Billy Graham has declared that he believes signs show that Jesus' return is soon? Does any of this mean that Jesus will return on December 25, 2013 like some have suggested? Could Comet ISON or something similar the biblical 'Wormwood'? (Click the follow link to watch a related YouTube video Could Comet ISON be Wormwood of Bible Prophecy?) What about Comet Encke?
Some claim that a mysterious object from space called Planet X or Planet Nibiru will hit the Earth and cause massive devastation. Will all human life be gone by an impact like this as some have indicated?
What does the Bible teach? Is it possible that the Earth will be hit by a devastating object falling from the heavens in the 21st century?
This article will try to answer these questions and more.
Is there real risk from space?
In November 2013, NASA revealed that its research showed that it has underestimated the risk of significant objects from outer space impacting the Earth:
New, DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: ’7x as likely’ as thought
NASA has revealed new research on the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over Russia in February, and the findings aren’t good: not only does it look like the astronomic models about the number of similar-sized things reaching Earth are wrong, but also the damage they can do is much greater than expected.
“If you look at the number of impacts detected by US government sensors over the past few decades you find the impact rate of kiloton-class objects is greater than would be indicated by the telescopic surveys,” said Bill Cooke, meteoroid environment office lead at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center at a press conference on Wednesday.
“Over the past few decades we’ve seen an impact rate about seven times greater than the current state of the telescopic surveys would indicate.”
Cooke said that as the current state of asteroid surveys was expanded he expected we would find more meteorites…the amount of heat they generate, and the damage caused by the shockwave of air they push before them as they come down through the atmosphere, was significantly underestimated. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/06/chelyabinsksized_meteors_impacts_seven_times_more_common_than_first_thought/
So, the risk is bigger than NASA has tended to think. For more information on the Chelyabinsk meteorite, check out the post Meteor explosion in Russia not the end of the world, but is a sign. As far as NASA goes, here is a link to an older news post titled NASA Indirectly Confirms Wormwood Prophecy.
Here is some additional information about asteroids and the asteroid belt:
Most asteroids lie in a vast ring between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. This main belt holds more than 200 asteroids larger than 60 miles (100 kilometers) in diameter. Scientists estimate the asteroid belt also contains more than 750,000 asteroids larger than three-fifths of a mile (1 kilometer) in diameter and millions of smaller ones. Not everything in the main belt is an asteroid — for instance, comets have recently been discovered there, and Ceres, once thought of only as an asteroid, is now also considered a dwarf planet.
Many asteroids lie outside the main belt. For instance, a number of asteroids called Trojans lie along Jupiter’s orbital path…An asteroid capable of global disaster would have to be more than a quarter-mile wide. Researchers have estimated that such an impact would raise enough dust into the atmosphere to effectively create a “nuclear winter,” severely disrupting agriculture around the world. Asteroids that large strike Earth only once every 1,000 centuries on average, NASA officials say. http://www.space.com/51-asteroids-formation-discovery-and-exploration.html
About 1,000 asteroids big enough to cause catastrophic damage if they hit Earth are orbiting relatively nearby, a NASA survey shows…An asteroid or comet between 5 and 10 km (3.1 and 6.2 miles) in diameter is believed to have smashed into Earth some 65 million years ago, triggering global climate changes that led to the extinction of dinosaurs and other animals. “We know something that big could wipe out mostly all life on Earth,” Mainzer said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/07/us-space-asteroids-idUSTRE7B615O20111207
Speaking of objects from space, here is some older information about Comet ISON:
November 7, 2013
A potentially bright comet will be visible in November and December…
Comet ISON (C/2012) will swing close to the sun at the end of this month and should be visible in the pre-dawn sky in December. This comet is predicted to be dramatic, but comets are unpredictable.
David Levy, author and comet discoverer, says, “Comets are like cats; they have tails and do whatever they want.” http://azstarnet.com/lifestyles/column/sky-spy-dramatic-comet-ison-should-be-visible/article_82945bdc-92fa-59f0-b270-05f056822530.html
Is it dangerous? Comet ISON presents no danger at all to life on Earth. Absolutely none. There is not even the most minute chance that it could collide with our planet (anyone who says otherwise is completely misinformed- note I have toned my language here down after some justified criticism). It will pass about 0.42 AU (63 million km) from Earth on 26 December 2013. I cannot believe anyone thinks this is a near miss. Earth may pass through the comet’s debris trail on 16 January 2014 and we may just be lucky to observe a meteor shower that night . http://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/ison-things-you-need-to-know.html
Ten days before it got near the sun, I posted the following:
November 18, 2013
Comet ISON could break up into itty-bitty pieces long before it gets closer to the Sun, selfishly denying us all the opportunity to see it shine brightly in the night sky...
"If the comet has fragmented, we should see some dramatic changes in the next few days," he said. "Typically we expect a large increase in brightness followed then by a dramatic decrease in the comet's brightness in these situations. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/18/comet_ison_may_fragment/
Notice also the following:
November 29, 2013
Once billed as the comet of the century, Comet ISON apparently was no match for the sun. Images from a NASA spacecraft showed the comet was approaching the sun on a trajectory to slingshot around it on Thursday — but nothing came out on the other side. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/comet-ison-didn-sun-experts-article-1.1532460#ixzz2m2rFgr3e
November 28, 2013
(Reuters) - A comet's 5.5-million-year journey to the inner solar system apparently ended during a suicidal trip around the sun, leaving no trace of its once-bright tail or even remnants of rock and dust, scientists said on Thursday...ISON http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/28/us-space-comet-idUSBRE9AQ11E20131128
So, while some scientists were expecting a lot from Comet ISON, it did not meet their expectations. Scientists are not always right--the Bible, however, is.
Double Comets: Battams points out another exciting development: Comet Encke and Comet ISON are converging for a photogenic close encounter.“No they’re not going to hit each other – in reality they are millions of miles apart – but as seen from the STEREO-A spacecraft, they are going to get very close!” he says. “We are probably a couple of days away from seeing two comets almost side-by-side in that camera, with long tails flowing behind them in the solar wind. To say that such an image will be unprecedented is rather an understatement.” Stay tuned for that. –Space Weather
Neither Comet ISON nor Encke are the prophecied Wormwood. Comet ISON ended up fizzling out/breaking apart, and that confirmed that it was not.
Back in 2012, many were concerned about Planet X, also known as Planet Nibiru.
The so-called science is that according to an old NASA report, there could be another planet. A tenth planet, which some then called planet X as it had not been found. Various ones have suggested that this planet will crash into the Earth.
Here are two reports about it:
What about “Planet X”?
The most cataclysmic of prophesied end-time “natural” disasters is the scenario of a collision or near-miss of another planet with the earth. The mysterious orb that supposedly threatens us has been called “Planet X” or “Planet Nibiru,” and some expect it to arrive on Dec. 12, 2012.
But what is the evidence that this will occur? There is no scientific evidence that supports this idea. The idea came “not by radio signals from the cosmos, but [instead has supposedly been] channeled through medium and Zeto envoy Nancy Lieder, who was in contact with . . . altruistic aliens” (Govert Schilling, The Hunt for Planet X, 2009, p. 115) (Published in Good News, 2012)
Prophetic dates come and go. What about December 21, 2012?
Some say the day of doom is at the door. Alignment of planets, a collision with Nibiru, a shifting polar axis, reversal of earth’s magnetic field, a “beam” from the Milky Way’s center, catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis — all coming to their climactic focus on December 21 of this year! (McBride J. Bible Advocate, 2012)
I denounced the Planet X destruction theory back in 2012 and explained that it would not destroy the Earth then. Notice something that I posted on December 1, 2012:
I thought I would provide a list of ten ‘predictions’ related to the world ending this month and the truth why they are all wrong...
PREDICTION: Some claim that the galaxy will be in perfect alignment and cause massive disruptions on December 21/22, 2012 or that planet Nibiru will hit.
TRUTH: Yet astronomers do not believe that the alignment (which is not galaxy-wide nor perfect) could possibly generate enough gravitational flow to cause massive disruption nor do they believe in destruction via an invented planet called Nibiru...Stories about the fictional planet Nibiru and predictions of the end of the world in December 2012 have blossomed on the Internet. Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, Dec. 21, 2012 won’t be the end of the world as we know, however, it will be another winter solstice. https://plus.google.com/events/ci7ak9p657rj34um819vadrm8jg#events/ci7ak9p657rj34um819vadrm8jg
While the world as we know it will end some day, it cannot possibly be in December 2012.
There have not been enough of the biblically-required signs (see, for example, Matthew 24 and Daniel 11:27-39) fulfilled for it to be this early. (Thiel B. Ten ‘End of the World Predictions’ That Will Be Proven False This Month. December 1, 2012)
And, of course, I was right then.
On YouTube is an interview with a Puerto Rican named Amaury Rivera who claims to have been abducted by aliens for a time on May 14, 1988. Some have suggested that the information he gained from one of the aliens was that Comet Ison is Planet Nibiru and would hit the Earth. Part of Amaury Rivera's proof is that this 'alien encounter' happened is that he took a couple of photographs of US jets that he claimed went to track the alien ship. Those photos show one or two US jets. They provide proof that someone took pictures of one or more US jets, and not an encounter with extraterrestrial aliens.
Now, I have known for quite sometime that a few have claimed that comet ISON was dangerous and can lead to the end of the world in 2013 or 2014. Here are a couple of reports on that:
When is a comet not just a comet, but a divine warning sign like Jesus spoke of coming in the end times? If you do not know how to answer that, Comet “ISON” may test you with fear and in 2013. Doomsday watchers are already predicting that Comet ISON is Planet X, Nibiru, Wormwood, or a gravitational earthquake/deep impact threat. Alternatively, some predict it will make a spectacular daytime visible sign in the sky one month before Christ’s return (yes, on Christmas, 2013). http://www.escapeallthesethings.com/comet-ison-nibiru.htm viewed 11/07/13
According to this just released video from CourageousNerd z, the approaching Comet ISON IS Nibiru! The videographer also goes on to claim that human life will not exist after January of 2014 and that NASA knows it and is lying to all of us and knows that the ‘end is near’. http://vaticproject.blogspot.com/2013/08/it-turns-out-comet-ison-is-nibiru-thats.html viewed 11/07/13
Is Comet ISON a false flag for hiding the truth about Nibiru? Many researchers and Nibiru hunters are proposing that Comet ISON is actually planet Nibiru or is an symptom of Nibiru arriving soon to our solar system. They point to the increase in meteors and comets that might have been dislodged or affected by the gravity of the impending planet. They also point to the increased climate changes and natural disasters as additional clues. http://www.altheadlines.com/is-comet-ison-a-false-flag-for-hiding-truth-about-planet-nibiru-13251168/ viewed 11/07/13
What do you think of when you hear the word Nibiru or one of its other names like; Planet X, Wormwood, Hercolubus, Nemesis, Tyche, Marduk, Great Red Dragon, Black Sun, Destroyer, Doom shape, Dark Star, Dark Companion, Dark Twin? Some think farce, some think pole shift and hiding underground, I think rapture...So assuming Nibiru exists let’s consider the question from a Biblical perspective; when will Nibiru arrive? Answer; after the Sixth Seal is opened, which is when the rapture occurs. When might the rapture occur? Based on the assumption that the Second Coming will be in 2016 and the 70th week began in 2009 then I would expect the rapture to occur 2013 to 2015. http://endtimesforecaster.blogspot.com/2012/10/looking-up-for-nibiru-and-jesus-too.html
The truth is that it is NOT possible for Jesus to return in 2014 or 2015.
In November 2013, I wrote:
Now, I saw parts of the popular CourageousNerd z video, it mentions that there could be a tenth planet and it is possible that there could be another planet. But it was not true that Comet Ison is a regular planet that was to crash into the Earth like Wormwood, and I denounced that theory weeks before ISON got close to the sun.
As it turns out, another planet was found in December 2013:
Astronomers have discovered, outside our solar system, a distant planet with a set of bizarre characteristics that they say it should not even exist.
It weighs 11 times the mass of Jupiter and orbits a star that is much like the Sun, but does so at a distance of 60 billion miles. This is 650 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun and far more distant than should be for a planet of that size. (Rarest Planet Discovered! No Theories Can Explain Why It's ThereDecember 6, 2013 http://www.designntrend.com/articles/9536/20131206/rarest-planet-discovered-theories-explain-why.htm)
Astronomers have discovered a super Jupiter in a record-smashing orbit for a sun-like star, far outside the disk of dust and debris that rings the star and that typically gives rise to planets. (Spotts P. What's that Jupiter-like thing doing so far afield from nearest star? Christian Science Monitor, December 6, 2013. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/1206/What-s-that-Jupiter-like-thing-doing-so-far-afield-from-nearest-star)
But that planet is not about to come crashing to the earth in the next few years.
Yet, it is true that something from space, probably an asteroid or a comet, is prophesied in the Bible to hit the Earth and cause massive damage (Revelation 8:10-11). But not before 2020.
A large comet hitting the earth would also seem to have similar effects to that of a medium-sized asteroid. And having something actually hit the earth and do massive damage is predicted in the Bible.
But the Wormwood object cannot hit next year.
Over 1900 years ago, the Apostle John was inspired to write about Wormwood and more in the Book of Revelation. If you look at the sequence of events that proceed Wormwood, it is obvious that all cannot happen between now and next month. Notice that the first nine verses happen prior to Wormwood falling from heaven:
1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
8 Then 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. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10 Then 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 water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter. (Revelation 8:1-11)
It should also be noted that there are MANY EVENTS that also have to take place before the above events as well. Notice that Wormwood does not fall until after the third trumpet associated with the seventh seal of Revelation is blown. Well, this would mean that the fifth and sixth seal would also have already been opened–which are mentioned in Revelation 6:7-17, and the 144,000 numbered as shown in Revelation 7. And I should add that the fifth seal of Revelation cannot possibly be opened for at least 3 1/2 years from now (see When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2013, 2014, or 2015?), with over 4 years the likely minimum.
Because of all of that, Jesus cannot possibly return before 2021. In December of 2012, I made a post titled Ten ‘End of the World Predictions’ That Will Be Proven False This Month. Of course, I was right about that, and one of the ten had to do with allegedly ‘Planet Nibiru’ hitting the Earth in December 2012.
Planet Nibiru per se does not exist, but Wormwood does–but again Wormwood cannot hit for several years at the earliest. That does not mean that there cannot be any problems from meteorites, comets, asteroids, solar flares, etc. But it does mean that the world will not end for at least several years.
Could the Wormwood star prophesied in the Bible be some type of a comet?
A large comet hitting the earth would also seem to have similar effects to that of a medium-sized asteroid. And having something actually hit the earth and do massive damage is predicted in the Bible.
Although the biblical Wormwood does not have to be a comet, and possibly could be an asteroid (or at least possibly come from the asteroid belt), it sounds more like a comet than an asteroid.
In addition to looking like a star falling from the heavens looking like a torch (and an asteroid could possibly do that), comets normally appear with cyanogen. Astronomers state hydrogen cyanide on comets may be their source of cyanogen gas.
Interestingly, the cyanogen gas mixes with water to form hydrogen cyanide, which has an almond odor and bitter taste, and reportedly causes death at concentrations over 5 parts per million.
And thus for Bible skeptics, the fact that centuries before humans had any idea that comets could produce a poisonous bitter water, it is recorded in the Bible. This should be additional proof to those willing to see that the Bible has been inspired by God. The Apostle John would have no other way to know about that.
And while comets are still more likely to fulfill the Wormwood prophecy than asteroids, humans still have no real effective way to deal with potential asteroid devastation, and some day, a major object from the sky will strike the earth according to biblical prophecy.
As far as other signs go, I should also mention that certain Protestant pastors (like John Hagee) have suggested that the appearance of ‘blood moons’ in 2014 and 2015 could be a sign that:
None of which will happen in 2014 or 2015 as there are too many biblically-required events that have to happen first (see Blood Moons and Prophecy; a related YouTube video is also available: Blood Moons, Prophecy, 2014, and 2015). See also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?
A particular person from New Jersey has sent several emails insisting that the true end of the Mayan calendar is December 16, 2013 and that the Earth would be struck or affected then by something then, like perhaps Comet ISON. Here are some excerpts from one of his emails:
REAL Mayan End Date is December 16, 2013100% SOLID PROOF!!!...COMET ISON & THE 13th AHAU CYCLE
The True "End-Time" of the Mayan Calendar (Dec. 16th, 2013)
Here are some excerpts from another:
Earth, Venus, & Comet ISON form a perfect triangle on December 16, 2013...ISON Could Trigger Massive Solar Flares!!! ISON is a "Sun-Grazing Comet".
That same individual also sent me an email that stated the following:
Millions, if not billions will be thrust back to the stone age. Unfortunately, few know how to live that way anymore. Wildlife will be fine. Modern civilization, not so much!!!Prepare your family and flock as best you can, we're in for some very hard times.CONFIRMATION:MAY 2012: The Mayan's Dresden Codex predicted a Solar eclipse on May 20, 2012, and it happened. The Codex also indicates the Earth would be struck by a mild geomagnetic storm on the same day, and it happened (proof below). CONFIRMED!!!NOVEMBER 2012: The Codex predicted a Solar eclipse on November 13, 2012, and it happened. The Codex also indicates the Earth would be struck by a mild geomagnetic storm on the same day, and it happened (proof below). CONFIRMED!DECEMBER 2013: The Codex predicts the Earth will be struck by something December 16, 2013. It appears to be a MASSIVE geomagnetic event of some kind. After that, the Time Line Ends, The Great Cycle is Complete!!!Biblicaly, I'm guessing this is the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Without modern technology, life on Earth will descend into chaos in a matter of a few days, or even hours.
Now, as one who studied the Mayan Dresden Codex, I can say that it appeared to me that some of the astronomical events it seemed to predict in 2012, like the transit of Venus, to cite one event (2012′s rare ‘Transit of Venus’ is coming), was correct.
I will also add that NASA scientists have indicated the sun's magnetic field could reverse by the end of 2013 (see NASA expects serious solar event this year: Magnetic field is about to reverse polarity.). But I also wrote the the world would not end in December 2013.
Yet, I also believe that much of the world is highly dependent upon electricity and electrical interference from the sun, a comet, and or an emp type bomb could possibly bring civilization to its knees. Even some astronomers have warned that comets could cause a type of electronic ‘Armageddon’:
Sun-Grazing Comets As Triggers For Electromagnetic ArmageddonForbes…
Large sun-grazing comets could bring on the sort of global electronics meltdown usually associated with electromagnetic pulse weapons or a full-scale nuclear exchange. http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2012/11/30/sun-grazing-comets-as-the-trigger-for-electromagnetic-armageddon/
Now, while Armageddon itself is a term used in the Bible for the location where armies in the end time will gather for battle, what the astronomer is trying to say is that comets, if large enough, could end civilized life of earth. Some believe that a comet incident will do something in November and/or December this year, and it very well might. It should be noted that it is well know that solar flares and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons could do that, or at least eliminate computers from many parts of the earth.
Of course, in the future, there are real electrical risks for the USA, Canada, UK, and other nations. But most ignore warning signs.
That being said, the 'great tribulation' itself did not start on December 16, 2013. Perhaps I should mention that world events also aligned with at least 32 predictions in my book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect (a list can be found at the beginning of the old article End of Mayan Calendar 2012--Might 2012 Mean Something?). And yes, I do believe my biblically-understood prophetic views about the start of the 'great tribulation' will also be correct.
Even if there is a massive electrical event this year, at most this would be part of what Jesus called troubles associated with the 'beginning of sorrows':
8...And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. (Mark 13:8)
4 "Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:4-8)
The 'great tribulation' does not happen (Matthew 24:21) until after other events (Matthew 24:14-20) which are not possible to happen this year.
Some claimed Comet ISON was not a normal comet and represented disaster. Some have tied it to the biblical 'Wormwood' of Revelation 8. Notice the following:
Comet ISON is predicted to be 15x the brightness of a Full Moon, visible during daylight. It is the comet of the Millenium and perhaps the greatest comet of all times. It’s near parabolic orbit leads astronomers to believe this is its 1st approach to the Sun.
ISON is an Anglo-Saxon, Norman French, Old English derivation of “Joseph” meaning “Adding or Increasing. Comet ISON is 3 miles wide with a tail of gas and dust almost 200 thousand miles long...
I decided to look up the meaning of the names of the two Russians who discovered ISON: Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok. The name of the first astronomer, Vitali, means life. His last name, Nevski, is an offshoot of Neva, which is a river in Russia and means “sea” or “water”. Therefore, the name of the first guy breaks down into “Vital or Living Waters”. In Latin, the meaning of Neva is radiance or brightness. In this case his name would mean “alive with radiant brightness”. Scientists are interested in ISON due to a study in how icy comets seed life throughout the universe. Without water there is no life.
The name of the second astronomer is where it gets ominous. The name Artyom originates from ARTEMISIOS and means WORMWOOD (a bitter herb). The name of one of the Russian discoverers of this 3 to 4 mile wide comet with a 200,000 mile tail translates to WORMWOOD. http://www.business2community.com/oddball/comet-ison-comet-millennium-0646992#W2xtCtHyloMsxDmm.99
Some have wondered that since the biblical Wormwood affects fresh water, if this could be an indication that Comet ISON is the biblical Wormwood. When more and more people start to see it they will wonder.
Yet Comet ISON could not have been the biblical Wormwood of Revelation 8. And it proved it.
The Bible absolutely teaches that an object from the heavens will fall on the Earth and cause massive devastation.
However, since this event does not occur until after many others, including the start of the Great Tribulation (see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?) there is no possible way that this will happen before 2020. Comet ISON was not it. Nor, unless it comes back later will be Comet Encke.
While some may consider that Planet X or Planet Nibiru is the prophesied Wormwood of Revelation 8:10-11, there is no way that Wormwood can hit for years.
We in the Continuing Church of God “have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place” (2 Peter 1:19, KJV).
And we have the sure word because we believe what the Bible teaches and not opinions of humans that do not agree with the Bible.
You can click the follow link to watch a related YouTube video Could Comet ISON be Wormwood of Bible Prophecy? and/or Can the Great Tribulation begin in 2014?
Thiel B. Wormwood and Planet Nibiru http://www.cogwriter.com/wormwood-nibiru.htm (c) 2013/2014 0204
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