by Christine Egbert
Many accuse those of us, who are in the process of returning to the Hebraic roots of our faith in Israel’s Messiah, of not wanting to celebrate His birth. But that is simply not true! We want to celebrate Yeshua’s birth; we just want to worship Him in Spirit and in TRUTH, and this cannot be done celebrating His birth on December 25th! We must celebrate His birth at the “Appointed Time”, at the “mikraei kodesh.”
Satan Wants To Be God
In 273 A.D. Aurelian brought the worship of Baal back to Rome from Syria. There he instituted the cult of Sol Invictus, the Invincible Sun. By declaring December 25ththe birthday of Sol Invictus, Aurelian was able to amalgamate worship of all the various sun gods into one. The Codex Calendar of 354, a Roman calendar drawn up by a Christian in 354 A.D., declared December 25th the birthday of the sun-god, Sol Invictus. It was this Sol Invictus that Constantine actually worshiped, even after claiming to have become a “Christian.” On all of Constantine’s Roman coins he inscribed, “committed to Sol Invictus.”
How Did The Church Come To Celebrate December 25th?
Colliers Encyclopedia says: “After the triumph of Constantine, the church at Rome assigned December 25thas the date for the celebration of the feast (Christmas), possibly about A.D. 320 or 353. By the end of the fourth century the whole Christian world was celebrating Christmas on that day, with the exception of the Eastern churches, where it was celebrated on January 6. The choice of December 25thwas influenced by the fact that on this day the Romans celebrated the Mithraic feast of the sun-god (Natalis Solis Invicti).”
Our Jewish Messiah was not born on December 25th. Israel’s Messiah came to tabernacle with mankind at the Feast of Tabernacles, Tishrei 15th. This Feast Day is known as the Season Of Our Joy. We must begin with John’s Birth to prove when Yeshua was actually born.
In Luke 1:5-13, we learn that while Zacharias was severing in the temple during the course of Abijah, the Angel Gabriel informed Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth would bear a son named John. 1st Chronicles, chapter 24 gives the courses in which the priests served in the temple, and in verse 10 we learn that Zacharias’ course, the course of Abijah, was the 8thcourse.
According to 2nd Chronicles 23:8, each course began and ended on a Sabbath. And Deuteronomy 16:16 declares that 3 times a year, at each of YHVH’s pilgrimages feasts, all males were to appear before Him.
The Jewish calendar year has only 51 weeks. Each of the 24 priestly courses served twice each year (for a total of 48 courses), plus 1 week for each of the 3 pilgrimage feasts (48 weeks + 3 weeks = 51 weeks).
Each course therefore served a total of five weeks during each year. The eight course would serve in the first half of the year, during the 10th week, allowing for the Feast of Unleavened Bread and for the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot).
Elizabeth conceived John after Zechariah finished his Temple service, between Sivan 19thand 25th. Luke 1:23 says that when Zechariah’s time of service was completed, he returned home and his wife became pregnant. She remained in seclusion for five months. Forty weeks later, the time of a normal pregnancy, John the immerser, whom Yeshua declared in Matthew 11:14 was “Elijah to come”, was born on Passover. So it is no coincidence that at every traditional Passover Seder a place is set for Elijah, and a child is sent to open the door to see if Elijah has yet arrived.
Six months after John’s conception, according to Luke 1:26, Gabriel was sent to Miriam (Mary) to inform her that she would conceive a son, whom she was to name Yeshua. In verse 32 we learn that Yeshua would be great and would be called Son of the Most High, that the Lord God would give Him the throne of His father David. And in verse 33, we learn Yeshua would reign over the house of Jacob through the ages, and of His kingdom there will be no end.
Now Let’s Recap
John was conceived during the third Sabbath in the week of Sivan. Six months later, after the third Sabbath of Kislev (between Kislev 19 to 26, Yeshua, the light of the world, was conceived during Chanukah, Kislev 25th, known as the Feast of Lights. So nine months later, on the 15th day of the 7th month of Tishrei, Yeshua was born. Yeshua came to tabernacle with man, on the Feast of Tabernacles, that Feast of Booths, known in Hebrew as Sukkot.
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten from the Father, full of grace and of truth.”
The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) Season Of Our Joy
Luke 2:10-11 “And the angel said to them, ‘Do not fear. For behold, I proclaim good news to you, a great joy, which will be to all people, because today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born to you in the city of David.’”
The commandment to rejoice on Sukkot appears three times in the Torah. And in the Zachariah 14:16-17, an end-time prophecy is given: “And it shall be everyone who is left from all the nations which came up against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Yehovah of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. (17) And it shall be, whoever will not go up from the families of the earth to Jerusalem to worship the King, Jehovah of Hosts, there shall be no rain on them.
No Shepherds Are In The Field In December!
Scripture says that the shepherds were in the field watching over their flock by night when an angel came to them announcing tidings of great JOY! Shepherds are never in the field during the winter! But they are still in the field on the 15th of Tishrei, which always falls on our calendar during late September and early October.
Swaddling Cloths Associated With Feast of Tabernacles
In Luke 2:12, baby Yeshua was wrapped in swaddling cloths, which are used also as wicks to light 16 vats of oil within the temple court of the women during, the Feast of Tabernacles.
What About The Manger?
Since Yeshua was born on the Feast of Sukkot, one of the 3 yearly pilgrimage Feast to the temple in Jerusalem, of course there was no room for Miriam and Joseph at the Inn. Luke 2:12 says Yeshua was laid in a manger. The Greek word for manger is “phatn’e”. This same Greek word is translated as “stall” in Luke 13:15. It means a place for hitching cattle. The Hebrew word for stall is marbek, found both in Amos 6:4 and in Malachi 4:2. Genesis 33:17 tells us that Jacob journeyed to Sukkoth and he made booths, which in Hebrew is sukkah. It was a booth, a stall (or in Hebrew a sukkah) in which baby Yeshua was laid.
So in this Season of Our JOY, as you celebrate Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Booths), it would be a fitting time for all of us to sing: “Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her KING!”