Sandie Zimmerman, wife of Jewish Voice’s Messianic Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, shares fascinating revelations about the true time period of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) birth in this YouTube video.
You will be surprised to learn it wasn’t December 25! By looking at the biblical account and the timing of the Jewish festivals, you will be astounded at the fulfillment of both prophecy and the historical elements that clearly point to Yeshua being born at the time of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths), not in December on Christmas.
Last night was the beginning of Sukkot. This is the day scholars believe Yeshua was born, not December 25. The reason is He tabernacled among us and that’s what Sukkot means. A little less than 2,000 years ago, it might have not been this particular day, but it was the first day of Sukkot. What’s great about the Bible is that the Bible proves itself.
There are a couple of different days they throw out there in history for His birth: December 25 is thrown out there; January 6 or 7 is thrown out there; even Pesach, Passover, is thrown out there.
I will prove to you, I believe, from God’s Word. Without a shadow of a doubt you will know exactly when He was born.
In order for us to find out exactly when He was born, we’ve got to go back to Zechariah. Mary’s cousin Elizabeth was married to Zechariah, who was a priest in the temple.
In 1 Chronicles 24, King David, from the order of God Himself, started the rotation of the priests. There were 24 rotations, each priest from each house. The 24 courses of the temple priesthood are found in 1 Chronicles 24 and 28, where it lists all the priestly line and their rotation. They had to draw lots. I have no clue what that included, but it was something that they allowed and I don’ t think it was like gambling in a casino.
The priests began their service on a Shabbat. It is a Shabbat today. Actually, today is considered a high Shabbat.
There were three feasts that every Israelite man had to go up to Jerusalem for: Pesach, or Passover; Shavuot, or Pentecost; and Tabernacles, or Sukkot. They would go up to the temple and they would make their sacrifices.
Zechariah was the father of John the Baptist. His course happened to have been during the time after Pentecost. We are actually in the Jewish month of Sivan. We are going by the Jewish calendar not the Greco-Roman calendar. That would be between May and June. May and June would be when he would have stopped his rotation, which usually lasted 6-12 weeks, depending on which house you were from and what rotation you were in.
That meant Zechariah completed his temple service on a Sabbath, he went home, and sometime around the end of June-beginning of July, Elizabeth would have conceived John the Baptist. The reason why John’s conception and his birth is important is because it will determine in chronological order Yeshua’s birth.
If you go to Luke 1:24-27, it talks about when Elizabeth conceived. Fast forward six months to when Miriam, or Mary, came to visit her, and whose baby leapt within her? Elizabeth’s. This is awesome that even in the womb a fetus recognized the Messiah of Israel. I don’t know about you, but that gives me chills.
By the way, it is said that when Mary conceived Yeshua, it was actually around December 25. Think about this for a second. He wasn’t born on December 25, but there are two things to see here. Number one, in the Jewish culture of His day, the day you were conceived was actually considered your birthday. Also, it was Chanukah time, and it was around Chanukah, which is the Festival of Lights, that the Light of the World was conceived. Even though Chanukah was a manmade festival, Yeshua still celebrated it.
Working from when John was conceived, and then when Yeshua was conceived, Scripture tells us Mary stayed with Elizabeth three months. If Elizabeth was already six months pregnant, then she stayed with her until the baby was born. That baby was born, John the Immerser, the forerunner of the spotless Lamb of God, during Pesach, or Passover.
It gets better. In Jewish tradition and also Messianic tradition, during the Passover Seder they have a cup for Elijah. In Matthew 17:10 it says, “His disciples asked him saying, ‘Why then do the scribes say Elijah must come first?’” John was actually a forerunner of the Meshiach, the Messiah. He was to prepare the way. The fact is scholars actually believe that he was born at the exact time on the same day that we usher in Elijah the prophet, the spirit of Elijah. Guess what? He is the spirit of Elijah.
Then we have the birth of John. John was born the week of Pesach. Mary would already have been three months pregnant. If you go from December 25 and you count 40 weeks or nine months, guess where we come to? The fifteenth day of the seventh month, Tishri, which is the Festival of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. You see how the Bible proves itself?
If God’s festivals are His appointed times, His moadim, and Yeshua died on Passover, why is it so hard for us to believe that He would have been born during God’s appointed time, one of the feasts that the Israelite men had to come up for?
In conclusion about Tabernacles, Yeshua was born the first day of Tabernacles, and He was circumcised the eighth day of Tabernacles.
What I really want to bring to your attention is that Tabernacles was a feast of the ingathering of the Harvest. His first coming was when he was born on the 15th of Tishri, the first day of Tabernacles, so then would it be quite reasonable to presume that the Harvest of this earth, the ingathering of the Second Coming of Yeshua, will occur precisely the same day? I am not talking about the rapture of the saints. I am talking about His Second Coming.
Pretty amazing, right? Think about how God is. He has done everything about the Messiah through His festivals.
If you would like to learn more about the Jewish feasts and festivals and other Jewish holidays and customs/traditions, invite Rabbi Jack Zimmerman or Ronna Cohen to come speak at your church or congregation. Find out more on our Church Relations section of our website.