What are the much talked of signs in the sun, moon and stars preceding the return of Jesus ?
Immediately after the tribulation of those days: ‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. Matt. 24:29-30
WHEN DO THEY OCCUR ?
The phrase “after the tribulation of those days” gives the timing of this passage. It refers to the time of trouble for Israel that saw them scattered to the ends of the earth – (See Olivet Prophecy)
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all nations. Luke 21:24
This was the ‘tribulation’ for Israel that lasted almost 2,000 years until the horrors of the Holocaust were followed by the return to the Promised Land. The signs in the heavens occur after the tribulation for the Jews, when they are a nation back in their own land.
WHAT ARE FALLING STARS?
When ‘lucifer’ (meaning bright star) fell from heaven – the King of Babylon lost his power –
Is 14:12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God;… “I will rise up against them,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will wipe out Babylon’s name and survivors”
In a biblical context – falling stars are people.
WHERE ARE THE SIGNS?
The focus of last day Bible prophecy concerns the land promised to Abraham – the witness of events in the Middle East including the land of the Euphrates –
“And the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the East.” Rev. 16:12
Including Israel and the surrounding nations –
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples.” Zechariah 12:2
Daniel 8 describes some of the falling stars caused by the little horn power that leaves its place and rises in the Promised Land –
And out of one of them came forth one strong horn, and it grew very great toward the south, and toward the host: and it magnified itself to the host of heaven; and there fell to the earth some of the host of heaven and of the stars, and they trampled on them. Daniel 8:9-10 Septuagint version – See Daniel 7 & 8 End Times Prophecy
It is Israel and her surrounding neighbours who are the witnesses in the end time prophecies. In recent years we have witnessed the fall of Sadam Hussein (president of Iraq), Qasem Soleimani (commander of Quds force), the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iran’s nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and even Donald Trump who Israel turned to for support. These are falling stars – signs in the heavens or high places of men.
SUN TO DARKNESS MOON TO BLOOD
In Joel the sun is turned to darkness and the moon to blood
Joel 2:1-2 The day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand— a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come. …verse 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before (or in the face of ) the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
Again this is highly symbolic language. When the sun and moon are darkened or turned to blood it’s talking of the political desolation or destruction of a kingdom (See Newton’s Bible Symbols) an apt description of present day Syria, Iraq and Lebanon – countries witnessing to the times we are in by their political disarray (darkness). Even the rulers of Israel seem unable to form a solid government and are themselves in shaky times.
ISRAEL BECAME BABYLON
The book of Revelation links last day signs to the demise of Babylon. Its a warning to all to leave ‘Babylon’ and be part of ‘Jerusalem’ – cities set in antithesis.
Israel (Jerusalem) was given the task of being a ‘Light to the Nations’ – But they preferred to keep the nations out –
“We alone will build a temple to our God” Ezra 4:3 (See: Last Events of Old Testament – Right or Wrong)
My people are fools; they have not known Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but they know not how to do good. I looked at the earth, and it was formless and void; I looked to the heavens, and they had no light. Jeremiah 4:22-23 (meaning Israel had no light)
Israel were supposed to Flee Babylon and all it represented –
“Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the LORD’s vengeance; he will repay her what she deserves.” Jer. 51:6
In Revelation, the old prophecies that initially applied to ancient Babylon apply to ‘Mystery Babylon’ which is Israel the harlot of Revelation 17 (See: Mene Mene Tekel Parsin – Coming Judgement פסק הדין בישראל)
In Jeremiah 51 the scroll concerning the end of literal Babylon was thrown into the Euphrates
But the scroll that was thrown into the Euphrates in Jeremiah 51 is again visible with the drying of the Euphrates
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Rev. 16:12
Revelation uses the old prophecies concerning Babylon, and re-applies them to ‘Mystery Babylon’ – the harlot who “Has kingship among the kings of the earth” (Rev. 17:18) Israel prides itself on its technology and military strength among the nations of the world. But God chose them to be separate from the ‘kings of the earth’ and reflect a heavenly kingdom with different values. But they ‘became Babylon’ – their light went out –
Compare the coloured similarities –
The Medes and Persians who once destroyed Babylon will again rise up – this time against Mystery Babylon (Israel) –
1st Fulfilment – Jer. 51:11 Sharpen the arrows! Fill the quivers! The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because His plan is aimed at Babylon to destroy her, for it is the vengeance of the LORD— vengeance for His temple.
2nd Fulfilment – Jer. 51:11 Sharpen the arrows! Fill the quivers! The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes (Iran), because His plan is aimed at Babylon (Mystery Babylon – Israel) to destroy her, for it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for His temple (Jesus was the true temple – “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up”).
See Daniel 7-8 – End Time Prophecy for the role of IRAN in last day prophecy… A witness in the final dark days of the heavens of men.
NEW HEAVENS AND EARTH
The Bible describes a political heaven and earth that is ‘of men’ and another that is ‘of God’. Those who have left Babylon and seek God already live in the Godly heavens –
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6
Who is this who shines like the dawn, as fair as the moon, as bright as the sun, as majestic as the stars in procession? Song of Sol. 6:10 (See: Song of Solomon the Ultimate Love Song)
When Jesus comes the old political system of men will be replaced by the rule of Jesus. There will be no more ‘sea’ – symbol of separate nations – because God’s Kingdom will cover the entire planet and His glory will fill the earth –
Rev. 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth (political), for the first heaven and earth had passed away, and the sea (of nations) was no more.
also ‘Revelation – A Message for the Last Days’ https://alsowritten.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/revelation-a-message-for-the-last-days/
For a fuller Explanation watch youtube REVELATION A Message to Israel