Christ Was NOT Born in December!

Christ Was NOT Born in December! 

Does it Matter?

JESUS WAS NOT BORN IN DECEMBER
in the scriptures sinners aloneNOT saints 
celebrate their birthdays.”  
– the Catholic Encyclopedia

“In the Scriptures, no one is recorded
to have kept a feast or held a great banquet
on his birthday. It is only sinners who make
great rejoicings over the day in which they
were born into this world”
– (Catholic Encyclopedia, 1908 edition,
     Vol. 3, p. 724, “Natal Day”).

“(Christmas)- Such a festival came under
the condemnation of Galatians 4:9-11,
and should have no place in a Christian church.”
-Romanism vs. Apostolic Christianity,
Helgerson;  Dr. Ironside; (Chicago); 1919

“But now you know God… So why are you turning
back to those weak and worthless beliefs?
Do you want to be slaves to them all over again?
You are observing special days and months and
seasons and years!….I am afraid that somehow
I have wasted my efforts on you.”
(Galatians 4:9-11)(NIRV)-BibleGateway

“the general Christian usage was to
celebrate the death of remarkable persons
rather than their birth.”
(Encyclopedia Americana, 1942, Vol.6, 623)

“…the day of one’s death is better
than the day of one’s birth.
The end of a matter is better
than its beginning…”
(Ecclesiastes 7:1,8)(NASB)-BibleGateway

If God had wanted us to celebrate Christ’s birth –
he would have recorded the date – but he didn’t.
But-the exact date and time of his son’s death
WAS recorded.

Not only is the concept “WRONG” for a Birthday
Celebration for Christ – but even the date is wrong,
since the Bible’s account clearly shows that Jesus
was born in a Warm month.  The Fact that all
the pagan sun-gods starting with Nimrod of Ancient
Babylon – celebrated their birthdays on Dec. 25,
makes the compromise even that much worse.

“Clearly, Jesus was not born in December.”
— Christmas
By Darren E. Mays and Michael B. Willey

How do we Know ?

So many people celebrate Jesus’ Birth
in the Cold month of December.  They don’t
even think about it.  They just do it.

Shepherds Sleeping Outdoors at Night
Only in Warmer Months.
Shepherds and Sheep in Bethlehem Warm Months

But those who are familiar with the Bible’s
account of his birth, would know that he was
born in a warm month, when the shepherds were
still sleeping out doors at night – with their
flocks.

“Carefully reading the story in the Bible,
we find that Christ was not born in the winter.
During the winter, it is usually cold and wet i
n the Holy Land. Any good shepherd would not
leave his sheep out in the elements to suffer
from the cold. Look at Luke 2:7-8:
“And she brought forth her firstborn Son,
and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,
and laid Him in a manger, because there was
no room for them in the inn. Now there were i
n the same country shepherds living out in
the fields, keeping watch over their flock
by night.” “
-Was Christ Really Born on Christmas?
    By Lorelei Nettles

Also, Joseph and Mary would not have traveled
to Bethlehem in the cold wet month of December.
The census was always done in warmer months.

“And there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night”
(Luke 2:8).

“This simple statement from the Gospel of Luke
is sufficient evidence to defeat the argument
that Christ was born on Dec. 25.”
– Christmas
By Darren E. Mays and Michael B. Willey

“It was the practice of shepherds 2,000 years ago
to take their flocks out into the fields during
warm weather and to stay with the flock overnight
to guard against predators. In December, however,
it is too cold for the sheep to be in the fields
and they were kept in pens.”
– Christmas
By Darren E. Mays and Michael B. Willey

“It is clear that our Savior was born before
the 25th of December.  At that time it is cold,
and especially in the high and mountainous regions a
bout Bethlehem”
-noted commentator, Albert Barnes
(Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament, Vol. 1,
Kregel Publications, 1962, p. 189).

“Since the flocks were taken up in late October
there would have been no shepherds in the field
to hear the message of the angel of God
(Luke 2:9-14) had Jesus been born on Dec. 25.”
– Christmas
By Darren E. Mays and Michael B. Willey

Very Cold Winters in December
in Bethlehem and Israel

“Evidence of the harsh nature of the weather
in the Middle East in December can be found i
n recent history. On Dec. 17, 1992, the Israeli
government banished Palestinians to southern
Lebanon because of the bitter cold.”
– (Time, Jan. 11, 1993, pp. 10-22).

“There is no certainty as to the month or day
of the birth [of Jesus]. The Christmas date,
December 25…was…borrowed from a pagan festival.
‘December’… seems unlikely, as unsuitable
for the pasturing of flocks. 
A more probable date –
 is a couple of months earlier”
-(The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia,   
     1986, “Jesus Christ,” p. 1628).

A far more likely scenario is that Jesus was born
in the early autumn, around the time of the biblical
Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34-36), when Joseph
and Mary would have traveled to Jerusalem to keep
the Feast along with thousands of other Jewish families.
This also helps us understand why in the town Bethlehem,
a few miles to the south of Jerusalem, “there was no room
for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7)- the town would have been
crowded with other travelers keeping the Feast at this
time of year.

Christ Was Born in a WARM Month! 

JESUS WAS BORN DURING A WARM MONTH
 
CHRIST’S BIRTH – NOT IN THE WINTER! 

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night.”
(Luke 2:8)(NIV)-BibleGateway

The Biblical account says that the Shepherds and their
sheep were still sleeping outdoors at the time of
Christ’s birth.  Winter-time would have been too Cold.

“…the last week of December corresponds to the tenth
month of the Jewish sacred calendar known as Tebeth,
when there are frequent frosts and occasional snow
florishes in Jerusalem…”
– The Geography of the Bible; by Denis Baly

CHRIST  WAS  PROBABLY  BORN IN LATE SEPTEMBER –
OR EARLY OCTOBER

“It was an ancient custom among the Jews of those days
to send their sheep to the fields and deserts about
Passover (early spring)and
bring them home at
commencement of the first rain…
During the time they were out, the shepherds watched them
night and day, as… the first rains began early
in the month of Marchesvan, which answers to part of our
October… we find that
the sheep were kept out
in the open country during the whole summer,

and as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks,
it is a presumptive argument that
October had not yet
commenced(begun)
, and consequently,
our Lord was not born
on the 25th of December,
when no flocks were out in the
fields by night. On this very ground, the nativity in December
should be given up.”
– Adam Clark Commentary, Volume 5, page 347

It is evident that Jesus was not born
during the middle of winter
, for at the time of his birth,
the shepherds were living out in the fields with their
flocks. As the bible says: ‘There were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their
flock by night” (Luke 2:8).
As is well known, the shepherds
in Palestine do not “abide in the fields” during
the winter season because of the extreme, cold
temperatures
.
The shepherds always bring their flocks
in from the mountain slopes and fields
no later than
October 15th! “
– Mede’s Works, 1679. Discourse xlvii

THE WEATHER IN JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM –
IS BITTER COLD IN DECEMBER

“Israeli meteorologists tracked December weather patterns
for many years and concluded that the climate in Israel
has been essentially constant for at least the last 2,000
years… “broadly speaking, weather phenomena
and climatic conditions as pictured in the Bible
correspond with conditions as observed today”
-The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible
 (R.B.Y. Scott, Vol. 3, Abingdon Press, Nashville,
  1962, p. 625).

“The temperature in the area of Bethlehem
in December….can drop to well below freezing,
especially at night.
   Describing the weather there,
Sara Ruhin,  chief of the Israeli weather service,
noted in a 1990 press release that the area has
three months of frost:and in December with 29 F.”

Snow is common for two or three days in Jerusalem
and nearby Bethlehem in December and January.
These were the winter months of increased precipitation
in Christ’s time, when the roads became practically
unusable and people stayed mostly indoors.

A common practice of shepherds was keeping their
flocks in the field from April to October,
but in the cold and rainy winter months – they
took their flocks back home and sheltered them.

“as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks,
it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet
commenced(begun), and that, consequently, our Lord
was NOT  born on the 25th of December, when no flocks
were out in the fields;
nor could He have been born
later than September, 
as the flocks were still in the
fields by night. On this very ground the nativity in
December should be given up.  The feeding of the
flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact,
which casts considerable light upon this disputed point”
– (Adam Clarke’s Commentary,
Abingdon Press, Nashville,
      note on Luke 2:8).

SCHOLARS AGREE  —

CHRIST  WAS NOT BORN IN DECEMBER

“These humble pastoral folk are out in the field at night
with their flock – a feature of the story which would
argue against the birth of Christ occurring on Dec. 25
since
the weather would not have permitted it”
– (The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary,
     Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1971, note on Luke 2:4-7).

“Shepherds and their flocks would not be found
“abiding” (Gr. agrauleo) in the open fields at night
in December (Tebeth), for the paramount reason
that there would be no pasturage at that time.
It was the custom then (as now) to withdraw the flocks
during the month Marchesven Oct.-Nov.) from the open
districts and house them for the winter.”
– The Companion Bible, Appendix 179

“The temperature in the area of Bethlehem in
December averages around 44 degrees Fahrenheit
but can drop to well below freezing, especially
at night. That area has three months of frost:
December with 29 degrees Fahrenheit.”
-Sara Ruhin,
chief of the Israeli weather service,
a 1990 press release

Evidence of the harsh nature of the weather
in the Middle East in December can be found
in recent history.

(Time Magazine, Jan. 11, 1993, pp. 10-22).
“The news reports in Israel at the time were
filled with pictures of men huddling around
campfires and tents covered with snow.”
There would have been similar weather conditions
in Bethlehem in December – in the year of our
Savior’s birth. Clearly, Jesus was NOT born
in December.

“BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 24, 2004(AP)-
Several thousand pilgrims celebrated Christmas
Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus on Friday.
Many of Friday’s visitors were local Palestinians,
and in a cold, bitter rain, shopkeepers lamented
that business remained in the doldrums.”
-CBS News
A Merrier Christmas In Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 24, 2004
By HAITHAM HAMAD
©MMIV, The Associated Press. 

“December – At that time it is cold,
and especially in the high and
mountainous regions about Bethlehem.”
-(noted commentator, Albert Barnes
 Notes on the New Testament, Vol. 1,
 Kregel Publications, 1962, p. 189). 

“The climate of Palestine…the cold of the night,
from December to February, is very piercing,
and it was NOT the custom for the shepherds
of Judea to watch their flocks in the open fields
later than about the end of October.”
-(Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons,
          1959, p. 91).

“Jesus was probably not born in the winter,
because shepherds were watching their flocks
by night”. Shepherds only watch their flocks
by night when it is comfortable outside.
And I can verify that it is cold in Bethlehem
in December.”
-December 14, 2001
“Bethlehem Christmas History; Bethlehem Past
by noted author, and pastor, Mitri Raheb.
author of “I am a Palestinian Christian” 

“November through early March is “winter” in Israel!
The weather gets cold, especially at night.
Often it rains–or even snows! Yet many arrive
in Israel carrying luggage bulging with summer
attire, reasoning that it is always hot and arid
in the Middle East. So they hurriedly purchase
coats and sweaters in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem so
they can make their pilgrimage down to Bethlehem.”
-Jesus Birth; The Untold Story

“It’s very cold around Bethlehem
in the wintertime, especially at night,
and shepherds would NOT be out tending
to their flocks in December.”
-Enrique Nardoni,
professor of theology
at the University of Dallas  

JESUS WAS BORN DURING THE CENSUS
MARY AND JOSEPH TRAVEL FOR THE CENSUS  

Other evidence – against a December birth
is the Roman census recorded by Luke.

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree
went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world
should be registered… So all went to be registered,
everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee,
out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of
David, which is called Bethlehem…, to be registered
with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
So it was, that while they were there, the days were
completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth
her firstborn Son…” (Luke 2:1-7).

The Roman and Judean rulers knew that taking a census
in winter would have been impractical and unpopular.
Generally a census would take place after the harvest
season, around September or October, when the weather was
good and the roads were still dry enough to allow easy travel.

This census “could hardly have been at that season
[December 25], however, for such a time would surely NOT
have been chosen by the authorities for a public enrollment,
which necessitated the population’s traveling from all parts
to their natal districts, bitter cold, snow storms and rain –
making journeys both unsafe and unpleasant in winter…”
– (“Christmas at Bethlehem,” Holy-Days and Holidays; 
         Cunningham Geikie).

Did God Want us to celebrate Christ’s Birth ? 
Evidently – NOT. 
Why ?  How do we Know that ?

If the date of Jesus’ Birth were important
then God would have had it recorded.

Many events int he bible are recorded as to
month and day and even the year of what King
was reighning.  The fact that Jesus exact month
and day of birth are never mentioned in the Bible,
gives us clear indication that God did not want
us to celebrate Christ’s Birth.

“God has concealed the time of Jesus’ birth.
There is no way to ascertain it. Nor was it
of consequence to know the time; if it had been,
God would have preserved the record of it.
Matters of moment are clearly revealed.
Those which God regards as of no importance
-Albert Barnes
(Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament, Vol. 1,
Kregel Publications, 1962, p. 189).

Christmas has NOT  been authorized
by God or by Christ

“Christmas is a religious holiday
which has not been sanctioned by
the authority of Christ.”
-Christmas
By Darren E. Mays
and Michael B. Willey

Jesus said – “On judgment day…
I will reply, `I never knew you.
Go away; the things you did
were unauthorized.‘ “
(Matthew 7:22,23)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“….Christmas.  We find no Scriptural
warrant whatever for observing any day
as the birthday of the Savior; and,
consequently, its observance is a superstition,
because it is NOT of divine authority.”
-(Charles Spurgeon,
Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).

Did the Early Christians Celebrate Christ’s  Birth ? 
NO !

“The truth is that, early on, Christians did not
celebrate Christ’s birth; it was His death and
resurrection that were supremely important.”
– Was Christ Really Born on Christmas?
      By Lorelei Nettles

“On your day of pagan gladness, we [Christians]
Neither cover our doorposts with wreaths…
You consider it a proper thing to decorate your
house like some new brothel…but we do not
celebrate along with you the holidays…”
-(Tertullian, (A.D. 155-220), 2001, p. 1176).
(quoted by David Bercot,
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs,
 1998, p. 342).

“Christmas was NOT a feast of the early
Christian church.  In fact the observance
of birthdays was condemned as a heathen custom
repugnant to all Christians,”
– The American Book of Days,
   George W. Douglas, p. 658.

Was December 25th – A Holiday
when Christ walked the Earth ?

Yes, the pagan Saturnalia was in Full
Swing – when Christ was on Earth.

“Early Christians were familiar with
various pagan celebrations that occurred
in December (but they did not participate).”
-Christmas
By Darren E. Mays and Michael B. Willey

December 25th was observed as a Holiday
long before Christ was born.  In fact,
while Christ was still on the earth, both
he and his early followers were witness to
the Joyous merry-making of the Roman Saturnalia,
that occured every December.  It is certain
that Jesus and his Apostles were able to see,
the gift-giving, the feasting, ane the decorating
of fir trees, during the Pagan Holidays of Rome.
The houses were decorated with Holly, Mistletoe,
and evergreen wreaths, on the very day that
mankind now claims is in honor of Christ.
Yet this was the pagan Saturnalia of Rome during
the celebration of the sun-god “Sol”.

Historians of that period of time – said that
neither Christ, nor his followers would taint
themselves with these superstitious celebrations.

DECEMBER 25TH – A COMPROMISE WITH HEATHENS 

“The important fact then which I have asked you to get
clearly into your head is that the fixing of the date
as December 25th was a compromise with paganism.”
– The Evolution of Christmas; Published in 1909

“December 25th was the day the Romans
celebrated the birth of their (pagan) sun-god.”
-The Encyclopedia Americana,
      vol. 6, pg. 623.

“to facilitate the acceptance of the faith by the pagan
masses, the Church of Rome found it convenient
to institute the 25th of December as the feast
of the birth of Christ…from the pagan feast,
celebrated on the same day in
honor of the pagan god,
Mithras…”
-(Manual of Liturgical History, 1955, Vol. 2, p. 67).

“In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast
or held a great banquet on his birthday.
It is only sinners
who make great rejoicings over the day in which they were
born into this world”
– (Catholic Encyclopedia, 1908 edition,
     Vol. 3, p. 724, “Natal Day”).

“…the day of one’s death is better
than the day of one’s birth.
The end of a matter is better
than its beginning…”
(Ecclesiastes 7:1,8)(NASB)-BibleGateway

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