The Stars Shall Fall
he portion of the Biblical prophetic panorama known as theOlivet Discourse (a fancy term for the predictive statementsJesus made while standing at the Mount of Olives), wherein the stars are said to fall from heaven, has been examined for many centuries, and most of the explanations have, if the reader will pardon the pun, fallen short.
Although we do allow for literal activity of a stellar nature, in which the heavens are impacted as a result of things occurring in the dimension of the Spirit, the New Testament makes it clear that the Spiritual layer of fulfillment is to be considered the primary focus. With these statements as prologue, we repeat a couple of Christ's statements concerning the end of the age:
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken...." (Matthew 24:29)
As astronomy has taught man that our sun can indeed be blacked out through the process of an eclipse, and the moon can vividly appear to be of a blood red coloration as a result of atmospheric conditions, our natural instinct is to probe for a way in which it could seem, at least from an earthly vantage point, just how the stars could "fall" from the celestial sky.
Actually, there are multiple scenarios in which the stars could be seen to fall, and it's even likely that collective mankind will literally see something of this nature; however, the more important reality is that which is being conveyed internally, because when this world has finally come to its end, the eternal will remain.
The primary question here is whether or not Jesus was seeking to instruct His followers concerning that Spiritual sequence, or was He simply describing physical, literal events which were scheduled to occur during the last generation. The answer is self evident, for the Saviour said from the earliest phases of His ministry that He was present in this world in order to reveal things concerning the Kingdom of God -- and the last time we looked, God was not enthroned in the physical capitals of the kingdoms of this world. Indeed, Christ flatly stated
"My Kingdom is not of this world...." (John 18:36)
When the discerning believer realizes He is not "born again" physically, he or she must come to the place where they realize that, in order to retain consistency with the Spiritual rebirth in Christ, the "house" that Jesus is preparing for us must also be in the heavenlies:
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2)
Unfortunately, in the shallow, comic book world of incorporated Rapture Cult religion, the false prophets still teach a physicalprimacy based on race, in which being a chosen Jew is preferred. This is, of course, the exact opposite of what the New Testament writer the Apostle Paul teaches, for he cogently states in his epic apostolic letter to the Romans Christians:
"...he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly [read physically]...but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly....in the spirit" (Romans 2:28,29)
We now live in a time when the physical is again pre-eminent. Everything, including the political, economic, military, and social practices, are impacted by religious beliefs -- systems which affect how we view the nations, governments, and even the alleged physically defined chosen people of God. Thus, even though the New Testament tells us the Spiritual internal reality of Christ is everything, we live in a time when even the churches teach the opposite.
Because the "Christians" have now been thoroughly infected with the type of false doctrine wherein the physical and the Spiritual are routinely reversed, we now face an entire generation of "believers" who have been indoctrinated into unscriptural traditions -- precisely the situation which confronted the original disciples of Jesus Christ. Thus, in a rather bizarre recapitulation of the first generation which opposed Christ Himself, the last generation finds itself functioning in a supernaturally engineered parallel to the first.
Predictably, some would perceive this perspective as associated with the classical concept of amillennialism (meaning non-millenium, or no millennium) -- the idea that there is no literal thousand year reign of Christ -- and this concept has enjoyed great popularity among believers. However, this is not an accurate worldview either.
Historically, those who "internalized" prophecy in a way consistent with the inner Spiritual reality plainly described in Scripture, have then chosen to ignore crucial prophetic statements which do speak of physical and temporal things.
Thus, even as the false prophets mistake Spiritual things, such as the Kingdom of God which Christ said is "not of this world" with physical things, at the same time, they tend to confuse physical or temporal things -- such as prophetic time periods, or even political events, with Spiritual things! In short, in this confusing tower of religious babble, believers regularly confuse Spiritual things with physical, and physical things with Spiritual.
This is where the truth can only be determined with something called Spiritual discernment, and it is an irreplaceable component for any true believer:
"But the natural man [deceived, or not truly regenerated in Christ] receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Corinthians 2:14)
Thus, we arrive at the evil and adulterous last generation of our time, emerging in parallel to the first evil and adulterous generation, manifested in the time of Christ, who believes they have the truth, when they are, in fact, "natural" men and women, who refuse the leading of the Holy Spirit.
In our next installment, we will address just how the "stars" can fall in the Spiritual realm, yet the eternal Kingdom of God can still see a thousand year reign of Christ, in the one thousand year period seen in the book of Revelation, a period of time which we commonly call the Millennium.
For more on the end of the age, and how the one thousand year period (the 7th "day") of Christ's reign is pivotal to a multitude of prophecies, see the online video on THE 6,7,8 CYCLE.