Snow in Jerusalem is always a special and newsworthy event here. For some, it is a delightful occasion; for others, an annoyance.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
This month is also a winter month in Israel. There would be no grass for grazing and the shepherds bring their flocks in before the cold arrives, probably sometime in October. Yet, people still insist this is the season or our Lord's birth.
Jeanette take a look at this one on the Golden Heights. Its so beautiful.
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Michael......these are some fantastic photos. It shows me just how under-developed my imagination really is. Jerusalem under snow is much prettier than I could begin to vision in my minds eye. Thank you for sharing these with us.
Hi Jeanette, I am quite interested in your comment on the shepherds etc bringing their sheep in possibly during October. I think you have a very valid point. It has been suggested that the real date may be somewhere between the 15th of September to 15th of October. If this is correct and one takes the average it would be the FIRST of October. WOW. Mine and Julie Andrews birthday.
As you point out it does make more sense. I guess that if one did their due diligence they may find out the approximate date from Luke describing all the points of when the decree was sent out.
Then when he started his Ministry "When he was about 30 years of age. He preached for three and a half years and finished in around April or late March. I am guessing also that since the Prophecy in Daniel gives the exact time to Jesus "anointing" being by the Holy Spirit descending like a Dove at his Baptism and He was to be "cut off" in the midst of the week, this anointing started the final 7 years for the Jewish Nation as THE called of God. Cut OFF from the 2,300 day Prophecy which started with the third and final command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem put forward in 457 BC. The first 490 years of that 2,300 was specifically for the Jewish Nation. From there it is STILL the Jewish People who take the "Gospel" Good news of the Plan of Salvation as enacted out through the centuries of the sacrifice of "The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world" pointed out by John the Baptist.
In the life of Jesus there were over 300 prophecies fulfilled in His term of existence here in this world. If I remember correctly there were some 40 that were fulfilled in just the last 3 days to His Resurrection. Many which could never have been counterfeited or done by sleight of hand because they were done by those who actually opposed him.
Biblical Prophecy is incredibly accurate but often it is twisted to try and make it fit into places that just do not make sense and as you have stated, Jesus was NOT nor could He have been born on December 25. Right on with your comment.
It is also interesting how that 70 weeks of years is now bandied around to try and "prove" some other "prophecies". Since the Angel explained this to Daniel and the 70 x 7 is part of the whole, I ask WHY some folks want to use the 69 x 7 to get to Jesus anointing but then want to push the next 7 to somewhere way down in history to justify something else that is NOT even mentioned in the Bible. the Secret Rapture. From my reading regarding Jesus return, there ain't going to be ANY secret about it. What with Trumpets sounding and the righteous dead being raised to life immortal. THAT is NOT ANYTHING SECRET.
But I am guessing that twistings and suggestions for other things have been carried out for centuries to take the heat off certain guilty parties as pinpointed by prophesies which point out their part in deception. One can make something look like it is something different AND DO that quite conveniently. It still does not change the reality but does deceive many into a false sense of security and when all is finished, those deceived will then be prepared to rip their deceivers limb from limb. BUT, it will be too late. NOW is the accepted time to become fully conversant with the reality of what the Scriptures DO have to say. Prove ALL things and hold fast to that which is Right and Correct. You are questioning a falsehood. keep investigating my dear. Do not stop here, you have a long way to go and if you follow the ancient words, YOU will arrive at the correct conclusions. Blessings
Hello Robert.......It's so great to see that someone is actually reading our material even though they don't post regularly. For this, and your wonderful post, I truly thank you.
There are many, myself being one of them, that believe the birth of our Lord took place in the Fall season. It is my belief that it is closer to Fall than any other season of the year. We are not told that His earthly ministry began on His 30th birthday and lasted 3 1/2 years, so counting the months backward would not be nearly as accurate as we would like, however it closer than any other time. At the least, it gives us a pretty good idea. At most, we can assume almost accurately that our Lord's baptism by John the Baptist was in the fall of the year since his ministry began right after his 40 days in the wilderness and temptations from the Devil. We have just enough information to let us know that it definitely is NOT the 25th of December.
Had Jehovah God wanted us to know the exact date of our Lord's birth, then the Holy Spirit would have led one of the authors of those 66 books of the Bible to enlighten us on the subject. God did not tell us for a good reason. It was an event that every human being has done......they were born of woman. Jesus was the only one born of a virgin, but all were born of a woman. Likewise, according to Hebrews 9:27, it is appointed unto men once to die, so all men, including our Lord who came in the flesh as a man among us, must die when our course on this earth is completed. How-ever, there is only ONE who ever rose again, and that is our Lord Jesus Christ. This resurrection is the event that God intended and desires for us to worship. It corresponds with the Feast of First Fruits. There are instructions given in the Scriptures for the Jews to keep this feast every year. This is a day of celebration that is acceptable to God, our Father. Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, that the day of death is better than the day of one's birth. "It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth."
In ancient days, the pagans celebrated December 25th as the birthday of Sol, the SUN god. It became justified later for Christians to also celebrate this festive season and day as the birthday of the SON of God. Thus the two events merged into one. I personally consider it shameful that these two events should be connected in any way. As children of God, we are to walk in the light, no longer in darkness. Yet we combine the light and the dark into the same celebration for our Lord. Jesus said "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the otherl. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)
Robert, I hope that you will continue to study God's word and share your findings with us. If you are like me, every time you read a familiar passage, something new seems to show itself and we continue to learn. Sometimes I feel like the Israelites wandering round and round the mountain with Moses. But each time they learned something they did not know before. God had to get all of Egypt out of them now that they were out of Egypt before He could take them into the promised land. Otherwise the promised land would have been contaminated with the old pagan practices of the Egyptians. After 400 years in captivity, that is all they knew.
Have a blessed day and let us hear from you frequently.
Robert......Have you ever put as much thought into the death or crucifixion of our Lord? Think about what day of the week this might have happened. The one thing I do know for sure is that it was NOT on a Friday. Good Friday is another phoney day just like so many others. Think about it for a while and then let me know what your conclusion is and I'll share mine with you.