When was Jesus born?

Jesus birth fulfilled prophecy. This extends also to the date of his birth and his conecption, and to understand when this was we’ll have to look at the Hebew calendar.

Many people who have looked at this question have pointed to Tishri 15, the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) which is an autumn festival, in 3759 (3 BC).

In Hebrew, the word for Tabernacle mishkân (Strong H4908) has the same root as the word for dwell, shâkan (Strong H7931). John says that The word was made flesh and dwelt (was tabernacled) among us (John 1:14). This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah, Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) – God is with us.

We also know that Solomon’s Temple was dedicated on Tishri 15, 1005 BC (2 Chron 5:2-3, 1 Kings 8:1-2). Jesus is the restored temple (John 2:19-21).

Additionally, Jesus’ Millennium Rule will begin on this day (Zech 14:16-21). This text is read on Tishri 15 in all synagogues (see lay evangelism).

Finally, one blog asks, why was there no room in the inn in Bethlehem, 5 miles from Jerusalem? Could it be because all the rooms were taken by people visiting Jerusalem for one of the three pilgrimage festivals?

The Star

In September of 3 BC there was a triple conjunction of Jupiter with Regulus, the principle star in Leo. In Hebrew astronomy, Jupiter is HaTzaddiq, the righteous one, and Regulus is HaMalech, The King. This conjunction may be named the Righteous King – Melchizedek. Leo itself is Ariel, the Lion of Judah, and a prophecy in Genesis said that Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah:

The sceptre will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.

Genesis 49:10

This text can be read on many levels, but in the Septuagint, the Greek word used to translate the Hebrew sûr, “depart from”, is Ekleipsei – eclipse. The text may be read as an astronomical prediction. The Old Testament is entirely supportive of astronomy/astrology. In his video The Great Secret of Solomon’s Temple, Michael Root points first to Genesis 1:14, in which the first purpose of the lights in heaven is to act as signs:

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Genesis 1:14 (KJV)

and secondly to Psalm 19, in which David writes:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
– Psalm 19:1-3 (KJV)

Further details about the predicted event are given in the Revelation according to John

A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre…
Rev 12:1-5

The constellation beneath Leo is Virgo, The Virgin – Bethulah for the Jews. (And one of the stars in called In the virgin’s left hand is Tzemach (“Branch”) – Spica in Latin).

There it is: the sun in virgo, Jupiter in conjunction with Regulus in Leo, and the new moon beneath the Virgin’s feet: Tishri 15, 3BC.

L Craig Harris points out that there are additional constellations involved in this prediction. Below Leo and Virgo is Hydra, the serpent which represents Satan, which has its head smashed by the feet of Leo. Above Virgo is a constellation now called Coma Berenices, but which he claims in old times was called Comah in Hebrew, The desired of the nations (a reference to the obscure verse Haggai 2:7), which was represented as a mother with a child in her lap. Here, the child’s name represents Jesus Christ. Have a look at the night sky on Radical Cartography.

Amateur astronomer Rick Larson believes that this marked not the birth of Jesus, but the conception of Jesus. Going forwards nine months, there was a conjunction of Jupiter with Venus, again in Regulus. The planets would have been indistinguishable to the naked eye, and this would have been the brightest object in the sky. This occured in June, 2 BC.

Rick further tracks the retrograde motion of Jupiter and calculates that the star could have stopped over Bethlehem as viewed from Jerusalem on 25th December, 2 BC.


~ by scalambra on January 25, 2011.

One Response to “When was Jesus born?”

  1. I would like permission to use part of this information in a self published book. If you could please contact me: Arise To Zion Ministries 941-747-8386. thank you

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