Saturday, December 12, 2015

Light of the World: Advent, Week 3



The 1st Week of Advent, we considered “The Prophecy Candle” or “Candle of Hope” (purple) that would be lit in the Advent wreath. The 2nd week of Advent we explored some of the implications of “The Bethlehem Candle” or “The Candle of Preparation” (also purple). This week we celebrate the 3rd week of Advent with the focus on the “The Shepherd’s Candle” or “Candle of Joy”, represented by the sole pink candle in the wreath.
Many people enjoy a good light show with great music. In spite of how elaborate these man-made productions have become (e.g., at both Christian and secular concerts), there are even more exquisite natural light shows, such as shooting stars or meteorite showers. However, the most well-known light show in the sky is the Aurora borealis (a.k.a., “The Northern Lights.”), with rich colours of pink, green, yellow, blue, violet, and infrequently orange and white. People from around the world travel great distances to see the magical light show. There are even special tours set up for the express purpose of luring people to see the spectacular Northern Lights for themselves.

On the other hand, the Bible records another, even more incredible light show—the one that marked the arrival of the Messiah in Bethlehem. In the dark night sky it must have seemed like a spotlight was turned on to reveal the first angel, who immediately recognized that the shepherds were alarmed. The Message records this demonstration of God once again stepping into human lives and altering their history:  “There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master…,” (Luke 2: 8ff).

But why did the angels appear to the shepherds on that night so long ago? Why were they singled out to be the first to hear the Good News of Jesus’ birth? To understand how incredible this event was, we need to comprehend the status of shepherds in Hebrew society. There was a time when shepherds, and the work that they did, were valued. In the days of the patriarchs, sheep were important to their nomadic way of life, but that changed when the Israelites moved into the Promised Land. As more farmland was acquired, there was less interest in sheepherding, which became an occupation for the blue-collared workers of their day. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way shepherds were unjustly labeled as being shady, dishonest, and they were thought to be thieves. In fact, they were considered to be in the same low class as tax collectors. Thus, the rumours and innuendos led to stereotypes that resulted in shepherds being ostracized, and they were not well-treated, either. Furthermore, people wouldn’t even buy any products (e.g., wool, milk, or a kid) from shepherds, because they believed they were stolen goods.

Therefore, the light show in the sky, combined with the angels’ appearance, would have indeed been terrifying to the shepherds. Perhaps they wondered what the heavenly display could mean. Surely it couldn’t be a good thing! Nothing good ever happened for them; and, for precisely this reason, God’s message of hope came to ‘the least of these’—to those who most needed to hear the Good News!  The news of the Good Shepherd’s birth was first given to these humble shepherds. And once the angel choir had departed, it didn’t take them long to make a decision.  They hurriedly went to Bethlehem to see the newborn Messiah. After seeing Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus, they were filled with joy!  They were so elated that they told everyone they met about seeing the Saviour—they took the Light of the World with them. And those that heard the shepherds’ proclamations were in awe.


I can’t help but wonder how many of the people that the shepherds encountered on their way back from Bethlehem, also went to see the promised Saviour lay in a manger. This actually seems likely, because the Israelites had been yearning and waiting for the Messiah. The apostle John noted that all the things that Jesus did could not be contained in writing, (John 21:25). This truth applies to all of Scripture: not every detail has been recorded. Therefore, there may have been more visitors on the night that Jesus was born.  This Advent season, let’s remember the joy that we first experienced when we became followers of the Messiah; and may God renew our excitement as we pass along the Good News to others.  Many blessings.

Suggested Daily Scripture Readings:
Sunday, December 13/15 The Birth of Jesus Luke 2: 1-7
Monday, December 14/15 The Shepherds Hear Jesus Birth Announcement  Luke 2: 8-14
Tuesday, December 15/15 The Shepherds Hurry to Bethlehem Luke 2:15-20
Wednesday, December 16/15 A Song of Joy and Praise Isaiah 12:2-6
Thursday, December 17/15 We are Filled with Great Joy 1 Peter 1:8
Friday, December 18/15 This is the Day God has Made Psalm 118:24
Saturday, December 19/15  Rejoice in the Lord Philippians 4:4-7


Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former SA Officer

Canada

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Revelation Witness with a testimony-I saw Matt24:15 which is Rev17:8 the Image of Beast in worship buildings 2Thess2:3-4. Alert message for Christians, Catholics, and anyone believing in Jesus Christ to escape Judgment of God coming quickly to worship buildings known as "Churches" across the Nations 1Peter4:17-18; Rev13:8,And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
My name is Deborah. I am a real Jesus Christ believer and witness with a testimony in seeing Matt24:15. My testimony on video called "Christ testimony of the churches around the world". Just google title of video.

I am witness in seeing the beast ascended out of the pit and in spiritual perdition as I send message and my testimony to churches across the Nations.

Satan appearing as image of Jesus Christ blaspheming the word of God with false teachings and ordaining men and women into false disciples, teachers, priests, prophets, and preachers doing lying signs, and wonders deceiving themselves and leading people into worship buildings that is an identical strait gate going directly into destruction Matt24:23-24;Luke 21:24!

I am witness seeing two identical images of Jesus Christ but only one is the true Messiah. There are two identical strait gates but only one leads to eternal life Matt7:13-14!

Satan has been taking on the image of the son of God to deceive the nations in trying to stop his judgment and hold back the true promise and Kingdom of God. This is found in Luke Chpt4;2Thess2:4;Is14:14;Dan7:25-26!

Abominations are found in buildings made like original temple for worshiping God Ezk8:3;Dan9:27;Dan11:45;Is14:13.

All churches visibly practice temple worship according to first covenant Rev18:22-24;Acts17:24-25;Heb8:7;Rom10:2;Philip3:3;Is5:13!

This abomination of desolation spoken of Daniel is happening in spirit realm where false teachings and temple worship have increased known as “The Falling Away” allowing this image to spiritually deceive people believing the "Lie" has reach where Christ is seated Rev11:1-2;Dan8:10-11; Is14:12;Rev13:8;2Thess2:10!

Many church leaders and Bible scholars do not know Holy Bible contains a mixture of counterfeit scriptures that has covered up the truth about God and the man Jesus Christ.

When and how did this all happen? During end of 1st Century AD certain men who establish the Roman Catholic Church counterfeited Torah Isaiah 9:5 into KJV Isaiah 9:6.This change of prophecy and the truth about God is according to Rev13:18;Rev 22:18.

Here is original prophecy of Messsiah in Torah Isaiah 9:5,For a child has been born to us, a Son given to us, and the authority is upon his shoulder, and the wondrous adviser, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, CALLED his name, "the prince of peace."

Here is original prophecy of Messiah Torah Isaiah 9:5 changed into KJV Isaiah 9:6, For to 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.

This is Roms1:25, Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen

Anonymous said...

We cannot serve God and man Matt6:24; 1Tit2:5;John3:8;John4:23.When these certain men changed Holy Scriptures of Messiah they added and took away words of prophecy making God into a man. Thereby teaching Jesus is God/man and came by virgin birth of a spirit, angel. When in truth Num23:19 God is not a man nor does he think like a man Isaiah55:9!
In Heb2:16 Jesus Christ the Messiah is 100% human, who came into this world like we did according to the flesh born of Joseph, son of David and MaryRom1:3;Rom8:3. God only open the womb of Mary. The true story Joseph was thinking of privately divorcing Mary because she bare no children after so many years of marriage. During ancient Judaism, Jews married at 12 years plus one day. Mary was still a young woman but barren and Joseph was pressed by the Rabbis to fulfill the law of God in Genesis 1:28. So it is known that a male Jew would divorce his wife if she did not produce offspring within a few years and then remarry another. In Joseph’s case God sent angel to inform Joseph not to divorce Mary. She will conceive and bare a son, who will be the Messiah, King of Israel according to the promise God gave to King David. Joseph did has the Lord said and took Mary is wife and was intimate with her. After those days God sent an angel to Mary that she will have a son who will be the Messiah King of Israel. The angel of God confirms with Mary that Joseph, son of David did pass seed in her womb and God open it for conception and that Elizabeth her cousin who also was barren has hidden herself from letting anyone know she is pregnant during her old age because with God nothing is impossible. Please read Judges Chpt 13.

Gal 4:4-5, But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a man and woman Gen1:28, made under the law, to redeem THEM that were under the law, that WE might receive the adoption of sons Gal3:10, 13.

True teaching of the Messiah according to original written prophecy he would be born according to the seed of David 1Chr17:11. The man Jesus became 14th great grandson of King David Matt12:23;Matt21:15.

The “Virgin Birth” teaching was created by the Roman Catholic Church by adding and taking away words of prophecy concerning Messiah both in the Torah and true testimonies of the disciples of Jesus Christ the Messiah.

This "Mother" church of all churches spread out upon the Earth is known as Rev 17:5 and the fourth kingdom on the earth Dan7:23;Dan11:45;Is34:11-14;Matt24:26.

We are about to enter Great Tribulation which is the “Last Days”. During those days God brings spiritual judgment “Plagues” upon this Mother church and all her churches who hold the cup of the Lord Jer51:7;Rev17:1-4; 1Cor10:21;Luke11:39;Rev 18:4-5!

Anonymous said...

This message is not a joke. God is calling his people come out of worship buildings and get into prayer for your household to receive prophecy Joel 2:28-29. This is according to ‘Shavuot” known as the Feast of weeks. It marks the all-important wheat harvest. Also found in Dan 12:10;Acts 2;Rev 7:1-3;Rev9:14-15.

The Spirit of God comes upon all flesh starting with the first fruits of the harvest and then upon all those whom the lord invites or whoever calls upon the Lord throughout the Earth Ezk 9:3-6. Then comes Joel 2:30;Acts 2:19 which is Rev 9:4 the beginning of plagues upon the people in churches worshiping the image to prepare and fight against God Rev 16:14. Then comes the spiritual battle of Rev19;Rev 6:15-17 which is Joel 2:1l . God sends his son first in spirit relam to remove the image from its seat and false prophecies by giving Jesus Christ a new name that no man knows Rev 19:12;Matt7:22;Matt24:23-24! During that time in natural realm comes Joel 2:10;Joel 3:15;Rev8:12. During those days Rev 20:8-9 comes to pass in sequence of the spiritual battle after image remove and cast into the burning lake of fire Dan 7:11! Then come Messiah appearing in natural realm Rev1:7;Acts1:11 with the fire of God behind him Rev 20:9. As the Messiah is coming Shofar is sounding 1Cor15:52; John5:28-29. Before Messiah dead rising out of the earth and sea some to eternal heavenly body and some to eternal sinful flesh. Behind Messiah is fire of God consuming all sinful flesh, works of flesh and the earth itself destroying works of Satan Luk3:17;Matt25:44;Gal 5:19-21;Rev21:27;Rev12:9;Rev13:8;2Thess2:8.

This message is for real and I am telling the truth! Don't be spiritually trapped in these worship buildings under judgment of God 1Thess5:3;2Pet2:18;luk 21:24;Rev11:1-2;Joel1:13-15. I am a real person. I was involved, dedicated with these churches inside and out for most of my life believing I was doing the will of God and receiving the right teachings of the Messiah Jesus Christ. I know these churches and how they operate and teach from pulpit to the out side missionaries. All churches are the same as the "Mother" just a different method to cover up the truth that people are serving the creature more than the "Creator".

I prayed for two years faithfully asking God for the truth about these churches, their leaders and the people in them.

Now I have a testimony how Spirit of God came to me and revealed the truth about these churches, their leaders and the people in them according to prophecies hidden in the Holy scriptures.

You ask what religion? Religion will not be acceptable before Christ to get to the Father. The churches do not teach the daily sacrifice because they have the wrong teachings of the Messiah. The Roman Catholic Church took original prophecies/teachings of the Messiah and counterfeited them to hold back the true Kingdom Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to OTHER PEOPLE, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Who are these OTHER PEOPLE? the fulfillment of the gentiles handling the word of God Matt24:24 and treading underfoot the son of God proclaiming not the daily sacrifice which is the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ body and on the third day the Spirit of God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. The disciples proclaimed nothing else but the daily sacrifice to save the people from their iniquities. This is the power of God to destroy all the works, plans, and power of death of Satan AND put to death all works of flesh. There are no other teachings, programs, seminars, schools, etc. than the daily sacrifice that bring God's power to save the people or bring manifestations of signs and wonders.

Anonymous said...

In Dan 7 mentions the devil covering up true written Holy scriptures of Torah concerning true teachings of the Messiah but Spirit of God shall prevail for his chosen people and when 3.5 years is up the truth shall be known and the chosen people of God shall take back that Kingdom mentioned in Dan 2:44. The 3.5 years is almost finished. Soon the truth shall be published and made known to the world. Revelation 11 is about to be finished in the spirit world of That "Great City". Then comes prophecy Joel then comes immediately Great Tribulation. There is no rapture before or during those days until ended Dan 12:10;Matt 24:29.

I strongly advised to leave these churches and their teachings get into prayer and be ready for Prophecy Joel to escape wrath of God Revelation 9. I am telling the truth hear my testimony on video called "Christ testimony of the churches around the world". All Christian churches are the same as "Mother" Roman Catholic Church. They all teach virgin birth and celebrate December 25th. This is Revelation 13:7-8, And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations and all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Martin Ketteringham said...

Thanks for sharing Elizabeth. In a world of darkness that we live in, the Light is desperately needed.