Birth date of Yahusha
Tradition informs us Yahusha (JESUS) was born Dec 25th (Christmas), and shepherds and Magi came that night to worship the Child.
The Truth is far different in practically every detail.
To the Romans, December 25 was Saturnalia, celebrated as the re-birth of the sun. It was adopted in order to transform the Pagan festival into a “Christian” festival. The same procedure was used to transform many other Pagan observances, such as adopting the "Venerable Day of the Sun" in order to do away with the 7th day Shabath, the sign of the Eternal Covenant. The origins became "occulted" (hidden), while all the visual symbols and behavior remained perfectly intact.
A partial list of Pagan deities born on December 25th include: Mithras, Horus, Attis, Dionysus the son of Zeus, Tammuz, Hercules, Perseus, Helios, Bacchus, Apollo, Jupiter, Sol Invictus - (The Unconquered Sun).
The Scriptural pattern and calendar was swept away, and the format of Paganism was adopted, causing great confusion.
12:4 tells us in the end times knowledge (of Truth) will increase.
We now understand the neglected Scriptural festivals are
Miriam immediately left Natsarith (verse 39) and went to the hill country near
Yerushalayim to the home of ZekarYah and Alisheba. Miriam had just become
pregnant with Yahusha: Yahukanon, still in Alisheba’s womb, recognized
the unborn Yahusha and kicked with great joy at His Presence.
This sets the conception of Yahusha during Kanukah (around December). Yahukanon’s besorah shows us Yahusha observed Kanukah (Yn 10:22, 23). The time of the festival Kanukah (dedication of the Temple) was also the time the Light of the world entered the womb of Miriam.
Birth of Yahukanon (John): A prophet in the power of AliYahu, the prophet of the Name. The prophet Malaki (Malachi) tells us that AliYahu (Elijah) the prophet must come to prepare the hearts of the fathers and their children before Mashiak comes.
Malaki 4: “Remember the Torah of Mosheh (Moses) my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Yisharal, even statutes and ordinances. Behold, I will send you AliYahu the prophet before the great and terrible Day of the YAHUAH comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the arets with a curse.”
Whenever Pesach (Passover) is celebrated, a place at the table is set for AliYahu (Elijah). Yahukanon the Immerser came in the power of AliYahu, who prepared the way for the first coming of Yahusha. Many anticipate another fulfillment prior to the Day of Yahuah, and a prophet of the Name will again prepare the way for Yahusha’s second coming.
The wording of Gabrial in his announcement to ZekarYah makes it clear that Yahukanon was to be the fulfillment of Malaki’s prophecy:
“He will turn many of the children of Yisharal to Yahuah, their Alahim. He will
go before his face in the spirit and power of AliYahu, ‘to turn the hearts of
the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to
make ready a people prepared for Yahuah.” Luke 1:16, 17
Luke 1:56 tells us that Miriam stayed with Alisheba for three months, which would have been up until the time Yahukanon was born. We can calculate the date of Yahukanon’s birth with a great accuracy.
Yahukanon was born at Passover, on the first day of Unleavened Bread. He was circumcised on the eighth day, which would be the last day of Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread. His birth exactly fulfills both Malaki’s prophecy and the expectation of that fulfillment to occur at Passover.
(Passover, First-fruits & feast of unleavened bread),
(Pentecost,50 days after First-fruits), and
(the feast of ingathering, booths, or tabernacles).
“You shall observe a feast to me three times a year.”
During these three festivals, the population of Yerushalayim and surrounding towns swelled from around a hundred twenty-thousand to over two million people (according to Yusef Ben MattithYahu, or Josephus). Homes in the area accepted guests, and there were commercial accommodations as well.
During the feast of Sukkoth, every family stayed at least part of each day in their tabernacle or booth, called a sukkah, a temporary dwelling usually made with willows, palm or bamboo branches, to remind them of the 40 years their ancestors had lived in temporary shelters in the wilderness on their trek to the land of milk and honey.
Bethlekem (Bethlehem) is a small village about 4 miles southeast of Yerushalayim. Yahusha’s birth was not during the winter.
“There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping
watch by night over their flock." The Magi did not
visit until Yahusha was about 2 years old, and by that time the family was
living in a "house".
Yahusha was exactly six months younger that Yahukanon. The first and last days of Sukkoth are “moedim” (appointed-times) special days to rest and celebrate. Yusef and Miriam arrived in the town of his birth before sunset, just as the first day of Sukkoth, and there was no room anywhere to be found. A kind innkeeper gave them a temporary dwelling in a place usually used to house animals. Yahusha was the bread of life, and laid in a feeding trough, often called a “crib” even today. According to Luke’s account, Yahusha was born that night, which would have been the 15th of the 7th moon.
The Magi did not visit until Yahusha was about 2 years old, and by that time the family was living in a "house".
The Circumcision Of Yahusha
The birth of a baby boy was not complete until he had been circumcised on the eighth day. On the eighth day according to Torah, Yahusha’s presentation in the Hekal (Temple) included His circumcision. Yahusha’s time of birth spanned the entire eight days of Sukkoth. The first day of Sukkoth He came forth. The eighth day He was circumcised, according to the Torah.
The prophecies concerning Sukkoth centuries before His birth gives extra significance to Yahukanon’s comment “The Word became flesh, and lived [literally, tabernacled] among us. We saw his esteem, such esteem as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of kindness and truth” (John 1:14).
Yahuah ordained two qodesh feasts that last eight days.
Passover/Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles. Yahukanon the Immerser, the forerunner of Mashiak, was born and circumcised in the eight days of the first, and six month later Yahusha, the Mashiak, was born and circumcised the eight days of the second. Yahukanon was born in the first month of the year and Yahusha came in the seventh month. In his ministry, John introduced the Mashiak, and Yahusha completed the message of deliverance.
The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth) is to be observed by all nations. Zechariah 14:16, 17
At the return of Yahusha, the wedding supper of the Lamb will be during Sukkoth. His bride, Yisharal, will enter into the permanent dwelling place, and are known as the First-fruits. This is the higher-calling, the 144,000 who guard the Commandments of Yahuah, and hold to the testimony of Yahusha.
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