Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 21, 2013

Christmas

Christmas is short for Christ’s Mass. Some Christians decry the commercialization of Christmas. Maybe they don’t know that December 25 is not Jesus’ birthday. That date obscures the fact that Jesus’ ministry was three and a half years in harmony with Daniel’s prophecy:

“So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” Daniel 9:25-27

Christmas is really a hybrid holiday. The date came possibly came from Sol Invictus or the Roman Saturnalia celebrations. Many early Christians decided March 25 was His conception. His conception was probably near Hannakuh. His birth was in late September or early October, concurrent to the three Hebrew festivals I the seventh month.


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