The real birth season of Yeshua (Pesach, part1)

Every child knows that Yeshua (יֵשׁוּעַ, Jesus or Greek: Ἰησοῦς/Iesous) was not born on Christmas. In fact, the 24th and 25th of december was originally was the wide-spread cult of the birth of the sun-god on the winter solstice. However, the date of Yeshua’s birth was well-known before the Romans claimed that Mithras, the sun-god, was actually Jesus (Yeshua).

So when was Yeshua really born?

Note: This post will include a first look at some preparations for the feast of Pesach (פֶּסַח, the Passover) and the sacrificial lamb. It will also explain a first part of why I think Yeshua really is the sacrificial Pesach lamb, i.e. the lamb of God.

The birth of lambs

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:8-12

There is only one reason for these shepherds to be out in the field with their flock by night: Lambing season. Lambs are usually born in spring, in a time period of about one month (mid march – april), and during that season, the sheep can not be kept in a pen at night because it would be too crowded for birth:

Unlike most other farm animals, sheep are seasonal breeders and lamb in the spring months when the weather is warming and ample supplies of grass are available. Sheep can be housed for lambing or are more commonly brought to a field close to the farmyard where the shepherd can keep an eye on them.1

The celebration of Pesach (פֶּסַח, the Passover) was during the lambing season since the sacrificial lambs for this feast had to be exactly one year old (Exodus 12:5). It is not surprising that the lamb of God (John 1:29) would be born during the lambing season, right before Pesach (based on Luke 2:8), in Bethlehem (Mat. 2:1).Furthermore, the lambs for the Pesach sacrifice were kept in Bethlehem (Bet Lekhem, בֵּית לֶחֶם), near the Tower of the flock (Migdal Eder, מגדל עדר, mentioned as Rachel’s burial place in Bethlehem, Gen 35:19-21):2

Cattle found all the way from Jerusalem to Migdal Eder, and in the same vicinity in all directions, are considered, if male, as whole-offerings, and if female as peace-offerings. Rabbi Jehudah says: “If they are fit for Passover-offerings they may be used for such purpose, providing Passover is not more than thirty days off.”
Mishnah, Tract Shekalim, VII.4

Since these lambs were special and could not be hurt or damaged in order to be pure for the sacrifice, the shepherds who kept them were specifically trained for this task. They had to make sure nothing happened to the sacrificial lambs.3 These were the men who came to witness the birth of the lamb of God.

This tower in Bethlehem is also part of a prophecy by Micah (מִיכָה):

And you, O tower of the flock (Hebrew: Migdal Eder), hill of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, the former dominion shall come, kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.
Micah 4:8

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Micah 5:2

Furthermore, an article about the messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s search for the real birth date of Yeshua:4

Cahn moves to the writings of the early Christian church father Hippolytus of Rome, who lived and taught in the third century, having been martyred in 235 A.D.
His writings are among the first that refer to Dec. 25 as the birth of Christ. But because one page of Hippolytus’ writings still mentions springtime as the proper birth date, some historians have speculated that his writings were later doctored to reflect the new Dec. 25 date with the caveat that the one reference to spring somehow got past the censors.
“There is one manuscript left that actually gives us two different dates,” Cahn said. “One says Messiah was born in the springtime. They forgot to put the Whiteout.”
In fact, the statue of Hippolytus in Rome today still mentions April 2 as the month of Christ’s birth.

So while he was born in spring, Yeshua was not born during Pesach or any of the three feasts, on which all Jewish men had to be in Jerusalem (Deut. 16:1-17): Pesach (פֶּסַח, the Passover), Shavuot (שבועות‎, Pentecost) and Sukkot (סֻכּוֹת, feast of tabernacles).6 However, Joseph was with his family in Bethlehem (Luke 2:4-7).

Augustus (Latin title: Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus, i.e. emperor Caesar the exalted son of a god) lived from the 23rd of September 63 B.C. to the 19th of August 14 A.D. He was the ruling Roman emperor at the time of Yeshua’s birth. He was also Pontifex Maximus (i.e. High Priest) of the Roman religion. The real son of God (e.g. John 3:17; 5:25) and High Priest (e.g. Hebrews 4:14-16) was born during the life of the fake son and priest of some god.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Yeshua was born as the lamb of God in spring, during lambing season, ready for Pesach.

Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household.
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
Exodus 12:3,5-7

This 10th day of the first month, Nisan, is when the all Israelite families would take a lamb into their house. And so on that day, God brought the lamb of God into his house, Jerusalem. That is the day Christianity calls Palm Sunday.
As a quick summary: Yeshua then stayed in Jerusalem until he died on Pesach, and resurrected on the feast of first fruits (ביכורים, Bikkurim). So the first of the fruits of the ground celebrate the rising of the Messiah from the ground:

And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O Lord, have given me. And you shall set it down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God. And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.
Deut. 26:10-11

Additional resources

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Was Jesus born on the 25th of december? (Youtube)

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Article about The Mishkan Clue (checked on 3.1.2015)

References

1 UK Agriculture:http://www.ukagriculture.com/livestock/sheep_lambing.cfm (checked on 25.12.2014)

2 Mishna, Tract Shekalim, VII.4

3 Rabbi M. Short, Migdal Eder (checked on 2.1.2015)

4 Jonathan Cahn, Messianic Rabbi reveals the date of Christ’s birth

6 NSW Board of Jewish education, the 3 pilgrim festivals (checked on 2.1.2015)

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