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Yesterday in the West and today in the East are widely commemorated as the “Feast of the Holy Innocents.”
We know that although Jesus was born in late September, the wise men arrived in late December. In my view, they came just as Jupiter hovered over Bethlehem on December 25 of 2 B.C.
That night God warned the wise men (magi) to return home by another route without telling King Herod where they had found the Messiah. At the same time God told Joseph in a dream to go to Egypt immediately. After a few days Herod got word that the magi had departed, and so he sent out the order to kill the children of Bethlehem who were up to 2 years old. This was because the planetary conjunctions had begun on May 19, 3 BC with a conjunction between Mercury and Saturn.
Jupiter did not have a conjunction with Regulus until September 14, 3 B.C. It did so again on February 17, 2 B.C., around the time when the Roman Senate passed a bill proclaiming Augustus Caesar to be Pater Patriae, “Father of the Country.” This was done to honor him (Octavian) on the 25th anniversary of being declared Augustus Caesar in 27 B.C.
They also decreed that everyone under the authority of Rome must ratify that bill in honor of Augustus. That is the census that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem later that year. The great expert on census taking was Cyrenius, who was sent first to Asia (now Turkey) in March of 2 B.C. When finished, he proceeded to do the census in Judea later that summer. So Jesus was born on the feast of Trumpets, September 29, 2 B.C. to fulfill prophecy.
Jupiter had another conjunction with Regulus on May 8, 2 B.C. and then had a conjunction with Venus on June 17 and with Mars on August 26. It was then stationary over Bethlehem on December 25, 2 B.C.
The point is that Herod did not have a precise date for the Messiah’s birth, as he did not know that He was to be born on the feast of Trumpets. Since the planetary conjunctions began 18 months earlier, he gave the order to kill all the children up to 2 years of age.
What is interesting is that when Augustus Caesar (i.e., Octavian) had been born in 63 B.C., the Roman Senate saw astrological signs and heard prophetic dreams indicating that a “King of the Romans” was to be born. So they too killed all male babies born in that year. Herod seems to have had a precedent for his own actions.
We know also that this slaughter was connected prophetically and spiritually to the slaughter of the Israelite babies at the time of Moses’ birth (Exodus 1:22). The same spirit has been in operation in our own time through the legalization of abortion. While abortion was sold to the public as a “right,” it was in fact an end-time slaughter on the order of Pharaoh and Herod. This has morphed into human trafficking on a huge scale, a trade that is now more lucrative than the drug trade.
The legalization of abortion gave us a major sign that we were nearing the end of the age and were being set up for a great deliverance once again.
I mention all of this now, because today we expect to go to the divine court to deal with the murderers of children. More important, we are to deal with the spirits behind it, getting at the root of the problem. Men come and go, but these spirits continue on with their massacres and slaughters, using different people in each generation.
I don’t want to reveal more than that right now, but I plan to write about it after our work has been completed.