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Dec 2006
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Tribulation: 2008

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Tom Kovach lives near Nashville, is a former USAF Blue Beret, and has written for several online publications. In December of 2006, he published his first book, Slingshot. Tom's second book, Tribulation: 2008, was released in August of 2008.

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God does not slumber

Sunday, 26 October 2008, at 0935 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

In my last blog entry, I pointed out that certain celestial events precisely matched the timing of a Biblical formula.  And, I pointed out that the timing matched my interpretation of Biblical prophecy.  And then, on the expected date ... nothing happened.  Or, did it?

Research for my book, Tribulation:  2008, began sometime in late January or early February.  After about six months of research and writing, the book was released in late August.  In the book, I explained that the "hail and fire, mingled with blood" described in Revelation 8:7 seems to best match a description of the disintegration of a comet.  The debris from the comet then falls to Earth and fouls one-third of the waters, as the remainder of the verse describes.

My previous blog entry also went into detail about how NASA's calculations of the arrival of a comet (Boattini / Barnard) matched the formula for the "decompression of time between Heaven and Earth", the same formula that the book used, as it applied to a five-second delay between a trumpet command and its battlefield response.  So, I was quite surprised and disappointed when nothing appeared to happen on Wed, 21 Oct, when Comet Boattini/Barnard passed near the Earth.  (Don't get me wrong.  I'm not eager for one-third of the water on Earth to be fouled by pollution from outer space.  Nor am I eager to experience the other punishments that God has predicted for the Last Days.  I am eager, though, for God's will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.)

So, as the scoffers sometimes ask, was God sleeping?

No!  As my previous blog pointed out, an asteroid (TT-26) was expected to pass near Earth the very next day.  (Asteroid TT-26 had been designated a "potentially hazardous asteroid" the week prior.  But, the PHA designation disappeared from NASA's Web page a few hours after my talk-radio interview in Saint Louis, which dramatically boosted traffic to my Web site and blog.  [The show got 500 hundred e-mails, asking for my Web address, within 24 hours.  Sales of my book have jumped by more than 16,000 sales ranks since then.]  At about the same time that the PHA designation disappeared, the Comet name was changed on the NASA page from Boattini to Barnard.  I had specified Boattini in the blog and the interview, because that was the only name used by NASA until that sudden change after the interview.  Then, just before the comet arrived, NASA's Web page changed again, and the name appeared as Boattini/Barnard.  Coincidence?)

Then, something quite unexpected happened.  Another "soldier" suddenly appeared on the "battlefield".  His name was Asteroid 2008 UM1.  (The paths of Near Earth Objects, including PHAs, are measured in units called a Lunar Distance — the distance from the Earth to the Moon.  One LD equals 304,000 kilometers.)  Asteroid 2008 UM1 passed 0.2 LD from Earth.  Yes, you read correctly:  two-tenths of an LD from Earth!  That equals only 60,800 kilometers, or 37,696 miles.  (In astronomical terms, that was a very close shave.  How many truckers do you know that are still driving after having received a million-mile safety award?)  And, NASA discovered Asteroid 2008 UM1 only a few hours before that close shave.

But, nothing happened ... right?  Not so fast.

Of the verses used to describe the punishments that occur on Earth after each of the seven trumpets are blown, only one uses the word "followed".  (I've consistently used the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, unless making certain linguistic comparisons.  That is because it is both accurate and readable.  I did receive one e-mail from someone that told me I should "repent" for not using the King James Version, or face the consequences on Judgment Day.)  The Greek word is ginomai (Strong's number 1096, as used in both the King James Version and the New American Standard).  It is important to note that ginomai is a prolongation of the verb "come into being" or "to be made".  Thus, the event that follows the blowing of the first trumpet is something that happens over a period of time.  Ginomai is not used with the blowing of the other trumpets.  (And, this makes sense from a military viewpoint.  Once the soldiers on the battlefield hear the first trumpet, and if they know that there is a plan for other trumpets to soon follow, they will be more alert for the remaining trumpets.  Thus, the five-second battlefield delay described in my previous blog entry would not be so long for the other trumpet commands.)  Thus, there is something different about how the battlefield action is played out in response to this first trumpet.  In my opinion, it is not that "nothing happened".  Instead, it seems that God has used some special-operations tactics to begin His final battle against evil on Earth.

Enter space dust.

Comets are described by astronomers as "dirty snowballs".  They are a combination of ice and various debris and or minerals, usually in the form of dust-size particles held in the ice.  The comet's tail is produced by particles of dust and ice falling off the main body of the comet as it hurtles through space.  Thus, just as a boat leaves a wake of foam in the water, a comet leaves a wake of space dust.  And, if an object passes through that wake of space dust, and "pushes" it closer to Earth, then some of that dust could fall to Earth.

NASA chart of Earth passing through comet wake

Asteroid 2008 UM1 was quite a surprise to NASA scientists.  While the course-tracking calculations for comets are made from hundreds of observations over decades, the track for Asteroid 2008 UM1 was made from only nine observations — all made on the same day that it passed near Earth.  (A similar scenario accompanied the discovery of Asteroid 2008 TC3, which was discovered only 19 hours before it caused a 1.6-kiloton explosion over the desert of Sudan as it impacted Earth's atmosphere earlier this month.)  Amateur astronomers around the world have complained that NASA has photos of the explosion, but that the agency is not releasing them.  Some of them are crying "government cover-up".  As the above NASA chart shows, they are able to track space dust from comets that passed near Earth decades, or centuries, before.  So, what happened literally "in the wake" of the comet that passed near Earth last week?  Will NASA ever tell the public?  Hmmmmmmm.

So, to summarize, a small asteroid suddenly appears in the wake of a comet.  NASA has been tracking the comet, which was discovered more than a hundred years ago, and knows that it will pass much closer to Earth than most comets.  Both the asteroid and the comet appear on the exact day that matches a Biblical formula for the timing of events that follow a major Bible prediction.  But, it was a "surprise".

The Bible says that the "hail and fire, mingled with blood" will "follow" the blowing of the first trumpet.  As I've described in my book, and in previous blog entries, this description matches the scenario of debris from a comet falling to Earth.  The detail that I had not considered was that the debris could be knocked to Earth by another object passing through the wake of the comet.

As my book describes, iron ore in the space dust could explain the appearance of "blood" as the debris from the dirty snowball falls to Earth.  But, there could be other explanations, which could include the existence of some unearthly form of mold or bacteria.  If the vehicle is iron ore, though, and if the ore is attracted by Earth's magnetic poles, then perhaps the space dust would land primarily on the ice caps at the North and South Poles.  There is a lot of ice there.  Does that ice equal one-third of Earth's total water resources?  And, has it already been polluted by falling space dust — but the effects have not yet been realized, because the ice has not yet drifted to the glacial edges and fallen into the oceans?  Keep in mind that the "shooting stars" we see from Earth's surface are often the size of a pebble or a grain of sand.  During the same time frame that this scenario was playing out in the skies, Earth experienced one of our regularly-scheduled meteor showers.  How could scientists distinguish space dust from Comet Boattini/Barnard from the comet wakes that we pass through to produce dazzling meteor showers?  If some of that dust and debris landed in polar ice, would we even know that it happened?

That scenario would explain the specific use of the word "followed" in Revelation 8:7, but not in the other verses that describe the blowing of the other trumpets.  Keep in mind that "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."  (2 Peter 3:9 — the verse that immediately follows the verse from which we get the formula for "the decompression of time from Heaven to Earth".)  In His great mercy, God is causing even His punishments, which we sinful humans have definitely earned, to move as slowly as possible yet still meet His overall timetable.

NASA image of Near-Strike course of Asteroid SV-11

 The above image is NASA's calculated path of Asteroid SV11, which is on a Near-Strike course for Earth in the year 2014.  As my book points out, NASA also predicts a rare combination of solar and lunar eclipses for the one-year period between Spring 2014 and Spring 2015.  I was alerted to this scenario by news reports of the findings of Pastor Mark Biltz, a Messianic Jewish pastor that is also an amateur Christian astronomer.  He reports that the eclipse pattern matches the description that Jesus gave for celestial events that occur after The Tribulation is complete!

God does not slumber.

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