(From an earlier post) Greeting everyone! I'm discovering all kinds of interesting information this week. There are hundreds of Babylonian tablets that are spread throughout the world in some of the most famous museums. Some of these clay tablets contain not only real observations of eclipses, but also how to make predictions from eclipses based on many different factors. John M. Steele's book Observations and Predictions of Eclipse Times by Early Astronomers is an excellent source on this topic. Many of these eclipse tables were of actual lunar eclipses dating from second and first BCE. Some of the tablets give very precise directions in how to interpret the eclipse. For example one mentioned in Steele's book reads,
"When Sin (i.e., the moon) makes an eclipse, you must also consider the month, the day, the watch, the wind, the path (i.e., area of the sky in which it took place), and the positions of the star as they stood during the eclipse, and then you can give the decision in accordance with its month, its day, its watch, its wind, its path, and its star."
The positions of the planets become very important. Also from Steele's book,
"If the moon is eclipsed in Leo and finishes the watch an the north wind blows, Jupiter does not stand in the eclipse [a halo surrounds (the moon) and Regulus stands within in] For this sign: [the king] of Akkad will experience hardship/sibbu-disease; varian; it will seize him, and in a revolt they will oust him from his throne. His people will experience great famine; brother will kill his brother, friend his friend, in battle. For three years... the gods will abandon the country.."[56
Therefore, eclipses were very important in the prophecy of the Magi. I'm working on this, and how it relates to the March 23 Passover total lunar eclipse of 5 BCE. Many of these tablets deal with cities, regions, and rulers in the predictions. More to come, until then GO WITH GOD!
It is my strong opinion that the 5 BCE Passover total lunar eclipse warned the Jews of coming changes. King Herod died shortly before the next Passover, and Roman rule tightened throughout the life of Jesus. Remember the Talmud says that lunar eclipses are bad for Israel. To the Magi it would mean the same thing, or changes were coming to the nation whose most important day of worship is Passover. In Babylonian tradition a lunar eclipse was bad for the king. But, remember what was bad for Israel was good for the world. The Star of Bethlehem, the March 5 BCE Chinese comet was also in the sky at the same time. This told the Magi that a new king was coming. They may have even thought that this new ruler would have the approval of Augustus who was found of comets. After all he justified his rule on one shortly after the assassination of his uncle Julius Caesar. Until next time, GO WITH GOD!
Christmas time is here again, or what I call, “the wacko Star of Bethlehem based on Revelation/zodiacs time.” The latest is from Dr. Colin Nicholl. At a recent event in Des Moines, IA, http://www.valley-church.com/valleyuarchive he skillfully debunked some of the more outrageous theories involving constellations and zodiacs. He then made an excellent case for the Star being a comet. However, as the British say, “it went pear shape from there.” He quickly dismissed the Chinese comet of March 5 BCE, without much argument, as being in the sky for only 70 days. Dr. Nicholl may be an expert in astronomy, but he failed to note that the monsoon season in China starts in June. Have you ever tried to observe a comet during Monsoon season? Even this is a mood point. If the Magi observed the same comet, they most likely did, it would only take 30 days to travel to Jerusalem from Babylon and double that from Parthia. We know little about this comet. It may have been a traveler, only passing by earth once, or it may have an extremely long orbit.
Of course Dr. Nicholl has his own time for his phantom comet in 6 BC, and guess what? It is based on his own interpretations of Revelations, and not a valid primary source. Why does he take apart the other Revelation/zodiac based theories only to present his own? Probably because he sold 500 copies of his book only to hop on a plane and fly to the next town of unsuspecting victims. The saddest part is that he has to use his friends from academia to write glowing reviews for the invalid theory. I suspect that like Michael Molnar and Rick Larson before him, he is angling for a movie or documentary, and like them he will disappear as fast as the real 5 BC comet, at least 70 days. Why do these self-proclaimed experts even use Revelation as a source? It was written 70 years after the Star of Bethlehem. Could it be that it is open to all kinds of strange possibilities? Please seek out those who endorsed this book and ask them why are they giving it the thumbs up.
In closing, remember this about the Star; You can believe men who base their Star of Bethlehem theories on non-primary sources through their own, not God’s, interpretations of Revelation, or you can believe what is written in the Talmud. The Oral Law passed down from GOD says.
R. Yehoshua, says: In Nissan the world was created, and in the same month the patriarchs were born, and in Nissan they also died; Isaac was born on the Passover; on New Year’s Day Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah were visited, Joseph was released from prison, and the bondage of our fathers in Egypt ceased. In Nissan our ancestors were redeemed from Egypt, and in the same month we shall again be redeemed.
Any, and I mean any, theory not involving a Passover Star, based on the Jewish calendar, goes against the Oral Law. I will stop my rant of the day, and continue to research this topic more. I guess it is time to seek out help from an astronomer or psychologist for further help. I will keep you posted. Until next time, GO WITH GOD!
Anyone who has followed me over the past year knows that I believe Passover to be the most important event in the Judeo-Christian religion. I think both the birth and death of Jesus occurred during this time in the Jewish calendar. But, why do many Christian seem to not care much about Passover, or even know how it is celebrated? Christians today honor many important events that occurred in the Old Testament. We have a reconstruction of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky and a law in Alabama just passed allowing the Ten Commandments to be placed in public buildings. But little is made of Passover for most Christians (a few Messianic churches are around). Jesus celebrated Passover and was angry at the sellers in the Temple during this time. The first Christians celebrated both Easter and Passover at the same time.
After Jesus’ death, James quickly became the Megaqqer, or superintendent, of the Jewish believers. Under his leadership, the congregation attended the synagogue, read the Torah, and still honored the prophets on the Sabbath. They fasted on Wednesday and Friday and celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday. Passover, of course, was still celebrated as an orthodox Jewish holiday, but they managed to incorporate new forms of worship into the Passover celebration. They fasted during the Jewish hours of Passover and then began their feast after midnight. Another interesting new development was that Jesus was recognized as the Passover lamb and included as part of the ancient holiday. Melito of Sardis, in his Paschal Sermons, noted some of rituals that the Christians in Jerusalem practiced. This included celebrating until 3:00 AM, hoping that the Messiah would come on the night of Passover, as on the first Passover told in Exodus.
Christians celebrating Passover ended quickly when the two religions became separate after the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. Constantine the Great was significant in this. This separation also leads to the beginning of Christian nations openly persecuting Jews. Maybe it is time for Christians to start celebrating the Jewish holidays more instead of just casually acknowledging them. I think it would be what Jesus would like. See The Essence of Perfection for more. Until the next post, GO WITH GOD!
15 years ago I became interested in the date that Jesus was born. This led to several years of research, I quickly realized that there was no valid information that provided any real answers to this question. Since this website is getting some interest, I will post from time to time some of the information I learned during this quest.