When I saw this thread and listened to Ben’s first message, I thought I add something to it, some of which I shared with some other folks during this Christmas elsewhere. But Ben, please feel free to delete it if anyone complained or if you felt anyone would complain. I’m definitely not going to start a debate here though.
Good tidings! Fear not! No need for Babylon captivity! The son (the truth) shall make you free!!
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to ALL people.
What is this good tiding?
Unto us a son is given as a gift!
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
So that all our iniquity could be laid upon this son (Isaiah 53:6). The chastisement of our peace was transferred upon this Lamb of God (Isaiah 53:5). Thus, we all become eligible for pardon. This son now rules (Daniel 7:14)! There is no regime change here.
How do we know this is reality?
When things undermine, or a conflict is contemplated/created to, the superseding state under the rule of this son, or to the citizens thereof (not to the fake Jesus’ followers, II Corinthians 11:4 clarifies it), it is not tolerated. For example, a double jeopardy punishment on this state’s citizen, when already pardoned, is injustice. The heavenly commander-in-chief, in his zeal, (again who’s zeal??!!) engages the heavenly army, to deliver judgment and to establish justice. The son’s kingdom is thus established and elevated for all people to see and to flow to it (Isaiah 2:2).
Accept it, now!!
A gift is probably of no use until it is accepted, used and possibly shared. What a privilege it would be to accept this heavenly gift and to be under this God’s son’s rule! All you require is a willing heart to accept this gift and a willing ear to hear kingdom truth/laws. (Check it twice to be sure!!) This is when you are pardoned! That’s it. This is the message of love, joy and hope of Christmas!
Now, go about your business fearing nothing but the son!
The subordinate worldly kingdoms are instituted by God (Colossians 1:16).
Illegal powers, that which Satan lost but once obtained it by deception to enjoy the global control (Matthew 4:8,9; Colossians 2:15), are now attempting to take full control back by undermining the above kingdoms. This cannot and will not succeed (2 Peter 2:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-10).