Full disclosure. MHProNews have not specifically fact checked the first article below about “Doing the Math” on Christmas. That said, over the years, several similar reports have been published that we have seen, which suggests that the information is common and presumably reliable. A quick check of Bing AI said: “The article you shared from WND discusses the prophecy of the arrival of Jesus Christ as predicted in the Bible. According to the article, the angel Gabriel gave Daniel a prophecy in 538 BC that pinpointed when the Messiah would arrive.1” Several sources were cited. So, that too seemed to indicate the sense previously shared that it is reasonably reliable. The first article will be followed by some other Christmas and somewhat related topics.
Part I – From the WND News Center to MHProNews is the Following
Let’s do the math: The angel Gabriel’s spot-on prophecy
Exclusive: Richard Blakley looks into messenger’s encounters with both Daniel and Mary
By Richard Blakley
Published December 21, 2023 at 7:33pm
A wonderful film and website entitled “The Star of Bethlehem” consists of studies and amazing findings by lawyer Frederick A. Larson. One of the things discussed is his research concerning the timing of the Messiah’s first coming to the Earth.
The first two chapters of Matthew and Luke record Jesus’ incarnation. The gospel of Luke recounts the visitation of the angel Gabriel explaining to the Virgin Mary that she’s been chosen to bear God incarnate, fulfilling a 700-year-old prophecy from Isaiah 7:14.
In total Jesus fulfilled 333 Old Testament prophecies containing 456 facts all written 500 to 1,000 years before His birth. Mathematicians tried to calculate the probability of one man fulfilling 333 prophecies, containing 456 facts, but the math became impossible. So, they decided to calculate the probability of Jesus fulfilling just eight Old Testament prophecies, showing it is 1 chance in 100,000 trillion. This is analogous to covering the entire state of Texas in over two feet of silver half dollars with an X on the back of one coin. Then a blindfolded man is allowed to walk around the state and bend down once to pick up a coin. If he picks up the coin with the X, he has beat the odds of 1 in 100,000 trillion.
Remember, this is the probability of Jesus fulfilling just eight Old Testament prophecies. Jesus fulfilled 333 Old Testament prophecies, meaning, these prophecies were exclusively referencing one person – and His name is the LORD Jesus Christ. Jesus is who the Bible says He is. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh, He’s the Savior of the world, and He’s the one and only way to heaven. So, Christianity exclusively holds the answer to the question, “Who is the Savior of the world?”
Returning to the angel Gabriel visiting Mary in Luke’s gospel, this is not the first appearance of the angel Gabriel in Bible. Gabriel is the same angel who appeared to the prophet Daniel in 536-530 B.C. The angel told Daniel the year the Messiah would be crucified, recorded in Daniel 9:25-26 in the King James Bible. Scriptures teach us the Messiah will be “cut off” “seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks” after “the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem.” Scholars agree the days of these weeks are years. Adding this up means the Messiah would be crucified 483 years from the time of the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem, but there is a problem. Jews counted 360-day calendar years. Today calendar years are counted using 365.24 days. To correct for this, we take 483 years and multiply by 360 days per year, which yields 173,880 days. Converting to current years, we take 173,880 days and divide by 365.24 days per year, obtaining 476 years in today’s calendar system.
Now that we know the number of years, from where do we count? The prophet Nehemiah records king Artaxerxes’ decree “to restore and rebuild Jerusalem” as being the 20th year of Artaxerxes. In our calendar, that is 444 B.C. Counting forward 476 years, remembering that there is no year numbered zero, means the angel Gabriel told Daniel that the Messiah would be cut off … in A.D. 33.
Nisan 14 is always the day Passover begins, at twilight. All four gospels (Matthew 27:62, Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54, John 19:14) state that Jesus was crucified on Preparation Day, a Friday, the day before the Sabbath. Therefore, in the year of Jesus’ crucifixion, Passover had to be Thursday night and Jesus’ crucifixion had to occur on a Friday, which is a common consensus of the Church Fathers throughout church history. So, the crucifixion occurred on a Friday, Preparation Day for the Sabbath, after the Thursday night Passover was celebrated on Nisan 14. In the time frame of ~A.D. 30, we have two choices of when this could have occurred, and they are: April 7, A.D. 30, and April 3, A.D. 33.
So, which one is correct? Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33 and Luke 23:44 record a three-hour eclipse of the sun during Jesus’ crucifixion. What kind of eclipse was this, a lunar eclipse or a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and sun, partially or fully blocking the sun’s disk. A lunar eclipse is when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow, fully or partially darkening the lunar disk. A total lunar eclipse is often called a blood moon, because the moon will appear red, as the sun’s light comes around the edges of the earth causing a red hue to the light, like a sunset, but now the light is traveling on to the lunar surface making it red.
The Apostle Peter describes the eclipse that occurred during the crucifixion. Explaining to a crowd of people what they had seen, Peter (Acts 2:16-21) quotes the prophet Joel (835 B.C.) and says, “the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood.” Peter was stating that the eclipse that occurred during Jesus’ crucifixion was a lunar eclipse with a blood moon.
Was there a blood moon visible from Jerusalem during Pilate’s reign? The answer is “yes.” There was only one. It occurred April 3, A.D. 33, which today we refer to as the Day of the Cross.
This angel Gabriel, who came to Daniel, and gave this amazing information concerning the Messiah, which has been confirmed by all four Gospels, history and science, is the same Gabriel that came to Mary around 500 years later, to tell her she was selected to bear the Messiah on the Earth.
This Christmas season, read Matthew chapters 1 and 2 and Luke chapters 1 and 2 with the realization this really happened. God incarnate came to the earth to be the Savior of mankind and wise men sought and worshiped Him. What do you think we should do today?
“Those that seek Me early shall find Me” (Proverbs 8:17). ##
Part II From the WND News Center to MHProNews is the following
The groundbreaking values of the Jesus child
Exclusive: Hanne Nabintu Herland notes how unique Christian philosophy built Western civilization
Published December 20, 2023 at 7:30pm
We now celebrate Christmas and the magic of the baby boy born in Bethlehem who grew to become the world’s most significant person. As over 2 billion Christians across the globe seek the grace of this celestial king, the man with greater spiritual powers than anyone else on earth, we also reflect on the powerful ethical standards and values he brought with him. As history has been twisted to fit the now totally dominant, religion-hating Marxist, atheist narrative, it is well worth remembering that the values of Christianity once produced a strong Western civilization – the very ideals we are now leaving behind – with our corresponding cultural decline.
The work of Yale and Harvard professor/historian Robert R. Palmer and Joel Colton in “A History of the Modern World” is one of the most highly praised history texts ever that has been adopted in more than a thousand schools. It has been praised as “an elegantly written historical narrative, filled with analysis and balanced historical insights as well as its traditional attention to the processes of historical change, conflict, and political transformations.” Palmer asserts that Christian philosophy was completely revolutionary. It represented an altogether new definition of the value of human life, which led to the developing of human rights, tolerance and respect for differences. All these ideals originate from Christian philosophy, as initially instructed by Jesus the Jew when he lived his life in Israel over 2,000 years ago.
Christianity’s influence on Western values is simply overwhelming, writes Palmer. It was Christianity that introduced the principle of equality, which unleashed the principle that each man has a unique value: “It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the coming of Christianity. It brought with it, for one thing, an altogether new sense of human life. For the Greeks had shown man his mind; but the Christians showed him his soul. They taught that in the sight of God, all souls were equal, that every human life was sacrosanct and inviolate. Where the Greeks had identified the beautiful and the good, had thought ugliness to be bad, had shrunk from disease and imperfection and from everything misshapen, horrible, and repulsive, the Christian sought out the diseased, the crippled, the mutilated, to give them help. Love, for the ancient Greek, was never quite distinguished from Venus. For the Christians held that God was love, it took on deep overtones of sacrifice and compassion.”
Even suffering was viewed as a divine path to humility, since God himself had suffered death on the cross of Golgotha outside Jerusalem. In humility, Jesus gave his life so that others might live – the utmost expression of sacrificial love. Palmer points out that the early Christians worked hard to help the poor as none before them. They protested against the massacre of prisoners of war, were strong voices against slavery and strongly opposed the Roman tradition of gladiator matches, where men killed each other for the amusement of the crowd. The early Christians taught humility and virtues such as selflessness, honesty, chastity, perseverance and justice for the fatherless and the poor, and that all men were brothers.
The famous French philosophers Bernard-Henri Levy and Michel Houellebecq explain in “Ennemis Publics” that traditional Western civilization would never have developed the high view of human life and rights if it were not for the Judeo-Christian bold idea of a blessed creation made in the likeness of God and, therefore, sanctified.
In “A Time of Transition,” the German philosopher who often is viewed as the most important post-war intellectual in Europe, Jürgen Habermas, writes that the concept of individual morality of conscience, human rights, ideals of freedom and solidarity – all these ideals are the legacy of the Judeo-Christian ethics of love. To quote him, “Universalistic egalitarianism, from which sprang the ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy of the Judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love. This legacy, substantially unchanged, has been the object of continual critical appropriation and reinterpretation. To this day, there is no alternative to it. And in light of the current challenges of a post-national constellation, we continue to draw on the substance of this heritage. Everything else is just idle postmodern talk.”
So, as we celebrate the genius of Jesus Christ at Christmas, we should be filled with gratitude for this great gift that has enlightened our darkened world with the possibility of love and kindness. His groundbreaking values shaped the West. Let us cling on to our Christian values.
Read Hanne’s The Herland Report. ##
Part III – Christmas Eve from the Moon
Part IV – From the WND News Center to MHProNews is the Following
(No) Christmas in Bethlehem