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People have been celebrating Jesus birth on December 25th for a very long time. But was He really born then, or just how was such a date determined when no date of Jesus birth is clearly made in the Christian Bible?

Does the Christian Bible hold any clues as to when the actual birth of Jesus did take place?

As a matter of fact one is found in Lk.2:8, where we read, "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby keeping watch over their flocks at night." When an angel of the Lord appeared to them announcing to them that today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to them, who is Christ the Lord, in vs 11.

Which reveals Jesus could not have been born in the winter time on December 25th, because the shepherds could not have been tending their flocks by night during that very cold time of year.

The actual birth of Jesus is believed to have been establihed in the following extensive research over a number of years in the early 90s,  by a team of scientists and astronomomers.  Who retrogressed the heavenly bodies back by computers, to the time of the Star of Bethlehem, when the following "Wonderous sign in heaven," of Rev.12:1-2 took place, as revealed in the following:

The sign of the Son of Man referred to by Jesus in Mt.24:30 is that which is described in Rev,12:1-2, called the "Wonderous sign in heaven."

You could say - it is the gospel in the sky. [Ps.89:5] This wonder takes place once every year at a very specific time. When Jesus was born. The Star of Bethlehem was also involved in this astronomical phenomenon, which was found to be a conjunction between the king planet Jupiter and queen planet Venus, together with the king star, Regulus, which was a one time event.

What was the "Star" of Bethlehem ? 

After leaving its conjunctions with Mars, Saturn, and Venus on August 27, 2 BC Jupiter continued its apparent motion westward each morning, as viewed by the Magi at their regular pre-dawn observations. This westward motion would have led them to Jerusalem. Jupiter then, due to retrograde motion, appeared to “stop” in the sky, as viewed from Jerusalem, directly to the south, over Bethlehem. It came to its normal stationary position at dawn on December 25th, 2 BC. Not only that, but the planet came to a stop in the constellation Virgo. It remained there for nearly six days. Furthermore, being near the Winter Solstice, the sun was also “standing still”.

So when was Jesus born ?
 
We know from Biblical references that Christ was born six months after his cousin John the Baptist. Again from Biblical references we can pin down the date of John’s birth. John’s father, Zachariah, was in the temple performing his priestly duties when an angel visited him in a vision and informed him that his wife Elizabeth, who was barren and on in years, would soon conceive a son. We know from Luke that Zachariah was responsible for the eighth of the 24 Priestly Courses of the Jewish Faith. Each of the 24 courses lasted a week and were repeated twice during the year. The Jews used a luni-solar calendar of 51 weeks - the other three weeks of the year were for the three major Jewish religious celebrations - Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Because the calendar only had 51 weeks, the Jews had to add 30 days at prescribed intervals so that the calendar kept pace with the solar year.

In the case of Zachariah, he was officiating in the 8th course, or 8th week of the Jewish year, when the angel paid him a visit. The priestly courses probably started their serving in the springtime month of Nisan - the first month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year. This is a chronological clue - it tells us the general time of year that Zachariah was serving. We also know that he was not serving at a festival period because the priests suspended their normal weekly duties and all served together during the major Jewish high holy seasons.


Assuming that the springtime month of Nisan began that year (it varied with the state of the crops - in 4 BC it began after midnight on March 28 - March 29) on what corresponds to the end of March of our current calendar, then Zacharias was visited by the angel, and his wife became pregnant, in the month of June. Remember also that Passover, one of the High Holy weeks of the Jews, occurred during the time interval from late March to June - putting off Zacharias’ priestly course for one week. Assuming a full-term pregnancy of 9 months, Elizabeth gave birth to John sometime in March. This means Jesus’ birth would have taken place the following September.

But in which year? And what if Zacharias was serving his priestly course during his second time of the year, in December? This would mean that Elizabeth gave birth to John in September, and Jesus was born the following March. In fact, many modern historians and theologians readily accept a spring date for the birth of Christ because of the passage in Luke regarding the angel who appeared to shepherds guarding their flocks in the field. Several of these historians assert that the only time shepherds were in the fields with the flocks was spring, which was lambing season. The lambs were an important part of the feast of the Passover. However, flocks of sheep were habitually kept in the fields, from early March until late October, and sometimes all year round. It does not seem reasonable that the shepherds would leave them unattended at all, as important as they were to Passover, where they would be subject to predators and theft. In other words, the sheep provide us with no real clue as to the time of the Nativity.

Again let us go back to the census of Caesar Augustus - the oath required of all people in the Roman empire and client kingdoms, which began in the late summer or early autumn of 3 BC. If this was indeed the census that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, and it seems quite probable that it was, than Jesus had to have been born sometime around this period. We know from the Biblical stories of the Nativity that Mary was “great with child” - in other words, close to full-term. We know that once Joseph and Mary arrived at their destination, Bethlehem, she went into labor and delivered. This makes September of 3 BC the most likely month of Jesus’ birth, with John being born in March of 3 BC. We know also that Jesus’ birth had to occur at or near the autumnal equinox of September 22 or 23 because the High Holy week of Tabernacles was from September 26 to October 3 in 3 BC; this required Jews to be in Jerusalem to celebrate this holy festival. Yet Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

The Romans would not have selected the three primary festival seasons for a census when most of the Jews in Palestine were required to be in Jerusalem. Luke tells us that the city of Bethlehem was crowded because of the census - NOT because people were crowding toward Jerusalem for ceremonial purposes.

There are other historical markers that point to the year 3 BC as the year of Jesus’ birth. Luke’s narrative states that Jesus began his ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius’ reign as Emperor of Rome, when Jesus was about 30.

Unfortunately Luke does not tell us if he used the Roman method of reckoning Tiberius’ 15th year, or that which people in Judaea and Syria were accustomed to, which antedated the reign of kings and emperors to Tishri One ( the Jewish New Year’s Day) of the previous year. However, Ernest Martin believes that it is more likely that Luke was using the Eastern method of reckoning Tiberius’ reign, because he was writing his gospel to the Greeks and Romans, to Gentiles in general, and to one Christian convert, Theophilus, in particular. This method of reckoning would put the whole year in which Tiberius became emperor of Rome on August 19, 14 AD as his first year of rule.

This means that New Year’s day for the beginning of that year begins the first year of Tiberius. Hence, the whole year from Tishri One, 13 AD to Tishri One, 14 AD would have been the first year of Tiberius. Consequently, Tiberius 15th year would have been from Tishri One in 27 AD to Tishri One in 28 AD. This would put Jesus’ birth somewhere in 3 BC, given that he was “about thirty” when he began his ministry. This also fits nicely with the Jewish belief that spiritual maturity did not begin until the age of thirty.

The Great and Wonderous sign of Rev.12:1-2  represents the exact time of Jesus birth in addition to the sign of the Son of Man in Mt.24:30.  The event take place once every year as seen in the middle east.

The woman of Rev.12:1-2 represents the virgin Mary, with the sun amidst her body, representing her pregnancy. The moon at her feet represents the specific window of time this event took place.


The only time of year this event can be witnessed, is in the first month of the Jewish year, Tishri 1, or in September, at or around the Autumnal Equinox on the 22nd or 23rd, in our Gregorian Calendar. As seen from the middle east, at or around the Jewish Holy Convocation - feast and festival - of Rosh Hashanah, their New Year - which they call "a year of new beginnings." It is also the last fall feast and festival of their year which is also called the "feast of trumpets." They also believe it marks the anniversary of the day God began His creation of the world.

The woman's body is in the Constellation of Virgo (The virgin). She represents the virgin Mary, of Israel, and has a crown of twelve stars on her head - representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The sun is amid her body, revealing her pregnancy.

Her head is about 10% in the previous Constellation Leo (The Lion - of Judah) and the crescent moon is at her feet, about 10% into the Constellation Libra (The scales of righteousness and judgement).

With all the heavenly bodies in motion, this event can take place only between a time frame from 7:15 to 7:30 P.M., a 15 minute window, when the sun is setting and the moon is rising into the early evening sky.

So when Jesus talks about His return at His Second Advent in Mt.24:30, at the sign of the Son of Man, it will be at that specific time of year - and time frame, described in Rev.12:1-2.

Go to the following for more information on this subject:

http://www.tccsa.tc/articles/star_susan_carroll.pdf  By Susan Carroll, and :

http://www.askelm.com/star/star006.htm  By Dr. Ernest L. Martin, PhD, who wrote the book:

"The Star That Astonished The World." Which also reveals what the Star of Bethlehem was, from the years of studies by scientists and astronomers working together on it.

The pagan origin of December 25th originated.

Nearly all aspects of Christmas observance have their roots in Roman custom and religion. Consider the following admission from a large American newspaper (The Buffalo News, Nov. 22, 1984): “The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on Dec. 25 comes from the second century after Jesus’ birth. It is considered likely the first Christmas celebrations were in reaction to the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice—the return of the sun—and honored Saturn, the god of sowing. Saturnalia was a rowdy time, much opposed by the more austere leaders among the still-minority Christian sect. Christmas developed, one scholar says, as a means of replacing worship of the sun with worship of the Son. By 529 A.D., after Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian made Christmas a civic holiday. The celebration of Christmas reached its peak—some would say its worst moments—in the medieval period when it became a time for conspicuous consumption and unequaled revelry.”

Consider these quotes from the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 edition, under “Christmas”: “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church…The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt.” Further, “Pagan customs centring round the January calends gravitated to Christmas.” Under “Natal Day,” Origen, an early Catholic writer, admitted, “…In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his birthday. It is only sinners (like Pharaoh and Herod) who make great rejoicings over the day on which they were born into this world” (emphasis mine).

The Encyclopedia Americana, 1956 edition, adds, “Christmas…was not observed in the first centuries of the Christian church, since the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth…a feast was established in memory of this event [Christ’s birth] in the 4th century. In the 5th century the Western church ordered the feast to be celebrated on the day of the Mithraic rites of the birth of the sun and at the close of the Saturnalia, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.”

There is no mistaking the origin of the modern Christmas celebration. Many additional sources could be cited. It was 300 years after Christ before the Roman church kept Christmas, and not until the fifth century that it was mandated to be kept throughout the empire as an official festival honoring “Christ.”

See also: http://deeperwalk.lefora.com/2010/01/04/what-is-the-significance-of-the-equinox-and-solsti/

What do the mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Egypt have add to the above? See the following for some very amazing facts!
 

http://www.prepare-ye-the-way.com/greatpyramid1.htm

http://www.europa.com/~edge/giza.html


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The death of Herod with relation to Jesus birth
 
In a book titled Chronos, Kairos, Christos published in 1989 by the prestigious firm of Eisenbrauns as a Festschrift in honor of one of the finest chronologists of our day, Professor Jack Finegan, the two editors (Dr. Jerry Vardaman and Dr. Edwin M. Yamauchi) included articles of research from some of the top scholars today in the field of chronology regarding the time for Jesus’ nativity. Both Vardaman and Yamauchi must be congratulated for having the courage to publish the various articles (almost all of them contradictory to one another in many of their essential factors). The disunity of opinion among the scholars, as shown in this book, is so wide in their evaluation of the historical sources that the only reasonable word to describe this state of scholarly affairs is “chaos.” Confusion presently reigns among the scholars. The laity need to know about this chaos that presently prevails in the professional research now being conducted. The above book does the job of showing this chaos (and one should be thankful for its candor).

Look at what we find. In this single book, one scholar argues that Jesus was born sometime between August to October of 12 B.C.E. and that he was crucified at the Passover in C.E. 21. Another using different research as his basis of evaluation also accepted the 12 B.C.E. birth for Jesus, but he felt the records show Jesus’ crucifixion was in C.E. 36. Another thinks Jesus was born in January of 7 B.C.E. and that the Magi visited him (while he was a young toddler and standing by his father and mother) on November 12, 7 B.C.E. Another suggests Jesus was born in late 5 B.C.E. and his crucifixion was in C.E. 33. My research is also contained in this book. I show my reasons for believing that Jesus was born in 3 B.C.E. and crucified in C.E. 30.

Now remember, all of the diverse conclusions from the top scholars from various universities occur in one book! This ought to show the state of confusion that presently exists on the whole issue. The attempt that I presently make in this book is to bring a reasonable amount of pragmatism and common sense to the chaos that now reigns among scholars. I believe that this book you are now reading does that very thing. My contention is that the lunar eclipse that Josephus said was associated with Herod’s death was that of 10 January, 1 B.C.E. (and not the earlier eclipse of 13 March, 4 B.C.E.). There are other modern historians who feel the same way, notably W.E. Filmer, Ormund Edwards and especially the important work of the classical scholar Dr. Paul Keresztes in his two volume work written in 1989 titled Imperial Rome and the Christians. This latter work provides some outstanding research throughout its pages. It shows the reasonableness of accepting the basic premises on the death of Herod in 1 B.C.E. that I am advocating in this book.

And we are not the only ones who have understood the historical records in this fashion. Scaliger, as early as the 16th century, was very decisive in stating that Herod’s death was associated with the eclipse of 10 January, 1 B.C.E. He was supported by the German historian, Calvisius, who recorded nearly 300 eclipses as chronological benchmarks for reckoning historical events of the past. In the last century the English scholars William Galloway, H. Bosanquet and C.R. Conder also affirmed that the 10 January, 1 B.C.E. eclipse was the proper one. Professors Caspari and Reiss of Germany also maintained this belief in their chronological studies.

In the next chapter we will find that Josephus, in spite of his chronological errors, provides eyewitness information from Nicolas of Damascus which can prove the time of Herod’s death. And that time has to be in January, 1 B.C.E. This will place Jesus’ nativity in 3 or 2 B.C.E. Astronomy is the key to understand Josephus. When we apply the rules of astronomy with history, we will find that the dark decade in Roman history which has caused so much confusion to scholars, becomes full of light and understanding.

By: Ernest L. Martin, PhD.

Recommended review:  http://www.hope-of-israel.org/herodsdeath.html


The Question of Quintilius Varus


Sometimes, for example, the argument is made that Josephus records Quintilius Varus as governor of Syria when Herod died, and Varus is shown as such in coins from 4 B.C. The problem with this evidence, as Pratt explains from Martin, is that coins also show Varus governing Syria in 6 and 5 B.C., while Josephus recorded Saturninus as governor during the two following years. Martin mentions an inscription found near the Varus village describing a man who was governor of Syria twice, probably referring to Varus, since his second term would correspond to 1 B.C. and there is no record of any other person as ruler that year.


According to Paul Finch --


"Josephus tells us that Quintilius Varus had taken over the governorship when Antipater the heir to King Herod had returned from Rome to Jerusalem and that he succeeded 'Saturninus as governor of Syria' (Ant. XVII.89). But coins have been found which show that Varus was legate of Syria in the 25th, 26th, and 27th years of the Actian Era (6 to 4 B.C.). This is where historians trip up and conclude that they have proof that Herod must have died in 4 B.C. because Varus is shown to have been active in 4 B.C. But the answer is dangling right before their eyes and they can not see it. An inscription known as the Lapis Tiburtinus speaks of a governor of Syria during the time of Augustus who had been governor twice. Many have tried to identify this inscription with Quirinius in order to show that he held office before his 6 A.D. tenure. But professor Syme has shown that Quirinius is impossible ('The Titulus Tiburtinus' in Vestia Akten, Munich:1972). L.R. Taylor suggests that Titius is the subject of this inscription, but Syme has shown that Titius would have been much too old to receive the 'ornamento trimphalia' given only after 12 B.C. Yet the inscription was found only a stones throw from Varus' villa in Tibur. The reason some scholars object to Varus is that the inscription refers to Augustus as divine which was bestowed on him at his death in A.D. 14. whereas Varus died in A.D. 9. But because Varus was defeated in Germany, he was never commemorated while Augustus lived. Yet, when Tiberius came to power who was Varus' brother-in-law, Tiberius went to the battlefield to bring back the fallen Varus' remains and his memory was restored as a defender of the Empire. Therefore, this objection is weak in the extreme."


What About Publius Sulpicius Quirinius?


Writes Paul Finch,


"This brings us to [Publius Sulpicius] Quirinius who conducted the 'enrollment.' Luke says that he was governor. Yet, Quirinius was not officially a governor until A.D. 6. But it does seem probable that Quirinius may have been a provisional governor in 3/2 B.C. while the actual legate was away at Rome. Indeed, Justin Martyr called Quirinius the "procurator of Syria" (Apology I.34). The Cambridge Ancient History tells us that 'Each province had its equestrian procurator who in the eyes of the provincials was almost as important as the governor himself' (vol. X, 216). Quirinius in the records seems to have been a 'man-Friday' by all accounts. Tacitus said that his command in the war of the Homonadenses was a 'special command.' An inscription mentions him 'as holding an honorary municipal office at Antioch-by-Pisidia' (Sherwin-White, 165). He also became guardian of Gaius Caesar, the heir to the Empire when Gaius acquired residential authority at Antioch over the eastern provinces in A.D. 1 (Tacitus, Annals III.48). Tacitus also said that Quirinius was one who had 'considerable talents for business' (ibid.). In A.D. 2 he married Aemelia Lepida, a descendant of Sulla and Pompey. This no doubt gave him much more political standing and in A.D. 6 he became legate of Syria upon the death of Archelaus, at which time Judaea was annexed. This change in government gave reason for Quirinius's second census of Judaea mentioned in Acts 5:37. This is why Luke distinguished the registration at the time of Jesus' birth as being the 'first' one, while he was [provisional] governor of Syria which Justin Martyr said was actually while he was procurator."


Finch goes on to say --


"But who was the actual governor at this time? The early Christian apologist Tertullian living in the late second century, who was by profession a lawyer and well acquainted with Roman governmental affairs, said that the census that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem was conducted when Sentius Saturninus was governor of Syria (Answer to the Jews, ch. 8). What's more, he said it occurred in the 41st year of Augustus answering to 3/2 B.C. Indeed, the early Christian sources were nearly united in stating that Jesus was born in 3/2 B.C. The list includes Clement of Alexandria, Origin, Africanus, Hippolytus of Rome, Hippolytus of Thebes, and Cassiodorus Senator (Finegan, Handbook of Biblical Chronology, p. 229). This is strong testimony indeed because these sources were able to consult the vast libraries at their disposals which modern historians no longer have access. But the next best thing to having access to these vital records is to accept the testimony of those who did! Modern scholarship has disgraced itself in an utter unprofessional way by ignoring this testimony in favor of our present fragmentary knowledge for this period."


With this missing piece of evidence we can now reconstruct the succession of Syrian Governors as follows:


1) M. Titius 13-7 B.C.
2) P. Quintilius Varus 7-4 B.C.
3) Sentius Saturninus 4-2 B.C.
4) P. Quintilius Varus (a second time) 2 B.C.-A.D. 1
5) C. Caesar A.D. 1-4


Based upon the writings of Flavius Josephus -- which have proven to be highly accurate -- and the calculations of relevant lunar events, it is clear that Herod the "Great" died in 1 B.C. -- NOT 4 B.C. Placing Herod's death in 1 B.C. allows us to accept the ANCIENT tradition that the Messiah was born in 2 B.C. The four earliest Christian writers who report the date of the Messiah's birth are Irenaeus (late second century), Clement of Alexandria (about A.D. 200), Tertullian (early third century), and Africanus (early third century). Africanus specifies the date in terms that can be understood as 3/2 B.C. Both Irenaeus and Tertullian assign Yeshua's birth to the 41st year of Augustus. If this date presumes that the reign of Augustus began when he was elevated to consulship in August 43 B.C., the year intended is 2 B.C. (Tishri 1, 3 B.C. to Tishri 1, 2 B.C. -- Jewish regnal dating). Tertullian conveniently confirms this conclusion by adding that the Messiah's birth was 28 years after the death of Cleopatra and 15 years before the death of Augustus. Cleopatra died in August 30 B.C., and Augustus died in August A.D. 14.


The evidence of history, archaeology and astronomy is now showing that Herod died in early 1 B.C. and that the Messiah was therefore born in 3/2 B.C. (regnal dating) -- as confirmed by Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Africanus, Hippolytus of Rome, Hippolytus of Thebes, Origen, Eusebius and Epiphanius.


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What does the Great Pyramid of Egypt have to do with the birth of Jesus ?
 
The Great Pyramid, on the Giza plateau in Egypt, has been the object of scientific and archaeological study for over two hundred years now, in this modem era of discovery. It is the last of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and the only one remaining. Taking a closer look, you'll find an amazing piece of evidence, of the construction ability of the ancients. Whoever built it had to have a superior knowledge of construction techniques that far surpass what we have now. Notwithstanding, the many examples in the construction, that a superior knowledge of the universe, and of the earth, are incorporated into the building and it's measurements. This Great Pyramid is singled out from all other pyramids. It is the oldest, and by the superior construction techniques over all the other pyramids, makes it appear that the Egyptians didn't make it. They tried to imitate this one, but they never were able to come close. More probably, whoever built it had divine help and planning. This study will prove to you the Divine Inspiration behind the building of the Great Pyramid, and will correct the current teaching about it. The Egyptians say that the Pharaoh Cheops, or Khufu, built it because of a Cartouche, or Kings Signature Symbol, was found inside.
 
All the pyramids in Egypt are covered with writings and paintings, filled with statues and gold, all except one, The Great Pyramid. In this respect it is silent, except a few "quarry marks" found over the top of the kings chamber. The Cartouche and quarry marks have already been proven to be a forgery. The discoverer, Col. Howard Vyse, was at the end of his expedition and money was running out. He still hadn't found any treasure, writings or anything in the Great Pyramid. Shortly before he made his "discovery", a publication by Mr. Wilkinson, the Materia Hieroglyphica, published a cartouche similar to the one found in Wellington's chamber over the King's chamber. This alone is not proof that he forged it, but there was one glitch, Mr. Wilkinson made a mistake in his cartouche that was also incorporated into the one that Col. Vyse had forged. The symbol "O" used correctly in Khufu's name was etched with diagonal lines inside it. The plain "O" was a symbol of a god and very sacred to the Egyptians. This was a fatal error in the signature and a scribe of that day would have never made that mistake, lest he lose his life.
 
Just after Col. Vyse's so called"discovery", the amended publication was released, that corrected not only that symbol but many other ones that were incorrectly painted onto the walls of the chambers over the King's Chamber. But it was too late for the Col. to correct his mistakes. Also suspicious is the fact that there are marks on three of the four walls above the King's Chamber. Good old Col. Vyse just so happened to break into the wall with no writing's on it. His errors are probably the only thing that decidedly proves it's forgery. Herodotus, the "Father of history", said that Cheops was not buried there, but in an obscure place. There never has been a body in it. There are air passages to the inner rooms which indicate that it is not a tomb. Tombs don't have a need for air passages, and they would thwart the idea of using a pyramid to aid in the translation to their next life. The air circulation would promote decay of the King. Plus, as we will see, the magnificent and prophetical value of this monument far exceeds the possibility of it being a tomb.
 
Before we get into the spiritual and prophetical side of the pyramid, I want to show you some of the scientific perfection's and measurements that are built throughout this whole pyramid. At the end of this letter are several diagrams, use them as you develop mental pictures of everything that I'll cover. The way I've been taught, and probably the best way to learn, is by the "Gestalt" method of learning. Normal teaching has it, that you go from point A to point B, learning each one before proceeding to the next. The Gestalt method, is to be hit like a shotgun blast. Many ideas and facts that hit you all at once. It is not important that you remember every detail, as you expose yourself to this blast, you will get an overall picture, coming together, that will so stay with you that you can turn around and teach someone else everything you've been taught. So it's not important that you remember every detail, that's why it is written, so it can be reread. Now, I'll show you some of the amazing things that these "stone age men carrying their stone axes" just so happened to be able to do.
 
The Great Pyramid was placed, not only at the exact center of the Nile delta quadrant, but, it is also placed at the exact center of all the land mass of the earth. That's right. Lines drawn north, south, east and west from the pyramid equally divide the earth's terrain. The longest land meridian, and the longest land parallel. The pyramid is aligned with True North, not magnetic north. Our closest achievement in that alignment is the Paris Observatory, it is six minutes of a degree off of true north. The pyramid is only three minutes off and that was proven to be the result of the land shifting and not by an error of the builders. True North is when you take the earth's axis and extend the north line out into space, it hits a point, usually a star, now it is Polaris.
 
There is what is called the "Precession of the Equinoxes". A twenty four to twenty six thousand year cycle, when, as this earth is spinning like a top, there is a wobble, the true north point in space, rotates, completing a circle in the heavens. Thus every so often the North star changes. Embodied within this pyramid is that knowledge. We're just starting to figure these things out. How in the world did the builders of the pyramid know these things? They did. On one day, at the Vernal Equinox in the year 2141 BC, Alpha Draconus, the "Dragon Star" in the Draco constellation, was the pole star and it was so perfectly aligned with the descending passage, that if someone was at the bottom holding a mirror, that star would reflect that light. A seeming total impossibility, but they did it. The basic unit of measure within the pyramid is the "Sacred Inch". This same inch, in the sacred cubit, is also used in Noah's ark, the Ark of the Covenant, Solomon's Temple and in the New Jerusalem. This inch is only a half of a hair's breadth different than the English inch and the American inch.
 
The source of this inch, is the axis of the earth. 1/500,000,000th part of the earth's axis is equal to the sacred inch. The Metric system uses the circumference of the earth from the pole to the equator as it's source. Since that distance varies at different places measured, the most logical and accurate system of measurement then would be the sacred inch system, because the earth's axis doesn't change.
 
There were some 144,000 dense, white, marble-like limestone blocks used as casing stones originally on the Great Pyramid. Some were 16 to 20 tons each. They were finished so perfectly that there is a variance of no more than 1/100th of an inch across the plane, some at 35 square feet. The joints between each block has no more than 1/50th of an inch space between each block. Not even enough to get a credit card between. The joints have been poured with a cement covering all the plane. The cement is of such a tenacity that the limestone blocks will break before the cement gives. Our most modern opticians work is what can be compared to the perfect work contained in just finishing the casing stones. How they finished them, moved them, glued them, and placed them so accurately, with the small tolerances that there are, still baffles the experts. We couldn't duplicate the feat today. The core masonry is comprised of coarse limestone blocks, most of about 2 1/2 tons each. There are approximately 2,300,000 of them. Herodotous stated that strangers to Egypt supervised the building of the Great Pyramid and that the temples of Egypt were closed during the construction.

Also that during the building process Egypt suffered all kinds of calamities. Manetho, an Egyptian Priest, said that the temples were closed during the time of the visitation of the "Shepherd Kings". They came and subdued Egypt without a fight. Men of an ignoble race, had the confidence to come in and they easily subdued it with their power. God is behind the building of the of the Great Pyramid, he sent the Shepherd Kings, the divine architects, having divine plans and by using extraordinary means, built that great structure and before we are finished with this study you will agree. The Pyramid covers over 13 acres, and, contains nearly 90,000,000 cubic feet of masonry, enough to build 30 Empire State Buildings. The original side width is 755 3/4 feet and the height unfinished is 454 1/2 feet. The original plans would have it at 485 feet tall, equal to a 48 story skyscraper. The top capstone was never set. It was rejected by the builders because it wouldn't fit. The four base comers have sockets sunk into the solid rock that gives us the original plans. Had they made it to the proper specifications, using modem building techniques, by using the sockets, the pyramid would have been wider and taller. But we would have missed some amazing detail that God didn't want us to miss. The capstone is also the "Chief Cornerstone" because it is the only corner that embraces. Originally, shining in the sun, it would have been seen from the moon as a bright star on the earth. It would have made a perfect sundial or timepiece. Reflecting great rays of light, being seen for many miles around. The reflecting beams, if marked at the solstices for the year, would have made a Giant Cross on the Nile Delta in Egypt. The other scientific features, briefly are...
 
1) The suns distance from the earth. Built into the Pyramid's base plans is a figure estimating it at 92,000,000 miles. 2) The mean density of the earth. Most current tests have it at 5.672 times the weight of water at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The pyramid places it at 5.7. 3) The weight of the earth at approximately 5,300,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons and the weight of the pyramid at 5,300,000 tons are proportionally related to each other. 4) The volume of the earth's crust above mean sea level is approximated at 455 feet, close to the 454 1/2 ft. that the builders left it unfinished. 5) The mean ocean level of the earth. Using geometry and the figure 3,652.42, proportionally related to the solar year and the base circuit of the pyramid, gives a result slightly over 193 ft. 7 in., our approximations now place the mean ocean level at 193 ft. 7 in.: 6) The mean temperature of the earth. It is about 68 degrees F. In the pyramid this temperature is maintained permanently and unvaryingly, in the inner chambers, by the air channels 7) Rotundity of the earth. The curvature of the earth. The sides of the core masonry recede 35.76 inches on each side in the center. (see diagram) A curved line was produced by this and by computing the radius that it would take to make it s circle, the same radius is approximately half the diameter of the earth 8) The universal mathematical symbol of Pi. It is related to the height verses the circumference of the Pyramid . The Great Pyramid is a representation of the northern hemisphere in pyramidal form. An amazing feat by these early Egyptians, since it is considered current knowledge.
 
But most amazingly, is the evidence of the knowledge of all three ways of computing the year. Namely the Sidereal, the Anomalistic, and the Solar year. You can measure the year three different ways. The Solar year is 365.24235 days and is when the earth passes the Vernal Equinox. The Sidereal year is 365.25636 days and is when the earth appears to be over the same point in the heavens. The Anomalistic year is 365.25986 days and is when the earth is measured closest to the sun in perihelion. All three ways of measuring the year are embodied in the base side length of the pyramid. Since the side curves in slightly, you can measure it three ways. Using the sacred cubit the different lengths are exactly the same as the three year length's. (see diagram) There are many more examples built into the Pyramid's measurements that I don't have space to cover all of them. But if your interested, there are many sources of information to be found with only a little research. I now need to go internally, to the passage system, and the prophetical relevance of this monument.
 
This pyramid is a timepiece of world history. A chronological display of the major events in the earth's history. The original Hebrew letters also represent numbers, similar to the Greek. Numerology is a fascinating subject, and is significant to prophetical interpretations. In what some call the "Great Pyramid text of scripture", Isaiah 19: 19,20 we have an eye opener. This text talks of an altar of witness to the Lord in the Last days. This altar is situated in the midst of Egypt but is also at the border of Egypt. There is only one spot on earth that this can be. The Great Pyramid is in the midst of Egypt but it also marks the ancient border of Upper and Lower Egypt. Either they are going to move this monument or it is the altar spoken of. In the Hebrew, there are 30 words in this text. when you add up all the numerical values of the text the value is 5449. The Great Pyramid is 5449 sacred inches high. Coincidence? We'll see. If it is this altar of witness spoken of, then what does it say or witness to. Mainly it tells the Gospel message, but it also tells the history of the world by marking the major event's in the earth's history in a timeline. Confused? You won't be. Just open your mind and heart to the truth and check this out.
 
The ancient Egyptians called it the "Pillar of Enoch". Enoch's "fingerprint's" are all over it. Did you ever wonder why Enoch lived 365 years? The same number of days in our solar year. More precisely if you go to the Apocryphal book of Enoch, he lived 365 years 88 days and 9 hours. Or 365.242 years. You see, God had it planned that way. He made Enoch live the exact length of our solar year and then he took him. But Where? Normally you could express someone's life from birth to death with a straight line. But with Enoch you can't. His line would be a circle and if you take 365.242 years and reduced them to sacred inches you get the Enoch circle. This same circle can be measured in the Anti-chamber within the King's chamber complex. It is a "Map" room that gives you the key to interpreting the whole message in the Pyramid. One inch equals one year, as in Enoch's life.
 
You have to have a starting point or reference point to start your chronological timepiece. Back in my letter I told of one point in history that at the Vernal Equinox in the year 2141 BC, Alpha Draconus, the Dragon Star, would shine all the way down the descending passage. There are sharp scored lines within the descending passage that are perpendicular to the roof and floor of the passage. At the same instant that the Dragon star shone all the way down the passage, the scored lines lined up with the Pleiades, in the Taurus constellation. Both are very symbolic, showing mans descent under the influence of Satan, but also points to the redeemed ones, safe between the shoulders of Taurus. God's message in the stars is also interesting, if you haven't read that letter I strongly urge you to do so. So these scored lines give you a starting point and a date to go by. if you went one year either way, it wouldn't work. The then north star wouldn't shine all the way to the bottom. There can be only one possible date. So with this reference point in mind we can now look at the rest of the story.
 
The most lo logical place to measure the years is on the floor. Where you walk. Not in mid-air or on the roof, but, mankind's descent under the influence of Satan, his path. You measure the inches before and after the scored lines and place dates at one inch equaling one year. It is made of stone, non-elastic, so the dates are accurate. An inch is an inch, no more or less. Going back up the passage to the opening, there are 482" marking the exterior date at 2623 BC which is the possible date for the building of the Pyramid. Then going down the passage 688" past the scored lines you get to the place where the Ascending passage floor line intersects the descending floorline and a date in 1453 is noted. This marks the date of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, and the receiving of the Law at Mt. Sinai. The ascending passage is blocked by three granite plugs, indicating that there had to be a miraculous delivery back towards God. The First part of the Ascending passage is low for 1485" and opens up into the Grand Gallery at the date April 3, 33 AD, the date of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This low passage is the Dispensation of the Law and the open spacious Grand Gallery is the Dispensation of Grace, the Church age. In the passage to the Queens chamber, if you extend the floor line back, it intersects the ascending passage at a date of Sept. 29, 2 BC, the birth of Christ. Jesus wasn't born on Dec.25th, he was born at the fall of the year and most Bible scholars will agree, but that is a different subject.
 
This "Christ angle", formed by the intersecting lines at his birth and resurrection, when placed on the north side of the pyramid and extended out towards Jerusalem, intersects the Red Sea at the point of the Jews crossing it at the Exodus, it hit's Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ and it hits the Jordan river where Joshua crossed it. Also there are 2139 Pyramid Furlongs to Bethlehem from the pyramid. (1 Pyramid furlong = 8000 Pyramid inches ) If you start at the fixed date 2141 and add 2139 you get 2 BC, the date of Christ's birth. A pretty amazing coincidence isn't it. There is also another smaller triangle formed above the Christ angle, and this coincides with Paul's ministry. One called out of due season to save the Gospel of Grace. The disciples were leaning back towards Judaism and back to the bondage of the Law, Paul had to revive the Gospel of Grace. At the end of the Grand Gallery you get to the Great Step. The 1840's knowledge explosion is represented here, a step up for humankind. The very end of the Grand Gallery is low opening into the King's chamber complex. This marks the date in 1914 and the world wars and the ending of the oppression of the Jews by Turkey.
 
If you go on down the descending passage to the point that it levels out it marks the date in 1521 when Martin Luther's reformation began. Again and again the Great Pyramid hits major events in the world's history so precisely that it is impossible for all the dates to have been a coincidence. The King's Chamber is where the confusion begins. The floor goes horizontal, the blocks change to a red granite. Men have been trying to interpret the Lord's return and setting dates that are signified in the King's chamber. When the dates pass with no appearing, they immediately throw the whole concept out the window. But you don't need to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
 
God is showing us the history of the world, millennia before it happened. Everything is centered on Christ. He is showing a scientific generation, who could look +and understand, the truth of God's word, God's Chosen people, God's sent Messiah and his Church, and this age of Grace. This Great Pyramid is definitely a prophetical monument for a witness to the world in the Last Days. He shows us the world, Satan's domain, and humankind on a downward path with Luther's Reformation curbing the descent, and the world wars, trying to break up towards God.
 
There are many details that I've had to omit because of space but the research is there, the facts are there. Man is without excuse. Christ is that Chief Cornerstone that the builders rejected. When he comes and reigns as King, then the pyramid will probably be built to the builders specs. and then the Chief Cornerstone will be set. Matt. 21:42, and we are that temple, fitly framed together. Eph.2:20,21. Josepheus said that the descendants of Seth, wanting to preserve a knowledge of the ancients, and knowing of a coming deluge, made two monuments, one of stone and the other of brick, the brick one in Mesopotamia, and the stone one in the land of Syriac (Egypt). They inscribed their knowledge in them, and that, the one of stone in the land of Syriac remained to this, "his", day. He was speaking of the Great Pyramid.
 
There are many evidences of this monument as being Divinely Inspired. The Queens chamber's dimensions, represents a 1000 year time period, possibly the millennial reign with Christ. The Coffer in the King's chamber has the same volume inside as the Ark of the Covenant. One of the most important things is that we, are at the point in history that we are entering into the King's chamber, and this is a type of the marriage of the Lamb and the promise of eternal life. It is now, the fact that Jesus' coming back is so very close. Prophesy foretells it, the Stars foretell it, and the Great Pyramid foretells it. Ask him into your heart and life now, don't wait. The door only stays open so long. We won't understand the King's chamber complex and be able to fix a date for the Lords return because God said that no one would know the day or the hour. But in the Millennium , this Great Pyramid will be the Altar of Witness, God's "I told you so" to the people of the Golden age of Aquarius, and then we will understand all the aspects of this Great Monument.
 
You may say, So what? I don't need any proof that God's in control, and rightly so. We shouldn't need anything more than Christ. But there is a generation growing up in the secular schools that learn anything and everything except God and his marvelous deeds. This monument speaks to a scientific generation that can no longer make excuses. They can't change the measurements and history proves them correct. They have the ability to see all the research that past scholars have done. You don't have to believe the measurements that are given. You could go and measure it for yourself, but, you don't have to. This is the most measured monument in the world and the measurements have been verified over and over.
 
Another interesting fact, is that Stonehenge, in England, is directly related to the Great Pyramid and the New Jerusalem, and is another possible timepiece of God. If you take the northwest marker stone and the southeast marker stone, on Stonehenge, and you run a line through them and across the earth like a rhumb line, it will hit the Great Pyramid on the head. The measurements in Stonehenge are proportional to the New Jerusalem, and other biblical similarities are present.
 
So looking at this Amazing monument, the Great Pyramid of Giza, you then have proof in stone, that God's word is God's word. And if so, then Jesus Christ is the redeemer, our adequate sacrifice for our sins. The promise, made by Jesus, of our salvation and eternal life is sure and our redemption is drawing nigh. All the subjects that I study and teach just confirm God's word. It will not fail, and subject after subject confirms it. My prayer is that everyone that reads my letters will obtain that salvation that Jesus offers so freely to whosoever will believe on his name. Then you can walk in the Peace and the Joy that only he can give. Keep the upward look and let's show Jesus that he will find faith when he returns.

By Patrick Robinson

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