Not all stars have heliacal risings because some stars remain above the horizon all the time. Only certain stars rise and flash into existence at dawn. These twinkling helical risings were just one day of the year, so they were used by many different ancient civilizations to mark specific events such as the drought season and planting time. Because of this, the Plains Indians would use heliacal risings to signal the solstice.
Sirius: Dawn Rising
This quick flash video shows how the heliacal rising happens with Sirius. Watch the right horizon for Sirius, & the left for the sun. Source
Keep in mind, today we recognize a clear distinction between Astrology & Astronomy. While the astronomers do see mathematical patterns in the stars, they do not see them as influencing human behavior. However, in the ancient world, many people changed their behavior based on the movements of the stars; for example they navigated by them, planted crops by them, etc. They even took them to be for signs & portents. As always, God speaks your language, whatever that may be.
Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall crush the forehead of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
דָּרַך darak daw-rak' to tread; by implication, to walk; also to string a bow (by treading on it in bending):—archer, bend, come, draw, go (over), guide, lead (forth), thresh, tread (down), walk.
כּוֹכָב kowkab ko-kawb' rolling, blazing; a star (as round or as shining); figuratively, a prince:—star.
שֵׁבֶט shebet shay'-bet to branch off; a scion (literally), a stick for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, or (figuratively) a clan:—X correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.
קוּם quwm koom to rise (literal or figurative):—abide, accomplish, be clearer, confirm, continue, decree, be dim, endure, get up, lift up (again), make, ordain, perform, pitch, raise (up), rear (up), remain, rise (up) (again, against), rouse up, set (up), establish, (make to) stand (up), stir up, strengthen, succeed, as a rising star.
It seems to me that these two metaphors for Jesus represent him as a Dawn Star, or a heliacal star. Where the words "coming star" reveal His glory, the words "rising sceptor" reveal His power (or magnitude.) Paul even spoke in 1 Corinthians 15:41 of the fact that stars differ in magnitude or glory. Some are brighter than others. Jesus would come as a magnificent star, (or leader) glorious in magnitude, leading us to a new age. It is true they had waited long dark ages for Him to rise on their horizon. Just like a heliacal star, Jesus appeared just before the sunrise of God's Kingdom work beginning on Earth. His time on Earth would flicker out as the Church made it's appearance above the sky rim. But, He is still there, in conjunction with the church. We just can't see Him in the Church age because it is day. Jesus said we must work while it is day in John 9:4.
Likewise, today we are waiting on the return of Jesus to take His church home. Just like the Dawn Star, our Savior will rise on the eastern horizon. He will draw His church away to glory, and the people of Earth will be living in a dark age. This could be described metaphorically as a cosmical setting, which is what we use to refer to the point where a heliacal star drops below the western horizon and we no longer see it at night, until exactly a year from it's last dawn rising.
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There are many theories about the star of Bethlehem. This short video was produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network; Pat Robertson, and gives a basic summary of background info about the wise men looking for Jesus' coming. Source
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Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Notice that Balaam the prophet was also a wise man from the East, just like these three wise guys. But, you have to ask the question, if these orientals were tracking a celestial object, why couldn't they see it when they got to Israel? Apparently, it was cloudy weather and the stars weren't out, or perhaps it was just day time, or the view was blocked by the changing landscape if the star was low in the horizon. Whether the "star" was a single star, or a cluster of stars, or even a conjunction of 2 or three planets, appearing to be one bright star out of place in their star maps, either way they located it again almost 2 years later. Jesus was almost 2 when the wise men found him. After they worshiped Him, giving Him gifts fit for a king who would die young, Joseph was warned in a dream that people wanted Jesus dead, so he loaded up his little family, and they became refugees in Egypt.
It certainly seems as if this "star" had set cosmically below the western horizon just after Jesus' birth, and did not reappear for awhile. It took two years after his birth to track him to his house by the star's appearance. Of course, the star would have made it's path further and further each night across the sky while they were traveling west. It would have appeared low on their horizon as they neared Jerusalem. And, it would have faded from the sky for the duration of that year, obliterated by the rising sun, just after its cosmical setting over Jesus' stable in Bethlehem. They hung around for a while, and eventually it made it's way back across the sky on the next circuit. Of course, at this point they weren't observing it from the far east. It was directly overhead over Jesus' home. And, just like before it set that night, fading from the sky for another year.
It could have been a Dawn Star the wise men were following; one like Sirius. You can see where some have researched the rising and setting dates for Sirius from 800 b.c. to 2000 a.d. Either way, the only question that really matters is, Is Jesus your Dawn Star? Has He risen in your heart? When He appears in the eastern sky, will you be ready?
2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: