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Hi, my name is Dean Smith and in this podcast, I want to talk about the day the sky split in two.
A while back, I wrote an article on opentheword.org, about an asteroid named 2018 AH, that would be passing by the earth on December 27, 2021. Now, by the time you hear this podcast, it may have already happened.
There was never anything to worry about, since it would be nearly 4.5 million kilometers out when it hurtled by.
But at the end of that article, I wrote about the odd connection that a story in the Jerusalem Post about 2018 AH had with a verse in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John’s vision of the end times.
And I wondered how many people actually read whole articles these days, so I thought I would focus on the last couple of paragraphs, and put that odd connection front and centre in this podcast.
In his Jerusalem Post article, entitled, “Large asteroid stronger than nuke heading towards Earth late December”, author Aaron Reich compared 2018 AH with the asteroid that exploded over the Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia on June 30, 1908.
Because the two asteroids are roughly the same size, Reich used this comparison to give an idea of the kind of damage 2018 AH could cause if it hit the earth, as it seems to be passing by every few years or so. The last time it visited Earth, as the name suggests, was in 2018.
If anything, at 100 meters in size, roughly 30 stories, 2018 AH is probably bigger than the one that exploded several kilometers above a Siberian forest over 110 years ago.
That asteroid flattened about 80 million trees in an area roughly the size of the landmass of New York City. It’s estimated that the winds reached speeds of 97,000 kilometers an hour and people as far away as Washington, DC, felt the airwaves and tremors from the blast.
Fortunately, it exploded over a sparsely populated area of Siberia, and it’s believed only three people died from the blast.
In the years following the devastation, testimonies emerged of people who witnessed the massive explosion, from afar obviously, and one of them, in particular, provides a description eerily similar to what the Apostle John saw in his vision of end-time events written down in the Book of Revelation around 95 AD.
Now we need to understand, that if John was seeing events taking place centuries in the future, he needed to find words in a limited first-century vocabulary to describe what he was seeing.
In Revelation chapter six, John spoke of the opening of seven seals. When the sixth seal opened, John, who had no idea of what asteroids were, used a word the people of his day were familiar with and said he saw stars falling from heaven.
And in verse 13, John compared the multiple hits to a massive wind ripping the figs from the branches of a fig tree and slamming them into the ground.
It would cause such panic, that the rich and the poor, would hide in caves.
Now, it’s also possible that John was seeing a nuclear attack.
Considering the most advanced weapons of his day were swords and spears, how would he describe an intercontinental missile that leaves the earth’s atmosphere, before reentering in a fiery blaze close to the target and launching multiple nuclear warheads?
John used the only word in his vocabulary that came even close, stars.
But as the Apostle John described what he was seeing, the apostle saw a second strange thing happening. He said the sky split apart:
13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.
And then he adds in the next verse:
14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. (Revelation 6:13-14 NASV)
Obviously, John had no idea what was going on and used a concept from his day, the opening of a scroll, to describe what he was seeing.
We know that the sky did not actually split apart, but this is how it appeared in John’s vision and it was all connected to these stars slamming into the earth.
And this is eerily similar to a description of the Tunguska asteroid explosion provided by a man named S. Semenov a few years after the explosion. Semenov was about 40 miles (ca. 64 km) away when the blast occurred.
Semenov described what he saw this way:
“I suddenly saw that directly to the north, over Onkoul’s Tunguska Road, the sky split in two and fire appeared high and wide over the forest. The split in the sky grew larger, and the entire northern side was covered with fire. At that moment I became so hot that I couldn’t bear it as if my shirt was on fire; from the northern side, where the fire was, came strong heat. I wanted to tear off my shirt and throw it down, but then the sky shut closed, and a strong thump sounded, and I was thrown a few metres.[…]
“After that such noise came, as if rocks were falling or cannons were firing, the Earth shook, and when I was on the ground, I pressed my head down, fearing rocks would smash it. When the sky opened up, hot wind raced between the houses, like from cannons, which left traces in the ground.”
Twice, in his description, Semenov said the sky split in two, and then a few sentences later he saw the sky closing and then seconds later opening up again.
This is how it looked when the asteroid exploded over the Siberian forest.
And, coincidentally, this is exactly the same description that the Apostle John gave when he saw the stars of heaven slamming into the earth and the sky splitting apart.
We know that the Tunguska event was not what the Apostle John saw because in his vision there were multiple strikes and people fleeing in terror.
But the similarities reveal that Semenov and the Apostle John witnessed similar atmospheric events, validating John’s description of asteroid hits in the end times.