In January, I read with amazement that a doctor’s office in Lorton Virginia was the site of a meteorite strike. The mango-sized meteorite had plunged straight through the roof of the office building and hit the floor, narrowly missing doctor and patients. Thank God no none was injured. I thought to myself, ‘how often does that happen??’ Meteors hit the earth’s atmosphere very frequently, but rarely enter the lower stratosphere without burning up. That one survived the entry and made it all the way to the ground, and then found an occupied building, seemed to me to be long odds.
Since January we were treated to an astounding display of fireballs across many parts of the earth, most recently two weeks ago across six Midwestern United States.
Fireballs and meteorites … Small pieces of space debris (usually parts of comets or asteroids) that are on a collision course with the Earth are called meteoroids. When meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere they are called meteors. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere, but if they survive the frictional heating and strike the surface of the Earth they are called meteorites. We have been seeing an unusual number of them lately. Even more unusual are that meteors are hitting earth with such frequency.
Then yesterday I read that a Blast in East Jakarta believed to be meteorite hit three houses, destroying them–
“Police and astronomers are investigating Thursday’s blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Forensics experts from the police and National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Lapan) investigators are combing the site, with the latter saying that while there was no conclusive proof the damage was caused by a meteorite, it was the most likely explanation. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding. One house was moderate damage and two adjoining properties suffered minor damage after blast on Jalan Delima II. There were no reported casualties. Lapan researcher Abdurrahman said no fragments of the projectile had been found but the deep crater in the floor of the house, the residual heat footprint and melted items pointed to a meteorite. “I suspect the object impacted at high velocity, hit the floor, bounced back and hit the ceiling, then fell back down,” he said. “It’s extremely difficult to recover the fragments, what with the rubble and broken glass, and it being so dark in here.” “
A meteorite hit three houses? The scientist in the article confirmed my suspicion that “This kind of incident is extremely rare in Indonesia,” he said. “Usually an object that falls to earth is burned up in the atmosphere before reaching land.” Today the object was confirmed to have been a meteorite. In that article the same scientist reminded us that just a few months ago, “A meteor the size of a house hits Earth and explodes in the atmosphere with the energy of a small atomic bomb. Frightened by thunderous sounds and shaking walls, people rush out of their homes, thinking that an earthquake is in progress. All they see is a twisting trail of debris in the mid-day sky. This is what happened on Oct. 8th (2009) around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, South Sulawesi. ” It was the largest blast on earth since 1994. The Indonesian object was large and the resulting atmospheric explosion may have been the equivalent of several Hiroshima bombs.
Rare indeed? Not anymore. This occurred a few days ago
“An unidentified object, thought to be a fragment of a meteorite, has landed on a beach near Tel Aviv. Israeli police released mobile phone footage of something burning in the town of Bat Yam, as people gathered round to look. Witnesses said the object began burning as it hit the ground. It has now been taken away to be examined.” The link is to a BBC video and shows the stone-sized burning object laying on the sand and shells with people standing around it in their bathing suits, surf crashing behind them, and occasional pans to their perplexed faces.
The biggest asteroid to hit Earth on any given day is likely to be about 15 inches, in a given year about 13 feet, and in a given century about 20 meters.Now, the odds of your house being hit by a Meteor are 182,138,880,000,000 To 1. In words, that is
182 quadrillion, 138 trillion,880 billion.
Odds of injury from shaving: 6,585 to 1
Odds of injury from mowing the lawn: 3,623 to 1
Odds of fatally slipping in the bath or shower: 2,232 to 1
Odds of dating a super-model: 88,000 to 1
Odds of finding a four-leaf clover on first try: 10,000 to 1
Odds of getting a royal flush in poker on first five cards dealt: 649,740 to 1
Odds of becoming a saint: 20,000,000 to 1
So,… fireballs have been streaking across the skies like streamers. And despite odds in the quadrillions, within the last 12 weeks a meteorite has hit four homes. (That we know of.) Jesus told the disciples in Luke 21:25 that the end times would be characterized by, among other signs, signs in the sun and the moon and the stars.
These things are happening because Jesus said He increasingly would alert us to His presence and to the times. The only way out is not to cap the oil well and it’s not to rebuild the Indonesian home that was destroyed by the meteor and it’s not to print a boatload of money and it’s not to pass health care legislation. It is JESUS. His salvation is available to all people on the planet, and all one needs to do is recognize their sins are a rebellion against God. His holiness is everlastingly enduring and our sins are everlastingly enduring, and the two will never meet unless you take the bridge that is Jesus and accept His work on the cross as your redemption. If you ask Him to forgive those sins and submit to Jesus, you will be saved!