"Watch the stars, and from them learn. To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground."
For those serious about unlocking the mysteries of the universe, the stars have always been a stable resource. After all, weren't the Magi themselves astronomers who read what the stars revealed?
Meteorologist Ernest L. Martin said, "While ordinary people in modern times who are not professional astronomers have little knowledge of the solar, lunar, planetary and stellar motions, the people from the 1st century up to the Industrial Revolution were well accustomed to them. Even people of little education were generally knowledgeable of the main motions of the astronomical bodies even more than most college-educated people today."
So what happened? I'm too blonde to tackle anything that deep, but I know one man who's brought a lot of this down to earth. Edwin Johnson, an electrical engineer from Mountain Park, has concluded that the Creation Calendar, based on the stars, is the key to determining the exact date of anything that has ever happened, including the birth of the Messiah.
Because the Creation calendar is a living calendar, aligned with nature and not set to a rigid mathematical schedule like the Gregorian calendar, it provides scientific validation for events all through history. And now, technology allows us to recreate the sky exactly as it was for centuries in the past.
"A friend, who I have been working with these past two years, has done most of the tedious chronology research. He has utilized approximately 300 recorded eclipses along with recorded ancient secular history and of course, the Scriptures, to pin down ancient events in history to the correct point in time. He has been researching continuously for the past 11 years in Jerusalem.
"He and his wife, my wife Amy and I traveled together all over Israel in the spring of 2008 and studied together. It has been the most intense software project I have ever undertaken. We have calculated the exact positions of the moon and earth, relative to the sun, for 7,000 years of ancient and future time."
For anyone interested in learning about "real time," Johnson recommends reading "The Star that Astonished the World" by Ernest L. Martin.
"His work is amazing and is shown in over 600 planetariums throughout the world each season. I visited the Fernbank planetarium and spoke with the astronomer there. When I asked had she seen these, her eyes lit up. Before coming to Fernbank, she had worked at a planetarium in Chicago where they have a more advanced electronic projector. She had seen all the conjunctions."
Johnson's findings, including the exact day of the Messiah's birth are clearly visible at www.torahcalendar.com
And should anyone wonder if Johnson is on the right track, consider Psalm 90:12. "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Susan Larson is a Lilburn resident. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.