This week on our television program Christ in Prophecy, we celebrate the birth of Jesus during this Christmas season. Together let us remember the promises that were made to Mary when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, And you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father, David, And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; And of His kingdom there will be no end. – Luke 1:31-33
This magnificent statement contains seven promises. Four of them relate to the First Advent of the Lord, and they have thus all been fulfilled. Mary did conceive and bear a son. His name was called Jesus. He was great, and He was called the Son of God.
The last three promises which Gabriel made to Mary have not been fulfilled. They relate to the Second Coming of Jesus:
1. He will be given the throne of David. 2. He will reign over the house of Jacob. 3. There will be no end to His kingdom.
I call these three promises the “forgotten promises” of Christmas because they are not taught by most churches in Christendom today. That’s because most churches take the position that Jesus will never return to this earth to reign. This is called the Amillennial viewpoint.