The actual words of the Gospel narratives
differ greatly from popular "Religious" myths:
The words of the Gospels also differ greatly from many other unscriptural "Religious" practices, traditions, customs, and fanciful beliefs in fables or folklore that have been built up around the original, God-given Bible stories.
When the angel, Gavri-El (Gabriel), appeared to Zachar'yah (Zacharias) as he was ministering in the Hebrew's Jerusalem Temple, it was during the Aaronic Ministration of the priestly family of Abiyah (Abia). This order of priests routinely ministered in the Temple in the eighth familial course, during the ninth week of the Hebrew year, according to the ordinance of 1 Chronicles 24:10 (and according to the Talmud). The ninth week, when Zachar'yah's priestly family routinely served, included the last days of the second Hebrew month of Iyar and the first days of the third Hebrew month of Sivan.
Following that ninth week of routine priestly service, the tenth week includes a Sunday that is the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost - A High Holy Day) an Annual High Sabbath that is 50 days from the Sunday within the seven-day-long feast of Unleavened Bread. And, as during the week of Unleavened Bread (The 7 days immediately following Passover - the entire third week), ALL of the 24 priestly families ministered to the overwhelmingly massive crowds at Jerusalem during each of the 3 Annual High Sabbaths (the 3 High Holy Days).
This is the anchor point for discovering the time of Christ Jesus' (Messiah Yeshua's) birth. The angel promised Zachar'yah that his prayer for a son had been answered and, after the end of the Sunday, Feast Of Pentecost celebration, when he went home, his wife Elisheva (Elizabeth) conceived shortly thereafter. This puts the conception of Yochanan (John the Baptist) within the week of the time of Shavuot, the Feast of Pentecost, during the tenth week of the Hebrew civil year 3756 (BCE 5); in Sivan, the third Hebrew month.
2 - THE CONCEPTION OF YESHUA (Christ Jesus) - Luke 1:26-55
Then, at the close of the sixth month of Elisheva's pregnancy the angel Gavri-El appeared to Miry'am bot Da'vid (Mary, daughter/family of King David). Gavri-El told Miry'am about Elisheva, saying "she who was called barren is six months pregnant". This would be the last of the ninth Hebrew month called Kislev, at the time of Hanukkah, 3757. There are 27 weeks between the end of discourse of Abiyah and the start of Hanukkah (Dedication), which is celebrated for eight days - from Kislev 25 to Tevet 2.
Miry'am accepts the word of the angel concerning the conception of Messiah inside her, and she immediately travels from Natseret (Nazareth) to the home of Elisheva and Zachar'yah in the Judean mountains, a three day journey from Natseret. Miry'am was likely going to assist her elderly cousin Elisheva during her pregnancy, as well as tell Elisheva about her angelic visitation. Upon Miry'am's greeting to Elisheva, Elisheva responds to Miry'am, calling her "the mother of my LORD". This demonstrates that Miry'am was already pregnant with Yeshua ha Mashiah. Thus, Yeshua (Christ Jesus) was conceived during Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, for He is the Light of the World.
Often, the first day of Hanukkah falls very close to Christmas.
The apostate Roman Catholic church in the Fourth Century, CE, combined the pagan Winter Solstice celebration (Usually Dec. 23) and the Saturnalia celebration (The first day of which is Dec. 25) with the numeral borrowed from the Hebrew's 25th day of Kislev (First day of Hanukkah) to invent Christmas (Christ's Mass) on December 25. Supposedly this was to celebrate Christ's birth, and Roman Catholicism makes no excuses or apologies concerning this invention, claiming to have "Baptized" paganism.
Yeshua is shown celebrating Hanukkah in John 10:22,23. It is at this celebration that He declares "I and My Father are One" [John 10:30], which testifies to His Divine origin in His conception. It also reinforces Hanukkah as the time of His conception.
Historically, it is more accurate to celebrate Yeshua entering the world through conception at Hanukkah rather than to celebrate His birth at Christmas. As shown, Christmas is NOT the birthday of Christ Jesus. In fact, Christmas is an invention resulting from religious compromise with pagan tradition. Christmas only has harmony with the truth in that it falls approximately at the time of year when, on the first day of Hanukkah, Yeshua was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
From year-to-year, the first day of Ha-nukk'ah will always fall between very late November and very late December, anytime from 3½ weeks BEFORE Christmas to a few days AFTER Christmas.
3 - THE BIRTH OF YOCHANAN - Luke 1:56-80
Miry'am stayed with Elisheva for at least 14 weeks. Since a full pregnancy term is 41 weeks, and 27 weeks makes up the first six months (two trimesters) fitting the time from the end of the tenth week up to the first day of Hanukkah, that leaves 14 weeks to accomplish the last trimester and bring the pregnancy to full term. There are 14 weeks from the first day of Hanukkah (Kislev 25) to Passover (Nisan 14).
John the Baptist was born at Passover (Nisan 14). He was circumcised on the eighth day, which would be the last day of the 7-day-long Feast of Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15-21). Gavri-El had said that John would "go forth" in the strength and power of Elijah [Luke 1:17]. Jewish teaching is that Elijah will come again at Passover (this is still a tradition of Judaism today).
4 - THE BIRTH OF YESHUA - Luke 2
Nisan (Abib), when Yochanan (John-the-Baptist) was born, is the first month of the Hebrew civil year. As shown, Miry'am conceived six months after Elisheva conceived, which means Yeshua's (Jesus') birth would have to come six months after Yochanan's birth, during the seventh Hebrew month of Tishri. Since we know that Yochanan was born at Passover, we learn the time of Yeshua's birth by counting six Hebrew months from Passover. The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on Nisan 15 and six months later Tabernacles begins on Tishri 15. Therefore, Yeshua was born on the first day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).
The first day of Tabernacles is a High Holy Day (An Annual High Sabbath Day), so it fits that Yosef (Joseph) and Miry'am (Mary) planned their journey to Beit-Lechem (Bethlehem) so they would finish their journey before the beginning of the festival of Sukkot's first-day-Sabbath. They found no lodging indoors because of the massive crowds arriving to attend the Feast/Festival at nearby Jerusalem.
Concerning the Feast of Tabernacles, the LORD commanded that Israel should observe it seven days. They were to build temporary dwellings called a sukkah and dwell in them [Leviticus 23:34-43]. These sukkahs were erected to house families with some bare comforts and food for the seven days, and after the end of the 7-day-long Feast/Festival there was an additional Sabbath Day on the "Eighth Day" that was NOT within the 7-day-long Feast/Festival of Tabernacles.
Food was placed in a crib for storage in the tabernacle. The King James Bible calls this food crib a manger. Yeshua was not born in a barn, a stable or a cave, but rather in a temporary tabernacle which had been built, by the tens-of-thousands throughout the area surrounding Jerusalem, for the celebration. He was placed in a "manger", demonstrating in a "Type" that He is the Bread of Life from heaven.
On the "Eighth Day" Yeshua was circumcised ("Bris" or Brit Mila) according to the scriptural command [Luke 2:21]. This is when a name is first given and, for a male, this is what accomplishes a full Hebrew birth. The Feast of Tabernacles is for seven days. The first day of Tabernacles and the (later) "Eighth Day" are both Sabbaths (Not routine, weekly, Saturday Sabbaths!).
Yeshua was born on the first day of Tabernacles, an Annual High Sabbath (A High Holy Day), and circumcised on the "Eighth Day", also a Sabbath day - no matter upon which day of the week it falls. God intended this entire Feast of Tabernacles, and the following "Eighth Day", to be set aside in order to accomplish and celebrate Yeshua's birth into the world.
Note that God provided two holy feasts that lasted seven days, Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles, 6 months apart. Both of these 7-day-long feasts have a component that causes the celebration to last for eight days: The week of Unleavened Bread is preceded by the feast day of Passover; while the feast of Tabernacles is followed by the "Eighth Day" Sabbath.
John the Baptist, the forerunner of Messiah, was born and circumcised in the first, then six month later Yeshua, the Messiah, was born and circumcised in the second. John came in the first month of the year and Yeshua came in the seventh month. In ministry, John introduced the way through Messiah and then Yeshua fulfilled (completed) it, even as the numbers one and seven signify introduction and fulfillment (completion) in the Holy Scriptures.
5 - CONCLUSION
This chronology provides us with the day of Yeshua's (Christ Jesus') birth, Tishri 15, 3758, according to the Hebrew calendar. Every year the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is from Tishri 15 to Tishri 21, while the "Eighth Day" is always Tishri 22.
Because the Hebrew calendar is based on the course of the Moon (Lunar) and the modern calendar is based on the course of the Sun (Solar), the two types of calendars shift in relation to each other. This means the Feast of Tabernacles will always occur somewhere between mid-September and mid-October, but on a different Gregorian date every year.
Starts At Sundown...
Hebrew Calendar Date...
Yeshua's birthday is on the same Hebraic calendar day (number) each year, Tishri 15, but in relation to the Gregorian calendar it changes. However, you can plan for His birthday to always occur in any given year between the latter half of September and the first half of October.
On our modern Gregorian calendar, which did NOT exist at the time of Christ Jesus' birth, He was born on October 4, 4 BC.
Tishri 15, 3758 on the Hebrew's calendar.
The Feast of Tabernacles is a most important commemoration. Zechariah 14:16,17 tells us that one day in the future all nations will be required by law to honor this feast. For what greater reason, than it is the birthday of the King of Kings! Why should we delay?
PLEASE PRAY THIS PRAYER:
"That authentic possessors of Salvation will return to the 2,000-years-old Apostolic ROOTS of their faith and learn to restore the fallen foundations of Biblical Christianity. May genuinely Born-Again Christians all work to overcome the influence of pagan customs in our religiously-oriented celebrations and become separate from this world as a spiritually sanctified people before a Holy God." AMEN !
Most people, including most Hebrews, know very little about the Hebrew's Holy Scriptures. Also, too many people know very little about the Christian Bible and, so, know nothing of the information about the birth of Christ Jesus detailed above. Even many (Most!) genuine Christian believers do not fully understand the Hebrew orientation of the Holy Scriptures and never see the connection between the Judaism of Christ Jesus and its Christian applications.
Mankind's customs and traditions, even if pious and heartfelt, are not recognized by God as true worship:
In Mark 7:6-7 and Matthew 15:7-9, Christ Jesus stated: "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites... in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the traditions of men... thus making the word of God of none effect."
In its first three centuries, the Apostolic Christian Church did not observe a "Christmas". It was not until more than 300 years after the death of Christ Jesus that the supposed "Birthday" celebration began to be associated with the newly-founded Roman form of Christianity.
There is always great danger of NOT understanding the Bible when one knows the Christmas carols,
based upon Roman Catholic myths and fables, better than one knows the Bible itself.
THESE THINGS ARE QUITE CLEAR...
The time of year that about 30% of today's world population celebrates "Christmas"
is definitely and provably NOT the season of the year when Christ Jesus was born!
God, The Father Almighty, authored the eternal "Last Word" on this subject nearly 2,000 years ago.
He has not left His Word open for debate,
He has only left it open for disbelief or rejection by lost souls.
It is simply a matter of AUTHORITY!
It is a matter of WHOM or WHAT one chooses to believe!