7~More About “Celestial Secrets and Star Search”

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BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE

(In Order of Appearance)

NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Matthew 2:1-2 – Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise-men {Persian Magi; v7 & v16} from the east came* into Jerusalem, 2:2 saying, Where is he who was born the King of the Jews? For* we saw his star in the east and came to worship him. 
  • Luke 2:9, 13 – And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 2:10 And the angel said to them, Do° not be afraid; for* behold, I proclaim to you° good-news of great joy which will be to all the people, 2:11 because there was born to you° today in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 2:12 And this is the sign to you°: you° will be finding a swaddled baby, laying in a manger. 2:13 And suddenly, a multitude of the heavenly host praising God happened to be together with the angel.  [Clould all the angels have been the star they saw?]
  • The primary government advisors were the magicians (magi) who analyzed livers of sacrificial sheep, and astrologers who analyzed the heavens.  Sometimes these functions were combined.  These were the earliest of all astrologers (the sky was the playground and battlefield of the gods) and the forerunners of astronomers (the sky was a part of all creation and to be studied in the same way).   
  • Matthew 2:16 – Then Herod, having seen that he was mocked by the wise-men, was exceedingly furious, and sent forth soldiers and assassinated all the boys who were in Bethlehem, and in all her borders, from two years and downward, according to the time which he had ascertained accurately from the wise-men.
  • Because Herod had all the boy babies in Bethlehem under the age of two killed, this indicates about how long it took the wisemen to arrive in Palestine.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Esther 4:11 – All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces, know, that whoever, whether man or woman, will come to the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law for him, that he is put to death, except those to whom the king will hold out the golden scepter that he may live. But I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days. 
  • Daniel 2:11-13 – And it is a rare thing that the king requires and there is no other who can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.   2:12 For this reason the king was angry and very angry and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 2:13 So the decree went forth and the wise men were to be slain. And they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.
  • Ezra 5:17Now therefore, if it seems good to the king, let there be search made in the king’s treasure-house, which is there at Babylon, whether it is so, that a decree was made from Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
  • Ezra 6:1-2 – Then Darius the king made a decree and search was made in the house of the archives where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. 6:2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a roll and in it was thus written for a record.
WRITINGS OF ZOROASTRONISM:
  • THE YASHT: “WORSHIP, INCLUDING SACRIFICE,” – MITHRA, the sun god, the god of truth 10, 1); TISHTRYA, the rain god (8, 52ff); ARAMAITI, god of the earth (33, 11); KHSHATRA, god of metals (45, 9); ASHA, god of best righteousness (53, 3); VAYU, god of the air (53, 6f); SRAOSHA, guardian god of dead souls (57, 4). [BUT NO MENTION OF A STAR]
  •  THE ZEND-AVESTA: “SACRED BOOK OF THE PARSIS” [PERSIANS], “The Vendidad” Section – Vohu-Mano, god of good mind and guardian of sheep and cattle (8,19 and 19,22); Atar, god of fire (18:27). [BUT NO MENTION OF A STAR]
  • Zoroastronism did not become monotheistic until 1278 AD in “Zaratusht-Mamah.” 
ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA:
  • PERSIA:  The capital under Darius in the sixth century BC was Ecbatana.  When the Parthians took control of Persia 250 BC, the capital was moved to Ctesphon in what today is Iran. An ancient tribe of what would become Media and later Persia was the Magi Tribe, as recorded by HERODOTUS about 450 BC (i:132).  Darius the Great, Emperor of Persia in 522 BC, described a revolt by the Magi tribe which he put down speedily.  Beginning about 300 BC, the Magi became the priestly advisors to the kings. From about 250 BC the Parthians (located between Iran and India) ruled Persia/Iran for several centuries.  The king at the time Jesus was born was Phraattes IV, followed when Jesus was four years old by his son, Phraattes V.
  • MAGI:  The Magi, originally a tribe of the Medes, was a priestly caste during the Seleucid (BC 300), Parthian (BC 250) and Sasanian (4 AD) periods.  HERODOTUS spoke of the Magi Tribe in i:101
  • MAGI: The Persian Magi were credited with profound religious knowledge while the Babylonian Magi were often considered impostors.  It was not until the first century AD that “magi” applied to magicians and soothsayers primarily from Babylon.