Counting Sheep

In Luke chapter 2 we read (NIV):

"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them."

This event resulted in the precise fulfillment of Micah 5 (NIV):

2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son ..."

As discussed in prior posts, the birth described in the third verse also references Revelation chapter 12, and Isaiah chapter 66, where the Body of Christ (Church) is resurrected and transformed before Israel labors through Daniel's 70th week. The case can be made that no other nation on Earth carries the mantle of the ancient Roman Empire as does the United States of America. This is true both economically and culturally. Even American architecture betrays the connection between Washington and Rome:

It is interesting then to note the timing of the US census:

As the Apostle Paul wrote, truly "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose". This includes the machinations of the evil one and his minions. A greater census is being taken, and as we read in Luke 15, not one will be lost (NIV):

3 "Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’"

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