10 Promises Prophesied About John the Baptist

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Jesus' Birth and Early Years

In Luke 1:13-17 Gabriel’s message contained 10 promises prophesied about John the Baptist before his birth.


  • You shall call his name John. John means God is Gracious.

Zachariah + Elizabeth = God remembers His oath 

Zachariah +Elizabeth + John = God is gracious, God remembers His oath.


  • You will have joy and gladness with the birth of your son.  Joy would accompany his birth because it initiated the time for the Messiah to arrive. Jesus was born 6 months after John the Baptist.


  • Many would rejoice at his birth. His birth would bring joy and greater great rejoicing will come from men and angels with the birth of Jesus.


  •  He would be great before the Lord. His calling was to be the forerunner of the Lord as prophesied in Isaiah 40:3-5


A voice cries: 

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:3-5 ESV)

  • He must not drink wine or strong drink, pointed to living according the Nazarite rules and ways. (Numbers 6:2-5) Not all the requirements of a Nazarite vow were mentioned here. It could also mean that he was set apart for the Lord to serve God in a special way.


  • He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. When Mary, pregnant with Jesus, came to visit John’s mother Elizabeth, the baby (John) leapt in her womb (Luke 1:41).


  • He will turn many children of Israel to the Lord. Many people heard his message, repented, turned towards God and became followers of Jesus. They turned away from the old life of sin, and repented.


  • He will go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah. John the Baptist wasn’t Elijah, but he would prepare the way for the Lord in the same spirit and power as Elijah. Both prophets called Israel to repentance.


  • He will turn the hearts of the father to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just. This was prophesied in the last verses of Malachi. Malachi was the last prophet before the 400 years of prophetic silence. The silence was broken with his birth.


  • He will prepare the people for the Lord to come, Jesus Christ to make ready people to welcome the coming of Jesus Christ.

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