by Vincent Aquilino
Asteroids and the End of the Age
04 Jul 2001 - "Then the second angel sounded: And something
like a great mountain burning with
fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood;
and a third of the living
creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed."
In the Revelation account John describes what he sees as SOMETHING
LIKE a great mountain
burning with fire striking the sea. As the result of this one
catastrophic event, a third of
all sea life died. What John is describing could not be a warhead
entering the atmosphere as
that is very small when compared to John's description of a mountain
burning with fire. This is
a near extinction level event that will destroy 1/3 of the sea
life and could only be caused by
a meteor or comet fragment striking the earth.
"The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and
shall be removed like a cottage; and the
transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall,
and not rise again. And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the
host of the high ones that are
on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they
shall be gathered together, as
prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the
prison, and after many days
shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and
the sun ashamed, when the LORD of
hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before
his ancients gloriously." (Isa
In Isaiah 24, Isaiah describes an event, prior to the return
of Jesus, which causes the earth
to reel to and fro like a drunkard. This can only be the result
of an equally catastrophic
event like a meteor or comet striking the earth. There is another
possibility -- it could be a
pole shift as the earth rotates vertically on its axis due to
the instability that has been
introduced by the earth's waning magnetic field. This could occur
as the result of a close
encounter with another heavenly body of sufficient mass. In any
event, let's take notice that
this is a judgement from God for sin as Isaiah notes that "the
transgression thereof shall be
heavy upon it." Notice also that this preceeds the Day of
the Lord when "the moon shall be
confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall
reign in mount Zion, and in
Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously."
Earth will have a close encounter with an extraterrestrial,
but it will not be "E.T.", it will
be with a asteroid, comet fragment, meteor or the like.
Even scientists recognize that planet earth is in a cosmic
pin ball machine, and it is just a
matter of time before one scores a direct hit. In fact, there
has been a lot of activity of
late, including some strange happenings which we discuss a little
later in this article.
Consider the following events as a harbinger of that future event:
On June 29, 2001, a newly-discovered near-Earth asteroid,
named 2001 ME1, sailed past our
planet. Fortunately the 1.5 km-wide space rock was 38 times farther
away than the Moon. Not
particularly dangerous, however, it is the one's that are not
seen that pose the greatest
threat to planet earth. For example, between March 21st and 31st
alone, astronomers discovered
7 Earth-approaching space rocks: 2001 FM129, 2001 FE90, 2001
FB90, 2001 FD58, 2001 FC58, 2001 FA58 and 2001 FO32. Many asteroids
have been identified and cataloged. For example, on June 22,
2001, there were 312 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids. Potentially
larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth
than 0.05 AU.
But how many have yet to be discovered? How many are on a
collision course that are unknown?
For example, space rock called 2001 EC1 missed earth by about
one million km (which is close in
cosmic distances), however, what is noteworthy is that, the space
rock, which measured about
one km (0.6 miles) across, had been discovered only days before.
Had it struck the Palace of
Westminster, it would have wiped out much of London.
On June 6, 2001 Near-Earth asteroid 2001 JV1 passed by Earth
only 18 times farther from our
planet than the Moon. The 200m-wide space rock was traveling
at 10 km/s (22,000 mph) as it
streaked through the constellation Cygnus.
On Febuary 24, 2001, a newly discovered asteroid called 1999
AN10, was calculated to miss the
Earth by only 38,000 kilometres in 2027 -- an extremely close
shave given the Moon orbits 10
times further from Earth. The calculations also suggest that
an impact is not possible that
year but, in theory, the Earth's gravity could perturb the asteroid's
path, possibly leading to
an impact in 2039.
On May 29, 2001 an asteroid named 1999 KW4 sailed by our planet
just 12.6 times more distant
than the Moon. The space rock is a binary consisting of not one,
but 2 asteroids in a mutual
orbit separated by about 2 km.
On Apr 27,2001, 2 near-Earth asteroids are passed by our planet
-- they are 2000 XG47 and 2001
GQ2. 2000 XG47 is a 1.5 km object that comes no closer to Earth
than 0.106 AU, but 2001 GQ2,
although much smaller (only ~300m across) is much nearer to us
-- only 0.02 AU (about 8 lunar
distances) from our planet.
On Jan. 18, 2000, a 400,000-pound rock streaked through the
sky and slammed into a remote lake
in Canada. The meteorite struck Tagish Lake in northern British
Columbia and shattered in 500
pieces. It was estimatedthat this meteorite sped to Earth at
about 10 miles per second (20
times the speed of a bullet). The Jan. 18 impact was unique since
it was the largest ever
recorded over land by satellite systems. Its estimated
the 400,000-pound meteorite was 15 feet
across before it detonated in the atmosphere with a force of
two to three thousand tons of TNT.
Two massive explosions could be heard across parts of northern
British Columbia, the Yukon and
In April of this year, 2 boulders from space have exploded
in mid-air off the coast of Mexico,
say government scientists who just last week declassified the
events. The larger of the 2
meteors roared into the atmosphere, releasing the explosive power
of 6,000 to 8,000 tons of
TNT. The scientists said it was probably about as big as a Volkswagen
Beetle and came down in
the Pacific several hundred miles off the coast of the Mexican
state of Baja California Norte.
The smaller meteor fell last August and was about 6 feet in diameter,
with about half the
explosive power. It came apart over the Pacific off Acapulco.
Donald Yeomans of the NASA Near
Earth Object Program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
stated that these events (and
others like it) "proves the point that over long periods
of time we can expect to be hit."
In fact, there have been impacts with the planet in the past.
For example, An asteroid about 60
metres across landed at Tunguska in Siberia in 1908, flattening
trees for 13 miles although
this meteor was a small one. Consider another space visitor,
whose approach to earth, was only
detected only 6 days before its fly-by. It originated between
Mars and Jupiter and came within
2.4 million miles of the Earth -- only 12 times further away
then the moon -- a near hit in
cosmic terms. Had this asteroid hit, which is nine times as large
as the Tunguska asteroid -
were to hit the Earth, the effect would have been devestating.
If it landed in the Atlantic
ocean, devastation it would cause would be everything within
two miles would be vaporized and
the east coast of the United States would suffer devestating
tidal waves of immense proportion.
If it hit land, molten debris would rain down for weeks after
the impact, and dust particles
would cause effects similar to a nuclear winter".
It is no wonder that the scientific community is taken the
possibility of an Extinction Level
Event (ELE) very seriously.
On February 12, 2001 history was made as NASA landed the first
spacecraft ever to land on an
Asteroid. Scientists hope the data from Near (Near Earth Asteroid
Rendezvous) Shoemaker, which
landed on asteroid Eros, will help them understand the relationship
between space rocks like
Eros and meteorites that have fallen to Earth. Indeed! Of course
this mission had nothing to do
with researching the possibility of delivering a nuclear payload
to an asteroid in an attempt
to divert it from a collision course with earth.
Some scientists say that the landing will, in fact, provide
them with information which could
one day help them deflect asteroids heading towards the Earth.
Dr Louise Prockter, a scientist
working on the mission, told the BBC: "Prior to going into
orbit around Eros, we weren't sure
what asteroids were composed of - whether they were solid lumps
of rock or whether they were
rubble piles just held together loosely by gravity. "What
we know about Eros and other
asteroids like it now is that they're actually fairly solid but
they've got a lot of gaps and
crevasses inside them. "Although we're far from being technologically
ready to blow one out of
the way if it comes too close, forewarned is forearmed and we
have an idea of what we're up
against if that ever happens," she said.
On March 13, 2001 UK's House of Lords have called for more
action to be taken to protect the
Earth from a collision with a large asteroid. Lord Sainsbury
said that the government took the
threat from space very seriously and was about to take decisive
action following a report drawn
up by experts last year. This action was prompted due to a relatively
near miss of the Earth by
a substantial (about one km-wide) asteroid on February 27th,
but nobody realized it because the
object was not discovered until 3 March, well after its closest
On a more esoteric note, on June 5, 2000 comet 76P/West-Kohoutek-Ikemura
came close to the
planet Mars generating all kinds of speculations -- in spite
of the fact that NASA declared it
a non-event. What has raised eyebrows is the fact that this comet
has not been sighted since
the June flyby of Mars -- adding fuel to the fire that the comet
impacted Mars or one of its
moons -- in particular, Phobos. There is also speculation that
even if the comet did not impact
Mars or Phobos, that its near passage may have perturbed Phobos
enough to allow it to escape
Mars gravity and generate an Earth-crossing orbit.
Since the name Phobos is derived from a root word meaning
terror, this has awakened renewed
interest in the King of Terror spoken about so much
in connection with the Nostradamus
prophecies. I am by no means declaring Nostradamus a prophet
of God, I am merely making the
point that the internet is alive due to these so-called "prophecies."
The renewed interest in
Nostradamus first occurred with the August 1999 Lunar Eclipse
which showed three objects once
the sun was blocked out. Two of them turned out to be satellites,
but the other object remains
a mystery and was quickly dubbed as the "King of Terror"
- a asteroid hidden by the brightness
of the sun.
Adding to the intrigue was, according to Earl Crockett and
Gary Goodwin of the Millennium
Group, was that NASA sent a satellite to the Mars/76P rendezvous
point and then it mysteriously
went off-line and online again right around the passage, so unfortunately
no images were taken
and sent to Earth.
Then there are the mysterious insider reports such as the
report circulated last July, which
was, supposedly, purposely withheld from the public. This report
indicated that on July 12th,
2000, that there had been a strange hump in the orbit
of Venus. The speculation is that it
could have been caused by the passage of Phobos, then assumed
to be on the way to Earth after
meeting 76P in June, via a close passage by the Sun inside the
orbit of Venus.
Given all this and the fact that the sun has broken out with
violent storms (which could. of
course, be caused by some of the impact debris impacting the
sun) is the stuff conspiracy
theories are made of.
Be that as it may, there have been some other rare events
that do support the possibility of
unexpected collisions in outer space.
An astronomer at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary
Laboratory, was conducting a
routine sky survey on Monday with his colleagues when he spotted
a change in the comet, named
C/2001 A2. "Hergenrother and his colleagues have been watching
this newly found comet for
months using a University of Arizona telescope. It was a typical,
rather mundane target that
was not expected to brighten much. "Then one day, all of
a sudden -- whammo -- the thing got a
hundred times brighter."
According to NASA, Astronomers have watched comet LINEAR intently
in recent months, as it
continued to unexpectedly crumble and brighten. Astronomers may
find the phenomenon noteworthy
because it happens so infrequently. "It's relatively rare,"
explained Bell from NASA.
Examination in the days ahead showed that Comet 2001 A2 first
it broke into 2 pieces just after
an enexpected rapid brightening. Now 1 of those 2 chunks has
split apart again, and researchers
say there may be many smaller pieces now flying through space.
The pieces are now drifting
apart. No one can yet say how big the pieces are or how large
the comet's nucleus was before it
broke apart. If the scenario sounds familiar, it's because this
isn't the first comet to break
apart in recent months. The disintegration act comes just less
than a year after another comet,
called 1999 S4, broke into several large pieces and countless
smaller ones, all in plain view
of numerous telescopes.
So we have two rare events that, to-date, defy explanation.
Did they collide with a debris
field? Who knows? Only God knows! But this we know for sure,
planet earth has a divine
appointment with an extraterrestrial visitor. Judgement is coming,
but in His mercy God cries
out to us: "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may
be counted worthy to escape all these
things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of
Man." (Luke 12:36)
It is time to heed Jesus' council!
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the
earth, nations will be in anguish and
perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint
from terror, apprehensive of
what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be
shaken." (Luke 21:25-26)
"There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences
in various places, and fearful events
and great signs from heaven." (Luke 21:11)
"This is what the LORD says, He who appoints the sun
to shine by day, who decrees the moon and
stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea that its waves
roar--the LORD Almighty is His
name." (Jer 31:35)
As we see the signs of His return drawing close, what manner
of holy life should we be living?
Remember that Jesus is returning for a Holy and Spotless Bride.
Whether His return is today or
10 years from now is irrelevant since eternity is only a heart
beat away for any of us. So
choose this day whom you will serve, ask the Holy Spirit to search
you to see if there be any
iniquity in you, and then call upon Jesus your Deliverer. He
is faithful for forgive our sins
and cleanse us from all unfaithfulness.
"Watch and pray, therefore, that you would be counted
worthy to escape the judgment that is
coming upon the earth and be able to stand before the Son of
Man" (Luke 21:36).
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