The Sanhedrin seduction and Third Temple temptations—A warning to Christians!
Recently a pastor contacted me to see if I was interested in covering, for GOD TV, a concert in Jerusalem. The event was sponsored by a group called The Sanhedrin. You will recognize that name from the New Testament. The Sanhedrin was the Jewish high court and police system, overseen by 71 judges from among leading Sadducees (priests), Pharisees and Scribes. The Sanhedrin survived the second Temple’s destruction and made it all the way to the fifth century. But, because of persecution, it was finally disbanded.
Over the past year, I have heard more than one person refer to the supposed rebirth of a modern day Sanhedrin. Some have even confused Israel’s religious court system with being a new Sanhedrin, which it is not. Instead, it is a group of Orthodox Jews who are seeking to re-establish the ancient Sanhedrin.
But do they have authority to simply decide that they are the ruling Sanhedrin? Of course not! They have no judicial authority whatsoever. By this standard, any group of 23 or 71 Jewish men could claim they are the new Sanhedrin.
So, if Israel already provides for an Orthodox religious court system, why are these men seeking to re-establish the Sanhedrin? And why would all of this be of interest for Bible-believing Christians? The answer to both these questions is that the main item on their agenda is not one of every day justice, but one which stirs great controversy among both Jews and Christians: they are preparing a renewed priesthood (including the high priest), for the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.
The Biblical Sanhedrin in Jerusalem was a gathering point for universal cooperation and justice. The high-point of the concert came when the foreign representatives went up to the stage to sign an agreement with the Sanhedrin.
By signing, the nations acknowledged that they were answering a call by the Sanhedrin of Israel to accompany the people of God, as peoples, nations, and individuals toward establishing the Temple in Jerusalem as a house of prayer for all nations as prophesied in the Bible.
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Evangelicals and the New Sanhedrin
This new Sanhedrin, just like the [Third] Temple Institute, is looking to the evangelical world for support. They even have a Gentile Christian spokesman for the Sanhedrin. I know this man and he is a sweet individual. But, sadly, it appears that he has greatly compromised the great commission in his efforts to be a blessing to Israel. And what is considerably concerning is that he believes this new Sanhedrin “will play a key role at the end of days.” (Read his interview here) Let me be clear, there is no prophecy whatsoever that points to an end-time, God-fearing, God-appointed Sanhedrin.
As a Jewish believer, I am deeply conflicted: One the one hand, I love that Christians are seeking friendship with Jews. On the other, I am deeply concerned that it is in an effort to affirm a Yeshua-less Judaism.
First of all, the Sanhedrin that are reaching out to evangelical believers would never reach out to a Messianic Jew, because
- We say you can be Jewish and believe in Yeshua, just like the first believers did and
- We, with compassion, seek to share Yeshua with other Jewish people.
They think we are a cult because we believe that Yeshua is the Messiah, and, yet, they are seeking partnership with evangelical Christians—who believe the exact same thing. If Jesus is not the Messiah, then every Christian on earth is deceived. If He is, then let them embrace Him too. But, rejecting Him, while accepting His gentile followers—and their donations—seems hypocritical.
Not only would they not fellowship with me, they would most likely persecute me. While I love the fact that evangelicals are establishing relationships with Orthodox Jews, it seems that some of it is coming at the cost of compromising our most holy commission—to spread the message of Yeshua to all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). And, of course, that includes Israel!
A Mystic Fascination
Many Christians are fascinated by their new Jewish friends. One pastor wrote of a meeting between Orthodox Jews and evangelical Christians, calling it the greatest expression of the “Ephesians 2:15/One New Man”that he had ever seen! While it is great that they were reaching out to Jewish people and expressing the love of Yeshua, the “One New Man” of Ephesians 2:15 is all about the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles together in the Messiah, not Jewish unbelievers and Christians. The “One New Man” of Ephesians 2:15 is not anti-Jesus, Orthodox Jews and pro-Jesus gentiles, but Messianic Jewish and gentile believers coming together in Yeshua.
Christians, while absolutely having a calling (Rom. 11:11) to reach out with love to the Jewish people, should never assume that Judaism without Yeshua is acceptable. He is the “the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through [Yeshua].” (John 14:6) The entirety of the Old Covenant pointed to Messiah. This is why Paul, the learned Jewish rabbi/apostle could write, “Messiah is the end of the law/Torah for all who believe.”(Romans 10:4)
Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s rejection of Him (Matt. 23:37-39; Luke 19:41-42) and the Bible is full of prophecies of the Jewish people embracing Yeshua in the end-times (Zech. 12:10, 13:1, Hosea 3:4-5, Matt. 23:37-39; Romans 11:26, Rev. 1:7). Paul said that the Gospel is to the Jew first (Romans 1:16) and, yet, many of these well-meaning Christians will not even speak to their new Jewish friends of their need for salvation.
For us, who live here in Israel, we risk life and limb to plead with our people, as Paul did, to accept Yeshua as Messiah. It is stunning to see evangelicals compromise by giving religious legitimacy to a body that, outright, rejects Yeshua as the Messiah, and then persecutes Jews who believe in Him. They shun their Messianic bothers and embrace those who vehemently oppose the Gospel. Many Christians attended a concert, flinging themselves with a fictitious Sanhedrin.
“Last night, nations came together in Jerusalem to praise God, aligningwith the Sanhedrin.”
Mordecai Persoff, head of the Mikdash Educational Center
There are quotes from believers speaking of God “doing a new thing”…”an historic event…the establishment of the Sanhedrin…The potential is enormous.” One believer said, “It is clear that we need the Sanhedrin to act as an interface between faith and politics in order to spread this blessing even further in the world.” As you will see below, the New Testament Sanhedrin was anything but a blessing to the fledging Messianic community. (Acts 5:40) !!!
So that I am clear, evangelicals should absolutely continue building bridges with the Jewish people, but should never compromise the Gospel. My dear friend and associate, Ward Simpson, the CEO of GOD TV, stood before group of Jewish-Israeli government officials and Christian media leaders a year ago and said that GOD TV has
“A job to the proclaim the Gospel of our King to the ends of the earth … and part of that Gospel message is Israel. Without her, without the Jewish people, where would we be today?”
He went on to say that GOD TV would always stand with Israel. And the Israeli government posted His speech. Watch here! You see, you can love Israel and love the Gospel. It is both/and, not either/or.
Remember the Sanhedrin?
Here are a few more thoughts you should consider before aligning with or supporting the so-called Sanhedrin or Third Temple builders:
- There is no such thing as a modern Sanhedrin. They are just a group of men claiming, without any Biblical authority, to be the Sanhedrin. They have no power or authority—governmental or religious. God has not reestablished the Sanhedrin. And teaching that they are end-time agents is simply deception. They need Yeshua—just like you and me.
- The last significant thing the Sanhedrin did was to add the 19th benediction to the Jewish prayer book late in the first century, declaring all Notzrim—Jewish believers—to be heretics. Since no Messianic Jew could recite this, it was used as a tool to root out Jewish followers of Yeshua from the Synagogue. Before that, they oversaw the martyrdom of Stephen—a Messianic Jew. Prior to this, they persecuted the apostles by beating them with the cat of nine tails; and before that, they missed the coming of Messiah and conspired with Pilate to have Yeshua crucified. They were not exactly a peaceful group promoting a Messianic or Christian dialogue.
- If this group one day becomes recognized as the Sanhedrin, it seems they will make a deal with the antichrist for the rebuilding of the Temple (Dan. 9:27). So, I guess in that sense, they could have an end-time role.
Third Temple Fascination
Many Christians, with a love for Israel and Biblical prophecy, seem mesmerized by this whole idea of the rebuilding of the Temple, convinced by their view of prophecy that it must be rebuilt before Yeshua’s Second Coming.
Christians who send money to the Temple Institute, or who join in worldwide prayer meetings with a renewed “Sanhedrin,” need to understand that this third Temple will be defiled by the antichrist (2 Thess. 2:4). This is where he will set up his image and claim to be God. Is this something Christians should be encouraging or supporting with prayers and finances? Should believers be backing an antichrist agenda? Brothers and sisters, this is nothing but a recipe for confusion and deception! We need to warn the Jewish people of this, not help them to align themselves with the future antichrist!
A Great Deception
I believe that one of the great deceptions of the end-times surrounds this theme of Christians naively aligning themselves with Orthodox Jews. It starts with a love for the Jewish people, but then comes a fascination with their traditions and customs (all fine and good). But then comes all kinds of reasons why we shouldn’t be sharing the Gospel with them, etc. We’ve seen more than one case where this ends up in the denial of faith in Yeshua and a wholesale conversion to Judaism!
We have been fighting a battle against replacement theology, calling out the false teaching that the Church has replaced Israel, and that God’s judgment is on Jewish people for the killing of Jesus. However, we cannot go so far in the other direction that it ends with the defacto (or outright) denial of Jesus, in the name of preserving Jewish-Christian dialogue or relations. Remember, the last thing He told His apostles was to “take the gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) That is our solemn commission.
Yes, the church is called to love Israel and absolutely seek peaceful dialogue. The persecution of Jews from Christians is one of the greatest and bloodiest oxymorons in history. God had called the church to “provoke the Jews to jealousy” but, instead, she attacked them, stole their promises and called them cursed. Thank God, things are changing! More and more believers are expressing affection for Israel. But part of loving them is gently, with sensitivity, and a broken heart, sharing the Gospel with them. I am a believer in Yeshua because my Gentile best friend loved me enough to tell me an uncomfortable truth.
Willing to go to Hell for Israel
Rabbi Paul’s burning passion was to win the Jewish people to Yeshua, not merely to foster dialogue (by the way, a dialogue that delegitimizes their Messianic Jewish brothers). He speaks clearly about the Orthodox Jews of his day:
Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. (Romans 10:1-2)
He is clear on two things:
- He longs for the Jewish people to know Yeshua.
- That their zeal (like the new Sanhedrin) is not based on the Word of God, but on a desire to obtain righteousness through their own actions—not by the grace of God.
Paul did not seek humanistic dialogue. With a broken heart, he pleaded with the Jewish people of his day to receive Yeshua. And many did! He was so broken over the state of Israel that he was willing to go to hell if it meant they would be saved.
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Messiah for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. (Romans 9:3-4)
Shockingly, one of the leading pastors in the Christian Zionist movement loved the Jewish people so much that he embraced a false theology called Dual Covenant (which teaches that Jews do not need Jesus for salvation, but are saved through the Old Covenant). What nonsense! Jesus cameto the Jewish people and the Gospel is to the Jew first (Rom. 1:16). He was crucified, buried and resurrected in Jerusalem. The apostles preached Yeshua exclusivelyto Jewish people for the first decade. And this fellow suddenly says,
“Everyone else, whether Buddhist or Baha’i, needs to believe in Jesus. But not Jews. Jews already have a covenant with God that has never been replaced.”
And, yet, God says through Jeremiah that he will make a New Covenant with Israel! (Jer. 31:31)
After being confronted by scholars, he was forced to rewrite portions in his book on the subject, but still thinks sharing the Gospel with Jews is futile. In his efforts to love Israel, he has taken the most uncaring position.
We have to discern between genuine love for Israel and a false empathy that seeks to silence believers from sharing the Good News with Jewish people. In fact, we should love the Jewish people so much that, with tears, we have to share Yeshua.
God does have an awesome plan for Israel, but it does not include the glorification of a new Sanhedrin, but massive awakening to Yeshua that ends in “all Israel” being saved, as Romans 11:26 says.
This article originally appeared on Messiah’s Mandate, September 19, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Ron and wife Elana make their home in Tel Aviv. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua—the Glory of Yeshua—a Tel Aviv-based, Hebrew-speaking Messianic congregation. Ron is a published author with Destiny Image Publishers, having written books like “Identity Theft”, “Leave Me Alone, I’m Jewish” and “The Jerusalem Secret”. Ron is a sought-out conference speaker and shares passionately about the Jewish Roots of the New Testament and God’s broken heart for His ancient people Israel.
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Sukkot reflects longing to tabernacle with God
JERUSALEM, Israel – Sukkot, the third of the fall holidays, begins Sunday evening, the 15th day of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, exactly five days after the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
Sukkot (see Leviticus 23:34-43) is a festive, family holiday. Many Israelis erect a temporary booth (sukka) where they eat their meals and sometimes even sleep in them. It’s traditional to invite friends and family to share a meal in the sukka.
The flimsy dwelling is meant to remind the Jewish people of their forefathers’ 40-year wandering in the desert, dwelling in tents. It also speaks of our human fragility.
Many believe the sukka reflects our dependence on God and our deep longing to tabernacle with Him – that the indwelling of His Spirit would reshape and overtake us, bringing us ever closer to a genuine relationship with Him.
Sukkot is the third of the three pilgrimage festivals after Passover and Shavuot, when Jews throughout Israel were commanded to go up to Jerusalem. It is also a celebration of the bountiful fall harvest.
Families decorate the sukka with replicas of fruits and vegetables, strings of lights, and an endless selection of bangles, beads and children’s artwork. Palm fronds cover the roof, allowing the sky to peep through.
There are a variety of rabbinic traditions, based on scripture, such as the ceremony of the Lulav and Etrog, which together represent the four species, symbolizing, among other things, the diversity and unity of the Jewish people.
These traditions, followed in the sukka and the synagogue, are meant to convey the specific meaning of each of the four species.
The Etrog is an Israeli citrus that looks like a bumpy lemon. Haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) can often be seen inspecting the fruit with a magnifying glass, placing great importance that it be blemish free.
The Lulav, Hebrew for palm branch, is bound with three myrtle branches (hassidim in Hebrew) and two willow branches (aravot in Hebrew).
Some Jewish sources say “tabernacle” is an erroneous translation of sukka, which means “booth” in Hebrew, rejecting the designation Feast of Tabernacles, saying the word tabernacle (mishkan in Hebrew) represents the Tent of Meeting erected during the Israelites’ desert wandering before Solomon built the permanent structure in Jerusalem.
Others embrace the concept that the Feast of Booths and Feast of Tabernacles are interchangeable, close enough to be synonymous.
There’s so much more about Sukkot, but suffice it to say while traditions vary, it remains one of Israel’s most cherished holidays, which in its own way helps unite Jews, regathered from every nation and culture, into one people.
This article originally appeared on CBN News, September 20, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Tzippe Barrow is the CBN News Internet Producer - Jerusalem. She and her husband made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) nearly two decades ago. Barrow hopes that providing a biblical perspective of today’s events in Israel will help people in the nations to better understand the centrality of this state and the Jewish people to God’s unfolding plan of redemption for all mankind.
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The conspiracy of conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theories, if they didn’t exist social media would almost only consist of photos of pets (mostly cats), children and meals eaten at fancy restaurants. It you keep up with politics, it doesn’t really matter if you are conservative, liberal, libertarian or socialist, there is a never-ending supply of conspiracies to draw your attention and ire. For those who are not into politics we have scientific conspiracies about Global Warming/Climate change, Lunar Landings, Flat Earth, Super Colliders, and many other conspiracies. For those who are people of faith there is no shortage of conspiracies for you, in fact there are so many that I am not even going to attempt to list them here. I am sure you are very familiar with them. For those who cannot find enough conspiracies within politics, science and religion I am sure you can find something within your family that will fulfill your hunger for conspiracy, such as, Dad or Mom loves you more.
Now before everyone gets angry with me all at once, I want you to stop and note that while I listed some available conspiracies above (not anywhere close to an exhaustive list) I didn’t once say anything about the validity of any of the above conspiracies. This article is not addressing the substance of any of the conspiracies listed or any of the thousands or millions of conspiracies floating around on the Internet. The purpose of this article is not to berate or belittle anyone who chooses to spend their time investigating the myriad of conspiracy theories available, and if none of them interest you today simply wait a day or two, and something will be said that will grab your attention.
My purpose in writing this article is simply to remind myself and those who choose to read this that while it is possible that every single conspiracy theory out there is absolutely true. It is also true that every single one of them has the ability to distract us and rob us of the valuable time that we should be devoting to studying and sharing the one thing that while by definition is not a conspiracy and that is sharing the Good News of Messiah. While every one of the items mentioned above are attention getting and can excite someone’s passion to search for truth, it is also evident that the Body of Messiah has devoted massive amounts of time and resources to chasing conspiracies that we could have devoted to sharing the Message of Yeshua. Paul shares great wisdom with us when he said in Philippians 3:8
More than that, I consider all things to be loss in comparison to the surpassing value of the knowledge of Messiah Yeshua my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things; and I consider them garbage in order that I might gain Messiah.
Consider this also that as you chase one conspiracy after another those around you are watching, and many of them are not yet believers and to them Yeshua is still just a conspiracy also. So the more outlandish you sound the more they will shy away from the only message we should be devoting our efforts to share. And if it turns out that even just one of those conspiracy theory videos is proven false, it will affect your testimony and the level of confidence that those around you place in your word. Always remember the story of the boy who cried wolf (or conspiracy).
So as you scroll through social media and see a post about a conspiracy before you wonder if it is true or false and then click on the link to read more. Stop and ask yourself a couple questions. Will this conspiracy add to my understanding of the Good News? Will my searching out this conspiracy enhance my understanding of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and the Bible? If I share this conspiracy will it cause someone to see and accept Yeshua as the Messiah? If the answer is no, then you may want to consider Paul’s statement above and count it all as garbage.
Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, #ManWisdom, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, Jesus is to Christianity as Pasta is to Italians, God Has No Plan "B", and his most recent book Galatians in Context.
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4 key ingredients to discipleship
In the Great Commission Yeshua commanded His followers: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20). The moment you believe in Yeshua and are born again, you become a lifelong discipleship, and…you take up the charge to become an active “discipler.”
As a young believer, I sometimes felt frustrated by the vagueness of the Great Commission. Why couldn’t Yeshua go into more detail of the ‘how to’ for His global discipleship initiative? I believe now that He intentionally did not give a specific formula – so that we would study His life example and apply what we learn from it through our own creativity, methods and personalities.
Among others, here are four key ingredients that I personally have found to be foundational in helping bring disciples to maturity:
The foundation for all discipleship is the Word of God. Disciples need to develop a lifestyle of regular meditation in the Word. You should also teach them to become familiar with all the books of the Bible, and how to read them in context. In addition, help them know how to teach others the basics (II Timothy 3:16-17), through testimonies of personally applying God’s Word in your life. Don’t limit Bible teaching to someone standing in front of a group of people holding a microphone — or to “YouTube” videos!
2) One on One Meetings
Quality time, face-to-face, is a must. In these meetings we listen on two levels, 1) to the person with us and, 2) to the Holy Spirit. Don’t assume the advice you gave someone else in a previous session will work for your new disciple. We need to be led by the Holy Spirit in how we ask questions, share our hearts and pray. These personal meetings can happen anywhere (I like to take my guys hiking in the nearby hills). Be sure to include transparency and accountability. Share about your shortcomings and victories, but don’t do all the talking.
3) The Supernatural
Seeking to walk in and demonstrate the supernatural is critical (I Corinthians 2:4-5). This includes praying for the sick together, experiencing God’s presence in worship, giving prophetic words and much more. Training others in the gifts of the Holy Spirit requires faith and risk. The more they are exercised, the more they will grow. We cannot love, engage in spiritual warfare or do anything else that will bear kingdom fruit without the supernatural anointing of God on our lives.
When you spend time investing in someone, the natural result is an authentic relationship. You don’t have to be so serious all the time. Invite them into your personal life. Play a game. Go to the beach. Hike a mountain. Laugh, eat and enjoy life together. With so many broken families today, multitudes are longing to experience and be a part of a loving family (Malachi 4:6). Watching how you interact with your spouse and children is part of their training.
The beauty of discipleship keys, is that few people excel in them all. This means everyone in the body of Messiah has a part to play. You may not be a great teacher, but instead excel in hospitality and bringing others into your home. Great, then do it regularly and intentionally (Romans 12:6-8)!
Recently, one of the young men I have been mentoring for years has begun meeting with a teenager to invest in him. Watching someone grow in the Lord to the point where they are ready to sow into someone else, brings me great joy and makes all the effort worthwhile!
Yeshua’s command to make disciples requires sacrifice, unconditional love, patience and availability. No matter how you feel, where you are in life or what level of training you have, you still have something to give to someone else. As you obey the Great Commission, He is ready to use you in ways you have not imagined!
This article originally appeared on Tikkun International, August 28, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Cody served on staff with YWAM for four years before moving to Israel. He joined Revive Israel's staff in 2013. He and his wife, Liat, help lead the youth group at Ahavat Yeshua Congregation and work together in Revive Israel’s international department. They have a passion to see the word of the Lord go out from Jerusalem through media and by going out to the nations themselves.
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Yeshua’s true birthday is the Feast of Succoth
Yeshua was born on the Feast of Succoth, the Greatest of all the 7 Feasts of the LORD, on the 15th day of the seventh month, on the Feast day of Joy and Rejoicing!
Christmas is celebrated by millions of Christians as His Birthday, but it’s time to Celebrate the real Truth!
The Greatest Miracle of all was Yeshua’s Conception in the womb of the virgin Miriam. Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Since conception was nine months prior to His birthday on Succoth, did God prophesy His conception day? Yes!
In Haggai 2:18-19, “Consider now from this day forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day that the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid, consider it. But from this day I will bless you.”
What did Yeshua accomplish for us when He was born into the earth in the womb of Miriam? Yeshua restored to mankind who we are as true sons of God, our lost identity as God’s children was restored to us. Luke 3:38 “Adam, son of God.” With His death, He purchased our sonship!
What is stopping us from Celebrating Yeshua’s Birthday? Not all Messianic leaders are in agreement about Yeshua’s Birthday being on Succoth. There are other opinions. Yes, there may be different opinions. But Succoth is Yeshua’s true Birthday! Yeshua wants His Birthday to be Celebrated!
Before we look at 13 different points proving Yeshua’s Birthday is on Succoth, let’s first answer three different objections, with the proofs given to me by the Holy Spirit for why each of these three objections is incorrect …
A) All the men of Israel were commanded by God in the Torah that during the three major Feasts of the LORD, Passover, Shavuot, and Succoth, that they had to come to the place where God would place His name, which later became the Temple in Jerusalem. And this was especially true during the seven days of the Feast of Succoth.
So how was it possible then for Joseph to have not violated the Torah, since Joseph was in Bethlehem those seven days of Succoth with His betrothed wife Miriam and her new born baby Yeshua, and not in Jerusalem? Answer: Joseph was truly in the Place where God had placed His name; he was in the Presence of the Son of God, the baby Yeshua, the very Temple where God had chosen to place His Holy name those seven days of Succoth.
B) Addressing the 2nd major argument against Yeshua’s Birthday being on Succoth: A book by a leading Messianic brother states that Yeshua was born in the spring on the 1st day of the first month.
Yeshua could not have been born on the 1st day of the first month, in Nisan (March – April), as has been taught, and as many have believed. For if this was true, then His cousin Yochanan (John), who was born six months earlier, would have been born during the time of the fall feasts, and therefore begun his ministry thirty years later as God’s prophet at the Jordan river, in the fall.
What that means then is how could all of Israel have been able to go out to Yochanan at the Jordan River in the winter, baptized by him during the cold and rainy winter months in Israel, from October to March, going into that cold Jordan River for baptism?
Just remember how Yochanan dressed, wearing his summer best.
C) And also Yeshua could not have been born during the time of Chanukah, in December (on the 24th of the 9th Hebrew month, Kislev), during the winter, as has also been taught. For at that time the shepherds would not have been out in the fields of Bethlehem watching over and protecting their flocks of sheep and baby sheep by night. Also in Haggai 2:18, the 24th of the ninth month falls on the eve of Chanukkah every year, & usually also around Christmas time, when so many of the Christian believers celebrate the Lord’s birthday. I believe that the reason why Christmas time is so very special worldwide is because this was the time that the Greatest miracle of God had happened, Yeshua’s conception in the virgin!
Now that we have ruled out the three main objections against the Truth of Yeshua being born on Succoth, let’s now focus on 13 points of proof showing that Yeshua was indeed born Succoth.
Yeshua was coming to earth to do God Things on God Days!
1) “Behold, I bring you Good News of Great Joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10) Succoth is the main feast where we are commanded to Rejoice. “… and you shall rejoice for seven days before the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:40 Succoth is known as the Feast of Joy, the Feast of Rejoicing!
Yeshua was Born the Greatest of all Feast Days of the LORD! That specific Day would be a God Sign, for it had to be held on a Feast Day of the LORD which was a Day of Great Joy! That could only be the Feast of Succoth!
2) Yeshua was born on a very specific Day, (Luke 2:11), “Today, in the city of David, there has been born to you a Savior, who is Messiah (Yeshua), the Lord!” The Son of God had to be Born on a Feast Day of God! And Succoth is the Greatest of all the Feast Days of God!
Luke 2:7-14 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 in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the Glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you Good News of Great Joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this Day in the city of David a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord. And this will be the sign to you, You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly host praising God saying, “Glory to God in the highest, & on earth Peace, goodwill toward men!”
3) The reason why there was no room in the inn in Bethlehem was because all of Israel was traveling to Jerusalem, to keep the Feast of Succoth, and the roads were very crowded with people.
4) On the second night of the Feast of Succoth in Jerusalem, the special annual candlestick lighting ceremony of illuminating the Jerusalem temple would begin. Three enormous golden candle-sticks were set up in ‘the court of the women’, each having four golden bowls at their top, each containing over seven gallons of oil. The priests used their worn-out priest swaddling under garments for the candle wicks in these giant candlesticks, for their nightly ceremonies. The light from this special candle lighting ceremony was so great, that it could be seen all over Jerusalem.
So while the great light show was going on to light up the temple five miles north in Jeusalem, God was putting on His own great Light show in the heavens over the fields of Bethlehem, to give Glory to Yeshua, His only begotten Son, born that first day of Succoth, in a very humble succah, a manger in Bethlehem.
5) “And this will be the sign to you, you shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger (a stahl, or a crib, or ‘a succah’).” One major belief is that swaddling clothes were the Aaronic priests linen undergarments. Whose swaddling clothes was baby Yeshua wrapped in? They could only have been those from His own family & close relative, His uncle, priest Zechariah, who was the real mystery Zadok high priest of Aaron. Yeshua was wrapped in the swaddling clothes of the Aaronic high priest!
Swaddling clothes was also believed to have been what the legs of the baby lambs were wrapped in to protect them from injury, especially those lambs which were chosen for temple sacrifice on the feast days. ‘The Temple’, book by Alfred Edersheim.
6) A ‘Succah’ was baby Yeshua’s dwelling place for those seven days in Bethlehem just after His birth, 5 miles south of Jerusalem.
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Succoth (Tabernacles), for seven days to the LORD.’
“You shall dwell in booths (English word for ‘succahs’ in Hebrew) for seven days; all that are native Israelites shall dwell in booths (‘succahs’); that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in succahs, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:33-43
7) The prophesy of Yeshua’s conception on the 24th of the ninth month … when the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid, was nine months before His Birthday on Succoth. Haggai 2:18
The 24th day of the ninth month happens every year around a most special time of year, Christmas time. Why is this so special? Because this is the time was when the greatest miracle of all happened on earth, when the Son God Yeshua came into the womb of Miriam at conception. That’s why this time of year is so special. This date is also the eve of Chanukkah. But Chanukkah was when Maccabees threw the Zadokite priests out of the Jerusalem Temple.
8) The two greatest Feast Days of the LORD will be celebrated during the Millennial Reign of Yeshua, the days of Succoth and Passover; Succoth was when Yeshua was born from the virgin and Passover was when Yeshua died for us on the Cross, giving His Life to redeem mankind and the earth. See Ezekiel 45:21, 25
9) The Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us. John 1:14
10) By studying the priest division or order of priest Zachariah, who was of Abijah, the 8th order of 24 divisions of the Aaronic priesthood listed in 1st Chronicles 24 (Luke 1:5), if Zechariah was serving in the Jerusalem Temple in the first obligatory time, then it is easy to prove that his son Yochanan was born on Passover.
11) Miriam would give Birth to her Son. The Spiritual Temple of God, the Son of God, Yeshua, was to be Birthed on to the earth.
On what Feast was the first physical Temple of God, the one that David’s own son king Solomon built in Jerusalem? When was it finished, fully completed, and then also dedicated to God with the Ark of the Covenant, the Presence of God, placed inside it?
The Answer: on Succoth! ‘… on the Feast of Tabernacles!
Thus Solomon finished the House of the LORD…’ [2nd Chronicles 5:1, 3, 12-14; 7:8 , 11; & 1st Kings 8:10, 65, 66]
12) God will Pour out His Spirit on all flesh … this is what Yeshua announced in Jerusalem about Living Waters, almost 2000 years ago on the last day, that great day of the Feast of Succoth.
On the last day, that great day of the Feast, Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of Living Water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Yeshua was not yet glorified … John 7:37-39
13) Succoth is also when the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will be held in Jerusalem, celebrated each year for 1000 years! This Celebration will also be held on Yeshua’s Birthday! See Zechariah 14:16 ‘And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts (our King and Great High Priest Yeshua), and to keep the Feast of Succoth, the Feast of Tabernacles.’
Isaiah 25:6-10 And in this mountain (Zion) the LORD of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees. And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and Rejoice in His Salvation.” For on this Mountain (Zion, in Jerusalem) the Hand of the LORD will rest …
Yeshua has told us all these Truths in His Word. “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free!” John 8:32
John 18:37 “Are You a king then?” Yeshua answered, “You say rightly that I am a King. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the Truth!”
Yeshua was asked by His disciples about the End Times, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the Age?” Yeshua answered and said to them, “Take heed that no one deceives you!” Matthew 24:3, 4
Yeshua came to earth not only to save and forgive us, but also to restore God’s image and likeness back into us. We have failed to honor our Messiah and Savior Yeshua by Celebrating His true Birthday of Succoth. It’s Time to Celebrate Yeshua’s Birthday!
RIchard has served the Lord full-time from Jerusalem since 1998, having made Aliyah to Israel in 1995. He been a writer for the Lord Yeshua since 1982. All of his books, including the newest one, ‘King Priest Yeshua from the Seed of David and Aaron’, along with other writings are free to read and download from his website.