THE THREE WISE MEN WHO FOLLOWED THE STAR OF
BETHLEHEM WERE ACTUALLY CHALDEAN (BABYLONIAN) ASTROLOGERS.
by +Russ Durocher, PhD., D.D.
Very likely, the most famous translation of The Holy Bible is the
Authorized Version, commonly known as The King James Version,
In this version, the second chapter, verses one and two, of the
Gospel of Matthew is translated (from the orignal Greek) as follows:
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod
the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have
seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
Numerous more modern translations render the first verse in such a
way that more direct reference is made to the fact that these three
kings were astrologers, who were guided by their knowledge of the
sacred science to follow the star (actually a multiple conjunction
of planets) because their star charts indicated an important king
was to be born.
Three examples of these more contemporary translations follow:
"Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in the country of Judea. It
was the time when Herod was king of that part of the country. Soon
after Jesus was born, some wise men who learned things from the
stars came to Jerusalem from the East." "Therefore when Jesus was
born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod, lo!
astrologers [lo! kings, or wise men,] came from the east to
Jerusalem," "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the
days of Herod the king, behold, wise men [astrologers] from the east
came to Jerusalem."
Now the Greek word "magi" usually translated as "wise men" actually
means specifically "astrologers" -- not merely men who were
generally well-educated and members of a royal caste.
How many people are really aware of the important role Astrology
plays in the Bible (both New and Old Testaments) and therefore how
integral the ancient science of the soul and the stars is to many
religions, Judaism and Chrisitianity included?
In the fourteenth verse of the first chapter of Genesis, the first
book of the Bible (Old Testament), it is written:
"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to
divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for
seasons, and for days, and years"
In the third chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes appears the
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under
the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a
time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time
to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance A
time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a
time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to
get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A
time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time
to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a
time of peace."
In the twenty-first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says:
"And there shall be SIGNS in the sun, and in the moon, and in the
stars; and upon the Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the
sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and
for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for
the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the
Son of man coming in a cloud."
In the verse above, Christ uses astrology to reveal the "signs" in
the sky of his coming.
The Bible states that the first communication from God came from the
stars. David writes in his Psalm:
"The Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his
handiwork. Day after day utters his speech and night after night
shows his knowledge. There is no tongue or language where their
voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the Earth and
their words to the ends of the world. In them (the heavens) he has
set a tabernacle for the sun." (Psalm 19:1-4)
Many more examples from the Bible could be cited.