IT’S COMING TO MY HOUSE. JESUS IS COMING TO MY HOUSE
HEAR THIS POWERFUL PREACHING AND BE BLESSED
IT’S COMING TO MY HOUSE. JESUS IS COMING TO MY HOUSE
HEAR THIS POWERFUL PREACHING AND BE BLESSED
We are approaching the time of the year when the world celebrates the supposed birth of Jesus Christ. The jingles on the radio and television invade our sanity earlier every year, and the decorations now go up before Halloween! Anywhere we go, Christmas “cheer” is inescapable. For most of us, this is a season we struggle through, wishing it would rush by and be over.
Yet it is also a season that requires us to be on our guard. Since we do not celebrate Christmas, we often stick out in a crowd. Such a difference piques the curiosity of some, and they may ask why we do not keep it. If we respond, “Christ was not born on December 25,” can we prove it? If He was not born on that date, then when was He born? What are the facts?
When this subject is broached, many Protestants and Catholics become quite emotional, often becoming firmly entrenched concerning the December 25 date in spite of the facts. Many simply enjoy the season and feel that the actual day of Christ’s birth is irrelevant. Biblical and historical scholars are equally divided over this question as well. Christmas, however, is founded on the premise that Jesus was born on December 25, and a person who is truly striving to follow the Bible will see that the celebration of Christmas is based upon falsehood.
The Clues in Luke’s Gospel
On the surface, the accounts of Matthew and Luke reveal little about the time of Jesus’ birth. No dates are given, no season of the year is named. As a well-regarded historian, Luke, however, provides a sound, orderly account of the events that removes any doubt as to the general time of Jesus’ birth. All the clues are there, and all that is required is to dig them out and put them in order to discover the truth.
In a long section covering Luke 1:5 through 2:8, Luke writes of a specific series of events in chronological order. He begins by telling the story of Zacharias, a priest, and his wife Elizabeth, who were childless. While administering his priestly duties during the course of Abijah, Zacharias was visited by the angel Gabriel, who told him that his prayers had been answered and that he and Elizabeth would have a son. They were to name him John.
Because Zacharias doubted that this would happen, Gabriel informed him that he would not be able to speak until the birth of his son. As soon as his service in the Temple was completed, he returned to his own house. Elizabeth soon conceived and hid herself five months, unsure of how her pregnancy would be viewed.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, Gabriel visited Mary and informed her, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus” (verse 31). Soon thereafter, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth and stayed with her until the latter’s ninth month, leaving just prior to John’s birth. Jesus, then, was born approximately six months after John.
What information do we have up to this point?
» Zacharias, a priest, performed his duties during the course of Abijah.
» After he returned home from Jerusalem, Elizabeth conceived.
» Mary conceived in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.
» John was born approximately six months before Jesus.
The Course of Abijah
To date Jesus’ birth, we need a starting point. Fortunately, Luke supplies one in mentioning “the course of Abijah” (Luke 1:5). Is it possible to know if this course existed then, when it fell during the year, and how long it lasted?
Indeed it is!
I Chronicles 24 lists the courses, divisions or shifts of the priesthood that served in the Temple throughout the year. Verse 1 states, “These are the divisions of the sons of Aaron.” Among the sons of Eleazar were sixteen heads of their father’s house, while among the sons of Ithamar were eight additional heads of house, making twenty-four courses (verse 4).
These courses of priests were divided by lot to be officials of the sanctuary and of the house of God (verse 5). Beginning on Nisan 1, these courses rotated throughout the year, serving in the Temple for one week apiece. The course of Abijah, the course during which Zacharias was responsible to work, was the eighth shift (verse 10).
Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian—who was, by the way, of the priestly lineage of the course of Jehoiarib, the first course—supplies further information about the priestly courses.
“He [David] divided them also into courses: and when he had separated the priests from them, he found of these priests twenty-four courses, sixteen of the house of Eleazar and eight of that of Ithamar; and he ordained that one course should minister to God [during] eight days, from [noon] Sabbath to [noon on the following] Sabbath. And thus were the courses distributed by lot, in the presence of David, and Zadok and Abiathar the high priest, and of all the rulers: and that course which came up first was written down as the first, and accordingly the second, and so on to the twenty-fourth; and this partition hath remained to this day” (Antiquities of the Jews, 7:14.7).
These courses were strictly followed until the Temple was destroyed in AD 70.
The Talmud describes the details of the rotation of courses, beginning on Nisan 1. With only twenty-four courses, obviously each course was required to work twice a year, leaving three extra weeks. (The Hebrew year normally has fifty-one weeks. Intercalary, or leap, years have an additional four weeks.) The three holy day seasons, Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles, during which all the courses were required to serve, made up these three extra weeks. Thus, each of the courses worked five weeks out of the year: two in their specific courses and three during the holy day seasons.
John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Messiah (Malachi 3:1; Luke 1:13-17). The gospel accounts make it very clear that he was born about half a year before Jesus was born. From historical details in Luke’s account especially, as well as the accuracy of the Seventy Weeks prophecy (see “Seventy Weeks Are Determined . . .,” p. 2), it is clear that Jesus was born sometime in 4 bc. This means, counting back the nine months of gestation and the six-month difference in age, John must have been conceived in the first half of 5 bc.
This fact forces us to choose the first shift of the course of Abijah as the time when Gabriel visited Zacharias in the Temple. Frederick R. Coulter, in his A Harmony of the Gospels (p. 9), computes it this way:
In the year 5 bc, the first day of the first month, the month of Nisan, according to the Hebrew Calendar, was a Sabbath. According to computer calculation synchronizing the Hebrew Calendar and the stylized Julian Calendar, it was April 8. Projecting forward, the assignments course by course, and week by week, were: Course 1, the first week; Course 2, the second week; all Courses for the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, the third week; Course 3, the fourth week; Course 4, the fifth week; Course 5, the sixth week; Course 6, the seventh week; Course 7, the eighth week; Course 8, the ninth week; and all courses [sic] the tenth week, which was the week of Pentecost.
Zacharias of the course of Abijah worked the ninth week in his assigned course and the tenth week in the Pentecost course, and this period ran from Iyar 27 through Sivan 12 (Hebrew calendar) or June 3 through 17 (Julian calendar). He probably returned home immediately after his shifts were completed, and Elizabeth most likely conceived in the following two-week period, June 18 through July 1, 5 BC.
With this information we can calculate Elizabeth’s sixth month as December, during which Mary also conceived (Luke 1:26-38). It is probable, because of the circumstances shown in Luke 1, that Mary conceived during the last two weeks of Elizabeth’s sixth month. Thus, John was born in the spring of 4 BC, probably between March 18 and 31. By projecting forward another six months to Jesus’ birth, the most probable time for His birth occurred between September 16 and 29. It is an interesting sidelight that Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets, is one of the two middle days of this time period.
Flocks in the Fields
There is additional proof that Jesus was born in the fall of the year. The census of Quirinius that required Joseph to travel from Galilee to Bethlehem would most probably have taken place after the fall harvest when people were more able to return to their ancestral homes (Luke 2:1-5). Besides, it was customary in Judea to do their tax collecting during this period, as the bulk of a farmer’s income came at this time.
Another point is that Joseph and Mary had to find shelter in a barn or some other kind of animal shelter like a cave or grotto because the inns were full (verse 7). This indicates that the pilgrims from around the world had begun to arrive in Jerusalem and surrounding towns. Thus, the fall festival season had already commenced. There would have been no similar influx of pilgrims in December.
Also, as the shepherds were still in the fields with their flocks (verse 8), Jesus’ birth could not have occurred during the cold-weather months of winter. Sheep were normally brought into centrally located pens or corrals as the weather turned colder and the rainy season began, especially at night. If this were not significant, it begs the question, “Why would Luke have mentioned it in such detail if not to convey a time reference?”
Notice what commentator Adam Clarke writes regarding this:
It was a custom among the Jews to send out their sheep to the deserts [wilderness], about the passover [sic], and bring them home at the commencement of the first rain: during the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As the passover [sic] occurred in the spring, and the first rain began early in the month of Marchesvan, which answers to part of our October and November, we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole of the summer. And as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night. On this very ground the nativity in December should be given up. The feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact, which casts considerable light on this disputed point. (Clarke’s Commentary, vol. V, p. 370)
Why is it important that we know when Jesus was born? We certainly do not use this knowledge to celebrate His birthday—He tells us to commemorate His death, not His birth (I Corinthians 11:23-26). The true date, however, destroys the entire foundation of the Christmas holiday. It also points to the proper time of His ministry, crucifixion and resurrection, helping to disprove the Good Friday—Easter Sunday tradition also. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, it renews our faith in God’s Word—that it is true, verifiable and historically accurate.
In addition, we should know even these details so that we can provide common-sense reasons for our beliefs. We live in a world of compromise and confusion—especially in the realm of religion—and thus we must study and follow what is true so we will not be fooled by what is counterfeit. The Christmas season promotes a lie concerning the date of the birth of Jesus Christ. We need to do more than reject the world’s explanation; we need to know, prove and follow what is true.
What Does Glorify God, or Honor God Mean? How Do We Glorify and Honor God?
It means to bring Him glory and honor through everything we say and do – Doing everything for the glory of God. Honoring God, Glorifying God with our lives, words, thoughts, actions, songs, dance, food, drink and in all we do. Acknowledging God’s glory, appreciating who God is, Valuing God far above everything else.
We glorify God by loving him, by obeying him, by trusting him and walking with him. We honor God when we have faith and trust in him, when we love him, and when we truly desire to know him, obey him and please him in all that we do. We were created to glorify God, enjoy him and walk with Him. When we glorify God and honor God, we get closer to him and enjoy him immensely. God is really pleased and rejoices over us when we glorify him and live for him.
Bible Verses, Quotes, Scriptures, Passages & Quotations About Glorifying and Honoring God With Your Body, Your Money, Your Life, Thoughts, Words, Actions, etc. Honoring God’s Name. Glorifying and Honoring God at work and in all we do.
“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (KJV)
1 Corinthians 10:31
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (ESV)
1 Corinthians 6:20
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (KJV)
1 Corinthians 6:20
“you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (NIV)
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (NIV)
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (NIV)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”(NKJV)
1 Corinthians 10:23
“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. ” (NIV)
1 Corinthians 10:23
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (KJV)
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (KJV)
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. (KJV)
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” (KJV)
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (KJV)
The Story of Stevie going home with the Lord
including the vision and painting of Stevie and his Angel
Stevie (age 21) died on March 21, 2001 at 11:00 p.m. in a horrible car accident. Drinking and driving at a high speed (100 mph) in a nasty windy storm. His car went thru a pole and then hit a second one, at which point his door flew open and he was thrown from his car, smashing his entire body on a medal pole. I was told he died on impact.
After finding this out – this horrible nightmare which is a mother’s worst nightmare for her children – I eventually went to my parents’ house to try to find a way to sleep, my mind was going in a hundred different directions and my biggest concern at this point was “where is my son?” My heart ached so much that I could hardly breathe – and frankly, I didn’t want to take another breath, but I knew I had to because of Matthew – we needed each other. So I had to somehow find the strength to make it thru the night.
In my desperation, I begged God to show me where my son was – I didn’t know if he was in Heaven or Hell – what a horrible thought for a parent to face. Stevie was always a strong willed child – in his teenage years he had fallen away from God and wanted to do his own thing including drugs and alcohol. I later found out that my younger sister (Deborah) had led my little Stevie to the Lord when he was around 8 or 9 years old – this was such a blessing!!!! But at that time of Stevie’s death, I did not know about this. Stevie always kept things to himself, for some reason – but I had always talked to him about Jesus, so he knew all about him.
At my parents house – with Matthew – as I laid on the couch in my parents’ living room, I looked up towards the ceiling begging God Almighty to have mercy on me and let me know where my son was – I could not go on knowing if he wasn’t in Heaven.
At that moment, I saw something that is very hard to explain – a vision so magnificent that words could never do it justice. I saw my parents’ living room open up to a Heavenly scene, the light was so bright it should have hurt my eyes, but at the same time it was very soft and soothing. It was at that point that I saw this massive 12 to 14 foot angel carrying Stevie!!!!!! The angel’s wings were so large, they seemed to swallow the large angel and Stevie as they were in flight. I could hear a whoosh when the wings moved back and forth giving Stevie his Heavenly tour. Stevie looked like a little doll with his feet dangling from under his beautiful white robe. It caught me off guard seeing Stevie with no shoes on because, from a small child, he always had to have his socks and shoes on. But I’m sure that was the last thing he was thinking about as he was getting this magnificent tour with his angel.
I felt peace and love coming from them – it was nothing of this earth. I could never put it into words what I felt – all I know is that it was from God Almighty and I was in his realm for a second. As the peace fell upon me, I felt all was good and went into a deep, peaceful sleep.
Seeing this vision has allowed me to go on with life, and I knew God would want me to share it with others. So, for 6 years, I mentally prepared myself to paint this amazing experience, I prayed and prayed for God to somehow provide someone to paint Stevie’s face since I have never painted a body part or face before. I had no idea of how to go about it. My mom is a painter, but she was also concerned that we would not be able to paint Stevie’s face.
I had previously prepared the room for this painting and after 6 years I felt I had to at least try, instead of sweating bullets. We purchased a large 4×8 ft board because I knew the wings were so large I needed the whole wall. My mom painted the angel’s face and body, and Stevie’s body, but when she tried to paint his face, it looked like a different kid. So mom (after so many disputes over how to paint my vision) decided it was my “baby” and I needed to do it myself – especially since I kept changing what she was doing.
I pulled up a chair in front of the painting and sat there praying to God to direct my hands to paint my son’s face. I told God I couldn’t do it, He needed to take over – and He, of course, gets ALL the glory. So I took on the challenge with God’s help. After 2 ½ hours, to my great excitement, Stevie’s face was there! It looked just like him, no guessing at all, it was his face!!! At that point I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that I was supposed to paint my vision and that this had been inspired by God Almighty! I was so amazed, that I just sat there and cried, realizing the miracle that had taken place.
The next task was to paint the angel’s wings, I really didn’t know how to paint them, I had studied many paintings of angels during the past 6 years and still didn’t know how to go about it – the wings were different from all those I had seen in those paintings! So, I started and when I was done painting the first wing, I realized it looked like a bunch or rose pedals. I knew Stevie wouldn’t be pleased about being carried around with his angel wings made of rose pedals! Ha ha The second try ended up looking just like a tidal wave! I knew this was going to be harder than I originally thought it would be, Feeling frustrated, I tried to cover the wing. Then, on the third attempt, I made a very contemporary – modern art – look. You could tell they were wings, but I got a real sick feeling in my gut – this was not what they were supposed to look like.
I was completely exhausted; I had spent many, many hours on this but needed to paint over it once again! I was at my wits end; I was mentally and physically exhausted and had the feeling that I could not do this without help.
I remember sitting in front of this large board, not knowing what to do, I asked God what is going on? I couldn’t do this without his help. I had no idea how to paint these wings and would need His help to show me how to do this. Without that, I really didn’t know what to do.
After pouring my heart out to God, I went to bed. It was a Sunday night, and I had something amazing happen. All thru the night, I had dream after dream of what I had seen 6 years before! Not only did I see the angel but I saw the wings up close and personal!!!! I saw how to paint the wings!!! The dreams continued all thru the night until I opened my eyes Monday morning! At that point, I knew I had to call off work and start this miracle! I painted for over 15 hours and only managed to get 3 rows of feathers done, but I didn’t care, it was finally what I had seen!!
Because it took so long to paint each feather, I had a little argument with God about how the main part of the wing should look. For 2 weeks, God showed me this main large part of the wing – He even showed it in 3 dimensions. I kept telling God it wouldn’t look right and it wasn’t like anyone’s paintings of angels. But the dreams were persistent. In fact, if I closed my eyes, even for a second, I would see that main part of the wing!!! I finally gave in – and to my surprise, it turned out to be exactly what was being shown to me – and I have no idea why I would argue with God Almighty in the first place!!
As I was coming to the end – I finally got to the very last wing and when I put down my brush, after spending about 100 hours painting it, I had a strong feeling to check the time on my cell phone. To my amazement, it was exactly 3:21 p.m.!! This is the date my son died 3/21 !!!!!
I just sat there and cried and knew, without a doubt, this was inspired by God and he kept showing me the way the entire time. I know it was healing for me, but I think, since God was so persistent in me painting this awesome experience, I have a funny feeling this was not just for me but for many others – so they can get peace and understanding about what we get to experience when we leave this earth. And for our loved ones that have passed on.
I hope and pray this has blessed you as much as it did me.
” RICHARD GELSOMINO “
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31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Jesus has risen from the dead
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst
"I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God," (Isaiah 45:5) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1) "At the same time," says the LORD, "I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people." (Jeremiah 31)
Did you know God wants to show you more of Himself every day? Does your time with the Lord revitalize you, or does it feel more like a ritualistic experience? In Hosea 6:6, God is clear: “I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”