THEY WERE REALLY KINGS, NOT MAGI©
ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit
Accounts about the three kings are in Matthew 2:1-12, 16. From the Holy Bible, King James Version, here is the account:
Matthew 2:1-12, 16
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
2 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.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the start appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 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.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
The three men were interpreted to be magi but the Holy Spirit who we (plural) talk to, tape-recorded, says that they were really kings named Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar from three kingdoms east of Jerusalem, namely: Saba or Sheba (now Yemen), Arabia (now Saudi Arabia), and Persia (now Iran), respectively.
The star of Bethlehem appeared only when Jesus was born in the evening of May 23, 33 BC. When the kings saw the new star, they immediately set forth on their journey. They rode on dromedaries (Arabian camels) and were travelling fast. They did know each other but only met along the way as they neared Jerusalem while following the star.
When they arrived at Jerusalem, it was in the evening. The star disappeared. They passed by King Herod to give respect to him and invited him to join them in their search for the child. It was deafening to King Herod to hear from the three kings that a new king of the Jews was born, a competitor.
The three kings found Jesus on June 6, 33 BC, fourteen days or two weeks (not two years) after Jesus was born. King Melchor offered bitter myrrh “because He is true man who will save mankind from sins.” King Gaspar offered frankincense “because He is true God, merciful and savior to a praying person.” King Baltazar offered gold “because He is truly king, owner and holder of gold and this world.” (quotations from Pasiong Mahal pp. 23-25, I hope I have translated them properly.)
The Holy Bible that we are using now was not directly written by the disciples but by their descendants. These descendants compiled the notes of the disciples and came up with the stories. The descendants were not eyewitnesses to the crucifixion that is why there are inaccuracies in the accounts. Hence, the Holy Spirit is here with us now correcting these errors. He recommended that we use the King James Version because He said that it is nearer the truth.
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