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.
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?