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Birth of the Christ
Birth of YaHshua our Savior
by Dan Baxley
Christmas, the mad scramble to buy gifts for friends and family, the cooking the baking and the families getting together, some from long distances, renewing connections and meeting new faces. The climax, for some, is the exchange of gifts around the family evergreen decorated with the false gold and silver and fake snow and lots of lights, piled high around its boughs with colorfully wrapped gifts. In many ways it is hard to see, if not impossible, how this relates to the birth of out Lord and Christ, YaHshua. It is called Christ-Mass, a religious term shortened to Christmas and then there is the legend of Saint Nicholas handing out gifts to small children, but still no real connection with the actual birth of the Messiah. A celebration of giving gifts to small children in honor or the Christ Child, as the Wise men of the East had done? I suppose the innocence of children is being transferred to the birth of our Lord and Savior, who was to die on the Cross is some how being portrayed in this gesture? Still, the blending of a Santa Claus and reindeer flying with what is and was a solemn occasion ending with the massacre of small children at the command of King Herod.
The religious implications are there and preached from the pulpit but the gifting and the decorating of the tree is a secular, even a pagan practice, and after the Christmas sermons those of the Christian religion join in this secular celebration of gift giving, eating to excess, drinking, and football games. It is considered a Christian custom, not because the Christ Jesus was supposed to have been born on this day but because this secular custom is celebrated almost exclusively in countries predominantly of the Christian religion. There are those, however, of the Christian community that do somehow see even this custom of the Decorating of a tree cut from the forest and the Santa Claus character as some how Christian, but in reality it is not, it is part pagan and part secular – commercially, driven – event. For those needing to argue about this I believe the secular connection is self evident with the success of the holiday measured in merchant receipts. As for the pagan part, the cutting of the tree and decorating it? Well, I think we can go to the Bible for that one.
(Jer 10:2-5) This is what the LORD (YHWH) says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good." NIV
(Mark 7:9) And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! NIV
Jeremiah is speaking of the wooden idols shaped by the hands of men and made into gods to be worshiped but it is hard to escape the similarity of this description with that of the Christian tradition of the Christmas tree. The point of my argument is not in this as a secular holiday but as a tradition setting aside the commands, or even the HOLY DAYS of our Lord for a pagan tradition. The Christian teachers of old and of today excel in placing the burden of pagan traditions on the shoulders of the seekers of life, those coming to the Christ of the Bible and in this binding to themselves followers of the darkness and of “another” Christ, preaching another Messiah in another name (John 5:43).
To make this a religious Holy Day is an error. But you ask, what about the birth of our Lord and Savior, wasn’t it on this day? I answer with a question of my own, “What if this is not the time nor the day of His birth but the birthday of “another”? What if I can prove that His birth was nowhere near December 25th? That would change everything, right? As a secular holiday, as opposed to a Holy Day, I would not find fault with Christians or anyone, atheist even, in observing this as a day of love and joy toward one another and as a time for families to reunite with one another and share their year and lives before heading off into another year with the hope of better things to come. But, to insist it is a Holy Day, that I think I can disprove. Before that let’s explore a few more things concerning this Christian
Christmas is Not the Same Everywhere
In some countries a similar practice is followed. In parts of
The upside to this holiday, as a State and Federal holiday, as mentioned before, is the opportunity for all families of different faiths to come together as families and renew old acquaintances, to show appreciation for one another and to spend as much money as possible to help with the economy, giving our country a boast into the new year. It has been estimated that many businesses receive up to 40% of their total income at this time of the year, making this a very important time of the year, indeed, not only for the business but for the families that work at these places markets and at the internet stores, more and more each year. It is a ripple running through the whole of the American fabric and other countries as well. If religion were abolished tomorrow, Christmas would still be honored as a secular holiday just for that reason alone.
As a secular holiday, one filled with so much family blessings, and gatherings before everyone gears up for the New Year and the pledges of doing better in the year to come I find it really quite pleasant and a time to be friendly with everyone and an opportunity to mend broken fences, a nice time of forgiveness and appreciation. As a religious holy day I find it disgusting. It may be a time of practicing your religion and demonstrating your love one for another but as a religious offering? Again, Santa Claus and the "lying" to small children about who is coming into their house at night is nothing to be proud of. Many children (remember) grow up and find out it has all been a lie and some are crushed, not that there really is no Santa Claus, but that their parents would lie like that. It is my opinion this is the time when children begin to have a mistrust of their parents and everything they are told from then on. Maybe not in open rebellion but a festering distrust that continues until they reach adulthood and themselves join in this lie for some strange reason – a kind of peer pressure, perhaps.
Why can't it be a celebration of families, which it is, in most cases, and if gifts are to be exchanged tell the little ones the gifts are from the parents, not some stranger. Actually, this is becoming the case more and more and in my opinion this is a good thing. Still, the tear jerking movies are made, painting Santa as a real character children can believe in, like a replacement for the real Savior the children are offered a fat, jolly, drunk instead. Santa may have been born in the middle of the darkest days of the year, a saint of the darkness, but my Savior and Lord YaHshua was not. But what more would you expect from a secular, even pagan, holiday? This lie is perpetuated by the religious authorities down through the centuries and it is a shame, a “shame on them” that they will one day have to answer for.
The religious side of this time of year, where attempts are made to tie this all in with the Christian religion. Nativity scenes of the Savior in a manger (animal feeding trough) in remembrance or the Lord's birthday. The exchanging of gifts as the Wise Men gave gifts to the Christ child. All of this as the season moves into the middle of the winter and not one shred of evidence this was the time of the Christ's birth. Wouldn't you think the God of Light would bring His Son in at a more appropriate time? This dark time of the year seems more fitting, to me, of another individual, and individual that poses as an “angel of light” but is really the god of darkness.
(2Co -14) For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. NIV
Should we be suspicious of those standing behind the pulpit? Yes, we most certainly should and in our own defense we should, and I encourage all, to become students of the Holy Bible so you can help to keep you pastor, preacher, or teacher honest. You would, in this, be assisting those wanting this position, in the fight to stay within the truth.
The truth is we, as believers, were never told to celebrate His birth but, instead, our Savior did instruct His disciples to "remember" Him just prior to His Crucifixion. This teaching of remembrance and what He did for us at Passover by the simple sharing of the wine and the bread, not some giant festival of gluttony was practiced by the Gentile as well as the Jewish side of Christianity through the first century, but no sign of the celebrating of His birthday
(Luke 22:19)And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
You will find nothing in the Scriptures with this kind of reference concerning His birth. Personally I find nothing wrong in giving honor to our Lord on any day, everyday even, but to make religious declarations of men and to bind those seeking the true life with things of pagan origins is a crime. To take celebrations of pagan origins, the worship of demons and devils and applying these things to the Christian belief system is a crime. To twist the Scriptures and the writings of the Apostles to fit pagan religious beliefs and traditions is a crime. To accept the worship of demons over the worship of our Lord YaHshua, knowingly or unknowingly is a crime.
I love the idea of families gathering and even exchanging gifts and it does not have to be a religious observation at all but a time of love and sharing, which is a decent thing. Stop the lying about this mythical Santa Claus and his demon elves, make it about the family and the Love of God for us. There are those, however, that insist this is in honor of the Birth of our Savior. Fine, but it is not the birthday of my Savior. He, the Savior of the Holy Bible, was not born in the dead of winter, a time of darkness, a time more fitting for the demons of the Adversary.
There is a teaching of some attempting to make His birth Jewish as well as pagan. No devote Jew would do this but there are those converted to modern Christianity, and there are those attempting to be Christian and Jewish that are doing and teaching this. Attempts have been made to tie our Lord's birthday to Hanukkah and I think this deserves a look before we plunge into the proof of our Lord YaHshua's actual time of birth.
Hanukkah also called, Chanukah
I was reading an article that was attempting to prove our Savior was born during the Jewish celebration called, Hanukkah, a time of remembering the "re-dedication of the Temple" -- The festival of Lights – Christmas, anyone?
Wikipedia: Chanukah, or Hanukkah --
"... known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar."
Those presenting this view actually give some support for our Savior's birth possibly being December 25 th as the two celebrations are so close and at times have overlapped.
It is actually easy to calculate close to when our Savior was born. Originally, being the lazy creature that I am, I did not want to get into this issue of our Savior's birth, for one thing it did not interest me, and for another, I thought it would be too difficult to pin it down – it just did not matter, I worshiped the Man, not the child, but then, when I began to read how some Messianic and Holy Name people were trying to tie the two together, well, I just had to reread, rethink my position, and what I found I thought need to be shared with anyone else wondering about this business.
Easy and Simple, Way too Simple
Using simple logic one can see it does not seem reasonable to say our Savior was born in the middle of winter on the darkest day of the year as I have been abundantly pointing out. But someone reminded me of something I had said once, concerning the proofs of our Savior in the Writings of the Holy Book, and how a believer really does not need to go to outside this source. So, with this encouragement I sat out to prove what seemed the Christian Religion could not. As it turned out it was simple, really simple, and I came to the answer in a matter of minutes. Why this simple solution has been ignored baffles me. Maybe I am missing something here but I don't think so, you be the judge. And I did not have to resort to any outside work, or study book, or ancient writings – well, the Bible to be sure, but nothing else, and the truth popped out so visible and clear I had to write about it. Okay, enough about me, after all, it is supposed to be about Him.
YaHshua's Birth Month
We need to go the account of His birth and a couple of very important events surrounding the time and things happening a few months before His birth. This won't take long, promise.
(Luke 1:26-28) In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to
This, at first, seemed too simple, and it was. We are told which month Gabriel is speaking with young Mary. This should be easy, women are pregnant for 9 months, the angel tell us when he is with Her, the sixth month, and that the Lord is with her, so we can guess her time of conceiving would be very near this time.
The 6th month, by the Hebrew Calendar, and counting 9 months ahead you come to the Jewish month of SAVIN, or our month of May. How easy was that? But wait, we must consider the context of all verses concerning this event. As it turns out, I hope to demonstrate, it is not that easy, and it is not the month of May.
I would like to cover one minor point, however, before the revelation of out Savior true birth month, and that is the age and condition of this young woman, Mariam (MarYaM). Please, bear with me, as I think this is important, after all she is the mother or our Lord.
(Luke 1:29-31) Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name YaHshua.
In this account we get to listen in on what the Angel Gabriel tells this young woman and she is told the exact name to give Him. There are some that want to argue about this young lady, Mariam (Mary) being a virgin or not. To those troubled by this let me ask you; In the society this young girl lived in do you suppose she was promiscuous? Think about it, in the place and time she lived, in the Jewish society of Torah Law do you think she had many lovers, like the females of our modern society? Hardly, in fact the young girls of that time, that Jewish society, and living in small religious communities the young women would all most certainly be virgins. It is preposterous to suggest otherwise, common sense tells us that in a society were such sexual activity, outside of marriage, earned you a possible death sentence or at the least to be shunned by family and members of the community and in this environment it would not be unreasonable to assume Mary to be a virgin -- she was not like modern females of today acting like harlots and tramps as though this is the new morality.
The argument surrounding this is found in Isaiah where some claim there is a prophetic statement about Mary being a virgin while others point out the original writing of Isaiah is not about a virgin but about a "young woman" and that the Hebrew term us to mean, "young woman", not virgin. This would then mean she most likely was sexually experienced. Now, that is a jump and a half away from true scholarship. This is a good example of making judgments based on modern day activities of men and women -- to assume all "young" women have had sexual experiences. This argument is from the Jewish side of things in their continual denial of the Christ. Argue all you want about what Isa 7:14 is saying "virgin" or "young woman", the truth is found in what Mary says herself. As for the supposed prophecy of Isaiah, this verse may not be a prophecy at all, when you consider its full context it does not seem to be referring to Mary at all. But never mind, the point is -- Mary was a young virgin female, as she confesses herself --
(Luke 1:34) Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
I am sure the God of Heaven would not have selected a female that had been living the role of a harlot, which is what she would be called if she had been anything other than a "virgin". This "young woman" would also not be a child but a young lady ready and capable of having a healthy child. I would think this "young virgin", ready to conceive, would be anywhere from 16 to 20 years of age.
What would be next? Was Gabriel telling this young woman that the God of Heaven was going to then have sex with her? Hardly, even in Mary's pristine condition she would not survive such an encounter with the Creator of all the Universe, and besides, He is the master of Creation, He created sex between man and woman, not between gods. The Angel Gabriel made no reference at all to there being any kind of union as we of the flesh understand it. There is no need for such action, after all, the Creator of all things? Gabriel gives us and Mary the answer – Remember, Mary questioned this herself, it never crossed her mind the Almighty would come to her like a fleshly man, and when she questioned this, Gabriel gave her the answer.
(Luke 1:37) For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Mary was a virgin, and a young woman at the same time, amazing (I jest) and this is the kind of female the God of the Universe would pick, as opposed to an outcast tramp. Not many young women would qualify, if any, in today's modern society. For one thing Mary was a very righteous young woman, not only sexually pure but in deed and attitude toward the Word of God. She found favor as her attitude and her approach to His word, the Scriptures, were pure and her spirit pure in her worship of Him. Not unlike what we see in the Scriptural record of men whom our God had dealt with and found favor with in revealing His word to various men we call the Prophets.
All of that aside, what would be the time of His Birth, are we told? Yes, we are, and it is really plain and, like I said earlier, I am baffled why this is ignored? In Luke we are given the approximate time, if not the actual time, the month of when Mary would conceive -- "In the sixth month" -- that would be too easy wouldn't it? There is a problem with the wording in the KJV translation, it seems to me. It appears the Angel Gabriel is talking to Mary in the 6th month of the Hebrew Calendar, by the KJV language, but we will read later this is not the case. Gabriel is actually speaking with Mary during the 6th month of
The Month -- which Month?
There is something to consider at this point, the question concerning the timing of Mary's conception. After all, we are not told the exact timing of the great event. But we can be pretty sure it was very soon after the Angel Gabriel spoke to her, after all, Gabriel did say, the Lord is with you, andsoon after this encounter she travels to meet with her cousin Elizabeth and we know that at that time she was most certainly with child, even Elizabeth proclaims this to one and all (Luke 1:40-45). But we are jumping ahead of the story. Still, I think we can safely assume Mary's conception occurred very soon after Gabriel told her it was going to happen.
When we read the whole story in full context and we will see why it is important to know when
(Luke 1:30-31) And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favour with God. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name YaHshua.
(Luke 1:35) And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.
(Luke 1:36) And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
Remember, Elisabeth kept her pregnancy quiet for 5 months and we know she conceived in the second week of May (SIVAN) after her husband finished his
(Luke 1:23-24) And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his (Zechariah) ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months,
Zechariah, husband to
From the language (context) we know Mary has not yet conceived and is being prepared by the Angel Gabriel for what is going to happen so she will not be alarmed at finding herself pregnant when, as she states herself, she has not known any man. Gabriel then sets the timing of Mary's conception -- sometime in Elizabeth 6th month. This information, I believe, is more for us, the reader and believer. Gabriel mentions this timing twice, the 6th month of
The Month of His Birth
Having determined the month within which the Angel Gabriel came to Mary it should be a simple matter calculating when Mary was most likely to have given birth, after all, no one argues against Mary having conceived, by divine command, in that same month. By His command, life containing the Holy Sprit would form in this young woman.
(Psa 148:4-5) Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the YHWH (LORD): for he commanded, and they were created.
(Rom ) ... God, who quickeneth the dead, and calles those things which be not as though they were.
(Heb 11:3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
How marvelous is this, how marvelous our God, Creator of all that is can by the mere command of His Word bring things into being? He says it and it is. He can bring the dead back to life, and things that never existed before he brings into existence by His Word. Things that are not seen, like His Holy Spirit, so that the things we see in this physical world have been called into being by the unseen. "For with our God and Father of Heaven and Earth, nothing is impossible" (my paraphrase) and this points to the birth of our Savior as well, except this time our Heavenly Father is going to share His Holy Spirit with this child which Mary will give birth to. His birth was not in the dark of winter, and it was not at the time of the
Doing the hard math again, we count 9 months forward from November and we arrive at the month of August (EluL). Like I said, no where near December.
The Birth of our Lord YaHshua -- August of 4 or maybe 7 BC.
This month, August, is the month of the HARVEST, how appropriate. This should expose the Christian dating of December 25th to be a bogus date for reasons other than promoting the birth of YaHshua. If I can figure this out so quickly then why not others? There must be an ulterior motive and a reason for using the month of December, even to the precise day of the 25th. Does it make sense December 25th, a time entering into the darkest days of the year, being promoted as the birth of our Savior? How is this dreary, cold, dark period an appropriate time of the Savior to the world to appear? The answer, of course, it isn't. Outside of the Scriptures this date is connected and has been connected with other individuals long before our Savior was born. You can research this for yourself, it is not something hidden, and you will soon discover this date of December 25th is anything but our Savior's birthday.
Knowing His true birthday should put to rest the mistaken idea that His birth, has any connection with the Jewish Hanukkah, mentioned at the beginning of this article. His birth had nothing to do with the "Dedication of the
If we are to make something out of the time of His birth then the month of August (EluL) would be a suitable time for such a celebration, symbolizing the entering of the Harvest -- a time of harvesting souls for God. He is born, our Savior, and the Harvest time begins leading up to the Feast of Tabernacles, a symbol of the Kingdom to Come.
Next, look at the timing of the birth of John, coming out of the darkness, out of the cold winter month, approaching the beginning of the planting season. How appropriate for a man such as John the Baptist, He literally would go on to water (baptize) the Seed of God, our Savior, YaHshua.
Another way to look at it is to see the conception of John the Baptist in the second week of May (IYYAR), as the time of planting followed by the birth of our Savior (EluL) as the time of the harvest. You could not get any more appropriate than these two examples signifying the ministries of each of these individuals. What follows the "harvest" of our Lord YaHshua's birth and ministry? The 7th Holy Day of YHWH, the Feast of Tabernacles, a 7 day feast also called the Feast of Booths, signifying this time we have in this physical world as our temporary dwelling and it is also a view of the coming
The birth to our Lord and Savior, YaHshua, was in the month of August -- the harvest time. The exact day we do not know but of the month we can be sure. Once again the practice of those claiming to be followers of the Holy Bible, claiming the Messiah of the New Covenant are expose, not only by me but many others, as being built upon pagan traditions and practices.
One final question to stir your mind, if not already stirred up -- Who would benefit from such a deception and who would dare place our Lord's birth in the dead of winter, at the darkest day of the year? You know who, and when you answer this question for yourself you might also wonder, then just whose birthday is it?
Peace, your servant Dan