New Testament

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

Did Gabriel say anything else to Zechariah about John’s life?

Yes. Gabriel said that John must never drink wine or other strong drink. This characteristic indicated that John the Baptist would—like Samson—be a Nazirite, or one set aside for God. Also, Gabriel said that John the Baptist would be filled with the Holy Spirit even in the womb, and that in life he would have the power of Elijah to “persuade many Israelites to turn to the LORD their God” and the power to “turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will change disobedient minds to accept godly wisdom.” (NLT, Luke 1:16, 17)


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