The Day a Space Rock Split the Sky
The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
– Revelation 6:14
Twice in the last hundred years, Near-Earth Objects have shaken Russia. On June 30, 1908, a meteor estimated to be 150 to 260 feet wide exploded over Podkamennava Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. The blast equaled 5 to 10 megatons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) and leveled 830 square miles of trees, estimated to be about 80 million trees. It reportedly left hundreds of charred reindeer carcasses in its wake.
The largest impact of a space object with Earth in recently recorded history hit on June 30, 1908.
Eyewitness accounts of the event vary somewhat. But common threads connect the accounts. The object appeared in the morning and invaded a cloudless sky. It was described by witnesses as a bluish-white object that traversed the sky for several minutes, accompanied by a pillar of fire, turning the sky red. Many reported a shock wave so violent it knocked horses and people off their feet and shattered windows hundreds of kilometers away. Witnesses described a boom like thunder and what sounded like artillery or cannon fire.
The explosion registered at seismic stations and produced air waves felt as far away as Washington, DC. For several days, the night skies over Europe and Asia glowed.
The sky suddenly split in two…like an ancient scroll.
One man reported that as he sat outside, the sky suddenly split in two and fire appeared high over the forest. A hot wind rushed over the place, leaving marks on the ground. Then the sky shut, and a searing heat overcame him. There was a loud noise, and he was knocked briefly unconscious. The ground shook as sounds like cannon fire thundered around him. Later, he discovered windows shattered and an iron lock snapped.
A century later…
On February 15, 2013, an undetected meteoroid about sixty-six feet wide exploded, causing an airburst over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Though considered small, it contained an energy equivalent to nearly 500 kilotons of TNT, 20-30 times greater than that of the first atomic bomb.
Imagine the potential damage caused by a plurality of “stars” falling upon the earth, as is prophesied in Revelation 6. As we have seen in the last weeks, our world can change radically in a moment, whether the disaster is man-made or physical. We are only given this day to ensure our lives are right before God and we’ve said everything we need to say to our loved ones. This is the day to receive God’s grace and extend it to others.
In the light of eternity, nothing else matters.