Wednesday, December 22, 2010

nativity

Merry Christmas!

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Here is an interesting perspective on the account of Jesus' birth. Most people will draw from Luke, chapter 2, but check this out. Think of it as viewing the events from above (or below).

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Note: Apocalyptic literature unfolds events from the end times, but as with other forms of prophetic literature, it is not bound to linear time constraints, such as you would find in historical narrative.

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1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. 5 She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, 6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.

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7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

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13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. 15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. 16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. 17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

Revelation 12:1-17 (ESV)

10 comments:

imac said...

Interesting thoughts Craver.

EG Wow said...

Interesting comparison, Carver. Food for thought.

George said...

This is an interesting perspective on the Christmas story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

donsands said...

I like it.

Merry Christmas Craver! And Merry Christmas to your fam too!

It's not too early to say it, is it?

I said Merry Christmas to a few people today at the Mall, while shopping.

mommanator said...

humm food for thought@ 2am!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: I do wish a wonderful Christmas season for your family. Never forget the reason for this season.

Rachel Grace said...

Interesting take on the nativity story. How did PV get dragons in the nativity scene on his Christmas card? They don't seem to sell those in cards. But I am glad that JESUS defeated him at the cross! and let's not forget the Reason for the season! Merry Christmas to you Craver and your familiy!

Carletta said...

A belated Merry Christmas Craver!
I'm away with Grandbabies and trying to catch up on recent comments. It was really nice to see your visit to my Christmas post.
Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday and here's hoping too that your New Year is filled with many dreams come true!
Blessings to you and your family.

Denise said...

A great post Craver, I had never heard this of the Christmas Story before. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

lime said...

interesting in deed. how clear it will all become one day where our eyes are completely unveiled.