Stoning

Now we’ll pay particularly close attention to what it says in *Revelation 8:8- And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea. Because of this amazing statement and the scientific clarity in the description given, showing it is “cast” into the sea, it is not a volcano but an asteroid falling into the ocean.  A stoning you might say.  I am not the first to interpret it this way, but I am pretty sure that from the first time I read it I have always believed that this is what John saw.  The friction generated upon entering the atmosphere will cause it to be heated to incredible temperatures that, along with the velocity of the impact, will cause enormous devastation.  The asteroid could be preceded by, accompanied by, or immediately followed by smaller fragments, producing unprecedented meteor showers. This would be the case anyway because of the material thrown up by the impact falling back down to Earth.  *Revelation 6:13- And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  It is well established that in ancient times meteors were called falling stars, as is the case here in scripture.  It will be as though this time, He that is without sin WILL cast the first stone!  And what a stoning it will be!  The condemnation of a cursed generation.  Remember *Revelation 11:18- And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time …that thou …should destroy them which destroy the earth.

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An asteroid about to strike Earth – stoning!

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Revelation 8 – a mountain burning with fire, cast into the sea.

Let’s see what can be learned from such an event.  In 1994 astronomers around the world focused their attention on the Shoemaker-Levy comet as it approached, on a collision course with Jupiter.  Broken into pieces by the planet’s gravity, the fragments slammed in to its surface with tremendous force.  For the first time, scientists had a chance to witness the sheer power unleashed by this rare type of a cosmic event.  In one explosion, a fireball the size of the Earth itself could be seen.  Since then, numerous calculations have been made for the varying factors of speed, angle of approach, rock and metallic composition, and impact site for the amount of energy that would be released, and the damage done should a strike occur somewhere on our home in space.  The effects of the collision would fit many of the descriptions we read about in the scriptural visions of the future.

The great heat generated would vaporize huge amounts of water.  Consider that a man standing 25 miles away from ground zero would be instantly scorched from even a moderate sized asteroid.  The resulting vapor cloud will undoubtedly darken the sky, blotting out the sun. This is repeated in scripture. *Ezekiel 32:7- …I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. Joel 2:10- The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. *Matthew 24:29– Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  *Acts 2:20- The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: