The Bethlehem Prophecy

Sunday (12/03), gather with your church family as we begin a five-part series based on the prophecy of Christ’s birth in the book of Micah. The prophet writes, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting” (Micah 5:2).

A Word from God given to His people who were on the verge of invasion by the Babylonians. During their time of distress, God the Holy Spirit told Micah that He would send a Savior at the right moment in time. The prophet inserted the prophecy about the incarnation to encourage God’s people that despite the approaching darkness, there was reason to hope.
Why should they continue to place their hope in the God who had promised to deliver them to their enemies? Because that same God had promised, though He would chastise them for disobeying His divine laws, He would never give them up to destruction.
So, Micah, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writing a warning of God’s judgment, also wrote about a promise that when they least expected it, in a place that otherwise was considered insignificant in a time that no one was noticing, through the womb of a young Jewish virgin, their Savior would be born. Therefore, they could trust God’s inerrant, infallible, and inspired Word concerning their past, present, and future.

In the first part, we will turn to the book of Ruth (1:1-22), in which God begins fulfilling His prophecy through the lives of a Jewish family living in Bethlehem. Who, during an extended time of famine that had devoured the nation in desperation, fled their homeland and traveled to the country of Moab, the home of their ancient enemy. Through this crisis of faith, God begins His plan to bring them back to Bethlehem and, by doing so, works His plan of redemption.

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.
There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube: Calvary Inverness); (website:

In His Strong Love,

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