Revelation 9:1-5 -Answering Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati

How can stars fall down?


Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.

"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven into the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace: and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them''…only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads…..they should be tormented five months." (9:1 – 5.)

C. Did the stars, as soon as they heard the sound of the trumpet, fall on these very angels and into the very heaven since they have not fallen on the earth? Had God kept that pit and reared those locusts for the day of dissolution? Those locusts must be able to see, to read the seals, in order to find out whether those men were to be hurt or not.  All this is meant to deceive the poor simpletons and frighten them into accepting the Christian religion, in other words, they are led to think that if they did not embrace Christianity they will be tormented by locusts. Such things can flourish in an unenlightened country but not in Aryavarta (India). Can it be anything like dissolution?  


Answer: For the interpretation of the symbolic language in the prophetical books, please read the article Introduction to the Revelation and Figurative Language of Prophetical Writings.

Yet again locusts are allusions to enemies or attackers in the Holy Bible.

Isaiah 33:4 And Your plunder shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar; As the running to and fro of locusts, He shall run upon them.

Joel 2: 1-9 Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand:  A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning [clouds] spread over the mountains. A people [come], great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any [such] after them, Even for many successive generations.  A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; The land [is] like the Garden of Eden before them, And behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them.  Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like swift steeds, so they run.  With a noise like chariots Over mountaintops they leap, Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble, Like a strong people set in battle array.  Before them the people writhe in pain; All faces are drained of color. They run like mighty men, They climb the wall like men of war; Every one marches in formation, And they do not break ranks. They do not push one another; Every one marches in his own column. Though they lunge between the weapons, they are not cut down. They run to and fro in the city, they run on the wall; they climb into the houses, they enter at the windows like a thief.  

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