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When Was Jesus Born?

When Was Jesus Born? This is a legitimate question. We have grown up with December 25th as the time we celebrate Christmas. And I imagine this date will remain constant.

But what is the truth?

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The following is an excerpt from What’s True About Christmas.

The birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25th, but the actual birth is now believed to have been September 11, 3 BC[1] (Tishri 1 or Feast of Tabernacles). There are many reasons for this date, and I will be covering some if not all of them. The purpose for this is not to do away with Christmas, an unlikely event, but to bring knowledge to the table so that when we celebrate Christmas we do so with a true understanding of our Savior’s birth and of the events surrounding it.

In the truthinscripture.net article that I researched, one of the reasons for this date is that Tishri 1 (see Ancient Jewish Calendar) is the first day of the new year (Civil year).

Also, in Revelation 12:1-6 we have a future event taking place. But scholars have noticed that in verse 6 it reads, ‘And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place…’.

Because of the word ‘hath’ it is believed that verses 1-6 describe the birth of Christ[2]. Too deep for this book, but the evidence points to a period between August 27th and September 15th. And further evidence points to September 11th between 6:18 pm (sunset) and 7:39 pm (moonset). This is a worthwhile study for someone who truly wants to know and understand when our Savior was born. This date is also interesting since it is the same date that the World Trade Center was destroyed.

Any significance? Perhaps Satan wanted to hide the fact that the date was Jesus’ birth date. However, that is just speculation, but I thought it interesting.

There is additional evidence regarding the Magi that will be touched upon in the chapter The Magi.

The year 3 BC aligns itself with other scriptures, such as Luke 2:1-5, which says,

‘And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.’

The Roman king Augustus Caesar announced a taxation during the second governorship of Syria which was of Cyrenius. This taxation was also a time of registration when people would proclaim their oath of allegiance to Rome.[3] This then is why Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem.

Further, Bethlehem was only 6 miles from Jerusalem where Joseph would be required to visit in two weeks after Jesus’ birth for the Feast of Tabernacles, which commemorated the 40-year long sojourn of the Israelites when they left Egypt for the Promised Land. All Jewish men were required by Jewish law to attend the Feast of Tabernacles.

While the distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem was a mere 70 miles, the mode of travel made it much more difficult than it would be today. It is likely that he had a donkey upon which Mary rode since she was now in her ninth month. How many hours or days it took we are not told. But traveling on foot with her riding on a donkey and in her ninth month suggests it could have taken at least four days, possibly more. It would have been very hard on her.

But when they finally arrived and saw the crowds, Joseph realized with a sickening reality they would have a problem finding a place to live. He stopped and looked at Mary, who was obviously in pain.

“Stay here while I step aside to pray,” he said.

She watched as he made his way to a nearby tree where he knelt and prayed. While he sought God’s guidance, she looked at the small city. It was her first time ever visiting Joseph’s ancestral home of Bethlehem.

The sight of the small village overflowing with people was discouraging. But it was the odor that touched her nostrils that was truly depressing.

The smell consisted of a mixture of sheep dung, human sweat, and meals being prepared. The combination made her a little nauseous.

Joseph returned.

“We shall go in and seek a room. Perchance God has prepared a place for us.”

She nodded and they continued into the city.

That excerpt should have given you some food for thought. The book goes on to talk about the shepherds, the sheep, and the nativity scene itself. It is available on Amazon in both print and eBook. If you want it for Christmas then the eBook is the purchase to make. If you simply want it and don’t care about the arrival date, then you might consider the print version.

Speaking of which, the print version can also be purchased at T&R Bookstore where all our books are discounted. Grab yourself a copy and learn more about Christmas! This book may not answer all questions, but it will answer the date of  His birth, and much more!

Have a Blessed Christmas!

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[1]truthinscripture.net/2017/01/02/jesus-birth-feast-of-trumpets/

[2]truthinscripture.net/2016/12/28/jesus-birth-astronomical-zodiacal-references/

[3]truthinscripture.net/2017/01/05/jesus-birth-roman-history/

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What Do We Know About Christmas?

What do we know about Christmas? You might be surprised by such a question, but the truth is that some factors we tend to accept about Christmas are not really true. Traditions have grown up that have replaced facts. I am not talking about Santa Claus which is a fiction we all understand as fictional. But there are some traditions that obscure our understanding of the real meaning of Christmas and what it is all about.

So, what’s true about Christmas?

That question became the title of my latest book, What’s True About Christmas? This is a short (less than 150 pages) nonfiction book that examines Christmas and the traditions associated with it. It is a book that takes a closeup view of the traditional Nativity scene, examining the various aspects of that scene.

When you do that, you discover that while some of the factors are biblically based, others are traditional. But uncovering the truth brings the Nativity alive!

We will explore these factors more on the other side of the break.

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If you are like us, you like the bright lights of Christmas as well as the various Christmas displays. But in the world that we live in we tend to accept as fact certain ideas and/or beliefs about Christmas that may not be true.

In writing the book I have tried to research both biblical and secular sources to address the Nativity scene and its various components, plus additional factors. Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Birth of Jesus
  • Gifts
  • Magi
  • Manger
  • Shepherds

It was an interesting and exciting book for me to research. One topic, the birth of Jesus, was particularly interesting to me. I have known for some time, and you probably have also known, that Jesus was not born on December 25th. That date is more associated with pagan celebrations than anything having to do with His birth. But that leaves another question, when was He born? Do we know? Does the Bible tell us or at least hint at it?

The answer may surprise you.

The result of the research was a deeper understanding and appreciation for our Christmas celebration. In this day and age of commercialism, it is refreshing to learn the truths associated with this holiday. Truths

The book is now available as an eBook and a print book on Amazon.com, plus the print book is available at a discounted price at our bookstore T&R Independent Books.

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3 Fascinating Fundamentals with Jesus’ Manger

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Wednesday’s I try to focus on the Church. This week I am taking a look at 3 Fascinating Fundamentals with Jesus’ Manger.
In today’s politically correct world the importance of Christmas and the Manger is buried under commercialism, social agendas, and anti-Christian propaganda. I recently read an article by Rev. Billy Graham (1918-2018) entitled The Manger, the Cross and the Crown (1974). I have included excerpts in this blog as well as new material of my own. I have also changed all Scripture references to the King James Version.

  1. The Manger

Amazing as it may seem to today’s crowd the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was a visitor from outer space. More than that, He was from the 3rd Heaven or the heavenlies. Reverend Graham said this about the manger:
He was God Incarnate who came to Earth and took on a human body.  That virgin-born baby was God in human form. He humbled Himself; He took the form of a servant; He was made in your likeness and mine; He identified Himself with the problems of the human race.
And thus it was that the Apostle John wrote, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14).
What a difference the baby born in Bethlehem’s manger 2,000 years ago makes to our world today! The educational systems He has inspired; the social reforms that His teachings have instituted; and the transformation of families and lives that have come about as a result of a baby born at Bethlehem! The whole world was thinking of Caesar. The whole world was thinking of Rome. But in God’s eternal plan, He was thinking of a baby in a manger in the little tiny town of Bethlehem.
The Manger is fundamental to the Christian faith. Take away the Virgin Birth of Jesus and you destroy the gospel. No mere man could pay our penalty. It had to be a man not bearing the curse from the Garden. Jesus Christ came from the Father, was equal with the Father and “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”

  1. The Cross

One of my favorite pictures is that of the manger overshadowed by the cross. I’ve included one with this blog. It makes a direct connection between the two events though they were separated by 33 years.
In his concluding comments Rev. Graham said, Christmas, to have meaning, cannot be separated from the cross. The angel said at the birth of Jesus, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). In John 18:37 we read, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” He was the only person in history who was born with the purpose of dying. The Apostle Paul, years later said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15).
The central message of Christmas is that Jesus Christ, by His death and resurrection, can transform both individuals and society. Almost everyone at some time or another feels moral guilt and failure. In every newspaper or magazine that we pick up, and in every newscast that we watch, we see a picture of hate and lust and greed and prejudice and corruption—manifested in a thousand ways. The fact that we have policemen and jails and military forces indicates that something is radically wrong with human nature.
The Bible teaches that the human race is morally sick. This disease has affected every phase of our life in society. The Bible calls this disease by an ugly, three-letter word: sin.
The Bible teaches that the only cure for sin is the blood that Christ shed on the cross. Christ became the Lamb of God who bled and died on the cross for our sins.
The cross and the resurrection stand today as man’s only hope. It was at the Crucifixion and Easter that God did for man what man could not do for himself. From these momentous events, God is saying to sinful man, “I love you. I love you so much I gave my Son.” But He’s saying more than that. He’s saying, “I can forgive you, because of what He did on the cross.” And this is good tidings (or good news) this and every Christmas!
Some may dismiss it as idiotic and ridiculous that a man dying 2,000 years ago could be relevant today. Paul anticipated that we’d say that. He said, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
I believe that America stands on the threshold of divine judgment. Morally, socially, economically, politically, spiritually, we are in deep trouble. We’ve turned away from God, and every month seems to take us further away from the only One who can reverse the tide, forgive our sins and forestall the imminent judgment. We must alter our course if we are going to see many more Christmas seasons as a free people.
Our greatest need is a change in the hearts of people. That is why Jesus said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7). That’s why He said, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3). Paul, in his famous sermon at Mars Hill, said, “God … commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
Who should repent? Everybody. This is what the cross calls for. The heart of its message is simple: Repent or perish.
The Scripture says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17). If we as individuals and as a nation would humble ourselves and turn from our sins, God has promised forgiveness, healing to the nation and eternal life to the individual.

  1. The Crown

The third fundamental is the crown.
Chiseled into the cornerstone of the United Nations building is a quotation from the Bible that has never yet been fulfilled. It reads, “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”  (Isaiah 2:4). This is a thrilling thought. It has often been repeated by those who long for peace. However, this quotation must not be taken out of context.
The passage speaks of the time when the Messiah will reign over the whole earth. This is the era about which Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer to pray: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). This is the time when He who came as the baby of Bethlehem shall come back as King of kings and Lord of lords.
The Bible teaches that there will be an end to history as we know it. Man will have his last Armageddon. But when it seems that man is about to destroy himself, God will intervene. Christ will return.
At the manger, He was in the stall of an animal. At the cross, He wore a crown of thorns.
But when He comes again, it will be as Commander in Chief of the armies of Heaven. He will take control of this war-weary world and bring the peace that we strive for and long for. A new world will be formed, a new social order will emerge. Sin will be eliminated. Tears will be wiped from every eye. Disease shall be no more, and even death will be eliminated from the human scene. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and war shall be no more.
This is the promise of Christmas. This is our hope. This is the Christmas star that lights our darkness. This is the assurance that a new day is coming, through the Messiah, whose name is called by Isaiah the prophet, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).
Three fundamentals:The manger where He was born in the stall of an animal; at the cross where He wore the crown of thorns; and then the Crown of His kingdom. What a wonderful gift God has given us. We can sum it all up in five words: The Gift of His Son!

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