ONLY  JESUS  COULD  FULFILL  OLD  TESTAMENT  PROPHECIES OF  THE  MESSIAH


 

    The Old Testament contains several hundred references and some 60 direct prophecies concerning the coming Messiah - - all of which, of course, were fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ.   For example:


1) The Messiah was to come from the seed of Abraham;  2) He would come through the line of Isaac (Genesis 21:12) - - which eliminates one-half of the lineage of Abraham; 3) He would be of the line of Jacob (Num. 24:17) - - which eliminates one-half of the lineage of Isaac;  4) He would come from the tribe of Judah (Gen.49:10) - - which now eliminates eleven-twelfths of the tribes of Israel;  5) He would come from the family of Jesse, namely the house of David (Isa. 11:1) - - which eliminates all of Jesse’s sons except David;  6) He would be born in the town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) - - which eliminates all the cities of the world except one;  7) and the “clincher”, He would be conceived and born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14). 


Other prophetic statements concerning the Messiah include:  He would receive gifts from the Magi;  He would come out of Egypt;  He would be known as a Nazarene;  He would be preceded by a messenger (John The Baptist);  He would receive special anointing of the Holy Spirit (Christ means Anointed One);  He would begin His ministry in Galilee;  He would enter Jerusalem on a donkey;  He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver;  He would be crucified between two thieves;  He would be buried in a rich man’s grave;  He would be resurrected on the third day and ascend into heaven;  etc.

These and other Old Testament declarations establish a solid confirmation of Jesus’ credentials as Messiah, and that He alone could be that “Babe in the Manger”.  In fact, scholars have determined that the probability of a single person fulfilling all of the Old Testament prophecies is only one chance in 10 to the 127th power!  We can, therefore, be confident in the fact that Jesus is indeed exactly who He says He is! 

 

 





















THE  CONCEPT  OF  “RACE”  IS  NOT  BIBLICAL


    Racially motivated hate crimes seem to be making headlines far too often these days.  But one point should be made clear, so there can be no misunderstanding - - the concept of “race” is not Biblical!  There is no mention of races, as such, in Scripture - - nor is there any theological meaning to the term.

    Therefore, it must be concluded that races are arbitrary entities invented by man for his own convenience and anthropological studies.  Actually, as Dr. Henry M. Morris once wrote, the term “race” is strictly an evolutionary concept used by Darwin, Huxley, and others in the 19th century “to rationalize their white racism”. 

    So, then, what does the Bible say?  The testimony of the Bible is that all men who have ever lived are descendants of Adam and are of essentially the same race - - the human race.  While the Bible does not mention races, it does have a lot to say about nations and languages.  “And God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth…” (Acts 17:36).  This distinction of “nations” is even in heaven, as Revelation 7:9 gives the vision of  “a great multitude which no one could number; of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues …”.

    After the “confounding of their language” at the tower of Babel, and the dispersion of people away from the area of Mesopotamia, miraculous physiological changes must have occurred in the centers of the peoples brains that control speech.   The resulting confusion and incoherent arguments finally led each family to go its own way and establish its own national and linguistic identity.

    A certain amount of isolation and national inbreeding was genetically essential for the development of national “traits”.   National characteristics would have developed rapidly, because different innate genetic factors for skin color, stature, hair texture, etc., were originally created in Adam and Eve to permit development of different family characteristics as the human race would multiply and fill the earth (Gen.1:28; 9:1).  These characteristics, however, are superficial and could never result in a new “kind” of man.

    The bottom line is, all “nations” are alike before God in that they all need a Savior, and in that all can come to the Savior, Jesus Christ, if they will.  (see Galatians 3:26-29; and, of course,  John 3:16).











YOU  ARE  SPECIAL  TO  GOD



    Just a note to students and tweens who have been fed the lie of evolution throughout your years in school - - you are indeed special in the eyes of the Creator.

    In Matthew19:4 and Mark 10:6, Jesus said: “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female”.   In this statement, referring to Genesis 1:27 as literal history, Jesus presents two important facts.

    First, that He (Jesus) is a creationist - - after all, He is the Creator! (John 1:1-3 & 14 and Colossians 1:16).  Second, it clearly establishes that Adam and Eve were created “at the beginning” (on the sixth day of the creation week) - - not after the earth had already existed for 4 or 5 billion years.

    Humanism (a name that sounds like a system that really “cares” about humanity) is prevalent throughout our society these days - - but it is a belief system based entirely on a foundation of evolution and declares that there is no need for a God.

    The Humanist Manifesto, formulated by the renowned educator John Dewey, was first printed in 1933 and expanded in 1973.  It accepts evolution as a proven scientific fact and makes some amazing “affirmations” - - including: that, “the universe itself is self-existing and not created”, that “faith in God is outmoded and dangerous”, and that “no deity will save us, we must save ourselves”.

     When people accept this doctrine and the belief in a process of evolution from the non-living primordial ooze, to living cells, to animals, to apes, to man - - that is, from goo to you by way of the zoo - - it’s no wonder so many tend to feel worthless; just an “accident” of random chance; without purpose or hope.

    But this is not true!  You were created as a spiritual being, “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:4), and very special to God.   Men and women were made to not only have a body (formed from the “created” earth) and a soul (mind, will and emotions), but especially to possess an eternal spirit capable of communion and fellowship with the Creator.

    The human body was specifically planned to be most suited for this divine fellowship (including an erect posture, and a brain and tongue designed for articulate speech - - none of which are shared by the animals).  The human body was designed in the form in which God had planned from eternity that He Himself would one day assume (1 Peter 1:20).

    You are indeed distinct from the rest of creation, and are worth so much to God the Father that He gave everything He had so that you could have everything you need (see Isaiah chapter 53 and John 3:16).  Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, He made the way for each one of us to receive the gift of eternal life with Him (see Romans 10: 9-10).


EXILED  FROM THE  GARDEN - - A  BLESSING FOR  US ?


    When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, several events were set in motion.

    First was their feeling of guilt- - which was expressed in two ways, shame and fear. They saw they were naked and were ashamed - - and, in fear, they tried to hide from God.

    Then came condemnation.  The serpent was cursed (Genesis 3:15), Eve was to be subject to pain in childbirth (Genesis 3:16), and the ground was cursed so Adam’s life would involve hardship and toil (Genesis 3:17). 

    And finally, there was separation- - separation of Adam and Eve from their intimate fellowship with their Creator.  They had died spiritually and the process of physical death had begun.  Because of the Fall, sin and death entered into the whole universe - - forcing God to place a curse on His entire creation.  Since that day, “… the whole creation groans and travails until now(Romans 8:22).  But thank God it’s only temporary!

    The curse was reinforced by the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.  Genesis chapter 3, verses 22-24 explains exactly what happened and what had to be done about it;  “Then the Lord God said “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” - - therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he had been taken.  So He drove out the man; and He placed Cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life”.

    Being driven out of the Garden and making death the penalty for sin, actually provided a future blessing for us.  If Adam and Eve had remained in the Garden they could have eaten from the tree of life and mankind would have been immortal.  We then, would all be cut off from God forever! However, if we repent and have faith in Christ’s work on the cross for us, physical death brings us into the presence of God in heaven to be with Him for eternity.

    So, death was the ultimate penalty for sin and the very means by which believers are restored to God and, in His eyes, perfection.  And as a bonus, the Bible assures us that in heaven there is no more curse and  “the tree of life is in the midst of the Paradise of God” and is available once again (Revelation 2:7 and 22:2-3).

 

THE  GOAL OF  “HUMANISM”


 

    The Humanist Manifesto of 1933, largely formulated by the renowned educator John Dewey, has only in recent years received the attention from the Christian community that it deserves.  But, for the past 50 years or so, the 15 tenets of the religion of Humanism (yes, it has been declared a religion by the US Supreme Court) have had a profound impact on American schools and society.

    It is surprising, however, that many Christians still do not understand what humanism really is (or isn’t), or what its underlying foundation is based upon.

    At first glance, Humanism may sound like an admirable philosophy - - a concern for humankind and for the improvement of the human condition.  Noah Webster’s original 1828 Dictionary actually describes a humanist as “one well versed in the knowledge of human nature”. Sounds OK so far.

    More recently, the Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary describes Humanism (a word not in use in 1828) as “Human nature, the study of the humanities, an attitude, thought, or action centering upon human interests or ideals”.   Still sound OK?

    But what does Humanism stand for today?  The first two tenets of the Humanist Manifesto are: 1) “Religious Humanists regard the universe as self-originating and not created”, and 2) “Humanism believes that man is part of nature and has emerged as a result of a continuous process”.   This is exactly what evolution teaches!  The belief in a long process of evolution of the universe and mankind is thus acknowledged to be the very foundation of Humanism.

    Then, in 1973, the 2ndHumanist Manifesto reaffirmed and amplified those tenets.   Among other things, the 2ndManifesto proclaimed; “as non-theists, we begin with man, not God - - nature, not deity.  No deity will save us; we must save ourselves”.

    Knowing this, it is then obvious that the term “Humanism” is not really the proper term with which to describe this religion.  Humanism should be called what it really is: HUMANITARIANISM - - which some modern dictionaries define as: “The tenet denying the divinity of Christ; the doctrine that man’s nature is perfectible through his own efforts”.

    The goal of humanism is, therefore, to cast doubt, dissension, compromise, apathy, etc., within the ranks of those who believe the Genesis account of Creation, the Fall and entrance of sin into the creation, judgement through the world-wide Flood, and the need for a Savior.   In other words, the religion of Humanism is concentrating on not only casting doubt upon, but completely destroying, the very foundation of Christianity - - namely, that God’s Word is Truth!

   

    

the king of creation


 

    The Bible has much to say about the reigns of the many kings throughout the early history of the Middle East.  But Scripture also contains many references to God as King.  For example: In Malachi 1:14 God says “For I am a great King”,and Jeremiah 10:10 calls Him “the everlastingKing”.  A few of the references to God as King stand out as especially significant - - as noted by the author of a 1980 publication, “King of Creation”:



1.  He is the King of Time: because He created time (Psalm 74:12).


2.  He is the King of Space: because He created infinite space (Daniel 4:37 & Nehemiah 9:6).


3.  He is the King of Matter: because He made all things in Space & Time (Rev. 4:11b),


4.  He is the King of Energy; because He energized the infinite and eternal universe; God is        light (Psalm 24:10 7 1 Timothy 6:16).


5.  He is the King of Life; because He is “The King eternal, immortal”(1 Timothy 1:17).


6.  He is King of all the Angels; He created the host of heaven (Col.1:16 & Zech. 14:16).


7.  He is the King of all Nations; (John 1:49 & Jeremiah 10:7). 


8.  He is the King of all the Redeemed (Col. 1: 13,14 & Rev. 15:3).


 


Sadly, in the hearts and minds of many, these days, God is no longer King.

  

They have rebelled against His authority, refuse His salvation, and even deny His true existence.


 


But, since He is the Creator of all things, He is indeed the “King of all Creation” - - Sovereign, Master and Ruler, Lord and Judge of all things.

   

As the pinnacle of His creation, we, His creatures, can only

  

“acknowledge His authority, trust His wisdom, believe His Word, obey His commandments, receive His grace, accept His free gift of salvation and eternal life, and praise His name!”


THE  NECESSITY OF  THE  VIRGIN “CONCEPTION”


 

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

    The one basic fact that makes Jesus’ birth different from any other in history is that He was born of a virgin.   For centuries, this virgin birth (or more specifically, the conception by a virgin) has been laughed at, refuted, and attacked - - and at one time or another most people have probably wondered:  “Why a virgin birth, anyway?”

    The answer is - - if it were not so, God’s plan of redemption would never have been complete.  Jesus had to be born of a virgin in order for Him to be without sin - - without the blood of fallen man flowing in His veins.  To have authority in the earth, He had to have a physical body, so He had to be born of a woman.  But to have authority with heaven, He had to be pure in Spirit - - one with the Father.

    Every person born after Adam sinned, has been born in sin - - with a sin nature.  But Jesus did not have an earthly father, and this is what makes being  “born of a virgin” a must!

    Medical science once thought that the mother furnished the blood for the baby in the womb, but for some time now it has been known that this isn’t true.  Under normal circumstances, blood doesn’t pass from the mother to the baby.  The blood type and chemistry is determined by the father.

    As we know, the life of the flesh is in the blood, but because of Adam’s sin and the fall of man, the death of the flesh is also in the blood.  Therefore, if Jesus had an earthly father, He would have had death in His blood like we do.

    So, thankfully, the conception of Jesus was indeed a supernatural act.  God created the first cell for the body of Jesus. The Holy Spirit over-shadowed Mary and, by the power of God, a seed - - “a Holy thing” - - was planted in her womb. The embryo within her was the Word of God (John 1: 1, 14).  It had to be this way, because to redeem mankind that was under the law (Gal. 4:5), the Son Himself had to be “without blemishand without spot”(1 Peter 1:19). 

    Just as Adam was specially made by God, the “last Adam” was a special creation.  Jesus, as the “last Adam”, had to be like the first Adam before the fall.  He had to pass the same test that Adam failed.  The ultimate sacrifice had to be a perfect man - - in right standing with the Father - - to restore mankind to its rightful position in God’s eyes.  A most significant event!