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Birthday of Birthdays (Yeshua Tabernacled Amongst Us)

March 19, 2015

Luke 2:8 – “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.”

Several theories have been set forth as the “actual” day of Yeshua’s birth.  Three of those theories are: 1) Nisan 1st which falls between mid March and mid April, 2) Sukkoth which falls between mid September and mid October, and 3) Hanukkah which falls between late November and December 25th.

Nisan 1
Exodus 12:2 – “This month will be the beginning of the months for you; it will be the first of the months of the year.”
John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.”
John 1:29 – “The next day he saw Yeshua coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ !”

Spring is the time that lambs are born, known throughout the land of Israel as the “lambing season”.  And spring is the time that shepherds would be out in the fields, grazing the sheep and looking up at the heavenly stars each night. Spring is also when the month of Nisan begins. It is officially called the First Month, Rosh Chodesh [רֹאשׁ ro’sh -H7218; חֹדֶשׁ chodesh – H2320], or in the plural, the First of Months, Rosh Chodeshim.

John 1:14 tells us that Yeshua came and tabernacled [σκηνόω skēnoō – G4637] with us. 2 Peter 1:13-14 tells us that our bodies are a tent [σκήνωμα skēnōma – G4638]. Skēnōma comes from the root word, skēnoō. The Greek word, skēnoō, indicates a tent, which in Hebrew becomes the word, mishkan [מִשְׁכָּן – H4908]. In other words, Yeshua came to mishkan with us!

Scripture is telling us something important – it was spring and the first month, the Rosh Chodesh, is to be noticed and celebrated – it was and is to be a Holy Day for the Jews. Yeshua came and pitched his mishkan with us, and he is THE Rosh, the first in all things!

Sukkoth
Luke 1:36 – “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.”
John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.”

This theory attempts to establish the timeline of Yeshua’s birth by studying the timeline of Zacharias’s priestly duties as a member of the Abijah division.  The timeline is as follows:

Zacharias is the father of John the Baptizer.   After his duties, Zacharias returned home and John was conceived in mid July to mid August, or the Hebrew month of Av.  Nine months later would bring one to Nisan, and six months after that would bring one to Tishri, or mid September to mid October.  The theory then assumes that Yeshua would have been born on Sukkoth, which is also called Booths or Tabernacles, and then ties that to John 1:14.  The word translated dwelt is the Greek word skēnoō [σκηνόω G4637], which in Hebrew would be translated tabernacled.

The theory also assumes that Yeshua was born in a sukkah (or booth) and that this temporary shelter was later referred to as a manger, or that his earthly body was a like a sukkah in that his earthly body was a temporary structure until he was resurrected and received his permanent, glorified body.

Hanukkah
This theory links the gestation period of humans to the Feasts of Yahweh and the patterns that they represent:
• Pesach (Numbers 9:5): On the 14th day of the first month, the egg appears.
• Chag Ha’Matzoh (Numbers 28:17): The egg must be fertilized within 24 hours or will die.
• Reishit Katzir (Numbers 28:24-26): The egg attaches to the womb and begins to grow within the next 2-6 days.
• Shavuot (Leviticus 23:15-16): The embryo takes on a human form with legs, arms, etc. around the fiftieth day.
• Yom Teruah (Numbers 29:1): On the first day of the 7th month hearing develops.  Sounds from outside the womb can be heard.
• Yom Kippurim (Numbers 29:7): On the tenth day of the 7th month, the baby’s own blood forms.
• Sukkoth (Numbers 29:12): On the fifteenth day of the 7th month, the lungs become fully developed.
• Hanukkah (John 10:22): Birth generally takes place on the tenth day of the ninth month after conception.

This theory assumes that Yeshua is born in December, either on Hanukkah or December 25th, because either day falls in this month, and Hanukkah and December 25 are often the same day when the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars mesh or dovetail.

Conclusions
 The most likely date of Yeshua’s birth is Nisan 1, the day when the first in all things came and pitched his mishkan with us.  Sukkoth, or as some call it “Tabernacles”, falls short in that Yeshua was not born in a sukkah, but came and tabernacled and the weather in late fall can be windy, wet, and cold.  Hanukkah falls short for the same reason – too cold, too wet for either travel or grazing sheep. The weather in December is cold, wet, and not the least bit suitable for travel by a pregnant woman, Mary.  Neither is it suitable for shepherds to be “out in their fields,” nor for Romans to hold a census at a time that would require families to travel in such poor weather.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets.  Today we are one day closer to the return of Yeshua than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be even one day closer.  For almost two thousand years the Jews would proclaim “Next year in Jerusalem!”  I now proclaim “Next Yom Teruah in the clouds!”  Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

Related Links
Tabernacles Article
December 25 Article
Nisan 1 Article

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