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When was Jesus Born? | Lamb & Lion Ministries

Original Article By Dr. David R. Reagan

The Nativity

According to Luke 1:24-26, Mary conceived Jesus in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist. This means that Jesus was born 15 months after the angel Gabriel appeared to Elizabeth’s husband, Zacharias, and informed him that his wife would bear a child.

According to Luke 1:5, Zacharias was a priest of the division of Abijah. Luke 1:8 says that Gabriel appeared to Zacharias while he was serving as a priest in the Temple.

We know from the Talmud and other sources that the division of Abijah served as priests during the second half of the fourth month of the Jewish religious calendar — which would have put it in late June (the Jewish religious calendar begins in March with Passover).

Fifteen months later would place the birth of Jesus in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. That would be in the fall of the year, in either late September or early October. His conception, not His birth, would have occurred in December of the previous year.

The seventh month of the Jewish calendar is the month of the Feast of Tabernacles. John 1:14, speaking of Jesus as the Word, says: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” The word “dwelt” that is used here is the Greek word “skenoo” which literally means “to tabernacle”!

So, when God came to earth to tabernacle among Men it appears that He timed His arrival in the Bethlehem manger to coincide with the Feast of Tabernacles. That was only appropriate, for the Feast of Tabernacles is the most joyous of all the Jewish feasts. It is, in fact, their feast of thanksgiving.

The total meaning of that feast will not be fulfilled until the Lord returns again to tabernacle among Men for a thousand years while He reigns over the earth from Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Isn’t the Word of God marvelous?


It’s About Time:

When was Jesus Born?

By Dr. James Ya’akov Hugg

Editor’s Note: James W. Hugg, PhD, has been a disciple of the Messiah since 1971 and has been a member of the Lamb and Lion Board of Trustees since 1982. James has been active in leading worship and teaching youth and adult Bible classes. He has been involved since 1989 in Messianic Judaism, working with Jews for Jesus in street evangelism, and serving as cantor in several Messianic Jewish congregations. James holds dual citizenship in the USA and Israel (where he is called Ya’akov), and dual membership in Northway Fellowship Church, Clifton Park, NY, and Seed of Abraham Messianic Jewish Congregation in Albany, NY. Dr. Hugg is a senior research physicist at the General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, where he designs molecular imaging scanners, including SPECT, PET, and MRI. Dr. Hugg earned his doctorate in nuclear physics from Stanford University. He is married, and he and his wife, Shoshanna, have two children.

I am a research physicist who escaped the slavery of devotion to the atheist religion of secular humanism and the evolutionary worldview. I have investigated a number of biblical topics related in some way to better understanding “time” and I want to share some of my faith-building findings with you.

God created time “In the beginning…” and placed humans into this temporal world to separate the sheep from the goats in preparation for the eternal world where we sheep will live in His presence. So the title of my article “It’s about Time” has a double meaning: I want to write about topics related to questions of time, and the expression “it’s about time” reminds us that our Lord and Savior will soon return to conclude this phase of world history and to establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth.

The Christmas Tradition

We celebrate the birth of Messiah (Christ) on Christmas (from Old English, meaning “coming of Christ”), the 25th day of December. This date was first observed in 336 AD, some 24 years after the Roman emperor Constantine established Christianity as the state religion. Apparently, Pope Julius I chose to replace the pagan winter solstice feast in honor of Mithra, the “Unconquered Sun,” that had been officially recognized by the emperor Aurelian in 274 AD. From Rome, the new feast celebrating the birthday of the “Sun of Righteousness” (Malachi 4:2) spread to all other churches (except the Armenian church) over the following century.

As many Christians are aware, the modern Christmas celebration combines many strands of tradition including the ancient Roman pagan festival of Saturnalia (merrymaking, exchange of presents), the old Germanic midwinter customs (Yule log, decorating evergreen trees), the tradition of Francis of Assisi (displaying the crib, or crèche of Jesus), the medieval feast of St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas in Dutch, hence “Santa Claus”), and the British sending of greeting cards (1840s). The Puritan pilgrims did not celebrate Christmas because of its many unbiblical associations. The holiday was officially recognized in the United States in 1870.

The Dutch Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is the origin of the North American Santa Claus. According to legend, Sinterklaas makes his rounds on December 5, Saint Nicholas’s Eve. Dressed in a catholic bishop’s robes, Sinterklaas rides through the streets distributing sweets to the children. According to some versions of the popular legend, another figure accompanies him named Black Peter, who carries a whip with which to chastise naughty children.

The Historical Evidence

I think it is fair and not overly critical for us to admit that the date chosen by Constantine and Pope Julius I to celebrate the birth of Jesus was not based on good historical or biblical evidence. Let’s look for that overlooked evidence in the historical account of the birth of Jesus recorded by Dr. Luke.

Chart Jesus' Birth

1) Our first clue is found in Luke 1:5. Here is how it reads in the Complete Jewish Bible:1 “In the days of Herod, King of Y’hudah (Judea), there was a cohen (Jewish priest) named Z’kharyah (Zacharias) who belonged to the Aviyah (Abijah) division.” The service of the Abijah division of priests was scheduled for the last two weeks of the fourth month of the Jewish religious calendar (15-29 Tammuz, June-July), according to the Talmud (rabbinic commentaries) and Qumran sources.2

Dr. Luke tells us that Zacharias was serving in the 2nd Jewish Temple in Jerusalem when he was chosen to enter the holy place to burn incense outside the Holy of Holies. The archangel Gavri’el (Gabriel) appeared to Zacharias and revealed that he and his barren wife Elisheva (Elizabeth) would have a son named Yochanan (John) who would precede and prepare the way for the Messiah. He returned home after his two-week service, then his wife conceived, as Gabriel had prophesied. The earliest date for John’s conception would be the 1st of Av (July).

2) In the 6th month (Kislev-Tevet, December) of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, Gabriel visited Miryam (Mary) in Nazareth to announce: “You will become pregnant, you will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Yeshua (Jesus, meaning “God’s salvation”)” (Luke 1:31, CJB). Gabriel also revealed to Mary that her relative, Elizabeth, was six-months pregnant. Elizabeth’s sixth month included the celebration of the Jewish feast of Hanukkah, the “Feast of the Dedication” (John 10:22) connected with the rededication of the temple after the Maccabean revolt. Without delay, Mary hurried to visit Elizabeth (Luke 1:39), about a week’s journey on foot from Nazareth.

3) When Mary arrived, Elizabeth greeted her: “How blessed is the child in your womb!” (Luke 1:42). From this, we conclude that there was no delay between the time of Gabriel’s announcement to Mary and the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. We can infer that the same was true for the conception of John. At most, only a few days passed between the announcement and the fulfillment of each of these two angelic prophecies.

4) Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months, until John was born (probably during Pesach or Passover, 15-21 Nisan, April), circumcised on the eighth day, and given his prophesied name (Luke 1:57-80). One of the long-held Jewish traditions is that the prophet Elijah will return at Passover (Malachi 3:14:5-6). Gabriel had prophesied to Zacharias that John would come “in the spirit and power of Eliyahu (Elijah)” (Luke 1:17, CJB).

5) Mary returned to Nazareth, where an angel (probably Gabriel again) reassured her betrothed husband: “Yosef (Joseph), son of David, do not be afraid to take Miryam (Mary) home with you as your wife; for what has been conceived in her is from the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Yeshua [which means ADONAI (God) saves], because He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21, CJB). Emperor Augustus ordered a census that required Joseph to take Mary to Beit-Lechem (Bethlehem) where she gave birth to Jesus (probably during Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, 15-21 Tishrei, September-October). “The Word [Jesus] became a human being and lived [tabernacled] with us” (John 1:14).

6) The night of the birth of Jesus, an angel (probably the archangel Michael) appeared with the angelic armies of heaven to announce the birth to the shepherds of Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-15). Perhaps there is a long forgotten connection with Michaelmas (“coming of Michael”) Day, the feast of Michael the Archangel, which is celebrated in some traditions (particularly in the United Kingdom) on the 29th of September. Michael is the leader of the angelic armies who hurls Lucifer (Satan, the Devil) down from heaven because of his treachery (Revelation 12:7).

7) Joseph and Mary presented Jesus at the Jewish Temple on the 40th day after His birth (probably late Cheshvan, early November) for the ceremony of Pidyon HaBen (redemption of the firstborn son). There He received the blessings of Shim’on (Simeon) and Hannah, two righteous Jewish prophets (Luke 2:22-38).

8) Magi from the east came (probably in Winter) to inquire of King Herod about the birth of Jesus. The head cohanim (Jewish priests) admitted that Messiah must be born in Bethlehem, so the Magi went there (three miles from Jerusalem) and found Joseph, Mary, and Jesus living in a house. They worshipped Him and gave Him gifts, then obeyed an angelic warning (probably Gabriel) to avoid revealing to King Herod the location of Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12).

9) After the Magi departed Bethlehem, an angel (probably Gabriel) warned Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape King Herod’s attempt to murder Jesus. They left that same night (Matthew 2:13-15). King Herod ordered the slaughter of all boys in Bethlehem up to age two, but Joseph escaped with his family to Egypt (possibly the Sinai peninsula), where they remained until Herod’s death (Matthew 2:16-18). I assume that Herod included a margin of error in calculating how old the newborn Messiah, King of the Jews, would be when he ordered the murder of all Bethlehem boys less than two years old.

10) After King Herod’s death, an angel (probably Gabriel) appeared to Joseph to tell him it was safe to return home to Nazareth (Matthew 2:19-23). The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus recorded the death of the evil King Herod in the spring of 4 BC.3 I assume that Herod did not live long after the slaughter of the innocent boys of Bethlehem, and thus that the family of Jesus did not stay long in Egypt. Therefore, we can place the birth of Jesus on a fairly well constrained timeline.

Determining the Date

If Jesus was born during Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, (which began the 29th of September) in 5 BC, as we deduced from the evidence above, then His conception was probably during Hanukkah, possibly as late as the 25th of December in 6 BC. It is also possible that the Magi visited Bethlehem around the 25th of December in 5 BC, when Jesus would have been almost 3 months old.

‘Anno Domini’ (AD) dating was adopted in Western Europe during the 8th century. In 525 AD when the monk Dionysius Exiguus (Dennis the Little, meaning humble) calculated the year of Jesus’ birth, he missed by about 3 years. We now have evidence that Herod died in 4 BC, probably less than a year after Jesus was born.

The Significance

Does it really matter when Jesus was born or when we celebrate Christmas? In some ways, no, it doesn’t matter — after all, if it was critically important to know precisely when Jesus was born, God would have told us He was born on a particular day and month and year. We have the freedom as believers to celebrate, or not to celebrate, the birth of our Lord and Savior on any day of our choosing (Romans 14:1-12).

Christmas is not a commandment. It is far more important HOW we celebrate (“remember the reason for the season”) than WHEN. Let us not give or receive condemnation for observing the 25th of December, rather let us celebrate that God’s Son became fully human and lived a perfect life so that He could become our perfect sacrifice and conquer sin and death in our place.

But, in another way, it IS important to consider the evidence God gave us and to place it in a proper Jewish context so that we can better understand the foundation of our faith. For example, the information I have presented in this article makes it clear that an important prophecy about the Messiah was fulfilled in the life of Jesus. That prophecy is found in Genesis 49:10 — “The scepter will not pass from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his legs, until Shiloh [Messiah] comes, and it is He whom the peoples will obey.”Second Temple rabbis understood this as a Messianic prophecy.

In about 7 AD, the Romans abolished the power of the Jewish Sanhedrin Council in Judah to pronounce the death penalty.4 Furthermore, Herod was the first king of Israel who was not a descendent of the tribe of Judah. However, Jesus had already been born in 5 BC, before the scepter and staff (power) departed from Judah.

There is a deeper meaning and real significance to the conclusion that Jesus was probably born during the Feast of Tabernacles, thus bringing partial fulfillment to the prophetic type of that important feast established by God. Tabernacles (booths) are temporary, insecure dwellings and emphasize our reliance on God’s grace. So also the temporary human body in which the Son of God dwelled among us demonstrated what total reliance on God can accomplish.

The ultimate fulfillment of the prophetic significance of the Feast of Tabernacles will occur when Jesus returns in glory and majesty to tabernacle among us as King of kings and Lord of lords. Maranatha!

Daniel 8 Prophecy Begins to Unfold

For some time, people (Turks and Syrian refugees) have been fleeing Turkey, or else fleeing Syria through Turkey to Greece; but the Macedonian army is building fences to stop the influx. Why has this passage been happening if Turkey has been stable and not overtly involved with the Russian occupation in Syria? What do Turks and Syrian refugees know that our (American) media haven’t been telling us?

TURKEY’S GAME

Turkey has been and is overtly involved with civil war of Syria and the Russian occupation! In late June/early July, Turkey made plans to invade Syria. In early August, Erdogan’s behaviors of Syrian invasion were reported as erratic. And now, Turkey embroils itself with Russia by shooting down one of Putin’s war jets. To be fair, Russia has been “buzzing” Turkey’s borders for weeks. However, the President of Turkey has taunted Russia, refusing to apologize for the jet downing and being otherwise provocative:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia’s President Vladimir Putin not to “play with fire” over his country’s downing of a Russian jet. — BBC, Nov. 27, 2015

Putin labels Erdogan and Turkey “Accomplices of Terrorists,” and Erdogan is on the defensive. Is Putin correct in any way? It is safe to say that Erdogan is self-contradictory in his political and military aims. Again, in late June, Turkey’s president planned to send troops to Syria in order to fight Kurdish rebels and ISIS. At the same time, Erdogan (having a pact with USA) sent thousands of young Turks into Syria, helping the Kurdish rebels and strengthening ISIS. The UK’s Telegraph calls this a “duping” of the US. I call it a war of proxies.

So, let me clarify. Release of military advisement documents by Judicial Watch this past May (2015) reveal that the USA knowingly gave rise to ISIS by the political vacuum it created in Iraq. [see also these resources: Fox News, Info Wars, WashingtonsBlog] Furthermore, the alliance which the Obama administration has made with Turkey has only led to the strengthening of ISIS and the ongoing overthrow of Assad’s Syria, which Russia wishes to keep in power due to Russian interests.

While Putin may say he is ready to cooperate with a US-led coalition against ISIS, he is anything but benign or friendly, “saying the U.S. should have prevented its coalition ally Turkey from making such a move [i.e. jet downing],” and, “that Russia will hold “serious consultations” with the U.S. over the incident” (ABC News).

THE SIDES

To be sure, the sides in this Prophetic Middle East, Ezekiel 38 War are:

Please note the above proxy opponents, Turkey and Iraq. Russia is too spread out to maintain its NATO skirmishes over Ukraine, fight in Syria and invade Turkey at the same time. The poor relations between Turkey and Russia will not develop into Russia’s invasion of Turkey. Rather, Iran (along with [or in the proxy of] Lebanese Hezbollah & Iraqis) will gladly invade Turkey for Russia just as they did Syria on Sept. 29/Oct. 1, 2015. [see also Info Wars and Israel’s reaction]

DANIEL 8:1-27 (ref. Matt 24:15)| Vision at Susa, Elam 

How can I assert this prediction of Turkey fighting Iraq? Because the Bible predicts it. In Daniel 8, one reads an admittedly complex prophecy. There is an aspect of this prophecy which was fulfilled in Alexander the Great (Greek) vs. Medo-Persia and the eventual rise of Antiochus Epiphanes (Seleucid). These kingdoms, wars & rulers signified the end of the age which preceded Christ’s first advent.

Yet, there is another aspect to the Daniel 8 prophecy found in verses 10-12. As the original Goat and Ram conflict preceded the end of the age before Christ’s first advent, even so a loosely-represented déjà vu of Ram vs. Goat will precipitate “the appointed time of the end” …in which will arise the Little Horn, the Anti-Christ… which must occur before the Second Advent of Christ. The second Goat and Ram conflict, couched within the Ezekiel 38 War of Gog and Magog are the turmoil which bring to a close the “final period of indignation” (Dan. 8:19), and at the same time, usher in “the appointed time of the end” (a.k.a. the Great Tribulation Period) directly preceding the Second Advent of Christ.

Turkey is in its locality and in its alliances [see also Reuters] is everything and everyone that descends from the Greek-influenced West (Goat). Iran and Iraq are themselves the locality and descendants of Medo-Persia (Ram). According to the prophecy, Iraq (ISIS/ISIL) will invade Turkey as they push West, North and South, and no one will be able to stop them until they meet up with Turkey. At that point, the Goat will win, and Turkey would doubtless try to assume control of Iraq as one power. But, out of this a Little Horn (ruler) will arise, becoming increasingly great. Once Iraq invades Turkey and is defeated, then the stage will be fully set for the Little Horn—the Anti-Christ—to arise.

All of this is admittedly several months, maybe as much as a couple of years away. But, it is unfolding. The 3rd Temple of the Jews must be rebuilt, and it will be built soon. But, remember the words of our Lord, Who said (after the time of Antiochus Epiphanes):

Matthew 24:15-21

15Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 17 let him who is on the housetop not go down to get the things out that are in his house; 18 and let him who is in the field not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days! 20 But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath; 21 for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall.


 

UPDATES & OTHER RESOURCES:

Feb. 21, 2016: Arutz Sheva | Hamas terror cell planned to assassinate Netanyahu



Feb. 16, 2016: Forbes | Putin Threatens World War Again, This Time Over Syria: Will Turks and Saudis Call His Bluff

Update: Greece Recognizes Palestine as a State | RT, December 22, 2015 — This is a political move by proxy of the Roman Catholic Church, which previously acquired Greek Orthodoxy. It serves as a quid pro quo to Palestinians for the Jews’ obtaining control of the Temple Mount in order to build their 3rd Temple: PA statehood recognition by an EU country (which Seals Palestinian statehood globally) … and for that Palestine agrees to Vatican control of Temple Mount

Understanding the Letter of James, Part 1

It is worth repeating, “Context is King.” The Book of James presents lots of trouble to the reader, if one doesn’t keep in mind that the letter is (in fact) a letter, which has an original cause for its having been written and also a two-sectioned audience.

Firstly, one notices that James opens with a “To” line. The half-brother of Jesus is writing to a Jewish audience—Jewish in physical lineage but “born again” through repentance toward God and faith in Jesus as the Messiah. Why would James write to these “12 tribes scattered abroad”? Before the Dispersion of the Christians from Jerusalem (Acts 11:19; not to be confused with the B.C. Dispersion), James served as one of the ‘pillars’ (pastors) of the Christian church in Jerusalem (Galatians 1:18-2:10). Just as Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, James (along with Peter and John) were Apostles to the Jews. Just as Peter wrote to Jewish believers “exiled” from Jerusalem (1 Peter 1), James is writing to the Jewish believers expelled from Jerusalem, who ended up in Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch of Syria as a result of persecution.

These facts determine a great deal about interpretation of the letter; AND it has direct application to today’s Christians who survive the atrocities of ISIS.

[Aside Prayer and Plea: God bless you and keep you, my brothers and sisters, and multiply His grace and peace to you through our Lord Jesus Christ! We shall know more about it further on, when we join Him at the Great Supper of the Lamb and His Bride. // Please support refugees of Syria through donating to Heart for Lebanon, a Christian humanitarian aid organization, lodging Syrian refugees and serving the impoverished of Lebanon in Jesus’ Name.]

The key to opening your understanding of the Book of James is realizing James addresses poor Jewish Christians and rich Jewish Christians—those who had lost everything due to persecution and those who knew the comforts of a settled life. The dispersed Jewish believers had just endured the turning over of their life circumstances. They fled. Some probably took very little, others probably took more; but none took all of their possessions. When they arrived to these places, they found life very hard indeed. They also found other gentile Christians (from the Day of Pentecost) in Antioch, who were undisturbed by the persecutions the Jerusalem Christians had faced. Bottom line: some Christians had more physical possessions and comforts than others. Some did not have so much as food or a jacket.

Trials, especially persecutions and their after effects, require Divine wisdom from above and trust in God as the Great Redeemer of all evil for good. There is no other way to endure trials with faith intact. Many of James’ original audience were tempted to think ill of God, if not one another. Strife broke out. These facts will also help the reader in interpretation of James. Put yourself in the setting. Imagine.

Also realize that God inspires James to scold Christians who claimed faith in God to provide for their fellow believers in need, yet would not provide for their brothers and sisters food or clothing when they had them to give. That kind of “faith in God” is dead. Essentially, James states if one trusts that God is mighty enough to provide for the needs of another, then he himself ought to put that faith into action by meeting the need. That is the sort of faith (trust) in God that is alive. It says, “Since I believe God provides coats, here is my extra… I will trust God to replace my abundance, unless my abundance was always meant for your need anyway.” [Note: we should not give in such a way to make ourselves suffer need (2 Corinthians 8:8-15).]

When reading the book, one can note the exchanges of address from “rich” to “poor” to “both” quite clearly. Then, after you have gained the setting and their bearing on the passages, apply the principles to your own life. In part 2, I will outline the book by paragraph, according to audience: Rich (R), Poor (P) or Both (B).

In closing this introduction to James, I give a tremendously encouraging truth. Trials do indeed require Divine wisdom. God gives us answers if we will ask for it, trusting in His goodness and not wavering. I imagine that God told many of the dispersed what He told Luke (writer of Acts)—Jesus had predicted dispersion (Acts 1:8); they were fulfilling the words and will of God as witnesses of Jesus, painful as it may be. [It is the same with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. Prophecies which concern Jesus are unfolding.] Thankfully, the dispersed Jewish Christians at Antioch took James’ letter to heart. Acts 11 reads on to tell us (verse 26) that the believers were “first called Christians at Antioch.” Apparently, despite all they had suffered and despite all the strife described in James, the believers were so liberally blessed with Divine wisdom that the pagan souls around them knew Christ in them. They were… Christians.