If Jesus wasn’t born on December on 25th,
then when does the Bible say He was born? It’s actually provable and very simple. In order to identify the time when Jesus was
born, we have to start with John the Baptist… Because we know exactly how many months that
Jesus was born after John. The gospel of Luke shows that before John
was born, his father, Zacharias, was performing his priestly duties in the temple, when an
angel appeared and told him that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a son named John.
So, when he finished his priestly duties, he went home, followed instructions… and
Elizabeth became pregnant She conceived shortly after Zacharias came
home from the Temple. So, if we can determine when he served in
the temple, we can know when she became pregnant, when John was born, and finally when Jesus
was born. The priests were broken into 24 groups, or
divisions (1 Chron 24:7-18), with each division serving in the temple for one week at a time
(2 Chron 23:8), from Sabbath to Sabbath (2 Chron 23:8; 2 Kings 11:5).
They continued in their weekly rotation except during the three annual Holy Day seasons when
all 24 divisions served together (2 Chron (2 Chron 5:11).
Zacharias was “of the division of Abijah” (Luke 1:5-8), which was the “eighth” of
the 24 divisions. (1 Chronicles 24:10) In the year 5BC, which many scholars agree
was the year John was conceived, the first group of priests began their service on the
Sabbath of, what today we would call, April 8. Their service then ended the next Saturday,
April 15th. So, the second week in the weekly rotation
was from April 15th to the 22nd. Then the next week was actually the Feast
of Unleavened Bread, when all the priests served together.
This was from April 22nd to the 29th. Divisions 3 through 7 lasted from April 29th
to June 3rd. Then, June 3rd to the 10th was the 8th division,
when Zacharias served in the Temple. But the Feast of Pentecost was actually on
Sunday the next week, when all the priests would be in town from June 10th to the 17th
So, Zacharias would have been serving in the Temple for two consecutive weeks.
It was during this time the angel told him that he and his wife would have a son and
name him John. And, Luke 1 verses 23 and 24 say, “as soon
as the days of his service were completed… he departed to his own house…” (Luke 1:23)
And “his wife Elizabeth conceived.” (Luke 1:24) Assuming she became pregnant during the following two weeks, (June 18th to July 1st), we can
count the normal 40 weeks of pregnancy from that time and know that John would have been
born between March 25th and April 7th in 4BC the following year.
Now that we know the approximate time John was born, we can know when Jesus was born.
Because in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, Mary became pregnant with Jesus
(Luke 1:26 & 36) Meaning Jesus would have been born right at
6 months after John the Baptist! This would bring us to the Fall of 4BC!
So using this evidence from the Bible, we see that Jesus would have been born somewhere
between September 16th to Sept. 29th, in the Fall of 4BC.
His Fall birth actually corresponds with the chronology given in the gospels indicating
that Jesus was 33 ½ years old when He was crucified in the Spring of 31 AD.
And this Autumn birth would have also been on or around what the Bible calls the Feast
of Trumpets, a day that pictures the return of Jesus Christ! Being able to prove these truths from the
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