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The Preparation For Christ's Coming - Part 1

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December 16, 2021 12:00 am

The Preparation For Christ's Coming - Part 1

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December 16, 2021 12:00 am

As we prepare for Christ’s coming, what are our responsibilities as followers of Jesus?

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Welcome to the Entech non-Catholic child family for Thursday, December 16 easy to become so familiar with the story of Christmas how elaborately the coming of Christ is planned and orchestrated by God.

Stay with and learn about the preparation for Christ's coming. Today I will begin a series on the coming of Christ in preparation for this Christmas season and I want you to turn if you will to Galatians chapter 4 and verse 4103 verses four through seven. There's a little phrase that the apostle Paul uses concerning the preparation of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ that is so packed that is so exciting when you and I begin to understand all the preparation that our heavenly father made for the sending the laws of our Messiah. So Paul in this fourth chapter of Galatians chapter 4 verse four begins the essay. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his son, born of a woman born under the law, in order that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons and because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his son in the hearts, crying all the father or father father. Therefore, you no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. So as you and I look at this preparation I want you to see several things one of which is God's great providential hand in guiding and controlling the affairs of man in order to bring about this very special time which ultimately changed the course of human history and which is change the destiny of all of ours who believers well that preparation first began. If you will with the prophets and if you think about all the prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Most of the study Bibles have a list of all those prophecies and the fulfillment but want to think about those prophecies were just a moment, God gave those prophecies as words of hope. He also gave them because they're given so accurately so precisely beginning even with the first family he gave them in order that when the Messiah came, that would be a way of identifying him as the Messiah, rather than the people to be fooled into believing that many of those who came by his teachers and so-called messiahs. They would follow him. So he gave those prophecies as a means of identifying the true prophet and that's why all of these prophecies are so make particular slick fulfilled every single one of but as you look at these prophecies and you see how God protected them all over the Old Testament.

It is a witness of God's sovereign control of the affairs of men and in the universe and how meticulously God works to fulfill every dot and every cross every T of every single prophecy he is given to is found here in Galatians in this fourth chapter when he says, but in the fullness of the time when the fullness of the time came, God sent for his son.

Now the Bible says that Isaiah prophesied. Therefore the Lord himself will give you a son. This will be assigned. This would be an indication this is a way you can identify behold, a virgin will be with child, and bear a son, and she will call his name Emmanuelle, which means what God with us that could be no question about that so when Matthew turned to Matthew chapter 1. When Matthew wrote the gospel that he wrote he wrote this gospel Primerica Jews. Luke wrote his primarily to the Gentiles. Look at this passage if you will, as Matthew begins in verse 18 now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with the child by the Holy Spirit. This is what God said to Satan, he says, the seed of the woman. Women don't bear see why conceived. Conceived by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, not wanting to disgrace her desire to put her away secretly, but when you consider this, behold, an angel appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit and she will bear a son, unusual call his name Jesus, for it is he who will save his people from their sins. And all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, which prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled saying, what is it, behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuelle, which translated means God with those that could be no mistakes about what that prophecy meant. The Bible says she was a virgin. The New Testament fulfillment of prophecy is that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin is absolutely essential in God's atoning work is to be born of a virgin, so that God fulfill that prophecy of a virgin ringing for the child conceived of the Holy Spirit bringing forth the child.

As Paul said in the fullness of God's great sovereign providential timing in the fullness of the time.

Well turn the Micah chapter 5 verse to promote.

Listen to this now in this prophecy was given somewhere around 700 BC there about. Listen to what this verse says about the coming Messiah. Chapter 5 verse two, but is for you, Bethlehem, Ephrata. Too little to be among the clans of Judah for you, one will go forth for me to be ruler in this role. His goings forth are from long ago that is his life has been what from the days of eternity, which is to say, there has never been a time that he was not. He always has been.

And when Paul says in the fullness of time. Here is a prophecy of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ that you not know that passage in Matthew chapter 1 and also in Luke now as you and I look at the prophecies of Scripture is very clear that God kept sending those profits down through the ages to keep heralding them in the hope that a Messiah was coming.

I inserted some of the got a long time God schedule is not our schedule. God is the process of doing something infinitely bigger than you and I could possibly conceive a now I want you to see is this if God is willing to do all the things we just sitting there about to say in order to prepare us for the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and meticulously fulfill every single prophecy. What does that leave us to believe that it is coming again. He's going to meticulously and precisely fulfill every single prophecy you and I have so clearly given in the New Testament about his second coming that you and I are expecting as God's people as his believers the body of Christ, so let me begin with a very interesting unraveling of how God worked to prepare us for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

From a little different perspective that is endemic carefully.

It is very simple. What I want to do, but I want to show you my friend how God has worked in every area of life in order to prepare to save you and to prepare to seal. Use a child of God, and to give you his great divine inheritance.

Watch this God spoke to a man called Abraham living in a pagan society. He absolutely revealed himself to this man Abraham listening to God.

God made a covenant relationship with him which could never be broke in that covenant relationship God said to him, I'm going to give you a lien.

It'll be yours and your people's forever. He says listen through you. Abraham, all the nations of the earth are going to be blessed all the nations of the earth are going to be blessed through you. Abraham had Isaac, Isaac, Jacob, Jacob had 12 sons which made up a great family of the beginning of the nation of Israel out of those 12 sons, the one who is most are the most prominent one is Joseph because he takes up about the last 14 chapters of the book of Genesis.

But in the mind of God. The most important one of those sons. The man through whom the genealogical line came Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, the lion of the tribe of Judah, and so came the family. The little family of Jacob and the sons. Isn't it interesting that God arrange this.

All they thought they were doing. And God took advantage of their reaction. Joseph's brothers hated him and despise them. So what I do. They try to kill them and finally sold him into Egyptian bondage by selling into a caravan on their way to Egypt. He was bought purchased by Potiphar came upon a part of his household ended up in prison interpret the dreams of the Butler and the Baker ended up as the Prime Minister of Egypt, saving them from a famine. Now his rest of his family was up in what we know today and what we would know that is the promise land got a lot of famine up there Jacob who save the Egyptian civilization from starvation and death brought his family down into Egypt and there they were given a plot an area of land they began the multiplies the years went by after 400 years. There were a couple million a syllable God brought them out of that land brought them down there and corral them, so to speak, in a land called Egypt. Then of course came the time of slavery and bloodshed and partaken 400 years. Finally God. When God was ready and the nation was ready. God brought them out of Egyptian bondage across the Red Sea in a miraculous feat not up to the promised land but down the sunny and audited the Egyptian's is people he gave them the law and the 10 Commandments, the Mosaic law in order to teach them how to live. Once they got in the promised land became the promised land.

They absolutely denied God. They spent the next 38 years or so wandering around the will list all those adults that often God can start again the bottom of the promised land, a land flowing with milk and honey that he knew all that God told him to do and so God allowed them to be continually harassed by Philistines and Jebusites and all the rest of until finally the dark ages of the nation of Israel set in a period of the judges whenever man was doing what was right in his own eyes, and where was the Messiah.

Where's the coming of the Messiah. Has God forgotten the coming of the Messiah.

Where is he in the Bible tells us that a man by the name of Samuel profit came upon the scene and God's allowed him to appoint a key. The first king was Saul the second when David the third was Solomon. Following Solomon, the kingdom of God.

That is the kingdom of Israel was divided into a northern kingdom and a southern kingdom oftentimes warring with each other and then finally in 722. The Scripture tells us history tells us that the Assyrians came from the North and devour that northern kingdom of about 10 tribes and took them away scattering them all over the known world that was in 720 2M a little over 600 at 605 somewhere thereabouts out of the East came the Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar.

They destroyed the city of Jerusalem tone on the walls brought the gates destroyed the temple and took away some 50,000 Jews over into Babylon, leaving only a remnant there in the city of Jerusalem in that area. Now what is happened Jews are scattered all over the world. The Assyrians took them from the northern kingdom now that taken over into the East.

They learn the Babylonian ways in order to survive, or they do, they began to establish low places of worship, which we know today as the synagogues and they began to meet their and the worship there and to pray there in the midst of all that time of seven years, and God sunny little teenager over there by the name of Daniel God raised him up as a mighty prophet among the people there in Babylon, and he was watching the prophecies and listening to what God was saying and he became a very important person in the affairs of the Babylonian empire when God's prophesied time, which he gave to Jeremiah the prophet was over. The Bible says, out of the law came the Persians a member the name of Cyrus the great military leader who took the city of Babylon, as it were in one night and it is said that the people themselves open the gates to Cyrus to let them in. Babylon was a very advanced civilization. The Jews of that they learned a great deal from the Babylonian, but in that time as the Persians came is interesting that Nebuchadnezzar who is a vicious type of dictator Cyrus dispersion came, who was very lenient toward the Jews, and one of the things he did, which is indicated here in Daniel, that is, he decreed that the people of Israel that God's people, the Jews could go back to their homeland so you read the book of now mind you understand them on as or what is happening so he sends them back and probably some 60,000 of them went back over a period of time. They rebuilt the walls rebuilt the temple rebuilt the city so now God is not what rebuilding the holy city Jerusalem, the Jews. A lot of them didn't go back. It was too good things were too good.

They had learned the prosperous ways of the Babylonians and so now we have Jews scattered all over the world. The city Jerusalem now being rebuilt again after the time of the Persians right at the end of that period of time comes. A man upon the scene by Alexanders's name, we: Alexander the great of Macedon. A great state. A man who was an absolute military genius in the ways of warfare, but in the short years of his life and he died in his 30s. The short years of his life. He conquered a major part of the world. One of the things that Alexander the great wanted to do is he want to Hellenized the world that is the law of the Greek culture, which is was the supreme culture. Nothing had ever met. These are the times of Socrates and Demosthenes, Aristotle, and all the rest the Greek language of the date was the most accurate language in the world. Now Alexander of course was massing his Menelik from the site of Macedon about and all the Greek Isles. There, but others who began to join him so he taught them all. The one language that everybody understood and it is probably a lot of contribution to Alexander the great war, preparing the world in the area of language for the coming of the Messiah, because, listen many of the Jews, for example, were speaking Greek and this time the children were growing up. And so to speak is you not think in terms of schooling and so forth.

They were learning Greek and so Greek was becoming the language and more more Hebrews was speaking less Hebrew and more Greek.

So what if they do, they several somethings got to happen or what will happen.

There are scriptures, so the Septuagint is a Greek translation of the Old Testament Scriptures so that their children could draw having the Old Testament Scriptures and the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah because they did not want that great truth which all them and look forward to to die because of the language and because of the Hebrew language primarily so Alexander the great.

Spreading his Hellenistic philosophy and his Hellenistic culture over the world. Then there came a time when the Jewish people were free. They were out from under the domination of anyone they began to be stronger and stronger, and he recalled an aimless of the Bible says that the prophet Amos said to his people in that day there will come a time of great men, not a famine of food but a famine of the hearing of the word of God and for 400 long years, God sent no profit on the sea to remind the people of the coming of the Messiah, 400 silent years. Can you imagine what that would be like 400 years. No man of God rising up on the scene to say, thus saith the Lord the Messiah is coming, repent of your sins. 400 silent years role began to be the dominating power and the dominating force of the world will finally, the saying was that all roads lead to Rome. So the Romans come up on the scene. What are they do they send their great legionnaires to all parts of an owner to that time conquering and subduing every faction. So what did they bring in the world. They brought peace. That is, peace what the Romans called pox Romana was the piece of Rome so you could travel most anywhere and be protected by the law and the legionnaires of Rome good roads. The seas were open to sailing the Greek language was everywhere. That was a great expectancy among the Jews for the coming of the Messiah religion so to speak was tolerated. That is all kinds of energy were tolerated so that the Jews religion was tolerated so that when the Lord Jesus Christ came upon the scene.

Travel was open and free. You could be protected. You can spouse your philosophy of your religion on the protection of Rome.

Everything seemed to be set while all this was going on the affairs of men. Rulers were making their decisions.

Empires were coming and going nations were strong and they were there week great man that God raised on the scene. Sometimes pagan sometime righteous godly man, but upon every single civilization, and upon every nation upon every man was the hand of Almighty God. Every single decision being made in humanity. God was protecting that great event which he purposed endocrine before in eternity ever began in human history. All mighty God was doing his great thing thank you for listening to the preparation for Christ's coming. If you like to know more about our family intact ministries intact started writing his back. After the presentation of intense ministries have mandatory

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