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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Why God Wants You To Change





Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish Theologian who lived from 1813 to 1855. He related a homely parable about a flock of geese that milled around in a filthy barnyard imprisoned by a high wooden fence.


One day a preaching goose flew into their barnyard,  stood on an old crate and admonished the geese for being content (ripped it into 'em), he recounted the  exploits of their forefathers who spread their wings and flew trackless wastes of sky, he spoke of the goodness of their Creator who had given geese the urge to migrate and wings to fly.

This pleased the geese, they marveled at his eloquent words, nodded their heads and applauded his preaching; just then Mrs Farmer came in with some good corn so they waddled off, after having their fill they gaggled for years about the greatness of the preaching goose.
They never did fly. 


Don't copy the behaviour and customs off this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how His ways will really satisfy you. 
Romans 12.2 Living Bible

CHANGE: Oxford Dictionary-         making or becoming different,
different from previous state
substitution of one for another


EG.   New clothes - when you first put on new clothes  you may feel special, obvious, noticed and proud, having a sense of worthiness; 
but they are a little stiff, you are not so not familiar with them as your trusty old jeans, there is a small amount of trepidation.
Your old clothes on the other hand are comfortable, blend in, nothing special, nobody notices. 
Change makes you feel different.


3 Reasons why God Wants You To Change

1/ If we don't have change the past will be the present and the future, boring, lifeless, useless, dead.

Abraham would still be in Ur of the Chaldees (Iraq),
Moses would have been the next Pharaoh of Egypt instead of Israel's deliverer,
David would have continued as his brothers lunch boy instead of slaying Goliath,
Esther may have lost her life along with thousands of Hebrews, Mordecai said to her, "Who knows if you haven't come to the kingdom for such a time as this."
Nehemiah would still be serving wine to King Artaxerxes in Susa instead of motivating a bunch of no hoper Hebrews to build a wall around Jerusalem,
Peter & John would still be out fishing for lunch instead of changing the world as Christs apostles,
Paul would still be a religious narrow minded, threatening, murdering bully, instead of converting the gentiles to Jesus.


Czar Nicolas II, who ruled Russia from 1894 to 1917, was walking in his palace garden one day when he found a soldier who was stationed as a sentry to guard a particular place standing to attention in a lonely part of palace garden.

"What are you guarding," asked the Tsar

“I don't know - captain ordered me to this post," the sentry replied.


The Tsar asked the captain why, he replied, "Written regulations specify a guard to that place."
The Tsar ordered a search of records to find out why. 
The archives yielded the reason.

Many years before Catherine the Great had planted a rose bush in that corner of the garden, she ordered a sentry to protect it for that evening.

100 years later sentries were still guarding the now barren spot. 



Are we still guarding our precious traditions, old songs, hymns, revelations of 30 years ago, or 20  or 10 or 2?
Are we willing to change the way we do things to meet a changing community and stay relevant?

Ask "Am I willing to get out of my own personal comfort zone to bring the lost to Christ."

If we don't have change we'll die in the past.

2/ God is a God of the New Thing.

Isaiah 42:9  Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Isaiah 43:18/19  Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;

Jeremiah 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: because his compassions fail not. 

Lamentations 3:23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Ezekiel 11:19  And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you;

Ezekiel 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:

Luke 5:33/9   new wine goes into new wine skins
use of wine skins, (dead carcass) empty, dry, hard, inflexible, useless, throwaway when used,
the only important thing is the wine.
History is filled with dead carcasses of people, organisations, denominations, churches, that wouldn't stay flexible to the new wine.

They like the way it used to be (old wine - mellow - dead)



3/ You'll always get what you've always got

If you always do what you’ve always done,
You’ll always get what you’ve always got.
we need to sacrifice for the new thing.


Wine skins come by ripping the guts out of an innocent lamb or kid,
change means sacrifice.
A lot of people don't accept change because they're not willing to sacrifice for the new thing.

Sometimes you've got to stop doing it because its not working.
Have you ever seen a blowfly trapped in the house in the summer and flying at the window in a vain effort to escape.
After many attempts of flying into the glass window, you will find him dead on the window sill the next morning.

We've got to get used to taking the new wine.

v39 they like the old wine because its mellow/dead doesn't challenge them,
new wine is full of life fizz, and challenge.
New people come into the church, they don't know we've done it this way for 25 years & they come up with new ideas.

Change requires work, effort, challenge, sacrifice.
Don't fall for the old trick     -    "the old is better."

The new wine is full of fizz and life, it's always better.
What God does is always new.


Where will you be in 1 year,  5 years,  10 years?
Will you still be a pew warmer admiring the good things that someone else does?


If you want to get something different to what you've always got;
You've got to do something different to what you've always done.

Where will your church be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years?

The church is changing.
The last 50 years have seen more rapid change than at any time in human history. Changes in technology have changed every aspect of life: from contraception to computation, from communication to community formation. 

Philip Hughes, Christian Research Asso0ciation



When is the last time you did something for the first time?

At the resignation of the Queensland state clerk from a major Christian denomination she wanted to leave a parting gift to the executive members.
After the executive meeting she took all the members onto the roof of the 14 storey hotel building in Brisbane where the meeting was held.
They were met by a mean hulk of a man with biceps on his biceps, The clerk advised here is my parting gift to you. 
The hulk expressed, "You're all going over the edge, face down, walking down the side of the building to the ground." There was of course ropes, harnesses and all the safety gear.
Fear and trepidation gripped one man, he backed up against wall and stuck there until every other member had successfully completed the mission of walking face down to the ground from the roof of that 14 storey hotel, the trainer eventually talked him into it, harnessed him up and gave him his instructions etc.
Stand on edge looking 14 storeys down to the Brisbane streets below, "you will take one step and go from vertical to horizontal in 2 seconds,"
With his heart in his mouth he took that step, and finally after many more he got to the bottom. He unhooked his harness, screamed at the top of his lungs, "YES," and hugged first person he saw, a complete stranger,
"I'm going to do that again," he exclaimed. 
When he got home he said to his kids, "You should have seen your dad today."

CONCLUSION
Plans to change the church will not happen unless there is change at every level.

Change Means:

Being different

Thinking Differently

Doing Differently



Warning
New wine will burst old wine skins,
wine will run out,
wine will be ruined,
You will lose it if you're not willing to change.

Encouragement
There's always a new wine with God.

Prophecy
God is engineering change in his church.

3 Things for you to do now.
Take action  - make a change in your life.
Greatest change you can make is to make Jesus your Lord.

Be filled,
refilled and refreshed with the Holy Spirit.

Be prepared to do something you have never done before,
if you want to have something you have never had before,
if you want to see God do something in and through your life you have never seen Him do before. 



Change starts here: 







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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Kingdom Building Through Unity.

Kingdom Building Through Unity. 

John 17.20-23 Jesus Talked about unity, Churches talk about unity.
BUT...
The world sees the church and thinks - factions, fractured, confusion.


Have we got unity because we talk about it.?
Have we got unity because we believe in it?

The only way we can develop unity is to DO something about it.
I'm NOT talking about ECUNEMICALISM.
(everybody getting together and trying to agree)
They tried that with language ESPERANTO, it didn’t work.

There is something deeper, stronger, more binding than mere agreement, it is brotherhood. It's OK for you to worship different to me, practise your faith different to me, have a different view of end times to me, in fact most things are not mandatory that we do in our religion, but, there's the problem, religion - it divides, but Christ brings together. When I see you as my brother in Christ instead of my competitor or misinformed or a backslider or apostate, only then can we walk together in unity.
When we see and act together as brothers in Christ, only then do we have a chance at unity like Jesus prayed for.
"That they may be one as we are one."
What do you think ???
How well do you know your brother minister down the road?
How will you develop unity with other believers outside your church?
Let's develop a maturity for unity!!!

Jesus taught deep profound truths - Hidden mysteries of the kingdom that cannot be discovered with human intellect.
So human reasoning is not going to bring us unity.
There needs to be a spiritual connection.
Jesus refers to the church amongst other things as:-
A Field
A Building
A Body
These all signify one not many.
How many churches does Jesus have?


Jesus said "I will build my church..."
he did NOT say:-
I will start churchES across the world, or
He and a few others would build the church or
Apostles, churchplanters or whatever would build their church.




Lets be clear:-
It is His church, not ours (pastor, its not your church);
He will build it, your job is to preach the gospel & make disciples;
There is only one church, you are either in it or you're not (some might be surprised),
Jesus is coming back for HIS church, it will be one without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.
So the question we should be asking ourselves is:-
Is what I am doing in line with what Jesus commanded me?
(Am I doing the job to prepare such a church?).
Food for thought!!! 

UNITY IS ACHIEVABLE if the desire and willingness is there.
Let me make it clear, I'm talking about Unity NOT Uniformity.
There is One God, One Lord Jesus Christ.
He is among the different churches but doing different things in each. There is beauty in diversity.
There are many local churches mentioned in the New Testament, they are all different.
As pastors and leaders we can easily get so concerned about our little flock (even if there are thousands in your church it is still little), that we forget the bigger picture that Jesus is looking at; millions around the world.
When we are self focussed we think about :-
• Protecting what WE have accumulated,
• What OUR ministry is doing,
• What outreaches OUR church is doing,
• How important WE look in the eyes of OUR people.
Friends, we don’t have any people.
Its HIS church not our church.
When we are Kingdom focused we:-
• Look at what Jesus is doing elsewhere & rejoice in it.
• Rejoice with other ministries & share with them; we are here for you, not us.
• Release people to have a ministry themselves separate from our local church because we don’t control them.
• If we have to control their every move we are of all people insecure and don’t know that Christ has made us free from law and placed us under grace.
When we are big enough to release people, God will grow us.
While we have to control people, we stay a small person.
Selah 

How to build unity
Know your local pastors.

  • Get together to pray for each other and share ministry concerns.
  • Pray for common issues in your area, city, nation.  
  • Co-operate on some special events together.  

When a church can’t miss a service because:-
We won’t get the offering which we need for wages, building costs, loans, programs etc
We’ve missed the point of church.
We have organised unity OUT of the church by OUR commitments and OUR projects.

Is it possible that all this time we have not been preaching the same gospel as Jesus?

Matt 13.10-17  it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
There are mysteries that the dull of hearing will not get.

Backbone of the religious church has been studying about the God of the Bible (Theology) –
an intellectual exercise in futility that cannot either personally know God or His kingdom.

Backbone of the relational church is intimately relating to God & hearing Him by His Spirit.


The purpose of meeting together in groups is not to learn about Him, -  but to know Him, experience intimate relationship.

The Church in this Kingdom age is returning to the reality of hearing and following the voice of God.

John 10.27  Hearing from God involves the Holy Spirit.
Jesus waited until the Holy Spirit came on Him before demonstrating the miracles of the kingdom, before bringing heaven to earth.

He taught us to pray like this:- "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven...."
What will you DO to ensure that it is? 



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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Pulpit Rock Training has Launched

Pulpit Rock Training is the newly released social media and public profile training program released by Africa Network BFTF (a division of Beautiful Feet Task Force) in order to address both the the why, what and how of creating a public profile of interest and value on the social platform Africa Network BFTF the concepts of which are easily transferable to any social platform.





By spending just 10 minutes a day, the member will rocket their profile into the top member leaderboards and the upper atmosphere of social profiling, creating a powerful force and recognisable name and brand which may result in increased awareness and opportunities as well as conveying your valuable and important messages to affect hundreds of leaders.

Pulpit Rock Training comes as a regular email with short, simple tasks to do each day complete with why they should be done and the practical step by step instructions of what to do.



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Participants can take the principles learned here and apply them to all forms of social media to take their ideas into a much broader market and propel their ministry forward.


When you register by clicking HERE and joining the network you will receive amazing training every few days to enable you to become a master of social networking in just 10 minutes a day.

You will discover:-
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  • How to build friendships and how they help to maximise your ministry. 
  • Why social sharing is critical to your ministry success
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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Concerning The Prophecies About Jesus Christ

Rev Dr Howard Sands 

The Old Testament includes about sixty different prophecies, with more than 300 references, of the coming of the Messiah. It was through the fulfillment of these prophecies that Israel was told she would be able to recognize the true Messiah when He came. The four gospels record several times when Jesus said that He was fulfilling a prophecy of the Old Testament. Luke24:27 records, for example, "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." And verse 44 notes, "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and the prophets and the psalms, concerning me."

Here are a few of the pertinent ones. 
A. Prophecies of Ancestry. 
B. Prophecies of His Birth.
C. Names Given at Birth.


Prophecies of Ancestry.
1. Seed of Woman.
prophecy
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
fulfillment
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Galations 4.4-5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Colossinas 2.15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

2. Seed of Abraham.
prophecy
Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
fulfillment
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

3. Descent from Shem.
prophecy
Genesis 9:26-27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Genesis 11:10-29 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood: ...begat Salah ...and begat Eber ...and begat Peleg ...and begat Reu ...and begat Serug ...and begat Nahor ...and begat Terah ...and begat Abram ...the name of Abram's wife was Sarai...
fulfillment
Luke 3:23-36 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli ...…………………………...son of Sem ...son of Noe.

4. Descent from Judah.
prophecy
Psalms 78:67-68 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
Genesis 49:9-10 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
fulfillment
Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

5. Descent from Jesse.
prophecy
Isaiah 11:1-2 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
fulfillment
Luke 3:23-32 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, ... Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson,
Romans 15:12-16 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. ... the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 1:5-6,16-17 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; ... And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

6. Descent from David.
prophecy
2 Samuel 7:16-17 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
fulfillment
Matthew 22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.
Acts 13:22-23 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
  
7. He will come from Bethlehem.
prophecy
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
fulfillment
John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

8. David's house like God.
prophecy
Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
fulfillment
Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

9. He will sit upon the Throne of David.
prophecy
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
fulfillment
Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
a. He had to have the right to reign!
There are two lineages given, Matthew 1 and Luke 3. They differ with each other why?
b. One is Mary's lineage, the other is Joseph's.
Both come from David, why Give both?
c. Let's compare them:
<< Christ - these are two seperate columns>>
Luke 3   &  Matthew 1
Jesus
parentage of Mary & parentage of Joseph - Both flow to King David
David
Jesse
Obed
Booz
Salmon
Naasson
Aminadab
Aram
Esrom
Phares
Juda
Jacob
Isaac
Abraham

B. Prophecies of His Birth.
1. Born of a Virgin.
prophecy
Isaiah 7:14 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 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
fulfillment
Luke 1:31,34-35 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. ... Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Matthew 1:18,23 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

2. The Time of Birth.
prophecy
Daniel 9:25-26 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
fulfillment
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

3. Time: while the Temple is standing.
prophecy
Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Zechariah 11:13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
fulfillment
Luke 2:46-47 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
Matthew 24:1-2 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
a. Solomon's Temple was destroyed in 588 BC by Nebuchadnezzar.
b. Zerubbabel rebuilt the Temple and it was destroyed by Antiochus in 170 BC.
c. Herod rebuilt the Temple, shortly before the birth of Christ, and it was destroyed by Titus in 70 AD.
d. The timing was critical for Christ to have been there.

4. Desire of all Nations.
prophecy
Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
fulfillment
Luke 2:25-33 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

5. Place of Birth.
prophecy
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
fulfillment
Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

a. Mary was living in Nazareth at the time Jesus was about to be born. Travel was very limited, arduous, and uncommon in that time, yet Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem. Nazareth was 112 miles from Bethlehem by Roman roads. This was quite a journey on foot.
Luke 2:1-7 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

b. Getting Mary there on time:
1). "Sir William Ramsay-the noted British chemist and archaeologist, as well as Bible scholar-in 1923 discovered at Ankara, Turkey, a Roman temple inscription which stated that in the reign of Caesar Augustus there were three great tax collections."
* 'All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible' by Herbert Lockyer. Page 63.
2). The first of these taxes was when Cyrenius was governor. This was in approximately 12 BC. * Smith's Dictionary of the Bible, page 525.
3). "The second [tax] was ordered four years before the birth of Christ; the third, several years after His birth." *Lockyer page 63.
4). "The second special tax...the proud Jews resented; so they sent a commission to Rome to protest about it. ... the commission finally failed ... exactly enough delay was caused ... so that when the enrollment was put in force in Judea the exact time had come for Mary to give birth to her child." * Lockyer page 63.

6. Called out of Egypt.
prophecy
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
fulfillment
Matthew 2:13-15 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 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.

7. He was in Galilee.
prophecy
Isaiah 9:1-2 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
fulfillment
Matthew 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee.

8. He was a Nazarene.
prophecy
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
fulfillment
Matthew 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
a. Rod - is netzer - Rod out of the stem of Jessee.

9. A forerunner sent to Cry in the wilderness.
prophecy
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
fulfillment
John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.


10. A Forerunner sent to prepare the way.
prophecy
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
fulfillment
Matthew 3:1-3 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

11. Elijah sent.
prophecy
Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
fulfillment
Luke 7:27-28 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

C. Names Given at Birth.
1. Salvation
prophecy
Psalms 9:14 That I may show forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
fulfillment
Matthew 1:21-25 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

2. Anointed (the Christ)
prophecy
Psalms 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalms 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
fulfillment
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

3. Lord.
prophecy
Psalms 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
fulfillment
John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

4. Immanuel
prophecy
Isaiah 7:14 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 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
fulfillment
Matthew 1:22-23 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

5. King
prophecy
Zechariah 9.9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
fulfillment
Matthew 2.2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
Matthew 21.9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest heaven!"  also John 12:12-15
Mark 15.2 And Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And answering He said to him, “It is as you say.” NAS 



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