I was so wrapped up in doing the research for the study on The 1000 Years that I almost let Christmas pass me by. So, I’m going to make this short and sweet and to the point.
Jesus Christ was not born on the 25th of December. He was conceived on that day. And I know that it would be quite difficult for the average person to figure that out if they didn’t know a little bit about the times and dates that the Levitical priesthood served in the Temple.
There were 24 courses, or weeks, that different priests would serve in the Temple. They were observed twice during the religious year, which makes for 48 courses, and when you add in the celebration of the holy feast days, the year of 52 weeks is covered.
Zacharias was the husband of Elisabeth, the first cousin of Mary, the earthly mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. His assigned time in the Temple was on the 8th course, which was called the course of Abia. The time for serving this course was from June 13th through the 19th.
We need to know nothing further about these courses because this date is what will establish the true birth date of our Lord. Let’s go to the book of Luke and let the Word of God give us the rest of the information.
Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
Elizabeth was of the daughters of Aaron, which makes her bloodline of the Tribe of Levi.
Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
They were both righteous in the eyes of God, having followed all of His commandments.
Luke 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
They were both well beyond the normal child-bearing years.
Luke 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
Luke 1:9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
Luke 1:And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
One of Zacharias’s duties in the temple was to burn incense before the multitude of people and there was a bunch of them. And while he was in the Temple performing his duties:
Luke 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
Now, this was no ordinary angel, this was the angel Gabriel and his name, in the Hebrew, is man of God. If you can envision the power that our Father possesses in His right and left hand you would see Gabriel and the archangel Michael. One word from our Father and these two angels instantly obeyed, no questions asked.
Luke 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
Luke 1:12 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Obviously, Zacharias and Elizabeth had wanted a son but over the years her womb had been barren and now they were stricken in years, they were both too old, or so they thought, and then this angel shows up and tells them that she will give birth to a son and that they should name him John. Perhaps our Father, in His wisdom, wanted Elizabeth to remain barren just for this specific pregnancy. After all, she was going to give birth to John the Baptist.
Luke 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
Our Father will take the human desire to drink alcohol away from John and fill him with the Holy Spirit because He has intervened in his life and God has a purpose for him.
Luke 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, 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.
To put the seal of Almighty God in their forehead; to prepare for things to come.
Luke 1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
This is incredulous, how can this happen to me?
Luke 1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God;
Don’t overlook that: I am Gabriel that stands in the presence of God.
and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
Luke 1:20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
Gabriel told him that because of his disbelief that this event could possibly happen he would be struck dumb until the pregnancy was over.
Luke 1:21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.
What’s taking this boy so long?
Luke 1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
He kept making signs to them but he couldn’t make them understand what had happened.
Luke 1:23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
Let’s catch the timeline up; his week in the Temple is over and this would be on June 19th. The following day would be the Sabbath and he could not travel on that day so he would wait until a day later and that would be on June 21st.
Luke 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
Luke 1:25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Zacharias, it is presumed, lived in the city of Hebron, approximately nineteen miles southwest of Jerusalem and for someone in his age bracket it probably took around two days to walk home and after resting a day Elizabeth probably conceived on June 24th. This is speculation, of course, concerning the date of conception, but people are people and we don’t normally deviate from common routines.
Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Luke 1: 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Luke 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luke 1: 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luke 1: 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luke 1: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luke 1: 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Mary is concerned because she and Joseph had not yet married nor had they “known” each other. Get my drift? She and Joseph were simply betrothed, engaged, if you would.
Luke 1: 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Luke 1: 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
Elizabeth is six months pregnant with John the Baptist when her cousin Mary went to give her the good news and if you add six months to June 24th the timeline will be December 24th – 25th to document the conception of Christ.
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1: 39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
Luke 1: 40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
The babe leaped in her womb. Mary had conceived just a day or two earlier and yet John, at six months in Elizabeth’s womb, felt the presence of the Spirit of God in her womb and leaped for joy. If there has ever been any doubt in your mind as to when a fetus is a viable human being this should relieve it.
We have established that the conception happened around the 24th – 25th of December, which means that the birth would occur around the 24th – 25th of September, nine months later. How precious is that knowledge.
There are about 7.2 billion people on earth right now and depending on what religion you are affiliated with, if that religion believes and teaches that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, then there are billions of people, in a few days, that will wrongly celebrate the birth of the Savior.
Is this anything new? No. This celebration has been going on for centuries and it’s been wrong each and every year. Do you know how dumb this makes us look to our Father?
The true date has never been taught by established religion, that’s why people don’t know about it. And it will never be corrected because big business will never allow the change. Many big and small businesses make 70%-90% of their yearly profits during the months preceding Christmas and a month or so after. It’s never going to change.
And if you happen to make that change in your family, begin celebrating His birth in September, do you know the ridicule that you will have to live with? The ridicule that your children will have to live with from their peers at school? The ridicule that you will face at work?
Satan has this lie locked in so tight that it will never change or be corrected. Score one for Satan. But if you are reading this, you have just had your name put on a short list that our Father keeps, along with the Book of Life, and there’s going to be a gold star beside your name.
You have just become very special to Him.
So, go ahead and decorate the tree, prepare that wonderful meal, buy the presents and sing the carols but quietly, in your heart, know that Father loves you for taking the time to read this and the book of Luke, to find out the truth of His Son’s birth.
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__21 December 2017__