Jesus is the visible personage of the Godhead who carries out the Father's decreed plans. He controls the psychological arrow of the time dimension because He is the Word of God and knows all things, past, present, and future. We live in the present and remember the past, but we cannot see into the future to which time is marching because we are bounded by time. If we could know the future, we would either be outside of time in eternity with God, or moving backward with entropy decreasing instead of increasing - the passing of time would show things getting more orderly instead of disorderly. A shuffled deck of cards would pass out not randomly but in bridge order. Broken things would piece together consuming energy instead of releasing it.
This psychological arrow of time is important for this paper only in so far as one understands that we live in a "now" time frame, we are immediately connected to eternity. I repeat, it is imperative that a person understands he or she is connected to eternity now, not in some future day of judgment when our good works will determine where we spend eternity. I will speak to this point a little more in depth as we progress. In the vision, we see Jesus carefully determining the kind of meteor event that will judge earth by fire so as not to completely decimate it, yet purge it of satan's wicked cosmic system. Because Jesus as God discerns the end from the beginning in omniscience, He alone can make cosmological determinations that will preserve the earth for the millennium. We know the earth will be purged by fire because the Bible prophesies it in numerous places. For example:
Note, "Rocks are thrown down." This could mean, depending upon the size of the collision, that either a comet or bolide blast simulates a meteor occasion whereby tens of thousands of pieces of rock fan out like missiles showering the earth with fireballs and miniscule grains of dust. The key difference between comets and asteroids is that comets are icy dustballs - dirty snowballs as one astronomer puts it. They have frozen gaseous material interlaced throughout a nuclei of hard rocky matter. As a comet approaches the sun, its frozen material sublimates into a gas that encircles the nuclei making it look like hair flowing in the wind. In a vacuum, solids pass directly into gases without going through a liquid stage. Its tail elongates as it nears the sun and flows downwind from the sun as it orbits. The gas resolidifies as it returns to the Opik-Oort Cloud on the outskirts of our solar system, the home to tens of trillions of comets. The material in the center of a comet is composed of the same elements as that of asteroids, planets, and stardust, and since all the matter in the universe is of the same elements as that found on earth, we can legitimately claim God made us out of stardust.
Gravitational attractions draw smaller objects to ones with larger masses sucking the smaller one to within the point known as Roche's limit where inevitable break-up follows. Gravitational pull forces the smaller object to disintegrate or explode. Upon splitting up gases dissipate if it is a comet but the hard-core matter ends up as a collection of asteroids wildly orbiting the sun as cosmic debris or stellar dust which measures in the centimeter range or lower.
Meteor showers are the demise of tiny pieces of stellar dust that cannot stand the temperatures created upon entry into our atmosphere. They burn up and never reach ground. Again, anything that reaches ground is called a meteorite. A bolide is an accumulation of gaseous material surrounding a hard rock core that explodes when a critical temperature is reached. Depending upon height, some burn up as they zip through earth's atmosphere without causing planetary problems but others can make our holiday fireworks' celebrations look like playschool.
The 100 tons of stellar dust entering our atmosphere daily burn up without being noticed. God can use these objects, however, as weapons of warfare. If they are too large to burn up, they serge toward earth as projectiles meaning that they can be programmed to hit vital spots in judgment as will probably happen in the Day of the Lord when the "fierceness of his anger" is "poured out like fire". Similar to the days of the Exodus when the people of God were supernaturally protected against the plagues that ravaged the Egyptians, the lightning bolts, fireballs, and meteorites in the form of 120 pound hailstones [Revelation 9:4] will deftly display the marksmanship of our Captain as they cunningly dodge the people with the seal of God in their foreheads. Amazingly, our solar system is filled with tens of thousands of untamed asteroids crossing earth's path twice a year and putting us at risk for six months - three in the spring and three in the fall! Is it any wonder the Bible projects that at least ¾ of earth's population is wiped out during the tribulation [Revelation 6:8 with 9:15]?
Lest one think this is impossible in our lifetime, let me first refer you to the Shoemaker-Levy comet incident with Jupiter in 1994. This was a beautiful and awesome demonstration of what could happen to earth. Astronomical data revealed that a comet broke up in 1992 as it orbited Jupiter. Its close encounter with Jupiter brought it within the distance of fragmentation known as Roche's limit. This limit differs according to the size of objects. If an object comes within the limit, tidal forces brake up its nucleus and in the case of Shoemaker-Levy it left a 'string of pearls' that were destined to collide with Jupiter's surface two years later in the summer of 1992.
Upon break-up, the pieces of debris continued in the same orbital path until Jupiter's gravity pulled them into her. Their masses determined which piece would hit first due to least resistance. They hit one by one in succession in the same general area or section of the planet. Someone described it as similar to machine-gun bullets timed to hit a target days apart instead of in microseconds. In this fashion "a" meteor such as Jesus spoke about could actually be one incident split-up into a series of collisions of orbital debris colliding with earth during the sequenced course of the tribulational period.
comet split apart into components of a few hundred yards to a few miles
across, each one leaving huge pockmarks in the area of impact. The largest
fragment was estimated at 2 miles in diameter and the drastic results
of impact imply that the original nucleus must have been about 12 miles
in diameter, about the size of Haley's comet. If these space debris would
have hit earth, it would have been wiped out. Through observation of 47
known comets, cosmologists have discovered that between 1986 and 1993
three of them had broken into two pieces. They now believe that because
of their icy conditions, comets can freely breakup during orbit leaving
uncharted and unseen rubble along their pathway, adding more potential
hazards for any planet crossing their orbits.
This stellar object exploded about 4 miles above earth's surface leaving a 2,000 square km area of forest confounded. Trees were shorn off like matchsticks and laid in a circular pattern with the tops outward in fan-like fashion from ground zero. Estimations are that the explosion was roughly a thousand times as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb occurrence of WWII. It is important to note that this was a kinetic energy event and not a nuclear one. At high speeds, kinetic energy is equivalent to chemical energy. It is thought that it was probably a chunk of rocky material about 100 yards across similar in composition to earth and moving with great velocity. Because it did not survive the heat of its passage through the atmosphere to become a meteorite by hitting the ground, it is conjectured that it was not metal. It has been named an airburst, although some people call it a bolide believing it to be made up mostly of gaseous substances. Had it occurred seven 7 hours later, by virtue of the rotation of earth, St. Petersburg, Russia 4 would have been wiped out. Timing is everything, which is why we need a Captain. Could the Tunguska encounter be a picture of what Jesus had in mind when He said there would be a meteor?
Is it possible that another such event could happen again soon? There is no full-scale sky watch in operation today. A few astronomers are monitoring portions of the sky, but there are many unmanned sections without eyes on them. It was discovered that on March 15, 1994 an asteroid about 10 yards in diameter passed less than half the distance between the moon and earth. The problem is that it was discovered a month after its near encounter! On February 1, 1994 a fireball, about 14 miles above the Pacific Ocean produced an explosion equivalent to 100 kiloton's of TNT. A satellite detected it, and the US military had to determine if it was a nuclear explosion. Astronomers call these 'near hits'. Too much information exists denoting the risk of collisions within our solar system for me to elaborate on. Surface features of all planets and moons reveal that our earth moves in heavy stellar traffic, and the possibility of earth having another stellar encounter in the near future is very real. We know that they have occurred in the past and the Old Testament is replete with accounts of catastrophic events. Let me briefly touch on one that I believe illustrates the reality of such an occasion.
Can you recall the Biblical account when Joshua commanded the sun to stand still in the Valley of Ajalon, and the Lord hearkened unto Him?
From the above we can see that this was an event of great magnitude, which was probably caused by a close encounter with another planetary body. Pliny, a Roman scholar and naturalist, calls the "great stones" of verse 11 "the fire of the planets" because in olden days people were expecting near encounters with objects in the sky. Some scientists have conjectured through computer modeling that Mars' orbit changed at the turn of the 7th century b.c.e. It used to be an elliptical orbit, which made very close pass-bys with Earth every 54 years. At that time, catastrophic incidents occurred on Earth as well as Mars, because of the forces of gravitational attractions. It is beyond the scope of this interpretation to detail this phenomenon. 5 Suffice it to say that people living during that period of history knew that the flyby of Mars was very risky because every 54 or 108 years there was a great disaster of great proportion accompanying Mars' passage with earth. It was beyond anything we are able to comprehend today. The Bible does refer to them, and Joshua's long day was one such encounter with a heavenly host. Could it have been Mars?
Josephus writes that on this day electrical 'thunderbolts' killed the majority of the enemy. Ancient records in secular works distinguish between 'thunderbolts' and lightning strikes. Carefully note the following:
In the above account, there is a definite distinction between thunderbolts and lightning. The former was evidently exploding bolide type missiles while lightning accompanied electrical discharges.
In the Hebrew, the word used for 'hailstone' is the word for 'thunderbolt'. It is surmised that the bolts in the Joshua account noted as "great stones from heaven" (verse 11) were the result of a flux tube of celestial high-powered electricity passing (jumping) between the two planets. If you will recall, God commanded the Israelites not to acquire armored chariots like their neighboring nations, and I believe it was because they make tremendous lightning rods placing them at risk during thunderstorms and Mars' flybys. Since the enemies of Israel were sufficiently equipped with iron chariots and shields, they became easy victims of God's helping hand as in the valley of Ajalon on the long day of Joshua. How often do we read in the Old Testament where God helped Israel in the day of battle?! Have we not witnessed as much today?
One of the greatest proofs that Mars' orbit was elliptical and unstable until 701 b.c.e. is the known fact that calendars all over the world changed at that time. Something extraordinary happened to cause them to be reformed. Was it the stabilizing of Mars' orbit? All calendars before that date were 360-day calendars. They were revamped afterward to accommodate a 365-day year. Immanuel Velikovsky's scholarly work 7 lies to rest any doubt about this. A sampling of those who changed their calendars are: Japanese, Chinese, Greeks, Carthaginians, Mayans, Hindus, Phoenicians, Babylonians, Arabians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Teutons, etc. 8
It is believed that during Joshua's long day gravitational attractions between Earth and Mars caused a shifting of earth's North Pole axis via gravitational pull by a heavenly body making it appear as if the sun stood still and the day had lengthened. Joshua's long day was one of those very close flybys of Mars every 54 years, a near encounter with a space brother. If you are wondering whether it is probable that our earth's poles can change spectacularly, scientists report that the magnetic field of the earth has reversed several times in the past. They determine this through inspection of geological formations. Interestingly, there is a legend in China of a long night in the same time frame as Joshua. Scholarly speculation has it through computer modeling that crustal skid and spin axis shift caused the earth to change its tilt by 5 degrees. 9 Crustal skid, which can occur in a matter of hours through gravitational attractions of planetary bodies is not the same as continental drift that takes millions of years for a small change.
It is beyond the scope of this paper to explain crustal skid. Suffice it to say that the whole mantle of earth slides one way as the planet rotates the other. It is conjectured that the tilt of the earth's axis was affected in this manner on the long day of Joshua during a flyby of Mars. Could this be the reason Herod's temple is out of line with Solomon's by 5 degrees? Both temples supposedly faced due east yet they are out of alignment. The added daylight hours Joshua received gave him the victory to the glory of God because the Bible says that God helped him.
Since the stabilizing of Mars' elliptical orbit in 701 b.c.e., the mega-catastrophes of old have subsided. It is impossible to delve into the account of present-day computer analysis of heavenly bodies coinciding with catastrophes recorded in the Old Testament. Biblical stories of incredible events such as the sun standing still, 185,000 men in Sennacherib's army being killed in one night while Israel slept, and frequent accounts of fire raining down from heaven are explained as resulting from near flybys of Mars with Earth. Anytime heavenly bodies such as comets, meteors, and asteroids approach our planet, we can expect trouble. Indeed, the Day of the Lord that begins the tribulation period culminating with "destruction from the Almighty" [Joel 1:15] will be like in the days of old when God supernaturally protects a remnant of believers who are ordained to deliverance. All others perish.
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|Gribbin, John & Mary, Fire On Earth, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1996, pp. 43-46. (would)|
|Anyone interested can read about it in Catastrophism and the Old Testament by Donald W. Patten, Pacific Meridian Publishing Co., 1988. (Suffice)|
|Taken from Clube, Victor & Napier, Bill, The Cosmic Serpent, Faber & Faber, London, 1982, and Quoted in Gribbin, John & Mary, Fire On Earth, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1996, p. 207. (Boldness)|
|Velikovsky, Immanuel, Worlds in Collision, Dell Publishing Co., New York, 330-359. ( lies)|
|See Patten, Donald. W., Catastrophism and the Old Testament, Pacific Meridian Publishing Co., Seattle, Wash., 1988, pp. 220-222. ( It )|
|Ibid. ( Crustal )|
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3. The Shoemaker-Levy Event: From July 16 through July 22, 1994, pieces of an object designated as Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter. This is the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to be observed, and the effects of the comet impacts on Jupiter's atmosphere have been simply spectacular and beyond expectations. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 consisted of at least 21 discernable fragments with diameters estimated at up to 2 kilometers.
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