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dah, Yet out of you shall come forth to me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”


The story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is told in the New Testament books of Mathew, Luke, and John.


B orn of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 says:


“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”


The New Testament book of Matthew ful- fills this prophecy in a passage detailing Jo- seph’s encounter with an angel of the Lord, who tells Joseph that Mary’s child was con- ceived by the Holy Spirit and will save his people from their sins.


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rom the line of Abraham. A prophecy of the Messiah being a de- scendant of Abraham is told in


Genesis 22:18:


“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice”.


The genealogy of Jesus is told in the book of Matthew, which refers to him as “the son of David, the son of Abraham.”


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escendant of Jacob. Numbers: 24:17 says:


“A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel”.


The genealogy of Jesus laid out in the book of Matthew details Jesus’ lineage through Isaac and Jacob.


alled out of Egypt. Old Testament foretells Jesus being called out of Egypt in


Hosea 11:1:


“When Israel was a child, I lovedhim and out of Egypt I called my son”.


This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 2:13:


“Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.’”


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orn among sorrow. The story of Jesus’ birth fulfills the prophecy in


Jeremiah 31:15:


“A voice was heard in Ramah, lamenta- tion and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.”


Matthew 2:16: “Then Herod, when he saw that he was de-


ceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, ac- cording to the time which he had determined from the wise men.”,


thus fulfilling the prophecy that was said through the prophet Jeremiah. Jesus came as promised and fulfilled His mission - in spite of all the efforts by Satan. Jesus said He would build His church and nothing would stop it.


“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18.


From the beginning, Satan has attempted to thwart the plan of God. First, he attempted to destroy the human race, then the chosen people - Israel. Next, he tried to cut off the promised line of the Messiah. He sought to in- terfere with the mission of Jesus on the earth. Finally, Satan tries to destroy the work of God in the world today - the church. In all of these attempts, he has miserably failed. Satan has lost, the Lord has prevailed!


The Oracles / December 2016


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