And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. – Joel 2:30
And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. – Mark 13:25
The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell on the third part of the rivers, and on the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. – Revelation 8:8-11
Kinda sounds like an eyewitness news report, don’t it?
Imagine you lived a few thousand years ago, somewhere along the Nile or Yellow rivers, or on the plains of Mesopotamia or the jungles of Yucatan. There you are, minding your own business, trying to find food without becoming food yourself.
Then suddenly there is a bright light in the sky and an explosion that knocks you right off your feet. Off in the distance you see a smoking crater where a small city used to be.
That kinda shit would sure leave a lasting impression, wouldn’t it? Is it any wonder that the first thing every ancient civilization did was start studying the stars?