Hebrew Roots Research by Lew White
Star Of Bethlehem?
A very interesting question often asked which many people have pondered for
“I have one question in response to your remark that the stars are not involved in the story of redemption.
The magi that came from the East were following a
star. The existence of this particular star indicated to them that that the
“Sovereign of the Yahudim” has been born Matt 2).
What is your understanding of this?”
As we try to understand the unusual movements of a star-like object seen by the Magi, we need to be aware of their background.
were the Magi, and did they see?
The Hebrew word for the object is KAKOB.
In Scripture the word KAKOB may refer to the lights in the heavens we know to be other suns, but also may refer to heavenly beings known as angels, or malakim, or sons of Alahim. They witnessed the creation of the physical realm:
"Upon what were its foundations sunk? Or who laid its corner-stone when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of Alahim shouted for joy?" Ayub / Job 38:6-7
Why were the Magi looking for a star, and how did
they know about its significance?
We need to embrace the concept that the “Magi” (magos, sorcerers, kashaph, or
generally “wise ones”
Dan 2:48, 49:
These wise ones in Babel surely investigated the writings of Danial , and gleaned from other inspired Writings that related to Danial’s dedication to the Alahim of Heaven and Earth, Yahuah.
By studying the in the Scriptures, they knew a great King was to come, a , also referred to as (Genesis/Bereshith 49:10).
Numbers 24:14 reveals secrets concerning latter days, and while searching-out secrets from these texts, there is a prophecy to be discovered from Bilam involving a that was to come out of the tribe of Yahudah, in Yisharal, Numbers 24:17:
“I see Him, but not now; I observe Him, but not near. A Star shall come out of YaAqob and a Sceptre shall rise out of Yisharal, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and shall destroy all the sons of Sheth." Numbers 24:17
Malakim (or angels) are referred to as stars (Job/Ayub 38:7), and are manifested with brilliant light on many occasions, such as their appearance to the shepherds the night Yahusha was born. Those shepherds were surrounded by the Kabod of Yahuah (Luke 2:9) which is the Shekinah, the Presence of Yahuah (research "theophany").
This radiant light was the Kabod, the nesting-place of the of Yahuah. The star seen by the Magi was the of the Presence of the coming into the world of men as a man, and it guided them for approximately two years so they could bring their offerings to the newborn King, Yahusha. It was not a comet, planet, or a sun, since it moved, stopped, and “stood over” where the Child was. To them, and to any secular student of Ufology today, it would have been an unexplainable phenomenon. It was a prophesied sign, and they were selected to partake in its fulfillment.
What is even more
peculiar is that it seems the Magi were the only ones that could see it.
We know that Alisha could see what His servant could not (2Ki 6:17), and the
Sanhedrin could not perceive what Stephen could (Acts 7:56).
Although they were Persian astrologers, their science did not this star, it was predicted only by the . Tradition calls this manifestation the star of Bethlehem, but Scripture states it was , a vision of the Almighty (Numbers 24:16).
will see this in the question they asked of Herod:
Mat 2:1, 2:
The manifestation of the Shekinah Kabod to the Magi had no relationship to any with the zodiac (like Virgo), flocks of birds in flight, prognostication from bones, or any other kind of false wisdom.
Their knowledge of what to watch for came solely from the inspired texts written in Danial chapter 9, Bereshith/Genesis 49, and Bamidbar/Numbers 24. It did not have to be dark for them to see the star as it guided them.
The star was a the Shekinah - the dwelling-place of the Name of Yahuah.
Any light was as fire (AISH) in this period, as the tongues of fire that alighted on the heads of the first Natsarim, Acts 2. The Name indwelled them.
Another manifestation of the Name was the pillar of fire which guided and protected the children of Yisharal out of Mitsrayim, and it was also the “strong Arm” of Yahuah
Exo 23:20, 21:
The Magi were not the first to be guided by the Shekinah Kabod. At the
appearing of Yahusha when He re-gathers His bride to Himself, the whole world
will see the
sign of the Son of Adam. It will appear to be
It was never the “star of Bethlehem.”
That was simply where it led the Magi.
was the .
What Was The Star Of Bethlehem?
A caravan of Babylonian magicians from the east described a star that apparently
could only be seen by them, evidenced by their statement "we have seen His star
(from) the east." (Mt. 2).
When they arrive in Yerushalem and speak to Herod, they announce what they saw.
A normal reaction would be, "show us this star." Instead of looking for the
star, Herod sends for the scribes to learn where the Mashiak would be born so he
could kill Him!
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