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.
39Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah,40and entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42She called out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the voice of your greeting came into my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy! 45Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord!”
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