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The Bible Reveals when Jesus was Born!

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When was Jesus Born?

The Christmas story found in the Holy Bible (Luke 2) is cherished by all Christians. The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the most important event in history, next to the day of His resurrection.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was the ‘firstborn of the new creation’ (Luke 1:35; Col 1:15) and ‘firstborn of the dead’ (Col 1:18; Rev 1:5). Likewise, we are born of the flesh, then born of the Spirit (John 3:6-7; 2 Cor 5:17), and will be raised from the dead (Rom 8:11). This is the miraculous gospel of salvation.

While multitudes around the world celebrate “Christmas”, whether they focus on Saint Nicholas (aka Santa Claus) and/or the birth of Jesus Christ, all Christians know Jesus was not born on December 25th. This date was established by the Roman Catholic church in approximately 360 AD, when they held a special mass to honor Christ, while the pagan world celebrated Saturnalia, a feast honoring the birth of their sun god. This eventually became known as "Christ-Mass". Why would we willingly celebrate Christmas on December 25th, knowing its pagan origins? Does it attract those of the world to the true God when they confuse the birth of YHWH with the birth of the Roman sun god? Why not celebrate the birth of Christ on His true birthday? Is He pleased? That is the question.

You may be shocked to find out that 'Mass' actually means DEATH ~ quite the opposite of BIRTH! Christ-Mass is interpreted DEATH of CHRIST.

My subjective thoughts on the matter include how many of our celebrated ‘holy days’ (aka holidays) revolve around ‘saints’. Clue? Saint Valentine, Saint Patrick, All Saints Day, Saint Nicholas…come on. How blind are we? None of these saints are in the Bible. While the world may celebrate those they've deemed as ‘saints’ (who have passed on, no less), I celebrate the living God with the living saints (followers of Christ)! While Catholicism embraced pagans and their practices in order to grow their members, that and their ongoing violation of the second commandment tell me NOT to follow them down that road. Is it not ironic that the true saints of God who opposed the RCC were burned at the stake?

There are many historical and pivotal events in the history of the Church. Why don’t we move to make straight the crooked ways of the world? This is hardly martyrdom, in comparison to what the saints back in that day suffered. Did you know the Bible gives us clues to the exact date, and even the timeframe of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? You might be surprised to find it appears to be September 11, 3 BC.

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The Bible gives us Clues!

In the gospel of Luke (3:1) Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. The Bible gives clues that John was born around the time of Passover (Nisan, in the Spring) and Jesus was born six months later, placing His birthdate in the Fall (Tishri). Jesus was 30 years old at the time of His baptism. Luke tied this event to the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar (which was in 27-28 AD). This would then place the birth of Christ in approximately 3 BC. While there's so much information out there confirming the birthdate of Jesus, here's just one noteworthy observation:

Let's look at Rev 12:1, 2 and 5:

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” (KJV)

Historian Ernest L. Martin consulted NASA lunar-phase tables and found the image of the heavens in Revelation 12, the time of Jesus’ birth. “‘The moon under her feet’ could only occur during an eighty minute period on September 11th of 3 BC between sunset at ‘6:15pm and moonset at 7:45pm’ (The Birth of Christ Recalculated and The Star that Astonished the World, page 85, 1996.)

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The Star of Bethlehem

Nativity scenes often include three wise men bowing at the cradle of the newborn babe. This is certainly not biblical. The Magi came from the East, following the great star that appeared in the sky over Bethlehem. Just how long was that star in the sky anyway? They certainly didn’t make the trip in a day. It’s possible it took over a year and would have placed them in Jerusalem about December of 2 BC. Jesus would have been 15 months old.

Is it any surprise that in 3 and 2 BC there were numerous conjunctions involving Jupiter, also known as the kingly or righteous planet (Craig Chester, Co-founder of the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy, The Star of Bethlehem):

August of 3 BC - Jupiter and Venus
September of 3 BC - Jupiter and Regulus
February of 2 BC - Jupiter and Regulus
May of 2 BC - Jupiter and Regulus
June of 2 BC - Jupiter and Venus

In Jesus Christ our Promised Seed, Victor Paul Wierwille states:

As the Magi approached Bethlehem, Jupiter finally ‘stood over’ where the child was, the area of Bethlehem. The time period in which the Magi traveled to Bethlehem could only have been between December 4, 2 BC, when Jupiter could be seen in this position over Bethlehem, and before January 9, 1 BC, when the events surrounding the death of Herod began.

Mat 2:16 aligns with the age of Jesus at that time: “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men (because they did not return to tell Herod where Jesus was), was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.” (KJV)