“Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
Though we are aware of no confirmed reports of meatballs falling from the sky during a rainstorm, there have been hundreds of reports of strange things falling from the clouds during strong storms. And sometimes, this even includes living animals.
According to the Weather Channel, one such instance happened in 2013 when live crabs fell on the community of Lynn Haven, Florida. Another storm of living creatures happened on June 28, 1957, near Thomasville, Alabama. This was when thousands of live fish, frogs, and crayfish fell from the sky during a heavy rain. It was thought that an F2 tornado fifteen miles to the south was responsible for this strange phenomenon.
Creationist Donald DeYoung writes about a storm in 1984 that dumped live six-inch flounder in a London suburb. Rains of flightless animals have been reported throughout history. In the first century AD, Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder documented storms of frogs and fishes. Indeed, the most common type of creature to fall from the sky is fish. It is thought that they get picked up by waterspouts and are then dropped over land, sometimes miles away.
While there are hundreds of stories like these from all over the world, the most unusual living creatures ever to appear out of the sky were horses of fire just before Elijah the prophet was taken up by a whirlwind into the heavens. But even that extraordinary historic event will pale in comparison to the return of Jesus Christ in the clouds.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, just as Your Son ascended to heaven, I know that He will return to the Earth in the same way. Lord, I eagerly await that most blessed of days. Amen.
Author: Steven J. Schwartz
Notes: “World’s Strangest Weather Phenomena,” The Weather Channel, 4-7-14. “Has it ever rained frogs or fish?”, 101 Questions and Answers About Weather and the Bible, D. DeYoung, p. 84, (Baker Books, 2014). “Raining animals,” Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raining_animals. Illustration: 1555 engraving of rain of fish.
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