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The Long-Awaited Visit Was About To Occur !!!!!!

02 Dec

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us…” (Luke 1:68–71)

Today, I would like for you to notice two important things from these words of Zechariah recorded in Luke 1.

First, only nine months earlier, Zechariah could not believe that his wife was with child. Now, filled with the Holy Spirit, he is so confident of God’s redeeming work in the coming Messiah that he states a future event in the past tense. Zechariah’s faith saw a promised act of God as good as done. Zechariah has learned to take God at his word and so has a remarkable assurance: “God has visited and redeemed!”

Second, the coming of Jesus the Messiah is God making a physical to our world: “The God of Israel has visited and redeemed.” For centuries, the Jewish people had lived under the conviction that God had withdrawn Himself, that the words of prophecy had ceased, and  Israel had fallen into the hands of Rome. All of the godly in Israel were still waiting for a visitation of God. Luke tells us in 2:25 that the devout Simeon was “looking for the consolation of Israel.” And in Luke 2:38 the prayerful Anna was “looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”

These were days of great expectation for some. Now the long awaited visit of God was about to happen. He was about to come in a way no one expected. Many Jewish people are still waiting for the visitation to occur, but many are turning to Him today, just like the days of old.

The Messiah is about to appear and will be missed many. Don’t be one of them.

 

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Advent, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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17 responses to “The Long-Awaited Visit Was About To Occur !!!!!!

  1. realchange4u

    December 2, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Spread the word. Stay on the tower. Proclaim the hope God is alive and Jesus had redeemed us. Come all who are heavy hearted and weary. Find rest in Jesus. Man that stirred my heart. To be redeemed hope for all. Thank you for sharing this with us today Levi.

    Much love Tom

    PS I watched a special on the 1/3 of the Jewish people that will make it through the refining fire God will take them through. So many will be lost at their own choice. The same for the gentile people we have a choice. That not one would be lost.

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  2. atimetoshare

    December 2, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Seems we’re on the same track this morning. I love the part in your piece about the Jews thinking that God had withdrawn and the prophesies had ceased. He does things in His own time, doesn’t He? Now we can look forward with great anticipation to the second coming.

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    • Levi Thetford

      December 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Good morning, Kathy. I am looking forward to the 2nd coming with great expectation. Im praying for a great awakening before it occurs. Have a great day!!!

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      • atimetoshare

        December 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

        You too, my friend. That will be wonderful time and I’ll finally be able to meet you!

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        • Levi Thetford

          December 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

          Yes, and we will be like young friends. Lol. I really did like your Charlie Brown tree. I was just teasing you. I love Charlie Brown. Im going to see Les Mis again next Tues. i dont know how many times. Lol.

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  3. Karen Pickering

    December 2, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Thank you, Levi for the wonderful encouragement.

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  4. mzpresser

    December 2, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I am chosen and redeemed, my holy messiah has come!!!!!!!!!

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    • Levi Thetford

      December 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      He has and I am so happy He shed the light into your heart. 🙂

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  5. apoetsheart51

    December 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    we approach God as if their is still a curtain separating us from the presents of God. And we draw close but we stop as if the curtain was not torn. We feel like we cant come be for His throne with our sin and ask for his forgiveness. That is how i felt today i thank you for posting this.

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  6. Levi Thetford

    December 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I know what you mean. When we feel this way is exactly when we need to go to Him just as we are. I said this a few days ago, we must have times of darkness in our lives to behold the beauty of the Full Light. Thanks my brother! 🙂

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  7. Elaine

    December 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for an excellent post, Levi! So very encouraging,

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  8. ropheka

    December 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I am an obediant servant looking forward to our Kings return

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  9. SLIMJIM

    December 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    May Israel look to her Messiah again (Luke 23)

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