A Sabatth Message 12/24/22 – When Was Christ Flesh Born?

When Was Jesus Flesh Born a Babe?

One may ask why I did not just title this message “When was Christ our saviour Born?”. Well, John tells us that the Word (Logos) became flesh, which indicates He existed prior to being born in the flesh. (John 1:14) His name was Emmanuel (Matt. 1:23) and Mary was instructed to call his name JESUS. (Matt. 1:21) He was the express image of Father God by whom He made all the worlds. By the brightness of His glory He upholds all things by the word of His power. (Hebrews 1:1-3) There is no need to try and distinguish who is who with the pronouns He and His because: “In the beginning (at the commencement) was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God (Theos), and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) [1 + 1 = 2 & 1 X 1 = 1] It truly goes with the adage “Like father like son” because they are of the same spirit (mental disposition) and it is holy. Together as “us” they made man, male and female in their image and likeness. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7,18-25) In the beginning there was only two gender pronouns (he & she) for mankind and there still is! [For more in depth detail, see Missing Links, chapters I, II & III in the main menu.]

Now that the stage is set, let’s see what the Bible has to say about when Jesus was born. First off, the year has been disputed for centuries. I believe the year was 5 BC. [I now think it may be 6 BC since it would have been a Shemitah year as is 29 AD , the year of His Crucifixtion. It would not effect the 70 Weeks Prophecy beginning and conclusion dates because in Luke 3:23, he wrote “…began to be about thirty years of age…”.] That leaves us with the season and there are four seasons to the year. Most of the whole world celebrates Jesus’s earthly birthday on the Gregorian calendar’s December 25th, which just happens to be the four days after the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, it would be four days after the summer solstice. This is done by tradition only and is not Biblical as it is by man’s tradition only. Where did this tradition come from? Rome! Isn’t it said, “All roads lead to Rome?

In the New Testament of the Holy Bible, there are only two Gospels that address the physical birth event of Jesus Christ – Luke and Matthew. Two major events (shepherds and wise men) at two separate times are conveyed and do not reflect the traditional nativity story. [Interesting that these facts are in the prime of two.] However, they do tell the true story which is contrary to today’s man-evolved traditions that are so deeply embedded by gererations of tradition. We’ll begin with the Gospel of Luke for the shepherd event occurred first, but the Magi were on their way to Jerusalem.

Luke

First there was the conception which was in the sixth month. This would be the sixth month (Elul – Aug/Sept) of the sacred calendar, which begins in the spring on the new moon closest to the spring equinox. (Luke 1:26-37) Then Mary went to see her cousin Elisabeth, who also received a miracle five months earlier. (Luke 1:24) It just so happened that when Mary went with haste to see Elisabeth in those days of her miracle, Elisabeth was six months pregnant. The sixth month in verse 26 is a calendar (sacred – a lunar type) month, not Elisabeth’s pregnancy month in verse 36. [Luke was writing a declaration of facts to a Roman official titled “most excellent Theophilus”, probably a Senator. Verse 36 would not have been a duplicated fact repeating the date time of verse 26.] Luke 1:41-56 was the first introduction of Jesus to John the Baptist, Jesus’ second cousin. He (John) literally leaped for joy in his mother’s womb! Mary and Elisabeth spent the next three months visiting with each other and praising the Lord who was developing in Mary’s virgin womb. Luke 1:57-80 is the declaration of John the Baptist’s birth until he was grown and began living in the deserts.

Luke picks up with his declaration in the second chapter with the tax decree. This tax decree was a part of the Roman census that was made in 8 BC, then expanded in 5 BC to include the whole of the empire which Judea was part.  Luke 2:6 states that Mary’s days were accomplished while they were there. Rome set this census and tax time during a period that all the males would be in and/or around Jerusalem. Surely the Romans would have known that the best time to catch all the males in or near Jerusalem would be around the time they were required to go there before the Temple, which was Passover, Firstfruits (Pentecost) and Feast of Tabernacles. (Exodus 23:14-19) The first two are in the spring of the year: Nisan (Mar/Apr), the first month according to the Biblical Sacred calendar for Passover/week of unleavened bread and Pentecost in the third month of Sivan (May/June). The third is the Feast of Tabernacles in the seventh month Tishri (Sept/Oct).

In Luke 2:7, Luke states that Mary “brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger (feed crib or trough as for feeding sheep); because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke knew that Mary had other children after the birth of Jesus or else he would not have used the term “firstborn”. The most probable reason there was no room at the inn (motel) was they were all full because of both the feasts and census/tax. Whether it was a stable, barn or cave for housing sheep during the winter makes no difference: however, there would have been plenty of room in the Inn in the winter and no room in barns, stables or caves as they would have been full of sheep. The sheep were out in the countryside grazing on green grass being tended by shepherds which would have been watching over them by night. (Luke 2:8) The grass is not green on the hills in Judea in the wintertime. It is dormant!

In Luke 2:9-16. The shepherds are approached by angels of the Lord and given the news of the birth. When they found Mary and Joseph, they also found “…the babe (G1025 – βρέφος – an infant) lying in a manger.” In Luke 2:17-18. The shepherds go about testifying to all they had seen and heard. Then Mary kept and pondered all those things in her heart. (Luke 2:19) The shepherds returned to their flocks praising God for all the things they had witnessed. (Luke 2:22) Luke 2:21-24 is the circumcising of Jesus, the purification of Mary and the trip to the Temple for dedication and offering. Luke 2:24-35 was the meeting and blessing of Simeon. Luke 2:36-38 was the meeting of Anna, a prophetess. When all things were finished at the Temple, they (Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus) returned to Nazareth in Galilee. (Luke 2:39) Luke continues his declaration from there until the Baptism of Jesus by John in Luke 3:20-22, In Luke 3:23, he gives us the approximate age of Jesus and the complete genealogy all the way back to Adam who He breathed the breath of life into after creating him from the elements (dust) of the earth. (Genesis 2:7) Why that far back? Corinthians 15:19-26

Matthew

Matthew’s account is more general and not as detailed as Luke’s; however he covers an event that wasn’t covered by Luke because it happened at a different place at a different time. Matthew starts with the forward genealogy from Abraham to Joseph.  After Matthew’s genealogy in 1:1-16, he lists three groups of 14 generations (Matt 1:17) which just happen to correspond to the two weeks of years Jacob served for Rachel. (Genesis 29:15-30) [Three and fourteen are significate numbers in Biblical numerology, math and prophecy.] Then Matthew begins “Now the birth of Jesus was on this wise (G3779 – οὕτωσ – thus, so, in this manner) in verse 18. In Matt. 1:18-25, he conveys the prophetic facts quoting the prophet Isaiah and the maintaining of virginity during gestation leading up to Jesus’ birth.

In chapter 2, Matthew begins with “Now when…” which is after the fact that Jesus was born and continues with “…There came wise men (G3097 – μάγος – a Magian, i.e. Oriental scientist; by implication, a magician)” inquiring of Herod about the birth of Jesus, King of the Jews whom they came to worship. (verse 2) They came from the east, around the area of what is now northern Iran and southern China. They followed a star they saw from the east which would have been in the south-western sky from their point of perspective. Jerusalem is west and south of northern Old Testament Persia. The knowledge of the astronomical event of the Bethlehem Star would most likely have been handed down to them from those before them, who learned from the Jewish captives 14 generations ago when Jewish astronomists during Daniel’s time were taken into captivity to Babylon, then Persia. (Daniel 1:3-7)   

King Herod (an Edomite) was very disturbed about this news. (verse 3) News of Jesus’s birth was also spreading throughout Judea due to the shepherds in Luke’s account. He even called in the chief priests and scribes and demanded them tell him where Jesus was born (verse 4). After the chief priests had clued Herod in on where Jesus was born (verses 5-6), Herod had a private moment with the three Magians. (verses 7-8) [The three wise men (Magians) were never referred to as “Kings” in scripture!] After they finished with Herod, they departed. In verse 9, the prepositional phrase “…in the east…” refers to from whence they saw the star, which was from the east. “…in the east went before (G4254) them…” The chief priest and scribes telling Herod that Bethlehem was the birthplace was based on scripture and prophecy. They knew nothing of the star the Magi were following.

Note: “…went before…” is translated from the same Greek word: G4254 – προάγω to lead forward (magisterially); intransitively, to precede (in place or time (participle, previous)) Derivation: from G4253 and G71; KJV Usage: bring (forth, out), go before.

When the star was first sighted from northern Persia, it would have been in the southwestern sky over Judea, so the Magi traveled to the capital of Judea which was Jerusalem. They traveled there because it was the most logical place to look for a Lion King of Judea. (verses 9-10) Where did they find “the young child (G3813 – παιδίον – a childling of either sex)”? This is a completely different Greek term from that used by Luke. This term is also used in verse 11.

Matthew 2:11 – “And when they had come into the house…” (G3614 – οἰκία – properly, residence (abstractly), but usually (concretely) an abode (literally or figuratively); by implication, a family (especially domestics) Derivation: from G3624; KJV Usage: home, house(-hold). G3624 – οἶκος – a dwelling (more or less extensive, literal or figurative); by implication, a family (more or less related, literally or figuratively) Derivation: of uncertain affinity; KJV Usage: home, house(-hold), temple.

Jesus was most likely already circumcised. (Lev.12:3) Also, they were staying, most likelly, with Joseph’s relatives in a house and no longer in a barn or cave. The shepards saw Jesus in a manger in a barn or cave at birth. The Magi saw him at a different place and time in a house.

After the Magi had worshiped the Lord, presented their gifts and had their dream, they departed a different way back to their home country. (verses 11-12) Then Joseph had his dream and took Mary and Jesus into Egypt. (verses 13-15) Then Herod got really mad! He ordered the killing of all children under two years old. (verses 16-18) Then Joseph had another dream and returned home. (verses 19-21)

In verse 22, Joseph had heard who reigned in Judea and was afraid to return there or his ancestral home Bethlehem, which was only about 10 miles south of Jerusalem. The angel told him to “go into the land of Israel”, but not what part. (verse 20) So, he returned to Nazareth in Galilee where he was living before Jesus’s birth. (Luke 2:4) The reason that Matthew worded verses 22-23 as he did was to convey the fact that prophecy was fulfilled. Joseph may have wanted to return to Bethlehem to be close to extended family, Jerusalem and the Temple, but being that things were as they were and prophecy is always fulfilled, he decided to return to Nazareth.

And from there, Jesus grew!

So when is Jesus’ birthday?

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From Missing Links, Chapter IX:

…Christmas is another pagan tradition that Christianity has adopted. You can read its complete history in any encyclopedia. The shepherds tending their flocks by night would have been in the spring/summertime. Winter rains in the region is what brings about green grass in the spring. By the end of summer and early autumn, the grass is dry and if tall enough usually cut as hay for winter forage. During the winter months, sheep and goats were kept in lower rooms, barns, or caves. Although a Christmas tree is found in Jer. 10:1-4, man has philosophized with various doctrines a humanistic defense of the Christmas tradition, but none are scriptural. It is difficult for man to change generations of tradition. But the King of Kings and Lord of Lords surely will! (Is. 66:23)

If Christ really wanted us to celebrate his birthday, the scriptures would give us a clear clue as to when he was born. The most accepted year is 5 BC. What was the month and date? Have you ever searched for something while it was right under your nose the entire time? Luke begins his first letter with the parents of John the Baptist. (1:5-25) Elisabeth conceived and hid herself five months; then, Luke directs his narrative to Mary.

Verse 26 begins with the angel Gabriel going to Nazareth in the sixth month. This is a sacred calendar month, not the sixth month of Elisabeth’s

pregnancy, which is a fact stated in verse 36. Elisabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy ironically happened to be in the sixth month of the sacred calendar when Gabriel visited Mary! Carefully read the first chapter of Luke. He wrote to a friend who was a high official of Rome and would not have duplicated the same fact in such a confusing matter as most preachers preach. (Lk. 1:1-4)

The sixth month of the sacred calendar is Elud (Aug. – Sept.) When Mary had come to full term nine months later, Jesus was born in the third month of Sivan (May – June) the following year. (Lk. 2:5-7) On the eighth day, after purification of separation, he was brought to the local Levitical priest, circumcised and named. (Lk. 2:21-23; Lev. 12:2-7) The festival of Pentecost (Firstfruits or Weeks) is in the month of Sivan. (Lev. 23:10-22) Was Jesus was born on Pentecost? Christ is the firstfruit of salvation! (1 Cor. 15:20-23) Most likely, Jesus was born seven days prior to Pentecost just as he ascended to heaven seven days prior to Pentecost. Was he circumcised on the annual Sabbath of Pentecost? (Jn. 7:21-23) Let’s do the math in Lev. 23:15-18, Lk. 24:46-53, Acts 1:3-5 and 2:1. Pentecost counts seven Sabbaths after Passover and adds one day. [7 x 7 + 1 = 50] Christ was crucified on a Wednesday late afternoon, in the grave three whole days, and then resurrected on a Saturday (Sabbath) late afternoon. He ascended to heaven after spending forty days with the disciples. Pentecost was not many days hence. The counting of seven Sabbaths following Christ’s crucifixion on a Wednesday (Passover) began three days later – Saturday, which was the day he arose and the first Sabbath following Passover. [3 + 40 + 7 = 50]

Sivan (May – June) is about the middle of our solar year because the summer solstice is June 21. Jesus was born sometime in the late spring 5 BC. Mathematically, his birth date would be between 5.25 BC and 5.5 BC. Recall the math in Chapter VI in the Seventy Weeks Prophecy? Nisan is the first and Sivan the third month on the sacred calendar, a lunar type, which can vary as much as 28 days with today’s solar calendar. Jesus was crucified one to two months short of his 34th birthday. [30 (years old when He was baptized) + 3.5 (years of ministry) = 33.5]

John the Baptist was born late Chislev (Nov – Dec). Should we start celebrating his birthday on the 25th of December? [If so, say Merry John-the-baptist-mas] You could research the year 5 BC, cross reference the Jewish lunar to the Julian solar, correct it by the Gregorian and find Jesus’ birthday on today’s calendar. Should we bake him a cake and sing happy birthday?

In Revelation 18, merchants will weep and mourn over Babylon’s fall because no one will buy their merchandise anymore. If we were to not keep Christmas, Easter, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween, nor buy any of their associated merchandise, plus not buy the other relics, trinkets, statues, candles, rosaries, pictures, incense, crucifixes, and other graven images we like to display, what would their manufacturers and retailers do? It is better to have God IN our hearts and minds instead of ON our walls and bodies. After Christ returned to the right hand of God, he has been putting up with man’s crap for almost two of His days. [2008 − 29 AD = 1979 years] The Lord has three woes ready for man’s almost two millennial days (1,979 and counting years) of denials and/or contradictions. (Mk. 14:30; Job 33:14; Num. 20:11; Ex. 34:23; Acts 10:16; Jude 12)…

[2020/2021 Revision Addition]

Just in case you may be interested in the day when Jesus Christ was born in the flesh in 5 BC, you will have to trust in some things the Lord said in John 7:21-23 and elsewhere in the Bible. This is the only place in the Gospels that circumcision was used in defense of some of the things He did on the sabbath day that He was Lord of. The Religious Right of today are not any different from those of yesteryears. Jesus rebuked them for their hypocrisy, doctrines, and traditions on many things throughout the Gospels; however, in this case I believe He used a very personal experience of Biblical proportions.

Jesus was born in the mid to late spring of the year. Jesus said that He was Lord, even of the sabbath day. (Mark 2:28) Wouldn’t it be logical that He would be born on the same day of the week as His Ascension Day? He picked up His life again (resurrected) on a weekly sabbath day. It was his custom to preach on the sabbath days. (Luke 4:16,31, 6:1-10) If John the Baptist’s custom was to preach and baptize on the sabbath days also, then Jesus would have been baptized on a sabbath day too! It was also the custom of the Apostles to preach the good news on the sabbath days as well. (Acts 13:14,27,42,44, 16:13, 17:2, 18:4) 

 According to the Biblical Circumcision Law (Leviticus 12:1-4), Jesus would have been born seven days prior to His circumcision. The sabbath can be either the weekly or one of the annual seven. If Jesus would have returned to the Father on the same sabbath dayas He was born, the only Sabbath that His circumcision could consistently be on from year to year is Pentecost, the third annual sabbath of the year and always on the first day of the week – Sunday. Weekly and the seven annual sabbaths were all normally called sabbaths, even the High Day – first annual sabbath of the new sacred calendar year which began in the spring.

Jesus’ birthday would be the weekly Sabbath Day seven days prior to His circumcision. He ascended back to His Father seven days prior to Pentecost. Therefore, His birthday would consistently be seven days prior to Pentecost from year to year. This year, Pentecost is May 31, 2020. Carefully read Lev. 23:5-6 and 15-16. This year Jesus’ birthday would be May 23rd and it will fall on the sixth weekly sabbath day after Passover which is seven days before Pentecost (the one and only annual Sabbath always on a Sunday) every year for all eternity. Read Lev. 12:1-4, Luke 2:21-24 and Acts 1:1-5 and do the Math! [7 + 33 = 40] Forty is a significate number in scripture! I hear Christians say that Christmas should be every day! I think and believe we should keep the Lord’s birthday every week! It is His weekly sabbath and commandment! Just something else to think about. If you truly love the Lord, prove it! (John 14:15,21, 15:10; Matt 5:19, 19:17; Rev. 12:17, 14:12, 22:14; 1John 5:2-3; 2John 6)

In 2020, Jesus’ earthly birthday in the flesh was sabbath day May 23rd. In 2021, it was May 15th.  In 2022, it will be the sixth weekly sabbath after Passover. NOT EASTER!

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 Got my 2023 Almanac calendar from Onslow Feed and Grain this week as I have done for the last 35 years or so. This year the sixth full week of counting weekly sabbaths complete is May 20. Eight days later May 28 is Pentecost. It was June 5 in 2022. All these dates are the same date on the sacred calendar (Lunar type) as used in the Bible.

Wouldn’t it be appropriate that our Lord and savior Jesus Christ was born on a weekly sabbath and ascended back to the Father on the same weekly sabbath? After all, He is Lord of the sabbath! (Matt. 12:8, Mark 2:28, Luke 6:5)

Also, is being born in a Shemitah year 6 BC and crucified in a Shemitah year 29 AD just a coincidence?

Have a restful sabbath.

LOLGB+

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