The Mystery of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist at the Turning Point of Time

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The Mystery of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist at the Turning Point of Time: An Esoteric Study

“We have shown how in the course of time the being who was present in Elijah appeared again at the most important moments of human evolution on Earth—appeared again so that Christ Jesus Himself could give him the initiation he was to receive for the evolution of humankind. For the being of Elijah reappeared in Lazarus-John—who are in truth one and the same figure.” —Rudolf Steiner

This is what Rudolf Steiner had to say in his final address to members of the Anthroposophical Society. This was his only comment on the connection between John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. As Sergei Prokofieff points out, Steiner had intended to develop and fully clarify that brief comment, but his fatal illness prevented him from doing so.

In this short but enlightening book, Prokofieff addresses the mystery of the “two Johns,” resolving many unanswered questions. In particular, he sheds light on issues of “incarnation and incorporation,” the initiations of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the significance of their mutual work at the “Turning Point of Time,” and the relevance of those events for our present time.

About the Author

Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954-2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.

Additional information

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.2 × 8.5 in


Simon Blaxland-de Lange




May 2005






Temple Lodge Press


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