“THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND” Luke 21:31 By Andre Austin Q. When Jesus said that his New Kingdom was near at hand was he in reference to the Egyptian Heb-Sed festival? A. Yes, Most likely 1. Jesus use of the word Hand didn’t mean near because nigh/near was already stated. 2. Egyptian Pharaohs/Kings would traditionaly hold Heb-Sed festivals to reconfirm/renew their claim to the throne/Kingdom. The Kings rejuvenated their powers at these mysterious festivals that included “serpent/sceptre rod” and “Hand ritual”. 3. The Heb-Sed festivals were held at 30 year intervals which is precisely when Jesus began his ministry (Luke 3:23). In Egypt and Rome adultship was obtained at 30 years.The Egyptians incorporated Astrological/Magical knowledge into their Kingship. All Egyptians Kings were called “sun/son of God”. In the Zodiac, invented in Egypt, we have the “Sun of God” entering into each sign of the Zodiac at 30 degrees; hence, the Sun of God begins his ministry at age 30. 4. Magic/knowledge was given to all Kings for foresight. Part of the symbol for magic is two horns or two hands pointing upwards. It’s no coincidence that hand rituals being associated with renewed Kingdoms isn’t somehow linked with Jesus hands and his new Kingdom.