A Diamond In The Rough

The following is quoted from Wikepedia:

Carbon (from Latin: carbo “coal”) is a chemical element with symbol C and atomic number 6.  It is nonmetallic and tetravalent-making for electrons available to form covalent chemical bonds.  It belongs to group 14 of the periodic table.  Carbon is one of the few elements known since antiquity.

Carbon is the 15th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, and the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen.  Carbon’s abundance, its unique diversity of organic compounds, and its unusual ability to form polymers at the temperatures commonly encountered on Earth enables this element to serve as a common element of all known life.  It is the second most abundant element in the human body by mass (about 18.5%) after oxygen.

The atoms of carbon can bond together in different ways, termed allotropes of carbon.  The best known are graphite, diamond and amorphous carbon.  The physical properties of carbon vary widely with the allotropic form.  For example, graphite is opaque and black while diamond is highly transparent.  Graphite is soft enough to form a streak on paper, while diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material known.  Grophite is a good electrical conductor whlile diamond has a low electrical conductivity.  Under normal conditions, diamond carbon nanotubes, and graphene have the highest therman conductivities of all known materials.  All carbon allotropes are solids under normal conditions, with graphite being the most thermodynamically stable form at standard temperature and pressure.  They are chemically resistant and require high temperature to react even with oxygen. 

Carbon forms a vast number of compounds, more than any other element,  with almost ten million compounds described to date, and yet that number is but a fraction of the number of theoretically possible compounds under standard conditions.  For this reason, carbon has often been referred to as the “king of the elements”.

To simplify the the above quote, the stuff to make diamonds with is the 15th most abundant element on Earth which is carbon. All it takes to make a diamond is the basic element, carbon, and a lot of heat and pressure. It does not take a lot of time either for diamonds have been made in literally a few hours, rather than the millions of years that is sometimes stated. And so it is that a diamond is made from the simplest and most common elements just as God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. 1Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;   All of us have the potential to become a jewel in the crown of God. All we need is the difficulty and pressures of this world to make us into a precious jewel for the Lord.

Just being a gem stone is not the same as being a cut stone that reflects the brilliance of the Light. It must be cut and polished in order for its beauty and glory to be seen. An uncut stone looks just like any other stone until it is cut. Only then are the beauty and dynamic of all that went into its creation, seen and radiate the Light from its creator. The glory is that of its Creator and not of the stone. Only He knows how much fire and how much pressure it takes to build all the faucets within to reflect the Light out for others to see the wonder of God’s working, for we are the workmanship of God.

Arrows in a Good Man’s Quiver

Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are a heritage of Jehovah; And the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, So are the children of youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: They shall not be put to shame, When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

The Holidays are nearly over and life will soon get back to normal. We have been blessed to have 4 of our 7 children and their families, home for Christmas. Our other three could not make it but we still had contact via phone. Family is so important to us and we have a great time whenever we can get together. Truely we are greatly blessed and our hearts are full. This scripture has come to mean a lot to us and is so true.

Did I say normal? What I mean is back to a routine. The thing is that all routines undergo constant change. The one thing that is certain is that change is constant. But change is not necessarily bad. The joy of seeing our children grow up and become responsible adults raising families of their own. Then there are the grandchildren and later, the great grandchildren.

What does it mean to grow up? That is, at what point are we grown up? Is it when our body reaches a certain point of development? Could it be when we reach a certain point of mental maturity? Or is it when we have become what God had in mind for us to be? I think it includes all of the above possibilities. The important thing is to remember that everyone is at a different stage in their development yet they are to be valued as though they had already reached maturity. For example, an embryo is a person in development, a small boy is to be considered as a man in development, a youth is an adult in development and a person is a child of God in development. The only thing that can become a person is an embryo, the only thing that can become a man is a small boy, the only thing that can become an adult is a teenager, and the only thing that can become a child of God is a person.

How far reaching is the understanding of family. No wonder that the happiness is his whose quiver is full of them.

Hammering It Out

Yesterday I was out splitting wood and broke the handle on my sledge hammer.  It wasn’t because I used it wrongly, but because I abused it for several years leaving it out exposed to the weather without any consideration to its preservation.  When I hit the wedge while splitting the wood it simply broke because the wood had deteriorated next to the steel head and it couldn’t take the shock of the force.  Today I spent several hours repairing it to the shape you see above.  It is now fully restored to usefulness.

So what is the lesson?  Simply this, the Lord has invested much into making us usable in his service and we should not take it for granted.  He invested everything to free us from our sin.  He called us when we were not completed nor perfected.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to teach us, to guide us and to equip us for service, and He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He continues to forgive us our shortcomings and our sin.  He loves us when we are ugly and wrong.  He is our number one (#1) supporter and He is the author of every good and perfect gift we receive.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  He promises us victory as we follow Him by faith.

The list goes on but you get the idea.  Yet I hear the question asked sometimes, “Why doesn’t the Lord use me?”  The answer could be for the same reason that I couldn’t use my sledge hammer today.  Through neglect, I had allowed the weather to cause deterioration to the structure of the handle so that it was weakened and could not take the stress of the job that it was designed to do.  The shock was just too much and it broke under the shock.  It should have lasted many more years of good service but no provision for maintenance was made and deterioration set in.  It is the same way with our service.  It is one thing to be called into the Lord’s service but if there is no maintenance plan enacted to not only maintain but also to strengthen the tool (me) then deterioration will set in and then when the real test comes (and it most certainly will) then failure will be the result.

Let me suggest a few things that will be good to include in your maintenance plan.      1.  An ongoing study of the Scriptures.  It should be regular and often.  2.  Corporal fellowship and worship.  3.  Time alone with the Lord when the world is shut off so that you can focus on spiritual things and prayer.  4.  Ministry to others.  This  includes services, gifts, time, etc. that will meet their needs.  5.  Christian Disciplines (this in itself requires study and discipline).  In short, become the person that you would be proud to be.  You can in Christ.  This is your gift to Him.

Who Were The Wise Men

During this time of year we often hear the Christmas story that we have loved so long.  We remember the story of Joseph and Mary, the shepherds, the crowded Inn and the Wise Men.  In Matthew we are told that they came from the east but little else.  That provoked a number of questions to me and I searched the Scriptures to find out any information that I could.  It is not something that I had ever heard about and wondered, how did they know about Jesus’ birth?  Why was it so important to them to make such a journey and then to offer gifts?  Here is what I found:

Wise men are mentioned several times in the old testament.  They are first mentioned in Es 1:13 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king’s manner toward all that knew law and judgment:  and again in Jer 10:7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.  But the Greatest number of references to the wise men are in the Book of Daniel.  You will find them mentioned in 2:12,13,14,18, 24, 27, 48, 4:6, 18, 5:7,8, and finally in Matthew 2:1, 7.

In Chapter 2 we learn of the story of King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and called for the magicians, astrologers and the sorcerers to shew him his dream or they would all be destroyed.  This included Daniel and his three friends.  Daniel asked for time and said that he would bring the king his dream and its interpretation.  After much prayer and patients the Lord gave Daniel the dream and its interpretation.  The king was so impressed that he made Daniel head over all the “wise men”   From this information I speculate that Daniel gained many followers as he had saver their lives and had demonstrated such skill in interpreting the kings dream that they were not only indebted to Daniel but saw the opportunity to learn from him.  I am not naive to think that all of them felt that way but since they were now under his authority they had no choice but to follow him at least for the time being.    We know from history that there were some who took every opportunity to rid themselves of Daniel but the Lord delivered him from all his oppressors.

The group of “wise men” were made up of magicians, astrologers and sorcerers.  A group that we would consider dark spiritualist.  Daniel did not berate them for their error but rather took the opportunity to teach them God’s ways and I can see that some of them took it to heart and became true followers of the one true God.  It is not a stretch to believe that because Daniel’s powers were so great that his influence lasted for about 600 years.  Add to that the fact the the entire world was under Nebuchadnezzar’s rule so that he would have had the best “wise men” available and would have collected them together. Furthermore, the wise men came from the East, which is where the Assyrian empire was located.  Assuming that the star appeared at or near the birth of Christ, it would have taken some time to go through the records to find the prophecy of the coming Christ and then to understand that this was the announcement of that event.  Then there was the preparation and the trip that could have taken several months and they would have arrived about a year and a half later.  That is deducted from the fact that the wise men went to the house not the manger and why Herod killed the babies 2 years old and under.

I readily admit that there is some speculation in this series of events and that the “proof” does not exist for it but the only reason I share ti is because I wanted to know where they came from and I never got a satisfactory answer.  Thinking back over it, I have come to the conclusion that it does not matter if this is correct or not, for the event of the birth of Christ so overshadows everything else.  Some things must be left to the wisdom of God. What I needed to know was not how it happened but what happened.  Christ came into this world to free me from my sin and that is the reason for the season.

 

 

Is There Such A Thing As Darkness?

I was thinking the other day about God, and my thoughts traveled to a story that I heard about a teacher who was berating a class about believing in God.  His argument was that there was no physical evidence of God’s existence.  He argued that because you cannot see God; that you cannot hear God; that you cannot touch God; that you can neither smell or taste God; that God cannot exist and that you cannot prove His existence.  Then a student raised his hand and asked a question.  Sir, do you believe that there is such a thing as cold?  The professor replied, “certainly I do.  Everyone knows that cold exists.”  The student replied, “actually, Sir, there is no such thing as cold.  There is only the absence of heat.”  Then he asked a second question, “Sir, do you believe that there is such a thing a darkness?”  This time the professor was a little hesitant, but replied, “yes, there is such a thing as darkness.”  The student replied, “actually, sir, there is no such thing as darkness.  There is only the absence of light.”  He then asked the professor if he had a brain.  The professor replied that he absolutely did to which the student replied, “Sir, using your logic then, since we cannot see your brain, nor can we feel your brain, nor can we hear, smell or taste your brain, then you must not have a brain.  The conclusion of this argument must be that there are things that exist that we do not understand nor perceive.

My thoughts then proceeded to the concept of Hell and what those in hell will face.  We know from scripture that the only reason a person will go there is that they have rejected God and His will for man (which is only good).  Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Time and time again they have rejected the goodness of God and all His ways.  They have lived under grace and it has made them disgusted.  They have fought everything that is right and good to have their own way.  We also know that Hell was not made for man but that it was prepared for the Devil and his angles.   Mt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  A person winds up in hell because he has rejected God and all that He is, in preference to a life without God.  God doesn’t send a person to hell because of their badness but because of their rejection of His goodness.  They choose to go there to get away from God and His authority on their lives.

Then I began to consider what life would be like without God and His grace.  Goodness would be absent.  Justice would be nonexistent.  Pleasantries and ease would be gone.  Rest would never come.  There would be no light but the continual absence of light.  There would be no hope as their hope was in themselves.  The absence of everything that fulfills our lives would be gone and all that would be left is the hollowness that fill a life without hope and goodness.  These results would pervade the darkness and then one heavy realization would settle in, that it did not have to be that way but when you reject all that is good then you choose all that is bad.  I pray that you will make wise choices now while there is light.

Love in 4 Directions

(The word that is blurred is LOVE)

The above graphic is a visual presentation of the dynamic of agape love.  In the English language we only have the one word, Love; but in the Greek language there are several words for love.  I will only list three of them as they cover the concept of love quite well.  The first word in the Greek is the word ‘eros’ which is the word that means sexual love.  It is not used in the New Testament.  The second word is the word, ‘phileo’, which is where we get the name Philadelphia which means brotherly love.  It is the highest kind of love that man can know apart from God.  It is the type of love a man has for his wife, or a parent for their child.  The third type of love is ‘agape‘ which is God’s kind of love and is seen in John 3:16 where God love so much that He gave His best – His only Son.  This type of love cannot be known apart from God imparting it to a man. and it finds its expression in four ways.

First, love God with all your heart, mind and soul.  This is referenced in Deut 4:5, Matt. 12:37, and Mark 22:30.  God is the only thing that gives real purpose to life for He is eternal in being whereas this world and all that is in it is passing away.  You will most certainly leave this world when you die and everything will be left behind.

Second, we should love one another, that is the brethren or fellow Christians.  John 13:35, 15:12  We begin to love like God when we love the Brethren.  That is to cherish the value of and the nature of one another.  We are also eternal because that is what God gives us when we place our faith in Him, eternal life.  We are not yet completed yet so it does not yet appear what we shall be but we know that we shall be like Him.  The world will know that we are born again because we love one another.  How can we say we love God whom we have not seen, when we love not our brother whom we have seen and he was made in the similitude of God?

Thirdly, we should love our neighbor as ourselves.  Lev 19:18, Mark 12:31  It has been said that the only thing that you can make a man out of is a boy.  The same thing is true also, that the only thing that you can make a Christian out of is a human person.  We all came into this world with a sin nature and we all commit sin.  We want to be loved and understood so we should also love and understand that we travel the same road.  Some of us have already begun our journey of walking with the Lord and are in the process of transformation and other will begin that journey for themselves in the future.  Each person should be valued with the view of what God can transform them into and not for their current failures.

Finally, we should love our enemies.  Matt 5:44, Lu 6:27  This one is harder to understand but it is just as true.  Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  God is able to work all things together for GOOD, which includes those things that we count as wrong, unfair, painful, mean, etc. Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  The problems of life only refine us to make us better.  The events of life will either make you better or make you bitter but the choice is yours.  and again in Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  If God can use the likes of Pharaoh and wicked Cyrus for His purposes then we should thank God for trusting us to overcome evil with good.  The harshest people in our live often shape us into the greatest tools in God’s toolbox.  Who knows but what you may be the influence that brings them into the light of Christ?

Courage

上帝将Vernon弟兄带来中国烟台,送给我们极为宝贵的礼物:信心!
Vernon
弟兄还让我们学到了:“无论做什么,都要为荣耀上帝而行”
哈利路亚!感谢上帝,我愿将余生全然奉献给上帝,任凭主用,全然顺服!

God brought Brother Vernon to China Yantai and gave us an extremely precious gift: confidence!  Brother Vernon also taught us: “Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.”  Hallelujah! Thank God, I would like to dedicate the rest of my life to God, let the Lord use it, and obey!

The above quote if from a comment I received on my web site upon returning from my trip to China.  It was written in Chinese and since I don’t speak Chinese I used Google Translate for the English translation.  I share this for the purpose that you may see just what goes into such a commitment.  While I was in China at one of our share times, I was asked the question, “How do you know if you have been called into the ministry?”  I answered him by telling him of how it happened for me, noting that it is not the same for everyone.  When the Lord called me, I wasn’t sure that I was being called because there was nothing solid beyond the need.  I had even gone to my pastor and asked him if the Lord might be calling me to the ministry.  His advice to me both shocked me and became the advice I have given to many others.  He said, “If you can do anything other than preach and be happy doing it, then don’t preach.”  This is great advice because the Bible says, 2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  There are many that enter into the ministry without making their calling certain but then drop out of the ministry when things begin to be rough.

Upon hearing this advice I immediately thought, that lets me out as I had many interest and I knew that I wasn’t ready to make such a serious commitment so I gave up on the idea.  Here lies an important point and that is that if God is calling you then you will ultimately find that there is nothing else that you can do that will satisfy your soul and you will only find peace doing that which God has called you to do.  You will not run God off because you said no for he sees past your emotional response to His divine purpose.

Such a commitment in China come with an additional consideration.  It is one that is present in all circumstances but is not always realized.  For example, in America you may find a group of enthusiastic supporters and even a career where society will accept you and see you as an important part of the social order.  In China, you will face great persecution that can ultimately cost you your life and all you hold dear.  It may lead to severe hardship and social rejection.  In short it will cost you and the path may be harsh, bringing suffering and rejection which may even include your family.  This was all clear to this young man so why would he make such a commitment?

For the same reason that Moses rejected all that Egypt had to offer. Comforts, ease, the choice of life and position (he was in line to be the next Pharaoh), and choose to be identified with the Hebrews and a life of servitude.  That reason is found in Heb 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  Until this makes perfect sense to you, you would be well advised to wait on your ministry.

It takes courage to make the choice and it take courage to wait on God’s confirmation.  Another way of saying the same thing is that it takes faith in the Lord to bring it to pass.  That faith requires first that there be a call, second that you are willing to  entrust yourself to the Lord for its fulfillment, and finally that it is up to God to put you into the ministry.   Are you listening?  Do you hear his still small voice?  Do you trust Him?  Would you do as David did and offer a sacrifice that properly represents true worship?  2Sa 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

 

 

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving this year has taken on a whole new dimension.  I have so much to thank the Lord for that I hardly know where to start.  The top of the list is my salvation.  I used to think that I was a pretty good guy and that I didn’t have all that much sin to be forgiven for.  Now I see just how much sin there is.  The older I get the more I see my sin and sometimes it seems that I have more than I had when I was first saved.  The truth is that it was there all the time but I just had not seen it for what it is.  I find that now, sin is more repulsive and devastating so I am more thankful than ever for His forgiveness.

Next, I am thankful for my family, especially my wife of nearly 53 years who has stood faithfully by my side and is a continual source of blessings.  The Bible says in Psalms 127:4-5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.  My wife and I have 7 children; 21 grandchildren and  10 great grandchildren who are a continual source of joy.  There were plenty of times that it was more than hard with the burden of raising my family but now that burden has turned to joy and hope.  Seeing them build their lives on solid principles and grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord is a constant pleasure.

I am thankful for my church family.  They are a tremendous blessing in more ways than I am conscious of.  They not only minister to my spiritual needs but also to my social needs as well.  It is nice to be edified by healthy support and encouragement as well as prayers, music, sermons, teaching, and on and on.  I thank God for my church family.

I am thankful for my ministry.  It gives me an outlet for all my erg serve a real purpose.  I really enjoy sharing the Word of God and ministering to others in their faith walk.  One of my favorite verses is III John 4, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.  I am thankful that the Lord moved me here to Texas to meet several contacts that I am working with to translate my book into 4 other languages.

I am thankful for my health.  I have been completely healed from stage 4 cancer as well as from an infection in my leg that put me in the hospital for 8 days with level 10 pain.  It was so great that my body just shook under it.  I was on 7 different antibodies at the same time just to save my leg and my life.  I didn’t return home for 31 days but even in the midst of all that, the Lord worked a miracle in healing and even the nurses were asking me about the Lord.  Just last week I got the good report that they could not find any problems with my heart, even though I am a diabetic, am overweight and have family history of heart issues.

I am thankful for God’s provision for life.  I haven’t always had all I wanted but I have always had what I needed and enough of my wants to keep me occupied.  I have seen God come through more times than I can remember.  From total strangers walking up and telling me that God directed them to give money to me; to boxes of groceries when I was totally out; to a school changing their written policy to open the way for me to enter that school, etc.  This walk of faith has been the most exciting venture that I could ever have imagined.

I am thankful for God’s unspeakable gift in the Holy Spirit who teaches me, guides me, comforts me, and enables me to do the will of God.  I cannot live up to His standards but the Holy Spirit enables me to walk according to His will.  Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

I am thankful that I was blessed to make the mission trip to China and see the underground church at work.  They were an inspiration to me in many ways.  Faithfulness under fire may be an apt description.  I am thankful for God’s protection and the prayers of so many around the globe and was able to return home safely.

The list goes on and on.  I am indeed a blessed man.  My prayer for you is that the Lord will watch over you and bless you as you follow Him by faith.

 

The Church in China

I am sharing some information today that is not common knowledge here in America but I feel it is important for us to see the actual situation with the Church in China.  I do not know what the actual number of believers there are in China and furthermore, I’m not sure that anyone knows.  I hear reports of 40-60 million; another source says over 100 million and still another source says that the number may exceed 300 million.  What ever the number it is great enough for the Chinese government to feel somewhat insecure because of the shear number.  To put it in perspective, China‘s 2018 population is 1.42 billion, based on United Nations projections.  If the number of Christians there is 100 million that means that one in 14 people in china is a Christian.

The church historically has flourished during persecution while it has grown apathetic during prosperous times.  The hunger there for Bible knowledge is far beyond what it is in America.  This example is common for the church there in China.  Most churches do not own property or their own worship building and meet in homes.  They do not have access to the outside church in  that printed documents are not allowed.  Christians are quizzed as to the content of their worship services.  Outside speakers are forbidden and training is almost non-existent.  Bibles have been available in most areas but even that is now being limited.  A somewhat typical picture would be that an individual may have to travel up to two hours to meet with other Christians that they felt safe with.  They would meet in a home, sit on a plastic stool for two or more hours, visit, share, eat and then travel up to two hours to get back home.  They would arrive quite early, maybe a half hour or more and spend much of the time praying until it starts.  They would stagger their times of arriving so that only one to three at a time would enter.  They would take extensive notes as fast as they can, which they would study as they could.  They may be interrogated about their activity at any time.  Should the authorities find anything that they had deemed illegal then they could be imprisoned and their properties confiscated.   Those not imprisoned would be “retrained” and forced to sign an affidavit saying they recant of their former profession and pledge allegiance to the government.  It is not illegal to be a Christian but you are forbidden to evangelize or propagate your belief.  Under this type of conditions the Church has grown to amazing proportions.  Yet in America the ratio of Christians is somewhere between 1 in 50 to 1 in 100.

Within the actual worship the spirit is one of a shared love.  There is an absence of greed but rather one of sharing and giving.  The hunger is real and deep and sincere.  They want the truth about God and are willing to pay the price for it.  The leadership is mostly untrained and inexperienced, yet they possess the ability to recognize the truth where they find it.  If you are real and have the truth of Christ, they will love you deeply, but if you are a fraud, they will not only recognize it but will also give you a wide birth.  Never have I seen a greater hunger or a deeper need than in China.   More later.

What Are The Odds?

Anyone who is familiar with the story of Robin Hood probably remembers the part about the archery tournament where Robin’s opponent hit an exact bulls eye.  Then Robin steps up and shoots splitting his opponent’s arrow so that he also hits an exact bulls eye as well and wins the tournament.

Since there is some question of whether or not Robin Hood ever existed, the amazing shot is also in question.  But just so you don’t go to thinking that such a shot could never happen, I submit the above pictures of such a shot happening twice within the space of 20 days and less than 100 shots apart, by the same person.  I know that it is true as I personally witnessed the event and can take you to his home where he has all 4 arrows mounted on his wall.  What are the odds of that ever happening.

Yet that is not even close to the probability of the prophecies concerning Christ’s birth, hundreds of years in advance.  It was foretold by God in Genesis 3:15 that He would come from the seed of a woman. (Note that women do not have seed)  Later in Genesis 18:18 and 22:18 that He would be a descendant of Abraham’s seed.  In Genesis 26:4 and 28:4 it was prophesied to come from the nation of Israel.  Then in Genesis 49:10 it was specified that He would be from the tribe of Judah.  Jeremiah 23:5-6, Psalms 89:4, and Isaiah 11:1 all declare that He would be a descendant  of King David.  Isaiah 7:14 further clarified that He would be born of a virgin.  Micah 5:2 even specified that He  would be born in the city of Bethlehem.  And even that was clarified because there were two Bethlehem’s so it was specified as the one in Ephratah.  Finally, Luke 1:27 states that the child would be born of Mary.

An odds maker was asked what are the probability of that ever happening and he gave the odds of some 1 in multiplied billions and to illustrate the number gave this illustration.  Suppose that each chance was a silver dollar and they were all spread out over the state of Texas.  It would cover the entire state several feet thick.  Suppose one of the silver dollars was marked as that one chance and you were selected to find that marked silver dollar.  Your are allowed to travel the entire state but you are blindfolded and were only given one chance to find that dollar. For you to randomly select a spot and shove your hand down into the several feet of dollar coins and select that exact one would simulate the odds.

But that was an odds maker’s view.  In reality the odds are even greater because it would be impossible for several reasons.  One because of the time between the prophecies, another because of the number of circumstances to be considered, but most of all because of the necessity of a virgin giving birth to a child without the benefit of a man, let alone that that child would be the Son of God.  But what does the Scripture say?  Mt 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  Lu 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Our inability to accept the truth of the Bible is tied to our lack of knowing its author.