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Apologetic in Defense of Christian interposition to End the American Holocaust

The following is an actual letter sent to pastors that had similar objections that the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has stated to break their agreement with OR/OSA. After reading my response to their “concerns,” however, some of the pastors repented and joined the battle in their city. If any of you have connections at the seminary or the Southern Baptist Convention, you may want to send this to them. Generally, I’m sending this out as an apologetic to refute the arguments of those who oppose Christian interposition to end the American holocaust and to defend the godly language and actions of those who seek to love their neighbor as themselves.

If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!

The Lord richly bless you! I appreciate you took the time to put pen to paper to express your concerns about our national event. Most Operation Rescue National/Operation Save America leaders are active pastors currently serving congregations or former pastors who are now serving full time to end the American holocaust.

We are churchmen like you. We are not pro-life activists. We are ministers of the Gospel of the Kingdom. We are attempting to be good soldiers of Jesus Christ in our day. By God’s empowerment, we go to the exposed areas where the battle is raging for the soul of our nation. We go to pray, praise, proclaim the Gospel, and interpose on the behalf of God’s helpless children.

We are not bitter pro-lifers. We do not belittle the church, even though we are often abandoned by her in this crucial struggle. We know that God does not have plan B. He only has plan A, the church of the living God. Rev. Flip Benham, former national director of OR/OSA has stated for years, “Abortion will come to an end, when the church makes up her mind it is going to end, and not one second sooner.” The gates of hell cannot prevail against God’s obedient church!

I want you to know upfront, I do not treat your concerns lightly. As a result, I will do my best to fulfill 1 Peter 3:15, which states, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

St. Augustine counseled, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” This is a good rule of thumb as we communicate any differences we may have concerning the grave evil savaging our nation. You can rest assured these guidelines will prayerfully direct my response to your concerns.

Before I begin to address the specifics, may I make one suggestion? Would you pick up a copy of the Letter from the Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. and study its contents? Though the time and specific national evil is different, I believe Rev. King gives an outstanding apologetic. He defends well his “tactics” and message in the cause of justice. He was compelled to address the “concerns” of his generation. It has helped our ministry to not grow weary, as we seek to end the injustice of our day.

Patrick Henry, in his powerful “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, starts with these poignant remarks:

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony… Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

First, if you are brothers in Christ, redeemed by His blood, filled with His Spirit, and governed by His word, then you are indeed “worthy gentlemen” that I consider brethren in the body of Christ. Second, men of God may see the same subject in different lights. Third, just as in Mr. Henry’s case, there are times when we must express opinions that are contrary to others. Otherwise, God forbid, the nation is further harmed and we offend the majesty of heaven, which we should all “revere above all earthly kings.”

The Bible determines the nature of the battle and should determine our strategy to fight it to lead justice to victory. OR/OSA does not perceive the American holocaust as primarily an educational, political, economic, or social issue. Those realms are certainly impacted by abortion, but they are more fruit than the root of our woe. We believe at its core, child sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood is a Gospel/Kingdom issue. Thus, we have as our statement of faith, the following:

Operation Save America unashamedly takes up the cause of preborn children in the name of Jesus Christ. We employ only biblical principles. The Bible is our foundation; the Cross of Christ is our strategy; the repentance of the Church of Jesus Christ is our ultimate goal. As the Church changes its heart toward preborn children, God Himself will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and bring healing to our land. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only answer to the abortion holocaust. It is upon our active repentance in the streets of our cities that the Gospel is visibly lived out. We become to the church, to our city, and to our nation living parables which rightly represent God’s heart toward His helpless children.

Though certainly not perfect, this vision statement has guided our language and actions for close to three decades. The three people arguably most responsible for unleashing abortion upon our nation repented and came to Christ through our ministry. Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of Roe vs. Wade; Dr Bernard Nathanson, founder of NARAL and inventor of the pro-choice slogan; and Sandra Cano, Mary Doe of Doe vs. Bolton, which is the companion case of Roe v. Wade that made abortion on demand possible through the ninth month of pregnancy, all were directly impacted by OR/OSA.

Jesus said we would know something or someone by their fruits (Matthew 7:20). Since OR/OSA began, hundreds of death camps have been shut down, thousands of lives have been spared the horrors of abortion, and hundreds of souls have come to the saving grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. There was not just “a turning of a few minds” as your letter suggests. It was these very “tactics” that you are “uncomfortable” with that wrought these tremendous victories. This is not to boast in ourselves, but to boast in the Lord.

In your letter, you articulated three primary concerns. These concerns were the use of graphic pictures that depict the victims of abortion, incendiary language, and aggressive tactics. I will attempt, by God’s grace, to give a defense for some things, while agreeing with you on other matters.

I suspect your major concern is the use of graphic pictures to expose the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). Let me assure you that nobody “enjoys” displaying these dreadful signs, which reveal the horrible truth of our national sin. But they are necessary for several reasons.

In this battle to spare lives and save souls, we are modeling the use of contrast that is discovered in the wisdom of Proverbs. By making use of pictures that contrast life and death, we reveal the difference between wisdom and foolishness, righteousness and wickedness, good and evil, etc.

The live baby and aborted baby pictures are the visual aids we use to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The wages of sin is death (the picture of Malachi). The gift of God is eternal life (the picture of a live baby). This is what a nation looks like that honors God’s commandment (live baby, which exudes light, love, and life). This is what a nation looks like that violates God’s commandments (Malachi, which depicts darkness, death, and despair).

Second, the historical use of graphic pictures helped end previous evils. Pictures of mistreated slaves were used to stir the conscience of our nation during slavery. At the close of World War II, American troops marched German citizens through death camps so they could SEE the horrors of the holocaust they tolerated under their watch. More recently, it was the gruesome pictures sent by reporters embedded in Vietnam that changed our nation’s perspective on the conflict.

Today, graphic pictures are used to warn youth about the dangers of drugs, drinking or texting while driving, and tobacco. Pictures of kids strung out on dope, mangled cars with crash victims, emaciated cancer patients, victims of domestic violence and animal cruelty are all used to awaken us to the reality of suffering. There are ministries who feed the poor who show pictures of starving children to convict us of their plight and move us to act on their behalf.

Do you have the same concern about the use of those graphic pictures? I would guess not. You know they reveal valuable lessons that save lives and prevent future evils. Why then the objection to the use of Malachi? This baby, though dead, still speaks and he has volumes to teach our nation. It is the same principle at work. We are exposing the plight of the victim to prick consciences. We do this in the hope people will be moved to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death, love their neighbor as themselves, and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. We know this has touched many hearts and changed many minds.

Third, prophetically, God commands that “we expose the unfruitful works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11). In the days of Israel’s idolatry, God instructed Ezekiel, “Now, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations” (Ezekiel 22:2)! Deuteronomy 30:19 concurs, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”

We use pictures to remind America of these eternal truths. The problem is our nation is choosing death to solve our economic and moral problems. We are in a major state of delusion if we still expect God’s blessings. It is clear from Scripture that we cannot choose death and receive blessings. We must choose life. OR/OSA is thoroughly convinced our nation will never treasure the good news of Christ, until we fully comprehend the bad news of our sins, atrocities, and abominations. God help us to end this travesty in Jesus’ name!

The second concern was incendiary language. It was mentioned that you found such language in our written materials. Could you cite what you consider incendiary in our communications? I could then perhaps know how better to respond.

In principle, however, we are in agreement. Every participant in OSA must sign a non-violent pledge. We have leaders set up to ensure that neither our conduct nor our language dishonors the Lord or appears violent in nature. Does that mean we are perfect in the heat of battle? The answer is no, but it remains the standard that governs our language and actions.

We do not believe in being controversial for the sake of controversy. We do not seek notoriety for the sake of notoriety. If the world hates us, speaks evil of us because we love God and our neighbor as ourselves, so be it. Jesus said that the world’s denouncement comes with a blessing. Matthew 5:11, 12 assure us, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

On the other hand, if the world hates us because we are Christian jerks that misrepresent God and His Word, then we get what is coming to us. I have learned in this life, suffering is reality none of us escapes. We suffer for two primary reasons. We suffer as a consequence of our sin and we suffer for doing what is right. It is called redemptive suffering when we trust God and do good in the days of evil, tyranny, and injustice. In such cases, the Apostle Peter reminds us, “If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:14).

Your final concern was aggressive tactics. Unless you can point out sinful behavior that violates God’s Word, we must regulate this last issue to a disputable matter. In other words, if our tactics are sinful Biblically, I would be the first to humbly repent, ask forgiveness from God and you, and immediately work to make it right. If, however, your criticism of us is based upon your desire for a more passive approach, that is a subjective opinion, not a Biblical mandate. There is a huge difference between personal preference and conviction.

Keep in mind as we discuss these issues, we are not the ones being torn apart limb by limb. Honestly pastors, if you or your children were in danger of being murdered for blood money, who would you want representing your interests? Would you prefer someone with a passive approach or someone more active to come to your defense? Do you remember the Golden Rule? Do you recall the lesson of the Good Samaritan and Jesus’ command to go and do likewise?

All our messaging and tactics are summed up in God’s command to love Him and our neighbor as ourselves. We are attempting to answer the question, what does Christianity look like in a nation that commits child sacrifice and sheds innocent blood? The real issue is not are we pro-life enough; the real issue is are we being Christian enough.

I am appealing to you to think and act Biblically in the midst of this holocaust. It is in the spirit of “iron sharpening iron” that I ask you the following questions.

First, are you more upset that OR/OSA is coming to your city or are you more upset at the evil that defiles your city?

Second, are you more upset about the pictures that depict the victims of abortion or are you more upset that this crime is being committed in your city under your watch?
Third, are you more concerned about your reputation, money, position, and comfort or are you more concerned about loving your neighbor that is being led to slaughter (pre-born child), your neighbor being deceived (parents), and you neighbor committing this brutal act (abortionist)?

Fourth, do you have a greater fear of displeasing men or offending men or do you have a greater fear of displeasing God and offending Him?

Fifth, have you expressed concern or written letters to the death camp, culture, or government about the plight of the babies made in the image of God as you have sent to us? Have you criticized their tactics or language that makes this evil possible?

I think if you wrestled with God over these questions, you would have less concern with OR/OSA. You would not perceive us as much of a threat, hindrance, or embarrassment, but as fellow Christians who seek to “know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I (we) may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10).

Gentlemen, we would love to serve our Lord with you in this great cause to end the American holocaust. There is plenty to do and many hands make light work. If you are skittish about prophetic ministries, there are other opportunities to serve. There are mercy ministries, declaring the Word ministries, prayer ministries, and ministries of helps that are needed and welcomed as the church arises to drive the evil of abortion from their cities. If you do not want to hold a sign, there are venues available where graphic signs will not be used. Go as far as your conscience will allow. If you have any more questions or desire further communication, do not hesitate to call me. I pray this response to your concerns will alleviate all fear of men and inspire true faith in God as we move forward in Jesus’ name!

IN KING JESUS’ SERVICE,

Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas
National Director, Operation Rescue National/Operation Save America

www.operationsaveamerica.org

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Seminary Breaks Agreement with OSA

Just got word today that our main hotel, Legacy Hotel, which is a part of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has withdrawn from hosting our lodging needs for the OSA national event in July.
There were several reasons stated why they will break our agreement, but it all comes down to an unwillingness to bear the reproach, suffer the loss of reputation and possible financing to associate with Christians who are engaged in the battle to end the American holocaust. Fear of man and not faith in God has guided their decision making.
We just had 5000 brochures made up with their information on it that will now be promoted to the trash can and we are left scrambling to find a replacement hotel. To their credit, they are willing to reimburse us for the loss. The other good thing is this kind of complication in the battle normally takes place right before or during our event. Thankfully, we have some time to secure another hotel for the event. Please saturate our preparations in prayer. Obviously, the powers that be do not want the Kingdom invasion to come and address the evil of abortion and our obligation to abolish it.
Our overflow hotel is still in play. As soon as we secure another main hotel we will pass on that information and make up new brochures that you will be able to use to invite others to “For Such a Time as This” national event. Keep pressing on saints to the high call and prize in Jesus’ name!
Specific Reasons for the Seminary Breaking the Agreement
 
I post this so people can know the reasons set forth by the seminary to break their agreement to host our event in July. I’m not mad at them nor am I vindictive. This is just part of the battle from  within that tragically keeps the church from the sacrifice, redemptive suffering, and the bearing of the reproach of Christ that is necessary to liberate our nation from blood guiltiness and end the American holocaust.
First, our Truth Truck parked in their parking lot disturbed some faculty and students due to one graphic picture of abortion.As soon as we were aware, we moved the Truth Truck and other vehicles on the lot covered any graphic pictures of aborted babies.

Second, the media contacted the seminary over our OSA outreach at a high school and college. We did not know there was a middle school in the area as well. The media did not tell them that once we were aware, we moved all graphic signs away from the middle school.

We go to the schools as a preventative measure. If we meet the students there with the Gospel and life saving materials, then we may not have to meet them at the death camps as they attempt to destroy the lives of their helpless children.

Third, apparently, some Christians asked why the seminary had a Starbucks at their facility since they are Anti-Christ, anti-life, and anti-family. Some were upset over the inquiry.

Lastly, they withdrew because not all OSA Christians were affiliated with the Southern Baptists.

When we asked them to change the OSA name to the local Southern Baptist church that is hosting us, they declined.

The real issue through the conversation finally came out. The leadership at the seminary does not like our methodology. I went to great lengths explaining our Gospel/Kingdom methodology that was all Bible based and the answer was, they would not change their decision.

I did not post this to put them in a bad light, but to deal with major practical realities. Folks have been reserving rooms and now they find out the agreement is broken. We have to republish all our brochures that promote the event (To their credit, they are reimbursing OSA for the added expense) and search to find another hotel to meet our lodging needs for God’s people who will pour out their lives to end the murder of the pre-born in Kentucky. For those who want to know who or what is OSA, you can visit our website at www.operationsaveamerica.org.


Rally Speech at the Texas State Capital in Support of HB 948

Here is the written form of the Rally Speech delivered at the State Capital in Texas on the behalf of the HB 948 that will abolish abortion In Texas. Below is a rough video of the message.

 

On the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after the successful completion of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr, uttered this famous phrase, “How Long, Not Long.” He proclaimed this as he was dealing with the evil and injustice of his generation. In fact, he stated, “How long? Not long, because ‘no lie can live forever.'” And if I might be so bold to add, “Lies carry the seed of its own destruction, while truth carries the seed of its own survival.” Moreover he declared, “How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

 

The reason why the moral universe arcs towards justice is because the God of the Bible is the God of all justice. His throne is built upon the two pillars of justice and righteousness and He has shown us, O men, what is good; and what does the Lord require of us but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8)? The order is extremely important in God’s economy.

 

Make no mistake about it; this is a long time in the making. We have endured an extended night of darkness, death, and despair that has savaged our nation and its people, but as the Scripture promises “Joy comes in the morning.” In God’s providential history, we have come to this place, at this appointed time, to establish the self-evident truth, which is, man is made in the image of God and these precious children in the womb need to be welcomed in life and protected by law like each and every one of us. We are simply demanding equal justice under the law.

 

We no longer come to regulate baby murder; we are here to end it. We are here to plead the case of the fatherless to win it and let us be absolutely clear on this; we are not here to just plead their case anymore and wait for so-called pro-life scraps to fall from the political table. We are here to win the case on the behalf of the fatherless. How long? Not long.

 

In 1973 with the infamous Roe vs Wade decision, America officially entered into a Covenant of Death. Our nation has been plagued with cultural immorality, government corruption and tyranny, and violence ever since. With HB 948, we will no longer nibble at the edges of this grave evil and injustice. We will no longer be content to use these precious children as political footballs to increase our coffers and political power. Those days have mercifully come to an end and a new day is dawning. With HB 948 the standard of what it means to be pro-life will forever change in America. No more wiggle room, no more delays, and no more compromise. The government sponsor of the murder of the preborn ends now in Jesus mighty name. Here we stand, we can do no less! God help us!

 

We are here to honor and obey God’s moral commandment, “Thou shall not murder” and the covenant principles enshrined in our own Founding Documents. How many remember, “We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

 

As far as the Constitution is concerned, what does it actually state? “No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law.” What capital crime was committed by the preborn that deserves capital punishment? You see, no penumbra of the Constitution, no mist that emanates from the Constitution can maintain this lawless façade any longer. The emperor has no clothes on. Besides, courts cannot make law and any human law that violates God’s law is no law at all.

 

We are here to call upon our Governor, our Lt Governor, the attorney general, and every legislator in Texas to be strong and of a good courage. We demand they uphold the rule of law and do their duty to protect life and stop the shedding of innocent blood and also preserve the God ordained institution of marriage.

 

We are here to call upon the church to regain her prophetic voice to instruct the moral conscience of Texas and our nation. We can no longer turn a blind eye and deaf ear to this injustice that plagues our state and nation. If we as God’s people do not speak up and act, history will condemn our complicity. History has proven time and again that the church’s silence and inaction in the face of evil always strengthens the oppressor and prolongs the suffering of the victim. That mentality needs to end at once along with the evil of abortion that it inadvertently supports.

 

We call upon the citizens of Texas and everyone of goodwill to rise up and convince our civil officials in Texas to co-sponsor and support the passage of HB 948. And remember this one everlasting truth. We do not fight alone in this great battle for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of our, broken, wounded land. There is a just God in heaven who presides over the destiny of nations. If we repent and do what is right in His sight, His blessing will return to Texas and beyond to secure a future and a hope. God bless Texas and God use us to pass this righteous bill in Jesus’ mighty name!

Rusty Thomas

Posted by John M Brindley on Saturday, February 25, 2017

 


OSA Leadership Meeting

Over one hundred national leaders and locals showed up for the Operation Rescue National/Operation Save America Leadership Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Arriving from all over America, leaders and their families participated in morning street activities, afternoon and evening worship and leadership sessions. Vision and mission was cast for the New Year. Preliminary planning for the national event moved closer to completion. Everything we had envisioned and prayed for to the Lord was graciously fulfilled.

Thursday Night

Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas welcomed the leaders and saints to Louisville, Kentucky. He introduced the vision for the national event that is taken from the book of Esther, “For such a time as this.” Taking a cue from Esther and her dealing with the Covenant of Death threatening her people, the call was to follow her example in the hopes God will end the Covenant of Death in our day.
There is one death camp remaining in Kentucky. The Bluegrass state stands on the verge of making history by becoming the first surgical, abortion free-state in America. And make no mistake; OSA working in conjunction with the local churches is working to see this come to pass in Jesus’ name!

Rev. Thomas also expounded on the 2017 leadership theme, which was “Prepare for Increase.” Building on the cry of the Apostles to increase their faith, this session centered on preparing for increase in service, increase through pruning, and increase of influence. Rev. Thomas shared that the tide is turning. We are in a new season. To those who have remained faithful in the battle, a time of reaping has come. Because certain saints embraced a persecuted truth and faithfully proclaimed an unpopular message, they are now in a position of greater influence.

Friday Morning

Truth Truck Bearing Witness to the Truth at the Gates of Hell

Leaders rolled out of bed, bundled up against the frigid cold, and were standing in the dark by 6 am at a public high school. Another team set up at the last remaining death camp in Kentucky. All heaven came down and all heck broke loose.

The media had a field day as the school lied about our message and actions. This was Rev. Thomas’ response to the false accusations:
The Christians who came to the school in the love and truth of Christ were polite, kind, and respectful. Those who say different were either not there, were sorely misinformed, or are outright lying. They are merely projecting upon us the evil of their own deceitful hearts.
There was no screaming, yelling, or forcing young people to take our literature. We made it available and to those who were interested we shared the truth of God’s word and exposed the horrible sin and crime of abortion that has destroyed 1/3rd of their generation. These young people are our future and we do not want them to repeat the same immorality that has led to the slaughter of our own sons and daughters. This bloody insanity must end if we want our young people to enjoy a future and a hope.

Perhaps God will be pleased to open their eyes, break their hearts, and use them to restore our nation back to our own national creed, which includes the inalienable right to life. For without this right no other so-called right means much to a dead baby murdered by the ones that should be their greatest protectors, their own fathers and mothers.

We are such a wicked, evil, and hypocritical people that are so full of blood lust and lies. We are great at pretending in our deceitful pride that we are taking the high moral ground by “protecting” the children from the horrible truth that our sins have brought upon them and our perverted, bloodstained nation. Well did Jesus speak of this when He stated, “You strain at a gnat (Ministering the Gospel at a government run humanistic temple) and swallow a camel (While babies are murdered and our nation parades its sin like Sodom).
Take a good long hard look in the mirror my friends before you rashly speak and then repent, and believe the Gospel. The Kingdom of God is at hand.

Gov. Bevin Addressing OSA Leaders

At the death camp, the Lord rewarded our efforts with one confirmed save. Afterwards, OSA had a divine appointment with the Governor of Kentucky. The Governor of Kentucky publicly addressed us for 30 minutes. He really did not share with us much politically. He ministered from God’s word and called us to authentic, genuine Christianity. Afterwards, he graciously gave us some private time as well. We were able to pray for him and challenge him with the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate and the abolition of abortion. He told Pastor Matt Trewhella and the rest of us that he read the book and has passed it to others.

Pastor Matt gave him a signed copy, plus other important materials, along with this cover letter that we signed. Keep the Governor and our OSA vision and mission in prayer as we plan and prepare for our national event in Louisville, KY “For Such A Time As This.” Here is the letter.

February 3rd, 2017

Dear Honorable Governor Bevin,

All praise be unto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
We were honored to have you speak to our gathering today. There are too few magistrates who understand their duty in the sight of God. We believe He has raised you up and placed you in office as governor at this important juncture in our nation’s history.

The matter of interposition is critical in this desperate hour. We have a federal judiciary that is lawless and out of control. They have declared the preborn to be open game to those who kill for profit and have perverted the created order of God regarding marriage. All other branches of government bow down to SCOTUS even when it issues unjust/immoral, and unconstitutional opinions. The interposition of the state magistrates is needed and necessary.

We have enclosed a short 3-minute video on a thumb drive which convincingly demonstrates that ‘judicial supremacy’ is a fiction. We ask that you watch it.

Be assured of this Governor Bevin – the federal judiciary must be defied.

May the Lord give you strength of heart and mind in the days ahead, and may you do right by Him. Just know as you courageously stand, you do not stand alone. There is a just God who presides over the nations who will honor those who honor Him. There are also Christians and Americans of good will throughout Kentucky and America who will rally to support you in Jesus’ name!

Separated unto the Gospel,
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas
National Director, Operation Save America

Pastor Matt Trewhella
National Director, Missionaries to the Preborn
Author of the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate

Friday Afternoon Session

Rev. Thomas built on the theme of preparing for increase. The essence of his 2nd message dealt with increase of service in light of growing older and our physical limitations. We must invest in the next generation and successfully pass the Kingdom baton to them. We need to prepare them to go further up and in to complete the task to end the evil in our nation.

He also ministered on the reality that the closer we get to victory; we need to prepare for the increase of warfare. The enemies of the Lord are aware that their time is short, thus, they are full of fury (Revelation 12:12). Desperate times calls for desperate measures.
The Washington DC March for Women reveals the paradigm shift. Since Roe vs. Wade, it has been our side marching for a change. No longer, the pro-aborts are now taking it to the streets. What do they sense happening that we are not discerning? They think their problem is President Trump. He is just the tip of the iceberg. Trump is a tremor compared to the earthquake coming. It appears they see the writing on the wall and their once guarded goods are in danger and they are freaking out. Even so, Lord Jesus, arise as the stronger man to plunder their evil agenda, end abortion now, and set the captives free.

Friday Night Session

Our Friday night session featured Pastor Matt Trewhella who brought a strong prophetic word to OSA. He mentioned that we are a prophetic group called to prophetically confront the church and state in our sins, failures, and abominations. He then used God’s Word to point out the pitfalls, snares, and traps associated with this prophetic call. God used Pastor Matt to challenge OSA to take inventory and to examine ourselves in the light of Scripture to make sure we do not fall for the enemies wiles and to stay true to the vision and mission of God in these tumultuous days. It was a much needed message as we move forward to advance the Gospel of the Kingdom to defeat the culture of death savaging our nation.

Saturday Morning Street Activity

Once again, we woke up early in the freezing cold to confront the gates of hell. The Lord rewarded the prayers and efforts of the saints with three confirmed saves. There was much rejoicing that warmed our hearts while our bodies still froze. Afterwards, we went to a medical facility that staffs the local abortionist named Tanya Franklin. We set up signs, cranked up the sound system, and passed out flyers that exposed the unholy alliance.

We called this health care facility to repent and break all ties with this abortionist. If they do not by the time of our national event, this will be a major pressure point that we will exploit to prayerfully force Miss Franklin to an ultimatum. Either go full time in legitimate healthcare or go full time in abortion. To do both, will becoming increasingly hard to do as your murderous activities are disclosed to the medical community and patients. Here is the flyer we passed out.

Saturday Afternoon Session

We started the afternoon session by showing a video message from Pastor Jeff Durbin from Apologia Church. He briefly shared how God recruited him in the battle through the work of Lisa Metzger and the message from Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas that was featured in the documentary Babies are Murdered Here. He then mentioned the threefold plan to end abortion now in America. OSA will be partnering with him to bring it to pass. And lastly, he is going to try and be there with his crew to be one of our rally speakers at the national event this July from the 22-29, 2017.

Later that session, some OSA leaders shared how this pass year they experienced the increase that verified the message and theme of our leadership meeting. Doc Johnston shared on the incredible adventure of making his first film called The Reliant. He challenged everyone to move forward in faith to see God given dreams come true. His wife Elizabeth shared about her phenomenal success with her latest social media ministry called The Activist Mommy. Some of her video posts has seen over 10 million views as her godly influence continues to grow. Coach Dave Daubenmire ended the session with many rousing examples on how we are beginning to win the battle. He urged us to press on and not grow faint in well doing. For in due time, we shall reap.

Saturday Evening Session

Our last session consisted of hearing from local pastors and Christian leaders that we will be privileged to partner with in the great cause of Christ and the little ones made in the image. They welcomed us to their area and expressed gratefulness for our willingness to come along side to help them rid their state of the last remaining death camp defiling the land.

Sunday Morning Church Service

The host church CrossRoad graciously opened the door for Rev. Thomas to preach. Some of the OSA saints that were still in the area attended the meeting. Rev. Thomas shared from the Scriptures and his own testimony how God recruited him into the battle and how the Lord sustained him in the battle. The congregation was moved, some actually to tears, as God’s message penetrated many hearts. Some of the local leaders who shepherd the flock mentioned that some of the saints there that were hesitant to be involved in times past were now going to join them in the fight. We rejoice in the good fruit that was birthed during our time at the Leadership Meeting.

Clearly, the first great step has been taken. Powerful truths and good Kingdom fruit have been set in motion. We planted, watered, and we are trusting God for the increase. Please join with us now to pray and intercede for the national event in Louisville, Kentucky from July 22-29, 2017. Also, plan on joining with us at the appointed time in Jesus’ name!


Roe vs. Wade and America’s Covenant with Death

Here is our national press release concerning the 44 year anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision. If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!

“Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand” (Isaiah 28:18).

As America approaches another year acknowledging the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, headlines like these declare, “The U.S. abortion rate has hit its lowest point since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to a new study.” Jenna Jerman, a public health researcher at the Guttmacher Institute states, “We saw declines in abortion in almost every single state.”

What is the cause of this decline according to the “experts” of this article? They assert, “Though the study did not look at the reasons for the decline, the authors and other experts suggested that improved access to contraception played the biggest role by preventing unintended pregnancies.”

What is missing from this limited perspective? There are myriad reasons that suggest Roe vs. Wade is going the way of every bloody tyranny of men. First, it is important to note just because surgical abortions are down, that does not mean all abortions are down. Just like the German holocaust switched methods of mass destruction to be more efficient in their extermination programs, so it is with the American holocaust.

The Germans changed from gunning down their victims to chemical warfare. The gas chambers replaced the gun. Why this change? German soldiers were experiencing trauma in gunning down the innocent to fulfill Hitler’s “Final Solution” policy. As abortion mills continue to shut down, Americans are also turning more to the chemical solution to ease their consciences and yet continue the massacre.

Secondly, in 1991, there were 2167 free standing death camps that dotted the American landscape defiling our land. Today, there about 500 that remains. What accounts for this aspect in the battle between life and death? Simply, it has been gentle Christians living out their faith at the gates of hell, their local abortion mills. Jesus promised, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

Thirdly, the article also neglects to report that more young people are getting involved to end Roe vs. Wade that targeted their generation for destruction. This younger generation is determined not to make the same mistakes as the “pro-life movement” of the past. They are not interested in regulating abortion; they are rising up to abolish abortion NOW!

They are working with elder statesmen in the battle to spread the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates that encourages the end of abortion at the state level. They are calling on Governors, Attorney Generals, Legislators, and Sheriffs to ignore Roe vs. Wade for the lawless decision it was and do their duty to defend the rights of their preborn neighbors.

Lastly, they are introducing bills at the state level that constitutes abortion as murder with the proper penalties applied. All this signals that is not if, but when, the American holocaust ends and our nation once again honors the first and foremost right enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, which is the right to life.


Isaiah 9:1-7 and the First Advent of Christ and The Glorious Incarnation

 

Isaiah 9:1-7 and the First Advent of Christ
 
Typically, there are a few passages of Scripture that are highlighted on Christmas cards when it comes to celebrating the First Advent of Christ. Amongst them is Isaiah 7:14, which states, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Another special one is Matthew 1:23, The New Testament quotes this passage from Isaiah to verify its fulfillment in the birth of Jesus Christ. God’s Word declares, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
 
“God with us,” what a glorious concept! The God of the Bible is not far off, unconcerned, and detached from His creatures. Though He is Transcendent, above, beyond, and outside His creation, He is also Immanent. This means He interacts, intervenes, and intercedes to brings us near to Himself through the merits of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:25). Ephesians 2:13 reveals, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
There is, however, a premier Scripture that rises above the rest of prophetic announcements concerning the Savior’s birth as a majestic mountain exceeds the foot hills. It is Isaiah 9:6, 7, which states:
 
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
 
This passage, in and of itself, is chalk full of revelation, sound theology, and grand doctrine. Chief amongst them are the coming of Messiah, the deity of Christ, and the advancement of His Kingdom and government in the earth. To fully comprehend the glory of this passage, however, one must investigate the previous verses in Isaiah 9:1-5 that prepare its way. These passages reveal the context and condition of mankind as the Good News is being heralded by Isaiah.
 
Isaiah 9:1 states, “Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, as when at first He lightly esteemed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles.” This speaks of a time of judgment. Gloom, oppression, and distress plagued the world. Yet, in the midst of this bleakness, a promise was granted by God. A Promise One will come to bring deliverance to His people.
 
How should we liken this in our day? America is a debtor nation due to our avarice, impatience, governmental theft, and poor economic policies. Many Americans, themselves, are also enslaved by debt. Imagine a Great Benefactor seeing you drowning in a sea of debt that comes to your aid and pays it off (Matthew 18:21-35). All the gloom, oppression, and distress would disappear in a heartbeat. It would be replaced by unspeakable joy that is full of glory.
 
Isaiah 9:2 proclaims, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” This powerful passage is repeated in the New Testament (Matthew 4:16). Once again, the Old Testament prophesied and looked forward to fulfillment. The New Testament reveals God’s faithfulness in establishing His Word, and we can now look back with the assurance, “It is finished” (John 19:28-30). It happened exactly as God predicted with no deviations or shadow of turning. No other so-called “holy book” of any other religion can duplicate this accuracy in foretelling the future.
 
Isaiah 9:2 pinpoints the wretched condition of our fallen race. We walk in darkness, enslaved by sin, under the sway of the Evil One, and are hell bound. Death with all its uncertainty stalks the minds of men with great fear, whether we acknowledge it or not. To cope and manage, we look for love, meaning, value, security and stability in all the wrong places. Drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality and a host of other vices rush in to fill the void of our empty, longing souls. We get burned time and again and yet press on in our vain conceits. Eventually, disappointment, disillusionment, bitterness, hard hardheartedness, seared conscience, sickness and death take its toll as men fade into perdition.
 
Now imagine in that miserable setting that was exemplified by Plato’s Cave allegory where people who live in a cave of darkness are oblivious to this great light. Tragically, they are not aware of the reality of an outer world (The Kingdom of God) that has light, life, truth, love, and salvation. These dejected creatures in the darkened cave are chained and a great wall separates them from these realities. If one does escape, he is first dazzled by the light and then adjusts. His clarity eventually focuses in to the new reality. Slowly but surely, he comes to the truth as revealed in the light. Immediately, there is a sense of responsibility to go back and rescue those still deceived in the cave. Instead of receiving the messenger of light, however, those in the cave kill him. They are much more at home with the familiar darkness than they are with the unaccustomed light.
 
It appears Plato, a Greek Philosopher, was inspired by natural or general revelation. He aptly pointed out the plight of man in a fallen world filled with sin and demons. Though he did not use this allegory to reveal Christian truth, its depictions are Biblical. Regardless, those sitting in the cave, chained in darkness and dwell in the shadow of death will see a great light. No, it is not a philosophical light as Plato envisioned. It is the greater light of God Himself coming to this earth as a helpless babe in a manger (Luke 2:7). God’s Word, which is God made flesh, dwelt amongst us and we beheld His glory (John 1:1-14). Jesus Christ is the true light that lights everyman coming into the world (John 1:9).
 
To those who repent, believe, and follow Christ, we become children of light. Based upon this truth, the Apostle Paul admonished, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” To those outside the saving faith of our Lord, he cried out, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Ephesians 5:14).
 
God’s light exposes, brings clarity, and manifests truth, which is the only liberating force available in our poor fallen world. Jesus taught, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31, 32). God sent His light to shatter the darkness and set the captives free. There is a problem, however. It is one that Plato stumbled upon in his analogy. Men love darkness more than the light and they will kill (In word or deed) any messenger who disturbs their cave (John 16:2). Jesus warned:
 
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God (John 3:19-21).
 
It was sinful men inspired by demonic power that crucified the Lord of glory. It appeared darkness had triumphed and Satan’s cave remained undisturbed. His arms were folded and his goods were secure. Yet, three day later, the light, power, and presence of God exploded in a tomb. Christ was raised from the dead! His truth keeps marching on and this “Stronger One” bound Satan and plundered his goods (Mark 3:27). Indeed, to this day, there are those who still meander in darkness and draw near to death. The light of Christ still radiates to break their chains of darkness and mend their broken hearts (Luke 4:18).
Isaiah 9:3-5 states:
 
You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy; they rejoice before You according to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, and garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire.
 
These verses precede the promise of the coming of the Christ Child. Notice the theme is “Joy to the Word, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King.” These passages first speak of a joy that comes with receiving a mighty harvest. Imagine the preparations, the hard work and the great risk that goes into planting, watering, and overseeing this agricultural venture. With men, it is a tossup, whether or not, a harvest succeeds. The origin with this harvest does not rest with men, however. It is heaven that is superintending this Kingdom crop. It will not fail to produce good Kingdom fruit. Though there may be struggle along the way, God’s Word promises, “He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him (Psalms 126:6).
 
Next, these passages reveal the battle. It reveals the spoils that come from waging a good warfare. Picture a small army facing an overwhelming enemy intent on their utter destruction. No prisoners, no mercy, and nowhere to retreat. Our deliverance in this battle is reminiscent of the four lepers chronicled in 2 Kings. Lepers were outcasts who were ostracized by society. They are sitting in the place of defeat and all their prospects were death. They decided they should at least march towards the enemy’s camp and surrender. But as God would have it, instead of seeing four pitiful, pathetic lepers, the enemy hears a great army approaching. Apparently, God turned up His amplifier in heaven that shook the enemy to its core. The Syrian army abandoned their post, dispersed, and the lepers inherited all their spoils of war.
 
Mankind is helpless and defenseless against a three-fold enemy, which is our sinful flesh, Satan and demonic power, and this illegitimate world system that is in rebellion to God’s loving and just rule. In the midst of the fray, Jesus steps in as our Mighty Champion and Great Deliverer who “saved us all from Satan’s power when we had gone astray.” Now, the field that contains all of His Kingdom treasures is available to us. Provided, we experience the joy over discovering it and then go and sell all that we have to buy that field (Matthew 13:44).
 
Through Christ, His Kingdom, and great salvation amongst men, the rod of oppression is broken as Isaiah 9:1-5 promised. Our captivity has ceased. The harvest of deliverance has come. The night of wrong has ended and the light of right has dawned. The promise is fulfilled. How is all this possible? “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:5). Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year in God’s Kingdom.

The Glorious Incarnation

In a couple of weeks the world will celebrate Christmas. As the years march on, the controversy surrounding this day magnifies. The mainstream church seeks to defend its language, “Merry Christmas” from the Christ denying “Happy Holiday” or “Winter Solstice” substitutions. Some Christians view it as an unholy alliance between Christianity and paganism, which should be avoided like the plague. Of course, the same case is made for Holy Week and the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. In typical fashion, the God-hating world consistently dishonors the significance of Christ by substituting His preeminence with pagan themes. The question then becomes, should we throw out the baby with the bath water? In other words, should we reject God’s original due to satanic counterfeits? I’ll leave these questions to each man’s conscience to consider.

The view of Christmas has other implications as well. Some Protestants cringe at the last three words mas as it may be a reference to the Catholic Mass. Some point out that Christ was not born on December 25th, so why even bother. Others seek to avoid the commercialism surrounding the birth of Christ by concentrating on the “reason for the season.” Obviously, Christmas has become many things to many people.

But whether people honor or protest Christmas, its annual commemoration is certain. I suspect it will remain this way for the foreseeable future. Minimally, the merchants of the earth have a vested interest to secure the day if for no other reason than to boost their bottom line. The purpose for this article, however, seeks to understand the birth of Christ from a Biblical perspective. Does the Bible honor the event? If so, in what ways is the birth of Christ distinguished?

There is no doubt the God of the Bible viewed it as a major production. There were several hundred prophecies, types, and shadows that predicted, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given (Isaiah 9:6).” In fact, there are over three hundred prophecies concerning the Messiah interwoven throughout the Old Testament. Some of them are duplications of the same prophecy. For instance, the prophecy concerning Jesus being from the house of David is repeated about fourteen times. The prophecy that foretells the birth place of Messiah as the city of Bethlehem is repeated five times (Micah 5:2). The number of non-repeating distinct prophecies, however, comes in at about one hundred and ninety.

M.B. Bleecker, an engineer, took one hundred and fifty of these noteworthy prophecies that Jesus fulfilled and calculated the odds of His fulfilling them all. The odds of one man fulfilling one hundred and fifty prophecies in one lifetime are one in –
1,039,851,278,722,473,896,502,516,467,047,788,121,009,514,090,594,304

The odds of Jesus fulfilling just eight of them in His lifetime are one in –

100,000,000,000,000,000

Following up on this mathematical probability, consider Peter Stoner in Science Speaks (Moody Press, 1963). Mr. Stoner demonstrates that coincidence is ruled out by the science of probability. Stoner suggests that by using the modern science of probability in reference to eight prophecies, “we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017.” That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.

In order to help us comprehend this staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that “we take 1017 silver dollars and lay them over the face of Texas, so that they cover all of the state two feet deep.”

Mr. Stoner continues:

Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man.

In the realms of astronomy, the Star of Bethlehem has garnered for itself “the world’s most famous celestial event” in history. God rearranged the heavens as a sign that something of dramatic worth was transpiring upon the earth. Of course, it was never a common occurrence that the heavens would open and a choir of angelic hosts would appear to sing praise to God as they bring “good tidings of great joy.” What was the reason for such a bodacious display? They were carrying a divine message, which stated, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

The Bible records that there was no small stir to the holy announcement. The most famous response came from the woman who was chosen to conceive and give birth to the Son of God. Today, we recognize Mary’s prophetic reply as the Magnificat. Pay close attention to her declarations as it pertains to this poor fallen world. Mary cries out:

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; as he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Mary acknowledges the incredible favor that has been demonstrated to her personally. Beyond personal considerations, she proclaims that there will be powerful ramifications that will greatly impact the world. Wrongs will be righted. Justice will eventually prevail. Oppression in due course will cease. Tyrants, dictators, the ruling elite, and the proud will be cast down. The hungry, poor, outcast, and disenfranchised will be helped. All this and more is guaranteed by the promise God spoke to Abraham and is now coming to pass with the birth of Christ. Is this something that should be ignored or should it be shouted from the rooftops now and forever more.

The theological term for this glorious event is called the Incarnation. In general terms it means in the flesh or to become human. When it comes to the birth of Christ, however, who or what is becoming human or coming in the flesh? The Gospel according to John grants us the Biblical meaning, John 1:1 and 1:14 states:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The denial of the Incarnation is what actually constitutes the dreadful designation the Bible calls Anti-Christ. Any person, religion, or philosophy that denies Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is Anti-Christ (1 John 4:1-3). Perhaps, there is more to this Christmas business than meets the eye.

Remarkably, the same Word that spoke the heavens and the earth into existence, the same Word canonized in the Bible, the same Word that God sent to heal us, and deliver us from destruction became flesh and dwelt among us. One of the specific words is the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14 which states, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Matthew interprets the name Immanuel as God with us. C. S. Lewis defined the significance of the Incarnation as “The Son of God became a man so that men could become the sons of God.”

The first mention of the promise of the Incarnation traces back to Genesis 3:15. God promised, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Normally, I present this passage of Scripture to teach on the battle that is raging for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of our planet. For this article, however, the emphasis will change. The spot light will focus on this passage as the first mention of the glorious Gospel of the Kingdom and the Incarnation as God’s remedy to correct the fall of man. To make this possible God had to establish a seed line.

God tapped Abraham and said, “I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” Why did God choose Abraham? This might have something to do with it. Genesis 18:19 states, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

The promise of Messiah passed from Abraham to Isaac from Isaac to Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons, which became the twelve tribes of Israel. Out of the twelve tribes, the tribe of Judah was chosen. Genesis 49:10 promised, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Out of the tribe of Judah, the House of David was chosen. 2 Samuel 7:12, 13 declares:

And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

Finally, the book of Galatians announces The Promise is born. Galatians 4:4, 5 records, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

Having traced the seed line that brought about the Glorious Incarnation, it is time to explore what this means to us and this poor fallen world? There are many wonderful blessings associated with the Incarnation, but for our purposes, I’d like to concentrate on just two of them. One is corporate that concerns the world and the other is individual.

The corporate implications of the Incarnation are discovered in Isaiah 9:6, 7. God’s word states:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

When did the Kingdom of God come and the establishment of God’s government commence? When the Son was given and the Holy Child was born. What does this mean in the real world? “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever (Revelations 11:15).” How or when shall it completely take place? All we need to know is “the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform it.”

The Gospel according to Luke reveals how Christmas relates to us as individuals. God’s word states:

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:28-35).

Biblically, the same manner in which Mary conceived Christ physically is the same manner we receive Christ spiritually. Be it unto us according to thy Word. 1 Peter 1:23 affirms this powerful truth, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” James concurs, “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls (James 1:21).” The Apostle Paul agrees as well, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 3:15).”

The circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ into our poor fallen world are highly significant as well. As the heavens and the earth were being prepared to receive their King, Satan was preparing to devour the Child. Revelation 12:3, 4 states, “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.” Why this murderous plot by the one who has come to kill, steal, and destroy? Simply, “She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron (Revelation 12:5). It was either murder this Child or be dispossessed in time and history.

Herod, the wicked king, was the willing dupe of the Evil One to seek the destruction of the Christ Child. One cannot truly commemorate the Glorious Incarnation without remembering the Massacre of the Innocent. When Herod checked with the sages as to the time and location of Messiah’s birth, he, in a fit of rage, sent soldiers to murder all children in Bethlehem under the age of two. Better the innocent are slain than the guilty party escape.

With all its pomp and ceremony, whether feigned or unfeigned, associated with the Christmas saga, the birth of Messiah reveals the battle that rages to this day. Whenever Satan rears his ugly head, he goes after the seed of men. He is not just waiting for the Child to be born to devour in our day, he is reaching into the womb to devour children who are made in the image of God. The abortion holocaust of our day is the continuation of the Massacre of Innocents. Yet, the same God who survived Herod, will be the same God who will work through His Church to end this atrocity in Jesus’ name!

There was also no room for him in the inn. This world and each sinner in it have a natural repulsion towards Christ. We suppress the truth in unrighteousness. We reject the light and walk in darkness for fear our evil deeds will be exposed. We go astray from the womb because we are conceived in sin. We are born alienated from God and seek to be a law and god unto ourselves. We love our sin more than we love God. Thus for many, there is no room in our wicked hearts for Christ.

He was born in a stinky stable and laid in a manger. The manger was not a crib, but a feeding trough for animals. To think that the King of the universe chose this humble estate in which to become one of us is quite revealing. What a powerful depiction of the state of our lives before the King of Glory by the power of the Holy Ghost takes up residence in our immoral lives. We suffer from stinking thinking and sinful actions. When Christ regenerates our lives, however, the sanctifying power of His precious blood goes to work to purify and cleanse our “smelly stables” or if you prefer, our darknened souls.

Lastly, the ruling elite were clueless as the lowly shepherds saw and heard the glorious announcement:

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:10-14).

So it is today, many glory in their riches, power, and wisdom, while those who are being saved boast in the Lord. In this way Christmas, among its many other accomplishments, also reveals our calling:

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Just as in His resurrection, Christ refused to appear to Pilate, Caesar, and the High Priest, but rather visited His rough and unsophisticated disciples, so at His birth, the angels appear to lowly shepherds and bypass the rich and famous. As Jesus grew into an adult; His attitude towards the proud never changed. He prayed, “I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes (Matthew 11:25).” “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out (Romans 11:33)!”

Much more can be shared about the implications of the Incarnation, but this will have to suffice for now. With that be said, I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and most blessed New Year in God’s Kingdom!