Jesus is the “light of the world”. The Jewish “Feast of Lights” or “Feast of Dedication” is the event contiguous with the Christian “Christmas”. But Christ was not born at Christmas time, but was conceived at that time and born 9 months later at the Feast of Tabernacles in September.
In a series of complicated interwoven prophecies at Haggai 2:6-7; 2:9; 2:15; 2:18-19 we can see hidden the secrets of Christ’s conception if we remember that references to “seed” in the bible are referring to the “seed of the woman” (the woman is Mary, wife of Joseph, and the seed refers to Jesus, the replacement of the first man “Adam”).
Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, consider it. Is the seed yet in the barn?
We know in Rev. 21:22; “And I saw no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”
The 24th day of the ninth month is Chanukkah evening and the gestation period of a child starting here would fall upon the Feast of Tabernacles in September. The Almighty is indicating that commencing with this day, the foundation is laid with the conception of Christ.
Further the inquiry about the seed is “has the seed been planted in the field (conception) or is it still unplanted and “yet in the barn”?
Details hidden in Luke Chapter 1:5 via the insights into the “division of Abia” confirm the meeting of Elisabeth and Mary takes place on Chanukkah evening and at the moment of their greeting (Luke 1:41), Mary is to come with child at the instant of their greeting as the Holy Spirit causes John the Baptist to “leap in the womb”, Elisabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit; and Mary acknowledges that from that instant forward she would be called “blessed amongst women”. This greeting moment was the moment of conception as clearly revealed in the Greek text but not as clear in the English versions.
Christ came not to “change the law” but to “fulfill the law”. The Feast of Chanukkah or Feast of Dedication was fulfilled with Christ’s conception. His birth fulfilled the Feast of Tabernacles. His death fulfilled the Feast of Pesach (Passover). His resurrection fulfilled the Feast of Firstfruits. The giving of his Holy Spirit to mankind fulfilled the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost).