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But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:4, 5
Let’s take a short trip through Scripture and see what the Bible says about the time of year Jesus was most likely born. There is one area where we must speculate, but the speculation isn’t like trying to pinpoint when Jesus will return – an impossibility - rather, it’s an obvious speculation when the circumstances are considered. Let’s go!
Exodus 12:2 tells us when the Hebrew calendar starts:
This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.
This was the month the Passover occurred.
Exodus 13:4 tells us the name of the first month, Abib. However, Esther 3:7 tells us the name of the first month after the Babylonian Exile, Nisan:
In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.
1 Chronicles 24:6-10 tells us a portion of the order for the 24 details of Levites to serve at the Temple in
Jerusalem. The division of Abijah is the 8th division.
And the scribe, Shemaiah the son of Nethanel, one of the Levites, wrote them down before the king, the leaders, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the priests and Levites, one father’s house taken for Eleazar and one for Ithamar. Now the first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,
Luke 1:5-23 tells us that Zechariah (a member of Abijah) was serving at the
Temple and was given the promise of a son.
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘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 the Lord.” And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.” And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless. So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.
Luke 1:36 tells us that Mary was visited by Gabriel in the 6th month of
Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.
1 Corinthians 15:45-48 tells us Jesus is the last Adam (this is important for the pattern to come.)
And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.
Now for the math:
Mar/Apr Apr/May May/June Jun/July
Month Nisan Iyar Shivan Tamuz
Levite Division 1 & 2 3 & 4 5 &6 7 & 8 (Abijah)
Zechariah would have been at the temple in Jun/Jul. After receiving the news and going back home, I’m sure he didn’t delay a moment to “get things started!” This is our area of speculation, but it’s not a difficulty. First, Zechariah and his wife were old and had waited a long life to have a child which never came. Secondly, Zechariah was struck dumb until the promised child would be born. It’s not tough to know (with certainty of heart) that Zechariah didn’t wait 20 seconds after getting home to …. well, you know.
Add 6 months until Gabriel spoke to Mary – Dec/Jan.
Add 9 months until Christ the Lord was born – Sep/Oct.
Based on the Bible evidence, we see that Christ Jesus was born between September and October. This corresponds with the Hebrew month of Tishri. Now, we can (only) assume the Lord was born on Rosh Hoshanna the Feast of Trumpets, which occurs on the 1st of Tishri because of the pattern in 1 Corinthians 15. Jewish tradition teaches that Adam was created on this day and there is no reason to dispute that. It would follow reasonably that Jesus, the “last Adam” was born on the same day 4000 years later and thereby completing a Biblical pattern!
If this pattern is correct, then the Feast of Trumpets was fulfilled on the day of the birth of Jesus Christ. However, there is every reason to believe that the Feast of Trumpets also has a second fulfillment coming - that of the rapture. I say this, because all the other Leviticus 23 Feasts fulfillments were clearly portrayed in the New Testament. This one, however, can only be speculated upon because of the timing of the conception of John the Baptist. Either way, that is another issue which will come about at just the right moment (in the twinkling of an eye), despite the naysayers fustigations!
Please note: Zechariah would have been no older than 50 – old in those days, but when we read the account above, we might think he and his wife were much older. How do we know he was 50 or younger? The answer is in Numbers 8:24-26 - “This is what pertains to the Levites: From twenty-five years old and above one may enter to perform service in the work of the tabernacle of meeting; and at the age of fifty years they must cease performing this work, and shall work no more. They may minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of meeting, to attend to needs, but they themselves shall do no work. Thus you shall do to the Levites regarding their duties.”
If you’ve been waiting for a child like Zechariah and Elizabeth but haven’t yet had one, keep praying and trusting in the Lord for His provision. There are several women of faith who were delayed in having children, Sarai (Sarah) the mother of Isaac - Genesis 21, Rebekah the mother of Jacob/Israel - Genesis 25, Rachel the mother of Joseph and Benjamin – Genesis 29/30, Manoah’s wife, the mother of Samson – Judges 13, Hannah the mother of Samuel – 1 Samuel 1. The Lord had His reasons for withholding children from them and He may have a good reason for withholding children from you. In the end, it is His glory that must be demonstrated in our lives – often a testing such as this will later result in just that – Him being glorified. However, if you think you’re ready for children, and are willing to adopt, there are many, many orphans who need homes. My wife and I adopted our children and they grew to be real blessings in our lives – now out and on their own (here is an embarrassing picture of them when they were young and cute.)
If you go to Orphans Hope at this link:
http://www.orphanshope.typepad.com there's a friend of mine who can direct you on how to get started in adopting. Think about it and remember how desperately these children of the Living God need your love and a good home.
Note: I used the word "fustigations" above. It popped into my head as I was typing and so I went to the dictionary to see what it meant. The dictionary just laughed and gave me a blank stare, indicating that this is an entirely new word to the English lexicon. Therefore, I'm adding it to Charlie's Unabridged Dictionary:
Fustigation (fuss ti gay shun) (plural fustigations) noun An attempt by uninformed Christians to deny the power of Jesus Christ as displayed in the rapture of the church as clearly evidenced in the Holy Bible, e.g. 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
I therefore release the word "fustigation" and its plural "fustigations" to all rapture-believing Christians for use in their communcations - both verbal and written - as a means of disapproval concerning invalid interpretation of Scripture, particulary concerning our Exit - Stage Up. However, such uses must be used in love and without any demeaning attitude towards those of varying and completely bazerko viewpoints! (tee hee)
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If you're going to conduct a Bible study and want to use the verses mentioned above, you can cut and past the ones below and hand it out. Let your students search and figure out these fun details!
When was Jesus Born
What the Bible says!
We can’t know 100% when Jesus was born because, unlike much of the Old Testament, specific days are not given in the New Testament. However, we can make assumptions based on key passages. Let’s look!
(2) Exodus 12:2 – This tells us when the Hebrew calendar starts.
(17) Esther 3:7 – This tells us the name of the first month.
(13) 1 Chronicles 24:6-10 – This chapter tells us the order for the 24 details of Levites to serve at the Temple in
Jerusalem. The division of Abijah is the 8th division.
(42) Luke 1:5-23 - This tells us that Zechariah (a member of Abijah) was serving at the
Temple and was given the promise of a son.
(42) Luke 1:26-36 – This tells us that Mary was visited by Gabriel in the 6th month of
(46) 1 Corinthians 15:45-48 – This tells us Jesus is the last Adam.
“Sing, O barren,
You who have not borne!
Break forth into singing, and cry aloud,
You who have not labored with child!
For more are the children of the desolate
Than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD.
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