And The Stars Shall Fall From Heaven

From the lecture "On the clause, "And shall come in glory to judge the quick and the dead; of whose kingdom there shall be no end" by Ambrose of Milan, c.340-397:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, then, comes from heaven and he comes with glory at the end of this world, on the last day. For of this world, there is to be an end and this created world is to be remade anew. For since corruption, theft, adultery and every type of sin have been poured forth over the earth and blood has been mingled with blood in the world, and so that this wondrous dwelling-place may not remain filled with iniquity, this world will pass away in order that the fairer world may be made manifest.

Do you want proof of this out of the words of Scripture?

Listen to Isaiah, saying, “And the heaven shall be rolled together like a scroll and all the stars shall fall as leaves from a vine, as leaves fall from a fig-tree.”

The Gospel of Matthew also says, “The sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven.”

Let us not sorrow, as if we alone died; the stars also shall die, but perhaps rise again. And the Lord rolls up the heavens, not that he may destroy them, but that he may raise them up again more beautiful.

Hear David the Prophet saying, “You, Lord, in the beginning, did lay the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they shall perish, but you will remain.”

But someone will say, “Behold, he says plainly that they shall perish.”

Hear in what sense he says, they shall perish; it is plain from what follows; “And they all shall wax old as does a garment and as a vesture shall you fold them up and they shall be changed.”

For as a man is said to “perish” according to that which is written, “Behold, how the righteous perish, and no man takes it to heart.”

Though the resurrection is looked for, so we look for a resurrection, as it were, of the heavens also. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood. Here let converts from the Manichees gain instruction, and no longer make those lights their gods; nor impiously think, that this sun which shall be darkened is Christ.

And again hear the Lord saying, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away, for the creatures are not as precious as the master’s words.”

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