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Maranatha means ‘the Lord comes’, and it was the common greeting of Christians to one another. The word shows the inner anxiousness of the church for Jesus to return, and perhaps that anxiousness was key to the revival of that time.
In the garden of Eden, when the Adamic race began its dwelling on this present earth, the time of innocence was short.  Mankind fell into sin, and God had to judge those sins.  The glory of walking in the garden, of knowing no guilt and shame, was short lived, and the fellowship with our Gods, the holy Trinity, was greatly restricted 

Yet, God had a plan:
Genesis 3:9-15
 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.  And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  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, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
God made sure that Adam and Eve, and even the devil, knew that there was a plan, already prepared, to bring salvation to this world.  God foreknew the fall into sin, foreknew its consequences, but had already planned to restore those who avail themselves of His plan. 


Enoch prophesied millennia ago of the coming:
The prophet Enoch, the seventh generation after Adam, knew not only of the coming Seed of woman, but had a vision of the coming of Jesus. The half brother of Jesus, i.e. Jude, quotes from the book of Enoch:
Jude 1:14 (KJV)
 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.
Enoch 1:4, 6-7
"...He will come from heaven with power with His hosts of angels with Him... All the high mountains will quake and be leveled, they will melt like wax in a flame.  All the hills upon the earth will sink, and all on the earth will see destruction."

Enoch 52:6
"All these mountains you have seen will be as wax before fire when the Chosen One appears.  As water falls from a cliff so will these mountains fall at His presence."  

Enoch 53:7
"The mountains will melt at His coming, the hills shall be as water, and the righteous will not be mistreated any longer."

Enoch was so excited about the coming of Jesus that God took him to heaven alive so that he could return in the last days, accompany Elijah, as the two witnesses, and proclaim to the last three and half years of the tribulation that the second coming of Jesus was about to occur.  Enoch started preaching that message millennia ago, for it excited him, as it should excite us.

Abraham prophesied of the comings of Jesus:
Matthew 2:1-2
"Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we saw His star in the East, and are come to worship Him." 

Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Epiphanius said that the wise men came from Arabia, for "gold, frankincense, and myrrh" abounded in the area of Yemen.  That direction is south, but the wise men of the East... were men who gathered over the period of several years from a broad area, for two years before the birth of Jesus, a star appeared. Some wise priestly men of the East gathered some other kinsmen of like mind, to go and find the soon to be born "King".  The kings of Yemen of that age professed the Jewish faith. Clement of Alexandria,  

Diodorus of Tarsus and  Chrysostom said the wise men were from Persia. The descendants of Abraham had spread out from Midian, to Yemen, and to Persia. The wise men were from all these areas, and had been jointly watching for the sign of the coming "king" had joined together in their trip to Jerusalem.  

The word "magi" was used to refer to the Eastern priest-sages who were descendants of Abraham. They had held onto the faith they had received from their forefather, Abraham. These wise men were related to Abraham, for he was their forefather.

Genesis 25:1-6 shows that Abraham had six other sons (other than Isaac and Ishmael)  whose names were: Jokshan, Aimran, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Abraham taught his six sons who went to the East of the coming of the Messiah, and did so well at that sermon that some of their descendants several millennia later, the wise men, were watching for, and following the ‘star’ that announced the first coming.

Isaiah prophesied of Jesus’ coming:
Isaiah 7:14
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel."

Isaiah also gives many details of the Messiah's first coming.  Isaiah 52 details many things about the crucifixion of Jesus.  However, Micah also tells us about the first coming. He refers to the fact that the Messiah shall be smitten by a rod upon the face, the birthplace of Jesus is given, and the eternal nature of the Messiah is told.

Isaiah 31:4
"...the Lord of hosts come down to fight for Mt. Zion, and for the hill thereof."  

Isaiah 24:21-22
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth on earth.  And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit (Hebrew = bor = abyss), and shall be shut up in prison, and after many days shall they be visited."

Isaiah 19:19-22
"In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord.  And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a Savior, and a Great One, and He shall deliver them. And the Lord shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the Lord and perform it.  And the Lord shall smite Egypt, He shall smite and heal it."  
Micah told of the city of the Messiah’s birth:
Micah clearly reveals two comings of the Messiah. 

Micah clearly tells of the first coming of Jesus:
Micah 5:1-2
"... they shall smite the Judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." 

Micah also talked of Jesus’ second coming:
Micah 1:3-4
"For behold, the Lord cometh forth out of His place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.  And the mountains shall be molten under Him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place." 

Micah seemed familiar with the ancient text of the book of "Enoch."  This is the same book that Jude quotes in the New Testament (verses 14-15).  The book of Enoch was well known, and used greatly by the early church, because of its clear description of both comings of the Messiah.  The Jews of the early church period soon began to push aside the book of Enoch because it so clearly prophesied a Messiah as Jesus.  Yet, in Micah's day, the book was not rejected by the Jews.  So, Micah had read in it the clear description of the comings of the Messiah. 

Enoch 1:4, 6-7
"...He will come from heaven with power with His hosts of angels with Him... All the high mountains will quake and be leveled, they will melt like wax in a flame.  All the hills upon the earth will sink, and all on the earth will see destruction." 

Zechariah announced a sign to assure the Messiah had arrived:
The coming of the Messiah was to be officially announced on the day wherein the Christ made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This was proclaimed in the Old Testament prophecy of Zechariah.
Zechariah 9:9
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee:  He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."

The Jews, who knew prophetic Scripture better than many Christians do today, saw the Lord Jesus riding on the colt into the city of Jerusalem, they knew this was a statement and claim to be the promised Messiah.  Jesus did this on the exact day predicted by the prophecy of Daniel.  
Daniel told of the days left until the coming of the Messiah:
Daniel knew that the captivity was to last 70 years, and if the children of Israel did not repent of their evil ways, they would suffer seven times more judgment from God.  This 7 time 70 years would finish the judgment of Israel.

Gabriel came to Daniel and said:
Daniel 9:24
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon the holy city, to finish the transgression." 

The "seventy weeks" is literally "seventy sevens".  The word for "weeks" here is the Hebrew word - "shabua".  It means "sevens." Since Daniel knew the 70 referred to literal years, he knew that the 7 times 70, would mean 490 more years of judgment for Israel. The seventy sevens of years was to start when the decree was given to return and rebuild Jerusalem.  This came on March 14, 445 B.C. Artaxerxes issued the decree in the 20th year of his reign.  This was the husband of Esther.     

It was prophesied to Daniel that it would take seven sevens of years (49 years) to rebuild Jerusalem. This also occurred as prophesied, for in exactly 49 years the city had been rebuilt. In the year 396 B.C., the city was completely rebuilt.  Then there would be 62 more sevens of years (434 years) until the Messiah would be "cut off." 

This indicates that in sixty nine sevens (483 years), the Messiah would be "cut off."  This is 69 times 360 days = 173,880 days later.  On this date, April 6, A.D. 32, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Passover occurred on Nisan 14, which was April 10 (Thursday in A.D. 32).    He presented Himself as the Messiah, and three days later was crucified. The prophecy was exact to the day. The end of the 69th seven was to be marked with the appearance of the Messiah, as the "Prince." 

Jesus showed the disciples in all of the Scripture, in all of the prophets, the things concerning the nature of His comings to this earth.  All the prophets had been shown some of the details of Jesus’ coming.  God was then, and still is now, excited about the comings of Jesus.

Luke 24:27 (KJV)
 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Luke 18:31-33 (KJV)
 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.  For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:  And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.  

When Jesus came at His first coming, God became even more excited.  The “Star’ was the Holy Spirit, Who arrived two years early to be an announcement of the coming of Jesus.  

The STAR announced Jesus’ first coming:
In an ancient book called "The Book of Elijah" (Chapters about the Messiah) and in the book called "The Mysteries of R. Simon, the son of Jochai", it says that a star of the East was to appear two years before the birth of the Messiah.
When Herod questioned the wise men, he did not even know the city the Messiah was to be born.  So he did not know that the star was to appear two years before the birth of the Messiah.  Therefore, when he learned that the star had appeared two years before, he had all children two years and younger in the area about Bethlehem killed.

Matthew 2:7-10
"Then Herod privily called the wise men, and learned of them exactly what time the star appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and search out exactly concerning the young child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word, that I also may come and worship Him.  And they, having heard the king, went their way: and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.  And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." 

The statement that the star "went before" the wise men, indicates that the "star" was some supernatural light similar to the "shekinah" glory. It was a temporary, supernatural light similar to the pillar of fire that led the children of Israel by night in the wilderness.  

The light of the Holy Spirit, Who had impregnated Jesus into the womb of Mary, had come to earth several years before the birth of the Messiah, Jesus to prepare the world for such event of the incarnation of the divine One into the world. The Spirit alerted the "wise  men" who had so anxiously awaited this sign. The people of Israel were mostly not ready for the coming Messiah, and had missed the signs presented by the Spirit.

The glory of the Lord that shined upon the shepherds was the shekinah glory of the Holy Spirit.  It came upon "them", and is representative of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church age.  The "glory" that shined over the shepherds was the same light the wise men followed as a "star". The Holy Spirit thus came with Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as they traveled to Jerusalem.  

Gabriel had told Mary that she was the one chosen to bear One born to her from the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35).  Gabriel told her that this Child would be called the ‘Son of the Most High’ (Luke 1:32) She was also told that He would remain holy, even from the womb (Luke 1:35).

Elisabeth was told by the Holy Spirit, when Mary entered her home, that this One to be born of Mary, would be the One prophesied by God.  Zacharias had already been shown that his son would be a forerunner of the coming Messiah.   

God is still excited and wanting to reveal today, even more than ever, that the exciting coming of Jesus is nigh on our calendars.

The wise men spread the message to Hero, to the chief priests, to the scribes.  They were not excited about it, but the Lord was anxious for the world to know of that first coming, as He is wanting us to spread the word of Jesus’ rapture of the church, and the word of His second coming after the tribulation.    

Our hearts should be realizing the nearness of these blessed comings.  The devil is scared silly by the same announcements.  The devil had Herod build a palace on the hill behind Bethlehem, and the devil made Herod paranoid of anyone taking his role as ‘king’.  Herod, when he learned the Messiah had been born, had 14,000 babies killed, hoping to have one of them be the Messiah.  The devils fear the next comings of Jesus, and are fretting what makes God and His saints rejoice. Jesus is coming soon! 

Luke 18:8 (KJV)
 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?   

When we watch the news, read the newspaper, check on the internet, we see that ‘faith on the earth’ seems to be at an all time low.  As in the parable of the 10 virgins, it seems that half the church is sleeping and unaware of the soon arrival of the Bridegroom.   The lamps of oil in much of the church do not have much light being given off.  All ten of the virgins had to seek to trim and light their lamps, and half of them had not enough time to relight theirs.   

We are to be the ‘heroes’ of God, as told about in Hebrews:
Hebrews 11:13-16 (KJV)
 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

God is anxious for these two comings yet to arrive.  The time is near, we are to be anxious, awake, alert, lamps shining, and hearts pounding with excitement.   God is watching and listening, still sending prophets to announce the comings, and we should all be aware and spreading the good news.    

Philippians 3:20-21 (KJV)
 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.

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