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My View of the Birth

of Jesus Christ

31 December 2012 / 18 Tevet 5773

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.

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 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 consider.

On the 1st of Tishrei--the seventh Jewish month, which occurs in late September or early October, on 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 Atonement a.k.a. Yom Kippur is commemorated, which is the Highest Holy Day on the Hebrew calendar.

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 into the 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 unto Him."

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."

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 Day…

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.

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 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 celebrated twice.

Matthew 11:28-30 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 Pentecost a.k.a. Shavuot.

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 Hanukah.

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)

 

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