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Message of Christmas Encouragement

Of the increase of his government…
there will be no end…

How does the above prophetic word of the prophet Isaiah relate to the uncertainties and increasing levels of threat we are experiencing in our world today? Aren’t we experiencing a massive escalation of anti-Christian sentiment on a global basis?

Well I want bring to you a special word of encouragement this Christmas.

While there seems to be a “restraining order” against God in our society today, we can be assured that God has his own plan and calendar that cannot be averted.

Let me share with you a remarkable story that is historically accurate in the detail of the overriding sovereignty of God…

Alexander the Great

In 553 BC the prophet Daniel received a vision that included precise details about Alexander the Great, who would not be born until 356 BC. This prophecy is recounted in Daniel 7:6 and 8:5:14 – some 200 years before the events took place!

In Daniel 8:19-26 the archangel Gabriel gave Daniel a precise predictive account of the life of Alexander the Great. After Alexander’s death his empire was broken up into four regions. In 175-164 BC Antiochus Epiphanes, who ruled the Greek/Syrian region (the little horn of Dan 8:9), invaded Jerusalem and desecrated the temple. He brought an altar of Zeus (a Greek form of Baal worship) into the temple to celebrate the birthday of the SUN God. Antiochus sacrificed a pig in the Holy Place of the temple on 25 December 167 BC (some commentators vary on the year).

Hanukkah

The angel Gabriel told Daniel that this desecration of the holy place would last 2300 days (6.3 years). This prophetic word, some 200 years before the event, was precise in identifying the time of Antiochus’ persecution from 171 to 165 BC. After Antiochus death the Jews celebrated Judas Maccabeus defeat of the Greeks, the cleansing of the holy place and the relighting of the Menorah with one days oil that lasted eight days. This is the celebration of lights known as Hanukkah, which ends today (14 December 2015).

The Menorah – Golden Candlestick

The Menorah is the symbol of both Israel and the Church. In Revelation 1:20 Jesus tells us that the seven gold lamp stands represent the seven churches. Therefore let us make no mistake – the church does not replace Israel. In truth the church is grafted into Israel (Romans 11:11-22). This is why we share the same symbol and why the tongues of fire at Pentecost (and subsequently) light up the followers of Jesus after our own redemption from personal desecration. We become the new temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19-20).

Prophecy of the Return of Christ

Jesus the SON of God’s birthday is marked by Christmas on the same day as the temple was desecrated by Antiochus to the SUN god’s birthday – 25 December!

In Matt 24:15 Jesus spoke about the desecration of the temple in 167 BC and prophesied a second desecration still ahead in the future. Antiochus Epiphanes was a forerunner to the final Anti-Christ. We are now moving rapidly towards this final historic movement that heralds the return of Christ who will take over the running of this planet from Jerusalem. Be encouraged church!

Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

Around 50 AD Paul intended to return to the churches he had established in Asia Minor (central Turkey today). In Acts 16:6-9 the Holy Spirit does not permit Paul to go to Asia but sends him to Macedonia. Why Macedonia?

God’s Overriding Calendar

Paul takes the Gospel to the very region where Alexander the Great came from. The Holy Spirit insists that Paul take the Gospel to the West and the four corners of the world from Alexander’s birth place – Macedonia. God overrode everything that Alexander and Antiochus Epiphanes had done in hostility to God and released the Gospel to the four corners of the world from the launch pad of Alexander’s home nation of Macedonia.

Conclusion

Fear not people of God by what you see and hear. Whatever the devil and the growing anti-Christian culture purposes to do… God already has a plan and a timetable that will override his enemy and bring his son Jesus back to rule over the nations from Jerusalem.

Now with this overview in mind we can re-read Daniel 7 and 8 and the book of Acts to rejoice in the victory of Christ and of the increase of his Government of which there will be no end.

There may be as many as 100 million Christians in China today. If not today there will soon will be. The Great South Lands of the Holy Spirit are called, as part of this Asian longitude, to participate in taking the Gospel back to Jerusalem.

Christian Federation

For this reason we sense our call. This is the time for the followers of Jesus to arise together in our positioning to win the war between the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness (Col 1:13-20).

Now we can start to join the dots between the teaching of scriptures such as Psalm 110, 1 Cor 15:24-28 and Hebrews 10:12-13. It’s time to be part of a Federation of Jesus followers who arise to the battle on our watch in 2016.

We are on the winning side with Jesus.

Of the increase of his government…
there will be no end…

  • Isaiah 9:6-7
  • The prophetic words of the Hallelujah Chorus,
  • Handel’s Messiah.

Every blessing to you and your family for Christmas,

Peter