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Friday, December 18, 2015

Who is the Messiah in Prophecy?

God in the Flesh
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this (Is. 9:6-7).
These all-important names given to Messiah in Isaiah 9 reveal His deity. Traditional Judaism does not teach that Messiah will be God, but this idea is clearly presented in the Hebrew Scriptures. The four names given to Messiah in Isaiah 9 bring us to the conclusion that this eternal ruler is God Himself. In fact, many Jewish versions of the Bible do not even translate the names, but rather transliterate them so that their meaning is not obviously seen!
If these references to the Mighty God and Everlasting Father are not enough to demonstrate that Messiah is God, John tells us that Yeshua is God who became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:1). Having already established that Yeshua is the descendant of Abraham and David, it is easy to see that this One who is Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace is Yeshua, from Isaiah’s words in Isaiah 11:1-5. There, the “stump of Jesse” (David’s father) is said to possess wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, justice and righteousness.
Who else but Jesus could have fulfilled all of these prophecies? He is the Jewish Messiah for all and God’s greatest gift of love for mankind. As the first verse of the New Testament claims: 
The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.(Matt. 1:1).

Thursday, December 10, 2015

From the Pastor...

Signs of His Coming -
   When the great C. H. Spurgeon began his ministry in London in 1853, at age nineteen, people flocked to hear his eloquent Biblical preaching. But the young pastor's heart longed for more than the outward signs of success, for he knew the real need was for a deeper transforming miracle-work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of his hearers.
   Believing God's promise that "fervent prayer" avails much, he frequently called on his congregation to cry out in intercession for the power of God to fall. He tells how his faith was strengthened to continue pleading for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit.
   In his message "Travail for Souls" Spurgeon spoke of how the Lord encouraged him to continue in prayer and to believe for revival blessing.

"Usually when God intends greatly to bless a church, it will begin in this way - two or three persons in it are distressed at the low state of affairs, and become troubled even to anguish. Perhaps they do not speak to one another, or know of their common grief, but they begin to pray with flaming desire and untiring importunity. The passion to see the church revived rules them. Suffering great heaviness and continuous sorrow in heart for perishing sinners, one (brother) in  this church said to me the other day, 'O sir, I pray day and night for God to prosper our church: Long to see greater things, God is blessing us, but we want much more.' I saw the deep earnestness of the man's soul and I thanked him and I thanked God heartily.... Sometime after, another friend, but who did not know anything of the other, felt the same yearning about and must needs let me know it; and he too is anxious; longing, begging, crying, for a revival, and I feel hopeful because of these tokens for good.... The Lord give me a dozen importunate pleaders and lovers of souls, and by His grace we shall shake London from end to end. O may God give us this first sign of travail in the earnest ones and twos."

   The answer came nearly five years later, after which Mr. Spurgeon preached to 5,000 to 6,000 twice each Sunday, and indeed did "shake London from end to end." In October of 1857 he proclaimed the Word of God to over 23,600 people in London's Crystal Palace.
   According to revival historian J. Edwin Orr, by 1865 Protestant churches in the city of London added 200,000 seats to their buildings; an increase of 60 percent. Britain's Baptists received 100,000 new members. As the Presence and power moved throughout Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, a million souls professed faith in the Savior.

from Third Millennium Antivirus

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

From the Pastor...

This is an excerpt from The Week magazine, from an article by Robert Samuelson that was printed in The Washington Post.

"The horrific massacre in Paris reminds us of the Achilles' heel of American foreign policy," said Robert Samuelson. Since World War II, the U.S. has spread its influence and values throughout the world largely by offering to bring material progress, freedom, and democracy to other nations. This approach has "paid large dividends," transforming Japan and Germany from enemies to prosperous allies, triumphing over communism, and turning much of Asia into market economies and trading partners. But today, we face foes who "repudiate our faith in the power of shared prosperity." Putin's Russia has chosen aggressive nationalism over the Pax Americana, despite great economic costs. Radical Islam, meanwhile, emphatically rejects material progress and secular democracy, and promotes a moral code and fanatical religious dogma that is utterly foreign to Western values. ISIS and other Islamic radicals couldn't care less about giving their followers better material lives. Instead, they promote religious purity and paradise, and glorify murder and martyrdom, disdaining Western freedoms and material wealth as vulgar and evil. We're fighting people whose worldview is incomprehensible, and "the battlefield has been selected by them." That's why this struggle is so "disorienting."