(By Ron Allen) Most Christians don’t know that Christmas was set on Dec. 25, the ancient Roman winter solstice date, to displace a pagan holiday celebrating the birth of a pagan false “seed of woman” god. While the winter solstice is an important element in the celestial signs of Christ’s Advent, careful study of the Scriptures, history and astronomy prove that He could not have been born on Dec. 25. The Bible does not tell us when Jesus was born. However, the search for His birthdate can begin with strong scriptural evidence about the year of His birth.
We know from Luke 3:23 that Jesus was about 30 when He began His ministry. The prophet Daniel tells us the year of Christ’s anointing would come in 69 7s, or 483 years, after the decree which sent Ezra to Jerusalem in 458 BC. (Dan. 9:25) Doing the math, and remembering that there is no year “0”, Daniel’s prophecy says Jesus would begin His ministry in A.D. 26. This year is backed up by two dates from Scripture. John the Baptist began his ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius, A.D. 25 (Luke 3:1), and Jesus cleared the temple the first time 46 years after Herod began renovating it (John 2:20) in 20 B.C. (according to Josephus), or A.D. 27. Thus many Bible scholars believe that A.D. 26 is the year Jesus began his ministry. If He was 30 years old, remembering again that there is no year 0, He would have been born in 5 B.C. READ MORE