Suzie, an Israeli Jew, was incensed that her two sisters converted to Christianity. So, to refute them, she read the New Testament, but was shocked to discover that all her life, she had been told lies about the Bible and about Jesus.
So she asked God for guidance, and she received it. She now is a Christian and movingly speaks of loving Jesus the Messiah.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
In John 10:7-10 and in John 14:6, Jesus made clear that He is “the gate” and “the way” to the Father:
“No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In so doing, Jesus made clear not only His divinity, but also drew a clear line of demarcation from Judaism — that the church He founded is the one true Church, whereas rabbis and leaders of other religions are false shepherds (“thief” and “robber”) who can only lead the people (“sheep”) astray.
As recounted in John 10:1-6, an astonishing passage in its boldness and implications:
Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
And this is precisely why although Jesus, in the words of 1 Peter 2:22, “committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth,” and although Pontius Pilate had found Jesus not guilty, the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders insisted that Jesus be put to death by the Romans’ most extreme form of execution, reserved only for the worst criminals (John 19: 6-7):
“Crucify him! Crucify him!
…because he called himself the Son of God.”
1 Peter 2:23-25
When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
During the recent trial of now-convicted Harvey Weinstein, 67, more than one of his victims testified that the former Hollywood producer-mogul had deformed genitalia — that he appeared to be an intersex hermophrodite with a vagina, a penis that required injections to maintain an erection, but no testicles.
Although this news is old, I only just discovered that another (((Khazar))) sex-abuser, the Arkancided Jeffrey Epstein, 66, also had a deformed penis.
Weinstein and Epstein were friends for years. Belows is a pic of the two rapists/sex abusers at the 2006 18th birthday bash of Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, at Windsor Castle, England. I don’t know why Epstein was wearing a U.S. Navy Seals uniform; he had never served in the military.
“Is it true, sir, that you have what’s been described as an egg-shaped penis?”
Epstein refused to answer, while his attorney objected to the question and threatened to immediately end (“adjourn”) the deposition.
Undeterred, the prosecutor repeated his question:
“Sir, according to the police department’s probable cause affidavit, one witness described your penis as oval-shaped, and claimed when erect, it was thick towards to bottom but was thin and small towards the head portion, and called it egg-shaped. Those are not my words, I apologize, but as Mr. [inaudible] has stated that a….”
At this point, Epstein snatched the clip-on microphone off his shirt and left the deposition.
In an account of the book, Brandy Zadrozny of the Daily Beast writes:
Epstein between the years 1998 and 2007 ran a kind of depraved pyramid scheme, paying young girls $200 (or more if they would “do more”) to give him sexual massages, and recruiting them to bring other young girls into the fold. These messages—which would occur up to three times a day, with different girls each time—were just a way to get high-school girls through the door, however. Once inside his room, a naked Epstein would grab them, masturbate, and sometimes penetrate them with his fingers, a vibrator, or his oddly-shaped penis, according to the girls.
Strangely, Epstein’s penis is the rare instance where the book is large on details. Lingering on his anatomy in several sections—calling it “egg-shaped,” “very tiny,” “some sort of birth defect,” “like a teardrop, like a drop of water … really fat at the bottom and skinny at the top where it’s attached. And it never gets fully hard, ever.”
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Now comes news that 78-year-old billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the 12th richest person in the world with a net worth of $64 billion, said elderly cancer patients should be denied treatment in order to cut health care costs.
LifeNews reports, Feb. 18, 2020, that in 2011 while visiting a grieving family whose brother had died after reportedly waiting 73 hours in an emergency room, then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said:
“All of these costs keep going up, nobody wants to pay any more money, and at the rate we’re going, health care is going to bankrupt us. We’ve got to sit here and say which things we’re going to do, and which things we’re not, nobody wants to do that. Y’know, if you show up with prostate cancer, you’re 95 years old, we should say, ‘Go and enjoy. Have a nice [inaudible]. Live a long life. There’s no cure, and we can’t do anything.’ If you’re a young person, we should do something about it. Society’s not ready to do that yet.”
Michael Bloomberg, 78, the 12th richest person in the world with a net worth of $64 billion, is spending $millions in his quest to be the Democrat Party’s 2020 presidential nominee.
But Bloomberg is an elitist who has only contempt for the “little people”. Here’s the damning evidence:
(1) Contempt for American farmers:
In 2018, there were 2,029,200 farms in the United States, with farmers numbering in the millions, making them a significant voting bloc. But America’s elites, who cluster in coastal, metropolitan regions and in IT jobs, have only contempt for America’s farmers who feed and nourish us.
Their contempt is epitomized in their portrayal of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) –who was a farmer before he became a Congressman, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and a master’s degree in agriculture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — as stupid and ignorant because he’s a farmer. Here are two examples (source: Victor Davis Hanson, The Case for Trump, p. 50):
MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan asked why Republicans invest confidence in Devin Nunes, “a former dairy farmer who…has no idea what’s going on.”
Roll Call‘s David Hawkings said: “The mismatch between his [Nunes’] backstory and his prominence [as then-House Intelligence Committee chairman] seems wholly incongruous and helps underscore the perception that Nunes is cavalierly playing at a very high-stakes game while in way over his head.”
Being the elitist that he is, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, too, portrayed farmers as stupid, lacking in “grey matter”. In a recently-surfaced 2016 video, Bloomberg said:
“The agrarian society lasted three thousand years, and we can teach processes. I can teach anybody…to be a farmer! It’s a process: you dig a hole, you put a seed in it, put dirt on top, add water, and out comes a corn. The information economy is fundamentally different, you have to a different skill-set, you have to have a lot more grey matter.”
In a 2011 PBS interview, then-NYC Mayor Bloomberg made remarks about blacks and Latinos which, if said by President Trump or a non-Democrat, would be trounced on as “Racist!” by the Left and their complicit media. Bloomberg said:
“Blacks and Latinos score terribly in school testing compared to whites and Asians. If you look at our jails, it’s predominantly minorities. Virtually all [perpetrators and victims of crime were minorities.] But, nevertheless, there’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males aged, let’s say, 16 to 25 that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know that the — what their skill sets are, don’t know how to behave in the workplace, where they have to work collaboratively and collectively.”
(3) Hypocrite Nanny Bloomberg:
When he was nanny-mayor of New York, Bloomberg sought to ban — among many, many other bans — the sale of soda drinks larger than 16 ounces.
But for Michael Bloomberg — so typical of elitists — it’s always “Do as I say, not as I do”.
Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, 81, is the former investment advisor and financier currently serving a 150-year federal prison sentence — the maximum allowed — for the largest Ponzi scheme in world history, and the largest financial fraud in U.S. history, totaling $64.8 billion.
U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin, who sentenced Madoff, said that Madoff had not been forthcoming about his crimes — “I have a sense Mr. Madoff has not done all that he could do or told all that he knows.” The judge called the fraud “extraordinarily evil”, “unprecedented”, “staggering” and “off the charts” since federal sentencing guidelines for fraud only go up to $400 million in losses.
Judge Chin said more than 100 victims had written letters to him. One letter from a widow said she went to see Madoff two weeks after the death of her husband, who had invested their life savings with Madoff. Putting his arm around the widow, Madoff said, “Your money is safe with me.” (Wall Street Journal)
In a new legal filing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 5, claiming that he is dying from kidney disease and has “less than 18 months to live,” Madoff is seeking an early release from prison on compassionate grounds so that he can die at home.
Dan Mangan reports for CNBC that Madoff told The Washington Post: “I’m terminally ill. There’s no cure for my type of disease. So, you know, I’ve served. I’ve served 11 years already, and, quite frankly, I’ve suffered through it.”
In the legal filing, Madoff’s lawyer Brandon Sample said that a prison term that was “just and proportionate at the time of sentencing may become disproportionately severe based on changed circumstances, such as terminal illness. This Court must now consider whether keeping Madoff incarcerated, in light of his terminal kidney failure and a life expectancy of less than 18 months, is truly in furtherance of statutory sentencing goals and our society’s value and understanding of compassion.”
His attorney Brandon Sample told CNBC: “Mr. Madoff has terminal kidney disease. The federal prison system acknowledges that he has only months left to live. The compassionate release statute is precisely for situations like Mr. Madoff’s. Mr. Madoff has been punished significantly for his crimes. He has been in prison for over 10 years and holds deep remorse for his conduct. He should be allowed to spend the few remaining moments he has on this earth with the people who — despite his mistakes — still love and care for him.”
Although the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says Madoff “meets the criteria for a reduction of sentence based on his end-stage renal disease,” the government has denied his request for compassionate release. However, he has been moved to palliative care in the Federal Medical Center prison in Butner, N.C.
Last July, Madoff asked President Trump to reduce his sentence.
To date, the Madoff Trustee has recovered more than $14.3 billion for Madoff’s victims, or more than 75 cents for ever dollar of claims filed by victims of the scam.
Among the lives ruined by Bernie Madoff were those of his two sons, who died in the years after Bernie pleaded guilty to 11 crimes. Mark Madoff killed himself in December 2010 on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest; the other son, Andrew, died in 2014 from cancer.
Peter Chavkin, a lawyer for Madoff’s wife, Ruth Madoff, declined to comment. As dif the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which prosecuted Madoff, and the Madoff Trustee, who is responsible for recovering funds for victims of his Ponzi scheme.
Should Bernie Madoff get a compassionate early release from prison?
Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
Luke 2:22, 25-38
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted –and you yourself a sword will pierce– so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
The above passage from Malachi 3 is only one of many foretellings of the coming of Jesus Christ in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), the textual source for the Christian Old Testament.
Some of the other foretellings are:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
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.
Psalm 22:1, 16, 18
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
they pierced my hands and my feet.
behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
All of which raises the question of why most Jews, then and now, refuse to believe that Jesus is Messiah, unlike, as Luke 2 recounted, Simeon and Anna the prophetess in the Temple who immediately recognized the child Jesus as Lord and Savior.
The Jewish Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David, but Jesus was not because Christians say he was the product of a virgin birth and therefore had no father, which would mean Jesus was not descended from David.
Jews don’t believe in miracles: “Even if the individual claiming personal revelation performs miracles [as Jesus did], there is still no verification that he is a genuine prophet. Miracles do not prove anything. All they show—assuming they are genuine—is that he has certain powers. It has nothing to do with his claim of prophecy. Judaism, unique among all of the world’s major religions, does not rely on ‘claims of miracles’ as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of ‘miracles’ to charlatans….”
They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prohpets
In his 1991 essay in First Things, “When Jews Are Christians,” David Novak, a Jew, explains that there are three types of Jewish converts to Christianity:
Fake converts: “Secret Jews” who converted to Christianity not out of a genuine belief, but for self-interested opportunistic reasons — to escape persecution (as during the Inquisition), or for social and/or economic gain.
Genuine converts: Jews who sincerely believe Christianity is the true faith, and no longer think of themselves as Jews.
Jewish Christians, aka Messianic Jews: Novak identifies this group as a new kind of Jewish converts to Christianity who believe in Christ but claim to be Jews and practice Judaism, insisting they are practicing the true Judaism. The State of Israel rejects these Jewish Christians or Messianic Jews as Jews. In 1989, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled against two Jewish Christians, Jerry and Shirley Beresford, who petitioned for Israeli citizenship as Jews under the Law of Return, which guarantees immediate Israeli citizenship to every Jew. The Court rejected their petition on the grounds that the Law of Return specifically precludes any Jew who has affiliated with another, non-Jewish, religious community, never mind the fact that the Law of Return is applied to Jewish atheists although atheism, arguably, is a form of religion.
Novak takes a different position than the Israeli Supreme Court. Claiming to speak for “normative Judaism,” Novak maintains Jewish Christians are still Jews because:
“Jewish status is defined by the divine election of Israel and his descendants. One does not become a Jew by one’s own volition. Even in the case of converts to Judaism . . . [a] gentile’s choice to become a Jew is a necessary but not sufficient condition of conversion . . . the convert’s choice is not sufficient to make him or her a Jew: it only makes one a candidate for conversion. The actual conversion itself is the act of an authoritative Jewish Tribunal who . . . [l]ike God . . . is under no compulsion to elect, which is to say convert, anyone. Since Jews are elected by God, there is absolutely nothing any Jew can do to remove himself or herself from the Covenant.”
All of that only works if the Jews of today are actually biological descendants of the ancient Hebrews with whom God had made His covenant. The problem is there is compelling DNA evidence that Ashkenazi Jews, who comprise 90% of the world’s (and U.S.) Jews, are biological descendants of the Khazars, an amalgam of Turkic clans that settled the Caucasus in the early centuries CE and converted to Judaism in the 8th century. See:
The Pentagon caved in to (((Mikey Weinstein))) of the atheistic Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) again.
Caleb Parke reports for Fox News, Dec. 3, 2019, that for the past 20 years, U.S. military members have been able to wear dog tags with Bible verses on them, giving them light and hope in some of their darkest times. For some Gold Star families, this is one of their most cherished possessions to remember their loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Founded by Kenny Vaughan in 1998, Shields of Strength is a Texas-based company that makes Christian jewelry, beginning with a dog-tag with a Bible scripture which Vaughan had made for himself. The company now makes dog-tags with Bible verses for military members and their family, as well as other Christian-theme jewelry and apparel.
After Fox News reported on Shields of Strength last July, Weinstein complained to the Department of Defense (DOD), demanding the DOD ban the Bible verses dog-tags. “Soon after,” each military branch pulled or threatened to pull the trademark licenses that had been issued to Kenny Vaughan from Shields of Strength.
Berry, a Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, told Fox News: “Just when I didn’t think Mikey Weinstein could stoop any lower, he pulled a stunt like that. He’d rather take it away from them just to raise his own publicity than support our service members … that’s pretty cowardly and that’s cruel.”
Vaughan said he’s seen soldiers, who have to leave their Bible behind, carry their Shields of Strength dog-tags with them; oftentimes, the soldiers would stand in line for hours just to get one: “The love of Jesus changed my life forever. It’s the most valuable thing I have to offer anyone is God’s Word. No one needs it more than a young man or woman fighting for our freedom and we’re going to fight for them.”
An acquaintance of mine who’s a Constitutional Law attorney, says:
“While I would absolutely oppose the military issuing such tags (even with a request from the servicemember) it is outrageous that servicemembers can’t voluntarily inscribe their own tags. From a legal point of view, if the military allows any inscriptions at all (like “I Love Mom”) then banning religious ones is content discrimination.That triggers strict (constitutional) scrutiny.”
Prayer in School
Meanwhile, on January 16, 2020, President Trump followed through on his promise to the Evangelicals for Trump rally in Miami on January 3 to “safeguard students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools” through a directive from the Department of Education.
As reportedby the AP and Christianity Today, the Department of Education issued a guidance on school prayer, the first updated guidance since 2003. The directive orders states to verify that school districts have no policies limiting constitutionally protected prayer, refer violators to the Education Department, and provide ways for making complaints against schools.
From the Department of Education’s press releaseof January 16, 2020:
[F]or the first time since 2003, the Department will …issue today updated guidance on constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary and secondary schools. The Department is required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to update this guidance every two years. The guidance explains the ESEA’s requirement that states report which local educational agencies have not certified that they do not have any policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer. The ESEA also requires states to report complaints against a local educational agency that allegedly denies a person, including a student or employee, the right to engage in constitutionally protected prayer. The guidance clarifies that the ESEA requires states to provide a clear process for students, parents, and teachers to report violations of their right to pray. Under the ESEA, states must fulfill these reporting requirements by November 1 of each year.
Christianity Today reminds us that public schools have been barred from leading students in classroom prayer since 1962, when the Supreme Court said it violated a First Amendment clause forbidding the establishment of a government religion. Later decisions extended the ban to school graduation ceremonies and, under certain circumstances, school athletic games.
Civil liberties groups say the firewall protects religious minorities and ensures fair treatment of all faiths. But many Christians say courts and schools have pushed too far against the right to free religious expression. Surveys find that Americans remain largely in favor of prayer in public schools:
According to General Social Survey data analyzed by political scientist Ryan Burge, just 20–35% of Christians support a ban against requiring reading the Lord’s Prayer or the Bible in public schools, and the religiously unaffiliated are evenly divided on the question.
A 2019 Pew Research Center survey found 41% of teens in public schools, including 68% of evangelicals, said they view teacher-led prayer in class as appropriate. A majority of teens in general (82%) and evangelical teens (64%) say there are no religious support or prayer groups that meet in their school.
South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem, 48, is also fighting back against the Left’s tyranny.
In March 2019, Noem signed a law requiring every public school throughout the state to display an “In God We Trust” sign on their premises beginning in the fall semester. The law went into effect last July. (H/t Tom Wigand)
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On January 3, at the direction of President Trump, missiles shot from American drones assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq.
Soleimani was a major general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and commander of its Quds Force, a division primarily responsible for military and clandestine operations outside of Iran. He was described by an ex-CIA operative as “the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today” and the principal military strategist and tactician in Iran’s effort to combat Western influence and promote the expansion of Shiite and Iranian influence throughout the Middle East.
The air attack that killed Soleimani and four members of Iraqi militias followed attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on December 31, 2019, by supporters of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia.
The U.S. Defense Department said Soleimani had approved the attacks on the American embassy and was planning further attacks on American diplomats and military personnel. Trump justified the assassination on the grounds that Soleimani posed an “imminent threat” to American lives. But the assassination was not approved by Congress, nor did it have the consent of the Iraqi government, leading to controversy regarding the legality of killing an Iranian military leader over Iraqi airspace.
It is not just Democrats and Hollyweirdos who are in an uproar over President Trump’s greenlighting of the drone assassination. Shockingly, Jim Fetzer has joined the anti-Trumpers, convinced that the Soleimani assassination signifies Trump’s caving in to Israel.
Note: James Fetzer is a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and the author and editor of countless volumes on conspiracies and false flags, including the banned-by-Amazon.com Nobody Died at Sandy Hook: It Was a FEMA Drill to Promote Gun Control, which is available free in PDF format.
After having tolerated his previous pro-Israel moves–the Embassy to Jerusalem, Golan Heights to Israel, defunding the UN Palestinian-refugee effort and the expanded definition of “anti-Semitism”–this for me is the last straw. I can no longer support this Netanyahu-stooge for President of the United States.I am going to have to find a more suitable candidate, which will be tough sledding. But I am fed up with the Trump disaster.
I am distraught. He [Trump] appears to have gone stark raving mad.
Actually, I believe he has virtually destroyed his prospects for reelection at a single blow. He was supposed to get us out of these wars in the Middle East, not start new ones. And now the Democrats have a bona fide reason to impeach him, which even I would support. I can no longer stand with this gullible sap who should have known better. He allowed himself to be played by [Israeli Prime Minister] Bibi [Netanyahu]. I would rather have a real American president than an Israeli stooge. I can no longer endorse him. Bernie [Sanders], ironically, may be our best bet, especially were he to run with Tulsi, where their foreign policies are virtually indistinguishable and she strengthens him in ways no other running mate could. A stunning 2020 reversal.
Latest reports are that Trump’s poll numbers are UP. I am dismayed but the American people are extremely ignorant of history, even relatively recent history. This is more than embarrassing. I can no longer support him.
In other words, Fetzer no longer supports Trump because he believes Trump is an Israeli stooge. Instead, Fetzer declares his endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the presidency — a socialist Jew who volunteered in an Israeli kibbutz for several months when he was 22, supports gun control, and who will collapse the U.S. economy with his multitrillion-dollars Medicare-for-all and the climate-change Green New Deal.
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When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
The Oxford Dictionaries defines “ephiphany” (with a small “e”) as “a moment of sudden revelation or insight” and “a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being”. The word “Epiphany” (with a capital “E”) refers to “the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi”.
Today is the great feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the Magi — an event that had been foretold in Isaiah 60:1-6 some 800 years before the birth of Christ.
Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you…. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you…. Then…the wealth of nations shall be brought to you. Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; all from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord.
The Magiwere wise men — non-Hebrew pagans from the East. Bearing gifts fit for a king — those of gold, frankincense, and myrrh — their coming to Jerusalem to pay homage to “the king of the Jews” shows that they seek in the messianic light of the Christmas star, the one who will be king of all nations.
It is noteworthy that the first creatures to see the newborn Jesus were his human parents, Mary and Joseph; angels on high; humble farm animals; lowly shepherds; and Gentiles — the Magi.
The Epiphany, therefore, signifies the manifestation of Jesus as Son of God and Savior of the world— not just the Old Testament‘s oft-prophesied messiah of the Jews. God is not a tribal deity, exclusive to only the so-called “chosen people”. Jesus the Christ came for Jews and Gentiles. He came for all of us, no matter our race, gender, language, country, or creed.
AsSt. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians 3:6:
[T]he Gentiles are coheirs,
members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise
in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Noteworthy also is the fact that the Magi, as the first Gentiles to find Jesus, were also the first Gentiles to receive His salvific grace. As recounted in Matthew 2:12:
And having been warned in a dream
not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country
by another way.
By the way, astronomers, using software programs reproducing the night sky exactly as it was thousands of years ago, have determined there really was a Christmas Staror Star of Bethlehem. David Reneke, news editor of Australia’s Sky and Space Magazine, said: “We found out something startling. It looks like the ‘Christmas star’ really did exist.”
It’s generally accepted by most researchers that Christ was born between 3 BC and 1 AD. On 12 August, 3 BC, Jupiter and Venus appeared very close together just before sunrise, appearing as bright morning stars. It would have been visible in the eastern dawn sky of the Middle East from about 3:45 to 5:20 a.m.
But it didn’t stop there. The crowning touch came ten months later, on 17 June 2 BC, Venus and Jupiter joined up again in the constellation Leo. This time the two planets were so close that, without the use of our modern optical aids, they would have looked like one single, brilliant star.
Venus is known as the planet of love; Jupiter as the planet of kings; and Leo denotes royalty and power.
See these other cases of science confirming Biblical accounts: