Yahusha’s Birth

When was it?

Born on December 25th?

Is it possible this blessed event happened on December 25th? (which is the 9th day of the 10th month?)

The intention of this study is to help people understand the fallacy of the December 25th tradition of man.

Our Salvation

  • Luke 2:11 “Because there was born to you today in the city of Dawid a Savior, who is Messiah, the Master.”
  • Luke 2:12 “And this is the sign to you: You shall find a baby wrapped up, lying in a feeding trough.”

Zekaryah the Kohen (Priest)

To ascertain the correct time of the birth of Yahusha, we must first find the details of the birth of John the Baptist. This takes us directly to his parents – Zekaryah and Elisheba.

  • Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herodes, the sovereign of Yahudah, a certain priest named Zekaryah, of the division of Abiyah. And his wife was of the daughters of Aharon, and her name was Elisheba.

Zekaryah’s Priestly Duties

  • Zekaryah (Zacharias) was a priest within the Aharonic Priesthood. Luke 1:5 informed us that Zekaryah belonged to the Abiyah division of priests.
  • We also see that Zekaryah belonged to the 8th division, and they, as the others, would serve in the Tabernacle two times within a year, not including the mandatory ‘Set-Apart Appointed Times’ that each Priest must serve.
  • 1 Ch 24:10 the 7th to Haqqots, the 8th to Abiyah,
  • Zekaryah, the Kohen haGadol (High Priest) was performing the sanctuary service at the altar of incense in the Tabernacle.

Zekaryah’s Kohen haGadol Duties

  • Zekaryah would serve in the 8th individual week after the Tequfah (vernal equinox) had initiated YaHuWaH’s new year.
  • He would also serve during the weeks of Passover/Unleavened Bread and Shavuot when all priests must perform service duty together during the Moedim (Appointed Times).
  • Zekaryah (while serving at the Altar of Incense – Luke 1:8,9) was burning the incense – roughly, in the week prior to Shavuot (Pentecost).

A Messenger from YaHuWaH visits Zakaryah

  • Luke 1:11 And a messenger of YaHuWaH appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar on incense.
  • This is the Messenger’s communication to Zekaryah:
  • Luke 1:13 But the messenger said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zekaryah, for your prayer is heard. And your wife Elisheba shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Yohanan.

The Messenger’s Timeframe

  • Did the Messenger of YaHuWaH provide a timeframe of when Zekaryah might expect this miraculous event to occur?
  • Luke 1:20 “But see, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day this takes place because you did not believe my words which shall be filled in their appointed time.”
  • Note: YaHuWaH’s message clearly indicated that the words the Messenger spoke were to be fulfilled on a moed (appointed time).
  • Question: Was this specific appointed time a Moed (Set-Apart Appointed Time) or was it simply a moed, an appointment?

APPOINTED TIME? … or appointed time?

  • What is the difference between the two appointed times?
  • One Appointed Time is a Qodesh (Set-Apart) Appointed Time which can only be deemed Qodesh by YaHuWaH.
  • The other appointed time is just a normal set time to assemble for a normal reason. YaHuWaH can appoint this type of appointment also, as well as man.

Zekaryah’s moed (appointed time)

  • The Messenger of YaHuWaH had informed Zekaryah of the time frame when he could expect a newborn son, and, when his voice would be returned to him. This specific timeframe was deemed, by the Messenger, as an appointed time.
  • Questions? Was this highly important event to occur on a Set-Apart Appointed Time as seen when the Feasts and Festivals are observed?
  • Or was this child, the one to herald the coming Messiah to the world, to be born on just an ordinary appointed day?

Elisheba’s Repose

  • Luke 1:23 And it came to be, as soon as the days of his [Zekaryah] service were completed, he [Zekaryah] went away to his house.
  • Luke 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisheba conceived. And she hid herself five months …
  • Elisheba became pregnant as promised by the Messenger. Elisheba then took five months repose time preparing to be a mother.
  • Question: When the Scriptures say – after Zekaryah’s service time was finished – does that include the time of Shavuot where the High Priest must do service also?
  • Note: Elisheba’s five months of repose takes this timeframe into the 8th month which is around the end of October mark.

Let’s take a bit of time to summarize what we know thus far on a classic calendar format.

Zekaryah Returns Home to Elisheba

Zekaryah, being the Kohen haGadol (High Priest), was also required to serve during the Feast of Shavuot.

The Scriptures declare that Zekaryah returned home to Elisheba after his service duty in the Tabernacle had been fulfilled. Let’s read from the Scriptures of this account.

  • Luke 1:23 And it came to be, as soon as the days of his service were completed, he went away to his house.
  • Luke 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisheba conceived. And she hid herself five months …

This five months of hiding reaches, at the least, into the 8th month of the year!

Side Note: The full week wherein Pentecost occurs is highlighted above. This is seen in the recorded fact from the Scriptures that the kohenim (priests) started their weekly service on a Sabbath, and ended on a Sabbath. See 2 Kings 11:9 and 2 Chronicles 23:8.

Now let’s return and look at the first five months of Elisheba’s pregnancy.

Note: We are expecting that Elisheba became pregnant fairly quickly, around the middle of the 3rd month. That brings the 1st month of pregnancy, ENDING during the middle of the 4th month, and so on through the pregnancy! The 5th month of pregnancy would then have ended in the middle of the 8th month!

YaHuWaH’s Respect for a Lady With Child

YaHuWaH has provided a brilliant display of His high respect for a lady carrying a child within.

Note that He did not tell Miryam of Elisheba’s condition until her time of hiding had passed!

It was on the LAST HALF OF THE 8th month of the year, INTO the 6th month of pregnancy for Elisheba (Luke 1:26), before YaHuWaH sent a messenger to Miryam.

For those wishing texts to show that Miryam was of the bloodline of Aharon, please look up: Jer 33.15; Zech 3:8; Zech 6:11-13.

Let’s look at the next three months of Miryam’s visitation. Starting halfway into the 8th month, we count three more months. This brings time to midway through the 11th month.

These three months saw Miryam staying with Elisheba, caring for her, and most likely assisting with the chores around the house.

The Grand Meeting

  • What highly significant event occurred when Miryam met and greeted Elisheba?
  • Luke1:41 And it came to be, when Elisheba heard the greeting of Miryam, that the baby leaped in her womb. And Elisheba was filled with the Set-Apart Spirit,
  • Luke 1:42 and called out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
  • Luke 1:43 “And who am I, that the mother of my Master should come to me?”
  • Luke 1:44 “For look, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”

When Does Life Begin?

  • When the baby Yohanan (John), at approximately six months in the womb, realized the early beginnings of life at the point very near to conception, in the womb of Miryam, he leaped for joy!
  • Yohanan, while still in the womb, realized that life begins at conception!
  • Should we also accept this as a very important lesson for our lives?

Back to Luke And The three Months

Luke 1:56 And Miryam stayed with her about three months and returned to her home.

  • It is good to carefully note that we have not been given solid dates to define the exact timing of Miryam’s return to her home.
  • We have been given only approximation times of this event.
  • We cannot say for absolute certainty just when it was that Miryam returned to her home.
  • We do know it was sometime before the Passover.

Elisheba Gives Birth To Yohanan (John)

  • Luke 1:57 And the time was filled for Elisheba to give birth, and she bore a son.
  • The timeframe established from the time Zekaryah served in the Tabernacle presents the position that Yohanan (John) was born very close to the Passover season. Many people say it was on Passover; this author cannot go there.
  • So what does this information of Yohanan’s (John’s) birth do for us?

When Was Yahusha Born?

  • By understanding the 6th month message during Elisheba’s pregnancy, and establishing Yohanan’s (John’s) approximate birth date, we can come very close to understanding about when our Messiah was born.
  • Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the messenger Gabri’ӗl was sent by Elohim to a city of Galil named Natsareth,
  • Luke 1:27 to a maiden engaged to a man whose name was Yoseph, of the house of Dawid. And the maiden’s name was Miryam.
  • The Messenger delivered the Divine Proposal and gave Miryam this next bit of timing information.

What Was The TIME Separation?

  • Luke 1:36 “And see, Elisheba your relative, she has also conceived a son in her old age. And this is now the sixth month to her who was called barren,
  • When Miryam agreed to be the mother of Yahusha, and she conceived through the Ruach haQodesh, there was approximately a six month difference separating Yohanan (John) and Yahusha.
  • What then is the next step?

Was Yahusha Born On December 25?

  • How many months from Pesach (Passover) to Sukkot (Tabernacles)?
  • Six! Six months from early Abib brings us to the beginning of Tishri, the 7th month (approx. the middle of Sept).
  • This study was not created to pinpoint a day upon which Yahusha was born. Having seen many theories and angles on this (with all of them attempting to pinpoint a different day of birth), that will not be attempted here.
  • Because of the absence of solid facts available to point to one specific day, this author will refrain from the effort.

Was Yahusha Born The 1st Day Of Tabernacles?

  • What is important, is the fact that Yahusha was born near the beginning of Sukkot. A LOOOOOONG way from December 25!
  • Looking at Luke we see the allowance for numerous days there in Bethlehem before Yahusha was born, quite likely, before Sukkot.
  • Luke 2:6 And it came to be, that while they were there, the days were filled for her to give birth.
  • This shows that Yoseph and Miryam were in Bethlehem for a short lapse of time before Yahusha was born.
  • Declaring a certain specific birth date beyond any shadow of a doubt, is just not possible from the information we have.

What is Yisrael’s weather like in December? Would there be weather complications for a December birth for Yahusha?

Yisra’El in December!

  • Ezra 10:9 Then all the men of Yahudah and Binyamin gathered at Yerushalayim within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth of the month. And all the people sat in the open space of the House of Elohim, trembling because of the matter and because of showers of rain. [9th month, approx.. – early December]
  • Ezra 10:13 “But the people are many, and it is the season of showers of rain, and we are not able to stand outside. And the work not of one or two days, for we have greatly transgressed in this matter.”
  • Song of Songs 2:11 “For look, the winter is past, the rain is over,

Winter in Yisra’El!

  • The Scriptures have just given us a clear concept of the weather in Yisra’El during the 9th month which coincides loosely with December. It is RAINY. This is the wet season. Do they receive snow? ABSOLUTELY!
  • Do you expect your Loving Father would cause Miryam to be traveling with a child {Yahusha haMashiach} within, in this type of weather? Rain, snow, mud, wind, etc.!
  • What about the shepherds who were tending to the sheep that were destined for slaughter as sacrifices for the Tabernacles? Would they have kept the sheep out in the fields, extended two months beyond the normal times of bringing them to shelter, on this particular year just to fulfill the Torah? (See Luke 2:8)
  • Or is it possible that the shepherds had their flocks in a protected environment prior to the arrival of the difficult winter season; exactly as they do today?

A Jewish Perspective

  • An interesting perspective is seen when listening to a Jewish person who has lived in Yisra’El. When Christians try to tell them about ‘Jesus’ being born at Christmas and they see everyone celebrating the 25th of December as His birthday, they just shake their heads in dismay.
  • They wonder if Christians have taken a serious fall and if they are no longer able to comprehend the Scriptures, or, if they are just plain intentionally ignorant of what is recorded within the Scriptures pertaining to the birth of Yahusha.
  • They marvel at the thought of YaHuWaH, the loving Father, causing Yoseph to travel during the rainy winter season in the cold and mud, with a very pregnant wife.

Remember: The intention of this study was to help people understand the fallacy of the December 25th  tradition of man – not His actual birth date.

  • It is hoped that we will realize the immense importance that YaHuWaH places upon the Moedim for timing of this universe. Also, that this importance will be understood and transferred in view of the final period of this earth. It is then, the Moedim will have tremendous prominence in determining YaHuWaH’s events.
  • We are commanded to remember Yahusha’s death, not to celebrate birthdays as kinds did! If we were commanded to celebrate His birth, would there not have been a Moed established for that purpose? Sukkot gives us an approximate time, (not an ‘exactness’) for us to celebrate His coming to DWELL with us on this earth.

Part #2

What is the connection of Yahusha’s birth to the Feast of Sukkot for our assembly plans today?

  • Mosheh climbed up Mt Sinai many times – 8 times for sure.
  • The Everlasting Covenant that we re-established – were the spoken words also written on tablets, by YaHuWaH.
  • Abraham was already living this same Everlasting Covenant when he was given the Covenant for possession of the land.
  • This Everlasting Covenant given to Mosheh was understood, agreed upon, and ratified by not only Mosheh but also by Aharon, Nadab, Abihu, and the 70 elders.
  • What was the time frame and significance of it all in terms of our belief structure today?
  • Exodus 24:3 And Mosheh came and related to the people all the Words of YaHuWaH and all the Right-Rulings. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the Words which YaHuWaH has spoken we shall do.”
  • The Hebrew nation then sacrificed animals to YaHuWaH, and Mosheh took the blood and sprinkled it on the altar. (Ex 24:4-6)
  • Exodus 24:7,8 –
  • And he took the book of the covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that YaHuWaH has spoken we shall do, and obey.” And Mosheh took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “See the blood of the covenant which YaHuWaH has made with you concerning all these Words.”
  • The sacrifices and the sprinkling of blood had been accomplished.
  • What was the final necessary act to complete a full ratification of the Everlasting Covenant?
  • The sealing meal must be eaten!
  • Who ate this ultra-significant sealing meal? – Ex 24:9-11 And Mosheh went up, also Aharon, Nadab, And Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Yisra’El. And they saw the Elohim of Yisra’El, and under His feet like a paved work of sapphire stone, and like the shamayim for brightness. Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the chiefs of the children of Yisra’El! And they saw Elohim, and they ate and drank.

OK! The Everlasting Covenant was signed, sealed, and ratified.

What weight should that have on our lives – RIGHT NOWTODAY?

  • In terms of our assembly here today, what statutes were included within the agreement that all Yisra’El accepted and vowed to stand by?
  • Exodus 23:14-15
  • Three times in the year you are to celebrate a Festival to Me:
  • Guard the Festival of Unleavened Bread. Seven days you eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed on the month of Abib – for in it you came out of Mitsrayim – and do not appear before me empty-handed;
  • Exodus 23:16,17
  • And the Festival of the Harvest, the first-fruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Festival of Ingathering at the outgoing of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors in the field.
  • Three times in the year all your males are to appear before YaHuWaH.
  • Some of us here today have voluntarily chosen to obey the statutes of YaHuWaH and will present ourselves before Him in accordance with the blood ratified Everlasting Covenant.
  • It is the very same Everlasting Covenant that Mosheh and the Hebrew nation agreed to obey.
  • Let us choose to assemble on YaHuWaH’s Qodesh (Set-Apart) Appointed Time. It is the final Qodesh Appointed Time of the early worship cycles!
  • What then is the reasoning, or purposeful theme, of Sukkot?
  • What is the meaning of the Hebrew word Sukkot?
  • The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament Koehler & Baumgartner pg. 753 [suka] – 1. a lions lair        2. Hut – made from twigs and matting; [sukkot] – 1. On the Feast of Tabernacles a person lives for seven days in [a sukkot] made from leafy branches, on roofs, and in courtyards.
  • A Hebrew Lexicon By John Parkhurst 1776 pg. 351 [suk], plural – [sukkot] a pavilion, booth, bower, tabernacle, covert, or the like. Little booths or huts are still usually erected in the eastern gardens for the sake of watching them; 1 Kings 20:12 & 16 – pavilions, but it probably means no more than slight temporary booths made with the bows of trees…
  • Yahusha – in birthing, came to ‘dwell’ with us.
  • Starting with the Feast of Sukkot, Yahusha lived on this earth fulfilling the will of YaHuWaH, the Torah guidelines, word for word, without discrepancy.
  • What then is the reasoning for observing and rehearsing future Festivals of Sukkot?
  • What were the words of Yahusha in Matthew 26:29?
  • But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, UNTIL THAT DAY when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. KJV
  • Also, the words of Yahusha in Luke 22:18!
  • For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of YaHuWaH shall come. KJV
  • Considering that YaHuWaH does not change, (Malachi 3:6) –
  • What will be established once again in the kingdom of YaHuWaH?
  • What has YaHuWaH asserted that He will do at this particular time? Ezekiel 37:26
  • And I shall make a covenant of peace with them – an EVERLASTING COVENANT it is with them. And I shall place them and increase them and shall place My Miqdash [sanctuary] in their midst, forever.
  • And Ezekiel 36:27
  • And I will put My Spirit [ruach] within you, and CAUSE YOU TO WALK IN MY STATUTES, AND YE SHALL KEEP MY JUDGMENTS, AND DO THEM.
  • What Everlasting Covenant, and its contents, will be established in the Kingdom of YaHuWaH?
  • This kingdom of YaHuWaH will realize the very same Everlasting Covenant as given to Abraham, re-iterated to Mosheh which he then ratified by blood; and re-established with the life and death of Yahusha haMashiach.
  • Question: What conditions does the Everlasting Covenant contain?
  • Exodus 23:14-15 Three times in a year you are to celebrate a Festival to Me: Guard the Festival of Unleavened Bread, as I have commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib – for in it you came out of Mitsrayim – and do not appear before me empty-handed.
  • Exodus 23:16-17 And the Festival of the Harvest, the first-fruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Festival of Ingathering at the outgoing of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors in the field. Three times in the year all your males are to appear before YaHuWaH.

The same Everlasting Covenant with the Feasts and Festivals will also be celebrated in YaHuWaH’s kingdom.

We will be rehearsing for that momentous time when we will be fully YaHuWaH’s people.

Rev 2:26, 27 Any he who overcomes, AND GUARDS MY WORKS until the end, to him I shall give authority over nations and he shall shepherd them with a rod of iron, as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to pieces, as I also have received from My Father.

When Does The Festival Of Sukkot End?

Zekaryah 14:9 (for full context start reading from verse 1)

And YaHuWaH shall be Sovereign over all the earth. In that day there shall be one YaHuWaH, and His Name one.

Sukkot Timing Information – Zekaryah 14:16-21

16 And it shall be that all who are left from the gentiles which came up against Yerushalayim shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, YaHuWaH of hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot.

17 And it shall be that if any one of the clans of the earth does not come up to Yerushalayim to bow himself to the Sovereign, YaHuWaH of hosts, on them there is to be no rain.

18 And if the clan of Mitsrayim does not come up and enter in, then there is none. On them is the plague with which YaHuWaH plagues the gentiles who do not celebrate the Festival of Sukkot.

19 This is the punishment of Mitsrayim and the punishment of the gentiles that do not come up to observe the Festival of Sukkot.

  • We are commanded to observe YaHuWaH’s Word for a thousand generations. Deut 7:9; 1 Chr 16:15; Ps 105:8 (three witnesses).
  • That command projects obedience to YaHuWaH’s Word well beyond the timeframe brought to view in Rev 21 & 22 when the earth will be made new – when sin will be no more.
  • Interestingly, this obedience time projection fits perfectly with the information of those who will, and will not, observe the Festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles) which re received from Zekaryah (Zechariah).
  • The final Sukkot on this contaminated earth will be after –
  • Rev 12:14 And the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, to fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
  • That is 3,5 years or 4 full cycles of the Moedim (Feasts) ending with the Festival of Sukkot.

Daniel Identifies This Earth’s Final Festival Of Sukkot!

  • And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, and he held up his right and his left hand to the shamayim, and swore to Him who lives forever, that it would be for an appointed time, appointed times, and a half. And when they have ended scattering the power of the qodesh people, then all these shall be completed. Dan 12:7

Let’s deeply consider the idea of Yahusha arriving on this earth before Sukkot to DWELL with us!

Let’s look forward to the Festival of Sukkot with plans to REJOICE because YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH LIVES!

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