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TTE Advent Calendar Day Sixteen – December 16th


TTE Advent Calendar Day Sixteen – December 16th

Thank you for reading our sixteenth installment of our advent series, please check out our advent page for more articles in this series.

Today we look at the prophecy that the messiah would be the Son of God. We read this prophecy in the 2nd Psalm verse seven.

Begotten not created

Psalm 2:7 (ESV) I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.

I love this prophecy it tells me two things about the coming messiah:

1) He is the Son of God
2) He is begotten

Here is where we lose our Muslim friends who claim that Allah is the same God as the God of the Bible. In Islamic literature we read that “Allah has no Son”. So with Jesus being the Son of God, they worship a different God. I know folks like Tony Blair and his faith foundation may disagree with me, however both holy books (the Bible and Qur’an) say it is not so.

This is not to say that people who were born into the Islamic culture cannot go to heaven. They can! In the same way as anyone who is still in their sin can go to heaven, by trusting in Jesus Christ and following him as your Savior. You will no longer be a Muslim but a Christian.

I also find it awesome that the word used is “begotten” as we stated in a previous article, he was both born of a woman and born of a virgin. (Notice how prophecy comes together?) He was born in exactly the same way that we were, God could have created him as a man, much like he did Adam, but God decided to have Jesus be born as a child. This passage is also quoted in the book of Hebrews…

Hebrews 1:5 (ESV) For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?

The writer to the Hebrews quotes two well-known pieces of scripture (to the Hebrew audience at least)  and ties them to messianic prophecy. He quotes Psalm 2:7 and 2 Samuel 7:14, here is the latter for full context:

2 Samuel 7:14 (ESV) I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

This takes away the heresy that was perpetrated through both the secular world and to a lesser extent the church that jesus was an angel and not actually the Son of God. These verses categorically refute this.

Bible versus opinion

I like it when the bible explains way better than I ever could. I would much rather quote the bible to explain a theological position far better than I ever could. I may stumble, have bad grammar or just not explain it well. The Bible on the other hand would explain, give prophecy and draw a line between scriptures to show God’s perfect will.

Truth be told, my opinion is flawed, like any man and subject to bias. The way that I look at these articles is that if I cannot back up the claims or theological ideas that I put forward with scripture and elementary theological reasoning, then what I write is bunkum.

My Son – Who I am well pleased

Matthew 3:16 (ESV) And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

There is nothing finer than a proud parent. When my daughter does well I am so proud. I also love to extend words of love to her as well as warm embraces. It is important to me that she knows that despite her faults I love her unconditionally.

But when she makes me proud, an example of this would be when she sings out, makes a craft that she has invested time or is proud of or even does well at something, my heart swells to an almost exploding rate and I am so proud. God is in that situation with Jesus. Here is the Son of God, humbling himself and allowing himself to be baptized by a man to be an example to the ones who will follow him.

I recently had a birthday and my daughter made me a cake (with adult supervision) and you should have seen her face as she brought that to me. She was so happy to be giving something to Daddy on his birthday. She was glowing to see daddy’s response.

Again (if we really needed it at this point) is further confirmation that Jesus is Gods own son. The firstborn and the apple of God’s eye, equal in deity with God but also humanity incarnate.

Deity versus humanity

This is the most common problematic issue with looking at the life of Jesus. We have to treat all situations acknowledging that whilst he is fully human, he is also fully God. Angels worship and serve Jesus, which gives us his place in heaven. (Hebrews 1:6; Deuteronomy 32:43)

We can’t promote the humanity in place of the deity (and vice versa) He is fully God and fully man. He is God because we see in these scriptures that Father and Son share the same being, because he is both he is the only one who could atone for the sins of the world. Unlike the Jehovah’s Witness and Latter Day Saint (Mormon) churches believe, Jesus is confirmed as being both God and man.

Jesus is unique, there is no-one else that came down and knew from the beginning that he was there to die for our sins. He gave everything, never sinned, lived a perfect life, was blameless and man tried to send him to his death because of their own sinful hearts.

But death could not hold him; three days later he rose again, strengthened his followers by appearing to them before ascending into heaven to sit at the Fathers right hand. He will come again to judge the world, but it is your choice whether you are found guilty or not.

Jesus went through all this so we can go to heaven, although that decision is ours, we have to choose to follow Jesus. My hope is that these articles help and please contact me if you need to discuss further.

God bless you one and all, I thank you for reading this article. Please share, comment or like below as the LORD leads you too.

TTE Advent Calendar Day Eight – December 8th


TTE Advent Calendar Day 8 – December 8th

Thank you for reading our eighth installment of our advent series, please check out our advent page for more articles in this series.

In the last few days we have looked at the genealogy of the Messiah, we have narrowed it down from a woman, to a virgin, to being born in Bethlehem, to being from Abraham, Isaac,  Jacob and also from the tribe of Judah. Today we look at the promise that he would come from the lineage of King David.

2 Samuel 7:11 (ESV) And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

This promise to David that the LORD would raise up an offspring after him had both near prophetic and further prophetic implications. The line of Saul was gone as God had allowed David and his family to reign. (You have to remember it was the people of Israel who wanted a king against Gods advice and Saul was chosen as the first king)

God had committed to bless Israel and seek their best interests at heart, God knew that Israel would not always be faithful and I am sure had made provision for this. God did remove Israel from their place due to unbelief and David’s line due to their sins; we read this in the Old Testament in the book of Isaiah.
We read in verse 13 that David’s offspring would build Gods house, David was a man of war, a king that fought mightily for God, God chose Solomon, not because he was perfect but he used Solomon to build the temple. How much of a blessing is it for David to know that his line will build God a magnificent house.

The further implications speak of the messiah, that he would come from the line of David and that his throne will be established forever. This tells us that it will not be a king with a finite amount of years on this earth. We read this further in the book of Jeremiah chapter twenty three.

Jeremiah 23:5 (ESV) “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

Who could be more “righteous” than the messiah, kings are flawed. Saul sinned, David sinned, Solomon sinned… Need I go on?

Here is where we lose our friends at the Jehovah’s Witness halls. I say this as this verse speaks about Jesus in the same terms as being one with the father. In the context we look and acknowledge that it is speaking of that messiah.

The founder of Calvary Chapel Chuck Smith talks of this in his C2000 bible commentary series when he says:

“Who is that righteous Branch that God shall raise up from David? Who is that One who is coming and will reign in righteousness over the earth? None other than Jehovah Shua who will then be called Jehovah Tsidkenu. Jehovah Shua is another name for Jesus, Yashua.”

Really says it much more eloquently than I ever could. The saving of Judah is a redemption, a future restoration if you will. John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world…” and we can be part of that redemption to if we believe and come to a living faith in the messiah, Jesus Christ.

This is the only Government I trust in, a non-corrupt, justice driven fair society run by the one who is truth with no phony election promises, sign me up!

Forever Government?

Let’s look at the book of Isaiah for confirmation of the longevity of this Government.

Isaiah 9:7 (ESV) Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

We read again, on the “throne of David” we read the two standards of his reign will be…

1) Justice
2) Righteousness

For the true followers of Christ this will be wonderful, it will be a wonderful kingdom ruled by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Can you imagine being ruled by the “servant King”? a king that is not corrupt and gives far more than he could ever receive in return. A king that is willing to suffer the worst humiliation and cruelest death to allow you to be with him forever.

Jesus will bring peace because there will be a final battle, we will be called to a heavenly army and we read in the book of Revelation that he will wipe out the enemy himself. There will be no border invasions or need for a non-partisan foreign policy. He will reign and reign forevermore.

Basically, imagine all that is wrong with man-made power, flip it on its head and then you get close to what Jesus throne will be like.

How do we know this is Jesus?

We read the following in the book of Luke chapter one…

Luke 1:26 (ESV) In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

The physician Luke talks about what familial history the messiah will have, he will be regarded as a “son of David” and will rule over the “house of Jacob” forever. he will have no beginning and no end.

Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. We read in Revelation 22 the following…

Revelation 22:13 (ESV) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

I think we can safely say that Jesus is the one spoken about in these texts, the one that has no beginning and no end. The one who will reign forever, He is named in teh text in Luke as Jesus of Nazareth (called the Christ) and we have further confirmation in Paul’s letter to the Romans.

Romans 1:1 (ESV) 1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord

Paul introduces himself as an apostle, who was set apart on the road to Damascus (Acts 9) when he was literally “blinded by the light” Paul gives a genealogy list of who Jesus was, confirmed that the verses we looked at earlier in this article were promised by the prophets in the scriptures. (At this point they only had the Old Testament)

He also confirms WHO Jesus was he was the following:

1) Descended from David
2) A man who took on flesh
3) Son of God
4) Resurrected from the dead
5) Our Lord

He is this and much more, Jesus is the only way to heaven. In Acts chapter sixteen verse thirty one we read of a man who was tried to the point of suicide. He was a Philippian jailer who was charged with guarding the apostle Paul. He fell asleep and was awoken with an earthquake, he wakes up and see’s that all of the cell doors are wide open. He is shamed and decides to take his life, as he lifts his sword Paul alerts him that he stayed behind.

He then asks “what must I do to be saved?” knowing they were indeed telling the truth and were sent by God. And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” If you have not done so, you have that choice today, if you have been sliding backwards – Repent! God loves you and will welcome your obedience with open arms.

These are only a small handful of scriptures that point to a messiah coming from the line of David, I chose only the relevant ones in order to keep the article readable and at a length that someone investigating the claims of who Jesus was could get a concise article. Should you have any questions then please contact me and I would love to share further.

Can you tell that I desire to have you join me in heaven?

God bless you one and all, I thank you for reading this article. Please share, comment or like below as the LORD leads you too.