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.
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Wow, what confusion. By reading the above Scripture I can understand why few recognised the birth of Christ Jesus. I can just hear the arguments about where to expect Him:
“He will come from Bethlehem.”
“No, expect Him to come from Egypt!”
“No, He is a Nazarene from Nazareth!”
Three valid arguments all supported by Scripture but also three opposing views. Were will He come from? Who was right in the end? All of them!
Fast forward to today and we see the same thing. We see arguments for an Western Europe beast system and arguments for an Eastern Europe/Muslim beast system. We also see arguments for a Roman Catholic beats system. All of these arguments can be supported by Scripture and everyone holding to a specific view is sure that he is right. Now who is correct? Maybe all of them? Can we ever be hundred percent sure before the fulfillment or must we wait for hindsight to be sure?
Folks, one thing I am sure of is that we are closer to the return of Christ than most will ever realize. I think the time for arguing on who is right and why the other guy is wrong is over. I think that we must keep our eyes on the signs that God said will happen in the end. Keep your eyes on His time piece Israel. Israel is alone in this world. She is surrounded by enemies. Soon Israel will be surrounded by armies. Soon those in Judea will have to flee. Soon persecution will be at your door.
Soon we will be with Him. Maranatha.