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The World's Greatest Natural Disaster - A Possibility?
Imagine massive tidal waves all over the world, flooding whole countries, setting the world’s forests on fire, destroying food supplies, and damaging the environment so the sun's deadly ultraviolet rays shine through to earth, killing off plants, animals, and people. Is this Hollywood fiction or a credible threat to life on earth?
Asteroids pass earth much more frequently than most people realize.
*March 23, 1989. An asteroid around a half-mile wide missed Earth by some 400,000 miles — about six hours. It was not seen until it was well past Earth.
*January 1991. A 30 feet asteroid passed earth by just over 100,000 miles.
*1991 - 1994, four asteroids came close to earth.
*In 2002, one asteroid came from the sun's direction taking scientists by surprise; it was only seen four days after it had passed the earth.
But most scientists say it is only a matter of time.
Does the Bible speak about an Asteroid Impacting the Earth?
In the last book of the Bible, Revelation, the Apostle John is shown the future of the earth. The following Scriptures speak of the end times, and could easily be regarding the impact of an asteroid and the long term results on the earth.
"The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD…" Joel 2:31.
And in Isaiah, "The stars of heaven and the constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light." Isaiah 13:10.
"The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the Earth. A third of the Earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water — the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter." — Revelation 8:7-11.
These Prophecy’s and Science.
Scientific studies show that an asteroid impact could kill at least on quarter of the entire world.
"I saw an angel having what looked like a mountain that was ablaze and he hurled it to the Earth," that's exactly what a comet or asteroid looks like. When it hits the atmosphere it ignites and becomes a fireball.
The effects of an impact would be to create overwhelming tidal waves destroying cites, and possibly flooding entire nations. Any ship on the sea would have little chance of surviving. The forests and cities would burn. As the dust rises, the sun and stars would be hidden. The fallout would contaminate the rivers of the effected areas, as much as 1/3 of the world as the Scriptures say.
Jesus said, 'Unless those days be shortened, no flesh would survive'. He could have been referring to the effects after an asteroid has hit, but He does not say that, (an important point to make!).
Asteroids and the Movies.
In "Armageddon" Bruce Willis saves the earth, and in "Deep Impact" the human race stands victorious after disaster. The problem is that Hollywood writes the ending to these films.
The reality is that two major asteroids which could have devastated our world were only discovered after they had passed. The earth could be hit at any time, now, in a decade, or in the next millennium. All we can do it wait, be prepared and get on with life.
In 1998 NASA concluded that if we blew up an asteroid possibly more people would be hurt than if the asteroid hit in its original form.
Imagine two impacts instead of one, or worse, imagine thousands of asteroids, the size of a football pitch impacting over the entire world. It seems very unlikely that a 'star wars' defence programme could be used to effectively counteract an asteroid.
How can I prepare?
Guess what? If the scientists cannot tell when an asteroid is coming, neither will you! There is only one way to prepare. Trust in the Lord God almighty. Put your faith in Jesus Christ. Repent of your sin, that means stop doing what is wrong, and begin to do what is right. Put your faith in the death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. You can be forgiven because He paid the price for your sin.
At any moment, millions of lives could be taken. Your life could be taken. Are you ready to meet with Jesus? Would you go to heaven because you trusted in Christ or hell because you rejected Him and choose sin instead?
Jesus loves you, and wants you have "Life in abundance" here, and life eternal as well. (John 10:10).
"Behold I am coming soon!" - Jesus. Revelation 22:12.
(He is coming for everyone who gives their lives to Him, will you let Him come for you as well?)