Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.(Matthew 2:1-2) KJV
As far-fetched as it may seem that the angelic host visited Bethlehem on the night of Jesus birth riding on a section of the brightly shining crystalline firmament, we shouldn’t be surprised.
This has been hiding in plain sight, as what people have assumed was poetry, since the time of the Psalmist. We’re considering the possibility that a section of the firmament is a platform which God and his agents have used to travel from heaven to Earth and back.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
The last physical phenomena of world-wide, or at least region-wide, significance in the recent epoch is the most famous one of all, the star of Bethlehem. The context in which we find it has a direct connection to our doctrine of the firmament. We consider the construction of the firmament in considerable detail on April 2nd. We discussed the physical reality of what this star was, in terms of the doctrine we built of the firmament, on April 3rd. We’re reviewing the material today because it’s one of the most famous astronomical phenomenon in the recent epoch.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.(Matthew 2:9-10) KJV
The most outstanding example of this phenomenon is the Star of Bethlehem. Wise men traveled from afar as they tracked the progress of this star. What they saw was a section of firmament descending vertically from the heaven to the Earth. It appeared to be moving and growing brighter, but it was in fact tracking in a straight line from heaven to Earth. The phenomenon of a star increasing in brightness as it approached the Earth was visible to everyone, not just some wise men astrologers. Consider the shepherds in the fields and let’s look at the narrative that surrounds them:
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.(Luke 2:8-15) KJV
We have some first hand eye-witness accounts of a unique phenomenon. Could not this be a description of a section of firmament coming down to Earth with a host of angels on board? Surely, the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords was the greatest event in history so far, and the entire heavenly host wished to be present.
|1||The Star of Bethlehem||Matthew 2:9-10|
|2||The Three Heavens||2 Corinthians 12:2|
|3||The Brightness of the Firmament||Daniel 12:3|
|4||A Paved Work of Sapphire Stone||Exodus 24:9-10|
|5||Foundations of Sapphires||Isaiah 54:11-12|
|6||Riding the Heavens||Psalms 68:4, 33|