(OPINION) Ricky Scaparo – It seems like every week I read another headline warning humanity about a future asteroid strike on Earth that will lead to a “Mass Extinction Event”. One such report came out today from the International Business Times, which gave a cryptic warning to humanity that we should be studying past impact events of asteroids to understand what asteroid strikes can do to Earth.
According to one of these scientists, a major asteroid impact is inevitable and once it happens, it could wipe out almost all life on the planet. Laura Danly, the curator at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, warned that Earth’s history with asteroid impacts indicates that a similar catastrophic event will happen again. She went further to say “There’s no question that at some point in the future, an asteroid will strike the Earth with enough energy to extinguish most life, if not all,”
This past weekend a report also came out indicating that Four asteroids reaching speeds of up to 27,500 mph buzzed by Earth making its round on the internet with astronomers and those who keep up with cosmic events. As the old saying goes “You can only dodge a bullet so many times”
Most teachers and ministers of eschatology believe that the Bible does make at least one reference to a future asteroid strike on the Earth that will result in catastrophic damage and loss of life. This asteroid called “Wormwood” which in Greek means “Bitter” is mentioned in the Book of Revelation Chapter Eight. John, the revelator describes this future event:
“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. 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.”
Another verse that seems to mention an asteroid striking the earth is also found in the very same chapter of Revelation Chapter eight in the verse above:
“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. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” – Revelation 8:8-9
So before we write off these scientists that continue to sound the alarm of an asteroid striking the earth in the future, we should know that it indeed is a matter of WHEN and not IF it happens.