The Glory of the Star of
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This article will share exciting insights long kept secret about the familiar Star of Bethlehem. You will recognize the actual story. It is not obscure or astrological, but revealed in the Bible. God used the sun, moon, and stars as signs to reveal and worship Jesus. God led the wise men with pictures marked by His star rising and then by His star going before them to Jesus. God told a story; even a child can understand of how a star led the wise men to Jesus. God told the gospel briefly but powerfully with those signs. At the end of the Bible, Jesus identified the Bright Morning Star with Himself. The wise men came because they saw “his star” rise. Therefore, the wise men came because they saw the Bright Morning Star rise.
Which star was the bright morning star? Venus, the brightest star in the sky, was the Star of Bethlehem. The Bible calls Venus by several names another name is the daystar because rarely one can see it throughout the day. It is the first star you see in the evening or the last star still visible before dawn. Only Mercury and Venus are morning stars, because being nearer the sun, they can only be seen in the morning or evening. The Bible calls planets wandering stars (Jude 1:13).
did the wise men see his star in the east? The word “in
the east” is not a geographical term, but an astronomical term
that means, “To rise in the east with the sun.” Most
stars rise this way once per year. The planets or wandering stars rise with the
sun with fixed periods different from a year, for instance Venus rises with the
sun once every 1.6 years. Since the wise men saw a second rising of Venus with
the sun, they arrived in
their creator could arrange the stars and time the orbits of the moon and
planets to tell His story. A reason God made them was to be signs (Genesis
1:14). A meaning for the word sign is picture. The stars form pictures that we
call constellations. The sign for Judah (the Jews) was a picture of a Lion. Leo is the constellation associated with
astronomy program allows one to view how the signs appeared in the sky. It
is possible to determine the time of each rise. On 24 August 2 B.C., Venus rose;
the eastern horizon was busy with four of the five visible planets in the
constellation of Leo. Venus marked a picture of the Lion of the tribe of
This is the constellation of
Leo, as seen on the eastern horizon, just before dawn on August 24, 2 B.C.
The view is the same from
}—Planets form a scepter between the feet of the lion
/ Planets are red/gold because they are close to the horizon
—the Bright Morning Star above horizon
words star and lion occur together in only one Bible passage. Balaam’s
prophecy, “Like a lion…, A star will come out of Jacob a scepter will rise out
finds kings in palaces, so the wise men went to the
Venus was obvious,
why didn’t many come to
wise men knew when the king was born and the religious leaders in
months earlier, an angel told shepherds the Christ was born that night in
the wise men reached
The star remained after sunset, alone low in the western sky over a saddle in the ridge. Low so it could point to a house. Its apparent nearness beckoned and as they moved, it waited. There was enough daylight so they could walk without stumbling (John 11:9). They had twenty-four minutes to follow the star west five hundred meters up the road to the notch. The Bible also calls Venus the dayspring, a star that rose with the sun, guided on the road of peace in the darkness (Luke 1:78-79). Stars always move, Venus descended but its apparent position remained fixed as the wise men ascended following it. They saw it over the house in the notch where Jesus and Mary were. The motion of the wise men and the star cancelled each other so star stopped over Jesus’ house. Then it disappeared, but how? An invisible cloud made Venus disappear, because some humidity dimed its light.
evening as Passover started, the wise men visited Jesus and Mary. Joseph was
not home, because men were required to be in
The Bible joins these signs, Jesus the Lion of Judah and the slain but living Lamb on the throne of heaven (Revelation 5:5-6). Jesus connects these to the Bright Morning Star with the phrase the Root of David, which occurs only in that one other passage. The Lamb was slain but alive a resurrection picture. The signs the wise men saw succinctly tell the gospel. The promised divine Son, born to forever rule the nations, slain yet alive the Passover for God’s household.
was Jesus born? They brought the census records from
The Star of Bethlehem,
Venus, marked great signs in the sky. The Lion of
the Jews received a golden scepter to fulfill several prophecies of the coming Christ the world ruler who would rule forever. The
wise men saw the sign and understood it fulfilled those prophecies. The stars
bowed in worship to announce His coming. While they prepared to travel or journeyed,
Jesus was born on solstice Christmas 25 December 1 B.C. and the sun and the
moon worshipped Jesus. They circumcised and named Jesus on Sunday 1 January 1
A.D., which was the first day of the week, the first day of the first month of
the first year. The wise men arrived in
Afterword: Our Lady of Guadalupe links to this story. On the morning of the winter solstice, Juan Diego climbed a hill to the west to meet Mary and he saw three wandering stars form a line marked by Venus rising with the sun for the last time. Like the wise men, let us come and worship the King. Merry Christmas!
For the fuller story, see www.scripturescholar.com/VenusStarofBethlehem.htm.
 2 Peter 1:19 KJV and H. B. Curtis, “Venus Visible at Inferior Conjunction,” 1935, pp 15-19, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1936PA.....44...18C .
 Bauer, Arndt and Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 1979, p. 62.
 Werner Keller, The Bible As History, 2nd Rev. Ed., 1980, p 364.
 E.W. Bullinger, The Witness of the Stars, 1893, p. 163.
 Dresden Codex and Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa.
 There are two passages; the second passage is Esther 14:11-13.
Bullinger, The Witness of the Stars,