when Yeshua was born …Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:42 … Luqa (Luke) 2:8… Yochanan (John) 1:14

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

night.

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.

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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

was:

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 called Sukkot.

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.

Zechariah 14:16-17

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:

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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

among them,

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

away."

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.

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