Dear Sharon and Doves,
I was also very excited when I watched the Star of Bethlehem video. What an amazing presentation! What a diligent work! I very much enjoyed it! I strongly recommend everyone to watch that video. I was very much inspired after watching it. Excellent piece of work by Mr. Rick Larson. His website is http://www.bethlehemstar.net/
Only with regard to the dating of the crucifixion (subject which is presented in an extra track of the DVD), I don’t think it took place in the year 33 A.D.
Larson (the author) had many premises to define the Day of the Cross (see explanation here: http://www.bethlehemstar.net/day/day.htm). I think all of them were correct except for one.
He found all years when there happened a lunar eclipse exactly on the 14th of Nisan (the Passover according to Leviticus 23) between the year 28 A.D. and the year 33 A.D. By the way Larson reminds us that many people say that Jesus was 30 when He began His ministry and therefore He had to be 33 when He died – which would narrow a lot the time frame for the year of the crucifixion. Larson explains that what the Scriptures say is that Jesus was about (approximately) 30 years old when He began His ministry, so He could have been any age between 29 and 32, for example, whey Luke 3:23 says that He was about 30. That verse doesn’t specify a precise age and I agree with Mr. Larson regarding this issue.
What I don’t agree with is his premise that the 14th of Nisan in the year of the crucifixion would have to be on a day the in our Gregorian Calendar is known as “Friday”. Although I do believe that the crucifixion took place on Preparation Day (the day before the weekly Sabbath), that His body rested in the tumb on the weekly Sabbath and that His resurrection took place on the first day of the week (the day immediately following the weekly Sabbath), I do not share the view that Preparation Day was necessarily a Friday.
Most people think that The Sabbath is the same thing as the Gregorian calendar day we know as “Saturday”, which is not. .
Explanations can be found in many articles in these websites:
The first time I read these studies I found it very hard to accept those explanations (that The Sabbath is not the same thing as Saturday). But later I found most of their thoughts accurate and very reasonable, all supported by scripture. It is simply amazing. One can say when is the Sabbath even if they are in a desert island and don’t have a calendar or a watch.
What I’m going to say doesn’t invalidate Mr. Larson spectacular findings, but only question if the crucifixion really took place in 33 A.D. I’m saying that because I noticed that in his researches he discarded a total lunar eclipse in the year 32 A.D. which happened in the Passover week just because the day of the eclipse that year didn’t fall on a Friday.
The total lunar eclipse on April 14th 32 A.D. was much stronger and impressive than the one in 33 A.D., lasting 1h41min (or, if considering the entire phenomenon, 3 hours and 43 minutes), having started at 11:57 according to NASA website). http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/0001-0100/LE0032-04-14T.gif
The eclipse in April 3rd 33 A.D. was partial (http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/0001-0100/LE0033-04-03P.gif).
I truly believe that the eclipse happening on the day of Jesus crucifixion was a total eclipse and also that it did not have to take place on the day of the week we know today as “Friday”. That’s why the eclipse the happened on April 14th 32 A.D. perfectly qualifies, in my opinion.
If we use Sttelarium or Starry Night software and observe the Earth from the Moon as a viewpoint, Larson’s findings that eclipse was in front of the constellation of Aries (Lamb) continues to be valid. That part of the video was so amazing and moving.
People accept the scripture where it says that the Jews would “forget” God’s name for Baal/”lord” but won’t accept where the scripture says that He would destroy their Sanctuary and cause His Sabbaths to be "forgotten" in Zion (Lamentation 2:6.). Yes, the Name AND Sabbaths were both forgotten!
Philo kept the Lunar Sabbath: http://www.lunarsabbath.info/id3.html
The Gregorian calendar was created in 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII corrected the errors of the Julian calendar. Over time the majority of the civilized world adopted the calendar we adhere to today—the Gregorian calendar. See Daniel 7:25. Neither the Julian, nor the Gregorian calendar regulates time according to scripture. They arbitrarily begin the year in winter, days at midnight and completely ignore the lunar cycle and the new moon. Check here: http://creationcalendar.com/CalendarIssue/4-CreationCalendarvs.Gregorian.pdf
When did the Saturday became “the Sabbath”, then? See here: http://www.creationcalendar.com/files/22-HowDidSatyrdayBecomeTheSabbath.pdf
So I believe that there is a HUGE probability that the year of the crucifixion was 32 A.D., when there was a SPECTACULAR Lunar Eclipse on the day we today call “April 14th” (a “Wednesday” in the Gregorian calendar, which means absolutely nothing in our Father’s original calendar). The 14th of Nisan was and is ALWAYS on the day before the correct Sabbath (which are always on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of the Hebrew month).
I know that if you go to a Hebrew calendar converter you will find that April 14th 32 A.D. would correspond to “Nisan 16th”, but it is just not so.
First of all, the calendar converter expressly states (in a Warning in bold red color) that results for year 1752 C.E. and before may not be accurate, because of changes introduced by Pope Gregory XIII. See here: http://www.hebcal.com/converter/?gd=14&gm=4&gy=32&g2h=Convert+Gregorian+to+Hebrew+date
Secondly, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, if we KNOW that all 15th days of the Hebrew months are FULL MOON, then that full moon rises in the Northern Hemisphere on the evening before. During the waxing moon, the phases are seen the evening before. The quarter phase seen at sunset on day 7 announces Day 8 as the Sabbath and, respectively, the full moon seen at sunset on day 14 announces Day 15 as the Sabbath. Reference: http://creationcalendar.com/CalendarIssue/6-ConjunctionStudy.pdf
So I think that the day of the total lunar eclipse on April 14th 32 A.D. was the 14th of Nisan, preparation day, the day before the Sabbath, and very probably the day of the Cross.
Love in Christ,