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Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
22 Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations — 3 no longer will there be any curses. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him; 4 they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 Night will no longer exist, so they will need neither the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because Adonai, God, will shine upon them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever.
6 Then he said to me, “These words are true and trustworthy: Adonai, God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must happen soon.”
7 “Look! I am coming very soon. Blessed is the person who obeys the words of the prophecy written in this book!”
8 Then I, Yochanan, the one hearing and seeing these things, when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel showing them to me. 9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am only a fellow-servant with you and your brothers, the prophets and the people who obey the words in this book. Worship God!”
10 Then he said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy in this book,[a] because the time of their fulfillment is near.
11 “Whoever keeps acting wickedly, let him go on acting wickedly;
whoever is filthy, let him go on being made filthy.
“Also, whoever is righteous, let him go on doing what is righteous;
and whoever is holy, let him go on being made holy.”
12 “Pay attention!” [says Yeshua,] “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done. 13 I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
14 How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city! 15 Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 “I, Yeshua, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star. 17 The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let anyone who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let anyone who is thirsty come — let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge.”
18 I warn everyone hearing the words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes anything away from the words in the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, as described in this book.
20 “The one who is testifying to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’”
Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!
21 May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!
Triangulating When Jesus was Born
September, 6 BC = birth
September, 5 BC = 1st birthday
September, 4 BC = 2nd birthday
September, 3 BC = 3rd birthday
September, 2 BC = 4th birthday
September, 1 BC = 5th birthday (There was no Year Zero in those days)
September, AD 1 = 6th birthday
September, AD 11 = 16th birthday
September, AD 21 = 26th birthday
September, AD 31 = 36th birthday
September, AD 32 = 37th birthday
So, April, AD 33 = aged 37 and a half.
37.5 years = (5 BC Years from Sept. 6 BC to Sept. 1 BC) + (AD 32 Years from Sept. 1 BC to Sept. 1 AD 32) + (AD 1/2 Year from Sept. AD 32 to Apr. AD 33) = 5 + 32 + .5. Another way to look at: (37 years of age) - (6 BC) + (1 Year because there is no Year Zero) + (1 Year because at AD 33 Jesus is still 37 years old) = (Death on the cross at AD 33). Another way to look at: (37 years of age) - (Death on the cross at AD 33) + (1 Year because there is no Year Zero) + (1 Year because at AD 33 Jesus is still 37 years old).
"And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age" (Luke 3.23) when he started His ministry. Let us work from the basis the Word has made no mistake (since it hasn't), unless proven otherwise! (which is impossible.) "About" could mean anywhere from 25 to 35 and certainly not 20 to 40. His ministry was for 3 to 4 years so Jesus died between the ages of 29 to 39. Pontius Pilate ruled from AD 26 - 36 AD to give us the approximate year. Can we do better than this?
If Jesus died on the cross AD 33 (Friday) at the age of 37 (beginning His ministry at the age of 33 or AD 29), we need to add 4 (37 yrs - AD 33) years from Year Zero backward, plus add 1 year because there is no Zero Year in those days, and add 1 year because you don't count the year of His death since not one full year was reached at the age of 37 to the age of 38 according to the math of it (e.g. 3-2=1, not 2 because you don't count 3 as 4). This brings us to Jesus' birth at 6 BC.
If Jesus died on the cross AD 30 ( Wed ) at the age of 34 (beginning His ministry at the age of 30 or AD 26), we need to add 4 (34 yrs - AD 30) years from Year Zero backward, plus add 1 year because there is no Zero Year in those days, and add 1 year because you don't count the year of His death since not one full year was reached at the age of 34 to the age of 35 according to the math of it. This brings us to Jesus' birth at 6 BC.
By comparing the above two paragraphs we see that if the cross was at AD 33, then Jesus died at the older age give the same birth dates in both scenarios. To say Jesus died about AD 30 is probably not to say He died on AD 30.
People always contend between whether Jesus died on Wednesday or Friday, being in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. If Jesus was captured on Thursday, He was in the heart of earthly Israel for 3 days and 3 nights. If He died on Wednesday, then he would have literally bee under the earth for 3 days and 3 nights.
"When Herod [the Great] died" (Matt. 2.19) at 4 BC (his death Nov. 27, 4 BC is commonly known and recorded in history books), Jesus would have been about 2-3 years old. How do we know this?
We know Jesus would have been about 2-3 years old around 4 BC when He and his parents returned to Israel from Egypt because Herod had died, and the angel would have told Joseph and Mary as soon as Herod died. Let's prove this.
"After the wise men were gone" (Matt. 2.13) "an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, 'Get up and flee to Egypt with the child and his mother'" (v.13) because "'Herod is going to try to kill the child'." (v.13). This move to Egypt occurred before Herod tried to kill Jesus, obviously.
Herod tried to kill Jesus within two years after Jesus was born. We know this because Herod "sent the soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under" (v.16) "because the wise men had told him the star first appeared to them about two years earlier" (v.16). The star first appeared when Jesus was born: "Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 'Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, and we have come to worship him." (Matt. 2.1-2).
Let us assume that Herod died within one year after killing the children of Jerusalem because one of the parents of those children sought vengeance upon Herod for his criminal act.
By this reasoning, this is how we discover that Jesus was about 2-3 years old around 4 BC which means Jesus had to be born about 6 BC. Is there other corroborating evidence for this fact?
Even Richard Carrier, a non-Christian, admits "Even after the civil wars were ended, Augustus was only able to complete three of the general censuses in his long reign." These were taken in 28 B.C., 8 B.C., and 14 A.D. [Augustus says this too in his own writings as some of his major accomplishments].
Assuming it takes about a year or so for the news to get to the people that they need to return to their home towns to take the census, this places the birth of Jesus one to two years after 8 BC and 2 years before 4 BC which brings us to 7-6 BC.
Jesus was born at the time of the census because Luke writes, "At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire" (2.1); and,
"All returned to their own towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancee, who was obviously pregnant by this time. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snuggly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village in" (2.4-7).
There was no room, possibly, because of the out-of-towners returning to their home town to take the census.
"This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria" (v.2). Quirinius was governing Syria from 12 BC to 2 BC. His name is mentioned in Res Gestae - The Deeds of Augustus by Augustus placing him as consul as early as 12 BC, giving him a governmental and military role in Syria. The census at 8 BC for Israel was the first census taken, since the census taken in 28 BC did not include Israel at that time.
Conclusion: Unless more information comes into my puny brain to change this position, it seems as though Jesus at the outside was born somewhere between 7 BC and 6 BC. If you would like to get a more exact dating, even the exact day, month and year Jesus was born, read below! Easy as pie!
Please correct me if I have made any mistakes. To the best of my knowledge I have not made a mistake here. I am just trying to locate the closest date to when Jesus was born, given the fact that we know He lived.
If you still don't think Jesus lived in person on earth then that issue can be tackled elsewhere. For example, we have "129 reported facts concerning the life, person, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, plus the disciples' earliest message. We have examined 45 ancient sources for the life of Jesus, which includes 19 early creedal, four archaeological, 17 non-Christian, and five non-New Testament Christian sources. Of our 45 sources, 30 record this teaching [deity of Jesus], which surprisingly includes seven of the 17 secular sources" [Historical Jesus, Gary Habermas, 250-251]. Jesus Himself said He was God with such titles as "Son of God" and "Son of Man" [Ibid., chapter 27].
"Of all the events in Jesus' life, more ancient sources specifically mention his death than any other single occurrence. Of the 45 ancient sources, 28 relate to this fact, often with details. Twelve of those sources are non-Christian, which exhibits an incredible amount of interest in this event. Not only is Jesus' death by crucifixion of major concern to these authors..." [Ibid., p. 252].
"Of our 45 sources, 18 specifically record the resurrection" [Ibid., p. 253].
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