Probably the greatest theme and most anticipated event in all the Bible is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul mentions the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ over 50 times. For every one verse on the First Coming of the Lord Jesus there are at least eight on the Second Coming. The last prayer in the Bible is in Revelation 22:20 ". . . Even so, come, Lord Jesus."The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the Christian's "blessed hope":
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;If the subtle serpent's ultimate goal is to ". . . be like the most High" (Isaiah 14:14) the Second Coming will surely get his attention.At Christmas time, little children believe in the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of Santa with every fiber of their soul. And why not, the ones they trust the most, mommy and daddy, are preaching this message in their little ears, over and over. Santa is coming! Santa is coming! And everywhere they go the mall, the store, school the gospel of the glorious appearing of Santa is proclaimed! Everywhere they look! Santa is coming! Santa is coming!
Oh! You better watch out,What a cruel mockery of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town! Here comes Santa Claus!. . .
What a beautiful sight.
All is merry and bright.
Hang your stockings and say your prayers,
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight
Jump in bed, cover up your head,
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight
So let's give thanks to the Lord above
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight,
Who comes around on a special night
Santa comes around on a special night
Who very soon will come our way
Santa very soon will come our way
1 John 2:28
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
If it were possible for the damned inhell to have a comprehensive knowledge of eternity, their sorrow andgrief would be infinite in degree. The comprehensive view of so muchsorrow, which they must endure, would cause infinite grief for thepresent. Though they will not have a comprehensive knowledge of it,yet they will doubtless have a vastly more lively and strongapprehension of it than we can have in this world. Their tormentswill give them an impression of it. — A man in his present state,without any enlargement of his capacity, would have a vastly morelively impression of eternity than he has, if he were only under somepretty sharp pain in some member of his body, and were at the sametime assured that he must endure that pain forever. His pain wouldgive him a greater sense of eternity than other men have. How muchmore will those excruciating torments, which the damned will suffer,have this effect!
Before we look at Santa, let us establish some basic Bible facts:
Take a trip to the local mall at Christmas time. Go watch Santa sitting on his royal throne. Kids are lined up to sit on his lap of judgement. What does Santa ask them, "Have you been a good little boy?" "Have you been a good little girl? Ever read Psalm 11:4?
The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. Psalm 11:4Theres no question Satan (or Santa. . . ditto) is sitting on his throne. There is no question it is a mockery and pretender of the judgement of a Holy God.
And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. 1 King 22:1911 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.Let us not forget the Bible says Satan (and Santa) has a throne.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation 20:11-12
For thou [Lucifer] hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: Isaiah 14:13In Acts 12, Herod is playing Santa, dressed in his Santa suit (royal apparel), on his throne, and the people saying, It is the voice of a god (a.k.a Santa), and not of a man. Sounds a lot like "you-know-who". And the angel of the Lord kills him for his blasphemy.
21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:21-24
Siefker also collaborates the devils trademark "ho, ho, ho."
But other preunderstandings can make itdifficult to interpret a passage of Scripture correctly. Somepreunderstandings are cultural. Postmodernism, for example, has hadits bad impact on evangelical thinking. Postmodernism teaches “”It does not see religion as a set of beliefs about what is real andwhat is not. Rather, religion is a choice—something to beincorporated into one’s worldview if he chooses. Thus,postmodernism leads a person to believe in what he likes rather thanwhat the Catholic Church and its interpretation of the bible presentsas universal truth.
Next we shall examine Santa in the light of the Word of God.
Is not Pinnock saying that peoplebelieve in what they enjoy, and since they do not enjoy the thoughtof eternal hell, they can dismiss it, and thus construct their ownnarrative, their own reality? With such cultural preunderstandings,it is impossible for one to interpret Scripture accurately.
Texe Marrs writes of 'Sanat' in :
For Christians the entire worldviewstands on the biblically based presupposition that “” Moreover, every bible student must cometo God’s Word believing the soteriological teachings of Scriptureand the Catholic Church's teaching. Otherwise, he would be denyingthe faith even as he studies it.