15 Dec

How or why no one ever figured this out a zillion years ago is beyond me – again, common sense oversees and reigns, thank you God, thank you Jesus!  This is a wonderful article, one of many I’ve read in the past years that will give you a precise, scripture-based teaching of how and why Jesus was born when He was and not when we think He was.

This information is from HERE A LITTLE THERE A LITTLE WEBSITE and is being used here for informational purposes only.


“Since John was born on Passover, the 15th day of Nisan (the 1st Jewish month), Jesus would have been born six months later on the 15th day of Tishri (the 7th Jewish month).  The 15th day of the 7th month begins the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:34-35), also known as Sukkot.  Jesus was born on the 1st day of the Feast of Tabernacles!  In the year 5 BCE, this fell in the month of September.”



Most biblical scholars and preachers readily admit that they know Christ was not born on December 25th.  However, they claim that this day is as good as any other to celebrate the birth of Jesus, despite the fact that it was originally a pagan celebration called Saturnalia which commemorated the birth of the sun god.

God had this to say about appropriating pagan methods of worship and trying to honor Him with them:

DEUTERONOMY 12:28 “Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.  29 When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’  31 “You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.  32 Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. (NKJV)

Few know that there is a biblical way to determine when the Messiah was actually born.  We can do this by relating the conception and birth of Jesus (Yeshua) with the conception and birth of John the Baptist.

Let’s begin our scriptural detective work in the 1st chapter of Luke:

LUKE 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah.  His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.  7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. (NKJV)

First, we need to understand “the division of Abijah.”  We find in 1 Chronicles 24:1-19 that the descendants of Aaron’s 24 grandsons (the sons of Eleazer and Ithamar) were divided into 24 divisions or courses for the purpose of serving at the Temple.  1 Chronicles 24:10 tells us that the 8th division of service was assigned to Abijah’s descendants.

Each of these divisions served at the Temple for an eight-day period (1 Chr. 9:25).  The service began and ended on the weekly Sabbath (2 Chr. 23:8).  In addition to their normal service, all 24 courses served at the Temple during the three holy seasons every year.  The Jewish Mishnah indicates that each course served a week during the first half of the year, the three annual festival weeks, and a week during the last half of the year, for a total of five weeks during a normal year.

A normal year on the Hebrew calendar consists of twelve lunar months of 29 or 30 days, for a total of 354 days.  This is about 11 days less than a solar year (365.24 days).  During a regular Jewish year (which occurs 12 times in a 19-year cycle), 51 weeks of coverage would be needed to ensure that the Temple was cared for every week throughout the year.

24 (first half of the year) + 3 (festival weeks) + 24 (second half of the year) = 51 weeks

Between the 1st and the 9th week of the year, two of the three festival times when all 24 courses served occurred.  Therefore, the course of Abijah, the 8th course, would serve its first regular week during the 9th or 10th week of the year (depending on how the Feast of Weeks fell on the calendar).

For reference, here is an annotated Jewish calendar for the period of time under consideration.

With that background, now let’s review the conception of John the Baptist:

LUKE 1:8 So it was, that while he [Zacharias] was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the Temple of the Lord.  10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.  11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.  13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.  14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.  15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink.  He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.  16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.  17 He will also go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘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.”  18 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this?  For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”  19 And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.  20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”  21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the Temple.  22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the Temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.  23 And so it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.  24 Nowafter those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” (NKJV)

Zacharias’ wife Elizabeth would have conceived John the Baptist shortly following the week of his service at the Temple.  This would have been sometime in late Sivan or early Tamuz.

Now let’s switch our focus and take a look at Elizabeth’s young relative, Mary:

LUKE 1:26 Now in the sixth month [of Elizabeth’s pregnancy] the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.  28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”  29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.  30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  31 And behold,you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.  32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.  33 And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”  35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.  36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.  37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”  38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!  Let it be to me according to your word.”  And the angel departed from her. (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit likely overshadowed Mary very soon after her encounter with the angel Gabriel.  If John the Baptist was conceived in the two week period after Sivan 19, Jesus would have been conceived about six months later, at the end of the Hebrew month Kislev or the beginning of the month Tevet.  Mary would probably have conceived Jesus sometime from Kislev 24 to Tevet 7.  Kislev 25 is the beginning of the Feast of Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights.  This eight-day feast continues to Tevet 2.

Jesus observed the Feast of Chanukah (called the “Feast of Dedication” in John 10:22) while he was on earth.  John gives us an indication that Jesus was in fact conceived during this Festival of Lights (Chanukah) when he speaks of him at the beginning of his Gospel:

JOHN 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all through him might believe.  8 He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light.  9 That was the true light which gives light to every man coming into the world. (NKJV)

Quickly after Gabriel’s visit, Mary went to see her relative Elizabeth:

LUKE 1:39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.  41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

LUKE 1:56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house. (NKJV)

It appears that Mary stayed with Elizabeth right up to the time for her to give birth.  The average time for the gestation of a human baby is nine months/40 weeks/280 days.  Nine months from the time of John’s conception in early Tamuz would bring us to Passover of the Jewish year 3756 in the 1st month called Nisan.  This Hebrew date fell in the month of March in 5 BCE.

LUKE 1:57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. (NKJV)

It’s highly symbolic that John the Baptist was born at the time of Passover.  Even to this very day, there is still an expectation by religious Jews of the coming of Elijah the prophet during the time of Passover (Mal. 4:5-6).  In fact, a cup is set for Elijah at the annual Passover seder, and children symbolically check for him at the door during the service.  As Gabriel prophesied and Jesus confirmed (Matt. 11:14), John the Baptist was the preliminary Elijah to come before the Messiah.

Signs in the heavens over Jerusalem on the 15th of Nisan in the Jewish year 3756 heralded the birth of John the Baptist.  On that night, just after sunset, a spectacular lunar eclipse was visible from Jerusalem, as the following graphic shows:

Since Jesus was conceived during Chanukah, six months after John the Baptist, he would also have been born six months after John:

LUKE 2:1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.  4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.  7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (NKJV)

Since John was born on Passover, the 15th day of Nisan (the 1st Jewish month), Jesus would have been born six months later on the 15th day of Tishri (the 7th Jewish month).  The 15th day of the 7th month begins the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:34-35), also known as Sukkot.  Jesus was born on the 1st day of the Feast of Tabernacles!  In the year 5 BCE, this fell in the month of September.

This explains why there was no room at the inn for Joseph and Mary.  A multitude of Jewish pilgrims from all over the Middle East had come to Jerusalem to observe the Feast of Tabernacles, as God required (Deu. 16:16).  Bethlehem, which was only a few miles outside of Jerusalem, was also overflowing with visitors at this time because of the Feast.

Just as it was six months earlier, signs in the heavens over Jerusalem on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles (15 Tishri, 3757) proclaimed the birth of the prophesied Messiah.  Another remarkable lunar eclipse of the full moon was visible in Israel on this night also, as shown below:

In addition to the hint of Jesus’ conception during Chanukah, we also find an allusion to his birth during the Feast of Tabernacles in John’s Gospel:

JOHN 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and did TABERNACLE among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth. (YLT)

The Greek word translated “tabernacle” above is eskenosen.  This word is a form of skenoo (#4637 in Strong’s Greek Concordance).  While it is usually translated “dwelt,” Strong’s says this word literally means: “to fix one’s tabernacle, have one’s tabernacle, abide (or live) in a tabernacle (or tent), tabernacle . . .”

Eight days after his birth, in accordance with the Law of Moses, Jesus was circumcised on the Eighth Day of Assembly (Shemini Atzeret), another holy day of God (Lev. 23:36):

LUKE 2:21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the child, his name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (NKJV)

The truth of Jesus’ birth is much greater than the pagan celebration that has been appropriated for his supposed honor.  This truth reaffirms the need to keep God’s Holy Days (listed in Lev. 23) in order to better understand His plan for mankind.

Bryan T. Huie
December 16, 2000

Revised: June 28, 2009





  1. Patricia Owens

    December 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm


  2. Irene

    December 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    very interesting reading indeed!

  3. Alison

    December 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Do you celebrate Christmas? I’ve been struggling with this all week and seeking the Lord. I see clearly the greed and pagan side of it, but also enjoy the message of Christ this season brings. I’ve been checking your site every day in hope that you would have a word on this. I also have two young boys. I wanted to decorate our tree this year with just lights, and my son suggested placing scripture on paper(or written on ornaments) instead of the usual commercial stuff. But is that just creating another false god? In tears and wishing I had ears to hear. I do not want to offend or be disobedient to our Lord. Please share.

    • friendofheaven

      December 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Alison – you can email me at – we can talk! Please do not worry – He is not going to spank you!

    • Irene

      December 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Dear Sister Alison. I feel like you do about Christmas. I was planning on having a tree this year, but me and my husband follow the Amish faith, they don’t have a tree or lights, but they might decorate with some fresh greenery and candles, symbol of the light of Christ! They may give gifts to their children, and these are usually homemade or useful gifts such as sewing set for girls & carpentry set for boy. So we are thinking seriously going along these lines. We also don’t have mains electric like the Amish, but we do have a generator which often breaks down, so candles and oil lamps we often use. Whatever you do this Christmas do it with Jesus in mind, after all it is His Birthday, when you wake up, say Happy Birthday Jesus!! Many Blessings to you & your family. Your Sister in Christ Irene

  4. Mary

    December 16, 2013 at 4:28 am

    People have to get over the “pagan” objection. People protest the faith passed down shouting ah, not Christian, this or that tradition or ritual is a pagan in practice. Remember and you see it in the Old Testament too, God is very happy with certain traditions and rituals, there is a list He has instituted Himself.

    Important to note on the Paganism objection, just because two things are similar does NOT make them the same. The author who wrote the book – Babylon, Mystery Religion took his book out of print realizing this fact.

    Here is a good reason for Our Lord’s birthday being December 25th.

    ~ ~ ~

    We know that Jesus had a public ministry of 3.5 years and that He died on the 15th of the Jewish month of Nisan (basically late March). If you count backwards the 3.5 years, which are 42 Jewish months, this puts you at November 8. In Luke 3 we are told that Jesus was baptized on the cusp of turning 30, which is when a Jew became a ‘man’ and could teach. Since His Baptism was followed by 40 days in the desert and 7 days of temptation, then adding 47 days to November 8 puts us at December 25, which makes sense because it means Jesus had no further ‘prerequisites’ stopping Him from immediately beginning His public work (e.g. calling the Apostles) the moment He became of age.

    p.s. A mother knows when their child was born, she never forgets. Mary would share this
    with the Apostles.

  5. Irene

    December 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Q & A from Grace through Faith:
    Was Jesus Born In The Spring?
     Sunday, December 15th, 2013 First Coming

    Q. In Luke 1:26, we are told that it was the 6th month when the angel told Mary that she was with child. Would that be June? Wouldn’t that put his birth around the 3rd month of the following year?

    A. If the Hebrew calendar was the same as ours you might have a point. But it isn’t. They actually use two calendars. Their religious year begins in mid-March and their civil year begins in mid-September. But if you read a little earlier in Luke you see that Elizabeth became pregnant and remained in seclusion for 5 months (Luke 1:24). Then in the sixth month Mary was visited by the angel. Most scholars believe the sixth month in Luke 1:29 refers to the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. In my study called Happy Birthday Lord Jesus, I showed that Elizabeth most likely became pregnant in the month we call June, meaning Mary became pregnant in the month we call December around the time of the Jewish feast of Hanukkah, placing the Lord’s birth in the following September.

    I think you are correct Mary Beth!

    • friendofheaven

      December 17, 2013 at 1:26 am

      Exactly Irene! That is the problem, people want to use our calendar which you cannot do…must be the Hebrew days/months!

  6. Mary

    December 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Mary Beth,

    Watching your videos, oh my, you speak in a way to include all, you make everyone feel good! Reminding us that we are all loved by Our Lord in a special way. And you’re funny too. I can’t wait until Christians all believe the same and non-Christians convert, it is

    Sincerely, not to argue.

    Here is more defense of December 25th being Our Lord’s birthday ~

    Luke 2:8
    Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.

    In Palestine during the summer there isn’t much to graze, the hills are bare. In winter, the rainy season, the hills are lush with green. The average winter temp is 55 degrees.

    St. Augustine wrote in the 4th century that the celebration of St. John the Baptist’s birthday (on June 24th) was already a long standing tradition during his time.

  7. Arine

    December 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    If Mary became pregnant in December, isn’t that a great reason to celebrate His birthday in December? Because when one gets pregnant, isn’t that the real time the new life has begun, even if it’s still in a mother’s womb? 🙂

    • friendofheaven

      December 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Oh hi my dear friend! I have recorded 4 videos – all explaining everything but I cannot get them loaded! I’ve tried all week long and again, right now I’m waiting to see if even one went through.

      The Lord loves children, loves to see them happy and He understands the celebration of December 25, He does. What He is saying is to know who the god of this world is and that the enemy has raised “Santa” up almost to a point of an idol god that has this poor world committing ‘hairy-cairy’ over stress caused by money, family friction, etc. He is not like that – and would want all to have a pure-heat during this time, not a burdened one. He wants His Children to use the tools He has taught them – understand what they walk into before they walk into them. Be aware of what is laying behind the curtain or really hidden in Santa’s bag…because it’s the after-affects that cause the damage to His Children.

      I think He loves anything we do to honor Him and His coming into this world. If we want to love the day He was conceived or born, He would not scorn us for that – He just doesn’t want us to combine the two belief systems of Him Our God and Santa their god. See what I’m saying? I celebrate Christmas, I just do it now using my tools, my Armor and with understanding of what the enemy is trying or will be trying to do to me before, during and after these days of celebration are over. Much love to you! (I’m still sick – it will not go away.)

  8. Irene

    December 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    My dear Sister in Christ, it is not nice when you are ill, When I go to bed tonight I will pray for your healing, after all Jesus Christ is our healer! much better than any Doctor!

    I would also like to mention what happened when my sister and I were little girls. I don’t believe in Santa, but what I’m going to say is the absolute truth!
    We were both outside playing, it was maybe a few days before Christmas, when I had a strong urge to look up to the sky, what we saw was Santa with his reindeer and sleigh swirling through the skies, I said to my sister, oh look! she saw it too! then in an instant the vision vanished. We ran in to tell Mum what we had seen, of course she didn’t believe us! We both remember this day as if it was yesterday, it was as clear as a bell & colourful!
    Can anyone give an explanation to this unexplained vision?
    Many Blessings Irene

  9. Patricia Owens

    January 11, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Date: Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 2:14 AM Subject: Fw: Whatever Jesus did, He did well – Daily Inspiration from St. Faustina’s Diary

  10. Patricia Owens

    January 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm


    • Irene

      January 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      AMEN! Patricia. Love you my sister. Irene

  11. Patricia Owens

    December 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm


  12. Patricia Owens

    April 12, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Have seen this before,,,, but soooo cute..


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