Revelation Chapter 6:13
Revelation 6:13 – And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
After the earthquake and darkening of the sun and moon, “stars” fall to the earth. Obviously these are not stars like the sun. John is probably describing what we refer to as meteors, or “shooting stars,” which is space debris that falls to the earth, glowing as a result of the heat, as it enters the atmosphere. If a large heavenly body passes by the earth, these falling “stars” could be part of the debris field that typically follows a foreign body like a comet or large asteroid:
The following passage in Isaiah is about the Tribulation, because it describes judgment against the “whole earth” and “all the nations.” The “Assyrian” is a title of the antichrist, as discussed in: “The Nationality of the Antichrist.” God will destroy Babylon at the end of the Tribulation by fire (Revelation 18:8-9). Note how Isaiah describes this destruction as a “broom”:
Isaiah 14:22 – “For I will rise up against them,” says the LORD of hosts, “And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and offspring and posterity,” says the LORD. “I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and marshes of muddy water; I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” says the LORD of hosts. The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand: That I will break the Assyrian in My land, and on My mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them, and his burden removed from their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.”
A comet could be described as a broom. If a comet passes by earth at the beginning of the Tribulation in the sixth Seal judgment, the debris following in its tail could plague the earth for years. Some debris could get caught in Earth’s gravitational field. Also, the earth would move through the debris field every year, like it does other debris fields left by other comets (Sources: 1 2 3).
Other Tribulation judgments might originate from a comet and its debris tail. Comets consist of ice. If pieces of a comet break off and fall to earth before it melts, it could be described as hail. Comet particles would burn as they enter the atmosphere:
Revelation 8:7 – The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
The second Trumpet judgment could be a comet fragment the size of a mountain:
Revelation 8:8 – Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.
In both the first and second Trumpet judgments blood appears. The Greek word for “blood” is “haima,” which is where we derive our words like “hemoglobin” in human blood, which consists of iron, and “hematite,” describing the blood-red color of iron oxide (Source). Iron oxide has been found in comets (Sources: 1 2 3 4). Iron oxide could cause water to look like blood (Sources: 1 2 3). Iron oxide in dust particles have been known to form blood rain (Source). Therefore, comet fragments entering the atmosphere could look like hail and fire, mingled with blood (Revelation 8:7), and a sizable fragment could make a large body of water become as blood (Revelation 8:8).
Comets contain hydrogen cyanide, which has a bitter taste (Source). If a piece of a comet enters the atmosphere, it could rain down this gas on waters or streams, and/or hit a significant water source that could make rivers and streams bitter:
Revelation 8:10-11 – Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
John describes the stars falling like “late figs” shaken off the tree by a “mighty wind.” Late or ripe figs are loose, and if shaken, fall easily from the tree:
Nahum 3:11-12 – You also will be drunk; you will be hidden; you also will seek refuge from the enemy. All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs: If they are shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.
If a mighty wind shakes many figs from a tree, the imagery could easily describe a large meteor shower, worse than the Leonid shower pictured here:
In the following parallel passage, Isaiah also describes the falling stars as leaves falling from the vine. When the leaves turn in the fall, a windy day will make the leaves rain off the trees and vines, much like a fig tree would drop its late figs. The brilliant color of the fall leaves captures the fiery look of falling stars, or meteors:
Isaiah 34:2-4 – For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter. Also their slain shall be thrown out; their stench shall rise from their corpses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their host shall fall down as the leaf falls from the vine, and as fruit falling from a fig tree.
As an interesting side note, when God will “sift the nations,” His breath is described “like a stream of brimstone,” which sounds a lot like a comet:
Isaiah 30:27-28, 30, 33 – Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar, burning with His anger, and His burden is heavy; His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue like a devouring fire. His breath is like an overflowing stream, which reaches up to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of futility; and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err…. The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and show the descent of His arm, with the indignation of His anger and the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones…. For Tophet was established of old, yes, for the king it is prepared. He has made it deep and large; its pyre is fire with much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, kindles it.
Ezekiel 38:19-22 – “For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”
Some believe the “stars” falling to earth are speaking of the fallen angels who are cast out of Heaven:
Revelation 12:6-9 – Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
While angels are called “stars,” as discussed in Revelation 1:20, the timing of the war in Heaven is toward the middle of the Tribulation, when Israel flees to the wilderness (Matthew 24:15-22). While some believe the Seal judgments are spread evenly through the first half of the Tribulation, I personally see the seals as being opened in rapid-fire succession near the beginning of the Tribulation.
History has shown that the consequences of conquest and war depicted in the first four seals naturally occur immediately afterward. Also, the “half hour of silence” in the seventh Seal judgment (Revelation 8:1), the timing of the two witnesses’ ministry (Revelation 11:3) and the seven years to burn weapons after the “Gog and Magog War” suggest that Jesus breaks all the seals at the beginning of the Tribulation. Therefore, I do not believe the “stars” falling in the sixth Seal are angels, but literal shooting stars from the debris tail of a heavenly body, near the beginning of the Tribulation.
“Stars of heaven fell”: The word “stars” can refer to any celestial body, large or small, and is not limited to normal English usage. The best explanation is a massive asteroid or meteor shower.
“Untimely figs”: Winter figs that grow without the protection of leaves and are easily blown from the tree.
The fig tree (physical Israel), rejected Jesus and His Holy Spirit. In (Acts chapter 2), we read of the sound as of the rushing mighty wind that came and filled them with the Holy Ghost.
This mighty wind is of God. Many times, when we read of the mighty wind, it is a sign of the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit can be beautiful, as we read (in Acts 2), or frightening to those who do not believe.
The Old Testament and the New Testament agree that there will be a time when the heavens will be shaken. (Isaiah chapters 7, 13, 17, Matthew 24), and at least a dozen more chapters in the Old and New Testaments agree that there will be a day, just as this one spoken of that John saw, when the heavens will be shaken.
We read also, of the spiritual shaking that will take place. We read that there shall be a great falling away in the church right before this occurs.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
As you can see, believers will be tried, and many will fall away. (In Luke chapter 21:16), we read about those who will be betrayed by those of their own household and friends.
We read again of the commotion in heaven:
Luke 21:25-26 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
You can easily see that this is prophesied, not just of John, but by dozens of pens throughout the Bible.
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