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THE CHRISTMAS EDITION

The Sound of Light  is named from Psalm 119: "The entrance of thy Word brings light."  It is our passion to bring the voice & intentions of God into the lives of men & women through revelation and prophetic ministry rooted in love & Grace. Not only do we seek to reach the Church, but to reach the unreachable and touch the untouchable through a message of hope and personal destiny! 'Prophet' is not a title - it's a functionality! Remember, a prophet is not the finger of condemnation, but the extended hand of hope! 
Dear Warriors,

Christmas is always that time of year when it seems like the whole world is in a festive spirit no matter the race or religious background. I personally have many friends who are not Christian but love this time year. I once asked a close not-yet-believer friend of mine why he enjoyed this time of year so much. I expected him to respond with the standard reasoning that it was the culmination of the year gone and the excitement and hope that comes with starting a new year. But his response caught me when he answered, “Well, everyone feels so connected and happy! It’s catchy!”

And it most certainly is! It reminded me that Jesus was and is and forever will be a gift to the whole world. Not to the 'country club of the saved!’ Not to a select few - but to all! Of course this is the time of year when shop windows are decorated, malls are buzzing, Christmas carols ring out in shopping centres and public spaces with everyone humming along. It is joyous and festive and happy! I just love it! 

Walking through one of our local malls I noticed a crowd of people taking pictures of some kind of exhibition. My curiosity kindled, I decided to take a look and lo and behold it was a very well set out large nativity scene! I’m sure you’ve seen a few - statue depictions of Mary, Joseph, a baby in a manger, possibly some livestock, winged and haloed angels in attendance above it all, and of course - three regal looking strangers bearing gifts! It was this aspect that brought to mind something I learned in earlier years.

WISE MEN STILL SEEK


Nativity scenes around the world display these “strangers". Songs and poems have been written about them. They are featured in movies, plays, and Sunday school skits. They are some of the most recognizable figures in our culture as nearly everyone has seen images of three wise men riding on camels and following a star. They are, of course, the Magi. But before we get into the prophetics let’s dispel some myths.
What's the deal with the Magi?

 
First - there weren’t three wisemen! The scriptures record that three gifts were given (gold, frankincense and myrrh). It has been a common assumption that each gift was given by an individual and hence most depictions show three travellers!

The Greek word mάgoi is translated as “wise men” in the NKJV, KJV, and ESV, while the NASB and NIV use the word magi. Originally, the word often referred to a class of Persian wise men, and possibly priests, who were interpreters of special signs, particularly in astrology. Eventually, the word was used variously to refer to one who possessed supernatural knowledge and ability, a magician, or even a deceiver or seducer.

The book of Matthew contains the account of the Magi:

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:21)
 

The original meaning of mάgoi is likely - men skilled in the art of interpreting special signs. There are at least two reasons for this identification. First, they acknowledged that they were interested in signs in the heavens. Second, the Bible states that they were from “the East,” which would be in the direction of Babylon and ancient Persia where this was widely embraced.
 

Second, they could not have found Jesus as a “babe in a manger!” Jesus is called a “young child” instead of babe  at the time that the Magi arrived. And they most certainly could not have met him in a stable!

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

(Matthew 2:11)

Those obvious issues clarified, let’s get to the wow stuff! 


The Wow Factor


Let's not assume by any means that these visitors from Persia (now Iran) were followers of the Hebrew traditions. They may have respected them, but that is not the same as observing them. In fact the weight of the historical evidence of practitioners of these arts can leave us with the only logical conclusion that they were not practitioners of Judaism. 

Since the passage in Matthew implies that they were observers of the stars, most conclude that the intended meaning of magos is "astrologer-priests." Indeed, John Wycliffe's translation of the Gospel reads not "wise men" but "astrologers" because in ancient times "astrology" encompassed both astrology and astronomy. Ludolph of Saxony (1378) wrote this in his famous Vita Christi

The travellers were called Magi not because they were magicians but because of the great science of astrology which was theirs. Those whom the Hebrews called scribes and the Greeks, philosophers, and the Latins, wise men - the Persians called Magi. And the reason that they were called kings is that in those days it was the custom for the philosophers and wise men to be rulers.

All very interesting but the question remains: How was is that the very elect of Israel missed the birth of the King of Kings and instead God spoke quite clearly to those we would conventionally disregard as being authentic or even hearing the God of Gods speak to them?

I know the account of the Magi records that they declared they had “seen his sign in the East sky” but the Biblical record doesn’t give us any indication as to what this might be! Moreso, are we to believe that God would place a sign in the Heavens that those who did not exclusively worship Him could understand and interpret?

I believe that there is a deep truth obscured by our conventional Christian thinking lurking within “the frequency of the white” (between the lines) of the Scriptures. A truth that would still apply even today. If we read on further we come across this interesting portion of text:

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. Matthew 2:12 (ASV) 

Who did the dream come from? Yes that’s right! The Divine God!

I have come to understand after of many years of ministry in the prophetic that God truly does speak “one way or another” as Job puts it. But that God is not restricted to speaking to anyone!

The truth is that the One True God is speaking today to men and women of all nations, races, religious persuasions! Most often, we fail to hear because we are not actively seeking to hear from the True God. The world is in the grip of what I call the "Pseudo-Voice" - the false voice of soul and even dark light. But if we earnestly want to hear the God of Light speak - we will!

God Most High, Possessor of Heaven and Earth, speaks in signs, in wonders, in emotions, in the stillness, in storms, in ways we can grasp and in ways beyond our conscious understanding. 

When the friend I mentioned earlier responded with, "Well, everyone feels so connected and happy! It’s catchy!”, what he was really saying is that he was experiencing an emotional response to something (Someone) that was reaching out and touching him in a way he could not explain! This is what Christmas does! Christ was and is tand forever will be - he ultimate gift of love to the world!

Peter writes, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) 

This is the crux of it! God is speaking to everyone, to anyone with an ear and an inclination to hear! Not just the Christian! But for someone to hear, they first have to believe there is a One True God and that if they were to reach out to Him through faith in Christ, they would discover that He is already reaching out to each of and everyone of us on the planet. He is not far from anyone of us. This is the gift and the spirit of Christmas.
 

Wise men still seek the King of kings!

We love and appreciate you. I am so excited for what lies ahead of us all. The Spirit of God has whispered to me many secrets of future. Watch out for our upcoming 2019 prophetic bulletin later this week and step into your future with wisdom, insight, perception and anticipation of what God desires to release to you and for you to possess!

From my family to yours, I take this opportunity to wish you a very blessed, and Merry Christmas. May the Gift of Love to the world be a personal gift to you and your family as you celebrate this Christmas. 

Feel Connected. Be Happy. It’s Catchy!

SEE YOU in the FUTURE!

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