One of the most amazing things I’ve ever been involved with was researching and finding the Christmas star.
I’d often thought about the Christmas star during my growing years. Like everyone else, I thought it might have been an exploding star or comet. During my college and university classes in Astronomy and the Earth Sciences, I learned evidence is left behind from an exploding star or comet. There was NO evidence present dating to that time in history. Consequently, those theories were ruled out.
So what was it? What was the Christmas star? Did it really exist? How could one star not only announce the birth of the greatest God in the universe but also give the birth location? With the universe at His disposal, why would just one star be used by God to announce the birth of Jesus Christ? These were questions I pondered.
When I began teaching science, I corresponded regularly with the NASA education offices for information. With the rapid developments in the space age, I wanted my students to be on top of the data. It was exciting for them to learn immediately what was happening in space. Consequently, I was always requesting free fact sheets, posters, pictures, and information about astronomy. I requested NASA education personnel to never toss anything outdated, but to send it to me for historical files.
Imagine my surprise to receive several NASA astronomy computer disks in the mail. All together they held over 60-astronomy programs that I used with my students who were in awe of the materials available to them. As we surveyed the skies with the information available in the programs, I wondered whether they could determine the cause of the Christmas star event.
Using these astronomy computer programs, I took several years to survey the ancient skies to find a significant celestial event that occurred exactly over Bethlehem of Judea. The event had to correspond with the symbols and symbolism and the resulting interpretations used by ancient astronomers living over 2,000-years ago. The interpretations these sky watchers would have made from their symbolism I learned by using Biblical passages, historical records, illustrations on ancient monuments, coins and legal seals dating back 3,000 or more years. Almost 100-references are listed in the paperback book describing the results of my research, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery.
I discovered the actual Christmas star was just the geographical marker for the birth of Jesus Christ. This star was the position beacon giving the wisemen the location of the new God’s birth. The phenomenal discoveries I made were the celestial messages declaring the importance of this God just prior to His birth. Had I not known the ancient symbols and symbolism, I would not have realized these messages occurred. It was then I knew why the wisemen followed the beacon star marking the position of the birthplace. It was finally logical to my scientific mind.
The celestial birth announcements for Jesus Christ were made at a time when the astronomers of the many lands studied astronomy and interpreted the motions of the heavens during their daily predawn and dawn observations. Astronomers of many lands believed the positioning of the stars influenced all that happened on Earth.
Knowing the objects in the heavens moved in mathematically precise patterns over generations, they could map and predict the star motions years in advance. The ancient astronomers did not know their “wandering stars” moving across the field of permanent stars are what we now call planets. It was one of these “wandering stars” that created the famous Christmas star in 4 A.D.
When the ancient astronomers discovered the announcements of this new and powerful God, the rulers and their astronomy priests had years to plan the sea and overland travel to the site of the birth. The emissaries have been called astrologers, astronomers, cosmologists, emperors, kings, magi, magicians, priests, rulers, and wisemen. Whatever they were called, their journeys to pay homage to this new God were not impromptu. The journeys of several emissaries and their gifts are documented in the Bible. We don’t know how many others there may have been.
Yes, there was a Christmas star event, and it was exciting!
The explanation of the Christmas star and the events surrounding it are documented in the paperback book, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery. This book is available through Amazon.com and other booksellers for $12.99.
Irene Baron began her writing career as an Information Specialist with Battelle Memorial Institute under contract to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Supreme Command Center, Research & Development Center-Thailand. With this organization she authored the Geology and Hydrology sections of the classified Mekong River Project book. Under the World Engineers Joint Council in she studied Coordinate Indexing, Procedural Steps, Information Systems, Syntactical Problems, Information Retrieval, Thesauri, Relationships of Knowledge, Information Data, etc. Awarded National Science Foundation fellowships at Texas A&M University, Portland State University, and the University of Missouri graduate schools she studied Geology, Minerals, Volcanology, Oceanography, and Meteorology. Her degrees include Hiram College, BA and Ohio University, MA. Ms. Baron has presented workshops for the Science Education Council of Ohio, Ohio Earth Science Teachers Association, state and regional organizations. Learn more about Irene http://www.irenebaron.com