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THREE KINGS DAY

DESCREPANCY OF TIME IN THE THREE KINGS STORY? - By S.N.Strutt  - 06/01/2020

Did the three Kings visit Jesus when he was just born, or as some accounts say, when he was a young child? What do the scriptures actually say?

According to tradition, the visit of the THREE KINGS happened when Jesus was a young child of perhaps 4 years old, and that is how most STORIES place the arrival of the Three Kings.

In looking at all four Gospels, it is only the Gospel of Matthew who even mentions this amazing Story of the THREE KINGS.

If one reads the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 2, it would seem to indicate that the Three Kings first visited king Herod and the Pharisees in Jerusalem, who told them that according to the prophecy given by Micah the prophet in 5.2 in the Old Testament in around 710 BCE, that Christ the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.

MICAH.5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

If one looks at a map of Israel of 2000 years ago, you will notice that Bethlehem is only around 20 miles from Jerusalem.

According to Matthew’s Gospel the three Kings continued following the Star until it rested above where the young child was.

It would not have taken the three kings  more than a week from the time of visiting Herod until the star came and rested over the MANGER, where Jesus was born.

Why do so many seem to think that the three Kings DELAYED their coming to see baby Jesus?

Not according to Matthew’s Gospel - as it stated that God warned the Three Wisemen/kings to not return to Herod as he would seek to kill the ‘young child’. Couldn’t ‘Young child’ could also mean a baby?

Joseph was also warned to leave Bethlehem shortly after the visit of the three Kings and go into Egypt with Mary and baby Jesus.

Another fact is that when Jesus returned to Israel his parents came to live in Nazareth and not Bethlehem.

All that being said, the Sunday School version of events where we see first the 3 shepherds and then the 3 Kings coming to visit baby Jesus in children’s plays of the Nativity is much more likely to be correct and that certainly God’s Star to Bethlehem was in no wise delayed, as some would have you believe.

I believe that probably the Bright Star that the three Kings followed was probably an ANGEL.

In the scriptures Angels are often represented by stars.

Here are the words to a cute song about the occasion called 'Following A Star':

'Following a star we have come from afar

In the East we have seen His Sign

Heavens reveal that in israel,

A great King has been born.'

(Composed by Paul Michael - 1975)

TODAY - THE 6TH OF JANUARY IS THREE KINGS DAY

THE THREE KINGS DAY CELEBRATIONS

INTRODUCTION: My own personal family has celebrated the THREE KINGS DAY for many years, and I thought it might be a good idea to explain what the ‘THREE KINGS’ CELEBRATION is all about.

- By S.N.Strutt - 03/01/20

THE THREE KINGS CELEBRATIONS is also known as ‘Epiphany’,
and is an ancient  festival celebrating the Magi’s (THE 3 WISEMEN) visit to Jesus as a young child. (Matthew 2.1-12)..

Epiphany is also called “Three Kings’ Day” and “Twelfth Day”—the latter name because January 6 is twelve days after Christmas.

In general it is celebrated on the first Sunday that falls on or around this date of the 6th January.

The word Epiphany means “manifestation” or “revelation.” Thus, the holiday celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi

SOURCE: https://www.gotquestions.org/three-kings-day-epiphany.html

Editor: Steve: Here are the exact scriptures given concerning the EVENT OF THE THREE KINGS:

MAT.2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

MAT.2:2 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.

MAT.2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

MAT.2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

MAT.2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

MAT.2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

MAT.2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

MAT.2:8 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.

MAT.2:9 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.

MAT.2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

MAT.2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

MAT.2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

MORE ABOUT THE THREE WISEMEN

The three wise men, also known as magi, were men belonging to various educated classes. Our English word magician comes from this same root. But these wise men were not magicians in the modern sense of sleight-of-hand performers. They were of noble birth, educated, wealthy, and influential. They were philosophers, the counsellors of rulers, learned in all the wisdom of the ancient East. The wise men who came seeking the Christ child were not idolaters; they were upright men of integrity.

They had apparently studied the Hebrew Scriptures and found there a clear transcript of truth. In particular, the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament must have claimed their attention, and among these they found the words of Balaam: “A Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17, NKJV). They certainly were acquainted with the prophecy of Micah: But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2, NKJV; see also Matthew 2:5, 6)

On the night of Christ’s birth, a mysterious light appeared in the sky which became a luminous star that persisted in the western heavens (see Matthew 2:1, 2). Impressed with its import, the wise men turned once more to the sacred scrolls. As they tried to understand the meaning of the sacred writings, they determined to go in search of the Messiah. Like Abraham, they knew not at first where they were to go, but followed as the guiding star led them on their way.

SOURCE: https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/what-were-names-three-wise-men

'WE THREE KINGS' LARK FOR MY 3 YEAR OLD GRANDSON OVER IN SPAIN

ENDING 'THREE KINGS DAY' WITH A BIT OF FUN FOR OUR GRANDSON OVER IN SPAIN

'FOLLOWING A STAR'

Steve and two sons Mike and Phil. I live in Scotland. My sons are visiting from England - just for a lark for my 3 year old grandson over in Spain