Ministry of Jesus Christ Timeline

prepared by Don R. Hender


   Be it known that JESUS is the same person, being and entity as JEHOVAH, the God of the Old Testament. The distinction being that God the Father of Spirits is our Father who art in Heaven, that is the Celestial realm which stands beyond and above this mortal creation and existence of the ages of time marked out of the continum of eternity. Jesus taught us to pray to Him as 'Our Father Who Art in Heaven'. Yet being the advanced Celestial being after the Celestial order the Father would not condesend to retrogress by turning to come and be born into this mortal temporal exitence and only those who do pertain or are a part of this temporal estate do minister directly to it (D&C 130:5). Thus the Heavenly Celestial Father did choose and select one from among His spirit children who had yet to 'condesend' to and pass through this temporal realm or estate. And thus the Father did select, anoint, ordain, empower, consecrate and p--- he whose right it was as heir of the Father, he Jehovah being the eldest and Firstborn son of the Father in the spirit was so choosen and called unto this high position of standing in the stead of the Father in all things as our Mediator, Intercessor, Advocate, Savior and Redeemer. And by the Power of God, so bestowed upon him by the Father, Jehovah under the direction of the Father did so perform the temporal creation and without him was nothing made that was made according to the words of John. That is at the anointed Spirit Ministering God Jehovah, he created the heavens and the earth in which and upon which we dwell.

    "IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men." ~ John 1:1-4

And thus the Father did provide the way, the only way and path by which man might enter into the Kingdom of God. And as a God Empowered Spirit did Jehovah so create all things, that what he did so create he would redeem. And by the direction of the Supreme Father Elohim, Jehovah, who is the same as Jesus Christ, did form the temporal bodies for the spirits of Adam and Eve. And according to the great plan of salvation, the plan of happiness, was the Plan of Eternal Progression set in place. Now, not only was Jehovah the Firstborn of the Father in the spirit, but he would be when it came his time to come into this temporal realm the Only Begotten by the Father as well. And this that he might set the way and path for all men to follow in order to return unto the presence of God the Father in His Celestial realm and kingdom.

The Prophecies and Predictions of the Comeing of the Son as Jesus

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immnuel." ~ Isaiah 7:14 "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:22-23

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is give: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of host will perform this." Isaiah 9:6-7

The Events Concerning the Life of Jesus

The References

The Events of the Year(s) of Conception

Gabriel's placement of John the Baptist
Gabriel's Visit to Mary & Her Conception
Gabriel's Visit to Joseph
Mary's Visit to Elisabeth
Taxation Proclamation - to be Held in Conjunction with Passover Time. "

The Events of the Year of Birth - 1st Passover - Tax Collection Gathering

Now it does seem, from a correlation with the Nephite calendar, that Jesus was born about the time of Passover, and as per his 33rd birthday which was at the beginning of the passover week per the Book of Mormon record correlation, that when it came time for his death he had just beary past his 33rd birthday which would have began his 34th year of life as accounted in the Book of Mormon (See 3 Nephi 8:2 & 5). And the Book of Mormon calendar changed and had a 'new' beginning at precisely the time of the birth of Jesus, his birth marking the new calendar's beginning, the beginning of year 1. And thus the Book of Mormon speaks in such terms as the firt year to the thirty-forth year and so on. And the time of Jesus' death was 'precisely', according to the Book of Mormon calendar, on the fourth day of the passover week after Jesus' birth at the beginning of the week as so correlated with the Bible record. Also it would seem that the Nephites had adopted the more accurate calendar of a 365 day solar calendar, etc., rather than to remain on the old Jewish lunar calendar. Thus Jesus' birth was the same day each year and they began the next year on that 'precise' date each year.
April 6th Birthdate: (The most generally accepted day of Jesus birth according to the LDS Church is that the church was organized/restored on the aniversary of the day that Jesus was born, April 6, 1830, and that is at Easter time—Passover. As to the matter of the calendar year, since the calendar itself is a matter of evolution, the year may be of some debate.
According to the Book of Mormon, Jesus was born 600 Years since the time Lehi left Jerusalem in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah (likely the latter end of his first year):
(*Note: Some calculate Jesus born 4 A.D. which would match the 600 years since the 597/596 B.C. historical date of when Zedekiah was made king (596 BC - 600 years = abt 4 A.D. Others would correct the historian's datings to Zedekiah's first year being about 600 B.C. and Christ birth about 1 B.C. or there abouts. It is all a part of the logistics and whatever they really are, it all really happened and in the proper sequence of time. The Book of Mormon suggested time correlation does put the birth of Christ at 1 A.D., it being the first year of Christ's life and meaning that Jesus' first birthday would come at the end of that first year 1 A.D. or at the beginning of the second year, that being 2 A.D. And this would mean that the dates of Zedekiah would be placed back to about 600 or 601 B.C. at the beginning of his reign and all such ancient calendar dates arguably to be adjusted accordingly.)

- As the lunar calendar of ancient Israel and the Nephite solar calendar do not strickly correlate, other than that both begin in the Spring of the year and about the relative time of passover, thus while Jesus was born in the month of Abib/Nisan - It actually approximately was at Passover time that the Roman proclaimed Taxation occured, and Jesus was born at the beginning of that week according to the beginning of the 34 year of the Nephite calendar, or at least it was so by the time of his birth some 33 years prior at that time in Bethlehem of about the beginning of 1 A.D. and/or ending of 1 B.C.—there being no 0 A.D. or 0 B.C. And in all objectivity, when the errors of calendars and time over time are considered, what does a matter of being a few years this way or that? Historians like to suppose they are dealing with precisely correct calendar dates, in all reality they are not that accurate nor precise, and that is the bottom line.

"NOW when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."

 8 "Now the Nephites began to recokon their time from this period when the sign was given, or from the coming of Christ [that is the date of Christ's birth]; therefore, nine years had passed away." (3 Nephi 2:8 - see 3 Nephi 1:1-26 & 3 Nephi 2:4-8)

 2 "And now it came to pass, if there was no mistake made by this man in the reckoning of our time, the thirty and third year had passed away; . . .
 5 "And it came to pass in the thirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth day of the mouth, there arose a great storm, such an one as never had been known in all the land." ~ 3 Nephi 8:2 & 5

 1 "THE rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April—" ~ D&C 20:1

 1 "NOW when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
 2 "Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." ~ Matthew 2:1-2

The Early Childhood Years
And the child grew and waxed strong
The 12th Birthday (Beginning of his 13th Year) - 13th Passover - Barmitzvah - Beginning 13th Year
His 'Bar mitzvah' temple presentation, questioning the child, and his teaching them.
A Young Man of Israel Years - Year Before 14th Passover to Year After 30th Passover
And the child grew and waxed strong
The 30th Birthday Year (Beginning of his 31st Year) - Beginning with 31st Passover

   It should be noted that until age 30, it was not proper for a Rabbi to start his ministry. Thus Jesus followed that pattern as well. His actual first year included the early events and early Galilee Ministry.
The Wedding Feast
His Baptism
Fasting in Wilderness
Early Galilee Ministry
The 31st Birthday Year - Beginning with 32nd Passover
First Cleansing of the Temple
The 32nd Birthday Year - Beginning with 33rd Passover
The single 'inbetween' passover.
The Last 34th Passover Week, 33rd Birthday, Atonement, Crucifixion and Resurrection
Events of Passover Week
Last Cleansing of the Temple
Passover Feast & Last Supper
Prayer of Intercession
Atonement in Gethsemane
Judgment of Jesus
Death and Burial
The 33rd Birthday (34th Year of Ministry) Post Resurrection to Apostles and Church of Jerusalem
women at the tomb
road to emaus
in apostle chamber
at sea of Galilee
Jesus had been amongst the aspotles and church memebers for a 'long time' (40 days Acts 1:3) after his death and resurrection before his final Ascension - According to the Book of Mormon that Ascension actually occurred at the ending of his 34th year ('It came to pass in the ending of the thirty and fourth year - after the ascension of Christ'). That would be about the time of the gathering of the Nephites to the remaining Bountiful temple for the next time of Passover observance.
Acts 1:1-12

3 Nephi 10:18-19 & 3 Nephi 11

The 34th Birthday (35th Year of Ministry) in the Americas - Commencing about the Time of the 35th Passover
The 35th year of Jesus life, though it was post resurrection, was began about the time of his 34th birthday and was ministered in his 35th year of life to his people in America - again though it was post resurrection.