Biblical Proof of the Year Messiah was Born
The birth of the Messiah is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Did you know it was also recorded in Revelation?
First, let me quote E. Raymond Capt from his book entitled, The Glory of the Starsâ€”another good book to have in your library.
In the Book of Psalms we read:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun. (Psalms 19:1-4)
14 Then God said, â€œLet there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earthâ€; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19)
31 Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion? 32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth (Zodiac) in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? 33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth? (Job 38:31-33
25 To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?â€ says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing. (Isaiah 40:25-26)
Returning to the Book of Psalms we read:
4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. (Psalms 147:4)
(The stars were put there by Yahweh, and each one was named by Him. They have the same names in every language around the world. Although pronounced differently, they mean the same thing in each language. The constellations were named by Adam, Seth and Enoch and passed on down to us through Noah. They were given to them, by Yahweh, as prophetic reminders each night of things still yet to come and can be read in any language around the world, today).
The Constellation of Virgo (the Virgin) is portrayed as a woman with a branch in her right hand and some ears of corn in her left hand. The name of this sign in Hebrew is â€œBethulah,â€ which means â€œa virgin.â€ In Arabic, it is â€œAdarah,â€ which means, â€œthe pure virgin.â€ In Greek, it is â€œParthenos,â€ which means, â€œthe maid of virgin pureness.â€ All the traditions, names and mythologies, connected with this sign, recognize and emphasize the virginity of the woman.
In the Zodiac of Denderah, in Egypt, Virgo is also represented with a branch in her hand. To the Egyptians, the woman was represented as Isis, the wife of Osirus, and was called â€œAspolia,â€ which means â€œears of cornâ€ or â€œthe seed.â€ The Greeks, in like manner, ignorant of the divine origin and teaching of this sign, represented Virgo as â€œCeres,â€ with ears of corn in her hand. The Corn and the Branch symbolize a two-fold nature of the Coming Seed.
The first coming as the incarnate fulfillment as prophesied in the Book of Isaiah and as quoted in the Gospel of Matthew respectively:
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,â€ which is translated, â€œGod with us.â€ (Matthew 1:23)
The bright star in the ear of corn in her left hand is called in Arabic, â€œAl Zimach,â€ meaning â€œthe branch.â€ Zechariah writes of this branch, saying:
8 For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant, the BRANCH. (Zechariah 3:8)
It is significant that Christ referred to Himself as the Corn, or Seed of Wheat, which needed to fall and die in order to attain its proper fruitfulness. (John 12:23-24)
One of the stars in the branch is called â€œAl Mureddinâ€ which means, â€œwho shall come downâ€ or â€œwho shall have dominion.â€
In the Book of Psalms it states:
8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea. (Psalms 72:8)
The star is also known by the Chaldean word, Vindemiatrix which means â€œthe sonâ€ or â€œBranch who cometh.â€ An emblem of Christ, much employed by the Prophets, was the branch, root, bough or sprout of a plant. Thus, we find Christ described as the Rod from the Stem of Jesse and a Branch out of his roots. (Isaiah 11:1) He is the Branch of Righteousness, the Branch of the Lord, Godâ€™s servant the Branch. (Jeremiah 23:5; Isaiah 4:2; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12)
It should be pointed out that Virgo, in a broader prophetic sense, represented â€œthe Virgin, the Daughter of Zion (Isaiah 37:22), which is another name for the nation of Israel (the entire 12 tribes). Throughout the Old and New Testament, Israel is often spoken of as the figure of a woman, the â€œBrideâ€ of Yahweh; the â€œVirginâ€ of Zion. (Jeremiah 14:17; 18:13; Amos 5:2; II John 1:1)
Mr. Capt goes on to show how the entire Zodiac, in its correct form, is a letter from our Creator to us and can be read each night if we would take the time to do so. It opens the door to a deeper understanding of what He has been saying to us through creation all these years.
I have, in the past, always presumed the Zodiac be a pagan thing. I now realize that it was a message to us from Yahweh, but was perverted into a system of pagan worship. Yahwehâ€™s message, however, has not changed. But the way in which we came to look at His message is what changed. Again, it became pervertedâ€”much like the snake on the pole that Moses made. Yahweh told Moses to make it, but the people in Hezekiahâ€™s day began worshipping the snake and the pole and not Yahweh. So it was destroyed.
Now we can read in the book of Revelation how the Apostle John read these stars:
1 Now, a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (Revelation 12:1-6)
If we look in the Zodiac, we will see that Virgo or the Virgin is being spoken of. And another constellation of the serpent is also mentioned and it just so happens to have its head near the Virgin. Coincidence? No, prophetic! This is talking about the birth of the Messiah and how King Herod tried to have Him killed as soon as He was born.
So now we have a Zodiac in heaven with a moving moon also mentioned. This is crucial to gaining a full understanding. So make a mental note of this. We are talking about the Moon in the constellation Virgo, at a moment in time. That moment was the day the Messiah was born. That day was the Feast of Trumpets. That year was the purpose behind the book, The Star That Astonished the World by E.L. Martin. This Moon in Virgo was how he determined the exact hour of which the Messiah was born. In so doing, Martin settled the argument as to how to decide which Moon we should use to determine the beginning of the month. Yet, he was not trying to prove anything about the Moon, but his whole book was simply about when the Messiah was born. I am not sure he even realized what he said when he did say it. But the proof is an overwhelming preponderance of evidence regarding how we are to determine the new moon.
The Feast of Trumpets, as we all know, is on the first day of the seventh month. And the first day of the Feast of Trumpets is determined by the new moon. The argument is not whether or not to keep the Feast of Trumpets, but as to which new moon we use to determine the first day. Are we to go by the Conjunctured New Moon or a Sighted New Moon Crescent?
I donâ€™t want to mess this up, so I am going to quote exactly what Mr. Martin saysâ€”starting on page 82 of his book and finishing on page 90.
Ernest Martin has this to say:
The essential factor in interpreting the symbol of Revelation 12:1-5 is the identification of the woman. What is John signifying by mentioning her? This much is certain: The woman in the first three verses is featured as being in heaven and both the Sun and the Moon are in association with her. After the dragon casts down a third of the stars of heaven (Revelation 12:4), the woman is then found on Earth. (vv. 6 and 14) But the important factor is the birth of the man-child and the womanâ€™s relationship with the heavenly signs while she is symbolically in heaven (the first three verses of Revelation 12 shows the Sun clothing her, and the Moon under her feet and the Twelve Stars on her head).
The â€œbirthâ€ of the Messiah is associated with this heavenly spectacle. Since some noted heavenly bodies are a part of the picture, it could well be that John intended the woman to represent a constellation that the two primary luminaries transverse, and that she was a part of the Zodiac system which gives headship to the signs (the Twelve Stars were a â€œcrownâ€ upon her head). Remember that interpreting astronomical signs dominated the thinking of most people in the 1st Century, whether the people were Jews or Gentiles. Indeed the word â€œsignâ€ used by the author of the book of Revelation to describe this celestial display was the same one used by the ancients to denote zodiacal constellations. (Liddell and Scott, Lexicon, 1448)
This is made even clearer when one looks closely at the text. Since the Sun and Moon are amidst or aligned with the body of this woman, she could be, in a symbolic way, a constellation located within the normal paths of the Sun and Moon. The only sign of a woman which exists along the ecliptic (the track of the Sun in its journey through the stars) is that of Virgo the Virgin. She occupies, in bodily form, a space of about 50 degrees along the ecliptic. The head of the woman actually bridges some ten degrees into the previous sign of Leo and her feet overlap about ten degrees into the following sign of Libra, the Scales.
During the period of Jesusâ€™ birth, the Sun entered in its annual course through the heavens into the head position of the woman on about August 13th, and exited from her feet on about October 2nd. But the Apostle John saw in his vision the scene where the Sun was â€œclothingâ€ or â€œadorningâ€ the woman. This surely indicates that the position of the Sun in the vision was located somewhere mid-bodied to the woman, between the neck and the knees. The Sun could hardly be said to clothe her if it were situated in her face area or near her feet.
The only time in the year that the Sun could be in a position to â€œclotheâ€ the celestial woman called Virgo (that is, to be mid-bodied to her, in the region where a pregnant woman carries a child) is when the Sun is located between about 150 and 170 degrees along the ecliptic. This â€œclothingâ€ of the woman by the Sun occurs for a 20-day period each year. This 20-degree spread could be a clear indicator of the general time when Jesus was born. In 3 BC, the Sun would have entered this celestial region about August 27th and exited from it about September 15th. If John in the Book of Revelation is associating the birth of Jesus with the period when the Sun was mid-bodied to the woman called Virgo (and this is no doubt what he means), then Jesus would have to be born within that 20-day period.
From the point of view of the Magi who were astrologers, this would have been the only logical sign under which the Jewish Messiah might have been born, especially if he were to be born of a virgin. Even today, astrologers recognize that the sign of Virgo is the one which has reference to a Messianic world ruler to be born from a virgin. (Devore, Encyclopedia of Astrology, p. 366)
This heavenly woman called Virgo is normally depicted as a virgin holding in her right hand a green branch and in her left hand a sprig of grain. In the Hebrew Zodiac, she at first (in the time of King David) personified Ruth who was gleaning in the fields of Boaz. She then later became the Virgin when the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 was given in the time of King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah. This virgin held in her left hand a sprig of grain. This was precisely where the bright star called Spica is found. Indeed, the chief star of the constellation Virgo is Spica. Bullinger, in his book, The Witness of the Stars Footnote: (pp. 29-34), said that the word Spica has, in the Arabic vernacular, the meaning â€œthe branchâ€ and that it symbolically refers to Jesus who was prophetically called â€œthe Branchâ€ in Zechariah 3:8 and 6:12. Bullinger (and Seiss in his book, The Gospel of the Stars) maintain that this sign of Virgo designates the heavenly witness for the birth of the Messiah (Jesus). They say that Virgo should actually begin the zodiacal signs that give the story of the Messiah. This may be. The Apostle John may have given the same indication as far as the first full sign of the Zodiac is concerned. He depicted the woman of Revelation as having a crown of Twelve Stars on her head.
This could very well indicate that the woman (Virgo) is the constellation of headship for all the 12 Signs. The â€œheadâ€ position of Virgo is actually located within the last ten degrees of Leo. It was in this very region where the story of the career of the Messiah would begin that Bullinger and Seiss were referring to. Thus, the story of Jesus and His mission on earth, as related by these heavenly symbols, should logically begin with His birth from a virgin and conclude with Him being crowned the King in the final sign of Leo the Lion (with its chief star being Regulus-the King Star). This is no doubt what the apostle John was trying to show through the symbols found in Revelation 12.
The birth of this child in Revelation 12 (whom John identified with Jesus) should have occurred while the Sun was â€œclothingâ€ the woman, when the Sun was mid-bodied to Virgo. This period of time in 3 BC covered 20 days (August 27th-September 15th). If Jesus were born within that 20-day period, it would fit most remarkably with the testimony of Luke (relative to the birth of John the Baptist and the eighth course of Abijah). Indeed, the chronological indications associated with this priestly course of Abijah place Jesusâ€™ birth exactly within this time period. But there is a way to arrive at a much closer time for Jesusâ€™ birth than a simple 20-day period. The position of the Moon in Johnâ€™s vision actually pinpoints the nativity to within a dayâ€”to within a period of an hour and a half (within 90 minutes) on that day. This may appear an absurd assessment on the surface, but it is quite possible.
The key is the Moon. The Apostle John said it was located â€œunder her feet.â€ What does the word â€œunderâ€ signify in this case? Does it mean the woman of the vision was standing on the Moon when John observed it, or does it mean her feet were positioned slightly above the Moon? John does not tell us. This, however, is not of major consequence in using the location of the Moon to answer our question, because it would only involve the difference of a degree or two. The Moon travels about 12 degrees a day in its course through the heavens. This motion of one or two degrees by the Moon represents on Earth only a period of two to four hours. This difference is no problem in determining the time of Jesusâ€™ birth. What is vital, however, is that this shows the Moon as a new moon.
Now note this point. Since the feet of Virgo the Virgin represent the last seven degrees of the constellation (in the time of Jesus this would have been between about 180 and 187 degrees along the ecliptic), the Moon has to be positioned somewhere under that seven degree arc to satisfy the description of Revelation 12. But the Moon also has to be in its exact location when the Sun is mid-bodied to Virgo. In the year 3 BC, these two factors were in precise agreement for about one hour and one half, as observed from Palestine or Patmos, in the twilight period of September 11th. The relationship began about 6:15 PM (sunset), and lasted until 7:45 PM (moonset). This is the only day throughout the entire year that the astronomical phenomenon described in the Revelation 12 could possibly have taken place.
This relationship also illustrates one other important point. The Moon was in its crescent phase. It was a new moon day, the start of a new lunar month. While ordinary people in modern times who are not astronomers have little knowledge of the solar, lunar, planetary and stellar motions, the people from the 1st Century right up to the Industrial Revolution were well acquainted with them. Even those who were deemed uneducated possessed a basic knowledge of the motions of astronomical bodies in generalâ€”even more so than most college-educated people today. When anyone of early times read Revelation 12:1-3, an astronomical relationship was realized at once. There was no doubt that a New Moon display was being shown to them. And when the woman of the sign was interpreted as Virgo the Virgin, with the Sun mid-bodied to the Virgin, they clearly saw a new moon day occurring sometime in late summer.
The Apostle John said this heavenly relationship occurred at the time of Jesusâ€™ birth. In 3 BC, this convergence of celestial factors happened just after sunset only on one day of the year. It was on September 11th. It could not have occurred at any other time of the year. Indeed, even one day beforeâ€”on September 10thâ€”the Moon would have been located above the Virginâ€™s feet with the crescent not visible; whereas one day fartherâ€” September 12thâ€”the Moon had moved too far beyond the feet of the Virgin, or at least 25 diameters from the Moon east of her feet. Thus, only one day applies. That day was just after sunset on September 11th.
The Apostle John is actually presenting to his readers something of significance in a symbolic way. Revelation 12:1-3 certainly shows a new moon day that could only be observed from Earth just after sunset and the day was September 11th. This occurrence fits well with Lukeâ€™s description of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
We are reminded in the Gospel of Luke:
8 â€œNow there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over the flocks by nightâ€¦ Then the angel saidâ€¦ â€˜For there is born to you this day (which began at sundown) in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.â€™â€ (Luke 2:8, 10-11)
Jesus was born in early evening, and Revelation 12 shows it was a new moon day.
What New Moon could this have been? The answer is most amazing. It is almost too amazing! September 11th, 3 BC was Tishri 1 on the Jewish Calendar. To Jewish people this would have been a very profound occasion indeed. Tishri 1 is none other than the Jewish New Yearâ€™s Day (Rosh ha-Shanah, or as the Bible calls it, the Day of Trumpetsâ€”Leviticus 23:23-26). It was an important annual Holy Day of the Jews (but not one of the three annual festivals that required all Palestinian Jews to be in Jerusalem).
What a significant day for the appearance of the Messiah to arrive on Earth from the Jewish point of view! Remarkably enough, no other day of the year could astronomically fit Revelation 12:1-3. The Apostle John is certainly showing forth an astronomical sign which answers precisely with the Jewish New Yearâ€™s Day. John would have surely realized the significance of this astronomical scene that he was describing. (The preceding pages were taken from pp. 82-90 of the Star that Astonished the World by Ernest L. Martin).
Other books on this subject are as follows:
â€¢ The Gospel in the Stars by Joseph Augustus Seiss
â€¢ The Witness of the Stars by E.W. Bullinger
â€¢ The Glory of the Stars by E. Raymond Capt
â€¢ Mazzaroth by Frances Rolleston; written in 1865. A rare book.
â€¢ 365 Starry Nights by Chet Raymo
The following link takes you to the official website of Bob Wadsworth, a biblical astronomer and researcher and includes more videos and newsletters to keep you well-informed.
I contacted Mr. Wadsworth and he confirmed the findings of Mr. Martin. In fact, many planetariums around the world have changed their planetary shows based on the findings of Mr. Martin.
To confirm this myself, I not only installed a computer program called, Dance of the Stars, recommended and purchased from Mr. Wadsworth, I also ran another software program called, Starry Nights, which you can get at:
By way of cross comparison, it became readily apparent to me that all the indicators in these two programs also pointed to the same event on the same day. The Conjunctured New Moon was September 9th. September 10th was a 1% Moon which would have been difficult to see with the sun setting only moments before. September 11th was a 4% Visible Crescent New Moon.