St. John Sees, in His Apocalyptic Visions, a Star Fall From Heaven To the Earth

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“And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star which had fallen from heaven to the earth. And there was given to him the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and there went up from the pit a smoke like that of a great furnace; and the sun was darkened, and the air, by reason of the smoke of the pit.” Revelations: John 9

Father Herman Bernard Kramer: “This star, as the others, is an apostate priest or Bishop. He does not light up the earth where he has fallen. His falling forebodes calamity and woe to the earth. forin prophetic symbolism falling stars are harbingers of grief and disaster. It is the first woe predicted by the eagle.

A key was given the fallen star. The aorist tense of language employed here leaves some doubt as to whether St. John saw the act of handing the key to the star, or whether it was in his possession at the beginning of the scene.

Because the key was “given” him, the star can use it only by divine permission. There is but one key to the shaft of the abyss indicated by the definite article, and therefore this star alone is able to open it.

This key alludes to other keys. Our Lord promised Peter: “I will give to thee the keys to the kingdom of heaven .” The keys promised to Peter for his fearless profession of faith in the divinity of Christ were the emblem of supreme power and authority over the Church. They convey possession of the whole of divine revelation and of the perpetual privilege of being divinely guided to make unwavering and infallible decisions in matters of faith.

In the significance of the key given to the fallen star, we have the antithesis of what was promised Peter.

The star is an apostate Bishop or priest. The key to the shaft of the abyss is an emblem of rebellion, as the keys promised Peter are an emblem of submission to Christ; it leagues the star with the rebellious angels.

This key of the pit is then also an emblem of error, as Peters keys are an emblem of truth.

As God revealed the truth to Peter enabling him to make a clear declaration of it, so the “king of the bottomless abyss” was filled with pride, hatred, and, comcupiscence.

The keys of Peter conveyed to him supreme authority over the Church of Christ. They gave him the power to bring the light of heaven down to earth.

The apostate priest or Bishop has received his key from God. That is to say, the powers of his priesthood, perverted by the rebellion of his wil, enable him to open the pit.

Were he a layman, he would not have this power.

The priesthood is vested with the power tosuppress and subject the satanic forces, but when abused, it serves to foster and propagate evil and to open the abyss and envelop the earth in darkness.

This fallen star used his power to seduce, enslave and precipitate into damnation vast numbers of souls. The fallen star is clearly the leader of some revolt against the Church. He is the father or shepherd of apostates , from or of, rebels against the Church.

The followers of Peter give him due submission in virtue of his appointment and hail him as the Rock of the Church.

And the followers of the star will follow him and accept his doctrines of error.

The possessor of the key of the pit then is the head of satan’s church, as Peter is the head of Christ’s Church.

But since the key of the pit symbolizes unbelief and rebellion, whilst the keys of Peter symbolize faith, submission and obedience, the followers of the star will go their own ways and repudiate any authority that Peter may want to exercise over them.”

The Book of Destiny: Reverend Herman Bernard Kramer 214-215