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Who But God?

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Have you ever thought about what it took for God to orchestrate the birth of Jesus Christ? I mean really thought about it? Well if you haven’t, pull up a chair and come along with me on a journey that tells the story of how God did the impossible time and time again, leaving us to wonder “Who But God”?

Shortly after the creation of man, Adam and Eve disobeyed God, thus bringing sin into the world. The stain of this original sin would be passed onto every person born. To rectify this, God tells us that a Savior would come from the seed of the woman, Eve.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15 NKJV

Though it seemed that Satan had the upper hand, God intervened immediately and said that this seed would be the one that would crush, or bruise the head of the serpent. This seed, of course, refers to Jesus Christ. Moses, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, wrote these words almost 1500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. All of which leaves us to ask “Who But God”?

Later on in the book of Genesis we find a man called Abraham. This man loved God more than anything or anyone. In fact, Abraham was willing to leave everything he knew just to obey God. He was even willing to sacrifice his son Isaac if that was what God wanted him to do. Sound familiar? It was through Abraham that God said He would bless all the people of the earth.

I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 NKJV

God made a promise to Abraham that he would make of him a great nation, and that all people on earth would be blessed through him. This great blessing upon mankind points to the One who would redeem people from every tribe, tongue, and nation on the earth. One look at the genealogy of Jesus demands that once again we ask, “Who But God”?

Over 700 years before the birth of Jesus, a prophet by the name of Isaiah said that there would be a sign given to mankind to let them know that a Deliverer would one day come to Israel.

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 KJV

This scripture points to the impossible, that a virgin would conceive a child. In all of human history, this is the only occasion where such a thing has happened, leaving us to marvel and ask, “Who But God”? This scripture reveals one of the many names associated with Jesus Christ: Immanuel. I love this name because it literally means God with us. This points to both His humanity as well as His divinity.

So precise was God’s plan that 800 years prior to Jesus being born, He told us the exact name of the town where His Son would be born.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2 NKJV

This might be a good time to interject a comment for those who may be reading this and are on the fence about whether or not you believe any of this. “Who But God” could speak through the prophet Micah to let the world know the exact name of the little town where the Savior would be born?

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in the dark street shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

Finally, lets look at another Old Testament prophet who foretold the coming of the Savior. About the same time as Isaiah prophesied that a virgin would conceive, a prophet named Hosea wrote what could only be described as a reference to a future event about the Redeemer.

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt“.

This verse is very interesting because it looks back to Egypt, where Israel was held captive for over 400 years, but it also looks forward to a time when the Son of God would be called out of Egypt. Matthew recalled this prophecy as he recounted the events of Jesus earthly family fleeing to Egypt to escape Herod.

When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt have I called my son“. Matthew 2:14-15 KJV

“Who But God” could have decreed this event to such an extent? Think of the almost 2000 year history of man that led up to the birth of Christ. How many wars did Israel and Judah fight? How many times did God intervene on their behalf? How many kingdoms were subdued in order for the next in line of Judah’s kings take their place on the throne, all while knowing that there was yet to be a future King of Judah that would rule the world?

The story of Christ’s birth is miraculous on many fronts. From the beginning where God reminded Satan that there was coming a “seed” that would crush him, to all the Old Testament prophets who spoke of His coming, we are left to marvel at the awesome power of the only God who could bring all of this to pass.

This Christmas I am humbled by the sheer majesty of the Almighty. So much so that I am left without words, except to say “Who But God”?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Ron

The Branch of Righteousness

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“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

These two verses (5-6) from Jeremiah chapter 23 were no doubt encouraging to a nation steeped in sin and suffering from deep corruption within the religious hierarchy of the day. Judah and Israel would soon fall into bondage, the promised punishment for their having abandoned the commands of God. Chaos was the order of the day, and lawlessness prevailed on an unparalleled scale. Yet even in the midst of their backsliding, God was looking to a new day.

I am reminded of these comforting verses as we approach the day in which we celebrate the coming of the promised Messiah. “Behold, the days are coming” remind us that the evil and injustice we see in our world today will not always be. Because of the Branch of Righteousness that came as the Redeemer of mankind, a better day is coming. And you and I are the beneficiaries.

This is why I have hope for the future. To be clear, my hope is not centered on this life, but the life which is to come. Because of God’s Branch, I have hope that one day Godly judgment will be the norm. I have hope that the day will come when the voice of crying will never be heard again. I have hope that one day there will never be another loved one leave us because of death.

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord.

I’m ready. How about you?

Have a blessed day,

Ron

Sound Familiar?

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Conspiracy theories abound today whenever the words “Corona, Pandemic, or Virus” are tossed around. Like everyone else, I have my own thoughts about the reasons why this very real virus was unleashed upon the world. Without going into those reasons (since this post isn’t really about that), suffice it to say that this virus is serving a purpose largely lost upon the entire world.

What is that, you ask? I believe the fallout from this virus is a precursor to the mark of the beast that Jesus spoke of in the book of Revelation. More to the point, I believe this virus serves to condition humanity to accept something they otherwise would not accept by withholding goods, services, medicines, and even food unless one accepts the terms imposed upon them.

Just in case you think that sounds a bit too far-fetched, you should know that Israel is already working to “motivate” their citizenry to take the vaccine in January. Their plan is actually quite simple: take the vaccine and you are free to do as you please. Refuse the vaccine and your life will never return to normal.

‘We won’t force vaccine; but here’s what we will do’ – Inside Israel – Israel National News

From the article:

The issue of how to “motivate” vaccine compliance has generated increasing interest, with commentators such as Mike Cernovich writing: “Government won’t force you to take vaccine. Amazon will. Airlines will. Banks will. You won’t be able to buy, sell, or trade without the vaccine.”

Sound Familiar? Well, if you are a student of God’s Word that last sentence should sound very familiar to you!

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name“. Revelation 13:16-17 NKJV

Like it or not, agree with it or not, the fact remains that God’s Word has a 100% accuracy rate. It has never failed to be correct. Every specific prophecy either has already or one day will be fulfilled. Not one of them will go unfulfilled. That includes Revelation 13:16-17.

What was once thought of as being far into the future is now on our doorstep, and there is no hiding from it. To be clear, the COVID vaccine is NOT the mark of the beast referred to in Revelation. It is, in my opinion, the prelude to condition humanity to eventually accept this mark.

Rest assured, the world will be watching Israel to see how its citizens react to the vaccine, as well as how they react to the “motivation” to be vaccinated. Here in America, we are very likely to follow the same path of implementation that Israel will take.

Which leads to the question…how much “motivation” will you require?

Have a blessed day!

Ron