The Star of Bethlehem
The account of the Star of Bethlehem is one of the most famous historical events in all of scripture. Each year we’re reminded of the event through Christmas cards, Christmas programs, nativity scenes and the star atop the Christmas tree. As a result, many books have tried to explain the phenomenon. Most have done so by looking at ancient astronomical records. But regardless of the good intentions by those who’ve looked to ASTRONOMY in their attempts to prove the Star true, none conform perfectly with the full counsel of the word of God. After comparing scripture with scripture, it’s apparent that many holes have been left behind. And therein lies the problem. The neglect of SCRIPTURE, at the expense of SCIENCE, has caused many to miss the truth. Truth that’s been present in the Bible all along. Truth that shows the Star of Bethlehem could have never been recorded or tracked by astronomy, no matter how accurate the ancient or modern star charts.
What follows are six amazing parallels between the Angel of the Lord and the Star of Bethlehem. These parallels are the “holes” which astronomy has missed. Holes which it will never fill. They’re only uncovered by a study of the Bible.
Six Amazing Parallels
AMAZING PARALLEL #1: Both the Angel of the Lord and the Star of Bethlehem appear during the birth of Christ (Matt. 2:1-2, Lk. 2:9).
AMAZING PARALLEL #2: Both the Angel of the Lord and the Star of Bethlehem exhibit similar appearances and behavior. One first exhibits this appearance and behavior at the birth of God’s national son (Israel – Ex. 3:2-6, 4:21-23, 23:20-23). The other exhibits this appearance and behavior at the birth of God’s only-begotten Son (Jesus – Matt. 2:1-11).
AMAZING PARALLEL #3: Both the Angel of the Lord and the Star of Bethlehem can appear as sky-based phenomena (Matt. 2:7, Ex. 14:19).
AMAZING PARALLEL #4: Both the Angel of the Lord and the Star of Bethlehem were sent to lead a group of men to a specific destination (Matt. 2:9, Ex. 23:20-23, Ex.32:33-34, Num. 9:12).
AMAZING PARALLEL #5: Both the Angel of the Lord and the Star of Bethlehem provided guiding light by night to their followers (Matt. 2:1-11, Ex. 13:21, Num. 14:13-14).
AMAZING PARALLEL #6: Both the Angel of the Lord and the Star of Bethlehem exhibit the ability to stand still and remain motionless in one location (Matt. 2:9, Ex. 14:19, Deut. 31:15).
These six parallels only represent a small fraction of the evidence pointing to the reality behind the world’s most famous Star. Both the Bible and history tie these similarities together much more strongly.
In the end, the lesson learned is the Christian should always pick up the Bible first before picking up science for answers. While it’s always nice to have science backup scripture, when dealing with the supernatural, that’s not always possible. Besides, the certainty of God’s words are never found in science. Science can only substantiate things discernible through seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or touching. This completely omits things of a spiritual nature. This is why the certainty of God’s words are found in the “excellent things in counsels and knowledge” which He has written. If you neglect to read all that the Lord has written, or attempt to replace that with science, you will never find all the answers, and the Star of Bethlehem is a prime example of why this is so.
“Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?” Prov. 22:20-21
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To get a more detailed and thorough study on the truth behind the Star of Bethlehem, without all the hassle and worry of astronomy or star charts, see the book Star of the King from Sword-In-Hand Publishing. It covers much more than what’s been presented here.
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