The True Meaning of Christmas

manger sceneThis is Christmas 2020 style. It may not be the exact date Jesus was born, He was likely born in late August or early September but, if that is true then that means He was conceived around December 25th. So, anyway it was the time of winter which was when the Feast of Dedication was celebrated (John 10:22). Caesar Augustus had ordered a census should be taken so Joseph and Mary, pregnant with child, had returned to Bethlehem, the city of David, as Joseph was of David’s lineage. It was there that Jesus was born in a barn because there was no room for them at the Inn. But, that didn’t stop God from rejoicing –

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (NU-Text reads toward men of goodwill.) – Luke 2:8-14

Now the fields of Bethlehem were where they raised the sacrificial lambs for the Temple offerings. Those sheepherders were the faithful caretakers of God’s property. The angels not only announced the glory of God but they pronounced ‘Peace on earth to men of goodwill’ – but only to those who desired the good that only God can give! That excludes atheists, Communists, Socialists, humanists, Satanists, and false Christians. God did not pronounce the blessing of peace on those who work against His will on the earth!

angel of rev 10-1The angel brought the first message of the Gospel, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people”, a Savior has come to all those hope in God, Christ the Lord. And that message has now spread across the world. Every Christmas is a celebration of that Promise. It is not only a promise of forgiveness of sin but, it is also a promise of heavenly eternity .

When Satan caused Adam and Eve to fall from God’s grace in the Garden, he thought he had won but, God was only beginning. At that time God pronounced a prophesy against Satan that is still coming true –

“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” – Gen. 3:15

Satan would ‘bruise Christ’s heel’ as he had Him crucified but, that only added to Christ’s victory over Satan as by that one act Christ forever gave hope to mankind and set them free from sin. The Christmas story is but the beginning of the battle, it is like God throwing down the gauntlet to Satan. God pronounced through His prophet Isaiah the next step –

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” – Isa. 9:6, 7

Hidden in this word is the restoration of the nation of Israel and establishing it as God had intended it to be, the kingdom of David, who is Jesus Christ.

While Jesus was on the earth He ‘bruised Satan’s head’ and when He established the Church, He gave them authority to continue bruising Satan’s head! The Church is His government on earth and it continues to increase and spread across the earth. Wherever the Church is strong there is righteousness, judgement, and justice available to mankind. And there is light. Wherever Satan rules, there is oppression and darkness.

That is why so many people of the earth look to the United States and try to move here, it was founded by those who believed the Gospel of Christmas! It is not that the Church has not been in other places around the world but, Satan is cunning, as deceitful as he was in the Garden of Eden. He entices the Church with questions, “Did God say?” then offers a modification that is only slightly different than God’s true word. Once that deception is agreed to, Satan offers a bold denial of God’s word, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” And with many other enticements and deceits Satan lulls the Church into a lukewarmness and a sleep that stops the Church from hearing God’s word. Satan’s chief spokesman is the spirit of Antichrist and Daniel says of him – “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall wear out the saints of the Most High”. That same spirit has been successful in Europe and now is working in the American Church. But, God is not caught unaware, He has the revival of a ‘latter rain’ of the Holy Spirit to infuse His Church with, greater than the ‘former rain’ that began the Church. And God will have a final harvest of souls greater than any previous. When that harvest is gathered the war in heaven will begin.

“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” – Rev. 12:7-12

When this war takes place and Satan is cast down to the earth, then will begin the final seven years of man’s reign on the earth. It will be a terrible time on earth, especially the last 3½ years as Satan pours out his wrath on earth and the wrath of God against the ungodly begins. Jesus said, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” But, at the end of this time Jesus will return with the armies of heaven and finally settle the score with Satan as Christ throws the Antichrist and the False prophet and those who follow them into the lake of fire and Satan is bound in chains for a thousand years! Some will have given their lives for the Son of God and some will come through this time faithful to Him and they all will be rewarded.

And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” – Rev. 7:14-17

Then will begin the thousand year reign of Christ on the earth and the promise of the Christmas story will be fulfilled in victory. Some may be afraid to face the tribulation period but Jesus says, “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the crossand follow Me.” (Mar. 10:21). Some believe in a pre-tribulation rapture that will deliver them from the great tribulation and it would be nice if that were true but, whether it is or not, those that overcome the antichrist will do so by the blood of the Lamb, by their testimony, and they will not love their lives even to the death. They will be true to the message of Christmas and a heavenly child who came to die on a cross for us.

Remembering Christmas

It’s Christmas time again and the bigger my family grows, the longer Christmas is spread out. It now goes from the 18th. to the 27th. as each family celebrates its own Christmas event. That is how it should be as Christmas is a family event but, it is also a time for the larger extended family to gives thanks to God, who is the author of all things, even bigger families.

then and nowOn the 27th. we will meet at my house for the extended family celebration. There will be lots of visiting, laughing, and sharing of memories, always the blessed memories of those gone home to be with Jesus, the reason for Christmas. Then all the adults, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will gather for the reading of the Christmas story which I will be privileged to read. Then will come the giving of thanks and praise to God for what He has given us, His only Son, Jesus. It will be a blessed time!

Few realize that the first Christmas was a fulfillment of prophesy given long ago. As the first man and woman fell to sin in the Garden of Eden, God Himself pronounced the prophesy against Satan who was in the Serpent.

“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.” – Gen. 3:15

The Devil would have many seeds that would follow his wicked ways, all against God, but the woman would have but One Seed – the Christ. Now this sets in motion that a virgin would conceive the Son of God because women do not have seed, only the man does. But, Isaiah prophesied –

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” – Isa. 7:14

This serpent, the Devil, would bruise the Son’s heel – the Son would be killed on a cross, an instrument of shame. The devil thought he won, only to see victory snatched from his hand as the Son born of a virgin was raised from the dead to live forever more! This battle has continued through out time and it will culminate with a large battle in the heavenlies in which the Devil and his angels will be thrown out of heaven and down to the earth.

Michael defeating Satan war in heaven“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” – Rev. 12:7-12

As we celebrate this Christmas, remember the prophesy it foretells. The heavenly battle is already being waged and we are beginning to see the fall out from it on the earth as Satan’s forces are trying to take out the last stronghold of freedom on the earth through deceit, voter fraud, and ballot stuffing. The devil has even infiltrated the church, lulling much of it into a sleep of blindness. The media is loudly proclaiming Satan’s victory, as if their proclamations could ever change the heavenly outcome. But King David wrote so long ago –

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” – Psalm 2:1-3

But, the cords they speak of are stronger than the cords of gravity that hold the universe together and God laughs at them –

“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” – Psalm 2:4

I feel sorry for Joe Biden, for he is just a pawn in Satan’s war against God. And he will surely go down to defeat in his presidential struggle for God has said –

“till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” – Dan. 4:25

and –

“For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge:
He puts down one, And exalts another.” – Psalm 75:6, 7

I don’t believe God is done with President Trump yet for all the prophets are speaking the same thing, “He will have a second term”. But, now it is Christmas time. A time to remember that God came to earth and got involved with the affairs of mankind and He will do it again! As the Son of God came once to the earth so, He is coming again. Only this time He is not coming as a Baby but, He is coming as the rightful King and
Ruler of this earth.

So, as you celebrate Christmas, remember He is coming back soon and He has a sword with which He will rule the earth and strike down all His enemies. He is coming as Messiah!

Christmas is Here – Like it or not!


Whether it happened December 25th or some time in August is of little consequence, the fact is – IT HAPPENED! The baby Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. It is the beginning of the Gospel message we Christians proclaim. There is a God and He enters human history and He has moral standards He expect man to follow. It took a supernatural visit to convince Joseph that Mary had not violated this moral code. Jesus, the Son of God, had to be born into a family, a man and a woman joined together in marriage. Continue reading

The Promise of Christmas

Christmas meaningAs we have just finished celebrating Christmas I wonder how many realize what it was that we were celebrating. To some it was just a holiday from work. to some it was a chance to make money, to some it was a time to get and give gifts, and to some it was an excuse to party and drink. To some it was a time of fellowship with family and renewing old ties. To a few it was a recognition of God’s gift of salvation to mankind. But, I wonder how many saw the prophetic promise of Christmas?

God revealed it to His prophet Isaiah –

“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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,” – Isa. 9:6

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Finishing Christmas

When God sent His Son to earth, there were heavenly signs that were revealed. They appeared to all mankind but, only the wise men understood their meaning and responded –

“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.” – Matt. 2:1, 2

Jesus Ascending animationWhen Jesus came the first time, His birth was announced with ‘a heavenly star’ that the wise men from the east saw and understood. There have been many suppositions about what the star was but, one thing is clear – there was a heavenly sign that was unmistakable to those who were searching for it. After Jesus was resurrected and passed into heaven on the clouds, the angels said to the disciples This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’. It is clear that His second coming will be announced with heavenly signs as well. Continue reading

The Attack on Christmas


My heart is weeping for a nation founded on Biblical principles that has fallen into a net of apostasy, rebellion, and sin. As the Pilgrim William Bradford declared, “We shall be as a city founded upon a hill” that reflects the glory of Almighty God. How shocked he would be today to see the corruption and rebellion rampant in society today. We have become as Isaiah prophesied –

“Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.” – Isa. 1:4

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The Prophetic Nature of Christmas (2)

In 2016, I wrote a post called The Prophetic Nature of Christmas in which I highlighted the war being waged against parents and their children. It is such an important message that I re-post it here.

As we are just a few days from Christmas it would be good to reflect where we are in God’s plan for mankind. We know the Hebrew people had the promise of Messiah’s coming long before He actually came and when He really did come, many in Israel missed it because they were looking for a warrior King who would re-establish the kingdom of David. They forgot that God loved all people, all His creation, as much as He did His people Israel. God foreknew most of Israel would reject their Messiah and so the door would be open for all people to come into the Kingdom of God through the Grace that was won by Jesus on the cross. Continue reading

The Covenant of Christmas

Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament and it is interesting that the last words of the book have to do with remembering and family.

“Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” – Malachi 4:4-6 Continue reading

Coming Home to Christmas

manger sceneChristmas time is my favorite time of the year. I’ve always wondered why, but, I think I know now. You see, I spent my teen years in a home broken by divorce. Christmas always reminded me of a time when we were all together. Although we didn’t live in a mansion, we lived in a railroad car converted into a trailer home, we were together, it was home. And Christmas represents God sending His Son Jesus to bring us home. It reminds us all that no matter where we are at here on earth, be it a railroad car or a cave, when we are together with those who love us – it is home, where we are loved and cared for.

This song touches my heart with precious memories and I hope it will yours as well.

(Lord, I’m Coming Home by Day of Eternity, Hilgreen Press)

Your circumstances in life really don’t matter if you welcome the savior into them, it can be home. If you have wandered away, seeking false hopes or pleasures that left you empty, you can always turn around and head for home. Jesus will be waiting with arms of love open to you.

Don’t let guilt or shame keep you from the joy of Christmas at home. That little babe who came on Christmas became a man and He bore all your guilt and shame on a cross so that you could be free. It’s His Christmas gift to you. Don’t miss it.

May the true Joy of Christmas be yours this year.

Christmas – the true Hope and Change

manger sceneAs we approach this Christmas season, it is good to remember the hope contained in it. Many false voices have cried “hope and change” but, there is only One who can truly bring hope and change. He is the One we celebrate this Christmas. Our Father in heaven sent Him to us as a gift and he came as a little baby, like we all do. Yet embodied in Him was the hope of the world.

All those who have children will understand the wonderment, joy, and love Mary and Joseph must have felt as they looked at that little face so at peace, even in a stable, yet, they must have also felt the pain of knowing what His purpose was and the things He would suffer for us all. Continue reading