The Christ in Prophecy Journal

On What Jewish Feast Was Jesus Born?

Christmas 9

According to Luke 1:24-26, Mary conceived Jesus in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist. This means that Jesus was born 15 months after the angel Gabriel appeared to Elizabeth’s husband, Zacharias, and informed him that his wife would bear a child.

According to Luke 1:5, Zacharias was a priest of the division of Abijah. Luke 1:8 says that Gabriel appeared to Zacharias while he was serving as a priest in the Temple.

We know from the Talmud and other sources that the division of Abijah served as priests during the second half of the fourth month of the Jewish religious calendar — which would have put it in late June (the Jewish religious calendar begins in March with Passover).

Fifteen months later would place the birth of Jesus in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. That would be in the fall of the year, in either late September or early October. His conception, not His birth, would have occurred in December of the previous year.

The seventh month of the Jewish calendar is the month of the Feast of Tabernacles. John 1:14, speaking of Jesus as the Word, says: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” The word “dwelt” that is used here is the Greek word “skenoo” which literally means “to tabernacle”!

So, when God came to earth to tabernacle among Mankind, it appears that He timed His arrival in the Bethlehem manger to coincide with the Feast of Tabernacles. That was only appropriate, for the Feast of Tabernacles is the most joyous of all the Jewish feasts. It is, in fact, their feast of thanksgiving.

David Reagan: When God came to earth to tabernacle among Mankind, it appears that He timed His arrival in the #Bethlehem manger to coincide with the #FeastofTabernacles. #Christmas Click To Tweet

The total meaning of that feast will not be fulfilled until the Lord returns again to tabernacle among Men for a thousand years while He reigns over the earth from Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.

Isn’t the Word of God marvelous?

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Dr. David Reagan

Dr. David Reagan is the Founder and Evangelist Emeritus of Lamb & Lion Ministries. He is a life-long Bible student, teacher, and preacher and he led over 45 pilgrimages to Israel. Dr. Reagan was the host of the radio then television program Christ in Prophecy for nearly 40 years.

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  • I so enjoy Dr. Reagan and Nathan. Your knowledge has helped me so much . Thank you for answering my on line question!!! That has been bugging me for years ! I wish I lived close to you guys so I could go to your church. I have followed Dr. Reagan and Nathen for a few years now and they are the most dead on in all their knowledge that I can find. I don’t know what kind of church to go to??? Can’t find any that don’t rabbit trail off in curtain doctrines! Any suggestions? I live in Santa Maria CA and I voted for Trump .I’m a Jesus 1st Christian believer and a rebublican. I have been studying prophecy for around 35 years. What kind of church around here would you suggest?LOVE your show and now your web site !!! Is there anything off with going to an Asembly of God church or Calvary church?Thank you for all your hard work. What’s the closest church to yours that would be by me?!!!
    Kelley Martinez

    • Kelley Mae, thank you for those encouraging words! So good to hear that our Bible teachings have been a blessing to you.

      Lamb & Lion Ministries is a non-prophet Bible prophecy teaching ministry, and so doesn’t have its own church. But, we travel often to churches to speak at services and conferences.

  • Seems others are also seeking churches that teach the real truth and doctrines of Christ as do I. I study my Bibles, youtube teachers, internet searches as this one searching the truths to share with others. I so much desire good teachers and prophets that teach all of God’s word and stay clear of the vain traditions and philosophy of men.

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    Thank you for your service.
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  • The clear association between Christ’s coming to tabernacle among us and the fall celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles is impossible for students of the scriptures to ignore, suggesting that the likely time of his birth was during that part of the year. That time would also have been Ideal for travel for the Roman-ordered census that occasioned Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. Both the weather and the connection with harvest time would have been favorable.

    Another key point: In the scriptures, clearly Christ’s death as the Passover Lamb of God occurred during the spring time of the year when the Feast of the Passover was celebrated (even to this day). Since His age can be determined from the Bible as being 33 and 1/2 years at the time of crucifixion, that points also to a fall birth.


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