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Have a Merry Christmas,

God bless you


By Tom Gaston:

Will the Church experience its first Christmas in heaven in2013???
That is an exciting thought and "possibility" to contemplate, isn't it!
 Do any of you see any comparisons or "types and pictures" in the season of Christmas and the coming of Christ for His Church? Well,   I certainly do!  We know that God is in control of everything and He can use anything He so desires in this world in order to make a "statement" and or convey a message to all.
 Now in light of this Isn't interesting that the "corrupt Hollywood movie industry" has made a movie called "The Grinch who stole Christmas" which is shown on television every Christmas season.  We all know the theme and the story,  don't we!  Well, I see parallels in this story between the "Grinch" and "Christ ",  between the "gifts" which the "Grinch" had stole and taken away and the Church who possesses "the free gift " of salvation which is shared with the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Then this "gift" is taken away at the time of the Rapture which leaves the world in total spiriutal darkness and without spiritual light at the very moment that theRapture takes place.
 Jesus said the following in John 15:18........ “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you."
 The world today hates Christ and always has.  And the world also hates those who represent Him, which are the members of the body of Christ.  I want to "pull out of this story" some interesting parallels and similarities that I see between the Grinch and Christ.  In the Hollywood movie theGrinch was an "outcast" and he was made fun and rejected by society.  He lived "on a mountain top" high above, and away from everyone else.  Now be aware here that I am not trying to show any disrepect to my Savior Jesus Christ, but that I am only trying to point out similarities and parallels which I see in this Hollywood production called "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."
Grinch - was rejected by his own family and society.
Christ - was rejected by his own people, Israel ( John 1:11 ) and also the world.
Grinch - lived on a high mountain above and away from the people who despised him.
Christ - Dwells in the mountain of the Lord in heavenly Zion far above the world who despises Him.
Grinch - On Christmas Eve night came and took all the "gifts" and stole Christmas from the people who hated and rejected him while they were asleep in their beds.
Christ - Comes on Christmas Eve like a "thief in the night" while people are sleeping and takes all the "gifts" ( the Christians ) out of the world, who are a gift to the world as they possess "The Gift." 
Grinch - Took the "gifts" from the people out of anger due to rejection.
Christ - Takes the "gifts" ( the Christians who accepted Him ) away and unleashes His "wrath and anger" upon those who have rejected Him.
Grinch - Returns with the "gifts" he had taken from the people.
Christ - Returns with the "gifts" ( the Christians who were Raptured ) .
...In the story of the Grinch ( who is hated and despised by society), he decides to steal all the "gifts" out from underneath the Christmas tree in the city square of "Whoville" while its citizens are fast asleep in their beds on Christmas eve night. Then the people awaken on Christmas morning and find out that the "gifts" are all gone from underneath the Christmas tree in the city square.  Sadness, chaos, and bewildernment then sets in as their Christmas "gifts" have been stolen and taken from them.  The citizens of the town of "Whoville" then begin to mourn and sing the "Boo who" song.  During all of this the Grinch has a "change of heart" and decides to bring back the "gifts" which he had stolen from the people of Whoville.  The people then rejoice and celebrate because the "gifts" had been returned and those who once hated the Grinch now have a "change in heart" toward him and show him love and respect as he now becomes the center of attention of the people of the city of "Whoville." At the end of the story the whole town of "whoville" goes to the dwelling place of the Grinch in the mountain above the city, which is the "citydump" and they all have a "feast of celebration."
( Now here are some parallels in respect to Christ )
...Christ ( a "type" of the Grinch ) comes like a "thief in the night" and takes His "gifts" out of the world ( Raptures the Christians who possess "the gift " and who are a "gift " to the world ).  On Christmas morning the people awaken and find out what has happened during the night while they were sleeping as shock, sadness, chaos, and panic begins to set in as the world is clueless as to what has taken place ( could picture and represent the "boo who's" or the "turmoils and distresses" following the Rapture ).  Jesus has now become the "Grinch who stole Christmas."    Time passes ( seven years ) and during this period many have a "change of heart " ( just like the people of "Whoville" in the story).
 At the END of the "Boo who" of "turmoils and distresses" the Grinch ( Christ ) returns with all the "gifts" which He had taken from the world ( the Church who is the Bride of Christ ).  And all those who had a "change in heart " and were converted during the tribulation period, and who survived it will rejoice over the Grinch ( Christ ) who has returned with the "gifts" ( His Church ) which He had taken.  And then Christ ( who represents the Grinch ) is now loved and embraced by those who had a "change in heart."  And instead of being despised and rejection by the people ( Christ ) He is now loved and embraced as He now has become the "center of attention" of the whole world. Then there is a "feast of celebration" which takes place ( Just like in the story of the Grinch ) which is called the "marriage supper of the Lamb" in where all those who had a "change in heart" towards the messiah will all partake of.
 Now I think that it is amazing that this Hollywood movie "The Grinch who stole Christmas" has some remarkable similarities and parallels which can be pulled out of this story which could be applied "in prophetic type" to the coming of Christ for His people.  I am sure other examples could be found in this story, but the ones I have shared here are the main ones which seem to jump out at me.  This story from the first time I watched it has always reminded me of Christ who is a type of "Grinch" in the eyes of the world, in that He is despised and rejected by the world just like the "Grinch" character in the story, who reminds me of Christ coming like a "thief in the night" onChristmas eve and takes His people home.
Jesus in His first advent came into this world as a "baby" ( The Nativity of Christ ).  He came to His own people Israel who did NOT receive Him as Scripture states.  Christ was despised and rejected just in the Grinch Christmas story.
John 1:11...."He ( Christ ) came unto His own ( Israel / the Jewish people ), and those who were His own received Him not."
 Now the Grinch was not attractive and he had "green skin" and was hairy all over. Therefore the people were repulsed by him and were not attracted to him due to his appearance.  This to reminds me of Christ and the following prophecy in Isaiah which speaks of Christ in His first advent.
Isaiah 53:2,3 ......"For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon HimNor appearance that we should be attracted to HimHe was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him."   
 Now Jesus didn't look anything like what is depicted in the pictures and portraits that we see in our world today. The majority of the portraits we see of Him today are far from being accurate and they certainly don't depict Jesus as the prophet Isaiah described. Jesus was NOT this beautiful, handsome, attractive hunk of a man with blue eyes with long flowing infeminent hair with the look of a "European pretty boy."  NO!   He was born a Jew and Isaiah describes Him as being "non-attractive" in His physical appearance.
 Why?  Well think about it!   if Jesus was born a "pretty boy" as He is portrayed today in the majority of portraits,  then His physical appearance would have drawn people to Him for the "wrong reasons" which would be a detriment to His mission.  That's the way humans and human nature responds. People are naturally drawn to those who are beautiful and handsome in appearance physically more so than they are to those who are non-attractive.  If Jesus would have looked like the distorted portaits we see of Him today, then can you imagine what distractions would have taken place during His ministry.  No doubt you would have had the whole "gay community" trying to get at Him in order to have "sexual relations" with Him ( men and women alike ).  It would have been a "devils nightmare" and a "curse" to have been born attactive in physical appearance. 
  God knew exactly what He was doing when He gave His Son His physical appearance which He was born with.  His non-attractivness was not what drew people, but it was " the words He spoke, His character, His compassion, His divine intellect, and His amazing teaching" which drew people, and of which pierced the hearts and minds of those who witnessed His life as He lived it before them.  And therefore the people knew He was like no other man who had ever lived or walked the earth.  No physical attraction was in volved with the people who came to believe in Him.
Now,  wouldn't it be something if God has planned to have Christ come for His Church during the "nativity season",  the time when we as Christians celebrate the festival of Christmas ( not in the pagan sense ), but in the context of remembering His birth into the world. To me this is anexciting thought to say the least!  I have no idea if the Lord will come and Rapture His Church on Christmas eve / Christmas day of 2013, but the possibility is there as every day is a possibility for the Lord's imminent return.
 There is a very famous Christmas song that is widely know and of which is sung by many during the Christmas seaon, and this
song is called "I'll be home for Christmas." Everytime I hear this song I begin reminiscing about Jesus coming for His Church ( the Rapture ) and "going home to heaven."  There is just something special about that song that I can connect with in a "spiritual sense" as a Christian which puts me in the mood of anticipation and excitement at the "possibility" that perhaps Christ could come during the time in which we are remembering and celebrating His first advent to the earth, His Nativity
 When you get done with reading my email here, then go to this Youtube link....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud6i8l3S7Ng  and watch and listen to the country artist "Vince Gill " sing "I'll be home for Christmas."  It has beauitful pictures and senery while he is singing this song.  At the end of the song it shows an "American soldier" with His back to screen walking down thehighway as if he is "going home for Christmas."  Here again I see a "message" in this photo of this soldier.  The apostle Paul describes the christian as a "soldier" in service for Christ in the following Scriptures ( Phil. 2:25;   2 Tim. 2:3, 4;   Philemon 1:2 ).
I decided to look up the following Hebrew phrase "I'll be home for Christmas " in order to see what its gematria value was.
Here below is the Hebrew spelling for......"I'll be home for Christmas."
אני אהיה הביתה לחג המולד
א   נ    י   א   ה   י   ה   ה   ב   י   ת   ה   ל  ח   ג   ה   מ   ו   ל   ד
 4     30     6     40      5       3      8     30     5     400    10     2       5       5     10     5       1     10     50      1
4 + 30 + 6 + 40 + 5 + 3 + 8 + 30 + 5 + 400 + 10 + 2 + 5 + 5 + 10 + 5 + 1 + 10 + 50 + 1 = 630
Let us do the following:
630 + 630 = 1260 + 630 = 1890 630 = 2520...........the Length of days of the tribulation period.
( seven biblical Jewish years of 360 days x 7 years = 2520 days )
Now here is something very interesting also!   
Watch what happens when we take this number 630reverse it, and then add it back in.
630 + 036 = 666
Christmas 2013 / Cheth = 8   Gimmel = 3 / Hay = 5 / Mem = 40  Vav = 6   Lamed = 30  Daleth = 4 /  Beth = 2   Yod = 10   Gimmel = 3 / the total = 111
Ascending /  Ayin = 70   Vav = 6   Lamed = 30   Hay = 5 / total = 111
 There are "seven days" between December 25th to January 1 of the new year 2014.   Could thisseven day period be a "countdown" and warning to the world for the new year of 2014?   I am not saying that it is, but I am just asking the question because I don't know like everyone else.  I am just thinking and observing here. 
  God gave the people of "Noah's day" a seven day warning in "nature" which was the "animals" supernatural coming to Noah two by two and entering into the Ark over that seven day periodleading up to the flood, at which time at the conclusion of those seven days God "shut the door" of the Ark and sealed it and the world and all the wicked of the earth were destroyed.  I believe, and always have believed that the "Rapture" is the last great "supernatural earthshaking sign" to the world from God Just before "judgment " falls upon the wicked just like in days of Noah.  And for the Rapture to possibly happen on "Christmas Evewould indeed be a clear and unmistakable sign and message to the world that Jesus came and took His people just as He had promised.  What a powerful witness and an unmistakable message God would be conveying and telling the world if Jesus came and took His Church home at the time that Christians were celebrating and remember His first advent to the earth, the Nativity of Christ.  And If Jesus does happen come for us this Christmas in 2013????  Then Jesus will have become to the world a type and picture of.............."The Grinch who stole Christmas." 
I love the idea, don't you!!!!!!!!
Youtube / Vince Gill sings........" I'll Be Home for Christmas."  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud6i8l3S7Ng 
Even so, Come Lord Jesus!
Until He comes!
In Christ, Tom Gaston


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