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They were really kings, not magi

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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The Holy Spirit revealed the birth of Jesus on May 23

THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALED THE BIRTH OF JESUS ON MAY 23

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo

I would like to share with you about the Nativity of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit revealed to us (plural) that Jesus was born on May 23. No year. Just the date May 23. I first heard the date in 1983 from older listeners, and confirmed by the Holy Spirit Himself. You may hear Him announced the date in http://aristean.org/a04a-pah1.mp3 entitled “May 5 at May 23 na mga kapanganakan” (“May 5 and May 23 births”).

In 2004, a little more than 20 years since I first heard the date, I embarked on a study to check if there is any ring of truth in the revelation. In 2006, I finished my study and uploaded the results on the Internet in http://aristean.org/birthmay23.htm. I found the date to be true and correct.

The following are the notable findings of the study including the revelations of the Holy Spirit and exposition from the ”Awit at salaysay ng Pasiong Mahal” or “The Holy Passion” :

1. Jesus Christ was not born on December 25 but on May 23.
2. Jesus was not born in winter but in spring.
3. Jesus was not born in 1 BC but in 33 BC.
4. The lunar eclipse that Josephus mentioned in Antiquities, Book XVII, Chapter 6, Section 4; and Wars, Book 1, Chapter 33, Section 4 happened on March 29, 33 BC, equivalent to Nisan 15, 3728.
5. It took Joseph and Mary four days to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, some eight km south of Jerusalem.
6. When they arrived in Bethlehem, no one took them in because they were poor even though Mary was in her final stage of pregnancy.
7. Jesus was born in a cave used as shed for farm animals in Bethlehem past midnight.
8. The bright star shone when Jesus was born that called the attention of the three kings who hurriedly followed it.
9. Since there was abundant grass on the field, the cave was empty of animals. The farm animals were being pastured out and looked after by their shepherds.
10. As devout Jewish parents, they had him circumcised and named Jesus on his eighth day, May 30, 33 BC.
11. The three kings were really kings from three kingdoms in the east of Jerusalem, namely, Persia, Arabia and Saba (maybe Sheba). Their names are Melchor, Gaspar at Balthazar.
12. The three kings just met on the way to Jerusalem.
13. They dropped in at King Herod’s palace in Jerusalem to give respect to him and invite him in searching for the newborn King of the Jews. King Herod declined the invitation but asked the three kings to report back to him when they find him so that he, too, can worship Him.
14. The three kings arrived June 6, 33 BC at the place where Jesus was, fourteen days after He was born. They knelt down and laid down their scepters and crowns at the feet of Jesus.
15. King Balthazar gave gold because Jesus is truly king and owner and holder of gold and the whole world. King Gaspar gave frankincense because Jesus is really merciful God and Savior to those who pray. King Melchor gave bitter myrrh because He will truly save mankind from sins.
16. In their sleep, the angel of the Lord told the three kings not to see King Herod anymore and take a different route on their way home.
17. The Holy Family stayed in Bethlehem until Mary’s purification rite and Jesus’ presentation in the temple at Jerusalem on the 41st day. This happened on July 3, 33 BC. After the rites, they headed for home to Nazareth. During their first night of travel, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph who told him to take refuge in Egypt. That night was their plight to Egypt.
18. King Herod ordered the arrest of the three kings or bring over the Christ child on July 4, 33 BC. Failing to find the three kings or Jesus, King Herod ordered his soldiers on July 5, 33 BC to slaughter the innocent children from newly born to three years of age.
19. King Herod died on July 13, 33 BC or Av 2, 3728.
20. The Passover Festival was held from July 25 to August 1, 33 BC or Av 14-21, 3728.

There may be slight differences in the accounts in the Holy Bible and this account. Remember that there was no Bible before. It was the descendants of the disciples who compiled the accounts of the disciples to make the story. The revelations herewith came from the Holy Spirit Himself or supplemented by accounts in the “Holy Passion”.

Although the Bible does not tell us to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it does not tell us not to either. We have to rejoice in His birth because the promised Messiah in the Old Testament has been born to save mankind from sin.

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Hanukkah – The Feast of the Dedication?

HANUKKAH – THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION?©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo

Hanukkah or Chanukah or the Festival of Light or the “Feast of Dedication” commemorates the Maccabean victories but focuses of the relighting of the Temple Eternal Light.  It is observed for eight days beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month of Kislev.  Is Kislev a winter month?  Kislev is an autumn month together with Tishri and Heshvan, isn’t it?  Why is it celebrated on the 25th?  Is it because Kislev 25 occurs in about December?  To be celebrated like the Christians’ Christmas on December 25?  Was this a ploy of the Jews to minimize if not prevent conversion from Judaism to Christianity?  There were Jews who had converted and embraced Christianity.  So holding such celebration could be similar to the Christian’s appropriation of the Pagan’s festivity of Saturnalia during the winter solstice and renaming the festival as Christmas. 

What is emphasized on the celebration of Hanukkah?  Is the focus on the dedication of the Temple or the relighting of the Temple Eternal Light?  Could the Jews celebrate the “feast of the dedication” even though there is no more Temple to commemorate?  Wasn’t the Temple been destroyed and replaced by another on Mount  Moriah?

The Jewish feast of the dedication was first held when the temple that king Solomon built was dedicated.  It happened on the 15th day of the month of Ethanim, the seventh month.  1 Kings 8:2 states: “And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.”  2 Chronicle 5:3 reaffirms this, to wit: “Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.”  The rest of the chapter and chapters 6 and 7 were details of the event.

The autumn months are Tishri, Heshvan and Kislev.  The winter months are Tevet, Shevat, Adar and Adar Sheni.

The feast of the dedication used to be celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar.  During the time of Jesus, it occurred on:

Adar 15, 3757 = March 11, 4 BC
Adar 15, 3758 = March 1, 3 BC
Adar 15, 3759 = February 19, 2 BC
Shevat 15, 3760 = February 8, 1 BC

The Jewish months of Shevat and Adar are winter months, so is the Gregorian month of February.

John 10:22-23 state: “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.  And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.”  So the feast occurred in winter.  Not on the seventh month of Tishri in the lunisolar calendar but in a winter month.  This must have occurred on February 8, 1 BC or Shevat  15, 3760, or February 19, 2 BC or Adar 15, 3759.  Aren’t these dates in winter?

As I have been asserting, the Jews were using two kinds of calendars during the time of Jesus: a lunisolar calendar for civil usage that starts in the month of Tishri and a purely lunar calendar for the Passover Festival (Pesach), the feast of the dedication, and New Moon Festival with twelve months only in a lunar year and numbered 1 to 12.  The first day of the lunar year in the religious calendar during those times occurred on:

Elul 1, 3756 = September 1, 5 BC
Elul 1, 3757 = August 21, 4 BC
Elul 1, 3758 = August 10, 3 BC
Av 1, 3759 = July 31, 2 BC
Av 1, 3760 = July 19, 1 BC

Hillel II a.k.a. Hillel ben Yehudah reformed the Hebrew calendar in 358/359 AD to its form today.  He incorporated those festivities in the lunar calendar into the lunisolar calendar.  The wandering Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were fixed on Nisan 14-21.  The Feast of the Dedication was changed to Hanukkah and celebrated on Kislev 25.  The New Moon Festival (Rosh Hodesh) held every month became a minor festival.  Why?  Because, the Jews, especially in the Diaspora, were mainly using the Julian solar calendar instead of the Hebrew lunar and lunisolar calendars.  Aren’t these logically correct?

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THREE HOLIDAYS PER YEAR TO CHOOSE FROM

 

By Aristeo Canlas Fernando
Peace Crusader and Echo

 

 

How would you like to have three holidays per year totaling 29 calendars days using only ten days of your annual leave?  You may take one, two, or all three holidays.

 

This is possible in the Aristean calendar as shown in the schedules below:

 

1.  You may take your first holiday during the ten-day New Year Holiday (or World Peace Holiday) from December 29, Saturday, to January 7, Sunday, using only four annual leave days.

 

NEW YEAR HOLIDAY (WORLD PEACE HOLIDAY)

(10 calendar days including 4 working days)

 

December 29, Saturday – Weekend

December 30, Sunday – Weekend

December 31, World Peace Day – Public Holiday

January 1, Monday – New Year’s Day – Public Holiday

January 2, Tuesday

January 3, Wednesday

January 4, Thursday

January 5, Friday

January 6, Saturday – Weekend

January 7, Sunday – Weekend

 

2.  More than four months later, you may have your second holiday during the Christmas holiday using only three annual leave days.  This nine-day Christmas holiday is from Saturday, May 17, to Sunday, May 25.

 

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

(9 calendar days including 3 working days)

 

May 17, Saturday – Weekend

May 18, Sunday – Weekend

May 19, Monday

May 20, Tuesday

May 21, Wednesday

May 22, Thursday – Christmas Eve – Public Holiday

May 23, Friday – Christmas Day – Public Holiday

May 24, Saturday – Weekend

May 25, Sunday – Weekend

 

3.  And three months later comes the Resurrection holiday.  You may avail of this third holiday using only three annual leave days.  The holiday is from Saturday, August 10 to Monday, August 19. 

 

RESURRECTION HOLIDAY

(10 calendar days including 3 working days)

 

August 10, Saturday – Weekend

August 11, Sunday – Weekend

August 12, Monday

August 13, Tuesday

August 14, Wednesday

August 15, Thursday – Crucifixion Day – Public Holiday

August 16, Friday – Burial Day – Public Holiday

August 17, Saturday – Weekend (actual crucifixion date of Jesus)

August 18, Sunday – Weekend

August 19, Monday – Resurrection Day – Public Holiday

 

(Note:  Jesus rose from the dead [resurrected] after being buried for three days and three nights in a tomb on the present Sunday evening but which already is Monday evening in the Aristean Decimal Time wherein the day starts at 6 pm.)

 

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Peace119 – Do you think Jesus was born on December 25?

Most Christians in the western world celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25 called Christmas Day.  The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrate His birth on January 7 for they still use the Julian Calendar.

 

As the story goes, Jesus was born in Bethlehem located just south of Jerusalem.  The account of Luke (Chapter 2) says that there were some shepherds who were spending the night in the fields, keeping watch of their flocks, when an angel appeared to them.  The angel announced to them the birth of Christ the Lord in David’s town (Bethlehem) which they found to be true.

 

We know that December in Israel is cold and wintry.  There may not even be grass in the field for the flocks to feed on.  Is it likely that shepherds would be in the fields at night at this time of the year just to look after their flocks? 

 

If you think that Jesus was not born on December 25, when could He possibly have been born?