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Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and
that ye receive not of her plagues."

CHRISTMAS ORIGIN HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

Birth date of Yeshua/Jesus

Tradition says Dec 25th (Christmas), this date was done to convert a Pagan Festival into a “Christian” Festival.  The motive appears to have been to make alternatives to the Pagan Festivals.


So when was Yeshua born?  Below is the explanation of why many believe Yeshua was born on Succot (Feast of Tabernacles).  This is consistent with scripture, historical events and Jewish Culture.  More importantly, it is consistent with G-d’s prophetic foreshadowing of major events.  As we have seen in the Feasts of the L-rd article, G-d gives extra purpose to His ordained Feasts, in that they are “foreshadows” of the coming of Messiah.


Conception of John
In order to establish the date, we must first rely on clues found in scripture, then add external historical and cultural elements.  The Birth of Yochanan (John) is key as he is a forerunner who announces Messiah.
First Chronicles tells us that the Levitical priesthood was divided into 12 divisions of priests. The ancient Jewish Historian Josephus (Antiquities 7) tells us that each division served for a period of one week. The first division began its period of service on the first day of the year — 1 Nisan (also called Aviv or Abib) — as God had established the calendar in Exodus 12:2. Three weeks out of each year — during the weeks of Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Tabernacles) — all 24,000 priests served together.
As Zekharyah was in the division of Aviyah (Luke 1:5), his term of service began in early Spring on the first day of the eighth week (27th of Ayyar) and ran for one week through the 4th of Sivan. As the following week (5-11 Sivan) was Shavuot, the Feast of Pentecost, he would have stayed in the temple and served that week also with all the priests. Luke 1:23-24 tells us that Zekharyah finished his duties at the Temple , and that Elisheva conceived shortly after his return home. This sets the date for Yochanan’s conception at approximately the third week of Sivan.  Which corresponds to the first week of June. Adding nine months to that date puts the birth of Yochanan sometime near the first week of the Gregorian month of March.


Conception of Yeshua
We know from scripture that Yeshua (Jesus) was conceived after Yochanan (John), further more, with this information we can now ascertain When Yeshua was conceived.  An interesting point, The early Church may have agreed on December for the reason that was His conception date, not birth.


Near the end of the sixth month of Elisheva’s pregnancy the angel Gavri'el appeared to Miryam and told her about Elisheva saying, “this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.” Miryam immediately left Natzeret (verse 39, “with haste”) and went to the “hill country” near Jerusalem to the home of Zekharyah and Elisheva. We know for sure that Miryam was already pregnant with Yeshua because Yochanan, still in Elisheva’s womb, recognized the unborn Yeshua. [What further evidence do the pro-abortionists need that life begins at conception?]This sets the conception of Yeshua about end of Kislev during Chanukah (mid-December), the Feast of Lights, thus demonstrating in a very special way that Yeshua is the Light of the World.


“Yeshua is shown celebrating Chanukah in John 10:22-23. It is at this celebration that He declares ‘I and My Father are One’ [John 10:30], which testifies to His Divine origin in His conception. It also reinforces Chanukah as the time of His conception.”  


Birth of John
Given the above events, it is now straight forward to calculate when Yochanan was born.
The prophet Mal'akhi (Malachi) tells us that Eliyah (Elijah) the prophet must come to prepare the hearts of the fathers and their children before Mashiach comes.
4 “Remember the law of Moshe [Moses] my servant, which I commanded to him in Horev for all Yisra'el, even statutes and ordinances. 5 Behold, I will send you Eliyah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the eretz with a curse.” (Malachi 4, Therefore, in anticipation of the coming of Mashiach, when Pesach (Passover) is celebrated, a place at the table is set and a cup of wine is poured for Eliyah (Elijah), and the door of the house is left open so that he may come in to the celebration. It is clear that for centuries before the birth of Messiah the Jews had been anticipating the return of Eliyah during Pesach.
The way in which Gavri'el worded his announcement to Zekharyah makes it clear that Yochanan was to be the fulfillment of Mal'akhi’s prophecy: “He will turn many of the children of Yisra'el to the Lord, their God. He will go before his face in the spirit and power of Eliyah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Luke 1:56 tells us that Miryam stayed with Elisheva for three months, which would have been up until the time Yochanan was born. We can now calculate the date of Yochanan’s birth with a great deal of accuracy.
A full term pregnancy term is 41 weeks.
There are 27 weeks in the first six months (two trimesters) of pregnancy.
There are 27 weeks from the spring service of of Abiyah to Chanukah.
There are 14 weeks remaining to accomplish the last trimester and bring the pregnancy to full term.
There are exactly 14 weeks from Chanukah to Passover (Nisan 14-22).
Therefore, Yochanan (John) was born at Passover, most certainly on the first day of Unleavened Bread. He was circumcised on the eighth day, which would be the last day of Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread. His birth therefore exactly fulfills both Mal'akhi’s prophecy and the Jewish expectation of that fulfillment to occur at Passover.


WHEN WAS JESUS CONCEIVED
The Feast of Lights:
Hanukkah and Messiah's Incarnation


Though most believers now agree that Jesus (Yeshua) was not born on December 25, those choosing to celebrate the Incarnation at this traditional time may not be far off. The best Scripture-based estimate of the timing of Messiah's conception---and in that sense, incarnation---would be during the Hanukkah season. The implications are prophetically insightful.
The time of Yeshua's conception is ascertained from a straightforward reading of Luke 1:5-13 and 36, together with 1 Chronicles 24:7-19.  
These passages give us the date when Elizabeth's husband Zechariah would have performed his priestly duties in the temple, based on the priests' temple rotation list in 1 Chronicles 24. Accordingly, Zechariah's temple service would end in early Sivan, which corresponds generally to June. We can assume Elizabeth conceives John shortly thereafter. Then, in Elizabeth's sixth month of pregnancy, the angel Gabriel visits Mary and she divinely conceives the Son of God (Luke 1:26-40). Six months from Elizabeth's conception in Sivan takes us to the month of Kislev. This would mean Mary conceived Yeshua in December---quite possibly, during Hanukkah. Messiah's actual birth would then have occurred on or near the Feast of Tabernacles.

Hanukkah may be recognized as an appropriate commemoration of "the Word made flesh" (John 1:14).
The Light of the World is sent to us, hidden in a humble virgin's womb, at the darkest season of the year. The Son of God empties Himself of His glory, indwelling microscopic flesh and blood. Then, thirty or so years later---on Hanukkah---Yeshua affirms His deity to the Jews (John 10:12-17) and declares Himself the Light of the World (John 9:5-7, 12:35-36). "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God ... To Him be the glory forever!" (Romans 11:33, 36)

The Last Days' Message of Hanukkah
If Yeshua came to us the first time during Hanukkah, what might this reveal about His second coming? Instructive clues can be gleaned from events surrounding the original holiday. Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of God's Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement by a demonized Syrian emperor, Antiochus IV, in the 2nd century BC. Antiochus IV boastfully named himself Antiochus Epiphanes, meaning "Antiochus the Visible God". He is regarded by many as a biblical foreshadow of the coming anti-Christ (Daniel 8 and 9:27). In fact, the whole story of Hanukkah can be seen as a foreshadow of the end-times as described in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Israel's dark tribulation culminating with the Hanukkah victory in many ways parallels the future Great Tribulation leading to Yeshua's return. The holiday commemorating the rededication of God's Temple calls upon us to rededicate ourselves to Him as the bodily temples in which His Spirit now dwells. (See 1Corinthians 6:19)
The Hanukkah story is chronicled in historical books known as the Old Testament Apocrypha. These lessons of history can help empower us, by the Spirit, to overcome in the end times. The paragraphs below suggest how.

 

Hellenistic Period

How did Antiochus IV gain power over God's people? Sadly, many Jews had rejected biblical faith to embrace the ways of a Hellenist world. They wanted the economic and social advantages of "advanced nations" that had adopted Hellenism, a form of Greek paganism demonically fueling Antiochus IV. These Jews took on Hellenist thought, language, culture and religion (I Macc. 1:15). In this manner, they were unwittingly primed to submit to Syrian Hellenist rule. Antiochus IV offered (false) peace and security, and they accepted. Our love must not grow cold (see Matthew 24:12). If we're not passionate for biblical Truth, we may find ourselves primed for deception that can overtake even the elect (Matthew 24:24). We're to resist friendship with the world, assimilation, or religious correctness that is at enmity with God (James 4:4).


Antiochus IV
What was Antiochus IV's abomination that caused desolation? The emperor became enraged by his inability to conquer the entire, then-known world. His fury was further evoked by Jewish disloyalties, for a sizeable remnant had remained true to their God. He erected an idol of Zeus---with his own face---inside the Temple. On Zeus' alleged birthday, that year falling on the 25th of both December and Kislev, he sacrificed a pig on the altar. He then sprinkled its blood on the holy of holies (I Macc. 1:39, 3:45). This abomination of desolation led to years of Jewish suffering and blood-curdling martyrdom (2 Macc. 7; Hebrews 11:35-38). When you faithfully worship the one true God, do not be dismayed if anti-Christ powers are enraged. These powers operate only within divinely set limits. God is teaching us how to receive by faith, day-by-day, the anointing to not love our own lives so as to shrink from death (Revelation 12:11).
How did the Jews recapture the Temple? A faithful family of priests, the Maccabees, organized a guerilla-like military coup. The tiny band of freedom fighters miraculously wrested back control of Jerusalem, including the Temple. They quickly cleansed the sanctuary and built a new altar. 

On Kislev 25, three years from its defilement, the Temple was rededicated to God. The word "Hanukkah" literally means dedication. Though evil will increase, "the people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits" (Daniel 11:32). When darkness covers the earth, His glory rises upon you.


How does Hanukkah speak of light?

The Maccabees recaptured the Temple they found only a day's supply of consecrated oil with which to light the golden lamp stand, the menorah. Miraculously, this oil burned for eight full days, until a new supply could be consecrated. Therefore, Hanukkah is also known and celebrated as the Feast of Lights. This Hanukkah, ask the Holy Spirit to pour fresh oil into your lamp. When enduring a dark season, be encouraged, for God says, "Let there be light." At the appointed hour you will see His deliverance.


CHARLES SPURGEON QUOTES ON CHRISTMAS
We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).
When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, "Is this a law of the God of Jacob?" and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty. (from Charles Spurgeon's Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4.)


Jim Staley - Truth or Tradition - Should Christians Celebrate Christmas and Easter?

( We do not agree with some things Jim teaches, however this is right on)

Let There Be Light!
God's kingdom is a kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12). In Chapter 1 of the Bible, His first words are, "Let there be light." In the last chapter He says that He Himself will be light for His people. God is light (1 John 1:5).

For a more thorough discussion, please see: http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm

or

http://www.luziusschneider.com/Papers/JesusDateOfBirth.htm#_ftnref3. 

The True Meaning Of the words "Merry Christ-Mass"

   They tell us that it is the season to be jolly.  It is a time of ornaments, red and green decorations, silver bells, holly, mistletoe and colored lights.  It is also a time of department store Santas calling out their universal mantra, "Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas."  Nearly all of the realm of so-called "Christianity" join in and repeat this same greeting, "Merry Christmas!"



Although we hear these words constantly as they resonate millions of times throughout the land, almost nobody understands what they are really saying. Let us take the words, "Merry Christmas" and examine the true meaning and essence of those words.



A true Christian would want to examine everything they say, because Jesus said in Matthew 12:36-37, "But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."  We will now set aside all of the customs, glitter and traditions of Christmas, which were taken from pagan witchcraft and popularized by the Roman Catholic Church, and we will focus on the true meaning of the words, "Merry Christmas!"



The word "Merry" is simple to define.  It unquestionably means to be happy, joyful and light-hearted.  The word "merry" fits into the ambience of laughter and frivolity.  This word "merry" by itself is innocent and innocuous enough, but as we will now see, it becomes heinously blasphemous when used with the word "Christmas."



Here let it be noted that most people think that the word, "Christmas" means "the birth of Christ."  By definition, it means "death of Christ", and I will prove it by using the World Book Encyclopedia, the Catholic Encyclopedia, and a book entitled, The Mass In Slow Motion.




If you are an honest, sincere and discerning Christian, please read on; if not, you might as well stop right here.  The World Book Encyclopedia defines "Christmas" as follows:  "The word Christmas comes from "Cristes Maesse", an early English phrase that means "Mass of Christ." (1)  It is interesting to note that the word "Mass", as used by the Roman Catholics, has traditionally been rejected by the so-called Protestants, such as Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals and so on.  The word "Mass" is strictly a Catholic word and thus, so is "Christ-Mass."



It would stand to reason, that since all of these denominations love and embrace "Christ-Mass", that December 25th is the great homecoming day, when all of the Protestants become Catholic for a day.  It would seem that all of the so-called "wayward daughters" of the Romish church return to their mother, the scarlet harlot.  Thus, all of the so-called Protestant churches could sing to the Pope that popular song "I'll be home for Christmas."



As previously stated, the word "Mass" in religious usage means a "death sacrifice."  The impact of this fact is horrifying and shocking; for when the millions of people are saying, "Merry Christmas", they are literally saying "Merry death of Christ!"  Furthermore, when the fat man in the red suit laughs boisterously  and says, "Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas", he is mocking and laughing at the suffering and bleeding Saviour, who died for our sins.  He does this while parents place their little children into his waiting arms to hear his false promises of gifts that he says he will give them.  Consider what you are saying when you say "Merry Christmas."



What is so amusing about our Saviour's painful death?  What is so funny?  Why is Santa laughing?  Why are you going along with it?  Your words do count and Satan knows it.  Yes, the word "Mass"  does mean "death sacrifice", and to cement that fact, we will consider the definition of the inventors of the religious application of the word "Mass."  I am looking at page 537 of the Catholic Encyclopedia, which says, "In the Christian law, the supreme sacrifice is that of the Mass."  It goes on to say, "The supreme act of worship consists essentially in an offering of a worthy victim to God, the offering made by a proper person, as a priest, the destruction of the victim." (2)  Please note carefully the word, "victim" of the Mass.  The Latin word for victim is "Hostia" from which the word "host" is derived.  The Mass, by definition of those who coined the word, is a sacrifice involving a victim. 



There is no other meaning for the word "Mass" or "Christ-Mass."  On page 110 of a book entitled "The Mass In Slow Motion",  we find the following words: "It is only with the consecration that the sacrifice of the Mass is achieved.  I have represented the Mass to you, more than once, as a kind of ritual dance."


(3) In essence, the Mass is the ceremonial slaying of Jesus Christ over and over again, followed by the eating of his flesh and the drinking of his blood.  The Mass is the death sacrifice, and the "Host" is the victim.  This is official Roman Catholic doctrine, and "Christmas" is a word that they invented.  Again, I ask, what is so merry about the pain, bleeding, suffering and death of Jesus Christ?



Satan has done quite a    job of getting millions of so-called "Christians" to blaspheme.  What a deceiver he is.


Now you know the true meaning of the word "Christmas" or Mass of Christ.  There is much more to know about this pagan holiday, and we will be glad to provide you with plenty of evidence that Jesus was not born on December 25th, and that Christmas is not only a lie, but is actually a witches' sabbat called "Yule" in clever disguise.  


From: http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract4.html

 Acknowledgements:

01. World Book Encyclopedia, vol.3, p. 408, 1986 ed., World Book Inc., Chicago, IL

02. The Catholic Encyclopedia, R.C. Broderick, 1975 ed., Nihil Obstat, Richard J. Sklba, Censor Librorum.  Imprimatur, Archbishop William E. Cousins, Milwaukee, WI.

03. The Mass In Slow Motion, Ronald Knox, 1948, Sheed & Ward, Inc., New York, NY.  Nihil Obstat, E.C. Messenger, Censor Deputatus.  Imprimatur, E. Morrogh Bernard, Vic. Gen.

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The TRUTH about Christmas Its History Myths, and Traditions - Jeremiah Films

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