First off, a Merry Christmas to all readers and followers, and to those who have websites and blogs I follow as well. On top of that, have a blessed New Year.
Christmas of course is the celebration of the birth of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, regardless of whether one thinks He was born on December 25 or not. Many claim He was born more likely in fall or autumn due to the fact within the Gospels that harvest time was near, and others claim that the date of December 25 was chosen by early religious authorities to appeal to the pagans who worshiped Mithras and other false gods who supposedly were born on December 25. The fact that He was born is good enough for me!
Further, the Biblical Book of Isaiah, Chapter 53, prophesies His birth and purpose, using passages such as—verse 4: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; verse 5: But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.; verse 7: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,; verse 12: he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. And other verses. In Isaiah Chapter 7 is this key prophetic verse 14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 1 verse 23 verifies this prophecy: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Speaking of ‘prophecy,’ just as my The Prodigal Band Trilogy is called what it is called because the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15 Parable of the Prodigal Son was a key inspiration for the trilogy, the second novel of the trilogy is called The Prophesied Band for a reason: it contains ‘prophesies’ or, really, predictions, about the future, including some ‘end-times’-like scenarios—when the novel was published in 1998.
Here are some examples, or should I say, snippets indicating predictions which seem to be happening in these days, all from The Prophesied Band.