The Spiritual Significance of Birthdays

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The Spiritual Significance of Birthdays

by Victor Torres with Ending Notes by Ayo Fabiyi

Introduction

Birthday celebrations are mentioned three times in the Holy Scriptures – two times in the old testament and one time in the new. One of my brothers said in a fellowship that in all of these three events, someone died. When I mentioned this to someone who celebrates birthdays, he said that that is just a coincidence. These conversations are what inspired me to study these birthday celebrations. I used the following principles to study God’s Word:

1Co 10:11 And all these things as types did happen to those persons, and they were written for our admonition, to whom the end of the ages did come,

1Co 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual with spiritual.

Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads and hears the Words of this prophecy, and the ones keeping the things written in it, for the time is near.

Pharaoh’s birthday

The first mention of a birthday celebration is Pharaoh’s birthday. This is the same Pharaoh who gave Joseph the power to rule over his kingdom (Gen 41:40). In this event, Pharaoh is judging his chief baker and his chief butler because both have sinned against him (Gen 40:1). This foreshadows the judgment of God on His elect. He judges the old man (Adam within us) so that the new man (Christ) is created within us.

Gen 40:20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
Gen 40:21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:
Gen 40:22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

God’s judgment to the chief baker within us is death. This was foretold by Joseph by interpreting the chief baker’s dream.

Gen 40:16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:
Gen 40:17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

Gen 40:19 Yet within three days Pharaoh shall lift up your head from off you, and shall hang you on a tree. And the birds shall eat your flesh from off you.

The chief baker is a type of us when we walked “according to the prince of the power of the air” and “lived in the desires of our flesh”. This is us when we rely on our own strength and riches and when we are totally blind to the spiritual things of God.

Eph 2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience;
Eph 2:3 among whom we also had our way of life in times past, in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Mat 13:4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them.

Mat 13:19 When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown by the wayside.

God is not pleased with our works when we think they are our own works. He is not pleased with us when we rely on our own understanding and we are wise in our own eyes.

Psa 147:10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; he takes no pleasure in the legs of the man.

Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Pro 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

God’s judgment to the chief butler within us is life and the restoration of his office. It is Christ within us creating the new man, making the new man in His image, so that in due time, we start to bring forth the fruit of the spirit. This is foreshadowed in the chief butler’s dream:

Gen 40:10 And in the vine were three branches. And it was as if it budded, and its blossom shot up. And the clusters of it brought forth ripe (mature) grapes.

Joh 15:5 I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Gen 40:13 Yet within three days Pharaoh shall lift up your head and restore you to your place. And you shall deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, just as you did when you were his cupbearer.

1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for possession, so that you might speak of the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Job’s Sons’ Birthdays

The second mention of birthdays is when Job’s sons went and feasted to eat and drink with Job’s daughters.

Job 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in the house of each one on his day. And they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

This is telling us the same story. Job’s ten children are a type of the old man within us who revels in physical things rather than spiritual things (see a link of Mike’s study on the number 10 at the end of this study). Ten signifies the completeness in the flesh, this is a type of us when we receive the Word of God with joy, but quickly stumble when trials and persecutions come our way.

Mat 13:20 But that which was sown on the stony places is this: he who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy.
Mat 13:21 But he has no root in himself, and is temporary. For when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the Word, he immediately stumbles.

At our appointed time, God will take away all the things of which the old man within us is proud. He will accomplish this by the edge of the sword (Job 1:15 and 1:17), fire from the heavens (Job 1:16), and a great wind (Job 1:19). Those three things all have a negative and a positive application. The edge of the sword signifies both the wicked man within us and the word of God within us. Fire from the heavens comes from both the beast within us to deceive the old man dwelling on the earth and the two witnesses within us who tries all our works by fire. The great wind represents both Satan giving us strong delusions and God’s Holy Spirit teaching the Truth within us. God uses all these things, both good and evil, to kill the old man within us.

Psa 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Rev 13:13 And it does great wonders, so that it makes fire come down from the heaven onto the earth in the sight of men.
Rev 13:14 And it deceives those dwelling on the earth, because of the miracles which were given to it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth that they should make an image to the beast who had the wound by a sword and lived.

Rev 11:3 And I will give power to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:5 And if anyone will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone will hurt them, so it is right for him to be killed.

Jer 5:14 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts: “Because you have spoken this word, behold, I am making my words in your mouth a fire, and this people wood, and the fire shall consume them.

1Co 3:13 each one’s work shall be revealed. For the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try each one’s work as to what kind it is.
1Co 3:14 If anyone’s work which he built remains, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

2Th 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, so that all those who do not believe the truth, but delight in unrighteousness, might be condemned.

Eph 1:13 in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation, in whom also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

Psa 119:160 The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

As the old man begins to die within us, we see our nakedness or sinfulness before God (as typified by Job).

Job 1:21 and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Rev 3:17 Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

It is also significant that the sword was used twice to destroy Job’s substance. Joseph explains why Pharaoh had two dreams with the same meaning:

Gen 41:32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

The revelation of Jesus Christ is being shown to His servants upon whom the ends of the ages has come (1Co 10:11). It is Christ being born and living within us who will strengthen us through the trials and tribulations we suffer in this flesh all our lives (signified by ten days). If we endure to the end, we will be given a hundredfold of what was taken away from us.

Rev 2:10 Do not at all fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the Devil will cast some of you into prison, so that you may be tried. And you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep and six thousand camels and a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand she asses.

Mar 10:29 But answering, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no one who forsook house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake and the gospel,
Mar 10:30 that will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the coming age, eternal life.

Herod’s birthday

The third birthday celebration mentioned is the only one in the new testament.

Mat 14:6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

Herod is a type of the old man within us when we believe the false doctrines of Babylon and her daughters. This is committing spiritual fornication in the sight of God.

Rev 17:5 And on her forehead was a name having been written: Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of the Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth.

We not only commit fornication with her, we also hold idols in our heart.

Mar 6:21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;

Rev 17:1 And one of the seven angels who had the seven vials came and talked with me, saying to me, Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot sitting on many waters,
Rev 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and became drunk with the wine of her fornication, those inhabiting the earth.

If we refer back to the 7 sons and 3 daughters of Job, we will again see that this is the same story. The 3 daughters represent the church, as women always do in the Bible. In this case they represent the “earth, earth, earth” of Jer 22:29, the negative application of the womb which the complete beast (which the 7 sons signify) must come out of through the judgment that is going to come upon the flesh by way of the 3 women (see below for Mike’s studies on the numbers 3 and 7)

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of the hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water,

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, said the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine to the earth, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Amo 8:12 and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

This occasion resulted in the death of John the Baptist. He was beheaded, and this is when his followers sought Jesus and started to follow Him. This is when the new man within us begins to come out of Babylon and die to its carnal mind. Our journey out of Babylon is not a one time event, it is throughout our lifetime.

Luk 9:11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life; he that comes to me shall never hunger, and he that believes in me shall never thirst.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast nor his image, nor had received his mark on their foreheads, nor in their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

Positive and Negative Application

Like all words of scripture, there is a negative and a positive spiritual meaning of birthdays. The negative application is our physical birth, which is the start of our spiritual death.

Psa 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Luk 9:60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

The positive application is the spiritual birth of the new man, which is the start of the death of the old man.

Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Conclusion

Celebrating our physical birth or the birth of the old man is being conformed to this world and refusing to go into maturity (see link of Days, Months, Times and Years letter by Mitch Kuhn at the end of this study)

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

I am speaking wisdom to those who are maturing in the faith, to those who are willing to be persecuted for our Lord’s name’s sake, to those who will reign with Christ when He returns.

1Co 2:6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.

Mat 10:22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

References:

The number 10 – Completeness in the Flesh
The number 3 – Spiritual Judgment
The number 7 – Completion
Days, Months, Times and Years
Ecclesiastes 7:1-9 The Day of Death

Notes from Ayo Fabiyi

Every day is a day the Lord has made, whether a physical baby was born in it or not. The rejoicing in any day is for the New man’s birth and growth. It is not intentional to be a ‘party pooper’, but that is the ridicule we face when we tell others they can’t sign up to “be in christ”, yet abide or CONTINUE to live their lives unto…THEMSELVES. Babylon loves quoting 2Co 5:15-17, but of course they have no use to what’s written before or after it, but love to go above what’s written.

2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
2Co 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.(KJV)

Birthday celebrations are a token celebration of the flesh livingunto itself, a rebellion against verse 16…”know…man after the flesh”.

We celebrate and rejoice with those that rejoice that another another baby boy or girl is added to the family of God. However, to turn it into a year by year celebration is NOTHING but bringing forth a remembrance of sin…..which bounds us to the first tabernacle of this flesh. Read Hebrews 9-10 for more depth of how seriously bound we were to the flesh in celebrating, making sacrifices etc for things that NEVER takes away sins, but makes us glued to it.

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