Let’s be clear, carolers

The Dragon LOST!! … Rev. 12

MARLEY was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it…  Thus begins Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol.”

Here are the things I am sure of today, as surely as old Marley was dead…

1.  “Suddenly, I witnessed in heaven another significant event.  I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.  His tail dragged down one-third of the stars, which he threw to the earth.  He stood before the woman as she was about to give birth to her child, ready to devour the baby as soon as it was born.  She gave birth to a boy who was to rule all the nations with an iron rod.  And the child was snatched away from the dragon and was caught up to God and to his throne.  … Then there was war in heaven.  Michael and the angels under his command fought the dragon and his angels.  And the dragon lost the battle and was forced out of heaven. This great dragon — the ancient serpent call the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world — was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.”  Revelation 12:1-9

2. “… for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12

3.  Jesus, “who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross.”  Philippians 2: 6-8

4.  Peter Kreeft, philosophy professor at Boston College gets it totally right when he says:  “On Christmas Day, 4 B.C., the legions of General King of Kings under Michael the Archangel descended en masse in a field outside a little town called Bethlehem.  The General himself came out of the hiding place Mary had prepared for him 9 months before, disguised as a helpless baby.  The General wants all citizens to know that the invasion has been successful and the mop-up operation is still under way.  All are urged to join this operation.  There is still plenty to do.  But the General assures all his troops that final, total victory is absolutely assured.  … Hallmark is wrong.  Christmas is not cute and cozy, sweet, and sentimental.  Christmas is God’s D-Day.”

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