The Messiah was in Jerusalem, celebrating the festival of Hanukkah. Why do most Christians have no clue about this?
I can understand that Purim might be a little bit off screen, since it is mentioned in the book of Esther, only. Still Esther is a part of the Jewish Bible, which Christians call the Old Testament.
But Hanukkah is a New Testament feast, found in the gospel of John:
Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews who were there gathered round him, saying, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’
(end of scripture).
Please note “It was winter”. In Jerusalem the winters can be very could, and the animals would be in the mangers. Not out on the fields of Bethlehem.
Why is it not mentioned, that it was winter when Jesus was born?
There are neither signs, nor feasible facts in the Bible, linking the birth of Jesus to the winter season.
Could the Messiah have been born around the Feast of Tabernacles in October?
It would be easy for the Roman Occupiers of this land, to arrange for a census in Jerusalem when millions of Jews came home to their own native village. Most of the ancient Biblical villages were located around Mount Zion, the city of Jerusalem, a day walk away or so. Even Jesus the Messiah, was dedicated in the Temple, shortly after His birth.
It would be wise to arrange for a census when Jews celebrated a feast. It would be difficult to force Jews to travel around 25th of December, when there is no Jewish feast. And cold winds, and even snow are the normal climate, on the 700 meters high Mountains of Zion.
Catholicism is fraud. It was fraud in 325 A.D, and it is fraud today.
Celebrate the birth of Jesus the Messiah every day, and reject all kinds of paganism arranged for in his name. If you want to celebrate the birth of Messiah on 25th of December, at least be aware of who started this celebration. It was not the Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but rather the pagan papacy.
Written by Ivar