Monthly Archives: December 2012

Can We Know The Real Birth Date of Jesus?

851d0e812c8bfb4572e964c1233a50c7Brad: According to this article the author apparently can narrow down the birth of Jesus

Can We Know When Jesus was Born?

Perhaps we cannot be absolutely sure, but there are some clues which give us an opportunity to make an educated guess.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem because Caesar Augustus had ordered a census in connection with his Silver Jubilee which would be celebrated in 2 B.C. People were ordered to register in their own city so Joseph traveled to Bethlehem because he was of the house of David. These registrations were generally ordered in the fall when the weather was fair.

Now notice these Scriptures, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)

A Psalm of David who as a young lad gazed upon the stars each night as he watched over his father’s sheep. David meditated on all that he saw and concluded that the heavens tell of the glory of God and that knowledge is revealed in them night to night.

“The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples have seen His glory.” (Psalm 97:6)This could mean also that the heavens declare His righteous One and all peoples see His glory in the heavens.

“He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.” (Psalm 147:4)Here we see that God knows each star and has a name for each one of them.

There is Scriptural evidence that many, perhaps all constellations were known by name during ancient Bible times. God asked Job –“Can you bind the chains of PLEIADES, or loose the cords of ORION? Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and guide the BEAR with her satellites?” (Job 38:31-32)

 The second half of Revelation 11 we see that the Seventh Angel sounded the

Seventh Trumpet which signifies the coming of the Lord.

Now notice what took place in Chapter 12 immediately following that blast –“A great SIGN appeared in HEAVEN; a WOMAN clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.”

Now this sign in heaven certainly represents the virgin Mary and also natural Israel and later spiritual Israel. (the Church)

On September 11, 3 B.C. the constellation Virgo (the virgin) appeared in Israel clothed with the sun and the moon at her feet from 6:18 pm to 7:39 pm. This happened to occur at the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets which is on the 1st day of the 7th month on the Hebrew calendar

The priests were commanded to sound the horn on the 1st day of every month so the Feast of Trumpets begins with the seventh trump of the year. As the sun was in Virgo and the moon at her feet the priests were sounding the trumpets throughout the land. Since it is reasonable to believe that Jesus was born in the fall then it is possible that the sign which appeared and the star which the Magi followed was Virgo, the virgin. If this is correct then we could see that Jesus may have been born between 6:18 and 7:39 on the Feast of Trumpets, September 11th, 3 B.C.

The annual Holy Day Festivals of God (Leviticus 23) picture God’s plan of salvation. They are held in three seasons, spring, summer and fall. On the 14th day of the 1st month (spring) is thePassover. Paul tells us that Jesus Christ is our “Passover” (Lamb/sacrifice) – 1 Corinthians 5

This is immediately followed by the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. After we receive Jesus as our “passover” we are “unleavened”, meaning we are without sin. Seven days is a number of completion or perfection. We are to keep ourselves “unleavened” and walk uprightly before the Lord the rest of our life. The Passover and Unleavened Bread is a harvest festival, the barley harvest which represents all the faithful from Abel to those yet to receive Christ. The barley harvest represents a harvest of souls, the church, spiritual Israel.

The next feast day is Pentecost which represents the eventual salvation of natural Israel. This is depicted by two leavened loaves which are symbols of the house of Israel (ten lost tribes) and the house of Judah (Jews and Benjamin). This festival is connected to the wheat harvest, so the wheat represents natural Israel. The date for Pentecost is counted from the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Fifty days are counted which is why Pentecost always falls on Sunday.

Then come the fall Festivals of the Lord. These are in connection with the harvest of the fruit and vine and represent the harvest and salvation of souls during and after the Millennial reign of Jesus.

The first is the Feast of Trumpets representing the coming of the Lord. This is why a Jesus birth on this day would be so significant. Primarily, it looks to the second coming of the Lord in all His might and glory and in great wrath toward the lawless and ungodly. Trumpets is on the 1st day of the seventh month (Hebrew calendar)

Exactly 10 days later is the Day of Atonement, a fast day when the High Priest of Israel would enter into the Holy of Holies, into the very presence of the Almighty and offer blood for the sins of the people.

It pictures the time after the return of Jesus when the survivors of the Great Tribulation will become at one with God. In means reconciliation. It also pictures the time when Satan (the Azazel goat of Leviticus 16) is put away. Revelation 20 tells us that Satan will be bound for a thousand years at the return of Jesus.

Then 5 days later on the 15th day of the seventh month begins the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles. This pictures the millennial reign of Jesus.

On the eighth day there is actually a separate Festival called theLast Great Day. This pictures the Great White Throne Judgment. After the Millennial reign of Jesus Satan will be loosed for a little while to tempt the nations and then be cast into the Lake of Fire to be destroyed. Immediately following this all the graves will open and the great and small will come forth.

These are people who never knew God or had a chance to know the salvation of the Lord. Revelation 20 says that the books (of the Bible) will be opened to their understanding and they will eventually be judged by how they yield to God’s Word.

Conclusion:I believe it is reasonable to consider that since God had Jesus, our Passover Lamb sacrificed on the very day of Passover in 31 A.D., that He also planned the birth of Jesus on Trumpets the Feast connected to the coming of the Lord.

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Is this the real origin of Christmas?

BradSnell_IconBrad: Some people call it a ”Conspiracy of Christmas”, or does it go back in time to Pagan rituals? The Christmas Tree is it a tradition or a symbol of paganism?

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Lawlessness among youth depends on Morals

01ff5b7Ray: Another author who has me on his mail list, Tim Blodoew has written an excellent article regarding Youth Crime which I think our readers may find interesting. Tim questions the literacy of todays academics for their inability to recognize that Youth who have “Godly Morals” are different from youth that have “Morals” without God included.

Dear Ray,
It is remarkable how illiterate today’s academics and professionals are. It should be obvious to Christians that professionalism is primarily a theological and ethical matter, not primarily a technical standing. Because of this, we should not expect non-Christian professionals or experts to be as competent as Christian professionals

In this respect, we are talking about Christians who operate Christianly in their sphere. A professing Christian who is in fact an operational humanist throughout the week is not what we have in view here.

The illiteracy of today’s heathen academic professionals was highlighted in a recent piece from Creation magazine:

“University of Cambridge researchers questioned teenagers about their attitudes to lawlessness and asked what criminal things they had done (cross-checking their answers with police records). The research provided important insight into last year’s UK riots – why some young people went on a lawless rampage while others did not. The study found that teenagers who avoided crime did so not because they feared the consequences or lacked the chance, but because they saw it as wrong. Conversely, teenagers with little sense of right and wrong were responsible for the vast majority of juvenile crimes. The lack of a sense of morality was the single most important factor in teenagers breaking the law.

“Professor Per-Olof H. Wikström who led the study observed: ‘The idea that opportunity makes the thief – that young people will inevitably commit crime in certain environments – runs counter to our findings’. Academics around the world have heralded the research as ‘groundbreaking’ and a ‘breakthrough’ in understanding teenage crime. One US academic described it as ‘among the most significant works in criminology in decades'” (“Creation Magazine” [34,4, 23012], 11).

Reality confirms Biblical truth, truth that was reflected in ethics and social analysis within a Christendom that covered Europe and North America for generations, yet a couple of generations later, academic professionals are so illiterate that they call data which confirms easily accessible truth “groundbreaking.” That is remarkable, and evidence of how inferior, if not qualitatively different, the humanist/atheist definitions of professionalism and intelligence are. (This is also one of the fundamental arguments against non-Christian schooling.)

Christians should not dignify these people with the labels of professional, expert or academic. We don’t need to disrespect these people, but we should seek opportunities to highlight the irrational foolishness of the kingdom of Satan – the kingdom of Humanism – in contrast to the rationality and truth and power of the Kingdom of God. This is hard to do if the “Christianity” we live doesn’t look much different from the worldview practiced by our humanistic neighbours – seven days a well, 24 hours a day.

Let’s be different. Let’s be ambassadors of the King. Let’s be Kingdom citizens.

Tim Bloedow Executive Director

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Boy and Girl Scouts Of Britain soon to welcome Atheists

851d0e812c8bfb4572e964c1233a50c7Brad: In a recent article in Metro news Dec 5,2012 atheists could be allowed to join Britain’s Boy and Girl Scouts!

According to the article, the Scout Association plans to draft an alternative oath specially for younger people with no references to God in the new reboy girl scoutsvised oath.

As well, younger people who do not have a faith are also welcome to join in this new revised oath especially geared to them.

The Scouts have offered versions referring to God to Muslim , Hindus, and other religions, but none so far to atheists.

According to Wayne Bulpitt ,the associations chief commissioner, he wanted the memberships opinion on this new revised oath, to keep them up to date with worldly views as well as to encourage memberships.

”However throughout their 105 year history the scouts continue to evolve so they will remain relevant to communities across the United Kingdom” quoted by Wayne Bulpitt.

Mr. Bulpitt also states they are a value based movement and religion will remain a key value!

Seems to this writer, how can the Scouts still have religion as a key value of the organization, when they welcome people who actually believe in nothing of religious value?cross

One thing though Mr Bulpitt states is that he plans to keep the oath to the queen

In this writers opinion ,the Scouts seem to throw out all of there values and ethics over their 105 year history for the sake of new members, members who will disband the organization because of their belief in nothing!

01ff5b7Ray: I was a scout earlier along my journey of life. When I was, there was little evidence of true Christianity in the organization. Although we did meet in an Anglican Church. The leaders cursed, drank, smoked and were not church attenders for the most part. There was no restriction on joining as evidenced by the leaders themselves. I imagine the oath to the queen and to God were performed without belief by many. The organization was originally started by the Anglican Church and always intended for atheists and others to join but it intended to influence them by befriending them in the name of Christ. And Atheists and the like were never turned away. (The oaths of allegiance were uttered by the atheists in those days when they were less militant against the organization and society in general.)

This is the fate of many Christian formed organizations which actually had there start as an attempt to encourage Christian friendships. However many of them downplayed their purpose so much that Christ was pretty much never mentioned. The Bible calls it putting your light under a bushel. What good is it if no one sees it?

Another such organization which succumbed was the Young Mans Christian Organization (YMCA). Today it is secular. It long ago gave up on basing its code of ethics on what would be called “Godly Morals”. The same will happen to the Boy Scouts. It already has happened on occasion as evidenced by the cases of child abuse reported.

As a side note the word in Noah Websters dictionary “MORALS” at one time gave the definition “pertaining to Godliness”.  That was expunged a hundred years ago when Merriam took over the dictionary. It might interest you to know that the Websters dictionary was written as an after thought by Noah in order to accompany the Websters Bible that he laboured many years prior to produce. The Webster Bible has since  disappeared but the now corrupted dictionary remains.

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