Creator of The Star of Bethlehem documentary preparing to make The Christ Quake

Scholars debate whether the Star of Bethlehem was a legend created by the early church or a miracle that marked the birth of Christ. Is it possible that the star was a real, astronomical event?

While researching the birth of Christ in preparation of teaching a class for his church, attorney Rick Larson became intrigued by whether the star mentioned in Matthew’s gospel was an actual event. This mystery sent Larson on an intensive search – using historical records and modern scientific research – for the truth. The results of his research are presented in a critically acclaimed DVD documentary, The Star of Bethlehem, from Producer Stephen McEveety of MPower Pictures (The Passion of the Christ) as well as in live presentations

Exploring the exciting truth of Scripture and revealing the evidence for God’s existence as seen in the stars above, through The Star of Bethlehem, Rick Larson walks audiences through Biblical and historical clues revealing the incredible significance of this celestial event as well as the vastness of God’s creativity.

Since his first presentation, Larson has spoken to tens of thousands of people around the country and across the globe, including several large universities in China. Interviews with Larson or streaming of The Star of Bethlehem has been seen on multiple television networks, including ABC, CBS NBC, CBN, PBS, EWTN and FOX NEWS. A team from TBS flew from New York to interview Larson in his home while BBC flew from England to do the same.

There are no signs of the popularity of Larson’s presentation diminishing. It has repeatedly been the Number One independent documentary in the world. “Those lists change weekly or even daily and it doesn’t mean quite as much as it sounds like it means,” Larson explained “It just means there is a big rush of sales; there will be a rush for a few weeks and you’ve made Number One. But, the fact that it’s done that a few times and the fact that it has done that on Amazon several times tells me that it’s good stuff.” With all the purchases, the live presentations and the video streaming, Larson estimates that over 100 million people have seen the The Star of Bethlehem.

After the popularity of The Star of Bethlehem, Larson was inundated with questions about what he was going to do next. “There was pressure to do something about the Second Coming and star signs that might indicate it,” he said. “I felt absolutely no peace about that at all; if I knew something, I didn’t feel comfortable getting into that arena. Another group of people wanted me to do something on the stars and the Jewish festivals. Those festivals are lunar, so there are signs; but to me, that area to me is saturated.”

Larson has a group of people who pray with him each Friday for The Star of Bethlehem. During one of these times, they were praying over what he might do next, when the quake on the day of the Crucifixion came to mind. “It occurred to me that, if there had been a quake, would there be some evidence of it.” He thought that they might be able to tie this evidence to within several hundred years to the Cross.

Being an attorney, he had no training in the field of geology. For most of two years, he contacted several geologists, hoping to find one could help him look into this, to make an argument for the date of the Crucifixion. However, for different reasons, it didn’t work out.

Larson and his prayer team continued to pray about this. “One morning, I was praying, ‘Lord, I need a geologist. I am not a geologist.’ As I’m praying those words, I’m hearing, “Rick, you’re not an astronomer either.” I thought, On no; I’m supposed to do this? e told his prayer team that he would look into the literature. “I’m not a geologist, I might not understand it, but I’ll see if I can make hide or hair out of it.”

He found some academic papers by Israeli geologists; after three days of studying them, Larson was shocked by what he read. “It was blowing my mind. It was academic literature, written by Israeli academics, with results right on point for what I needed to see. You can imagine how excited I was when I saw a quake pegged to 33 A.D.”

That birthed the idea Larson’s next documentary, The Christ Quake. Where The Star of Bethlehem provided scientific and historical evidence that marked the date of Jesus’ birth, The Christ Quake will provide, through scientific investigation – including geophysical investigation at the Dead Sea – the date of the Crucifixion.

“One of the unique characteristics of the Dead Sea is that there are no fish stirring up sediment,” Larson says, “what settles to the bottom stays settled. You get layers in the sedimentary rock that are almagamous to tree rings; it is it is possible to actually to tie in tectonic events to individual years; which is astonishing.”

Rather than looking for backers or producers from Hollywood, Larson decided to make The Christ Quake completely independent from start to finish. Larson has launched a Kickstarter project for the documentary with a set goal of $300,000. Larson believes that the film will get made but, for him, there is more to this Kickstarter project than the money. If the set goal is not met, no one will be charged money, but Kickstarter doesn’t release the email addresses of the people who pledged money. “I can’t bear leaving behind those people who have pledged to make the film happen. So I’m struggling to figure out how we can make sure we get over the three hundred thousand, so I don’t leave those people behind.

“There is a lot more to the story of [what we found in Israel] and a lot more fun stuff for people to see and understand and new stuff that the Body of Christ doesn’t know. The point of The Christ Quake is to reveal some of these wonderful secrets and science,” he states. “I’m looking forward to getting to make the film.”