On the internet MSN has a title, “A truck sized asteroid is headed toward earth one day before the November election”. The headlines are full of hype connecting it to the election, but the facts from NASA, let all the air out.
• It has only a 0.41% likelihood of entering Earth’s atmosphere. Because of its small size, (2 meters) the asteroid, dubbed 2018VP1, would burn off while hurtling toward the planet.
• 2018VP has had a few close encounters with Earth before, dating back to 1970. It’s due back, after a two-year orbit around the sun, to come within 4,800 to 260,000 miles of our atmosphere.
• In fact, one dubbed, 2020 QG, passed just 1,830 miles above the Indian Ocean last week — the closest such encounter on record — and NASA didn’t even see it.
The “Tunguska fireball of 1908” may have been the only evidence of an actual large asteroid, ever to effect the earth since prehistoric times.
In the end times, there will be actual signs in the heavens regarding heavenly bodies. “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28) If we look at God’s plagues against Pharaoh we see they were fundamentally natural as opposed to His response against Ahab and the peophets of Baal which was consuming fire from heaven. Nature is God’s idea and creation, but Pharaoh did not connect natural phenomena with God, therefore it was a basis for continuing doubt and unbelief. I believe this may be observed again in the last days, where natural things like the “tossing of the sea”, will feed unbelief resident in the lost. A similar assumption of the lost is that humans can control the earth which is synonymous with unbelief in Creator God.
Before this happens, “…false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” These things will happen as foretold by Yeshua. The lost will be deceived by the enemy, looking to their false god of science for salvation, but there is no other name whereby men can be saved, but Yeshua, Messiah, (Hebrew for Jesus, Christ). In the end, the false assumptions and unbelief in God will demonstrate the weakness of men who have rejected God, just as Pharaoh could not combat the plagues of God. Believers may be raptured from these cataclysmic events, but if not, they will still be aware of what is happening foretold in biblical prophecy and though every human must face death, believers have hope in the afterlife.
Scripture tells us, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” (Romans 14:11) However, this acknowledgement will be too little too late for the lost, who have no relationship with the Savior and Redeemer, Yeshua Messiah. “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:22-23) Don’t believe the worldly wise man, trust in God alone and seek life in Yeshua, Messiah.