Excavation site of Herod's desert fortress near Bethlehem
2. Birth of John the Baptist
Herod was king of Judea from around 40 B.C. to 1 B.C. It was during this time that a Jewish priest named Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, had a child. What made this birth special was the fact that both Zacharias and Elizabeth were very old. This child was Elizabeth’s first.
What made this birth even more extraordinary was the fact that the birth was foretold to Zacharias, by an angel of the Lord, Gabriel.
The angel not only foretold the birth of John the Baptist, he also prophesied that John was going to be the forerunner to the Messiah in the spirit and power of the ancient prophet Elijah.