During this Christmas season, I often reflect on my Volume of Sacred Law, which happens to be the Bible (not just the Bible that was handed to us at the time of Nicea - courtesy of the Mithrastic Emperor Constantine).
It is interesting to note that the concept of the Messiah (which simply means 'anointed' - remember when Samuel anointed Saul, the first king of Israel? - )
"Samuel took a phial of oil and poured ot on Saul's head; he then kissed him and said, 'Has not Yahweh anointed you as leader of his people Israel? You are the man who is to govern Yahweh's people and save them from the power of the enemies surrounding them." - 1st Samuel 9:26-27)
Intensely related to the coming of each Israelite Messiah, was the number 40, this was the symbolic number representing the cycle of the star of Venus - the symbol we as Freemasons hold sacred. It was like a 'timer' - As Bro. Christopher Knight explains
"For Solomon, the cycle of Venus of precisely 40 years was of paramount importance. He like the kings before and after him, knew that every important aspect of life was governed by this divine period of 40 years, as is the Old Testament Records" - The Hiram Key Revisited
- Moses led his people through the wilderness for 40 years (from the ripe age of 80 - the beginning of his third Venus cycle, until his death at the age of 120, his third Venus cycle)
- Throughout the Old Testament, Yahweh allows the land to rest for 40 years
- Israel had done evil and Yahweh gave it to an enemy for 40 years
- Eli was judge of Israel for 40 years
- Saul (first king of Israel) became King at age 40 and ruled for exactly 40 years
- King David, Solomon's father, ruled for 40 years
"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there will come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab and destroy all the children of Sheth" - Numbers 24:17
The Shekinah appeared with such brillance, that everyone was impressed and the Jews began to examine who would be the promised Messiah. The Shekinah - called the 'Star of Bethlehem' by later Christians is described in Matthew 2:1
"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wide men (magi) from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he who has been born king of the jews? For we saw his star when it rose [or in the east] and have come to worship"