What's up with the Baptist?
by Cen Lintz
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John the Baptist...
Probably most referenced for his choosing of 'unusual' attire which added to his wildly strange appetite would perhaps suggest (in my opinion), that he was definitely one of the most intriguing, unique and profound people to be chronicled in the bible!
Commonly recognized for being described as "the voice of one crying out from the wilderness". His clothes were woven from camel's hair that was girded about with a leather belt and that strange 'dinner palette'... consisted of locusts and wild honey!
There's so much revelation in that short description so I will expand in hopes of enlightening the scope of your perception so that you may understand and become receptive as to how insightful and essential his ministry actually was.
Because John the Baptist was filled with the Spirit of GOD while he was yet in his mother's womb, we can be certain that his "voice" was one that was of 'prophetic' nature: speaking the Word of the LORD. The emphasis that he "cried out" is often viewed with simplicity, BUT revelation and understanding teaches us that this form of expression isn't as simple as one may think.
Crying out; aloud or shouting is paired with 'groaning' which means to roar like a lion; a breaking sound that scatters. This is the reason the roar of a lion will cause its prey to become instantly paralytic; the sound is completely surrounding- leaving its prey extremely vulnerable! Furthermore, revelation helps us to observe that he also had an apostolic nature because though John the Baptist (son of Zacharias) lived in the "wilderness", he clearly wasn't born in the 'wilderness': a dry and desolate place; the desert. He however was sent and being "sent" is indicative of an apostolic calling and mandate.
Apostles (who represent the thumb of the fivefold) are anointed with the ability to crack, penetrate and permeate through every barrier of opposition and resistance. Whereas others may struggle, apostles are able to lift and destroy the grip of demonic suppression and strongholds that hinder and stagnate forward progression from becoming a reality! Notice how the 'thumb' is first in position- depicting that this ministry could touch the other 'fingers of ministry' with great ease.
Never intending to downplay the importance or value of the other ministries- my objective was to simply focus on the emphasis of the apostle and how this particular role of leadership is VERY much needed and necessary for the effectiveness, efficiency and cohesiveness of fulfilling the will and plan of GOD for the church today!
In moving forward, I will share how the reference of his garments contain extreme revelation as a result of examining a camel's functionality. Camels are equipped to journey through the desert- staying for long periods of time due to the storing of water in their humps. John wearing clothing made of camel's hair was symbolized confirmation of the calling and mandate placed upon his life. And just as we know the Word of GOD to be 'Living Water', the same proved true for the Baptist as he was sustained by such in the wilderness! No one challenged the GOD-given legality that John operated in and neither did anyone question him as to the authority in which he spoke... whereas with Jesus, it was a common practice!!!
Though he was ultimately beheaded, John the Baptist was recognized and well respected in his position of authority.
The belt he wore symbolized and represented the legal authority that he had been given to declare the Word and way of The Lord. This illustration can be seen from Ephesians 6:13-14 where it reads: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground... Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist...". John the Baptist literally epitomized this command!
As far as locusts are concerned- they are symbolic of and are associated with plagues of catastrophic and devouring measures. The onset from this plague rendered people helpless as a swarm would devour just about everything in its path. Locusts were uncontrollable and could not be contained with fire or water. John eating locusts was a direct representation of overturning and shattering the weight of adversity by breaking through the atmospheric realms of satanic/demonic strongholds- literally devouring the thing known to devour!
The wild honey he ate is also symbolic as it represents that which had not been contaminated or touched. I find it interesting that though John the Baptist was born to a priest, Zacharias didn't have much influence- if any, in his life. And though both believed in GOD, they served HIM on extreme ends of the spectrum. John was very effective in his ministry because he had NOT been contaminated by the beliefs, teachings or practices of religious traditionalism. Radically in motion, his ministry proved to be one that definitely bears the solitary imprint of GOD The FATHER!
In conclusion, I'll provide a revelatory summation of how GOD planned, designed and equipped John the Baptist for great ministerial use and how that same plan is alive and in operation today...
:::A prophetic voice in desolate places preparing the way of The Lord by effectively using the Word of GOD with apostolic authority to break through barriers- paralyzing and destroying the yolks of bondage while shattering and devouring the forces of strongholds that hinder progressive movement, the will and intent of GOD!:::
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