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The silence was deafening, but not the explosion


Photo of the Milky Way from Argentina Credit: Luis Argerich/Flickr/Creative Commons

Photo of the Milky Way from Argentina Credit: Luis Argerich/Flickr/Creative Commons

According to a report by BBC, around noon on December 18, 2019, a large meteor/small asteroid exploded over the Bering Strait. The Bering Strait is the body of water separating Russian and Alaska and the explosion took place closer to the Russian side near the Kamchatka Peninsula.

It was first reported by the US Air Force who caught the explosion with a military satellite and passed the information on to NASA, that was given the responsibility of tracking near-Earth asteroids by the US government in 2005. However, this one had completely escaped NASA’s notice.

The asteroid, that was several meters in size, was traveling at 20 miles (32kms) per second and exploded about 26 kilometers above the Bering Strait. Though it safely exploded over water, there was concern because it was near commercial airline routes.

The explosion, estimated at 173 kilotons, was ten times the power of Hiroshima and was described as “historic” by Lindley Johnson who works with NASA’s planetary defense division responsible for tracking asteroids. Johnson said it was the the second largest meteor explosion recorded in the past 30 years.

The blast was second in size only to the bus-sized asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013 injuring over 1,000 people. The Chelyabinsk asteroid was also missed by NASA. In fact the agency was tracking another meteor when the detonation took place high above the Russian city.

But neither the US Air Force or NASA reported on the Bering Strait explosion. We only heard about the blast when it was mentioned during a session at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held March 18-22, 2019 in Woodlands, Texas.

So far the earth has been fortunate, because there have been no asteroids or meteors in recent years that have hit earth causing significant damage. Though last year, a large meteor nearly hit an American air base on Greenland. Thule Air Base serves as an early missile warning system and the large meteor traveling an estimated 25 kms per second hit 43 kms north of the base. It had an estimated force of 2 kilotons or 2,000 tons of TNT. According to reports, the base houses nuclear weapons. The US Air Force failed to mention this near miss as well.

But if the Apostle John is right at some point that will change. Asteroids will cause severe devastation. In his vision of the apocalyptic end times leading to the second coming of Christ, John saw asteroids hitting the earth. He described them as unripe figs hitting the earth when a fig tree is hit with a massive wind (Revelation 6:13).

Two things of note here. First there were multiple stars/figs (plural) hitting the earth and secondly the verse implies there will be outside forces causing it.

But there will be two asteroids that will have a significant impact. One of them is a bit ironic, because in an interview with BBC, another NASA manager, Kelly Fast, explained they had not publicly mentioned this explosion because it had taken place over water adding:

“That’s another thing we have in our defence, there’s plenty of water on the planet.”

And that is certainly true, but the Apostle John saw a blazing “mountain-sized” asteroid slamming into one of our oceans resulting in a massive kill off of marine life and sinking of ships undoubtedly from the resulting tsunami (Revelation 8:8-9).

John also saw a second asteroid hitting land. However, this one is a bit different because he gave it a specific name “wormwood” and said it would poison the waters causing death. This led some to speculate, that John may have been witnessing the fallout from a nuclear war in his vision instead of an asteroid hit (Revelation 8:10-11).

Perhaps NASA failed to notify the public because they didn’t want to cause any fear. But if the Bible is right, that will all changes. In His description of the end times, Jesus warned of “terrors” from the sky:

and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11 NASV)

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