"AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT EVERYONE WHO IS LEFT OF ALL NATIONS WHICH CAME AGAINST JERUSALEM SHALL GO UP FROM YEAR TO YEAR TO WORSHIP THE KING, THE LORD OF HOSTS, AND TO KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES." ZECHARIAH 14:16
A rabbit hole is an expression that is used when studying. You may be researching down one area and then find yourself branching off into other areas. Sometimes it is easy to get distracted from your main objective and end up in a whole new place.
This happened to me yesterday. I was studying Nehemiah 7-9 and about the Feast of Tabernacles. I ran across an interesting article that had to do with Jesus birth in connection with the Feast of Tabernacles. The article is by a Messianic Jew who figured the birth of Jesus by chasing down clues in the Bible. He found clues to the birth of John the Baptist based on the months of service of the priest division in which Zechariah belonged. Then he showed how that connected to Jesus' birth 6 months later.
He stated that John would have been born on the Passover, the fifteenth day of the first month (Nisan). The Passover is to this day celebrated in the early spring. The Bible said that John would come in the spirit of Elijah (Ma 4:5; Lk 1:17; Mt 17:10-13). A part of the Passover celebration has families setting a place for the spirit of Elijah. (Interesting)
According to his research, Jesus would have been born six months later, in the fall, during the Sabbath or seventh month (Tishri). This is one of the most holy months on the Jewish calendar. The word Sabbath means rest. Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Mt 11:28). (interesting!)
The most sacred day of the month is the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, which happens on the 10th day of the month of Tishri. During the daily activities two goats would be brought out for the people, one would be a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the people, the other is the "scapegoat" which is released into the wilderness to carry the sins of the people (Le 16). Jesus would become the our atonement for sins (Ro 3:25; He 2:17). (very interesting!)
According to his research, Jesus would have been born in the middle of the month on the 15 day. This is the start of Rosh Hashanah or the feast of the Tabernacles or Sukkot, which is a celebration of God’s provision to the Hebrews as they wandered in the wilderness. There is a dimension of time in this celebration as it looks at God’s provision in the past, present, and future. It points to God’s ultimate provision in the messiah to come. (Very Interesting!!!)
Moses was the messianic figure that brought the Hebrews out of the wilderness to the promised land. Jesus is the messiah that brought us out of the wilderness of our sins into salvation with an eternal home. (De 18:15-19; He 3:1-6). (very interesting indeed!)
The feast of Tabernacles is also called the feast of the harvest or ingathering. Jesus talks many times about the harvest in spiritual terms… We are the fruit of the harvest. The harvest is the time of reckoning… the judgement (Mt 13; 25:31-46; Re 14:14-20, etc.) Jesus even tells his disciples to “Pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send more workers”. Jesus brings new meaning to the harvest and the urgency of more workers in bring people to salvation. It also reminds us that Jesus will be coming soon for the final ingathering. (very, very interesting!)
In 959 BC Solomon's Temple was dedicated to the Lord (1 Kings 8:2) during the Feast of Tabernacles. In 538 BC priest returned to Jerusalem from Babylon and began sacrificing to the Lord during the Feast of the Tabernacles even before the foundation was laid. Nehemiah finished building the walls of Jerusalem in 445 BC and the Jews shut themselves up in their new walls and celebrated the Feast of the Tabernacles together with more joy than even in Joshua’s day (Ne 8:17). Jesus tore the vail of the temple between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place to signal that he paid the price so the we could have direct access to God (He 10). (Incredibly interesting!)
If indeed Jesus was born on the 15 than he would have been circumcised on the eighth day which is the 22 day of Tishri and the last day of the Feast of the Tabernacles. The last day is called Simchat Torah means "Rejoicing in the Torah. The Torah is the first five books of the Bible, God’s Word. The day is celebrated thanking God for his Word and reading the Torah . John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is the Word of God. (OVERWHELMINGLY INTERESTING!)
Now I know that many of you will say this is all speculation and coincidence. But God is very big into symbolism and parable. If Jesus was really born in the fall (this year Oct 16-23) than it brings a fresh dimension to the birth of Christ and an appreciation to the Feast of Tabernacles.
Hope you enjoyed my rabbit hole.
Prayer Thought: Dear Heavenly Father, Maker of Heaven and Earth. You have made the signs of times and the seasons. I praise you for your Son Jesus who is my atonement for my sin. I celebrate the provisions of life and the hope of eternal life with you, my God. In Jesus' name, Amen. -Loren Lung