Lies of Christmas - Xmas Fallacies

Christmas Lies - Christmas Fallacies - Xmas Lies

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Christmas Lies - Xmas Lies

Seven Churchy Fallacies about Xmas

Discussion about Christmas Fallacies

A Christmas Awareness Message
 
Birth of Jesus is not at Christmas time
(likely 9 months later... Feast of Tabernacles)

Holiday Wishes: Grace-->Mercy-->Peace
      Christmas is NOT birth time of Jesus, nor mass of Christ.
      Christmas is NOT nicest time of year, but the worst: stats.
      There were NOT 3 magi, but 3 gifts of many Babylon Jews.
      Wise men did NOT visit a babe in a manger at Bethlehem.
      Shepherds do NOT abide flocks in fields by night in winter.
     
Xmas Tree NOT Godly, but vain Babylon custom: Jeremiah 10.
      King of the Jews (Law) is NOT The King of Kings (Grace).

Lying to Children is neither good nor Godly,
and has something to do with a millstone necktie
Christmas Fallacies: Christmas Lies (Xmas Lies)  

Grace unto you, and peace,
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

Some exerts from Christmas: Harmful to Children? @ Tommorow's World

Is Christmas a happy fiction—something good for Christians and their families even though
Jesus Christ was not really born on December 25? Or is there something sinister about Christmas, which few realize, but which can do great damage if overlooked?

Ask yourself: if you knew Christmas was actually unhealthful for your children—even hazardous to their spiritual health—would you continue to observe it? ... It is no secret that many Christmas customs have an anti-Christian heritage and core. As author Desmond Morris wrote, "Although people tend to assume that the proper roots of Christmas lie in Christianity, in fact hardly anything we do during the Christmas festivities has the slightest connection with the arrival of the infant Jesus" (Christmas Watching, p. 2) Yet billions of people continue to observe Christmas, even though it bears no real connection to the event it purports to celebrate ... "There never was a time when Christmas existed as an unsullied domestic idyll, immune to the taint of commercialism," writes Stephen Nissenbaum, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts. From the beginning, he says, Christmas American style has been "commercial at its very core" (The Battle for Christmas, p. 318) ... "The Christmas Machine has this power over us because it knows how to woo us… If it appeared as a monster, we would rise up and stop it. But the commercial messages of Christmas appear as promises that bring tears to our eyes" (Unplug the Christmas Machine, p. 10) ...
Lying to Children is not good nor Godly:
Reporter Denise Flaim talked to an Ithaca College professor of psychology who studies children’s attitudes about Santa. Professor Cyndy Scheibe points out, "Who tells you Santa Claus is not real? It’s usually someone you don’t know or someone who’s not particularly trustworthy, like your annoying older brother… And who tells you he does exist? People you trust" (Newsday, December 23, 2004) ... Some countries observe Christmas with little or no emphasis on the "Santa Claus" tradition. Instead, they focus on the traditional "Nativity" story. Is that a better and more scriptural way to keep Christmas? Or is Christmas itself fundamentally flawed?

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GodShew.Org's Opinion: Christmas is neither good nor Godly, but vain religion
Christmas is a churchy holiday (holy day) similar to Easter Bunny stuff and an orgy of consumerism which begins on Black Friday which many Childish-adults traditionally still cling to, as if it were Godly to be lying, crying, dying children of God. Not. Xmas is not only a cash cow for retailers, but also for churches(plural), and their ministers of Satan (2Corinthians 11:15) are more the "child" of hell than Pharisees who sat in Moses' Seat in Matthew 23. Such are the words of Jesus from Matthew 23, which also has eight woes (stop its) to such Pharisees, scribes, hypocrites, vipers, fools, and blind guides. Paul also exhorts us to put away such "childish" things (1Corinthians 13) and to "be no more children" (Ephesians 4).

Three wise men did not visit a babe in a manger at Bethlehem
Churchy pageants often portray three wise men (magi) visiting a babe in a manger at Bethlehem, when the Bible states it was shepherds who did such. The Holy Bible also states there were enough magi from the east (Jews from Babylon) to stir up all of Jerusalem (at Sukkot: Feast of Tabernacles/Census/Tax Time) which occurs in Autumn; And it also troubled Herod (Roman governor/Roman king, who lived in another city: the royal city). The magi evidently came later, visited the young child (toddler) at the house in Nazareth. Evidently Joseph and Mary went from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to circumcise the babe on the eighth day at the temple, then returned to Nazareth prior to going to Egypt. One of three gifts, brought by magi to the King of the Jews was gold, enough for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus to travel to Egypt and stay there till Herod died and his slaughter (sacrifice) of the innocents (one of the world's worst atrocities) had ended. The other two gifts, frankincense & myrrh, were jewish burial things, and for the King of the Jews: Law, at the fullness of time (expiry date) for law.

Shepherds abiding their flocks by night (an allegory about ministers, flocks thereof, abiding in the darkness of a world under the law) is not something which would naturally occur in Israel around Christmas. For at such time of year flocks would be in the "sheepfold" in the valley.

Christmas is not the nicest time of year, but the worst time of year.
As for Christmas time being the nicest time of the year, police records and newspaper archives give ample evidence to the opposite. On all accounts: thefts, murders, vandalism, suicides, domestic disputes, financial woes, alcoholism, drunk drivers, stress related mental disorders, accidents, deaths: Christmas is the worst time of the year. Yet many cling to their one day of presumed peace in sacrificial bloodshed which God will not have, and hypocritical happiness, as a trade off for 364 days of Law worketh Wrath. It's not fair nor just by any standards, but rather it's a snare of the devil, of devilish law. Yet it's childish folly many adults never seem to outgrow, because churches and ministers thereof fail to tell them the truth, not knowing the scriptures nor the power (gospel) of God (Grace) themselves; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Paul says to Timothy about such like in 2Timothy 3:2-5: "from such turn away". I found a movie example of such an exhortation is Merlin, the end thereof being the child of magic becomes the man (1Cor 13:11), puts away evil by turning away from the source, and thereby evil things "vanish" (Heb 8:13; 1Cor 13:8).

Xmas Tree is not Godly
The decorated Xmas tree is biblically spoken of in Jeremiah 10, as a "vain" Babylonian custom of brutish "fools"; As if making a live tree dead were Godly. Not! As if worshipping such earthy, sensual, and devilish destruction were a God given. Not! The five pointed star many put atop such decorated tree-son represents Moses (five books of law), the star (minister, angel: as noted in Revelation) of such law destruction as taking an xmas tree, watch it die, and throw it in the trash. Moses' five books of law were as "five in one house divided" according to Jesus. 

Birth of Salvation: Birth Time of Jesus ... was not a Christmas
As for the birth time of Jesus some call Birth of Salvation there are many theories written such as http://www.alphamall.com/teshuva/jborn.htm, but one that seems to make more biblical sense is an Appendix 1 of Rosh HaShannah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come (by Joseph Good of Hatikva Ministries: http://www.hatikva.org/index.html). Therein he documents, from biblical and historical evidence, using date of Zacharias course of service as a priest at the temple, Herod's death, along with other biblical clues and jewish traditions to establish both the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. His conclusion: Jesus was born at Sukkot, not Christmas. Not to mention Jesus is Saviour of Israel, not Saviour of the world = Christ (of Jesus Christ).    

The main biblical point about the birth time of Jesus, the Son of God, who became the Christ, is that "grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). Grace -> Mercy -> Peace through JESUS CHRIST is what Bible translators wished for in their Epistle Dedicatory: for king and kingdom, prior to even translating "In the beginning". Thereby the birth time of Jesus, the Christ: the end of the law, is the beginning of greater awareness and understanding about "one" true grace-us mercy full peace full God, the only wise God, the immortal God of mortal and immortal Gods, the God of all grace, the God of all comfort, the living God of the living. And such birth time of Jesus: "made under the law" is only  the beginning of sorrows, but "Christ is the end of the law", a welcome "change" for the whole world,  from <-- BC to AD -->; And a change from (<--backward) "time past" to (forward-->) "last days" (Hebrews 1), and to being changed "from glory to glory" (2Cor 3), "from faith to faith" (Rom 1): from darkness to light, from ignorance to understanding, which is to allegory say from Law to Grace; especially "the last day", or "the third day" is also "the seventh day" is "the last day" (not last days). What will it be for you: "the day of the LORD is darkness and not light" or "that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all"? Amos 5 asks: To what end is darkness and not light for you? Perhaps Paul answers it in Galatians 5:4 (notably written unto the bewitched churches)

Galatians 5:4 (having both ye/you in same verse)
Christ(the end of the law) is become of no effect unto you,
whosoever of you are justified by the law (none are in God's sight);
ye are (Humpty Dumpty) fallen from grace (to law is the ministration of death).

Perhaps the worst of Christmas Fallacies is that Jesus: King of the Jews is the King of Kings, which would be to say Law is Grace, when they are "contrary things cannot co-exist in peace". Contrary things can only co-exist as an oxy-moron, perhaps an oxymoron like "one proselyte": "twofold" (Mt 23). Not to mention contrary things can never co-exist in peace. But Christ(the end of the law, the Saviour of the world) is our "peace" who hath abolished the law(enmity): Ephesians 2. Henceforth we are not under the law, but under grace(friend).

Friend: I will never leave you nor forsake you: Grace
Enmity: I will forget you and I will forsake you: Law


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.
A   CHRISTMAS  AWARENESS  MESSAGE

Grace unto you, and peace,
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Christmas Awareness is sorely lacking among churches and churchy folk thereof. Every year many say, or go along with, Christmas is the happiest time of the year. First of all Christmas isn’t the happiest time of the year according to the facts. Police records and other media records indicate no other season has more shop lifting, feuds, drunk drivers, accidents, fires, divorces, depression, suicides, binges, hypocrisies, lies, partialities, debt incursion, etc.

Many also say, or go along with, it’s the birth time of Jesus. It is not if looking at biblical and historical evidence; and can be reckoned as being in Autumn at Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles: usually around mid Sept). Christmas is closer to Hanukah, which speaks of a miracle, oil for a day lasting eight. The point is, even when a black millennial sabbath of unrest is added to six millennial days of unrest, thereby making eight days instead of seven, grace is (still) sufficient.

Many also say, or go along with, three wise visited babe Jesus at a manger in Bethlehem. The Bible states there were enough wise men from the east, most likely Jews from Babylon, to stir up Herod, who didn't live in Jerusalem, and also all of Jerusalem at Festival time. History records Herod as being bloodthirsty, killing his sons, favorite wife, and thousands of people. His fear of losing his throne drove him to insanity. Augustus Ceasar, having noted that Herod observed Jewish Law and therefore would not eat pork, once made the statement that it was better to be a pig in the house of Herod than to be one of his sons. Hence it's no surprise Herod sought the child's life, nor that all of Jerusalem would be troubled as Herod received the news of the birth of the King of the Jews. Then such magi (astrologers, scientists, sages, scholars, counselors, prophets) visited the child (not babe) at the house (not manger) in Nazareth (not Bethlehem) to present three gifts (gold and burial gifts) to the King of the Jews (Law).

Many also say, or go along with, shepherds were tending flocks by night in the mountains of Israel at Christmas time. Biblical and historical evidence indicates shepherds wouldn't be tending their flocks in the field in the mountains, especially at night, around Christmas time: it's too darn cold, no pasture due to snow, and the sheep would be down in the sheepfold.

Many also say, or go along with, killing an ever green tree, decorating it, putting a five pointed star / angel atop, good boy/girl law rewards under it, then shortly after throw it out as a fire hazard, usually in a to be burned pile, is a good (God) thing. Jeremiah 10 talks about the tree thing in 2,500 BC, as a vain, brutish, foolish Babylonian custom, the stock (wooden idol) of witch is based on a doctrine of vanities, or vain religion instead of pure religion. As for putting a star, angel, minister, on top a dead tree, it's as crucifying Christ annually or having a funeral mass for someone alive and well. Christ said if ye do it to any, even the least of his brethren, it's as doing it to him.

Many also say, go along with, Santa Clause, elves, and flying reindeer. And as for the wonder of such stories, the emotional sop, you may get a day (short season) to be jolly; but it's a hell of deal when you get a brief jolly and agony the rest of the year. Especially the debt thing, the mania of buying yourself stuff too, at premium prices, on credit. One day of feeling good in exchange for months of torment, the aftermath? I like the Pizza Hut commercial: if you think it's better to give than receive at Christmas, you haven't looked in your wallet lately.

Many also say, or go along with, many lying flatteries, hypocrisies, partialities, childish things. For Christ's sake, even retailers know Christmas begins in September, or at the latest on Black Friday (the day after Thanskgiving USA); And Christmas is only for the 'kids' (goats) like Billy (goat) Graham who love to hear such old lies and keep traditions that are fallacies. Where do people get such silly childish notions about Christmas, but from churches, who keep the tradition for love of money, perhaps the Salvation Army kettles being an example of such. For what do they do with the money donated, but print War Crys, when told Christ is our peace who abolished the law to bring an end to all the law vs law and law vs grace divisions. As for the food and toys given, most is donated. As for thrift shops, what's freely given by people gets upcharged by Sally Ann; But you can still get partiality if you hound them like a woman did an unjust judge to get the vengeance she wanted.

Year after year people send gifts to celebrate their self-righteousness, which the Bible describes as filthy rags, the sort menstruating women (churches) use, a bloody mess. Such like, carried into a black sabbath (as described in The Revelation of St John The Divine) seems to resemble rejoicing, merry making, and sending of gifts, which is mentioned in Revelation 11. Such concerns the death of two prophetic witnesses, olive trees, candlesticks, prophesying in sack cloth, lamenting for 1260 days. Such a season, not so long ago, was a count down to two ends of the last (not just past) millennium and the uncertain beginning of the third day. Such a countdown (coincidentally) started 1260 days prior to a feared Y2K event world wide, which never happened; But did put an end to foolish  rapture theories in my opinion. For it's now too late for any pre - mid - post tribulation rapture theories.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.
BIRTH OF SALVATION (Birth Time of Jesus)?

Version 1: Joseph Good (Hatikva Ministries)
Excerpt From: Rosh HaShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come  (© 1989, Joseph Good)

An easy to document, but not well known fact, is the date of the birth of Yeshua (Jesus). This is done by establishing several things: The date that Gabriel the angel tells Zechariah, the soon to be father of Yochanan, about his son's birth. (The birth date of Yochanan (John) is established by going forward nine months, the term of pregnancy).  The approximate date of Miriam's (Mary's) conception.  The date of Herod's death.

The date that Gabriel the angel told Zechariah that he and his wife were going to have Yochanan is established from the following. Luke 1.5 states that Zechariah is a priest of the course of Abijah. King David, according to I Chronicles twenty-four, had divided the priestly families into twenty-four groups. Each group was called a course, and named after the head of that particular family. Each course served for one week in the first half of the year, and for another week the second half of the year. This was in addition to the weeks of Hag haMatzah, Shavuot, and Sukkot, when all the courses were required to be present (Deuteronomy 16.16). Therefore, the first course served the first week of the year (Aviv); the second course, the second week; then all the courses, the third, because it was Hag haMatzah, and so on. I Chronicles 24.10 lists the course of Abijah as the eighth course. This course would serve the tenth week of the first half of the year, having allowed two weeks for Hag haMatzah and Shavuot. It is at this time that Zechariah receives the prophecy of Yochanan's birth.

And it came to pass, that, while he executed the priest's office before G-d in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the Temple of the L-rd. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the L-rd standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zechariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not Zechariah: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name Yochanan. Luke 1.8-13

Due to the laws of separation (Leviticus 12.5;15.19,25), two additional weeks have to be counted. Allowing for this and going forward a normal pregnancy, the time of Yochanan's birth (if this is the first half of the year) would be approximately Pesach, when it is expected that Elijah will appear.

Six months following Elizabeth's conception, the angel Gabriel is sent to Miriam (Mary), the cousin of Elizabeth.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from G-d unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Miriam (Mary). And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the L-rd is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Miriam (Mary): for thou hast found favour with G-d. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Yeshua. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the L-rd G-d shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1.26-33

Starting at Chanukkah, which begins on Kislev 25 and continues for eight days, and counting through the nine months of Miriam's pregnancy brings one to the approximate time of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles, usually around mid September.
The question arises, "How can it be known that Zechariah was given the prophecy about Yochanan in the first half of the year rather than the last? The key is found in the life and death of King Herod. Herod, a man hated by the Jewish people, figures prominently into the birth of Yeshua. In Mattatiyahu (Matthew) two he is visited by "wise men from the East."
Now when Yeshua was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. Mattatiyahu (Matthew) 2.1-2

From the information in this passage, it can be understood that the "wise men" are Jewish. While the verse does not tell how many wise men there are, it does give reference to where they were from. In the Bible, the "land of the East" is always the land of Babylon (see Genesis 29.1; Judges 6.3). During the first century C.E., the largest Jewish population was in Babylon. These people were the descendants of the captivity of Nebuchadnezzar. Even though Ezra, Nehemiah, and others had returned, most of the people had remained behind. The fact that the wise men are looking for the Jewish messiah, who was only expected by the Jewish people, should be noted. A prophecy relating to the Messiah that only the Jewish people were aware of is found in the book of Numbers.

I shall see Him, but not now: I shall behold Him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. Numbers 24.17.

Because of the prophecy, a star was related to the coming of the Messiah. An example of this is seen when, about one hundred years after the time of Yeshua, Rabbi Akiva mistakenly proclaimed a military leader to be the Messiah. He was titled "Bar Kochba," which means "Son of the Star."

The rabbis or the sages were known as the "chakamim," which means "the wise men." The sage Daniel was referred to by this same title. A related word, "mag" is also used for "wise men." The Greek "magi" is taken from the Babylonian word "mag," which has a number of meanings. It is true that the word does mean "astrologer;" however, this is not its only usage. The same word is used for scientist, counselor, or scholar. It is an obvious conclusion, then, that the Jewish sages or wise men from Babylon, knowing the prophecy of Numbers 24.17, relating it correctly to the Messiah, and having seen His star, traveled to Jerusalem to do homage.

Herod was possibly one of the coldest and most bloodthirsty men who ever lived. He killed his sons, his favorite wife, and thousands of innocent people. His fear of losing his throne drove him to insanity. Augustus Caesar, having noted that Herod observed Jewish Law and therefore would not eat pork, once made the statement that it was better to be a pig in the house of Herod than to be one of his sons. It is no surprise that Herod sought the child's life, nor that all of Jerusalem would be troubled as Herod received this news.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Mattatiyahu (Matthew) 2.3
Traditional teaching is that the "wise men" appeared about a year to eighteen months after the birth of Yeshua. This has been based upon Herod's killing of the male children under two years, according to the date that the wise men had given him for the appearance of the star.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, 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 inquired of the wise men. Mattatiyahu (Matthew) 2.7-8,16

It was the custom in ancient Israel to count the years of one's age from the date of conception; therefore, Herod actually killed the children one year old and under according to the way that age is calculated today. In fact, the wise men arrive in Jerusalem either just prior to or at the time of Yeshua's birth.

It is important to note that up to this time, no one in Jerusalem, including the Temple priest, had heard that Yeshua had been born. Knowing the nature of Herod, and his practice of having spies throughout the countryside, it is impossible that he would not have heard of his birth. Luke's account of the birth relates the experience of the shepherds of Bethlehem, who after seeing the newborn Yeshua, broadcast what they have seen and heard to the entire region. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. Luke 2.17

Realizing that Bethlehem is within five miles of Jerusalem makes it very improbable that Herod or the Temple priest would be ignorant of His birth. Further proof is seen in that forty days after the birth of Yeshua, Miriam (Mary) carries Yeshua to the Temple for her purification and His dedication. It is here that two well known individuals within the Temple compound and make known prophesy concerning the child.

And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the L-rd; (As it is written in the law of the L-rd, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the L-rd;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the L-rd, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Ruach haKodesh (the Holy Spirit) was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Ruach haKodesh, that he should not see death, before he had seen the L-rd's Messiah. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Yeshua, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed G-d, and said, L-rd, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Miriam his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher: she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served G-d with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likwise unto the L-rd, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Luke 2.22-38

Having realized that it is impossible for the wise men to arrive after these events, it can be assumed that they must have spoken to Herod about the time of His birth. Traveling on to Bethlehem, they found the child and His parents in a house, (Mattatityahu 2.11); whereas, in the Luke account the shepherds found Him in a stable (Luke 2.7,16). There is no discrepancy between these two accounts, for likely the new mother and child were moved from the stable following the birth. The fact that He was born in a stable is a clue to the time of His birth, for in Hebrew a stable is called a "sukkah" (Genesis 33.17). "Sukkot," the name of the festival, is the plural form of this word. It is even significant that they had to seek cover in the "sukkah" due to "no room in the inn" (Luke 2.7). It was only during the three pilgrim festivals (Pesach, Hag haMatzah, and Shavuot) that Bethlehem would overflow with people. The thousands of pilgrims coming to Jerusalem for the festivals would spill over to the surrounding towns. In ancient times, reporting for a census would be done over a several month period due to the difficulties of travel, as well as the economics of an agricultural society. It is highly improbable that so many people would be in Bethlehem for Caesar's census all at one time.

As stated above, Joseph and Miriam (Mary) bring the child into Jerusalem forty days after Yeshua's birth. This indicates that Herod died within this same forty days. The chronology of these forty days is imperative in correctly finding His birth date. The probable scenario is this: Joseph and Miriam (Mary) come to Jerusalem for the festival of Sukkot (September or October), planning to stay in the nearby Bethlehem in order to register for the census. Unable to find a room at the inn, they are given shelter in a stable, which just happens to be a Sukkah. During the night the wise men arrive in Jerusalem and speak to Herod. Meanwhile, Miriam gives birth. The heavenly host appear to the shepherds, proclaiming that the Messiah has been born. They go to pay Him homage in the stable, while the wise men are making their way to Bethlehem. The shepherds leave to "noise it abroad," and Miriam is moved to a house. The wise men arrive and during the night are warned by G-d concerning Herod. Joseph and Miriam take the child and flee to Egypt and remain there until they are told by G-d that Herod is dead. On returning to Judea, they dedicate Yeshua according to the Law, receiving the prophecies of Anna and Simeon. After this, they turn aside into Galilee, where they will live.

It is apparent that as long as Herod was alive, they could not appear at the Temple. Therefore, if the approximate date of Herod's death could be determined, it would establish the season of Yeshua's birth. The Jewish historian, Josephus, who lived during the first century C.E., documents in detail Herod's death.

Josephus relates that Herod became very ill immediately following an act of impiety against the priesthood, at which time an eclipse of the moon occurred. This eclipse, the only one mentioned by Josephus, happened March 13 in the year of the Julian period 4710, and the fourth year before the Common Era. Herod's illness lasted several months and is documented in great detail as being painful and distressful. Many times cures were sought and brought about temporary relief; however, nothing prevented imminent death. According to Josephus' calculations, Herod's death occurred about September, in the fourth year before the Common Era. Therefore, with the knowledge that Herod died in autumn, the same time of year as Sukkot, and that his death was within forty days of the birth of Yeshua, it is established that Yeshua was born at this time of year.
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Related Comment: It is thought that Christmas is more likely the time of the conception than the birth time of "Jesus": "made under the law", who became "Christ": "the end of the law".

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.
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