I appreciate your questions. I hope my (and others') responses bless you and enlighten you to the truth of who Jesus really is...
...Isn't it interesting though that out of all the famous people, so called prophets, gods, religious leaders, religions, beliefs...the entire globe's calendar is based on the birth of Jesus Christ?...
Hi, Chad. I've been insanely busy and didn't get around to looking at this till today. As ever, I appreciate your candor and friendliness. I will definitely look forward to reading your recommendations.
Just as an aside, it is a matter of some geopolitical interest that the secular modern world generally dates years by the benchmark of the Crucifixion. But not any more so than the fact we mark that time using Arabic numerals developed my Muslims, that (in English, anyway) the days of the week are named after pagan gods and icons, or that we divide circles in to 360 degrees of angle as developed either by the Persians or the Babylonians, and that all navigation around the globe is governed by reference to Greenwich – which remained pagan well into the first millennium.
But your mentioning of time does cause something to occur to me. I think it would be more impressive (to me) if Jesus had started a countdown calendar instead of just a marking calendar. Now, I know that he is thought to have done something like this. But his promise to return in earthly form and the many prophesies of when that is supposed to happen (even if one of them is correct – so many have failed to pan out, at any rate), is hardly a practical calendar, no cut-and-dried plain English (or Aramaic) date for the end of the world.
Such things are possible. One of my favorite examples is Halley and his amazing comet. Using the mathematical principles developed by his friend Newton to explain gravitational mechanics, Halley correlated several separate historical accounts of “different” comets through the ages and determined in 1705 they were all one-and-the-same celestial traveler. He then predicted that the 76-year period comet would again return in 1758, which turned out to be SIXTEEN YEARS after his own death.
Sorry to seemingly drift so far off the “ask God sincerely to make His presence known…” angle, but there was (obviously) nothing supernatural about Halley. Yet he was able to offer “prophesy” you could hang your hat on. I am open to experiencing some such awareness of God and/or Jesus, and maybe it will occur to me as I read your recommendations. But I wanted to explain my standing criteria. It’s going to probably have to as clear and convincing as the comet.