symbol. Putting all the above
together, the interpretation naturally lends itself to seeing the sky as the
place where the sun, moon and stars are found. More to the point, in the sense of angels
or fallen angels, the religious system of the day. This would certainly correspond to the
astrological thinking and worship of heavenly bodies of the day in the
historicist view (and given the resurgence of astrology today, not a bad
metaphor today either). The scriptural
basis for this is, however, weak to nonexistent. It seems nothing more than a common metaphor
of the 4th century -- if you accept the historicist account. And to that account we must now repair.
|The chief difficulty
with making the sky literal in this passage is in Revelation 20:11. The sky disappears at that point too -- now
how do we do this twice?