Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Magoi and the Birth of Jesus Messiah


Re-Re-Re-Re-Re-Re-Post 24 December 2016, several years on from the Original Post date of 6 January 2010: The above image is an artistic rendering of the three Magoi (Magi). In fact, there had to have been quite an entourage who accompanied the Magoi, primarily because of the basic fact that no one makes a 1,000+ mile round trip journey across the desert east of the Jordan River, that between the Parthian Empire and Roman-occupied Israel west of the Jordan River without the supplies of a life-sustaining caravan and significant numbers of mounted cavalry for protection. The actual number of gentile visitors from the east was probably closer to 300 than just 3. It's also a minor miracle that the illegitimate Roman puppet King Herod did not think the appearance of this caravan from the east wasn't the advance guard of a Parthian invasion.

The importance of the whole story about the Magoi (Matthew 2:1-12) is quite likely unknown by most Christians. That's because we've not spent much time learning about it, even though it is Scripture, Old Testament (Numbers 24:14-25; Micah 5:2-5; Isaiah 60:2-6) and very specific prophetic Scripture at that.

Oh, we all know and have visualized one way or another the "We Three Kings" Christmas carol, and have seen Nativity scene imagery like the above for the sum of our lives, but that's not the half of it. There's more... so much more to the story.

The more I think about it, the more I am astounded by the fact that the gentile Magoi who came out of the Parthian (Persian) Empire and made this tremendous journey did so after fervently holding to the prophet Daniel's detailed prophecy (given by the angel Gabriel in Daniel 9:24-26) concerning the coming of the Messiah for over 600 years, and waited generation after generation for a very specific sign in the skies, and all the while knowing the precise number of days until the Messiah's birth because of the details given in the prophecy. They knew how to count Hebrew years, and exactly how many days each year had. They know precisely when to look for the star.

And then once that sign appeared and the number of days had elapsed they rounded up the multiple parts of a large caravan and the water and provisions for the entire group's survival, plus the gifts for the object of their 500+ year devotion for what had to be a round trip of something well in excess of 1,900 miles across barren desert, mountains, marshes, rivers and wadis.... I stand here approximately two millennia and two decades later in complete awe just thinking about it.

The caravan was quite probably a round trip from Seleucia to Jerusalem and back, on foot and by beast of burden, of GENTILE believers coming from the Magoi's descendants of Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian Empire, the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Empire, the Seleucid Empire to the Parthian Empire of the Roman Era.

That these GENTILES, these Magoi, had clung to and fervently believed in the exquisitely detailed God-breathed prophecy of Daniel concerning the coming birth of the Messiah for hundreds and hundreds of years, through all of the events, wars, and tumults that had occurred in this crossroads region of the known world, is without question the greatest account of the prophetic Word of God causing belief in the God of Israel among gentiles in history prior to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Having been in those same Middle Eastern deserts, such a specifically purposeful journey undertaken 2,000 years ago is mind-boggling to me. These gentiles from the regions and lands of Israel's captivity knew the details of, believed in and all the while eagerly awaited the birth of the Messiah. And the Jews, for the most part, due to their disobedience and the spiritual blindness and deafness placed upon them by the Covenant of Moab, besides the Covenant of Horeb, (Deuteronomy 29) knew nothing of His coming.

And here we are, knowing in detail that the days of time which are left until the advent of Daniel's 70th Week are all but palpable... just stand in awe and in praise of God my brothers and sisters, just stand in awe and praise to be a living part of all this.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

20 comments:

Great Grany 5 said...

What a wonderful narrative Sean and I really mean that.
It is hard to imagine such a vast group of gentiles making a journey to pay homage to a tiny infant but it was foretold in scripture.
But as I read your narrative, the passage from Eccl 1:9 "That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun" formed in my inner man. I wonder if that could be referring to the 2nd coming of the Messiah.
Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the great Shalom of Christ.
Grany

Drew said...

"Glory to God in th highest, and on Earth, Peace and Good Will to Men!"

Mery Christmas everyone, and may God richly bless each of you!

SeanOsborne said...

I guess it goes without saying that I think most of what we think we know about these things is rather infantile with respect to the so-called "big picture."

The 'Three Magi" story is so watered down from what must have actually occurred that it reads to me like a virtual "See spot run" narrative of Spiritually important real-world historical events.

I think the same is true of what mankind was and what he was capable of after the fall of Adam/Eve and during the whole of the antediluvian era world - up to the point of The Flood. The monoliths around planet Earth are hard evidence of what once was.

So yes, Ecclesiastes 1:9 can and should be taken literally, "That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun," at least until that point in the future when God creates a new Heaven and a new Earth.

Joey Bagadonuts said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,JESUS!

And to Sean and all the good people who come to this site...Merry Christmas and may God bless you all and keep you safe.

SeanOsborne said...

Hiya Joey! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours also!

Donald Dolmus said...

I really enjoyed and was greatly blessed by your article, Sean.

SeanOsborne said...

Donald,

¡Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo!

El Magoi

La imagen antedicha es una representación artística de los tres Magoi (unos de los reyes magos). De hecho, tuvo que haber habido absolutamente una comitiva que acompañó el Magoi, sobre todo debido a el hecho básico que nadie hace un viaje del viaje de ida y vuelta de la milla 1.000+ a través del desierto entre Mesopotamia e Israel a pie sin las fuentes de una caravana life-sustaining y los números significativos de caballería montada para la protección. El número real de visitantes gentiles del este estaba probablemente más cercano a 300 que apenas 3. It' el milagro de menor importancia del S.A. que el rey de marioneta romano ilegítimo Herod no pensó el aspecto en esta caravana era el protector anticipado de una fuerza de la invasión del imperio de Parthian.

La importancia del toda la historia sobre el Magoi es desconocido absolutamente probable de la mayoría de los cristianos. That' s porque we' VE no pasada mucha hora que aprende sobre él, aunque es escritura, escritura profética del viejo testamento en ésa.

Oh, todos sabemos y hemos visualizado de un modo u otro el " Nosotros tres Kings" El villancico de la Navidad, y ha considerado imágenes de la escena de la natividad como el antedicho para la suma de nuestras vidas, pero that' s no la mitad de ella. There' s más… tanto más a la historia.

Cuanto más que pienso en él, es asombrado más por el hecho de que el GENTIL Magoi que salió del imperio de Parthian e hizo este enorme viaje hizo tan después fervientemente de sostenerse al profeta Daniel' s detalló la profecía (9:24 de Daniel - 27) referente a venir de las Mesías por más de 600 años, y la generación esperada después de la generación para un muy específico firma adentro los cielos, y todo el rato sabiendo el número exacto de días hasta el Messiah' nacimiento de s.

para ser continuado…

SeanOsborne said...

Y entonces esa muestra apareció una vez y el número de días los tenía transcurrido redondeó encima de las partes múltiples de una caravana grande y del agua y de las provisiones para el group' entero; supervivencia de s, más los regalos para el objeto de su dedicación del año 500+ para qué tuvo que ser un viaje de ida y vuelta algo bien superior a 1.100 millas a través del desierto estéril…. Me coloco aquí en temor que piensa en él.

La caravana era absolutamente probablemente un viaje de ida y vuelta de Seleucia a Jerusalén y a la parte posterior, a pie y al lado de la bestia de la carga, de los creyentes GENTILES que venían del Magoi' descendientes de s de Nebuchadnezzar' imperio babilónico de s, el imperio persa, Alexander el Great' imperio de s, el imperio de Seleucid al imperio de Parthian de la era romana.

Que estos GENTILES, estos Magoi, se habían aferrado en y habían creído fervientemente en la profecía Dios-respirada exquisitamente detallada de Daniel referente al nacimiento que venía de las Mesías para los centenares y los centenares de años, con todos los acontecimientos, guerras, y tumultos que habían ocurrido en esta región de la encrucijada del mundo sabido, es indiscutible la cuenta más grande de la palabra de dios profética que causa creencia en dios de Israel entre gentiles en historia antes de la crucifixión, de la muerte y de la resurrección del señor Jesucristo.

Siendo en esos mismos desiertos medio-orientales, un viaje tan específicamente útil emprendido hace 2.000 años es sobresaltado a mí. Estos gentiles de las regiones y de las tierras de Israel' el cautiverio de s sabía los detalles de, creídos adentro y todo el rato aguardó con impaciencia el nacimiento de las Mesías. Y los judíos, en general, debido a su desobediencia y la ceguera y la sordera espirituales puestas sobre ellos por el convenio de Moab, además del convenio de Horeb, (Deuteronomy 29) no sabían nada de su venir.

Y aquí estamos, sabiendo detalladamente que los días de tiempo que se dejan hasta el advenimiento de Daniel' la 70.a semana de s es toda sino… apenas soporte palpable en temor y en la alabanza de dios mis hermanos y las hermanas, apenas se colocan en temor y alabanza para ser una parte viva de todo el esto.

SeanOsborne said...

Donald,

The above is a Yahoo! "Babel Fish" machine translation.

It likely reads horribly in Spanish, so by all means feel free to tidy it up as you see fit.

Great Grany 5 said...

I know the night is getting late but I just wanted to wish you a very merry Christmas Sean and to all of the others here. I don't think I have ever felt the excitement for this day as I have today. What is it all about? Have no idea but it is very strong and very blessed. May our Lord and Savior keep you all gathered close and safe until we all hear His Shout 'COME UP HERE'. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Kim said...

The fact that they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod and heeded that warning only goes on further to show the extent of the revelation they were able to receive from God and further obedience to God. These were truly amazing men! Not only were they able to receive revelation from God on how to find the baby but they also continued to receive revelation after they found the baby and they were very obedient. It's truly amazing! Few people really are warned in dreams, but they clearly were warned in a dream. This dream wasn't cloudy, it was very clear to them,clearly discernable much like the dreams Joseph, the husband of Mary, was receiving at this time.

SeanOsborne said...

Kim,

You have contributed the most excellent and educational comment to this topic that I can imagine.

In fact, I think your comment should become an integral part of the original post!

If that is okay with you then I will include it with a "hat tip" to "Kim" for reminding us of the incredible verse of Matthew 2:12, if not the entire chapter and it's multiple prophetic fulfillments!!!

Thank You!!!

jmoll106 said...

With such a host of faithful witnesses that have gone on before us, how much more should we be encouraged and found faithful as we participate in the final days before we here.."come up hither".
Even so come Lord Jesus.

Robert said...

GOD is too kind to be cruel, He is too wise to be wrong, and when you can't trace His hand, you can always trust His heart. Merry Christmas and may GOD bless you.

Sean Osborne said...

I made it a point this time to highlight Matthew 2:1-12 and expound a bit on what these three knew and how they knew it based upon the details of Daniel 9 in the prophecy from Gabriel, as welll as other OT Scriptures they undoubted learned from Israel in captivity 600 hundred years prior.

How this contrasts to the Jewish King Herod, a vassal potentate regent of the Roman Empire, and his entire royal staff - including the priests - who knew nothing of these Scriptures is a very important detail to understand. This is so true that a little over 30 years later, Jesus wept because the Jews (for the most part) were so unaware of the time of their promised Messianic visitation.

Luke 19:41-44 (NKJV) with emphasis added:

Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

When were these things that would make for their peace hidden from Israel's eyes?

Deuteronomy 29:4 (Moses speaking to all Israel gathered in Moab)

"Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day."

Also: Isaiah 29:10 as cited by Paul in Romans 11.

hartdawg said...

I often wonder if the sign of the son of Man in Matthew 24 will be similar in nature to the sign at his first advent. I personally think that there is so much we can learn about prophecy simply by looking at the events surrounding his first Advent

Sean Osborne said...

I agree hartdawg!!!

A second ring for you! It would have to be the same sign as the first advent lest it be unrecognized at the second advent.

"Watch therefore..."

Miriam said...

From Isaiah 9, with thanks to the Living God. Merry Christmas, brothers and sisters:

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

Randall B said...

Thanks for the great lesson, Sean!!

Daniel 9:24-26 gave them the precise number of days between the Decree of King Artaxerxes given to Nehemiah (to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem) until Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem through the Eastern (Golden) Gate on a donkey declaring Himself to be King (fulfilling Zech 9:9).

So Daniel 9 didn't predict the precise day of His birth but His Kingly entry into Jerusalem. Would you agree? Still a very good indicator as to when the needed to start looking for signs.

Blessings,

Sean Osborne said...

Randall,

Yes, exactly correct, Jesus' Kingly entry into Yerushalayim on Palm Sunday conclded both the prophesied 69 weeks of years AND marked the start of the undelineated 'last days' which will culminate with the final 70th Week.