The Coming of The Lord Jesus - A Christmas Story

A Christmas story like you've never heard it told before. Some of the beautiful Apocryphal texts are quoted to make this a very realistic, powerful, and moving story.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Coming of The Lord Jesus - A Christmas Story

The Coming of Jesus
A Christmas Story

A Christmas Bible Story by: WebPastor David Todeschini
© Copyright 2004, David Todeschini - all rights reserved.
From his book:
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A Christmas gift from the family of Net4TruthUSA Ministries

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As far back in time as the fall of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden 3,996 BC
[1] the Bible tells us that God planned to send a Savior into the world who would be the Devil's adversary. Moses, who wrote the book of Genesis, tells us what God said to the Devil, after he lied to Eve, and caused her to eat of the forbidden tree:

“And the Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go ,
[2] and dust shalt thou eat all of the days of thy life: And I will put enmity [3] between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” [4]

There are many scriptures in the Bible that point to a coming Messiah,
[5] However, the most remarkable is what the prophet Isaiah wrote, 760 years before Jesus was born:

“The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel
[6].... But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid to waste”. [7]

We all know that the prophecy came true, and it is Jesus' birth that we celebrate every year at Christmas. However, how many people know the whole story? How many boys and girls today don't know why Jesus was born, and they think that Christmas is all about Santa Claus,
[8] and lots of toys and presents under a brightly lit, and beautifully-decorated pine tree.

Christmas is the traditional day that the whole world celebrates Jesus' birthday (December 25th), but Jesus was really born in the springtime,
[9] not the winter. December 25th was originally a Roman holiday[10] (some scholars say that Dec 25 is the birthday of King Herod's son), and as time went on, many people added their own traditions to the holiday, such as Christmas Trees, and Santa Claus.

Besides what we read in the Bible, there are many other beautiful stories about the birth and childhood of Jesus. Some of those stories were written down, but the books were burned in a big fire in the library in Alexandria, which was set by the Arabs in the year 641AD. It is estimated that over a million one-of-a-kind scrolls that were stored there, burned up in that fire. Other stories such as the Gospel of Thomas the Apostle, or a book written by James, who was Jesus' brother called “the Protoevangelion”, were not included in the Bible because of church politics.[11]

As beautiful as the story in the Bible is, there was a lot more that was found, after the Bible was put together from thousands of scrolls that were available. The Bible even refers to many of these scrolls, books, or letters, but these documents have been lost.
[12]

The newly found scrolls and manuscripts add exquisite detail to the life of Jesus Christ, Particularly his childhood, which is almost totally absent in the Gospels.

Obviously, there is much more that could have been put into the Bible, but for whatever reason, it was left out. The stories in this little-known group of documents are so moving and so heart-warming, that it is worth the effort to check it out
[13] for yourself.

These long-hidden stories were meant to be in our hands; they independently confirm the “official” Biblical account of the life of Jesus Christ, and they will stir your heart to an even deeper, personal love for the Christ child; and perhaps that is the reason that they have been held in “secret” circles – a very special and private, coveted and rare, precious spiritual treasure to be shared among the “elite”, and kept from the public eyes.... but no more!

I will tell the Christmas story here, including just some of the things I've learned over the years – things you may not have known before, and drawing upon these newly-discovered manuscripts to fill in some of the details that the Bible leaves out. I want the reader to fall in love anew with the child Jesus just as I did. Footnotes are provided to assist the reader to pursue his or her own research adventure.

According to a very complicated analysis of the Bible by a good friend of mine, God created the entire universe approximately 9,990 years before Jesus was born, and each one of God's seven “days” in the book of Genesis (chapter 1 & 2) lasted 999 years.
[14]

In the year 4,053 BC, which was 5,947 years later (9,990 - 4,053), which is 942 years into God's sixth “day”, God created Adam and Eve, and put them in the Earthly paradise called “The Garden of Eden”.
[15] The Bible story calls Adam and Eve “man” and “woman”, and “the man and his wife”[16], but it is my personal belief that it is very possible that it is possible that both of them were created as children, who then grew up together.

I say this because up until the time that the Devil tempted Eve, they were completely good and innocent. They worked and played in this garden / forest, and talked with God face-to-face. They were two perfect and intelligent creatures created in God's image and likeness,
[17] and were meant to live forever.[18]
The Bible tells us:

“And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it: because that in it, he had rested from all his work which God created and made”.
[19]

The beginning of the 7th day according to my friend Andy's analysis was 3,996 BC, which was 5,994 years after God started to create the world (4,053 - 3,996). In other words, when God rested on the 7th “day”, Adam was 57 years old.

You might think that these numbers are a bit confusing, and maybe so, but I tell you that “doing the math” is evidence that the Genesis story is true
[20]. This should be no surprise; however, by the numbers we are able to learn something important: A fact that is not mentioned in the scripture.

You see, the minute God rested at the start of the 7th day, the Devil, disguised as a serpent, snuck into the Garden of Eden – he wasn't fooling God; God knew he would do what he did. The point I'm trying to make here is that the Devil didn't waste ­any time.

Because God is all-powerful, there is no doubt that he could have stopped Satan before he tempted Eve. Many people have wondered why he didn't, and argued about God's reason for not throwing the Devil out of Eden on his ear. Good question! You see, God created us with free will. We are like baseball or football players – free agents, who can pick which team we want to play for. However, in order to have free will, there has to be a choice; at least two things or two teams to choose from.

Up until Satan showed up, there was only one choice: Adam and Eve could only choose to love and obey God – they didn't know about evil or the Devil at all.
[21] God didn't want them to love and obey him because they had to; he wanted Adam and Eve to love him because they wanted to. When the Devil tempted Eve, Adam was about 57 years old,[22] and Eve, of course, was younger; we have no way to tell how much younger. We know what happened, and Man has been disobedient to God ever since. In fact, it got so bad at one point, (around 2,396 BC) that God destroyed the whole world, and every living creature on it except for Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark, with a flood.[23]

By the way, this 2,396-year time estimate for the flood of Noah is consistent with the analysis by Dr. Kent Hovind, who pastors a creation ministry, and teaches that “evolution” so-called is not science, but a Pagan religion. My position precisely. Please visit his web site at
http://www.drdino.com/ and tell him who referred you there.

God is absolutely perfect, and he cannot stand to see us sin – not even a little bit. In fact, the Bible tells us that in God's eyes, even the really good things we do are not good enough:

“ ... We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
[24]

Therefore, whatever we do, because we are not perfect, we cannot please God, but that doesn't mean that God doesn't love us. When you misbehave, mom and dad may be angry with you, but it doesn't stop them from loving you. It's the same way with God. We are not perfect, so God had to send his son Jesus Christ into the world to teach us, and to take the punishment of our sins for us. In the book of Isaiah, we read about Jesus Christ's purpose on Earth:

“Surely he took up our infirmities, and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
[25]

We can begin our Christmas story with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was born in Nazareth, in the year 16 BC. Her mother's name was Anna, and her father's name was Joachim.
[26] When Mary was 3 years old, her parents took her to the temple to become a servant of the Lord. The temple priest Zacharias took care of her. He would often come into her room and when he entered, he would find food that had been brought to her by an angel.[27] When she was very young (about 15 years old),[28] an angel named Gabriel was sent to her from God, with a message:

“... The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazereth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came unto her and said: Hail, thou art highly favored, 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 favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son, and shall 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 will 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.
[29]

Sometime after the angel left her, Mary went to visit Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias the priest who took care of her in the temple since she was 3 years old. Elizabeth was pregnant with a son, who would be called John, and would later be known as John the Baptist.

“And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda: and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Eliabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me? For lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
[30]

Mary's fiancé Joseph, had been gone for six months, because his trade was building houses.
[31] When he came home and discovered that Mary was pregnant, he was shocked and upset:

“With what face can I look up to the Lord my God? What shall I say concerning this young woman? For I have received a virgin out of the temple of the Lord my God, and have not preserved her that way. Who has deceived me? Who has committed this evil in my house, and defiled her?”
[32]

The Gospel of Matthew gives a similar account, which does not conflict with James' story in the Protoevangelion (quoted / paraphrased above):

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying: Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary, thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost, and she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.”
[33]

It is not well known, but Joseph was much older than the 15 year-old Mary; he was a widower with four children.[34] When Joseph heard the words of the angel, he woke up and took Mary as his wife.[35]

Just before Jesus was born, the Emperor of Rome, Ceasar Agustus, otherwise known as Nero, gave orders that the Jews should be taxed.
[36] Therefore, Joseph saddled his donkey, put Mary in the saddle, and headed to Bethlehem with his sons[37] to pay their taxes. When they were near the city, Mary started to have labor pains, so Joseph found a nearby cave,[38] took Mary inside, and left her with his sons, while he went to Bethlehem to find a midwife.[39]

Joseph found a woman named Solome,
[40] and told her about Mary. They went back to the cave together, and when they got there, a bright cloud was in the sky above the cave, and they found Mary holding the baby Jesus and nursing him.

Solome had a withered hand, and an angel of the Lord seeing this, told her to reach out her hand and carry the child. When she held baby Jesus, her hand was healed immediately.

After a few days, when Mary was able to travel, the family went to Bethlehem to find a hotel room. When they got there, they found the city very crowded, and there was no room at the inn because of all the people who had come to pay their taxes. The only place left to go that did not require much travel, was a stable next to the inn.

Mary wrapped her baby boy in linens, and laid him in a feeding trough called a manger, with hay and straw for a mattress.
[41] While the family was still in Bethlehem, there were shepherds out in the fields looking after their sheep at night.[42]

“And Lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 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 savior 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 towards men.”
[43]

So then the shepherds went into Bethlehem, and found the baby Jesus, just as the angel told them, and afterwards, they spread the news all over Bethlehem and surrounding towns and villages.

After 8 days had passed since he was born, the baby Jesus was circumcised in accordance with Jewish law.
[44] Shortly thereafter, Joseph took his family to Jerusalem, where Jesus was presented to God in the temple. Before Joseph took his family back home to Nazareth, three Kings called “Wise Men” in the Bible, and “Maji” in other historical accounts, saw a bright star in the sky, and came to Bethlehem looking for the baby Jesus to worship him, and bring him gifts:

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came Wise Men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”
[45]

When King Herod heard of this, he was afraid that he would lose his throne to the baby Jesus, so he sent messengers to the “Wise Men”, and to the priests of the temple, to ask them how to find the child Jesus. The priests, who knew the scriptures (there was only the OLD Testament at this time), told him about the prophecies, telling him that…

“It is written that the child is to be born in Bethlehem”, and that he would be a ruler over many people in Israel”.
[46]

“Then Herod, when he had privily called the Wise Men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, Go and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I might come and worship him also”.
[47]

When the Wise Men left the King's court, the star they saw moved in front of them, and led them to the place where Jesus was. When they went in, they worshipped the child, and gave him gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

The gifts the Maji gave Jesus were very valuable, so now, the Holy family was by no means poor. Joseph had a good job, and was not poor, as many churches teach and most people believe. However, they were far away from home, and had nothing of value with them, so Mary took one of the linens in which she had wrapped the child Jesus, and gave it to the Wise Men, which were honored to receive it.
[48]

Now King Herod had no intention to worship the child Jesus – if he did, he would have went with the Wise Men (the other 3 kings) to go looking for him. These “Wise Men” were Kings, and for sure, they traveled with soldiers and bodyguards. Herod only wanted to know where Jesus was, so that he could have the boy killed, because he was afraid of losing his throne to a child that the people were calling “The King of the Jews”.

King Herod was waiting to hear back from the Wise Men that had found Jesus. As the Wise Men left the holy family's house, the angel of the Lord appeared to them and warned them NOT to go back to King Herod, and to take another route home. Therefore, they traveled back to their own countries by a different way than the way they had come.
[49]

That night, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and told him that when he got up in the morning, he was to take Mary and Jesus, and flee into Egypt, because King Herod was looking to kill the child.
[50] Therefore, Joseph and his family left Bethlehem, and went into Egypt. The gold, valuable spices and oils the Wise Men brought for Jesus, were no mere token amounts; it surely was enough to live on, and sell or barter to pay their way.

When Herod realized that the Wise Men were not going to come back and tell him where Jesus was, he became very angry. He then ordered his soldiers to go out into Bethlehem, and into the surrounding villages, and kill every male child 2 years old and younger, and this was based on Herod's inquiry to the Wise Men about when the star that led them to Bethlehem had appeared.
[51]

Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias the High Priest, and mother of young John the Baptist who was born a few months before Jesus, heard about Herod's plan to kill the young children. Elizabeth knew that her son (who would later be called “John The Baptist”) was in danger. She fled to the mountains with the child, and an angel helped them climb the mountains, and stayed to protect them.[52]

Herod's men went about the country searching, but could not find Jesus, so Herod reasoned that John, the son of the temple's High Priest, might be the one he was looking for.
[53] Herod then sent his men to Zacharias' house, but his wife and child were gone. Herod then sent his men to the temple to ask Zacharias where his son was. Zacharias did not tell them, and it is doubtful that he even knew, because he answered them:
“I am minister of God, and a servant at the altar. How should I know where my son is?”
[54]

When the soldiers asked him again, threatening his life, Zacharias replied:

“I am a martyr for God, and if Herod shed my blood, the Lord will receive my soul. Let it be known that you shed innocent blood”.

Zacharias was killed between the temple entrance and the altar,
[55] but his body was never found. Some of his blood had dried as hard as a rock on the temple floor, and it could not be cleaned up. Herod had other priests and little children murdered on that same spot, to try to remove the stain of Zacharias' blood with their blood, but the stain remained.

Herod's soldiers then went out and killed many young boys,
[56] but Jesus was on his way to Egypt (or already there), and far away by now. John had also escaped into the mountains with his mother Elizabeth. In the historical accounts of the time, the murder of the children became known as “The Slaughter of the Innocents”. This massacre was predicted by the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah in 629 BC when he wrote:

“Thus saith the Lord: A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping: Rachael weeping for her children, refused to be comforted because they were not.”
[57]

While the Holy Family was traveling in Egypt, they found a desert full of bandits, so they decided to travel at night.
[58] They met a band of robbers who were sleeping. Two of them, Titus and Damachus were lookouts. Titus had compassion for the child Jesus and his family, and persuaded his friends to allow the family to pass unharmed, without waking the other robbers. Mary thanked Titus, and she blessed him saying:

“May God receive you to his right hand, and pardon you for your sins.” Jesus responded
[59] by telling his mother that “When thirty years have expired [60], mother, the Jews will crucify me at Jerusalem....”, and said to her that these two men would be crucified with him, and that Titus indeed, would go with him into paradise.[61] Mary said, “God forbid that this should happen to my son.” [62]

The bible tells us virtually nothing about Jesus growing up. From the time Joseph was advised by an angel to take his family and flee into Egypt, until their return after King Herod's death.
[63] All we have in the Bible is a short statement – half a verse – in the gospel of Luke concerning Jesus' childhood.[64]

“... And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.”
[65]

From the Apocrypha
[66] and numerous other documents that have been lost[67] or hidden for millennia, we tap into a rich collection of heart-warming “un-official” stories of Jesus growing up, many of them written by the Apostles or members of Jesus’ family – the people who knew his family, and even letters allegedly written by Jesus himself. I will let you explore this treasure for yourself, as it is much too lengthy to present here. It came to pass then, that King Herod, the man who was looking to kill Jesus, had died, and Herod's son Archelaus was made king, Joseph was afraid to return to Israel, despite a message from the Angel of the Lord,[68] he was warned by God in a dream, to go to Nazareth in Galilee.[69]

This fulfilled an Old Testament prophesy by the prophet Hosea in 785 BC:

“When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.”
[70]

Therefore, we see that Jesus was still a child when Herod died, and the family was probably not in Egypt very long, as Luke does not even mention it.
[71] Each of the four gospels is written from a different point-of-view. We must keep in mind that the Apostles did not actually witness Jesus' childhood, and perhaps this accounts for the absence of these stories in the “official” Bible.

There is no doubt that other documents exist that tell the story, and these documents are just as valid and true as the other books in the Bible. To put the whole story together requires that we look at all the available documents, and examine all of the available evidence. All of the documents that have recently been discovered were not available to those who originally put the Bible together. I believe that God meant us to find those heartwarming stories.

After his return from Egypt, we learn nothing more of Jesus from the Bible, until he is 12 years old, and having wandered away from his parents, was found in the temple, sitting and talking with the priests and the doctors.
[72] After Mary and Joseph found him and took him home, we hear no more of him until he is baptized in the Jordan River by his cousin John the Baptist, who was the son of Elizabeth and Zacharias, the temple High Priest.

The most important thing to remember is why Jesus Christ, the son of the living God came among us. He came to be the unblemished sacrifice for our sins. In the words of Ellen G. White, writing over 100 years ago:

“Christ was treated as WE deserve, so that we may be treated as HE deserves. He was condemned for our sins in which HE had no share, that we might be justified in his righteousness in which WE had no share. He suffered the death that was OURS, that we may receive the life that was HIS.”
[73]

God the Father knew from the beginning, that man was incapable of keeping the law. Although we were created in the image and likeness of God, and our nature is to be “basically good”, we are very, very far from God's perfection. Nevertheless, God loved us from the beginning:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
[74]

That verse of scripture has been translated into all the known languages of the earth. It is the definitive verse of scripture that states God's purpose clearly. All we have to do is claim its blessings is to know the story behind it, and believe that it is true. In that way, every day can be Christmas. The love of the Lord is something you can never get enough of.


RESOURCES

A. “Hidden Stories of the Childhood of Jesus” – Glen Kimball
– BF Publishing ISBN# 0-9653327-3-X
See:
http://www.ancient-manuscripts.com/

B. Bible Timeline Analysis by Andrew Mesmer - this is an exegesis to establish Biblical chronology as absolutely flawless. This analysis is currently unpublished (a/o Feb 2005).

C. Links to ministries, resources, and web sites:
http://www.christian-ambassadors.org/
http://www.ancientmanuscripts.com/
http://www.wordbroadcast.org/
http://www.net4truthusa.com/
http://www.radioliberty.com/
http://www.christsites.com/
http://www.drdino.com/
http://www.jcpm.com/
http://www.icr.org/


PLEASE SEE THE MINISTRY LINKS PAGE on
http://www.net4truthusa.com/ for more links and a selected list of good study references.

For a complete list of books offered by this ministry go to:
www.LuLu.com/Net4TruthUSA or download a catalog / sampler free of cost at:
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Merry Christmas!

We at Net4TruthUSA Ministries wish you and your loved ones a blessed and joyous Christmas season. Traditionally, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th – but no matter which day or season is His birthday, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords should be in our hearts and on our lips in praise all the time. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this book. It was a delightful labor of love to write it, because not enough can be said about the God who so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son to be born among us, and to give his life for our sins.

Peace and Godspeed,

Yours In Christ,

WebPastor David Todeschini

Author's note: While “science” will attempt to convince you that the Earth and the universe are billions of years old, there is ample scientific research that proves this “science” to be fatally flawed. For one thing, radiocarbon 14 dating is flawed, in that it assumes a constant radiation level through the (supposed) billions of years Earth is proposed to have been in existence. Contact the Institute for Creation Research
http://www.icr.org/ and Kent Hovind's ministry at http://www.drdino.com/. You adults may also be interested in my forthcoming book: “Our True Colors”. If you have friends who believe in evolution, you might want to get them a copy of my book: “The Book of NeoGenesis”, which is a total spoof on the evolutionist religion (it is a religion) Check my bookstore on the publisher’s web site for these and other titles.

Posted by: WebPastor David Todeschini
FOOTNOTES

[1] Dates according to an exegesis by a good friend of mine, Andrew Mesmer. The Earth is only about 6,000years old according to the Bible. There is overwhelming evidence to support this - see http://www.drdino.com/ and http://www.icr.org/
[2] This curse by God on the serpent is interesting, since it implies that before this happened, the “serpent”was not crawling around on his belly, and therefore was not a snake as commonly believed, butmay have been turned into a snake by the curse.
[3] Enmity - hatred; to be an enemy.
[4] Genesis 3:14, 15 (KJV)
[5] Thompson's Chain Reference Bible # 2890.
[6] “Immanuel” means “God with us”.
[7] Isaiah 7: 14, 16 (NIV)
[8] Santa Claus is a “nick” name for Saint Nicholas.
[9] Resources “A”, pg 26, 27.
[10] Resources “A”, pg 37, 38.
[11] Resources “A”, pg 37, 39.
[12] For example: “I wrote to you in an Epistle....” - 1 Corinthians 5:9 refers to a prior letter by Paul that is notcontained in the Bible.
[13] See: http://www.ancientmanuscripts.com/
[14] See: A day for each year - Numbers 14:34 (one day), and Psalms 90:4 (thousand years). This interpretationof the timeline may not be entirely valid.
[15] First mentioned in Genesis 2:8, the Garden of Eden is said to be located somewhere in present-day Iraq.
[16] Genesis 1:27; 2:7,15, 16,18, 22, 24, 25, et al.
[17] Genesis 1:26
[18] Genesis 5:5 - Adam lived 930 years.
[19] Gensesis 2:3 (KJV)
[20] Any inconsistencies in the Biblical account would be obvious if the progression of events on the timelinewere not logical.
[21] This is why the tree was called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” - Genesis 2:17.
[22] According to the analysis by my good friend Andy, cited earlier.
[23] Genesis chapters 6 through 8.
[24] Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)
[25] Isaiah 53:4. 5 NIV
[26] Resources “A”, pg 57 - Mary's parents are not mentioned in the Bible. (from “The Gospel of Mary” written by Matthew, and the “Protoevangelion” written by James, the (half) brother of Jesus.
[27] Resources “A”, pg 60.
[28] Resources “A”, pg 46, 47.
[29] Luke 1:26-35 (KJV)
[30] Luke 1:39-44 (KJV)
[31] Resources “A”, pg 45.
[32] Resources “A”, pg 64, 65.
[33] Matthew1:18-21 (KJV)
[34] Resources “A”, pg 46 - These were Jesus' (half) brothers and sisters as noted in the Bible: Matthew 13:55, 56; Mark 3:31; John 2:12; Galatians 1:19.
[35] Matthew 1:24.
[36] Luke 2:1.
[37] Resources “A”, pg 67 - The fact that Mary and Joseph were not alone is NOT recorded in the Bible.
[38] The birthplace of Jesus was NOT a stable next to the Inn as is commonly believed. The stable is where they ended up after leaving the cave where Jesus was born,and finding no vacancy at the Inn.
[39] Resources “A”, pg 68 - the search for a midwife and her name Solome, is not recorded in the Gospels (or in the Bible).
[40] “Solome” - the midwife - The Protoevalgelion by James, brother of Jesus.
[41] Hay and straw used as bedding is assumed - it is not specifically mentioned in the scriptures.
[42] Luke 2:8 - Shepherds would not be out in the field at night in the winter. Jesus was actually born in the springtime.
[43] Luke 2:9-14 (KJV)
[44] The law of Moses prescribes circumcision 8 days after birth. Modern medicine has discovered that a clotting factor in blood called Prothrombin, is at its peak in the human body at 8 days old, making it the best time for wounds to heal. (Read a book titled “Darwin’s Black Box” – by Michael Behe)This also means that the child had to be taken to a Rabbi (and thus out of the cave) within a week. (See Luke 2:21).
[45] Matthew 2:1, 2 (KJV)
[46] Matthew Chapter 2.
[47] Matthew 2:7, 8 (KJV)
[48] Resources “A”, pg. 70 - The bible does not record that Mary gave Jesus' clothing linens to the Wise Men.
[49] Matthew 2:12.
[50] Matthew 2:13.
[51] Matthew 2:16 - It is evident here, that at this point in time, Jesus could have been up to two years old. This is also proof that the Wise Men, upon their arrival in Bethlehem, neither went to the cave where Jesus was born, nor to the stable next to the Inn where he lay in a manger, but to a house or a permanent dwelling. The Bible does say specifically: “...and when they were come into the HOUSE...” - Matthew 2:11 So while Christmas “manger scenes” are traditionally shown with the Wise Men there, it is not accurate. Jesus was probably 2 years old or so, when the “Maji” visited him.
[52] Resources “A”, pg 72 - not reported in the Bible - from the Protoevangelicon.
[53] Resources “A”, pg 71 - not reported in the Bible - from the Protoevangelicon.
[54] Elizabeth and her son were alone in the mountains being cared for by an angel. She took the boy and fled
without her husband. It is possible that Zacharias really did not know where they were.
[55] Resources “A”, pg 71 - The fact that Zacharias was murdered in the temple between the entrance and the
altar is recorded in Matthew 23:35 and Luke 11:51.
[56] Matthew 2:17, 18 (Jeremiah 31:15 - quoted in text).
[57] Jeremiah 32:15 KJV - The last part of this verse in the NIV version reads: “...because her children are nomore.”
[58] It is also very hot and difficult to cross the desert in daylight (at night it is very cool, sometimes freezing).
[59] At this time, Jesus could speak; he was a small child, not a baby.
[60] Jesus began his ministry at age 30, when he was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew Ch. 3; Mark Ch. 1; Luke Ch. 3; John Ch. 1) He was crucified at age 33. Therefore when Jesus said “when thirty years have expired”, he meant “30 years from NOW”. Therefore, when Jesus said this; a) He could speak, and b) He was 3 years old ( 33-3=30 ).
[61] Resources “A”, pg 77, 78 - The gospel of the infancy of Jesus written by Thomas the Apostle. This account is not in the Bible.
[62] Matthew 2:13-15
[63] Matthew 2:13-15
[64] Luke does not record the family's departure into Egypt, saying that the family returned to Nazareth from Jerusalem (2:39). The amount of time that Jesus spent in Egypt is unknown.
[65] Luke 2:40b (KJV)
[66] Apocrypha - writings not included in the Biblical canon. The Roman Catholic Church includes 16 of these books in their Bibles.
[67] “Lost” in the fire at the Library at Alexandria; “lost” by intentional destruction by Romans or Arabs, or purposely hidden by “elite” groups such as Freemasons, Rosicrucians, or “Illuminati”.
[68] Matthew 2:19-21
[69] Matthew 2:22-23
[70] Hosea 11:1 (KJV)
[71] Luke does not record the Holy Family's departure into Egypt. None of the Apostles knew Jesus as a child.
[72] Luke 2:41-52
[73] From: “Desire of Ages” - Ellen G. White.
[74] John 3:16 (KJV)