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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Email on an asteroid hitting Earth

Hi Gladys and happy Sabbath past!

I hope your Sabbath was a restful one. Mine began beautifully. I had nice communion and trust in Jesus all the way up to the sermon. Then the elder spoke on the subject of justification by faith, salvation, repentance and the blood of Jesus. But without any modern, applicable examples, it left everyone more in the dark than they were before he began. As much as I love him and he is my good friend, I wonder if he has more than an intellectual understanding of justification. Added to that, he believed he must speak at the top of his lung capacity, further distancing himself from the people, especially the young people.

I was in bad spirits after that until I could get away for a little bit. The Lord needs to get our attention and keep us looking up to Him like little children in need of His love.
My new personal mission statement:

I am not my parents’ son; I am not my siblings’ brother; I am not my church’s pianist or my boss’s slave. I serve one master, and He is the good Shepherd. Instead of many voices I heed one. I am His son and servant. Everyone else must get in line behind Him. I can serve them best if all my service to them comes through serving Him. If I serve only Him constantly, everyone will be the happiest they could ever be. And so will I be. Serving the Prince of peace will bring perfect peace to me and everyone around me. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” (Is. 26:3).

I want to keep that mission statement ever before me. I want to walk in His light. How about you, sister?

Concerning the timeline, the question about hail: I just finished reading a book by the Signs of the Times editor, Marvin Moore. I didn’t agree with it all, but what he said about asteroids sounded valid. Speaking on Christ’s statement in Lk. 21:25, “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring,” EGW wrote, “In the last scenes of this earth’s history, war will rage. There will be pestilence, plague, and famine. The waters of the deep will overflow their boundaries.” {Mar 174.5}

“A world is represented in the destruction of Jerusalem, and the warning given then by Christ comes sounding down the line to our time: “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; the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25). Yes, they shall pass their borders, and destruction will be in their track. They will engulf the ships that sail upon their broad waters, and with the burden of their living freight, they will be hurried into eternity, without time to repent.” {3SM 417.3}

“I am bidden to declare the message that cities full of transgression, and sinful in the extreme, will be destroyed by earthquakes, by fire, by flood. All the world will be warned that there is a God who will display His authority as God. His unseen agencies will cause destruction, devastation, and death. All the accumulated riches will be as nothingness.” {Ev 27.2}

“The time is near when large cities will be swept away, and all should be warned of these coming judgments. But who is giving to the accomplishment of this work the wholehearted service that God requires? . . . {Ev 29.2}

At the present time there is not a thousandth part being done in working the cities, that should be done, and that would be done if men and women would do their whole duty.--Manuscript 53, 1910.” {Ev 29.3}

Destruction of Thousands of Cities.--O that God’s people had a sense of the impending destruction of thousands of cities, now almost given to idolatry.-- Review and Herald, Sept. 10, 1903. {Ev 29.4}

He wrote about a band of meteorites and asteroids just beyond Pluto. I already heard of a closer band between Mars and Jupiter. I believe that the Lord has been sheltering Earth from the stones out there that make up all the shooting stars and comets that get pulled in toward the Sun. I believe many of these have passed us and we didn’t even know it.

Once, on a fluke, (because I stopped watching the TV many years ago) I stepped into the living room and saw a special on the asteroids that live out in space. The documentary showed all the recorded asteroids that have already passed Earth, and I was amazed at all the arcs made by their paths. It was a jumble of lines everywhere representing all the near misses by many cosmic rocks.

Mr. Moore quoted a NewsWeek article on a supposed future scenario, “It comes screaming out of the sky... bigger than a mountain and packed with more energy than the world’s entire nuclear arsenal. It hits the atmosphere at 100 times the velocity of a speeding bullet, and less than a second later smacks into the ground with an explosive force of 100 million megatons of TNT [Gladys, that is more than all of this world’s nuclear warheads combined]. The shock wave from the crash landing, traveling 20,000 miles an hour, levels everything within 150 miles. Simultaneously a plume of vaporized stone shoots up from the impact site, blasting a hole through the atmosphere and venting hot debris.

“The vaporized rock cools, condensing back into hundreds of millions of tiny stones. As they streak to the ground over the next hour, they heat up, and soon the very air glows pink. Steam hisses from green leaves; buildings and even trees burst into flame. Nitrogen and oxygen in the atmosphere combine into nitric acid; any surviving life crawling out of a burrow or cave, gets pelted with a rain as caustic as the acid in a car battery.

“That’s what astronomer Henry Melosh of the University of Arizona calculates would happen if something six miles across fell from space and smacked into Earth.”

The six mile number came from another scientist’s estimation of what killed the Dinosaurs. Of course, we know the flood did that. But astronomers are finding asteroids the size of small states floating around out in our solar system.

If an asteroid the size of a mountain or a state hit in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, travelling 20,000 m.p.h., it would create huge tidal waves that would travel away from the point of impact. Like the rings that move away from tossing a pebble into a pond, the large volumes of water in the tidal waves from an asteroid would wash up against every city built on the Pacific rim, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Canadian cities, the South American countries, far eastern Asian countries and Australia, even into Indonesia and the eastern coast of Africa. Tens of thousands of island villages would vanish. The tidal waves would even wash up onto Antarctica and do some more melting of it.

An asteroid impact puts a different light on Jesus’ saying in Luke, and EGW’s illumination of His words.

Of course, there are innumerable smaller meteorites, which heaven could easily push our way. A talent is 58 to 80 lbs. That is probably just a word used to describe a very, very heavy stone. I’ve carried 80 lb bags of concrete mix and can barely carry it 50 feet. I couldn’t imagine that kind of weight falling at 20,000 mph. eeks! Truly, nothing man has built will withstand that kind of attack. We’ve used so much technology to make our beautiful skylines, and they will all go away so quickly by such simple weapons of war.

If you remember, in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel chapter 2, it was a stone from space that destroyed the final civilization at the feet of the image.

I’ve seen Doug Bachelor say the hail stones were made of ice, and I didn’t like what he said. It isn’t a very realistic explanation in light of what we know is out in space. The Bible says God would destroy the Earth by fire, and iron or rock hailstones would be on fire or glowing red hot from the friction of entry into our atmosphere. We know that because a space capsule burned up everyone inside back in the early days of the space race with Russia.

About the people being left behind statement: the Left Behind and Secret Rapture falsehoods say that 75% of the Christian church will disappear instantly one day and be taken to heaven. It says that the only ones left behind will be the fake people whom God didn’t accept, and all the wicked who wouldn’t accept the Secret Rapture theory. That would be all the Muslims, and other pagan religions, the athiests and the SDAs. And then, soon after the Rapture there is supposed to be a horrendous time of tribulation when the Antichrist rises to power.

The big problem is that the theory of the Secret Rapture is an invention of the great deceiver, and the day is coming when the Lord is going to lift His protection of Earth, and calamities right and left are going to begin. Its going to take the world by storm and surprise. And added to all that confusion will be the total befuddlement and disorientation of millions of Christians when the false realization dawns on them that the Secret Rapture must have already happened and they missed it. After all their good behavior and God wasn’t pacified! This may be part of what Jesus meant in that verse, “there shall be... upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity.” “They shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:12).

I hope this helps, sister. But I don’t want to end without leaving the final statements from EGW’s first quote above, “We should be preparing for the mansions that Christ has gone to prepare for them that love Him. There is a rest from earth’s conflict.”

I look forward to the end of all conflict and rest beyond all of this life’s cares.

Love you sister,
David

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