Timeline for Jesus’ Real Birthday

There are two calendars to be aware of when studying the scriptures; the Jewish or sacred (religious) calendar and the civil calendar.

Note: If you study Bible prophecy always use the months and days from the Jewish calendar when studying events which occurred after the implementation of the Feast of the Lord. These Feast dates are recorded in Leviticus 23. (That’s my instruction given to me from Holy Spirit when I first began to study Bible prophecy).

Jewish torah scroll in coverChristmas (December 25) is the time we celebrate the time of Christ birth. However, I believe the keys scriptures and the prophetic symbolism of the Feast of the Lord contradict man’s tradition of December 25 as Christ birthday. I put together a timeline from some key verses, which point to Jesus’ birthday being in the fall most like at the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1).

Month 1: Nisan (Mar-Apr) – Zacharias – performing priestly services. LK 1:8-25 John is conceived during the first month which is Nisan.

Month 6; Elul (Aug-Sep) Gabriel visits with Mary. LK 1-26. Mary informed that Elizabeth is 6 month pregnant LK 1:36 Mary visit with Elizabeth 3 months before returning home in Month 9 which would be the month Kislev, Lk1:56. Hanukkah occurs in Kislev. Mary returned home and most likely conceived Jesus from Holy Spirit during Hanukkah.

Month 9: Kislev (Nov-Dec) Elizabeth gives birth to John. Lk.1:57. This would place John’s birth in the month Hanukkah occurs, not Jesus’ birth. Hanukkah is the Feast of “Dedication” or Feast of Lights. John was dedicated to serve God and prepare the way for the coming of the Lord.

Now let’s work with the clues in the text to locate the approximate time of Christ birth.

Months Before the Birth of Jesus – Caesar’s census decree went out to all the Roman Empire. LK 2:1. It took months for the news of the census decree to travel across the land and then additional time for the people to travel to their birth place where they were counted in the census and paid a tax. I can only assume that the taking of the census went on for more than a year or perhaps even two. However, we do have some clues to the condition of Mary and the season of the year in which they returned to Bethlehem. Mary was about to give birth.

With the decree Mary & Joseph returned to Bethlehem, Jesus is born shortly after Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem. LK 2:6-7

The shepherds are in the fields when the angel announces Christ birth. LK 2:8. The shepherds wouldn’t be abiding in the fields in the winter months when the rain and snow fall in some areas. This places the angelic announcement much sooner than winter or the traditional date of December 25.

Tishri 1- Is the Feast of Trumpets established by God. Lev. 23:24. This date is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Trumpets are blown and the time of the early rains and plowing. It is taught in Jewish lore that Adam was formed on Tishri 1. “So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 1 Cr 15:45

Count backwards 9 months from Tishri to find the month of conception and you get Kislev (Nov-Dec) and Hanukkah, the Feast of Lights. Modern astromony software shows celestial studies very well may indicate that a uniques sign appeared in the heavens above Bethlehem during Tishri in 3BC. It is an amazing look at the celestial events which were occuring in the heavens leading up to Christ birth.

So I believe it’s accurate to say that John the Baptist was born during the month of Kislev and most likely during Hanukkah (Festival of Lights). Jesus was most likely conceived by Holy Spirit during Hanukkah (Jesus, the light of the world JN 9:5). John’s birth proceeded and prepared the way for Christ conception. Nine months later Jesus was most likely born on Tishri 1 during the Feast of Trumpets.

Follow the calendar timeline which I have put together and you will see the scriptures point to Jesus’ birthday being in the fall of the year and not in winter. Some people say, “What does it matter anyway when we celebrate Jesus’ birthday as long as we celebrate it?” Okay, then when your next birthday arrives how about we skip it for three or four months and celebrate it then.

 

Hebrew Calendar
Timeline for Jesus’ Birthday
Number OF Month
Hebrew Name
Modern Equivalent
Description
BIBLICAL REFERENCES
FEASTS
Sacred
Civil
1(Sacred sequence begins
7
Abib; Nisan
Mar-Apr
Zacharias – performing priestly services.
LK 1:8-25
Passover; Unleavened Bread; First Fruits
(John was conceived in Nisan)
LK 1:36
2
8
Ziv (lyyar)
Apr-May
3
9
Sivan
May-June
Pentecost (Weeks)
4
10
Tammuz
June-July
5
11
Ab
July-Aug
6
12
Elul
Aug-Sep
Gabriel visits with Mary;
LK 1-26
Mary is informed that Elizabeth is 6 months with child (John was conceived in Nisan)
LK 1:36
Mary visit with Elizabeth 3 months then leaves for home
LK 1:56
7
1 Civil sequence begins
Ethanim (Tishri)
Sep-Oct
Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles(Booths)
8
2
Bul (Marcheshvan)
Oct-Nov
9
3
Kislev
Nov-Dec
(This month is the seasonal time for winter rains and snow in some areas)
Mary returned home –(Conceives from Holy Spirit) John is born after 9 months from Nisan
LK 1:56
Hanukkah(Dedication)
Feast of Lights
John is born
Lk 1:57
10
4
Tebeth
Dec-Jan
11
5
Shebat
Jan-Feb
12 6 Adar Feb-Mar Ezra 6:15;Esth 3:7,13;8:12;9:1,
15,17,19,21
Purim
Number OF Month
Hebrew Name
Modern Equivalent
Description
BIBLICAL REFERENCES
FEASTS
Sacred
Civil
1(Sacred sequence begins
7
Abib; Nisan
Mar-Apr
Passover; Unleavened Bread; First Fruits
2
8
Ziv (lyyar)
Apr-May
3
9
Sivan
May-June
Pentecost (Weeks)
4
10
Tammuz
June-July
5
11
Ab
July-Aug
6
12
Elul
Aug-Sep
7
1 Civil sequence begins
Ethanim (Tishri)
Sep-Oct
Caesar’s census decree –
LK 2:1
Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles(Booths)
Joseph left Galilee to return to Bethlehem
LK 2:4
Jesus born
LK 2:6-7
Shepherds abiding in the fields (Shepherds didn’t abide in the fields in the winter months but moved the sheep to the shelter of caves for the winter months ruling out Kislev as the month of Christ birth.
LK 2:8
12
6
Adar
Feb-Mar
Purim

 



  • The Restoration of the True Prophet

    prophetsIt was July 15, 2009, while on our annual family vacation at the beach, that I was given the first of a series of dreams that week about the state of church and Christ’s bride.

    The first thing revealed to me was a dream about the condition of the ministry gift of prophet.

     Journal Entry: Dream – Restoration Required – 7/15/2009
    I was in an office consisting of four separate rooms; I knew by the Spirit that the office represented the ministry gift of the prophet. Each room was in various states of disrepair due to a serious lack of care and maintenance. Someone before me had begun renovating several of the rooms but for whatever reason had quit before finishing. In the remodeling process, one of the newly renovated rooms already had large holes in the ceiling caused by rain leaking through the roof damaging the new ceiling and carpet.

    The largest room hadn’t been touched; it had a large gap in the wall between the window and ceiling where I could see to the outside. The gap allowed dirt to enter the office covering all the equipment and furniture. Anyone who worked or came into the office would get dirty due to its neglected condition. The office was truly awful, non-functional and a disgrace to the company. I said, “Get the president of the company and he will repair this!” End Journal Entry-

    Meaning:
    I woke up from the dream pondering what I had seen. By the condition of the office, Holy Spirit was showing me that the current condition of the ministry gift of prophet is in disrepair, unsightly, dysfunctional and dirty to God. It is polluted with dirt and foreign matter which doesn’t belong making it unclean before Him. Obviously, there had been no one performing maintenance on this office for a very long time, even though the office was in daily use. The people, which had previously occupied this office, had tried to renovate it but apparently had gotten discouraged when met with resistance, gave up and acclimated themselves to the existing condition.  They submitted to the system.

    This dream was followed by eight more dreams dealing with the condition of the church today and the transition by the Spirit; we’ve entered into the preparation of the bride of Christ.  By Holy Spirit placing this dream first in a series of dreams that followed, tells me that the ministry gift of the prophet must be restored as God purposed it in order for the body of Christ to transition into the time of the preparation of the bride of Christ. Read Preparation of the Bride – The Epoch pt. 1 & Preparation of the Bride – Pt. 2 – Meet With Me

    Why must the prophet be restored?
    God is restoring the true ministry gift of the prophet to the believers today. Without the authority of the prophet’s voice speaking in the church today, the church is blind to the direction of what God is doing or about to do at a given time. The prophet represents the eye to the body of Christ, God revealed His method in Amos 3:7.

    “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing
    Unless He reveals His secret counsel
    To His servants the prophets.”

    The prophet is the watchman on the wall, watching and listening to see what the Lord will say.

    Habakkuk 2:1-3
    “I will stand on my guard post
    And station myself on the rampart;
    And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me,
    And how I may reply when I am reproved.
    Then the LORD answered me and said,
    “Record the vision
    And inscribe it on tablets,
    That the one who reads it may run.
    “For the vision is yet for the appointed time;
    It hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail.
    Though it tarries, wait for it;
    For it will certainly come, it will not delay.”

    The way man view things and the way God views things are very different.

    Isa 55:9
    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are My ways higher than your ways,
    And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

    The way pastors and teachers view the word is different from the prophet. The pastor/teacher speaks of the expressed or the explained word, the prophet speaks of the illuminated or revealed word.

    seer Today, there may be no true prophets operating within the walls of the organized church system. I didn’t say there were no true prophets, but their voice and ministry gift are stifled under the control of man and they aren’t given the opportunity to speak freely. Any true prophet of God would certainly rebuke the division the church system has created in the body of Christ, regardless if it’s denominational or non-denominational.

    Turkish proverb: “If you speak the truth when everyone else believes and is practicing the opposite, make sure you are sitting on a very swift horse.”

    How does the great revival come?
    Holy Spirit has shown me that just as the prophet John the Baptist prepared the way for Christ, first coming so shall it be that the prophet(s) will rise up preaching repentance preparing the way for His second coming. No true revival can be had without the conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment by Holy Spirit. John was purposed and birthed into the Earth and entered into his assigned ministry at the appointed time and so it is with all true prophets.  Their birth is a supernatural event witnessed by those only trusted by God and they have been prepared outside of the sight of man.

    John came out of the wilderness speaking not in the synagogues of organized religion of the day, but to whomever would listen. John’s purpose was prophesied in the Old Testament which was to prepare the way of the Lord and so shall it be now that true prophets will seemingly come out of nowhere (the wilderness) speaking to the people warning them to turn from wickedness and bear fruit worthy of repentance. People came out of the synagogues to hear him because John wasn’t allowed into the religious system of the day and so shall it be in these times as well. Most all great revivals occurred outdoors and in the streets.

    Matthew 3:2-3
    “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!'”

    outside the campThe true prophet despises the religious spirit that manifests in organized religion because he sees it for what it is and what it is does to the people of God. He sees the harlotry being committed before God as people pursue self in a religious system which is controlled by a foreign spirit, the Babylon spirit. Escape From Babylon Thus the true prophet or the end-time prophet will operate outside the walls of the church just as John the Baptist. The revival which will come will not take place within the walls of the existing church system. Any move of God in the current church system will be to draw the people away from its control and unto Christ for He is calling forth His bride to come out into an intimate relationship with Him.

    But we must remember that the church system has many who are Christ loving, sincere people, who truly have a heart for the things of God. The very leadership that is controlling the sheep is being controlled by the system they serve and don’t even recognize it for what it is.

    “Always separate the failure of the system from the hearts of the people in it.” Jake Colsen

    When God decides to bring revival, he will bypass the old regime (leadership, structure, theology) and move outside of the Church system. Many will return to the home meetings for intimacy in fellowship just as the early saints gathered.

    Luke 5:37-38:
    Jesus said it this way; “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins…”

    (Ez. 34:9-10; Ez. 34:15-16 [NLT]
    Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey. … I myself will tend my sheep and give them a place to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign Lord. I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and  I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice!

    I was perplexed when I first heard the Lord say to me after this dream, “My bride comes not so much from the church as from the world.” I now understand why Christ spoke the following words.

    Matt 22:1-14
    “And Jesus answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying,  The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king, who gave a wedding feast for his son.  And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.  Again he sent out other slaves saying, Tell those who have been invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.   But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.  But the king was enraged and sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, the wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.  And those slaves went out into the streets, and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests. But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw there a man not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes? And he was speechless.  Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”