The Actual Birth Month



written 12-24-2002
refined August 19, 2011

by DJ. Love, Bnei HaMashalim

Although there has been much controversy concerning the year(s) for the births, deaths, and the reigns of various kings, pharaohs, and even governors that existed down through history, in no way does the year of occurrence alter the month in which the following event(s) took place.

Luke 2:2-8, 21-24 (KJV)
1 ¶ And it came to pass in those days (The Age of Caesar Augustus), that there went out a decree from (Octavian) Caesar Augustus, that all the (Roman conquered) world should be taxed (not just the Jews).
2 (And this taxing
[assessment/enrollment] was first (originally) made when (while) Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed
(enrolled/assessed), every one into his own city (according to Tribe. See Joshua chapter 15).
4 And Joseph, also, went up from Galilee
(far north), out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea (Herod's southern jurisdiction), unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) (Tribe of Judah)
5 To be taxed
(enrolled or assessed) with Mary (Miryam) his espoused wife, being great with child (final stage of pregnancy).
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
(trough for feeding animals); because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 ¶ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field
(also going to their own city with their property/flock) , keeping watch over their flock (taxable property) by night (Not a windy COLD & WET winter's night).

Some recent records in Israel include:

  • November 27th 2004, Record snow is Israel.
  • December 19th 2004, Coldest in 50 years in Israel


Israel is located, between 29°-33° north of the equator.
_The rainy season extends from October to early May, but the rainfall PEAKS in December through February.

Humidity is usually in the 90% range all the time.

Song of Songs 2:11
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

_The average low temperature for the whole month of December in Bethlehem (South) is 42°F at night, and 39°F for Nazareth (North) at night; this does not include a soaking wet nighttime wind chill factor.

_Shepherds do not watch or expose their flocks or themselves to these conditions, and neither do husbands of pregnant women on donkeys.
_If Messiah Yahshua had been born on December 25th. Joseph would not have departed for Egypt until after February 4th (forty plus days later) after Mary's (Miryam's) purification was completed and they had made their sin and burnt offerings. The average night time low at this time in Bethlehem would be a cold and wet 39°F with a much lower wind chill factor; Nazareth would be even colder. These are poor traveling conditions for anyone on foot or donkey, much less for or with a newborn baby. Shepherds aren't stupid either.

Luke 2:21-24 (Continued)
21 ¶ And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called YAHSHUA
(Yeshua), which was so named of the angel (messenger of YHVH) before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished
(40 days later), they brought him to Jerusalem (colder and north from Bethlehem), to present him to YHVH;
23 (As it is written in the law of the YHVH, Every male that openeth the womb
[First Born] shall be called Holy to YHVH;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of YHVH, A
pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

Leviticus 12:1-8
1 ¶ And YHVH spoke unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean
(not pure).
3 And
in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
4 And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days
(40 days total); she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.
5 But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days
(80 days total is twice that of a male).
6 ¶ And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:
7 Who shall offer it before YHVH, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female.
8 And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring
two turtledoves, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

_Because this time frame occurred during the Roman TAXATION (Enrollment/Assessment) that was proclaimed prior to the assessment period, ALL Jews would have already returned to their TRIBAL city (Joshua Chapter15) in time (not late) for the TAXATION (Assessment) on or about September 2nd (year not important) on the Roman Julian Calendar.
_Therefore, Mary (Miryam), Joseph, and child would not have stayed in Bethlehem any more than 40 days after the birth of Yahshua. That would be seven days for her issue of blood, the eighth day for Yahshua's circumcision, and the eight day was, also, the first day of her final thirty-three days of purification. Thus the day after forty days from the Messiah's birth they (now considered "Clean") departed north from Bethlehem to Jerusalem (for sin & burnt offerings), and then escaped to Egypt (where they remained for more than two years).

I really do not believe, that even forty days after Messiah's birth, that it was winter time yet
(when they returned to the Temple in Jerusalem), even after more than forty days in Bethlehem plus their travel time to Jerusalem. Why? Because traveling by night in the winter would have been a horrible experience for anyone on foot or donkey, especially with a newborn baby. Additionally, ALL Tax assessments, whether grain, fruit, sheep or other form of property assessment (except money) would out of necessity need to be transferred and placed into Roman storage areas prior to the settling in of winter, which is when they would be needed.

It is a simple fact of farm life that you store your crops and shelter your animals PRIOR to WINTER, which is in force prior to December on either the Julian or Gregorian Roman Calendars.

Matthew 2:12-23
12 And being warned by YHVH in a dream that
they (the Wise men) should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13 ¶ And when
they (the Wise men) were departed, behold, the angel (messenger) of the LORD YHVH appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt (from Judea /Jerusalem / Bethlehem), and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother
by night, and departed into Egypt:
15 And was there
(Egypt) until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of YHVH by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my (first appointed) son.
16 ¶ Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under,
according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men (for a period of two years).
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19 ¶ But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel
(Messenger) of YHVH appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
22 But when he heard that
Archelaus did reign (beginning 1 BC) in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there: notwithstanding, being warned by YHVH in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

_When the Assyrians had conquered the nine and a half Northern Tribes of Israel, the Hebrew people were dispersed and never heard from again, but when Babylon conquered Jerusalem, the Southern two and a half Tribes of Judah (Levites and half tribe of Benjamin) became their property (slaves), and as such were required to pay tribute to and/or work for their Babylonian conquerors. Later, when the Assyrians conquered Babylon they inherited the Jews as their property; then later the Assyrians (Persians) were in turn conquered by the Greeks, and the Greeks in turn were finally conquered by the Romans. Each time the Jews were transferred as Tax paying PROPERTY. Thus ultimately the Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks, and their Jewish slaves were required to pay taxes to Rome. These tax assessments took place at least twice during the thirty-seven year period in question and always on the anniversary of the Battle of Actium; which took place ON September 2nd. 31 BC. according to the Roman Julian Calendar.

Note: September 2, 1 BC on the Julian Calendar is actually August 31, 1 BC on the present day Gregorian Calendar. Thus Messiah would have been born very early in September (1 BC). There is no zero BC or zero AD. .
Now while it is possible for Messiah to have been born on the "Day of Atonement"
(Yom Kippur), it is not very likely. Why? Because the Spiritual symbolism of "Atonement" that is attached to Yom Kippur does not fit the scenario of fasting.  However, the Spiritual symbolism attached to Succoth or Sukkat perfectly fits the birth scenario. Why? Because by being born during Sukkat (probably the very first day of Succoth) he would have been born in a temporary dwelling called a "Sukkah" (which is a three sided shelter with an OPEN FRONT); meaning he would have been circumcised seven days later on "The Last Great Day of Sukkat" (eighth day of Succoth). Three months later it would become 1 AD.

_Now Herod died in approximately 1AD (near the very point in time when BC turns into AD according to current estimates), but prior to the Passover (March/April). Thus Messiah must have been born approximately 2 to 3 BC, and at least two years and four months prior to Herod's death, because Herod had all the children in Judea from two years of age and less murdered (Matthew 2:16). However, it is not the year that is so very important, but the date of the Roman taxation (Enrollment/Assessment/Tribute), which always occurred on the anniversary of the Battle of Actium, which is September 2nd. Julian or August 31 on the Gregorian calendar time frame; year not important.

Antiquities of the Jews - Book XVIII
By Josephus, a Renown Jewish Historian.

CHAPTER 1. (Selections)

1. Now "CYRENIUS" (Quirinius), a Roman senator, and one who had gone through other magistracies, and had passed through them till he had been consul, and one who, on other accounts, was of great dignity, came at this time into SYRIA, with a few others, being sent by Caesar to be a judge of that nation, and to take an account of their substance. Coponius also, a man of the equestrian order, was sent together with him, to have the supreme power over the Jews. Moreover, "CYRENIUS" came himself into JUDEA, which was now added to the province of SYRIA, to take an account of their (JEWS) substance, and to dispose of (Herod's son) Archelaus's Money; (after Herod's death and Archelaus's removal) but the Jews, although at the beginning they took the report of (another) TAXATION (Enrollment/Assessment) heinously, yet did they leave off any further opposition to it, by the persuasion of Joazar, who was the son of Beethus, and high priest; so they, being over-persuaded by Joazar's words, gave an account of their estates (tribal property inheritances), without any dispute about it.

CHAPTER 2. (Selections)

1. When "CYRENIUS" had now disposed of Archelaus's Money, and when the TAXINGS (Enrollments/Assessments/Tributes) were come to a CONCLUSION, which were made in the thirty-seventh year (on the Anniversary) of CAESAR'S VICTORY over MARK ANTHONY at ACTIUM, . . .



* Luke's TAXATION was then an event that took place during a year on the Anniversary of the historic "Battle of Actium", which battle took place on September 2, 31 B.C. ;This completely rules out the month of December in any year on any calendar (Julian, Gregorian or Hebrew). It is interesting to note that Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah or Trumpets) is equivalent to August 30, 1 BC (Julian), and August 28, 1 BC (Gregorian).

* Since Taxation, and the "Battle of Actium" both occurred on September 2; and Since ALL Jews left for their Own City (Tribal City) so as to be present for the TAXATION according to The Decree Of Caesar, The Messiah's Birthday would have had to Coincide within the same annual time frame as the Hebrew Holy Days of The "FEAST OF TRUMPETS" (Rosh Hashanah), the "DAY OF ATONEMENT" (Yom Kippur), the "FEAST of BOOTHS" (Succoth or Sukkat), and the "LAST GREAT DAY" (Also, Succoth). All of which occur between the last few days of August and early October every year, depending on the interaction between the Hebrew Calendar, and the present day Gregorian Calendar.

* THIS IS SIGNIFICANT, Because YHVH's Word is symbolism rich, and these last four Holy Periods are Spiritually symbolic of Messiah Yahshua's future return at His Second Coming (First Resurrection of The Dead in Messiah). Thus, we have the physical parallel of the "First Coming" Old Testament Physical "BIRTH", And The Spiritual New Testament "Second Coming", as well as, the actual Time of the Year that Messiah was born! EARLY SEPTEMBER!

This is much more probable than a windy cold wet rainy December; no shepherds (or pregnant women on donkeys) would be out all night with their flocks (or husbands) under those conditions. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of Jews (or more) would have been required to travel back to their city of birth under cold and rainy weather conditions in order to pay their taxes (be assessed/enrolled). This would, also, be a great inconvenience for the Romans, and a truly lousy time for trying to storage dry grain too! But more than that, September 2nd is the anniversary of the Battle of Actium, and the historic time of the Roman taxation.

Additional Notes

Note: * The Sabbath Month (7th Hebrew Month) Is Tishri., and Somehow It Just Makes Spiritual Sense That The "LORD Of The Sabbath" Would Be Born During The Hebrew Sabbath Month (Tishri), Which Is The Parallel Of The Sabbath Millennium when Messiah Yahshua Returns AGAIN... This is just another one of Yahweh's many physical to Spiritual parallels (anthropomorphisms).

Note: * In 46 BC, when the Roman "Julian Calendar" was adopted, December 24th was the shortest day of the year. Therefore, December 25th was the first annual day that daylight began to increase. Thus, the origin of the REBIRTH or Annual Birthday of the Invincible SUN.

In accordance with the Roman "Julian calendar," the "Saturnalia" festival appears to have taken place on December 17th; it was preceded by the "Consualia" near December 15th, and followed by the "Opalia" on December 19th. These pagan celebrations typically lasted for a week, ending just before the late Roman Imperial Festival for "Sol Invictus" (Invincible Sun) on December 25th.

In 1582 AD. Roman catholic Pope Gregory the XIII caused the current "Gregorian Calendar" to be adopted, in order to eliminate the solar time shift error that was introduced over the time period of 1,629 years by the inaccurate "Julian Calendar."

By December 1582 AD the shortest day of the year on the Roman "Julian Calendar" had shifted 12 days from Dec. 24, 46 BC. to Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1582 AD.

However, the Original December 25th 'Birth Date' was retained for all pagan Sun gods by the Roman "Saturnalia," "Consualia," "Opalia," and "Sol Invictus" traditions; which were now incorporated into the catholic "Twelve Days of

On the new Roman catholic Gregorian calendar the shortest annual day was numerically shifted back 10 days to the 22nd of December, where it remains to this day; while the original order of the seven days of the week remained unchanged.

Therefore, Wednesday, December 12th, 1582 AD, became Wednesday, December 22nd, 1582 AD, and the True Sabbath Day
(Friday Twilight / Dusk to Saturday Twilight / Dusk) remained unchanged.

Yahweh, the Only True YHVH, would never have allowed The True Messiah to be born on or near the December 25th birthday period of the pagan Sun gods; during the time in which virgins were sacrificed, murder was commonplace, and orgies the norm. This would be an entirely unacceptable association of Good and evil.


Do you really think YHVH does not care that people observe pagan traditions, and ignore the Salvation Rich symbolism
His HOLY DAY Traditions?


Deuteronomy 12:28-32
Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee forever, when thou doest [that which is] good and right in the sight of YHVH thy LORD.
When the LORD thy GOD shall eliminate the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by mimicking them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, "How did these nations serve their gods?" even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy GOD: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Galatians 4:16
So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?

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