The book of Revelation describes a great sign in the Heavens, with the sun, moon, and stars, and describes that the child being born was Jesus: Revelation 1 And a great sign was seen in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, 2 and upon her head a crown of twelve stars, and she being with child screamed, travailing in birth, and agonised to be delivered. The prophet Isaiah also made a prophetic allusion to this sign over years before. The best time to have witnessed this momentary display was between p.
But if it dies, it bears fruit. Zechariah Hear O High Priest and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring My Servant , the Branch. And He will be a Priest on His throne. And there will be prosperity between the two.
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He is a King, a Servant, a Man, and a Priest. These themes about the Messiah were divinely developed in the Gospels. This Branch prophecy is also eluded to else where: Matthew and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene. A Nazarene from Nazareth is like saying an Israeli from Israel.
The stump of Jesse relates to what happened to the Davinic line of descendants. David had taken Israel to the height of its greatest achievements, which his son Solomon maintained until his death but then the kingdom divided due to civil war and continued to decline till the southern kingdom of Judah was taken into captivity in Babylon. This was the stump. Informative x 2 Like x 1 List. Feb 13, We teamed up with Faith Counseling. Can they help you today? Feb 13, 2.
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Herod the Great died in 4 BC. Like x 1 List. Feb 13, 3. Last edited: Feb 13, Informative x 3 List. Feb 13, 4. Michael S. Heiser, a Biblical language and ancient Mid-East language and customs achademic agrees with the Sept. Michael Heiser Inside this article is a link to a short YouTube video about the astronomy and constillations involved. Another person who reached a very close and similar conclusion is astronomer Barry Setterfield: Christmas Star technical notes. Last edited: Feb 17, Like x 1 Informative x 1 List.
Feb 14, 5. Feb 14, Feb 17, 6. Upon some reflexion, I think Setterfield's date is better.
Either is within the realm of real possiblilities. Feb 17, Feb 19, 7. Last edited: Feb 19, Agree x 1 List. Feb 19, Mar 4, 8.
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Greetings, I disagree with the September date because it doesn't fit with all of the internal evidence given in scripture. It doesn't explain the Shepherds. According to Dr. These priestly orders rotated every six months. If you use the latter time frame, account for approximately months of pregnancy for Elizabeth meeting Mary in the first chapter of Luke, which shows Mary already pregnant.
It's quite possible that Mary was 1 or 2 months pregnant at the time. Also, The gospels record that the Shepherds were out with the sheep in the field. This usually only occurs during lambing season. Not every type of Sheep have lambing season in the spring. For some middle eastern sheep, lambing season begins as early as mid-December and continues until March. The final piece that clinches it for me is John's comment in John that the "Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it".
In this passage, John is already forming a parallel to the creation, but what if he's giving a cryptic clue to the birth of Jesus as well. What is the darkest time of the year? Winter Solstice. While this last clue is admittedly a stretch, it does raise some questions. This has even more impact when you consider John's following comment about John the Baptist being a witness of the Light, and you take into consideration that John the Baptist is 6 months older than Jesus and, given a winter solstice birthday for Jesus, would've been born on the summer solstice.
As for the stuff about the constellation Virgo and Revelation, it's important to consider that Revelation is Prophecy, meaning that it's referring to future events that at the time of the writing had not yet taken place. In short, I see no reason to doubt the traditional date of Christmas being in December. Last edited: Mar 4, By A. As the Roman church spread its influence religiously and militarily, this holiday of December 25 became the most popular date in Christendom to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
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First, the Bible never says there were three. It is therefore almost certain that they would have traveled in a much larger group, with adequate protection. Who were those men who took note of the many astronomical phenomena heralding the birth of Christ in Judea, and then traveled to find him, arriving when he was about 18 months old?
It is most significant that their ancestors were those over whom King Nebuchadnezzar had appointed Daniel in what was then called Babylon Dan. It is very significant that there were some religious sects in Persia, including Zoroastrianism, that looked forward to a coming Redeemer, a prophet to be sent by God to save mankind. In any case, the striking celestial activity told them of the birth of that promised Redeemer, and they set out to find him.
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They first came to Jerusalem, apparently thinking that in the capital city of Israel they should be able to find out where the king had been born. That explains why Herod, who had consulted with the Magi as to the time when they saw the star Matt. He knew that Jesus was no longer an infant, and set two years as a safe limit to how old he would have been, which we believe was about 18 months.
We believe that the evidence shows that Jesus Christ was born in September, 3 B. You might want to take a moment, put yourself in their place, and let the magnitude of their experience sink into your heart. It is safe to say that the two primary heroes in this scintillating saga were a man and woman probably in her mid-to-late teens who suddenly found themselves thrust into starring roles on the stage of history.
Words fail to adequately describe what it must have been like for her when the angel of the Lord appeared to her and made his amazing announcement.
She fearlessly asked the angel a very good question, which did not imply doubt, but was simply a request for more information. Be it unto me according to your word. And think about Joseph, who discovered that his beloved bride was pregnant.
How heartrending, and what a man of character he was, first not to make public their situation, and then to endure the public ridicule he must have gotten as the father of an illegitimate child. Imagine, as Joseph wrestled with this incredibly weighty issue, how his heart must have leapt for joy when the angel told him that the woman he had chosen as his wife and the mother of his children was also the woman God had chosen to be the mother of His Son. And think of his love for her, and his steadfast discipline not to sexually consummate their union until after she had given birth to Jesus Matt.
But we ourselves do at least pause on that latter date to thank God for His Son and to thank the Lord for living and dying for us. As we rudely learn at an early age, there is no Santa Claus. But there most certainly is a loving heavenly Father whose heart of love for all mankind overflowed in the greatest gift ever given, His only begotten Son.
The Christmas season is a golden opportunity to do just what those shepherds of long ago did—spread the word about Jesus Christ. We are convinced by the evidence, both astronomical and otherwise, that Jesus was most probably born on September We believe the evidence is that the actual day was Tishri 1, which in 3 BC was September There is a rabbinical tradition that this is the day on which Adam was created.
It is also the Feast of Trumpets and it wold make sense that he was born on this feast, a day when all Israel was celebrating and blowing trumpets. August 23rd 17BC. Thanks for your insight! Am I right to say that each course need to serve at least twice in a year. How do we know Zechariah is serving on the first part and not the second part of the year? A reply from my friend John Schoenheit The arguments for the time of the birth of Christ are quite complex and would take too long to articulate at this time, and as you know they are disputed and disagreed upon by scholars. If Elizabeth was impregnated after Zechariah served his second course of the year, Jesus would have been born in March.
Martin says a good reason that Zechariah would have been serving his first course is that the census that caused everyone to return home, which is why Joseph went to Bethlehem Luke , would have ordinarily been started in the fall, from August to October p.
I would add that it would have been easy to travel in the late summer or early fall because the weather would have been favorable and food along the road easy to obtain. In contrast, March in Israel is still subject to cold and rain, and since any harvest had been many months earlier, food would be more difficult to obtain. It also makes sense that Jesus would be born on a significant day in the Jewish calendar, such as the day of Trumpets, the day that the Jews believed Adam was created. On balance, there just seems to be more evidence, but not foolproof evidence, for an autumn birth for Jesus Christ, which would point to the course of Abijah being the first course of the year, not the second.
Great article. God bless you. Just as the Jews celebrate Hanukah quietly, we also can do so quietly and with due respect and honour to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Mr Bean, the Lord reveals everything in the bible. Truth Or Tradition? Your email address will not be published. February 27, at pm. Dan Gallagher says:. February 28, at pm. Where did the Church drift off course? November 14, at pm. Kamuela Bean says:.