"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod..."
Unfortunately, the birth date of Y'shua is in dispute, within the church today. However, it doesn't have to be. Let's take a look at the facts and come to a logical conclusion.
1. In the first verse here in chapter 2, we find that Y'shua was born in the days of Herod. According to historical sources, King Herod rude between 63–4 BC. Therefore, Y'shua was born within that time period.
2. And Luke chapter 2, verse one, we are told that Y'shua, Jesus, was born during the reign of Cesar a Gustus. Who ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD. This narrows down the birth of the Messiah to between 27 BC and 4 BC.
3. Now let's jump ahead temporarily to Matthew 2:16, where we are told that Y'shua was around two years old at the time that the Magi, from the east, came to visit Herod. That tells us that Y'shua was born, at the latest, in the year 6 BC, since Herod died two years later.
4. In Devarim, Deuteronomy 18:15, Moses, when prophesying about the Messiah, says,
"The LORD your God will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall hearken"
In Acts 7:22, it says that Moses was 40 years old when he began his ministry until his people, the Jews.
Therefore, Y'shua, Jesus, had to be 40 years old, when he started his ministry.
Y'shua, Jesus, allowed himself to be publicly called the Messiah, for the first time, when he rode into Jerusalem, in 32 AD, making him approximately 40 years old, in 32 AD. If you are following me, it's important to remember that there is no year zero, in our calendar.
That puts Y'shua's, Jesus's, birth date around 7 BC.
5. In Genesis, 49:10, it states:
"The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes."
Chapter 4, folio 37 of the Babylonian Talmund records:
“When the members of the Sanhedrin found themselves deprived of their right over life and death, a general consternation took possession of them: they covered their heads with ashes, and their bodies with sackcloth, exclaiming: ‘Woe unto us for the scepter has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come.'”
Josephus, a comtemporary historian, at the time of Y'shua, give us the year of this incident, as 6-7 AD, in his book, "Antiquities of the Jews."
6. According to the Law of Moses, it was determined that the age of accountability, for a human, is 13 yrs old. That would mean that the Messiah would have been 13 yrs old, 6-7 AD
Working backwards, we come to 7 BC.
7. Finally, there was a supernova, that could be seen by the naked eye, in 7 BC. This was most likely the Star of Bethlehem, that led the Magi.
Next time, we will zero in, on the actual birth month of Y'shua, the Messiah.