The coming of John the Baptist was prophesied by Isaiah 700 years before his birth. Isaiah wrote: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.
The Angel Gabriel
Gabriel appeared to John's father, Zacharias, in the temple. Now Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth were very old, and had no children. Gabriel told Zacharias that they would have a son named John, and that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit while in his mother's womb.
Zacharias questioned Gabriel, saying "How shall I know this?" As a sign, Gabriel told Zacharias that he would be unable to speak until his son was born. When Zecharias left the temple, he was mute, and all who knew him realized he had seen a vision.
Mary visits Elizabeth
Elizabeth and Mary were relatives. In Elizabeth's sixth month of pregnancy Mary visited her.
Upon hearing Mary's voice, the baby in Elizabeth's womb leaped with joy. Elizabeth blessed Mary, who then delivered the Song of Mary, which is also known as the Magnificat. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about 3 months.
John is named
When John was born, his relatives wanted to call him Zacharias, after his father. They came to his father, who wrote as follows, "His name is John." Immediately Zacharias was able to speak. He blessed the Lord, and prophesied concerning John saying, "You will be called the prophet of the Most High."
John the Baptist grows up
John grew and became strong in spirit. He lived in the deserts until his ministry began.
- The unborn have a spirit.
- John the Baptist was related to Jesus. He was 6 or fewer months older than Christ.
- Luke 1:1 - 2:80
- Isaiah 40:3