Christmas 1,000 Years Before Christ!
by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis | December 2, 2012
Centuries before our Savior was born, the prophets of the Old Testament, inspired by the Spirit of God, saw and proclaimed His Birth. David (1,000 B.C.), Micah and Isaiah (800-700 B.C.) write the first Christmas hymns before the birth of the Lord.
“He will live as long as the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
He will be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth.
In His days righteousness will flourish and peace will abound,
until the moon is no more.
He will have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
His foes will bow down before Him,
and His enemies lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will render Him tribute,
the kings of Sheba and Seba will bring gifts.
All the kings will fall down before Him,
all nations will give Him service”. (Psalm 72:5-11)
“But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me One who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.” (Micah 5:2)
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Look, the Virgin will be
with Child and shall bear a Son, and shall name Him Emmanuel.” (Is. 7:14)
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.
For a Child has been born for us, a Son given to us;
authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and His kingdom. He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.”
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you, and His glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
Article graphics and editing by Anthony Hatzidakis