Truth exists in all circumstances. When expressed, it shines proof in every word uttered, leading men to freedom. King David said, Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart (Psalm 51:6). He said these words when confronted by the Prophet Nathan after having committed the sins of adultery and homicide. He held those sins in silence and hoped them to go away. But God came to him and confronted Him with the truth. King David repented and confessed his wrongdoings and was set free from guilt. He prayed, Hide Your face from sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities; create in me a clean heart, O God and renew in me a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:9-11).
There many ways in which truth is suppressed. One of them is tradition. Tradition, tradition! Powerful as it is, it leads many to destruction and handicaps. When it comes to faith, it takes control of the mind, holding the mind hostage to man-made laws, overlooking the truth of the Word of God. YAHSHUA confronted the Pharisees of His days with the hard truth prophesized in Isaiah 29:13: In vain do they worship Me, ordering and teaching as doctrines the commandments and precepts of men. You disregard and give up and ask to depart from you the commandment of God and cling to the tradition of men; you have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition (Mark 7: 7-9). Tradition locks the door to heaven, for it hinders one from listening to the truth. Because it is handed down from generation to generation, it has deep roots. Many will not let go of it, even die for it finding themselves in hell for having rejected the truth. YAHSHUA let everyone know the danger of tradition: He said, and why also do you transgress and violate the commandment of God for the sake of the rules handed down to you by your forefathers…So for the sake of your tradition, you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect] (Matt. 15:3,6). The Apostle Paul warned the Colossians of such practice by saying: See to it that no one carries you off as spoil makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit, following human tradition, just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (Col. 2:8). Human traditions are very much part of our lives in one way or another. But it constitutes a problem when it interferes with the truth when it is false and misleading.
Human tradition must not be followed if it contradicts God’s Word. The only tradition that is worth anything is the divine tradition because it is rooted in the teachings of God’s Word; it is based on the Scripture: Every Scripture is God’s breathed and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work (II Tim. 3: 16).Divine tradition is eternally valued. Paul instructed the Thessalonians to stand firm and to hold fast to the traditions and instructions which they were taught by them, rather by their word of mouth or by letter (II Thess. 2:15). It is well known that the Jews have for many years followed men’s traditions, which differ from the Word of God. They continued to this day, even after the rebuke from the Lord. YAHSHUA strongly rebuked them by saying, Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders, for you shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s face; for you neither enter yourselves nor do you allow those who are about to go in to do so (Matt. 23: 13). Their traditions have suppressed many from hearing the truth and be set free.
The Catholic Church has admitted that it binds its traditions as doctrine not found in Scripture. So, where there is no truth the people perish. When the Christian church embraced the Catholic traditions, they fell from the truth. In fact, there is no difference between one from the other at Christmas time. They bring out the image of the lowly Savior laying in a manger surrendered by goats, sheep, and donkeys when in reality, the King of kings was born in a special place determined by God, where the shepherds kept the unblemished sheep for the sacrifice. These were not ordinary sheep; they were chosen and set aside because they were perfect. That was the place where YAHSHUA was laid, not in a place for all kinds of animals. That was of future importance, as He became the Lamb of God to take the sins of the world. In Him there was no blemish, no sin. He was the perfect and only Lamb of God destined to purchase men with His own blood.
Nowhere in Scripture, we read that He commanded us to celebrate His birth. But He told us to remember His death by the breaking of the bread and of the wine, as Paul related in I Corinthians 11:23-26: For I received from the Lord Himself that which I passed on to you, that the Lord YAHSHUA on the night when He was treacherously delivered up and while Hiss betrayal was in progress took bread. And when He had given thanks, He broke and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me to remembrance. Similarly, when supper was ended, He took the cup also, saying, This cup is for new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink [it], to call Me to remembrance.
While we all are entrenched by the power of tradition that denies the right date of our Lord coming to earth, and being deaf through it, remember that only truth in general, and the Truth specifically YAHSHUA will be able to bring you peace and happiness. Don’t leave the room without learning what is truth, as Pilate did when he asked YAHSHUA, What is truth? But Pilate left without waiting for His answer. Friends, leave your pagan traditions behind and follow the Truth, the Way and the Life in this season. The truth of the matter is that YAHSHUA did not come in December, but between September and October at the Feast of Tabernacles.
We will leave you with the link to Luzius Schneider’s website for you to study the history of YAHSHUA’S birth:
Luke 1:4-22 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. But they had no children because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well on in years. Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer 32 has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.
Luke 1,23-24 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
Luke 1,26-31 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
Luke 1,32-36 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
1 Chronicles 24,3 With the help of Zadok a descendant of Eleazar and Ahimelech a descendant of Ithamar, David separated them into divisions for their appointed order of ministering.
1 Chronicles 24:7-19 The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,the fifth to Malkijah, the sixth to Mijamin,the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez,the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel,the twenty-first to Jakin, the twenty-second to Gamul,the twenty-third to Delaiah and the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.This was their appointed order of ministering when they entered the temple of the LORD, according to the regulations prescribed for them by their forefather Aaron, as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded him.
The bible quotes above contain the key to the question after Jesus’ birthday:
Irrespective of the new-year, the month of Nissan starts the counting of the months, the feast seasons and the priestly duty periods in the temple in Jerusalem. Each priestly division had to serve for one week. During the feasts of pilgrimage, all 24 division had to serve in the temple. This means, the priest Zechariah, a descendant of Abijah, could return to his wife, not before the end of the feast of Pentecost.
|Event||Priestly division on duty||Month||Week|
|1) Jehoiarib||1 Nissan||1|
|4) Seorim||2 Iyar||5|
|8) Abijah||3 Sivan||9|
|Zechariah gets back home: Johns conception||9) Jeshua||11|
|Elisabeth is in here sixth month with John the Baptist: Mary’s conception||9 Kislev||No of days since Mary’s conception|
|Jesus’ birth! Succoth||7 Tishri||280|
As shown above, Elisabeth did conceive John the Baptist end of the third month (Sivan). Six months later (Elisabeth was in her sixth month), this means end of the ninth month (Kislev), the angel Gabriel came to Mary and she did conceive. Jesus was born approximately 280 days later (a normal period of human gestation), which gives the seventh month (Tishri). The Feast of Tabernacles is appointed for the days between the 15. – 21. Tishri. Therefore, Jesus was born around the feast of Tabernacles.
And that my friend, is the truth that will set you free from worthless Christmas tradition!