Was John the Baptist really Elijah?

In Matthew chapter 11:14 our lord clearly tells to believe john as Elias but when john was asked the question in john chapter 1:22 concerning is he Elias
he clearly told “I AM NOT ELIAS”

is really john the baptist coming Elias ?

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