What is yeshua's birthday

The 7 Feasts of the Lord (5)

To conclude the series on the feasts of the Lord, I would like to address a topic that is very topical in many Christian circles and not only show that the Bible describes the exact day of the birth of our Lord Jesus, but also the last feast that we consider, Sukkot or compare the Feast of Tabernacles with Christmas.

Even if the Bible does not place so much emphasis on the birth of Jesus as on his vicarious sacrifice on the cross, his death and his resurrection, it is therefore not unimportant when Jesus was born. It is of great importance to us personally when God, as with many other events, fulfills his prophetic predictions to the day when his Son is born!

Why did Jesus never celebrate Christmas? Why didn't he celebrate his birthday with his disciples? Why did "Christianity" move so far away from the Jewish roots of their own faith, especially because of Christmas? Have you ever noticed that Christmas has a purely pagan background?

The priests in the temple

We can find out when Jesus was really born from the Bible. King David divided Aaron's sons, the priests who served in the temple, into 24 groups (1 Chr 28: 11-13; 1 Chr 24: 1-4). Then it was determined by lot which group was on duty that week (1 Chron. 24: 7-19). Their ministry always went from Shabbat to Shabbat (2 Chr 23: 8; 1 Chr 9:25).

John the Baptist

(a) His father Zechariah was a Levite who served in the temple in the eighth week (because he was in the group of "Aviah") (Luk 1: 5; 1 Chr 24:10).

(b) The biblical calendar begins on Nissan 1st (March / April). During the feasts of "Passover" and "Shavuot" all priests had to be present in Jerusalem, which means that the 8th week is shifted to the 10th week.

(c) John the Baptist was received shortly afterwards (Luke 1: 23-24).

(d) Forty weeks later, John the Baptist was born on Passover. It is striking that Yeshua called John "Elijah" (Matt 17: 10-13; Luk 1:17). Jews still keep a chair free for Elijah on Passover and are keen for him to come. Jesus said that he already came and that they did not recognize him.

John the Baptist was born on Passover (15th Nissan).


(a) Jesus was received 6 months after John the Baptist (Luke 1: 24-27). (The "sixth month" refers to the pregnancy, not to the calendar! Luk 1:36).

(b) Yeshua was received on Chanukkah, the festival of consecration or devotion, the festival of lights. A nice parallel to this: Jesus is the light of the world: Joh 8:12; Joh 9: 5; Joh 12:46.

(c) 6 months after Passover (the birthday of John the Baptist) it is Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles. This festival lasts 8 days. If Yeshua was born on the 1st day of this festival, it means that he was circumcised on the last day, the 8th day (Luke 2:21). Both days were holidays with no work. A census was also very useful at this time, since the people were gathered in Jerusalem. Furthermore, Jews "fulfill" the reading of the Torah at Sukkot, since they arrive at the end and start again at the beginning, with Genesis. Thus, by circumcising Yeshua "according to the Torah" (Luke 2:21), Yeshua showed that he had come "to fulfill the Torah and the prophets" (Matt 5:17).

Yeshua was conceived on Chanukkah and born on Sukkot, the feast of tabernacles.

Even more interesting thoughts:

  • John 1:14 says that the word became flesh and "dwelt" among us. This word "dwell" is derived from the word for "tabernacle" both in Hebrew and in the Greek translation. God became man and came to live with us at the Feast of Tabernacles. He lived in a "hut", in a fragile human body (compare also 2 Pet. 1: 13-14!).
  • Shepherds did not bring their sheep to pasture in winter. (The animals were indoors in ancient Israel from November to March.)

Everything God does is perfect and right for the day. Man alone brings confusion and confusion.

  • Sukkot, the festival of foliage, is the festival of joy (Lev 23:40)! Correspondingly, the angels who appeared to the shepherds said to them: "Do not be afraid! For, behold, I am telling you great joywhich is to happen to all the people. ”(Luk 2:10) Sukkot was also known as the“ festival for all nations. ”The angel's greeting fits in perfectly.
  • The Feast of Tabernacles will also be celebrated after Yeshua returns to earth (Zech. 14: 16-19).
  • It was precisely at Sukkot that Yeshua said that he was the light of the world (John 8:12).
  • The Roman Catholic Church replaced the pagan "Feast of Saturn" [Roman idol] by proclaiming December 25th as the birthday of Jesus. Ironically, that very day was the celebration of the "Sun God" s birthday. The well-known "Sunday" comes from the expression "sun day" on which the "sun god" is worshiped. How far removed we are from the biblical day of rest, the Shabbat!
  • It was precisely this separation of the then church from the Jewish roots that brought God's curse with it (Gen 12: 3), which we can still see today in many Christian circles.
  • Jesus was approximately 30 years old when he began his ministry and served 3 1/2 years. If we add three and a half years of Sukkot, we come to Passover, the day of his crucifixion!

It is true that the Bible does not place much emphasis on the exact day of Jesus' birth (as it does on other days). But we would do well (and the Bible attaches great importance to this!) That we do not participate in pagan practices. And also that we do not try to "Christianize" something that is not originally from the Lord or think that we can make it "holy for the Lord". When the Lord calls something holy, it is holy. If the Lord does not do that, then it is not holy either. No matter how much we can interpret into it, its essence will not change.

Can it please God if we ignore his festivals but celebrate our own originally pagan festival?

Purim and Channukah

Yes, but, one might object, what about the festivals of Purim and Channukah? They are also not in the list of the "Feasts of the Lord". I see a big difference between these two festivals and Christmas in that Purim and Channukah have no pagan background, Christmas does. Purim and Chanukkah celebrate the Lord's victory over the enemies of Israel and over Hellenistic thought and idolatry. So exactly overcoming the pagan! Christmas, on the other hand, is a purely pagan festival that is simply put on a Christian coat.

Much more important than thinking about the birth of Jesus once a year is that we don't allow pagan influence in our lives. We are spiritual people and we cannot compromise. "Or do you think that the Scriptures say in vain: Jealously he longs for the spirit that he let us inhabit?" (Jam 4: 5)

The direct comparison

Finally, a direct comparison between Sukkot, God's feast for the real birthday of Jesus, and Christmas. "That is why you should recognize them by their fruits." (Matt 7:20)

Sukkot = Feast of Tabernacles Christmas
Jesus celebrated it Jesus didn't celebrate it
One of the "feasts of the Lord" None of the "feasts of the Lord"
A festival of the Lord with a biblical basis A festival with a pagan basis
A festival of the Lord with a Jewish identity A festival that was started in order to consciously differentiate oneself from Israel as God's people
brings good fruit brings bad fruit
The apostles and the first disciples celebrated it The apostles and the first disciples did not celebrate it
Jews and believers from other nations celebrate together Gentiles don't celebrate it with Jews


The world wants nothing to do with the feasts of the Lord. But almost all unbelievers celebrate Christmas. That should at least give us food for thought.