May 2024

What a Message from God !

THE BIRTH OF JESUS – 3 BC September 11 6:18 pm – 7:39 pm [Jerusalem Time]
THE BIRTH OF JESUS – 3 BC September 11 4:18 pm – 5:39 pm [British Summer Time – BST]
First day of Jewish New Year (Tishri 1). New Moon in Royal Constellation Leo (Judah). On September 11, 3 BC, sunset was at 6:18 pm and moonset at 7:39 pm. Jesus Christ was born on September 11, 3 BC sometime in that 81 minute span of time between 6:18 pm and 7:39 pm [Jerusalem time]. In Gematria 81 = Holy Angels.
[Extracts from the above web-page.]
Introductory Summary
Through a study of computerized data we can very accurately determine astronomical events at all time periods. With certainty we can now date the birth of Christ to September 3BC. The very noticeable celestial activity of Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Regulus (the King star), and Venus (the Queen star), and their various combinations of conjunctions in Leo during the 9 months leading up to Christ’s birth are vital signs to determine this September birth date. Research shows that he was born [Jerusalem time] between 6:18 pm [Sunset] and 7:39 pm [Moonset] on September 11 (Tishri 1 on the Jewish calendar), on which day the sun was in Virgo:
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. [Revelation 12:1-2].
Celestrial Activity
3BC September 11: Jupiter joined Regulus, chief star in the constellation of Leo, the Lion – Royal Planet and Royal Star. Regulus is situated between the feet of Leo.
The Sun was in Virgo (Virgin Constellation) and the New Moon in the Royal Constellation Leo (Judah).
First day of Jewish New Year (Tishri 1).
After this 1st conjunction Jupiter continued on its normal course in the heavens.
In Jerusalem on September 11, 3BC, sunset was at 6:18 pm and moonset at 7:39 pm.
Jesus Christ was born on September 11, 3BC sometime in that 81 minute span of time between 6:18 pm and 7:39 pm.
In Gematria 81 = Holy Angels.
While the magi were studying the heavens, a luminous star, entirely new to them, made its appearance. As they stood gazing at it, they were impressed that it was the herald of some great event. They decided to investigate the matter, hoping that they would be rewarded by a knowledge of the promised Messiah. The Lord encouraged them to go forward; and as the pillar of cloud moved before the children of Israel through the wilderness, so the star guided the wise men as they journeyed toward Jerusalem. When they drew near Jerusalem, it no longer went before them, but was enshrouded in darkness.
The wise men had seen a mysterious light in the heavens upon that night when the glory of God flooded the hills of Bethlehem. As the light faded, a luminous star appeared, and lingered in the sky. It was not a fixed star nor a planet, and the phenomenon excited the keenest interest. That star was a distant company of shining angels, but of this the wise men were ignorant. Yet they were impressed that the star was of special import to them.
Spirit of Prophecy makes clear that the Magi’s guiding star was “entirely new to them”, was “not a fixed star nor a planet” but that it was “a distant company of shining angels”. Therefore, this so called “Bethlehem star” / “Christmas star” was not the Planet Jupiter moving westward on its regular orbit nor was it a unique planetary alignment as many sources have suggested.
Jewish Dates and their Meaning
Tishri 1-10 is the repentance period between the Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Atonement.
Tishri [or Tishrei] is the first month of the civil year (which starts on 1 Tishrei) and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year (which starts on 1 Nisan) in the Hebrew calendar.
In the Jewish year 3759, Tishri 1 started on 3 BC September 11.
Tishri 1 – Feast of Trumpets – (Rosh Hashanah).
Background information regarding Mary
The Bible does not state how old Mary was when Jesus was born but most Christian historians speculate that she was around 15-16 years of age. According to Jewish customs at the time, a young woman might become betrothed to a young man as early as 12 years of age, though the consummation of their marriage through ceremony and physical intimacy would not happen until they were legally married, many months or even years later.
Mary travelled from Galilee to Judah to visit her relative Elizabeth [Luke 1:39–56]. She would have had to cross a great distance though the territory of Samaria. We do not know if she travelled alone, with servants, or in the company of other family members. However, there is a great likelihood that, even with adult escorts, Mary would have needed to be both physically and emotionally mature enough to handle such a journey.
No matter what Mary’s age when Jesus was born, her spiritual maturity is indeed evident. The mother of Jesus is described by God as “highly favoured” [Luke 1:28]. When presented with the news that she would conceive the holy Son of God, Mary responds with pure faith and obedience by saying, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” [Luke 1:35–38]. Her song [Luke 1:46–55] is full of Old Testament Scripture and this is another strong proof of Mary’s learning and spiritual maturity.
From the above, was probably 16 years of age when Jesus was born and probably 15 years old at conception.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. [Luke 1:34-37].
Conception occurs when the male sperm meets the female egg and fertilizes the egg inside one of the fallopian tubes, thus producing a new life. After a few days, the fertilized egg will travel to the woman’s uterus where it will implant itself into the wall of the uterus.
For the standard pregnancy the due date is 266 days (38 weeks) after conception.
266 days (38 weeks) before the 3BC September 11 birth is 4BC December 19.
However, teenage pregnancies are usually of a slightly shorter duration that more mature mothers. Therefore a duration of 263 or 262 days (37.5 weeks) is more realistic.
263 days before the 3BC September 11 birth is 4BC December 22.
262 days before the 3BC September 11 birth is 4BC December 23.
Returning to the Winter Solstice for 4BC, this occurred on 23 December at 01:07 hours; some cite the time on this day as 05:51 hours.
Either way, the Winter Solstice marks the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; this being the shortest amount of time between sunrise and sunset [ due to the Earth’s relation to the Sun and the angle of the Earth’s tilt ].
So, precisely at this re-birth of a new year, Mary is visited by “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.” Naturally, this act would occur while Mary was sleeping.
According to Science and also God as shown above, life begins at conception.
“Human development is a continuous process that begins when an oocyte from a female is fertilized by a sperm from a male”.
“Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, the zygote”.
GOD’S CREATION WEEK – ADAM and EVE [f.] created by God [generation 1]. [Genesis 1:1 – 2:3]. Creation week started after sunset at about 6 pm on Saturday October 22, 4004BC [Jerusalem time].
Moving forward 4,000 years gives:
Sunset at about 6 pm on Saturday 4 BC October 22 [Jerusalem time].
Between 4 BC October 22 and 4BC December 22 there are 61 days.
Between 4 BC October 22 and 4BC December 23 there are 62 days.
In Gematria:
61 = King of Jews (Messiah).
62 = Jerusalem the Royal City.
Only our OMNI-God could produce all the above results with such accuracy.
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which [is] as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, [and] rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth [is] from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. [Psalm 19:1-7].
The dates of JESUS are hidden WITHIN THE VALUE OF Pi.
Pi and some of it’s Secrets [Extracts from the above web-page.]
The number Pi is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
It can be proven that Pi is an irrational number.
Being an irrational number, Pi cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction (equivalently, its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern).
We have known since the 18th century that we will never be able to calculate all the digits of Pi because it is an irrational number, one that continues forever without any repeating pattern.
Mathematicians and computer scientists have been able to calculate the decimal representation of Pi to many trillions of digits after the decimal point.
We typically think of Pi as approximately 3.14 but, at November 2016, it’s value was worked out to 22.4 trillion digits after the decimal point.
3.14 is 99.9493 % of the value of Pi while the fraction 22/7 is 100.04025 % of the value of Pi.
The fraction 355/113 is incredibly close to Pi, within a third of a millionth of the exact value [3.141592920354].
The number Pi may be compared to Eternity – it never ends but just goes on and on.
In the value of Pi, has God revealed to His people a hidden message?
So back to Pi and let us now look at this irrational number.
Is the value of Pi just a never–ending collection of random numbers?
Certainly not. Consider the first 7 digits and then the first 22 digits of Pi:
Pi = 3 . 1 4 1 5 9 2 6 535 8 97 93 23 84 62 …..
Jesus was born on Earth for us on 3.11.9 [September 11, 3 BC]
By interpretation, using the God-given code of Gematria:
4 = God’s Absolute Control over His Creation & World / Earth (directions, winds, empires) – Universal Truth – Creative Works including All Things Terrestrial – Message (hear).
5 = Power & Divine Grace – God’s Goodness – Pentateuch – Redemption – Human Weakness(life, child).
2 = Union – Division / Divide (break) – Separation – Witnessing – A Difference – Double Portion – Duality – Contrary (light/dark, good/evil) or Complimentary (spiritual/material; divine/human).
6 = Man (conscience, flesh) – His Weakness – Manifestation of Sin – Evil – Satan (& his influences) – Something Incomplete or Imperfect.
At the very beginning of Pi, we see that God so loved the world [4], that He gave His only begotten Son [born on 3 BC September 11] that through His Grace [5], Man [6] may find salvation from sin. By accepting and believing Jesus we become married to Him; thus He forms a union [2] with His believers. Thus in the first 7 digits of Pi we have this wonderful God-given message.
Remember: Pi = 22/7. We have looked at the first 7 digits; now look at the remainder of the first 22 digits of Pi.
The decimal integers of Pi continue with the integers 535 representing God’s Grace flowing out in all directions.
3 = Godhead (3 Powers) – Divine Completeness / Perfection / Holiness – Resurrection – Holy Spirit – Completion of Divine Will – Wholeness / Inner Sanctity – Binding (Spirit of God)
5 = Power & Divine Grace – God’s Goodness – Pentateuch – Redemption – Human Weakness(life, child).
It is then followed by the decimal integer 8:
8 = New Beginning / Birth – New Order / Creation – Circumcision of the Heart – Resurrection – Eternal Life – Holy Spirit – New Man (eyes).
Then the decimal integers 97:
97 = Fire Burns Enemies.
Then the decimal integers 93:
93 = Might of God.
Then the decimal integers 23:
23 = Death.
Here we see, through the Might of God, that God’s people commence Eternal Life while those others are completely destroyed.
The decimal integers of Pi continue with the digits 84 and then 62:
84 = Court of the Lord.
62 = Jerusalem the Royal City.
Both of these having reference to the new Jerusalem:
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name. [Revelation 3:12].
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. [Revelation 21:2].
Summary: In the very first 22 digits of Pi [the unit digit plus the first 21 decimal digits of Pi] God has marked out what has happened from the birth of Jesus to what will happen in the future. The salient points being given in the first 7 digits of Pi.
So Pi =
22 = Spiritual Knowledge – Light – Insight – Making Manifest – Revelation.
Note: The number 22 was and still is significant.
The Hebrew alphabet is made up of 22 letters, these were used to compose the Word of God.
There are 22 books in the Aaronic (Levitical) Old Testament, which is the light of God for Israel.
The 25th psalm contains 22 verses, each of which begins with a different letter of the alphabet, from aleph to tau.
The 119th psalm is divided into 22 parts, designated by the names of the letters, aleph, beth, gimel, daleth, etc..
The book of Revelation concludes the Bible and ends on the 22nd chapter.
Jesus quoted part of verse 1 of Psalm 22 while in agony on the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Divided by
7 = Spiritual Completeness / Perfection – Sanctification – Resurrection – Covenant – Holy Spirit – Finished – Totality – God’s Seal – The End (sword).
The Bible, as a whole, was originally divided into 7 major divisions:
[1] the Law; [2] the Prophets; [3] the Writings, or Psalms; [4] the Gospels and Acts; [5] the General Epistles; [6] the Epistles of Paul; and [7] the book of Revelation.
The total number of originally inspired books was 49, or 7 x 7, demonstrating the absolute perfection of the Word of God.
From the 7 Days of Genesis to the 7 last plagues of Revelation, Scripture is saturated with the Number 7.
The first use of the number 7 in the Bible relates to the creation week in Genesis 1. God spends six days creating the heavens and the earth, and then rests on the seventh day. This is our template for the seven-day week, observed around the world to this day. The seventh day was to be “set apart” for Israel; the Sabbath was a holy day of rest [Deuteronomy 5:12].
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
The 7th time Noah’s name occurs is where it is said, “Noah was a just man [and] perfect in his generations” [Genesis 6:9].
Other examples of 7: 7 pairs of each clean animal on the ark [Genesis 7:2]; 7 lamps [Exodus 25:37] and 7 things that the Lord hates in Proverbs 6:16.
There are 7 annual Holy Days God, beginning with Passover and ending with the Last Great Day [the day after the Feast of Tabernacles ends in the fall]. The cycle of the holy days is completed in 3 festival seasons by the 7th month of the sacred calendar: Passover and Unleavened Bread, 1st month; Pentecost, 3rd month; and Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles and Last Great Day, 7th month.
The Seven Feasts: Passover – Unleavened Bread – Firstfruits – Pentecost – Trumpets – Day of Atonement – Tabernacles
There are at least 7 men in the Old Testament who are specifically mentioned as a man of God:
Moses [Joshua 14:6] – David [2Chronicles 8:14] – Samuel [1Samuel 9:6, 14] – Shemaiah [1Kings 12:22] – Elijah [1Kings 17:18] – Elisha [2Kings 5:8] – Igdaliah [Jeremiah 35:4].
In just one verse in Isaiah 11:2, the Holy Spirit rested on Jesus in 7 distinct ways:
Spirit of the LORD – wisdom – understanding – counsel – might – knowledge – fear of the LORD.
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
In Matthew 13 Jesus is quoted as giving 7 parables: Matthew 13:3-9, 24-30, 31-32, 33, 44, 45-46, 47.
In the book of Hebrews, written by the apostle Paul, he uses 7 titles to refer to Christ:
‘Heir of all things’ [Hebrews 1:2] – ‘Captain of their salvation’ [2:10] – ‘Apostle’ [3:1] – ‘Author of eternal salvation’ [5:9] – ‘Forerunner’ [6:20] – ‘High Priest’ [10:21] – ‘Author and finisher of our faith’ [12:2].
In the book of Revelation there are 7 churches / candlesticks, 7 Spirits, 7 stars / angels of the 7 churches, 7 lamps of fire, 7 seals, 7 horns, 7 eyes, 7 trumpet plagues, 7 thunders and the 7 last plagues. The first resurrection of the dead takes place at the 7th trumpet, completing salvation for the Church.
“Jesus Christ” is found 7 times in Revelation [Revelation 1:1, 1:2, 1:5, 1:9 (x 2), 12:17 & 22:21].
Well, if that has not convinced you about the God-given message with Pi, then consider these messages found within the first 1.000,000 decimal digits of Pi:
4863086316 0817753099 3431356826 1193911313 1975531178
539,600 [This denotes that 8 is the 539,600th decimal digit within Pi]
7891831559 9227750248 4615967066 4664052848 8092119285
183 = Deadly Blow.
3256995495 7327013366 2891020185 2959715102 0987318184
102 = Destitute and Abandoned.
6394428005 2695190904 3300223556 7601977870 5309066426
190 = Kingdom Comes.
4844723116 5417685422 2119167486 2350821405 5524163362
674 = Behold Your King.
The birth date of Jesus represented by integers 1193 [English layout] is repeated along side the birth date of Jesus represented by the integers 9113 [American layout].
Note: Any six digit figure could occur once in a million digits. The probability of then getting the next two digits to conform to the second date occurs only once in a hundred.
Also there are 187 integers from the centre of the these birth dates to the integers 11916 relating to the lifespan days of Jesus [32 y 7 m 16 d].
187 = Ascension to Heaven.
Finally, note that the integer 674 = Behold Your King is interlinked with the integers 11916 which relates to the lifespan days of Jesus.
John 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
How appropriate. Coincidental? – or just another act by our Almighty God.
“Christmas is coming,” is the note that is sounded throughout our world from East to West and from North to South. With youth, those of mature age, and even the aged, it is a period of general rejoicing, of great gladness. But what is Christmas, that it should demand so much attention? This day has been made much of for centuries. It is accepted by the unbelieving world, and by the Christian world generally, as the day on which Christ was born. When the world at large celebrate the day, they show no honor to Christ. They refuse to acknowledge him as their Saviour, to honor him by willing obedience to his service. They show preference to the day, but none to the one for whom the day is celebrated, Jesus Christ.
The twenty-fifth of December is supposed to be the day of the birth of Jesus Christ, and its observance has become customary and popular. But yet there is no certainty that we are keeping the veritable day of our Saviour’s birth. History gives us no certain assurance of this. The Bible does not give us the precise time. Had the Lord deemed this knowledge essential to our salvation, he would have spoken through his prophets and apostles, that we might know all about the matter. But the silence of the Scriptures upon this point evidences to us that it is hidden from us for the wisest purposes. In his wisdom, the Lord concealed the place where he buried Moses. God buried him, and God resurrected him, and took him to heaven. This secrecy was to prevent idolatry. He against whom they rebelled while he was in active service, whom they provoked almost beyond human endurance, was almost worshiped as God after his separation from them by death. For the very same purpose he has concealed the precise day of Christ’s birth; that the day should not receive the honor that should be given to Christ as the Redeemer of the world,–one to be received, to be trusted, to be relied on as he who could save to the uttermost all who come unto him. The soul’s adoration should be given to Jesus as the Son of the infinite God. [Review and Herald, December 9, 1884]
What matchless love Jesus has manifested for a fallen world! If angels sang because the Saviour was born in Bethlehem, shall not our hearts echo the glad strain, Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men? Although we do not know the exact day of Christ’s birth, we would honor the sacred event. May the Lord forbid that any one should be so narrow minded as to overlook the event because there is an uncertainty in regard to the exact time. Let us do what we can to fasten the minds of the children upon those things which are precious to everyone who loves Jesus. Let us teach them how Jesus came into the world to bring hope, comfort, peace, and happiness to all. . . . Let the hearts of all respond with exceeding joy for the priceless gift of the Son of God.–Review and Herald, Dec. 17, 1889. [TDG Ch352 1979]
How can we more appropriately celebrate the coming Christmas, how better express our gratitude to God for the gift of his dear Son, than by offerings to send to all the world the tidings of his soon coming? [Review and Herald, Dec. 6, 1887]
Yes, soon very soon He will come. We are living in those last years. Knowledge has and still is increasing. We are now privileged to know the birth date of Jesus. Not to celebrate it as the world has done for Christmas but to register and remember what Jesus has done for us.
He had to be born into this world – to die for us as sinners – so that we can be brought back to God.
So at this time of year especially [early September], why not focus upon and appreciate what Jesus has done for us and His wonderful messages that He has given to those living in the last days – surely, will we need to recall such assurances as God takes His people through those trying times ahead?
Spirit of Prophecy reflective text
Jesus, the Prince of life, took the battle field to meet and to contend with the prince of darkness, and to dispute his claims. From the time of his birth until he hung on Calvary’s cross he warred with the evil one in our behalf. His purity of character was a rebuke to the world, and men hated him because of his divine and holy character. He did not come to our world as an angel of glory, but as a man. He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh, and condemned sin in the flesh. With his human arm he encircled the race, and with his divine arm he grasped the throne of the infinite, linked man with God, and earth with heaven. … {ST, April 16, 1894 par. 5}
The Lord Jesus, the Majesty of heaven, laid aside his royal robe and relinquished his royal crown, gave up his high command, and came into the world, all seared and marred with the curse. “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Did the world appreciate the light?–No; they refused to accept the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Thus it will be until the close of time. The Son of God came personally into the world, and men did to him as they listed. “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.” {ST, November 5, 1894 par. 1}
The Son of God came to our world with his heart overflowing with love for fallen man. He was in the express image of God, and equal with God in character. He was the brightness of his Father’s glory, the express image of his person. He came to meet and to conquer his adversary, Satan, the fallen angel, who had become exalted because of his brightness and wisdom, and who desired to place his throne above the throne of God. Satan desired to set aside the law of God, whose precepts could not be altered any more than could his character or his throne. Satan sought to be first among the ranks of heaven, to have the supremacy in the courts of God, and for this sin he was cast out of heaven, and became the lowest of all creatures. Christ came to controvert Satan’s assertions, and to reveal his misrepresentations of the character of God. The Son of God clothed his divinity with humanity, and came to the world without parade or display, that he might be accepted, not because of outward attractions, but because of his heavenly attributes of character, as revealed in his words and works. He presented to men lessons whereby their souls were brought into comparison with the law of God, not in a legal light, but in the light of the Sun of Righteousness, that man by beholding might be changed into the divine image. {ST, November 5, 1894 par. 2}
Untried character is not reliable. We are to be tried by temptation in order that we may learn to seek wisdom from God, and to flee to the stronghold in time of trouble. He alone will be successful in resisting temptation who finds help and grace from God. Individually we stand as did our first parents –face to face with manifold temptations that solicit mind and heart. All heaven is watching with intense interest, to see whether we will look unto Jesus and submit ourselves to his will, or whether in the temptation we shall follow the inclinations of the natural heart and the solicitations of the evil one. O, how often you have lost the battle because you have acted independent of him who has made you his own by creation and by redemption! Yielding to the solicitations of evil, you have experienced evil as did Adam when he fell into the snare; but those who through faith are kept by the power of God, learn good and precious things. They experience the peace of Christ which passeth understanding. In resisting temptation, you refuse to be confederate with Satan, and place yourselves under the banner of Jesus Christ. In the sight of heavenly intelligences, you develop yourself as a conqueror. It is made manifest that you are a son of God. “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, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” You represent Christ in true goodness of character, and understand what these words signify, “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. . . . And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” You receive grace, you develop grace; and as you reveal grace in your words, in your spirit and actions, God pours upon you a larger measure of grace. In proportion as you surrender yourselves to the working of the Holy Spirit, you are supplied with heavenly grace. You are molded and fashioned a vessel unto honor, and become a channel through which God makes manifest his grace to the world. {YI, September 26, 1895 par. 3}
Christ appeared upon the scene as a babe, as a child, having no extra advantages in the world. He came of poor parentage, he had no privileges that the poor have not known, He experienced the difficulties that the poor and lowly experience from babyhood to childhood, from youth to manhood. There is a mystery surrounding the birth of Christ that can not and need not be explained. Nearly two thousand years ago a voice strange and mysterious was heard in heaven, proceeding from the throne of God, and saying: “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” “Lo, I come; in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.” God manifest in the flesh came to our world, being justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. {ST, July 30, 1896 par. 2}
In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery, that the human mind can not comprehend. The more we reflect upon it, the more amazing does it appear. How wide is the contrast between the divinity of Christ and the helpless infant in Bethlehem’s manger! How can we span the distance between the mighty God and a helpless child? And yet the Creator of worlds, he in whom was the fulness of the Godhead bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one. It is in this union that we find the hope of our fallen race. Looking upon Christ in humanity, we look upon God, and see in him the brightness of his glory, the express image of his person. {ST, July 30, 1896 par. 3}
He who came in human flesh, and submitted to a life of humiliation, was the Majesty of heaven, the Prince of life, and yet the wise men of the earth, the princes and rulers, and even his own nation, knew him not. They did not recognize him as the long-looked-for Messiah. Notwithstanding mighty miracles did show forth themselves in him, notwithstanding he opened the eyes of the blind, and raised the dead to life, Christ suffered the hatred and abuse of the people he came to bless. They regarded him as a sinner, and accused him of casting out devils through the prince of devils. The circumstances of his birth were mysterious, and were remarked upon by the rulers. They charged him with being born in sin. The Prince of heaven was insulted because of the corrupt minds and the sinful, blasphemous unbelief of men. What a baleful thing is unbelief! It originated with the first great apostate, and to what fearful lengths it will lead all who enter upon its path is seen in the Jews’ rejection of their Messiah. {RH, September 5, 1899 par. 3}
We are not to look at ourselves. The more we dwell upon our own imperfections, the less strength we shall have to overcome them. We are to render a cheerful service to God. It is the work of Satan to present the Lord as lacking in compassion and pity. He misstates the truth in regard to him. He fills the imagination with false theories concerning God; and instead of dwelling upon the truth in regard to the character of our Heavenly Father, we fasten our minds upon the misrepresentations of Satan, and dishonor God by mistrusting him and by murmuring against him. When we act like culprits under sentence of death, we bear false witness against God. The Father gave his only begotten and well-beloved Son to die for us, and in so doing he placed great honor upon humanity; for in Christ the link that was broken through sin was reunited, and man again connected with Heaven. You who doubt the mercy of God, look at the Lamb of God, look at the man of sorrows, who bore your grief and suffered for your sin. He is your friend. He died on the cross because he loved you. He is touched with the feeling of your infirmities, and bears you up before the throne. In view of his unspeakable love, should not hope, love, and gratitude be cherished in your heart? Should not gladness fill your service to God? {RH, January 14, 1890 par. 7}
It is our privilege to gather strength from the Lord, and to be fitting up characters for translation to heaven and to the mansions that He is preparing for us. We should be continually grateful for the power from above that has been promised us. Christ was that “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 1:9-14]. {2SAT 274.2 1994}
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