Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Philippians 3:12 – 14 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – July 3, 2020

Philippians 3

Phil 3:1 For the rest, my brothers, rejoice in יהוה (Yahshua, Jesus). To write the same matters to you is truly no trouble to me, and for you it is safe.
Phil 3:2 Look out for dogs, look out for the evil workers, look out for the mutilation!
Phil 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who are serving Elohim in the Spirit, and boasting in Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus), and do not trust in the flesh,
Phil 3:4 though I too might have trust in the flesh. If anyone else thinks to trust in the flesh, I more –
Phil 3:5 circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Yisra’ĕl, of the tribe of Binyamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews, according to Torah a Pharisee,
Phil 3:6 according to ardour, persecuting the assembly; according to righteousness that is in the law, having become blameless.
Phil 3:7 But what might have been a gain to me, I have counted as loss, because of Messiah.
Phil 3:8 What is more, I even count all to be loss because of the excellence of the knowledge of Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) my Master, for whom I have suffered the loss of all, and count them as refuse, in order to gain Messiah,
Phil 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through belief in Messiah, the righteousness which is from Elohim on the basis of belief,
Phil 3:10 to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Phil 3:11 if somehow I might attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Phil 3:12 Not that I have already received, or already been perfected, but I press on, to lay hold of that for which Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) has also laid hold of me.
Phil 3:13 Brothers, I do not count myself to have laid hold of it yet, but only this: forgetting what is behind and reaching out for what lies ahead,
Phil 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus).
Phil 3:15 As many, then, as are perfect, should have this mind. And if you think differently in any respect, Elohim shall also reveal this to you.
Phil 3:16 But to what we have already attained – walk by the same rule, be of the same mind.
Phil 3:17 Become joint imitators of me, brothers, and look at those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
Phil 3:18 For many – of whom I have often told you, and now say to you even weeping – walk as enemies of the stake of Messiah.
Phil 3:19 Their end is destruction, their mighty one is their stomach, and their esteem is in their shame – they mind the earthly.
Phil 3:20 For our citizenship is in the heavens, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Master יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah,
Phil 3:21 who shall change our lowly body, to be conformed to His esteemed body, according to the working by which He is able even to bring all under His control.

 

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Ephesians 3:16 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – June 29, 2020

Ephesians 3

1 Because of this I, Sha’ul, am the prisoner of יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah on behalf of you nations – 2 if indeed you have heard of the administration of the favour of Elohim that was given to me for you, 3 that by revelation was made known to me the secret, as I wrote before briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you are able to understand my insight into the secret of Messiah, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His set-apart emissaries and prophets: 6 The nations to be co-heirs, united in the same body, and partakers together (a) in the promise in Messiah through the Good News, Footnote: a See Rom 11:17-24, Isa 14:1. 7 of which I became a servant according to the gift of the favour of Elohim given to me, according to the working of His power.
and to him was that grace given, that he should preach it
8 To me, the very least of all the set-apart ones, this favour was given, to bring the Good News of the unsearchable riches of Messiah among the nations, 9 and to make all see how this secret is administered, which for ages past has been hidden in Elohim who created all through יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah,(b) Footnote: b See Joh 1:3. 10 so that now, through the assembly, the many-sided wisdom of Elohim might be known to the principalities and authorities in the heavenlies, 11 according to the everlasting purpose which He made in Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) our Master, 12 in whom we have boldness and access, with reliance, through belief in Him.
He desires them not to faint for his tribulation
13 I pray therefore, that you do not lose heart at my pressures on your behalf, which is your esteem.
and prays that they may perceive the great love of Christ toward them
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Master יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah, 15 from whom all fatherhood (c) in the heavens and earth is named, Footnote: c Or lineage, or paternal descent. 16 in order that He might give you, according to the riches of His esteem by power, to be strengthened in the inner man, through His Spirit, 17 that the Messiah might dwell in your hearts (d) through belief – having become rooted and grounded in love, Footnote: d See Gal 2:20. 18 in order that you might be strengthened to firmly grasp, with all the set-apart ones, what is the width and length and depth and height, 19 to know the love of Messiah which surpasses knowledge, in order that you might be filled to all the completeness of Elohim.
20 And to Him who is able to do exceedingly above what we ask or think, according to the power that is working in us, 21 to Him be esteem in the assembly by Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) unto all generations, for ever and ever. Amĕn.

 

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Psalm 90 (A Thousand Years) – James Block

 

Psalms 90

1 יהוה (Yahweh), You have been our refuge In all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born, Or You had brought forth the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting You are Ěl.
complains of human fragility
3 You turn man back to dust, And say, “Return, O children of men.”
4 For a thousand years in Your eyes Are like yesterday that has past, Or like a watch in the night.
5 You have swept them away, They are as a sleep, Like grass that springs up in the morning.
6 In the morning it flourishes and springs up, At evening it is cut down and withered.
divine chastisements
7 For we have been consumed by Your displeasure, And by Your wrath we are alarmed.
8 You have set our crookednesses before You, Our secret sin in the light of Your face.
9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath, We spend our years like a whisper.
and brevity of life
10 The days of our lives are seventy years; Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet the best of them is but toil and exertion; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of Your displeasure? And your wrath, according to the fear of You?
He prays for the knowledge and sensible experience of God’s good providence
12 Teach us to number our days, And let us bring the heart to wisdom.
13 Return, O יהוה (Yahweh)! How long? And be sorry for Your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with Your loving-commitment, And let us sing for joy all our days!
15 Give us joy according to The days You have afflicted us, The years we have seen evil.
16 Reveal Your work to Your servants, And Your splendour to their children.
17 And let the pleasantness Of יהוה (Yahweh)our Elohim be upon us, And confirm the work of our hands for us; O confirm the work of our hands!

 

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Michael Jackson’s Daughter to Portray Jesus as a Lesbian Woman in New Controversial Film

This movie blasphemes Yeshua the Messiah – Jesus Christ. Judgement is right on the Horizon for the United States and the World. The Perfect Lamb of Yahweh is being Mocked and Trashed! Shame on anyone who would do this to the Son of Yahweh. Boycott this Filth!

Milton Quintanilla | Contributor for ChristianHeadlines.com | Thursday, June 18, 2020

Several petitions by Christian organizations are urging for the cancellation of a controversial film that blasphemes Jesus Christ.

CBN News reported that the independent movie called “Habit” will feature 22-year-old Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late king of pop, Michael Jackson.

Jackson, who is bisexual in real life, will be playing Jesus who is being portrayed as a lesbian who indulges in carnality with another woman.

E-Online stated that Habit follows a “party girl with a Jesus fetish who gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out by masquerading as a nun.”

Jackson’s physical portrayal of Jesus also features a nose ring, tousled waves and a traditional robe.

While the film has no official release date, a petition was made in order to stop the film’s release by Movieguide, a non-profit that seeks to restore Christian values to the entertainment industry.

Movieguide argued that the “Habits” release would cause confusion and mislead children and new Christians from the biblical Jesus.

Movieguide also noted that the film lacks the support of a distributor, hence the lack of a release date.

The petition entitled, “STOP HOLLYWOODS ATTACK ON JESUS” already has 100,000 signatures with a goal of 150,000, alongside donations.

“Hollywood is back at it again!” the petition starts. “This time they’re attacking the historical and Biblical portrayal of Jesus Christ. We need your help to stop it!”

“Help us prove that this Movie is unacceptable to believers around the country and the globe,” the petition concluded.

Another petition calling for the film’s cancellation was created by One Million Moms, an extension of Christian fundamentalist group American Family Association.

Elevated Films, who represent the US rights to “Habit”, was rebuked by One Million Moms for its “gender-bending” portrayal of Christ.

“This is a repulsive display of corporate arrogance and complete contempt for the faith of Christians,” the petition said. “You are denigrating Jesus.”

The petition also noted that the backing of the film deliberately insults “the faith of millions of Christians.”

“As a result of your actions, I’m letting you know that I do not plan to watch any of your films now nor in the future. I strongly urge you to immediately cancel all plans to release the movie Habit.” the petition concluded.

The petition currently has over 40,000 signatures.

Sign the petitions here and here.

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Bill’s Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Psalm 2:1-3 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – May 18, 2020

Psalm 2

Ps 2:1 Why do the nations rage,(a) And the peoples meditate emptiness? Footnote: a Quoted in Mat 4:25-26. See also Dan 2:44, Dan 7:13-28, Hag 2:22, Zec 14:9 and Rev 11:15.
Ps 2:2 The sovereigns of the earth take their stand, And the rulers take counsel together, Against יהוה (Yahweh) and against His Messiah, and say,
Ps 2:3 “Let us tear apart Their bonds, And throw away Their ropes from us.”
Ps 2:4 He who is sitting in the heavens laughs, יהוה (Yahweh) mocks at them.
Ps 2:5 Then He speaks to them in His wrath, And troubles them in His rage, saying,
Ps 2:6 “But I, I have set My Sovereign on Tsiyon, My set-apart mountain.”
Ps 2:7 “I inscribe for a law: יהוה (Yahweh) has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have brought You forth.
Ps 2:8 Ask of Me, and I make the nations Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth Your possession.
Ps 2:9 Break them with a rod of iron, Dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
Ps 2:10 And now, be wise, O sovereigns; Be instructed, you rulers of the earth.
Ps 2:11 Serve יהוה (Yahweh) with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
Ps 2:12 Kiss the Chosen,(b) lest He be enraged, And you perish in the way, For soon His wrath is to be kindled. Blessed are all those taking refuge in Him. Footnote: b Hebrew, Nashqu ḇar. Ḇar – Chosen in Hebrew but Son in Aramaic.

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Revised Biblical Names of Elohim – God, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh By Bill Perkins

March 10, 2019

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

Can I give such a gift as this,

To the Son of Yahweh – God

Born in Bethlehem?

Wise men from the East

Came bearing their gifts,

Searching for the One born King of the Jews.

They spread their valuable presents of

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh,

Before the Child and worshipped the One named Immanuel (Yahweh – God with Us).

Then I came to the realization,

That no gift I could give Him,

Would compare to the gifts that

Yahshua – Jesus gave to mankind.

Free Salvation, Forgiveness of our Sins, and Eternal Life

in Heaven with Him for Eternity.

There will be a time in the Future,

That every tear will be wiped from our eyes.

A time will come,

When there will no longer

Be any sorrow, suffering, or pain.

These are the gifts Yahshua – Jesus gives to you and me.

They compare better than Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – John 15:13 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – March 8, 2020

John 15

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener.
“Every branch in Me that bears no fruit He takes away. And every branch that bears fruit He prunes, so that it bears more fruit.
“You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you.
“Stay in Me, and I stay in you. As the branch is unable to bear fruit of itself, unless it stays in the vine, so neither you, unless you stay in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who stays in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit. Because without Me you are able to do naught!
“If anyone does not stay in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up. And they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
“If you stay in Me, and My Words stay in you, you shall ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.
“In this My Father is esteemed, that you bear much fruit, and you shall be My taught ones.
“As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Stay in My love.
“If you guard My commands, you shall stay in My love,a even as I have guarded My Father’s commands and stay in His love. Footnote: a See Joh 14:15.
“These words I have spoken to you, so that My joy might be in you, and that your joy might be complete.
“This is My command, that you love one another, as I have loved you.b Footnote: b See Joh 13:34 and Joh 15:17.
“No one has greater love than this: that one should lay down his life for his friends.
“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, for all teachings which I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name He might give you.
“These words I command you, so that you love one another.c Footnote: c See Joh 13:34 and Joh 15:12.
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, for that reason the world hates you.
“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they shall persecute you too. If they have guarded My Word, they would guard yours too.
“But all this they shall do to you because of My Name, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
“He who hates Me hates My Father as well.
“If I did not do among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin. But now they have both seen and have hated both Me and My Father, but…that the word might be filled which was written in their Torah, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ Psa 35:19, Psa 69:4.
“And when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of the Truth, who comes from the Father, He shall bear witness of Me, but you also bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

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Muslim UN Officials Block Christian Refugees from Getting Help

Muslim UN officials are blocking Christian refugees from Syria — especially those who have converted from Islam to Christianity — from getting any help.

The moves includes blocking them from entering refugee camps and labeling them as security risks, a status which makes them ineligible for emigration to Western countries, including the U.S. and Britain.

In the course of a trial concerning a related issue in 2016, a federal judge chastised the Obama administration for allowing into the U.S. such a small number of Christian refugees from Syria. While the Obama administration exceeded by almost 1,000 its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrians to the U.S. (during the 2016 fiscal year), only 56 were Christian.

“To date, there has not been a good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy,” wrote Judge Daniel Manion at the time.

By 2017, after President Trump took office, he vowed to help the Christians, which make up 10 percent of the Syrian population. But moves from Jordanian officials working for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have thwarted that effort by labeling Christian refugees as security risks and refusing their entry into refugee camps.

According to a CBN report (see below), “The two governments that could stop this persecution of Christian refugees – the US and Britain – have done little to nothing about it.”

One official in the UK is doing something about it. The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, is suing Britain’s home office, contending that “politically correct” officials have been “institutionally biased” against Christian refugees.

Lord Carey’s attorney, Paul Diamond, explained the case to CBN: “You have this absurd situation where the scheme is set up to help Syrian refugees and the people most in need, Christians who have been ‘genocided,’ they can’t even get into the U.N. camps to get the food.

“If you enter and say I am a Christian or convert, the Muslim UN guards will block you [from] getting in and laugh at you and mock you and even threaten you.”

Carey says by doing nothing, Western governments are complicit in what calls “the steady crucifixion of Middle East Christians.”

“No simple measures are taken by both the British and the American government,” Diamond said. “It would be simple just to open up a refugee camp for religious minorities, for Christians, Yazidis, whatever they are, and they’d be safe. But no one does that.”

Meanwhile, as the report notes, Britain’s Home office is spending considerable time and money on bring back to the UK the children of ISIS terrorists. (Click to Source)

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Your Daily Readings -Verse of the Day – Luke 2:7 – December 25, 2019

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the entire inhabited earth should be taxed. This taxation was first made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to his own city to be taxed.

So Joseph also departed from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to the City of David which is called Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be taxed with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So while they were there, the day came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in strips of cloth, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same area there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And then an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very afraid. 10 But the angel said to them, “Listen! Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly there was with the angel a company of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 So they came hurrying and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. 17 When they had seen Him, they made widely known the word which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

21 When eight days had passed and the Child was circumcised, He was named JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

22 When the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be called holy to the Lord”a]”>[a]24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”b]”>[b]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 Led by the Spirit, he came into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he received Him in his arms and blessed God and said:

29 “Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace,
    according to Your word;
30 for my eyes have seen Your salvation
31     which You have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of Your people Israel.”

33 Joseph and His mother were amazed at those things which were spoken about Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Listen, this Child is destined to cause the fall and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign which will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And a sword will pierce through your own soul also.”

36 And there was Anna a prophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. 37 And she was a widow of about eighty-four years of age who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 Coming at that moment she gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who looked for the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

39 When they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom. And the grace of God was upon Him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 When He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When the days of the feast were complete, as they returned, the Child Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know of it. 44 But supposing Him to be in their company, they went a day’s journey. Then they searched for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for Him. 46 After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 All who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and His answers. 48 When they saw Him, they were amazed. And His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You dealt with us like this? Look, Your father and I have anxiously searched for You.”

49 He said to them, “How is it that you searched for Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the word which He spoke to them.

51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. But His mother kept all these words in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and men.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 2:23 Ex 13:2, 12; Nu 3:13; 8:17.
  2. Luke 2:24 Lev 5:11; 12:8.

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Proof that Yeshua was NOT born in December!

Did you know that our Messiah was NOT born on December 25th? It’s true! Yeshua was born on the first day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), which falls in the September/October time frame on our Gregorian calendars, and circumcised on the 8th day. How do we know this? Let’s allow Scripture to explain:

The answer about Yeshua’s birth can be found in Scripture:

Luke 2: 1. Now it happened in those days that a decree went out from Augustus Caesar that the names of all the people of his dominion should be written down. 2. This census first happened during the governorship of Qurinius in Syria. 3. And everyone went in his own city to be registered. 4. And Yosip was also going up from Nasrath, a city of Galeela into Yehuda to the city of Dawid, which is called Beth-Lekhem, because he was from the house and from the clan of Dawid, 5. With Maryam his bride while she was pregnant, that there they might be registered.

6. And it happened that while they were there, her days of pregnancy were fulfilled. 7. And she bore him a firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room where they could lodge. 8. At this time shepherds were there in that region were they were lodging and keeping watch there at night over their flocks. (AENT)

Miriam was forced to give birth in a stable because there was no room at the inn – because people from all over had gathered in Jerusalem for the census! (In those days you returned to your native home to be registered.) Not to mention, as we’ll see later, it was also the festival of Sukkot – Tabernacles – when many pilgrims came to celebrate in Jerusalem … which meant the inns were full….

Bethlehem is only about 5 miles from Jerusalem and so Y’shua was born there because was no room at any of the inns in either Jerusalem or Bethlehem. Yeshua had to be born in Bethlehem because the name Bethlehem means “House Of Bread”, with the strong connotation of House Of Battle. And as we all know, Y’shua is the Bread of Life” (John 6:43-51).

YHWH (Yahweh/The Creator) arranged for His divine Son to be born in His timing – as revealed in His Mo’edim – Biblical Feasts/Appointed Times; and that Son, Yeshua (which in Hebrew means “YHWH is Salvation”), has so far fulfilled the first FOUR of the SEVEN Biblical Feasts! One of the Feasts Yeshua fulfilled was His own birthday. Here’s a brief summary of how we know this:

There are 7 historical anchors to the date of the Messiah’s birth which narrow the range of the birth to the first two weeks of September, 5 BCE (Gregorian proleptic calendar). This article does not provide the details but here are the 7 anchors:

  • Both Matthew and Luke agree that Yeshua was born in the last days of King Herod the Great
  • No significant astronomical events were observed prior to 7 BCE which would direct the Magi to the birth of the Messiah
  • The “shepherds” were living in the fields, (Luke 2:8), so it was not yet winter
  • The purification period of Yeshua’s mother Mary for the birth of a boy required 41 days. Herod does not order the slaughter of the male infants till this purification period has ended and Mary and Joseph must stay in the area the whole time.
  • Three references in the Gospels about astronomical events reveal the time Herod was told of the birth which led Herod to kill infant boys two-years old and under
  • Jupiter, the “King Star” was observed rising in the east in late May, 5 BCE
  • “There was no room at the inn” reveals more than commonly known. The “inns” are filled because there was a census and observant Jews were preparing for the annual Sukkot celebration

All of these historical events narrow the date of the birth to the first two weeks of September (Gregorian), 5 BCE.

We know there was no ‘single’ “Star of Bethlehem” because the passing of time required to observe astronomical events and the fact that several astronomical events were needed to “direct” the Magi to seek the Messiah. There was a “dance of the planets” spanning 7-5 BCE which were perceived by the Magi as “guiding” them to Jerusalem. Central in that “dance” was Jupiter which ultimately appeared to “pause” over Jerusalem.

If you know the “Star of Bethlehem” was Jupiter, then you know when the Nativity was! The Magi told Herod “the time the star appeared” (Matthew 2:7) and Herod killed infants two years and under in response. That means the Magi were tracking the “King’s Star” for two years, because Herod didn’t stop from killing his own children (and his favorite wife!), per 1st Century Jewish Historian Josephus. In fact, Josephus says that Augustus Caesar himself remarked that he would rather be one of Herod’s dogs than one of his children. The only “star of kings” the Magi would have known was Jupiter. “Magi” refers to Zoroastrian priests from either Babylon or Persia (now Iran or Iraq), both areas are EAST of Israel and the Magi tracked a triple conjunction of Jupiter (the king’s planet) and Saturn (the savior planet for the Jews) throughout 7 BCE in Aries (the zodiac sign for Syria and Israel in their mythology).

Zoroastrians had a myth that their version of Messiah, called “Saoshyant” in their scriptures, would be born “in the west, in a foreign land.” When a triple conjunction (a three-time pairing of Jupiter and Saturn), and other events, all began in 7 BCE, they knew they had to grab their bags and incense and go. Jupiter went into conjunction with the sun and “died”. When it emerged triumphantly from behind the sun the Magi resumed tracking its motion and in mid 6 BCE they continued tracking its apparent westward motion until it “paused” over Bethlehem on Sept. 5 BCE. Planets, of course, don’t “pause”, but the outer planets (Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) do appear to “pause” by retrograde motion. In 5 BCE, Jupiter’s retrograde motion made it “stand still” for several nights, perfectly positioned to look like it was stationary over Jerusalem. That led them to Jerusalem, actually Bethlehem.

There they found the Messiah! But wait! The “pausing” of Jupiter was in the range of the 19th to the 20th of September (Gregorian) in 5 BCE and the Magi found the “boy” in the manger! Only in the ancient languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) does the term “boy” mean something besides “infant”! The magi had arrived after the infant was circumcised! Only after circumcision is a male child called a “boy”. But that only narrows down the date of the birth to at least 8 days before the Magi arrived. But we know the season was Sukkot, there was a census, and that Mary and Joseph were forced to find shelter in a barn or sukkah, we know the date of the birth is narrowed to 11-14 September (Gregorian), 5 BCE.

Now as Paul Harvey would have said: “Here is a strange…” Former Air Force lieutenant colonel, William Welker, and life-long amateur astronomer with degrees in Physics found there was also a “well placed” total lunar eclipse on September 13, 5 BCE, which was the night of 14-15 Tishri that year (by the moon; not by the modern, calculated Jewish calendar) – the beginning of Sukkot. By “well placed”, Welker explained that it began in the evening about 9:30 PM in Israel, and the entire total eclipse was easily seen throughout the entire land with totality ending about 11 PM. This was the day, and possibly the time of the birth of the Messiah!

Furthermore, if that is not compelling enough:

  • Shepherds do not “abide in the fields” in December with their sheep in Israel, not 2,000 years ago and not now. It is well known that shepherds stay in shelters starting in November, with the arrival of the rainy season.
  • Luke tells us Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, served 15 months in the Temple before Messiah was born. Luke gives us the name of the course of duty: Abijah (Luke 1:5). Guess what? We know when the Priests of the order of Abijah served during this time, we add 15 months it comes to Sept, 5 BCE.
  • Likewise we can date the first census of Qurinius as well, as Romans counted folks every 14 years and people in Egypt – like Josef and Mary – were forced to return to their ANCESTRAL HOMES to pay the tax. This is verified in the Bible; it is not open to interpretation!
  • Luke and John synch on the same year for the beginning of Messiah’s ministry: 27 BCE. How do we know that? Forty-six years from the beginning of Herod’s temple and the 15th year of Tiberius bring us to the same year. Co-regencies were counted as part of Roman rule, so Tiberius co-ruled with Augustus starting in 12 CE. Josephus says Herod began building the Temple in 19 BCE. Then Luke says Y’shua was “about 30” when he began his ministry. By this clock, he would be 30 years exactly and a few months. (There is no year 0 so 4 years to 1 BCE +26 to arrive at Rosh hashanna = 30 CE).

Yeshua, our Messiah was born 15 Tishri (September 13th (Gregorian proleptic)), 5 BCE, under the “sign” of a total lunar eclipse. (Click to Source)


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