When Was Jesus Born?

Much speculation has been put out there about when Jesus was born. Most scholars (as well as the general public) agree that he was not born in December let alone on December 25th. But can we really know when Christ was born? Although the star of Bethlehem plays a front and center part in the so called “Christmas Story” it had never come to my attention that YHWH may have actually written a prophecy in the heavens proclaiming the birth of His Son until I saw these videos below. Here are a couple videos which demonstrate the possibility and perhaps the probability that YHWH did just that. Interestingly they come to 2 different conclusions.

Michael Heiser once again sheds some light on the matter (no pun intended).

This one by Rick Larson one has a bit of a commercial, rather than  academic feel, but still is worth the time to watch.

One of the conundrums for both theories presented by Heiser and Lawson in these videos is that the conventional dating of King Herod the Great’s death is 4BC.  That’s one of the reason that Reasons to Believe (Astrophysicist, Hugh Ross’s organization) casts skepticism on Larson’s theory. But not so fast Hugh…

Not everyone is in agreement about the date of Herod the Greats death. The Catholic Register explains some of the problems with the 4BC date and comes up with a theory of their own in this article.

Do your own research into the matter, don’t depend on one source – be a Berean.

The Lord’s Supper aka Communion

There are many rules, traditions and doctrines surrounding “The Lord’s Supper” – but the question is are they scriptural? Dr. Michael Heiser explores and challenges some commonly held beliefs concerning this church ritual in his Naked Bible Podcast series – The Lord’s Supper

Not all of my questions about the Lord’s supper are addressed by Heiser, questions like:

  • Was the last supper which Jesus held with His disciples “The” Passover dinner commanded by YHWH in Exodus?
  • Was the last supper Jesus had with His disciples actually a traditional dinner (Seudah Maphseket) which was unique to Galalians as Tom Bradford of the Torah Class states in His article The Passover Problem Solved
  • In other words, is “the” Passover meal replaced by this “Lord’s Supper” or did Yeshua/Jesus simply mean to mind us that the bread and wine served at fellowship dinners should be a reminder of His death and thus we should “give thanks” for all He did and remember Him when we gather together.

Heiser does address some great questions in this podcast:

  • What is the warning Paul gives really about?
  • Should unregenerate children be fenced from the table?
  • What does eating meat sacrificed to idols have to do with the Lord’s supper?
  • Is there a special means of grace attached to the Lord’s Supper?
  • Are the bread and the wine Yeshua’s real body and blood?

How to Study the Bible

Michael Heiser’s Naked Bible Blog provides the serious bible student with excellent material on how to really dig in to the scriptures. Reading someone else’s paraphrase or interpretation of scripture is not where its at for me anymore. Of course digging in for ones self takes handwork and discipline…but its the best way to get the word and it’s proper understanding into your heart.

Dr. Michael Heiser, a scholar in the areas of ancient languages, generously shares his resources on his website and podcast…Some of the topics he covers are:

Jesus and the Virgin Birth

In chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew, Isaiah 7 is quoted:

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:22-23

Here is the Isaiah 7 prophecy given to King Ahaz of Judah by Isaiah by YHWH’s command:

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”

13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you[c] a sign: The virgin[d] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[e] will call him Immanuel.[f]15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. 17 The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”

This is the primary scripture/prophecy used to create the doctrine of the virgin birth. After actually reading and studying the prophecy in Isaiah 7 IMO there are some troubling aspects of using the Isaiah 7 prophecy in relation to Jesus:

  • The prophecy was about an event that was fulfilled several hundred years earlier
  • The prophecy was focused not on “the virgin” but on the events that would occur before the child was old enough to know right fro wrong.
  • In other words the “sign” God gave Israel to prove “Immanuel” God is with us, was the destruction of Ahaz’s enemies (King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel who had marched up to fight against Jerusalem (King Ahaz) but they did not overpower it. See Isaiah 7)
  • The sign that “God is with us” was not that “a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son named Immanuel”

Of course this also begs the question how are prophecies to be understood in the first place? Do they repeat them selves? Do they have double meanings that are unfolded later in history?

Here are a couple views on the virgin birth of Jesus as it relates to the Isaiah 7 prophecy.

Tovia Singer a Jewish Scholar (who for obvious reasons is not too popular with evangelical Christians) who has a ministry, particularly Messianic Jews, to bring them out of Christianity and back to Judaism.

Dr. Michale Heiser, a Biblical Scholar in Ancient near east studies and biblical Hebrew also addresses the prophecy of Isaiah 7 as it pertains to the virgin birth of Jesus.

Majestic 12 Papers (aka MJ-12)

The Majestic 12 is an alleged secret committee formed by President Harry Truman in 1947 to investigate the Roswell UFO Incident. The papers remain somewhat of a mystery with lots of speculation surrounding their authenticity. Dr. Michael Heiser is a scholar in the field of Biblical studies and ancient near east and is also an expert in Biblical Hebrew and Semitic languages. What makes him even more interesting is his interest in ufology. Heiser undertook, with his own money, linguistic research to verify and validate the authorship of the MJ-12 papers. He has published a summary his findings here . Actually the findings are of computational linguistic specialist Carol Chaski whom Heiser employed to do the research using her state-of-the-art computational linguistic methods of authorship attribution.

Here is a video of Heiser discussing the findings at the Ancient of Days Conference:

The Sabbath or Sunday

Why do we (mainline protestant Christians) gather together on  Sunday for worship? We who say that we live by Sola Scriptura, how do we understand the Sabbath commandment? There are as many different views on the Sabbath as their are flavors of jelly beans in a jar and yet most followers of Christ cannot reason from the scriptures as to why, if they observe the Sabbath at all, why they think they should do so on Sunday, the first day of the week. Does it matter you ask? Isn’t it a bit legalistic to worry about? My only concern is what does YHWH have to say about it? Would you agree, that’s all that counts?

The following are a list of resources, that address both sides of the argument – Some who argue for a continuation of the 7th day Sabbath and others who argue for “The Lord’s day”, and so on. Just ask yourself as you follow each person’s reasoning, “What does God say?”

An Examination of the Sabbath – this paper examines every scripture in the Bible that has anything to do with the Sabbath and the Lord’s day as well as many resources from men like Jonathan Edwards, Samuele Bacchiocchi and others.

The Sabbath Under Cross Fire – In this video, Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi, who spent several years pursuing his doctorate degree at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, searches out the answer to the Sabbath or Sunday. He examines the scriptures, the church history as well as Roman Catholic History on the matter. Here is a PDF document of a paper he wrote with much of the same information: From Sabbath to Sunday

Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath by Jonathan Edwards – In depth examination of the topic. Bear in mind as you read Edwards or anyone else for that matter, that frequently authors use the term Sabbath but are actually referring to a Sunday/first day of the week observance.

The Real X-Files: Strange Phenomenon

Strange and unexplainable phenomenon are a part of human existance. Some, who have a hunger and thirst for the truth never give up attempting to reconcile the unexplainable with their science and their theology. Fortunately for those who have a desire to know there are real life agent Mulder and Scully’s out there who have devoted their lives, traveling to all ends of the world to unearth the answers to our planets most curious and unexplained phenomenon.

Earthfiles – is the real life X-Files and Linda Moulton Howe is the Emmy award winning investigative journalist behind this informative site. On her site Howe reports on science, environment and X-file type phenomenon.

Coast to Coast AM Radio Show – is another excellent source for exploring unexplained mysteries and grappling with the inexplicable. George Noory, Art Bell and others host C2C AM the most listened to overnight radio program in North America.

Chem Trails And Weather Control

The air (no pun intended) is all abuzz about the phenomenon many are noticing in the skies over their communities and neighborhoods. They are called chem trails. White tracks, left by high flying jets, that cross the skies leaving stripes from one horizon to the other, sometimes creating a checker blocked pattern. These trails do not dissipate like a contrail. What are they and who or what is creating them? Are they harmless or dangerous? Are they possibly connected to the epidemic rise in Alzheimer disease and other forms of dementia? What ever the case, citizens of the world have a right to know the truth.

What in the World Are They Spraying? Truth Media Productions investigates the chem trail and weather control (geoengineering coverup).

What in the World Are They Spraying? A 1.5 hour video documentary by Truth Media Productions on the cover-up of chem-trails and geoengineering.

Geoengineering Watch News site on all kinds of topics related to weather control issues that effect the citizens of the world.

Chem trail or Contrail? What’s the difference? Chem trail and contrail FAQ’s.

UFO’s – Do They Really Exist?

UFO’s, aka Unidentified Flying Objects. What are they? Are they real or imagination? Terrestrial, extraterrestrial or from another dimension? Between the freedom of information Act and the world wide web citizens of the world now have access to more information, some previously classified, than ever before about the mystery and nature of the phenomenon called UFO’s. What’s your opinion? Here are some links to interviews, articles and websites that may enlighten your mind about what you previously believed. Before you proceed ask yourself, do you really want to know the truth? Proceed with discernment….

Citizens Hearings on Disclosure – This event occurred April 29 To May 3, 2013. Some of the eye witnesses who gave testimony of this 5 day citizens hearing on UFO disclosure (this hearing is a long awaited response by many UFO researchers and eye witnesses to the US Congress’s silence on this matter of national security and interest) included military and civilian pilots, FAA officials, researchers for a total of 40 witnesses and 30 hours of testimony to the phenomenon of UFO’s.

The Disclosure Project – Steven M. Greer, MD is the researcher behind this site. One of the most helpful UFO researchers because he has compiled 100’s of eye witnesses and their testimonies over the years.

2001 National Press Club Event is a video nearly 2 hours long of many of Greer’s UFO witnesses telling their stories. These are not just everyday citizens they are primarily public servants, military personal and the like.

Rendlesham Forest Incident is the Roswell of Great Britain. However since it occurred in December 1980 over the course of about 3 consecutive nights on a US Military Base located in Royal Air Force (RAF) Woodbridge, Suffolk, England there are multiple eye witness testimonies to the actual events as well as the military’s attempt to cover up the extraordinary event. This video linked to is of a 45 minute episode of Alien Mysteries. There is lots’ of information available on Rendlesham Forest.