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An Ancient Christmas: The Ruler

An Ancient Christmas: The Ruler

The last three articles in the ancient Christmas series have focused on Isaiah’s prophecy. Around the same time that Isaiah ministered to Judah, a lesser-known prophet ministered in the small Jewish town of Moresheth, some 35km south of Jerusalem. Though less famous...
An Ancient Christmas: The Servant

An Ancient Christmas: The Servant

As we continue tracing the prophecies of an ancient Christmas, I trust you have noticed that the prophecies tend to arise in response to crisis. God first helps his people to see their deep need of his help before he gives the various prophecies we have been...
An Ancient Christmas: The Branch

An Ancient Christmas: The Branch

In a previous article in this series, we considered Isaiah’s prophecy of the virgin. The background to that prophecy will prove helpful here, too, for Isaiah delivered this prophecy likely during the reign of the same king: Ahaz. As we noted previously, Isaiah...
An Ancient Christmas: The Child

An Ancient Christmas: The Child

Throughout the Bible, God’s promises frequently appear against the backdrop of deep darkness. It is usually in the midst of our gloom that the rays of divine hope shine brightest. That is what we have seen so far in our series in an ancient Christmas. It was when Adam...
An Ancient Christmas: The Virgin

An Ancient Christmas: The Virgin

The prophet Isaiah ministered to Judah around six hundred years before Christ. His ministry spanned the reigns of at least four Judean kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Three of those kings were godly, but Ahaz was a particularly despicable character. Second...