His Star in the East – Stranger than a UFO
Some make the mistake of calling the star that appeared following the birth of Jesus a UFO. If you dig into the ancient texts, the reality is much stranger and more wonderful.
There came wise men from the east to Jerusalem 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 – Matthew 2:1-2
The wisemen in this story are not the three quaint figures as seen in a plastic nativity scene, but were in fact a much larger group of “Magi” who were a particular priestly sect in the Medo-Persian Empire. Six hundred years earlier a Jewish man named Daniel introduced this group of Magi to the prediction of a Messiah – the Son of God who would come. Daniel was referred to as Rab-mag, the Chief of the Magi (Daniel 6). Daniel was an expert in the Mazzeroth, the story of God’s creation written in the constellations. The Babylonian corruption of the Mazzeroth become the Zodiac and astrology of today- which is very different than the Mazzeroth. The Mazzeroth laid out the story of Jesus – From the virgin who bore him (the constellation Virgo) to his ultimate future kingship as the Lion of the tribe of Judah (the Constellation Leo).
I propose that for 600 years the teachings begun with Daniel were passed down through the ranks of this group of Magi, so that when the “star” appeared to them, they knew exactly what was going on; the Messiah had been born. This was no astronomical star; it moved and appeared over the small humble house where the toddler Jesus was living. Yet it was not some kind of spacecraft as we understand it. The sign had been expected for over 600 years. When Jesus came to the earth for the first time it was not a surprise to the Magi; his star was identified and long expected, not at all what we now call UFOs.
Hundreds of years before the star of Christ appeared over these verse were written in the Bible:
17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Who Were the Magi? by Chuck Missler – Khouse.org
Uncovering The Mazzeroth – Berean Bible Study