Did Jesus Claim That John the Baptist Was Elijah?

A medley of secrets, lies and deception
Knowing that Elijah must precede the Messiah (Malachi 3:1, 23), Jesus claimed that John the Baptist was Elijah (Matthew 11:10-14, 17:10-13) even though John himself denied any connection with that prophet (John 1:21).  Jesus’ avowal that the Law will exist “until heaven and earth pass away” (Matthew 5:18) is meant to be misleading.