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Sept. 11 is a date with bad memories for Americans.

But, according to a growing body of evidence assembled in a new book about biblical sabbatical years, it’s also the real date Jesus was born, in the year 3 B.C.

Joseph Dumond, author of “Remembering the Sabbatical Years of 2016, 2023, 2030, 2037, 2044,” makes the case for the birth date based on astronomical charts, clues provided in the Book of Revelation and the fact that the date on the Hebrew calendar translated into the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot – a holy day often associated with Jesus’ birth and return in the Second Coming.

“It was on this day Yeshua was born on Sept. 11, 3 B.C., and it will be on this day He will come again to begin the judgment of the rest of mankind,” Dumond writes.

So what exactly is the evidence?

Dumond first cites Revelation 12:1-5, a passage that seems to be about Jesus’ birth: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”

Was that story actually told in the stars on the day of the birth? That’s what Dumond suggests. The constellation Virgo (or virgin) is the only astrological sign associated with a woman, he says. For a period of only a few hours on Sept. 11, 3 B.C., Virgo could be seen near Leo, representing “the lion of Judah,” with the sun clothing the woman and 12 visible stars surrounding Virgo’s “head.”

In his own words: “The key to the very day of Jesus’ birth is the words ‘and the moon under her feet.’ The word ‘under’ signifies that the woman’s feet were positioned just over the moon. Since the feet of Virgo represent the last 7 degrees of the constellation (in the time of Christ this would have been between about 180 degrees and 187 degrees along the elyptic), the moon has to be positioned somewhere under the 7 degree arc. But the moon also has to be in that exact location when the sun is mid-bodied to Virgo. In the year 3 B.C., these two factors came to precise agreement for less than two hours, as observed from Palestine, on Sept. 11th. The precise arrangement began about 6:15 p.m. (sunset), and lasted until 7:45 p.m. (moonset). This is the only day in the whole year that this could have taken place.”

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The possible connection between the biblical fall feasts and the return of Jesus is hardly a new teaching or unique discovery. Many Bible scholars have made the link in the past – observing that Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts on His first coming and will likely fulfill the fall feasts on His second coming. It’s amazing to think about it, but the essentials of the Gospel story do appear to have been told in the sky through the stars, sun, moon and planets from the day of creation – not just for the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but for the entire human race to see.

Others have made that point. But what’s new in Dumond’s approach is the Sept. 11 date on the Julian calendar, possibly because until 12 years ago the date had no significance to Americans and Christians around the world.

I’m not sure God cares much about the pagan calendar used so widely in the world today. I do know He established His own calendar and still keeps His divine appointments with us according to what we call the Hebrew calendar.

Yet, I can’t shake the idea that Sept. 11 has some transcendent significance because God chose that day to issue a severe warning – or “Harbinger,” as best-selling author Jonathan Cahn calls it – to a nation that was once consecrated to Him, just as ancient Israel was.

It also reaffirms my idea that a National Day of Prayer and Repentance on 9/11 is the auspicious response we should have to what we have considered an inauspicious date.

Sept. 11, 2013, is right around the corner. Let me urge you to ready yourself for that date with the following resources:

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