|Original Historical Documents|
||The Historical Accounts of Prophetic Environmental Events
The Character of God
The Great Earthquake of 1755|
The Dark Day of 1780
The Moon as Blood
The Great Leonid Meteorshower of 1833
Future Fire Coming Down from Heaven|
The Heavens Depart Like a Scroll
What about the Purpose of these Events
Notes & References
Some of the most impressive phenomena experienced by previous generations over large areas in the world have seemingly been forgotten. Their impact ascribed to mere chance events. And yet, for over 1750 years before the first until to the fourth event some 80 years later, these had been described and known about. After the occurrence of the Lisbon earthquake, the Dark Day and the night in which the moon shun like blood, up to the Leonid meteor shower in 1833 many looked to the written record and recognized the exact sequence, the very order of these events came about just like outlined so many years before by the prophets and Jesus Christ himself. But the pulpits are silent on the harbingers of these and yet even more momentous events, reserved for the near future, which will shake up a world living a life of dreams that everything is fine. But the Lord has a cause to complete and is now ready to prepare humanity for His Second Coming. Events are drawing the attention of the world now toward the truths revealed in His Word, and there is starting to be a famine for it. People will run to and fro and try to find a Bible which many have gotten rid of, thinking they would never want to see one again. These prophecies Rome and its puppets decided to hide from the public. As a consequence theological, educational institutions will not equip their graduates and clergy candidates with a keen knowledge and faith in these events. But it is His Word which will open for us the future, a future which will cut short the curse of sin in this world and usher in God's Eternal Kingdom. But we shall present some aspects of some of these phenomena which are like markers on the way to the concluding events of this world's history. We are told that for God a thousand years are like a day and we must not forget the past, even the recent past, which many may think of long gone. Well, on God's watch, mere seconds flashed away since 1755 A.D.
And so we are reminded of the words:
"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 by a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and every island were moved out of their places..." Revelation 6:12-14
Only recently we were reminded of the awesome powers stored inside the earth. The Indonesian megaquake can only be compared to the one we shortly present once more. Let us read now the eyewitness newscasts of those on location in those days.
In 1755 a big wave struck Lisbon, Portugal, following an estimated 8.7M earthquake that reduced that nation's shipping industry and navy to a shambles overnight.
The event of the earthquake disrupted significantly Portugal's 18th century colonial ambitions.
"Among the earth movements which in historic times have affected the kingdom of Portugal, that of Friday, November 1st, 1755, takes first rank, as it does, also, in some respects, among all recorded earthquakes .... In six minutes sixty thousand people perished." 
"The Lisbon earthquake of Nov. 1, 1755, appears to have put both the theologians and philosophers on the defensive ... At twenty minutes to ten that morning, Lisbon was firm and magnificent, on one of the most picturesque and commanding sites in the world, - a city of superb approach, placed precisely where every circumstance had concurred to say to the founders, Build here! In six minutes the city was in ruins ... Half the world felt the convulsion ... For many weeks, as we see in the letters and memoirs of that time, people in distant parts of Europe went to bed in alarm, relieved in the morning to find that they had escaped the fate of Lisbon one more night." 
Mond wie Blut
"My heart oppress'd demands|
Aid of the God who formed me with his hands.
Sons of the God supreme to suffer all
Fated alike, we on our Father call ...
Sad is the present if no future state
No blissful retribution mortals wait,
If fate's decrees the thinking being doom
To lose existence in the silent tomb.
All may be well; that hope can man sustain.
All now is well; `tis an illusion vain.
The sages held me forth delusive light,
Divine instructions only can be right.
Humbly I sigh, submissive suffer pain,
Nor more the ways of Providence arraign." 
"The effects were distributed over very nearly four millions of square English miles of the earth's surface, and greatly surpassed anything of the kind ever recorded in history." 
"Almost all the palaces and large churches were rent down, or part fallen, and scarce one house of this vast city is left habitable. Everybody that was not crushed to death ran out into the large places, and those near the river ran down to save themselves by boats, or any other floating convenience, running, crying, and calling to the ships for assistance; but whilst the multitude were gathered near the riverside, the water rose to such height (ca. 50 feet) within minutes that it overflowed the lower part of the city, which so terrified the miserable and already dismayed inhabitants, who ran to and fro with dreadful cries, which we heard plainly on board, that it made them believe the dissolution of the world was at hand; everyone falling on his knees and entreating the Almighty for His assistance ... By two o'clock the ships' boats began to ply, and took multitudes on board ... The fear, the sorrow, the cries and lamentations of the poor inhabitants are inexpressible; every one begging pardon, and embracing each other, crying. Forgive me, friend, sister! Oh! what will become of us! neither water nor land will protect us, and the third element, fire, seems now to threaten our total destruction! as in effect it happened. The conflagration lasted a whole week." 
"The shock (of the earthquake) was instantly followed by the fall of every church and convent, almost all the large public buildings, and more than one fourth of the houses. In about two hours after the shock, fires broke out in different quarters, and raged with such violence for the space of nearly three days, that the city was completely desolated. The earthquake happened on a holiday, when the churches and convents were full of people, very few of them escaped. ... The terror of the people was beyond description. Nobody wept; it was beyond tears. They ran hither and thither, delirious with horror and astonishment, beating their faces and breasts, crying, `Misericordia! the world's at an end?'" 
A comparison of old maps with modern maps of the Tagus/Tejo River and `Bay of Lisbon' or, as it was also called, the `Bay of Oeiras' seems to indicate that it had undergone significant changes.  The depth of the water at Lisbon seems to be between 20 - 100 meters in average. We are not aware if any underwater explorations revealed the consequences of the earthquake.
"In Africa, this earthquake was felt almost as severely as it had been in Europe. A great part of the city of Algiers was destroyed. Many houses were thrown down at Fez and Mequinez, and multitudes were buried beneath their ruins. Similar effects were realized in Morocco. Its effects were likewise felt at Tangier, at Tetuan, at Funchal in the Island of Madeira; ... it is probable ... that all Africa was shaken by this tremendous convulsion. At the North, it extended to Norway and Sweden; Germany, Holland, France, Great Britain, and Ireland were all more or less agitated by the same great and terrible commotion of the elements." 
Sir Charles Lyell wrote the following graphic description of the event:
"In no part of the volcanic region of Southern Europe has so tremendous an earthquake occurred in modern times as that which began on the 1st of November, 1755, at Lisbon. A sound of thunder was heard underground, and immediately afterwards a violent shock threw down the greater part of that city. In the course of about six minutes, sixty thousand persons perished. The sea retired, and laid the bar dry; it then rolled in, rising fifty feet above ordinary level. ... Among other extraordinary events related to have occurred at Lisbon during the catastrophe was the subsidence of a new quay, built entirely of marble, at an immense expense. A great concourse of people had collected there for safety, as a spot where they might be beyond the reach of falling ruins; but suddenly the quay sank down with all the people on it, and not one of the dead bodies ever floated to the surface. 
"Calm was the sky; the sun serenely bright
Ill-fated city! there were revels kept;
Lo, what a sudden change! On ruin's brink
Who can with curious eyes this globe survey,
In 1835 George Burrow, English Bible Society rep, voyages to Lisbon. He states that Lisbon was still "a huge ruinous city, still exhibiting in almost every direction the vestiges of that terrific visitation of God, the earthquake, which shattered it some eighty years ago. It stands on seven hills, the loftiest of which is occupied by the castle of Saint George, which is the boldest and most prominent object to the eye, whilst surveying the city from the Tagus. The most frequented and busy parts of the city are those comprised within the valley to the north of the elevation. - Here you find the Plaza of the Inquisition, the principal square of Lisbon (the modern Praca de Commercio), from which run parallel towards the river three of four streets, amongst which are those of the gold and silver, so designated from being inhabited by smiths cunning in the working of those metals; they are upon the whole very magnificent; the houses are huge and as high as castles; immense pillars defend the causeway at intervals, producing, however, a cumbrous effect. ... With all its ruins and desolation, Lisbon is unquestioningly the most remarkable city in the Peninsula, and, perhaps, in the south of Europe." ... Citra, located on the other, eastern side of the Lisbon mountain "is a mingled scene of fairy beauty, artificial elegance, savage grandeur, domes, turrets, enormous trees, flowers, and waterfalls, such as met with nowhere else beneath the sun." The "grey palace witnessed the assemblage of the last cortes held by the boy king Sebastian of Portugal (1554-1578) - killed during an expedition against Morocco at the battle of Alcazarquivir - ere he departed on his romantic expedition against the Moors." 
Friday, May 19, 1780 - The Dark Day
"The extent of the darkness was very remarkable ... From the accounts that have been received, it seems to have extended all over the New England States. It was observed as far east as Falmouth [Portland, Maine]. To the westward, we hear of its reaching to the furthest parts of Connecticut, and Albany. To the southward, it was observed all along the seacoasts. And to the north as far as our settlements extend." 
This was the first celestial sign of a series of signs which encouraged the students of Bible prophecy at a critical time, following centuries of the oppression of Biblical truths, which only begun to be lifted with the reformation. Christ said to the fourth church of Thyatira, the church of the reformation era, "I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye already have hold fast till I come." Rev. 2:25. That is how merciful God is. He measures out to humanity its burdens of life, and no burden is made heavier than can be borne. `Only hold fast till I come', were His words of encouragement for those during that reformation time. To others, more accustomed to the light, the truths found in the Word of God, would greater truths be made known. To those companies of believers who heeded these words of Christ, was given the torch of truth, Matth. 5:14,15; Zech. 12:6. As a signal light on a hill, seen from afar, the light shone from the valleys of the Piedmont, near Trient, north-west Italy. Many came in contact with this light, and soon the Bible gospel message lit fires throughout Europe, for, "He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations." Rev. 2:26. God's Truth was bound to triumph, though trampled to the ground for over a thousand years. At last the faithful ones will reign as kings. The hand of the oppressor will be broken to pieces like a potter's vessel. There was a time when the clay was soft and could be shaped and molded; but as the fires of persecution kindled, those who remained hardened in sin became so set that any attempt to change them resulted in breaking them to pieces. "I will give them the morning star" Rev. 2:28. Jesus Christ is the morning star, and the faithful ones at the close of the years of persecution were told to lift up their heads, for their "redemption draweth nigh" Luke 21:28. Thus Thyatira was the first church which is pointed forward to the Second Coming of Christ. The message to the faithful in this church is in harmony with the Psalmist's words, "My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; I say, more than they that watch for the morning." Psalm 130:6, the double emphasize which we ought to remember in the quickly coming days of trials.
We ought to remember that, as the experiences of Ephesus, Smyrna, and Pergamos, will be repeated in the last church of Laodicea just before the second coming of Christ - our very own days today - so the history of Thyatira will have its counterpart in this generation and we can see it happen already now. The power of Jezebal will again be felt. What was once done by a church and state will be followed by laws compelling obedience to man-made laws, instead of the laws of God. The law of God will be emphatically trampled underfoot; for a church with civil power always works the works of Jezebel. Just as Elijah fled before ancient Jezebel, so those proclaiming the last warning message, of which Elijah was a type, will be persecuted by this power. This message was impressed for us today by the words, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." Rev. 2:29.
But, returning to the dark day in 1780, "With regard to its duration, it continued in this place at least fourteen hours: but it is probable this was not exactly the same in different parts of the country. The appearance and effects were such as tended to make the prospect extremely dull and gloomy. Candles were lighted up in the houses; the birds having sung their evening songs, disappeared, and became silent; the fowls retired to roost; the cocks were crowing all around as at break of day; objects could not be distinguished but at a very little distance; and everything bore the appearance and gloom of night." 
"Twas on a May day of the far old year
Birds ceased to sing, and all the barnyard fowls
"The Dark Day, May 19, 1780 -- so-called on account of a remarkable darkness on that day extending over all New England ... The obscuration began about ten o'clock in the morning, and continued till the middle of the next night, but with difference and duration in different places ... The true cause of this remarkable phenomena is not known." 
"About eleven o'clock the darkness was such as to demand our attention, and put us upon making observations. At half past eleven, in a room with three windows, twenty-four panes each, all open toward the southeast and south, large print could not be read by persons of good eyes. 
About twelve o'clock, the windows being still open, a candle cast a shade so well defined on the wall, as that profiles were taken with as much ease as they could have been in the night."
"During the whole time a sickly, melancholy gloom overcast the face of nature. Nor was the darkness of the night less uncommon and terrifying than that of the day; notwithstanding there was almost a full moon, no object was discernible, but by the help of some artificial light, which when seen from the neighboring house and other places at a distance, appeared through a kind of Egyptian darkness, which seemed almost impervious to rays." 
"This unusual phenomenon excited the fears and apprehensions of many people. Some considered it as a portentous omen of the wrath of Heaven in vengeance denounced against the land, others as the immediate harbinger of the last day, when `the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.'
Various have been the sentiments of people concerning the designs of Providence in spreading the unusual darkness over us. Some suppose it portentous of the last scene. I wish it may have some good effect on the minds of the wicked, and that they may be excited to prepare for that solemn day." 
"That the darkness was not caused by an eclipse is manifest by the various positions of our system at that time; for the moon was more than one hundred fifty degrees from the sun all that day." 
Dr. Stearns continues in the language of his time:
"The primary cause must be imputed to Him that walketh through the circuit of heaven, who stretcheth out the heaven like a curtain, who maketh the clouds his chariot, who walketh upon the wings of the wind. It was He, at whose voice the stormy winds are obedient, that commanded these exhalations to be collected and condensed together, that with them He might darken both the day and the night; which darkness was, perhaps, not only a token of His indignation against the crying iniquities and abominations of the people, but an omen of some future destruction." 
The early records of New York City tell of the interest excited there, though evidently the darkness was not so marked as it was farther north.
"The legislature of Connecticut was then in session in Hartford. A very general opinion prevailed that the day of judgment was at hand. The house of representatives, being unable to transact their business, adjourned. A proposal to adjourn the council [a second legislative body called the Governor's Council] was under consideration. When the opinion of Colonel Davenport was asked, he answered, `I am against an adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.'" 
It was this striking incident that Whittier described in this poem:
"Meanwhile in the old Statehouse, dim as ghosts,
After the great Lisbon earthquake, the Bible says the sun would become "black as sackcloth of hair" Rev. 6:12. The well known American astronomer Herschel said about this dark day, "The Dark Day, May 19, 1780 - so called on account of a remarkable darkness on that day extending over all New England ... The true cause of this phenomenon is not known. ... The dark day in Northern America was one of those wonderful phenomena of nature which will always be read of with interest, but which philosophy is at a loss to explain." 
The Moon Became as Blood
The `Dark Day' was followed by the event in which the moon became as blood. The night of May 19, 1780 was as unusual as the day had been.
"The darkness of the following evening was probably as gross as ever has been observed since the Almighty fiat gave birth to light ... I could not help conceiving at the time, that if every luminous body in the universe had been shrouded in impenetrable shades, or struck out of existence, the darkness could not have been more complete. A sheet of white paper held within a few inches of the eyes, was equally as invisible as the blackest velvet." 
When this dark day came, by 10 o'clock in the morning the chickens came back on their roost and by noon time the cows had come in for their milking which normally would have occurred at about 6 or 7 o'clock in the evening that time of the year. On the streets of the eastern seaboard folks by eleven o'clock in the morning were bumping into one another and there were accidents with buggies and with horses and the editors said, `Surely, we are in the end time.'
Whenever the moon did appear, as for short moments it did, it had the appearance of blood.
Thomas Milner, the English Scientist, who called the `Falling of the Stars' the most splendid on record (p. 139):
"In many districts, the mass of the population were terror-struck, and the more enlightened were awed at contemplating so vivid a picture of the apocalyptic image - that of the stars of heaven falling to earth, even as a fig tree casting her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind." 
"We pronounce the raining fire which we saw on Wednesday morning last an awful type, a sure forerunner, a merciful sign, of that great and dreadful day which the inhabitants of the earth will witness when the sixth seal shall be opened.
"On the night of Tuesday/Wednesday, November 12-13, 1833, a tempest of falling stars broke over the earth. North America bore the brunt of its pelting. From the Gulf of Mexico to Halifax, until daylight with some difficulty put an end to the display; the sky was scored in every direction with shining tracks and illuminated with majestic fireballs.
Once for all, then, as the result of the star fall of 1833, the study of luminous meteors became an integral part of astronomy." 
Other observers from Georgia and Kentucky were quoted as saying:
"Everybody felt that it was the judgment, and that the end of the world had come." and "In every direction I could hear men, women, and children screaming, `The judgment day is come!"
"The attention of astronomers in Europe, and all over the world, was, as may be imagined, strongly roused by intelligence of this celestial display on the Western continent." 
The closest observations were made by Professor Denison Olmsted, professor of astronomy at Yale, who wrote:
"The morning of November 13, 1833, was rendered memorable by an exhibition of the phenomenon called shooting stars, which was probably more extensive and magnificent than any one hitherto recorded. ... Probably no celestial phenomenon has ever occurred in this country, since its first settlement, which was viewed with so much admiration and delight by one class of spectators, or with so much astonishment and fear by another class. For some time after the occurrence, the `meteoric phenomenon' was the principal topic of conversation in every circle." 
D. Almsted/Olmsted, is also quoted as writing, "To form some idea of the phenomenon, the reader may imagine a constant succession of fireballs, resembling rockets, radiating in all directions from a point in the heavens. . . . [There were] meteors of various sizes and degrees of splendor: some were mere points of light but others were larger than Jupiter or Venus." 
The astronomer, Professor Simon Newcomb declared this phenomenal exhibition of `falling stars' to have been "the most remarkable one ever observed." 
"... the whole firmament, over all the United States, being then, for hours, in fiery commotion! No celestial phenomenon has ever occurred in this country, since its first settlement, which was viewed with such an intense admiration by one class in the community, or with so much dread and alarm by another." "Its sublimity and awful beauty still linger in many minds ... Never did rain fall much thicker than the meteors fell toward the earth; east, west, north, and south, it was the same. In a word, the whole heavens seemed in motion. ... The display, as described in Professor Silliman's Journal, was seen all over North America. ... From two o'clock until broad daylight, the sky being perfectly serene and cloudless, an incessant play of dazzlingly brilliant luminosities was kept up in the whole heavens." 
"I witnessed this gorgeous spectacle, and was awe-struck. The air seemed filled with bright descending messengers from the sky. It was about daybreak when I saw this sublime scene. It was not without the suggestion at that moment that it might be the harbinger of the coming of the Son of man; and in my state of mind I was prepared to hail him as my friend and deliverer. I had read that the "stars shall fall from heaven," and they were now falling. I was suffering much in my mind. . . . I was beginning to look away to heaven for the rest denied me on earth." [Frederick A. Douglass, `My Bondage and My Freedom', New York: Orton and Milligan, 1855, p. 186.]
"No language, indeed, can come up to the splendor of that magnificent display; ... no one who did not witness it can form an adequate conception of its glory. It seemed as if the whole starry heavens had congregated at one point near the zenith, and were simultaneously shooting forth, with the velocity of lightening, to every part of the horizon; and yet they were not exhausted - thousands swiftly followed in the tracks of thousands, as if created for the occasion." 
This was not merely a display of an unusual number of falling stars, such as Humboldt observed in South America in 1799, or such as we find recorded of other times before and since. It was a "shower" of falling stars, a spectacle.
The French astronomer Flammarion says of the density of the shower:
"The Boston observer, Olmsted, compared them, at the moment of maximum, to half the number of flakes which we perceive in the air during an ordinary shower of snow." 
Dr. Humphreys, president of St. John's College, Annapolis, said of the appearance at the Maryland capital:
"During the period just previous to the dawn, it was observed by many intelligent persons in the city, whose statements coincide most perfectly, as to the almost infinite number of the meteors. In the words of most, they fell like flakes of snow." 
Professor Alexander Twining, civil engineer, "late tutor in Yale College", wrote:
"Had they held on their course unabated for three seconds longer, half a continent must, to all appearance, have been involved in unheard-of calamity. But that almighty Being who made the world, and knew its dangers, gave it also its armature - endowing the atmospheric medium around it with protecting, no less than with life-sustaining, properties...
Today's scholars and actually everyone on earth ought to be reminded of something pertinent. A correspondent of the Journal of Commerce, draws the picture as it was seen nearly 1800 centuries later, the likeness to the prophetic description being emphasized in every line:
"No philosopher or scholar has told or recorded an event like that of yesterday morning. A prophet eighteen hundred years ago foretold it exactly, if we will be at the trouble of understanding stars falling to mean falling stars."
"It rained fire! It was like a shower of fire. It was like the large flakes of falling snow before a coming storm, or large drops of rain before a shower. -- The stars of heaven fell unto the earth. -- Here is the exactness of the prophet. The falling stars did not come as if from several trees shaken, but from one. Those which appeared in the east fell toward the east: those which appeared in the north fell toward the north; those which appeared in the west fell toward the west; and those which appeared in the south (for I went out of my residence into the park) fell toward the south; and they fell not as ripe fruit falls; far from it; but they flew, they were cast, like the unripe fig, which at first refuses to leave the branch; and when it does break its hold, flies swiftly, straight off, descending; and in the multitude falling, some across the track of others, as they are thrown with more or less force. - - Such was the appearance of the above phenomenon to the inmates of my house. I walked into the park with two gentlemen of Pearl Street, feeling and confessing that this scene had never been figured to our minds by any book or mortal, save only by the prophet." 
Professor Olmsted's long and carefully elaborated account in the American Journal of Science, gave a report from a correspondent in Bowing Green, Mo., as follows:
"Though there was no moon, when we first observed them, their brilliancy was so great that we could, at times, read common-sized print without much difficulty, and the light which they afforded was much whiter than that of the moon, in the clearest and coldest night, when the ground is covered with snow. The air itself, the face of the earth as far as we could behold it, all the surrounding objects, and the very countenances of men, wore the aspect and hue of death, occasioned by the continued, pallid glare of these countless meteors, which in all their grandeur flamed `lawless through the sky'.
The Display of 1833 was incomparably the greatest.
"On about August 11 of each year, the earth passes through a swarm of particles that approach from the direction of Perseus. In 1866, it was observed that the particles producing this Perseid Shower travel in an orbit that is almost identical to that of Comet 1862 II.
Another "... good example is provided by the Leonid meteors in the last century, when the earth met the debris of Comet 1866 I in 1833 and again in 1866. Those were among the most spectacular showers recorded. As many as 200,000 meteors could be seen from one place within a span of a few hours. Even in such dense swarms the individual particles of the swarm are separated by a distance of 20 miles or more; in most swarms, the particles are more than 100 miles apart." 
`The stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.' Matt. 24:29.
Agnes Clerke said, "We can no longer count upon the Leonids (as the meteorites of 1833 were called, because they seemed to fall from a point in the constellation of Leo). Their glory, for scenic purposes is departed." 
Another meteoric source was seen just recently in Alaska 
What this `Fire Coming Down' represents remains to be seen but with repeatable space flights it does not take much faith to realize that man could produce such a show in order to amaze the people on earth and steer them toward probably a wicked goal, to achieve some no good objective.
"And he does great wonders, so that he causes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men." Revelation 13:13.
One of the next, amazing celestial events is spoken of as `the departing of the heavens like a scroll' - fast, completely, and worldwide. This event will cause the same type of heart searching reactions of people everywhere as we learned from the events described above. All of a sudden the careless about God will remember hearing something about a judgment day or the Second Coming which they formerly dismissed from their mind. But the scrolling away of the firmament will help to make their conscience come alive once more, and the power of God will be a source of consternation for some, or welcoming love for others, depending on whose side people placed themselves.
Even though not perceived by those without God in their lives, the departing of the heavens like a scroll is caused by the voice of God Himself, as He speaks from His Throne like He spoke His Law from the top of Mt. Sinai in Arabia. Then will the earth real to and fro, shaken to its very depths, and the heavens will flee from everywhere, and their cover be removed. Mountains will move from their foundations and thrust their ragged shapes through the ground, Islands will suddenly change their location in the sea. The most unexpected convulsions will cause the direst fear and confusion in all of nature and its creatures. This phenomena is still future, for we read:
"And the heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." Revelation 6:14; Isaiah 34:4.
"Whose voice shook the earth: but now he has promised, saying: Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven." Hebrews 12:25-27.
"And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying: It is done." Revelation 16:17; Isaiah 24:19-20.
Question: What causes falling stars? Answer: The above account does not explain God and nature, it just presents eye witness accounts to the past events. But we do believe that God is omniscient - He knows it all.
The frequent mention in several Bible books, leads us to state that these events were meant to be a wake-up call for the world, and especially the Bible using churches in the world to study Bible prophecy, especially as it relates to the end of time, just before Jesus Comes Again, so they will be ready to receive Him, for He comes like a devouring fire for the ungodly.
Yet, history shows that the nominal churches, did basically little or nothing to check their doctrines if they are Biblical or if they are not. Some of the plainest scriptures are despised by them, and they care nothing about solid Bible truths like adult baptism, the Lord's Supper and foot washing, that the dead are really dead until one of the two (See here) resurrection days, that the 7th day Sabbath is God's holy day still, and in particular were these `wake-up' calls designed to draw attention to the end of the prophetic 2300 year/days to draw attention to Christ's priestly ministry in the heavenly sanctuary designed to cleanse that sanctuary from all accumulated and recorded sins of earth's sinners from the books of heaven, so they can be saved and be ready to receive Jesus when He comes in might and power to redeem His people from this sin filled earth into the pure heaven, until judged, purged and recreated anew.
Notes & References
 According to this dated offline report, a lone meteorite crashed into a doctors office building in Virginia Monday, January 18, 2010. It arrived at an estimated 200 miles per hour and sounded like a book shelf falling over. The half pound, fist size rock went through the roof and ceiling and ended up in the examination room in the evening when only the doctor was upstairs on a Monday in Lorton, VA. The stone struck the Lorton, Va office of Dr. Frank Ciampi, a general practice physician, on Monday evening while he was on the second concrete floor of his two-story building splitting it apart into several pieces. Many people said they saw the chondrite type rock as a brilliant fireball streak through the sky. The stone is the fourth known meteorite falling in Virginia. The first report was made in 1878, the most recent in 1924.
 Does the Bible as the Word of God predict earthquakes? Evolutionists today are trying hard to show how strange of an idea that is. But they have not studied much of Bible prophecy. They speak their own mind in preconceived doubt and disbelief. As such we can ignore their doubts. The above Bible quotations speak of an earthquake, without specifying where it would take place, except to say `in various places' which has been understood to mean a sharply escalating increase in earthquake activities. Since records are being kept such a sharp increase in significant force quakes is certainly indicated. It is presented as the first event ushering in events which in God's foresight, signal the approaching time of the end of the world to be replaced by God's eternal, heavenly kingdom. - We publish those quakes we run across by chance and publish them year by year here.
 The awesome warning is known ever since the book was written. Will it ever happen? Will the Lisbon disaster ever be repeated, over larger areas or worldwide? When? The warning includes that 1/3 of all ships will be destroyed. We may not be able to grasp what is still to come. Who has ears let him hear (Rev. 8:8,9). More and more the world is acting as if the claims of God are of no consequence. Men have become bold in transgression. The wickedness of the inhabitants of the world has almost filled up the measure of their iniquity. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. The time is at hand when there will be sorrow in the world that no human healing balm can heal. The Spirit of God is being withdrawn. Disasters by sea and by land follow one another in quick succession. How frequently we hear of earthquakes and tornadoes, of destruction by fire and flood, with great loss of life and property! Apparently these calamities are capricious outbreaks of disorganized, unregulated forces of nature, wholly beyond the control of man; but in them all, God's purpose may be read. They are among the agencies by which He seeks to arouse men and women to a sense of their danger. At the present time, when the end of all things earthly is rapidly approaching, Satan is putting forth desperate efforts to ensnare the world. He is devising many plans to occupy minds and to divert attention from the truths essential to salvation. In every city his agencies are busily organizing into parties those who are opposed to the law of God. The archdeceiver is at work to introduce elements of confusion and rebellion, and men are being fired with a zeal that is not according to knowledge. - For remember, when Jesus spoke of the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, he spoke of the destruction of the Jewish state even though his listeners did not comprehend it. - Conversely we realize that Islam also does not feature significantly in Bible prophecy. It is not Islam which we should watch for as much as it is the man of sin, according to the Bible.
 Borrow, George, `The Bible in Spain', London, 1959, p. 3-6. William Beckford (1760-1844) of Fonthill lived for two years at Quinta da Monserrate, 3 miles from Cintra, after his retirement from the English Parliament in 1794. About 200 years ago, many thought ignorantly of the Bible as `the old monkish book', instead, some would value the writings of Jeremy Bentham, but at CIAS we shall always value the Bible, the word of God.
 Samuel Williams, An Account of a Very Uncommon Darkness in the States of New England, May 19, 1780 in Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston, 1785, pp. 234-246. See also R.M. Devens, Our First Century (Springfield, MA: Time-Life Books, 1990), p. 89, 329-330; and The Essex Antiquarian, April 1899, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 53-54.
 Thomas Milner, The Gallery of Nature, London, 1852, p. 140. See also "The Old Countryman", in Portland's Evening Advertiser, November 26, 1833. - Of course everyone knew by this time and knows that stars do not fall, but some scoffers do not know that this was a popular, tongue-in-cheek way to speak of meteor showers.
 Flammarion in Popular Astronomy, 1834(?), p. 536. An estimated 34,640 meteors an hour fell, according to Professor Olmsted, after the rain of stars had greatly abated, so that he was able to make an attempt at counting.
 George Ogden Abell, (1927-1983), Exploration of the Universe, N.Y., 1964, p. 307, 308. The author downplays the intensity of the meteoric shower of 1833 by merely or even grudgingly mentioning 200,000 meteors for the duration of the night. This sounds like an example of cognitive bias, they can't imagine the eyewitness accounts to be accurate and not exaggerations and so they discredit their observations and give their own opinion as an example of utter unbelief.
 Thursday, November 3, 2005, the people of Hope, Alaska, spotted an orange-red fireball streaking across the sky. "It had a real long tail, kind of a silvery white, and from a real perspective it was about the size of a large softball or basketball or soccer ball," someone said.
Regular meteor showers, such as the Taurids, Leonids and Perseids, are named for the constellations from which they appear to emerge. The Taurids arrive in late October and early November off the comet Encke, discovered in 1786. This year's Taurids, whose week long peak of meteor activity Nasa said would start today, were expected to be brighter and more frequent than usual but none of these match that of 1833.
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