And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
Luke 1:18-20 KJV
Just for a reminder lets just quote from our previous session:
“Zacharias pulled a protest that many fathers are pulling today trying to show why they are not ready to father.
The angel of the Lord said “I am not just an ordinary Angel chosen to deliver these news! I serve in the very presence of God! For this reason you shall be struck dumb until you understand your duties as a father!”
This was Angel Gabriel! Same angel that was going to appear to Mary and Joseph!
I want to say to New Believers your birth is as important as that of John, and the present Zechariases who will take your birth for granted will be struck dumb until they understand their fathering duties.
You are not just New Members, you are Sons!
It is not just ordinary angels announcing your birth!
A special Angel has been sent to announce your Sonship, not just Membership!
God is raising Fathers who will turn their hearts to you in this season!
You shall have the revelation of Sonship just as you enter this Kingdom. Fathers will be struck dumb until you are born until they know that they have been called to convey their dream to your vision.”
Now on our tenth session we will open our understanding to the events that happened when John was about to be born.
We shall focus mainly on Zecharias as the priest of those days.
Let us look at the preceding verses before he met the angel:
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
Luke 1:5-10 KJV
We left the previous session with Zecharias struck dumb because of trivializing the responsibility before him of fathering John.
This man was the most respectable man in Judea along with his wife who came directly under the lineage of Aaron.
He held a very important Priestly Office which put him as spiritual father to the whole community which he keen on prayers as he burnt the essence.
He lost something that a father did not deserve to lose.
He lost something that a Priest did not deserve to lose.
He lost a voice in his community and family.
He was given time to rethink how he has to use his voice as a father.
We have many righteous and very respectable and well known men today in our communities who are not ready to father the Royal Priesthood!
New Believers are Born into Royal Priesthood.
Which is Kingly Priesthood.
God did not allow Zecharias to take the birth of John lightly.
We have cooled down the joy of New Birth in the Households where we are.
We have this idea that New Believers are just Members and Children therefore Sonship is something that will be brought to them when they are “serious members” in our midst.
It is true that they are still carnal or immature, but they are immature Sons.
When we trivialize the Sonship of the New Believers we trivialize their destiny.
Zechariah as Priest had sufficient time to remember his father duties to his son. In the nine months when John was developing in the womb Zecharias had to be quiet lest he confess something opposite to this precious destiny of this New Life.
We are called back to this time of silence and review of our confessions as New Believers are born into Sonship and Kingly Priesthood.
We are not welcoming our servants and slaves who will form a team that will build our pyramids and franchises.
We are called to bring back intersession that will become a womb for the New Believers.
We are Building a Nation of Kingly Priest, a nation that will neither have our servants or slaves.
Zechariah had sufficient time to remember the father duties of priests to the Priesthood sons.
And on the eighth day of the birth of John as the Lord has commanded every father in Israel, Zecharias appeared before the baby and let us hear what he came with:
And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Luke 1:59-79 KJV
Two things Zecharias appeared with from his house to meet his son 1. A knife to circumcise his son.
2. A Prophetic destiny name for his son.
When we have this two things as fathers before our sons, our tongues shall be loosed by God. We will give a Prophecy after Circumcision. This is how Kingly Priestly Sons are welcomed in this realm. This is how John and Jesus were received in this world.
This is how we need to welcome New Believers as Sons.
For this reason John came to this world to make Fathers ready just as God made his own father Zecharias to be ready to meet his son and speak destiny over him.
John came with the Elijah Spirit and Power, not to bring down fire from heaven but to turn the hearts of the fathers to the hearts of the sons.
May our hearts be turned to the hearts of our sons today and let us raise them like John was raised like Jesus was raised.
All the Power is needed to Raise Sons.
We don’t need this great Elijah Power and Spirit to show of how we bring down fire and kill prophets of Baal, we need this Power to bring the Elishas.