The Stars Will Fall from Heaven

Today Baker Academic uploaded my third weekly blog post in their series “Beyond the Book.” Each week during March I will be discussing something I learned about eschatology while working on A New Heaven and a New Earth; in each case, it will be a topic I haven’t explicitly blogged about before.

My first post, Preparation in Heaven for Revelation on Earth – The “Apocalyptic” Pattern, focused on the underlying pattern I came to discern in many “heaven” passages in the New Testament that seem to be associated with the Christian hope.

My second post, The Meaning of “Heaven” in the Bible, explained that “heaven” is not thought of in the Bible as an immaterial, uncreated realm, but rather as the cosmos beyond the earth, which can stand symbolically for the realm inhabited by God and the angelic host (and angels are often identified with stars in the Bible).

This week’s post (my third) is entitled The Stars Will Fall From Heaven. It discusses the origin of this image in extra-biblical literature and the meaning of the image, which has to do with judgment on corrupt angelic powers and not the literal destruction of the cosmos.

Even though this post is a bit longer than the first two (and the second was longer than the first), it is still only a summary of the topic. Hopefully, the post will generate some discussion, which would allow me to get into some of the related issues that I had to omit.

Baker is giving away three copies of A New Heaven and a New Earth. The winners will be announced at the end of March and you can sign up for a copy here.

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