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RUSSELL SANDERS
12-23-2020
THE CHRISTMAS SERIES PART 4
WHEN WAS JESUS BORN?
 
Many sources cite Jesus’ crucifixion as 33 A.D. based on the original premise that his birth originated the Anno Domini (A.D.) calendar. That is not correct.
 
The “Star of Bethlehem” that announced Jesus’ birth gives us the key. Many modern scientists, astronomers, and physicists have researched this unique occurrence. They determined it to be in the period of 3 B.C. to 5 B.C. Most Bible scholars take the midpoint of 4 B.C. as the most likely year of his birth on the presumption that it was a “star” event as the “wise men” certainly saw it to be. These wise men (magi) knew it to be an announcement of the birth in Israel of a great and mighty king - the one born Jesus, the King of Kings. They knew of the prophecy from the old scriptures. The next question is what time of the year was Jesus born? There are two schools of thought about that.
 
One thought is that He was born in the Spring, most likely at Passover since He was the “Passover Lamb” to be slain. This is backed up by the fact that the shepherds were “keeping their watch by night.” The shepherds normally kept their flocks in the grazing fields during the daytime, then put them into the sheepfold at night to keep them safe from wild carnivorous animals.
 
However, Springtime is when the pregnant sheep would deliver or “drop” their babies. A crowded sheepfold would endanger the life of the newborn who could be trampled to death. The open field provided a margin of safety, but the shepherds would keep watch for such deliveries both by day and by night out in the field. This timing would match the angel’s announcement. This would also make Jesus’ ministry a three-year period. 
 
The second school of thought is that He was born in the Fall, likely corresponding to the Feast of Tabernacles. The Fall feasts all had future prophetic significance. The Tabernacle (later the Temple) was the dwelling place of God in the Old Covenant. Messiah fulfilled all of the Old Covenant (Old Testament). His incarnation by birth meant that “God with us” now tabernacled among us, thus fulfilling the prophetic significance of the Feast of Tabernacles. This would put Jesus’ ministry as a three and a half-year period, preferred by most scholars (myself included).
 
Since we cannot establish the season of His birth conclusively, I have no problem of celebrating His birth on December 25. Although Christians of the first 300 years had no such celebration, it is good to celebrate and commemorate His birth as well as His death and resurrection. By having a designated fixed date, we can all celebrate it together worldwide.
 
Merry Christmas to all of you. It is the “most wonderful time of the year” as we reflect on God’s “love gift” to us.  



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HELEN SANDERS
12-23-22020
WHAT ABOUT THE “SO CALLED” CHRISTMAS STAR?
 
There is a lot of talk about the convergence of Jupiter and Saturn on Monday night. I was outside and saw it. The light from the two planets was brighter than it would be with just one. They weren’t on top of each other, but their proximity was close. The picture attached to this message is a screen shot of a video taken by a local television station. You can see the rings of Saturn very clearly.
 
Many have looked at this as the “Christmas Star.” Yet, the star that came at Christ’s birth did not include Saturn. The fact that this particular event has taken place on the Winter Solstice is of great significance. I see it as an omen. I do not see it pointing to Jesus Christ whatsoever. God does not use pagan holidays to introduce his Son to people.
 
If you read Russell’s message yesterday about the origins of the original December 25th date for Christmas, then you will realize that it was tied into the PAGAN holiday called Saturnalia. It is no coincidence that this occurred Monday. I truly believe, according to scripture that the Antichrist will come on the scene, deceiving many that he is the “real messiah.” Israel will believe in him for three and a half years before he turns on them to destroy them. Just as Jesus had the true star of Bethlehem shine down on his birth, I believe that this convergence on Monday is an omen that Antichrist is coming on the horizon as the fake messiah.
 
God tells us in his word there will be signs in the heavenlies about the end times. There would be blood moons, stars falling, and more before his return. The blood moons have happened several times in the past few years, mostly on Jewish feast days. Now, this event has happened. On Israel 365 they view this convergence as presaging Messiah’s coming. Don’t be deceived by a false Messiah. Be looking for the real one!
 
Whether it is an omen, a sign, or a warning, we must be prepared for what is coming. I do not believe that 2021 will be a year of improvement. I believe we are on a downward spiral which must happen before Jesus returns. We can take these things and use them to share Christ with others, letting them know the truth. Living in the secret place with him on a continual basis will keep our faith up and shelter us regardless what is to come.  

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TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION -
Who was the first President to call his residence in Washington D.C. the White House?
Franklin Pierce
George Washington
Theodore Roosevelt
Millard Fillmore
YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION

Who was the first President to hold a press conference on television?

The correct answer is:
John F. Kennedy

50% answered correctly with
John F. Kennedy

25% answered incorrectly with
Harry Truman

25% answered incorrectly with
Dwight Eisenhower



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Did you send out Christmas Cards this year?

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Yes

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Her take on the Planetary Convergence on 12-21-2020
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APOSTLE PAT MURRAY
12-21-2020
This is the season of peace on earth; Yet today so many have everything in their lives but real peace. The truth is the only true peace will be found in and through Jesus Christ. Remember it’s when you experience your peace with God; That you can then share His peace with others. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27) Have a blessed and peaceful day.
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Prophetic Word
January 12, 2020
 
For now is the hour saith the Lord. Now is the hour to listen more than you have ever listened. For there are many voices speaking and many are leaning unto their own understanding. Yes, there is much confusion in the air, and only those that hear and listen to my voice will be led in the path that is a sure path. For there are many voices speaking this day that would be contrary one to the other. Have I not said to trust in me from your inner being and lean not unto the voice of the mind saith the Lord. For the mind is easily swayed by the voices that are speaking peace and safety, while the voice of the spirit would say come to me and find rest. For yes there is a wind blowing that will usher in many things saith the Lord. There is destruction and judgment in the wind, but I would say that it has to come to satisfy the payment for sin. My judgment will bring about a turning, yes, a turning back to me. There is an hour very soon that this will happen, for I would say don’t look with your natural eye, for there are forces that are beyond your comprehension at work even in this hour. I am adjusting the wind to bring exactly what is necessary to bring your nation to its knees. Yes, that is where it must come. That is where it will cry out to me and receive forgivenesss. Do not pray against this wind saith the Lord, for you would be fighting me. I am in this wind and it shall surely blow. Many things will topple through the blowing of this wind, for only those that are anchored in the solid rock can withstand this wind. It is blowing hard, and it will produce what I will it to produce. So my child hide yourself in the cleft of the rock, knowing that there is safety there. Hide yourself in me and know that peace is there. Hide yourself in the arms of the ancient of days. Embrace me for I will carry you through this time, but I would say do not fear, for this is all part of my plan. There will be great cities fall in one hour. The sin of those cities has come into my nostrils and has caused me to say, you think you can stand in this sin? I would say, I will bring you to your knees. I will have the final word, and justice shall be served. I would say there are mountains that will fall down and many lives will be destroyed, and you would say surely we are safe in the mountains, but they shall melt in one hour and the safety will be gone. There is only safety in me saith the Lord. Many would rise himself up and say nothing can touch me, but I will bring him down in one hour saith the Lord, for I have the last word. Yes, my children, the time of justice is at hand, so spend time with me to hear what I would say and know that of a certainty that in me you will find your safety. There will be great loss soon, but those that spend time with me will be spared saith the Lord.
TODAY'S BIBLE QUIZ
Who preached the first sermon on the day of Pentecost?
The Apostle Paul
The Apostle John
the Apostle Thomas
The Apostle Peter
YESTERDAY'S
BIBLE QUIZ QUESTION:

How many men and women were gathered together in the upper room on Pentecost?

The Correct answer is:
120

120% got it right with
120





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SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?.
Esther 4:14 KJV
TODAY'S BIBLE TRIVIA QUIZ
What happened to Haman that wanted to destroy Mordecai?
He was put into prison
He was banished from the kingdom
He was hanged
He was forgiven by Mordecai, Esther, and the King
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ

How long did Esther prepare herself before coming before the King?

The correct answer is:
12 months

33.4% answered correctly with:
12 months

33.3% answered incorrectly with
six months

33.3% answered incorrectly with
3 weeks






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