Child in a Manger

Middle East Peace and a Quickening Child in a Manger!


December 20, 2003

Middle East Peace and a Quickening Child in a Manger!

The Child in the manger will come again as the Lion of Judah and knows when the false peace, which will precede his Second Advent that brings in the true peace of a thousand years, will finally officially arrive in Israel. The rest of us can only speculate based on how we interpret prophecy.

I believe that Ariel’s forced peace plan, which he calls a “unilateral” plan of peace, is the instrument that will lead to the false peace prior to the true peace. Sharon’s unilateral plan is to be put into effect if Arafat and his Palestinian Government do not meet their requirement outlined in President Bush’s Roadmap to Peace Plan. The first thing outlined as the major obligation on the Palestinian Authority was to reel in the terrorist groups among them, and they have utterly failed to do so. They want the Israelis to fulfill their obligations without them shutting down terrorist groups. And so Prime Minister Ariel has addressed his nation and the Palestinians, saying, if you don’t start to fulfill your obligations, then we are going to fulfill ours, and we will fulfill them our way if you are not willing to negotiate in good faith. So the Palestinians are forced now to make a decision, negotiate and comply, or Israel will take unilateral action to bring in its Road Map Plan interpretation of what constitutes a fair peace settlement. Although Israel denies it, the preliminary stages of this forced unilateral peace plan are already in operation, and if Prime Minister Quorei does not come to the negotiation table soon, promising to reel in the terrorist groups, within months it will be in full swing with no turning back. If this does not force Arafat and Quorei to take action on subduing the terrorist groups among them, then nothing will, and I do not believe they could control them even if they tried. Israel is now on a roadmap of it’s own. Its end result is a predictable one – give the P.A. a state inside a fence surrounding the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with the borders determined unilaterally by Israel. Israel will maintain patrols around it on its side of the fence, and control all that passes inside and out of it. The E.U., Russia, China, Arab Nations, U.N., U.S., P.A., F.O.B., C.O.D., W.P.A., C.C.C., I.O.U., and all points north, east, south, and west hate the plan, but I love it!

Sharon has now stated that the government is going to re-locate some of the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, stop paying the special benefits to those already there, and will not establish any more new settlements. These were the commitments Israel made under the Roadmap to Peace Plan. If the Palestinians will not return to the table of negotiations, and then begin to implement their obligations under it, then Israel will unilaterally begin to establish a false peace of its own design on the Palestinians. Israel will complete the security fence taking in those parts of the West Bank they want to take in, and then give whatever land is enclosed inside it to the Palestinians. One way or the other, whether one calls it unilateral, forced, implemented, or negotiated, a false peace is going to be imposed upon the Palestinians.

I thank God, that in all this Middle East mess and worldwide confusion, I know I have been eternally quickened with the life of the Son of God. At this traditional time of year, when I think of his birth, his life, his death, his resurrection, and what he is now doing as the intercessor of believers in heaven, I thank God for his unspeakable gift in Christ Jesus, and do rejoice in that I believe he is coming soon for his children. Christ Jesus is the manger Image of God who quickens believers with his eternal life.

God made the man-child Christ Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary by his Spirit. God overshadowed her and made Christ in her womb as his flesh and blood Son, who was, and is, his only begotten Son.

Luke 1:30-35 – And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. [32] 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: [33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. [34] Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? [35] 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.

Colossians 2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

John 10:30 – I and my Father are one.

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Philippians 2:6-11 – Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Godhead made the first Adam in the image the three in one would on day take on as a body of sinless flesh in the womb of a virgin.

Genesis 1:26 – And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

God knew that the first Adam would yield to temptation and sin against him, because God is all knowing. But in order to give man a free will choice to love and obey him, he created him in the image that God would one day take upon himself as the second Adam, and that through the second Adam all men and women would have the choice to love and obey him, or to reject and disobey him.

II Corinthians 5:18-21 – And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. [20] Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. [21] For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We cannot obey God until we obey the gospel reported of his Son in Isaiah, nor can we love him until he indwells us by the new birth for that purpose.

Romans 10:16 – But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

So, let’s take a good look at Isaiah’s report and see if we believe it. If we believe it, then we can obey it!

Isaiah 53:1-6 – Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? [2] For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. [3] He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. [4] Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

If you believe Isaiah’s report then, believing God’s Son is alive, you can come to him alone for the eternal salvation of your soul. When you come to him in prayer, asking him to save you, then you have obeyed the gospel.

John 5:40,41 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. [41] I receive not honour from men.

Romans 10:16,17 – But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? [17] So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

After believing the gospel, I obeyed it by faith in the word of God. How did I obey it? Look at the verse that is found just before Romans 10:16.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

I would not ask someone I believed was dead to save me, but how do I know for sure he saved me. Look at the verses found just before Romans 10:13.

Romans 10:9,10 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Is being born again from above and being saved the same thing?

I Corinthians 15:45 – And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

John 3:7 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Now that I am saved, am I supposed to be baptized by a local church that teaches the truths once delivered to the saints, and be faithful in service to God in it?

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

God made his Son in a virgin’s womb in his image. His Son is the head and foundation of each one of his local churches

Colossians 1:15-19 – Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: [16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: [17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. [19] For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Colossians 2:9,10 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. [10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Colossians 1:21,22 – And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. [21] And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.