“Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth, peace among those with whom He is well-pleased!”

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Most people know that Jesus was not actually born on December 25. The Bible does not give the exact date of His birth, but from the context of events, it is most likely that Jesus was born during the summertime or early fall.

December 25 was chosen as “Christmas” to celebrate the birth of Jesus around 354 AD. Prior to that, the birth of Jesus was celebrated by early Christians as the Feast of Epiphany, which corresponded to the Jewish Festival of Lights (Hanukkah).

Epiphany was moved to December 25 because the Roman winter solstice holiday known as the Feast of the Invincible Sun was celebrated on that day. The Church decided to overtake and displace this pagan festival by moving the Epiphany celebration to December 25, and declaring that Jesus was “The Only Invincible One” and the “Sun of Justice.” We should always be keeping in mind the true meaning of Christmas:

Luke 2:14

“Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth, peace among those with whom He is well-pleased!”

These are the words of the heavenly host who praised God on the occasion of Jesus’s birth. As millions of Christians around the globe celebrate His birth today, I want to concentrate on the “bigger picture” that so many Believers do not see.
Our Western culture is focused on the innocent baby born in the manger, and the message of “peace and goodwill toward men”, which is an alternative interpretation of the last half of this verse. But I would like us to see that the appearance of God incarnate upon the earth is about more than the “peace and mercy” message put forth by those who choose to believe Christmas is a God-ordained holiday. I don’t mean to offend anyone — the birth of our Savior as a gentle baby is truly a glorious phenomenon, but I do not believe it should be seen through the narrow lens of that single event. It is part of God’s bigger plan, and this verse points us towards the crowning point and completion of His glorious mission.

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I believe that it is important for us to discern that in order for the Jesus of Christmas — the baby born in a manger to a virgin mother; the birth that the angels on high celebrated and praised God for; the Christ child who is seen as the hope of the world for peace on earth — in order for the Jesus of Luke, Chapter 2 to fulfill those promises and the hope of mankind, He must become the Jesus of Armageddon.
Yes, an image of a sinless, blameless child takes the eyes of our spirit off our own sinfulness and the ugliness in the world for just a moment and allows us to delight in warm, fuzzy feelings.  But that image of our Lord is not a complete picture. That child came, ultimately, to grow up and confront Evil and Injustice, and to drive Sin off the face of the earth.
I know that is not the picture that has been painted for us throughout our lifetimes.  But it is the bigger truth of who our Savior is and why He was born in the first place. We have lost sight of what Scripture is actually telling us in this chapter. The previous verse in Luke reveals that “suddenly with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest…”. What we have perhaps forgotten, or at least need to realize, is that in the earliest Greek translations of the Bible, “heavenly host” refers to the army of heaven. “Host” is a military term connected with fighting and waging war. Not exactly the sentiment we attach to our celebration of Christmas, is it?
But it is not too difficult for me to digest that God’s heavenly army would be praising Him for setting His plan of redemption for mankind into motion. There is a battle in heaven for the souls and spirits of mankind, God’s creation in His own image. And there will be a final battle on earth in which Jesus (God as a man) will destroy His enemies and inaugurate His Millennial Kingdom on earth. And the birth of this baby is just the first step in accomplishing this plan, and worthy of the host of heaven proclaiming God’s glory.
You see, the angels singing the praise of God, here in Luke 2:14, know that this precious baby will grow up to be King of both Heaven and Earth! They are praising God because this baby will become a man who fulfills the plan for our salvation. He will grow up to be the advocate, the intercessor, the “one mediator between man and God, the man Christ Jesus.” They are singing God’s praises because this event is not the end of the story… the baby will grow up so that He could die, offering a perfect, sinless life in sacrifice for our sins… He will grow up to be raised from the dead, conquering death and instilling a living hope of eternal life in all who come to Him; in other words, “those with whom He is well-pleased”.
Don’t get me wrong! I rejoice in the birth of our Lord. It shows God’s great love for us,
that He sent Himself to redeem us. But I do not believe we are to worship His immaculate birth as a festive holiday; as if the peace and joy we celebrate have already come. His birth does not accomplish that idyllic vision. True joy and peace will not become reality until Jesus returns, bringing with Him a heavenly host or “armies” from heaven to fight the final battle and rid the earth of the vestiges of Evil.
I realize this is a more sobering picture of how you may see the Christmas holiday. But I am not trying to destroy your spirit of hope. Just recognize that Satan can deceive us by tempting us to idolize what God has not ordained. Just look at how the Bible treats Christ’s birth, giving us scant details in only Matthew 1-2, and Luke 1-2.  Yet the return of Christ to vanquish Evil from the earth is an overriding thread of hope throughout both Old and New Testaments. Enjoy the birth of our Savior today, but don’t get so caught up in the false narrative of peace and joy that you can’t see the big picture and what the purpose of this baby really is!
 The Christmas Story — Luke 2: 8-20 (NKJV)

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a 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, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

From all of us here to all of yours wherever you are, we rely on the hope that the Joy and Peace of the Christ child will light up your hearts and give you strength in the days to come; all of us are going to need all the help we can get. Our team wishes each of you and your families a happy, peaceful, and memorable Christmas.


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The Most Important Thing
Making Your Own Beverages: Beer to Stronger Stuff
Ginger Beer: Making Soda the Old Fashioned Way
How North American Indians and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican
Spycraft: Military Correspondence During The 1700’s to 1900’s
Wild West Guns for SHTF and a Guide to Rolling Your Own Ammo
How Our Forefathers Built Their Sawmills, Grain Mills, and Stamping Mills
How Our Ancestors Made Herbal Poultice to Heal Their Wounds
What Our Ancestors Were Foraging For? or How to Wildcraft Your Table
How Our Ancestors Navigated Without Using a GPS System
How Our Forefathers Made Knives
How Our Forefathers Made Snowshoes for Survival
How North California Native Americans Built Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouses
Our Ancestors’Guide to Root Cellars
Good Old Fashioned Cooking on an Open Flame
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Preserve Water
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy
How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients
Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies
Making Traditional and Survival Bark Bread…….
Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did
How to Make a Smokehouse and Smoke Fish
Survival Lessons From The Donner Party

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  1. December 25th is when Krampus/ Satan/Lucifer enters the Antichrist (Obama) and he comes upon the world scene to bring in the Mark of the Beast, New World Order, One World Currency, and one world religion in January. Santa=Satan. Jesus Christ was conceived on December 15th in 4 BC on the first day of Chanukkah on the last Sabbath of the month. He was born on Feast of Tabernacles day 1 and circumcised on Feast of Tabernacles day 8. The rapture can be on Dec 14th (Wednesday) at the ninth month and 24th day, or Chanukkah 1 (Dec 14), Chanukkah 4, or Chanukkah 7-8, Christmas Day or Dec. 27. After the rapture (Psalms 117) of 400 million people comes an axial poleshift (or on the rapture day) followed by the Trumpet and Bowl Judgments of Revelation over a 9 month period. Armageddon is on the Day of Atonement (Oct 20th, 2018) according to Psalms 118:10. Psalms 118:5 is Day of Trumpet and Psalms 118:15 is Feast of Tabernacles (the Millennium).. Psalms 119 is all about the laws of God in the Millennium.
    The rapture, it can be during Chanukkah on Days 1, 4, 7-8 (Dec 14-22) or on a MONDAY during Chanukkah (Haggai 2–9th month and 24th day Dec 13, Wednesday) or on DEC 27th or on that MONDAY (December 25th) at 11 AM for the SW of the USA Mountain Standard time by a dream at 4 AM to a man named Mark Art. I do not know any Mark Art. I am lousy with names and I have one friend. Dream at 9 30 AM said Monday at 6 PM (Tokiyo) with no date. It will be 8 PM on that day in Israel. Dec 27. Stellarium, Mars enters Libra (Judgment), Sun in head of Sagittarius the archer (Jesus/Antichrist (Obama)), and Moon is near the horizontal line of Pisces (House of Israel, the Church)..3 confirmations The Bible says we need 2-3 witnesses (Deut 17:6; Deut 19:15).
    Deu_17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
    Deu_19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

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