Bible Timeline Events in December
December 12 - Kislev 14
Reuben: This is the birthday of Reuben, first-born son of Jacob by his wife Leah. He lived to be 125 years old. Genesis 29:32.
Ezra Prayed: After arriving in Jerusalem with the second group of exiles from Babylon, Ezra was told about the intermarriages among the priests, the Levites, and the children of Israel. On this day, Kislev 17, Ezra began fasting, praying, and confessing the sins of the people while bowing down in front of the Second Temple. Ezra 9:5
December 18 - Kislev 20
Pagan Wives: After three days of fasting and praying, Ezra convened the men of Judah and Benjamin in Jerusalem. He exhorted those who had disobeyed God by marrying pagan women to begin to obey God by putting away those wives. Ezra 10:1-15
December 22 - Kislev 24
Second Temple: The first group of captives left Babylon and arrived in Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. However, after much opposition, the building was stopped by the enemies of the Jews. After an eighteen year delay, the Jews resumed the building of the Second Temple on Kislev 24, 354 BC. Haggai 2:1-14; Ezra 5:1-6:18
December 23 to 30 - Kislev 25 to Tevet 2
Feast of Lights: Also known as Chanukah or Feast of Dedication. This is an eight-day celebration to remember God’s provision. After the Jewish Maccabees defeated the Syrian-Greeks, they rededicated the Temple that was defiled. However, there was only enough holy oil for one day to light the Lampstand in the Temple. By God’s provision, the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, giving the priest time to consecrate more oil. John 10:22 records that Jesus celebrated this holiday.
December 25 - Kislev 27
Christmas Day: Throughout the world, Christians use this date to celebrate the first birth of Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah. As the first-century Jews anticipated Jesus’ first coming, we should anticipate His second coming! Galatians 4:4-6.
December 29 - Tevet 1
New Moon/New Month: The month of Tevet begins today. Tevet is pronounced tey-VET.
Landing on the Mountains: After months of seeing only water, the floodwaters decreased enough for Noah and his family to see mountain peaks. Genesis 8:5