It looks like we just missed the anniversary of the birth of Christ, again.
I know most Christians think He was born in December, but there is biblical evidence that Jesus was actually born in September, 3 BC!
It appears that Revelation 12:1-5 is actually a look back at the time of the birth of Christ. The symbols mentioned in the passage appear to be references to astronomical symbols.
“And there was a great wonder [sign] in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder [sign] in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his head. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.”
The only day that the constellations line up as described in Revelation 12 is September 11, of 3 BC.
Check out the article here http://www.askelm.com/star/star006.htm
I don’t know the political or religious affiliation of the author, but I don’t think it is important at this point. If the facts are as he lays out, then Jesus was born in September.
So, what are we doing celebrating His birthday in December?
The truth is that the December date for Jesus’ birthday actually comes from ancient pagan tradition for the birthday of the sun-god, Tammuz.
When Constantine formed the Roman Catholic Church, and made it the state religion, they incorporated pagan practices and Christianized them. This is why Easter and Passover don’t always coincide, and it is why Christmas is in December.
Interestingly the pagan celebration of December was a feast of conspicuous consumption, just like our modern Christmases.
While many Christians attempt to keep Christ in Christmas, I think it may be time for us to set aside a day in September, and spend it in quiet contemplation of the meaning of the incarnation of the only begotten Son of God.
Leave December 25 alone, and let the dead bury their dead!