But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. Mark 13;24-24
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: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: Mathew 24;29-32
The language used in the bible is known to be often times allegorical and symbolic. There are however other instances where readers decide are direct and not symbolic. The criterion is rather demure and more or less hinges of what people want to suppose rather than essential reasoning. This has occasioned widespread interpretations of the bible and resultant beliefs. In the case of the falling of the stars of heaven, one wonders as to whether the description is symbolic or literal? In the Olivet discourse, Jesus was responding to his disciples about the end of the age and the signs pertaining to his coming. For one, it is clear to the scientifically minded that a star of the heavens cannot literally fall down to the earth, without incinerating a great swathe of the universe. What we call shooting stars are instead just meteorites, some of which reach the earth’s atmosphere and may even reach the ground. These are merely space rocks, more aptly described in the bible as hailstones of fire and brimstone. They are not the falling of stars.
The darkening of the sun and the moon not able to give her light are the key to what the falling stars allude to. The sun as in the Egyptian science was clearly known to imbue the light of life which it dispensed liberally upon the earth. In this essence, the moon was a reflection of the light of the sun. The darkening of the sun therefore would infer whenever this light of the sun was not aptly managed upon earth resulting in this light being the cause of dearth rather than blessing. The upright stars in the heavens likewise were known to have their dual in the water fountains upon the earth. The drying up of such water fountains is thus metaphorically referred to as the falling of those stars which they are symbols of. The proliferation of desert upon the earth is thereby the one process traditionally encrypted as the darkening of the sun, the moon and the falling of the stars. It is for this reason that Jesus augmented his statement with that the powers of the heaven shall be shaken. The powers of the heavens are the pillars of the hydrological cycle, namely the four quadrants of the headwaters which furnish the earth water fountains. Whereas the hydrological cycle will not ultimately be dispensed with, it would be in upheaval characteristic of the crisis we now call global warming.
It is however in the revelation that we encounter a precise description of the similar events, with direct relation to duality.
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And 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. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Revelation 6;12-14
The association of the falling of the stars to a fig tree is the one clue that the water systems of the planet are the issues of reference. Further the departure of the heavens being compared to a scroll and the relation to the mountains and islands is that affirmation. For in different language, it narrates that the heaven are as a scroll to be read, and thus, when this scroll is rolled together, then also its duality on earth has to be effected.
The lesson of duality is reiterated plenty of times in the scriptures in fleeting passages which most readers will just pass on by without much consideration. Such a passage as the Psalmists chapter 19 is expressly about this relationship. For the handiwork of God subsists on the earth he created yet is declared by the heavens. The inference here is not rather the components of the heavens which are the handiwork but rather the illustrations of his work.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,… Psalms 19:1-4
The very first verse of the bible resonates likewise of the dual existence of the heavens and the earth for both were then created, in the beginning. The first of three angels in Revelation 14 likewise clearly associates duality as the everlasting gospel.
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, verse 6
Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Verse 7
In Proverbs 9 verse 10, the fear of the Lord is ascribed as the beginning of wisdom, and that the knowledge of the most high equals understanding. To fear God and give him glory is tantamount to the quest of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. These are related to creation of the heaven and the earth and especially the fountains of waters. The fountains of waters and mountains are closely related if not the one and same thing. To learn of God as creator of the fountains of waters, and of the heavens, and not necessarily of the rest of the creation is the study in duality. It is this study which reflects on the tree of life, as in regard to the four quadrant fountains. This is the everlasting gospel from the creation of the perfect earth even before the fall of man. The gospel of redemption from sin falls short of being everlasting as it could not exist per se before the fall of man. And after the vanquishing of death, it shall likewise cease and what shall abide is the tree of life and the river of life, the tenets to last into eternity. The gospel of the tree of life, its science and existence is therefore that everlasting piece of good news required by all the races and kindred of men. Of course tightly annexed with this gospel is the gospel of Christ, which is in all respects, part and parcel of the same. It was this same Christ that is the Creator of all principalities including the tree of life.
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. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21;25-28
And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.
All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 32; 7-8
Now according to the gospel of Luke the signs in the sun, the moon and stars translate to distress of nations upon the earth. Also Ezekiel clearly elaborates the metaphor; that a troubled land is as one under darkness, owing to the goodness from heaven being concealed from her. Jesus is observed coming with power and great glory, however in a cloud. When these things manifest, it is then that according to Luke, we are to look up, and lift up our heads. What is it that we are to see by looking up? It is the skies that are above the earth. And it is the stars that are in the heavens especially when beheld in the night. But how are these related to our redemption, or the coming of Jesus in the clouds? The simplistic understanding that the coming of Jesus in the clouds of heaven, as well as the gathering of saints from the four corners of heaven is literally implied is questionable as well as dangerous. It does abide by the assertions of Jesus, that he made his teachings in parables so as to cut out the spurious and scorners from their true meaning. The cloud in the bible has long been understood to symbolize judgment.
The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. Psalms 97; 1-4
The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
And I will bring distress upon men; that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. Zephaniah 1; 14-18
It is Job however who expressly elaborates as to how the clouds relate to judgment.
Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour. Job 36; 26-33
Clouds are thus symbolic of the forms of judgments. The dark clouds that obliterate the light of life are compared to catastrophes which result in death and injury. Clouds also literally are the couriers of the blessings of life. There are different kinds of clouds relevant to the different weather conditions. The lack of cloud cover likewise results in the scorching rays of the sun burning out the earth. When such conditions are not followed by rain clouds, then indeed the earth beneath suffers drought and resultant famine. Thus Job clearly understood how the ways of God work through the manipulation of the hydrological cycle system to manifest both blessing and curses in forms of judgment. The return of Jesus Christ in the clouds of heaven, in power and great glory thus bespeaks of the dawn of the era of universal justice and reckoning, when the deeds of men, wicked or righteous will be aptly compensated accordingly. The loop window where the wicked enjoy good in life at the expense of the righteous will no longer exist.
Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. Isaiah 28; 15-19
It is commonly supposed that at the return of Jesus Christ, he shall be physically seen by everyone, in spite of coming in the clouds of heaven. That every eye shall see him is actually the antithesis of this prevailing presumption. The revelatory in choice of language did not state that every one shall see him, nor that all persons would, but rather specifically employed the metaphor of every eye. Whereas humans do have two eyes each, spiritually inclined persons are referred to as having a single eye. This single eye of spiritual discernment is the reference of the every eye, which shall be able to recognize the dawn of the judgments of God when they manifest, as well as their timeframe. John was a keen disciple of the teachings of Christ and as such clearly understood the reference of the eye, rather than eyes.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1; 7
The meaning of the verse above is clear, that whereas the spiritually awakened, whose eye is constantly watching out for truth and its manifestation, will observe the clouds of judgment unleashed on the world , the wicked and those who destroy and hate the truth will be wailing, ignorant of actually what transpires.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Mathew 6; 22-23
The evil eye which fills the body in darkness thus excludes one from beholding the return of Jesus in the clouds of heaven. Ones spiritual disposition therefore is the qualifier of witnessing the age of judgment for what it really is. The spiritually blind on the other hand will not witness the return of Christ in the clouds, unless their sight is first restored. This is the diagnosis and advice given to the Laodicean generation.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see. Revelation 3; 17-18
The bible clearly recognizes the destruction of the earth at the behest of wickedness as already seen in the Elijah disposition. Also the prophets clearly spell out this relation; that the reign of Jesus Christ is for the restoration of the earth, with the restoration of the tree of life being the central theme.
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. Revelation 11; 18
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: Revelation 22; 1-3
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Revelation 2; 7
Adepts of biblical history unfortunately fail to recognize the numerous citations of Eden referred to long after the days of the flood in their wrong summations that the garden was destroyed in the flood. Comparisons to the Garden of Eden, and allusions to the children of Eden, must of necessity imply that the land of Eden continued to exist post the antediluvian world. Noteworthy is that in Ezekiel, Eden is closely related to the land of Sheba, somewhat agreeing with Egyptian wisdom, which is traditionally related to the inland of Africa. In Amos though, the relation of the house of Eden to Syria and Damascus rather incorporate the graveness and solemnity of those times to the extent that the scepter from the house of Eden is affected. It does not imply the proximity of Eden to Damascus, but rather the solemnity of the judgments. The continued reign of the planet from Eden is nevertheless alluded by him that holdeth the scepter from the house of Eden.
Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar? Isaiah; 37:12
Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assur, and Chilmad, were thy merchants. Ezekiel; 27: 23
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Ezekiel; 36: 35
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. Joel; 2:3
I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD. Amos 1; 5
Joel elaborately implicates the fire based civilization as the tenacious devastators of the earth and contrasts them with the army of the Lord which fosters rebirth and regeneration. This is the theme of the second chapter of Joel, the same of the monumental declaration ‘Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.’ in the latter chapter. The machinery of fire based civilization has decimated the planet, from when it was as the Garden of Eden, including the Garden of Eden. Presently the world is indeed a desolate wilderness as was prophesied in Joel. It is during the days of the destroyers of the planet, that the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. The ‘great and terrible day of the Lord’ in fact is the repose from they who destroy the earth, for in their days, the people shall be much pained: all faces gathering blackness. But at the repentance of the children of God, during the dawn of the solemn assembly, the Lord will remember his people, and commence the restoration of the earth on their behalf. Wherein it is promised; But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month……….
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
This makes it clear that it was the northern army which was the cause of the destruction by fire that devoured before and after them. And that the promise of restoration of the earth is the great day of the Lord, which just happens to be terrible against the northern army, which has to be pushed off into the desolate wildernesses of existence.
Ezekiel also makes it clear, that the land of Israel in its renewal is made as the Garden of Eden, thereby signifying that comparison rather than identity. The Eden that was is unchanging and can only be renewed to itself, and the rest of the parched lands made to be like it.
Pundits of eschatology unfortunately miss out the connection and realization that the intervention of judgment is to the preservation of life on the planet, without which the potential of earth to support life would diminish to infinity point; that is, come to an end. They also inculcate and foster the escapism gospel such as the controversial rapture doctrine. Apocalyptic interpretations of the prophecies are more fear driven rather than based on accurate interpretations. Whereas the fear factor may be meant to instill awe and reverence, it has however misdirected many from the true meaning of the symbolism employed by the scriptures. At the return of Jesus, the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? The accurate decipher that the rocks of the mountains are the glaciers and water holding components, and the direct interpretation of mountain in the ancient languages, is places where water is found, clearly reveal that the salvation that shall be then required is related to the scarcity of water, as we now experience in global warming. The falling of hills and mountains to conceal humanity from the heat resultant of their abuse of the environment is actually what we are currently praying for. In finally earning the regrettable outcome of our gross abuse and destruction of the earth natural systems, we have come to the realization of the importance of nature, the hills and mountains in regard to their propagation of the hydrological cycles. The half measures however will prove inadequate until and unless, the hydrological cycle principles are reestablished as was in the creation of the earth.
The doctrine also that the righteous will be gathered and taken up literally to heaven is likewise escapism, which by default instills an indifference attitude towards taking care of the planet. Thus they inadvertently foster the roots of the destruction of the planet by indulging in the fire civilization activities in total disregard of being contrary to the general edicts of creation for which they ironically are supposed to be stewards of. It is pretty easy to get disoriented in matters of faith such as eschatology, for after all it basically bears on every person’s aptitude to the truth. The basic tenets of the scriptures of all religions however insist on living the most basic lives being totally mindful of creation and fellow beings. The present civilization, rather than take care of creation instead suppresses creation and wrests nature to its designs of vanity. The teachings of Jesus Christ generally invoke co-existence with nature in the present as well as in its future. Heaven in the Hebrew language is Sha-mayim, which typically means the way of waters. The ascent to heaven is therefore idiom for the higher knowledge of co-existing in the way of waters. The ascent of humanity is to know how to navigate through life that is water based as optimally as nature requires.
Whereas there is indeed a literal heaven, and it is possible for humanity to be relocated to such planets beyond, on temporary or permanent basis, the criterion that the migrated populations would not as well contaminate the heaven with the error of human ignorance, is that foremost they have to learn to appreciate the water based earth as their home, and experience how optimally to subsist within natural creation. For the heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. Wherefore man must learn to appreciate his present and subsist within it as naturally as is required. It is only in so doing that humanity may qualify perhaps for a second present, a different planet or status of existence. It is in the similar manner as a student only qualifies to enter the next level after successfully completing their current stage. It is evident that humanity has failed to qualify past the water based existence of their home planet earth.
That the escape to heaven is indeed a fallacy which results from lack of proper understanding of the scriptures may be found in one of Jesus’ parables in this regard. The promise of Jesus, when he returns in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, is that he shall send forth his angels to gather the elect from the four corners of the earth, period. In the parable of that day then, where two are in a place, the one is taken and the other left, it is rather clear as to where the one being left remains. The query of the disciples therefore was where to, of the one being taken. And that the one being taken is the body or carcass, upon which the eagles gather is rather disparaging of the desire to be amongst the taken. Being left or spared then is the key question. It is the remnant of God, as of those who get left when the wicked are taken away by the winds of destruction in divine justice. For after all in the beatitudes it is the meek who inherit the earth. The kingdom of God is likewise narrated to be within us, the believers, and that it comes by discernment. Not even the quote of the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians speaks otherwise. For it narrates of the righteous being caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and from thence remain with the Lord, whether back to heaven, or down to the earth, that scripture does not reveal. That most people will perhaps find the meeting in the air as an implication of ascending to literal heaven is pure conjecture and mainly based on historical miscomprehension of the word. I personally have naught against migrating to literal heaven. But such a mental attitude should be guarded against lest it leave us unappreciative of the planet earth, the home given to the races of men by our constant and unchanging God. It behooves us as humanity to realize that Earth is a wonderful place given to us in its natural pristine state, as our abode by a loving and caring creator. It is through our indifference and ignorance that we have systematically devastated its pillars, and as a result the earth bleeds with us in the agony of death. The resilience of nature without our positive input towards healing the planet is no longer working. Thus it is our responsibility to seek the welfare of the planet by seeking out how most wisely to both revive and subsist with the planEven thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. Luke 17:30-37
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1st Thessalonians 4; 15-18
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17: 20-21