Silent night, holy night…the city of the Great King, the city that symbolizes our soul: Bethlehem of Judea. Also known as Ephrath, “fertile”. Internationally known by its name in Hebrew: Bethlehem, which literally means “house of bread”, the bread from Heaven, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, was born in Bethlehem. The bread that nourishes our spirit eternally, the Living Word of God. The bread of the Holy Supper. The origin of the history of Jesus’ life on earth starts in Bethlehem.

The most important birth in the history of humanity, the birth which would change men’s destiny forever, of those in Israel who were waiting for the Lord’s redemption, who were expecting The Messiah, of those of us who believe in the Son of God. The birth of Him who makes us be born again. All this starts in Bethlehem, due to a census and also, as we will see later, due to one of Israel’s annual feasts; both events have a transcendental spiritual meaning for our lives, and for our faith.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree for everybody to be registered in the census. So Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger. This is what the Spirit tells us through the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, as one of the reasons why Jesus was born in Bethlehem, fulfilling the prophecy about His place of birth.

Over the last days, as I was asking the Lord in prayer about the time of His birth, what came to my head was the feast of Tabernacles. I started looking in the Bible immediately, searching for any relevant information. The details I found seem to show that, just like Jesus died during Passover and resurrected in the feast of the Unleavened Bread, His birth would also coincide with one of the three major annual feasts of the Lord, but we will read more about it later.

Merry Christmas because our Lord has sent His Son, who has become man and has come from His eternal Kingdom to our finite world. …For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace…Isaiah 9:6.

Just like in Isaiah, we can also read in Matthew how the angel instructs Joseph to name the child “Immanuel” a name that means “God with us”, God’s salvation amongst us, Yahshua.



A Christian, symbolically in his heart and intimately in his prayer to God, should also go to Bethlehem to register spiritually, to receive Christ in his soul, to be born again from the Spirit. In parable: Joseph is our flesh, which must obey the Lord; Mary is our soul, where Christ is born, who must be taken to Bethlehem to give birth in the prophetic place, so we are born again from the Spirit. The symbolic meaning I am referring to is our faith, it is the fact that we have accepted that, precisely, Yahshua the Messiah, born from Mary in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, is the true Messiah, the announced Christ, and not another false christ to believe in; I say this because just like there were false christs in those times, there are and there will also be false christs in these last days, who will strive to keep fighting in vain to prove that Jesus Christ was not the Messiah, as confirmed by all messianic prophecies. Jesus Christ is the same One who died on the Cross of Calvary for our sins. The same One who resurrected on the third day and ascended to the right of the Father. He is the real Messiah, for Israel and for the Gentiles, or to put it in another way: the Saviour of Jews and non-Jews.

This is the essential symbolism of having to register spiritually in Bethlehem of Judea, to become one with Christ in the fulfillment of the prophecy of His birth, the historical one in the city and the spiritual one in our soul. For us, going to Bethlehem must be a symbol of our faith in our mind, so we never doubt that Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem and that He is the true Messiah. When we are born again and we come to know the Lord, when we have a deep spiritual relationship with Him, there are no more doubts. But before we reach that spiritual status, faith is the first step and that faith comes through listening to the Gospel of the Kingdom, which all believers have to preach and that includes the faith on the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, on the Christmas in Bethlehem, on the prophecy of Bethlehem which will lead to Zion, on His coming. 

The spiritual census shows us two ways of understanding Bethlehem with respect to us: to register ourselves in Bethlehem and to register Christ in our soul. Each one of us has to register in Christ, in God’s Book of Life, unless our name is in that book we will not have access to the Kingdom of God. Revelation 21:27. From another perspective, each and every one of us must register Jesus Christ in our soul, which becomes like the town of Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ comes, as His land. When one registers in the census, one receives all the rights but also all the duties. Likewise in the Kingdom of the Lord. If we receive the Gospel and change our heart within, our life changes. The fruits of the Spirit appear promptly and it is when we find ourselves doing good, preaching the Gospel, helping and sharing with the brethren, in good deeds of love for our neighbour, so that the fruit of Jesus Christ becomes obvious in us, because we will be recognized by our fruits and because doing good we will come to the resurrection of life.



Although the birth of the Messiah Jesus Christ is celebrated on the 25th of December, this is not the historical date, but the traditional one which was imposed by Pope Julius I on year 350 a.C. with the excuse that it would be easier for the Romans to accept the new faith if it was mixed together with the pagan celebrations which held a feast to Saturn in the winter solstice. The Orthodox Church used to celebrate Epiphany on the 6th of January, which was shared by many of the churches in the East during the first centuries. It is still celebrated as the date of the Magi’s visit.

Jesus Christ was probably born in the feast of harvest, known as Trumpets or Tabernacles, which included Trumpets, Day of Atonement “Yom Kippur” and Tabernacles, when all Jews are called to Jerusalem for the third time in the year, like in Passover and Pentecost. According to most experts, the estimated year when such a special event for mankind was dated shows a margin of several years before Christ, between year 6 and 4 b.C., which is also the year when Herod died, and whose date is historically recorded by Josephus.

In order to reach the date of the feast of Trumpets or Tabernacles as the time of the birth of Christ, the Bible provides us with the following information:

First, we have to go back to the history of a priest, a relative of Jesus: Zechariah the priest, Elizabeth’s husband, the parents of John the Baptist, known by many as the cousin of Jesus. Zechariah was one of the 24 priests who ministered in the temple during the religious year, which reminds us of the 24 elders in Revelation. This was established by King David, 1 Chronicles 24:10. Although all the system became void after the destruction of the temple, the exile in Babylon and other events; the priesthood order of the 24 groups was re-established upon reconstruction of the temple by Herod. Evidence about this has been found in Qumran, in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Jewish religious year starts in Abib, also known as Nisan (Easter Week or Passover), and is ruled by the moon calendar. It starts on the 1st day of Abib or Nisan. There were 24 priests ministering, two weeks a year each, every six months, which results in 48 weeks. These weeks must be increased by a further three weeks for the three major feasts when the turns of the priests do not apply and when all the priests ministered together. This would give us a year with 360 days, or 51,4 weeks. Zechariah belonged to the division of Abijah, as stated in Luke 1:5. His turn was the eighth one, as we can read in 1Chronicles 24:10. His first turn, according to the order of the religious year in Israel, was during the Pentecost week. The priests stayed in the temple for two weeks and then they returned home, but during the three major feasts they all went to help. Whilst he was with the rest of the priests, he was chosen by lot to offer the incense and…the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense…Luke 1:9. The multitude gathers when there is an important feast. There would be no multitude waiting outside during the other turn of Abijah, as it was not the time of any of the three major feasts. But the key to whether it was one turn or another related to the birth of the Messiah is given to us by the shepherds, since He would be born six months later than John, as we will see later on.

Zechariah would return home after serving in the temple and Elisabeth conceived John the Baptist. This would happen in Sivan, towards the middle of June, and nine months later he was born, in Passover. John had the spirit and the power of Elijah, as the angel Gabriel told his father - Zechariah the priest - to prepare the way for the Son of God. Jesus, as we know, is six months younger than John in the flesh, as the Gospel shows us when Mary visited Elisabeth who was six months pregnant, Luke 1:26, and Mary had recently conceived from the Holy Spirit. This probably happened in the month of Kislev, the 24th of the seventh month of the Jewish religious calendar, and the Bible says that it is the date when the foundation of the temple was laid. Jesus is the corner Stone which the builders rejected. This is the date of the feast of Hanukkah, which celebrates the dedication of the temple, towards the middle of December. It also celebrates the recapture of the temple by the Maccabees and in our actual calendar coincides with the month of Christmas. Nine months later we are in Tabernacles, towards the end of September or beginning of October, when the Messiah was born.

That year, Joseph, with Mary being close to the end of her pregnancy, would not have been able to attend the feast of the Tabernacles (known as the feast of the Jews), which he surely attended every year like every good Jew would do. However, the event which forced them to go, even with Mary being pregnant, was precisely the census order. Coincidence? It does not exist. It was all part of the Lord’s plan for His Son and the fulfillment of the prophecies related to Him…He would be born in Bethlehem…even if they did not live there, his parents would have to go.

Let’s go back to Zechariah for a moment, and to make sure that the turn of Zechariah the priest was the first one and not the second one, we need another piece of information in the Bible to provide solid evidence. We can find it in the story of the shepherds that go to Bethlehem after hearing the song of the heavenly creatures. Luke 2:15. In Israel, in the times when Jesus was born, the weather in winter is very cold, as in the rest of the northern hemisphere. The shepherds would keep the flocks in folds with stone walls and under cover, due to the cold, they would not keep watch over their flocks at night. At the end of summer, it would be normal for the shepherds to sleep out in the open with their flocks, taking turns. It is precisely after the feast of the Tabernacles when the flock and cattle are put back in their stables.

The shepherds are symbols of the carers of the people of the Lord. They used to stay awake vigilant over their flock, which symbolizes the souls. Because they were busy doing the work of the Lord, the spiritual shepherds – pastors – just like the others, receive messages from the Lord to nourish the people; had they been asleep, they would have not been visited by the angels from the Lord. … Do not be afraid because Christ has been born to you…Luke 2:10. He is the good shepherd of the sheep, the One who watches over shepherds and sheep until His coming in His eternal Kingdom. And, indeed, they found the child wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger, fulfilling the words of the angel.

Therefore, Mary would have conceived during our Christmas time today. If we followed celebration of birth according to the eastern tradition, when the birth date is the conception date, we would have December again as the date for Christmas. Which, nowadays, is almost at the same time as Hanukkah.

The Magi, or wise men from the East, came to Bethlehem to worship the Lord. Another symbol of the greatness of the Messiah, recognized everywhere on earth by those who are looking for the Lord and His signs. They followed His star. The star appears at the time when several cosmic events took place, as confirmed by astronomical observatories, NASA amongst them. 

The feast of the harvest, together with Trumpets and Atonement before Tabernacles, when every man had to go to the temple, coincided that year with the period of registration in the census as per the decree from Rome. That decree surely was not issued in the middle of the winter, with paths full of mud, rain and storms and sometimes even snow. Rome used to take advantage of the time of the feasts in order to collect taxes and issue decrees. These two simultaneous events must have brought large crowds to Jerusalem and Bethlehem – only 8 km away – making both towns be fully occupied, which is the reason why, as the Bible says, there was no place in the inn for Joseph and his pregnant wife. But there is another reason - not so well known – why, not only Joseph and Mary but many others, were out of their houses and dwelling in booths or tabernacles, known as stables or sukkot.

Spiritually, Tabernacles would also be the circumstance which would make the Messiah be born outside a house, which is what happens during the celebration of Sukkot, the feast of Tabernacles. Also, the Hebrew word for stable is “sukkah”, used both for stable and tabernacle, hence the name of the feast: “Sukkot”, tabernacle. John 1:14 teaches us about the feast of Tabernacles comparing the birth of the Messiah as a man, taking a temporary body like ours to create a new and eternal one for us in heaven after His redeeming work, giving it to us in resurrection: …And the Lord was made flesh, and “did tabernacle” among us…our Bibles usually quote …and “dwelt” among us…which is also literally correct, but this form of the verb in the Text of the word “skene/os” refers to dwelling in tabernacles, and that is how it appears in the Greek text, which the reader can check in any New Testament in Greek, and which directly relates to the spiritual meaning of the Feasts of the Lord. Our body is the temporary tabernacle of the soul. Psalm 133 reminds us the spirit of the feats of Tabernacles, alive in the congregation of those who love the Lord today and always.

Joseph must have had relatives in Bethlehem. When he travelled there to register in the census and for the feast of the harvest, they would be in Bethlehem just before Trumpets and maybe with the intention of going up to Jerusalem once they had found accommodation in Bethlehem. Mary must have gone into labour in those days, which stopped them from going to the temple and hence Jesus was born in Bethlehem, according to the prophecy.

Jesus was born to fulfil the announcement, the Trumpet of Salvation, the Atonement and to prove that he makes a Tabernacle with us, that He dwells amidst us as Saviour. The meaning of the three feasts together. This seventh month of the religious calendar is Tishrei. During this month, the high priest must enter the Holy Place wearing a white robe instead of his usual high priest robe. A symbol of the fact that Jesus takes off His Divine robe to put on the robe of human kind, and a symbol of the fact that the high priest must remove his status in the presence of the Lord. Jesus is the eternal High Priest, in the order of Melchizedek, Genesis 14:17, Psalm 110. Melchizedek, without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever. Hebrews 7:3.

If the Lord was born during Tabernacles, the first day of the feast – which lasts for seven days – he was circumcised on the eighth day. But it happens to be that on the day when he was to be circumcised is the day of the celebration of the rejoice in the Law of God, the Torah, that every Jew recognises as the celebration of being inside the covenant with God, and the Messiah would enter the covenant in His circumcision on the eighth day, the greatest day of the feast.

Our bodies are also the tabernacle where Christ is born when we receive Him as our Saviour. The Lord is born in a tabernacle, which is the symbol of our body, outside His heavenly kingdom. Just like the Word tells us, and Jesus Himself called it His body, referring to the fact that it would be re-built in three days if it were destroyed. This is the allusion to crucifixion, which the religious leaders interpreted as a reference to Herod’s temple.

33 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. 36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.

This third feast of the year is divided in three events. Day 1 is Rosh Hashanah, which is the feast of Trumpets. Day 10 is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Day 15 is Shabbat, the first day of the seven-day feast of Tabernacles. Day 8 is another special Shabbat, of the rejoicing in the Torah. 40 days later they would go to the temple to dedicate the child, according to the Law, and it would coincide again with another feast: Hanukkah, the feast of the lights in the dedication of the temple. They were bringing to the Temple the One who was the light of the world and who was coming to the Temple to illuminate it, precisely what they used to do during the feasts.

Whether the Lord was born in Trumpets, Atonement or Tabernacles…it is up to the reader to study the Bible and other sources of historical records or other information and pray to the Lord. But it is very clear that the Lord in His history and His mission is directly linked to the spiritual meaning of the Feasts of the Lord and He will also return during one of these feasts.

All of these events would have happened if Jesus Christ had been born during the Feast of Trumpets and Tabernacles. Many coincidences – too many, I would say – support this date as opposed to a date during winter. The facts we have seen do not leave much room for doubt. But, again, the relevant issue is the work of Christ, not the celebration of His birth. My intention is far from invalidating the celebration of the birth of our Lord, or even not wanting to celebrate it during Christmas, but Bible facts are our bread and their spiritual meaning cannot remain unveiled because of men’s traditions.

We will conclude this section quoting one of the experiences with the Lord in the Gospel. When Jesus Christ was in His ministry, He attended the feast of tabernacles, the Jewish feast, and during the celebration, on the last and greatest day – the eighth day, the one of the covenant of the Law – He 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 Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39.



Joseph, so many times forgotten when we focus on Biblical history, he who would be Jesus’ human – although not natural – father, was indeed a man chosen by the Lord. Not only belonging to the family of David, whose genealogy is shown in Matthew 1, but a just man, a man of faith, and above all a man who obeyed the Lord’s voice, who did not hesitate to fulfill the instructions he received from the angel sent by the Lord. Joseph’s character, obviously shaped by the Teacher of every carpenter – the Lord – is fundamental for the fulfillment of God’s plan towards His Son on earth.

Similarly, although much better known, and misleadingly raised by part of the Christian world to be a goddess and queen of heavens, and intercessor, through the tradition of men which the Lord so many times denounced and which makes the commandment void; we find the virgin chosen by the Lord, Myriam, also a descendant from David, whose genealogy is shown in Luke 3, she is indeed the woman chosen by the Lord where to incarnate, a just woman, a woman of faith and a woman who obeyed the Lord’s voice, her Saviour, the one she would give birth to. This circumstance would trouble any woman, but her spiritual character was also fundamental for the fulfillment of God’s plan towards His Son on earth.

Undoubtedly, these two characters who were so relevant in the Lord’s history would be the ones to bring Him to Bethlehem, the ones who had been genetically appointed by the Lord to fulfill the prophecies. They had unshakable faith, they trusted God, even in the persecution, in the concern about what would people say about them as a couple who could have been accused of pre-nuptial disorder, but they were righteous and devout, chosen by the Lord for a special accomplishment. They took Jesus to Bethlehem and registered there in the census. Similarly, we must have the faith and obedience of Joseph and Mary, to fulfill the work that the Holy Spirit may appoint us to do, and so that we may take Jesus in our soul to introduce Him to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear the Voice of the Lord, the Gospel of Jesus Christ to enter the Kingdom of the Lord forever.

This honorable, divine, spiritual and heavenly work, performed here on earth is none other than the work that makes someone else, our neighbour, be able to save their lives today and their souls for eternity, precisely because we bring the message of salvation to them. When anybody receives Jesus Christ, he becomes registered in the spiritual family that registers in the census in Bethlehem. Will you obey and have the faith to register others in Bethlehem?



When Herod, being a king in Judea, was disturbed to hear the wise men from the East who announced their visit because they were coming following the star to worship the king of the Jews who had just been born, he asked the main priests and scribes about where the Christ would be born. They said to him: In Bethlehem of Judea, because it is written by the prophet: … 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel…This is the story as told by Matthew 2, who writes a Gospel mainly addressed to the Jews, with an emphasis on the fulfillment of the messianic prophecies, guided by the Spirit.

A relevant point about Herod’s lie to the magi, it warns us about something which is seen so often throughout history, just like today: many world leaders say they are followers of Christ, but they are really enemies to Christ, they only try to take advantage and persecute the people of the Lord in order to obtain the power: you will know them by their fruits. It is despicable to see religious leaders, church leaders who only want to kill the disciples’ direct relationship with Christ, in order to have control over their spiritual lives. A Christian should know the Word of God, and have a personal relationship with Christ. A good shepherd feeds the people of the Lord so they can all come to know God and have a personal friendship with Him, and a relationship amongst them as brethren, friends and family in Christ; he raises them as temples of the living God, giving freedom to their souls in the Spirit; and this freedom is precisely what makes the true brethren in Christ come together. We serve Christ with our heart; we give our life for Him, not because it is imposed upon us.

Amongst many prophecies about Jesus Christ, it is worth noting the ones includes in the Gospel according to Matthew:

…Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23 from Isaiah 7:14.

…And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Matthew 2:6 from Micah 5:2.

…In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. Matthew 2:18 from Jeremiah 31:15 on the slaughter of the martyr children of Jesus.

…And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand…The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Matthew 3:2 and 3:3 from Daniel 2:44 and Isaiah 40:3.

On the eighth day it was time to circumcise the child, and they named him Jesus, which is Yahshua. Yah is the root of the name of the Lord, Shua is the salvation of Yah. Hallelu-Yah. Immanuel was, therefore, Jesus Christ who came to the world; The Salvation of the Lord amongst us, as the angel of the Lord said: Yah-Shua, Son of, coming from Yah-Weh.

And when the time of their purification, according to the Law of Moses, had been completed, i.e.; forty days later, they went from Bethlehem to the temple, to dedicate the firstborn. In the temple they met Simeon, who was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Anointed. There was also a prophetess, Anna, she spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. Bethlehem is very close to Jerusalem, about 8 km, which allowed travel to the temple and back the same day.

Another prophetic detail related to Bethlehem, Ephrath, is the prophecy of Jeremiah when he refers to Rachel, who is buried there, Genesis 35:19 … A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more. Matthew 2:18. Once Herod’s persecution is over, killing all children under 2 years in Bethlehem.

The following event was that the angel warned Joseph again to go to Egypt to avoid Herod’s persecution, until his death. Whilst they were in Egypt, the angel instructed Joseph again to return, without passing by Jerusalem, but returning to their residence, Galilee, Nazareth, because the prophecy says that the Messiah would be called Nazarene. The trip to Egypt fulfills another prophecy in Hosea 11:1.

This is the prophetic journey of Jesus the child. They left Nazareth for Bethlehem, they went to the temple in Jerusalem, then to Egypt and back to Nazareth. The prophetic journey of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. It was all written in the Bible, the Lord’s prophetic Word. But there is more.

This journey is a parable of the life that a disciple of Christ will experiment: He will leave his present life, Nazareth. Whilst there, he will receive the preaching of the Gospel, he will be called by the Lord and his soul will conceive Christ. He will travel to Bethlehem, where he will be born again from the Spirit in his soul. There, he will be circumcised in his heart, a heart of stone which will be replaced with a heart of flesh, in mercy and piety, in the love of the Lord. He will be purified during 40 days, like Christ’s journey and the same as Israel in the wilderness for 40 years. During this time, the devil tempts us to abandon faith. On winning, we come to the temple to be presented to the Lord, we commit to living with Him. This is when our life is at risk of death, we have to run away to Egypt to avoid having a king who has been imposed on to us, but to have the real king who has just been born inside. When this situation is over, we return to where we came from, where we will give testimony of Him to those around us. This is another prophetic fulfillment, but inside our souls, the fact that each one of us changes inside when we receive the Lord. Any true Christian will testify of this throughout history.

The fulfillment of the prophecy of the coming of Jesus Christ being born in Bethlehem has become patently obvious in history, according to what is written in the Bible. It is the fulfillment of the first coming of Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour of humanity, to fulfill the work of the Cross in Calvary and pay for the sins of each and every one of us, granting us – through faith in His work – access to the Lord’s Eternal Paradise after resurrection. This is the first part, already fulfilled, of the coming of the Messiah. Another part is also fulfilled, as the Suffering Messiah in Isaiah 52 and 53, in the Passion of Christ to later resurrect and ascend to the right of the Father. And we are now awaiting His coming in His Kingdom, which will obviously be fulfilled according to the prophecies in the Bible. 

If this prophecy has been fulfilled by the Son of God, with absolute accuracy, being a baby, just like the approximately 300 other prophecies about (you may read a selection of 70 prophecies about Christ in this website)…the prophecy about the second coming of the Lord to establish His Kingdom when he comes in Zion will, indeed, be fulfilled too.

Zion is the name given to one of the mountains in Jerusalem, but it is also the name of other places around Jerusalem and to the city itself. Therefore the prophecy of the coming of the Lord to Zion will be fulfilled, just like the rest of them. Besides being fulfilled, and taking into consideration that the Lord has fulfilled the major events in special dates of His Law and feasts, it could be expected that He could also return on a feast of Israel. But the reader should not expect me to suggest a day or a time, because the Lord already warned us that nobody knows, only the Father does. My only aim was to invite everybody to study the Feasts of the Lord, because it is written that when the Lord comes He will play the trumpet. This could be a reference to the feast of Trumpets, which is part of the Feasts of the seventh month, followed by the Day of Atonement and the Tabernacles. The two latter ones are already fulfilled, the trumpet one is pending fulfillment. This is the feast of harvest, when the Lord returns to collect the grain, Leviticus 23:22-25, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and Revelation 14:1




2But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.


1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.


1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.



The town of Bethlehem has to be an integral part of the history of the Gospel that we preach, due to the relevance of being the town where the Son of God was born when he became man. Have you already registered yourself in the census of the spiritual Bethlehem? 

Strangely enough, Jesus never asked us to celebrate His birth, which is so relevant to us, but His death: …Do this in remembrance of me…Luke 22:19. Indeed, it is His death the one that conquers victory over death due to sin, in resurrection, allowing us to enter His Kingdom through faith in His work.

The fact that Jesus Christ was born during one of the Jewish feasts leads us to think that He will return during another one of the feasts, just as He died in Passover, being the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, it does not mean we cannot celebrate His birth in December, although we can also celebrate it at the right time. However, I urge my brethren to celebrate His death and resurrection as a priority, because Jesus Christ did not ask us to celebrate His birth but His death.

Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, came to earth and was born as a man so that we would come to know God the Father; this is the reason why we celebrate Christmas with joy every year. Before Jesus was crucified and He resurrected, He said to Pilate: …To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice…John 18:37. Will you hear his voice today?. The prophecy on Bethlehem has already been fulfilled, historically and spiritually, and we are registered with Christ through faith. Jesus Christ is always with us, throughout our lives, no matter the age or circumstances. Now, let us wait patiently, working to spread the Gospel and doing good deeds, because there are many who still do not know the message of salvation. Immanuel was the name given to the Lord by the angel, and let us always remember, it means God with us…I am with you always, to the very end of the world, therefore go and make disciples of all nations…until the fulfillment of the coming of the King Yahshua to Zion. Merry Christmas in the Bethlehem of your souls. From Bethlehem to Zion. Amen.

© Carlos Padilla, Christmas 2008


  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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