(Coming) 4 Sundays before Dec 24 and ends on Dec 24
Advent Sundays represent 4 Candles
The first is called the "Candle of Hope."
It symbolizes faith in God keeping HIS promises to humanity.
The second is called the "Candle of Preparation" or Candle of the way”
Preparing the people to "get ready" to receive God.
The third candle is the "Candle of Joy."
It recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ.
The fourth candle, the "Candle of Love"
A reminder to all that God loves them enough to send HIS only Son to Earth.
The Christmas Eve or Christmas Day represents the 5thcandle called "Christ Candle"
Stands for Lord Jesus Christ Himself
Focusing on prophetic utterances of the Old Testament Prophets:
These prophets lived around 700 years before the birth of the Lord.
Many prophesy concern the Lord’s birth, details of HIS earthly existence, His message, His death and Resurrection had been fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ.
These prophesy are called Messianic Prophesies.
Messiah means the “Anointed One” or the “Chosen One”.
God’s promises were revealed thru HIS prophets to encourage the people of Israel in the time of their low point in their life.
BORN AT BETHLEHEM
Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
FULFILLED: Matthew 2:1
Matthew 2:1: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the time of King Herod”
BORN OF A VIRGIN
Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call HIM Immanuel”.
FULFILLED: Matt 1:18
Matt 1:18: This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
WOMEN WEEPING OVER THEIR CHILDREN
Jeremiah 31:15: This is what the Lord says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachelweeping for her children and refusing to be comforted,because they are no more.”
FULFILLED: Matthew 2:16
Matthew 2:16: When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
MESSIAH WAS PRESENTED WITH GIFTS
Psalm 72:10, 11: May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to HIM
May the kings of Sheba and Seba present HIM gifts.
May all kings bow down to HIM and all nations serve HIM.
FULFILLED: Matthew 2:1, 11
Matthew 2:1: Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with HIS mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped HIM. Then they opened their treasures and presented HIM with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.