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The Logical Day to Celebrate the Birth of the Messiah Is December 25th
A Judeo Religious Day of Note
the Babylonian Exile
The purpose of this brief document is to explore the Divine Logic
which moved the early Christian leaders to fix the celebration of the
Jesus Christ on December 25th.
Although we have had this matter in the proverbial inkwell for
years, Heaven gave us the "Go Ahead" in the form of the following
communication received in the year 2005 from one of our friends:
Why do we continue
celebrating Christmas on December 25th which is part of some old pagan
celebration of light coinciding
with the shortest day of the year? Why not make the Easter celebrations
the focal point for Christian celebrations?
Keeping very clear in mind that Jesus
is a Jew, born under the Mosaic Law and from a Jewish Mother and is
indeed the promised Messiah, we should then seek the logic used by His
Father in moving men to celebrate the date of His birth on December
25th. Notice, we say "celebrate" and are not stating that His birth
indeed took place on that date, although it could have very well been.
History has it that it was not until A.D. 350, that December 25 was
declared the official date for celebrating Christmas by Pope Julius I.
When the then leaders of the Christianity decided to settle upon a date
celebrate the event, they chose the day of the winter solstice (as it
was on the then current Julian calendar), since it coincided with some
rival religions' celebrations and the rebirth of the sun, symbolized by
bon-fires and yule logs.
December 25 was a festival long before the
conversion of the Germanic peoples to Christianity, so it seemed
fitting to them that the time of their winter festival would also be
the time to celebrate the birth of Christ. The darkness of paganism
that had frightened and threatened to defeat the spirit of the ancient
people, was forever defeated by the coming of Christ.
Well, that was man's logic. They
felt they needed to
tie-in to a Pagan rite so that the celebration of the Birth of the
Messiah - the true Savior of the World - would become popular. Their
own lack of Faith (1)
prevented them from believing that God, the Father, by His Own Divine
Right, would see that the celebration of the birth of His Son would
take hold on its
own without resorting to the trickery shamelessly and frequently
used by the
Church Administration in an effort to "create" faith.
The date was set on the right day and month, for all the wrong reasons (2).
Why God chose that particular day? Well, as
we have consistently reminded the Faithful, Jesus was a Jew. (3)
Thus, scrolling back to the time of the
destruction of Jerusalem and the great captivity of the Jews by
Nabuchodonosor, the mighty King of Babylon, around the year 586 BC, we
find Jehoiachin (Jechonias), King of Judea, amongst the captives. Then,
right after the ascension of Evil-merodach to the Throne of Babylon,
something marvelous happens as related by dear Jeremiah [52:31-34]:
And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of
the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the
five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of
Babylon, in the first year of his reign, lifted up the head of
Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison; And he
spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings
that were with him in Babylon, and changed his prison garments.
And Jehoiachin did eat bread before him continually all the days of his
life: and for his allowance, there was a continual allowance
given him by the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of
his death, all the days of his life.
Lo and behold! A key link in the genealogy of
Jesus [Matthew 1:2-16]
is saved and restored to his throne on the five and twentieth day of
the twelfth month by his own captors.
Well, there you have it, the five and twentieth day of the twelfth month : December
Refreshing the mind of the Faithful regarding
the genealogy of Jesus we read in Matthew 1:17 the following:
all the generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations;
and from David unto the carrying away to Babylon fourteen generations;
and from the carrying away to Babylon unto the Christ fourteen
Thus, David was a key link between the first and second sets of
fourteen generations in the Genealogy of Jesus and Jehoiachin was the other key link, this time, between
the second and third sets of generations which led to the birth of
some will say, while quickly
adding "There is a calendar problem!
The twelfth month for Jews is not
like our twelfth month, December."
As if God would not have thought of that too!
The names of the twelve months are of Babylonian origin. Israel adopted
all twelve months of the Babylonian calendar as their civil calendar
the twelfth month in our
current civil calendar
(Gregorian) is December. That is, when we
read in Jeremiah about the "twelfth month", it is the twelfth month of the civil
calendar and not
of the Jewish
But that is not all. Since God likes to cover all the angles associated
with the execution of His Will....
we celebrate Christmas, the Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights
(Chanukah). This Jewish holiday commemorates the victory of the
Jews over the Hellenistic Syrians back in 165 BC. After their victory,
the Maccabees went in to clean and dedicate the Holy Temple in
Jerusalem that the Syrians had defiled.
The Judean heroes could find little undefiled lamp oil. Miraculously,
the tiny amount they did find kept the lamps going eight days
new oil could be had. Thus, the
miracle is celebrated with the
lighting of the Chanukah candles over eight days
And just exactly on what day did that such festival started originally?
In 1 Macabees 4: 52 we read exactly when:
they arose before morning on the five and twentieth day of the
ninth month (which is the month of Tevet)....
...and that would have been exactly our December 25th of today! But
that is not all.
Ninth month? That is the exact period of Mary's gestation of Jesus
which started on March 25th, which, Lo and Behold! is the first month
of the Jewish Religious Calendar. We would not doubt it at all if upon
accurate calculations, on the year Jesus was born (5 B.C.), the
Annunciation did take place exactly on the first day of the Jewish
By the way, God moved us to prepare this document in the year 2005 and,
in this year, the Feast of Purim celebrated on March 25th,
Feast of the Annunciation.
The reader may ask: So? What does
the Feast of Purim has to do with any of this?
Feast of Purim celebrates how the Jews of Persia
narrowly escaped annihilation thanks
to the bravery of Queen Esther. (5) Now,
thanks to the bravery of Mary, humanity also narrowly escaped
thorough its Redemption brought about by Jesus Christ -
the true and only Savior of humanity - born
Amazing, isn't it?
Now.... How do the eight days of Chanukah celebration relate to any of
this? It just happens that the Octave of Christmas counts the days from
December 25th until Jesus is circumcised,
something that is not a fabrication of the Church leaders since it was,
and is, the
It seems that we could go on indefinitely "connecting dots" since, in
spite of man, everything from God is coherent and harmonious.
always, and thanks be to Him!, God had the last word. The celebration
of His Son's Birth could not have been set on a better date -
regardless of what flawed human reasoning was used to set it on
Now perhaps the Faithful may understand why it seems that miguel de
Portugal keeps denouncing some (some, not all!) of the Roman
Church Administrators while upholding the foundations of the Catholic
Faith to the last word (6)
As you have been reminded through the above example, even satan has to
serve God, and
even if the motives of the leaders of Christianity were totally
God's Will was done!
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