Much has been said about the day When Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, was born. Many claim that it is difficult or almost impossible to determine exactly. Lucas, a born historian, did not settle for recounting the life of the Messiah of Israel, but left keys to discern accurately the day of his birth and that of his death; it was the least he could do for the most famous character of all time.
To learn more about the Nazarene Writings (NT) you have to read with a Hebrew mentality, knowing in detail the Torah and especially the YHWH Commandments given to Moses.
AND BIBLICAL TEXTS SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE IMPORTANCE than to the texts of the “Fathers of the Church”.
Devarim (Deu) 29:29 “Secret things belong to YHWH our Elohim; more revealed are for us and for our children forever, that we may fulfill all the words of this law.”
BIBLICAL BASIS IN NAZARENE WRITINGS
Luke 3:1-3 “In the fifteenth year of the empire of Tiberius Caesar,being governor of Judea Pontius Pilate,and Herod Tetrarca of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarca of Iturea and the province of Traconite,and Lisanias tetrarca of Abilinia,, being high priests Anas and Caiaphas,came word from Elohim to Yohanan (John the Baptist), son of Zechariah, in the desert. And he went throughout the region adjoining Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins”
WHO WERE THESE CHARACTERS?
(NOTE: B.C. – Before Christ; D.C. After Christ)
Tiberius Caesar (Emperor of Rome) ruled from 18 September 14 until his death on March 16, 37
Herod the Great (King of Judea), ruled from 37 B.C. to 1 AD.
- Herod Antipas,son of Herod the Great, (Tetrarca of Galilee) ruled from 4 BC. 36 A.D.
- Pontius Pilate,Governor of Judea, ruled from 26 A.D. to 36.D.C.
- Caiaphas/Kayafa, (HighPriest of Jerusalem), ruled from 18 A.D. to 36 A.D.
We can appreciate that it says that Yohanan began his ministry in the year 15 of the reign of Tiberius Caesar:
NOTE: Roman emperors dated their reigns from January 1 to December 31
14 (D.C)+ 15 years x 29 (D.C.)
YESHUA, ISRAEL’S MESSIAH APPEARS ON STAGE
It also says in Lucas that:
Luke 3:23 “Yeshua himself at the beginning of his ministry was like thirty years (30),son, believed, of Yosef, son of Eli (Father of David)”
Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, was 30 years old when he began his ministry. So it was within a few days that he was baptized by his cousin Yohanan (6 months older) in Jordan:
Matitiyahu (Mat) 3:13-16 “Then Yeshua came from Galilee to Yohanan to Jordan, to be baptized by him. But John opposed him, saying, I need to be baptized for you, and you come to me? But Yeshua said unto him, Leave now, for thus it is expedit that we do all righteousness. Then he left him. And Yeshua, after he was baptized, went up after the water; and behold heaven was opened to him, and he saw Ruah Elohim descending like a dove, and came upon him.”
If we count backwards 30 years since 29 AD. (fifteenth of the empire of Tiberius Caesar) we’ll get the year 2 A.D. See:
Before Christ After Christ (there is no zero year between A.C. and D.C.)
2 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
” YESHUA HAS MASHIAJ WAS BORN IN 2 BC “
Herod sarcophagus at Herodium
THE PROBLEM OF HEROD THE GREAT’S DATE OF DEATH
It has always been claimed that Herod the Great (famous for talking to the Magi and having all the children under the age of two killed in Bethlehem and all around him(Matetiyahu (Mat) 2) died in 4 BC.
The conclusive fact of this was that Josephus, a Jewish historian, in Antiquities,17.6.4, says that Herod died after a lunar eclipse and lists a series of events between this eclipse and Easter (April 07).
It is now known that there were only two PROBABLE eclipses in that period: a partial eclipse on March 13, 4 B.C. and a total eclipse on January 10, 1 B.C. Josephus says (Jewish Antiquities XVII:166-167,213) the eclipse occurred “before” not “after” the death of Herod, who ruled 37 years.
The true Jewish tradition, documented in Megillat Taanit 23a says: that Herod died on 2 Sebat (January/February, that is, the 2nd of the month of Adar). So the january 10 eclipse of 1 B.C. occurred before Herod’s death, not like the one of March 13, 4 B.C., which happened next.
CONFIRMING THE ABOVE
Josephus in Antiquities says:
Antiquities XVII 8:1 says “when he had done these things,, (Herod) died,, the fifth day after he had caused Antipater to be killed;; having , reigned, since he sought Antigone to be killed, thirty-four , years;; but , he had been declared king by the Romans, thirty-seven years ago.“
Herod started his reign in 38 B.C. and kingdom 37 years, subtracting gives us: 38 – 37 x 1 B.C.
We have confirmed Herod died on 2 Sebat (January/February) of 1 B.C.
WHEN WAS THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL BORN?
Luke 2:21-24 “After eight days to circumcise the child, they named him Yeshua, which had been given to him by the angel before it was conceived. And when the days of purification of them (THE JUDIOS) were fulfilled, according to the law of Moses, they brought him to Jerusalem to present to Elohim (as written in the law of Elohim: Every man who opens the matrix will be called holy to Adonai),and to offer according to what is said in the law of YHWH: A pair of lovebirds, or two pigeons” .
Luke 2:36-38 “There was also Anne, prophetess, daughter of Fanuel, of the tribe of Aser, of very advanced age, for she had lived with her husband seven years since her virginity, and was a widow eighty-four years ago; and did not depart from the temple, serving night and day with fasts and prayers. She, presenting herself at the same time, thanked Elohim, and spoke of the child to all who awaited redemption in Jerusalem.”
THE LAW OF MOSES
In the Law of Moses (YHWH Law) it says it must be done when a male child is born:
NOTE: Levitical 12:2-4 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, When a woman gives birth and has a man, she will be impure for SEVEN DAYS; It will be impure as in the days of your menstruation. 3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his son’s foreskin (as it says above in Luke) shall be circumcised. 4 And she will remain THIRTY-THREE DAYS in the purification of her blood, she will not touch anything that is holy, nor will she go to the sanctuary UNTIL THE DAYS OF HER PURIFICATION ARE FULFILLED (of Miriam, TOTAL OF FORTY DAYS).
Bereshit (Gen) 17:12 “And of the age of eight days every man among you shall be circumcised by your generations; the born at home, and the one bought for money from any foreigner, other than your lineage.”
Shemo (Exo) 13: 2, 12 “Get all firstborn. Anyone who opens a matrix among the children of Israel, as well as ofmen and animals, mine is “and ” you will dedicate toYHWH all who open the matrix, and also every first born of your animals; males will be YHWH.”
The text says in Matthew 2:5 “And they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus is written by the prophet (Micah 5:2)‘” and Luke 2:4 “Joseph went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, called Bethlehem (because it was of the house and family of David).” Most likely, Joseph was fulfilling the obligation of every Jew to appear in Jerusalem on the Feast of Azimos, Shavuot, and Sukkot according to the Commandment of Adonai below.
Deuteronomy 16:16 “Every year every man of yours shall appear three times before YHVH thy God, in the place he has chosen, on the solemnity of unleavened bread, on the solemnity of the Weeks, and on the solemnity of Tabernacles. He will not show up empty-handed in front of YHVH.” (Exo 34:22-23)
In Luke 2:41-44 “And his fathers went EVERY YEAR to Jerusalem, to the feast of the Passover. 42 And when He became twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the feast.” 44 Supposing, then, that he was IN THE CARAVAN, they walked on the way for a day, and sought him out among relatives and acquaintances.” (Families travelled together.)
Clearly Yosef and Miriam came and went in caravan, never alone, to the 3 Feasts of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot according to the Commandment of Adonai.
The famous Census of Cyrenius governor of Syria did not occur until 4 A.D. when Yeshua was already 6 years old.
Arriving in Bethlehem (Bethlehem) MIRIAM GAVE BIRTH and as there was no shelter or inn due to the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) ON THE 15TH OF TISHREI, THEY STAYED IN A SUKAH like the one below, not in a manger created by Francis of Assisi in Graccio in 1223 A.D.
Therefore Yohanan 1:14 said. And the Logos became flesh, and dwelt among us” and WAS CIRCUMCISED AT 8 DAYS at the Feast of Shemini Atzeret.
So we can easily get to the exact day of the birth of the Messiah of Israel, that is, the 15th of the seventh Month of the year 2 B.C. (approximately in September, for that date). It corresponds to the birth of Yeshua, the Mashiach of Israel on the Feast of Sukkot.
Yeshua, the Moshiach of Israel, was born on Tishri 15, 2 B.C., the day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles.
Wherefore IN THE FESTIVAL OF SUKKOT (Cabins) YESHUA HAD A DAY OF BIRTH, in which the shepherds were warned by the angels that the Messiah had been born and came to him the Magi of the East guided by the star.
Luke 2:8-12 “And there were shepherds in that region posing in the open field, taking turns guarding the watch of the night over their flocks. 9 And an angel of Adonai came before them, and the glory of Adonai surrounded them with radiance, and they had great fear.° 10 But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid! for behold, I give you good news of great joy, which will be for all the people: 11 Today a Saviour was born to you in the city of David, who is the Messiah, the Lord! 12 And this shall be the sign unto you: You will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger (Tabernacle) – Feast of Sukkot).
Matthew 2:10-11 “Then when they saw the star, they rejoiced with great joy, 11 and entering the house (Tabernacle) – Feast of Sukkot). , they saw the child with his mother Miriam, and prostrated themselves worshipped him; Then they opened his treasures and offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh as presents.
Yeshayahu (Isa) 19:20 “And it shall be by sign and by testimony to YHWH of the armies in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry out to YHWH because of their oppressors, and he will send them savior and prince to set them free.”
Shalom Alejem – Blessings to all
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