Both Christ and John had also spoken about a falling of the stars that would
indicate Christ's coming was near. [ REV 6:13; MAT 24:29 ] The great meteoric
shower of November 13, 1833 -- the most extensive display of falling stars on
record -- fulfilled this prophecy. It was estimated that a single observer
could see an average of 60,000 meteors per hour. It was seen from Canada to
Mexico and from the mid-Atlantic to the Pacific, many Christians recognizing in
it the fulfillment of the Bible prophecy.
An eye witness said that "there was scarcely a space in the firmament which
was not filled at every instant with these falling stars, nor on it, could you
in general perceive any particular difference, in appearance; still at times
they would shower down in groups -- calling to mind the 'fig tree, casting her
untimely figs when shaken by a mighty wind.'"
Christ gave these signs to alert Christians to the nearness of His coming
so that they rejoice in their expectation and be fully prepared for it.
"Now when these things begin to happen," He said, "look up and lift up your
heads, because your redemption draws near." He added, "Look at the fig tree,
and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for
yourselves that summer is now near. So you, likewise, when you see these
things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near." [ LUKE 21:28-31 ]
This unique witness of earth, sun, moon, and stars, which came in the precise
sequence at the time Christ had predicted, directed the attention of many
toward the prophecies of the Second Advent.