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Marc Doiron December 12, 2020 at 4:38 am

Great article. However, you state in the opening paragraph that the magi were the most powerful and prominent advisors in Medo-Persia and subsequently Babylon. I can only assume that this reversal is a typeset error as they were in Babylon first and then Medo-Persia.
Also, the 70 weeks prophecy has the 69 weeks (483 years) taking us to the Passion week of Jesus, while the last week (7years) remains to occur as The Tribulation period of Revelation.

Jack Wellman December 12, 2020 at 9:55 am

Hello Mr. Doiron. After the downfall of Assyrian and Babylonian power, the religion of the Magi held sway in Persia. Cyrus completely conquered the sacred caste; his son Cambyses severely repressed it. The Magians revolted and set up Gaumata, their chief, as King of Persia under the name of Smerdis. He was, however, murdered (521 B.C.), and Darius became king. This downfall of the Magi was celebrated by a national Persian holiday called magophonia (Her., III, lxiii, lxxiii, lxxix). Still the religious influence of this priestly caste continued throughout the rule of the Achaemenian dynasty in Persia (Ctesias, “Persica”, X-XV); and is not unlikely that at the time of the birth of Christ it was still flourishing under the Parthian dominion. Strabo (XI, ix, 3) says that the Magian priests formed one of the two councils of the Parthian Empire. It was Daniel who was second in command in the Babylonia kingdom, so it is no error. They held great power, politically, financially, and otherwise.

Stephen Aki Braimah December 13, 2020 at 7:28 pm

Didactic in Biblical history and in the ancient empires that predate Christ’s and thereafter. I learned much about history, prophetic interpretation, and the origin of the gifts and their significance. This is an interesting read and a lesson in the account of the Wisemen who visited the infant Jesus (toddler). I am interested in the Spiritual/Biblical significance of the three gifts, namely; gold, kings/royalty; frankincense (prayers): the myrrh was used as an embalming oil). You mentioned the economic benefit of the gifts to His parents. I am particularly interested in the significance of oil. Thanks, Pastor Wellman. This is a good lesson for budding bible students, like myself.

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