Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

We rejoice that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was born more than two thousand years ago. But, it wasn’t His birth that we really celebrate.

No, it was His sacrifice for us.

We do not deserve it, but I’m not complaining. I’m just grateful that a foolish sinner like myself was chosen to be a child of God.

I know that there is some controversy over this day, but I believe that any time that we glorify God… well …it is a good thing. So, even those of you who do not celebrate Christmas, at least join me in glorifying God.

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Merry Christmas, Everyone

If you celebrate your birthday, but don’t celebrate the birthday of Jesus…

…I would have to ask whether there’s something wrong with you.

Of course, I know that Jesus wasn’t born in December. And, there’s a lot of evidence that indicates that He was born in the Fall, before it started to rain.

Rain In Jerusalem

Having been a long-time resident of Jerusalem, I know that the first rain usually comes in late October or early November. And, those rains are COLD.

And, they come in sideways!

For years, I didn’t even own an umbrella, because the wind and rain would eat an umbrella in minutes.

Let’s Celebrate!

But, let’s not worry about when Jesus was born. Let’s worry more about celebrating His birth and glorifying Him. If you DON’T celebrate His birth on Christmas…

…Do you celebrate His birth at any other time of the year?

Do you celebrate the birth of your parents/children/grandparents/grandchildren?

Do you see a problem here?

How We Did It Right

Well, our church celebrated the birth of Jesus in the best way possible, by glorifying God the Father and His Son. It was a wonderful celebration, and I invite all of you to come to Taipei next year and celebrate with us.

And, we all read:

John 1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 – John 1:1-30

Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!

How anyone can read all that and not know that Jesus is God… well …all that I can say is that you do not know God.

And, without knowing God, you cannot be saved.

JESUS IS GOD

Jesus is God, who came in the flesh to sacrifice Himself so that all who believe in Him would have everlasting life.

Paul said this to Timothy:

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 Timothy 3:16

JESUS IS GOD!

To say otherwise is to condemn yourself to an eternity of punishment, so let me take this moment to beg you to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

The time of salvation is now…

…NOT tomorrow.

May God Bless You

For those of you who know God, may our Father bless you in these difficult days.

2014 was indeed the turning point that I talked about last year. And, I believe that we will truly begin our descent in 2015.

Disaster is coming, so please do the best that you can to prepare. But, also know that there is a God, and He is not immune to our suffering.

Few of us will die of old age.

Merry Christmas to all of you.

I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
(That’s a link. There’s not much time left.)

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3

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18 thoughts on “Merry Christmas, Everyone!

  1. Beautiful choice of scripture for today. I’ve read that passage many times but its beauty never fades.

    Question. What about these “Christian” cults, for lack of a better term, (and I am thinking of The Way and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, both of whom deny the divinity of Christ)? Some of them truly believe, but are so profoundly brainwashed, especially if they were raised that way, that they cannot see what is obvious to me in verses like “Before Abraham was, I AM.” I have an acquaintance who is very set in her ways, has a degree from a college operated by The Way, and insists that Jesus was “a man”. She pulls out all the verses where Jesus refers to Himself as the Son of Man, and conveniently ignores (even when I remind her of them) all the places where His divinity is addressed, and seems completely unable to entertain the thought that He is both – that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. She says, Jesus died on the cross. You can’t kill God. And many other narrow-focus arguments that ignore the way all the parts fit together – she just picks out the parts that support her belief and the rest fall on deaf ears. There surely is a demonic aspect to such organizations, and to deception, but her belief in Jehovah God is absolute and she seems in every other way a devoted Christian. But she actually fights to the point of anger, any suggestion that Jesus is also God. Do you think she is doomed unless this changes? How does salvation work with people who genuinely believe but are deceived and can’t seem to escape it? And what about the Mormons?

    • Hi DRG,

      I also have run across such people. And, there are a TON of Mormons here in Taiwan.

      I wish that I could say that they will make it into heaven, but I can’t say that. Here is a key verse:

      Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. – 1 John 2:23

      That is a pretty damning verse. And, it would be wrong for me not to point this out to those who deny the divinity of Jesus. There are eternal consequences for getting the divinity of Jesus wrong.

      Having said that, my hope is that I am being to ‘strict’, and that we will find Mormons and JWs in heaven.

      DRG, I share your concern and your desire to see such people as deluded brothers and sisters in Christ. But, I just can’t agree that they are Christians.

      May God show me my error, if I am wrong. (And, I REALLY want to be wrong in this!)

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little
      omegashock.com

  2. Forgot a couple more details. My acquaintance, and I presume The Way, also believes in eternal security and that the dead are in an unconscious state until Judgement Day, and if they wind up in the lake of fire, they will be consumed and then cease to exist, not be in torment forever. This in spite of Jesus saying to one of the thieves, today you will be with Me in paradise. I showed her the verse that said one who has known salvation and the Holy Spirit, if they return to their former ways, they will be worse off than if they had never been saved to begin with. She frowned over it, puzzled, as if she had never seen it before. I don’t know what her conclusion was, but she still fights tooth and nail the idea that Jesus is God.

  3. Merry Christmas yourself!
    Yes, I celebrate his birthday in the fall, during the Feast of Tabernacles,
    the word gives a hint: He tabernacled among us…………………………..

    Since I am a Barber, it is a good time for me to say to non believers : Have a Great Christmas and remember why we celebrate! I even say that to my Jehovah Witness Clients. In my town ( which is small – like Village size very is dark place to live) they lecture me : it is really about the winter solace, I just smile and say G-d Bless you! I am sure there is a place for Christmas and I am trying to find it.
    I like your Bible studies! Thank you! There is a” you tube ” called X-Mass by William Sanford, check it out.
    right now I need to go start cooking as my children come over for Christmas dinner, They remind me of the people on the Youtube video.
    Have a great day. Even so come Lord Jesus!
    Shalom,
    Jacque

  4. In view of the fact many Christians are confused about end time prophecy it may be because they have interpreted Hosea to mean that after 2 thousand years, in the third thousand year period after His death, the Lord would return and rescue the church, and that has obviously not happened. According to the interpretation, there must be something wrong with the understanding. Here is the verse most quoted:

    Ho 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

    It might be that instead of linking the prophecy to Jesus’ birthday it might be more logical to link it to His crucifixion. In that case the end of this age might be expected around 2033 or perhaps 2027 to account for calendar error. Any comments?

    • Hi Willard Aztec,

      I HAVE wondered about that verse, myself. And it IS true that we haven’t begun the ‘third day’, yet – since the key is His death and resurrection, not His birth.

      However, even if the Lord tarries past 2033 or 2027, we would still be WITHIN the third day, when He returns.

      Very interesting thoughts, Willard. Thank you!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little
      omegashock.com

  5. Hi John,
    First, I stumbled on this website and Ezekiel’s fire just a couple of weeks ago. I think you have some great information and I am thankful for your studies. A giant solar flare seems very realistic.

    Second, respectfully, I just have to say that it DOES matter if people, especially Christians, choose to celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25. The biggest problem the children of Israel had was mixing the Holy with the profane, and yet God’s children are still doing it after all the judgments they went through. And it still matters because there will be a time yet in the future when His people will have to be taught (again) not to do that (Ezekiel 44:23). You say in your post that we shouldn’t worry about when He was born, but that we should celebrate His birth. That is not commanded in the Scriptures either. What IS acceptable to the Lord are the Holy Days that He gave His people to observe.

    p.s. I don’t celebrate birthdays, or halloween, or christmas, or easter.

    M.E.

  6. So, where are things with Ezekiel’s Fire? 75% finished? 85% finished? When can we look forward to renewed commentary on the progress and contents of the handbasket we are in, and its travels? Things are really poppin’ ………

    And yes, I do appreciate very much your work on EF and I have learned a LOT from it!!!! I don’t know that anyone else has made the connection between EF and an EMP event or solar flare!!!!!

    • Hi DRG,

      I wish that I could say when I will be able to resume daily publication again.

      I’m afraid that ezekielsfire.com must consume my attention until it is able to provide enough information to convince people of the need to take immediate action.

      Until then, Omega Shock will take second place.

      Having said that, the book/website is more than 150 thousand words, which is already ‘book length’. But, I must do several more editing passes as well as some key additions before formatting it for print.

      Thank you DRG, for your enthusiasm. It warms my heart – as well as making me wonder about your sanity.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little
      omegashock.com

  7. Hi john,
    Yes, give Glory to God for The Word made flesh! Everyday give thanks!

    I believe He was born near the end of September. So, if we go in reverse 9 months, it would place Jesus being “conceived of the Holy Spirit”
    near this time of year. When does life begin?

    I personally celebrate Jesus Christ but not Christmas.
    My contention isn’t so much with a day that people celebrate on-
    My feathers get ruffled with the word Christmas and the many other traps that His church and the members partner together with as it celebrates this season. Food for thought and CAPTCHA this:
    Birthday = Day of birth
    Christmas = Mass(mas) of Christ
    Mass = ?

    One of my favorites…”Come out of her my people” Rev. 18:4
    Who is her? The compromising, corrupt, counterfeit church.
    A believer’s first exodus is saved out of (symbolic) Egypt.
    Our second should be out of (symbolic) Babylon.

  8. We haven’t celebrated December 25th in over 20 years. Once we discovered how that date came to be called the “birthday of Jesus,” we no longer participated.

    Since we began celebrating the festivals of YHVH, it appeared the Feast of Tabernacles seemed to fit (tabernacled among us); however, reading The Star That Astonished the World helped me to understand that it almost had to be the Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) two weeks earlier — not only because of the way the stars in the heavens looked at that time but because even the Romans would not have been so obtuse as to have commanded the Jews to travel to their hometowns on a festival in which they were commanded to appear in Jerusalem (the Feast of Tabernacles). There would have been an uprising for sure.

    Also, when you study the festivals and realize that Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) is welcoming the king and so many other things as well, it really falls into place.

    In Hebraic thought, birthdays were not celebrated. Deaths were commemorated though, the thought being that none of us have anything to do with our day of birth and we haven’t accomplished anything at that time. However, at the time of our death, it is obvious what kind of life we lived, and well-lived lives should be celebrated. Celebrating birthdays was tied into astrology and the signs under which a person was born in the great trip around the sun once a year. (Ever wonder where we got the phrase, “Many happy returns?”)

    We do acknowledge family birthdays but do not make a big deal of them at all.

  9. Hello I am a Christian and live in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia. I found your website by “accident” today. I have been reading the articles for a few hours and so far, I cannot find anything I disagree with but I would like to read your Statement of Faith. Where would I find this, please?
    I am very pleased that you are warning of the dangerous times in which we live. It seems to me that the western church has gone to sleep. Thank you for your ministry.
    Blessings
    Kathleen

    • Hi Kathleen Stey,

      You are the first to ask for that, and I never thought that it would be necessary – until now. But, I believe that it IS necessary, so I will think about a bit before laying it out.

      For now, here is a short version, in no certain order:

      • Jesus is God
      • Hell is real, and you will go there if you do not place your faith in Jesus
      • The Bible is the actual word of God. Anything that disagrees with it is – by definition – wrong.
      • The true Bible is the original text, in the original language. All translations contain errors.
      • The Church is the Body of Christ.
      • Baptism is NOT a suggestion.
      • Baptism is the complete immersion of the whole body under water – of a believer, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
      • Sprinkling is NOT baptism!
      • You cannot get to heaven via any other way, except through Christ.
      • The Trinity is real. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are separate entities in complete unity.
      • Israel must be saved before the Antichrist and the Tribulation come.
      • God has not forgotten the physical children of Israel.
      • We will go through the Tribulation.
      • Satan is real. Heaven is real. There will be a literal Millennium.
      • The church is asleep and about to be judged by God.

      Thank you, Kathleen, for point out the need to put that into print. I will try to put something more coherent into written form, in an easily found place.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little
      omegashock.com

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