Do end time Prophecies reveal that a 1 Kilometer sized Asteroid may collide with Earth?
Robert Rite (7/1/17 – Updated): There is a celestial dance in the heavens that includes asteroids and meteors, and the dance is very beautiful – as long as it keeps its distance! These objects dance across our solar system as a steady reminder of just how vulnerable our civilization is to a doomsday event. In fact, we barely escaped an “extinction event” sized asteroid impact in 2013 as we will see. NASA has reported that there are many NEO’s or “near earth objects” in our solar system. “Sooner or later, it is inevitable,” scientists say, “that Earth’s gravitational field will attract one or several of these celestial bodies.”
In this message, we will review:
1) Just a few asteroid Impacts and Close Encounters with Earth
2) A series of prophecies related to deep impact(s) from space and or a potential nuclear exchange; or both.
3) Why there must be an Apocalypse?
The vast majority of ancient prophecies were written for this age, and particularly for our generation. This stands to reason since the earth’s population today is greater than at any other time – over 7 billion souls. BTW in the bible, 7 is the number of completion. Could it be that once the earths population reached 7 billion souls, that it would be another in a host of end time markers?
Are Asteroid impacts a form of Divine Judgment
The Levitical laws in the Torah, called for ‘stoning’ as the method of capital punishment, and the judgments foretold in the book of Revelation do seem to describe an asteroid impact in the form of a “great stone” (read Rev. 8:6-12; Rev. 18:21). We also read of 120 pound meteor like hail stones in Rev. 16:21. As we will read the prophecies do indeed foretell that the Lord will cast a great stone from heaven to begin the tribulation series of judgments.
Let’s read just one of these prophecies:
“Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea…” Rev. 18:21
Asteroid Impacts and Close Encounters with Earth
To date, scientists have identified more than 150 craters on earth caused by asteroid or meteorite impacts. Large asteroids (1 mile or greater in width) can cause mass extinctions on earth, as evidenced by the fossil record. Let’s review just a few extra-terrestrial impacts, and a few near misses:
Circa 65 Million BC – An asteroid that hit the Yucatan area of Mexico 65 million years ago is believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. It is estimated that the asteroid was 5-10 miles wide, and left a crater 190 miles across. The impact is calculated to have been 10,000 times greater than the simultaneous detonation of the entire global nuclear arsenal! This type of super cataclysmic event is referred to as an “extinction event“; for obvious reasons.
50,000 BC – “Meteor Crater” in Arizona was caused by a meteor less than 200 feet in diameter, yet it left a crater of roughly two-thirds of a mile wide and 640 feet deep.
May, 2013. An “extinction event asteroid – 1.7 miles wide named Asteroid 2008 QE2 buzzed within 3.6 million miles of earth. That is a very close call in astronomical terms!
May 19, 1996 – an asteroid approximately 100 to 300 yards wide passed 280,000 miles from earth, which is a bit farther out than the moon. Such an object would have destroyed an area the size of a large US state or a small country. There was almost no advance notice as it was discovered just 1 month before it would have obliterated our planet!
July, 1994 – the entire world witnessed the planet Jupiter bombarded by the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which had earlier broker down into several pieces.
March 23, 1989 – Scientists calculate that an asteroid named 1989 FC missed Earth by only six hours.
So as we can see, the earth has been struck and or almost struck by comets, meteors and asteroids ranging from yards to miles in width. The bible declares that just as it was in the beginning so it will be in the end. Given that revelation, perhaps Genesis 1:2 – may be describing how the earth ended up – after the impact reported off the Yucatan Peninsula around 65 million years ago.
“The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.” Genesis 1:2
Can some Secret “Comet Busting” Weapon Save the Day?
Sorry, but not according to astrophysicists, and more importantly not according to bible prophecy. There are a few major reasons why we are not capable at this time to shield planet earth from celestial objects:
1) Only a small percentage of the estimated 20,000 or so cataclysmic size asteroids that traverse our solar system have been detected to date.
2) Worse yet, according to science experts we would need roughly 5 years advance warning to attempt to neutralize an incoming threat from space.
3) Because of the mass expanse of space, even asteroids as large as a mile wide are very hard to detect.
4) Because NASA and other space experts have admitted that many large asteroids have passed close to earth and were not even detected until just hours or days (NOT week, months or years) before potential impact. When asked what NASA would do if a large asteroid was in a collision course with earth within 3 weeks of impact, for example, then space agency chief Bolden responded “…’if it’s coming in three weeks, pray”!
5) Because bible prophecy reveals that we will not be able to stop the coming judgments which include 1 or more deep impacts.
Let’s see what the Book of Revelation Reveals
The prophecies indicate that an asteroid, possibly as large as 1 kilometer (.62 miles or approx. 3,200 feet) wide may impact the earth! A 1 km asteroid could destroy a large nation or a continent and depending on its kinetic energy – could even destroy or ravage the Western Hemisphere, for example.
The prophecies as we will read now indicate that 1/3rd of the earth would be destroyed by what appears to be 1 or more asteroid impacts; but this could also infer to a nuclear event or a combination thereof. The land mass of the western hemisphere by the way is 35% – almost exactly 1/3rd of the earth’s land mass. Note -that God does not waste words, when they are repeated it is because they hold great significance. So note how many times “one third” is repeated in the prophecies below:
Revelation 8: 6-12 – “And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them. And the first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown down to the earth and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
My Notes: This first impact may be the result of a nuclear exchange because of the description of “hail and fire, mixed with blood” which are after-effects of a nuclear blast; unlike the following event.
Revelation 8:8-9 – “The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain ablaze with fire was hurled into the sea. So a third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”
My Notes: This “great mountain ablaze with fire“ is a perfect description of an asteroid; and this object strikes the ocean.
Rev. 8:10 – “And the third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters; and the name of the star is Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.“
My Notes: This 3rd judgment also appears to be an asteroid or comet that apparently strikes land thereby impacting rivers and lakes.
Related Bible prophecies
– In Joshua 10: 11-14 – God destroyed the Amorites with “stones from heaven”.
– Matthew 24:29: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
Note: this prophecy again supports both the after-effects of an asteroid and a nuclear event; or both.
Why must there be an Apocalypse?
God has clearly reserved 1 or more cataclysmic sized asteroids for these end times. These cataclysmic events will be clear markers that will leave no doubt to anyone that the apocalypse has begun. It should also leave no doubt as to who is the Lord, as His word is fulfilled to the letter! But the lost souls of the earth will refuse to repent (another topic for another message).
The angel reveals to John in Revelation that these series of judgments are to occur at the time of the end, and that they are the wrath of the Lamb and Wrath of God judgments upon the earth just before the second coming and the end of the age of man.
Daniel 2:41-45 – reveals that the asteroid impact that destroys the kingdoms of this earth will occur just before the Lord’s return. It will occur at the time of the end when the “beast kingdom”; the 10 nation empire is in place.
IMPORTANT: The end time Beast Kingdom does not necessarily have to be in full control when the asteroid impacts earth – it may just have to be ready and waiting to use such a calamity as the or one of the excuses for establishing the end time beast kingdom. What greater excuse could there be for a One World Government than a cataclysmic asteroid impact.
Let’s close with the good news behind all these unsettling supernatural global and celestial transformation:
In the end, the kingdoms of earth under control of the global government (beast kingdom – Satan’s kingdom) are totally destroyed to cleans the earth of the filth of iniquity under the prince of this aqe. The earth must be cleansed of all iniquity before God can establish His glorious kingdom on earth. God is Holy and sin cannot persist in His presence and this is why there must and will be an apocalypse. The earth and heaven that exists today will fly away as His Glory approaches because there will be no place for iniquity in God’s kingdom; it will be totally replaced with a new heaven and earth – can I get a Hallelujah!
Revelation 11:15 – “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ”
Rev. 16:20 – “Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.”
Rev. 21:1 – “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…”
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