It has been suggested that an astronomical event, much like the one that occurred when the Star of Bethlehem appeared, is set to take place tonight. The announcement exploded all over social media, articles are being shared to timelines and posted in groups. There is even a CHRISTIAN website SELLING a DVD proclaiming the STAR OF BETHLEHEM IS RETURNING AFTER 2,000 YEARS.
Articles, radio programs, Christian new sites, and mainstream news, have all erroneously proclaimed that this astronomical event is rare, and all have stated that this is in fact the Star of Bethlehem appearing once again! Other shoddy headlines went a step further proclaiming that this event only occurred 2,000 years ago!
Probably the most disturbing of all, was the assertions made by a Christian radio program. The whole show was about tonight’s (June 30) astronomical event and equating it to be “just like the Star of Bethlehem” and proclaiming it a “divine sign of the return of Jesus!” The show featured two guest speakers, both claiming to be Christians. One guest proudly announced his involvement in “crystals and astrology”-which is totally NOT biblical, while the other apparently supported evolution, stating the Star of Bethlehem occurred “273,000 years ago.” After these announcements, you could audibly hear the surprise in the hosts voice, in fact, he was stumbling for words and taken aback. He did try to set the record state by pointing out that Jesus was born only 2,000 years ago. Nonetheless, the show continued.
The bottom line and all their “WOW” was based on the fact that this Jupiter-Venus conjunction was set to appear in the same “Constellation LEO” as a previous conjunction, assumed to be the Star of Bethlehem. There was absolutely no confirmation or validity to what either of the guest speakers were saying, other than referencing the conjunction that did in fact appear on June 17, BCE in the Constellation Leo. They failed to mention all the other conjunctions between Jupiter and Venus, thereby making a frequent event seem rare, and hinged it on the Constellation Leo; Which of course, meant the TRIBE OF JUDAH”, associated to JESUS, and Voilà! There was the divine SIGN from GOD!
Taking it even further, they also made sure to point out, that JESUS was born on June 17, BCE. Even though, none of this has ever conclusively been proven, and most importantly, it holds ZERO credibility under biblical scrutiny. Of course that didn’t stop the guests! The show closed with the announcement that the DVD, which had more incredible details to share, was for sale on their website.
Needless to say, it had never dawned on me, that anyone would proclaim that this was the actual STAR OF BETHLEHEM, especially by so-called reputable Christians new sites. I was literally dumbfounded. The number of innocent people who believed, and WHY WOULD THEY NOT? It is beyond shameful to even try to pass any of this off as truth, when in fact, the evidence, overwhelmingly, points us to a whole other conclusion.
As a result of this, many innocent people, especially CHRISTIANS, have been caught up in this Star of Bethlehem announcement, swept away by emotion, and are now using this as a sign of Jesus’ return. Who would not be SWEPT AWAY? Believing that we could once again witness the very star, gleaming in the heavens, that announced the birth of our MESSIAH – JESUS CHRIST? It is understandable, but wrong on so many levels.
When first hearing the key words “Leo” and Tribe of Judah, I suspect, that is where everyone stopped hearing facts, and presumably, only heard “divine sign.” And then of course, quickly jumped to unbiblical and faulty claims. After all, GOD himself did tell us that he would place signs in the heavens (Genesis 1:14, Acts 2:19). He even told us to look for signs in the heavens! But those signs were not man made up astrological signs, they involved God’s planets, stars, like falling stars, blood moons, black suns, and black moons.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ- Colossians 2:8 (KVJ).
It should be stated, that there are 5 planets visible to the naked eye – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and of course, the sun and the moon. Which lends FURTHER proof to the fact, that SIGNS from heaven were meant to be seen by all, the naked eye. i.e, Blood moons are signs, stars, falling stars, those are visible to the naked eye. Genesis 1:14 confirms this as well.
Astrological signs were never taught by any true prophets of God. The Leo, Pisces, etc, are simply not found anywhere in the bible. In fact, their origins, point to a pagan adopted practice, that is FAR from sound biblical teachings. During the Roman era, Jews began to be Hellenized, astrology began emerging, along with the unbiblical teachings of astrological signs and medieval traditions. The astrological signs, such as PISCES, LEO, VIRGO, etc, are not taught, and in fact, forbidden in the bible ( 2 Kings 23:3-5).
Here is what the bible teaches about the Constellations:
Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. – Job 9:9 (KJV)
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth (PLANETS) in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus (Brightest Northern Star) with his sons? – Job 38:32
He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name – Amos 5:8 (KJV).
The bible DOES NOT CONNECT imaginary dots in the sky, making imaginary figures that somehow, MANKIND IS TO SEE as a woman, lion, or a fish, much less used as a SIGN by GOD. We call that DIVINATION, and that is the root of the practices. Furthermore, the bible verses scholars have erroneously used to describe the connections, do not hold muster. It is a stretch, and, as vivid as the accounts of Job, Amos, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, etc, are in mentioning the stars, they are not referring to “astrological zodiac signs.”
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth- Titus 1:14 (KJV).
Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon – Jeremiah 27:9 (KJV).
Now that we have the “Consellation Leo” out of the way….
IS THIS the STAR OF BETHLEHEM?
My beloved brothers and sisters, this is not ONLY FALSE, it is misleading. It actually robs GOD of his supernatural powers and a very extraordinary event.
It should be told, to put off any hype or misinformation the celestial convergence of Jupiter and Venus, called a conjunction, has happened more frequently than we are led to believe, occurring almost every 13 months. These two planets in the heavens have a long history of dancing in the sky together.
How often do Venus and Jupiter line up?
Venus appears to follow the Sun around the sky as seen from the Earth because Venus is an inner planet. Jupiter on the other hand, is an outer planet that moves around the Sun slowly. As a result of the Earth’s motion around the Sun, Jupiter appears to circle the sky roughly once a year as viewed from Earth, and will pass by the Sun (and Venus because it is somewhere relatively nearby) annually. Hence, Venus and Jupiter typically have one conjunction (lining up as seen from the Earth) each year. (Venus orbits in 225 days, Earth in 365 and Jupiter in 4,330)
But, they are still from our Heavenly Father. They are still his handiwork, and in all their beauty we can still enjoy this heavenly display! Amen. And what a beautiful sight it will be!
HISTORICAL FINDINGS and BACKGROUND -THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM
The Star of Bethlehem has been both a fascination and a mystery. For hundreds of years, this very star has been the object of pursuit by many scientists and astronomers. Pinpointing the Star of Bethlehem, would also mean knowing the birth of JESUS!. The biblical account of the star of Bethlehem is only found in the second half of the gospel of Matthew, and appears in no other books of the bible. However, there were prophesies that confirm the accounts of Matthew. The prophecy of Balaam found in Numbers, does in fact testify and foretell of Matthews event, confirming the coming Messiah and the Star of Jacob:
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth – Numbers 24:17 (KJV).
Many reputable astronomers have offered up several theories, including dates, which have all been argued, debated, and consequently,resulted in earlier theories being changed and adjusted to new knowledge. Generally accepted research has placed the event of the Star of Bethlehem somewhere between 3BC and 1AD. The month has been widely contested and different dates presented.
While it is true, that in 3–2 BC, there was a series of seven conjunctions, including three between Jupiter and Regulus and a strikingly close conjunction between Jupiter and Venus near Regulus on June 17, 2 BC, placing them 1° from each other, the event tonight will place the planets even closer! Yes similar, but not exact, and GOD IS EXACT.
After reviewing sources (Nasa, Frederick Larson David Reneke, Roger Sinnott, Nick Strobel, and Ken Ham, and many others which are listed below), I was able to determine, that while they all in fact confirm a similar event as tonight occurring on June 17th BCE, there is NO CONCLUSIVE evidence to substantiate that these two planets converging, created the Star of Bethlehem.There are theories, there are dates, there are speculations, and they abound. But there is nothing, that anyone could pass off with absolute certainty or truth, that without a doubt, in fact, describe the exact events of the Star of Bethlehem. Furthermore, while the gospel of Matthew more likely describes a conjunction and not a supernova or a comet, there is still no proof that these two planets actually created the star of Bethlehem!
FOR ME, I do not need to see a remake of the Star of Bethlehem to believe it, because I DO in fact believe that without a doubt, it happened exactly as it was written by Matthew. It would have been an awesome thing to view the same magnificent event as the Star of Bethlehem. What an awesome thing it is when we can prove the bible to the world, or is it? I learned that GOD expects much more from us, but more on that later.
When I heard about this, I immediately set off to research. I spent days going through timelines, NASA data, written works, only to be led on a disappointing, wild goose chase, overflowing with never-ever ending theories. Even after throwing out the false and impossible ones, the plausible and most likely ones, had big holes in them. Sigh. However, I did begin my research in Matthew, and the journey was not fruitless, I learned a lot!
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts:Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old-time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:19-21 (KJV).
Here is why it is faulty to present the Star of Bethlehem as being FOUND:
- NO one knows with absolute certainty when JESUS was born – we have timelines, we have events occurring that give us estimates, but nothing solid.
- No one even agrees when KING HEROD died which is also key to understanding the year of JESUS’ Birth and the time of the Star. Too much controversy to rely on this as an absolute.
- No one even knows exactly what planets or stars were involved, and some have argued it was a supernova, comet, etc. There is evidence that debunks comets and supernovas, simply because it does not match Matthew’s description. The consensus, is that the two brightest planets, JUPITER and VENUS, were in fact, the MOST likely pair that could have created this amazing star that guided the magi and announced the birth of JESUS. But, again, may and could, do not result in ARE and DEFINITELY, and remain at conjecture status only.
- As Persuasive as the celestial event set to take place on Tuesday, June 30th/July 1st may seem, it does not make mention of a retrograde motion, therefore, it could not “recreate the same” Star of Bethlehem. When Jesus was born, It was the retrograde motion of the star that made this a unique event. All planet positions change as they orbit the sun, but the orientation remains the same. However, at the time of Jesus’ birth, we are told in Matthew that this Star did something amazing and out of the ordinary, it moved in the opposite direction!
- What if this was not a natural event, but a supernatural one? That GOD created by his own hand? I am constantly reminded of biblical events that happened that were never proven by man. We as bible believers, trust in the WORD of GOD, we know GOD does not lie, and we believe by never seeing, BY OUR faith! And, because of that faith, many scientists call us “whack jobs.”
I was also reminded of the verse “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign…” (Matthew 16:4). And even though, I was not setting my hopes on a sign, I was trying to prove the bible. Sigh. What a mistake. God is full of mystery and supernatural occurrences, and they will never be explained by man. Some yes, but not all! Thank you Lord for teaching me and being patient with me. Believers DO NOT NEED SIGNS. We believe because we have FAITH! We believe because GOD said it was so! I did and do, but I somehow forgot that this glorious event, could have been one that MAN will never prove, and for a reason – to strengthen our faith!
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so-called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Gracebe with thee. Amen. -1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV).
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; – 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV).
Based on the premise that the bible is true, and every man is a liar, I began my research, clinging to the words of GOD, and if anything was presented as contrary to the bible, I dismissed it. So here is where the journey began to understand this glorious event.
The greek word for star is “aster.” Depicting both a word for a star, and a celestial body. We can find the word used over 20 some times in the New Testament, referring to a “celestial” body, representative of either angels or an actual star. For example, the fallen angels described in Jude 1:13 and Revelation 12:4, denoted as stars, who rebelled against God and were followers of Satan. In contrast, the same word translated “aster” is also used in Matthew 2. We all know, that scripture verifies scripture, and that we should always revert back to the original use of the word, to see how it is being used and to explain its meaning.
What is likely explained in Matthew 2:1-12, is a manifestation of God’s Divine Glory, a supernatural event, or as a friend pointed out, “Shekinah” which literally means “dwelling of God.” I learned a new word, and a new thing! In Exodus 13, we see the “Shekinah” which truly matches the events of the magi being led to JESUS, it is described as follows:
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people- Exodus 13:21-22 (KJV).
We see that this event, like the Star of Bethlehem, WILL NEVER BE CONFIRMED by scientists. We also see that the DIVINE GLORY, (Shekinah) can appear to a specific person, appear, disappear and reappear, and it does lead people to specific locations. We have seen this manifested in the ministry of JESUS (Matthew 17:5, Acts 1:9).
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.- Psalm 119:105 (KJV).
Just read that verse. Imagine that coming to life. GOD the LIVING WORD, a beacon of LIGHT, both literally and figuratively. We have to stop thinking figuratively and realize HE LITERALLY IS that light. He guided the Magi and the Israelites, and he GUIDES US NOW, when we seek him. He is in fact, the LIGHT inside of me, and of my life. He lit up our lives! AMAZING! And when we look up, we see a glorious radiant light over us, at night and during the day. Our Heavenly Father. Praise you Jesus, thank you for your many wonders and for your infinite wisdom.
What I learned on this long journey, is that many well-intentioned people have deduced biblical events to a natural, rather than a SUPERNATURAL occurrence (big arrow pointing to myself). GOD IS NOT MAN. HE can do what he wants, and unlike what POPE FRANCIS says, GOD is the MAGIC man in the sky, only of course, he is not man, those were the words of Francis. God IS all-powerful, all-knowing, and no one understands his power and his glory. Who am I to even question it? Like surmising that the Star of Bethlehem was a natural event, that would show up one day on someone’s software program. I am not completely at fault, because there are biblical events that have been proven. But you understand, we cannot forget that GOD does do things MAN will never be able to explain, much less recreate! That is his mystery, and HE expects us to HAVE FAITH AND BELIEVE! Do you believe in the things of GOD, with all your heart, mind and soul? I DO! And so should you! Because over and over again, GOD does reveal himself. We just have to know that his revelations are not limited to the powers of man, he is SUPERNATURAL! AMEN!
What exactly was the Star of Bethlehem?
I have concluded that all of the evidence not only suggests, but in fact points to a SUPERNATURAL event. The Star of Bethlehem was an unequivocal event, created by the DIVINE HAND OF GOD! To date, the Star of Bethlehem, whatever it was, remains an unrivaled event. There is no conjunction in history that matches the evidence required using our bibles. It was a SUPERNATURAL phenomenon, unexplainable by science, and something we must accept wholeheartedly by faith alone! Here are the compelling reasons why:
- The fact that the Star only appeared to the magi indicates that this was not an ordinary star in the heavenly realms (Matthew 2:7). A similar occurence happened on the road to Damascus when Paul encountered the “bright light of Jesus.” Paul was the only person impacted by the bright light. Just as the Magi were the only ones who saw the star.
- The Magi only traveled to Jerusalem because they were looking for the sign of the Messiah. How would the magi know about the Jewish Messiah? Matthew confirms that King Herod told them. Herod found out because of the writings of the prophet Daniel. In Daniel 9:24-27, we are given the prophecy and a timeline of Jesus’ birth. Additionally, they most definitely had access to the Numbers 24:17 pagan prophecy of Balaam (who was from a town called Pethor located on the Euphrates River close to Persia) As a side note, Balaam’s prophecy confirms Matthew, and mentions a “star coming out of Jacob.” This would have led them on their journey, but the catalyst to their mission, was the inquiry by King Herod. Not a star as we are led to believe. In other words, they set out on their mission, looking for JESUS by command of the King. After the magi set out to find JESUS, then appeared the star in the sky to guide them.
- Finally, celestial bodies normally move from east to west due to the earth’s rotation, yet this Star led the magi from Jerusalem south to Bethlehem.
- Probably the most compelling of all evidence of this being a supernatural event is that Matthew tells us, the star guided the magi to the exact place where Joseph and Mary were staying with JESUS. While the Magi were traveling the star appears ahead of them, the star stops, and then hovers over the exact destination! What stars do you know guide someone to their exact destination, and remain still? Especially when we know that stars move! While it is quite possible that God used Jupiter and Venus, we do not know. He could have also created a NEW star, because he is powerful like that! Whatever it was, there is no scientific explanation for this extraordinary event, it simply cannot be explained using natural laws. This could have only been done by the HAND OF GOD! AMEN!
- And finally, we cannot ignore the problematic DATE issue. No one can pinpoint the dates of King Herod’s rule, his death, whether Jesus was a babe or two years old when the magi set out to find Jesus, nor does anyone agree or know when Jesus was actually born. Those pose huge challenges in trying to say that a convergence of two planetary bodies recorded in a historical time represent the birth of Jesus, much less the Star of Bethlehem.
I can attest that there is nothing in history that can naturally explain any of the above facts, and there is no evidence of any conjunction that matches, to the perfection required, this exact event.
Now, lets focus on the ACTUAL EVENT and what is to happen tonight!
The two brightest planets in the heavens, Venus and Jupiter will be dancing and dazzling to form a planetary alignment, known as a conjunction (a conjunction is when two or more objects appear very close together on the sky).
These two heavenly planets are going to converge within kissing distance of one another — just 1/3° apart — and because they are two of the brightest planets in our solar system, they will in fact, create a dazzling and radiant sight to behold. Shining at its greatest brilliancy, the planets will appear as a star, and be visible for many around the globe. There is no doubt, in all its wonderful glory, the souls of many will be moved! God’s beauty is amazing!
According to Astronomy Now, you don’t have to wait until the sun goes down to see the dancing duo. “When the sun goes down, step outside and look west.” Venus and Jupiter are so bright, you can see them shining through the twilight. In fact, some people say the planets are especially beautiful when they are surrounded by the cobalt hue of the early night sky–I can’t wait!
They will be easy to spot as the brightest objects in the sky, after the sun and moon. Venus, appearing as a crescent, will be even brighter than its neighbor. Not far to their upper left, appearing much fainter, is Regulus, the alpha star in the constellation Leo.
But don’t stop looking up, because there is more to come!
Jupiter and Venus spend eight evenings within 2 degrees of each other – about a thumb’s width at arm’s length – from June 27th through July 4th.They will remain no greater than 2 degrees apart – a thumb’s width at arm’s length – until July 4.
You will have two nights to catch this wonderful celestial event. On July 1 – shortly after sunset, watch for their appearance again. June 30 and July 1st is their closest pairing in the evening sky until August 27, 2016.
Jupiter shines more brilliantly than any star, and being the second-brightest planet after Venus, this dynamic duo will shine bright and radiantly! When King David said the stars speak, he certainly knew what he was talking about! The Heavens most definitely declare the glory of God! Every beautiful and wonderful thing, comes from up above, and how amazing, that we as sinners, have a savior JESUS CHRIST- a bright and shining light in this dark world, watching over us!
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee- Isaiah 60:1-2 (KJV).
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
According to the Naval Observatory, we will also see another astronomical event. In the eastern U.S., the moon becomes officially full on July 2 at 10:20 p.m., July’s second full moon —the so-called once in a “blue moon” — rises July 31. Blue moons aren’t actually blue, that’s just the name for the second full moon in a single calendar month, an uncommon occurrence.
The last blue moon occurred in 2012, when both September and August boasted two full moons in certain time zones. Another blue moon will appear in January 2018.
On this blue moon night, Venus and Jupiter will still be ½° apart. This will be a jaw-dropping event! Don’t miss it.
The most important thing we can learn from this, is that GOD is not limited to the SCIENCE OF MAN. So we should never expect the SUPERNATURAL to be explained in the natural. By doing so, we limit GOD, we limit our faith, and we make careless mistakes. Our knowledge, is limited by what we are told by GOD, and what we are told and cannot find the SIGNS for, is because GOD wants us to walk in FAITH and believe in him. TRUST HIM, without seeing!
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. – John 20:29 (KJV).
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV).
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Source: The Telegraph, Sinnott, Roger, “Thoughts on the Star of Bethlehem”, Sky and Telescope, December 1968, pp. 384–386, Astronomy Now, Answers in Genesis, Sky and Telescope, earthsky, Venus-Jupiter Conjunction Series and Astronomy Notes
The birth of JESUS fulfilled a prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 -a virgin gave birth to a son. Gabriel, the Angel of the Lord revealed this to Joseph. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, the son of God. Isaiah’s prophecy told us that the name would be Immanuel (translated: “God with us”). Yet, as John told us, Jesus was also God (John 1:1) and dwelt among man (John 1:14). And when Zacharias (the father of John) spoke of God visiting His people,we can now understand how that all reconciles! AMEN!
It is also AMAZING to point out, that the ACTUAL Star of Bethlehem, also confirms and parallels another prophecy of the second coming of Jesus, it came from the EAST and ENDED IN THE WEST! We find that prophecy in the following verse:
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be- Matthew 24:27 (KJV).
In him was life; and the life was the light of men – John 1:4 (KJV).
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke-Acts 2:19 (KJV)
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; -Luke 21:25 (KJV).
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ- 2 Corinthians 4:6 (KJV).
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 2:2 (KJV).
“The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy – Matthew 2:9-10 (KJV).
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning – James 4:7 (KJV).