Most Christians have been taught that Yeshua was
born on December 25th. However, Yeshua could not
have been born in winter, because Luke 2:8 shows us
that there were shepherds keeping watch over their
flocks at that time.
Luqa (Luke) 2:8
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
In Israel, flocks are not typically let out to pasture in the
winter. Therefore, this event had to occur some time
before winter had set in, and the flocks were penned
up. This effectively rules out the month of December.
As we will show in the chapter on Hanukkah, Yeshua
was conceived in the middle of winter (probably during
Hanukkah time), and was born some nine months later,
in the fall, around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles.
From a prophetic standpoint, it makes perfect sense
that Yeshua would be born on the first day of the Feast
of Tabernacles, because He would be fulfilling the first
day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Could this be why
Yochanan (John) tells us that the Word became flesh,
and dwelt among us?
Yochanan (John) 1:14
14 And the Word became flesh and
dwelt among us….
The word ‘dwelt’ is the Greek word skenoo, Strong’s
NT4637, meaning, ‘to tabernacle.’
NT:4637 skenoo (skay-no’-o); from
NT:4636; to tent or encamp, i.e.
(figuratively) to occupy (as a mansion)
or (specifically) to reside (as God did
in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of
protection and communion):
Essentially, then, what Yochanan (John) was saying
Yochanan (John) 1:14 [interpreted]
14 And the Word became flesh and
tabernacled among us….
In Leviticus 23, YHWH commands that all native-born
Israelites who live in the Land of Israel must make a
pilgrimage up to Jerusalem three times a year. One of
these three annual pilgrimages is the fall Feast of
Tabernacles. During this feast, all Israel must dwell in
tabernacles (temporary dwellings) for seven days. In
Hebrew, these temporary dwellings are calledSukkot.
In English, they are often called ‘booths’.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:42
42 You shall dwell in booths for seven
days. All who are native Israelites shall
dwell in booths….
The rabbinical ruling in the first century was likely
identical to the rabbinical ruling of today, which is that
for health and safety’s sake, anyone who is sick, old or
pregnant does not actually have to stay in a tabernacle,
but can rent a room in an inn. However, even though
Miriam was pregnant, there was no room at the inn.
Therefore Joseph and Miriam had to dwell in a
tabernacle (or a booth, or a ‘manger’), in keeping with
Leviticus 23. While this might have seemed like a
turnabout for Joseph and Miriam, all of this came to
pass so that Yeshua might be born in a temporary
dwelling (a tabernacle) on the first day of the fall Feast
of Tabernacles, in prophetic fulfillment of the feast.
But even though Yeshua was the second fulfillment of
the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles), Zechariah 14 tells
us that there will yet be a third fulfillment.
16 And it shall come to pass that
everyone who is left of all the nations
which came against Jerusalem shall
go up from year to year to worship the
King, YHWH of hosts, and to keep the
Feast of Tabernacles.
17 And it shall be that whichever of the
families of the earth do not come up to
Jerusalem to worship the King, YHWH
of hosts, on them there will be no rain.
There is even a fourth fulfillment prophesied, in the
Book of the Revelation:
Gilyana (Revelation) 21:3
3 And I heard a loud voice from the
throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle
of Elohim is among men, and He will
dwell among them, and they shall be
His people, and Elohim Himself will be
4 and He will wipe away every tear
from their eyes; and there will no
longer be any death; there will no
longer be any mourning, or crying, or
pain; the first things have passed
This shows us why the Apostle Shaul warned us not to
let anyone but the Body of Messiah tell us what days of
worship to keep. It is because they are prophetic
shadow pictures of wonderful blessings still to come.