On Friday an asteroid capable of leveling an entire city will come closer to the earth than many of our country’s communication satellites. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass about seventeen thousand miles from the planet on Friday (February 15, 2013). For a distance comparison, remember that the moon is about 250,000 miles away. This asteroid is about a hundred fifty feet across, which means that it would create quite a crater if it hit land. However, because of its relatively small size, it would only be a regional catastrophe instead of a worldwide one.
The reason you may not have heard much about 2012 DA14 is that astronomers have assured us that it will zoom quietly past us on Friday. The science behind such calculations is quite good, and astronomers can confidently state that there is no danger to the earth this go round. Of course, there are some conspiracy web sites that question whether any government would allow astronomers to release information guaranteed to panic a significant chunk of the population. Perhaps we can discuss such ethical conundrums in a future post. In this post, I do not want to discuss the “What ifs,” but rather our authority over the “What ifs.”
As I wrote back in September, the Lord has shown me an asteroid/meteor that strikes the earth. That wasn’t the main point of the September post, which was about God impacting earth with his presence, but it did rate a mention (You can read that post HERE). I didn’t flesh out the details of the asteroid in that post, but I will share in more detail here.
Back in December of 2011, I had an experience where I was standing outside watching an asteroid descend through the atmosphere to the southeast of Florida (an asteroid that encounters our atmosphere becomes a flaming meteor). When I write that it was an experience, I mean that I experienced it. My memory has recorded the event as if it really happened. Assuming that the details of the experience were true to life, I can tell you what a large meteor looks like when it plunges through the atmosphere to the southeast of Florida. It is pretty impressive.
I didn’t know how far away the meteor was from Florida’s shores, simply because I did not know its size. If it was a small meteor like 2012 DA14, then it would have been fairly close; if it was larger it would have been further away. It really didn’t matter that much to me. What mattered is that I knew that we had authority to deal with this thing. I turned to the people who were with me and told them that we needed to regroup back at the church in order to deal with this situation.
There were two things that I understood from that experience. First, that at some point in the future we will have to deal with an asteroid hitting off the southeast coast of Florida. Second, that we have intercessory authority to protect our area from its effects.
Again, astronomers are very clear that 2012 DA14 is not the asteroid that I saw. But that hasn’t stopped me from praying about it, and asteroids in general. In fact, I have been using this celestial flyby as an excuse to discuss this topic with my congregation, and to pray against any negative effects from this asteroid, or any future asteroids. In essence, I have been using 2012 DA14 as practice and preparation for a future event, whether expected or not.
This is pretty normal for us. God has trained us to be a praying congregation. We have learned the importance of intercessory prayer for our geographical area. Because we live in a hurricane zone, we normally pray that the Lord establish hedges around our area of influence to stop hurricane force winds from entering. That prayer, of course, is based upon the hedge of protection that the Lord established around Job (see Job 1:10). Job was protected against windstorms, among other things, until his hedge was removed. We want that same type of hedge to protect us from our windstorms and other threats.
As I have been praying against the effects of an asteroid strike, I wondered how you raise a hedge against an asteroid? When I picture hedges, I imagine them to our north, south, east, and west blocking negative things. That picture works well against some effects of an asteroid strike. If the asteroid hits in the ocean, the hedge will block a tsunami, and even the windstorm created by the concussive force of a strike, but what about a direct hit from above?
As I thought about this, I realized Job’s hedge had also protected him from above. After the hedge was removed, fire fell from heaven and burned up and consumed his flocks and servants (see Job 1:16 NASB). Lightning doesn’t normally burn AND consume what it hits, especially when we are discussing a large number of animals and people. However, a meteor exploding in the air above those people and animals would consume them. I suspect that a meteor destroyed Job’s sheep and servants. When I saw this, I realized that Job’s hedge even protected him from negative celestial events.
We have added this understanding to our prayers. As we have prayed about an asteroid strike, we not only have asked that our hedge would protect us from all horizontal risks, but also that our hedge would protect us from all things above us. And, even though we are not in a recognized earthquake zone, I have even prayed that our hedge would protect us from things below us. In doing this, we are seeking the Lord while he may be found. When the day of disaster comes, we do not want to be caught flatfooted.
These are important prayers. Psalm 116:15 tells us: “The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man.” That simply means that we need to exercise our authority on this earth. Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth (see Matthew 28:18). He has chosen to give those keys to his Church to use on this earth (see Matthew 16:19). As the head of the Church, he directs us how to use the keys he has given us.
Back in December of 2011, the Head of the Church pushed me in a particular direction. He showed me something, and then made certain I understood we have the authority to deal with it. He has given us keys that even protect against negative celestial events. I have chosen to use those keys. I also invite you to use Friday’s celestial event as an excuse to strengthen the hedges around you. You have the authority.
Update: The news stations are reporting this Friday morning that a meteor hit Russia about 9:20 AM local time on February 15th (today). The resulting concussive blast (sonic boom) sent over 500 people to the hospitals at last report. Initial reports indicate that the Russian military found a hole 20 feet in diameter where part of it hit.
Yes, this is bizarre. On the day that the world is looking at 2012 DA14 to skim by, one so significant that hundreds are injured hits. I don’t have anything from the Lord on it, but it is bizarre.
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