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An Old Testament Christmas (1 of 2)
Series: An Old Testament Christmas
We will attempt to answer three Questions from a prophetic point of view
1. Where will he be born?
2. When will he be born?
3. How will he be born?
With that in mind turn to MICAH 5:2
1) Where will he be born?
After the reign of Solomon there was a civil war in the nation of Israel dividing it into a northern and a southern kingdom.
In 722 the nation of Assyria had overrun the northern Kingdom and the 10 tribes of Israel were lost.
Jerusalem dodged the Assyrian defeat that they thought that they were invincible. Their Pride grew, and wickedness followed their pride.
Micah prophecies to them and says that you will loose the war with Babylon, and in the midst he tells a story about the little town of Bethlehem.
2''But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, (EF-RA-TA) Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.''
Where will he be born? Bethlehem, Ephrathah. Micah didn't say ROME or even JERUSALEM... he very specifically said Bethlehem.
Bethlehem was a tiny village fewer than 2000 residents located about 7 miles South, South West from Jerusalem known for wheat and sheep farms.
*Modern Psychics or Prophets like to predict things in BROAD terms
I predict, ''Tomorrow will be Monday''
MICHAH could have predicted that a king would arise out of Jerusalem, the odds would have been in his favor, but he didn't say that.... He said, ''BETHLEHEM''
You say, but wait a min. - Didn't Luke say in 1:26 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,
That's a Problem! God said it would happen in Bethlehem.
Luke 2:1-4 (NASB95) 1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2 This was the first censu ...
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