The Gilead Institute of America

How Many Wise Men Visited Christ?

The Bible tells us that after the birth of Christ there came "wise men from the east" (Matt. 2:1) to visit Him. We have been led to believe that this caravan of wise men consisted of three individuals. But history shows that these wise men or magi never traveled very long distances in small groups because of the dangers they could encounter along the way. In addition, the magi were philosophers, rulers, or men of great nobility. Whenever men of such high rank made long journeys, they took their servants and many soldiers along with them, especially when they were carrying precious gifts of jewelry or wealth.

 It is therefore inconceivable that there were only three individuals in this caravan who visited Christ following His birth. Many adhere to this false belief simply because the Bible states that the gifts presented to Christ were "gold, and frankincense and myrrh" (Matt. 2:11).

Furthermore, if only three individuals had made the long journey to visit the King of kings, surely the appearance of three individuals in Jerusalem would not have been unusual enough to attract the attention of Herod, the king, as well as the inhabitants of Jerusalem. However, "he [Herod] was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him" (Matt. 2:3).

 Normally the impression is given that both the shepherds and the wise men visited Jesus at the very same time (supposedly Christmas day). However, these wise men did not visit Jesus Christ on the very same day that the shepherds found Him in a stable "wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger" (Luke 2:12). No, indeed, it was some time after this that the wise men visited the Son of God. Hence the reason that the Scriptures do not indicate in any way that the shepherds were present when the wise men found Him. Furthermore, the Scriptures declare that Jesus was not found by the magi in a stable, as is often intimated, but instead we are told that "when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother" (Matt. 2:11).

As you can see dear readers, many inconsistencies exist between the popular concepts of the birth of our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and the Truth. Yet, all of these inconsistencies seem to be upheld only in an effort to promote the pagan festival of Christmas day. How sad, how very sad this is indeed! Shouldn't God's true and faithful children just settle for the truth instead of tradition? And has not this always been God's holy will?

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