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The Birth of Jesus and Christmas

Pastor R.S. Brewer

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John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

 

The Birth of Jesus and Christmas

Pastor R.S. Brewer

 


Mat 1:18 - Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Since I was a teenager, the battle to “Keep Christ in Christmas” has been raging. I was part of that battle as a Believer. Some would call a “Believer” one who has received Christ as his personal Saviour, or being “Born Again, which I did when I was 11 years old. This article is not about me, though; it is about making “straight the ways of the Lord.”(John 1:23). Also, taking crooked ways and making them “straight” (Luke 3:5). I remember being enraged at Christmas time at “Christmas-Tree Sellers “X-ing” out the name of Christ in the word “Christmas,” i.e – XMAS! Even when I was a teen, “Christ-in-Christmas” was becoming a big issue and at this point, my teen years were a “fer piece back!”(translation- broken-Hillbilly is “a long time ago!”)

 

This issue has been in a crescendo as long as I can remember and it is making headlines today. Professing Christians get angry and boycott businesses over the issue, or used to. Liberals, pagans, and most “religions” cry out, “Separation of church and state!” Of course, that’s liberish for “ignorance of American History is not the only thing I’m ignorant of!”

Folks I have hung around most of my life were more traditional at “Christmas Time,” having been associated to some degree with Churches who followed and perpetrated that “Christmas” tradition in America, since about 1850 when it was introduced in America, by that great state and bastion of conservatism and Christianity, Massachusetts; “Christmas” was considered pagan and therefore illegal in the states of America from America’s inception up until Massachusetts exercised state’s rights and opened the spiritual doors for this great financial Holy Day to make its public debut in America. Even the 1843 Charles Dickens Classic, “A Christmas Carol” contributes to this commercialized Holy Day! I may be mistaken, but I do not remember that name of “Jesus Christ” being mentioned, much less being the central character or theme of that book or any Hollywood rendering thereof.

Just a note: I looked at the “Christmas specials offered up on TV. I found that “Jesus” was not mentioned, no not once! We certainly do not want to offend anyone by mentioning the name of Him who “God also hath highly exalted, and given him a name which is above every name:” (Phil 2:9) Who also is the Creator as well as the Saviour. I listened rather intently for the hew and cry of, “Keep Christ in Christmas! Ain’t that odd, it wasn’t heard. I wonder if He was offended by that? I was!

This is all history, you understand. Since then, America has become “enlightened” by many European and Babylonian traditions. I am being facetious you understand. The tide has turned in America, however. “Keeping Christ in Christmas” is a cliché today held to by only a few. 2015 is gone and the “Christmas tradition” may have some echoes of meaning from long ago, but the societal pressure now is to comply and conform with a Christmas Tree, various blends of lights and inflatable figures, creating a whole menagerie of colorful critters, not to forget a rotund-but-jolly old fella who pilots a state-of-the-art vehicle powered by the politically incorrect “fossil” fuels which are not quite fossilized.

Oh yes, I did see a few Nativity Scenes among the lights and Elves, which made me wonder as I did as a boy, “Wouldn’t it have been awfully cold for a baby, to lay outside in a manger, even if that manger were in some kind of shelter for animals. I have never seen a Nativity scene in a season other than Winter, have you?

Listen, when you learn better you ought to do better!

Usually, I’ll go along to get along …to a point. There are limits and boundaries for my volitional conformance. Violation of eternal truth, when learned, requires non-conformance on my part. Non-conformance or no participation to these “Holy Observances,” often results in critical comments from passerby’s, friends, family, and others which amounts to a form of nose-in-the air snobbery or excommunication.

However, there is, as Paul Harvey used to say, “Page 2!” In this case, “Page 2” amounts to a Biblical and historical view for the “reason for the season;” and a seldom-sought after explanation from pagan or professing Believers as to why this preacher no longer fights to keep “Christ in Christmas.”
If you will give me a hearing, I am prepared and ready to give an answer, line upon line, to any and every man that asks the reason for my non-conformance to these Winter Holy Days.(I Pet 3:15) I, like my parents before me, and theirs’ going back several generations, all observed “Christmas” as most did during and after the civil war.

What I will share with you will be for the most part, self-evident. For most who questioned events as I did, the truth will be a revelation to you as it was to me. It was in front of me all the time and I didn’t see it. I was not taught it in the churches I attended. It was not taught in the Christian colleges I attended, denominational or independent.

Most of those I love and care about, go into immediate rejection at the very beginning. They are just like me, though we all did it through ignorance, and went directly against the Lord God when He told Israel they were going into captivity because they had rejected Him and His ways (Jer 3: 8-14) he rejected them, the nation of Israel, from being His wife. However, He said he still loved Israel, and even though they were going into captivity, He would give them pastors who would feed them with knowledge and understanding. (Jer 3:15)

With the application of this knowledge and understanding, while in Babylonian captivity, when they acknowledged their errant ways, and repented (changed their mind) He would then deliver them; But the Lord admonished them sternly, through the preacher:
 Jer 10:2 - Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Then, the LORD gave them an example of the “Vain” religion of the Babylonians that they WERE NOT SUPPOSE TO LEARN!
Jer 10:3 - For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
Jer 10:4 - They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
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Jer 10:5 - They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Unfortunately, as was typical of Israel, they did not listen and even those that went back to Israel after 70 years in Babylon, to many of the “VAIN” and idolatrous Babylonian ways with them. Those ways are found today in Rome (Rev 17 and 18) including Dec 25th which is a solstice celebration and the Babylonian gods were worshipped, the hanging of the Greens (Trees and Wreaths etc) part of astrology - as the days begin to get longer, the Babylonian gods favor for prosperity and the spring growing season.


Mat 1:18 - Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.


In short, Jesus was never in Christmas and those believers and pagans alike in the early days of America knew “Christmas” as observed in Europe was just that, Pagan. One reason, perhaps, is that Americans came to America so they would not have to bow to pagan, Babylonian/Roman worship, but could learn to live Biblically, without government intimidation. They (Pilgrims) brought their King James Bible and set out to make it their rule of faith and practice. The papal form of ignorance forced on them in the lands of their nativity was degrading, full of error and debauchery (it has not improved). It included these end-of-Gregorian-year Holy Days they considered to be pagan.
I am giving that which I received.


1. Jesus was not born in December or October. Jesus was called the “Lamb of God”

This Biblical concept was first mentioned in Gen 4:2:


 Gen 4:2 - And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
 Gen 4:3 - And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
 Gen 4:4 - And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
 Gen 4:5 - But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

The “Firstlings of the lock” were lambs of the first year. Adam would have taught Cain and Abel the meaning of the firstling as a sacrificial offering to the LORD and this Lamb would picture the Lamb of God. This was understood in Genesis 3:15 as prophetic of the Lamb of God.


Anyone who is a hunter knows of the following principle:

Sheep, like deer, elk, horses bears, etc are cyclical breeders. That is, the female comes into estrus (heat) and the males come into the rut. It is during the rut/estrus season that the males and the females seek each other out. Horses are long-day breeders, refer to the summer when daylight is longer than night, sometime after the summer solstice. Their gestation period is such that the young are born in the spring, sometime after the Vernal Equinox.

Sheep are referred to as short-day breeders. That is the rams come into the rut and the ewes come into estrus after the Autumnal Equinox, when the nights begin to grow longer. The sheep usually are ready to breed in October/November and have 150 day gestation period (5 months) and deliver their young also in the early spring, after the Vernal Equinox which usually occurs on or about March 21.

Now there is a caveat to this: these months are Biblical months and years. Biblically, the months are all 30 days, which makes a 360 –day year. This is based on the Lunar cycle with the New Moon being the opposite of the Full Moon, The New Moon marks the beginning of each month. If a student of God’s Word is going to study and understand Biblical dates and times, he must use Biblical metrics.

Consequently, it is easy to see, even without the additional supporting evidence we are going to provide, why Abel’s sacrifice pleased the LORD, but Cain’s offering of crops from his field did not. (Gen 4) Crops do not provide the prophetic picture of the Lamb of God who would come and pay the sin debt for the world of mankind

We can see that lambs being born in the spring, after 5 months gestation, provided that provided the initial, Biblical, prophetic picture of the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God. Since Jesus, Emmanuel – God with us, was born in the Spring of the year as all Lambs are, what meaneth then this fight over keeping Christ in Christmas, which He was never in in the first place?

 

2. Consider the Biblical First Month: ABIB
Exo 12:1 - And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
Exo 12:2 - This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. (Abib – 13:4, 23:15, 34:18, Deu 16:1)
Exo 13:4 - This day came ye out in the month Abib.
Exo 23:15 - Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

Exo 23:15 - Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
Exo 34:18 - The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
Deu 16:1 - Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

Now it was the Lord Himself that decreed when the first month would be and what it would be called. Regardless of what the Jewish “Rabbis” (title Jesus said no man should be called, along with “father” or reverend” (Mat 23:8, 9, Psa 119:9)) or the Messianic “Rabbis” say, Biblically, the First month is Abib and there is nothing about separate civil and religious New Years. If they cannot find the first month, how are they going to find the Seventh Month? (I Ki 8:2 – Ethanim)

The Jews still use the Babylonian calendar and coupled with the fat they do not recognize that the Bible teaches about the “Lamb of God,” they cannot get their feast days Biblically correct (See the Seven Feasts of the Lord in Lev 23)

Abib, The First Month, is found by finding the First New Moon after the Vernal Equinox. The Vernal Equinox marks the first day of Spring (Seed Time Gen 8:22)

The Seven Feasts of the Lord had to be kept in their Season, not before or after, However, the Jews seldom get the dates of the feasts correct according to God’s Word Spring feast had to be observed in the Spring – Passover – the Lamb is Slain; Unleavened Bread- The Lamb is buried; First Fruits – The Resurrection.
Lev 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
Lev 23:5 - In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover.
Num 9:2 - Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season.
To do things God’s way, people must know when the season are and on what date the Feast (Appointed day) the feast is on. The LORD provided a clock by which these things are measured (Gen 1:14, 15.)


3. The Obtaining of a Sacrificial Lamb
Exo 12:3 - Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
Exo 12:4 - And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
Exo 12:5 - Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
Exo 12:6 - And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
 The Sacrificial lamb had to w/o blemish, of the first year, taken on the 10th of Abib and sacrificed on the 14th of Abib


The Lord was very specific about which Lamb could be taken, born after the Vernal Equinox. On the tenth day of Abib, the head of the household was to take possession the sacrificial lamb that met the qualifications. How were they to do that? Not everyone in Israel was a shepherd. Like Cain should have done, they went to those that raised sheep and purchased a lamb. How many lambs did not meet the Biblical criteria? No doubt there were quite a few. 1 Abib corresponds roughly to April 1, sometimes an exact correlation, sometimes a couple of days either way. However, it was always exactly taken on the 10th of Abib; then taken to Jerusalem to the Temple for the sacrifice on the 14th of Abib.

 

The town of Bethlehem was and still is a sheep –rearing center for Israel. Because of its proximity to Jerusalem, about 6 miles. The residents of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas would travel to Bethlehem to get their lamb for the sacrifice. They would secure lodging in one of the inns and travel out to the fields to place their order. During those early weeks of Spring, Bethlehem would have been a busy place.
 Luk 2:6 - And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Luk 2:7 - And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Mary and Joseph come into Bethlehem. There is no room in the inn for them. The hotels are full because of all those coming to Bethlehem to purchase their sacrifice, recently born. This also was the time that the Lamb of God was born – likely, on the 1st of Abib which was likely also the first of April in the year 5 BC on the Gregorian Calendar.
 Mic 5:2 - But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

4. Another consideration: Those Shepherds
 Luk 2:8 - And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Abiding – means they were living in those fields. Why were they doing that and why did the Lord include to seemingly unnecessary comments in His Word? Thee answer is a simple one. It is an answer David could tell us from his experience in these same fields.
1Sa 17:34 - And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
1Sa 17:35- And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
1Sa 17:36- Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.


The reason shepherds set up an abode during the lambing season was because of predators; predators who were nocturnal hunters looking to make a meal on tasty but defenseless lambs being born. Lambs are born in the spring for if they were born in the winter they would surely die. Being born as the weather was warming, when there was plenty of grass which there would not have been in the winter. While these shepherds watched over their flocks to keep the predators away, in town, another sacrificial Lamb was and laying, in a manger where the animals from those that rode from Jerusalem for their lambs were being kept. Again, lambs are born in the spring and Bethlehem was chosen by the Lord God as the place where the Lamb of God would be born.

So what meaneth this December 25th Holy Day. My Saviour, the Lamb of God, was born when and where the sacrificial lambs were born in the Spring, Seedtime, when, in 33 years, he would be my Passover lamb.
 Luk 2:9 - And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 Luk 2:10 - And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 Luk 2:11- For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord

 

 

 

 

       
     
 
   

 

 

 

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