When was the Messiah Born?
EDITOR: Have you ever considered that the Sacred Scriptures do indeed inform us of the date when the Messiah was actually born?
Nominal Churchianity does not read the Sacred Scriptures very carefully. If they did they would have been able to tell the truth.
Luke chapter 1 tells us that a certain priest named Zachariah, of the course of Abijah: and he had a wife and her name was Elisabeth. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now advanced in their days.” The significant term here is the “course of Abijah.”
1 Chronicles 24 shows that the course of Abijah specifies a certain time. King David arranged for the divisions of the priesthood into the 24 families of the descendants of Eleazar and Ithamar. In verse 10, you find that the eighth course, or division, was that of ABIJAH.
David instructed that each week, between Passover and Tabernacles and between Tabernacles and Passover, a different family of the priests would serve in the Temple and perform the sacrifices. This was a 24 weeks period, except for an intercalary year.
Therefore, if you begin to count eight weeks after the Passover (in April) you will come approximately to the middle of June. This would have been the week of the course of Abijah; the time when Zachariah served. This was the time when he was contacted by the angel. Returning home, his wife Elisabeth became pregnant.
Luke 1: 24-25 tells us “And after these days Elisabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself five months,…” Continuing with this passage, we read that in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent to announce the supernatural conception of the Messiah. Verses 36 and 37 read “And behold, Elisabeth your kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren…”
Consequently, we would then count six months from the middle of June, and this would give us the date for the conception of the Messiah. Remember that the human gestation period is approximately nine months in length (266 days). Is it shocking, then, to learn that Yahshua the Messiah was conceived about the middle of December? If the Messiah was conceived about the middle of December, how could He be born on December 25th? Obviously, the Messiah’s birth was not December 25th!
The question you may ask then is: when was He born? We learned in John 1:14 that the Word became flesh and Tabernacled among us. There is no coincidence that such terminology is employed in the Sacred Scriptures. When we count off the nine gestation months from the middle of December, using a scriptural calendar, it is amazing that it brings us right up to the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles as the date of Yahshua the Messiah’s birth. Additionally, He would have then been circumcised on another holy day, the Last Great Day of the Feast. Consequently, when Yahweh’s people observe the Feast of Tabernacles, they are actually worshipping on significant days in the Messiah’s life.
If the Messiah was not born on December 25, then why observe His birthday at that time?