Awesome New Peril to Earth?































                                    Is a huge object in outer space headed for a collision with

                                    planet earth?  Will a giant planet, asteroid, or comet strike

                                    the earth in  the next ten years, bringing catastrophe, disaster

                                    and cataclysm?  Has such an event happened in the remote

                                    past – in dim antiquity?  What caused Noah’s Flood?  The

                                    Exodus cataclysm?  The Tower of Babel cataclysm?  Is there

                                    more to global polarity changes, ancient traditions of the

                                    sun setting in the east, and continental shifts than modern

                                    science begins to expect?  Here’s the mind-boggling truth –

                                    a new look at a “rogue planet”, and “intruder” from space –

                                    “Planet X” -- and what the Bible says about massive heavenly

                                    encounters of the catastrophic kind!


William F. Dankenbring


            The word “catastrophe” literally means “the stars are falling,” or “falling stars.”  It bespeaks an awesome time of destruction and disaster on a massive scale and originally meant a time when the “stars” fell to earth.


            Scientists believe that massive asteroids have crashed into the earth in distant times, leading to awesome shifts in the earth’s poles, climactic changes, ice ages, and the destruction of enormous amounts of life and living creatures, including the dinosaurs.  


            Is there some truth to these beliefs and theories? 


            On July 20, 1994, chunks of a comet hurtled toward Jupiter and smashed into that planet, setting off a fiery, spectacular display of celestial fireworks such as modern man has never seen.  Some 21 pieces -- one as large as 2 1/2 miles in diameter -- of the fragmented comet formerly known as Shoemaker-Levy 9, plunged into the planet Jupiter between July 16 to July 22.   According to scientists, the impacts of the comet chunks were thousands of times more powerful than the largest nuclear explosions, created enormous reddish fireballs and blew Texas-size holes in the Jovian atmosphere.  Towering plumes of gas rose over 650 miles above the clouds of Jupiter. 


            Jupiter is 2 1/2 times as big as all the other planets of the solar system put together, and could contain within its bulk 1,300 planets the size of earth.  The celestial fireworks amazed scientists and astronomers, as modern man saw for the first time the awesome results of the impact of a comet from space when colliding with a planet in our solar system. 


Earth in Danger?


            If such an asteroid or comet struck the earth, David Morrison of the NASA Ames Research Center declared at the 1994 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Similar fragments raining down on earth would cause a catastrophe.  So much dust would be thrown into the atmosphere that we would lose our crops.  Humans as a species would probably survive, but the majority of us would die." 


            Science News related that there are some 200 or so objects within the inner solar system which pass closer to the earth than the moon.  Said Science News:  "Astronomers know relatively little about these roughly 200 odd-shaped bodies, called near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), which range from 40 kilometers to 10 meters in length.  A few thousand more of these NEAs -- some with the potential to crash into our planet -- may await discovery.  But scientists have only recently begun efforts to obtain close-up images of these rocky bodies.  Indeed, even their origin remains a matter of debate" (Science News, vol.145, February 5, 1994, "Rocky Relics:  Getting the lowdown on near-Earth asteroids," p.88).


                NEAs represent only a very small fraction of the million or so asteroids 1 kilometer or more in diameter which are believed to orbit within the inner solar system.  Most of them orbit within the orbits of the planets Jupiter and Mars, giving impetus to the theory that there was once a planet which orbited in that region, which at some point in primeval time eons ago was destroyed in some supra-cosmic interstellar encounter.  But the Near-Earth asteroids discovered so far may represent only a small fraction of the true number which could collide someday with the earth.  Said Science News:


                         "The NEAs so far detected may represent just the tip of the iceberg.  Astronomers

                        estimate that there exist 5,000 to 10,000 near-Earth objects with diameters of 0.5

                        kilometers or larger.  These objects come in three classes:  Amors, Apollos, and

                                Atens.  Amors cross the orbit of Mars and approach that of Earth, and 10 percent

                        of them cross Earth's path over the course of a few hundred to a few thousand years.

                        Apollos cross Earth's orbit, and a few even come closer than the moon.  Atens, for

                        most of their orbit, lie closer to the sun than the Earth does, but may intersect

                        Earth's path at their farthest point from the sun" (ibid.).


A Perilous Universe


            Could such asteroids pose a danger to planet earth?  The pock-marked, cratered surface of the moon suggests that asteroids have hit that body repeatedly, creating impact craters clearly visible with telescopes.  Similar craters, many of them since ameliorated by erosion, vegetation growth, and geological changes, exist on earth, showing interstellar collisions have occurred between asteroids, comets, and our own planet. 


            The origin of NEAs remains a puzzle to scientists.  However, it is known that the influence of gravitation of the earth, as well as other planets in the solar system, can hurl asteroids or other objects out of the inner solar system, and that on the other hand such objects can collide with planets causing craters, destruction, and holocaust. 


            In 1984, Jack L. Wisdom of MIT calculated that the gravitational influence of Jupiter may remove some asteroids from the known asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars and hurl them into orbits which could ultimately bring them into orbits near the earth.  Within the main asteroid belt are regions known as "Kirkwood gaps," where the supply of asteroids is much smaller than in other areas.  Why is this so?  Any asteroid located at one of these gaps has a unique orbital motion, a special relationship called a "resonance," with the planet Jupiter.  The word "resonance" means that there is a special relationship between the asteroid's orbital period and that of Jupiter -- and the relationship is always a simple fraction.  An asteroid within the Kirkwood gap with a 3:1 resonance circles the sun three times for every revolution of Jupiter.  Because of the influence of Jupiter's gravitation, asteroids in a Kirkwood gap may experience sudden, big oscillations in their orbit, undergo chaotic gyrations, that shift their near circular orbits into highly elliptical ones, eventually bringing them into orbits which transect that of the earth.  Could this be the origin of many of the NEAs? 


            The orbits of many NEAs suggest that they originated from somewhere within the main belt of asteroids.  Furthermore, visible-light spectra indicate that these NEAs have a composition similar to that of asteroids in the main belt.  Other NEAs may have originated as comets.  Near the end of its life-time, after passing through the solar system thousands of times, a comet may have expelled most of its gases forming the customary cometary tail.  Over time, it may develop a crust of dust over its frozen nucleus.  Thus a "dead comet" would also fit the definition of a NEA, or Near-Earth Asteroid. 


                                                      They Come from Outer Space


            Science News points out that an estimated 2,000 asteroids over a kilometer in diameter (roughly six tenths of a mile) follow paths that cross the orbit of the earth.  Asks Science News:


                        "Are any of these rocky missiles headed on a collision course with our planet?


                                "The impact, equivalent to the destructive power of 10,000 megatons of TNT, would

                        dramatically disrupt life on our planet.  Some scientists calculate that a 1-km-wide

                        asteroid would deposit enough dust in the atmosphere to create a 'nuclear winter,'

                        blocking sunlight and triggering widespread crop failure and starvation.  The climate

                        might be altered for years" (ibid., p.90).


                In the January 6 issue of Nature, Clark R. Chapman of the Planetary Science Institute and David Morrison of NASA's Ames Research Center calculated that there is a 1-in-10,000 chance of a 2-km-wide asteroid (one over a mile in diameter) colliding with the earth in the next century.  Collisions with a 10-km wide asteroid, such as is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago in the geological age known as the Cretaceous period, are believed to occur much less frequently.  Other scientists point out that collisions between the earth and much smaller asteroids, about 100 meters across, are much more frequent -- these smaller asteroids pass near the earth 10 to 100 times more frequently -- and could hit the planet about once every 100 to 200 years.


            Says Peter J.T. Leonard, at the University of Maryland at College Park:  "There's a decent chance during anyone's lifetime for the Earth to get nailed by one of these small asteroids, 100 meters or so in size."


The Testimony of Ancient History


            Has the earth encountered such celestial phenomena in the past?  The fact is, the surface of the earth records a series of catastrophic events, which could and in some cases were definitely related to cosmic encounters of a terrible kind.


            The Bible itself speaks of such events.  The Scriptures record in a matter of fact way the terrible destruction caused to all life on earth due to a global flood – commonly referred to as ‘Noah’s Flood” (Genesis 6-8).  What caused such a tremendous cataclysm?  Of course, God Himself intervened, we are told, because of the mounting SINS of mankind.  “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.  So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt” (Gen.6:11-12).  God saved only Noah and his family, and creatures of every species, aboard the Ark which He commanded Noah to build.  This occurred 2348 B.C.


            The next great cataclysm occurred  2247 B.C., when the Tower of Babel was destroyed in a heavenly blast (Gen.11:1-9).  Ancient history records that when the tower was destroyed, there were great seismic changes in the earth, and the continents themselves were divided – driven apart by great geological forces – perhaps due to an encounter with a massive heavenly object and its gravitational pull.  A man of that time was named “Peleg,” which means “division,” because “in his days the earth [itself] was divided” (Gen.10:25).


            A third tremendous cataclysm which affected the entire planet occurred in 1491 B.C., when God sent ten devastating plagues upon ancient Egypt, and then led His people through the towering columns of the Red Sea in a mighty deliverance (Exodus 7-15).  What great forces would cause an entire sea to rise up in towering walls of water, preparing a dry walkway for the children of Israel from shore to shore? 


            Forty years later, another tremendous interstellar event occurred.  As Joshua fought the Canaanites in a final climactic battle, we read: 


                        “And it happened, as they fled before Israel, and were on the descent of Beth

                        Horon, that the LORD cast down LARGE HAILSTONES FROM HEAVEN

                        On them as far as Akezah, and they died.  There were more who died from the

                        HAILSTONES than the children of Israel killed with the sword” (Joshua 10:11).


                It was at this time that Joshua stood before the Lord, and commanded the sun to stand still, and the moon, till the people had revenge on their enemies.  The Word of God relates:


                        “So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for

                        about a whole day.  And there has been no day like it, before it or after it, that the

                        LORD heeded the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel” (v.13-14).


                These pulse-pounding events HAPPENED!  They are not figments of mere human imagination or make-believe stories invented by ancient myth-makers or story tellers.  God intervened for His people, Israel!  The heavens themselves fought for Israel!  Huge bolides, meteorites, and chunks of rock and debris from outer space smashed into their enemies, pulverizing them.  The earth itself stopped in its diurnal rotation, and shuddered to a halt, causing the sun to appear to stand still in the sky, and the moon also. 


            What great force caused such events?  Could the Most High God have used a huge comet, or a planet on a strange trajectory through the solar system, to cause the earth’s rotation to be interrupted for the space of a day?  Could that huge body – perhaps a planet-sized object on a long elliptical orbit around the sun have come so close to the earth that electrical discharges and gravitational pulls and magnetic forces interacted, producing these awesome effects?  Was that huge body accompanied by thousands of chunks of interstellar debris – rocks and chunks of ice from outer space – which then fell on the enemies of Israel?


The Comet of the Exodus


            Immanuel Velikovsky, in his history-making, epochal book Worlds in Collision, written in 1950, gives the historical evidence that a giant comet appeared in the sky during the time of the Exodus.  The ancients feared this blood-red apparition.  Wrote Velikovsky:


                        “One of the places of the heavenly combat between elementary forces of nature --                                   as narrated by Apollodorus and Strabo – was on the way from Egypt to Syria.  Accord-                           ing to Herodotus, the final act of the fight between Zeus and Typhon took place at Lake                              Serbon on the coastal route from Egypt to Palestine.  On the way from Egypt to Pales-                         tine the Israelites, after a night of terror and strong east wind, witnessed the upheaval                              of the day of the Passage. . . . [T]he spell-bound Israelites saw the upheaval of nature:                           darkness, hurricane, mountains of water, fire and smoke, recorded in the Greek legend as

the circumstances in which the battle of Zeus with the dragon Typhon was fought. In the same pit of the sea lie the pharaoh and his hosts.  Up to now I have identified Rahab-Typhon as a comet. But if Typhon lies on the bottom of the sea, is he not the pharaoh? This would mean that in the legend of Typhon two elements were welded together: the pharaoh, who perished in the catastrophe, and the outrageous rebel against Zeus, the lord of the sky.


“In Pliny's Natural History, the ninety-first section of the second book reads: ‘A terrible      comet was seen by the people of Ethiopia and Egypt, to which Typhon, the king of that period, gave his name; it had a fiery appearance and was twisted like a coil, and it was very grim to behold: it was not really a star so much as what might be called a ball of fire.’”


            Velikovsky continues:


“The visit of a disastrous comet, so many times referred to in this book, is told in          plain words, not in disguise. However, I must find support for my assumption that        the comet of the days of King Typhon was the comet of the days of the Exodus.


“I investigated the writings of the old chronographers, and in Cometographia of  Hevelius (1668) I found references to the works of Calvisius, Helvicus, Herlicius,        and Rockenbach, all of whom used manuscripts for the most part and not printed               sources, as they lived only a little over one century after the invention of movable characters and the printing press.  Hevelius wrote ( in Latin ): ‘In the year of the       world 2453 (1495  B.C.), according to certain authorities, a comet was seen in Syria, Babylonia, India, in the sign Jo, in the form of a disc, at the very             time when the    Israelites were on their march from Egypt to the Promised Land. So Rocken-

bach. The Exodus of the Israelites is placed by Calvisius in the year of the world          2453, or 1495 B.C.’


“I was fortunate enough to locate one copy of Rockenbach's De cometis tractatus                 novus methodicus in the United States.  This book was published in Wittenberg

in 1602. Its author was professor of Greek, mathematics, and law, and dean of

philosophy at Frankfort. He wrote his book using old sources which he did not

name: ‘ex pro-batissimis & antiquissimis veterum scriptoribus’ (from the most   

trust-worthy and the most ancient of the early writers).  As a result of his diligent

gathering of ancient material, he made the following entry: ‘In the year of the world

two thousand four hundred and fifty-three -- as many trustworthy authors, on the

basis of many conjectures, have             determined -- a comet appeared which Pliny

also mentioned in his second book. It was fiery, of irregular circular form, with a

wrapped head; it was in the shape of a globe and was of terrible aspect. It is said

that King Typhon ruled at that time in Egypt. . . . Certain [authorities] assert that

the comet was seen in Syria, Babylonia, India, in the sign of Capricorn, in the form

of a disc, at the time when the children of Israel advanced from Egypt toward the

Promised Land, led on their way by the pillar of cloud during the day and by the

pillar of fire at night.’


“Rockenbach did not draw any conclusion on the relation of the comet of the days

of Exodus to the natural phenomena of that time. His intent was only to fix the date

of the comet of Typhon.


“Among the early authors, Lydus, Servius (who quotes Avienus), and Hephaestion,

Junctinus, in addition to Pliny, mention the Typhon comet. It is depicted as an                    immense globe ( globus immodicus ) of fire, also as a sickle, which is a description

of a globe illuminated by the sun, and close enough to be observed thus. Its movement

 was slow, its path was close to the sun. Its color was bloody:  ‘It was not of fiery, but

of bloody redness.’ It caused destruction ‘in rising and setting.’ Servius writes that this

comet caused many plagues, evils, and hunger.


“To discover what were the manuscript sources of Abraham Rockenbach that led

him to the same conclusion at which we have arrived, namely, that the Typhon

comet appeared in the time of the Exodus, is a task not yet accomplished. Servius

says that more information about the calamities caused by this comet is to be found

in the writings of the Roman astrologer Campester and in the works of the Egyptian

astrologer Petosiris.  It is possible that copies of works of some authors containing

citations from the writings of these ancient astrologers, preserved in the libraries of

Europe, were Rockenbach's manuscnpt sources.


            Immanuel Velikovsky’s sleuthening paid off.  He goes on describing the fear and anxiety that the comet of the Exodus – Typhon – held for the ancient historians:


“Campester, as quoted by Lydus, was certain that should the comet Typhon

again meet the earth, a four day encounter would suffice to destroy the world. 

This implies also that the first encounter with the comet Typhon brought the

earth to the brink of destruction.


“But even without this somber prognostication of Campester, we have a very

imposing and quite inexhaustible array of references to Typhon and its

destructive action against the world: almost every Greek author referred to it.

The real nature of Typhon being that of a comet, as explained by Pliny and

others, all references to the disasters caused by Typhon must be understood

as descriptions of natural catastrophes in which the earth and the comet

were involved. As is known, Pallas of the Greeks was another name for

Typhon; also Seth of   the Egyptians was an equivalent of Typhon.  Thus the

number of re£erences to the comet Typhon can be enlarged by references to

Pallas and Seth.


“It was not only Abraham Rockenbach who synchronized the appearance of the

comet Typhon with the Exodus of the Israelites £rom Egypt. Looking for authors

who might have done likewise, I found that Samuel Bochart, a scholarly writer

of the seventeenth century, in his book Hierozoicon, has a passage in which

he maintains that the plagues of the days of the Exodus resemble the calamities

that Typhon brought in his train, and that therefore ‘the flight of Typhon is the

Exodus of Moses from Egypt.’  In this he actually follows the passage transmitted

by Plutarch.  But since Typhon, according to Pliny and others, was a comet,

Samuel Bochart was close to the conclusions at which we arrive, traveling

along another route.”


            What happened when this powerful comet came near the earth?  Says Velikovsky:


“A phenomenon of great significance took place. The head of the comet did not

crash into the earth, but exchanged major electrical discharges with it. A          tremendous spark sprang forth at the moment of the nearest approach of the             comet, when the waters were heaped at their highest above the surface of the                 earth and before they fell down, followed by a rain of debris torn from the very               body and tail of the comet”  (Worlds in Collision,Immanuel Velikovsky, 1950,               pages 81-85).

                Velikovsky’s enormous research proves beyond doubt that the events surrounding the Exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt were colossal in nature, stupendous in scope, and truly a miraculous deliverance.  That incredible event – the rescuing of some 3-5 million people from abject servitude – was accompanied by strange phenomena in the heavens, including the appearance of a massive comet, a “doomsday star.”  Very likely, as Velikovsky shows in Worlds in Collision, this star or comet or rogue planet, was involved in the incredible destruction which befell the greatest country in the world at that time.

Reversal of the Sun

            An ancient Egyptian papyrus, the Papyrus Ipuwer, bears striking testimony confirming the “plagues” which befell Egypt at that time (A. H. Gardiner, Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage from a hieratic papyrus in Leiden, 1909).  It states, “The river is blood” (compare with Exodus 7:20), confirming that the waters of the Nile became as blood.  “Plague is throughout the land, blood is everywhere,” Ipuwer wrote.  He also declared, “Trees are destroyed,” “No fruit, no herbs are found,” “Grain has perished on every side.”  The land of Egypt was turned into a wasteland (compare Exo.9:25). 

            In the papyrus Ipuwer it also states, “the land turns round as does a potter’s wheel,” and, “The earth turned upside down.”  In the Ermitage papyrus (Leningrad, 116b recto) it refers to a cataclysm that turns the “land upside down; happens that which never (yet) had happened.” 

            Similarly, the papyrus Harris speaks of a colossal upheaval when “the south becomes north, and the earth turns over” (Worlds in Collision, p.107).  These are not mere figurative statements, but declarations of a great catastrophe which befell the world in the middle of the second millennium before Christ!

            Egyptian records speak of the western sun, called Harakhte, which “riseth in the west” (Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, III, sec. 18).  Putting the evidence together, apparently the earth’s poles changed, north became south, and consequently the sun rose in the “west” for a time. 

            Could such a thing have occurred?  Even Plato wrote of the prodigy!  He declared, “I mean the change in the rising and setting of the sun and the other heavenly bodies, how in those times they used to set in the quarter where they now rise, and used to rise where they now set” Plato, The Statesman, p.49, 53).

            The reversal of the sun was discussed by many ancient Greek authors, including a historical drama by Sophocles  -- “Zeus . . . changed the course of the sun, causing it to rise in the east and not in the west.”  Euripides wrote, “the sun . . . turned backward” due to the wrath of Zeus (World’s in Collision, p.110).

            Seneca described what the feeling of people was when these awesome events occurred.  He wrote in Thyestes, of people seeing such events, and asking fearfully, “Have we of all mankind been deemed deserving that heaven, its poles uptorn, should overwhelm us?  In our time, has the last day come?”

            There are numerous references to the reversal of the sun’s movement from east to west to west to east in ancient sources, including China, Mexico, Syria, and the Eskimos in Greenland who told missionaries that the earth turned over.  Bellamy, in Moons, Myths and Man, asserts, “The Chinese say that it is only since a new order of things has come about that the stars move from east to west.”  A poem found in the Ugarit was found dedicated to the goddess Anat who “massacred the population of the Levant” and “exchanged the two dawns and the position of the stars” (C. Virolleaud, Mission de Ras Shamra, quoted by Velikovsky, op cit, page 112).

            The ancient Indians of Mexico called the sun that moved eastward Teotl Lixco.  They symbolized the changing direction of the sun’s travel as a celestial ball game accompanied by earthquakes and upheavals on the earth.  The flip-flopping of the earth, north becoming south, would also explain the star chart in the ancient Egyptian tomb of Senmut, which pictures the stellar constellations of the northern sky as being in the southern sky.  This may be what early Mexican Indians described as “driving away of the four hundred southern stars” (Seler, Gesammelte Abhandlungen, quoted in Worlds in Collision, p.113).  Seler was perplexed by the ancient Mexican statement that the sun moved from west to east, but wrote that it “must be understood literally”!

Tractate Sanhedrin of the Talmud also speaks of this epochal event.  We read in the Gemara, regarding Genesis 7:10 – “And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth” – that this was a very eventful period.  Says the Gemara, “After seven – during the period of the flood, the Holy One, blessed be He, changed the natural order that had been established during the seven days of creation, so that the sun rose in the west, and set in the east” (Tractate Sanhedrin 108b). 

Writes Velikovsky, “The Talmud and other ancient rabbinical sources tell of great disturbances in the solar movement at the time of the Exodus and the Passage of the Sea and the Lawgiving.  In old Midrashim it is repeatedly narrated that four times the sun was forced out of its course in the few weeks between the day of the Exodus and the day of the Lawgiving” (p.116).

            According to Egyptian annals, the sun rose in the west, then in the east, once again in the west, and again in the east, where it rises today. 

Is another reversal coming in our time?  Will the earth once again “turn over,” have its poles reversed, and undergo massive tectonic upheavals and paroxysms in our “end of days,” before or at the return of the Messiah?  When the Messiah returns, He will “restore all things” as they were in the beginning (Acts 3:19-21). 


                                              Biblical Prophecy Enters the Picture


            Immanuel Velikovsky’s trail-blazing research into ancient history has proven that there was a great comet associated with the Exodus of Israel out of Egypt.  The heavenly visitor may have played a cosmic game of “ping pong” with the planets of the inner solar system.  Orbits may have been interrupted, altered, awesome events and prodigies took place.  Many of these events were recorded in Scripture – mountains leaping like lambs, and little hills like rams, volcanoes flowing lava at the presence of the “Lord.”


            Will such events happen once again – in OUR lifetime?


            Bible prophecy replies with an astounding “CERTAINLY SO!”


            Scientists and astronomers cannot predict the future, or tell us when a “visitor” from outer space like a massive comet will once again bring havoc and ruin to the earth, and play a part in the end-time deliverance of the people of God.  Despite the guessing game of scientists, however, we have "a more sure word of prophecy" which tells us that within the next 10 years the chances of the earth being "nailed" by a cosmic encounter with a comet or asteroid is virtually 100 per cent! 


            The apostle Peter writes, "We have also a more sure [certain] word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed" (II Pet.1:19).  The prophet Amos also wrote, "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7).  The Jewish Tanakh has this verse, "Indeed, my Lord GOD does nothing without having revealed His purpose to His servants the prophets." 


            Believe it or not, God HAS revealed that a massive meteor or asteroid or comet is going to strike the planet earth – probably within the next decade!  According to the prophecies of the Bible, God gave mankind about 6,000 years in which to rule himself, under the influence of Satan the devil -- a period of time patterned after the first six days of the week.  This six thousand years will be followed by a "millennial Sabbath" lasting 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4).  Since the final "day" of this "week" is 1,000 years long, the previous "six days" would equal 6,000 years!


            Peter himself pointed out this truth.  He wrote, "But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing [one thing which millions and billions of people are ignorant of, today!], that ONE DAY is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as ONE DAY" (II Pet.3:8).  This same truth is alluded to in the Old Testament Scriptures.  We read in the Psalms, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night" (Psalm 90:4). 


                                                "SIGNS in the Sun, Moon, and Stars"


            During the time just preceding His return, and the Armageddon holocaust, Jesus Christ foretold:  "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened [dust in the atmosphere blotting out the light from the sun], and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars [asteroids, meteorites, comets -- heavenly bodies from among the "stars"] shall fall, and the powers of the heaven shall be shaken" (Mark 13:24-25).  Jesus said these conditions would occur just before His return, before the END of man's 6,000 year's of rule of planet earth were expired (see Matt.24:1-3). 


            The apostle Luke adds, quoting Christ as saying, "And there shall be SIGNS in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity [confusion, madness]; the sea and the waves roaring [tremendous weather upsets, as we have already begun to experience these past few years!]; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:  for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" (Luke 21:25-26).


            The prophet Haggai was inspired of God to write, "For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will SHAKE THE HEAVENS, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land:  And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations [the much-awaited Messiah!] shall come:  and I will fill this house [the end-time Temple of God, which the Jews are even now prepared to rebuild in Jerusalem!] with glory, saith the LORD of hosts" (Haggai 2:6-7).


            Speaking of the orogenies and upheavals and massive maelstroms which are prophesied in the Scriptures to occur during the “last days,” the prophet Isaiah wrote: 


                        “For the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth are shaken. 

                        The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly,

                        the earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression                                        shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall and not rise again” (Isaiah 24:18-20).


                What could cause even the earth to wobble and shake and reel and change its orbit, at least temporarily?  A cosmic encounter with another celestial body – such as a huge comet, planet, or asteroid of huge proportions!


            The prophet Amos predicted that in the ‘end time” a strange event would occur:


                        “And it shall come to pass in that day, says the Lord GOD, that I will make the SUN

                        GO DOWN AT NOON, and I will darken the earth in broad daylight” (Amos 8:9).


                Joel also predicted strange anomalies in the heavens:


                        “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:  Blood and fire and pillars

                        of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before

                        the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD” (Joel 2:30-31).


                Nahum also declares:


                        “The LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the                                    dust of His feet.  He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers

                        . . . The mountains quake before Him, the hills melt, and the earth HEAVES [or,                                      burns] at His presence, yes, the world and all who dwell in it” (Nahum 1:3-5).


            Habakkuk points out that even the incredible prodigy of Joshua’s “Long Day” will once again be repeated in similar fashion:


                        “The mountains saw You and trembled; the overflowing of the water passed by.  The

                        deep uttered its voice, and lifted its hands on high.  The sun and moon stood still in

                        their habitation; at the light of Your arrows they went, at the shining of Your glittering

                        spear” (Habakkuk 3:10-11).


The Book of Revelation


            The awesome events soon to come upon this earth scientists and astronomers will be at a loss to explain.  It will stretch, break, and overwhelm all their most cherished theories.  The apostle John wrote in the book of Revelation, God's final "revelation" of the things which are soon to occur  or "shortly come to pass" (see Rev.1:1).  The coming impact of cosmic collisions with debris and comets and objects from outer space are depicted in the book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament.  We read:


                        "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great

                                earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became

                                as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her

                                untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed

                                as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved

                                out of their places" (Rev.6:12-14). 


                This awesome event will occur at the END of "great tribulation" which precedes it (Matt.24:21-29; Rev.6:9-12).  This tribulation itself will last for seven years, but the last 3 1/2 years will be GREAT tribulation (Rev.11:2, 13:5, 12:6, 14).  The first 3 1/2 years will be hard on the modern democratic nations, mostly descended from Israel (Lev.26), but even so the "Beast" or "Antichrist" will charm the socks off the world, convincing them he is bringing Peace to the nations (I Thess.5:1-3).  But then he will take off the mask, and reveal his true ugly, cruel, beastial nature.  The last 3 1/2 years will be literal "hell on earth."  But after roughly 2 1/2 years of divine punishment, God Himself will begin to intervene to save His people and to punish the Beast power and the Gentile nations.  Israel will say, "After two days [two years in fulfillment -- see Num.14:34; Ezek.4:6) will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight" (see Hosea 6:1-2).


                                                    "The Dreadful Day of the Lord"


            The time of God's own personal intervention, to save His people who will be in abject "slavery" to the so-called "New World Order," -- what I call "new slaves of the New World Order" -- is called in Biblical prophecy "The Day of the Lord."


            Notice!  The prophet Joel says of this coming "Day," which will be one year in length ("a day for a year," remember),


                        "Alas for the day!  for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a DESTRUCTION

                        from the Almighty shall it come" (Joel 1:15). 


                The prophet Zephaniah adds:


                        "The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice

                        of the day of the LORD:  the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.  That day is a



                        INESS, A DAY OF CLOUDS AND THICK DARKNESS.  A day of the trumpet

                        and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.  And I will bring

                        distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned

                        against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as

                        the dung.  Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the

                        DAY OF THE LORD'S WRATH; but the whole land shall be devoured by the

                        fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell

                        in the land" (Zephaniah 1:14-18).   


            The prophet Joel goes on:


                        "And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars

                        of smoke.  The sun shall be turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE

                        the great and the terrible DAY OF THE LORD come" ((Joel 2:30-31).


                During this final "day" -- or year -- of man's rule of planet earth, which will end with the coming of the long-awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ, to rule the nations, awesome events are predicted and projected in the prophecies of the Scriptures. 


                                              The Four Awesome "Trumpet Plagues"


            This awesome day will be divided up into "seven trumpet" plagues (Rev.8:1-6) which will be cast upon the earth.  The first four of these will be "natural" calamities, or incredible, intense catastrophes of "nature" gone amok.  With seemingly berserk fury, "Mother Nature" will unleash her wrath upon mankind, for all the sins and lawlessness by which men have polluted our planet and destroyed its ecological balance.  Notice these first four plagues of "nature":


                                “The first angel sounded:  And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and

                        they were thrown to the earth.  And a third of the trees were burned up, and all

                        green grass was burned up.


                        “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”



            The first two plagues include a swarm of meteorites blazing to the earth, destroying crops and vegetation over a vast area, and apparently a huge volcano exploding in the sea, similar to Krakatoa which erupted in 1883 A.D., causing a huge tidal wave and killing some 36,000 people, as a whole island was blown to bits.  Volcanic dust floated in the air for over a year, diminishing the light from the sun. 


            The devastation from these first two plagues will be enormous.  But they will be followed by even worse disasters and upheavals:


                        “Then 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 water.  The name of

                        the star is Wormwood.  A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men

                        died from the water, because it was made bitter. 


                        “Then the fourth angel sounded:  And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon,

                        and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened.  A third of the day did

                        not shine, and likewise the night” (Rev.8:10-13, NKJV).


            Here, in graphic description, is a prophecy of natural disasters prophesied to overwhelm the earth in the year immediately preceding the coming of the Messiah, at the end of 6,000 years of man's misrule of planet earth!  Mankind will be punished with natural disasters, because he has polluted, spoiled, desecrated, and destroyed much of the pristine natural environment which God created him to rule over and nourish and protect (Gen.1:26-28; Isaiah 45:18; 24:4-6, 16).  Because of these grievous sins against the environment, and the natural world, God will "destroy them which destroy the earth" (Rev.11:18).


“Planet X”


            Mysteriously, scientists seem to have spotted an “intruder” planet or “rogue” heavenly object heading in toward our solar system.  There is growing evidence that some kind of celestial object is indeed orbiting our sun and now on a path toward it.


            Zecharia Sitchin has written extensively about ancient Sumerian records and astronomy, and the origins of nations on earth.  He shows that the Sumerians mentioned a “tenth planet” which he refers to as “Nabiru” – a planet which orbits the sun once in about 3600 years.  Its name means “planet of the crossing.”  It is a planet associated by the ancients with destruction, judgment, and woes on the earth.  This would apparently be the same as the “comet” called “Typhon” by the people of the Middle East, which appeared at the time of the Exodus and accounted for great havoc and chaos on the earth, and the beginning of a new “earth cycle.”


            The Exodus, which occurred in 1491 B.C., was approximately 3500 years ago.  Sitchin has stated that the time for the return of this ancient planet – Nibiru, or “Planet X” – is now. 


            In January, 1981, newspapers reported that anomalies in Pluto’s orbit indicate that there is a 10th planet beyond Pluto.  An astronomer from the U.S. Naval Observatory told a meeting of the American Astronomical Society that irregularities in Pluto’s orbit indicate the solar system has a tenth planet.


            The last day of 1983, NASA reportedly discovered and disclosed that they had found “Planet X,” a long-sought planet which was theorized to be affecting the orbits of Pluto and the outer planets.  The chief scientist of the IRAS (Infrared Astronomical Satellite) telescope announced the discovery, but later retracted the statement.  At the time headlines appeared in newspapers declaring, “Mystery Body Found in Space,” “Giant Object Mystifies Astronomers,” and it was calculated that the mysterious object was 50 billion miles away and headed our way. 


            In 1985 numerous astronomers and scientists became intrigued with the theory that a celestial object crashing into the earth may have accounted for the demise of the dinosaurs, and other extinctions in earth’s remote past.  Called the “Nemesis Theory,” evidence of the impact of huge comets has been found around the world.  Such a comet, or “Death Star,” would bring with it an entourage of heavenly objects, such as showers of meteors and clouds of gases.


            August 1988, Robert Harrington calculated that the mysterious object’s mass is probably four times that of the earth.


            In 1992, Dr. Richard Harrington, of the U.S. Naval Observatory, and Dr. Thomas C. Van Flandern, a colleague, calculated that orbital perturbations exhibited by Neptune and Uranus could only be explained by “a single planet.”  They calculated that this “tenth planet” would be two to five times the size of the earth and would have an elliptical orbit sending it outward five billion miles beyond Pluto.  They spoke of this “tenth” planet as an “intruder” planet.  Harrington discussed the discovery with Sitchin, correlating the current findings with the ancient records of the Sumerians.  Harrington dispatched a suitable telescope to New Zealand, to get a visual confirmation, believing it could be found below the ecliptic in  the southern skies.  Sadly, he died an untimely death, and the project was never completed.


            More recently, the search continues.  Alan Boyle, of MSNBC, October 7 1999, reported that two teams of researchers have proposed the existence of an unseen planet or failed star circling our sun at a distance of some two trillion miles.  The theory seeks to explain patterns in the paths of comets which are thought to originate in the Kuiper Belt, a disc of cosmic debris which lies beyond the orbit of Neptune.


            Beyond the Kuiper Belt is another phenomenon – the Oort Cloud, a spherical haze of comets surrounding the solar system a trillion to 5 trillion miles from the sun -- or 10,000-50,000 AU, that is, “astronomical units”.  One astronomical unit is 93,000,000 miles – the distance of the earth to the sun.  The pattern of cometary orbits suggests something big is out there, perhaps a planet or brown dwarf, orbiting at 25,0000 AU.  It has been nicknamed “The Perturber,” because of its effects on the orbits of comets.


            In August 2001, another object – a giant asteroid – was discovered far out in our solar system.  It is estimated to be 870 miles in diameter, according to a German team of scientists.  The new asteroid, first seen in May, 2001, by a team at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, was found in an orbit beyond Neptune.  It was called 2001 KX76 and is about half the size of Pluto.


A Rogue Intruder Headed Our Way!


            What do all these astronomical observations tell us? 


            Clearly, there seems to be a rogue planet or comet – “Nabiru” or “Typhon” -- headed our way, on a trajectory toward the earth and the inner solar system!  It last came our way in 1491 B.C., when Israel came out of Egypt.  All “hell” broke loose on earth! 


            Biblical prophecy is plain. 


            History repeats itself. 


            Only this time, it will be much worse! 


            God’s Word says that in the last days, the “time of the end,” the “crisis at the close” of this age, there will be a “time of trouble” which is unprecedented in all human history! 


            The paroxyms which occurred at the first Exodus out of Egypt will be as nothing compared to the paroxyms which will accompany the Second Exodus, when God delivers His people in this end-time age! Says the prophet Jeremiah, “Therefore behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, that it shall no more be said, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them” (see Jer.16:14-15).


            Jeremiah prophesies, “Alas!  For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it” (see Jeremiah 30:6-7). 


            Daniel was told, “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time.  And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1). 


            Jesus Christ declared, in similar words, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matt.24:21-22). 


            That will be a time associated with HEAVENLY SIGNS, OMENS, AND PRODIGIES (Matt.24: 29-30).  It will be a time unprecedented in the history of the human race!  And it is rapidly approaching, on “cat’s feet” – that is, stealthily, silently, surreptitiously.


            Luke tells us, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken” (Luke 21:25-26). 


            But when these things happen, God says, “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (verse 27).  Should we be fearful of these events?  Not at all!  For God declares, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28).


            This planet we call “home,” our beloved earth, has a rendezvous with “Planet X.”  An “intruder.”  Chaos, havoc, and horror lie on the horizon.  When will it strike?  We don’t know.  Claims that it is coming in the year 2003 are foolish scare-tactics by hyper-agitated nervous nellies.  Don’t believe the words of witches, clairvoyants, and mystics.  But we should believe the “sure word of prophecy” of the Scriptures, and they plainly tell us in no uncertain words that a very nasty heavenly “encounter” will occur – most likely within the next decade!


            Unbelievable, harrowing events, lie across the horizon.  The Messiah is coming soon.  Very soon!


             Will you be prepared to meet Him? “Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” (Amos 4:12).