Why is the Chanukkah and Christmas time a most wonderful time of the year?
Because this is when Love came into the earth! This is when the Son of God came into the earth! This is when Yeshua was conceived in the womb of His beloved mother Miriam!
There are 7 Feasts of the LORD besides the weekly Shabbat. And on three of the seven Feasts of the LORD, Passover, Shavuot, (Pentecost) and Succoth (Feast of Tabernacles) all the Jewish men were commanded by God to come up yearly to Jerusalem to bring an offering to God. And of the three Feasts, the two most important are Passover and Succoth. [Millennial Kingdom: Ezekiel 45:17-25]
Yeshua died on Passover. But the greatest of these 7 Feasts of the LORD is Succoth. There is so much biblical evidence that clearly proves Yeshua was born on Succoth. I have written two books on this subject of Yeshua’s birthday being on Succoth. One is called, ‘Yeshua’s True Birthday is the Feast of Succoth!’ [10/11/2018]. And the other book is called, ‘Yeshua’s True Birthday, 20 Points of Evidence that Yeshua was born on Succoth’ [8/31/2018].
Both these books are free to download from my website.
This paper is on the mystery of Yeshua’s Conception. Most believers in Yeshua know that Yeshua was not born on Christmas day, in December. Many now know that Yeshua’s true birthday was on Succoth, the Feast of Tabernacles.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth.
However, what is rarely taught concerning our Lord Yeshua’s coming to the earth is that nine months prior to His birthday was Yeshua’s conception. Was Yeshua’s conception prophesied in the Scriptures? Was this around what is known as the Chanukkah and Christmas time of year when these special events happened that are recorded in the Bible, in the first chapter of the book of Luke?
Luke 1:11-15 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the Altar of Incense. And when Zechariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel Gabriel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisheva will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Yochanan (John). And you shall have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”
Luke 1:24-38 Now after those days his wife Elisheva conceived; and she hid herself five months… Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women!” And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Yeshua! He shall be Great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the LORD God will give Him the Throne of His father David. And He will Reign over the House of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there will be no end.” Then Miriam said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the Power of the Highest will overshadow you. Therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God! Now indeed, Elisheva (of Aaron) your relative (The Greek word used here for relative meant blood relative; in Hebrew this is ‘karov,’ which means close relative), has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible!” Then Mariam said, “Behold the maid servant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:39-44 Now Miriam arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah. And entered into the house of (the Aaronic priest) Zechariah and greeted Elisheva (of Aaron). And it happened, when Elisheva heard the greeting of Miriam, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisheva was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
Yes, indeed, Miriam was ‘highly favored’ and also truly ‘blessed’ among women! For it had been some 4000 years prior when God had first spoken this prophesy to Eve about her special Seed, who would one day destroy the serpent. (Genesis 3:15) That Seed, coming from Eve for the physical body of the only begotten Son of God, Heaven’s King and Great High Priest, Melchi Zedek, ‘my King of Righteousness,’ would be woman’s contribution, and fulfilled that day in this young Jewish virgin Miriam. (“ … but a body You have prepared for Me.”), quoting from Hebrews 10:5, from the Septuagint for Psalm 40:6.
And that Seed from Eve would have traveled thru two family lines, that of kings from king David and also that of high priests from high priest Yehoshua of high priest Zadok of Aaron. See Jeremiah 33: 17, 18, 24; Zechariah 3:1, 8; and Zechariah 6:11-13
Yes, baby Yochanan was also filled with the Holy Spirit, and leaped for joy in the womb of his mother Elisheva, (fulfillment of the prophesy given to his father Zechariah, the mystery Zadokite high priest, by the angel Gabriel, in Luke 1:15) because the Son of God, Yeshua, had now come into the world during this special time of His conception, and was fully alive with God, within the womb of this young Jewish virgin, His mother Miriam.
For the Human Life of the Son of Man began at Conception!
Was Yeshua’s conception prophesied in the Old Covenant? Yes!
Where is this found and what does it say?
“Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a Sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanu El (God is with us).” Isaiah 7:14
Could God have also revealed to us in His Word what time of year when this great miracle would happen? And also could God have also revealed to us in His Word what specific day?
Yes, I truly believe that God had told us all these things!This is found in the book of Haggai … around 520 B.C.
“Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, (the ninth Hebrew month is called Kislev), even from the day that the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid, consider it … from this day I will bless you.” Haggai 2:18, 19
I believe this was the actual day of Yeshua’s Conception!
It occured nine months before Yeshua’s Birthday, Succoth.
The 24th of the ninth month is the 24th of Kislev. The feast of Chanukkah (164 B.C.) begins the 25th of Kislev, and lasts for eight days. In the year 2005, the 24th of Kislev fell on Christmas day, on December 25th. In the year 2016, the 24th of Kislev fell on December 24th. In 2019, the 24th of Kislev will be on December 22.
Can we also find any possible evidence that this Truth about Yeshua’s Conception was also revealed by Yeshua, Himself, in any of the four Gospel’s?
Yes. It happened during Chanukkah!
Let’s read about it in the book of John 10:22-38
Now it was the Feast of Dedication (Chanukkah, begins on Kislev 25) in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Yeshua walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Yeshua answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them Eternal Life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is Greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are One!” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Yeshua answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” Yeshua answered them, “Is it not written in your Torah, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? (Psalm 82:6) If He called them gods, to whom the Word of God came (the Scripture cannot be broken), verse 36, do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified & sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I Am the Son of God’?
If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the Works, that you may know and believe that My Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 16:28 thru 17:18)
Yeshua was telling them during Chanukkah, an eight day feast, perhaps on the first day of the feast, on the 25th of Kislev, that His Father had sent Him into the world. He spoke this after Kislev 24, His Conception. Yeshua was sent into the world by His Father at Conception, which was nine months before His birth on Succoth.
His Conception in the virgin Miriam was when the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid … the 24th of Kislev. And here, during Chanukkah, was one of the three places in the Gospel’s when Yeshua spoke about His Father sending Him into the world.
The other two places when He spoke about His Father sending Him into the world were both on the day that He died, on Passover. Why? Because Yeshua was sent into the world to die for our sins, to open up ‘the Way’ for us to be able to come Home to our Father.
John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “ … go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
John 16:27-28 “… for My Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. 16:28 I came forth from My Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to My Father.”
John 17:14-19 “I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth! As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the Truth.”
By the way, Chanukkah could never have been Yeshua’s conception day. Why? Chanukkah (165 B.C.) was not only when the Maccabees took back the Jerusalem Temple from Israel’s Greek enemies and cleaned the Temple, but it was also recorded in Jewish history that this was when the Maccabees took over the Jerusalem Temple, kicking out the Zadok high priest and the other Zadokite Aaronic priests, corrupting the whole Aaronic Temple priesthood, in violation of God’s Word, until the Temple was finally destroyed in 70 A.D. Read God’s Word of Ezekiel 43:18, 19 and 44:15, 16.
In researching the names of all the Aaronic high priests from the Artscroll Publications, Yoma Edition, volume 9, Kohanim Gedolim of First and Second Temple periods, I discovered that the name Yochanan was the last Zadokite high priest about 165 B.C.
In the opening scene of the whole New Covenant, 165 years later, priest Zechariah, the future father of Yochanan, proved to be the real mystery Zadokite high priest when God sent angel Gabriel to speak to him while he was ministering in the Temple before God at the Altar of Incense. (Luke 1:8-20) How can we know for sure that Zechariah was the real high priest? King Herod had appointed two high priests for the Jerusalem Temple, Annas and Caiaphas. (Luke 3:2) Were these men Aaronic priests? They were not from the Zadokite family, the only family appointed by God for the high priest position. The Altar of Incense was the place for Aaron, the first high priest, and for his future generation of sons, who would also serve before God as the high priests at the Altar of Incense. See Exodus 30:1, 7; Ezekiel 44:15, 16; Ezekiel 43:18, 19;
Also, why did God open the New Covenant with the first scene being about the Aaronic Priesthood? What did old Aaronic priest Zechariah and his old wife Elisheva of the daughers of Aaron who could not have children, have anything to do with Yeshua? Also what was the mystery relationship between virgin Miriam of Judah and her close blood relative (‘karov’ in Hebrew) Elisheva of Aaron? Why was this young virgin Miriam, and pregnant with God’s Son Yeshua, directed by God through His angel Gabriel to spend her first three months with this Aaronic priest Zechariah and his wife Elisheva of Aaron? Who really were they, as Miriam’s blood kin relatives? Who really was their unborn son? Why did his name have to be called Yochanan? What would be his real relationship to Miriam’s newly conceived Son, Yeshua? What were all these bible mysteries of Miriam’s family all about?
The answers to these questions, and so many other mysteries found in the Gospels reveal some amazing revelations that God has kept hidden about Yeshua only until recently, for End Times. To me the greatest is the true mystery identity of our Lord Yeshua, coming from the Zadokite high priest family of Aaron, which God first began teaching me in 1993, and which He finally had me start teaching 20 years later, in 2013. I have written five books on this mystery of Yeshua coming from the high priest family of Zadok of Aaron. My most recent book just published this fall is called, ‘Yeshua, my King of Righteousness. Heaven’s King and Great High Priest from ‘Seed’ of King David and Zadok of Aaron!’
All these books are free to download from my website.
In conclusion, though Christmas is still being celebrated by the world wide Church Body as Yeshua’s birthday, and while so many of our Jewish people along with many Messianic Jewish believers are celebrating Chanukkah this time of year, the real Truth is that Yeshua’s birthday is on Succoth, the Feast of Tabernacles, and His conception was nine months prior, on the 24th of Kislev, which occurs each year during the Chanukkah – Christmas season.
Perhaps it’s Time for believers to Celebrate the real truth!
Yeshua said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!