My View of
31 December 2012 / 18 Tevet
Edited from original dated 25 December 2005 / 25 Kislev 5766
As I have grown closer to the
LORD God in my walk with Him, He has changed many of my views over the years,
and my beliefs about how to honor the birth of His Son, the LORD Jesus Christ,
is one such issue.
As I prayerfully considered the following passage, the customs
that I learned as a child pertaining to Christ-mas, and even other holidays,
just did not have the same appeal that they used to have.
Jeremiah 10:2-4 says: "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of
the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of Heaven; for the heathen are
dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one
cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the
axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with
hammers, that it move not."
Some say that Jeremiah was referring to an actual idol statue
that they worshipped back then, but if you think about it, the Christ-mas tree,
and all that goes with it, is indicative of the idolatry of Jeremiah's day.
I realize that many people who celebrate Christ-mas genuinely
love God, and are just commemorating the birth of Jesus, as I did for years, but
after I found out that Satan had a hand in it, everything changed.
Considering that certain customs associated with Christ-mas
encourage lying to little children should be a major indicator the Devil is
involved; and Satan is surely the father of those who love lies and deceit! I
know it can be hard to let go of family traditions, but just because you have
done something all your life does not make it right. And if what we have been
taught to believe is rooted in evil, we must reject it!
It is no wonder that strife, envy, hatred, disappointment, and in
some worst case scenarios, death and destruction accompanies this holiday; and
things will only get worse as we "see the Day approaching."
There are varying opinions as to when the birth of Jesus Christ
took place, and contrary to what the Roman Catholic Church sanctioned long ago,
I Am certain December 25th is not when Jesus was born.
Consider what God's Word literally says about the birth of Jesus.
"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 say that passage refers to the 6th month of Elizabeth's
pregnancy with John, but if you read it just as it is written, and without
speculation, that amazing declaration took place during the 6th Jewish month of
Elul, and herein is a plausible scenario of Jesus' birth I hope you will
On the 1st of
Tishrei--the seventh Jewish month, which occurs in late September or early
Rosh Hashanah, the Shofar is blown to signify that an extremely
momentous event is about to take place. Ten days later on 10 Tishrei, the Day of
Yom Kippur is commemorated, which is the Highest Holy Day on the
Repentance and forgiveness is the primary focus of this very
Special Day, and when the Temple in Jerusalem was still standing, it was the one
day of the year that God allowed the High Priest, and only him, to go
Holy of Holies to make
atonement for his sins and the sins of the people.
I believe it was on this VERY Special Day that Jesus, was
miraculously conceived by God's Spirit, "within the veil," where no eyes could
see, except the "Holy Father." And for those who receive the gift of Eternal
Life through God's Son, He IS the only One "by Whom we have now received
the Atonement," who God raised from the dead, and "is gone into Heaven, and is
on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject
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."
I Am so amazed at how God ensured that the very Day of Jesus'
conception would continue to be highly exalted by His “chosen people,” but it is
so sad to watch Jewish folks praying at the
Western Wall in Jerusalem (via the internet), knowing that most of them do
not even know Jesus Christ, the only One who can truly save their souls. They
have yet to believe that Jesus is the
True Messiah of Israel, "in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace," but they will one
The Feast of Tabernacles, a.k.a.
Sukkot, is the next Holy Day on the Hebrew calendar which takes place
on 15-21 Tishrei, and I Am certain it would have been particularly joyous in
Heaven, and among the very "select few" on earth, who knew that the long awaited
Messiah was now in the world, albeit a tiny seed.
It is very fitting to celebrate Jesus' arrival into this dark and
dying world at this time, and to highlight its importance, God will require all
nations to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, or suffer the consequences.
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
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 last stipulation for Jesus' birth to have happened as I Am
suggesting, is it had to be a leap year when the 13th Jewish month of
Adar II is added to the Hebrew Calendar. Adar is when the Festival of
Purim is celebrated, and in leap years certain "traditions" celebrate this
Holy Day during Adar II, and others observe it during Adar I, a.k.a. Purim Katan
or "Little Purim."
Not only did God tell His "chosen people" to observe these days
of Purim, and that "they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of
sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor," but according to the
Scriptures (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 (14 & 15 Adar),
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." (Read the entire book of Esther to know why Purim
is to be remembered by all who love the God of Israel.)
The Festival of Purim is a memorial of when God's people "rested
from their enemies," and considering that the LORD Jesus was sent to this earth
to save us from sin, death, and the Devil, it would have been even more
significant for God to send the Saviour of the world at the season when it is
Jesus said, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I Am meek and
lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is
easy, and My burden is light."
So, if my calculations are correct, the final waiting period for
the coming of the Messiah of Israel would have been during the
Counting of the Omer, which "counting" begins the day after the Feast of
Passover, and ends fifty days later on 6 Sivan which is the Feast of
I truly believe that it was on the Holiest Day of Pentecost that
Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, was born into this world. And I have
never heard the birth of Christ portrayed in this way, but it fits
perfectly! It is even more providential when you consider that God gave Moses
the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai during the 3rd Jewish month, (on 6
Sivan--May/June timeframe), and it was also during Pentecost that God sent the
Holy Spirit on 6 Sivan, soon after Jesus had "ascended up to Heaven in a cloud."
These events were planned by God before the "foundations of the
earth" were laid, and the debates about the birth of Christ will no doubt
continue, but without controversy, had God's only begotten Son never been born,
mankind would be without hope, and without God, in this world!
Ephesians 2:11-13 "Wherefore
remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are
called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made
by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no
hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes
were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
There is no biblical evidence that Jesus was born on December
25th, as the Catholic Church established, nor is His resurrection based on the
moon as they also practice. And irrespective of the Day that God sent the "True
Light" into this Dark and dying world, those who are redeemed by the blood of
Christ, should proclaim every day of the year: "Glory to God in the Highest, and
on earth Peace, good will toward men."
John the Baptist gave his life in service to the LORD, until the
day he was brutally murdered; and he is the one who would have been born during
the 9th Jewish month of Kislev (December) at the
Feast of Lights a.k.a. the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22), and is also the
Jewish holiday of
John prepared the way for the
True Light, as he declared the Word of the LORD. It is only through genuine
repentance granted by God, that we can know how depraved we really are without
Him, and his message 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)