|Some interpreters at
this point have been misled by the expression that the star “had
fallen.” They feel this must refer to
the star mentioned in the third trumpet.
However, if this were the case, John would have used the definite
article and said “the star which had fallen.”
|It brings up a
point, however. “Star” -- as we have
been interpreting it -- means some form of political and/or spiritual
leader. And despite previous
suggestions of meteors, all interpreters agree on this. Some futurists suggest that it may be
Satan; I think not, as Satan is often
enough identified by name. It does, however, fit: Satan is a fallen spirit. We have here an earthly leader of some
sort; since he is associated with the
heavens, he is at least partly a spiritual leader -- and he is fallen,
somehow, at the beginning of this trumpet.
|Because of his
association with the Abyss (of which more later) we connect him with some
great apostasy, or false doctrine. So
we have a fallen apostate, and a great leader.
|I should note in
passing that the futurists and amillennialists both have a very difficult
time with this passage. They are often
speculative as to what this particular trumpet means.