TIMELINE: Conception and Birth of John the Baptiser and Jesus the Messiah


Conception and Birth of John the Baptiser and Jesus the Messiah    
Rev.:  Nov 6, 2013; Jan 7, 2014; Nov 2014; Nov 2015; Aug 29, 2017; Nov 16, 2017;
Dec 26, 2018; Aug 1, 2020; Dec 14, 2021; Dec 23, 2022; Dec 29, 2023; Jan 27, 2024

John the Baptiser (Immerser):  Type of the Christian/Messianic [Believer]
–Forerunner of the Lord Messiah for the first advent
–the believing Christian and the two witnesses preparing and heralding the way for the second coming
–prophet in spirit and power of Elijah 
–Not the Light, but bearing witness to the Light:  people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light

–Proclaiming Yeshua as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world
–Filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb
–No one born of woman greater than John, yet anyone born into the Kingdom of Heaven greater than John
–Gabriel’s angelic announcement to Zechariah, John’s father, on the Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets (1st day of 7th lunar month of redemption, and a New Moon) — trumpeting the herald
— with conception following, possibly during the Days of Awe leading up to the Day of Atonements. 

Zecharias was serving his priestly duty in the course of Abia/Aviyah, the 8th of 24 priestly courses.  Each order served one week twice a year.  (Lk 1:5-12; 1Chron 24:1-19

–Priestly family
–Zechariah’s name means “YAH’s remembrance”
–Elisheva (Elizabeth), John’s mother, means “God of oath”
–Yochanan (John) means “YEHOVAH is gracious”

–The set (appointed) time of the Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets (in Judaism today referred to as the Jewish civil New Year) is a day to remind God of His covenant and of His promises and oaths; to be reminded ourselves of the same and to repent of our waywardness, turning back to the Lord and to His Word; to proclaim the way of salvation and to exhort one another to humble ourselves and to exalt the gracious Creator and Redeemer, our Father in Heaven and Lord Jesus Christ
–John the Baptizer was the herald of God’s faithfulness and holiness (Jn 1:6-34; Mt 11:7-15
–precedes the Day of Atonements, on which Israel’s iniquity, sins, and transgressions were atoned for and cast away:  Yeshua/Jesus, the perfect sinless Lamb, becoming like unto us goats (sinful flesh) and becoming sin for us

–John’s birth at Shavuot (Feast of Weeks; wheat harvest)
–in the 3rd redemptive month, and the time of the Israelis arriving at Mt Sinai after the Exodus from Egypt
–The Law and the Prophets were until John, but now the Kingdom of God is preached.
–I must decrease; He (Yeshua) must increase.
typifying the birth of the Church, the Body of Messiah/Christ, which bears witness to Messiah Jesus being our Passover Lamb, our Savior and Lord
–the born-again Christian filled with the Spirit of God from new birth
–prophetic ministry:  repentance unto the LORD God our Father and faith in the LORD Jesus Christ
–priestly ministry :  grace and mercy and compassion according to God’s Name
–kingly ministry:  self-control; authority in Yeshua’s name; royal priesthood in Messiah
–six months before the birth of Yeshua, meaning Savior:  “He will save His people from their sins”

–Yeshua/Jesus born during 9th Hebrew month
–A really Great Miracle Happened Here!  A  mighty act of God to celebrate!
–the evening of the 24th / the morning of the 25th of the 9th month is the beginning of the 8 days of Hanukah, commemorating the rededication of the Temple altar — the acceptable approach to God:  Yeshua/Jesus restores the eternal way and is greater than the Temple, and He overturns Gentile kingdoms (Hag 2:18-23).
–His circumcision would have been on the 8th and last day of the Feast of Dedication (the 3rd day of the 10th month); [The 24th/25th of the 9th Hebrew lunar month in some years coincides with the 24th/25th of the 12th solar month, December (the ninth month beginning with April), with the last and eighth day of Hanukah then coinciding with Dec 31/Jan 1, the new solar year.  The Jewish lunar calendar is adjusted for synchronization with the solar:  the Sun — the greater light — rules.]
–My own consideration of the time of birth puts it around sunset, so that according to the Biblical reckoning, Yeshua was born on the 24th (“this day, in the city of David….”), and on the 25th (beginning on the evening, sundown, of the 24th.)

–Winter, typically dark and cold (although Bethlehem is not northern Europe); (Could not the God of nature not have caused, if needed,  a pleasant, early Winter — Winter begins on Dec 21 — night to go out to?!  Heaven and nature sing!)  Jesus came into the darkness to defeat the powers of darkness, beginning the repossession of the Earth and of all the nations back to Himself from Satan and those other divine beings who oppose the sovereignty of YHVH!  King Herod, the Jewish high priests, and Pontius Pilate feared the threat to their rule and ruler by the birth and life of He who was born to be King of the Jews.

–the Light (Festival of Lights, and the Festival of the Light) shines into darkness, and the darkness does not comprehend it
–from the beginning of Winter the daylight begins to increase, “pushing back the darkness”

Yeshua was possibly conceived at the redemptive New Year given to Israel, the beginning of the Hebrew calendar year (1st of Aviv/Nisan, a New Moon in March/April:  God began something new in the “obscure darkness” of pregnancy), and born near the end of the Western calendar year (12th month of December; circumcised on the last day of the year, leading into a new year, acknowledged by the whole world).  The first day of the Hebrew calendar is 14 days after Purim, and 14 days prior to the Passover.  As the Tabernacle in the desert was filled with the glory of YHVH on the first day of the first month, so Mary/Miriam — a virgin daughter of Zion — was filled with the glory of God through her conception of Yeshua/Jesus by the Holy Spirit, as God acted on behalf of His covenant people Israel, in Spring, when kings go out to war, and Help came from another place. (Ex 40:17-35; Lk1:23-36; 2Sam 11:1; Est 4:13-14 He was conceived during the turn of the first season of the ‘Christian’ year, Winter/Spring, and was born at the turn of the last season, Fall/Winter.  Between these two events, book-marked by Purim and Hanukkah – two Jewish holidays established by the people celebrating God’s faithful covenantal interventions and mighty acts on their behalf – is the redemptive calendar established by YHVH to Israel from Passover through the Day of Atonements up till the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles, and celebrated by the Church at the Lord’s Supper:  remembering the Lord’s death until He comes [again].  This timeline shows a harmony between the Jewish and Western Christian calendars, between the lunar-solar and the solar calendars which bear witness to HIStory.

Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah/Christ:  Fulfilling the Word of God and His Set Times (either providentially, or as revealed)

Purim (not an expressly revealed or commanded by YHVH set time, but providentially set by God and acknowledged by His people from the Scroll of Esther, during the time of Mordecai) 
–the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary that she would have a son named Yeshua
–celebrated on the 14th day of the 12th and last Hebrew month (Adar; corresponding to March), thus during a Full Moon
–“help for deliverance from another place”
–spiritual enmity and warfare:  Seed of the woman vs. the seed of the serpent

Hanukkah (but greater) (not an expressly revealed or commanded by YHVH holiday, but providentially set by God and acknowledged by His people), to restore true worship from the paganism that had come in
–In the Second Book of Maccabees (written approximately 80 BC) we are told that “on the very same date on which the Temple was profaned by foreigners, there occurred the purification of the Temple – on the 25th day of the ninth month (note: that is, Kislev, which generally corresponds to the month of December, the 9th month of Israel’s year’s start usually in April). Joyfully they held an eight-day celebration after the pattern of Tabernacles … remembering how a short time before, “they spent the Festival of Tabernacles like beasts… Therefore, holding wreathed wands and branches bearing ripe fruit, and palm fronds, they offered songs of praise to Him Who had victoriously brought about the purification of His Place. By vote of the commonwealth they decreed a rule for the entire nation of the Jews to observe these days annually” (2 Maccabees 10:5-8 Apocrypha))

The same writer states at the opening of 2 Maccabees, “And now we ask you to celebrate the Days of Tabernacles in the Month of Kislev” (2 Maccabees 1:9).

For those believers who say that Yeshua was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, because He “tabernacled” among us, once again we see how God has gone before us:  “There is no wisdom, or understanding, or counsel against YHVH!” (Pr 21:30)

–see Haggai 2, with its several references to the 24th day of the 9th month, Chislev  (Hag 2:10,15,18-22; Lk 2:10-11; 1:46-55 )
The Lord also speaks through Haggai about what He will do from this day and forward:
He will lay the foundation of the temple:  Yeshua is the true Temple (His person and body); He is the Cornerstone, the Stone that the builders rejected. (Hag 2:18; Ps 118:22-23; Eph 2:20-22; Is 28:16; Mt 16:18; 21:42-44; Lk 20:17-18; 1Pt 2:4-8; 1Cor 3:9-17)
He will blessGlad tidings of great joythis day in the city of David is born Messiah the Lord!  Glory to God in the Highest!  Peace on Earth and good will towards all mankind!; This is the acceptable year of YHVH; Today, is the day of salvation.
He will shake Heaven and Earth:  the heavenly host of angels praise God at the Earth-shaking news that the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the King of kings was entering the world in such a manner to take it back for Himself, overturning the kingdoms of this world, and the works of the devil! (Gen 3:15; Is 9:6-7; Mt 2:2; Lk 1:30-33,52; 2:9-14; Mic 5:2; Ps 2; Jn 8 – 10; Dan 2:36-45; 7:13-14; Acts 17:6-7; Rev 12:1-5; Heb 12:25-27 second coming)  It is also noteworthy that the 24th of Chislev was the Jewish date on Dec 8-9, 1917, when the Moslem Turks surrendered Jerusalem to the British forces under the leadership of Gen. Edmund Allenby during WW1, just over a month from the public proclamation on Nov 2 of the Balfour Declaration, and of the ANZAC victory in the Beer Sheva Charge on Oct 31.  These events certainly indicated in these last days that the God of Israel was very much involved in the affairs of men in the fulfilling of His covenant promises regarding the restoration of His chosen people back to the land of covenant promise, putting the Gentile kingdoms of this world on notice that their times were being numbered!
Zerubbabel would be His signet ring:  Zerubbabel appears in both lists of Yeshua’s genealogy (Mt 1; Lk 3:23-38), descended from David.

   —Birth and Circumcision on the first and the eighth day of Hanukkah
–10 lunar months / 9 solar months after Purim
–on Friday afternoon:  the second and last Adam, leading into the Sabbath eve, as the first and last day/night of the Feast
         –SabbathGod’s rest and refreshment found in His Son.
— The Shabbat/Sabbath is the 7th day of the week, bringing to completion, fulfillment of the ‘old’, that God can bring in the new.
–in winter; at a time not expected; 24th/25th of ninth Israeli month (Chislev; corresponding to December), coinciding [at times] with 24th/25th of December
–-A [truly] Great Miracle Happened Here!; The Heavens declare the glory of God, and nature speaks!:  a warmer than usual early winter night (?)
–Israel was commanded to celebrate in holidays YHVH their God and His mighty acts for their life and redemption. (Dt 16:1-17)
–Believers in Israel free-willingly celebrated and rejoiced from generation to generation His greatness and mighty acts and works. (Ps 145:4-13150:2; Num 10:10)
–Surely the Body of Messiah would have even more reason to free-willingly offer to our great God and Savior family and corporate celebrations of His coming to personally bring redemption and salvation by the greatest mighty act in human history (not to diminish the crucifixion and the resurrection)! (Phlp 4:8)
–the Light of, and in, the world; the true Deliverer and Savior; the God of gods was reclaiming all that was rightfully His!

Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and the 40th day of counting the sheaves
   —Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Ascension
nature speaks:  a colder than usual spring night of betrayal and the powers of darkness (Jn 18:18)

–from the 14th day of the 1st of the months (Aviv/Nisan; corresponding to April) to Israel through to near the end of the 2nd lunar month of redemption; begins at a Full Moon

–Passover <Exodus <Coming up from crossing of Red Sea:  Thursday<Friday <Day after the Sabbath–the first day of the new week (or, perhaps from Friday<Sabbath<Day after the Sabbath (Sonday) 

–Jubilee:  restored liberty and inheritance:  joy in YHVH

Shavuot/ Pentecost

–in the 3rd Hebrew lunar month of redemption (Sivan; corresponding to June) (on the 50th day of counting the sheaves from the day after the first actual Sabbath during the Passover week, counting seven full Sabbaths from that day of Firstfruits/Resurrection; thus always set to occur on the 1st / 8th day of the week, the day after the Sabbath) Lev 23:15-17

God the Father’s promise of the Holy Spirit 
–John the Baptiser born:  filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb

INGATHERING:  The Good Shepherd regathering the lost sheep of the House of Israel and of the other nations
Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets
    –the set time on the 1st day of the 7th lunar month (Etanim/Tishrei; corresponding to October) of redemption; a New Moon
–John’s conception:  herald of Messiah; God is gracious to remember His covenant promises and oaths to Abraham and to David
–John’s “Elijah ministry” preparing for and preceding the Messiah’s revelation to Israel
–“Repent!  Prepare ye the way of YHVH.”:  prophetic righteousness for the remission of sins
           –“Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”:  priestly grace
–the first resurrection at the last trumpet, following great tribulation but before God’s wrath poured out

Day of Atonements
    –set for the 10th day of the 7th Hebrew month
propitiary sin offering by (of) Jesus as a Man and High Priest unto the LORD God His Father
–scapegoat offering of Jesus bearing away upon Himself the reproach of our guilt and shame (Lev 16); Yeshua probably baptized on this day, symbolizing His atoning death
    —Jubilee:  [new] year of release proclaimed by Yeshua and secured through His redemptive death and resurrection
–The Day of YHVH
–Jubilee trumpet blown (possibly the ‘last trumpet’)

Feast of Booths (Tabernacles)
–the seventh Feast of the LORD, celebrated from the 15th – 22nd days of the 7th month of redemption; beginning with Full Moon 
YHVH God with His people — Immanuel — on the basis of the finished work of atonement; Jesus establishing His Kingdom on the Earth after His return in great power and great glory; the Sabbath rest for the people of God
–the fruit harvest
–Jesus’ baptism (at about 30 years of age):  the fullness of God’s satisfaction  in Man, as the dove rested on His Son
–water pouring ceremony at Pool of Siloam
–transfiguration:  glorification — the fullness of God’s presence in Man
–God the Father’s testimony of His Son, through and in Whom are His people:  “This is My Son in Whom I am well pleased (have found delight)”:  Immanuel
–each child of God, and the Body of Christ corporately, is the Temple of God in the Spirit, God’s dwelling place
–Yeshua led into the wilderness by the Spirit in order to be tempted and proved:  40 days in the wilderness/desert correspond to Israel’s  40 years in the wilderness after the redemption and deliverance from Egypt at Passover, which is commemorated during Succot (Feast of Booths):  we remember His death until He comes.  Yeshua succeeds where Adam and Israel failed!  Praise to our only wise God and Savior!

I did a quick count-down and count-up and came to this: Jesus died in 30 AD (which is 40 years before the Temple’s destruction; see corroborating evidence from a hostile third party, the Talmud, an unsympathetic source: http://www.windowview.org/hmny/pgs/talmuds.30ce.html; https://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/48/48-2/48-2-pp301-316_JETS.pdf). It is widely accepted that Messiah/Christ was 33 1/2 yrs old at His death. Having begun His 3 1/2 yr public ministry when He was about 30 years old, then He was born on the 24th of Chislev/December, 5 BC, by my reckoning, being necessary that He was born before King Herod died, whose death is historically recorded as being in 4 BC.  The magi from the East perhaps could have seen His star up to a couple of years before they actually arrived in Bethlehem, Israel. 
(Here are other links dealing with some of the historical confusion that has entered into the Body of Messiah/Christ:  https://creation.com/celebrating-christmas ; https://www.nowoezone.com/NTC07.htm )


    • Thank-you, P. Junkin, for reading my Timeline.

      I did look at the link you sent, with the article written by Bryan T. Huie. I will only say that light is SEEN, and being a newly conceived embryo in the womb of a mother is not seen, and even the mother is unaware of its presence at conception. That is not celebrated as being Light, but the birth is, when the baby comes into the world, to the light of day. Also, the articles referred to on your link claim that God is not one as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Both of these things I would say the Bible teaches otherwise than what you assert as being Biblical.

      In any case, the day will come when all will bow down and confess that Jesus Christ is LORD (YHVH), to the glory of God the Father!

  1. We are commanded to come up to Jerusalem 3 times per year for Passover, Shavot and Feast of Tabernacles. This is for us to see our King and be seen by HIm. All three feast and the seasons connected to them are a reflection of OUR King,they tell who He is. Yeshua is clearly seen in all. There are no commands to come up to see or be seen from end of Tabernacles (Sep-Oct) through Passover (Mar-Apr). The 7 sheppards of Israel also have births associated with LORD”s Feast Days; why not more so the King of Kings? When He returns we will Tabernacle/Sukka/under the Chuppa with HIm. Not under the Christmas tree, nor the holy berry or green wreathes. Those things are foreign to His Covenant Kingdom. That’s why Yeshua says, I never knew you; He’s saying you are foreign to Me, from another relm.

    Traditions are not all good or bad; however we have a command one of 10 to not bear a false witness; which Christmas is; no matter how much we like the tradition. All those of Easter or Christmas use symbols of many nations and speak of them to fit Jesus; when His Feast are designed to describe Him. If we are to be like Him then we will bear the symbols/pratices He gave to describe Him and we will be ONE.

  2. Shalom Sue,

    Yeshua says that He came to fulfill the Word of God. I have sought to show from this timeline that all of the ‘holidays’ are significant, and that even His birth date is a fulfillment of the Scriptures, with the LORD’s appointed times, and those He has otherwise provided His people, as a help in seeing some spiritual reality of the prophetic times in God’s hands.

    Thank-you for encouraging us. You Gentile believers have much to offer also, which we also need. Praise the Lord!


  3. Hi Howard,
    this is amazing but I confess I cannot grasp (as yet) most of what you have written. I think Messianic Jews, especially pastors and teachers, have an understanding of Hebrew and therefore the scriptures, history, meanings, etc that the rest of us Gentiles don’t have.
    We need it, so keep it coming.

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