The link above is a really interesting article/pamphlet by Henry M. Morris Ph.D.
I was reading in Matthew about the wise men, and I knew that they may have had a strong connection to the Babylonian tradition and been keenly aware of Daniel's writings and the prophecies he studied. The one question I had was since Daniel provided them with the "where" the king would be born...how did they know the when?
This article points out that Balaam has a prophecy about a star and a leader rising out of Israel in Numbers 24:17-19.
17 I see him, but not now; I perceive him, but not near.
A star will come from Jacob, and a scepter will arise from Israel.
He will smash the forehead of Moab and strike down all the Shethites.
18 Edom will become a possession; Seir will become a possession of its enemies, but Israel will be triumphant.
19 One who comes from Jacob will rule; he will destroy the city’s survivors.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian standard version. (2009). (Nu 24:17–19). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.
Balaam is a very interesting character in the Bible. He doesn't seem to be critical to any particular narrative, but he comes up over and over, as though there were more to him than is readily obvious. If you are interested in prophecy I encourage you to take a few minutes and read through this article. It helped me to have a new appreciation for the wise men in the Christmas story.
I believe that no matter what worldview we espouse we should understand what we believe any why. I hope to show others that the Christian worldview is not only accurate but true. If not, I hope they will be clear on why they reject it.