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  • By Julie Davis on October 12, 2013

    P. 40: The number "7" -represents completeness in the Bible.P. 17: "Zoroaster" -(Persian) born between the 18th and 6th century BCE) was an Iranian prophet and philosopher and the founder of Zoroastrianism.P. 17: "Ahura-Mazda" -(also known as Ohrmazd, Ahuramazda, Hormazd, Aramazd and Azzandara) is the Avestan name for a divinity of the Old Iranian religion who was proclaimed the uncreated God by Zoroaster.P. 18: "Cleanse us from falsehood" -There are true religious ideas, and false religious ideas. Personal religious opinions are not the ticket into Heaven; only truth is. Psalm 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Psalm 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.P. 18: "Keep us from evil and bondage" - The Bible tells us that the Lord is able to keep His followers from sin in this life: Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joyP. 19: "Porphyry" -a variety of igneous rock consisting of large-grained crystals, such as feldspar or quartz, dispersed in a fine-grained feldspathic matrix or groundmass.P. 20, 21: "new light and truth are coming to them continually through the old symbols" - In Revelation, as each seal is opened, and "the book" is either opened or partially closed, so is the understanding of God's Word to mankind. We live in the 7th seal age of time, where all knowledge of the Bible is revealed, and much prophesy has already been fulfilled.P. 22: "But the thoughts of man can be counted, like the years of his life." -1 Corinthians 3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Micah 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.P. 22: "But we ourselves know that the darkness is equal to the light" - This theology is not of God, but is Masonic in nature. 1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.P. 26: "I have sold my house and my possessions" -Christ requires His followers to be completely devoted to Him in every aspect of their lives: Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.P. 28 "In my house sleeps a new bride, and I cannot leave her...this quest is not for me." -Luke 14:16-26 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. **"hate" meaning simply loving something else more than Christ; giving it precedence over His service**P. 38: "precipices"- Noun: A very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one.P. 60: "God of truth, forgive my sin!" -Artaban understands that sinning is an action against directly God, and sees his need for repentance. Psalm 51:2-4 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.P. 65, 66: "rolls of parchment on which the prophesies of Israel were written...foretold the sufferings of the promised Messiah" "Those who seek Him will do well to look among the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed." -Long before Christ's birth, the prophet Isaiah told of His life: Isaiah 53:2-12 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.P. 65: "And the kingdom which is to be established forever is a new kingdom" - James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.P. 80: "The walls of the houses rocked to and fro." - There was an earthquake when Christ died: Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;P. 80: "What had he to fear? ...there was a peace. It was not resignation. It was not submission. It was something more profound and searching." Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.P. 82: Though Artaban's works were great, he knew that repentance was also a key ingredient in obtaining Heaven (see notes on P. 60). James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Doing good works alone will not grant you a place in Heaven. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.P. 85 "His treasures were accepted." 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.This is a good story, but I think it puts too much emphasis on works, rather than faith, repentance and holiness, which are all equally necessary. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

  • By "JJ" on December 27, 2005

    I have loved Van Dyke's classic story my whole life. In a short book he truly captures the Christmas spirit.Whlch leads me to my next point. (I thought I would be the first to mention this point---but I find that Nils Lundgren has beaten me to the punch.) I just wanted to say that my favorite Christmas book is "The Other Wise Man" and my second favorite is "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices." Like "The Other Wise Man," this book can be read in one sitting.I recommend both boooks highly.

  • By Sandy H. on January 31, 2011

    I collect Christmas Books. I discovered this book this year and gave it as a gift.It's a lovely read you can finish it in no time. He takes you along with him on his journey.There are many roads to the same destination, getting there is his story.

  • By CJ on February 26, 2011

    The dimensions of this publication are larger than I expected, and is more like a children's picture book than the small books I have purchased in the past for adults. Make sure you check the ISBN of the specific version you are looking for, because all of them are different. I could not give this one as an adult gift, so I still have it.

  • By Guest on October 5, 2016

    I have been fond of this book from a long time. Now I am enchanted by it's existence as a Kindle.

  • By Believer on July 29, 2014

    This is one of the most beautifully composed, touching books I have ever read. It is a masterpiece of spiritual writing.

  • By Dede on December 23, 2016

    A look at what the struggle is like on a day to day walk for the average person seeking to serve The King.

  • By Peter P. Steps III on June 26, 2013

    I heard this story as a young teenager and was always interested in reading the book. My daughter suggested checking Amazon and I found the book.I highly recommend the book to all. An especially good book to share through the Christmas holiday season.


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