The God of the Bible Who IS (Part 3)

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   In the previous two articles, we listed some attributes of Allah, the god of Mohammed, who WAS while the God of the Bible IS and then showed the exact opposite natures of the God of the Bible and Allah in the Qur’an.

   In this article, we will look at the prophecies which were written in the Bible concerning the when, the where, and the how of Jesus’ birth. This is a great evidence that the God of the Bible is all-knowing and unchangeable, not as in the case of Allah, the god of Mohammed. The first prophecy given in the Bible concerning the timing of the birth of Jesus is found in Genesis 49:1: 

   “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, ‘gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.’” This is how we know that Jacob was a prophet because he prophesied to his sons concerning what is coming at the end of time. 

   In Genesis 49:9-12, Jacob prophesied about his son, Judah. In verse 10, he said: “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Shiloh is the Christ. It also means “the prince of peace” or “to Him is the judgment.” 

   God Himself made a prophecy in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Here God showed the continuing enmity between Satan and the woman and between Satan and the seed of the woman. Since women do not have a seed, this prophecy does not make any sense unless somehow a woman can produce a seed. The bruising of the head means destruction or death, but the bruising of the heel means the suffering of the flesh or even physical death, not total destruction for the seed of the woman will suffer the pain of the cross even if He will die. He will have victory over death and sin. He must also be born from a virgin. Otherwise, He could not be of the seed of the woman. 

   When Jesus was born, He came from the tribe of Judah. We read about this in Matthew 1:1-17. Looking at verses 1-3 we read: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares… .” Then in verse 16, we read: “And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” This is the genealogy of Jesus   according to Joseph’s lineage, but we know that Joseph was not the father of Jesus. So, what about the genealogy of Jesus from Mary’s lineage?

   It is found in Luke 3:23-38. We read about the fulfillment of Jacob’s prophecy in verse 33:  “Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda.” When Jesus was born, the tribe of Judah was still judged by its own people, meaning that the Romans were not in charge of the tribe of Judah yet. This is a great evidence that the God of the Bible knew exactly the perfect timing of the coming of Christ in the flesh to our world.

   As for where Jesus was born, we read about the prophecy of the place of Jesus’ birth in Micah 5:2 which was written 500 years earlier: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Notice here that Micah gave us the exact place of the birth of Jesus, not just the word “Bethlehem” but “Bethlehem Ephratah.” At the time of the birth of Jesus, there were two cities by the name of Bethlehem in Israel. What does not make sense in this prophecy is not the place of the birth but the beginning and the end of the one to be birthed. Every child born has a beginning and an end, but this Child has no beginning and no end (“whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting”). This could not be true unless this Child is God Himself, and this is what we read perfectly in another prophecy written by Isaiah.    

   Prophet Isaiah wrote this familiar prophecy found in Isaiah 9:6: “For unto 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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah wrote this prophecy 700 years before the birth of Jesus. It is God Almighty who speaks in this verse declaring to us that He will have a Son and that Son is also God Almighty. One may think, as Muslims do, that the Jews worship two Gods, but in a closer look, we discover that there is a third God who is the Holy Spirit.  

   As for how Jesus was born, we read of His virgin birth in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” The fulfillment of this verse in found in Matthew 1:18: “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.” Notice here that the existence of the Holy Spirit was how the virgin became pregnant. 

   All previous prophecies were written by God and different men who had never met each other. All these prophecies and many more were fulfilled at the perfect time and the right place as written in Luke 1 when Angel Gabriel spoke with Mary announcing that she will be with child.

   Do Christians worship three Gods or one?

   In Luke 1:34, Mary asked the angel how she could have a child when she had never been with a man. Angel Gabriel replied in verse 35: “… 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.” Now we see the three Persons of the one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

   All this was fulfilled without any surprises because this was the perfect plan of God for the coming of His Son, the Word of God, who came in the flesh. What is His name and why He came is what we will be writing about in our next article.

   We wish you and yours the blessings of the Lord at this grateful season of Thanksgiving and a joyful Christmas celebration of God’s greatest Gift to mankind, His Son.

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