Isaiah the Prophet of Catastrophes
Catastrophes at the Time of the End
Translation by the New King James Version
Commentary by Robert D. Mock MD
Re-edited and New Graphics on January, 2010
King Hezekiah (729-686 B.C.E.) with all the citizens of Jerusalem were sitting inside the walls of Jerusalem while the huge force of Sennacherib, king of Assyria (705-681 B.C) were assembling outside on the surrounding plains. A vast sea of warriors in full military armor glistening in the sun, 164,000 in all, was an ominous site to behold. Isaiah, the court counselor and seer was about 65 years old. He had an illustrious career as historian, cosmologist, and prophet, and also had the ear of the king. As Isaiah sat in the counsel of the King Hezekiah, he waited as Hezekiah was now standing before the Shekinah in the Holy of Holiest, with clothing rent, begging and beseeching for the guidance of HaShem as he presented the demands of surrender by the Assyrians to the last remnant of God’s people.
2 Kings 19:19 – “O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth….Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.”
This was the last reference to the Ark of the Covenant, and all the Cherubim and the Shekinah in Hebrew scripture. When Isaiah received the diplomats of the king’s court with the demands of the king of Assyria, Isaiah had already done his homework. He was also a Searcher, studied avidly the history of God’s people and he knew well the history of catastrophic deliverances for the Hebrews. He was assured that even with a remnant, the Lord of hosts would defend His own. So he said,
2 Kings 19:5-7, Isaiah 37:6 – “Thus says the Lord: ‘Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have…Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.’”
This translation (NKJV), though technically is correct in its translation, “Surely I will send a spirit upon him”, may have considerably missed the literal impact of the event. The most literal word should be “Blast” as in the Hebrew, the word translated is ruwach or ruach (Strong’s 7307) means a wind resembling a violent exhalation, a tempest, an angry breath and by extension a region of the sky such as an air blast.
What a difference this meaning takes! God does not send his ‘spirit’ as some would consider his Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh. As Sennacherib had ‘utterly destroyed’ the lands in this scorch earth massacre, so also the Lord of hosts would treat him: the king and his forces would be utterly destroyed.
The nation of Israel first felt the long arm of human terror in 725 B.C.E. when Shalmaneser V (727-722 B.C.E.) invaded Israel and marched on to Samaria. For three years the capital city lay in siege and finally fell in 722 B.C.E. During the final onslaught by Sargon II,(722-705 B.C.E.) general of the army and eventual successor to Shalmaneser, the kingdom of Judah also felt the wrath of Assyria, Judah, in the 4th year of Hezekiah, then also came under the control of Assyria by sending tribute. So in 722 B.C.E., House of Israel went into exile, an exile which has never been completed and whose dry bones have not been restored to this day, according to the prophecy of Ezekiel 36. (Ezekiel.36:1-14)
It appears that Sennacherib (705-681 B.C.E.) , successor to Sargon II, had made a military incursion into the kingdom of Judah, the first, around 701 B.C.E., the 14th year of Hezekiah. (1 Kings 18:13) he attacked the fortified cities of Hezekiah and carried off tribute and booty. Hezekiah repented and offered to pay tribute. Though Hezekiah ruled from 729-686 B.C.C., the first fifteen years were co-regent with his father, King Ahaz (735-715 B.C.E.). So fourteen years after he became sole rule in 715 B.C.C., Sennacherib came to Jerusalem and boasted that he made Hezekiah “prisoner in Jerusalem, his royal residence, like a bird in a cage”.
According to the royal histories of the kings of Judah, Hezekiah paid 300 talents of silver, in which he had to clean out the coffers of the Temple of God, and 30 talents of gold, in which he had to tear down the front doors of the temple and remove the gold overlay in which he had earlier restored when he repaired the Temple of Solomon. Having access now to the Royal Archives of Sennacherib in Nineveh, we find his claim that he claimed receipts of ‘thirty talents of gold and eight hundred talents of silver,” together with a great treasure of gems, couches of ivory, valuable woods, and ‘all kings of valuable treasures.” (SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 2 pg. 956)
Some scholars think that during this campaign, when he took the fenced cities, he also laid siege to Jerusalem. Others suggest that Sennacherib returned later, laid siege to Lachish, while he sent Rabshakeh, the chief cup bearer and spokesman for the king’s envoy, who was obviously multi-lingual as he spoke Hebrew, to deliver an ultimatum to King Hezekiah. While this ultimatum was being delivered, it was learned that Tirhakah, king of Cush, an Ethiopian ruler of the Twenty-fifth dynasty of Egypt, was in route to engage in battle with Sennacherib. (11 Kings 19:9)
Historical documents depict that Tirhakah was born in 708 B.C.E., and at the age of 7, unable to wield an army against Sennacherib, was also in co-regency, with his brother, Shabataka (700 – 684 B.C.E.), in 690 B.C.E. and reigned alone from 684 to 664 B.C.E. What we do know is that Hezekiah died in 686 B.C.E. and Sennacherib was assassinated in 681 B.C.E., so Sennacherib’s confrontation with Hezekiah was sometime between 690 to 686 B.C.E.
The Belokurikha flame (photographer unknown).
As described by an observer ‘the flame grew up from the earth, then rolled itself into a bright ball, rapidly flew up and disappeared in the sky’. Site: fault net concentration of the southeastern part of Belokurikha massif.
What is known is that Hezekiah, between 701 and 690 B.C.E., spent extensive preparations to fortify the city of Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 32:2-6) awaiting the final onslaught, and during this time the famous Hezekiah tunnel was made in which his men bored a 1777 foot tunnel from the well of Gihon in the Kidron Valley to a lower pool inside Jerusalem. (2 Chronicles 32:4,30, 2 Kings 20:20), giving Jerusalem a continuous supply of water even during a siege to this present day. This was documented on an inscription found in the tunnel in 1880, now residing in the Archeological Museum at Istanbul. Which states,
Archeological Museum at Istanbul - “The tunnel was bored. And this was the manner in which it was cut. While (the workmen were) still (lifting up) axes, each toward his neighbor, and while three cubits remained to be cut through, (there was heard) the voice one calling the other, tunnel was bored, the stonecutters, struck, each to meet his fellow, ax against ax; and the water flowed from the spring to the pool for 1,200 cubits, and the height of the rock above the heads of the stonecutters was 100 cubits.”
Contrary to modern chronology, Sennacherib did not bring his forces to the walls of Jerusalem on 701 B.C.E., but more than likely about 684 B.C.E. On that day the mighty forces of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria were annihilated by a mighty bolide, “Blast”, the electrical bolt or flue of millions of volts of electricity that was heard across the land. It incinerated the entire military force of 185,000 warriors, who were camped outside the walls of Jerusalem. The army, lying with the ground strewn with the iron helmets, iron coats of mail, iron javelins, and iron leg armor, became a vast grounding site for a cosmic electrical bolide. According to the prophecy of Isaiah,
Isaiah 37:6 - “And he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.’”
Isaiah 37:36 - “Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when the people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses-all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.
Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, whom his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reined in his place.”
Is this a cosmic mystery? Well, not really, but to have the Lord of hosts direct such an event in order to save his own people from extinction and complete exile yet is part of the mystery of God. The House of Israel went into exile and still today they have not returned, in spite of the direct mission of Jesus that was to “go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel”. Yet the annihilation of Assyria’s mighty forces outside the walls of Jerusalem, served to toppled Sennacherib from power and Assyria soon faded into the archived of imperial history.
It was to the prophet Isaiah, that the word of the Lord came, first as an oracle against the king of Assyria (2 Kings 19:21-28) with the final statement,
2 Kings 19:27-28 (Isaiah 37:28-29) - “I know your dwelling place, your goings out and your coming in, and your rage against Me,. Because your rage against Me and your tumult have come up to My ears, There I will put My hook in your nose and My bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way which you came.”
The Assyrians were notorious for their cruelty. As they led their captives away from their own homelands, they would put a hook in their noses, so in the spirit of ‘an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, God would lead Sennacherib, the king back to his own homeland.
Then the promise came to Hezekiah from Isaiah for his people.
2 Kings 19: 29-31 (Isaiah 37:30-32) – “This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself and in the second year what springs from the same; also in the third year sow and reap. Plant vineyard and eat the fruit of them. And the remnants who have escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and those who escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
Let us now look at a future prophetic scene. God in a very forward way proclaimed to Sennacherib;
2 Kings 19:27-28 (Isa. 37:28-29) - “I will put My hook in your nose and My bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way which you came.”
Yes, God was being merciful. The forces of Sennacherib were totally destroyed and the once arrogant king, who boasted that he made Hezekiah “prisoner in Jerusalem, his royal residence, like a bird in a cage” was now returned to the land of Assyria in disgrace. Though in the Assyrian annals, Sennacherib boasted of five more campaigns, he does not give account of his military disaster outside the walls of Jerusalem, yet by 681 B.C.E., he was assassinated by his own sons.
We have watched prophecy replayed with Jesus returning to the Mount of Olives as He left on His ascension. The movie is rolled backwards in a reverse mode, so at the end of times, this drama will be replayed. In the Gog and Magog attack against the Nation of Israel just prior to the restoration of the House of Israel to the Land (Ezekiel 39:21-29), the Lord of hosts again sends an oracle:
Ezekiel 38:1-9 parts - “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, ….and prophesy against him and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O God, the prince…. I will turn you around, put hook into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers, and shields, all of them handling swords…
In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword (Nazi Holocaust) and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate (the Nation of Israel forming in 1948); they were brought out of the nations (prophecy fulfilled), and now all of them dwell safely (prophecy still to be fulfilled) You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many people with you…”
When Gog ascends into the land, it will be with an overwhelming invasion force. Yet look carefully at where they are going. Here is a land where inhabitants had just been ‘brought back from the sword’. Here the redemption of Judah from the Holocaust of Germany, the pograms of Russia and the Islamic pressure to exterminate the people from the Islamic states and even sought to drive them out of the land of Israel in 1948, 1967, 1982 and the Intifada which started in October, 2000 is clearly apparent.
All the world nations have been responsible in keeping the Jews to the sword in recent decades. Not so, you say, America has always been Israel’s friend. Let us remind ourselves that President Roosevelt and the U.S. turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, even to the point of restricting immigration of Jews fleeing the Holocaust during the height of the crisis in the 30’s and 40’s. President Bush Sr. withheld billions of promised loans in military aid to Israel until the government of Israel was willing to negotiate what has now widely advocated, “Land for Peace”.
The Lord of hosts speaking in these passages acknowledges that He has gathered ‘many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. What a true statement looking at the historical return of the Jews. Since the Jews were evacuated from ‘Judea’ in 70 C.E., the land now called ‘Palestine’, has been desolate and deserted. Throughout the last 1930 years, the meager inhabitants in the land have destroyed all its resources, making it a land of curses. The Turks were notorious for leveling the last remaining forests in Israel. Yes today, Israel has become the breadbasket of Europe and vast forests have been reclaimed across the mountains of the Lord.
The last statement, ‘and now all of them dwell safely’, is still a promise waiting to happen. Since the Oslo Accords in 1993, the incidents of terrorism against the people of Israel have been progressive and spiraling. There is a suggestion that we will still see a time of peace before the next major battle of Gog and Magog.
In Zechariah 9, it is suggested that the Palestinians will soon get their long awaited autonomy and live peaceably in Gaza. Ekron will host Palestinian nationalists who will be willing to coexist and cohabitate like the Jebusites, whose stronghold citadel, Salem was conquered by King David and made into the capital of the combined monarchy of Israel. Jebusite-Salem became the new capital called Jerusalem.
The Arab nationals living in the land of Israel will make peace with Israel and will become as a peaceful citizen, an alup; translated either as a governor suggesting semi-autonomous independents like the Persian governor Zerubbabel did in the land of Israel in the days of Zechariah, or as a clan or family who keeps its own national customs in a land of peace.
Yasser Arafat in that prophecy, as the king of Gaza did cease to exist, but by a ‘natural death’ secondary to his own sinful lifestyle rather than death during times of a regional catastrophe. With a few months, in the spring 2006, the Palestinian chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood, won in a democratic election, the popular vote of the Gazan Palestinians. So by 2010, the region of Gaza was under the leadership of the Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.
We must also note that the oracles of Zechariah do not suggest that the region of Shomron, or ancient Samaria, will become an independent Palestinian state. a does not include the Palestinian autonomy in the West Bank and the Shomron area, which lies in the fields of Ephraim as noted in Obadiah. Either way, to the BibleSearchers, we are still looking to a time of peace in the Land of Israel, without Arafat, before Gog rises up his military banner against Israel.
As God turned the king of Assyria around with a hook in his jaw and led him away from the land of Israel, so HaShem in the ‘latter years’ will turn Gog around and with a hook in his jaw, will lead him back to Israel, this time to teach him another lesson. Carefully note that the land in which Gog may actually be the front man in an invasion that is against his own will, impelled as being drawn by “hooks in his jaws”.
The political forces in the progressively radicalized Islamic states will cause even Islamic statesmen to cast aside the preventive diplomats and concede to the blood oaths of the radical Islamic fundamentalists. The progressive radicalization of Prince Abdullah in his April 25, 2002 meeting with President Bush at his Crawford Ranch is a step in this direction, when he gave Bush what is called a “stern warning” that though he would not “use oil as a weapon”, the United States, he also emphasized that this was Bush’s “last chance” and allowing this problem to spiral out of control will have grave consequences for the U.S. and its interests.
The next day, Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid said his country would go to war with Israel if Arab countries stumped up $U.S. 100 billion ($A186.32 billion) to pay for the confrontation, "If you want to undertake an action and be ready to face up to challenges, you need at least $100 billion." They are now only radicalizing and taking sides in this geo-political drama, but now they are beginning count the cost needed to finance this war.
So when will this Gog-Magog battle begin. This has been the million dollar question with scholars of prophecy for decades. Let us look for hints in the following texts.
Ezekiel 38:18- “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel….there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence.
The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.; I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,’ says the Lord God, every man’s sword will be against his brother.. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. They shall know that I am the Lord.’”
These verses are packed with political and cataclysmic changes. Though the region of Israel and Jerusalem is located along a north-south fault line, there have been no significant earthquakes in the land for centuries. This time, right in the midst of the military invasion, we will see a great earthquake. This cataclysm will be felt around the world, as “all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence.” It will topple buildings, the walls of the old city will be devastated, even the Temple Mount could suffer significant extensive structural damage and the Dome of the Rock may very well be destroyed. Even so, this catastrophe will be accompanied with “flooding rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone.” What do we have here? This combination suggests that the earth will be passing through the tail of a comet. With Hailey’s Comet’s last visit in May,1986, seen best at Bombay, India and not scheduled to return for another 76 years, we are looking for another stellar visitor.
It was not until after the beginning of the 21st century, that scholarly attention has been placed upon 2012 and the End of the Mayan World Age. More specific attention has also been focused on NASA in all its space voyagers sent down to the southern regions of our solar ecliptic plane, that Planet X, and Nibiru have now come into modern scientific lexicon.
In about 690 B.C., the last event of the era of catastrophes occurred in the Land of Israel and for two thousand seven hundred years, the world has enjoyed a planet that is placid and calm in a world of uniform stability, that even the great scientists, philosophers and theologians have declined into a world of amnesia forgetting that in the mist of the ancient days, that when HaShem spoke the planet trembled. Gog-Magog battle will reintroduce this planet to the soon coming era of catastrophes and the world of apocalyptic prophecy fulfillment.
Isaiah was not just a mystical dreamy eyed prophet, as some would say, whose head was in the heavens. When Isaiah spoke of the “Day of the Lord”, he did so with the mastery of an eminent historian and the technical accuracy of a catastrophic astrophysicist. The Lord sent him to the Land of Israel and then to Judah to portray a vivid and precise warning of the cosmic activity of HaShem as He would return and intervene again in the historical events of his chosen people.
Isaiah as the historian unveils his book, the Book of Isaiah, depicting the historical astronomical catastrophes as a stepping stone to the prognosis of God intervening and closing a chapter in the era of historical man, the end of catastrophic apocalypse.
The Sodom-Gomorrah Annihilation: 1447 B.C.E.
Isaiah 1:9 - “Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah.”
Yet, his theme quickly turns to the end of days, the vision for Judah and Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:1-3 – “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.’”
This will be the day when;
Isaiah 4:3 – “Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, every one enrolled in the book of life, shall be called holy.”
Then, Isaiah 10:12 – “When the Lord has finished all that he means to do on Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will punish the king of Assyria for this fruit of his pride and for his arrogance and vainglory.”
The Exodus Holocaust of 1447 B.C.E.
Isaiah 10:26 – “And the Lord of hosts will stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt.
Why? Isaiah 10:11 – “On that day the Lord will make his power more glorious by recovering the remnant of his people, whose who are still left, from Assyria (Turkey and Syria) and Egypt, Pathros, Cush (Ethiopia) , Elam (Iran) and Shinar (the “Fertile Crescent” from Damascus to Iraq), from Hamath (Syria) and the islands of the sea. (Crete, Cypress, and Greece)
The Exodus was a mini-drama of the Greater Exodus with the redemption of the House of Israel.
How? Isaiah 11:15 – “The Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt (Sinai Peninsula); with His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, and strike it in the seven streams (tradition states that seven streams of pathways were made for the children of Israel to go over the river to Sinai), and make men cross over dry shod. There will be a highway for the remnant of his people, who will be left from Assyria, as it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.
The Greater Exodus will begin a reverse exodus as it will come from the northeast, where the Israelites came out of Egypt from the south-west.
The Long Day of Joshua of 1404 B.C.E.
Isaiah 28:19, 20, 24 – “It will be a terror just to understand the report….For the Lord will rise up as at Mount Perazim, (where Joshua stood) he will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon, (where the hailstone fell) that He may do His work, His awesome work, and bring to pass His act, His unusual act (Strange Act) …for I have heard from the Lord of hosts, a destruction is determined even upon the whole earth.”
Are we seeing a future prophecy of a special Divine redemption that will occur at Mount Perazim in the Valley of Gibeon? Or will God just act like He did during those hours of redemption under the leadership of Joshua.
The Prophet Elijah Catastrophe of 864 B.C.E.
I Kings 18:30 – “Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the world of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.”
Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four water pots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood. Then he said, “Do it a second time,”…. and he said, “Do it a third time”, (twelve pots of water)….. So the water ran all around the altar and he also filled the trench with water..….
Then the fire of the Lord (bolide of fire or lightning bolt in dry atmospheric sky) fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!.”
Note the affinity of the conductivity of a large body of water, saturating the soil to the bedrock, in the presence of the highly charged dry atmospheric air preceding an approaching thunderstorm.
The Joel Amos Catastrophe of 756 B.C.E.
Isaiah 6:4 – “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!’
And the posts of the door were shaken by (earthquake)
The voice of Him who cried out,
And the house was filled with smoke.”?
Amos 1:1 – “The words of Amos, who was among the sheep breeders of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. And he said: The Lord roars from Zion, and utters His voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers.”
This earthquake in the days of Uzziah was to be a mini-drama of the earthquake at the second coming of the Messiah Yahshua.
Zechariah 14:3-5 (parts) - Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day, His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two…. then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountains valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.”
Cosmic and Celestial Catastrophes
Isaiah 14:23 – “I will sweep it with the broom of destruction.” (cometary tail with its destructive forces, hail, ice, fire bolides and pestilence.)
Isaiah 34:4 – “All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll” (the universe is described by astronomers as being flat and rolled out in an arc.)
Isaiah 24:19 – “The earth is violently broken (violent rocking back and forth in its orbital pathway will produce catastrophic changes to the crust of the earth) , the earth is split open (the mid-Atlantic ridge in the center of the Atlantic Ocean is evidence of a major rift of tearing of the earth’s crust. A smaller but equally dramatic is the Great Rift Valley which traverses from the Dead Sea (the former Vale of Siddon) all the way to the lower part of the continent of Africa), the earth is shaken exceedingly. (The earth is a magnetized floating ball rotating in orbit around the sun. Subject this earth to a close flyby of another planet of our sun’s twin binary red star that is also laden with an iron laden crust and both stellar bodies will weave, rock, roll and twist like two floating magnets near each other.)”
Isaiah 24:20 – “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard (image the same staggering rotations of the earth as described above); and shall totter like a hut.”
Isaiah 24:18 – “For the windows from on high are open (the gates of heaven were located at the cardinal points of the earth, in relation to Jerusalem. “The Gates from on high is possibly coming from the northern quadrant), and the foundation of the earth are shaken (the earth’s crust or tectonic plates are shaken).”
Isaiah 24:1 – “The Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste (split it open NEB) (look at pictures of the area around Mt. St. Helen after she erupted in a massive volcanoe, the earth was empty and waste, yet splitting it open suggested the earth expansion such as the mid Atlantic ridge) , distorts its surface (turneth it upside down KJV) (mountain formation and earth crust deformation is a cataclysmic event, but “turning it upside down” suggests a complete polar reversal) and scatters its inhabitants (Man flees and human life is destroyed in every cataclysm).
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors or an Invading Planet (Planet X)
Isaiah 17:13 – “like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.(Rolling “galgal in Hebrew, is a rolling, rotating wheel or ball like object. Thing is from the Hebrew word dabar meaning appoint, to subdue or to destroy. It is similar to deber which means pestilence, meteorites, Murrain, plague” – therefore a rotating, orbiting planetary object which will destroy and cause pestilence, murrain or the plague.
Isaiah 37:36 – “Then the angel of the Lord went out (flyby of a cometary or planetary object), and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand…” (In Hebrew mystical lore, all planetary objects have an angel.)
Isaiah 5:28 – “He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and will whistle to them (meteor shower) from the ends of the earth; surely they shall come with speed, swiftly …..whose arrows are sharp (cometary debris) , and all their bows bent; their horses’ hooves will seem like flint (rocks cutting the skin), and their wheels like the whirlwind (rolling and tumbling through the air). Their roaring will be like a lion (the sounds of bolides crashing and exploding)…and lay hold of the prey; they will carry it away safely, and no one will deliver (there is no safe place)…and if one looks to the land, behold, darkness and sorrow; and the light is darkened by the clouds (the land will lay desolate, the trees destroyed and smoke and dust will darken the sky).”
Isaiah 30:27-28 – “Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar (comet coming from the stellar spaces), burning with His anger (fiery orb), and His burden is heavy; his lips are full of indignation (appears angry and people fear), and His tongue like a devouring fire (the cometary trail swirls like a tongue). His breath is like an overflowing stream, which reached up to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of futility (the nations are scattered, empires are toppled) ; and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people (the peoples of the world watch in absorbing fear), causing them to err (panic and loss of reason).
Isaiah 30:30 – “The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard (incoming roar of a comet), and show the descent of His arm (incoming arc of the cometary trail), with the indignation of His anger and the flame of a devouring fire (fiery destruction), with scattering (the inhabitants flee), tempest (sweep of winds hundred of miles per hour), and hailstones (meteor showers and bolides of fire). For through the voice of the Lord, Assyria will be beaten down, as He strikes with the rod. (Assyria will be an impact zone for a cometary strike) – see Revelations trumpet plagues 1-3)
Isaiah 30:33 – “For Tophet (name of an invading planetary body) was established of old (created in a long orbital cycle (2000-4000 year cycle) and as part of the universal creation), yes, for the king it is prepared (the coming of the King of kings, Y’shua during the seven last plagues). He has made it deep and large (large planetary, larger than a meteor or comet); its pyre is fire with much wood (brilliant orb with fiery combustion); the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone( fiery trail carries a stream of meteors and planetary dust), kindles it.
Isaiah 34:9 – The Destruction of Edom – “Its streams shall be turned into pitch, and its dust into brimstone; its land shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night or day; its smoke shall ascend forever. From generation to generation it shall lay waste. The land of Edom is in southern Jordan and Arabia, the inheritance of Esau, whom the Lord says He hates. Whereas the Dead Sea will become a living sea when the river of water erupts from the temple site, farther south appears to be the site of the Lake of Fire. Is this prophecy an illusion to the future Lake of Fire where the Beast and the False Prophet are cast?
Isaiah 28:15,18 – “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (death pact or a covenant with demonic beings from the Abyss) we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through (flyby of a comet or meteor), It will not come to us.
Isaiah 28:2 – “Like a tempest of hail and a destroying storm (meteor swarm), like a flood of mighty waters overflowing (tsunamis), who will bring them down to the earth with His hand (cast to this earth – see how the Archangel casts down the Vial Plagues). The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, will be trampled underfoot (Ephraim is symbolic of Great Britain, the center of the economic power of the world. Is this the fall of Babylon?).” Will Great Britain be the recipient of a cometary impact in the Atlantic Ocean, with a giant tsunamis (100+ feet in height) with a accompanying meteoric hail and bolide storm?)
Destruction by Bolides of Fire
The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Destruction of Sennacherib’s Army
Isaiah 37:7 – “Surely I will send a ‘blast’ upon him…” (A fiery bolide that destroyed the entire army of Sennacherib, ruler of Assyria.
Isaiah 25:4 – “For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
Psalms 46:6,8 – “For He uttered his voice, the earth melted. Come behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.”
2 Samuel 16:14-16 – “The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice. He sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning bolts, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered, at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast (ruach) of the breath of His nostrils.”
Cosmic and/or Crustal Noise
Isaiah 29:6 – “You will be punished by the Lord of hosts with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with storm and tempest and the flame of devouring fire.
Isaiah 5:29 – “The roaring shall be like a lion.”
Isaiah 30:31 - “For through the voice of the Lord, Assyria will be beaten down.”
It was August, 1883 when a small volcanic island, Krakatoa between Java and Sumatra erupted. The eruption, explosion, quaking and thunder were heard 2000 miles away in Australia, Manila, Philippines, and the Reunion Island in the Western Indian Ocean. A great noise, whether by exploding bolides, tectonic shift of the earth’s continental plates, volcanic upheavals and explosions, or the clashing geomagnetic fields of two planets as suggested in the early Bible catastrophes resounded throughout the world.
Isaiah 2:19,21 – “They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily….To go into the cleft of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily (great earthquake).
Isaiah 22:5 – “Breaking down the walls and of crying to the mountains.”
Isaiah 22:9 – “He removed the protection of Judah. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest; you also saw the damage to the city of David that it was great; and you gathered together the waters of the lower pool. You numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses you broke down to fortify the wall. You also made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. (Damage to the fortressed city of Jerusalem during an earthquake)
Isaiah 5:25 – He has stretched out His hand against them and stricken them, and the hills trampled. (shifting of crustal plates which caused deformation of the crust with hill and mountain formation)”
Isaiah 29:6 – “You will be punished by the Lord of hosts with thunder and earthquakes and great noise, with storm and tempest and the flame of devouring fire.”
Wobbling or Changing the Orbit of the Earth
Isaiah 24:18 – “the foundations of the earth are shaken (crustal deformation or plate tectonic movement).”
Isaiah 13:13 – “Therefore I will shake the heavens (what ever cosmic changes are happening on this earth will also affect the universe and other planets, stars and galaxies), and the earth will move out of her place.( be thrown out of earth’s present orbit)”
Isaiah 24:19-20 - “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, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression there-of shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall and not rise again.”
The tectonic plates on the continents will splinter and fragment. As such, we will be fracturing the crustal plate of this earth like the Great Rift in Africa, when Abraham watched the annihilation of the flourishing civilization that was living in the garden districts at the Vail of Siddim called Sodom and Gomorrah. During that era, near the one-hundredth birthday of Abraham, the disintegration of the crustal foundations as the tectonic plates begin to separate.
When Isaiah suggests that “the earth is moved exceedingly” , we are actually seeing the earth being thrown or shifted out of her orbit. We see the depiction that “the earth shall reel like a drunkard’, we also witness a magnetic orbiting sphere losing her magnetic bearings as the gravitation pull and stability in orbit around the sun.
In the earlier discussions with Patton and Hatch in the cosmic interaction that would come with a planetary flyby of a planet like Mars, when these two astral bodies come close enough that their magnetic fields lock, they will try to align their magnetic field forces with each other. Sailing through space, they become like wobbling tops spinning, trying to find equilibrium between the gravitational pull of the sun and the magnetic pull of the another planet, or Twin Star solar System.
Polar Migration and Pole Reversals
Isaiah 24:18-20 – “For the windows from on high are open and the foundations of the earth are shaken. The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly, the earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut.( these are all description of what happens in a polar migration.)”
Isaiah 24:23 – “Then the moon will be disgraced (comes from the Hebrew chapher, (Strong’s 2659) meaning confounded or brought to confusion) and the sun ashamed (comes from the Hebrew buwsh (Strongs’s 954) meaning confounded, to be delayed, to be too long. When the sun stood still in the Long Day of Joshua, the pole was migrating to a new location.) ”
Isaiah 38:8 – “Behold I will bring the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down with the sun on the sundial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward; So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down. (Here is evidence of two polar shifts, one in the day of Ahaz and a reverse shift during the monarchy of Hezekiah.) This is the writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and had recovered.”
Isaiah 24:1 - “Behold the Lord makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turneth it upside down (the poles are reversed north to south and south to north), and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof.”
Everyone who looks at a globe will eventually notice something strange, the earth is tilted about 23 degrees away from the true magnetic North Pole. Was the earth created this way? Either God has a strange sense of humor, or this must be the perfect orientation of the world, or something happened. Can we image what the world was like before the flood, or in the prediluvian world. This was the world of Adam to Noah. To have the climatic conditions consistent with the records in the Biblical canon and other Hebrew Inter-testament books, it appears that the Magnetic North Pole and the True North Pole were probably the same or very close.
Isaiah 24:1 directly suggests that the North and South Pole of this world at one time will be moved somewhere between 90 to 180 degrees. This is not a magnetic pole shift, or a dipole reversal, though one may occur prior to this event. At this event, the North Pole will be in what is now the Southern Hemisphere and the South Pole will be in the northern hemisphere. This will obviously be a mega-destructive event in which the earth is depopulated or annihilated.
The Hebrew for ‘turneth’, avah (Strong’s 5753) means to bow down or to move downward. The North Pole now at 23.5 degrees would be pushed downward towards the South Pole. Let us look at John’s image of a similar event.
Revelation 6:14 - “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;”
When a large planetary body suddenly changes its rotation, or undergoes a polar shift, the rapid forward movement of the surface of the earth leaves the atmosphere (the first heaven) behind and as it pushes forward into the oncoming atmosphere. It rolls the atmosphere into a huge “roll cloud” leaving a vacuum in between.
The subthermal outer atmosphere quickly (wind speeds of hundreds or thousands of miles per hour) fill in the huge vacuum with temperatures approaching absolute zero, in an instant quick freeze. Such a mechanism is suggested also just prior to the Noachian flood with the remnants of the frozen mammoths in Siberia and also a sudden change in latitude as a new north pole found a new home on this Planet Earth.
We have a rare glimpse of another Hebrew document that was not included in the Biblical canon, called the Book of Enoch. Considering the fact that more fragments and manuscripts of the Book of Enoch were found in the Qumran library hidden in the Dead Sea scrolls than any other book of the Old Testament suggests the reverence this book was held by the Essenes. Also consider the fact that the Book of Enoch was directly quoted from by Jude, validates its historical importance. During the days just prior to the Flood, it states,
Book of Enoch – “In those days, Noah saw that the earth became inclined, and that destruction approached.”
Compare this again with Jasher 6:11,
Jasher 6:1 - “And on that day (Flood), the Lord caused the whole earth to shake, and the sun darkened, and the foundations of the world rages, and the whole earth was moved violently, and the lightning flashed and the thunder roared, and all the fountains in the earth were broken up….”
In 1970, in a book called “The Path of the Pole”, Charles Hapgood hypothesized that the poles have changed their inclination at least three times in the recent past. The first North Pole was sitting over the Yukon area of North America at 80,000 B.P., moving east to the Greenland Sea about seventy thousand years ago, then about fifty thousand years ago, the North Pole moved to its second area of inclination over the Hudson Bay.
The last shift documented, according to Charles Hapgood, was about 12,000 B.P. at the end of the Pleistocene to its current area. It is interesting to note that most conservative Creationist geologists feel that the Pleistocene era was the time of the Great Flood of Noah. Using geomagnetic and carbon dating evidence, Hapgood identified the locations of the pole and its migration paths as:
Position # 1 -- 63 degrees N, 135 degrees W (the Yukon area)
Position # 2 -- 72 degrees N, 10 degrees E (in the Greenland Sea)
Position # 3 -- 60 degrees N, 73 degrees W (the Hudson Bar area)
Position # 4 -- the current position
A very impressive portfolio of evidence was amassed by Hapgood to support a polar shift. This included:
1. Evidence that Siberia once was populated by a verdune terrain and a very populous zoological community;
2. The Arctic Ocean was once considerably warmer with coral reefs and humans which inhabited the New Siberia Islands;
3. The Evidence that the Antarctica was once free of its mile high glaciers with streams, valleys and lakes, and
4. Fossil remains all over the globe which suggests that each terrain once was inhabited by plants and animals of a different climate than present.
Even Sir George Darwin, son of Charles Darwin, accepted the evidence but rejected such a shift because he felt that the forces needed to turn the poles over could only be by a collision with another planet. Yet this same evidence met the approval of scientists such as Albert Einstein and K.F. Mather.
In a position paper by Flavio Barbiero, he demonstrated that immense forces needed to tilt or shift the polar axis of the earth can be done by the torque generated by a relatively small asteroid impact. This in turn would cause instantaneous changes in the axis of rotation and the instantaneous shift in the poles in any direction and amplitude. In other words, the North Pole could “jump almost instantaneously from one location to another, thousands kilometers away (miles is you wish), due to the combined effects of forces, at first sight irrelevant, such as the impact of a medium size asteroid and the Sun-Moon gravitational attraction on the equatorial bulge.”
What type of asteroid could affect such a change. According to Barbiero, the Apollo size asteroids, first named by Reinmuth in 1932 could affect such a change. These Apollo asteroids are over one kilometer (2.2 miles) in size. About one hundred are known today, the largest Hephaistos who is 10 kilometers (22 miles), yet there is an estimate of 1000 to 2000 more awaiting discovery. Using geological time, scientists estimate that the earth has been hit by an Apollo asteroid at least 1500 times in the last 600 million years. As creationists, the BibleSearchers seriously consider that these occurred in the last 6000 years of historical time.
An impact of such an asteroid, hitting at a speed of 44 miles per second (2600 miles per hour) would explode with the equivalent of ten billions of Hiroshima-type nuclear bombs.
A short list would include a 20 degree crustal shift in which the equatorial bulge would in effect raise or lower the surface of the earth 3-4 kilometers (6.5 to 8.5 miles). Is this the same mechanism that raised the megalithic city of Tiahuanaco in Ecuador, built with stones from 20 to 200 tons in size? This city, sitting close to Lake Titicaca in Ecuador, was raised from a seaport city and now rests over 14,000 feet in the air. Other affects include:
· Earthquakes of a magnitude not imagined today,
· Volcanic activity rupturing along the entire “Ring of Fire”,
· Hurricanes with wind speed hundreds of miles per hour, and
· Tsunamis hundreds of feet high.
We have already analyzed the catastrophic effect of an asteroid that hit the off the Yucatan peninsula, called the KT extinction, which is credited for destroying the dinosaurs across the globe. Geologists place this at 65 million years ago. According to the present scientific data, a 100 kilometer wide crater is left in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico at Chicxulub on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Scientific studies on fossil leaf research show that there was a sudden five-fold increase in CO2 at the end of the cretaceous period, which is explained by the vaporization of 6.3 to 13 million tons of carbon back into the atmosphere. The only explanations that the scientists can make for this is that there was an asteroid or cometary impact. With the impact, the earth’s temperature was suddenly raised, the carbon dioxide pores in fossils revealed sudden and high levels of carbon dioxide and dinoflagellates, microscopic salt-water organism started migrating to the pole with a resurgence of coral reef formation.
We as creationists place it about the time of the Tower of Babel. The prophet Isaiah was correct. The earth had been through major catastrophes, yet in his eyes they were within the history of the descendants of Adam.
The most obvious effects on our earth of an asteroid, called a Near Earth Object (NEO), impact would be the following.
· Volcanic Eruptions
· Atmospheric changes
· Nuclear Winter
· Contamination of Natural Resources
· New Viruses
· Collapse of Ozone layer
· Mass Hysteria
Let us make one assumption. If the diameter of the asteroid is known and it has a direct impact upon the crust of a continental plate, then you can determine the magnitude of the earthquake on the following Richter scale.
Earthquake Magnitude (Richter Scale)
“If you have a 1.0 meter asteroid hitting earth, the earthquake magnitude would not be so great, but any of the above threats can still occur depending on the matter that makes up the NEO.
With a 50 to 200 meter asteroid, you can expect several disturbances to Earth. First of all, if it would hit on land, it would provide with the same threats as with a 1 meter asteroid except for the fact that it would occur under a much more dangerous earthquake. If it were to hit on the ocean, there would be a 70% probability, that a tsunami would practically wipe out all of Japan and most of China, Siberia, plus the Pacific Northwest, if it was to hit the Pacific Ocean.
If it were to hit the Atlantic Ocean, the tsunami would wipe out most of Europe, West Africa, the east coast of South America, and all of North America east of the Rockies. With whatever is left of human civilization, the world economy as we know it would collapse and disappear. All of our oceanic resources would be contaminated with new extraterrestrial elements.
New elements from the asteroid could cause a plague to destroy humans. Otherwise, an enormous dust cloud could fill the sky causing a nuclear winter for approximately 10 to 15 years. All possible natural resources would be destroyed. Panic and mass hysteria would cause many dictatorships to form, and people would follow them, hoping for any chance of food and survival. Eventually, these leaders would take all resources, and human life would die out.
A 240 kilometer asteroid would practically break the earth into tiny pieces. The planet would no longer exist. Currently, there are 16 NEOs of this size, and this is part of only 3% of the skies being observed. Although this may not be very accurate, those statistics would mean there would be approximately 533 NEOs 240 kilometers or larger.”
The prediluvian world as was inhabited by the Patriarchs before the flood. We can now see human painted pictures in the Paleolithic caves of Europe and see the world as they saw it during and preceding the Last Ice Age.
Cave Art in the Caves of Chauvet, France
Skeletons found in the permafrost of Siberia, match the pictures painted in these caves, the oldest known to be the Chauvet cave in France. Here, 30,000 years ago in geological time, an artist portrayed with great skill and beauty. This included a vast menagerie of animals known by geological specimens to include a larger variety of animals and plants than found on any place on this earth today.
These include the woolly mammoth eating next to a hippopotamus, reindeer with rhinoceros, Brezalwski horse with leopards, and lions with bears. They also included sabre teeth tigers, buffaloes, camels, big horn deer, sloths, giant beavers, auroch bulls, sloths and the list goes on.
An Astronomical Rendezvous
Isaiah 28:22 – “For I have heard from the Lord God of hosts, a destruction determined even upon the whole earth.” (The Lord of hosts is aware of any impending planetary of cometary collision approach to this earth.)
Isaiah 28:18 – “Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overflowing scourge passes through, then you will be trampled down by it.”
Isaiah 2:19 – “They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.
Isaiah 2:12 – “For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, and everything lifted up – and it shall be brought low. (will occur at a designated day and an hour)
Isaiah 22:5 – “For it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexed.
Adapted from Patten, Hatch and Stinhauer, T he Long Day of Joshua and Six Other Catastrophes., p. 55-63)
The evidence does not end here. The myths of the ancient world are a vast and fertile ground for the evidence of a catastrophic era not similar to our present era of mild and stable natural forces in nature. Yet we will first begin with the evidence of catastrophes in the historical life of the Hebrews and their ancestors as recorded in the scriptures of Yeshua (Jesus) and the apostles, the TaNaKh, and the Old Testament.
Go to Part Three Major Earthquakes and Catastrophes in the Old Testament
Major Biblical Earthquakes in the OT
Creation – Noah’s Flood – The Days of Jared
Sodom and Gomorrah
The Plagues in Egypt
The Historian Manethos and the King called Tutimaeus
The Volcanic Eruption of Thera (Island of Santorini) in 1625 BCE
Devastation in the Mediterranean
Moses Crossing the Sea of Reeds
Rebellion of Korah against Moses
The Fall of Jericho - River Jordan and The Wall
Philistine Camp near Geba - Jonathan
Elijah after the Mount Carmel Burnout on Mount Horeb
Earthquake during reign of Azariah (Uzziah) (792-740 BC) in Jerusalem
Era after Hezekiah, king of Judah (715-699)
The End of the Catastrophic Era of Human History
Catastrophes at the Time of the End
Part One - Planetary Changes at the Time of the End
Part Two – Isaiah the Catastrophic Prophet
Message from BibleSearchers
BibleSearchers scans the world for information that has relevance on the time of the end. It is our prayer that this will allow the believers in the Almighty One of Israel to “watch and be ready”. Our readiness has nothing to do trying to halt the progression of evil on our planet earth. In our readiness, we seek to be prepared for the coming of the Messiah of Israel so that goodness and evil will be manifested in its fullest. Our preparation is a pathway of spiritual readiness for a world of peace. Our defender is the Lord of hosts. The time of the end suggests that the Eternal One of Israel’s intent is to close out this chapter of earth’s history so that the perpetrators of evil, those that seek power, greed and control, will be eliminated from this planet earth. The wars of the heavens are being played out on this planet earth and humans will live through it to testify of the might, power, justice and the love of the God of Israel. In a world of corruption and disinformation, we cannot always know what the historical truth is and who is promoting evil or mis-information. We cannot guarantee our sources but we will always seek to portray trends that can be validated in the Torah and the testimony of the prophets of the Old and the New Testament.
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Comet with cometary icy train