For the past 1800 years Catholics and Protestants have
celebrated the Birthday of Jesus on December 25th. We
hear the song that says that Jesus is the reason for the one
knows when Jesus was born, so December 25th is as good
a date as any, and yet others say that the Bible does not tell
us the date of His birth. Some people even go to the extent
that there is no place in the Bible that tells us to celebrate
the Messiah’s Birthday.
Where did the name of Jesus come from? Is it a translation
from the Hebrew Yahshua, or is it a Greek adaptation to
garner the pagans into the Catholic religion. Actually the
translation of Yahshua into English would be the name of
Joshua as found in the Bible, so the claim that Jesus is
Yahshua translated into Greek is not correct.
Jesus is a surrogate name applied by the early Gentile
churches and is actually a transition from Zeus, the great
god of the Greeks, to Ie-sous and thence to Jesus.
The Mother of the Messiah was given the name of Mary by
considered to be a translation of Miriam into Greek and the
early Gentile churches, and this too could hardly be later
into English. So where did Mary come from?
In the pagan religions Ma-Rhea was the Mother of god and
the Queen of Heaven. Catholics today pray to Mary as the
Mother of God and the Queen of Heaven, “Hail Holy
Queen, Mother of God.”
Are any of the traditions and assumptions true? No. None
of them are true. First to understand when the Birthday of
the Messiah was, we must look to the commandments of
the Lord as regards the Festivals of God and what they
mean, or should mean to Christians and Believing Jews.
There are three Festivals that God commanded when the
Jews were to appear before the Lord every year for all
time. These three Festivals are the Feast of Tabernacles
[Succoth], Passover [Pesach] and Pentecost [Shavuot].
These three have a direct bearing on the work of the
For Passover we see that the Messiah was the Passover
Lamb who takes away the sins of the world. On the 10th
day of the month of Nisan, the Messiah rode upon a
donkey into Jerusalem to present Himself as the Passover
Lamb. On the 14th day of the month, the Messiah lay
down His life as a one-time sacrifice for all times for the
sins of the world. On the 16th day of Nisan the Messiah
rose from the grave as the First Fruits of the
All of this was in accordance with the Law of the
Passover. This is how we know when He died, and when
He resurrected. The Mandate of God to keep the
Passover extends to all Believers, Christians as well as Jews
for all eternity. It is a seven day feast in which no leavening
is to be eaten, and all leavening is to be removed from our
homes. This seven day period is called the Festival of
The first day is a High Holy Sabbath, and the seventh day
is also to be called a High Holy Sabbath. Today, the Jews
keep the festival for eight days. The eighth day is added in
honor of the coming Messiah.
And yet we see that the Catholic religion has rejected the
Passover and substituted the pagan holiday of Easter who
was the goddess of fertility and the goddess of the Dawn.
Have you ever wondered why we keep an Easter Sunrise
And, since Nisan 14 and 16 can occur on any day of the
week, why do we keep the observance of Easter on the first
day of the week? The pagan Spring Saturnalia was
previously celebrated to give honor to the reincarnation of
the Sun god on Sunday.
The next festival we see after Passover is the Festival of
Pentecost. This occurs 50 days after the Sabbath after
Passover. The Sabbath after Passover is the first day of
the Festival of Unleavened Bread which is a High Holy
Sabbath and it always occurs on Nisan 15.
The day following Nisan 15 is, of course, Nisan 16, which
is the first day of the Counting of the Omer until seven
weeks, or 50 days have been completed, which is always
Sivan 6, and it too can fall on any day of the week.
Sivan 6 is the day that God gave the written Torah to
Moses on Mt. Sinai, and the Holy Spirit to the 120 in the
upper room on this day of Pentecost. The first time
Pentecost occurred was to give us the Law and the second
time to give us the Holy Spirit to empower us to keep the
Obviously God wanted all Believers to keep the Laws given
to us through Moses because later He gave us the Holy
Spirit so that we had the power to keep the Laws of God.
Pentecost Sunday is actually a rare event if we keep
Pentecost each year as Mandated by God.
The tradition of keeping Easter Sunday and counting 50
days to arrive at Pentecost Sunday is handed down to us
through the Catholic religion and has nothing to do with
The third festival we see whereby all Jews must appear
before the Lord is the Festival of Tabernacles. This occurs
during the Jewish High Holy Days. This is the third of a
series of Holy Days commanded by God during the months
of September and/or October each year.
These are the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah – the
Blowing of the Shofar – on Tishrei 1; Yom Kippur – the
Day of Atonement on Tishrei 10; and the Feast of
Tabernacles on Tishrei 15.
The Festival of Tabernacles is an eight day festival with the
first day a High Holy Sabbath, and the eighth day is a High
The first two festivals we have covered are the Passover,
which involves the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God for the
sins of the world, and His subsequent resurrection as the
First Fruits of the Resurrection; and Pentecost – which
involves the giving of the Law of God, the written Torah,
and the giving of the Holy Spirit.
So what is so special about the Festival of Tabernacles,
other than the fact that the Jews lived in tents [booths] and
wandered about the wilderness for 40 years for their
rebellion against God?
In Zechariah 14:16-19, we see that when the Messiah
comes, all nations will come up to Jerusalem to keep the
Festival of Tabernacles and to worship the King. In fact, if
any nation does not come up to worship the King [the
Messiah] then they shall have no rain, and the Lord shall
put a plague on the heathen that do not come up each year
to keep the Festival of Tabernacles.
Of the three ‘pilgrim’ festivals which God commanded,
only the Festival of Tabernacles carries with it the warning
of punishment for those who do not keep the Festival.
The Festival of Tabernacles is said to be the Festival of
Joy. And it is herein that we begin to understand that the
word tabernacle is also understood to mean dwelling. “And
the tabernacle [dwelling] of God is with man.” (Revelations
Earlier, in the Gospel of John we see that “the Word [Law]
was made flesh and dwelt [tabernacled] among us.” (John 1:
14) Herein is revealed the secret of the birth of the
The Festival of Tabernacles is an eight day festival and is
held beginning on Tishrei 15, a High Holy Sabbath, and
again on the eighth day of the Festival we have another
High Holy Sabbath.
The Messiah was born on the first day (a High Holy
Sabbath) of the Festival of Tabernacles – Tishrei 15, and
circumcised and dedicated in the Temple in Jerusalem on
the eighth day of His birth – Tishrei 22, and entered into the
covenant relationship of Israel, also a High Holy Sabbath.
There is yet another issue we have to resolve, and that is
that there are those who say that the Festival of
Tabernacles represents the Harvest of the Nations which is
yet to come.
They draw their conclusions from the fact that it represents
the end of the autumn harvest. They do so primarily
because they don’t know when the Messiah was born and
otherwise attempt to give some validity to the Festival,
perhaps as thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest the Lord
has given them. But this is not the case.
The Festival of our Joy, the Festival of Tabernacles
represents the birthday of the Messiah on Tishrei 15, the
first day of the Festival, and the Last Great Day of the
Feast when the child was circumcised and dedicated in the
What greater joy than the birth of a child, i.e. the Son of
God? To those who say that there is no reference in
Scripture which says that we are to keep and celebrate the
birthday of the Messiah then I must remind them that God
Mandated in Scripture that we must keep the Festival of
Tabernacles, and warned us about not keeping the Feast at
its designated time and to Worship the King.
In Luke 2:8-40 we see that the shepherds saw the angels
glorifying and praising the birth of the Messiah, and when
they returned from seeing the child, they were glorifying
and praising God for all the things they had seen and
heard. Now we have the angels of heaven and the
shepherds rejoicing and praising God for the birth of the
Messiah, God’s only begotten Son.
Eight days later when Joseph and Miriam brought the child
Yahshua into the Temple for circumcision and dedication,
there were two witnesses who beheld and proclaimed with
great joy the birth of the Promised One of Israel.
Later, in Matthew 2:1-12, we see that some wise men from
the East, having seen the witness in the stars about the birth
of the great King were brought to Israel to worship the
King, they came into the house in which He dwell, offered
gifts and worshipped the Messiah, the King of Israel, who is
God our Savior, and Immanuel, which means God with us.
When I offered this information to a very popular Preacher,
he asked who told me that the Messiah was born on the
first day of the Feast of Tabernacles? I told him that God
had revealed it to me.
His response was that if what I said was true, why hadn’t
God told someone about it? I replied that God revealed it
to me and I told it to him and because he didn’t believe me,
he didn’t tell anyone else.
Obviously, the pride of our Elders prohibits them from
receiving messages from God, or from anyone else of less
stature then they are in the eyes of their very large
congregations. Somewhat like the king of Babylon, they
look upon their churches and boast of what great things
they have done.
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will
dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God,
Himself, shall be with them, and be their God. And God
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be
no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain.” (Revelations 21:3-4)
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