Friday, December 9, 2016

The Most Wondrous Story of All!

A Most Amazing Prophecy!

A Most Amazing Prophecy

Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1-6

Micah the prophet foretold that the Messiah, the eternal One, would come forth from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Why is this prophecy so amazing?

1.) It is amazing because of the long time span between the prophecy and its fulfillment. Micah penned these words about 700 years before Christ was born. He was guided by the God who knows the end from the beginning. This is comparable to someone living 175 years before Christopher Columbus predicting that President Donald Trump would be born in Queens, New York. Incredible!

2.) It is amazing because of the great odds against choosing the correct birth town. Bethlehem was an insignificant shepherding village, just one town out of thousands in the Holy Land, and yet Micah pinpointed the exact birthplace.

3.) It is amazing because of what had to happen in order for Christ to be born in Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph did not live in Bethlehem, but in Nazareth. To get them to the right place at the right time required nothing less than a decree from the Roman Emperor, resulting in Joseph traveling to his ancestral town (Luke 2:1-4).

4.) It is amazing because it is so simple to understand. There is nothing complicated about this prophecy. Seven hundred years after the prophecy was given certain Hebrew chief priests and scribes were asked where the Messiah would be born (Matt. 2:4-6). Even though these men were unbelieving, yet they knew the correct answer based on Micah’s simple and clear prophecy.

5.) It is amazing because it is so ignored today. Jewish scholars rarely speak of Micah’s stunning prophecy, nor does it receive much attention from the Gentile world. This spectacular prophecy gives undeniable evidence of the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, and yet it is largely ignored by an unbelieving world. Yet to us, “This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Politically Correct Holiday Wishes for All - Just Don’t Say Merry Christmas

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2016 , but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.
But to be non-politically correct: Merry Christmas!

The Mayflower and the Titanic

Dear Friends, what a contrast! Behold! There were 102 people who boarded a small sailing vessel; there were over 2000 who boarded a massive ocean liner nearly 300 years later. The humble Pilgrims were passengers on the Mayflower. They knew that this world was not their true home (Heb. 11:13; 1 Pet. 2:11). The Pilgrims were not seeking riches or earthly fame. They merely wanted a land where they could worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences in view of the clear teachings of the Scriptures. The Pilgrims were willing to suffer great hardships in order to gain this freedom!

 The Pilgrims were not seeking riches or earthly fame. They merely wanted a land where they could worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences in view of the clear teachings of the Scriptures.

The passengers on the luxurious Titanic included many rich people who were accustomed to enjoying all earthly comforts. They delighted in the fine things which this world had to offer. Many were godless, and in their false sense of security boasted, "Not even God can sink this ship!

In spite of the Pilgrim"s difficulties, God wondrously protected them on the Mayflower. The voyage lasted 65 days with many trials. They met with many fierce storms, but God brought them safely to Cape Cod. Remarkably, only two lives were lost on the trip. One man, John Howland, even fell overboard on a stormy night but was rescued against all odds.  [See The Remarkable Story of John Howland, Mayflower Passenger]

Almighty God was with the Mayflower and the tiny ship withstood the seas; the massive Titanic that boasted against God had calm seas and sank.

Almighty God was with the Mayflower and the tiny ship withstood the seas; the massive Titanic that boasted against God had calm seas and sank. The Mayflower believers knew that God was their refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The Titanic victims struggling to survive in icy waters heard the valiant witness of John Harper: "Are you saved? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!"  [See The Titanic - The Amazing but Little Known Story of John Harper]
Those on the Mayflower trusted in God and were delivered; those on the Titanic proudly trusted in this world system and the majority perished. Dear friend, which vessel represents the object of your trust?

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!


The Messiah in Hanukkah - Messianic Significance of Chanukah

The law did not require Jews to be at the Temple in Jerusalem, as this was not one of the pilgrimage festivals. Every one observed it in his own place, not as a holy time. Jesus was there that He might improve those eight days of holiday for good purposes.

Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch when the Sadduciens asked him “How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ tell us.” They pretended to want to know the truth, as if they were ready to embrace it; but it was not their intention. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:25-27). He had told them, and they believed not; why then should they be told again, merely to gratify their curiosity?


Hanukkah’s theme is of a miracle. During Hanukkah Jesus spoke of His miracles: If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him (John 10:37-38). Jesus wanted the people of his day to see His miracles and believe in Him as a result. His miracles point to his divine and messianic identity. In this way Yeshua personifies the message of Hanukkah: God actively involved in the affairs of his people. Hanukkah reminds us that God is a God of miracles, not just of concept and religious ideals. He has broken through into human history and continues to do so today. All of us who know Yeshua can speak of God’s working in our lives (Gilman 1995).

Jesus is the Light of the World

Jesus preached three sermons in which he declared Himself the “light of the world,” and all three could have been during Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. (It is not clear from the text when this incident happened, but it was some time between the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah); both of these celebrations focused on light).Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them (John 12:35-36).

Just before Jesus announced that He was the Light of the world, Jesus had shone upon the conscience of those who accused the adulteress. Read the story in John Chapter 8. John also records Jesus healing a blind man (John 9:1-12) at about the same time (John 8:12 and 9:5) that Jesus declared himself to be the Light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing (John 9:5-7).

End Times

The story of Hanukkah can be compared with end-time happenings described in the books of Revelation and Daniel. Antiochus is a type of the antichrist. Just as happened under the rule of Antiochus, Daniel prophesied in Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The same powers promoted by Antiochus are in the world today. Worldwide immorality, and idolatry are the norm. We must come out and be separate. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. The deceiver stands waiting to devour in this present culture (2 Cor. 6:16-17).
Was Jesus Conceived on Hanukkah?

Many believe that our Messiah, the “light of the world,” was conceived on the festival of lights—Hanukkah. The Bible does not specifically say the date of Jesus’ birth. It was not during the winter months because the sheep were in the pasture (Luke 2:8). A study of the time of the conception of John the Baptist reveals he was conceived about Sivan 30, the eleventh week (Luke 1:8-13, 24). Adding forty weeks, for a normal pregnancy reveals that John the Baptist was born on or about Passover (Nisan 14). Six months after John’s conception, Mary conceived Jesus (Luke 1:26-33); therefore Jesus would have been conceived six months after Sivan 30 in the month of Kislev—Hanukkah. Was the “light of the world,” conceived on the festival of lights? Starting at Hanukah, which begins on Kislev 25 and continues for eight days, and counting through the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy, one arrives at the approximate time of the birth of Jesus at the Festival of Tabernacles. (See the Tabernacle chapter.)

Written by - Robin Sampson

Posted with permission.

For more great studies from a Jewish perspective please visit Biblical Holidays (The Heart of Wisdom website).


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the Day of the Lord!

Today (December 7th) marks the 75th year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor naval base. How sad that this date - which would live in infamy - has been nearly forgotten by toady's American population and especially our youth. Tragically it has been the successful revision of our American history by the Left and the evils of it that has made us weak and vulnerable to a present day "Pearl Harbor" of  EXPONENTIAL proportions (Rev. 6).

It was under the deception of peace and negotiations that Japan struck without warning.

To set the stage for 1941, tensions were high between Tokyo and Washington. Japan had been flexing its military muscle through out China and ravishing the Chinese people and their neighboring countries. Japan's naval might was astounding and they dominated the Pacific ocean. It was under the deception of peace and negotiations that Japan struck without warning. They attacked first, THEN declared war! How and why did America not see what was eventually coming baffles people to this day? In light of Japan's aggressive military advancements and military policies the evidence was more than abundant. Sadly, our guard was up BUT... we deceived ourselves that we were safe from the threat of the Japanese Imperial Navy and their military aggressions. The mind set was that it could not happen to us? We are safe, surrounded by the two big ponds and we are America, the greatest nation in the world. Who could EVER attack us? This same mindset was also present on 9/11/2001.

On a beautiful SUNDAY morning when our guard was down and day dreaming of a positive bright future for the world and our children infamy struck.
On a beautiful SUNDAY morning when our guard was down and day dreaming of a positive bright future for the world and our children infamy struck. The attacks on Pearl Harbor shocked our nation and woke a sleeping giant to the realities of this big bad fallen evil world. That day America personally experienced the horrific aggressive appetites of the world's power hungry war pigs of their day and the result was horrific war.

Since 1941 we as a nation and a world have EXPONENTIALLY changed for the worse. Our barbarity, decadence, lasciviousness, greed, violence and narcissism has saturated our world from top to bottom and the evidence of it is every where. With the arrival of the technology age all have access to its  mighty power. There is absolutely no comparison to our day (2016) then that of 1941.  We have EXPONENTIALLY changed as individuals, callus and wanton. The technological advances have demonstrated as we as a world have expressed to all who that we are more evil and more godless than ever (conservative and liberal). We have demonstrated to angels good and bad every where that we DO NOT NEED Almighty God's PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS - which is found ONLY in Jesus Christ - and are quite self sufficient and content in our fallen humanity (conservative or liberal) to exist without our Creator in SPIRIT and TRUTH (John 1:10, Rom. 1:18-32, 10:2-4).

The technological advances OF OUR DAY have demonstrated to all who pay attention that we are more evil and more godless than ever (conservative and liberal).

It will be this very mindset and godless attitude that will lead this oblivious present world straight into the Day of the Lord and into the unimaginable, (the reception of Lucifer's and his anti Christ - 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 6-9, 13). As the attacks on Pearl Harbor and 9/11 OVERTOOK a sleeping nation so will the Day of the Lord OVER TAKE a sleeping America and an entire world (1 Thess. 5:3, Rev. 6-16). An overwhelming majority of the world's inhabitants (conservative and liberal) REJECT the RIGHTEOUS REALITIES of Almighty God's Word and its prophetic TRUTHS. Deep in their hearts mankind KNOWS without a shadow of a doubt that Almighty God's Day of Reckoning is at hand (Rom. 1:32). Sadly they seek to suppress and block out these REALITIES in the fear that they would have to repent and be saved (Rom. 1:18-32, 2 Thess. 2:10, Rev. 21:8, 27). How tragic!

An overwhelming majority of the world's inhabitants (conservative and liberal) REJECT the RIGHTEOUS REALITIES of Almighty God's Word and its prophetic TRUTHS.

The Holy Scriptures give ample warnings to be awake and on our guard about the day and hour in which we are presently living in. NOT to be asleep, but awake (Rom. 13:11, Thess. 5:6)! NOT to be idle, but redeeming the time (Eph. 5:16-17)! NOT to be ignorant fools, but wise (2 Cor. 2:11, Rom. 10:3, 11:25, 1 Thess. 4:13-18). NOT to be unbelieving, but believing (Mark 11:22, Heb. 11:6, James 1:6-8, 1 John 5:4)! Sadly many professing "Christians" know not the TRUE Christ of Holy Scripture and are deceiving themselves about their ETERNAL estate (Matt 7:21-23, Rom. 10:2-4, Jude 1:10). They themselves are looking for a delusional earthly world utopia and are oblivious to the Battle of Armageddon, Christ's glorious return to earth and the establishment of the 1000 year Kingdom of Heaven on earth.(Isa. 2:1-5, 11, Micah 4:1-4, Matt. 7:21-23, 15:7-9, Rev. 16:13-16, 19:11-21). Is it no wonder that that Day comes as a thief in the night!

In these last days may we be the children of light that our Savior desires of us. May we be steadfast and unmovable as this world is about to enter the ultimate "Pearl Harbor" called,  "the Day of the Lord" (1 Thess. 5:3).

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!



Monday, December 5, 2016

A Little Space and Grace for America for the Moment - What Will You Do?

Countless conservative talk show hosts throughout these 50 states are daily trying to sustain their panic stricken masses with optimistic appraisals and fictitious ideas and remedies that can NEVER fix our current decimated fiscal state, let alone our catastrophic social crisis that has EXPONENTIALLY sent our national fiscal national debt to the moon. My dear friends, How do you save a steel sinking ship when it is filled with 95% water? The obvious answer… You do not! You abandon ship and hope that the sinking ship does not suck you into its abyss when it goes down to Davy Jones locker. That is where we are today here in America. Either you have the courage and fortitude to face this REALITY or you do not. The choice is yours, but whatever you choose, NOTHING will stop this ship from sinking! Do NOT deceive yourselves about our day and hour! My friend, NO Trump victory will stop the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from their soon up coming horrific ride (Rev. 6).

The choice is yours, but whatever you choose, NOTHING will stop this ship from sinking! Do NOT deceive yourselves about our day and hour!

Dear friends, DO NOT be deceived by the false security of a Trump presidential victory. Things might seem better for the moment since Donald Trump's win but the legions of lawless Americans have not gone away and neither have the godless haters of the Democratic Party and moderate Republican Party. Their passion and rage is stewing and you better believe they are NEVER going to concede to an America that somewhat believes in our founding Judeo/Christian values and documents. Sorry to shine the light all of the time in the darkness which offends so many, but this is what the Lord's watchmen do and we must speak His words in such days for the Day of the Lord is at hand and His Kingdom nigh! The scorn is ours to bare but for your sakes in love we warn you of what's at hand (2 Cor. 12:15).

Dear friend, do you personally have a saving relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit, Truth and Divine REALITY to Almighty God's Son (John 1:12, 3:16-17, 1 John 5:13)? For this ETERNAL REALITY is what is ETERNALLY crucial and needed in such days! Almighty God has given Americans a little space and grace for the moment to REPENT and be saved, what will you do with your few moments in this life (Eccl. 1, Mark 8:36, 1 John 2:15-17)? The CHOICE is yours and so are the ETERNAL results (John 3:36, Rev. 20:11-15, Rev. 21, 22:1-5).

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!