare the Saviour has been deliberately denied by the Amorites who mischievously deny the possibility of reincarnation in order to perpetuate their deceit. It is thus one out of many topics that can be studied using Ifa.
- He and Elijah were hairy and wore leather belts around their waists (2 Kings 1:8; Matthew 3:4) and turned the hearts of many back to God (1 Kings 17-40; Mark 1:2-5).
Before John was beheaded some of his people asked him if he was the reincarnation of so and so prophet and he responded that he was not (John 1:19-21). The people did not see that question as odd simply because they know reincarnation to be a fact of existence, very much unlike the Jews. Also, John did not answer “yes” because he had forgotten about his previous incarnation – according to Ifa, before an individual is born he is taken through odo aro (river of dye; in the physical world it is the amniotic fluid) and odo eje (river of blood) and forgets everything.
Thankfully, Ela (Eshumare) known to the Aku as the Saviour and Opitan (Master Historian) and always knew him as he is the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9) and confirmed that John is indeed Elijah.
Ela had told his via the prophets (Malachi 4:5,6) that He would send Elijah to his people with the task of preparing his way and this was fulfilled when the Saviour said truly and plainly that John the Baptist is indeed Elijah (Matthew 11:4; 17:11-12). It is thus hard to see the logic in the argument of some based on Luke 1:16-17 that John came in the spirit and power of Elijah and is thus a different person as this implies that more than one person can have the same spirit.
Matthew 17:11 Eshu answered and he said to them, “Elijah does come first so that everything may end.” 12 But I say to you, behold, Elijah has come, and they did not know him, and they have done unto him everything whatsoever they wished; likewise also The Son of Man is going to suffer from them.
A common saying among the Aku is “we know the secret of the world,” just as in Deuteronomy 29:29.