The First Christmas


“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.” (Matthew 1:18–25, KJV)

“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. 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. 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. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:26–38, KJV)

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Beth-lehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 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 Beth-lehem, 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. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” (Luke 2:1–20, KJV)

“Now when Jesus was born in Beth-lehem 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 Beth-lehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Beth-lehem, 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, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Beth-lehem, 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.” (Matthew 2:1–11, KJV)

Christ the Coming King


“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” (Luke 1:5–6, KJV)

Using contrastive thought, one of the tools we learned in our study of Hebrews, what do you see?

Luke specifies that Herod (hay-rode, not hair-ud) is the king of Judea.

He also specifies that Zacharias and Elisabeth were both righteous before God, and blameless.

What can we learn from this?

God says nothing about Herod in this. Herod is thrown out there, for the purposes of dating this text, in the fashion Luke is known for… but that’s all that’s said about Herod in this passage that tells us Zacharias and Elisabeth are righteous and blameless.

Herod is not righteous, nor blameless. By the way, when the Bible speaks of Herod, it’s like calling the Queen of the UK Stewart. Luke is identifying the current ruling family, and not always the proper name of the current Herod being discussed.

Herod is KIng over Judea. THe Bible is about to discuss the human origins of the coming King.

“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. 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.” (Luke 1:30–33, KJV)

NOW we have the contrast. Herod is judged, weighed. Herod calls himself the Great – Jesus Christ shall be truly Great. Herod is a deranged and violent man – Jesus Christ is the son of God, eternally wise and all-knowing. Herod’s rule is going to end in just a few years… Jesus Christ will rule forever.

Mary had absolutely no doubts that this angel she was talking to was telling her, “Your child is going to be King Messiah.”

She would have understood exactly what he was saying.

And she asked one question… and accepted it. No doubting, no laughing, just “let it be unto me according to thy word.”

“And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; And the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.” (Obadiah 21, KJV)

“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.” (Daniel 2:44, KJV)

“Once have I sworn by my holiness That I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, And his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, And as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” (Psalm 89:35–37, KJV)

“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.” (Daniel 7:13–14, KJV)

The coming King is about to be born.

He will not at that time end the rule of Rome. Once He does that, the judgment must happen. The KIng has come first to save the people, which they have prayed for for centuries. Moses freed the people, and they wanted to return. This deliverer will deliver them in such a way that the sin desire for the sin lifestyle will be purged forever.

Right now, we’re in between the verses that speak of the coming King, His delivering, His ending the rule of earthly kings, and His judgment.

It is crucial to understand that.

It is crucial to understand that in a few years, you will go to Jerusalem, go to the Temple, and literally see Jesus Christ with your own eyes at that Temple. You will see Him ruling the entire earth.

These passages does not mean we’ll spread the news of Calvinism to every land, and get all those predestined into Presbyterian churches. It doesn’t mean that we get into government positions and legislate Christianity into taking over the world. It doesn’t just mean a iuniversal peace.

It means a rapture, a period of intense affliction and tribulation lasting several years, wholesale destruction, and finally Jesus Christ coming visibly and bodily in the clouds with you, me, Will Kinney, and even all those post-tribbers who are going to be VERY embarassed, as we return to earth with Christ – and watch Him take vengeance upon the oppressors.

We’re going to see Jesus Christ build a Temple that will be the Temple of Ezekiel (read those chapters? Might want to…). We’ll see this WITH OUR OWN EYES.

And I suppose I’ll need to find out which Apostle is ruling over the tribe of Judah, so I know who to go to about issues, trash collection and etc.

Think I’m kidding? No, we still will have 1,000 Hebrew years (about 996.25 Gentile Years) of sinful men still living, while Christ rules with a rod of iron.

And then there will be an eternity after that, something so magnificent the Bible only hints at it. And there will be no more sin after that, the new heavens and the new earth.

THat’s who’s about to be born. That KIng. Righteous. If Zacharias and Elisabeth are righteous and blameless, and Mary iis favored… then the KIng is even more so.

And he was visited only by a very few at His birth, in a lowly place, and given lowly gifts that did not even approach what is His due.

And Jesus Christ is so powerful, so amazing, so righteous, that it means the world to Him that you stop and offered a hurried five second prayer to him every now and then.

Because this mighty King who will rule forever loves you. loves you enough to die for you, in your place.

To My People


Today I heard on BBN the exhortation to share the gospel. They mentioned how 20 years can go by in a flash, and your friends and family won’t be there to hear the Gospel.

So, here’s one to my people.

We’ve been misled.

It really doesn’t matter who or why. It doesn’t matter if the Talmudic Sages knew who the Messiah was and deliberately lied to us (this is actually what the Bible tells us, by the way – they knew and betrayed Him BECAUSE He is the Messiah).

The bottom line is -what we all really fear deep down inside is true. Our Messiah came – and we killed Him.

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 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. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. Daniel 9:24-26 (KJV)

There you go. That’s what the Bible says about the coming of the Messiah. That’s when it says it has to happen. The week of years is seven years. Seven weeks of years is 7X7, or 49.

In this case the seventy weeks of years prophesied are 490 years. But it mentions 62 + 7 also. The 483 years talked about, from 445 BC when the order by King Achashverosh (Artaxerxes) puts the deadline at 30 AD.

Bottom line – EVERY possible applicant for the role of Moshiakh after 30 AD stops cold – ruled out. The prophecy is, the Messiah must come by 30 AD.

So, who showed up at 30 AD? You know and I know. WE deny it, we find excuses, because why… we’re afraid someone will find out we all really believe, deep down inside, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. And then we’ll be accused of not being Jewish anymore.

Well, that not being Jewish anymore is an invention of the Rabbi’s. There’s NOTHING in the written Torah at ALL where a Jew can cease to be a Jew.

25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; 26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them. Jeremiah 33:25-26 (KJV)

So if He’s the Messiah of the Jews, how can worshiping the Jewish Messiah cease to make you a Jew?

It’s time we stopped the foolishness. There are over 365 prophecies of Jesus Christ as Messiah.

We’ve got to stop the games and accept Him, before it’s too late.

Messianic Judaism 56 – The Oral Torah


9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:9 (KJV)

3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 1 Kings 2:3 (KJV)

The issue of the Oral Torah is one that few Messianics bother with. Most Messianics simply refuse the Oral Torah. No issues.

But if you become one of those Messianics who follow the Oral Torah, then be prepared – you’re on a roughly one year countdown of denying Christ. It won’t take long. Some take as long as three years, hovering in the emotionally painful time of wallowing between the Oral Torah and the Written Torah. Eventually, conversion to Judaism or a return to Judaism if you’re Jewish is not far behind.

The Oral torah is a major danger point. Any kind of dedicated study of the Talmud leads to acceptance of the Talmud, which leads to following of the Talmud.

If the Oral Torah was real… wouldn’t they be mentioned in those verses I just quoted? Yes? No? Why is it ignored as if it did not exist?

Because it didn’t. It started in the Maccabean period as traditions of the elders, something the Lord makes mention of. He makes no acceptance of that oral Torah. Instead, the Lord asks several times, “Have ye not read?” or “is it not written?”

The vast majority of the Oral Torah comes about centuries after Jesus Christ.

There’s no validity for the existence of the Oral Torah. An open minded reading of the Talmud reads like this – a group of men who have absolutely no idea what the Bible literally means, so they sit and make up stories, come up with fanciful allegorical interpretations, argue with each other’s interpretations, and then a building upon it.

That’s how it read to me when I was in Chabad. That’s how it reads to me today. I remember reading the Talmud back then and thinking, “I must be stupid. I must be missing something. Everyone talks about how difficult it is to understand it, yet it looks easy to understand to me!”

Basically, you take the Talmud seriously. What it says is what it means.

But you’re not allowed to interpret what the Bible says in the same manner. It has to be allegorical. And you have to take the Rabbi’s word for it that the Talmudic Sages possessed insight you do not.

I’ve got problems with that. Because if you can’t interpret the Bible without the Talmud, you’re placing the Talmud over the Bible. That’s like any other cult, that places their writings above the Bible, like Roman Catholicism or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

This is how they keep Judaism Jewish. It’s like the Sanhedrin knew if Israel accepted Jesus, they’d be out of a job. So the Pharisees won, by writing their special texts that you needed a “teacher” to understand, that kept you blindly following an allegorical interpretation of the Bible. And as I’ve said before, the members of a religion that takes the Bible allegorically are slaves to the very teachers that possess the key to the allegory.

If you’re a messianic, RUN NOW. Get out of that cult. It’s not Christianity, it’s a Christ-denying cult. It may well be that Messianic Judaism is the synagogue of satan.

Messianic Judaism Answered 54 – Is Jesus God?


This is apparently an area where we could say, “Two Messianic Jews, three opinions.” Very often it’s not the Jews who come to faith in Christ who have a problem with this – it’s the Gentiles who have adopted a Jewish identity, who tells their families, “I’m Jewish now” and takes on Hebrew names, dropping Barbara for Batya, Linda becomes Yaffa, Joel becomes Yoel, Marky Mark becomes “Yitzchaq, etc.

And their family watches and wonders, “Should I be worried about this?”

uh… I would.

Okay, so, the words written here will not apply to all Messianics. MANY have no problem with the Deity of Christ. But it becomes really obvious that the more Jewish your identity becomes, the more and more and more you have trouble believing in the Deity of Jesus Christ.

Worry no more. I can explain it. And… I’m really not going to explain anything new, anything you didn’t already know.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (KJV)

okay, let’s get this straight right off the bat. If you have not studied Aramaic in an academic setting, spare me all your interpretations of Memra’. There’s a lot of speculation about the meaning of the word Memra’ and what it boils down to is… “I don’t believe Jesus Christ is God, and here’s my excuse. I’m going to baffle you with obscure wording until you leave me alone.”

Certainly Avi Ben Mordecai is such a person, speculating about the meaning of Memra’. All I’m going to say is, the same kind of speculation goes on from people who don’t know Greek, don’t understand how it works, and try to tell me fanciful things based on their lack of understanding, when I took the class for a year, did my homework, studied my flashcards, and passed all my tests. Trust me when I say what I had was bare minimum, and does not qualify me as an expert. If I’m not an expert and I had to pass 5 tests, then you aren’t one either.

The citing of Aramaic (when you haven’t studied it) to support your argument is a classic case of one of Henry Thouless’ 31 Examples of Faulty Thinking, “Use of technical jargon”. I haven’t referred to that book in over a year and a half, so longtime readers should admire my restraint…

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58 (KJV)

14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14 (KJV)

It’s not hard to understand.

18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. John 5:18 (KJV)

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24 (KJV)

If you understand that Jesus Christ was pre-existent, that He is Lord, that He is He, that He is equal with God… behold, you’re getting to understand…

…that Jesus Christ is obviously God. In Human flesh.

“I don’t understand it! It’s too hard to understand!!!”

So… you can perfectly understand God? Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it isn’t so!

What’s even more incomprehensible is how people try to do textual juggling to try to justify the claim they want for some reason to make… that Jesus Christ is “just some guy who was really good.”

No, the Bible makes that clear. “If you believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.”

Unless you believe he’s just some cool dude who kept the law perfectly, you’ll die in your sins??? Nope. The text just can’t read that way.

If you believe not that Jesus Christ is God, one third of the Trinity, God in Human Flesh, Eternally the Son of God… ye will die in your sins.

Okay, that seems to make more sense if you compare John 8:24 with John 1:1, John 5:18, and John 8:58.

There’s a lot of verses I could cite. And since I’m sure some Messianic will come across this page sooner or later, I’m sure in the comment section I’ll have to finally list all of them.

Trust me when I say I posted all of them in the Jehovah’s Witness section.

Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, the Son of God. This cannot be used to mean some cool torah observant guy who was really frum and God as a reward made him become God. That’s impossible, and doesn’t conform to the Psalms, to Isaiah, etc.

Try this… read your Bible. Believe what it says. Thanks.

Defending The Virgin Birth


Okay, a little bit of a surprise, that someone really typed a “scholarly” dissertation into a search window and that the search engine led them to my blog.

Your question was, boiled down to its essence, because your 600 word search string was full of supposition and error, was that “the virgin birth does not answer how Jesus became one of us.”

I’m not sure what your priorii argument there is, because you’re arguing from a preconceived conclusion. Your priorii was either that there was no virgin birth, that Jesus Christ was just a man, or that you were bored and idly typing random words into Google.

Okay, here’s the answer to your statement, because it wasn’t a question…

God created the universe. Meaning God set up the rules. The rules do not limit God, since He created them. He operates independently of them.

If God causes an egg to fertilize on its own, then a human child would be born. Absent a human father, He would have no fallen nature, no sin. The link of descent from Adam to Man would be bypassed.

It would also fulfill the prophecy in Genesis 3 that the “Seed of a woman” would crush Satan’s head. And Jesus Christ will indeed do that.

How did Jesus Christ become a man? Simple. Read above. That’s how it happened.

Was He wholly man? Yes. Was He Wholly God? Yes. How is this possible? I don’t know. Try asking him. How did Jesus Christ enter into the baby forming, and when? I don’t know.  When did Jesus Christ become the Son of God? He always was the Son of God. How is that possible? I don;t know. Ask Him.

Don’t be too surprised if you get an answer.