Happy Birthday Yeshua. Saturday, March 17, 2018 will be the 1st of Nisan on the Biblical calendar and we get to sing that little ditty so familiar to all (with a few words changed!):
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Yeshua,
Yahweh’s sacrificial Lamb.
Exodus 12:2 – “This month will be the beginning of the months for you; it will be the first of the months of the year.”
Exodus 40:1-2 – “Yahweh said to Moshe, ‘On the first day of the first month, you are to set up the tabernacle’.”
John 1:29 – “He saw Yeshua coming and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ !”
Spring is when the month of Nisan begins. It is officially called the First Month, Rosh Chodesh [רֹאשׁ ro’sh -H7218; חֹדֶשׁ chodesh – H2320], or in the plural, the First of Months, Rosh Chodeshim (Exodus 12:2). The first of Nisan is the time that the tabernacle is to be set up(Exodus 40:1-2).
Spring is also the time that lambs are born, known throughout the land of Israel as the “lambing season”. And spring is the time that shepherds would be out in the fields, grazing the sheep and looking up at the heavenly stars each night. Scripture is telling us something important – Yeshua is THE sacrificial lamb born during lambing season!
John 1:14 – “The Word became a human being and tabernacled with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”
2 Peter 1:13-14 – “And I consider it right to keep stirring you up with reminders, as long as I am in the tent of this body. I know that I will soon lay aside this tent of mine, as our Lord Yeshua the Messiah has made clear to me.”
John 1:14 tells us that Yeshua came and tabernacled [σκηνόω skēnoō – G4637] with us. 2 Peter 1:13-14 tells us that our bodies are a tent [σκήνωμα skēnōma – G4638]. Skēnōma comes from the root word, skēnoō. The Greek word, skēnoō, indicates a tent, which in Hebrew becomes the word, mishkan [מִשְׁכָּן – H4908]. Scripture is telling us something important – Yeshua came and pitched his mishkan with us!
Romans 8:29 – “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
John 3:16-18 – “For Yahweh so loved the world that he gave his one and only unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For Yahweh did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is Yahweh’s one and only unique Son.”
Zechariah 12:10, John 3:16-18, Romans 8:29 and other scriptures tell us that Yeshua is Yahweh’s firstborn son – his one and only unique son. Scripture is telling us something important – Yeshua is THE Rosh, the first in all things! In other words, Yeshua, our firstborn, came to mishkan with us on the 1st of Nisan!
The Sacrificial Lambs of Bethlehem
Luke 2:13-15 – “Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, on Earth shalom, good will toward men.’ It happened, when the angels went away from them into the sky, that the shepherds said one to another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem, now, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us’.”
Again, spring is also the time that lambs are born, known throughout the land of Israel as the “lambing season”. And spring is the time that shepherds would be out in the fields, grazing the sheep and looking up at the heavenly stars each night. And just outside of Bethlehem is the place where they would have been grazing the sheep.
In Hebrew, the word translated Bethlehem is Beit-Lechem [Βηθλέεμ G965] which means: house of bread! Bethlehem, known as Ephratah, is the place where Rachel was buried after she died and is the place where the Tower of Migdal-`Eder was located (Genesis 35:19). Migdal-`Eder [מִגְדַּל־עֵדֶר H4029] means: Tower of the Flock! The Tower of the Flock is the place where the ewes were brought to give birth to the special, perfect, unblemished firstborn lambs that were selected for sacrifice at the temple in Jerusalem!
Yeshua – God’s Sacrificial Lamb
Micah 5:2 – “But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, being small among the clans of Judah, Out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
John 1:29 – “The next day he saw Yeshua coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ !”
Yeshua, Yahweh’s firstborn lamb was born in Bethlehem. Yeshua is that special, perfect, unblemished firstborn lamb that was sacrificed for all!
Binding The Lamb
Genesis 22:9 – “Then they came to the place of which Yahweh had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.”
Psalm 118:27 – “Yahweh is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.”
John 18:12-13 – “The detachment, the commanding officer, and the officers of the Jews, seized Yeshua and bound him, and led him to Anan first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year.”
Isaac, a picture of the sacrificial lamb, was bound and laid on the altar (Genesis 22:9). The lambs sacrificed at the Temple were bound to the horns of the altar (Psalm 118:27). Yeshua was bound and taken to the High Priest (John 18:12-13), and was then bound to the tree [nailed to the cross] (Acts 2:23). Yeshua was even bound in cloth at his birth (Luke 2:7-12). Before a lamb can be sacrificed, it must first be bound! The lamb is sacrificed on the 14th day of Nisan during the Feast of Pesach (Passover).
Scripture is telling us some very important things: Nisan is the first month, the Rosh Chodesh, the month when sacrificial lambs are born. It is in the month of Nisan that the lambs are bound – on the 14th day when Pesach is celebrated. It is Nisan 1 when Yeshua was born, the day when Yeshua came and pitched his mishkan with us, and he is THE Rosh, the first in all things! Everyone in Israel recognized Bethlehem as being synonymous with sacrificial lambs. No wonder that Yahweh’s sacrificial lamb was born there, as were all of the lambs destined for the Temple sacrifices!
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Other Date Theories
Luke 2:8 – “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.”
Several other theories have been set forth as the “actual” day of Yeshua’s birth. Two of those theories are: 1) Sukkoth which falls between mid September and mid October, and 2) Hanukkah which falls between late November and the latter days of December.
This theory attempts to establish the timeline of Yeshua’s birth by studying the timeline of Zacharias’s priestly duties as a member of the Abijah division. The timeline is as follows:
Zacharias is the father of John the Baptizer. After his duties, Zacharias returned home and John was conceived in mid July to mid August, or the Hebrew month of Av. Nine months later would bring one to Nisan, and six months after that would bring one to Tishri, or mid September to mid October. The theory then assumes that Yeshua would have been born on Sukkoth, which is also called Booths or Tabernacles, and then ties that to John 1:14. The word translated dwelt is the Greek word skēnoō [σκηνόω G4637], which in Hebrew would be translated tabernacled.
The theory also assumes that Yeshua was born in a sukkah (or booth) and that this temporary shelter was later referred to as a manger, or that his earthly body was a like a sukkah in that his earthly body was a temporary structure until he was resurrected and received his permanent, glorified body. These assumptions are not supported by the scriptures.
This theory links the gestation period of humans to the Feasts of Yahweh and the patterns that they represent:
- Pesach (Numbers 9:5): On the 14th day of the first month, the egg appears.
- Chag Ha’Matzoh (Numbers 28:17): The egg must be fertilized within 24 hours or will die.
- Reishit Katzir (Numbers 28:24-26): The egg attaches to the womb and begins to grow within the next 2-6 days.
- Shavuot (Leviticus 23:15-16): The embryo takes on a human form with legs, arms, etc. around the fiftieth day.
- Yom Teruah (Numbers 29:1): On the first day of the 7th month hearing develops. Sounds from outside the womb can be heard.
- Yom Kippurim (Numbers 29:7): On the tenth day of the 7th month, the baby’s own blood forms.
- Sukkoth (Numbers 29:12): On the fifteenth day of the 7th month, the lungs become fully developed.
- Hanukkah (John 10:22): Birth generally takes place on the tenth day of the ninth month after conception.
This theory assumes that Yeshua is born in December, either on Hanukkah or December 25th, because either day falls in this month, and Hanukkah and December 25 are often the same day when the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars mesh or dovetail. Again, these assumptions are not supported by the scriptures.
Unlikely Dates Conclusions
These two dates for Yeshua’s birth are not in accordance with scripture, and the most unlikely date of Yeshua’s birth is December 25th.
Sukkoth, or as some call it “Tabernacles”, falls short in that Yeshua was not born in a sukkah or a booth [H5523 סֻכּוֹת], but came and tabernacled or pitched his tent, a mishkan [מִשְׁכָּן – H4908]. The weather in late fall can be windy, wet, and cold, not at all a time to be traveling on foot or with a pregnant woman.
Hanukkah falls short for the same reason – too cold and too wet for either travel or grazing sheep. The weather in December is cold, wet, and not the least bit suitable for travel by a pregnant woman, Mary. Neither is it suitable for shepherds to be “out in their fields,” nor for Romans to hold a census at a time that would require families to travel in such poor weather.