The Word was made flesh.
December 25th is a very special time for Christians, as it is the time when the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us [John 1:14]
Many Christians have been taught that December 25th was the day of Christ’s Birth; Yet December 25th is actually the date that Christ our Lord was conceived, begotten of The Divine Power of The Holy Spirit, which was an Awesome ; Amazing fulfillment of Prophecy foretold of in The Book of Isaiah, and indeed is one to be joyful about.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself SHALL give you a sign; Behold, a virgin SHALL conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel.
Immanuel = meaning God with us; or; with us is God; . Now to SEEK out Christ’s Conception Date we must first go to The Gospel of Luke, Chapter One for a better understanding of the times and particular dates
Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias,OF THE COURSE OF ABIA; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
We see here in this above verse that Zacharias = meaning “Remember of God”, was doing his Levitical preistly service during THE COURSE OF ABIA, [ I Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Four ].
Now there are twenty four courses of the preisthood, which they served two times a year for a 7 day period, making a total of 48 courses, and all 24 preists would serve on the three major feast weeks. So once each priest had served each of the twenty -four courses which were assigned to them, then the courses would start over again, a total of 48 courses served in The Temple of The Lord.
Elisabeth=meaning “Oath of God”; And we will soon see through SEEKING The Scriptures that God would fufill His Oath through this one Elisabeth and her cousin Mary the mother of Jesus by fufilling the promises of both the forerunner of The Messiah and The Messiah.
Luke 1:6 And they [ Zacharias; Elisabeth ] were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Luke 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
Luke 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he [=being Zacharias ] executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
Luke 1:9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into The Temple of the Lord.
The Alter of Incense was located in The Holy Place of The Temple, along with The Golden Candle Sticks, and The Table of Shewbread. All these items were located just outside of The Holy of Holies. Now for two times a year, and for a 7 day period each time, it was Zacharias’ responsibilty to OFFER INCENSE during the course of Abia.
Luke 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
At the time of the incense, the congregation was standing out side of The Holy Place, which Zacharias was able to enter into being a preist as he entered in to offer incense at The Alter of Incense. The burning of incense was symbolic of prayers ascending up to The Father, prayers being offered up to The LORD, as the smoke from the incense carried the prayers to our Heavenly Father [ Revelation 8:4]
Luke1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
Luke 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. “
Luke 1:13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias; FOR THY PRAYER IS HEARD; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Zacharias had been praying to The LORD for a son, as it is written here that his prayer was heard. And it is this John that would be the forerunner for Christ The Lord, as it is writen in Isaiah 40:3. John= meaning- God’s gift or favour
Luke 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Many would rejoice at John’s birth because it would not be too long before The Messiah would also be born, and we will see through SEARCING of The Scriptures that it would be exactly six months after John’s conception that Jesus The Christ would also be conceived. John The Baptist and Jesus The Christ were six months apart
Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of The Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with The Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
And we see that John is under the vow of a Nazarite; Numbers 6:3
Luke 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to The Lord their God
This is John’s purpose, as he came in the spirit of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the father to the children
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for The Lord. “
Elias; is the Greek name for Elijah; There are TWO fathers [ plural ], our Father, The LORD our God, and then there is their father satan. MALACHI 4:5-6, John The Baptist was NOT Elijah [ Matthew 11:12-14 ], but came in the spirit of Elijah in turning the childrens hearts back to the father and to turn the heart of the fathers to the children.
Luke 1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
Zacharias is stating here how he and his wife Elisabeth are both very old. And he says ;whereby shall I know this ? He asks this with a doubting heart. As according to the upcoming verses we see this angel will mute Zacharias because he is doubting and does not beleive his Words. And its possible he is doubting this because he and his wife are both so old, and he is asking the angel for a sign when he asks whereby shall I know this?
Luke 1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
Gabriel meaning ‘man of God’. And this angel stands in the presence of God, meaning he has the priviledge of being face to face with God, our Father. But Zacharias is doubting, not believing these good tidings with regards to he and his wife having a son
Luke 1:20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou BELIEVEST NOT my Words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
Luke 1:21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
Luke 1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
‘Beckoned’ in the Greek is dianeuo; and it means = to express one’s meaning by a sign; to nod. Zacharias is trying to tell them what happened as best he can with most likely hand signs and head nods, as he can not speak
Luke 1:23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he DEPARTED TO HIS OWN HOUSE.
Zacharias’ course has now been completed, which was The Course of Abia. And as stated in the begining post there are two courses of Abia each year, remember there were twenty-four courses
[ I chronicles 24 ], once the first 24 courses are completed, then the 24 courses start over once again for a total of 48 courses each year, and again all the priests served during the 3 major feasts. Lets look at the two courses of Abia each year to figure out which ONE of the two courses Zacharias was actually serving at the time that Gabriel appeared to him. We see here, and make note of, in verse 23 of The First Chapter of Luke that Zacharias has now completed his course/service in The Temple of The Lord, and has since departed and gone to his own home.
The Course of Abia being the eighth of the twenty-four courses, each course however occured TWICE A YEAR.
The first course of the twenty-four courses began on the 8th day AFTER the begining of the Feast of Tabernacles; which was the begininng of the Hebrew civil year. So then the 8th day AFTER the Feast of Tabernacles brings us to the 22nd of Tisri. Now the 22nd of Tisri is equal to our October 6th of each year. Now Zacharias was serving the eighth course, and the courses went for seven days, from one sabbath to the next. So then we must count forward eight weeks FROM our October 6th=22nd of Tisri [ which starts the first course, that being The Course of Jehoiarib ], so counting up eights weeks from our October 6th will bring us to the eight course, which is equal to our December 6th through December 12th [ ending on the 18th Chisleu], and that is the FIRST Course of Abia for the year.
The SECOND Course of Abia for the year would come around on the 12th of Sivan of the Hebrew calender, ending on the 18th of Sivan, which is equal to our June 13th through June 19th.
And at sometime during this SECOND course of Abia was when Zacharias received the announcement from Gabriel of the conception of his son John, that being John The Baptist. Therefore, Zacharias is leaving Jerusalem in verse 23 of The First Chapter of Luke, and would not be able to travel on the 19th of June because it is a sabbath, Zacharias would then need to wait until the 20th of June to return home following the completion of his course, as it would be forbidden for him to travel on the 19th as it was a sabbath. Now we know that Zacharias is well stricken in years [Luke 1:7], and lived in the hill county, of a city in Juda [Luke 1:39], so the journey from Jerusalem to his own home may have taken him one to two days, arriving home approximately June 21st or June 22nd.
Luke 1:24 And AFTER THOSE DAYS his wife Elisabeth CONCEIVED, and hid herself FIVE MONTHS, saying,
Elisabeth conceived somewhere along June 23rd or June 24th, and according to the above Scripture has now HID herself FIVE MONTHS which would put us at about November 24th. Its likely Elisabeth has hid herself to guard herself against any thing unclean as her son, John The Baptist was under the vow of a Nazarite [Luke 1:15
Luke 1:25 Thus hath The Lord dealt with me in the days wherein He looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Elisabeth is expressing her happiness in that she was no longer barren, as at this time a women being barren was seen as a bit of a reproach=disgrace among the people
Luke 1:26 And in THE SIXTH MONTH the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
We were at November 24th or 25th [Luke 1:24 ], PLUS one month. This being the sixth month AFTER Elisabeth had conceived with John The Baptist, which puts us at about December 24th/ December 25th.
Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
We are at December 24th/25th
Luke 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.
And Gabriel will announce The First Advent
Luke 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast [= deliberate; reason ] in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour [= grace] with God.
Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou SHALT CONCEIVE in thy womb, and bring forth A Son, and shalt call His name JESUS.
Jesus = Meaning God is Salvation; God’s Savior; in the Hebrew Yahshua = Meaning God’s Savior or God is Salvation. The Prophecy spoken of in Isaiah 7:14 is going to be fulfilled this day, SIX MONTHS AFTER Elisabeth conceived with John The Baptist, this day puts us approximately at December 25th. [Luke 1:26]
Luke 1:32-33 He shall be great, and shall be called The Son of The Highest; and The Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David; And He shall reign over The House of Jacob FOR EVER; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end.
KING of Kings and LORD of Lords, this prophecy is still yet future.
Luke 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Mary is simply asking Gabriel how shall this be that I will conceive, because I know not a man. This word “know” as it appears here is a an idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. She is a virgin. And as it is written in Isaiah 7:14, a virgin shall conceive.
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and THE POWER OF THE HIGHEST SHALL OVERSHADOW thee; therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called The Son of God.
Luke 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age; AND THIS IS THE SIXTH MONTH WITH her, who was called barren.
Luke 1:37 For WITH God nothing shall be impossible.
Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO THY WORD. And the angel departed from her.
Here we see Mary as a willing servant of The LORD, not merely a hearer of The Word, but also a doer of The Word [ James 2:22 ], for she has said to Gabriel, who has given Mary understanding of how it is that she shall conceive The Son of God, Immanuel=God WITH us. [ Isaiah 7:14 ] Mary has said to the angel be it unto me according to thy Word.
In other words, all The Words in which Gabriel has spoken to her [ Luke 1:31 & 1:35 ], she is saying do it unto me. And it is here on this day, December 25th that we have our first Christmas, when Christ was Begotten through the Divine Power of The Holy Spirit, and indeed this is when The Word of God became flesh.
Luke 1:39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
Luke 1:40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe [=that being John] leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with The Holy Spirit;
Luke 1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, blessed art thou among women, AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF thy WOMB.
Luke 1:43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me ?
Luke 1:44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe [=that being John] leaped in my womb FOR JOY.
Luke 1:45 And blessed is she THAT BELIEVED; for there SHALL BE a performance of those things which were told her FROM The Lord.
Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul DOTH MAGNIFY The Lord,
Luke 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced IN GOD MY SAVIOUR.
Luke 1:48 For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Luke 1:49 FOR HE THAT IS MIGHTY HATH DONE TO me GREAT THINGS; AND HOLY IS HIS NAME.
Luke 1:50 And HIS Mercy is ON them THAT FEAR [ = meaning to reverence, adore, and love Him; this is a condition] HIM from generation to generation.
In researching these dates from the SECOND Course of Abia, we find that December 25th is when our Lord & Savior, Immanuel, Jesus The Christ was conceived through The Power of The Holy Spirit, and it is when The Word of God became flesh, and it is when The Prophecy which was written of in Isaiah 7:14 was FULFILLED in that a virgin SHALL conceive.
Now many may say that the first course of Abia, being our December 6th -12th has been overlooked in bringing forth these conception dates, of both John The Baptist and Jesus The Christ. And many may wonder how is it that it was not the first course of Abia that Zacharias was serving. And well, we have one very good observation in The Word of God to help, and that being that it were that Christ was born on December 25th than we would NOT have shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch of their flocks, as the shepherds at this time brought their sheep in from the fields somewhere around mid October of each year and the sheep were not left out in the fields in the winter time. And it is only within the last 20-25 years have sheep owners begun to take their sheep back out into fields for what is now commonly known as winter grazing, and this is done only in the most high quality pastures and fields, and certainly was NOT done at all during the time of Christ.
Also, Joseph and Mary together went from Nazareth to Bethlehem [Luke 2:4-5] for the taxing of Caesar Augustus [Luke 2:1-2], a census which determined the taxes that the people would owe, and it is not likely that the Romans would do the census/taxing in the winter time as all the people would have to travel [ Luke 2:3 ]. And with Mary being full term in her pregnancy with The Christ Child would not likely be out in the dead of winter, it would be very cold during this season, and its not like they had a car.
In calculating these conception dates, first of John The Baptist, from the dates of the second Course of Abia, we see that John would have been conceived somewhere around June 23rd/June 24th after Zacharias returned to his own home in Judea. Therefore John would have been born in late March of the following year. We know according to God’s Word that Jesus Christ, Immanuel, was conceived six months AFTER Elisabeth had conceived John The Baptist, putting Jesus’s Divine Conception through The Power of The Holy Spirit at December 25th; Therefore Christ’s actual birth would have been somewhere around late September, either the 28th/ 29th of the following year, which would equal the 15th of Tisri of the Hebrew calendar, which is the first day of The Feast of Tabernacles, that being September 28th.