When was the birthday of Messiah?
The Bible tells us the EXACT day that Messiah was born, and it wasn’t Christmas. Christmas is associated with pagan birth myths of false gods, but that is another story.
We know the feasts that were being celebrated as the angel, Gavri-El (Gabriel), appeared to Zachar’yah (Zacharias). He was in the Temple, it was during Abiyah (Abia) a feast. So we know when he rushed home to tell his wife, Elisheva (Elizabeth), who it seems got pregnant almost immediately. So we can figure out quite accurately the day that Yochanan (John) the Baptist was born. Now Miriam (Mary) was told by the same angel that Elisheva was “six months pregnant” whereupon she rushed (a three day journey) to see her. This is the last of the ninth month (in Hebrew) called Kislev at the time of Chanukah (Dedication), which is celebrated from Kislev 25 to Tevet 2.
Never mind the Hebrew months. The Hebrew calendar is lunar and ours is solar, so the dates will change every year, just like the day of the month (S M T W T F S, etc.) changes for your birthday each year (even though the number stays the same). So we know exactly when Yochanan the Baptist was born, and since Miriam was three days pregnant when she saw Elisheva, and go forward to a normal 9 month pregnancy on the Hebrew calendar, Messiah Yeshua was born the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles called Sukkot.
Sukkot is a HIGH holy Sabbath, Feast of Tabernacles, a most holy feast and it makes sense that He should be born this day. Also, the Jewish male birth was complete when the boy was circumcised the 8th day, and that is the last day of Sukkot. Also a HIGH holy Sabbath, a most holy feast of the 8th day. Incidentally, Yochanan was also born on a holy day, Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread and circumcised on the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Just as important as when, was where. Sukkot is often called Booths. Like a tent, sort of, but with openings in the top so the sky may be seen. Z’man Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing. It is a pilgrimage festival so it is appropriate that Joseph and Miriam were traveling to celebrate this feast. Many mistakenly believe that Messiah was born in a barn or an animal enclosure of some sort. NO. He was born in a Sukkah (singular of Sukkot). It would have been a terrible, awful breach of Jewish hospitality to put a pregnant women in the dwelling place of common animals. The manger in which he was born was similar in some respects to a cooler in which we put food, but made for the food for Sukkot. Not for animal food. It would have been the finest food suitable for First Fruits. Thus, Yeshua was born on a Sabbath, a holy feast, and is our First Fruits (to salvation, redemption).
Both Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles (Yeshua’s birth) and Passover/Feast of Unleavened bread (Yochanan’s birth) are the only 7 day holy celebrations that G-d gave us to celebrate.
What is the day of Messiah’s birth? Tishri 15. Of course since the Jewish calendar is lunar and the days seem to move around because the Western calendar is solar, that means Tishri 15 can be anywhere from mid-September to mid-October. Consulting a Jewish calendar could tell us every year what day to celebrate as His birthday.
Sukkot in 2018 will start on Monday, the 24th of September (24/9/2018) and will continue for 7 days until Sunday, the 30th of September.
Note that in the Jewish calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Sukkot on the sunset of Sunday, the 23rd of September.
So this year Yeshua’s birthday (if you want to celebrate it on the appropriate day) is September 24th.
Dr. Ramón Argila de Torres y Sandoval