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Yes it’s that season again when the Christian Church celebrates the birth of Jesus. Usually in the fall I approach the subject of the birth of Messiah with articles developed out of a Hebraic understanding of the Hebraic scriptures of the New Testament to demonstrate Yeshua (Jesus) was actually born on the first day of Tabernacles. This date falls on Tisheri 15 which is between mid September and mid October on the Gregorian calendar.
Knowing the correct time of the birth is there for us in the scriptures if you read them in their correct context. There reason it is important to me and I believe should be for all of us is not a matter of being correct, or showing ourselves to be smarter than someone else of having a deeper understanding about the subject. Not at all! The importance is that the fact that Yeshua was born on the first day of Tabernacles and circumcised on the 8th and final day of the feast and in accordance with the Torah is a HUGE testimony to our Jewish brothers and sisters that Yeshua (Jesus ) was and IS the true Messiah that they have been looking for. The Christian traditional celebration of the birth at Christmas, December 25th is in fact a terrible obstacle for the Jews to believe in Yeshua, because long before the time of Abraham the Pagans had claimed that day December 25th as the birth of the Pagan sun gods, of various names. The shortest day of the year, that having the greatest number of hours of darkness is December 21st. And then on the 25th the days begin to be longer and it was seen as the rebirth of the sun. Christianity choosing the 25th of December as the calculated traditional time of the birth of Yeshua, places Christianity firmly in the company of almost every Pagan cult religion.
This has always saddened my heart. I wonder if the Christians from early on had understood and connected his birth to the feast of Tabernacles, which prophetically looked forward to the time when God dwells with man, perhaps more Jewish people would receive the Gospel! All the festivals of God connect to the life of Messiah. Born on Tabernacles, circumcised on the 8th day of the feast, crucified at the exact time of the Passover, raised up from the dead on the feast of first fruits, indwells the believers with the spirit of God initiating the New Covenant on Shavuot (Pentecost) on the very same day that the Old Covenant was made through Moshe, born in Bethlehem, from the tribe of Judah and all those other factors is prophetic proof that Yeshua was absolutely the Long-awaited Messiah of Israel.
But sadly the church aligned with Roman Paganism and chose December 25th, perhaps the one day in the year that would be the most unlikely time for the birth of God’s son. And today many Christians and non Christians alike, place a little plastic display of a very special Jewish family on the front lawn, proclaiming the birth of the Jewish Messiah, at the most rejected time they could do so. Most of them are even unaware of the fact that Mary, Joseph and their son Yeshua were all Jewish and not Christians at all.
The whole idea of connecting Messiah to that date in December is a horrible mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with people having a celebration of the winter season having fun with family and friends. But the witness of Christ was lost because it was mixed in with the sun gods celebration. The bumper stickers that say “Keep Christ in Christmas” just make me want to ambush those people with the scriptures and to wake them up. But then a take a breath and think that if we took Christ out of Christmas then there might not be any connection at all to a celebration of the coming of Yeshua. Christianity has been in decline for a long time. For some Christmas and Easter, another Pagan feast, is the only thought they ever give in all the year to Messiah. But then again, they do so in error further supporting a lie separating the Jewish people their own Messiah. I know I am starting to sound like Tevia in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. “But on the other hand. . . .”
If you are a Christian and have stumbled onto this site, then Merry Christmas to you. If you are Messianic and have never consider the actual time of His birth, then study the scriptures and holy festivals of God. If you have questions then ask them. Maybe when we all start proclaiming the truth instead of tradition, then our Jewish brothers will also turn from their tradition and embrace that same single truth, that Yeshua was and is and ever shall be our Messiah. “The word became flesh and dwelled among us and we beheld His Glory.”
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