Old Testament Prophecies
- Genesis 3:15
- Genesis 12:1-3
- Genesis 49:8
- Numbers 24:17
- Micah 5:2
- Daniel 9:24
- Ezra 7:12
NOTES FROM THE MESSAGE ARE BELOW THE LINKS FOR STUDY
Useful Links to Study
more information consider these links:
- Jupiter and Regulus in 3 BC
- For information and
a video clip on Jupiter and Regulus in 3 BC go
- Written details of
Jupiter and Regulus in 3 BC: http://www.ewtn.com/library/SCRIPTUR/CHRDAT.TXT
- Jupiter and Regulus in 3 BC with images and a chronology: http://www.creationevidence.org/research_papers/star_beth/starbeth1.html
- Jupiter and Regulus in 3 BC discussed: http://www.clarkfoundation.org/astro-utah/vondel/ChristmasStar.html
- CBN News concerning
3 BC: http://www.cbn.com/CBNNews/news/011225a.aspx
- A Star Gazer’s
- Jupiter and Saturn in
- The Theory: http://www.btinternet.com/~prgreetham/Wisemen/theory1.html
- The Triple
conjunction Theory with diagrams: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~lightandlife/triple.htm
- Notes with Good
- All the possible Star
Theories are here: http://www.btinternet.com/~prgreetham/Wisemen/theory.html
- The Census and Quirinius
- Herod’s Family Tree
- How Herod’s kingdom
was divided after his death: http://www.emersonkent.com/images/maps/herods_kingdom.gif
- The Herod’s of the
The Date of Christ’s Birth
- 5 BC (749 A.U.C., Rome dated years from the year Rome was founded. A.U.C. means ab urbe condita “from the founding of the city”. 1 A.U.C. = 753 BC)
- The date of Jesus’
birth was first identified by the bishop in Rome around 185 AD as being December 25.
- Most likely Jesus was
born in December of 5 BC or the following month of January in 4 BC (750
- 2007 AD would be the
Roman year 2760 A.U.C.
- Luke 2:1-3
- A Census indicated
taxation was coming.
- Quirinus was governor of Syria from 6-9 AD
- The census of this
time (between 6-9 AD) is referred to in Acts
5:37 and may have been the second census that Luke referred to.
- The use of the word
“first” or “prota” (prwth) can also mean “before”. So this verse could simply be saying
this census came before Quirinus’ census. Most likely it refers to the first
census that Augustus called for in Luke 2:1. The second census came in 6-9 AD.
- Quirinus would have been stationed in Syria
previously in 6-4 BC.
- A Census was called
for at this time by Ceasar Augustus to help
identify how many people were in Herod’s kingdom.
- Herod had began to
fall out of favor with Augustus around 7 BC
- Herod had executed
two of his sons, Alexander and Aristobolus,
in 7 BC
- Then before his
death Herod changed his will three more times to name a different son
each time as his successor
- Antipater was
chosen to replace the executed Alexander and Aristobolus
- In 5 BC Antipas
was named to replace Antipater
- Then five days
before he died Herod had Antipater killed and
named Archelaus as his successor as King
- The Rome had to approve
each of these changes.
- Jupiter and Saturn in 7 BC
was born in Bethlehem in Judea,
during the time of King Herod,
the east came to Jerusalem
and asked, ‘Where is the one who
has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and
have come to worship him.’ ”
- Went straight to
Herod who was constantly protected
- Isaiah 60:6,7,8,9
- Numbers 24:17
- “from the east”
- “born king of the
- “his star”
- 7 BC (747 A.U.C.)
Jupiter and Saturn formed a conjunction in the constellation of Pisces 3
times that year in May, October & December.
- 6 BC (748 A.U.C.) Mars
joined this conjunction.
- The astronomical
tables of the Chinese reveal that a comet first
appeared in 4 BC (750 A.U.C.).
This comet would have been seen as the Magi left Jerusalem
and would have appeared to go before them in the direction of Bethlehem and then to stand over Bethlehem.
- “in the east”
- This is the
singular form of the word “astar” asthr
- It is used in the
plural in verse 2:1
- The translation
should be “rising”. They saw his
- This is not talking
about a star but refers to some constellation or alignment of the planets
- “we. . . have come”
- Jupiter and Regulus in
- Herod is said to have
died in 4 BC but if a translation error in the writings of Josephus in
1544 is corrected then Herod would have died in 1 BC.
- Psalm 19 and Romans 10
- Jupiter is named
after the great Roman God. Jupiter
is the King planet
- Regulus is a star named for the word Regal.
- To the Babylonians
it was Regulus Sharu
which meant “king”.
- To the Romans it
was Regulus Rex which also meant “king”
- The planet Jupiter
and the star Regulus passed each other and
formed a conjunction in September of 3 BC which was the beginning of the
Jewish new year.
- Between September 3
BC and June 2 BC Jupiter pass Regulus three
times due to retrograde causing Jupiter to appear to move backwards as the
- The stars move
consistently since they appear to move as the earth rotates.
- Planets, like
Jupiter, are also orbiting like the earth. Some times planets (wandering stars)
seem to move backward or stand still when viewed from the rotating and
orbiting earth. This creates what
is called retrograde.
- Retrograde caused
Jupiter to appear to fall behind Regulus three
times that year only to catch up and reform the conjunction.
- The conjunction of
the King Planet (Jupiter) and the King Star (Regulus)
caused the magi to take note in 3 BC.
- This all occurred in
the constellation Leo which is the lion which is used to represent the
tribe of Judah.
- Behind Leo would
arise Virgo or the Virgin
- In December of 2 BC
Jupiter would have retrograded and if viewed from Jerusalem
looking toward Bethlehem it would actually
have appeared to stop over the city of Bethlehem for six days with no
movement. One of those days was
of the above could have been the cause of the magi’s trip to find the King of