[Yochanan – John – 4:10] The Gift of ELOHIM [Hebrew word for GOD and who I believe is FATHER/SON/SPIRIT] fulfills HIS Word that was hidden in the Old Covenant [Testament] and revealed in the New Covenant [Testament]. Some of the depth of ELOHIM’S love is shown through the 9 months or 270 days of gestation, connecting the day of 12/25 as the day of IMMANUEL’S [YAHSHUA, JOSHUA, aka JESUS] conception [this is a birth as well] with HIS birth from the womb being on the Scriptural Feast of Trumpets [the date changes each year but generally is in the month of September]. This connects HIS people, both the ones who read left to right and the ones who read right to left, through a great big beautiful love that many do not know or understand…yet! ELOHIM’S love is incredible and deep for all HIS people, the original olive tree and those grafted in, and because of this great love HE deserves to be loved and worshiped as HE wants to be – only in truth.
One day we will know the complete truth and worship ELOHIM only in truth, without any occult [this means hidden], pagan ways [these are not HIS Ways] mixed in. Meantime, the ANCIENT OF DAYS who is also our FATHER in Heaven and is the OMNISCIENT ONE [Mattityahu – Matthew – 24:36, 6:8; Yeshayahu – Isaiah – 46:10; Acts 1:7, I Peter 1:2], knew from the beginning [this statement is HUGE and speaks of an incredible LOVE!!!] what would need to be done to save all HIS people from HIS enemy and for them not to be as punished as they could have been. The compassion, the mercy of our ELOHIM in regards to that previous sentence is amazing! This is an example of how ELOHIM covers HIS people and what we do wrong, with and without our knowledge. Hoshea [Hosea] 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”. This statement is very true because many do not know or understand or do not want to know or understand! So the FATHER showed HIS WORD, HIS future SON our MESSIAH, what would need to be accomplished and the joy HE would one day have [Hebrews 12:2]. Our ELOHIM is absolutely beautiful and deserves sooo much more from us than what we give!
Mattityahu [Matthew] 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” [ESV]
POINT #1: Below is an excerpt from http://hope-of-israel.org.nz/cmas1.htm which examines how the time period of IMMANUEL’S birth can be known through Scripture.
“The birth of the Messiah is not known for certain, but we can know the approximate time of year when he was born! In the book of Luke we read that the father of John the Baptist was Zacharias, and he was a priest who served at the temple in Jerusalem. He was “of the course of Abia” (Luke 1:5). While serving at the temple, he was informed by an angel that his wife was to have a son, who was to be named “John.” After this, Zacharias finished “the days of his ministration,” and “departed to his own house” (v.23). “And after those days, his wife Elizabeth conceived…” (v. 24).
The names of the different courses of priests that served at the Temple are given in I Chronicles 24:1-19. “Abia” or “Abijah” was the EIGHTH course. According to the Jewish historian Josephus, each one of these courses served at the Temple for one week, the first course serving the first week of Nisan, in the spring (compare I Chron. 27:1-2), and then each course in its own order. All the priests served during the annual festivals (Passover in spring, Pentecost, and then Tabernacles in the fall). After six months, the order would be repeated, thus each “course” would serve two weeks during a year.
The course of Abijah, then, would have served the eighth week in the rotation. The eighth week from Nisan 1, leaving out the week of Passover, when all the priests served, would have been IYAR 27 TO SIVAN 5, the day just before Pentecost , which generally fell on Sivan 6. After serving a week in the Temple, Zacharias would have remained another week in Jerusalem, because of the Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost that week. Therefore, he returned home shortly after this, and his wife then conceived. This would have been about the middle of June. If we add nine months to this date, the normal time for the gestation of a human baby in the womb, John the Baptist would have been born about the middle of March, in the spring, shortly before the Passover.
Yeshua was conceived about six months after John (Luke 1:24-31, esp. verse 26). This would suggest that Yeshua the Messiah was conceived about the middle of December. This would place his birth nine months, or 270 days, later — or the month of September!”
Links to more studies on this subject: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Christmas/christmas.html
POINT #2: The Biblical spring Set-Apart [Holy] Feast Days were fulfilled with IMMANUEL’S coming as our Suffering Servant. BTW, set-apart is a truer word choice for the Hebrew word “qadosh” than the word many translators chose which is “holy”. HE is our blemish free Passover [Pesach] LAMB of ELOHIM whose blood washes us clean, HE is our Unleavened [Chag Hamotzi or Matzah] BREAD from Heaven that nourishes us, HIS Resurrection from the dead made HIM the FIRST FRUIT [Yom Habikkurim] of the New Covenant, and Pentecost [Shavu’ot] was when the Believers received the SET-APART [HOLY] SPIRIT.
The Biblical fall Set-Apart [Holy] Days will be fulfilled with IMMANUEL’S return as our KING. The Feast of Trumpets [Yom Teru’ah – Good Shouting or Loud Noise] aka Rosh Hashanah, will hail the return of our KING who will come with “the blast of the trumpet [shofar]”. This day makes sense in regards to both HIS birth, [Mattityahu 2:1-12] because one shofar blast is to herald a King and HE was recognized as a KING when HE was born, and for HIS return as our KING, Revelation 19 and I Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the chief angel, and with God’s shofar. The dead in Messiah will rise first,” [HNV].
According to many Scriptures including Revelation 19 and Z’kharyah [Zechariah] 14, when HE returns it will be on a day that HE smites the nations [also referred to as HIS day of wrath]. The coming of the SON of Man will be like lightning from the East that shines to the West [Mattityahu 24:27]. HE will be arriving with HIS armies in Yerushalayim [Jerusalem] and then going around the world from East to West. HIS robes will be dipped in blood, Revelation 19:13, and there will be a great slaughter. The Days of Awe [10 days between Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur] lead up to the Day of Atonement [Yom Kippur]. It is a time for cleansing and purification, a reconciliation between ELOHIM and man. Yom Kippur was the time the high priest offered blood sacrifice for the people’s sins. Our HIGH PRIEST and KING will be cleansing the earth of the wicked.
According to Z’kharyah 14 and Jude 14-20, our KING will be arriving on the Mount of Olives with HIS set-apart [holy] chosen ones and the Mount will split in two and living water will pour forth and replenish the seas. In Revelation 20:9, it talks about the camp of the set-apart [holy] chosen ones. Yerushalayim will be in ruins because it was surrounded by an army of many nations and taken [which is the sign that heralds HIS coming] and half the people captured and taken away and half the people left and the city destroyed, see Z’kharyah 13. I believe that with Yerushalayim in ruins, that the set-apart holy chosen will be in tents, a camp, which will fulfill the Feast of Tabernacles [Sukkot] which celebrates ELOHIM providing shelter for HIS people in the desert. So the fall Feast Days will be fulfilled in the New Covenant with our KING’S return.
The links below give information on the FEAST Days:
http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Introduction/introduction.html [this site gives a lot of detailed information on the Feast Days]
http://www.thejoshlink.com/article98.htm [Feast of Trumpets]
POINT #3: In the back of the Scriptures translation of the Holy Bible from the Institute for Scripture Research, they have a timeline of births and deaths of Adam’s line through Sheth [Seth] to Ya’akov [Jacob] with the year of creation as 0. If you dig into the genealogies, you will find that Abraham was born in the year 1948 from the year 0. The modern state of Israel was founded May 14, 1948 our calendar, Jewish calendar 1947-1948! We have a foreshadowing of the old in the new here!
Jewish conventional calendars start with Rosh Hashanah as the beginning of their year which is why one of their years covers two non-Jewish calendar years. Yitz’chak [Isaac], the long awaited ELOHIM promised son was born to Abraham 100 years after his birth, in the year 2048 from the year 0. Wouldn’t it be just like ELOHIM’S Way of the old foreshadowing the new, to have HIS long awaited SON our MESSIAH, return in the Jewish year 2047-2048! I do not state this as a certainty, but as a very interesting piece of information to consider. IMMANUEL did say we would not know the day or the hour, Mattityahu 24:36. HE didn’t say we wouldn’t know the rest of the information about when the event would most likely occur. One way of looking at those words, since the Biblical day is from sunset to sunset and encompasses two of our days, it is true that we would not know the day and there would be 24 hours for it to happen.
One other interesting piece of information which backs up what is stated above, is that if you take the day of 12/25 and add 270 days [9 months gestation period] the specific date at the end would be 9/21 [non leap year].
The next time the Feast of Trumpets aka Rosh Hashanah will occur on 9/21 will be in the year 2017-2018 Jewish year. Then the next time it occurs will be 30 years later in the year 2047-2048 Jewish Year!!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_and_Israeli_holidays_2000%E2%80%932050
ELOHIM loves HIS people so much HE knew from the beginning their sin with honoring the sun god’s day of 12/25 as HIS SON’S Birthday, so I believe ELOHIM had HIS SON conceived on 12/25 Julian calendar [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_calendar] and born on the Feast of Trumpets the following year Jewish [Hebrew] calendar [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_calendar]. This took care of covering HIS New Covenant people, absolving them of unknowingly honoring 12/25 as HIS SON’S Birthday when it was a pagan sun god holy day, and also took care of fulfilling the Old Covenant [see Mattityahu 5:17] with HIS SON being born on the Set-Apart [Holy] Feast Day of Trumpets, heralding HIM as KING! ELOHIM is beautiful how HE covers HIS people!
I haven’t done this yet, but I wonder about looking at the dates of the Set-Apart [Holy] Feast Days around the time of IMMANUEL’S birth [maybe from 3BC to 3AD], finding the dates of the Feast of Trumpets per the Hebrew calendar and count backwards 270 days to the Roman birth/feast of the sun god and compare/overlay it to the Julian calendar [if this can be done], to see which year had the two dates work out. That should show the year IMMANUEL was conceived and the year HE was born.
Below is an excerpt from “rituals and worship – Mithraic mysteries” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithraic_mysteries
“According to M.J.Vermaseren, the Mithraic New Year and the birthday of Mithras was on December 25. However, Beck disagrees strongly. Clauss states: “the Mithraic Mysteries had no public ceremonies of its own. The festival of natalis Invicti [Birth of the Unconquerable (Sun)], held on 25 December, was a general festival of the Sun, and by no means specific to the Mysteries of Mithras.””
Conclusion: For those who only honor 12/25 as the MESSIAH’S birth by giving HIM the gift of love that HE asked for by obeying HIM [Yochanan 14:15-21] and do not get involved in the name, symbols, or other traditions of pagan ways, I believe they are doing right by ELOHIM’S Way. Those who honor it as the MESSIAH’S birth but are also involved in all the pagan ways that many consider fun and beautiful, I have belief that ELOHIM will not be as lenient. These are thoughts of mine based on Luke 12:47-48 and much study and research, but I do not judge, only ELOHIM does that. I bring this up because we are supposed to be our brother’s keeper. We all need to understand what could befall us for not doing our own work of studying Scripture, praying to our FATHER in Heaven for wisdom-understanding-knowledge and for only the truth, and obeying the commands of HIS SON so ELOHIM’S Wrath does not fall on us [Yochanan – John – 3:36, the second time the word “believe” is used in this verse in the KJV and other translations it actually means to “obey”].
You know the GIFT IMMANUEL gave you, HIMSELF and all HE went through so that we would be with HIM, HIS FATHER, and the SET-APART [HOLY] SPIRIT forever! What gift would you give our KING? Why not pray and ask our FATHER in Heaven to help you to love what ELOHIM loves and hate what ELOHIM hates, to be joined to HIS Heart, and see how your tastes start changing. This really works, I tried it and started detesting things that I had loved! IMMANUEL’S people need to do their work of being spot, stain, and wrinkle free and being clean and set-apart [holy] from the world [Ephesians 5]. Are you ready for HIS return?
http://glclifestyling.com/2012/12/10/youre-right-there-is-no-christ-in-christmas-2/ [link to the study I did on CHRIST and CHRISTMAS] [btw, do you realize that giving santa milk and cookies could be looked on as giving him a grain and drink offering. See Yirmeyahu [Jeremiah] 7:18-19. This is yet another example of how underhanded the adversary, satan, is.]
http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract4.html [info on the true meaning of “merry christmas” – it celebrates HIS death not birth!]
[disclaimer: While I agree with many things on the sites connected to the links I have posted in this study, I do not agree with everything.]