‘Gamma Ray Burst’ to annihilate the Earth in 2012?
Grant J. Kidney — Imagine taking the dog out for a walk when all of a sudden, the sky becomes lit on fire, your skin starts to melt off of your bones, and your dog is vaporized to dust. The whole Earth is engulfed in a cosmic flame. The atmosphere disintegrates and the oceans turn to steam.
Believe it or not, this end of the world scenario is quite the possibility- and it may just be that such a fate awaits humanity either this year, next year, or perhaps 100 years from this point in time.
Somewhere out there in the vast ocean of space, a star is exploding- and when it does, there is a good chance that we may be in its path of destruction. Known as a ‘gamma ray burst’, an intense laser-like ‘death ray’ is shot out of two ends of an exploding star. If a planet, asteroid, moon, or spaceship is in its way, a gamma ray burst will tear right through it.
Just to put things into perspective, if a star were to explode at a distance of 100,000 light years from Earth, it would take approximately 100,000 years for the death-beam to kill us all. The frightening thing to consider is that we do not know if such a star, aimed in our general direction, has not already exploded.
Gamma ray bursts predicted in ancient religious lore?
Fitting in with many ancient depictions of the ‘end of days’, a gamma ray burst would certainly end the world with intense fire.
In the Bible’s book of Revelation, a curious event occurs wherein an angel strikes the Earth with fire from heaven’s altar. Considering that ‘heaven’ is often times depicted as the sky or even space, could it be that Revelation foretells of a direct hit from a gamma ray burst?
And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. -Revelation 8:5