For those who may not know:
Old Testament – Genesis, Leviticus, Psalms, Isaiah, Joel – recorded before 100BC
New Testament – Matthew, Luke, Acts, Romans, 1 Thessalonians, Revelation – recorded after 50AD
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
…..Bethlehem Star and Crucifixion…..
Here is the Star of Bethlehem
June 17, 2BC
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
It was the brightest star ever recorded in history, and by this picture you can see its brightness compared to all the other stars relative to its distance from earth.
Most people have probably seen it in a planetarium during a Christmas show or other event. They display it because of its brilliance and one time event.
What most people haven’t seen is the close-up reason as to why it was so bright and why it is likely to never happen again.
As you can see, it’s more than just one star. In fact it’s actually 7 “stars.” That is, it is containing 2 wondering stars (planets) and 4 revolving wandering stars (Jupiter’s visible moons). The 2 planets happen to be Jupiter and Venus, and the 4 moons are Callisto, Io, Europa and Ganymede.
Though we may be able to zoom close enough to separate them, no keen eye would be able to distinguish one star from the others. Just as well, any grounded telescope would have no chance at picking them apart.
What’s so extraordinary happening in this picture is that, though the 5 stars are always in that same position, Jupiter and Venus are constantly revolving around the sun and it is quite rare to see them in conjunction. In fact, it has only happened once.
Something interesting to realize is that this conjunction is happening underneath the constellation Leo – the constellation that represents the Tribe of Judah, the line from which Jesus comes through.
A verse that may come to your mind is Genesis 49:9, which says:
“You are a lion’s cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.”
The scepter mentioned is a symbol of Kingship – meaning that the Royal line will stay in the Tribe of Judah, the lion’s cub.
Another aspect that makes this event more statistically improbable is the fact that Jupiter had been going in and out of retrograde motion. That is to say, it had been going in a loop around Regulus at the foot of Leo prior to joining with Venus and the rest of the stars. Retrograde motion also explains the star stopping in Matthew and why Herod couldn’t see it in the sky for himself. The star was actually an event happening in the Jewish Constellations and was indeed Jupiter that the Magi were following the whole time.
7 Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” 9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.
In fact it took a little over 9 months from between its first passing of Regulus until its 3rd pass ending up in conjunction with the stars (the 2nd pass was when it started going backwards).
Some things important to note are that Venus is the “Mother Planet,” Jupiter is the “King Planet,” Regulus is the “King Star,” and 3 in Hebrew numerically represents “Father of the Household, Patriarch, and Master.”
Psalm 2:7-9 says:
“7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.'”
To me it sounds like the pregnancy and birth of a king. But if that’s the case, something must have been happening at the beginning of that 9 months when Gabriel appeared to Mary.
Luke 1:31-35 says:
31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.
9/11/3BC – During the Jewish Feast “Rosh HaShanah,” or better known as “The Feast of Trumpets”
Could this be the conception of Jesus? Paul makes it pretty clear that it was known to the Jewish people what went on in the sky when he quotes David in Psalm 19 (quoted at the top).
Romans 10:16-18 says:
“16 However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. 18 But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have;” (then quoting David)
‘There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.’
The Apostle John is the author of the Book of Revelation. In it, John seems to be describing an important astronomical event that took place.
Revelation 12:1-6 says:
1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; 2 and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.
3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. 4 And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
If the “birth to a son” was Jesus, then the “dragon” could only be meaning King Herod. But let’s look at the astronomical events.
“…a woman clothed in the sun…”
“…and the moon under her feet…”
It’s a Crescent Moon because it is the beginning of the Jewish Feast “Rosh HaShanah.” It is the only Feast where they indicate it’s beginning by the ending of a New Moon.
“…and on her head a crown of twelve stars…”
This seems to be what John is talking about, but let’s jump ahead into the future and see what happens.
35 years later the moon is back at her feet, but it’s a full moon. It’s the 9th hour counting from 6.
45 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. 46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli , Eli , Lama Sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?”
The day Jesus was Crucified. April 3, 33 A.D.
And the Sun is in the constellation Aries, “The Lamb.”
The Earth is actually directly in between the Moon and the Sun – meaning there is a Solar Eclipse in the middle of Aries if you were viewing from the Moon; and a Lunar Eclipse at the foot of Virgo if you were viewing from the Sun or Earth. The Moon was a Blood Moon (lunar eclipse) the moment Jesus Died.
“30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.”
Are we nearing that day?
To view some of the pictures in better detail and chronologically, search “Star of Bethlehem DVD Visuals”.
To understand the historical reasons as to why these dates were chosen as well as much more information on “The Crucifixion,” please check out Fredrick Larson’s website BethlehemStar.net or purchase his DVD.