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Posted 3/22/13 at 11:47 AM | Jeffrey Goodman |
This illustration shows the asteroid 2012DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach on Feb. 15, 2013. At this time, the asteroid was about 17,150 miles above Earth's surface.When asked what should we do if we found out today that planet Earth would be struck by a large asteroid in just three weeks, a NASA official answered “Pray!”
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 the “Science, Space & Technology Committee” of the House of Representatives held a congressional hearing. The hearing was titled “Threats from Space: A Review of US Government Efforts to track and mitigate Asteroids and Meteors.” Prompted by the meteor that unexpectedly struck Russia on February 15, 2013 and asteroid 2012- DA14 passing very close to the Earth on the same day, the committee asked NASA, Air Force and White House officials our options for dealing with the threat from meteors, asteroids and comets. Speaking of the two cosmic events of February 15, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) said these events “… serve as evidence that we live in an active solar system with potentially hazardous objects passing through our neighborhood with surprising frequency.” FULL POST
Posted 2/15/13 at 4:08 PM | Jeffrey Goodman |
Signs and Wonders in the Heavens
Thursday, February 14, 2013 a ten ton fiery meteor about the size of a SUV blazed across the Russian sky over the Ural Mountains after sunrise, part of which went on to strike a frozen lake. Early AP reports say that upwards of 1,000 people were injured by broken glass and debris as a result of the “blast wave” that occurred after the meteor exploded in the sky. Note: In 1908 a comet fragment 100 meters in diameter exploded above Tunguska, Siberia flattening 2,000 square-kilometers of forest.
The Russian meteor strike appears to be unrelated to the February 15, 2013 asteroid (DA14) which is half the size of a football field, and large enough to destroy a city. This asteroid is expected to come within 17,000 miles of earth, passing within the ring of satellites that surround Earth. Then sometime between Thanksgiving and the end of the year Comet Ison will come into the solar system to round the sun. As it grazes the sun it will no doubt break up to some degree and as a result dramatically increase in brightness. Some astronomers expect that it might get even brighter than the moon and be seen during daylight hours crossing the sky. Astronomers know that our planet exists in a cosmic shooting gallery of objects that could strike the Earth and cause major catastrophes. Are these events occurring in a relatively short period of time coincidental or is something else going on? Do these signs and wonders speak of events foretold in the Bible? FULL POST
Posted 12/8/12 at 12:20 AM | Jeffrey Goodman
What was or is the Star of Bethlehem?
By Jeffrey Goodman, Ph.D.
Many people consider the Biblical story of the Star of Bethlehem to be a fairy tale or myth. Some ask if there was a Star of Bethlehem, where is it now? They say that there is no scientific evidence for the Star as presented in Matthew, chapter 2. On the other hand, some people speculate that the Star was either a planetary conjunction or a comet. As scientific knowledge about the heavens rapidly increases, astronomy just might provide a scientific explanation for the Star of Bethlehem.
The Christmas story in Matthew tells of wise men who came to Jerusalem searching for the one born King of the Jews for they had “seen his star in the east.” The wise men probably came from Babylonia tracing back to the prophet Daniel and the Judean exile where a large Jewish population still lived in Babylonia. They would have made the connection of the star to the Jewish King based on the prophecy told of in Numbers 24:17 which says, “…there shall come a Star out of Jacob and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel ….”
During their visit with King Herod, he told them that according to prophecy (Micah 5:2) the ruler of Israel was to come from Bethlehem of Judea. He also asked “what time the star appeared (2:7).” After the wise men departed for Bethlehem they again saw the same star which they had seen in the east as it stood over where the young child was. Matthew 2:10 says when they saw the star they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
The story provides some very interesting information about the Christmas Star. First, nothing in the story indicates that everyone saw the Star – only the wise men. The fact that Herod asks when the star appeared and it appeared again after the wise men left Jerusalem implies that the star was not always visible. So we can gather that the word “star” is not being used to designate a comet, a planet or a planetary conjunction, objects which can be seen each night moving against the background of stars. But what kind of star appears, disappears and then reappears? Maybe the Star of Bethlehem is a very special kind of Star which makes it very hard to locate and to see.
Meet the “Red dwarf stars.” Red dwarfs have masses that range from forty percent to just eight percent of the mass of the Sun, and diameters as small as one-seventh the diameter of our Sun. They emit little light, sometimes less than 1/10,000 that of the Sun. Red dwarfs are the most common star type in the Galaxy, and twenty-one of the thirty nearest stars to the Sun are red dwarfs. Some red dwarfs can suddenly erupt and temporarily get much brighter, and the light given off by some red dwarfs can be obscured or concealed by a “nebula” or cloud. A “nebula” is an interstellar cloud of dust and gases, something quite different than an atmospheric cloud.
Astronomers call a cloud-enshrouded eruptive red dwarf a “flare star.” More simply, a flare star is a red dwarf that may undergo very sudden short term changes in brightness. Most dim red dwarfs are also flare stars. Since flare stars can suddenly brighten as much as six magnitudes or more and go from invisible to visible and then back to invisible in minutes, a “wise man” who knew both where and when to look could see an otherwise dark red dwarf star when it flares and unveils itself. Could the star the wise men saw in the East and then saw again in Bethlehem have been a flare star? A flare star erupting and then suddenly increasing in brightness would explain Matthew 2:10 which says, “When they saw the star (in Bethlehem) they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” Is this why Matthew 2:7 says Herod secretly asked the wise men “what time the star appeared.” It is a blessing to be looking in the right place at the right time when a flare star suddenly erupts and unveils itself. Clearly we are not talking about a star that can be seen with the naked eye each night like the millions of stars that dot the sky each night.
For comparative purposes consider that on April 25, 2008 the tiny “red dwarf star known as EV Lacertae, unleashed a mega flare packing the power of thousands of solar flares. The flare was not seen but recorded by Russian and American satellites. To anyone looking in the right spot at the right time the flare would have been visible to the naked eye. Rachel Osten of NASA’s Goddard Space Center in a report titled “Red dwarf star releases giant burst of light,” and said “Here’s a small cool star that shot off a monster flare.”
It is interesting to note that Proxima Centauri, the closest known star to the Earth (4.22 light years away), and many other known stars closest to the Earth are red dwarf flare stars. The possibility of being able to find an unknown flare star in the Earth’s stellar neighborhood by modern astronomical techniques is demonstrated by the discovery in 2003 of a faint red dwarf, a probable flare star that at first appeared to represent the third closest star system to our own. “Our new stellar neighbor is a pleasant surprise, since we weren’t looking for it,” wrote Bonnard Teegarden, an astrophysicist with NASA’s Goddard Flight Center. Teegarden and his colleagues detected the unknown star while searching a database of telescopic sky survey observations. “It was while going through the database that researchers discovered the dim red dwarf, which shines about 300,000 times fainter than the Sun. Its faintness has veiled it from astronomers until now. . . .” Bonnard Teegarden, the discoverer of the new star said, “since the survey only covered a band of the sky (about twenty-five degrees in declination), it is entirely possible that other faint objects remain to be discovered.”
It should be noted that a number of scientists such as award winning astrophysicist, Richard Mueller of the University of California Berkeley, believe that a dark dwarf star exists in our solar system. For various reasons a number of these astronomers propose that our local star, the Sun, like most other stars in the universe has a companion! This proposed companion has come to be popularly referred to as “Nemesis.” Nemesis has still not yet been seen and confirmed after 30 years, most likely because it is “dark,” and it gives off very little light. Some scientists say that it is not simply faint but actually “sub-luminous” meaning this type of star is relatively cool and does not give off enough radiant energy to be clearly seen via electromagnetic spectral emission in the visible light band. Another possibility is that something is obscuring the light that this star gives off. Beyond the Nemesis theory, some astronomers are now searching the sky for small sources of light and infrared radiation, which might indicate the location of a secretive companion star to our Sun, most likely an infrared emitting brown dwarf or a red dwarf.
The Bible appears to give information about this special type of flaring red dwarf star in a number of different places. Arguments could be made that some scriptures talk about this star. In light of the detailed information the Bible provides about comets, it would not be surprising that the Bible also gives information about a type of star that can drive comets to the Earth. (For full references please see THE COMETS OF GOD, and see www.thecometsofgod.com and www.newscientificevidenceforgod.com
Psalm 19:4 says, “he hath set a tabernacle for the sun,” and since a “tabernacle” is a “dwelling place” (Interlinear Bible) this suggests that this dark dwarf, is part of the solar system. Psalm 19:6 says, “His going forth is from the end of the heaven (‘heavens’ – Interlinear, NAS, NIV) and his circuit (‘orbit’ – Interlinear Bible) unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof (‘from His heat’ – Interlinear).” This suggests that the star travels at the end of the solar system (heaven). When Psalm 19:6 also says that “nothing is hid from the heat thereof or from His heat,” it suggests that this star is an infrared emitter, as infrared radiation is the heat given off by a body. Infrared radiation is a function of temperature, and this is how night vision glasses work by making heat waves visible.
A flare star, that is, an eruptive red dwarf star enshrouded in a hydrogen cloud, is an infrared emitter, because the dim light it gives off is mostly blocked and converted to additional heat by the thick and opaque hydrogen cloud that conceals it. II Peter 1:19 may apply here since it talks about “a light that shineth in a dark place” until the day comes when the “day star” arises. “A light that shineth in a dark place” is an accurate description of a flare star, a star that shines inside the cloud that covers and conceals it. Finally, it must be noted that most flare stars are dim eruptive red dwarfs and that all flare stars are infrared emitters.
While the Bible is not a science book, it contains historical and scientific information. There are scriptures that clearly describe cosmic objects enshrouded by clouds, objects that shine in dark places, and objects that unseen by we Earthlings. Finally, could the Star out of Jacob, a Scepter out of Israel, the Star seen only by the wise men at the time of Jesus’ birth also be the “sign of the Son of Man in heaven …” Matthew 24:30) that appears with Jesus’ return? If so, according to the Bible it will make a reappearance that many will see.
Posted 9/13/12 at 2:39 AM | Jeffrey Goodman
The Tale of the Tower – Part 1
The Truth about What Really Happened at the Tower of Babel
In his book excerpt from The Comets of God, archeologist and author, Dr. Jeffrey Goodman forces readers to look at the Tower of Babel Bible story with new analytical eyes and a heavy dose of skepticism.
Its central theme [“The Curse of Agade”] concerns national catastrophe as a direct consequence of divine wrath kindled by a defiant act on the part of man.
Samuel Noah Kramer, who FULL POST
Posted 7/25/12 at 5:33 PM | Jeffrey Goodman |
Tracing the meaning of certain words in the Bible back to their usage in the ancient Near East reveals a large body of internally consistent and detailed scientific information about comets. For example, two of these key words are "star" and "host." To the ancient Hebrews and Greeks the word "star" was a non-specific term used to designate any of the luminous bodies seen in the heavens, including comets, meteors and planets. The term "host" or "host of heaven" was a reference to various objects in heaven and in particular comets. The Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians believed the objects of heaven, and most importantly comets were indwelt by a pantheon or group of gods which they feared and worshipped (Deuteronomy 4:19, 17:3 and Acts 7:42). The Hebrew people were explicitly warned not to worship or fear the “stars” or “host of heaven.” FULL POST
Posted 4/23/12 at 2:03 AM | Jeffrey Goodman |
While the Bible makes reference to the Weapons of God’s Wrath (Isaiah 13:5 NIV), few Bible scholars have addressed exactly what God’s weapons are. Yet dozens of books and scores of pastors have spoken about the part nuclear weapons will play during the end times. Does God need man’s modern inventions to accomplish His will during the end times? Based on the description of the disastrous events prophesied in Revelation, the weapons of God’s wrath must be able to:
Posted 4/2/12 at 3:06 AM | Jeffrey Goodman |
We think we know the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but is there
a plausible explanation for what the Bible says happened? Does a story that tells of
brimstone and fire falling from the sky and a woman becoming a pillar of salt have a scientific basis?
A number of astronomers believe the
destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah involved comet activity. Dr. John S. Lewis, a retired professor of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona and Co-Director of the NASA Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona, is one scientist who believes that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was caused by cosmic bombardment (Rain of Fire and Ice: The Very Real Threat of Comet and Asteroid Bombardment). Genesis 19:24 says, "Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven." "Brimstone (burning sulfur) and fire raining down from heaven" could be a description of the break up and disintegration of a comet in the Earth's atmosphere above these ancient cities, since large chunks of rocky and icy material falling from heaven would be seen as fire raining down from heaven. In addition, cometary material is rich in sulfur. Even a small meteor fall can produce a smell of sulfur that is so strong that it is almost suffocating. FULL POST
Posted 3/19/12 at 5:41 PM | Jeffrey Goodman |
The Bible's Book of Genesis was originally written in Hebrew. Hebrew words like English words can have multiple meanings. The job of a translator is to select the best word to convey the meaning for each word being translated. The better a translator understands what is being said, the better the translation. Knowing how certain words were used at the time and within its culture prevents distorted translations that are inconsistent with the body of material being translated.
In the case of Noah's Flood some basic meteorology and geology should be acknowledged:
Forty days and nights of rain cannot make a major flood.
If all the water in underground aquifers were to rise, and all the water locked up in polar ice and glaciers were to melt, and all the water in the atmosphere and biosphere were to fall to Earth; the oceans would only rise about 140 feet. This would not be enough water to cover mountains.
The traditional translation of Genesis 7:11 (KJV) referring to the Flood says:
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains (#4599 in Strong's Concordance) of the great deep broken up, and the windows (#699 in Strong's Concordance) of heaven were opened (#6605 in Strong's Concordance). FULL POST