Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 8, 2014

The return of the Magi

Not the Jedi.
The Magi were professional astronomers who came from the east to pay homage to the Messiah when he was under two years old. They had signs in the zodiac to guide them along with Daniel’s prophecy. Daniel said:
“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.” Daniel 9:24-26

The trouble was there were more than one decree to rebuild the temple. Nevertheless, with the help of signs in the zodiac, the Magi figured it out. But if they came when he was a toddler, wouldn’t they have returned when he was of age to rule? Why don’t we see the Magi show up again in the gospels? Maybe they did; we have no way of knowing. Maybe they died before then as Joseph did. Maybe the politics of that eastern country wouldn’t allow them to make the trip at that time?

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