Christmas for the most part presents the Christian with a dilemma. Why? Simply because having accepted the Messiah as one’s personal Savior and pledging to be His disciple and obeying him [CJB John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands; (Joh 14:15 CJB)], the believer of Messiah is committing adultery when he or she observes Christmas CJB Revelation 21:9 One of the seven angels having the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues approached me and said, “Come! I will show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.” (Rev 21:9 CJB); DBY 1 Corinthians 6:20 for ye have been bought with a price: glorify now then God in your body. (1Co 6:20 DBY)]. According to the Torah, during the time of Moses, adultery was a sin punishable by death. Under the renewed disposition, adultery is punishable by spiritual death and at the judgment, possibly eternal death CJB Leviticus 20:10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, that is, with the wife of a fellow countryman, both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death. [(Lev 20:10 CJB)]. One way or another, committing spiritual adultery via the observance of a pagan holiday such as Christmas is going to have significant consequences, especially for those who claim to be of the Bride of Jesus Christ or Yeshua. I point you once again to that great prophet of old, Jeremiah, whom the Father sent to the peoples of Judah to demand they cease from their pagan religious practices and come back to Torah and the covenant that the Eternal made with their forefathers back at the foot of the mount (reference Exodus 19). Judah continued in her ways, despite what happened to their cousins in the northern 10-tribes of Israel, having been dispersed by the Assyrians just a couple centuries prior for the same crime of committing spiritual adultery.
So where do we go from her in determining a more likely date of birth for the Savior? Well, as always, we must go back to the source, the Gospel account of the birth of the Master. In Luke 2: 1-3, the physician Luke recorded the following: KJV Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. (Luk 2:1-3 KJV)
What is confirmed and on record, however, is the Roman senate conferring the title of “Pater Patriae” (Latin for Father of the Nation) upon Caesar Augustus on February 5, 2 BCE (reference historyrocket.com and The Chronological Gospels-the 70 Life and Seventy Week Ministry of the Messiah by Michael Rood). Now, in preparation for this monumental act by the Roman senate, it is likely that the regional leaders, in this case Quirinius (Cyrenius) and Herod the Great, King of Israel, required the subjects in their region to register in their ancestral villages in anticipation of the confirmation of Augustus as Pater Patriae (reference: Rood, incident 15 & 16). Thus, in order to fulfill the tenets of this registration, Joseph and his late term wife Miriam (aka: Mary) left the village of Nazareth for Bethlehem.
What about that star that appeared in the heavens near the time of the Master’s birth? Is there any extra-biblical proof that such an event occurred. Well, according to Robert Scott Wadsworth, whose brilliant work is highlighted in Rood’s Chronological Gospels: “Just after sunset on September 12, 3 BCE, while the sky was clothed with the last rays of the setting sun, the first sliver of the new moon appeared beneath the feet of the constellation of…Virgo. At that moment, in the constellation of Ariyeh (the Lion) above her head, the planet Tzedek (the Righteous) came into conjunction with the star Melek (the King) that is astronomically positioned between the front feet of the Lion. The sighting of the new moon that evening announced the Davy of Trumpets, and the astronomical display in the constellation above the head of the woman heralded the upcoming birth of the Righteous King–the Lion of the Tribe of Judah” (reference: Wadsworth, A Voice Crying in the Heavens).
Thus we have a brilliant clue as to when the Savior was born and it appears based upon the above mentioned incidents, that it likely occurred sometime in September.
Now, Michael Rood was able to look back two-thousand years ago using astronomical and agricultural time-tables and computer generated data to nail down specific Holy Day that occurred on or around September 12, 3 BCE. That day, as mentioned above in Wadsworth’s testimony, was the Feast of Trumpets.
As it relates to Joseph and Mary, now stuck in Bethlehem which was only about 5-miles away from Jerusalem, it is highly conceivable that a Sukkah was erected which provided the couple with adequate shelter and lodging. Thus Mary gave birth to the master in a Sukkah. The western story contends that the Master was born in a stable and placed in a trough where animals would customarily feed. Yet the timing of this event could not have been coincidental if we are to understand with whom we are dealing with. We are dealing with Yehovah who established every event that is recorded about the birth of the Savior in a precise and purposeful time-table. As cute and likeable as the image of the earthly family of the Messiah being housed in a stable with a variety of farm animals adorning the backdrop, the backdrop of the Feast of Tabernacles and the erection of a Sukkah seems more in tune with the Father’s brilliant plan of salvation and redemption that was established before the foundations of the earth were established.
The million dollar question then is: with all that has been said in this episode of It’s Not As You Perceive, when was Yeshua actually born. The astronomically and agriculturally Biblically corrected calendar (Rood) when extrapolated to the year of 3 BCE finds that the likely date of birth of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua Ha Moschiach, was September 26, 3 BCE. This date was the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, symbolizing to the fullest the day that Yehovah intervened into the affairs of man and His chosen One, the great prophet of whom He referred to during the time of Moses as The Prophet whom we must Shama (listen, follow, and obey).