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8. 12 years

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Jesus in prison?

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Pilate & Sejanus

23 Sept. 2017

Conception of Jesus

1. Introduction
On a 30 day Kislev Hanukkah is from 25 Kislev to 2 Tevet.
On a 29 day Kislev Hanukkah is from 25 Kislev to 3 Tevet.

There are two main numbers connected with pregnancy.

266 days before birth is conception. That certainly is start of life.
But what about 280 days? As the drawing below shows the follicle starts growing. Does that count as life? Does that count as Jesus?

2. 280 - Rededication of the Temple
If we count back 280 days from Tabernacles we land in the middle of “The Festival of Lights” aka “Festival of the Dedication”.

The feast celebrates the rededication of the Temple after it had been polluted by pagans.This feast wasn’t commanded by God (in Leviticus) so many don’t accept it as legit feast. Jesus did attend to this feast; that’s validation enough for me.

John 10:22 At that time the Festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the Temple, in the portico of Solomon.

Counting 266 days (9 lunar months) from birth ends on no feast at all. That’s why I pick 280. In all honesty I’ll add admit I’ve would picked 266 if it would fit instead of 280…  Click

Our body is a temple and Jesus basically rededicated all humanity.

3. 280 - Rededication of the womb
The Festival of dedication is a 8 day Feast. So I looked for something that lasts 8 days in a woman’s monthly cycle.

Perhaps not an exact fit but starting on day 7 the womb is getting rededicated to receive the egg (ovulation) on day 14. That’s 7 days, but counting inclusively it’s 8 days

The parallel I see is this. After the pagans left the Temple was rededicated for 8 days. The Temple was polluted with swine sacrifices among other things. So the rededication was getting the Temple ready for service again. That’s exactly what happens during day 7-14 in a woman’s lunar monthly cycle.

Counting 280 days from day 14 ends on the  day 1 of Tabernacles.

The Feast of Dedication, today Hanukkah, once also called "Feast of the Maccabees," was a Jewish festival observed for eight days from the 25th of Kislev (usually in December, but occasionally late November, due to the lunisolar calendar). It was instituted in the year 165 B.C. by Judas Maccabeus, his brothers, and the elders of the congregation of Israel in commemoration of the reconsecration of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and especially of the altar of burnt offerings, after they had been desecrated during the persecution under Antiochus Epiphanes (168 BC). The significant happenings of the festival were the illumination of houses and synagogues, a custom probably taken over from the Feast of Tabernacles, and the recitation of Psalm 30:1-12. J. Wellhausen suggests that the feast was originally connected with the winter solstice, and only afterwards with the events narrated in Maccabees.

4. The darkest night
The story goes that the Menorah in the Temple was relit on 25 Kislev, which that year was on 21 December. That’s on the winter solstice. The day with the longest/darkest night. I have no found proof the Temple was rededicated on that date. But it is possible.

Also possible is that 21 December falls on 8 Tevet. The 14th day of the menstrual cycle. Ovulation.
Jesus was conceived during the darkest time (of mankind).