“They made signs to the father.”

Biblical scholars have long been puzzled as to why the priests that came to name John the Baptist, made signs to his father on what name is to be given to this eight day old child. Gabriel had sealed Zachariah’s lips, but did not make him deaf. What is the answer to this riddle?

The priests made signs to the infant. The infant asks for a slate, and writes; “My name is John.”

John’s lips are loosed, and he speaks, rather he sings! He sings Hannah’s song. Hannah was the mother of Samuel, the Nazarite for life, whose womb was closed, thus, she could not born a child. God heard her prayers, and opened her womb, and she born a son – a gift from God!

Mary, the mother of Jesus, sings a version of Hannah’s song, but, is Jesus a Nazarite for life?. If he was, why is this fact well hidden?

The truth is, the Roman citizen, Paul of Tarsus, altered the true teaching as he cut the Jews out of their own religion, this second coming of Elijah, and a Savior of the Jews -and not the Gentiles! John was born to restore the Kingdom of God here on earth, and not up in the sky! John is preparing the way for the Terrible Judgement of the Lord that will cast out the Roman slave master, and purify His Kingdom. To have Zachariah sing Hannah’s song is a transference, a usurpation of God, for, this song is Elizabeth-Mirriam’s to sing, and no one else, not even Mary. for John was a Virgin Birth. John was a real historic person. Many believe Jesus is a myth. Some believe Jesus is God. But, what do these three songs say? What does the infant John say? What is the truth? The Koran has applied the birth of John to Jesus. They got it wrong. However, they got it right when they have Jesus speak as an infant. In the Holy Koran the truth has survived, and is………………….REBORN! Just add water!

Jon the Nazarite

Hannah’s Song – 1 Samuel 2

And Hannah prayed, saying…
Triumphant my heart in Yahweh!
A high place my horn in Yahweh!
Wide is my mouth over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.

None holy beside Yahweh!
For there is none except you,
and no Rock like our God!

Stop making much of your speech of pride, pride
goes out loose from your mouth,
for El of knowledge is Yahweh
and it is he who reckons every deed.

The bow of the valiant is shattered,
but the feeble are prepared to be strong.
Those who have feasted, in bread will be paid,
while those who have hungered – no longer!
She who was barren has now borne seven,
while the mother of many dwindles.
Yahweh brings about death and life,
casts to She’ol and lifts up.
Yahweh brings about poverty and wealth,
makes low and lifts high.
He raises from the dust the weak,
from the ash-heap lifts the poor
to seat them with nobles
and a throne of glory grant.

For Yahweh’s are the foundations of the earth,
and he orders upon them the world of men.
The footsteps of his devoted he watches,
but the wicked in darkness are silenced –
for not by power grows mighty a man.
Yahweh shatters his contenders –
against them from the heavens he thunders!

Yahweh will judge the ends of the earth
giving might to his king,
lifting high the horn of his anointed.

Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, ‘His name is John.'” (1:59-63)
Apparently, Zechariah was seen by the townspeople as both dumb AND deaf, though the angel had said only that he would be unable to speak until the child’s birth (1:20). How Elizabeth knew the child’s name was to be John we aren’t told, but likely Zechariah had communicated this to her. At any rate, the townspeople won’t take Elizabeth’s word for it. They go to Zechariah, who requests a “little (wooden) writing tablet, especially of a writing-tablet for notes “(Greek pinakidion).”[3] When he writes “John” they are all dumbfounded that he confirms Elizabeth’s name. “Astonishment” (NIV) or “marvelled” (KJV) is the common Greek verb thaumazo, “to be extraordinarily impressed or disturbed by something, “wonder, marvel, be astonished.”[4]

Zechariah Begins to Speak (1:64-66)
That Zechariah gave the same name as Elizabeth may have been a sign to the townspeople, but suddenly a much greater sign is given. After bestowing the name the Angel had given to him — John, “beloved” (1:13) — Zechariah now begins to speak after at least nine months of silence.
“Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, ‘What then is this child going to be?’ For the Lord’s hand was with him.” (1:64-66)
Zechariah’s first reaction is audible praise. “Praised” is the verb eulogeo, “speak well of, praise, extol.”[5] The townspeople’s reaction is “awe” (NIV) or “fear” (KJV, Greek phobos).
Zechariah’s Prophecy Regarding the Messiah (1:67-75)
The first part of the prophecy concerns the Messiah, which is what the Jews would have understood by the phrase “in the house of his servant David,” since they believed the Messiah would be a descendant of David.

Christians have long interpreted the life of John the Baptist as a preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ, and the circumstances of his birth, as recorded in the New Testament, are miraculous. The sole biblical account of birth of John the Baptist comes from the Gospel of Luke. John’s parents, Zechariah or Zachary — a Jewish priest — and Elizabeth, were without children and both were beyond the age of child-bearing. During Zechariah’s rotation to serve in the Temple in Jerusalem, he was chosen by lot to offer incense at the Golden Altar in the Holy Place. The Archangel Gabriel appeared to him and announced that he and his wife would give birth to a child, and that they should name him John. However, because Zechariah did not believe the message of Gabriel, he was rendered speechless until the time of John’s birth; at that time, his relatives wanted to name the child after his father, and Zechariah wrote, “His name is John” and could speak (Luke 1:5-25; 1:57-66). Following Zechariah’s obedience to the command of God, he was given the gift of prophecy, and foretold the future ministry of John (Luke 1:67-79).
At the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to inform her that she would conceive of the Holy Ghost Jesus, he also informed her that Elizabeth, her cousin, was already six months pregnant (Luke 1:36). Mary then journeyed to visit Elizabeth. Luke’s Gospel recounts that the baby “leapt” in Elizabeth’s womb at the greeting of Mary (Luke 1:44). This is interpreted by Christians[citation needed] as John’s first act of prophecy.

Luke 1:57-80
[57] When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. [58] Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
[59] On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, [60] but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
[61] They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
[62] Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. [63] He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” [64] Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. [65] The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. [66] Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.
[67] His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
[68] “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come and has redeemed his people.
[69] He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
[70] (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
[71] salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us —
[72] to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
[73] the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
[74] to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
[75] in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
[76] And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
[77] to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
[78] because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
[79] to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
[80] And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

The Koran says Jesus was born in late September, or early October, and preached a Judgement Day.

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.
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
But the angel said unto him,
Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
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.
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

According to some contributors to the Classical Rabbinical literature, the first half of the poem was a prophecy, predicting Samuel’s later role as a prophet, that her great grandson would be a musician in the Jerusalem Temple, that Sennacherib would destroy the Kingdom of Israel, that Nebuchadnezzar would fall from power, and that the Babylonian Captivity would come to an end [6].

Luke 1:46-55
New International Version (NIV)
Mary’s Song
 46 And Mary said:
   “My soul glorifies the Lord
 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
   of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
   holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
   from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
   he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
   but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
   but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
   remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
   just as he promised our ancestors.”

19:26] “Eat and drink, and be happy. When you see anyone, say, `I
have made a vow of silence [to the Most Gracious]*; I am not talking
today to anyone.’ ‘

19:27] She came to her family, carrying him. They said, “O Mary,
you have committed something that is totally unexpected.
[19:28] “O descendant of Aaron, your father was not a bad man, nor
was your mother unchaste.”
The Infant Makes a Statement
[19:29] She pointed to him. They said, “How can we talk with an
infant in the crib?”
[19:30] (The infant spoke and) said, “I am a servant of GOD. He has
given me the scripture, and has appointed me a prophet.

[19:30] (The infant spoke and) said, “I am a servant of GOD. He has
given me the scripture, and has appointed me a prophet.
[19:31] “He made me blessed wherever I go, and enjoined me to
observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity
(Zakat) for as long as I live.

The Birth of Jesus
[19:22] When she bore him, she isolated herself to a faraway place.
[19:23] The birth process came to her by the trunk of a palm tree.
She said, “(I am so ashamed;) I wish I were dead before this
happened, and completely forgotten.”
[19:24] (The infant) called her from beneath her, saying, “Do not
grieve. Your Lord has provided you with a stream.
[19:25] “If you shake the trunk of this palm tree, it will drop ripe
dates for you.
_____________________________________________________________________
*19:25 Thus, Jesus was born in late September or early October. This
is when dates ripen in the Middle East to the point of falling off
the tree.

In the biblical narrative, Hannah is one of two wives of Elkanah; the other, Peninnah, who bore children to Elkanah, but Hannah remained childless. Nevertheless, Elkanah preferred Hannah. Every year Elkanah would offer a sacrifice at the Shiloh sanctuary, and give Penninah and her children a portion but he gave Hannah a double portion “because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb” (NIV). One day Hannah went up to the temple, and prayed with great weeping (I Samuel 1:10), while Eli the High Priest was sitting on a chair near the doorpost. In her prayer she asked God for a son and in return she vowed to give the son back to God for the service of the Shiloh priests. She promised he would remain a Nazarite all the days of his life.

Eli thought she was drunk and questioned her. When she explained herself, he sent her away and effectively said that her prayer would be heard and her desire granted. As promised, she conceived and bore a son. She called his name Samuel, “since she had asked the Lord for him” (1 Samuel 1:20 NAB). She raised him until he was weaned and brought him to the temple along with a sacrifice. The first 10 verses of 1 Samuel 2 record her song of praise to the Lord for answering her petition. Eli announced another blessing on Hannah, and she conceived 3 sons and 2 daughters. (From the text it is unclear whether she had five children total, or five in addition to Samuel. See In Samuel 2:21.)

“My name is John!”

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