December 2003 Continued

Merry Christmas

    But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
This verse, Micah 5:2, is indelibly linked to Christmas because of its prophetic message, fulfilled when Jesus was born of a virgin in a Bethlehem stable approximately seven or eight centuries years after Micah originally wrote these words.

Although we originally searched for codes about the birth of Christ in Micah 5, we chose to focus in on the Proverbs 15 Christmas cluster. Later, we took another look at Micah 5. In the two years since, we have found the following ELSs in Hebrew, listed alphabetically.

    Ascension of Jesus
    At City of David
    At the Inn
    Behold! Where is the Captain of the Army of the Lord Who Fears God?
    But Who is the Morning Star -- Singing for Them in It -- Out of Any Other Location?
    Descendant of David
    Give Them a Jewish Messiah Who will Become a Priest (also crosses Isaiah 53 and Proverbs 15 clusters)
    Glory (Magnificence)
    Glory (Splendor)
    God and a Sovereign Day Will Express an Echo. Let the Rule of the Poor of the World Have Its Season. It is Finished and Will Be Realized
    I Will Multiply My Light. They Will be Grateful for the Rumblings Coming from Your Hand
    Immaculate Pregnancy
    Lamb of God
    Lightning will hit Joseph, the City of Their Return
    Long Live the Risen God of Action. It is Finished. And Where is the Resurrection of Jesus of Blessed Memory? For Whom are the Twelve?
    My Servant
    No Room
    Second Adam
    Son of Elohim
    Son of Man
    Son of YHWH
    The Ascension of Jesus Emanates from the Time of God
    The Beloved Perhaps Turned Around. Who Taught Me. Or, Who will Understand a Red Heifer? Who are the People?
    The Magi
    The Nativity
    The Newborn Child of a Virgin
    The Newborn One
    The Trinity
    The Vine
    Who is Messiah? Jesus
    You will thus Weep about the Oppressive Thunder, which Insults Modesty and Moves Its Fire. And I AM for Them
What is unusual about the Micah 5 cluster is that there is a second theme in the cluster related to end times events. This is not really too surprising, since the full chapter is focuses on the Messiah and His help for the nation of Israel in a time of distress. Here is the full text of the chapter (New International Version):

    Marshal your troops, O city of troops,for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod.

    “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

    Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.

    He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.

    And he will be their peace.When the Assyrian invades our land and marches through our fortresses, we will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.
    They will rule the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. He will deliver us from the Assyrian when he invades our land and marches into our borders.

    The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or linger for mankind. The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue.

    Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed. In that day,” declares the LORD, I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots. I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds. I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.

    I will destroy your carved images and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles and demolish your cities. I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me.”

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