Rare biblical ‘Star of Bethlehem’ to appear Dec. 21

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Rare ‘Star of Bethlehem’ appears on Dec. 21. Here’s what astronomy says about the biblical star at Christ’s Birth. Picture: CBN

On December 21, 2020, a rare event will occur in the night sky… And it has not been seen in over eight centuries.

On this date, Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest planets in our solar system will conjunct to form what’s sometimes referred to as the “Christmas Star” or the “Star of Bethlehem.” 

So on the day of the start of the winter solstice, the two planets will appear to form a double planet in an extremely rare event that was last seen 800 years ago.

So if you want to see something that astronomers have been waiting 800 years to witness, just step outside at sunset and look southwest. Jupiter and Saturn are having their finest conjunction since the Middle Ages.

At closest approach on Dec. 21st, Saturn will appear as close to Jupiter as some of Jupiter’s moons.


What is the ‘Star of Bethlehem’?

There are many theories about the identity of the biblical star of Bethlehem that appeared at Christ’s birth.

The most accepted theory finds the planet Jupiter to be part of that star. In the ancient world, all heavenly bodies were considered “stars”. 

The Magi or the three wise men were, most likely, court advisers to Babylon who used the stars to give guidance to the ruler.

Why would God guide astrologers, of all people, to the King of Kings? This example, according to some writers, was Christ’s first human ministry to unbelievers.

Who exactly were the Magi? 

But who were these mysterious wise men? One ancient Jewish writer Philo speaks of them.

Star of Bethlehem expert Rick Larson explains that Philo “describes a particular school of Magi, calls it the Eastern school, and these Magi he praises. He says these guys understood the natural order and are able to explain the natural order to others. And they were, according to Philo, probably what we might call proto-scientists.” 

Early church historians had been giving a date of around 3 BC for Christ’s birth, though other scholars had been saying 7 BC because of what appears to be a misunderstanding of King Herod’s death in between those two dates.

What the Magi likely saw were five astronomical conjunctions that took place over a span of time from August of 3 BC to June of 2 BC. When one planet passes another and, as seen from earth, they line up – that would have been of great significance to these astrologer-advisers.

We now know what these conjunctions meant to these Magi as they would have observed from their far-off land. The conjunctions involved the constellation Leo the Lion, the planet Venus, the planet Jupiter and the star Regulus. 

To the Babylonians, the lion represented Israel. Venus was motherhood. Jupiter stood for fatherhood or kingship. And Regulus symbolized royalty.  

Put these together in the Babylonian mindset and what do you get? A clear and repeated message that a grand king had been born in Israel. 

Larson used computerized astronomical tools to track the convergence of these heavenly signs involving Jupiter, Venus, Leo, and Regulus, back to when they would have occurred. 

Nine months after that first conjunction – nine months – the gestation period of a human. We see Jupiter and Venus come together to form the brightest star anyone had ever seen,” Larson said.

That would have been in mid-June of 2 BC – again near Regulus in Leo. Eventually, Larson traces it all to a conclusion on Dec. 25, in 2 BC. 

Of course, they didn’t use our calendar – you know December 25th meant nothing to them. They never heard of December, but to us, it could be a sign and it is interesting that the gifting did occur on December 25th,” he said.

The Heavens declare the Glory of God

With today’s telescopes, the grandeur of the skies is more visible than ever before. Yet even with the naked eye, the Psalmist proclaimed “the heavens declare the glory of God.

How can he do that? Could the Star of Bethlehem be an example in announcing the Messiah? Or is this some kind of misguided astrology?

The Bible comes down extremely hard on astrology. Reverence for the stars, the idea that stars order your life or guide you or whatever – did you know it was a killing offense in the Old Testament?” Larson said.

But the Bible also says that God put signs in the sky. Perhaps the Star of Bethlehem was like a thermometer.

A thermometer can tell you if it’s hot or cold but it can’t make you hot or cold – because it’s not an active agent. Stars are like that. According to the Bible, they can tell you things; they can be signs from a higher power, from God on high. But they can’t make you do anything, they’re burning balls of gas, you know,” Larson said.  

The Romans thought the Star was about them; Instead, it announced the King of Kings

Of course, the Romans who ruled most of the known world at the time thought the star was about them and they even put the star on one of their coins with an image of Caesar Augustus, which represents how impressive the star was. A sort of Star of Rome rather than the Star of Bethlehem. And that’s probably what made the Magi ride toward Israel.

While the mortal Augustus has long passed from history, Jesus is worshipped by millions around the world as the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, The Eternal One Who created the heavens and the signs of His own coming – who said that one day he would also return. 

So the Magi went looking for this infant king to the capital city of the Jews, Jerusalem, and the Jews sent them into Bethlehem, a place from which the Jewish scriptures prophesied a king would come. The rest is history.

I hope the sky will be clear to let the “Christmas Star” or the “Star of Bethlehem” shine on us and show us the right path. More biblical news on CBN, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Thank you to a loyal reader for the link!

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  1. Long before astrology was concieved in the mind of mere men, virgo the virgin to the Lion of judah told an ancient hebrew story of Messiah, born to Mary the virgin when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her. Quote: Be it unto me as thou sayest. The God/man Yeshua or joshua was not just a great prophet. He was the heir of promise.
    Genesis 15
    Abram sacrificed by abandonment not just the son of a bond woman, Hagars son, ishmael and issiac he took up moriah the promised son of Sari replaced by the ram in the bush. The Scapegoat.
    For without atonement there is no sacrifice for sin. Leviticus 16:10 to make atonement with it.

  2. The Plejaran et Gabriel in his ship spoke and told the wise men from the E the birth location of Jmmanuel, who Gabriel had fathered with Joe’s permission. The mission was to incarnate an advanced spirit form, so he could bring us the Laws of The Creation. These works were later hijacked, when in 159AD he was renamed JC, to start the killing and control cult. The Talmud of Jmmanuel from Amazon. theyfly.com, and The Pleiadian Mission by R Winters gets the open-minded up to speed. The ‘Goblet of Truth’ are The Laws of The Creation, passed on to us and are on the mentioned site.

  3. According to ancient Hebrew mythology, a star appears in the east with the birth of a prophet. Further, according to the Oriental myth of the birth of the Buddha a star appeared in the east. With the birth of literally every sun-god a star appeared in the east. The tale of the “Star of Bethlehem” is no more than a continuation of all of those myths. For over 2000 years there have been all kinds of speculation what that star was: a planetary alignment to a UFO. It was the continuation of the mythologies around the world.

  4. That is third sign so far we got from heavens. There will be hard times , war, quakes, floods, and more nisery for humankind.
    the gate is opened up will not closing for at least 10 years?
    Massive Floods in Iran, HAARP is active for Iran , Bushehr and Shiraz and many cities. The Shock and Owe2 is in progress for Iran and terrorist regime of Iran. When real shock and owe 2 is coming the country is gone in to darkest winter ever had?
    2 more IRGC heads are died ? We are so happy indeed.
    Two Senior IRGC Officers Die Of Reported Illnesses
    Monday, 07 Dec 2020 01:13

    Two senior officers of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have died of what is described as illnesses in recent days, local media in Iran reported on Sunday, December 6.

    Abdolrasul Ostovar who is referred to as a comrade-in-arms of former Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani who was killed by the US in January, is said to have contracted the coronavirus while in Iraq in the summer and after spending two months in coma has passed away in Tehran. He was once commander of IRGC’s ground forces and was often on mission in Syria and Iraq.

    There are also images showing Ostovar in the company of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. It is believed he had a close relationship with Khamenei similar to the trust that existed between the Supreme Leader and Soleimani.

    The other officer whose death was reported late Sunday is Ali-Asghar Zareie a senior commander of the IRGC. Reports say that he died in hospital after a “head surgery”. Zareie also served as member of parliament and commander of IRGC’s cyber warfare unit.

    Local media, echoing information from official sources, and reporting the death of Ostovar have not specified his position in the Qods Force but have confirmed he was on “advisory missions” in Iraq and Syria, which is the usual jargon for describing military operational duty. He was buried in Tehran on Sunday.

  5. Thank you to Strange Sounds.

    I am hoping this event will be a sign that God Almighty, his Son, and the Holy Spirit are guiding our country to salvation. We sure need some light to shine down on us to expose the truth, and that means full disclosure—not propaganda and baloney.

    • Saturn is a strange planet as far as occult significance. I went down a rabbit hole on this one night.

      There seems to be a hexagram forming on top of the planet.

      Also, another article I read described Saturn as a Satanic planetary influence.

      Another article drew a comparison between Saturn and the titan Cronus, the baby-eater.

      I think Jupiter was the one that mated with animals. So, there are reasons these planets are aligning that are shrouded in mystery.

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