“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man…
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days:
“The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light;
the stars will fall from the sky, and the celestial powers will be shaken.
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” ~ The words of Jesus in Matthew 24: 27, 29 – 31 HCSB about His soon return.
Meteor Injures over 1,100 Russians Today
A meteor shook residents of Chelyabinsk, Russia, this morning as a 7,000-ton meteor flashed by at 40,000 MPH (estimated figures).
The shock wave blew in an estimated 100,000 square meters (more than 1 million square feet) of glass, according to city officials, who said 3,000 buildings in the city were damaged. At one zinc factory, part of the roof collapsed.
The Interior Ministry said about 1,100 people sought medical care after the shock wave and 48 of them were hospitalized. Most of the injuries were caused by flying glass…
What I notice in these photos and videos from Russians, was the blinding flash of light and the multiple explosions and shock waves as fragments of the meteor broke the sound barrier. (This report seems very thorough if you’d like more detail).
Daytime temperatures were at -9° C (15° F), so I’m sure you’ll want to join me in praying for the thousands of Russians who may be exposed to bitter cold nighttime temperatures in the days ahead.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby Later Today
The asteroid 2012 DA14 passes “close” to Earth today as well, coming in at a perpendicular angle to the path of the meteor and, therefore, not related to it. You can watch the livestreaming video of asteroid 2012 DA14 or check out NASA’s Asteroid and Comet Watch site.
Signs of the Lord’s Return
The Lord Jesus told us that some of the events surrounding His return include “stars falling from the sky.” ( Also see Revelation 8 for more on the atmospheric and celestial signs.)
No, it’s not the end of the world today, but we need to be prepared that our time on Earth will end some day. (Update: 2/16/2013: meteors were also sighted over Cuba and San Francisco on the same day as the Russian meteor. Here’s the California video.)