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Planet X in the Book of Revelation As mentioned earlier, it was only because of my familiarity with Scripture that I chose not to ignore the seemingly absurd and unconfirmed rumors of Planet X when I first heard them in 2002. At that time I was already two years into a period of renewed interest in prophecy prompted by my exposure to a new breed of prophecy teachers who emerged at the end of the '90s out of the Messianic and Hebraic Roots movements. Excited by their fresh ideas, I found myself researching, studying, discussing, and thinking about Bible prophecy on a daily basis. This was possible because I worked on the Internet programming Bible software for a remote client. This lead to a number of new conclusions and insights. One of the things that came out of this prior research was the conclusion that the four trumpets of Revelation 8 described an incendiary meteorite storm, an asteroid impacting the ocean, and our atmosphere polluted from volcanic activity with enough dust to block a third of all the light from the Sun, Moon, and stars. While I was not sure what “Wormwood” could be, I was convinced that we would soon find out when all of these things came to pass right before the Feast of Pentecost (early summer) of the year before the GT began. Given this timing, I saw that this would be the trigger event to the rise of the global Beast government (spoken of in Revelation and Daniel). In other words, before I even heard about PX, I was already convinced that a group of one or more celestial bodies headed our way would be responsible for what Revelation 8 literally described. So as far as I was concerned, if science would not confirm PX's coming, the Books of Revelation and Daniel already did. Let's look at where PX fits the Book of Revelation, the most important prophetic book in the Bible—and the only one that generally sets things in clear chronological order. Rather than cover the traditional arguments about whether Revelation is literal or only figurative and whether the seals, trumpets and bowls happen sequentially or happen in parallel, we
will just jump right in reading it naturally. This is because PX so perfectly fits what Revelation literally says, that it can silence these debates forever. The only reason that these old debates have raged for centuries is because no one could conceive until the end times how the details of Revelation 6, 7 and 8 could literally be fulfilled just as written. (In fact, it was only in recent decades that scientists accepted that major asteroid impacts could happen on Earth). When information does not fit our paradigm, there is a tendency to distort it, and in this case this “paradigm blindness” forces people to rearrange the natural order of events and/or change their natural, literal meaning to make some sense of it. However, there is no reason to play around with the verses in that way once the previously missing information about the existence and threat of PX is realized. Seven Seals, Trumpets and Bowls — Which Is Next? The Book of Revelation contains a series of 21 sequential developments represented by seven seals, seven trumpets and seven bowls, which are described beginning in Revelation 6. (Note that some call them all “judgments” but only the seven bowls are denoted as such.) Although the most popular Christian interpretation says that all of these events are future and mostly happen during the “seven year” GT, we will see that the best fit within the plain literal meaning is that the first five seals have already been opened. This leaves us today awaiting the visible signs of the 6th seal, before the 3½ year GT. How do we know that the first five seals are past? While the 6th seal details a sudden, unmistakable, unprecedented literal global cataclysm which can only be considered unfulfilled, the preceding seals have a much subtler and different nature and readily fit historic developments. But be advised, it took understanding the other 16 events that follow before I concluded this. So do not be alarmed if you find the proofs below inconclusive at first. You can come back to them after seeing the strong proof for the 5th trumpet being the GT which of course rules out the 1st seal for this (as most of us
have been taught). First Four Seals—“The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” Revelation 6:1-8 (HCSB) — 1 Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there was a white horse. The horseman on it had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he went out as a victor to conquer. 3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its horseman was empowered to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And a large sword was given to him. 5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and there was a black horse. The horseman on it had a balance scale in his hand. 6 Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.” 7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 And I looked, and there was a pale green horse. The horseman on it was named Death, and Hades was following after him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill by the sword, by famine, by plague, and by the wild animals of the earth. The question is whether these four horsemen are completely symbolic or metaphorical or are they somehow, in some way, literal (as I contend is almost always the case). By comparing other parts of the Bible to this prophecy, we will see why there is no need to allegorize them. Zechariah's Parallel Four Horse Chariots Prophecy In Zechariah four chariots with horses of similar coloration to Revelation's are introduced. Coincidentally they appear in the exact same chapter and verse numbers as Revelation's description of the horsemen: Zechariah 6:1-8 (HCSB) — 1 I...saw four chariots coming from between two mountains. And the mountains were made of bronze. 2 The first chariot had red horses, the second chariot black horses, 3 the third chariot white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses
—[all] strong horses. 4 So I inquired of the angel who was speaking with me, “What are these, my lord?” 5 The angel told me, “These are the four spirits of heaven going out after presenting themselves to the Lord of the whole earth. 6 The one with the black horses is going to the land of the north, the white horses are going after them, but the dappled horses are going to the land of the south.” 7 As the strong horses went out, they wanted to go patrol the earth, and the Lord said, “Go, patrol the earth.” So they patrolled the earth. 8 Then He summoned me saying, “See, those going to the land of the north have pacified My Spirit in the northern land.” There are some differences between this passage and Revelation's. The horses are in a different order, which is typical of Old Testament (OT) prophecies when you compare them to the parallel one in the Book of Revelation. Another curiosity is how the color of three out of four horses exactly match but the fourth horse of each group do not seem to agree. In the KJV, they better match (“grisled” vs. “pale”) but more accurate modern Bible versions struggle with what to make of the fourth horse in each book, judging from the wild variations in how they render it. The struggle seems to come from fitting the color label given to a reasonable equine label 16. Revelation's pale horse is really in Greek a chloros (where we get the word chlorophyll from) or green horse but since no literal green horse exists in equine science and its rider is named Death, pale was chosen by the KJV translators. Most modern translators follow suit with “pale” or compromise with “pale green”. Zechariah's grisled horse is called a dappled, mottled, or spotted horse by other translations. Slight differences like this between obviously parallel OT and New Testament (NT) passages do not have to concern you too much. Just understand that the Bible we have has not been perfectly preserved. (It has, of course, been preserved well enough to keep the important truths intact.) To make matters worse, there is evidence that the Book of Revelation was not even originally written in Greek, but in Hebrew or Aramaic 17. If that is the case, it is easy to imagine that a poor choice by the Greek translator gave us a green fourth horse in Revelation that is hard to match up with the more original dappled horse of Zechariah's Hebrew. Alternatively, differences like this may not have to be viewed as a contradiction at all. They can often be overlapping
or complimentary information. In this case, the horses may have mostly greencolored spots. Corpses, including those of dead horses, can take on a green tinge, explaining the association between green and death—if green is really what the original Revelation stated. Horses Ridden By Evil Spirits Influencing Earth – Biblical Precedents Nevertheless, it is safe to say that the extremely similar passage in Zechariah is a parallel of Revelation's four horsemen and can help illuminate it. If so, what does it tell us? We are plainly told that the four chariots are carrying “spirits” that are sent out from heaven after presenting themselves to God there (v. 5). Then they go out to “walk to and fro through the earth” as the KJV puts it, to quiet God's spirit. There is no doubt that these are not God's angels, but evil spirits, if you look at the results of what they do and compare what the Book of Job says: Job 1:6-7 — 6 ...the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. If there is any further doubt that the four horses and chariots of Revelation and Zechariah are literal rather than metaphorical, two precedents serve to alleviate it. In the time of Elijah and Elisha we find that normally invisible spirit horses and chariots made sudden dramatic appearances: 2 Kings 2:11 (HCSB) — As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire with horses of fire suddenly appeared and separated the two of them. 2 Kings 6:17 (HCSB) — Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.” So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. There is another scene found in the Bible where God has an audience with his royal court in heaven including evil spirits. They come up with an evil plan, which he allows them to carry out because it fulfills his will, much like the four...
16 See www.aicuk.org.uk/horses.php for a discussion of the uses and translations of colors of horses in the Books of Zechariah and Revelation 17 “...Revelation was written in a Semitic language, and that the Greek translation... is a remarkably close rendering of the original.” - C. C. Torrey; Documents of the Primitive Church 1941; p. 160 “We come to the conclusion, therefore that the Apocalypse as a whole is a translation from Hebrew or Aramaic...” - R. B. Y. Scott; The Original Language of the Apocalypse 1928; p. 6 “When we turn to the New Testament we find that there are reasons for suspecting a Hebrew or Aramaic original for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, John and for the apocalypse.” - Hugh J. Schonfield; An Old Hebrew Text of St. Matthew's Gospel; 1927; p. vii
horsemen do: 1 Kings 22:18-23 (HCSB) — 18 So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster?” 19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and the whole heavenly host was standing by Him at His right hand and at His left hand. 20 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to march up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ So one was saying this and another was saying that. 21 “Then a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will entice him.’ 22 “The Lord asked him, ‘How?’ “He said, ‘I will go and become a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ “Then He said, ‘You will certainly entice him and prevail. Go and do that.’ 23 “You see, the Lord has put a lying spirit into the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has pronounced disaster against you.” Why Does God Let Evil Spirits Do This? It is somewhat shocking when you put all these related passages together to discover how God is directly involved with the evil spirits and the things they want to do, even directing them. Even worse, it clearly states that what they are doing is God's will, or fulfilling his will at least. This is difficult to accept because we generally assume that Satan and the demons are going around doing things against God's will, in some competition for our souls and disrupting God's plan to save us to some extent. However, we should ask what exactly is God's plan? Surprisingly, the Bible says it is not to save everyone now. God knows he first needs to provide us all with unfettered free will with which we can learn the most and build the most character. Later we can use that full human experience to make an informed choice to go his way and receive eternal life. He
does not shove his religion down our throat nor does he keep a monopoly on the market choices. Thus, letting Satan and the demons loose to deceive in this way actually does us a service on that mission. They provide seemingly viable alternative gods (e.g., Allah), alternative philosophies (e.g., Evolution), and scientifically unexplainable alternative supernatural powers (e.g., witchcraft, psychics, UFOs, etc.) that we all have considered or even embraced. Ultimately, we will all realize that they do not work nor bring happiness, making us fully ready to try God's way when it is revealed to us at last. The First Five Seals Identified With the help of Zechariah and another parallel found in the Olivet Discourse, we can make sense of the activity of the four spirits as follows: 1st Seal – White Horse (vss. 1-2) This spirit appears as a flawed counterfeit of the white horse of Jesus from Revelation 19, going forth “conquering” with great success, although not militarily as you would at first think (until you read and compare against the 2nd seal). This spirit's actions seem to have brought us the Roman Catholic Church's (RCC) and her daughters' deception of a counterfeit of Jesus' true teachings beginning in the 4th century AD. Confirmation of this is found in the Olivet Discourse where Jesus gives us a parallel list of developments. The first thing he mentions is that many will come “in his name” saying he is the Messiah and they will deceive many (Mt 24:4-5). What other group comes in the name of Jesus and tells people Jesus is Christ but does not tell them the whole story, but deceiving its followers? Remember that one third of the world is Christian, following the unbiblical doctrines of the RCC to some degree. For example, even Protestants rest on Sunday following the tradition decreed by the Pope rather than on Saturday following the precedents of the Bible18. 2nd Seal – Red Horse (vss. 3-4) This spirit inspired a belligerent ideology that succeeded in taking peace from the Earth so that people kill each other,
and is associated with a great sword and the color red. This primarily fits Islam, the religion of the great sword started by Mohammad with its fruit of conflict and war since its beginning in late 7th century unto this day. By the way, it is rumored that Islam is behind the other ideology of Communism that has been instrumental in taking peace from the Earth (and is associated with the color red, as in Red China). Imagine how much more peaceful the world would be without Islam and Communism. This, too, is paralleled in the Olivet Discourse, where Jesus says wars and rumors of wars are not a sign of the end times because they will happen long before that, as the history of war shows (Mt 24:6). 3rd Seal – Black Horse (vss 5-6) This spirit does not create famine, as it at first seems to imply. Checking the next seal where famine is plainly listed as an outcome confirms that when it means famine it says so. “A quart of wheat for a denarius” represents a day's food for an entire day's wages. Barley would feed three people but was nutritionally inferior and intended for animals. The price of oil and wine is not affected, which again rules out famine. As luxury foods of that time, this would benefit the rich. So this seal with its scales used in trade appears to be describing the development of economic systems controlled by...
18 See Isa 66:23. The book Pagan Christianity? by Frank Viola is a recommended resource for learning how unbiblical the origins of even Protestant churches are, such as the building, order of worship, tithing, pastors, etc. 30 Chapter 3: Planet X in the Book of Revelation
the rich, also known as the “money changers”19 that cause the general population to have to work more for necessities than they should. Most people do not give a second thought to our economic system with international fractional reserve banks, worthless fiat currency such as paper money, the business cycle of inflation, recession/depression, booms and busts. But it does not have to be this way and will not be so when the system is replaced during the Millennium. As Prof. Carroll Quigley, author of Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, described it:
The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole...Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world's money... This is the dark side of capitalism which developed after the 16th century and is associated with the color black (“in the black” means making a profit.) It is difficult to peg when this seal began exactly, but chronologically it must fit after Islam and before the next seal. 4th Seal – Pale / Green Horse (vss 7-8) This is another misunderstood seal. It is not describing the massacre of one forth of the earth's population at once. Rather, this spirit has the authority to bring the marked increase in premature, unnatural death in all of its forms including from wars, famines, plagues, disease, and wild animals—impacting up to 25% of the population. This refers to the scourge of even primitive technology invented by man that made killing and raping of the Earth on a great scale possible. It includes the disruption of nature's balance, famines, plagues and a greater ability to go to war with greater casualties, as seen in the world wars and purges. The development and proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is only the latest manifestation of this spirit's ride. Some accounts report that the inventors of rockets and the microchip were inspired by dark spirits. When this spirit was released exactly is also hard to determine, but it makes sense that the ability to kill people more efficiently came after the moneychangers were able to enrich themselves off the people. It is said that the Rothschilds are one of the chief international banking families and have profited from wars such as Napoleon's loss at Waterloo. 5th Seal – Martyred Souls Under Altar In Heaven Plead (vss 9-11) No, this is not describing a persecution of the saints. This seal is often misunderstood as being the beginning of great martyrdom of the saints during the GT. However, a careful examination of it reveals something quite different. The spirits
of the martyrs are already there in heaven at the fifth seal resting (because they are told at the end to rest for a little longer). Therefore, what the 5th seal really describes is how they actually wake up at some unknown time and speak up to request they be avenged. The literal reading of this passage presents a problem for the Christian belief that people go to heaven to “be with the Lord” consciously after they die. The description of being swept under the altar where you sleep (unconsciously) until the end of the age contradicts this. However, how they rest until after more of their brethren are martyred fits well with how the resurrection of the dead (and rapture) happens just after the GT period of martyrdom ends. It also fits with how many plain verses in the Bible indicate that when even the righteous die we “rest”, “know nothing”, “have no reward” until we “rise to our reward”; not receiving eternal life until “the age to come”(Dan 12:13; Ecc 9:5; Jn 3:13; Mk 10:30; Lk 18:30)20. This is instead of ascending to harp-playing consciousness in heaven immediately after death. The other problem with this passage is that the plain reading tells us that the souls under the altar are resting, wake up for a moment of consciousness to ask a question, then are put back to sleep. Does God really do this? It is tempting to say it does not mean what it plainly says and therefore must be some sort of allegory or metaphor. Resting Souls “Disturbed” Twice In Bible However, there is another precedent of this type of thing found in 1 Samuel 28 in the incident where King Saul asks a medium to call up the spirit of the prophet Samuel for him. The narrative states that Samuel himself is actually brought up (rather than a deceiving demonic spirit as typically happens). This extraordinary event obviously shocks the medium (she screams!) and prompts Samuel to demand to know why Saul has “disturbed” him by “bringing him up”. It is a surreal scene. Yet when put together with the 5th seal, it begins to make sense. It means that on rare occasions and for special purposes, God has restored temporary consciousness to our souls after we die, and that is what the 5th seal describes as
taking place in heaven. When this happens is not specified. Soul Sleep Heresy? Some Christians have a hard time with accepting the idea of “soul sleep” (as they would label the above interpretation). One difference here is that there is no denial that we go to heaven when we die, as soul sleep denies. Your soul certainly returns to God at death (Ecc 12:7). The question is whether you are fully alive and conscious. There is one passage that...
19 For a good education on this eye-opening subject, get The Money Masters video: www.TheMoneyMasters.com 20 See www . EscapeAllTheseThings .com/thief-on-the-cross.htm for further discussion and evidence of this.
should be carefully considered before deciding. Revelation 20:4-5 (ESV) — 4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Note that even the dead souls of the martyred righteous saints are said to only “come to life” at the time of their Millennial reign with Christ. They receive glorified spirit bodies which enable them to live for 1,000 years and beyond. If they were already alive and conscious spirits from the moment of their arrival in heaven after death, then why do they need to come to life as it says? Obviously even though they are righteous, they endure a period of not being alive or conscious, just as the unrighteous dead souls who “come to life” after the Millennium clearly must do. This means that whether you are righteous or unrighteous, your consciousness waits (in heaven) as an inert spirit until your assigned resurrection. I know this teaching is a radical departure from a very comforting Christian doctrine of being consciously alive with Jesus upon death. I do not wish to dash anyone's hopes for passed loved ones, but it was necessary to correct this in order
to show how all the seals make plain literal sense, even the difficult 5th seal. If you cannot accept it, do not let it bother you or deter you from finishing this book. The timeline covered later does not depend on making literal sense of the 5th seal. 1st - 5th Seals Recap We have seen that the first four seals show evil spirits inspiring evil systems on earth that worsen gradually and continue visibly to the present day. In the case of the 5th seal, it describes something that takes place entirely in heaven, with no effect on affairs on earth. That being the case, we must consider it in the past as well, and not expect some sign of the 5th seal opening here on earth before the 6th seal comes. The 6th Seal Through The 4th Trumpet That brings us up to verse 12 and the 6th seal, which is the first seal that does not possibly fit with any historical event. It is therefore properly considered the next seal to be fulfilled. We will next see how the 6th seal fits what is expected to happen as Planet X makes its closest approach to Earth, and how the 7th seal, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th trumpets fit what is expected to happen after PX has passed and we encounter its debris. 6th Seal — Heavenly Signs, Earth Changes, Panic As PX Nears Revelation 6:12-17 (HRV) — 12 And I looked when he opened the sixth seal and there was a great earthquake and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the whole Moon became like blood. 13 And the stars in the sky fell on the Earth, like a fig tree that casts its unripe figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 And heaven was melted as scrolls that are rolled up, and every mountain and every island were moved from their place. 15 And the kings of the Earth, and the great [ones], and the rulers of 1000s and the rich and the strong and all the servants and sons of freedom hid themselves in caves and rocks of the mountains 16 Saying to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of the Lamb, 17 Because the great day of wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
It would be an understatement to call this a frightening scene! This should make every one of us wonder if we are going to experience this event personally—and whether we will survive it. For the best chance of surviving anything, it helps to understand exactly what it entails. So let's take inventory of everything that we have described here: A Great Earthquake Until recent times, this description of a global earthquake moving every island and mountain out of place must have sounded fantastic. I remember doubting its literalness myself—until the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. That 9.3 magnitude quake caused Sumatra to move over 100 feet out of place. Just imagine a 9.0+ quake everywhere, before a single impact on Earth. There is understandably not much research on near earth objects (NEO) causing earthquakes, but astronomers admit the possibility. It may be no coincidence that the greatest quake in America, the New Madrid of 1812 (approx. 8.0 magnitude) occurred after the Great Comet of 1811 finished its closest approach. A Total Solar Eclipse & A Total Lunar Eclipse? The Sun black as sackcloth of goat's hair describes a solar eclipse well. When the Sun is eclipsed, the rays of the corona look much like wispy goat hair coming out from the jet-black middle. Conversely, if the Sun is only blocked by something in the atmosphere, rather than the Moon, it would appear to be only dimmed (just as we will see at the 4th trumpet) without appearing black as sackcloth. For the Sun itself to appear black, you have to have light escaping around it, making a contrast with the jet black middle, exactly as we see in total solar eclipses. A lunar eclipse would fit the Moon turning blood red and how some manuscripts say full moon which is when lunar eclipses happen. If the sackcloth sun is indeed a solar eclipse then this would place a two-week gap between these two eclipses. Just don't consult an eclipse table to predict when it will happen. Such tables don't factor in the star Wormwood,
seen later as responsible for all of this. Solar or lunar eclipses do not happen every month because the orbit of the moon is offset five degrees from the Earth's. Therefore, most of the time the Moon is above or below the Earth's shadow and no eclipse happens even though it is a full moon. If the Earth or Moon were perturbed by a visitor to our solar system, an unexpected eclipse could occur. There is also the possibility that Revelation (and the parallel in Joel 2:30) is describing something more significant. It could be describing a simultaneous lunar and solar eclipse. This would of course require another body to pass between Earth and the Sun at the time of the full moon, but subsequent details require a NEO to explain them as well. Meteor Shower The best explanation for the “stars falling to Earth” is not actual impacts from stars but a meteor shower, also commonly called “shooting stars”. Notice that it says it will be like figs falling from a tree in a mighty wind or like the “sky dissolving/ rotting/crumbling” which also would be the impression given by a meteor shower. PX is reported by those who have observed it to be dragging much debris and dust with it. If such a debris trail were left in our path from PX intersecting our orbit just ahead of us, this would cause a meteor shower as described. This, by the way, is also how regular annual meteor showers like the Lyrids or Aquarids happen. The Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a regular comet. Atmospheric Dust and Prelude to Pole Shift Some of the previous four events may describe things that we are all familiar with and therefore are not unique by themselves (but significant if they happen in rapid succession together as in this case). But, when we have “the heavens departing like a scroll” and “every mountain and island being moved from their place” in relation to each other, this is something new to modern man. We are not talking about continental drift here at the rate that your fingernails grow. It is a sudden global catastrophe. This fits the expectation that PX's gravity and magnetic field will be so strong as to cause
the crust and mantle of the Earth to get out of sync and exhibit wrinkles or “crustal/mantle waves.” The heavens departing like a scroll is more difficult to explain. Comparing another description of this event in Isaiah helps: Isaiah 34:4 — And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. This is exactly what verses 13-14 say, but with more detail and out of order (most Bible prophecies outside of Revelation do not give events in chronological order). The extra detail is that the heavens are rolling up like a scroll as well as falling or dissolving/crumbling as an explanation for how they disappear. So, what we have here is stars falling and also completely disappearing as if the sky was a scroll being rolled up. But what is rolling things up? The same material that appears as shooting stars when smaller would fill the atmosphere and block you from seeing the distant stars at all. If it came all at once, it would look like someone had just rolled up the sky. Perhaps this is why John does not simply say, “clouds appeared.” This is different than normal local water vapor clouds. Something moves in completely and at once globally. People near Mt. St. Helen's for the 1980 eruption reported thinking of this verse as the gas plume rolled in and blocked the sky suddenly. Global Panic and Run for Cover The 6th seal ends by describing the response of humanity to all these frightening wonders. People from every strata of society run for cover thinking (erroneously) “It’s Judgment Day!”. Judging by their actions, it seems that at the end of the 6th seal, people are finally aware of the four trumpets coming fast and this is why they are heading to the mountains and underground despite the great earthquake they just survived. It is better to risk being buried alive in a possible cave-in than to face certain death from falling rocks or other projectiles in tornado-like winds. By the way, the human response to the 6th seal should dispel any doubt that the events described in the previous verses
are intended literally. This type of global panic on earth after the previous global frights confirms we have no allegory here! When is the “Beginning of Sorrows/Birth Pains”? We left off above tracing the Olivet Discourse's parallel to Revelation 6 in Mt 24:6 (equated with the 2nd seal). Verse 7 mentions famine and earthquakes which we would readily equate to the 6th seal – 4th trumpet. However, verse 8 says “all these things are the beginning of sorrows” leaving a doubt as to whether the sorrows includes the first five seals, too. Thankfully, the Olivet Discourse is not exclusive to Matthew, but recorded also in Mark and Luke. In cases like this, it is very important to check all the parallel passages before drawing conclusions. If you look at them (Mk 13:3-13; Lk 21:719), note that Mark and Luke both delineate the period of wars and rumors of wars when "the end is not yet/will not be at once” (Mk 13:7=Lk 21:9) from the beginning of sorrows/birth pangs period in the next verse. If that was not enough to convince us that the sorrows begin at the 6th seal, Luke adds that the world war, famine and earthquakes everywhere include "fearful events and awful signs from heaven" (Lk 21:11). This clinches it that the beginning of sorrows/birth pains refers to the coming of Wormwood at the 6th seal and does not include our time before these heavenly signs begin. In other words, rather than there being 2000 years of birth pains, they last from when Wormwood arrives until the End of the Age. (Note that while our own lives may be full of sorrows already, that is something different!) Destructive Global Winds Restrained Until the 144,000 Sealed Revelation 7:1-8 (NIV) — 1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the Earth, holding back the four winds of the Earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the
sea: 3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. 5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, 6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, 7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000. Revelation 7 is an “inset chapter” that interrupts the narrative to give information about other things that do not all sequentially follow the 6th seal. This includes some events that happen around the same time as the 6th seal (vs 1-8) and other events that happen much later (vs 9-17). The part we are interested in describes global winds about to harm the land, the sea and the trees, that angels must restrain. But how can winds capable of such destruction be produced on all parts of the Earth at once? As we already heard from McCanney, when PX passes it can disrupt Earth's rotation due to its magnetism and gravity. But Earth's atmosphere will of course not be moving in sync immediately, causing tremendous devastating winds over all of Earth's surface in the process (which do not happen immediately because of the angels). Answered here is the apparently rhetorical question posed at the end of Chapter 6 of, “who shall be able to stand?” The winds are being supernaturally held back only until after God seals his servants with his name on their foreheads. The implication is that this will protect them from the effects of the first four trumpets on the land, sea and trees. This is confirmed at the 5th trumpet where the 144,000 are untouchable by Satan's army of fallen angels ascending from the bottomless pit. 7th Seal — Angel Hurls Judgment to Hit Earth On Pentecost Revelation 8:1-6 — 1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the
altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the Earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. 6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. After the explanation of Rev 7, we pick up the chronological narrative again with the 7th seal in Rev 8. This seal brings a short pause in the action while the prayers of the saints are heard. Afterwards, an angel in heaven hurls fire from the altar at Earth to cause thunder and shaking there. This is interesting considering that the 1st and 2nd trumpets which follow next picture objects hitting the Earth. It seems that, were it not for the actions of this angel, PX would pass without anything hitting us and with much less trouble. This points to God wanting this to happen, and even directing it to bring certain effects (which are needed to make the GT possible, as we shall see). Although this seal may seem completely allegorical, there is reason to believe it will be fulfilled literally. In 2002, three asteroids passed by Earth, each progressively closer to hitting Earth than the last. An asteroid on January 7 missed us by a little over 8 hours. The next, on March 8, missed us by 4.5 hours. Then on June 14 an asteroid missed the Earth by about one hour! The whole series could be warning shots across the bow from God to those paying attention (with “eyes to see and ears to hear”). But, even more interesting is that the first two of the asteroids came towards the Earth out of constellations that picture altars—Libra and Ara—the altars of sacrifice and wrath respectively. From this we can see that the 7th seal can be literally fulfilled by having the meteorites and the asteroid that comprise the 1st and 2nd trumpets coming at us from one of these two possible altar constellations. (It is discoveries like this that have made me more and more convinced that everything mentioned in Revelation has a literal fulfillment, rather than figurative meaning only.) After writing the above paragraph, I later discovered that Zecharia Sitchin in Genesis Revisited, Book Seven of The Earth Chronicles series, wrote that PX is coming from Libra:
....By concluding that the inclination of Planet X might be as high as 30 degrees, modern astronomers corroborate Sumerian astronomical data. So does the most recent determination that the planet is orbiting toward us from the southeast, the direction of the constellation Centaurus. Nowadays we see there the zodiac constellation Libra ; but in Babylonian/biblical times that was the place of Sagittarius.... So once again, information coming out about PX fits Revelation, as literally read. This pause before the angel throws the fire at Earth appears to fit the time we just read about when the winds are held back until after the 144,000 are sealed. In fact, there is a real connection. The mention here of “thunder, rumblings, lightning and earthquake” is very reminiscent of the day of the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. According to Jewish tradition, the Torah was given on the day of Pentecost. We will see later evidence that the sealing of the 144,000 happens on the day of Pentecost as well, just ahead of the unleashing of the global winds and the four trumpets of Revelation 8. Let's recap before we go on. The 6th seal describes what apparently happens as PX (or some other body affected by PX) makes its closest passage to us and we encounter smaller objects left in our path. The pause of the 7th seal is a momentary lull, probably when the 144,000 are sealed before the global winds rip and any big impacts happen. Next, we will see that the first four trumpets describe what happens when Earth then passes completely through the worst of PX's debris field and is impacted by meteorites and a mountain-sized asteroid. 1st Trumpet — Severe Hail of Meteorites From PX's Debris Field Revelation 8:7 (HRV) — The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with water, and it was hurled down upon the Earth. A third of the Earth was burned, a third of the trees were burned, and all the grass of the Earth was burned.
Although hail usually means frozen droplets of water that reach Earth, this choice of word seems to come from a limitation of the original language Revelation was written in. There is no word for “meteorite” in the biblical vocabulary (and “brimstone” refers to burning sulfur rock, which you can still find if you visit the site of Gomorrah near the Dead Sea). It appears that when “hail” is associated with “fire”, it must be talking about rocky hail, or meteorites, not ice hail. It makes no sense that grass and forest fires over all the Earth would follow icy hail, but makes perfect sense after a worldwide flurry of burning meteorites. Rocks and ice are expected to be associated with PX. When a large body traverses our solar system, it can drag these materials behind it from the asteroid belt. Earth would encounter such objects upon passing through PX's trail. 2nd Trumpet — Mountain-Sized Piece of PX's Tail Hits the Ocean Revelation 8:8-9 (NIV) — 8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. A mountain burning with fire hitting the ocean is a fit description of a several kilometer-sized asteroid glowing as it enters Earth's atmosphere and then impacting the most likely place for it to hit: the ocean. Asteroids are described as “mountains in space” by astronomers. The result of the impact described in verse 8 fits scientific models created at several universities in recent years. According to studies conducted at the University of California, an asteroid of this size would be so hot by the time it hit the ocean that it would make a large part of the ocean water anoxic (oxygen deficient) by simply boiling the oxygen out of a large area of the sea. Sea temperature would rise dramatically and the hot water would kill billions of sea creatures in a very large radius. The warmed, anoxic water resulting from the impact would also provide a perfect environment for the growth of red algae or what is known as red tide. Here blood may be describing the appearance of red algae, which thrives in oxygen deficient water.
However, turning waters to blood is a Hebraic figure of speech found in the Torah. John, the writer of Revelation was of course himself a Jew and well acquainted with the Torah. If you study
Exodus 7:17, Psalm 78:44 and Psalm 105:29
you can see that in Hebrew “turning waters to blood” is an idiom for turning waters deadly so that they are undrinkable and inhospitable to all marine life, rather than meaning the waters turn to literal red blood. The destruction of one third of the ships is explained by the giant tsunamis that would result. They would move for hundreds of miles in every direction until they struck the seaports of distant coasts. 3rd Trumpet — Waters Polluted From Wormwood's Debris Revelation 8:10-11 (NIV) — 10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water-- 11 the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters... Without knowledge of PX, this trumpet is very difficult to understand. We saw in the previous trumpet a very clear description of an asteroid entering Earth's atmosphere and falling into the sea. Here we have something that at first sounds like another impact, this time not in the ocean but on the land. Yet this is not described in the clearest manner it could be. Oddly, the great star is said to fall from the heavens upon “the rivers and springs of water.” That cannot be describing a second asteroid hitting Earth because it is impossible for a single object to impact only a third of all rivers and underground waters. Therefore, it must be describing some other kind of interaction between this star and Earth. There is an important clue in the fact that this time it gives the object a name: “Wormwood.” Previously we have seen The 6th Seal Through The 4th Trumpet 35 shooting stars described which are not really stars at all, but small rocks that when burning up in Earth's atmosphere appear as the size and brightness of stars. Then we saw a burning object so big that it appeared mountain-sized because it,
too, lit up in our atmosphere before a clear impact. Yet this Wormwood is different. Although it does not pass through Earth's atmosphere and make impact, it is still said to be a “star blazing like a torch.” This sounds at last like a real illuminated star near our solar system. That conclusion is reinforced by it having a meaningful name, just as major bodies like stars, planets and comets are given. Some believe PX to be a brown dwarf (a small dim star), which would fit this description21. So how does a passing star affect only the rivers and underground waters? One possibility is that passage through its wake would bring toxic substances like cyanide into our water supplies. Another is that the polar shift or crustal waves it causes break up the springs and dirty the rivers. Another possible explanation, as we saw recently with the Sumatra Earthquake, is that the sheer number of dead rotting bodies contaminate the waters. Therefore, by saying it “falls on the springs and rivers,” it may be indicating that it influences or affects them not by direct contact. What About The Chernobyl Interpretation? It should be mentioned that the most popular interpretation of “Wormwood” is that it refers to the Chernobyl reactor leak of 1986. Up until a few years before hearing about PX, this was the best explanation I could find as well. However, the 3rd trumpet literally describes a “star” or a body in space with a proper name, not a man-made effect from here on earth. It is also hard to explain how nuclear fallout would only contaminate the rivers and springs and not all the air and land too. Finally, unlike a literal passing star, a nuclear reactor leak does not fit in with the surrounding trumpets, all describing disturbances from space and the sky. Planet X is so compelling as an explanation because it explains the entire progression of the four trumpets cohesively, naturally and literally, whereas Wormwood being nuclear war/fallout is an allegorical interpretation which leaves you unable to explain the other three trumpets literally (not to mention the 6th and 7th seals which PX explains quite literally).
You are forced to find allegorical meanings for them as well, such as saying the obvious burning meteorites of the 1st trumpet are nuclear missiles, etc. These answers were good attempts in the times before PX shifted our paradigm, but now look forced and pale by comparison. 4th Trumpet — Sky Darkened From Fires, PX Debris, Volcanic Ash Revelation 8:12 — Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the Sun was struck, a third of the Moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night. Some take this trumpet to mean that after everything that has happened, the Earth will be spinning one third faster, thereby decreasing the shining of the day and night by one third. While it is certainly possible and likely that the movement of the Earth will be different after PX passes (even necessitating a new calendar —Dan 7:25), this is probably referring to something else. If a shorter day period is the intended meaning here, then there is no need to mention the light sources. It could simply have stated that the day was shorter, not that the day and night were darkened. Instead, the description goes to pains to list each possible source of light and how they all darken by the same amount. Therefore, the most logical explanation would be something in the air will be blocking the light then. Particulate in our atmosphere could obscure light in this way as cloud cover does. This particulate can come from several sources. The smoke of the worldwide grass and forest fires in the 1st trumpet alone would be enough to darken the skies, just as Kuwait's burning oil wells did during Operation Desert Storm in 1990. The material from PX's tail could contribute (as it seems to in causing the sky to depart like a scroll in the 6th seal, perhaps to a lesser degree days later). Finally, airborne ash from volcanic eruptions has historically darkened the skies and lowered global temperatures. Volcanism would be heightened both from PX's gravity and from the 2nd trumpet impact on Earth. In its June 1989 edition, National Geographic featured an article entitled “Extinctions” which detailed the findings of
scientists studying the effects of ancient asteroid impacts. It predicted a darkened sky after an asteroid impact and worldwide fires, exactly as the 1st and 2nd trumpets portray. It described the following scenario on page 686: Giant meteorite strikes Earth, setting the planet afire. Volcanoes erupt, tsunamis crash into the continents. The sky grows dark for months, perhaps years. Unable to cope with the catastrophic changes in climate, countless species are wiped off the face of the planet. The article posed that great fires resulting from an asteroid would destroy crops, trees and vegetation. Windstorms created by the fires would destroy buildings hundreds of miles from the impact. Dust and smoke spread by the jet stream would block much of the Sun’s light, thus altering the world’s climate and the chances of human survival.
21 Such as Andrew Lloyd of www.darkstar1.co.uk although he believes Planet Nibiru orbits a dark star twin to our sun
The Account of Planet X's Effects Ends – World Nearly, Too A transition is signaled by the last verse of the 4th trumpet before the 5th: Revelation 8:13 (NIV) — ... "Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!" The 5th trumpet must be something even more serious to merit such a special warning that even Wormwood did not have. It is. It begins the GT when the Antichrist takes over by offering the only solution to Wormwood's mess. To sum up, from the 6th seal to the 4th trumpet we have a linear account of the direct effects (earthquakes, dust, meteor shower, impacts, fires, destruction) and possibly only secondary effects (waters poisoned, darkened skies) from Wormwood's near passage. Just imagine the terrifying results. Once the smoke clears, everyone will have to face a world in ruins and chaos: Probably billions homeless (if that many are still alive) thanks to the winds, fires, hail and quakes. Roofs will be like Swiss cheese.
Communications Out: Satellites and telephone lines knocked down. No Electricity: If you still have a home, the lights will be out as certainly the power lines will be hit by meteorites, burned by the fires, knocked down by the earthquakes, or blown down by the winds. No Running Water: All the pipes are underground and vulnerable to the quakes and crustal shifts. In addition, you need power to clean the water and pump it through the pipes that are left intact. Travel Troubles: Few roads, highways, overpasses, bridges, ramps, rails, docks and runways will be left untouched. Most, if not all, will be either blocked with abandoned vehicles or broken, split or completely destroyed—making travel difficult or impossible in places. Deliveries of gas to gas stations will be disrupted. Famine: More importantly, this also makes delivery of the remaining undamaged food supplies hard to distribute to the supermarkets (which only have a few days of inventory on the shelves). With that and the fact that crops in the fields and orchards for the coming harvest are tremendously damaged from the hail and fires, worldwide famines will surely follow (prophesied in Mt 24:7). Unrest, Rioting, Looting, and Chaos: It always follows. When human beings are under enough stress, their true selfish nature comes out. To compare this to recent disasters, the 2004 Sumatra tsunami disaster or 2005 flooding of New Orleans are probably closest. Just as New Orleans no longer functioned as a city but was a toxic mess that had to be temporarily abandoned, no doubt people will have to abandon their cities to find food and safety from the chaos and violence after Wormwood. However, one difference with Sumatra and New Orleans was that the rest of the world was fine and could marshal relief efforts. Wormwood's disaster will be much worse as every city and country will be busy dealing with their own problems. The resulting chaos and pandemonium will be unimaginable. Armed gangs will be able to loot mostly unopposed.
Year Shortens to 360 Days: Imagine Half of Today's 6.5 Billion Population Gone To fully comprehend how bad what is coming will be, we must consider the potential cost in human life. Understand that we can only speculate on this question as there are no human casualty figures given for any events prior to the 6th trumpet war (where we're told one third of the remaining population dies in a war waged by the Antichrist). However, there is a period of approximately nine months from when Wormwood's passage begins (early summer) until when the Beast rises to lead the world out of the crisis in the following spring (see the Revelation Roadmap ). I believe that at least half of the current world population of 6.5 billion will have died during those nine months. Here's why: Just consider the cumulative global impact of each seal and trumpet that Wormwood causes. Fires, cold, toxic waters, famine and chaos will be everywhere on earth for months. Consider how illprepared and “soft” the mostly urban world population is today for living without infrastructure delivering their food, water, heat, clothes and security to them. The casualties from the human factor after Wormwood is gone could easily be greater than the casualties during the earthquakes, deep impacts, rain of meteorites, and tsunamis from nature. If it takes nine months before the Antichrist takes over, I think the population will not be anywhere near six billion anymore. Either way, one thing is clear: no matter how light the casualties turn out to be, the human spirit of those who are left will be crushed and prepared to accept help from anyone under any conditions just to have some food, peace and security again. There will be resisters; the skeptics, agnostics, the survivalists and anyone with a food and water supply and the weapons needed to defend it. We will see later that Revelation describes a five month plan of torture from demons for the survivors to force even them to submit to the Antichrist.
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