Jesus as the Sun

by Joshua Tilghman on September 3, 2012

In my last blog post I discussed astrology and how it is used in the Bible. We also looked at many scriptures which compared God to the sun. This is done in both the Old and New Testaments. Finally, we reviewed how a few key scriptures stated that the entire Gospel story and the stories of the Old Testament were shown in the heavens by the stars and planets in the sky. If you haven’t read that blog post entitled, The Bible, Jesus, and the Zodiac, please go there first since it sets the foundation for this post.

One particularly revealing verse we discussed in that post was Psalm 19:1-5, which also compared the heavens to a tabernacle for the sun. The sun is then compared to a bridegroom! This imagery is very similar to Christ.

Since this blog post will take a deeper look at how Jesus himself is compared with the sun, I am going to review a few scriptures from our last blog post and then give you some new poignant details to think about which also connect Christ with the Sun. And in case you are wondering, there isn’t going to be the typical conclusion that many scholars give about Christianity being a sun-god religion.

Here are the comparisons:

Malachi 4:2 is a prophecy concerning the messiah of Israel, and as we have already seen, it is about the sun, not the son. This is not a mistranslation, nor is it a mistake.

Jesus is also known as the bright and morning star. This is not a reference to Venus as some contend, but rather the sun.

Peter talks about the dawning day, and how the day star shall arise in our hearts. (1 Peter 1:19).

Jesus had 12 disciples. The sun also has 12 disciples as there are 12 constellations in the zodiac.

Jesus, the son, begins his ministry at age 30. The sun enters the signs of the zodiac at 30 degrees.

The sun is the brightest and hottest around 12 noon. Jesus, the son, is also shown in the scriptures to be doing his father’s will at age 12.

Jesus, the son, is the light of the world (John 8:12). The sun is also the light of the world.

Jesus, the son, comes in the clouds for every eye to see (Rev. 1:7). The sun also rides on the clouds and every eye sees it.

Jesus, the son, walks on water (Matthew 14:25). Notice that this was in the fourth watch of the night, which is right before dawn. Shortly, after (at dawn) the disciples saw him. The sun also walks on the water as its rays spread over seas and lakes at dawn. Please also realize that the ancient mystics divided up the night into four watches which correlated to periods of enlightenment, with the fourth watch being an awakening.

Jesus, the son, rose from the dead to heal. The sun also rises from the dead (after dying at sunset) to provide life-giving energy to the earth.

Jesus, the son, descended into hell for three days and three nights after dying on the cross (Acts 2:31). There is a big debate on this. Many people argue that Jesus did not go to hell, but rather the “heart of the earth.” The sun metaphorically dies for three days and three nights at the winter solstice. And when it sets, it seems to go into the “heart of the earth!”

Also consider that when the sun dies at the winter solstice, so does all the vegetation. It is resurrected in the spring just like we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in the spring.

When Jesus the son died, “darkness” covered the earth (Luke 23:44). Actually, Luke stated that the sun failed. During the winter solstice, it can also be said that sun fails to give its light upon the earth.

Jesus, the son, also wore a crown of thorns. The sun has a corona which resembles a crown of thorns during a solar eclipse. Did you know that a solar eclipse is supposed to have happened at the crucifixion?

By the way, “corona” means “crown.” You can look at countless pictures of Jesus painted in the early church with a sun or halo around his head.

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Lucas Cranach, 1558

After December 25th, the sun moves north one degree and gives us longer days. These longer days lead us to spring. This is alluded to in Luke (1:78-1:80). “Through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness…”

“Dayspring” means “dawn” and “east.” The sun rises in the east. But it gets better….

“And the child grew and waxed strong…” (Luke 1:80). “Waxed strong” means to “increase in vigor.” Isn’t this what the sun’s light does as we go from winter to spring to summer?

Jesus, the son, fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy about the sun in Matthew 17:2:

“And he was transfigured before them: and his face did shine like the sun, and his raiment (clothes) was white as the light.”

Why would Jesus’ clothes be described as being white like light? Obviously this alludes to the light of the sun.

Jesus, the son, comes from the east and shines to the west (Matthew 24:27). The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Finally, the New Testament description of God in 1 John 1:5 states:

“This then is the message that we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

So now that we have seen how Jesus is compared to the sun, the question we must ask is why.

You will find many scholars that reduce the whole gospel story as a solar god myth. But to do this would be to miss the entire point of what Christ and the sun truly represents. While many scholars have undoubtedly helped us make a connection to Christ and the sun, they offer no helpful conclusion as to what it truly means. To many ancient historians these correlations are nothing more than superstitious beliefs which had no real value to the human condition. But as we’ll see in our next post, this is a far cry from the truth. The Gospel story that is told in the heavens as the sun figuratively travels through the zodiac explains the story of the human condition, which is really the fall of consciousness into the ego-centric condition of man and his opportunity to return to Christ consciousness again!

What do you think of the correlation between Christ and the sun? Do you see this as significant?

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Betty Alark October 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Wow- this 4 part series is absolutely fascinating. At present I am reading and re-reading, I have been blessed to read and study the Bible for a duration and for that I am thankful! I think al things happen and are given for a reason, thus I am overly joyed with thanks giving for this work that has come to me!! Of course I am pondering every word and letting the Spirit discern and teach me as well- what is from the Spirit will be received since the Spirit is within.

The Spirit revealed to me some time ago – the the sun is representative of the son/Jesus/ And I understood it then, and was overly joy then too by the revelation! However, it wasn’t as comprehensive a revelation as what is revealed here.

Thus far- I am still taking it all in- pondering it and inquiring of the Spirit!!

I do have questions of you also – I assume spirit speaks to spirit/Spirit.

In the second picture: what does the mans hand symbol represent?

What is the meaning of your name? Joshua

Yes, I think the correlation to be very significant however at this point in my hearing- its the “correlation” that is significant and that in part because it was revealed to me before reading this work.


Betty Alark October 25, 2013 at 6:56 am

Going back and re-reading

Ok so again as I re-read this series — it seems like all that was displayed in the heavens during ancient times is a story of what the future will bring. They are pointing to a future time. A time in the distant future.

When Jesus came on the scene in the New Testiment all the signs of what was displayed in the heavens was confirmed through His coming – a manifestation of what had been displayed. And, what will continue to take place as we believe in the reasons for why Christ has now come.

Below: Peter speaks of a yet distant future. The word “shall” being yet to take place.

The numbers are also confirmation – they trigger memory .

“Peter talks about the dawning day, and how the day star shall arise in our hearts. (1 Peter 1:19).
Jesus had 12 disciples. The sun also has 12 disciples as there are 12 constellations in the zodiac.
Jesus, the son, begins his ministry at age 30. The sun enters the signs of the zodiac at 30 degrees.
The sun is the brightest and hottest around 12 noon. Jesus, the son, is also shown in the scriptures to be doing his father’s will at age 12.
Jesus, the son, is the light of the world (John 8:12). The sun is also the light of the world.
Jesus, the son, comes in the clouds for every eye to see (Rev. 1:7). The sun also rides on the clouds and every eye sees it.”

And this last one : “Jesus, the son, comes in the clouds for every eye to see (Rev. 1:7). The sun also rides on the clouds and every eye sees it.” Is still a distant future occurance.

Everything that the ancients observed pointed to a distant future and has been manifested until the day when Christ did appear, and is still occuring- in the now– moment by moment> through Christ Jesus.
When Jesus appeared on the seen – Isaiah 43:19 was taking place

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

And In Hebrews when God says “today”

As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrew 3:15

The new thing started taking place when Jesus came on the scene. It had never taken place before. This new thing that God is doing inwardly in the temple/our body via the Holy Spirit.

The heavens as well as the religious books- revealed the coming of the new thing that would take place as a result of Jesus coming, death and resurrection; which is the receiving of the Holy Spirit not simply the knowledge of who God is via what God has created/ the heavens that tell a story.

One day the story of what the Heavens revealed and is still revealing has , is and will yet come to pass.

A higher level of consciousness via knowledge, wisdom and understanding is one thing, and obviously the ancients had the knowledge wisdom and understainding that give them a higer level of consciousness however it didn’t change them inwardly. It did provide them with knowledge and probably a greater ego. But it didn’t change them inwardly for the better/ egoless.

Today- it is via the Holy Spirit that ego/conscious is over come/ put to death. And if you will– the sub-consciousness becoming pure untainted by the ego/conscious. But I call “it” — sub-conscious — pure spirit/Love?God inhabiting our temples our body.


Christopher February 26, 2014 at 3:21 am

Absolutely significant. The real important note is that words and objects, thoughts and people are being used To cover the code of existence. Whether it is Called jesus, horus, the sun Or christ, kundalini, and prana, it is what it is. These cover stories are necessary to indicate an inexpressable experience. All the words in the bible and all the actions of our universe point to our very Existence which is the truth. We may interpret and define the stars or the words but truly we are the experience of it all. I believe getting attached to the words seperates us from the big picture.


Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2014 at 11:23 am


Great points! It’s impossible to express the experience in words. That’s why we have mysticism and mythology. Thanks for commenting.


David Gantt September 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm

All what the Scriptures reveal is The Christ consciousness. The kingdom of God is within; It’s our dwelling place! It is the door that we go in having pasture. Within lies all the bread we need to live, where we receive divine inspiration. Unlimited upon unlimited, infinite upon infinite is the spirit realm. We receive love in Christ consciousness, we bless others with this fruit of the Spirit. Blessings shall return multifold! Halluajah! Christ consciousness is the kingdom within! Acknowledging this in all our ways, He(Christ consciousness) shall direct our paths. Our feet won’t slip but stand on firm ground(The Truth). I love the sun. It’s my favorite planet. It gives life to the world. Creation itself ushers in praise and worship unto the believer. Its all done in Spirit and Truth. Amen!


Rozi December 4, 2015 at 8:27 pm

The idea of comparing the Son of God to the sun in the sky arises because, in the english language, they are homophones = they sound the same but have different meanings. What we must remember though is that Jesus and the whole region spoke Aramaic. In Aramaic the words for son and sun do not rhyme:
The sun in Syriac Aramaic is šemšā

(bar), the Aramaic word for son

The Aramaic phrase Bar ‘ěnoš “son of man” › Our Faith Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Some gospels were first written in Greek where the words are different in number of syllables and not homophones:
The sun is helios (3 syllables)
A son is yios (2 syllables)
or huios (pronounced hwee-os’)…/huios.htm


Joshua Tilghman December 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Rozi, I understand your point, but the link between savior gods and the sun if firmly established.


rosanna January 2, 2016 at 10:53 pm

Yes…The Helios Biblica…is theHoly bible…The Sun bible!


David Gantt May 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

The Son/Sun is travels in a circle representing the doctrine of God is wholeness ie The Dharma. Isaiah 55:10 said His Word will not return to him void. Every day we see the gospel of the sun. The heavens are the chalkboard of the truth. Birth of the Sun, The Life of the Sun, Death of the Sun, Ressurection… Repeat. Blessings!!!


Jan June 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Wow another scripture reference!


Jan June 25, 2016 at 6:50 pm

This is quite interesting. I can’t really remember who, but within this past year I had someone confronting me about people worshiping the sun. My response was, “idolatry” but since then I’ve run across a couple of scriptures where it kind of points that out.

Song of Solomon 6:10 Who is she who looks forth as the morning, Fair as the moon, Clear as the sun, Awesome as an army with banners?

Psalms19:4-5 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

Which is exactly why I am on this page. My notation and in site Jesus=sun?


Joshua Tilghman July 2, 2016 at 12:43 pm


You got it!


God-Pain April 13, 2017 at 12:52 am

From my Vision Experience Jesus Rides Chariot as God Father sits with the Sun on his head giving Light to all Man Kind on earth as they face the enemies all day battling to take control of the sun. The Dust on Earth reflects in Clouds. Man was created by Dust and returns to dust if not granted Haven. As the Lords Prayer say ” Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”


John July 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

So was the Sun non existent while Christ lived on earth for the duration of his life?? This theory can’t be legitimate unless for 33 years the world lived in absolute darkness…


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