Luke 1:13 ” The angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.’ “

This older, (the Bible says, well along in years) childless couple were still praying and hoping beyond hope that God would bless them with a baby. Both Zechariah and Elizabeth came from a long line of priests, and Zechariah was actually serving before the Lord when Gabriel appeared with this wonderful news. The angel not only prophesied over John that he would go before the Lord in the Spirit and power of Elijah and make ready a people prepared for the Lord…but Gabriel also dedicated and called John the Baptist into ministry before he was even conceived.

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