B.C. Dating: “Before Conception”
Histories’ transforming moment was when the Holy Ghost overshadowed the Virgin Mary and “Begot the Son of Man.” His presence in Heaven was immediately missed as Elizabeth cried out calling Mary “the mother of my Lord.” To add miracle to miracle, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy and she and John the Baptist were filled with the Holy Ghost. The presence of the infant Son of Man, hidden in His womb of safety, changed the course of time from B.C. to A.D..
One of the great prophecies in David’s “Gospel of Jesus Christ” was the voice of the Father proclaiming the gift of the Son. David stated, “I will declare the decree, the Lord (Our Father) has said unto me, Thou art my son; this day have I begotten thee.” (Psalms 2:7) The Heavenly Father allowed no separation of days from conception to birth. He said, “This day have I begotten thee.” It was an awesome moment when the eternal son laid aside all royalty of manifestation to be clothed in a secret chamber of flesh.
The entrance of our divine redeemer was both the simplest of the human and the highest of the supernatural. He was made in our image while never failing to be pure in the form of God. “And the angel said unto her, fear not Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” (Luke 1: 30-32)
Only the divine hand of Elohim, the living God, sovereign in all His majesty could direct this event. Mary, in her simplicity, asked the angel, “How could this be, seeing I know not a man?” She was unruffled and submissive, ready to give her womb as a dwelling place for the Son of God. “The angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1: 35)
The instant result of “the power of the highest over shadowing Mary” was God in the flesh. The Son of God had come “in the fullness of time” to change time forever. Mary arose in the very days of this announcement, already knowing that in her womb she bore the promised Messiah “And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.” (Luke 1: 39-41) What a confirmation to Mary of all the angel had said.
Elizabeth was certainly reveling in her own miracle but immediately recognizes the presence of her Lord in the womb of Mary. By the Holy Ghost who she was filled with, Elizabeth immediately speaks out in prophecy. “And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” (Luke 1: 42-44)
The Gospel of John adds great beauty to the coming of our Lord to dwell among the human family. John affirms that God has come down in the form of flesh. John states by the Holy Ghost, “And the Word was made flesh, (at the moment of conception) and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) He leaves no doubt that this Word was God by declaring His eternal existence saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:1-5)
The Apostle Paul wrote the Hebrew church, warning them of the consequences of rejecting their Messiah. They trusted in their prophets but were unwilling to believe in their prophecies. Paul said, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1: 1-3)
From the beginning in the Garden of Eden where sin worked its dark calamity, the world had spiraled downward for four thousand years. At the time of this revelation, God had not spoken to men for four hundred years. The Roman government held a harsh hand over the world but the fullness of time had come. The Holy Ghost said, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Gal. 4: 4-6)
“Before Conception” the world was utterly bankrupt, hopeless, and growing more vile every day. Immediately the picture changed and now, for two thousand years, the world has continued to find life through Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit, though rejected by multitudes, has been busy preparing a bride for the bridegroom. B.C. (Before Conception) had finished and A.D. (Anno Domini) has progressed until today, the year 2011/2012. Anno Domini is the Medieval Latin for “in the year of our Lord.”
The Psalmist by prophetic voice saw the continuing battle against our Lord Jesus Christ during His Lordship over the Church. He said, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” (Psalm 2:1-6) Its amazing how our world hates the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are determined to stamp out that name. It’s almost time for Him “to have them in derision and to vex them in His sore displeasure”
“Before Conception” ended when He was conceived and “Anno Domini” or “The year of our Lord” begin. Both are now at the hour or time to be finished. The King will return to get His bride and again seven years later to Jerusalem. This time He will be the King over the world and not the sacrifice for their sins. He will reign as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS, and we that are His will reign with Him.
Joseph R. Chambers