Messiah’s birth according to God’s Word

Luke 2:4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 
7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 
11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 
12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Yehoshua/Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Most likely during the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot We find Joseph and Mary travelling to Bethlehem because of the census. This would have been during the month of September which is normally the time of Sukkot, and 8-day celebration to commemorate the days when the people of Israel lived in tents and walked in the wilderness following Adonai’s column of smoke. They were Tabernacling with YHVH.

That’s the time and the purpose of the annual event according to the Commandments of YHVH God.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 
So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
(Vs 4-7)

A manger is an English word for stall or crib, it was the practice for the Israelites to put up a shelter, called a sukkah, and they invited friends or passersby, to stay or share a meal in it. it is possible that’s what this is, a sukkah.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 
And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
(Vs 8-14)

There were Shepherds in the hills around Bethlehem which indicates to me that it would not have been December. Winter comes to Israel and it gets really cold there in December, and sometimes there’s snow in the hills. No shepherds would be in the fields during winter, but would take their flocks home to shelter.

Again, it is most likely during late fall and during the time of Sukkot when Yehoshua was born. But nevertheless, It had to be an awesome occasion, for Mary, and for Joseph. But also, for these simple shepherds, who witnessed a visitation of angels, who praised God because the Messiah had come.

The Angels said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” And in a few years, Yehoshua will glorify God as never before, and His ministry will be all about peace and good will toward all of mankind. This what should be celebrated dur the time of His entrance into this life. At Sukkot / the feast of Tabernacles. For it is during this time that He will take a bride, and tabernacle with men. And when we keep this time of Sukkot, we are not only celebrating His birth, but His return yet again to claim what is His, and to rule for a thousand years on Earth.

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Yehoshua/Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
(Vs 15-21)

So, shepherds became the very first to bear the gospel to others when Messiah was born, for it was indeed good news for all of Israel and beyond, the whole world would get a reprieve because of this very good news. HallaluYAH!

So yes, we should celebrate His arrival on the Earth. With one admonition. Di this according to God’s instructions, not according to Pagan traditions or the traditions of men.

But then most of us aren’t aware that Christmas is a pagan celebration called Saturnalia, that was in place over a thousand years before Christ was born, and was Baal’s birthday. And also, the birth date of several other Pagan deities, like Tammuz, Mithra, and Molech, just mention a few.

So, it stands to reason that Pagans would lump the Messiah of Israel in with these other idols, or does it? But that’s just what Pagan’s do!

But we have been instructed by God to not have anything to do with idols.

In summation, let’s part ways with idol worshipers. Keeping the Appointed times that we were given according to the Scriptures. There are Seven of them, and all of them must be understood, and rehearsed, because they are to help us to cope with coming prophetic events. Even His appearance at the second coming, and the day of judgment.

He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die. (Proverbs 19:16)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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