Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2018   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages. ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done Related page: Rapture-2018 (Zechariah 14 and more) Power-point Video (33 minutes) When was Jesus born? (Is there a connection to the rapture?)   According the Luke’s account of Mary’s visitation by Gabriel, Jesus would have been conceived in the last half of the 6th month of the Hebrew calendar (Elul).  Thus, He would have been born in the 1st half of the 4th month (Sivan), based on a 40-week pregnancy, which corresponds to late-June or early-July.  This timing is supported by the following scripture.  Luke 1:26-27 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. Luke 1:35-43 35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God." 38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.  39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!   Point #1: We know that John-the-Baptist was conceived after his dad, Zechariah the priest, was chosen by lot to enter the Temple to burn incense, at which time he spoke to the angel.  (Luke 1:8-11)  As noted above, Elizabeth was in her 6th month of pregnancy during the 6th month of the Hebrew calendar, so John-the-Baptist had to be conceived during the 1st month of the Hebrew calendar.  Thus, the time that Zechariah would have been entering the Temple would have been during Passover Week, starting on the 14th of the 1st month, and including the Feast of Unleavened Bread (15th - 22nd of the 1st month).  Since John-the-Baptist was conceived in the traditional manner, it would have after Zechariah went home.  Luke 1:23 says, “When his time of service was completed, he returned home.”  Thus, he must have stayed until the end of Passover Week, which is surprising since he had a traumatic experience that struck him mute.  Nevertheless, that narrows the time that John-the-Baptist could have been conceived to the last-week of the 1st Hebrew month.  It couldn’t have taken any longer than that because Elizabeth’s 1st month of pregnancy had to coincide with some part of the 1st month, so that her 6th month of pregnancy could coincide with some part of the 6th month, as noted above.  Therefore, since Elizabeth was already in her 6th month of pregnancy, Gabriel’s visit to Mary must have been during the last-week of the 6th month.    Point #2: Mary “hurried” to Elizabeth, and Jesus was conceived before she got there. (v.42) Granted, the trip from Nazareth (v.26) to the hill country of Judea (v.39) was about 70-miles, so it could have taken 3-4 days for her to get there, but I imagine that the conception took place immediately (after the angel left) or perhaps when she went to sleep that night.  Regardless, Jesus was most likely conceived in the last-week of the 6th month.    Note: Luke’s account was undoubtedly gathered through an interview with Mary, so she obviously remembered the 6th month.  That is understandable because she would have arrived at Elizabeth’s house around the 1st of the 7th month, which is the beginning of the High Holy Days (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles).  That’s something she would have remembered, especially since Zechariah was a priest.    So, since Jesus’ conception was in the last-week of the 6th Hebrew month, then His birth would have been about 40-weeks later (+/-), which is about 280 days.  Since 9 lunar months equals about 266 days (29.5 days/month), then a normal pregnancy would be 9 lunar months plus 14 days, which would make Jesus’ birth in the 2nd week of the 4th month (Tammuz) Of course, Jesus’ birth can only be estimated because the length of a pregnancy can vary.    In 2018, the 2nd week of Tammuz is from June 21 to June 27.  Of course, the Hebrew calendar months can vary by almost a month, year-to-year, because there are differences between the lunar and solar calendars.  However, they can’t vary by more than that because they add an extra lunar month, according to the Metonic Cycle (7 times in 19 years), to keep the seasons in the same general place.  Thus, the lunar calendar repeats itself every 19 years, barring any additional adjustment, so we can use that fact to closer estimate when the 2nd week of Tammuz occurred, during the year that Jesus was born (but even that is an estimate).    Given that King Herod ordered all the Hebrew boys to be killed, who were 2 years old and under, which was determined by information from the Magi, then Jesus was probably about one when Herod gave the order. (Matthew 2:16)  It’s generally accepted, from other records, that King Herod died in 4 BC, so Jesus would have been born before that, perhaps 5-7 BC.    Therefore, using equivalent years from the Metonic Cycle (2026-2028), the 2nd week of Tammuz, in 7 BC, was June 23 to June 29.  In 6 BC, it was July 13 to July 19.  In 5 BC, it was July 2 to July 8.  An average of the 3-years would be July 3 to July 9, which is approximately the same as 5 BC.  Like I said, it’s just an estimate.  Why does this matter?   This caught my eye because I’ve been paying a lot more attention than usual to the months when Biblical events take place.  I’ve heard many times that Jesus’ birth likely took place in the early-fall, but come to find out, that doesn’t agree with the Bible.  The early-summer date was especially interesting to me because God has a way of causing significant events to happen on the same lunar date, which is why I was paying more attention in the first place.    For example, I recently found that the Israelite’s entry into the Promised Land was the mirror image of their departure from Egypt, 40-years earlier.  The Israelites crossed the Jordan River (Joshua 3:15-17) much like they crossed the Red Sea, which was the 10th day of the 1st month. (Joshua 4:19)  That corresponds to the day that God directed them to select the Passover lamb. (Exodus 12:3)  They subsequently ate Passover in the Promised Land, 14th of the 1st month. (Joshua 5:10)  At that time, Joshua saw an angel, who told him to have the Israelites march around Jericho for 7-days (Joshua 6:3-5), which happened to correspond to the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover Week).  That means that the calendar dates of the Israelite’s entry into the Promised Land, and their first miraculous victory, perfectly corresponded to their Exodus from Egypt, which only God could plan and execute.    There are other examples of God using the same date for significant events such as Jesus being crucified on Passover, and the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples on Pentecost.  Noah’s ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat, on the 17th of the 7th month, which later became part of the Feast of Tabernacles.  Plus, God plans to re-use (or continue) the Feast of Tabernacles during Jesus’ 1000-year reign on earth, after Armageddon.  God’s appearance on Mt. Sinai, on the 17th of Tammuz, has coincided with several infamous events in Israeli history, which starts a time of mourning for Jews.  I think God uses the same dates to show His power and control.  Possible connection to the Rapture   My point is: I recently made a video that explains why the rapture is likely to happen before the 17th of Tammuz (June 30, 2018), because the Feast of Tabernacles occurs 2300-days later. (webpage)  It’s interesting to me that Jesus’ birth corresponded with the 2nd week of Tammuz, which is also directly before the 17th of Tammuz.  In fact, if Mary was a few days late, then Jesus could have been born on the 17th of Tammuz, the same day the God appeared on Mt. Sinai, which would show God’s sentimental side.  Anyway, Jesus’ return in the sky for the rapture could theoretically coincide with His birth (the first time He came to earth), since He was likely born before that.  Of course, we still don’t know the exact day of Jesus’ birth, but God remembers, so I wouldn’t be surprised if He used the same day, whatever that may be.   Of course, there are other possibilities that God could use, ranging from Passover Week, Ascension Day, Pentecost, appearance on Mt. Sinai (17th of Tammuz), or any day in-between.  Like I said in the video, I don’t think it will be later than the 17th of Tammuz (June 30, 2018) because that would make the 2300th day (Daniel 8:13-14) miss the start of the Feast of Tabernacles (after Armageddon-2024).  It’s just interesting to me that Jesus’ birth falls just days before the 17th of Tammuz, which reinforces my theory even more.  Hebrew calendar months 1st month = Nisan (March/April) 2nd month = Iyar (April/May) 3rd month = Sivan (May/June) 4th month = Tammuz (June/July) 5th month = Av (July/August) 6th month = Elul (August/Sept) 7th month = Tishrei (Sept/Oct) 8th month = Cheshvan (Oct/Nov) 9th month = Kislev (Nov/Dec) 10th month = Teves (Dec/Jan) 11th month = Shevat (Jan/Feb) 12th month = Adar (Feb/March) The “leap years” - according to the Metonic cycle (3,6,8,11,14,17,19) add a 13th month = Adar II Note: 2019 is #3 in the cycle. In general, dates on the Hebrew calendar move backwards about 11-12 days/year until the leap-year pushes them forward again.  Significant events from Passover to the 17th of Tammuz   To put it another way, the Israelites left Egypt on the original Passover, the 14th of the 1st month (Nisan), or the 1st full moon of the year, and arrived at Mt. Sinai on the 14th of the 4th month (Tammuz), or the 4th full moon of the year.  Three days later, on the 17th of the Tammuz, God appeared on Mt. Sinai in an unprecedented display of fire and thunder.  Ever since then, every example of entering, exiting, arrival, or departure, regarding God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Israelites, has happened between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz.  I don’t expect the rapture, which is Jesus’ arrival in the sky and the Christians’ departure from the earth, to be any different.    Since 2018 is the 70th anniversary of Israel, and there have been at least 3 other 70-year periods in the Bible (almost a 4th), and the abomination is due in Daniel 11 (all previous verses have been fulfilled), then there is a high probability that the rapture could happen between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz - 2018 (March 30 – June 30).  I’m not trying to pick an exact day, but rather a ‘season’, based on current situations and past tendencies of God, which He is prone to repeat.  Below is an illustration from the past of the season I mean. Event    Lunar date   2018 date 1. Israelites left Egypt – Passover - 14th of Nisan – March 30  2. Israelites arrived at Mt. Sinai – 14th of Tammuz – June 27 3. God appeared on Mt. Sinai – 17th of Tammuz – June 30  4. 1st victory in Promised Land (Jericho) - 15th – 21st of Nisan - March 31 – Apr 6 5. Jesus arrived on earth (born) – 2nd week of Tammuz – June 21 -27 6. Jesus crucified – morning of Passover - 14th of Nisan – March 30 7. Jesus resurrected – Easter Sunday - 16th of Nisan – April 1 8. Jesus ascended to heaven – 40-days after resurrection – May 10 9. Holy Spirit came to disciples – Pentecost - 50-days after resurrection – May 20 10. Israelites declared a new nation (1948) – 5th of Iyar (solar -May 14) – April 20 (May 14) 11. Israelites re-unified Jerusalem (1967) – 28th of Iyar (solar -June 7) – May 13 (June 7)   Note: I just realized that 1948 and 1967 are equivalent years on the Metonic cycle (because they are 19 years apart).  That’s interesting because they were both significant Israeli victories (thus victories for God).  If you keep adding 19, to find more equivalent years (i.e. 1986, 2005, 2024), then you eventually get to 2024.  That’s interesting because 2024 is the projected year for Armageddon (if the rapture happens in 2018 -see below), which is a significant victory for Jesus, and thus God, on another Metonic cycle equivalent year.   Note: Possible 70th anniversary scenario: Abomination/rapture (2018) + 2300 days = re-consecration of the sanctuary (Daniel 8:13-14), after Armageddon (2024). [see webpage] Added: 3-12-2018 - Added section: 3-12-2018
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