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Proof that Yeshua was NOT born in December!

Millions insist on celebrating the birth of our Messiah on December 25, even though most are aware that our Savior was not born in December at all; but on the first day of Sukkot, which falls in the September/October timeframe. How do we know that? Let's allow Scripture to explain:

The answer about Yeshua's birth can be found in Scripture:

Luke 2: 1. Now it happened in those days that a decree went out from Augustus Caesar that the names of all the people of his dominion should be written down. 2. This census first happened during the governorship of Qurinius in Syria. 3. And everyone went in his own city to be registered. 4. And Yosip was also going up from Nasrath, a city of Galeela into Yehuda to the city of Dawid, which is called Beth-Lekhem, because he was from the house and from the clan of Dawid, 5. With Maryam his bride while she was pregnant, that there they might be registered.

6. And it happened that while they were there, her days of pregnancy were fulfilled. 7. And she bore him a firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room where they could lodge. 8. At this time shepherds were there in that region were they were lodging and keeping watch there at night over their flocks. (AENT)

Miriam was forced to give birth in a stable because there was no room at the inn - because people from all over had gathered in Jerusalem for the census! (In those days you returned to your native home to be registered.) Not to mention, as we'll see later, it was also the festival of Sukkot - Tabernacles - when many pilgrims came to celebrate in Jerusalem....

Bethlehem is only about 5 miles from Jerusalem and so Y'shua was born there because was no room at the inn. The name Bethlehem means "House Of Bread", with the strong connotation of House Of Battle. And as we all know, Y'shua is the Bread of Life" (John 6:43-51).

YHWH (Yahweh/The Creator) arranged for His divine Son to be born in His timing - as revealed in His Mo'edim - Biblical Feasts/Appointed Times; and that Son, Yeshua (which in Hebrew means "YHWH is Salvation"), has so far fulfilled the first FOUR of the SEVEN Biblical Feasts! One of the Feasts Yeshua fulfilled was His own birthday. Here's a brief summary of how we know this:

There are 7 historical anchors to the date of the Messiah's birth which narrow the range of the birth to the first two weeks of September, 5 BCE (Gregorian proleptic calendar). This article does not provide the details but here are the 7 anchors:

All of these historical events narrow the date of the birth to the first two weeks of September (Gregorian), 5 BCE.

We know there was no 'single' "Star of Bethlehem" because the passing of time required to observe astronomical events and the fact that several astronomical events were needed to "direct" the Magi to seek the Messiah. There was a "dance of the planets" spanning 7-5 BCE which were perceived by the Magi as "guiding" them to Jerusalem. Central in that "dance" was Jupiter which ultimately appeared to "pause" over Jerusalem.

If you know the "Star of Bethlehem" was Jupiter, then you know when the Nativity was! The Magi told Herod "the time the star appeared" (Matthew 2:7) and Herod killed infants two years and under in response. That means the Magi were tracking the "King's Star" for two years, because Herod didn't stop from killing his own children (and his favorite wife!), per 1st Century Jewish Historian Josephus. In fact, Josephus says that Augustus Caesar himself remarked that he would rather be one of Herod's dogs than one of his children. The only "star of kings" the Magi would have known was Jupiter. "Magi" refers to Zoroastrian priests from either Babylon or Persia (now Iran or Iraq), both areas are EAST of Israel and the Magi tracked a triple conjunction of Jupiter (the king's planet) and Saturn (the savior planet for the Jews) throughout 7 BCE in Aries (the zodiac sign for Syria and Israel in their mythology).

Zoroastrians had a myth that their version of Messiah, called "Saoshyant" in their scriptures, would be born "in the west, in a foreign land." When a triple conjunction (a three-time pairing of Jupiter and Saturn), and other events, all began in 7 BCE, they knew they had to grab their bags and incense and go. Jupiter went into conjunction with the sun and "died". When it emerged triumphantly from behind the sun the Magi resumed tracking its motion and in mid 6 BCE they continued tracking its apparent westward motion until it "paused" over Bethlehem on Sept. 5 BCE. Planets, of course, don't "pause", but the outer planets (Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) do appear to "pause" by retrograde motion. In 5 BCE, Jupiter's retrograde motion made it "stand still" for several nights, perfectly positioned to look like it was stationary over Jerusalem. That led them to Jerusalem, actually Bethlehem.

There they found the Messiah! But wait! The "pausing" of Jupiter was in the range of the 19th to the 20th of September (Gregorian) in 5 BCE and the Magi found the "boy" in the manger! Only in the ancient languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) does the term "boy" mean something besides "infant"! The magi had arrived after the infant was circumcised! Only after circumcision is a male child called a "boy". But that only narrows down the date of the birth to at least 8 days before the Magi arrived. But we know the season was Sukkot, there was a census, and that Mary and Joseph were forced to find shelter in a barn or sukkah, we know the date of the birth is narrowed to 11-14 September (Gregorian), 5 BCE.

Now as Paul Harvey would have said: "Here is a strange..." Former Air Force lieutenant colonel, William Welker, and life-long amateur astronomer with degrees in Physics found there was also a "well placed" total lunar eclipse on September 13, 5 BCE, which was the night of 14-15 Tishri that year (by the moon; not by the modern, calculated Jewish calendar) - the beginning of Sukkot. By "well placed", Welker explained that it began in the evening about 9:30 PM in Israel, and the entire total eclipse was easily seen throughout the entire land with totality ending about 11 PM. This was the day, and possibly the time of the birth of the Messiah!

Furthermore, if that is not compelling enough:

Yeshua, our Messiah was born 15 Tishri (September 13th (Gregorian)), 5 BCE, under the "sign" of a total lunar eclipse.