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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Yeshua's Birthday

Yeshua's Birthday was officially changed to December 25th by the Roman Catholic Church to coincide with Mithras' birthday. In Greek, the name for Jesus-- Iesous --is very similar to the name Zeus. When Emperor Constantine decided to make Christianity the official state religion of the Roman Empire back in the 300's A.D., the people didn't want to give up Zeus and other pagan gods. Constantine couldn't bear to tear down the famous statues of Zeus in the Temples in Rome and Athens. So he instructed his new Christian priests to simply rename them as Jesus. All statues of Zeus were turned into Jesus! Early images of what Jesus looked like were heavily influenced by the traditional bearded appearance of Zeus. http://northernway.org/god.html#Similar

December 25 was Mithras' birthday before it was Jesus'. The Online Mithraic Faith Newsletter [no longer available] says:

“Since earliest history, the Sun has been celebrated with rituals by many cultures when it began it's journey into dominance after it's apparent weakness during winter. The origin of these rites, Mithrasists believe, is this proclamation at the dawn of human history by Mithras commanding His followers to observe such rites on that day to celebrate the birth of Mithras, the Invincible Sun.”

But the actual choice of December 25 for Christmas was made under the Emperor Aurelian because this was the date of the Winter Solstice and was the day devotees of Mithras celebrated the dies natalis solis invicti (birthday of the invincible sun). http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/holidaysfestivals/a/solsticeceleb_4.htm

The key to the accurate birth date of Yeshua is in the birth of his cousin, John the Baptist. The story goes back to before John's birth, with John's father Zacharias. Zacharias was a temple priest of the 'course of Abia'. There were a number of different 'courses' of priests, and it can be determined at which date the 'course of Abia' was on duty-- at least if can if you are a noted Hebrew scholar like Bullinger. Zacharias had a vision while in the sanctuary that when he got home to his wife, she would conceive a child. This happened as predicted-- otherwise the vision would have been forgotten. When Zacharias's wife Elisabeth was 6 months along, Elisabeth's cousin Mary also got pregnant as a result of a vision. Adding 6 months plus nine months to the date of Zacharias's temple duty, you have a birth date for Yeshua on about the 15th of Tishri in the Hebrew calendar, or 29 September in our calendar. http://www.angelfire.com/mi2/tribal/yeshua.htm and http://www.familybible.org/Teaching/Messianic/Birthday.htm


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