Two thousand years ago a baby was born. King Herod, the ruler at that time, tried to kill this child, but only succeeded in killing many other children. This baby was God incarnate. Jesus the Christ. Rabbinical writings of that period acknowledged His existence and the fact that He did supernatural works. They only disputed His claim of who He was: God. As the Scriptures record: "The Jews answered Him, 'For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make yourself out to be God.'" (John 10:33; see also John 5:18 & 19:7)

When our forefathers founded this country, they deliberately covenanted with God in doing so. That is why the USA has enjoyed such blessings and has been such a beacon of freedom to people worldwide, including God's chosen people - the Jews. The Statue of Liberty is no mere symbol. Patrick Henry said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

But our present government has given assent to the murder of millions of babies. This abomination has certainly been as much of a stench to God as the holocaust that Nazi Germany perpetrated.

The One who was born 2000 years ago as a baby here on earth will soon be returning.

"Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

"Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.

"He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." (Rev. 19:11-16)

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government of peace, He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justiceand righteousness from that time and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this." (Isaiah 9:6,7)

"And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced ; and they will mourn for Him , as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born. In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem..." (Zechariah 12:10-11a)

"For as the lightning comes from the east and is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.... But immediately after the tribulation of those days

'the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers of the heavens will be shaken';

And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from one end of the sky to the other. Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son Man.

Then there shall be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore keep watch, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him." (Matthew 24:27-44)

I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Pet 3:2-14)

For additional infomation on the subject of the return of Jesus Christ, read Marvin Rosenthal's
The Nature of Christ's Second Coming

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Mary Had the Little Lamb

Mary had the little Lamb, who lived before His birth;
Self-existent Son of God, from heav'n He came to earth.

Mary had the little Lamb - He sleeps in yonder stall.
Virgin born, He came in love, to save man from the fall.

Mary had the little Lamb; obedient Son of God.
Everywhere the Father led, His feet were sure to trod.

Mary had the little lamb. He came to set men free.
Scorned, rejected, crucified - He died on calvary...

Mary had the little Lamb. Men placed Him in the grave -
Thinking they were done with Him. To death He was no slave!

Mary had the little Lamb, ascended now is He;
Beside His Father's holy throne, our advocate to be.

Mary had the little Lamb - returning as foretold -
The world will watch in wonder, and the heavens will unfold.

When our Savior comes again to reign on earth from Zion,
It won't be as a silent Lamb - but as a roaring Lion!
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