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The Truth Behind the Wise Men and the Star

Updated on January 1, 2016

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a town called Judea, astrologers from the eastern part saw a star, and they studied it very carefully. And after that, they came to a conclusion that a king of the Jews has been born. They were very happy, and they started their big journey from the eastern part all the way to Jerusalem. (Mat 2:1-3)

Why Jerusalem?

It was Satan’s plan; he wanted them to go to Jerusalem so that Herod the king can be aware that a new king of the Jews Who does not belong in his family has been born. But both the wise men and Herod didn’t know what was written in the scriptures and that it would occur in Bethlehem

So what happened?

Herod called the priests, and they said to him that the birth was to happen in Bethlehem, town called Judea .when Herod heard this he secretly summoned the astrologers, go out and make a careful search. When find him, report back to me so that I may also go and do obeisance to him.(matt 2:6-7).

When the wise men were on their way out of Jerusalem to Bethlehem, look the star they saw when they were in east part, went ahead of them and guided them straight to Bethlehem. And it came to a stop at the house of Joseph. They were very happy when they found the boy they rejoiced very much and represented their gifts. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Many religions believe that the wise men or the astrologers were three in number, because of the gifts they represented. But they could have been more, it’s very difficult to know how many people are there by counting the gifts they represent. Right? The Bible does not say how many they were in number. But did they return to Herod because they found the boy?

No they never returned to Jerusalem later that night in a dream they were warned not to go back to Herod, and they looked for another way back to the east. And also Joseph had a similar dream he was told by God’s angel to leave Bethlehem and go to Egypt, and that’s where he went with his family.

What could have happened if the wise men reported back to Herod?

Herod would have loved for them to report back to him so that the wise men can take him there. He said he wanted to do obeisance to the boy, but his plan was to go and kill it. What was his reaction when he knew the wise men were not coming back? He estimated the time when they left Jerusalem he did the math and saw it was around 2years, so he ordered the murder of all boys aged two years and below.

Whose plan was it to kill Jesus?

Note that this was a plan by Satan to kill Jesus when he is still a boy, he couldn’t have taught about the good news, and no one could have ever known he existed. So he created this artificial star, first he made it known to the wise men, that it represented a new king of the Jews. Then go and tell Herod, after you have found the baby report back to him and take him with you and he kill the baby. But God knew what Satan had planned. So he warned the wise men not to return to Herod and asked Joseph to leave Jerusalem to Egypt and Satan failed.


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    • GetFactsnotHype profile image


      2 years ago

      @jeremymwas - right now you get it. Wisemen were NOT at the birth, yes that is what I was saying. And as far as the "3" wisemen, - my article covers that as well as does yours. We only know wisemen (plural) not wiseman (singular) and there were at least 2 but nothing in the Bible says there were 3, because it may have been 2 only, or even 4 or more, and the Bible does not say how many. That is also another point and yes that is true also.

    • jeremymwas profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Nairobi

      aaw i get it thanks they were not there at the time because they didn't find Christ as a infant

    • GetFactsnotHype profile image


      2 years ago

      I saw you and your page referred to in another hubpages article in the comments section, so I decided to check it out. You left a comment on that other persons hub page about the 3 wisemen not being at Christ's birth, and I agree, that is true. See my hub page "Bible Myths: Christ in Christmas".


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