The Three Kings!
Whilst the travel time is of interest; what is the major point is why they travelled, and Who they took so much effort to see.
Clearly, everybody knows by now Who; i.e. Christ Jesus; but not what His arrival was about, and what it would achieve!
That moment in time has left indelible marks on the world, which are yet to arrive at fruition!
A little research in the Bible yields the following:
Acts 4:12; "Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved".
Act 28:25-28; “Be it known therefore unto you, that the Salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, “and they will hear it”! (See: Bible Dispensations).
In this present ‘AGE TIME’ (the Age of Grace of Almighty God) the above two verses are crucial to the ability and understanding of people to be able to allocate Scripture to its proper place and time (2Tim. 2:15), see below, and The Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ: This can be summarised as that which now apples to the Body of Christ (the true Church); and that which applies to the Jews.
It has to be said, that wrong teaching all over the world because of the lack of the above-mentioned understanding; is causing much heartache and despair!
It is hoped and prayed, that the following; and other of our Subjects, will help people to follow the right understanding as they study the Word of God!
In context, the "Name" referred to in Acts 4:12 is Jesus the Christ! This statement by the Holy Spirit (the 3rd person) in the Bible supports the concepts both of the only way of Salvation and therefore Eternal Life! This applies to the present Age, (the Age of Grace).
The 1st Person of the Trinity is shown in many Old Testament (OT), statements of Almighty God, in particular:
Isaiah 45:22: "Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the Earth: for I am GOD, and there is none else".
Here, God (Jehovah of the Jews; the 1st Person), affirms His Unique Status as the only God in existence; and, that He is not to be confused with the many false gods in the world, all originating in the great pretender; SATAN!
This is emphasized in Isa. 45:5; “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no 'God beside Me'”, and many other places in Scripture.
The reason for starting this paper with the above absolute statements is that many people and groups are saying the opposite, and, that has been the plan of Satan from the beginning of his demise, when as the "anointed Cherub, Ezk. 28:14, he challenged God; and fell from Grace"!
Over many "Ages"; (Administrations) since, he has been allowed by Almighty God to try his best (worst) to bring "Creation" under his control; and in these "last times" of this Age; he has accelerated his efforts! See: Satan's Motivation:
Ezk. 28:1:19 describes the origin of these problems, where the Entity called the “King of Tyre” is the type, of the antitype Satan! This is made clear in verse 15, showing that the antitype “was created”, by God!
In verse 14, again reference is made to the supernatural, where Satan was “anointed” the covering cherub, for perhaps a previous Creation (2Peter 3:6), or the Garden of Eden, v13 (Dr. Bullinger page 1146 CB).
It should be noted here that in verse14, the word translated “art” should be “wast” ie; “were”, so it should read, “you were the anointed Cherub”, denoting the fall of Satan from the Grace of God; and the reasons are given in verses 2, 5, 6, 15, 17 & 18.
In the following two verses, are statements by Almighty God that are Eternal in meaning!
John 1:1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
Ephesians 1:10. “That in the Dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on Earth; even in Him”.
These show that Almighty God in Christ Jesus has a Plan for the undoing of the works of Satan, after his fall from God’s Grace, as described above. (See: Ultimate Love).