My father mentioned to me that he didn’t understand why information that didn’t need to be in the Bible was thrown in there. I said what do you mean dad? He said, “Well it talks about John the Baptist and says that he wore camel hair and ate honey and locust. Why do we need that information? “He shrugged his shoulders and looked at me with his amazing smile and said, “I may be wrong, but it just seems like info that could have been left out”… I immediately said, “John’s attire and food are very important to the story”.
And that is how this blog came into being.
We’ll start with John’s father Zechariah and what type of apparel he wore. We first learn in the book of Luke that Zechariah and his wife were descendants of Aaron and that he was a high priest. The priest had a uniform, and so did the prophet. Exodus 28:39-43 “You shall skillfully weave the tunic of fine linen thread, you shall make the turban of fine linen, and you shall make the sash of woven work. For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics, and you shall make sashes for them. And you shall make hats for them, for GLORY AND BEAUTY”.
The garments were tailored to fit each priest exactly. The pants could not be too long or too short, everything had to be precise. Zechariah’s was chosen to burn the daily incense when the angel appeared to him and told him he would have a son name John. There were so MANY priest available for duty that no priest would have ever offered the daily incense more than one time in their life span, but they still had a garment that was for GLORY AND BEAUTY.
Not John the Baptist, he had a garment of camel hair and instead of a woven sash LIKE HIS FATHERS, he donned a leather belt to gird up his loins. The garments worn by the priest were not washed. If they were stained with ashes or blood the uniforms were shredded and used as wicks for the menorah lights or the oil lamps. HOWEVER, according to the temple institute, the High Priest uniform, if soiled, would never be worn again or used elsewhere, but instead would have been hidden away.
Instead of sacrificing animals, the prophets slew men dressed in their uniform attire. Elijah alone, slew 450 false prophets in 1 Kings 18:40. The prophet Jehu executed Jezebel and King Ahab’s whole family. Many prophets were rough and also warriors. John’s garments were rough like his voice. Jesus had this to say about John’s robes. “But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in SOFT CLOTHING? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces! “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is MORE THAN A PROPHET. “This is the one about whom it is written, ‘BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’…Matthew 11:8-10… God is sending His messengers to prepare for His return in this hour.
John was not found inside the temple (the church) but in the wilderness. His parents were dead, he had no wife, no children, but HE HAD A VOICE.
Now John’s clothes and his food and his voice are something that hasn’t been on the scene for some time. Let me put it this way, would you put down your iphone, your computer game, stop watching the super bowl, or march madness, to hike a good twenty miles to the desert to see and hear this wild eyed, long haired man dressed in camel hair, booming repent? Would you? I am telling you the voice of the prophets are going forth in this hour. Repent is not a religious word that means lay on the floor at church and cry, shake and tell God how sorry you are, although that is a good place for us to start. Repent in the Hebrew means to CHANGE YOUR MIND and GO IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. The Jewish encyclopedia says this,
“Sincere repentance is manifested when the same temptation to sin, under the same conditions, is ever after resolutely resisted (Yoma 86b; “Yad,” Teshubah, ii. 1-2). “He that confesses his sin and still CLINGS to it is likened to a man that holds in his hand a defiling object; though he bathed in all the waters of the world he is not cleansed; but the moment he cast the defiling object from him a single bath will cleanse him, as it is said (Prov. xxviii. 13): ‘Whoso confesseth and forsaketh them [his sins] shall have mercy'” (Ta’an. 16a; “Yad,” l.c. ii. 3). The prophets were trained by the older prophets in schools set up for them.
The Bible speaks of a place called the school of the prophets. 1 Samuel describes a place called Ramah where Samuel had set up schools and places for the prophets to meet and seek The Lord. We see in 2nd Kings 6:1 this verse, “The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Please notice that the place where we live under your supervision is too small for us”. We see here that Elisha also had a school and SAFE HAVEN for the prophets. This school had grown and they wanted to move to a new location. Let’s look at verse 2, “Please let us go to the Jordan and each of us take from there a beam, and let us make a place there for ourselves WHERE WE MAY LIVE.” The prophet was not living in the temple wearing linen, although some were assigned to kings. These prophets wanted to go to the Jordan and Elisha went with them. Now John who has come in the spirit of Elijah is at the Jordan baptizing and yelling REPENT for the kingdom of God is at hand. John wears the same attire as Elijah. 2nd Kings 1:8 says, “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.” The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”
Where is the prophet today in your assembly? Where is the apostle? Where is the teacher? They are missing. They have been in the wilderness preparing for this hour. It is time to bring balance back to the house of God. Pastors shout GRACE, Prophets shout REPENT, Apostles help balance things but the pulpit has been controlled too long by one man. We need all the body working together. We need the teachers and the pastors (shepherds) and the Elders coming together and making a marinade of flavor unto the Lord, a SWEET smelling incense like the incense Zechariah brought into the temple. And a prophet is not someone who just prophesies over people good encouraging words. Joseph told the baker that the king was going to hang him and the birds would peck his flesh and eat it. Move to the New Testament and we read this prophets warning, “One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)” Acts 11:28. Nathan was a prophet who had a tough job. He had to confront a king who had taken the head off of giants and was a bloody man of war. Yes, David was also a man after God’s own heart but he had fallen into sin. The prophet Nathan came and pointed out his sin and said, “YOU ARE THE MAN…
So what do prophets eat? The Bible says honey and locust are what John ate. Someone else had a similar diet, let’s look at that.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. He will EAT CURDS AND HONEY at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good”. Isaiah 7:15
Honey represents God’s Law, His WORD.
Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Let’s look at Psalms 119:11, “The (Torah) law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, ENLIGHTENING THE EYES; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; SWEETER ALSO THAN HONEY and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward”.
I have heard that John ate the locust insect, others said it was a locust bean. I found the next excerpt at Jamestabor.com, where he has an interesting article called “Did John the Baptist eat bugs, beans or pancakes?”
He says, “John’s desert diet is found in the fragments we have of the lost “Gospel of the Ebionites,” as quoted by the 4th-century Christian writer Epiphanius. The Greek word for locusts is very similar to the Greek word for “honey cake” (enkris/εvκρις) that is used for the “manna” that the Israelites ate in the desert in the days of Moses. If this is the case then John would have eaten a cake of some type, made from a desert plant, similar to the “manna” that the ancient Israelites ate in the desert in the days of Moses. Jesus said He was that BREAD.
John 6:41 “At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” I could quote more verses on honey and its meaning but I fear I may have kept you too long, so I’ll end this.
John’s diet, apparel and voice shook things up a bit. God’s prophets and Apostles today are too. In this hour they are trying to PREPARE the WAY FOR YESHUA’S RETURN. The loud blasting voice of the prophet needs to be heard or many will be asleep and their oil lamps will be empty.