The Stars Shall Fall - Part II
n part one of the present work, we looked at the Olivet Discourse, in which Jesus told us that after the tribulation of the last days, the stars would fall from heaven:
"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).
If this were the only place in prophecy where we see stars fall, our minds might be tempted to assume this is indeed, a physical occurrence. After all, our telescopes show us that various suns can supernova and go dark, galaxies collide, and a black hole can serve as a vortex, drawing in all light and matter around it.
However, in a related text, we find the mysterious character known as the Little Horn, and that imagery is associated with a cycle in which at least some of the stars fall from heaven. In that epic text, found in the prophet Daniel's writings, we see that as this "horn" rises and increases in power, others (notably stars) are said fall:
"And [there] came forth a little horn, which waxed [increased] exceedingly great....even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them" (Daniel 8:9,10).
The context and actions of this little horn shows it to be a malevolent power, so it is self evident this is not a positive development. Unfortunately, most prophecy students associate this "horn" with the jaundiced version of the individual Antichrist which dominates evangelical thought, a subtle shift in understanding which tends to make an accurate reception of the truth of the matter more difficult.
As the focus of this material is not so much the identity of the horn itself, but how a metaphoric, or symbolical description of a physical power can seamlessly move in and out of the Spiritual realm, we will minimally treat on the subject's identity. In fact, quite a bit of prior work on the Little Horn identity already exists from the present writer.
However, what I do wish to convey is how images and word pictures in prophecy can speak of physical, historic developments of a political nature, and also provide clues related to an adjacent Spiritual source which is driving those events, or physical phenomena associated with those events. To a certain extent, this is a bi-directional process (at least from an Earthly perspective), which makes the analysis even more complex.
To illustrate this briefly, the Bible has dozens of verses that tell us if God's people would physically do the things He required, they would receive blessings from heaven.
"Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily..." (Deuteronomy 6:3).
Perhaps the book of Proverbs provides one of the most broad based statements indicating that when men behave the way God desires them to, He will bless them:
"When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him" (Proverbs 16:7).
God promised all sorts of physical blessings, in the form of land, vineyards, olive trees, fig trees, and prosperity, if Israel would keep His commandments. These blessings were generally physical, in that the people were promised they would live in peace, in a nation described metaphorically as a land of "milk and honey." All of this was conditional, and reliant upon behaviour in this physical reality.
Revelation has Spiritual beings called angels blowing trumpets, in a ceremonial/legal procedure in heaven, and the physical result on the earth is described in terms which indicate various types of physical destruction which occur here on the Earth. Trees burn, earthquakes shake, and people die.
On the other end of the righteous Spiritual/Physical turnstile, the Scriptures tell us that, in this world, if we confess with our physical mouths that Jesus Christ is LORD, the royal heavenly register writes our name in a book known as the Lamb's book of Life -- a recording that is surely not inscribed with paper and pen.
Thus, in the heavenly abode, it's a two-way street between the Spiritual and the Physical. As a result of this most basic of distillations of Scriptural revelation, it's quite surprising to see how so many fail to see the same thing is occurring on the other side of the war in heaven, in the camp occupied by the son of perdition.
As a case in point, the Revelation tells us that, at some stage in the conflict, the dragon is angry, and as a result of theirknowledge concerning just what that means, an unnamed angel cries the following:
"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath...." (Revelation 12:12)
On the other end of the Spiritual/Physical circuit running between our evil and adulterous generation and the netherworld, it is clear that sinful deeds, and unrighteous ritual performed in this world, have a requisite result in the Spiritual dimension. This is the basis of what is commonly called "sympathetic magic" -- a process in which occult knowledge is brought to bear in the Physical, in order to affect a supernatural result. This may be seen in everything from Voodoo, in which an evil actor sticks pins in a doll identified with a targeted enemy, or some Shamanic incantation, or other forms of ritualistic acts believed to invoke Spiritual power.
Thus, we see that Spiritual circuits between the physical, and what Jesus called "the powers of the heavens" (Matthew 24:29), exist in the realm of the righteous as well as the evil.
To complicate matters even further, in Scripture we see prophetic symbolism, with statements and/or predictions of physical acts, which result in Spiritual events, but the Spiritual description, of necessity, is described in the form of parable, analogy, or some form of metaphor. And this brings us to the title phrase of the present work, describing just how the Antichrist power, imaged as a Little Horn, can cause the stars to fall:
"And [there] came forth a little horn, which waxed exceedingly great....even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them." (Daniel 8:9,10).
In the New Testament, it is plainly stated there is an association between the stars and the angels in heaven, so it's not all that difficult to connect the activities of this entity, labeled as theLittle Horn, to the idea of fallen angels. The redundant characterizations in Daniel, which essentially repeat the sequence, tell us the "horn" accumulates great power, but this power is not his own, because the Scriptures tell us it comes from another place:
"And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power...." (Daniel 8:34).
The concept that the Little Horn power receives his energy from another source points us directly to the Revelational description of the Antichrist Beast, and the False Prophet Beast, both of which also are said to receive their power from another source:
"...and the dragon [Satan] gave him [the Antichrist Beast] his power, and his seat, and great authority" (Revelation 13:2)
Thus, operating in the power of the dragon, the Little Horn, is able to cast down stars from heaven, for the Scriptures tells us it was the dragon who accomplishes precisely the same feat:
"And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth...." (Revelation 12:4).
In our next installment of The Stars Shall Fall, we'll examine just how this could possibly occur at the specific point of time in history which is described in the prophecies dealing with theLittle Horn.
--- James Lloyd
For more on the end of the age, and how all creation, including the Spiritual formation found in the Kingdom of God, is patterned after the triune nature of the LORD Himself, see the online video on THE TRIUNIVERSE.