If you follow Bible prophecy, you’re probably familiar with this passage:
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21: 25 – 28 NIV
Last Tuesday, dozens of people in the UK and Canada reported seeing a meteor. (See the notes for more information. This video is one of the better ones on YouTube.) If you’ve seen a falling star, you’ve seen a meteor, too, but this one was much lower in the atmosphere.
Also, this past week, a giant solar flare erupted, bombarding Earth with electromagnetic particles. The radiation peaked on Friday and will continue into next week. Geomagnetic storms can disrupt communication, travel, and power grids (read more), but the most amazing part of these storms are the auroras. (I’d love to see one some day. Alas, Florida is too far south.) With such a large flare, more people will see the northern lights over a wider area. Here’s a video of the Aurora Borealis seen from northern Michigan.
As awe-inspiring as these light shows are, they won’t compare to the return of the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, when He comes in the clouds “with power and great glory”.
- News report from the UK on the meteor.
- Weather.com has several videos of auroras, including a fascinating one of the northern lights taken from the International Space Station.
- This NASA video of the solar flare shows the effects of the storm rippling across the surface of the Sun.
- The current solar cycle of increased activity will peak in mid-2013. Read more from ABC.