Thursday, June 16, 2011

Comet Elenin--Rapture Level Event? 

There is much speculation on Youtube (though little anywhere else) that the approaching heavenly body c/2010 X1, or comet Elenin will bring with it an "extinction level event" resulting in the death or extinction of up to 90 percent of all life on the planet Earth.

As a Bible believer and a prophecy believer, I will be very surprised if anything on this scale occurs. In fact, I can categorically state that the planet will NOT be destroyed in September, October, or November of this year, next year, or the year after.

The Bible is amazingly clear about the events that are too take place prior to the return of the Son of God to establish a 1,000 year reign of universal peace and righteousness on this planet. On this planet, and not another.

The Bible narrative is replete with "judgments" on the earth that cause the population of the earth to decrease drastically over very short periods of time. But each incident predicted reduces the population of the earth by a quarter or a third. It is hard to imagine that the entire chain of events would be kicked off by an extinction level event where 90 percent of all men are killed and that the Bible would not mention it.

But there are some prophetic events coming up which may in fact involve this comet, or whatever it is. Elenin began attracting real attention earlier this year. There are many videos on Youtube posted in January, February, and early March of this year warning of an earth event on March 11 when Elenin would be in perfect alignment with the sun and the earth. In fact, one of the largest earthquakes in history took place in Japan on that date. Since that time people have started paying more attention to Elenin's predicted path into and out of our solar system, especially since its predicted path brings it very close to earth and it is predicted to come between the sun and the earth at very close proximity.

On September 27, the current models show Elenin aligned perfectly between the sun and the earth. The potential for some sort of seismic incident at that time are tremendous, as the magnetic pull on the earth could cause every fault line to shift and every volcano to blow. The solar activity caused by Elenin's pull on the surface of the sun could easily cause all communications and power grids on the earth to go down.

Extinction level event? Probably not. Rapture level event?

There are many, including myself, who have observed that each one of the Spring festivals of Israel were fulfilled with the first coming of Christ, and each festival was fulfilled on the day of the festival. That is, Jesus was slain at the precise time the lambs for the passover were being presented and slain in the temple. He lay "unresurrected" on the days of unleavened bread and arose on the Feast of Firstfruits. On the morrow of the seventh sabbath from that event, on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell on His believes, forming the mystical body known as His church.

If all of the events surround His first coming were fulfilled on the precise day of each particular festival, it is not unreasonable to believe that the fall festivals will be fulfilled at His second coming, and that the event prefigured by each festival will be fulfilled on the festival day itself. Many critics of this view (the modern term would be "haters") often attach a descriptive term such as "secret" or "silent" to the word "rapture" and then ridicule the idea of a rapture in that it could not possibly be secret or silent. In this, the "haters" are correct. However, there is not one verse in scripture that says the Rapture will be silent or secret.

The first "Second Coming" event is the Rapture of the true church, and the first Fall Festival is Rosh Hashanna, or the Feast of Trumpets. Paul specifically mentions the Rapture twice, and each time he mentions it he relates it to the blowing of a trumpet.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)

And the Apostle John concurs in his description of a Rapture event in Revelation 4:

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1)

Interestingly enough, the Feast of Trumpets this year will begin on September 29, just two days from the date that Elenin is predicted to be directly between, and perfectly aligned with the sun and the earth. Some are predicting three days of darkness at that time as Elenin (if it is indeed a brown dwarf as some believe and not a comet as NASA is telling us) eclipses the sun. This eclipse is projected to take place between September 25 to September 28, but it could just as easily be September 26 to September 29. During the time of darkness, the entire earth could be in seismic upheaval, with every major city being leveled and literally millions of deaths and tens or hundreds of millions "missing." It may be months after the fact before communications start going back up to normal(television, Internet, etc.) and survivors begin comparing notes.

This would also be a great time for one great man to stand up and become a world leader for a world in chaos and grief. But the rise and reign of the antichrist is the subject for another article. For this article, suffice it to say that "comet" Elenin may portend the coming of the "hated" Rapture, kicking off the chain of end-time events that will result in the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If so, it is safe to say the earth will survive Elenin's visit, but that does not mean that the death toll will not be unprecedentedly great. The best advice anyone can give then, is for anyone concerned about the future to make peace with God and to be prepared to meet their Creator.

For more information on how to do this, see the Gospel of John, visit http://www.midnightcry.net, or e-mail webmaster@midnightcry.net.

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