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Virgin Birth

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After the Old Testament there was a period of 400 years where there were no prophets of God. There was not a word from God during this period. God was not speaking. What we need to understand is that from the time of the last prophet in the Old Testament until the time of the New Testament was 400 years. All during the Old Testament times, God spoke to the Jews by the prophets. And then God stopped speaking to them for 400 long years. That is many generations where no one heard from God. Was God mad at them? Had He abandoned them? Why was God not speaking? This had never happened before.

There were no prophets during this period. What was wrong? These are some of the questions that would be rattling around in the minds of the Jews during this time period. And then John the Baptist appeared' A prophet of God had appeared' (See Mt 3:1-5.) I can just imagine the excitement of the Jews to understand that a real prophet had appeared again after 400 years without one. God was speaking to them again. How exciting! It is no wonder that they flocked to John the Baptist in the desert. !See verse 5". Did you ever wonder why so many would trek to the desert to see someone dressed in Camel's hair? This is why. It was a VERY big deal to the Jews to have a prophet of God again. Why did God wait until now? He was waiting for just the right time for the next event on his calendar to take place.

And then it happened. It was the fullness of time and God's time was right. A prophet of God finally appeared again. When he came he spoke hard words to them about repenting and repentance. And yet they flocked to him in the desert to hear him because God was finally speaking again. But what words he spoke.

Now John the Baptist was preparing the way for this Jesus whose birth we celebrate each year. As part of the celebration there was a song written that goes something like this: What a mighty God we serve. In Him we live and breathe and have our being.

Now this is Biblical because in Colossians 1:16 it says this: And in Revelations it says: You see, we serve a mighty God who deserves our reverence and obedience. He is our mighty God, the creator of the universe, whose very existence depends on him.
And then He showed His love for us by sending Himself to us in the form of Jesus. How this transpired is very important to us.

So let us examine what really happened. One thing that we celebrate each year is the birth of Jesus Christ. Was this an ordinary birth? Not at all! Let us see what the Scriptures say!

Looking up the Hebrew word for virgin we get "Almah" which can only mean virgin.
Let's see what the New Testament says? The Greek word that was used is "parthenos" which also can only mean virgin.
Let's see what Luke says. Is this important? More than you might think!! Let's see what Romans says. Now the first part of the verse says that because of Adam's sin, judgment comes to ALL men. If Jesus was born normally, then how could he escape this judgment himself? Now the blood line is passed on by the man. This is true in the natural by the man's last name. It is also true in the spiritual.

We don't have time to go into this in detail now, but the only way that Jesus could be born without sin was to NOT have a fleshly father or he would have inherited judgment on himself. This is why the Holy Spirit had to be the father. Therefore the virgin birth is a major and central item in the Christian faith. To deny the virgin birth is to deny the deity of Jesus. According to Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated "God with us."

Satan has been trying to downplay the significance of this event ever since it happened, just like he has been trying to downplay the importance of the blood of Jesus. We don't have time to go into more detail now, but be wary of any church or person that downplays either the virgin birth or the blood of Jesus. They are already into error! Now why did he go to all this trouble of intervening into time like this? He did it because YOU matter to Him! Jesus is God's GIFT to mankind. Then we can join the Apostle Paul and say: The virgin birth is one of the 7 pillars of the Christian faith that is being attacked by Satan today. They are:
  1. The infallibility of the Word of God
  2. The Deity of Christ
  3. The virgin birth of Christ
  4. The work of the Cross
  5. The power of the shed blood of Christ
  6. The miraculous power of God
  7. The return of Jesus at the rapture