25th, 5 B.C.
Merry Conception Day!
the Baptist didn't just happen along.
His birth was perfectly planned, perfectly timed,
and perfectly well announced by a very high ranking angel,
and Luke perfectly documents it with specific and revealing details.
think for one minute that the Holy Spirit moved Luke
to just tell a nice "story" of the birth of John and Jesus
so we could have material for Christmas plays and pageants.
are no "filler words" and wasted space in the Word of God.
Therefore much can be learned when one knows
there is a reason and a purpose for ALL that is written.
if you take the time to read and rightly divide the account of Luke
concerning how John the Baptist was SENT into this world
you will discover some amazing truths which are "hidden" from the majority of Christianity.
they [the amazing truths] are only "hidden"
because people refuse to "take heed" and study His Word seriously,
like as if it was written from the Creator of all the Universe.
Either the Bible is the Word of God, or it isn't!
Your belief as to the verity of that statement determines the seriousness of your study.
here are some examples of the wonderful gems
you can possess from reading the account of John the Baptist's birth:
Why is that important?
Because it is also written that Elizabeth was Mary's cousin,
which means that their mothers were sisters.
Note: Mary's genealogy is given in Luke chapter 3 beginning with her father Heli,
who was of the tribe of Judah as the account shows.
Don't be confused because the genealogy begins with Joseph, Mary's husband.
Even a cursory examination of the scriptures shows that Joseph was the "son-in-law" of Heli,
which is what the phrase "as was supposed" means in the Greek.
Joseph's genealogy is given in Matthew chapter 1.
So what does all this mean? It means that Mary was 1/2 of the tribe of Judah,
the Kingship line, and 1/2 of the tribe of Levi, the Priesthood line.
AND SO, Jesus Christ qualified right down to His very genealogy
as The KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS.
Both the ROD and the SCEPTER belong to Him BY HIS VERY BIRTHRIGHT!
He is our KING and our HIGH PRIEST!
Is the Word of God perfect or what?
Note: Next time someone tells you that Jesus was a Jew,
you can confirm that they are partially correct.
He was also a Levite.
(Gem #2) The reason Luke wrote that Zacharias was in the Course of Abia
is so that we could know what time of year it was!
Why is that important?
You see, we are told that it was 6 months after John the Baptist was begotten
that Mary was found to be with child.
Do you realize that if we only knew when John the Baptist was conceived
we would know when Christ was conceived
and thus WHEN JESUS WAS BORN!
And guess what?
The actual DATES for the 24 Courses of the Levitical priests are GIVEN in the Book of I Chronicles, chapter 24:1-19!
How many people do you know who have ever read the Book of Chronicles?
In fact, for those of you who sometimes think that we're a little too "hard"
on the ignorance of Christianity,
especially those who are in charge of leading and teaching Christians,
then perform this little test anytime, anywhere.
Ask a professing Christian what the Course of Abia was that the father of John the Baptist,
Zacharias, was performing in the "Christmas story" account of Luke.
Your answer will be "The Course of What?"
You'll know right then and there that they are believers in the traditions of men
and believe Christ was born on December 25th.
They probably also believe there were 3 Wise Men when there is absolutely no documentation
as to how many there were (except for the song "We Three Kings", the lyrics of which are not scripture).
They also construct Nativity Scenes with the Wise Men in attendance,
when only the shepherds from the field were present.
The wise men entered into Joseph and Mary's house in Nazareth when Jesus was about 2 years old.
The point is, WHERE are the teachers of our people?
Well, if you want to know when Christ was born you'll need the Book of Chronicles.
We are not going to go into detail,
but you will find that John the Baptist was conceived around June 24, 5 B.C.,
and that 6 months later, on December 25th, CHRISTMAS DAY,
Jesus Christ was CONCEIVED.
He was then born on September 29th, 4 B.C.,
on the 1st Day of the Feast of Tabernacles!
Do you know what the Feast of Tabernacles signifies?
God dwelling in the FLESH, an earthly tabernacle, a temporary dwelling!
Is God's Word perfect or what?
(Gem #3) Do you recall the account when Mary, who had just conceived,
immediately ran to her cousin Elizabeth and the babe,
John the Baptist, leapt in his mother's womb?
Now you know the answer to the question, "When is a fetus viable?"
There is life at CONCEPTION!
I didn't say that life began at conception,
for those who are familiar with the "world that then was"
know that ALL of us were with our Father before He SENT us here too!
Editors note: We have no problem with celebrating the Birth of Christ on December 25; just keep in mind it probably occurred on September 29, 4 B.C. which incidentally was the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
In plain words the "Word became flesh", i.e. was conceived (see John 1:14) on December 25, 5 B.C. and tabernacled with us starting September 29, 4 B.C.
Note: For a further study and more details on the conception of John the Baptist
and the BIRTH of Jesus see appendix 179 in the Companion Bible.
There you will find some more gems explained.
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