I wish you all a very happy Christmas.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas.
Happy Christmas. I hope it has been a good week and not too stressful. For me, Christmas is a time to celebrate and a time of truth, where the story of the King’s birth is told in songs, carols, stories, and Christmas plays across the world. If not for that, the message would be buried by Santa and Christmas sales!
The story has been fore-told in ages past, where mankind was promised one who would come to save us – the “seed of the woman” God spoke of when He cursed the serpent in the garden. She is represented by the sign of Virgo, holding a branch in her right hand, an ear of corn in her left.
“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 3:16
The titanic struggle between the serpent and the promised one is represented by the sign of Scorpio, which portrays a gigantic scorpion endeavouring to sting in the heel a mighty man who is struggling with a serpent.
Right now the battle on earth is for our hearts and minds. Will we believe the truth, or treat it as a story?
Lucifer (called ‘the dragon’ in my story) has done his best to hide the facts of King’s birth, life, and resurrection. Christ called him “a liar, and the Father of lies.”
The serpent has raised up his own stories and heroes to hide, obfuscate and discredit the truth. For instance, he will say that Isis and Osiris were there in Egypt before Christ and Mary, and before that, there was Nimrod and Semiramis in Babylon. Sure, they’re described in the Bible as “other gods”, idols that God warned Israel about. The devil has a two-fold purpose; to keep the truth away from us, and to arouse God’s anger. Hear God lament about it in the book of Jeremiah, about 600 years before the Birth of Christ.
“The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse my anger.” Jeremiah 7:18
Mary is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as “the Queen of Heaven”, causing us non-Catholics to shy away from her. I don’t mean to ‘dis’ Catholics, that is not my intention. It’s just that Mary should not and would not want to be worshiped. I believe she would be appalled at her identity theft by Isis. I was thinking about it this Christmas, as I watched the children put on their Christmas play.
I do believe that Mary deserves better than to be avoided. She gave birth to the King, raised him even though the sorrow of that would pierce her heart. Christmas is about getting together with family. Mary was part of Christ’s family, His mother here on Earth. She wasn’t born to be a god, she was born to be a mother, the mother of a King. In that role, I believe she deserves our wholehearted respect.
Eight centuries before Christ’s birth, the prophet Micah foretold that He would be born in Bethlehem. The meaning of the name “Bethlehem” is the “House of Bread”.
“I AM the living bread which came down from heaven,” Jesus said in the first of seven “I AM” statements, “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” John 6:51
Have you ever been hungry, for something besides food? When I was a child, I hungered for a hug, and words of approval. When I grew up, I hungered for a better life. I hungered for the King, even though I did not yet know Him.
The King promised whoever comes to Him, the Bread from Heaven, believing in Him will never go hungry. He said His Father’s will is that everyone who looks to Him the Son, and believes in him shall have eternal life, and He will raise them up at the last day. John 6:35-40
I hope you have enjoyed reading what I’ve learned about the King. I’m but one beggar showing another beggar how to find bread. If you hunger in your spirit, remember who was born in the House of Bread, and I pray you’ll seek Him out.
Whatever we think of Him, the King’s entrance into our world that night in Bethlehem changed the world. His birth changed history. We can’t argue that. Our system of dating is divided into BC and AD. The scriptures are ordered around His life. There is the Old Testament – before his birth, and the New Testament – after his birth.
Micah, a prophet who lived about 8 centuries before Christ foretold the birthplace of the King and described Him who would come forth as being “from of old, from everlasting,” or “appointed from eternity.”
“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
It is said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2
Jesus is concealed in the Old Testament of the Bible at different times and in different guises. At the Burning Bush, He commanded Moses to remove his sandals, and gave His name as “I AM”. This was about 1440 years before He was born at Bethlehem.
On another occasion He appeared before Joshua, holding a drawn sword When Joshua asked Him “Are you for us or for our enemies?”, He described himself as commander of the army of the Lord. He accepted Joshua’s worship, which no angel (except the fallen Lucifer) would ever do. Joshua was also told to remove his sandals, for the place where he was standing was holy.
When Jesus walked the earth, the Jews asked Him how could he have seen Abraham? He answered them “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8:58
Two millennia ago, wise men set out on a journey to find the King of the Jews. They knew about the star that would arise in the sign of Virgo, from knowledge given to astrologers by the prophet Daniel when he was in Babylon.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2
This Christmas I am going to write about the King. In order to do him justice I went into the Kingdom, my way of meditating where I read the Bible and weave together signs. Let me tell you a story ….
Immanuel © Joanne Rolston
Looking at Seth and his children, Adam taught them the history of the world and explained the prophecies of things yet to come, knowing it would have to be transmitted orally in order to survive the coming deluge and ice age.
The facts were in the form of a story, with no scientific explanation or context. It was the simple truth.
As for He who was to come, the stars would confirm the prophecy.
On this particular night the stars filled the sky with their brilliance.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim his handiwork. Day after day they utter speech, and night after night they show knowledge. They have no speech or language, no sound is heard from them. Yet their sound has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the earth. Psalms 19:1-4
“What happened after you ate from the tree of knowledge?” asked Enoch, a child of the seventh generation.
Weeping, Adam replied; “Our Father looked at us with great grief. After fashioning us in his own image we’d lost our glory. Naked and ashamed, we cowered before him. Without our covering of light we looked just like animals, like creatures of clay. I saw the shining innocence in Eve’s eyes give way to self-awareness and sadness.”
“Were you as Gods?” Seth asked.
“No. We had knowledge, but no power to save ourselves. The serpent took the whole world.”
Adam’s eyes darkened as he remembered the curse, “My father cursed the form that Lucifer the Archangel had taken, and promised that we would be his enemies – his offspring and ours, the seed of the woman. Promising a deliverer who would take the fallen world back from him, he said to the serpent “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
Tracing out patterns and explaining the meaning of the constellations, Adam taught the word of God, using the names of the stars.
Pointing to the constellation of Scorpio, where the brightest star Antares, the wounding, shone ominously with a deep red light, Adam said “there the gigantic scorpion is trying to sting in the heel a mighty man, who is struggling with a serpent. The serpent is crushed by the man, who has his foot placed right on the scorpion’s heart.”
“Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder;
The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under foot.”
Explaining about the One who would come, who would be born of a virgin, Adam said “Now look up there, children, at Virgo. Virgo means “the seed of the woman.” She has a branch in her right hand, representing the one who will be brought forth, and some ears of corn in her left hand, representing seed.”
“Behold, the days come, says the LORD, That I will raise unto David a righteous BRANCH (a Son), And a KING shall reign and prosper.” Jeremiah 23:5
There in Virgo is Centaurus, the “despised”, and Bootes who is “to come,” and Coma “the desired”.
A new star will appear in this sign when He of whom it is foretold will be born. He will be the desire of all nations, to be despised and rejected by men, giving his life as an offering that we may live. He is the coming one who will rule and govern the earth.
Ages will pass, and kingdoms will come and go. After the meaning of the twelve signs is lost, a nation of twelve tribes will arise, and a bloodline will be chosen. They will prophecy and preserve the truth about him in their scrolls, and He will be born.”
“What sign will be given when he comes?” they asked.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14