THE REVELATION HAS A PLAN FOR THE DOWNFALL OF THE EVIL EMPIRE
In my analysis, the LORD God Creator made no plan to end this World. The Apocalypse, the Doom, the Catastrophe, the Cataclysm, the Calamity, the Disaster, and the End Times mentioned in The New Testament Book of Revelation specifically refers to the Downfall of the Evil Empire code-named as Babylon.
In Earth’s long history, the planet encountered several calamities but none of them have ended the World. Indeed, lifeforms have been lost or became extinct and yet the World reemerged with the introduction of newer forms of Life.
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THE WORLD COULD HAVE ENDED
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How close has the world come to meet its end? Very close, and more times than you think. We know from geologists, paleontologists, and archaeologists that the planet was slammed by asteroids millions of years ago, and the impact virtually wiped out life on Earth. And this was long before humans were on the scene.
Since the ascent of mankind, humans have staved off possible extinction from massive volcanic eruptions, floods, and ice age glaciers.
More recently, many of the threats to our planet have originated with ourselves. Since the end of World War II, we have lived with the Damocles sword of nuclear annihilation, and we have come close to that fiery demise more than a few times because of miscalculation, computer malfunction, and human error.
We are not free from unwelcome visitors from the cosmos, either. Solar flares, asteroids, and comets have threatened our existence in the past and continue to do so.
With a nod toward our mortality, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the ways the world could have ended, using resource material such as Live Science, NASA, National Geographic, and Scientific American.
9. Permian era extinction
> When: 250 million years ago
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It was called by National Geographic the greatest natural disaster in Earth’s history. About 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, almost all of Earth’s trees were wiped out, as well as 95% of all marine animal species, and more than two-thirds of land animal species.
There are various theories as to why this event happened, including impact from an asteroid, fallout from a titanic volcanic eruption, depletion of oxygen in the oceans, and massive buildup of carbon dioxide.
8. Chicxulub impact
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> When: 66 million years ago
The Chicxulub impact is one of the most thoroughly researched, and catastrophic, natural disaster events in Earth’s history. During the Mesozoic era 66 million years ago, an asteroid traveling 40,000 miles an hour struck the Yucatán Peninsula in what is now Mexico with a force estimated to be more than 100 trillion tons of TNT.
It created a crater 115 miles wide and several miles deep. Scientists believe creatures hundreds of miles away were killed by a giant fireball. The force of the blast created a tsunami scientists believe was up to 1,000 feet high.
7. Marine Isotope Stage 6 glacial event
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> When: 123,000-195,000 years ago
Marine Isotope Stage 6 is the rather clinical-sounding name for the long glacial event that nearly wiped out Homo sapiens between 195,000 and 123,000 years ago. Scientists believe rapid climate change leading to cold, dry climate conditions made the African homeland of our descendants uninhabitable.
They migrated toward the southern coast of Africa to escape disaster because that region had edible plants and a profusion of shellfish.
6. The eruption of Mount Thera
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> When: 1645-1500 BC
The eruption of Mount Thera in Greece about 3,500 years ago was four to five times more powerful than the more widely known Krakatoa event in 1883. Geologists believe the energy emitted from the blast was that of hundreds of atomic bombs exploding in a fraction of a second. The blast could be heard 3,000 miles away.
The Minoan culture that held sway over the Mediterranean region at the time disintegrated. Earth was covered with enough ash to bring on darkness all over the world. Tsunamis raced around the planet and wiped out untold numbers of coastal villages, just as civilization was dawning.
5. The eruption of Mount Tambora
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> When: 1815
Another volcanic episode that predates Krakatoa was the eruption of the Indonesian volcano Mount Tambora in 1815. The next year became known as “The Year Without a Summer” following what scientists said was the biggest volcanic eruption in history. About 71,000 people perished.
The resulting “volcanic winter” — when debris spewed into the atmosphere from the volcanic event blocked ultraviolet rays from the sun and lowered Earth’s temperature — killed livestock and crops all around the world.
4. The Carrington Event
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> When: 1859
Had electricity been in widespread use in 1859, the solar storm that struck Earth that year would have been a truly catastrophic event. The event was named after British astronomer Richard Carrington, who witnessed it and was the first to understand the connection between the sun’s activity and geomagnetic disturbances on Earth. As it was, the cosmic episode damaged telegraph communications all over the world.
The solar flare was so intense that people in countries where nighttime had fallen thought it was morning.
3. Bonilla Comet
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> When: 1883
In the same year Krakatoa erupted in the Pacific, Earth was nearly visited by the Bonilla Comet, and it would have been calamitous if it had. In 1883, portions of the comet, named after astronomer José Bonilla, missed Earth by just 400 miles. Had they not missed Earth, they likely would have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths.
Scientists estimate fragments might have ranged in size from 164 feet to about 3,280 feet across. Each chunk was estimated to be as big as the fragment that hit Tunguska in Russia in 1908.
2. Comet Hyakutake
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> When: 1996
The Great Comet of 1996 was massive in size. Discovered by amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake just two months earlier in January 1996, it was the closest approach to Earth of any comet in 200 years. At its nearest approach in March 1996, the comet was 9.3 million miles away, the distance between Earth and the planet Neptune. It had been the brightest comet in 20 years. The comet’s tail stretched 311 million miles, one of the longest ever seen.
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1. Solar flare
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> When: 2012
A latter-day Carrington Event, a massive solar flare, occurred in July 2012. But unlike the Carrington episode of 1859, Earth was not in the line of fire. However, the event was close enough to have struck the Stereo-A spacecraft and touched the portion of Earth’s orbit where the planet had been a week prior.