Friday, 19 April 2013

Jesus' Birthdate: Using John the Baptist's father.

 It has always been tantalizing to try to use Zacharias (Zechariah), the father of John the Baptist, who is said to be at the temple on his priestly course: 8th - Abijah.(Luke 1:5). The reason for this is that everything connects from this to the birthday of Jesus in a linear fashion:

  • Zacharias priestly course of Abijah points to time of the conception time of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5,8,23) 
  • then there is the missed period (1 month) when Elizabeth goes to the hill country to hide herself for five months (Luke 1:24) shown as the six month: June (Luke1:26) (Note: given 5 months +3 months until birth, conception must have happened shortly after Zacharias finished his priestly course)
  • Jesus' conception can be linked to this June date because Mary arrives at Elizabeth's house fearing conception before betrothal  ("with haste" therefore in panic) (Luke 1:39,40) 
  • Shortly after this, Mary's missed period confirms the conception (the image of the child jumping in her belly (Luke 1:41)
  • from Elizabeth's six months follows three months and then she returns to give birth to John the Baptist in September (Luke 1:56,57) 
  • With Mary having conceived in late June, the birthday of Jesus would be in March, he being just 6 months younger that John the Baptist.

Thus if it can be proved that Zacharias finished his course and had sex with Elizabeth in late December, this would confirm the above series of events and Christian would have to accept that Jesus was not born at Christmas.

The problem with those who have worked it out the priestly course of  Abijah was that they tried to follow the Jewish Calendar with all its idiosyncrasies with the idea that the priestly courses had to be adjusted to fix calendar years. Then being biased in believing that Jesus was born on Christmas and also still confused by Luke's nativity, they fudged the numbers. Instead, they needed to follow the direction of the Essenes by strictly adhering to the rules of Enoch and the laws of King David as the Essenes have done. By reference to the Essene calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the calculation is simplified and obvious: just subtract sets of 24 weeks.

Now it is true that the year cannot be predicted directly from Luke Chapter 1, but it can be predicted by Luke chapter 2: the Census of Quirinius in 6AD when Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem.
(see YOUTUBE video: Jesus Journeys #1 - Bethlehem)
and the blog from Feb 2011 here titled: "Jesus' Birthdate: Duh! Luke shows his Bar Mitzvah". That title says it all: Jesus was 12 years old at his Bar Mitzvah at the census of Cyrenius taxation) (7BC (-1 because no zero between BC and AD) +6AD). If Jesus was born in 7BC then he was conceived in 8BC and John the Baptist in December of 9BC, so if we find that Zacharias ended his priestly course in December 9BC, then we will have proved Jesus' birth in March. This is the first time that you will see the calculations done in the correct manner, but is is just one piece of the coherent whole which is the
Pesher of Christ

Briefly, since we know that the first priestly course of Jehoiarib was occurring at the fall of the Temple of Jerusalem in 70 AD, it is possible to go backwards to 9AD and then forward 8 cycles weeks to Abijah, to the cycle of Zacharias, which can be shown at the Pesher of Christ website to be JD 1718484 Sabbath December 14 9BC.

Son of Man, not Son of God

Ask most Christians and they will say that Jesus called himself the 'Son of God'. But, you may be amazed to find that this is not true. There is not a single place, where a quote of Jesus is shown, that he says that he is the 'Son of God'. What he does call himself is the 'Son of Man'.

It is others in the Gospels that call him the 'Son of God', but also others also call him the 'Son of David', and Mary Magdalene, after he is "risen from the dead" and therefore supposedly in Spirit, calls him merely 'Teacher'.

Interestingly, Magdalene’s original confusion of his being the 'Gardener' points to a good interpretation of  'Son of Man' where we can assign 'Man' to Adam, the first man, (of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; Adam, the first gardener); thus 'Son of Man' would mean merely a descendant of Adam. In other words, Jesus seems to be saying that he is a just a human, perhaps an implied perfect one, incidentally a Jewish uncircumcised one!

The question arises as to whether Jesus was just being modest, but Jesus does not appear to be afraid of proclaiming his greatness, as seen in his Trial:
'Caiaphas says to Jesus, "I adjure you, by the living God, that you may say to us, if you are the Christ, the Son of God.  Jesus replies, "You have said that, not me; nevertheless I say to you, you shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power, and coming upon the clouds, of the heaven.' (Matt 26:63,64)

This leaves us with the only possible conclusion that, if Jesus does not say that he is the 'Son of God', then he is not the 'Son of God'. Once this is realized and accepted, we can put away the major problem that Christianity has with the Jewish and Islamic faiths which is the insistence that if Jesus is the 'Son of God' then Christianity must be the only true religion.

Please listen to the YouTube song that I wrote:
 Jesus never said he was the Son of God
In this music video the verses in the New Testament are shown in which others can him the 'Son of God'.

To give the real meaning of  'Son of Man' would be too extensive to cover here, but the brief synopsis is to state that Jesus is saying that he is third in position in the Church hierarchy of:

  1. the Pope acting for God, 
  2. Gabriel (called an angel -- see the Annunciation at Luke 01:26 --as God's voice to Man, 'Man' for short), and 
  3. Son of Man or Holy Spirit 

These positions in the hierarchy of the Essene Qumran Community of the Dead Sea Scrolls, were:

  1. Simon Magus (Acts 8:9-11; raised by Jesus as Lazarus in John 12:1-53; as the naked youth at the Judas betrayal at Gethsemane in Mark 14,51,52; later excommunicated by Peter in Acts 5:1-6 as Ananias; then called '666' in Revelation), 
  2. Jonathan Annas, the son of the High Priest Annas (called the disciple James of Alphaeus and also called 'Father' by Jesus in Gethsemane), and 
  3. Jesus, the David King, the Christ

More details are at the Pesher of Christ website.

Later. it is clear that the Church apostles, under the direction of Jesus, (he having survived the Crucifixion) combined all three positions into this now mystical Jesus Christ.