1. God picked a time when there was global EXPECTANCY - Out of Egypt, Persia, Babylon and Asia Minor flowed the rivers of human religions and mystery God's. The "Fullness of Time" was also a time of great religious expectancy:
  • Isis and Osiris of Egypt
  • Mithras of Persia
  • Cybele of Asia Minor
  • Emperor Worship from the Orient
  1. State Gods, Greek Gods, Oriental Gods - all flowed into one vast river of human religious mixture.

Together this was the Oriental/Eastern secret religions. Moreover, most of these Oriental religions had the common root idea of faith in a Nature God who died and came again to life, at which they had arrived by deifying the fading and reviving of the vegetable world or the rising and setting of the sun, moon, and stars.

And in their religions, on December 25th, three days after death of the night rose the conquered Son…It was the birthday of Baal in Syria - Mithaas in Persia, etc.

For so long man had focused on outward power, wealth, architecture, religion. But in the end each found he was inwardly bankrupt. Thus came the praise of death and the other side - when the body or prison of soul opened to let the "birthday of eternity."

SO THERE WAS SEEN AN EXPECTANCY - Both Suetonius (3) and Tacitus make mention of a wide-spread rumor that the Orient would become powerful and that a mighty movement would go forth from the Jews. Writing about A. D. 120, both historians report that it stands in the ancient priestly books that descendants of Jewry would seize world authority.

Extremely noteworthy is the ring of these presentiments in the fourth Shepherd song of the Roman poet Virgil, in the century before Christ. There the poet sings of a child who will bring back the Golden Age. The child descends from heaven. Then peace rules on the earth. The land dispenses its gifts without toil. The oxen no more fear the lion.

Thus, the World Law and Language combine with Communication/Peace and out of blackest moral decline is a strange expectancy that as the night is conquered by the light, so…..can we?

Until at last, coming from the East, from the rising of the sun, from the mouth of simple witnesses, becoming ever stronger and stronger, there rings the world-conquering proclamation:

CHRIST -THE ATONER FOR MANKIND, THE SAVIOR OF ALL SINNERS, THE ONE CONSCIOUSLY EXPECTED BY ISRAEL, THE ONE UNCONSCIOUSLY DESIRED BY THE

 

PEOPLES OF THE WORLD:

 

He has come!

Galatians 4:4-5

 

4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.