When was Messiah born...

The date of birth for Yeshua (Jesus) has been a big question for many christians.  It was known that the sheep were in the pastures, as stated in Luke 2:8, so the time of His Birth could not be during the winter months. Luke 2:8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.   The Yochanan (John) the Baptist was conceived about Sivan 30, the eleventh week (based on the Hebrew calendar). During the time Zechariah, his father, was ministering in the Temple, an angel appeared to him announcing that God would give him a son. This ocurred during what is called the eighth (8th) course of Abia, a specific time when Zechariah would perform his priestly service, from Sivan 12 until the 18th. By adding forty (40) weeks to that date, the length of time for a normal pregnancy, Yochanan (John) the Baptist would have been born on or close to Passover, which is on Nisan 14.  Based on Luke 1:26-33, we know that Miriam (Mary) conceived six months after Yochanan's (John's) conception. Luke 1:26-33  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. and the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. and when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. and the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. and, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Yeshua (Jesus) would have been conceived during the month of Kislev. The Feast of Hanukkah is Kislev 25th, known as the festival of lights and the time of the Dedication of the Temple. Yeshua (Jesus) during His ministry made reference to both, that He was the Light of the World and that He would raise up the Temple on the Third Day making reference to His Body.   Nine (9) months after the conception on or around Kislev 25th, would place Yeshua's (Jesus') birth at about the time for the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, which is mentioned in the scriptures. This Feast is even mentioned in the prophetic chapter of Zachariah 14 in the TANAK (Old Testament). It would be the time when God came to tabernacle with us, which means to dwell among us. This Friday evening begins the Feast of Tabernacle, a 7 day + 1, time of rejoicing as established by God. May you find blessings in knowing that God gave His Son, so that we might obtain eternal life thru Him.  For more info. on this subject, visit the Biblical Archaeology group forum.  God's Love and Peace!