One of these appears in the blasphemous We saw an extraordinary large star shining among the stars of heaven, and so out-shined all the other stars, as that they became not visible, and we knew thereby that a great king was born in Israel, and therefore we are come to worship him.(A star shone in heaven beyond all the other stars, and its light was inexpressible, and its novelty struck terror into men's minds.Now if Numbers refers to the Star of Bethlehem in addition to referring to the Lord Jesus Christ, then either the wise men saw a star ascending into the sky from the very land of Israel; or else a part of the sun was torn loose and was observed as a star by the wise men in the east.
Furthermore, it went ahead of them until it stood over the house wherein the young child was.Finally, the visit of the wise men may have been as much as two years after the appearance of the star, possibly, even, two years after the birth of the Lord.November 29, 2009 Truly one of the hardest things to date in the annuals of chronology is the exact birth date of Jesus, son of Joseph the carpenter and Mary from Bethlehem.Scholars from all denominations, even many from the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches have concluded that Jesus was not born on or near the 25th day of December -- after all shepherds did not attend to sheep from mid-October until early March.The only other possible mention of the star occurs in Numbers where Balaam, in blessing the nation of Israel as it is about to enter the promised land, says: The passage relates that a Star will rise out of Jacob. " Some evidence is found in Joseph's dream in Genesis 37:9-11, where Joseph is the star about whom Jacob (who is Israel), his wife, and eleven of his sons do obeisance.
That passage identifies Israel with the sun, and Joseph is a star "out of Jacob." Now Joseph is a type of Christ, and Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of Balaam's prophecy.
The date of April 6 comes from the date that the LDS Church was originally organized in 1830.
Chadwick's article goes into great detail on the various clues the Bible and the Book of Mormon give for the date of Jesus' birth. C.)." Chadwick then looks at the Annunciation to Mary that she would have a son named Jesus. 25 as on any other date in the few weeks preceding it or following it," Chadwick wrote.
The biggest clue, by far, appears to be the death of King Herod the Great. Chadwick wrote that the historical record places Herod's death at the end of March or beginning of April in 4 B. This date is confirmed by both the mention of a lunar eclipse before Herod's death and the date his son was deposed by Caesar Augustus. Luke placed this event in the sixth month — which at the time was from mid-to-late February to mid-to-late March.
Both those fixed events fit together to confirm Herod's death.
Since his book, Mormons — from church leaders to children — have accepted April 6 as the real date of Jesus' birth. Reuben Clark Jr., a counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS Church, wrote that Christ's birth was in December of 5 B. Another time he wrote, "It is now June the twelfth, one thousand eight hundred and thirty one years, since the coming of our Lord and Savior in the flesh." In other words, this type of language was merely a fancy 19th-century way of saying the date. He looked closely at the time of Jesus' death, for example, tied it to the length of Jesus' life given in the Book of Mormon, added such things as time for Jesus' circumcision eight days after his birth, Mary's 40 days of ritual purification, the visit of wise men from the east and a two-week journey to Egypt.