From time immemorial, the ancient festival that we know of today as Christmas was celebrated by many different cultures all around the world. As time moved forward and as we see in our modern era, the celebration and exchanging of gifts have become the focal point of these yearly festivities for most people, but the original meaning at the true heart of this holy-day has been lost.
In Christianity, this day now represents the birth of Jesus Christ which is celebrated by billions of people around the globe as a religious and cultural festival. This date is based on biblical story of the Priesthood Magi learning of the birth of the Savior, Messiah and the King that we know by the given name of Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem under what is now known as the “Star of Bethlehem.”
In studying the various stories and or interpretations of Jesus’ birth, you will find the common theme that it was the Magi, aka the Priesthood who were also astrologers that they had learned of the birth of the Messiah by studying the prophecy of the stars in which the Star of Bethlehem was seen at his birth. Jesus also calls himself the “bright morning star” in Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
It is clear from the story that has been passed down to us that Jesus was not born under the sun or at the winter solstice. He was born under what was called the Star of Bethlehem. It is important that you also understand the Jesus was not only considered a Prophet, Priest, and Savior, he was also a King and in the Scripture, the bright Morning Star.
Let me first address the reference to Jesus with the Morning Star and Star of Bethlehem. In my next article, I will explain how this holy-day represent the birth of Kings (Holy Roman Emperors).
Many scholars state that the date the birth of Jesus as 8–2 BC. As you can see, this time frame differs hundreds of years between scholars and there is no agreement. A manuscript of a work by 12th-century Syrian bishop Jacob Bar-Salibi states, “It was a custom of the Pagans to celebrate on the same 25 December the birthday of the Sun, at which they kindled lights in token of festivity. In these solemnities and revelries the Christians also took part. Accordingly when the doctors of the Church perceived that the Christians had a leaning to this festival, they took counsel and resolved that the true Nativity should be solemnised on that day.”
Hence, the only agreement amongst scholars and theologians centers around the date of December 25 in which the planet Jupiter is the prominent planet that can be seen in the sky under various conjunctions depending on the year. For example, German astronomer Johannes Kepler determined in 1614 that a series of three conjunctions of the planets Jupiter and Saturn occurred in the year 7 BC which he linked to the Star of Bethlehem. In the 20th century, Prof. Karlis Kaufmanis, an astronomer, argued that this was an astronomical event where Jupiter and Saturn were in a triple conjunction in the constellation Pisces. Archaeologist and Assyriologist Simo Parpola has also suggested this explanation.(wikipedia)
This Bright Morning Star and Star of Bethlehem is actually the planet Jupiter (Latin: Iuppiter, Iūpiter).
Jupiter is the planet of wisdom, knowledge and good fortune that is also known anciently as the “second sun or the unconquered sun” and the King and Lord of the heavens and ruler of the lower world. In Egypt, he was known as Osiris. In Phoenicia, he was known as Adonai. The Israelites called him Yahweh and Jehova and the Ancient Greeks had named Jupiter Zeus. The Romans whose language is Latin, renamed the planet yēu-pəter ( Iuppiter, Iūpiter – Pater/Father or the nominative: *Dyēus-pətēr, meaning “O Father Sky-God”, or “O Father Day-God”) and this is where we get the modern English spelling of Jupiter.
Jupiter is the planet that appears like a bright morning star at the end of December and various times throughout the year. For example, during the month of December, Jupiter can be seen as the lord over the eastern half of sky before sunrise.
The planet Jupiter can be seen in much of the Western World from about 2.5 hours after midnight in early December and around one hour after the midnight hour by the month’s end. Jupiter can be seen in the East from 1:30 am to dawn on Thursday, December 22 when it meets up with the waning crescent moon for several days, and shines in front of the constellation of the Virgin, aka Virgo, near Virgo’s brightest star, Spica.
As you can see, the image above depicts a zodiacal cross and in the image below, we witness the halo of Jesus, seen in many paintings, has similarities to the zodiac cross. In the 5th century, Pope Leo I (the Great) spoke in several sermons on the Feast of the Nativity and said: “But this Nativity which is to be adored in heaven and on earth is suggested to us by no day more than this when, with the early light still shedding its rays on nature, there is borne in upon our senses the brightness of this wondrous mystery.”
Contrary to popular belief, Christmas is not about the transit of the sun or winter solstice as some people would like “to believe.” It is a time of year that we celebrate but the planet of light, wisdom, knowledge and good fortune that is also known anciently as the “second sun or the unconquered sun” that today we call Jupiter. The very planet on the as above that is also known as the King and Lord of the heavens, and is celebrated on the so below of Kings who in Scripture are known as Jesus, the Bright Morning Star and the Star of Bethlehem.
Christmas is about the annual transit of the planet Jupiter in late December into January which is one of the oldest celebrations on earth. Eventually the date of the 25 December would be chosen as the day for the celebration of the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, meaning “the birthday of the Unconquered Sun (Jupiter)”, and later it would signify the birth of the Roman King, who would be coronated by the priesthood to become the savior we know as Jesus in order to synchronize with the pagan festival and Christianize the pagans and or Jews (non-Christians).
Today this ancient festival is celebrated by the Christians as the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary in the New Testament (New Law) as a fulfillment of the Old Testament’s (Old Law) Messianic prophecy.