What day is Christmas according to the Bible?



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Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Christians celebrates his birth day on December 25th and 24th as the eve of the birthday. But, there is no basis from the Bible that this day is the actual birthday of Jesus. However, it is proper to honor Jesus, by celebrating his birthday. So, Christians happened to celebrate an assumed birthday, on December 24th & 25th. That is okay, even though it is not the exact birthday.

The birthday of Jesus is not directly given in the Bible. But, it is possible to find his birthday of Jesus from the Bible. The Bible says that John the Baptist was six month older than Jesus Christ. So, if we will find the birthday of John the Baptist, we can also find the birth day of Jesus Christ. So, let us see if we can find the birthday of John the Baptist.

Zacharias was the father and Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist. "Luke 1:5 ... in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth." When Herod was the king of Judaea, Zacharias was a priest in the temple and he was from the course of Abia (Abijah).

The priests are divided into 24 courses in which the course of Abijah comes as the eighth. "1 Chr 24:7 Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, 10 The seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, 18 The three and twentieth to Delaiah, the four and twentieth to Maaziah. They are repeated twice during the year." The 24 courses serve in the temple one week at a time. When they have completed, they start all over and serve another time and thus every course, one course at a time, serves twice a year. At the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, all the courses serve in the temple. So, every course serves in the temple, three times in a year.

"Ex 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it." So, the Passover is on the fourteenth of the first month of the year of the Jews. "Deut 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night." The first month is Abib, but after the Babylonian exile, it is called as Nisan.

Now, let us see, when was Zacharias was working in the temple. He belongs to the 8th course, Abia. The first course Jehoiarib could have served at the temple in the first week starting from the first Sabbath in the month of Abib (Nisan). The second week is the feast of Passover and the third week is the feast of the Unleavened Bread. So, all courses could have served in the temple on those two weeks. Then, the second course could have served on the fourth week, and so on. The 8th week from the Passover, which is the ninth week from the first week of Abib, is the feast of Pentecost in which all courses serve in the temple. So, Abijah being the 8th, it would have served in the eleventh week. So, Zacharias served at the temple in this time and had seen angel Gabriel. "Luke 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John." After a week of service, Zacharias went home, which was on the twelfth week, which is the end of the third month of the Jews. "Luke 1:23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived..." Probably, his wife Elizabeth conceived the baby John the Baptist, at the beginning of the fourth month of the Jews.

There is another possibility that angel Gabriel could have met Zacharias at the service of his second round. Twenty four weeks pass by the first round. All the four feasts, which are: the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, would pass at the fifteenth of the seventh month, which is the feast of the Tabernacles. Zacharias was serving with the eighth course. So, 24 + 4 + 8 = 36, at the thirty-sixth week from the first Sabbath of Abib, the course Abia would have served in the temple at the second time in the year. So, at this week angel Gabriel met Zacharias. So, at the 37th week, which is the end of the ninth month, he would have gone home after his temple service. In this case, Elizabeth would have conceived at the beginning of the tenth month of the Jews.

Angel Gabriel came to Marry to announce that she is with Child on the sixth month when Elizabeth was conceived. "Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren." So, the conception of Mary with child Jesus could have been either at the beginning of the tenth month or at the beginning of the fourth month of the Jews. Then the birth of the baby Jesus could have been either in the first half of the seventh month or the first half of the first month of the Jews. Or, we may say that it is either at the end of March, Or, it is at the end of September.

Let us look at these two dates in the Old Testament to see if there is any information linked to these dates with the birth of Jesus. The first one is the beginning of the seventh month. "Lev 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD." Even though this festival is close enough to the date, it has no direct connection to the birth of Jesus. The birth of Jesus is not for seven days and it is not living in booths feasting on the harvest. There are few teachers trying to twist scriptures, giving interpretations to fit the birth of Jesus into living in booth feasting on the harvests. But, it simply does not match. They say that God came to dwell (tabernacle) with God and so on. But, God did not tabernacle with men just for one week. Jesus became flesh, and was in the house under his parents until his 30th year. Then, he came out, took baptism, and started his work. He did not dwell (tabernacle) with pharisees and scribes. He dwell just with his few disciples, mostly on the mountains. Then he was crucified and that was the end of his earthly mission. This cannot be compared with the feast of tabernacle.

The next option is the first half of the first month. "Ex 12:1.. the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year:" The Passover Lamb is to be set aside on the tenth of the first month, which fits well with the first half of the first month. The lamb is to be of pure, one year old. "Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman," In the eternal calender of God, God the Word was in the fullness of the time, which is one full year. "1 Cor 5:7... For even Christ our passover.." Jesus was the Lamb of God, which was the Passover Lamb. It is possible that God has set 'God the Word' aside as the Passover Lamb by the birth of Jesus Christ. So, the tenth day of the month of Abib could be the very fitting birth day of the Lord Jesus Christ as a man. In other words, the actual day of Christmas is the tenth day of the first month Abib, of the Jewish calendar, according to the word of God, the Bible. This will come approximately at the end of March, which will be just four days before the passover.

I like to add a small note. Jesus, the Passover Lamb, was killed on the same Passover day at 3:00 pm at the evening, which is about the same time the Passover lambs are killed. Jesus Christ was raised from death just after three days and three nights as prophesied. The Holy Ghost was poured out upon the believers on the day Pentecost. If these incidents have happened at the same day and at the same time, it is proper to conclude that Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb, was also born on the tenth of Abib, which is the same day the Jews separate the Passover lamb, which was born to die for the world. So, the true birthday of the Man Jesus, or Jesus of Nazareth, the Lamb of God, was on the 10th of Abib (Nisan). This day approximately comes at the end of March, and four days before Passover.

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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