Happy Birthday Yeshua.
Saturday, April 6, 2019 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). It is not necessary for anyone to have to be in Jerusalem on this Holy Day. Nisan 1 is the day that changes the calendar from the old to the new year. Yeshua’s birth changes the calendar from BC to AD!
The Lambing Season
Luke 2:7-8 “Mary gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in cloth and laid him down in a feeding trough, because there was no space for them in the living-quarters. In the countryside nearby in the fields were some shepherds guarding their flocks at night.”
Spring is also the time that lambs are born, known throughout the land of Israel as the “lambing season”. Sheep are not like humans who can give birth at any time of the year – they only give birth during the lambing season – at springtime, during the month of Nisan.
The Talmud states that the shepherds were only out in the fields between March until the rainy season in autumn. 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 Luke clearly tells us that they were out in the fields at night, watching. Who else but Yahweh would plan it so that the shepherds would be watching for his sacrificial lamb to be born. Scripture is telling us something important – Yeshua is THE sacrificial lamb born during lambing season!
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 Yahweh 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] 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 is THE sacrificial lamb born at the place where all sacrificial lambs for the Temple are born!
Yeshua – Yahweh’s Sacrificial Lamb
Exodus 12:3-5 – “On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or kid for his family, one per household . . . Your animal must be without defect, a male in its first year.”
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 – at the time of the lambing season, at the place where all sacrificial lambs are born. The sacrificial lamb must be born in the same month that it is sacrificed, and must be taken on the tenth day, examined for four days, then sacrificed on the 14th. This day corresponds to Yeshua’s entry into Jerusalem on what is now called Palm Sunday. Yahweh is bringing his sacrificial lamb to Jerusalem on the very days mandated by scripture. Scripture is telling us something important – Yeshua is that special, perfect, unblemished firstborn lamb that was sacrificed for all!
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!
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).
The Stars Speak Out
The Magi of Persia, due to Daniel’s teaching, were looking to the stars to determine when the King of the Jews was to be born. In 6BC, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and the Constellation of Aries the Ram converged. And when did this happen? In the springtime!
The Ministry of Zechariah
Luke 1:5 – “In the days of Herod, King of Y’hudah, there was a cohen named Z’kharyah who belonged to the Aviyah division.”
According to 1 Chronicles 24, Aviyah (Abijah) was in the eighth division. But when did the divisions start their ministry? The Dead Sea Scrolls hold the answer. In one of the scrolls was a calendar, and the calendar started on the fourth day of the Spring Equinox. The Talmud gives us the day (Sunday) that the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70AD, and lists the names of the priests who were in service on that day. Comparing the Dead Sea Scroll date and the Talmud date gives an actual date when Zechariah would have been serving. And that date: March 20th, 6BC which corresponds to Nisan 1, Rosh Chodesh! Even the Vatican has documents that state that birth of the Mashiach was during Nisan.
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 – “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].
Exodus 40:2 – “On the first day of the first month, you are to set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting.”
The wilderness Tabernacle of Moses is a pattern or type of this event – when Yahweh (God) comes to dwell with mankind in the flesh. The Tabernacle took nine months to build, the same amount of time that it takes a human to grow and be born. And when was the Tabernacle set up? In the springtime, on Nisan 1. Scripture is telling us something important – Yeshua came and pitched his mishkan with us – on the first day of Nisan, Rosh Chodesh!
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! No wonder that Yahweh’s sacrificial lamb was born on the first of Nisan – the day of the beginning of the new year, the new life, the new era — the day when everything else becomes old.
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.