On June 24, the Catholic Church celebrates a solemn holiday - the Nativity of John the Baptist, which is set to commemorate the events associated with the birth of John the Baptist, which are described in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:24-25, 57-68, 76, 80).
According to the teachings of Judaism, before the coming of the Messiah, his predecessor must appear - the forerunner, who, in accordance with the prophecy of Malachi (Mal. 4:5), is considered the prophet Elijah.
In Christianity, the doctrine of the forerunner of the Messiah - Jesus Christ - is associated with the image of the prophet John the Baptist, who resumed and continued the ministry of Elijah. According to the Gospel, Jesus himself called John "Elijah, who is to come" (Matt. 11:14).