The birth of John Baptiste is a very important source of information which can help us determine and verify the exact and precise time of Christ’s birth.
• The birth of John Baptiste
The scriptures state quite explicitly that John Baptist was six months older than Jesus Christ, because when the angel visited Mary he said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren” (Luke 1:35-36).
The scriptures further confirmed that, “Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:39-42).
Indicating that Mary was already pregnant when she visited Elizabeth and one can safely assumed that from the time Mary said to the angel “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word,” she became conceived. Therefore, if we can determine and verify when John Baptiste was born, we simple have to add six months to that time to arrive at the time of Christ’s birth, so let us begin the journey by following the basic principles of child birth.
The scriptures state quite explicitly that there was a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth” (Luke 1:5).
According to the scriptures there were twenty four (24) divisions of priest who were to perform their official duties at the altar. “This was the schedule of their service for coming into the house of the LORD according to their ordinance by the hand of Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him” (1Chronicles 24:19).
These divisions came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, with the first division performing his services beginning with the first month of the year. Now since there were twenty four divisions (24) it means that two divisions performed their services every month, and since Zacharias was of the division of Abijah whose division was the eighth, it means that Zacharias official service at the altar when he was visited by the Angel was between the fifteenth and sixteenth week of the year which coincided with the two last weeks of the fourth month.
Now the scriptures confirmed that “As soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people” (Luke 1:23-25).
After those days of his official service, when his wife Elizabeth was conceived, brings us to the fifth month of the year. Now if Elizabeth was conceived during the fifth month of the year, she would have given birth to John Baptiste during the first month of the following year, and having been six months older than Jesus Christ, He would have to be born during the seventh month of the year. What is so mysterious or impossible for anyone to understand?
Unfortunately, people who profess to be believers in Jesus Christ choose to ignore all these trove of evidence which points to the exact time of Christ’s birth, and rather cleave to the customs and traditions of men that have absolutely nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. What a dilemma of vain worship! A situation which Jesus Christ vehemently spoke against: But truly, these times of ignorance God has overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.