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Mysteries of Jesus’ Life Revealed
His Birth, Death, Resurrection, and Ascensions
Note: Most of the chapters of this book are being released as blog posts, in advance of book publication. A complete chapter listing of anticipated posts is provided below, and direct links are provided to the posts which are currently available. Please visit the site often for the latest posts!
There are mysteries surrounding Jesus’ birth, death, burial, resurrection, and ascensions (plural!). When and Where did they really happen? For over two thousand years, the church has supported incorrect places and times for the key events in Jesus’ life.
So how did the church get it so wrong? This has largely resulted from errors introduced by the Roman Emperor Constantine, as well as by this mother, Helena. Neither an archaeologist nor a Bible scholar, Helena set out to identify the places of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection during her trips to the Holy Land in the fourth century. Unfortunately, the sites Helena and Constantine identified were wrong.
Similarly, and for various reasons, the church has gotten it wrong on the dates of these important events of Jesus’ life. By listening to Helena and Constantine and others in church history – who did not adequately research the Scriptures – and by ignoring the testimony of reliable, historical witnesses, the church has built many of its traditions on erroneous information.
This book is an attempt to rethink the dates and places of Jesus’ birth, death, burial, resurrection, and ascensions and determine what is true. Though I make no claim to possess the absolute truth regarding these matters, I believe that the evidence presented is strong and that the conclusions are worthy of serious consideration.
Some may question why this is all that important. After all, aren’t these holy sites of the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus primarily symbolic anyway? And why do we need to know actual dates? I would argue that to know Jesus as a real person – who was born and died in real places and at real times in history – is of strategic importance, because doing so helps to authenticate both the reality of Jesus and the reliability of the Scriptures. For example, correctly identifying the place of the crucifixion means that the teachings of the Old Testament regarding the sacrificial Temple offerings can apply only to Jesus in his substitutionary role.
Of unique importance is the fact that the events of the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus all occurred on specific days of the seven Feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23). This book provides an insight as to how the four Spring Feasts of the Jewish calendar (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost) were literally fulfilled with the sacrificial death of Jesus in His First Coming to earth. In my previous book, The Last Shofar! (2014) – which I co-authored with Donald Zoller – we made the case that the Second Coming of Jesus will, likewise, literally fulfill the three Fall Feasts (Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles).
God’s plan of redemption for mankind focuses on Jesus Christ. As found in the biblical record, God has fixed the times and places to reveal His plan in history. The discerning eye will see how God uses the Feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23) to announce to the people of Israel and to the world the unfolding of His plan of redemption – a plan that is anchored in time, place, and history to a real Jesus – with His birth, death, resurrection, and His coming again in the future.
Although little of what is presented in this book is original insight, it is the organization and presentation of the ‘whole picture’ that makes this work unique. Using direct scriptural references, historical documents, the works of reliable researchers, and bits and pieces of knowledge previously lost in history, this book presents strong cases. All sources are referenced to facilitate further study and investigation.
Jesus is the most important person in history and in our lives. We owe it to ourselves and to Him to get His real history correct, including His birth date, the place of His birth, and the correct days and places of His crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascensions. The information is available in the Bible as well as in recorded history, when correctly assembled.
Pieces of the Puzzle
Trying to establish the actual dates and locations for various events in the life of the Messiah has been a bit like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Mysteries of Jesus’ Life Revealed – His Birth, Death, and Resurrection has four primary topics: When Was Jesus Born; Where Was Jesus Born; When Were Jesus’ Death, Resurrection, and Ascension; and Where Were Jesus’ Death and Resurrection (I am also including two very special, bonus topics: How Did Jesus Really Die, and Where Was Herod’s Temple). Each topic required that I evaluate a great number of pieces of information. In the process, I found myself turning each piece over in my mind, imagining how the piece fit into the “big picture”- much as would be the case if I were actually pondering a puzzle piece in my hand.
In the end, from all of the accumulated information – my puzzle pieces – I was able to complete the “big pictures” for each of my topics. These were my completed puzzles.
You will discover – if you read the book – that I have incorporated puzzle imagery throughout the book, using images of completed puzzles and individual puzzle pieces. You will also discover from the listing of book chapters below that I have incorporated that same imagery into the blog posts created from the book for this website.
Topic Puzzle Image – You will notice that each topic has an associated image, which represents a completed jigsaw puzzle.
Chapter Puzzle Pieces – Beneath each topic puzzle image are the chapters associated with that topic, some of which have a numbered puzzle piece as part of the chapter listing. These specific chapter “pieces”, taken together, solve the puzzle for that topic. Chapters which do not have “pieces” associated with them provide important information, nonetheless.
Blog Post Puzzle Piece Images – Each blog post has a a header image stamped with a puzzle piece number (if the post represents one of the puzzle “pieces”). This piece corresponds to the numbered piece displayed in the chapter listing here.
It is my hope that this use of imagery will help to engage you in the solving of the various topic puzzles as you read the selections under each topic.
Please note that there is a direct link from the chapter listing to those topics for which a blog post has been published.
Mysteries of Jesus’ Life Revealed
His Birth, Death, Resurrection, and Ascensions
When Was Jesus Born?
Traditional vs Actual Date Read Post
Birth of John The Baptist Read Post
Astronomical/Zodiacal References Read Post
The Feast of Trumpets Read Post
The Wise Men (Magi) Read Post
The Star of Bethlehem Read Post
Roman History Read Post
The Death of Herod Read Post
Sabbatical and Jubilee Years Read Post
Sequence of Events Read Post
Conclusion: When Was Jesus Born? Read Post
Where Was Jesus Born?
Traditional Site vs Actual Site Read Post
The Case for Migdal Edar Read Post
The Significance of Migdal Edar Read Post
Conclusion: Where Was Jesus Born? Read Post
When Were Jesus’ Death, Resurrection, and Ascensions?
Traditional Dates vs Actual Dates Read Post
Which Jewish Passover? Read Post
Passover Timing Issues Read Post
Timing of the Spring Feasts Read Post
The Passover Lamb Read Post
Two Sabbaths Read Post
Jesus’ Messianic Sign Read Post
Events After Jesus’ Death Read Post
Chronology of the Women Read Post
Visiting the Burial Site Read Post
Astronomical Considerations Read Post
Jewish and Christian Traditions Read Post
Summary Table Read Post
Hard Scriptures Read Post
How the Church Erred Read Post
Two Ascensions Read Post
Year of Death and Resurrection Read Post
Conclusion Read Post
Where Were Jesus’ Death, Resurrection, and Ascensions?
Traditional Sites vs Actual Site Read Post
Gospel Accounts Read Post
The Mount of Olives Read Post
The Red Heifer Read Post
Execution Area Read Post
Executions Outside the Camp Read Post
First Fruits Barley Sheaf Read Post
Pattern of Movement Read Post
Temple Location Read Post
Proposed New Sites
How Did Jesus Really Die?
Traditional vs Actual Cause
Jewish vs Roman Law
The Suffering Servant
Location of Stoning and Crucifixion
Where Was Herod’s Temple?
Eye Witness Accounts
Critique and Rebuttal
The Temple Jesus Spoke Of
The Rabbis Forgot