Part 2: John the Baptizer
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We end all of our prayers every prayer service. We speak about the fact that ultimately God is going to be one in this world, there will be one ruler, one power and that's it. So John the Baptist's message of the kingdom of God in the hand was really saying the following - the Romans, their time is up. The Romans are going to be out of power very soon. The redemption is going to come, we're going to have a utopian world of peace and God will rule the world - that was a very Jewish message, an extremely Jewish message and we're told that John the Baptist was actually so popular among the Jewish people 2,000 years ago, there were some people who actually thought he might have been the Messiah. And he told Jewish people you can prepare for this Redemption and you can hasten it by doing teshuva, by repenting by becoming better people by coming closer to God. That was his message there's going to be a utopia in this world a terrestrial paradise. God will be the king over this world not a kingdom of heaven up in heaven, this world will be transformed into utopia and that was his message and he said that we can bring it, we can bring Messiah he was saying if we become better Jews, if we cling to the Torah more carefully that was his message.
The problem he has is this ridiculous name that we call him John the Baptist which sounds like John the Presbyterian or John the Anglican; it sounds like he's a member of a Christian denomination - John the Baptist. The truth is in Hebrew, he would have been called something like Yohanan the immerser; he immersed people in water because he would tell people that you can do teshuva you can become better Jews and you should symbolize your purification process by immersing in a mikvah which we still do today. So we had the nickname probably not so much of John the Baptist which is absurd but John the Baptizer would be much more accurate.