Y'shua was born on December 25
Some who call themselves Christians refuse to celebrate the birth of Y'shua because the Bible does not specifically instruct us to do so. Although there is no Scriptural mandate to celebrate Y'shua’s birth; in Leviticus 23:1-44 Yahveh commands His people to celebrate seven feasts as holy convocations. He called these feasts, “Yahveh’s Appointed Times. Four times, Yahveh instructs that celebrating His Appointed Times is to be “a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places”. Sukkot is one of Yahveh’s Appointed Times that must be celebrated as a perpetual statute, forever and where ever Yahveh’s people live. We know Sukkot as the feast of Tabernacles.
There is a prophetic significance to each of Yahveh’s appointed times which either has been or will be fulfilled by Messiah. The prophetic significance of Passover / Unleavened Bread was fulfilled by Y'shua when he gave up his life on the cross at the very hour that the Passover lamb for the Temple was being slain. Paul alluded to this when he said:
Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Corinthians 5:7-8 NASB)
In Galatians 4:4 Paul said, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman…” Taken along with the prophesies of Daniel which predicted the time of Messiah’s birth to the day and along with the celestial event described in Revelation 12:1-2, which proclaimed His birth; it is safe to say that the precise time of Y'shua’s birth was ordained by Yahveh from the beginning of creation. It is also safe to say that Yahveh most certainly would not have chosen to bring Y'shua into the world on the birthday of the pagan sun god, Tammuz.
As a matter of fact, Y'shua was actually born on the 15th day of the 7th month, the first day of the feast of Tabernacles. John alluded to this when he said, “And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us…” Y'shua’s birth on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles partially fulfilled the prophetic significance of that Appointed Time. It will be fulfilled again when He returns to rule in the millennial Kingdom. 
Four Reasons to Believe That
Y'shua Was Not Born On December 25
Shepherds in the Fields
Luke 2:8-11 (NASB)
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
In Israel, shepherds are not “in the fields” with the flock much past late September or early October. Therefore, if they were in the fields on the day Y'shua was born, it could not have been December 25. Coincidentally, although the date of Feast of Tabernacles changes from year to year on our calendar, it always falls in late September or early October.
No Room in the Inn
Luke 2:4-7 (NASB)
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Three of Yahveh’s Appointed Times are known as the Pilgrimage Festivals because Scripture requires all Jewish males to go up to Yerushalayim to celebrate them. Sukkot, known to us as the Feast of Tabernacles is one of them. It makes sense that the reason there was no rooms in the Inn may have been that it was one of the feasts that all males were required to celebrate in Yerushalayim.
He Came and Tabernacled Among Us
If the prophetic significance of each of Yahveh’s Appointed Times Must be fulfilled by Messiah, then it makes sense that He would come and tabernacle among us during the Feast of Tabernacles.
Reason # 4
Calculating From Scripture the Birth Dates of
Yochanan Ben Zecharyah and Y'shua Ha Moshiach
Although Scripture does not specifically document the date of Y'shua’s birth, we can calculate the date from what Scripture does record. In the first chapter of His Gospel, Luke furnishes the following details:
Zacharias was a member of the priestly order of Abijah.
While performing his priestly service in the temple “in the appointed order of his division” an angel appeared to him and prophesied the birth and ministry of John (the Baptist).
When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home. After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months… Luke 1:23-24 (NASB)
In the sixth month (of Elizabeth’s pregnancy) Gabriel came to Mary to announce that she would conceive and bear the Messiah.
After Gabriel’s announcement, Mary “arose and went in a hurry” to see Elizabeth and upon her arrival, Elizabeth’s child leaped in her womb because Mary was carrying the messiah.
From 1 Chronicles 24:10 we can calculate when Zacharias would have been serving in the Temple and when his service would have ended. From the language of Luke, there are a number of reasons to believe that Elizabeth would have conceived on or about the first day of the 4th month of the Hebrew calendar. By adding 280 days (the average period of gestation for a child) to that date, we can calculate when Yochanan ben Zecharyah was born. By calculating when Elizabeth would have been in her 6th month of pregnancy, we can calculate the date of Y'shua’s conception. By adding 280 days we can calculate the date of Y'shua’s birth.
Every year, for more than 3400 years, the Jewish people have left an empty chair and place setting at their Passover table in anticipation that Elijah will come and announce the coming of Messiah. When asked about this expectation, Y'shua testified to what Gabriel had prophesied, i.e. that John had come in the spirit of Elijah to do just that. Each year during the Passover Seder, every Jewish family sends a child to the door to look to see if Elijah is coming, and each year, that child reports that he did not see him. Guess when the above calculations would indicate that Yochanan ben Zecharyah was born. Would you believe that it was on Passover, the day that Jews have been anticipating Elijah’s arrival for thousands of years? How cool is that. Working backward from that date, we can calculate that Y'shua, “the light of the world” was conceived during the Feast of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Light. Adding 280 days to that, we can calculate that Y'shua was born on the 15th day of the 7th month, which is the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
So why does the church celebrate “Christmas” on December 25? The short answer is, “We don’t know.” We do know that the first record of Christmas being celebrated on December 25 was in 336 A.D and that a few years later, Pope Julius I, officially declared that the birth of Messiah would be celebrated on the 25th of December. This was a decade after Constantine initiated the syncretistic melding of paganism into the Christian calendar; by moving the 7th day Sabbath to what he called, “the venerable day of the sun” and the celebration of the Resurrection of Messiah from the Feast of First Fruits to the pagan feast of Ishtar; in 324 A.D.
Perhaps more troubling than the general falsehood that Y'shua was born on December 25, are the lies we have handed down to our children with respect to the traditions of Christmas. I will never forget the conversation my wife had with my son when he figured out that Santa Clause wasn’t real. My son said, “Mom, Santa Clause isn’t real is he?” When my wife admitted that he wasn’t, my son said, “So there is no tooth fairy or Easter bunny either?”, and she admitted that there wasn’t. My son’s next conclusion was “I guess Jesus isn’t real either.” Although we stood firmly on our belief that Y'shua was real, the potentially devastating impact of the lies our son had inherited from us came crashing in on us with a vengeance.
Add to this the many trappings of Christmas that are rooted in pagan ritual, like Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly wreaths, caroling, yule logs and Santa’s elves; and one has to wonder what Yahveh thinks of his people participating in such traditions in light of His commandment in:
Deuteronomy 12:29-32 (NASB)
29 "When the LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, 30 beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?' 31 "You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. 32 "Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.
In my next post I will explore yet another lie we have inherited form our fathers.
 In Ezekiel 8:18, Yahveh tells Ezekiel that He will deal in wrath (with any of His people involved in Tammuz worship) and His eye will have no pity nor will He spare them. Even if they cry in His ear with a loud voice He will not listen to them.
 (John 1:14) Although most translations translate this He dwelt among us, the Greek word is Skenoo which means to tabernacle or pitch ones tent.
 Zechariah 14:16-17 (NASB) 16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.