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Christmas Day is the day when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.  Christians started celebrating His birth on December
25 during the principal feast of the pagan Roman state religion.  But was
Jesus really born on December 25?

According to the Holy Spirit, Jesus was actually born on May 23.  It is
logical to think that He was born in May rather than December.  There are
two biblical accounts that will negate December.
    1.  When Jesus was born, there were shepherds spending the night in the
fields, taking care of their flock (Luke 2:8).  If it were December, could
we expect shepherds in Israel to be out in the fields in the cold winter
night?  In addition, would there be much grass in the fields for the flock
to feed on?
    2.  Jesus was wrapped in strips of cloth (Luke 2:7).  If it were
December, could we expect to wrap a new born baby with barely strips of
cloth?  Wouldn't the baby be wrapped rather with thick, warm cloth to
protect the baby from the cold, especially in a stable?

The only logical answer is that it must be springtime (or autumn) when
Jesus was born to satisfy these biblical accounts.  The Holy Spirit told us
that it was on May 23, a spring day, when Jesus was born.  Besides informing
us of the true date, He also said that Jesus was born 2032 years ago.  It is
not 1999 years ago but 1999 years plus 33 years or 2032 years ago.  Some
historians estimated that He was born in 4 BC; others, 6 BC.  Well, it was
34 BC according to the Holy Spirit (BC, meaning Before Christ, based on present reckoning using the Gregorian calendar).

With this revelation, our history books have to be rewritten.  Dates
have to be adjusted.  According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dionysius
Exiguus, considered to be the inventor of the Christian calendar, "wrongly
dated the birth of Christ according to the Roman system (i.e., 754 years
after the founding of Rome) as December 25, 753."  He did this more than 500
years after the birth of Jesus.  How could he definitely pinpoint it to be
that date?

During the Roman times, the period of incumbency of a ruler was not
specifically stated.  Take the following examples cited in the Good News
Bible:  "During the time when Herod was king of Judaea, there was a priest
named Zechariah." (Luke 1:5); "At that time the Emperor Augustus ordered a
census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire.  When this first census took
place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria." (Luke 2:1-2).  Notice that
there are no dates of the ruler's incumbency unlike these days when we can
definitely say who the Presidents of the United States were and their dates
in office.

Now that the exact birthdate of Jesus has been made known to us by no
other than the Holy Spirit Himself, could we make the necessary adjustment
of when to celebrate this occasion?  I suggest that we start celebrating His
birth on May 23, 2001, the year when we start the third millennium and the
21st century and as we dawn a new era.

Please state your views about this matter.

God bless us always.

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