On June 30th, 1908 the following incident took place a little after 7:00 am in remote Siberia:
Suddenly in the north skyÂ€ the sky was split in two, and high above the forest the whole northern part of the sky appeared covered with fireÂ€ At that moment there was a bang in the sky and a mighty crashÂ€ The crash was followed by a noise like stones falling from the sky, or of guns firing. The earth trembled.
This was an eye-witness description by a man who lived through one of the most amazing events in modern history called Â€ÂœThe Tunguska EventÂ€. What, you may ask is this event and why is it important?
On the morning of June 30, 1908 (102 years ago today), an asteroid of about 220 million pounds entered Earth's atmosphere above Siberia at a speed of about 33,500 miles per hour. It never hit the ground. Instead it heated the air around it to about 44,500 degrees Fahrenheit and exploded at an elevation of about 28,000 feet. The energy produced was nearly 200 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb.
It took 13 years before explorers were able to reach this isolated location deep in the heart of Siberia in 1921. What they found, even then, were eight hundred square miles of remote forest that had been ripped asunder. Eighty million trees were on their sides, lying in a radial pattern. The expedition found some trees still standing upright Â€Â“ but their limbs and bark had been stripped away. They looked like a forest of telephone poles.
I have known of the Tunguska Event for many years and every time I look into it I am totally humbled by the sheer force of energy that erupted when that space rock exploded thousands of feet above the earth. Just how hot is 44,500 degrees Fahrenheit? Just how powerful is a bomb 200 times more powerful than the atomic bomb at Hiroshima? These are questions my little mind cannot comprehend let along answer.
The day is soon coming when what that man saw in 1908 in the northern sky will indeed happen again in the EASTERN SKY. The next time it will not be a space rock hurdling toward earth at 33,500 mph but rather our Lord and Savior returning. The next time the sky is "ripped in two" and covered with fire, it will not be from an asteroid but rather the Lord Jesus coming in all His glory. Unlike the first time Jesus came when only a few shepherds knew about it; when Jesus comes again it will be an event that will make the Â€ÂœTunguska EventÂ€ look like a little 4th of July firecracker.
Even as I sit here writing this the hairs on the back of my neck are standing on end as I think of the power of His appearing and sheer might of His glory. All those who spent a lifetime denying the Lord exists or will ever come back are sure in for quite a surprise aren't they? Thank God we know what is coming and we can LOOK FORWARD TO IT and don't have to dread it. Come Lord Jesus, Come Quickly!
And until that day we press on, looking toward the goal and not toward men, no matter who they may be, right?
Brother Kirk, I can imagine the Lord's return must be very spectacular and so amazing.[img]http://planetsmilies.net/not-tagged-smiley-14118.gif[/img] I look forward to His return. Come Lord Jesus come, I echo what you desire too.
Thanks for sharing
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Wow I had not heard of The Tunguska Event. Excellent example to use when describing the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in all His glory. For true Christians, it is an awesome event to look forward to. Our Blessed Hope is Jesus Christ! Thank you for this blog! revgenlink
Dear B2Y--I had to take a moment of time out after reading your blog to listen to a song. It's an old southern gospel piece titled "Redemption Draweth Nigh." It speaks of looking up and toward the eastern sky. Oh my, what a day that will be. What a spectacle that will be to behold.
I've seen TV documentaries about the Tunguska Event, and, like you, I can't begin to fathom the amount of sheer energy that was released when that rock exploded. But, based on the Biblicaldescription of the events which occurred at Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, I'm believing even more supernatural energy was expended then.
Excellent blog, my friend. Thanks for sending me to that glorious song. Ron
I often wonder if Jesus were to come today, as at His first coming, if we would accept Him as the Messiah? Oh well, the second coming will leave not doubt! Saved and unsaved alike will acknowledge Him. "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth" (EPH 2:10)