One of the most famous NEO strikes was the 1908 Tunguska Event. On June 30, 1908 a stony asteroid exploded over Tunguska, Siberia with the energy of 10-15 megatons of TNT (about 1000 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima), leveling 800 square miles of forest. The explosion occurred at a height of about 3-6 miles. Here are some pictures of this event:
In regard to this event in earth’s recent history, it doesn't seem out of the question to believe that a comet or meteor strike could destroy a third of the life on this earth.
What do you think would happen if a meteor or comet struck the earth today?
- Could it strike the ocean, killing much of the sea life, destroying ships and causing the water to become poisonous?
- Could it strike land and cause an explosion with such force that it would cause a great fire and burn one third of the vegetation on the planet through it’s impact and resulting fallout? Just look at the pictures above.
- Could there be something in the meteor that, if it struck a fresh water supply, could poison that water supply?
The answer to all these questions is YES.
Now, let’s look at several portions of scripture relating to God’s judgments during the seven year tribulation:
The Second Trumpet Judgment
Rev. 8:8-9 ″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, 9and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.”
So, when the second trumpet sounds, “something like a great mountain burning with fire” will impact the earth and will cause: one third of all living creatures in the sea (or ocean) to perish, one third of the ships to be destroyed (Cargo ships, aircraft carriers, submarines, cruise ships, oil tankers, yachts), and turns the one third of the sea (or ocean) to blood. Could this great burning mountain be a comet or meteor that strikes one of earth’s great oceans?
The Third Trumpet Judgment
Rev. 8:10-11 ″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 waters. 11The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.”
Here again we have a fiery object falling to earth. This time it turns a third of fresh water bitter, making it impossible to drink, causing anyone who drinks it to die. This object could break apart in the upper atmosphere, causing parts of it to strike several fresh water sources like the great lakes, the Mississippi river, or the Amazon River. Parts of this meteor or comet could also strike a mountain range, melting the snow and sending a poisonous wave of water down freshwater rivers.
Add this to the fact that the Two Witnesses will prevent it from raining for the first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation will make the poisoning of this fresh water even more tragic for the remaining inhabitants of the earth.
The First Bowl Judgemnt
Rev. 16:1-2 "Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, ‘Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.’ 2So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image."
Instead of being seen as a judgment of God, will these malignant sores be blamed on the recent meteor/comet strikes that more than likely brought with them some kind of “alien” disease?
The Seventh Bowl Judgemnt
Rev. 16:17-21 ″Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” 18And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. 19The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. 20And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.”
This bowl is poured out “upon the air.” Will this be seen as a judgment of God or a disastrous rain of icy meteors?
Whether God has prepared these meteors/comets at the time of creation or He is going to create them at the moment of judgment is anyone’s guess. So much attention has been given to NEO’s in the last few years that I envision the Antichrist utilizing scientific explanations to deceive the population of the earth by convincing the populace that these are only natural disasters, blinding them to the fact that they are actually part of the judgments of God being rained down upon them.
Repent and be forgiven! Believe and be saved!