Archangel Gabriel prophesied about John The Baptist’s birth – introduction
Today’s amazing bible story tells how Archangel Gabriel prophesied about John the Baptist’s birth.
Archangel Gabriel is a very important Angel who lives in Heaven. He lived before time and lives forever. God sent Him to tell John the Baptist’s father about the birth of his son.
John the Baptist was the Prophet who told everyone about the beginning of the ministry of Christ in the earth.
He was a forerunner and had a very important job to do. He was also Jesus’ cousin and they were close in age.
This story tells us that God knows everything about every human who is sent to earth. It also reveals that God has a great job for every boy and girl to do.
It is important for everyone to find out what his or her job is and to do it.
God was pleased with John the Baptist’s parents because they were righteous.
John the Baptist’s father was a Jewish priest. His name was Zechariah and he belonged to the priestly division called Abijah.
Zechariah’s job was to work in the Temple of God and to offer incense during the services.
Zechariah lived during the time that a king named Herod ruled Israel. He was married to Elizabeth. Like him, she was a descendant of Aaron, the first High Priest in Israel.
God loved Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth very much and called them RIGHTEOUS. They were righteous because they loved God and did everything to please Him by obeying the Word of God.
God really loves it when people are righteous. People who are righteous love God, obey His Word and do not practice sins.
God hates sins very, very much and becomes angry when people do these bad things like lying, cheating and stealing.
However, they had a major problem. They did not have any children and longed to have even one child.
Children were very important to Jewish people because they could teach them the Word of God and also pass on their work to them.
Jews thought that it was a disgrace to be without children. Jewish women who had no children felt a lot of shame and were often laughed at by others.
In Zechariah’s situation, he felt sad because he had no son who could become a Priest like himself.
Zechariah was offering incense in the Holy Place of the Temple when Archangel Gabriel visited him
Archangel Gabriel appeared suddenly to Zechariah when he was on duty in the Temple Of God. He was burning incense inside the Holy Place where the priests offered sacrifices for the sins of the people.
Incense represents the prayers of the saints that go up to God in Heaven. It was made from a special, scented oil because that fragrance means that the believers did not have sins and were clean and pure.
While Zechariah was inside the Holy Place, there was a crowd of people outside in the special yard. They had brought their offerings and had come to confess their sins and to worship God.
Archangel Gabriel appeared suddenly in the Holy Place as Zechariah offered the incense
Something unusual and amazing happened as Zechariah offered the incense of prayers. He was very, very busy when he felt a Presence.
He became shocked and astonished when he looked up to see Archangel Gabriel standing at the right side of the Altar of Incense.
This had never happened to any Priest before. Zechariah was shocked and scared, like a frightened cat.
Seeing his fear, Archangel said to him,
‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard.”
Zechariah could hardly take this in. Archangel Gabriel had called him by name! The Angel of God continued to speak:
“Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John…
Joy and gladness will come to you, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord…”
Zechariah wanted to faint. Archangel Gabriel knew his wife’s name and was talking about a child! He wondered how two elderly people could have a child!
The Archangel continued to tell Zechariah the prophecy, giving instructions about John’s lifestyle and the job he would do in the earth:
“… He must never drink wine or strong drink, and
he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before
He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.”
Archangel Gabriel told Zechariah more about the job God would send John to do
Archangel Gabriel continued to share the very important assignment that God had in mind for John the Baptist.
He told Zechariah that his son John would be a forerunner of the Christ the Messiah. John would tell people about Christ and warn them to repent of their sins:
‘And he will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children
and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for Him.’
Zechariah told the Archangel Gabriel that he found it difficult to believe the message
Now Zechariah did something rather silly. He told Archangel Gabriel that he doubted the prophecy.
This was really silly because he was talking to a very, very, very important Angel of God. He also forgot that Abraham had been given a similar message by three Angels of God.
Zechariah doubtfully said to Archangel Gabriel:
‘How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.’
Archangel Gabriel replied:
‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God. I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.”
Archangel Gabriel had become annoyed because Zechariah was disrespectful and had doubted. He angrily said:
“… And now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will be silent, unable to speak, until the day these things take place.”
Just as Archangel Gabriel said, Zechariah could not speak until John the Baptist was born
Archangel Gabriel went back to Heaven, leaving Zechariah in the Holy Place. Meantime, the people were outside in the special courtyard wondering why the Priest was not coming out.
When he came outside, Zechariah could not speak to anyone. He was only able to make signs to them. That is how they realized that he had seen a vision in the Temple.
Zechariah returned home when his time of duty was over. After some time, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She hid inside her house for five months to hide her pregnancy.
She rejoiced and said:
“This is what the Lord has done for me…He has been gracious to me, to take away my disgrace among people.“
Archangel Gabriel prophesied about John The Baptist’s birth scriptures
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.
7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,
9 according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.
11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,
17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”
19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”
21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute.
23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.
24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying,
25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”