The Bible predicted the destruction of individual city-states that existed long ago. It predicted the scattering of the House of Israel and the House of Judah because of their individual and national sins.
The Bible predicts much more! It predicts earth changes that could lead to an extinction level event unless there is a REAL God to prevent it. Notice just one such prediction: “And these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus says the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask you now, and see whether a man does travail with child? Wherefore [why?] do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and ALL faces are turned into paleness? Alas! For that day is great, so that NONE is like it: It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it” (Jeremiah 30: 4-7).
The time setting for the above verses is when Christ raises up David, who is currently dead, to rule as king over Israel (v. 9-11 & Ezekiel 37:24-28). What could cause such devastation that the nations will be nearly destroyed, but Israel will be saved OUT OF it?
When Jesus walked the earth in the flesh, the disciples had heard Him talking about the temple being destroyed, along with Jerusalem. They also heard Him talk about the “end” of the age, and the dawning of a new age in which He would rule the world. King David, under Jesus’ authority, will rule over the twelve tribes of Israel. He later revealed that the twelve disciples will rule over an individual tribe or nation of Israel, once again, under His authority.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke wrote of the questions the disciples had concerning the signs of Jesus’ second coming to establish His kingdom of peace. In Luke 21: 25-26 Jesus gave a warning of great magnitude. “And there shall be SIGNS in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth DISTRESS of nations, WITH PERPLEXITY; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the POWERS of heaven shall be shaken.”
Here is described an event that originates in what we call “the heavens.” Whatever this is will cause the sun, moon, and stars to appear differently to us than they do now! Distress is #4928 in the Greek Section of the Strong’s Concordance. It means: “anxiety; anguish.” Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary gives the meaning: “pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind.” The word perplexity means: “a state of quandary; to have no way out.” Webster’s says of perplexity: “confused mental condition because of a disturbing, vexing, or puzzling state of affairs.”
This is an event, seen in the skies, that people will think they have NO ESCAPE from it! Death is a given. What could be so terrible that Jesus said: “And except those days should be shortened, there should NO FLESH BE SAVED [alive]: … (Matthew 24: 22a)?
Scientists talk of Atlantis, the “lost continent.” Did it really exist? Could it be that nations have been destroyed before, with few people remaining alive, but did not record what caused their nations to just disappear?
Solon, a Greek historian, philosopher, and statesman, live in Athens, Greece between 639-559 B.C. Solon traveled to Egypt and interacted with the historians of his day. He made notes and writings from the Egyptians’ history books. On one such visit, the Egyptian priests told Solon the following concerning the demise of Atlantis and the recurring cataclysm that caused it to be destroyed: “O Solon … you Hellenes [Greeks] are but children. There is no old doctrine handed down among you by ancient traditions or any science, which is hoary with age, and I will tell you the reason behind this. There have been and will be again – many destructions of mankind out of many causes, the greatest having been brought about by ‘earth-fire’ and ‘inundation.’
“Whereas you [Greeks] and other nations did not keep imperishable records of Atlantis we [Egyptians] did. And then, after a long period of time, the ‘usual inundation’ visits [the Earth] like a pestilence and leaves only those of you who are destitute of letters and education. And thus you have to ‘begin over again as children’ and know nothing of what happened in ancient times either among us or among yourselves” (John White, Pole Shift, p. 38).
In other words, what the ancient Egyptian priests were telling the Greek historian Solon was that many civilizations throughout the history of our planet have been “wiped out” by a recurring catastrophe. These civilization-ending cataclysms not only destroyed many ancient cultures, but their written records and recorded history as well – forcing them to literally “start over again as children.” This destruction of past civilizations and their recorded histories is one of the main reasons why our “modern-day” society has so little remembrance of these past global cataclysms.
The Egyptians told Solon about the destroyed civilization called Atlantis. It was a series of islands that lay west of the Straits of Gibraltar. Then the usual inundation struck the earth, involving earthquakes and floods. With little warning, Atlantis was engulfed by the ravages of the ocean – tidal waves – slipping beneath the giant waves – never to be seen or heard from again!
In 1828, the Museum of Leiden in the Netherlands, obtained a copy of an ancient text known as the Ipuwer Papyrus (Richard W. Noone, 5/5/2000, p. 44). This text describes a massive cataclysm that struck Egypt thousands of years ago and sent this remarkably organized civilization into total disarray. Statements from the Ipuwer Papyrus reveal that the land was totally devastated – agriculture was destroyed, both upper and lower Egypt became waste. A. H. Gardiner wrote: “It was no merely local disturbance that is here described, but a great and overwhelming national disaster” (Gardiner, Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage from a Hieratic Papyrus in Leiden).
This ancient manuscript said that the Earth “turned upside down” and that the “sky was in confusion.” Could that have been referring to a time when the Earth altered its rotation? Whatever it was, it destroyed an entire nation – its’ cities, agriculture, and infrastructure.
A tablet was found at El Arish, a monument erected in ancient times between Judea and Egypt. On this tablet was inscribed a hieroglyphic message referring to a time when a great geological disaster struck ancient Egypt. The tablet read:
“The land [Egypt] was in great affliction, evil fell upon the earth … there was a great upheaval. There was such a tempest that neither men nor gods could see the faces of those beside them” (J. Wilson French, The Greatest Story Never Told [Carlton Press, 1969], p. 83).
Other cultures have recorded great cataclysms striking ancient Egypt: “An exceedingly strong wind endured seven days. On the fourth, fifth and sixth day, the darkness was so dense that they could not stir from their places. The darkness was of such a nature that it could not be dispelled by artificial means. The light of the fire was either extinguished by the violent storm, or else it was made invisible and swallowed up in the density of the darkness. Nothing could be discerned … none were able to speak or hear, thus they remained overwhelmed by the affliction” (Ibid, p. 83).
We must ask ourselves what type of massive disaster could have caused such a physical disruption? The answer is actually handed down to us by the ancient Egyptians! They maintained that these “periodic” planetary catastrophes involved the shifting of the Earth’s rotation in space.
Over two thousand years ago the noted historian Herodotus reported: “The scribes of Egypt maintained that ‘four times’ the Earth in its movements reversed itself so that the Sun shifted and rose where it formerly set, and set where it formerly rose” (Ibid, p. 135).
The Latin author Pomponius Mela, from the first century wrote: “The Egyptians pride themselves on being the most ancient people in the world. In their authentic annals … one may read that since they have been in existence, the course of the stars has changed direction ‘four’ times, and that the Sun has set twice in the part of the sky where it now rises today” (Immanuel Velikovsky, Worlds in Collision, Dell Pub., 1967, p. 119). Remember, it is Earth that changes its rotational pattern, not the Sun and stars.
Pliney, the Elder, a first-century writer, wrote: “A ‘terrible comet’ was seen by the people of Ethopia and Egypt … it had a fiery appearance and ‘twisted like a coil’ and it was grim to behold. It was not really a ‘star’ so much as what might be called a ball of fire; it was not of fiery [color], but of ‘bloody red’” (Greatest Story Never Told, p. 78).
What type of strange “red” celestial object could Pliney, the Elder, been describing? Another ancient Greek returning from Egypt wrote: “There appeared a ‘comet’ and there was a conflict between the forces of heaven and of Earth” (Ibid, p. 78).
What caused this devastation? Apparently, it will happen again according to the scriptures. Could this be why we come onto the scene in Genesis One with an Earth that lay in ruin and desolate? God completed the restoration of planet earth and told man to multiply and replenish or REPOPULATE the earth. Many things lay under our feet that we cannot explain as yet, BUT …
Could this shifting of our planet’s rotation, and the accompanying geophysical changes to Earth have been ultimately triggered by the passage of this ‘terrible’ red comet?
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood [Greek: “bitter; calamity”]; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter” (Revelation 8: 10-11).
Did an ancient event involving an object that looked like a comet to those ancient people, once ravage their cultures and will again? Could Wormwood’s passing have been God’s way to cause those “Biblical miracles” in conjunction with Him delivering the Israelites from Egypt?
Many modern-day scholars have tried to dismiss these ancient accounts of “terrible comets” or “serpents in the sky” as being meaningless mythology, silly legends, or even fairy tales. However, the ancient Egyptians and the other cultures around them steadfastly maintained that these events actually happened and were an important part of their civilization’s history.
“…for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved EXCEEDINGLY. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard…” (Isaiah 24: 18b-20a). “Repent … Whom the heaven must receive UNTIL the times of RESTITUTION of ALL things” (Acts 3: 18-21).
I want to thank everyone who has contributed to our ministry, so we can witness and warn this nation to turn back to the Living Jesus Christ BEFORE all these things come upon the earth. “Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep YOU from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to TRY them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3: 10).