The Star of Bethlehem

Matthew 2:7 - Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

The birth of Jesus Christ is one of the greatest times for all mankind (time is based on it BC & AD). It was awaited since ages and lots of scriptures gave clues to the time about when He would be born. God did not try to do it secretly but on the contrary announced a great sign in the sky indicating the birth of the child.

In the New Testament we do not read of Jesus's birth being celebrated, but yet they did if one understands how the birth of Jesus was celebrated since the time of Moses and the Apostles and early disciples celebrated the Jewish festivals.

Since many years mankind has been deceived to celebrate a pagan festival in the name of Jesus. One measuring tool to know how greatly man has been deceived is by seeing how the world is deceived not to celebrate Jesus' birth but to celebrate a pagan festival; deceit has so great blinded the eyes and minds of people that even though they add the word Christ to a pagan ceremony called Mass yet they think it is okay and celebrate it.

When I speak to people on it they state 2 things
1) Since we do not know the exact day we can celebrate the birth of Christ any day
2) As far as we are celebrating Christ's birth it does not matter what we call it

Let me tell you both these are lies and misconception of people.
1) The exact date of Jesus' birth according the Jewish calendar is given in the Bible.
2) Secondly it is a commandment of God that this day be celebrated as a feast since it important date to the building of the Church. It was one of the 3 feasts told by the Lord to must celebrate since all of them were shadows to things connected to Christ like the Passover (death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) and Pentecost (Feast of Harvest - when the Holy Spirit was given to the Congregation).
3) There are confirmations through scriptures as well as scientifically to prove the date of Christ's birth.

Let me give an example of the deceit. People think Jesus was born in a stable and make a cradle in a place where there are sheep, cows, bulls etc. All this comes from traditions made by the Catholic Church and not from the Gospels which are records of the event.

Luke gives a clear record of the event and if one reads without presumptions one will see the facts clearly.

Luke 2:6-7 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
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.

It states Mary had a proper delivery after completing the full nine months period. It says she brought forth the child and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. It also says where, while they were waiting for a room in the inn.

There are two things that confirm the location, one the manger which was a wooden box for feeding the donkeys or mules on which the people travel kept outside the inn. It says there was no room in THE INN. It speaks about the inn they were waiting outside. It does not say they searched all the inns in the whole town, nor does it say they went to all the houses and none would take them. It happened immediately while they were waiting for a room, very simple no complications.

Mary delivered the child while she and her husband to be (Luke 2:5 says espoused wife - yet to be wife) since according to the Jews Law (and the Bible) marriage commences when the man and woman come together and Mary and Joseph did so only after Jesus was born as written in Matthew 1:25.

Jesus was born in a parking area, in the open sky, outside the inn and was placed in a wooden box meant for feeding the donkeys and mules stationed outside the inn.

Coming to the date of Jesus' birth, there are many facts that confirm it, like it was not in December since the shepherds had taken their flock out to the meadows for gazing in the night. During this time it is very cold such that they never do it.

Secondly as given in today's message it says there was a sign in the sky at the time of birth. If one has knowledge of astronomy in today's date scientist have mapped all the celestial objects and their moving paths. There are software by which one can give a date and find what was the position of the stars in the sky from a given place on earth. By this one had confirmed what is written is true. Only thing is the moving object in the sky was not a star but a planet, since stars do not move. Secondly at that time there was a unique formation in the sky and this is also written in Revelation 12:1. It was to do with unique position of the Sun, Moon, the planet Jupiter also called King (the star that moved) and other stars. It happened over a long period, since the wise men (numbers not written as 3) came for a very far of place (some state as Asia). It was on about December 25 that they met the child when the infant (not just born child) had moved to a room/house (Matthew 2:11) in the town where they gave their precious gifts a symbolic offering meant for a great King.

So if Jesus was not born in December, when was He born?

This we know from scriptures and also the star formation. It was in the month of September that Jesus was born (that is why we got this message today as a reminder). To know the exact date study the feasts that the Lord asked to be celebrated and we see the Feast of the Tabernacle falls in this month. Trace the sign in the sky and it too come on that date. We also have another clue by tracking the birth of John the Baptist to that of Jesus for details are given which leads to dates.

We are commanded by the Lord to celebrate the great day of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Corner Stone of the Tabernacle of which we are a part of. Since long we have been deceived not to celebrate Christ's birth, but it is high time we stop celebrating the pagan High Mass which was an idea of the early Roman Church to stop the early Roman Christians from celebrating the pagan Roman feast of birth of the Sun god which falls on December 25th. It was somewhere in the 8th century that someone bought a statue of an infant and claimed that this day be celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ the real Sun (Son). Then started the process of blind people following another blind person and thus the world was filled with blind people.

Let scriptures be the light we follow. Let us truly celebrate the birth of the King on the day that the Lord has commanded us to that is on the Feast of the Tabernacle.

[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, the people do things according to their won understanding contrary to your commandment and then claim for blessings. Then they wonder why You cause problems to come instead of blessing to fall. And then there are those who think You are testing them so take pleasure in your wrath. Lord, we pray for wisdom for your people. We pray that the blindfolds fall and their eyes open to the vain this they do...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[ Reference ]
Luke 2:1-11
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
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.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
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.
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.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Matthew 1;24-25
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Revelation 12:1 - And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Matthew 2:11 - And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

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