Almost every one of the hundreds of planets so far discovered around other stars orbits in the direction the star rotates. This has to do with the way planets form. According to the British Wide Area Search for Planets, working in collaboration the the Geneva observatory, they have discovered the first planet to orbit in a retrograde manner—opposite of its star’s rotation.Continue reading “Retrograde thoughts”
The Bible tells us that at the end of this age a deceiver will come working false miracles and drawing virtually the whole world after him. Some theologians take false miracles to mean actual miracles worked by Satan as opposed to miracles worked by God. I suspect that, at least some of the time, false means fake.Continue reading “Flying Sorcerers”
In Proverbs there is a wise observation that says, The first to present his case seems right until another comes forward to question him. History has shown this to be true in the sciences. Scientists are not always the best practitioners of the scientific method. Like the rest of us, they can ride hobby horses and develop blind spots.Continue reading “Intriguing alternatives”
The first verse of Revelation and the first verse of chapter four tell us that we are being shown “the things” that must soon take place. (NIV translates it “what must take place.”) The idea is that we are being shown events that are to take place during a definite time-span in which God’s wrath is poured out.
One of those events (Revelation 8:8) is a mountain-like object cast into the sea. Continue reading “Hendriksen’s mountain in the sea”
Hendricksen in More than Conquerors, a popular study of Revelation (Baker Books, 1967 p. 65), writes, “How anyone can say that the Jews of today are still, in a very special and glorious and preeminent sense, God’s people, is more than we can understand. God Himself calls those who reject the Savior and persecute true believers ‘the synagogue of Satan.’ They are no longer His people.”
My first impulse was a mental shrug. Continue reading “Our View of Israel Matters”
When I wrote The Earth Will Reel, it seemed that some force was needed to tie together the events that the Bible predicts. I hypothesized that an interstellar object will pass through our solar system coming from above or below the solar plane. At that time it seemed merely a likely scenario. The Bible does not explicitly say it will happen, but occam’s razor suggested it.
Now astronomers are pretty sure an interstellar object just passed into our system and is on its way out. This is the first detected passage of an interstellar object through our system. The object has far less mass than is required for the events in my book, but is intriguing as suggesting that my scenario is at least plausible on one level. Read the story for yourself at https://www.space.com/38580-interstellar-object-spotted-comet-asteroid-mystery.html — and by the way, there is a nice animation in the article.