Secrets Surrounding the Birth of Messiah Part 5
Incidentally, this is why I believe that Yeshua was not born on December 25th or even in the fall, during the Feast of Tabernacles. Certainly a case can be made for the latter, as He did come to “tabernacle among us” (John 1:14). However, it would have been unwise to call for a census when Jews were traveling to Jerusalem for the feast. Everyone had to return to his or her hometown. The fall holidays point to the second coming of Yeshua, while the spring ones point to His birth, death and resurrection.
It was in the spring that the Passover lambs were birthed. How do we know? Because the lambs for Passover had to be one-year-old (Ex. 12:5). They would have been born during the lambing season, the year before. This explains why there were shepherds in the field in the middle of the night. Normally, they would be sleeping, but because it was lambing season—the time when lambs give birth—they were out all night, in case one of the mothers went into labor.
WOW! What imagery! They are looking for lambs to be birthed, when right under their nose, Miriam was giving birth to the Lamb of God. Jonathan Cahn goes further and teaches that Yeshua was born on Nissan 1. Nissan is the first month of the year, a time for new beginnings. But it would not be a time of pilgrimage or in the dead of the cold, wet winter. Cahn makes the case that every other major event in Yeshua’s life and kingdom coincides with a Jewish feast day:
Passover > His death
First Fruit Offering is brought (Lev. 23) > His resurrection
Shavuot (Lev. 23) > Birth of the church (Acts 2)
Rosh Hashanah > the Second Coming
Yom Kippur > End time forgiveness (Zech. 13:1)
Feast of Tabernacles > Wedding Supper of the Lamb (Is. 25, Rev. 19, Zech. 14)
So, it makes sense that His birth would also fall on a significant day on the Jewish calendar in the spring with the other prophetic events that point to His first coming. The first of Nissan is 14 days before Passover, which begins between the 14thand 15thday of Nissan. And, it is the first day of the Jewish New Year. You may be saying, wait…I thought Rosh Hashannah was the first day of the year. Actually, the biblical name is not “New Years” but Yom Hateruah, or the Feast of Trumpets. The rabbis tuned it into a New Year, but it is actually the first day of the seventh month.
Yes, Yeshua, the Passover lamb, may have been born with other lambs just before Passover.