The stars, is a word for
the literal stars in the heavens, but John is using symbolism here to depict
Stars are also used as
expressions for love, for hopes and dreams, for wishes, for leaders and rulers. And just as when one is wishing on a star,
and those wishes come easily and disappear just as easily, so too, the would be leaders of this world, who have come into
their power as wishful thinking, will leave their positions just as easily.
The figs falling out of
season are those which did not fall during a timely manner. That is, they did
not fall during harvest time in the autumn, but did not ripen and so remained
on the tree into the winter. The fruit will never ripen, will never orient to
the seasons, and simply refuses to go away, sucking the good juices of the
tree, so as to weaken the tree. So a
powerful storm comes along to cast them off of the tree and forever to the
ground where they will never be useful for anything. But the tree is saved to produce more and
So it is in the sixth
seal. Man is arrogant and decadent to the max. All the problems in the Tribulation will lead
to revolution, riots, and the overthrow of governments. Governments will fall. The leaders will fall, and so these are the
stars that will fall from the heights of their own appointed positions.
Revolt after revolt will
occur. Corruption and rage will abound
throughout the weaker nations of the world, and instability will abound. The
masses of the common folk will fall in the midst of all this violence just like
the strong winds shake up the fig tree and cleanse its bad fruit. Satan and his band, also, will be cast out of
heaven and down to this earth.
If you have noticed,
almost every spring and fall has its violent storms. These storms cleanse the trees
of their leaves and dead branches and such, and make way for new growth. So it
will be with planet earth. The dead stuff, those unbelievers who will never
believe, and those believers who are hard core negative toward God, all these
will be cleansed by these judgments.
And just as is takes just
a little wind, and only wind to cleanse the dead and worthless fruit off of the
trees, so too, the removal of worthless leadership will fall just as easily.
They have no real power, no real strength, no real resources, no insight with regard to their role in life.
All rulers, all
celebrities, all wealthy, all people of influence and position in this world,
have a responsibility to preserve, to promote and to protect truth. Truth is the content of the Word of God,
which includes all God given rights and privileges to humanity.
Man (leadership, etc.)
distorts truth and attempts to substitute human social ideas, in order to
convince and persuade the masses to follow them, while at the same time
cornering all worldly advantages for themselves.
Thus they make promises
in order to keep the poor, poor, and their own power and advantages, intact. This approach in life never works. And as it is documented here, all leadership
on all levels, in all aspects of life, will fail and fall.
The French peasantry revolted
during their revolution, and the heads of the royals and aristocrats,
politicians and even prostitutes, came off, quite literally. The guillotine did not rest for weeks as tens
of thousands were systematically executed.
And so the picture of the
Tribulation comes together. A dismal time, when tyranny and chaos reign, as starvation and
atrocities take their toll on human life.
And we are not done building
this description, even yet.
End of study