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The First Appearance of the Lord Jesus

Condensed version of Pentecost 2014 Article

23 May 2015 / 5 Sivan 5775 / 49th Day of the Omer

 

There are varying opinions as to when Jesus' birth actually took place, and irrespective of men's traditions, I am certain that Jesus was not born into this world on the 25th of December, as most people believe.

Consider what the Word of God has to say on this matter:

Luke 1:26-35 'And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

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: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And 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.'

Some teach the 6th month refers to Elizabeth's pregnancy with John, but if you read it just as it is written, that amazing declaration took place during the 6th Jewish month of Elul, and the following is a plausible scenario of the true birth of Jesus Christ.

On 1 Tishrei, the 7th Jewish month/late September or early October, during Rosh Hashana, the Blowing of the Trumpets takes place to signify an extremely momentous event is about to take place on 10 Tishrei, which is the Day of Atonement a.k.a. Yom Kippur (Leviticus 23:23-32), which is the most important and solemn of Jewish Holy Days.

Repentance and forgiveness is the primary focus of this Special Day, and when the Temple in Jerusalem was still standing, it was the only day of the year that the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for his sins and the sins of the Jewish people.

I believe it was on this very Day that Jesus, the Son of the Living God, was wonderfully conceived by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, 'within the veil,' where no eyes could see, except the 'Holy Father.' And HE IS the only One 'by Whom we have now received the Atonement,' for all who accept the sacrifice of Christ, who God raised from the dead.

Hebrews 4:14-16 'Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the Heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.'

The Feast of Tabernacles, a.k.a. Sukkot, is the next important Holy Day on God's 'calendar' which takes place on 15-21 Tishrei, and I Am certain it would have been a particularly joyous event for those 'select few' who knew that the long awaited Messiah of Israel was now in the world, albeit He was just a tiny seed.

I Am just amazed to see how my Heavenly Father would ensure that His 'chosen people' would highly exalt the miraculous conception of His beloved Son Jesus, without them really knowing the true significance until it was Time; and so as to highlight the importance of that Season, God required that all people and nations everywhere honor this 'Feast,' or suffer the consequences, according to the Scriptures.

Zechariah 14:16-19 'And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.'

One stipulation for Jesus' birth to have happened as I have suggested, is it had to be a leap year when the 13th Jewish month Adar II occurs, and interestingly it is also when the Festival of Purim is commemorated.

Certain 'traditions' celebrate Purim during Adar II, and others celebrate it during Adar I, a.k.a. Purim Katan or 'Little Purim' in Hebrew; and considering that Purim is the commemoration of the amazing providence of God when He gave His people victory over the Enemy, it would be so fitting for that to be the special year when 'the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.' 1 John 4:14

God asked His people to keep Purim as a memorial of when they 'rested from their enemies,' and 'that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.'

Not only were God's chosen people told to observe the days of Purim, (14 & 15 Adar), but according to God's word, (Esther 9:27-28), so were 'all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year;

And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.' (You can read the entire book of Esther to fully understand why God said that the days of Purim are important Days to be commemorated by all who love the God of Israel.)

So, if my calculations are correct, the final waiting period for the coming of the Messiah would have been during the Counting of the Omer, which began the day after Jesus was crucified during Passover. And I believe it was during the Feast of Pentecost a.k.a. Shavuot, on 6 Sivan, when the 'true birth' of Jesus Christ actually took place, who is the embodiment of Fulfilled Prophecy, especially when you consider that it was during the 3rd Jewish month of Sivan when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai; and it was also during this same month of Sivan, that God sent the Holy Spirit at the Feast of Pentecost soon after the LORD Jesus 'ascended up to Heaven in a cloud.'

Acts 2:1-4 'And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.'

Acts 2:16-21 'But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the LORD come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved.'

I admit, that without much prayerful study, the date of Jesus' birth is not as clearly seen in the Scriptures as was His crucifixion and death, but there is absolutely no doubt as to when the LORD Jesus Christ willingly gave His life for the 'sin' of this world.

Furthermore, it was during Passover, just before He was to be crucified, that He asked His disciples to remember Him and His great sacrifice at future celebrations of that very special meal, until He comes again.

I Corinthians 11:23-27 'For I have received of the LORD that which also I delivered unto you, That the LORD Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.

After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the LORD'S death till He come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the LORD unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the LORD.'

John the Baptist is the one 'whom God hath sent' to prepare the way for the 'True Light' to come into this Dark and dying world, and he is the one who would have been born in December/Kislev, the 9th Jewish month, during the Feast of Lights/Feast of Dedication, a.k.a. Hanukah.

John gave his life in the service of the LORD, as he boldly declared the Word that he was given, until the Enemy of God brutally murdered him. And the message John proclaimed is the same for Today when 'He said, I Am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the LORD... Repent ye: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.' (John 1:23a; Matthew 3:2b)

There will be a Day of Reckoning for all those who have willfully rejected Almighty God, His Holy Word, and His beloved Son, especially for those who claim to be followers of the LORD Jesus Christ!

 

Jeremiah 23:1-6 'Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith the LORD.

Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed My people; Ye have scattered My flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.

And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.'

The birth of the LORD Jesus Christ, is an extremely important event, and irrespective of the exact date, had He never been born, all of mankind would be without Hope in this very Dark and dying world.

There was a time when the salvation of God's people was brought about due to the courageous acts of a young woman, that under the threat of death was willing to appeal to the King, who by the providence of God happened to be her Husband. And if God chose to use a faithful woman to bring down the Enemy back then, He may choose to use a woman that is truly committed to Him, 'for such a Time as this' to bring 'that old Serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,' to his end..."

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 "Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the Truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the Light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the LORD; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the Light to shine out of Darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Amen!

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