When was Jesus REALLY Born, When did He Die and When Did He Rise?
It is my belief after studying the word that Jesus was born on Passover, which is in the first month of the year (Nisan) on the Hebrew calendar, which is the Lordís calendar. In the book of Luke 2:41 the word says that Jesusí parents went to Jerusalem every year at Passover. In v. 42, the word says that when Jesus became (in the Greek) twelve years old they went to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. Passover was followed by Unleavened Bread which was a seven day feast in which the first and last days were holy convocations where they were obligated to be in the temple (Lev. 23:6-8). The word also says in Luke that Mary and Joseph could not find Jesus and went a dayís journey back to their relatives to try to find him (Luke 2:43, 44). So, you can see that he became twelve on Passover and they traveled one day to be in the temple on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Also, a male child was circumcised on the eight day after his birth. When Jesus was born on Passover he was circumcised on the eight day (Passover plus seven days of Unleavened Bread) which was the last day of Unleavened Bread. So, Jesus fulfilled Passover by being born and dying on Passover. He fulfilled Unleavened Bread by leading a sinless life and being circumcised on the last day of Unleavened Bread. I believe when his apostles celebrated Passover after He ascended, they not only celebrated his sacrificial death but also his birth!
Some try to say that Jesus was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, based on Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. They try to figure the date of the birth of Jesus from the course in the temple that Zacharias had to serve. However they donít realize that he served two courses, one six months later in the year. Also, they had to serve on three holidays; Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. So, it difficult to know when Zacharias was serving in the Temple and as a result when John the Baptist was conceived.
Also, in Micah 4:8 the word says that the kingdom shall come to the tower of the flock (Migdal Edar). Migdal Edar is located in Bethlehem Ephratah. The Jewish Targum Yonathan cited by Rabbi Munk paraphrases Gen. 35:23 and Micah 4:8, ďHe spread his tent beyond Migdal Endar, the place where King Messiah will reveal Himself at the end of days.Ē This was fulfilled when the angels announced to the shepherds in Bethlehem that the Messiah was born. The tower of the flock was a two -story tower where shepherds would watch over the flock from the second story and where the newborn lambs were birthed in the lower portion in a cave. These were special hand-picked shepherds that were watching over lambs that were getting ready to be sacrificed on Passover. These lambs were special also and were wrapped with swaddling clothes to be protected from hurt and blemish. These were the same type of clothes used to wrap Jesus.
When they were first born they were kept in a manger in the cave below. It was in this same cave where Jesus was born. When the angels announced to the shepherds that they would find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, they had no need for the angels to tell them the place. They knew the cave. It was right below them. These special lambs were born right before Passover in order to be ready to be sacrificed on Passover. So, the announcement by the angels to the shepherds was at Passover as they were watching their special flock for Passover sacrifice. The fact that Jesus was born on Passover and His birth announced at the tower of the flock signifies that He is the Passover Lamb and there is no more need for sacrificial lambs. There is no more need for the watch tower of the flock!
Also, the original Passover was a great time of deliverance. What better day for the Deliverer to be born? In addition, a tax was taken during the time of Jesusí birth. What great a time to take the tax when so many were gathered together for Passover?
Also, as I mentioned, Jesus died on Nisan 14 and rose on Nisan 17. This year Nisan 14 starts on sundown March 24 and ends on sundown March 25. Nisan 17 starts on sundown March 27 and ends on sundown March 28. On Monday March 25(Nisan 14) at 3:00 P.M. celebrate His sacrificial death. This will help you to die to your fleshly desires that are against Yahweh's word (Romans 8:13,29). At 3:00 P.M. on Thursday March 28(Nisan 17) celebrate His resurrection and watch how this same resurrection power falls on you and brings you up to a new level! This can happen when you turn your flesh over to the Holy Spirit to mortify the deeds of the flesh and when your number one prayer is to allow the Holy Spirit to conform you into the image of Yahshua (Romans 8:13, 29). So, He also fulfilled Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15-21) by rising on Nisan 17. Unleavened Bread starts on Sundown March 25 and ends on sundown April 1. The word says in Daniel 9:27 that the Messiah would be cut off in the middle of the week (Wednesday) and there would be no more need for sacrifices. He had to have died on Wednesday at 3:00 P.M.(ninth hour of the day-Mt. 27:46) and rose 72 hours later on Saturday at 3:00 P.M. (Jesus had said that He would spend three days and three nights in the heart of the earth-Matt. 12:40). When the women came to the tomb on Saturday night (first day of the week) while it was still dark, Jesus had already risen (John 20:1-7). They could not come near a dead person on the Sabbath so they came after sundown on Saturday. They missed His resurrection because of tradition, so donít you.