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Jerusalem Temple Tribune – “Priest Unable to Speak About His Experience.”
Zacharias, who had been chosen for the great honor of over-seeing the incense offering emerged unable to speak. Sources indicate he was in shock and had to be helped by those who had gathered to pray. Later when he had collected himself, he asked for writing materials and indicated an angel named Gabriel had appeared to him with news concerning him and his wife Elizabeth having a son in their old age. Needless to say, this caused quite a stir among those worshipping at the temple, raising questions about this possibly being a prelude to the coming of the Messiah, as a forerunner was expected.
After consulting the high priest and other officials, the account is being dismissed as improbable due to the following facts:
- The LORD has not communicated directly to his people in over four centuries.
- Zacharias’ wife is so old, that she is no longer able to give birth to a child.
- Zacharias must have been overwhelmed by his serving and is expected to fully recover from his so-called experience.
- If the Messiah was to come shortly surely it would have been revealed to the High Priest and the other authorities.
Other Priests serving have been cautioned to not disturb the temple faithful and to maintain order as specified by those in authority.