Beginning the Major and Minor Prophet work studies | Introductory post

Non-Writing Prophets are prophets that are mentioned but have not written a book in the Bible – versus a Writing Prophet who has written a book in the Bible. There are major and minor ones of each, however, the more prominent Major and Minor Prophets are the ones who are Writing Prophets. A Major Prophet is described as one who contains a large amount of material. A Minor Prophet, though they are not less than the Major Prophets, they usually contain less or are shorter in length for information. All prophets, Writing and Non-Writing; Major and Minor, mattered in the development of God’s Will for His People and other lands.

Elijah was an especially prominent and important Non-Writing Prophet. He was brought into the text suddenly as Melchizedek was, and there is no mention of a father, mother, or any beginning of his days. Little is known of Elijah, and some think he was dropped out of the clouds as if a messiah would be. He grew quickly into a witness of God as a prophet, and would change a good part of history within a fraction of time, and then bestow a royal blessing before being whisked off into Heaven by a chariot of fire.

An outline of Elijah’s prophecy:

  • In 1 Kings 17:1-4, we see his first prophecy – to which, he foretells of a great drought to Ahab, so Ahab is sent to Cherith, where the ravens would feed him.
    • This would be fulfilled shortly after with a terrible famine, which revealed Elijah to be a true prophet of God
  • Another prophecy is recorded in 17:14, which relates to God’s provision during the famine for both Elijah and the poor widow who fed him. God would provide food, and then it was fulfilled (As Elijah blessed the woman’s oil and flour) by the continual provision of food out of the same container for many days.
  • Elijah helped deal with idolatrous activity, especially in 1 Kings 18-22. Elijah’s final act before his ascension to Heaven by chariot of fire was handing the mantle over to Elisha. He desired that Elisha prepare himself, being modest and humble and to hold peace. Honor would be placed on Elisha so suddenly, and Elijah sought to comfort him and bestow the magnificent blessing from God upon him.

Miriam, from the Old Testament, was a prophetess and sister of Aaron; an instructor of praise and service of God to other women. She had the Spirit of prophecy upon her, and showed it through song and dance.

  • In Exodus 15:20-21, we see her with a timbrel in hand leading other women in the same with dances, and she said to sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously – the horse and his rider are thrown into the sea.
    • She was speaking here things that she saw, and declared the glory of the Lord as a result of victory.

Elisabeth, from the New Testament, was barren, until God had chosen her to bear a child of prophecy (John the Baptist). Not much is known about her, except that she was friends with Mary, who would bear The Child of Prophecy (Jesus). One time is recorded when she met with Mary that the child (John) leapt in her womb – to which, Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. Outline of her prophecy in Luke 1:42-43: She spoke out with a loud voice to Mary saying that she was blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of her womb. In this altogether, she acknowledges the incarnation of Christ, and for Mary to be His mother.

satan is a false prophet who seeks to mislead people away from the truth. He began in Genesis in the Garden of Eden, as we see in Chapter 3. We also see much of “satan” in Job, as he is used as an accuser of Job. The object of satan is a tool of accusation to speak into people’s lives lies about them, to attempt to mislead and challenge them. That is the role of satan in everyday culture is false but prophetic devices used to lead people astray. If people are reluctant, however, to be led astray, they overcome the satan and such devices.

Moses is definitely one prophet to note. He was raised in the court of the Pharaoh of Egypt, and then led the Hebrews out of Egypt. God spoke to him in a burning bush instructing him to persuade the Pharaoh in releasing the Hebrew people. (More about Moses to come soon!)

Outline of a prophecy, found mainly in Deuteronomy 28:49-52:

  • This prophecy is given after conditions of the Covenant were listed (blessings and curses). The curses involved diseases and plagues upon the Israelites’ families, flocks, herds, and crops. If problems continued, the whole nation would go into humiliating captivity.
  • The foreign invaders would be so cruel as to make people desperate for food so much as to eat their own children. Eventually, as prophesied, the nation would be destroyed and the people would be taken captive into foreign countries.
  • When in foreign countries, they would be treated worse than animals, and would die horribly. Many would be shipped as slaves to Egypt.

John the Baptist was a good Non-Writing Prophet from the New Testament, who was a messenger and a prophet. Prophets foretold the Messiah, and John was a herald to announce Him. John was miraculously born and was the subject of prophecy – to which, he was humble and pointed people to Christ. Jesus spoke of him as well, “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” (Luke 7:28).

Peter’s admonitions on identifying the attributes of Prophets are in 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Peter 3:2: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.”

Biblical Prophets should be uncompromising, which means they are not bound by the opinions of others. For they are conscious of a divine call and realize that they must speak only the Prophetic Word of God – to which, the divine compulsion must be obeyed. They stay on task no matter what and know that they have the privilege to speak, which is by access to the inner counsel of Yahweh. They have immediate contact with God, and He is the bearer of such precious secrets. They have an intense passion for truth, especially in proclaiming it. They know that God is the authority and they trust in Him to provide sound wisdom through them, in hopes that people would be admonished. They are individuals of prayer and communion, to which they must be clean and lead consecrated lives (especially good character). They are outspoken critics of evil and act as God’s agent to correct, reprove, exhort, and reveal the future to the people of God.

We see Peter talking about the presence of the Spirit in the Old Testament Prophets in 1 Peter 1:10-12, “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”

Peter speaks that they were filled with the Holy Ghost to speak such things, and then points that into our direction, as we now preach the gospel. We have the Spirit of Prophecy available to us, as he says, and this ensures that God can continue to communicate to His People overall.

The Definitive Biblical Guide to Money: Good or evil?

So is money Good or evil?
Here is the line, if you’re in a hurry… Change the mindset of “I can’t afford it” — to — “How can I afford it?” This simply shall change your mind dramatically about money.

Biblical principles on money

#1 – God supplies all our needs – Philippians 4:19
#2 – When you have a need and want to know how to afford it… Seek first the Kingdom of God – Matthew 6:33
#3 – The poor says they cannot afford something, but the rich asks how they can afford it. Therefore, the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender – Proverb 22:7
#4 – When you cannot afford something, you covet it – you become greedy once you get money as well. But, when we think about how we can afford something, there is no more coveting… You simply know you can obtain it with good hard work.
#5 – Neither being rich nor poor determines a person’s spiritual state. It all matters how they depend upon God and their view of how the Bible concerns money – Proverb 22:2
#6 – By a person’s heart, they should be able to give to other Church members to help supply their needs as well, if they are able – 2 Corinthians 8:13-15; 9:7
#7 – Wealth obtained honestly through labor and wise investment is sufficient; however, wealth obtained through cheating and stealing shall not flourish – Proverb 13:11
#8 – Money is not evil in and of itself – just as possessions – you can have them. However, the “love” of money is the root of all evil, because if you love money, it will ask you to serve it. The Bible, however, notes that money should serve us… We rule over money and possessions – we make such things serve us. -1 Timothy 6:10
#9 – Putting your hope and confidence in wealth will lead you into decline/peril – Proverb 18:12
#10 – Wealth can deceive people (Proverb 19:4), can be dangerous {Proverb 13:8}, can become an idol (Proverb 23:4; Matthew 6:24), and can make it difficult into truly following Christ (Mark 10:21; Matthew 19:24).
#11 – Wisdom shall be valued above wealth (Proverb 16:16; 28:6; Matthew 13:44).
#12 – Those with lustful eyes or a lustful ambition will hasten after wealth (such as “get rich quick schemes”) – Proverb 28:22
#13 – It is wise to avoid debt if possible (Proverb 22:7). Nonetheless, if you must borrow, you should be diligent to repay it – Psalm 37:21
#14 – Save money whenever possible, for a fool will spend everything he/she has – Proverb 21:20
#15 – Just because someone is wealthy does not make them more righteous or less righteous from someone with lack of wealth – all are subject to God’s Judgment – Proverbs 11:4, 28; Colossians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 6:20
#16 – Pay your taxes! – Matthew 22:21; 17:24-27
#17 – Seek financial contentment when possible – this will avoid dangers of greed, overwork, and underwork/laziness – Proverbs 30:7-9; Philippians 4:11-12; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6
#18 – If you are faithful with a little, you will be faithful in much. If you are dishonest with a little, you will be dishonest in much. – Luke 16:10
#19 – Those lazy in work or who are ignorant on how to gather wealth will have a harvest full of trouble (thorns). Those who are lazy with work will experience poverty, but those diligent in work will receive a plentiful harvest. – Proverbs 24:30-34
#20 – Oppressing the poor to increase your own wealth will lead to poverty – the same can be said of those who give to the rich. -Proverb 22:16

Attitudes toward/concerning money

#1 – Money is either: a corrupting influence, a utility for good or for evil, or a blessing.
#2 – Money should: be avoided, be managed, or be sought after.
#3 – Spending money on oneself is: for basic needs only, to be done in moderation, or for pleasure.
#4 – Possessions should be: minimal, moderate, or enough.
#5 – Money should be: given away, invested/wisely spent, or gathered up/hoarded.

Book of Proverbs warnings and advice on money

-Bribery – Proverbs 15:27; 17:23
-Debt – Proverbs 22:7, 26-27
-Hoarding – Proverb 11:26
-Envy – Proverb 14:30
-Diligence – Proverbs 10:4-5
-Moderation – Proverb 23:4
-Patience – Proverb 13:11
-Fraud – Proveb 20:17
-Work – Proverb 12:11
-Wealth – Proverb 16:16
-Stinginess – Proverb 28:22
-Success – Proverbs 22:4; 11:28
-Reputation – Proverb 22:1
-Good business – Proverbs 11:18; 21:6
-Generosity – Proverbs 19:17; 22:9

How God will help you with money

Jesus spoke unto the Seven Churches, and stated the following to one of them that may lend a lesson to you about money…

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 3:14-21).

This teaches us to depend on God, not depend on money. God is our supplier and He is helping us. He is the one that gives us the ability to produce wealth (see Deuteronomy 8:18). Staying focused on what matters most and knowing that God is always faithful will help us understand that He knows best (see Proverbs 15:16-17; Matthew 22:37-39; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:32).

We should be asking God what we have need of and asking for wisdom in financial matters (see Proverbs 30:8-9; James 1:5). In our lives, our money should be managed enough where we can give freely, and put our money to work for God’s Purposes (Luke 12:33). Praise God for His Blessings and learn all about contentment (Acts 20:33-35; 1 Timothy 6:7-8; Psalm 112:1-5).

Some people prefer to hear the plain truth of what to do and what not to do with money. It is your task to decide what applies to you in this teaching. What do you make of it?

To Know Oneself

To know oneself is not to achieve everything and become perfect. It’s to know what you can and cannot do. It is also the ability to forgive oneself for the things one cannot do or change by themselves. You cannot do everything yourself, which is why you have friends and family who can help you. It also ensures that you don’t miss the things that you can still accomplish. If you want to know who you are, you must re-examine and acknowledge who you are: your true self. Those who cannot acknowledge themselves will fail. Those who forgive and acknowledge themselves can become truly human.

Even the strongest of obstacles always has a weakness and however strong you become, never seek to bear everything alone – for if you do, failure is assured. Even if one is powerful and independent, he must not forget about his friends, or else it will consume him. You don’t become great to be acknowledged by everyone; it’s only those who are acknowledged by everyone already that become great. Therefore, even if you cheat yourself into a position of power, you’ll never win over the hearts of the people.

Once you believe in who you are and who you were born to be, it can be very powerful. All effort is pointless, unless you believe in yourself.

Scripture to reference based on the above:

-Matthew 6:1-34 – Achievements

-Acts 3:19 – Forgiving oneself

-Philippians 4:8 – Acknowledging yourself and fixing your thoughts

-Psalm 138:8 – The Lord perfects us – not we ourselves

-Proverbs 17:17; 18:24; 20:6; 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – Friends

-Proverb 16:9; Isaiah 41:10; 2 Corinthians 1:9 – Believing in yourself

-1 Corinthians 2:5; Luke 14:11; Philippians 2:3-11; Proverb 22:4; 1 Peter 5:5; Romans 12:3; Jeremiah 9:23 – Power

What are pastors and what do they do? What is the calling of a pastor?

Church leaders lead God’s Flock. Every believer is a priest with full access to God (1 Peter 2:9). Elders, however, help mature the faith (Acts 20:17), are overseers (1 Timothy 3:1-2; Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5, 7), and they are called to pastor (shepherd)(Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:1-4), have leadership to the flock (1 Thessalonians 5:12), and should be qualified as elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).

Pastoring involves being a Godly example (Hebrews 13:7) and they should confront sin and false doctrine. Those who pastor, are to be conscious of how they teach (1 Timothy 4:16; Acts 20:28) and be of good conscience before God and others (Acts 24:16; 1 Timothy 1:5). Those who pastor are to be a man of faith and prayer (Hebrews 11), and be able to be vigilant to guard the flock like a shepherd herds his flock against wolves (Ezekiel 34; Galatians 6:1-2). Such good men of God should teach God’s Word without wavering and submit to other leaders as team members (1 Timothy 5:17; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Ephesians 5:21). Those who pastor are to model Christlike love (1 John 4:19). Therefore, “pastor” is not a title or office; it is a gift actually (Ephesians 4:11).

People in the Church are subject to discipline by Elders as we read in Matthew 18. Only 2-3 people can admit a charge against an elder, and it is not good to attempt to lead a charge against God’s Called alone (1 Timothy 5:19; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). Ordination is church recognition/confirmation of being an elder, deacon, or minister (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 4:14; 5:22; 2 Timothy 1:6). The calling of pastoring is like a burning fire in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9), and makes you feel like you cannot anything else. We must preach (1 Corinthians 9:16; 1 Timothy 1:12). It is not bad to have work for money, because it can be separate from the work for Christ – therefore, while the Gospel can be free, the pastor can be paid for his labors and business work that is required for the “back end” of the Church to function.

Those who pastor seek the higher calling (which is what those who are truly called do best at pastoring). Therefore, do what you are called to do (not just you who feel you are called to pastor, but do anything you are called to do) – avail yourself from “slave work” and be sure to seek “purpose work” (1 Corinthians 7:20-21).

Birth of Jesus Christ – Historical Look

Our future redeemer was said to be born of the seed of a woman, as the Lord says in 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.” Who should this redeemer be? In Galatians 4:4-5, we have fulfillment, where Paul says, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

The Lord said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” and then in 22:17-18, “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Jesus was born of the seed of Abraham as we read in Matthew 1:1.

What this means is that a King is coming from Abraham that shall bless all the nations of the earth – and should Abraham obey, there shall be a tremendous redemption.

After that, in Genesis 17:19, we see the redeemer also coming from Isaac confirmed in Matthew 1:2, therefore we read in Genesis 17:19, “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.”Then, in Genesis 49:10, we read Jacob’s words here, “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.”

Who then is this coming “Shiloh?” The lawgiver may be around, but a new lawgiver is coming eventually? From whence He came? Shiloh? What about the Sceptre? Someone coming who would unimaginably rule the world with the greatest prosperity?

Who is the One who comes from Jacob? In Numbers 24:17, we read what Balaam said, “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

“The Star from Jacob, the Sceptre from Israel, the One with the power to smite the corners of Moab and destroy the children of Sheth… Who was it? Jesus! As we read in Matthew 1:2. Jesus was from the Tribe of Judah, which is confirmed in Luke 3:33.What about Job 19:25, the Coming Redeemer? Job speaks this then… “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” This Coming Redeemer arriving to save Job and the world overall from death.

According to Isaiah 7:14, this Redeemer will be conceived through a Virgin, as God said, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

“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. 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.” (Isaiah 9:6-7). Where do we find this fulfillment? In Luke 1:32-33, the angel told Mary, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

His throne shall be established upon the throne of David – the One of whom shall multiply the seed forever!And He shall be of the Root of Jesse, In Isaiah 11:10, “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Of the root of Jesse, as we see in Isaiah 11:10, it shall be the One even the Gentiles seek! Victory for the Gentiles through the Coming Christ from the root of Jesse!

We see this confirmed branch of righteousness from David in Jeremiah 23:5, the Lord speaks it so, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.”

Who is the Son of man revealed in Daniel’s visions in 7:13-14, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” In Luke 1:26-31, we read the confirmation from the angel Gabriel to Mary, “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.”

What time shall His Birth come? We see in Daniel 9:25, the angel Gabriel telling Daniel, “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.” That confirmed in Luke 2:1-2 as we will read more into a little later.

Is this the One called from Egypt in Hosea 11:1, “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.”

Apparently, He is the One to be born in Bethlehem as we see in 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.” The Coming King, who reigned before the foundation of the world, shall come and be that Great One! We will read the confirming of His Birth in Bethlehem in Luke 2:4-7.

New Testament Accounts

Matthew 1:18-2:11, “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. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 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. 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, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

Luke 2:6-16, “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. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”

This Messiah, Jesus, is God in the flesh – 100% God and 100% Man (see Colossians 2:9). He existed even before the foundation of the world, as He is God in the flesh… SO, Let’s read in John 1:1-18, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”