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By Prophet Bards Foretold.

We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote — Jesus of Nazareth
John 1:45

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Every aspect of our Lord’s birth, life, personality, character, ministry, arrest, trial, death, resurrection, and ascension were predicted hundreds of years in advance. The entire Old Testament is simply a preview of the life of Christ. We’re told He would be born of a woman (Genesis 3:15); to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14); of the seed of Abraham (Genesis 12:3); of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10); through the line of David (Isaiah 9:7); in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); and that His name would be Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).

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The virgin birth and all the other aspects of our Lord’s life, having been accurately predicted, were wondrously fulfilled, proving His origin and identity. Jesus told His enemies to search the Old Testament Scriptures, for “these are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39).

The same Bible that pinpointed His first coming is brimming with references to His return. Let’s rejoice in His virgin birth today, and await His victorious return.

“For lo! The days are hastening on, by prophet bards foretold, when with the ever circling years comes round the age of gold.”1

1 Edmund H. Sears, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”

Luke 2:1-20, Jude 1

By David Jeremiah

What is the “Abomination of Desolation”?.

In Matthew 24Jesus gave us some clear connecting points between Daniel 9 and the Book of Revelation. If we are going to be diligent about Bible reading, we are going to have to learn how to read prophetic passages. God is very clear that a prophet speaking for Him must be exactly right or he should be killed! (see Deuteronomy 18:20–21) This means the “prophets” featured in the supermarket papers wouldn’t last long!

Some of the things that happen through church history to make the fulfillment of prophesy apparent to the people of God are what are called “touchdown fulfillments.” Not the ultimate fulfillment, but an intermediate fulfillment. Take, for example, the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14, “A virgin shall conceive and bear a son.” There was a fulfillment of that in Isaiah’s day; and then ultimately in Christ.

The prophesy of Joel 2 mentioned in Acts 2 about young men dreaming dreams and old men seeing visions. That was fulfilled in Joel’s day and again in the birth of the Church, and there will be an ultimate fulfillment of that prophecy in the time ahead.

So it is with the Matthew 24 passage and the “abomination of desolation” that Jesus mentioned. Interesting, in 175 B.C., Antiochus IV, a Syrian king, took the name Theos Epiphanes which means God Manifested. He marched through the Holy Land, down to Egypt. But because he was turned back (in 170 B.C.), he had such anger that he took it out on the Nation of Israel. He went into the Holy of Holies in the Temple and offered a pig on the altar there. And then he forced Jewish people to eat that meat and to bow down to him.

Now Theos Epiphanes had a bit of an ego problem, right? “Just call me God Manifested.” Eighty thousand Jews refused to bow down to him and they were all murdered in the streets of Jerusalem. Daniel’s prophecy was fulfilled and will be fulfilled again in the end.

Biblical prophecy is not a fantasy movie script. These are realities. And God has given us times in history to see a touchdown fulfillment of it. So we’re like, “That could totally happen. I can see that happening. It has happened—It will happen!” Like that. The ultimate fulfillment of the abomination of desolation is yet future, as Matthew points out when he notes, “let the reader understand.” Let’s anticipate God’s promises every day!

Taken from “It Will Happen” by Walk in the Word Ministries (used by permission).

James MacDonald

Not So Familiar Christmas Scripture: Isaiah 7:14.

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14

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The virgin birth of Christ makes possible His sinlessness. This is one of the most wondrous and marvelous aspects of Jesus of Nazareth. He’s the only person in history who lived righteously on earth — a full life of eating and drinking and socializing and working and talking and sleeping, yet totally free from the taint of sin. There was no moral failure in His dealings, and He was untainted by evil. He was pure and perfect to the depths of His being, and He maintained that purity every moment of His life.

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Because our Lord was conceived in the womb of a virgin who had been overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, He was holy and pure, uncontaminated by the blood disease of sin that has infected every other man and woman on the globe.

It is a mystery, but it is marvelous; and it’s vitally important. Jesus could not have died for our sins had He not Himself been sinless.

Today take a moment to praise God for providing us such a Savior and for giving us such an amazing story.

Revelation 1:1-2:29, Revelation 3:1-5:14

By David Jeremiah.

What Old Testament Prophecies Did Jesus Fulfill?.

The Old Testament, though often thought of as filled with dry history, contains important tests concerning Christ’s claims to be the Son of God and the Messiah. These tests, or prophecies, have and could only be fulfilled by Jesus:

Excerpted and adapted from “Prophecies Respecting Christ” (public domain).

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Who is Immanuel?.

Jesus is ImmanuelJesus is Immanuel, “God with us.”Image: Bernhard Lang / Getty Images
Definition:Immanuel is a Hebrew word meaning “Godis with us.”When Mary and Joseph were betrothed, Mary was found to be pregnant, but Joseph knew that the child was not his because he had not had relations with her. To explain what happened, an angelappeared to him in a dream and said,

“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21, NIV)

The Promise of Immanuel

The gospel writer Matthew, who was addressing primarily a Jewish audience, then referred to a prophecy from the Old Testament, more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus, in Isaiah 7:14:

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:22-23, NIV)

Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled that prophecy because he was fully man yet still fully God. He came to live in Israel with his people, as Isaiah had foretold. The name Jesus, incidentally, or Yeshua in Hebrew, means “the LORD is salvation.”

The word Immanuel appears only three times in the Bible: Isaiah 7:14, 8:8, and Matthew 1:23.

Before his ascension to heaven, Jesus made this promise to his followers: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20, NIV). That promise is repeated in the last book of the Bible, in Revelation 21:3:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. (NIV)

Before Jesus returned to heaven, he told his followers that the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, would dwell with them: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-” (John 14:16, NIV)

During the Christmas season, Christians sing the hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” as a reminder of God’s promise to send a savior. The words were translated into English from a 12th century Latin hymn by John M. Neale in 1851. The song’s verses repeat various prophetic phrases from Isaiah that foretold the birth of Jesus Christ.

Pronunciation: im MAN yu el

Also Known As: Emmanuel

Example: The prophet said a savior named Immanuel would be born of a virgin.

(Sources: Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words and

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Why Bethlehem and a Virgin Birth?

The LORD said to Samuel…. Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem.
 I have chosen one of his sons to be king. (I Sam. 16:1)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Mathew 2:1); Samuel anointed David king in Bethlehem.

 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
(John 7:42) Their rejection of Jesus was based on their ignorance.
They didn’t know Jesus really was born in Bethlehem.
 There is a real sense in which Jesus is a divider of men.
Jesus repeated this idea in (Matthew 10:34-36) for I have come to set a man against his father… and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.
This was no afterthought or post facto remedy, of course.
 It was first announced in the Garden of Eden when God declared war on Satan:
 “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15)

Every Christmas season our thoughts turn to the birth of Christ and to his mother, Mary.

 To some extent, we all take the nativity for granted.
But why was Jesus born of a virgin and in Bethlehem?
One answer, of course, is to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14:
 “Behold the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.

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