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Will it be a meteor?

by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 12, 2017

In the Book of the Apocalypse (Chapter 8, verses 8-10), we find the following prophecy:

“And the second angel sounded the trumpet: and as it were a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea, and the third part of the sea became blood:  And the third part of those creatures died, which had life in the sea, and the third part of the ships was destroyed.

“And the third angel sounded the trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, burning as it were a torch, and it fell on the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters…”

The phrases “a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea” and “a great star fell from heaven, burning as it were a torch” clearly suggest something with which the modern world is well familiar: the catastrophic impact of an asteroid or a comet with the earth — an event that could end civilization and leave the survivors to face a slow and agonizing death without food and water in a world gone dark.

This is not some fanciful doomsday scenario but a genuine threat that has prompted NASA to deploy what it calls the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE). NEOWISE is supposed to detect massive near-earth objects with previously unobserved orbits that could appear suddenly and without warning to threaten all life on the planet.

And now we learn that NASA has “issued the chilling warning that 10 new ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroids have been discovered in the past year, along with 96 other newly spotted space rocks in our midst.” Moreover, “Scientists who have been analysing the data said they have seen an unexplained increase in comet activity, too.”

Newsweek magazine reports on the growing concern that planetary threats now lurk within a new branch of the Taurid meteor swarm, which already provides a spectacular display in the night sky as rocks from the swarm burn up in the atmosphere during the annual meteor showers. The newly discovered branch of the Taurid swam has its own distinct orbital pattern which, according to scientists at the Czech Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic, contains “at least two asteroids with diameters of between 650 and 980 feet. An impact from an asteroid of this size would cause a huge amount of damage if it hit a populated area of the planet.”

Even more ominous, however, is that only about one percent of the objects with the potential to strike the earth have been discovered to date. Hence this stunning conclusion from the renowned astrophysicist Brian May: “The more we learn about asteroid impacts, the clearer it becomes that the human race has been living on borrowed time.”

Let me repeat that: The human race has been living on borrowed time. Catholics perhaps understand this better than others, for they know about the role of divine chastisement in salvation history, beginning with the Flood: the punishment of mankind on account of its apostasy and rebellion against God’s law. And they know as well of the divine warnings of a coming chastisement conveyed by the Mother of God at Fatima, Akita and elsewhere.

These pages have noted more than once that the great ecclesial crisis following the Second Vatican Council has, with the current pontificate, reached a stage that does not appear to admit of any solution at the human level of a reform of the Church in order to restore her to good order, like that of the Counter-Reformation. The signs are growing that God will have to cleanse the world as He did at the time He commanded Noah to build the Ark. As Pius XII, writing in the light of Fatima, warned as early as 1951: “The human race is involved today in a supreme crisis, which will issue in its salvation by Christ, or in its dire destruction.

Tellingly, even exasperated political conservatives have appealed to “the sweet meteor of death” as the only solution to the growing tyranny of liberalism. After a half-century of neo-Modernist tyranny within the ecclesial commonwealth, Catholics have good reason to think that a meteor of death may well be the instrument of divine cleansing foretold in the Book of the Apocalypse, which a series of Popes (Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI) have linked explicitly to the Message of Fatima.