DAY 29 “A great Christmas ADVENTure!”

December 29th 2016 [day 29]

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So, for the last 3 days of these devotions I will return to the main theme! “ADVENTS”. I will look at some of the Old Testament prophesies that were fulfilled in Christ Jesus and certain prophesies pertaining to His 2nd advent and if they have been fulfilled or are yet to come to pass!

FIRST ADVENT

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel [God is with us] Isaiah 7:14.

Isaiah prophesied the virgin birth of Jesus.

Bible prophecy: Isaiah 7:14
Prophecy written: Between 701-681 BC
Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 1:18-23 & Luke 1:26-38

In Isaiah 7:14, the prophet Isaiah addresses the “house of David,” meaning the family and descendants of King David, and speaks of a virgin being pregnant with a child, and giving birth to the child. Isaiah says this in the context of it being a sign from God. He also says that the child would be referred to as “Emmanuel,” which means, “God with us.” The New Testament books of Matthew and Luke record details involving the birth of Jesus, who was born about 700 years after the time of Isaiah, saying that he was born of the virgin Mary and is the Son of God. Because he is the Son of God, Jesus literally can be referred to as “God with us.”

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah; from you One shall come forth for Me [who is] to be Ruler in Israel,
His goings forth (appearances) are from long ago, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2

Micah prophesied the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.

Bible prophecy: Micah 5:2
Prophecy written: Sometime between 750-686 BC
Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 2:1-6 & Luke 2:4, 11 & 15

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In Micah 5:2, there is a prophecy that reveals that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of the Messiah. As pointed out in the book, 100 Prophecies, by George Konig and Ray Konig: “The prophecy is effective in a simple way: It eliminates all other cities and towns throughout the world as a place in which the Messiah could be born. It narrows the possibilities to one tiny village just south of Jerusalem.” And throughout the span of the past 27 centuries, from the days of the prophet Micah up through the present time, Bethlehem is credited as being the birthplace for only one person who is widely known throughout the world. And that person is Jesus Christ. The New Testament books of Matthew and Luke name the town of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus. Matthew 2:1-6 describes the birth of Jesus as the fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy.

SECOND ADVENT

Zechariah prophesied that the Messiah would touch down on the earth at His coming on the mount of Olives:  Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.  In that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from the east to the west by a very large valley, and half of the mountain will move toward the north and half of it toward the south”. Zechariah 14:3-4

This has not yet happened, however it was foretold [again] by angels at Christ’s ascension some 33 years after the First advent occurred!After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them.  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile. [Acts 1:9-12]

APPLICATION: As we observe scripture fulfilled from the Old to the New Testaments it should cause us [1] to be in awe of God more than ever, [2] have a thankful heart that as God knows the end from the beginning in the past, He also knows the end from the beginning in our present/future situations. [3] If God forewarned the former nations of the first advent of Messiah, will He not have forewarned the generations from Pentecost till now of events preceding Messiah’s 2nd advent? [4] Check your own end-times viewpoint! Check that it’s up to date and then watch and pray!

PRAY, PRAISE GOD AND GIVE THANKS: Go pray about this!

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