Stars of Heaven Fall
stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
In 1833, . . . the last of the signs appeared which were promised by the Savior
as tokens of His second advent. Said Jesus, "The stars shall fall from
heaven." And John in the Revelation declared, as he beheld in vision
the scenes that should herald the day of God, "The stars of heaven fell
unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is
shaken of a mighty wind." This prophecy received a striking and impressive
fulfilment in the great meteoric shower of November 13, 1833. That was the
most extensive and wonderful display of falling stars which has ever been
recorded; "the whole firmament, over all the United States, being then,
for hours, in fiery commotion! No celestial phenomenon has ever occurred in
this country, since its first settlement, which was viewed with such intense
admiration by one class in the community, or with so much dread and alarm
by another." "Its sublimity and awful beauty still linger in many
minds. . . . Never did rain fall much thicker than the meteors fell toward
the earth; east, west, north, and south, it was the same. In a word, the whole
heavens seemed in motion. . . . The display, as described in Professor Silliman's
Journal, was seen all over North America. . . . From two o'clock until broad
daylight, . . . an incessant play of dazzlingly brilliant luminosities was
kept up in the whole heavens."--R. M. Devens, American Progress; or,
The Great Events of the Greatest Century, ch. 28, pars. 1-5. . . .
displayed the last of those signs of His coming, concerning which Jesus bade
His disciples, "When ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,
even at the doors." After these signs, John beheld, as the great event
next impending, the heavens departing as a scroll, while the earth quaked,
mountains and islands removed out of their places, and the wicked in terror
sought to flee from the presence of the Son of man.
day and the hour of His coming Christ has not revealed. . . . The exact time
of the second coming of the Son of man is God's mystery.