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Spaceship Earth

The earth is literally a moving vehicle upon which we are all passengers (the history of humanity's ride has at times sort of been like a giant mad-house bus on which individual passengers regard their seat as sovereign territory, a bus on which millions die of over-indulgence while at the same time millions of others die of starvation in the seats right next to them). But the earth is also a unique sort of vehicle in that it isn't just moving in one direction; it's moving in many directions at the same time.

A Spiral Galaxy

  • The earth is turning on its axis, one complete turn each day (it's that turn that causes the "day"). For someone at the equator, that means that they are traveling at about 1,000 miles / 1,600 kilometers per hour (i.e. the circumference of the earth at the equator is about 24,900 miles / 40,000 kilometers). Paradoxically, someone standing on the North or South Pole would merely do a complete turn, once each day, as they stood in place.

  • The earth is orbiting the sun, one complete orbit each year (it's that orbit that causes the "year"). The orbital velocity of earth through space is about 19 miles / 30 kilometers per second e.g. planet earth could fly the 3,500 miles / 5,600 kilometers from New York to London in about 3 minutes.

  • The entire solar system (the sun and all of the planets that orbit it, including earth) are moving as a whole up and down through the galactic plane on a time scale of millions of years, sort of like the horses on a merry-go-round (a galaxy has billions of stars, and there are billions of galaxies in the universe - the telescope photo shows a galaxy of billions of individual stars, millions of which are very much like the star that we call the "sun").

  • The galaxy itself is turning, as shown in the example in the photograph, sort of like the spiraling froth on the top of a cup of cocoa after it's been stirred.

  • The galaxy itself, like all of the other billions of galaxies, is moving through the universe as the universe expands.

Humans have long dreamed of building spaceships, all the while riding on one that provides everyone with billions of free air miles every day of their lives.

"great earthquake ... the sea and the waves roaring"

There is another way that the earth is moving, a way that makes itself far more noticeable than those described above - a titanic natural movement of earthly power that is often very deadly and tragic to humanity.

The planet on which we live is neither solid nor smooth. It's far from being like a lifeless billiard ball. Inside, churning, molten rock is found in the depths to the core. The surface crust has many cracks and holes, and is actually moving - all of which are natural dynamic forces which began at The Seven Days Of Creation.

World Peace Is Coming

"Plate Tectonics" is the term used to describe the sections of the earth's surface that in places grind against one another (e.g. the huge San Andreas fault system that runs up through Mexico and into California), or in others pull away (look at a world map to see how the west coast of Africa and the east coast of South America once fitted together perfectly).

Geological faults are relatively harmless during the years that they are building up pressure as they attempt to slide past one another, but when the joint suddenly slips and releases the incredible tension that has built up, earthquakes happen. Along with them, if an earthquake occurs at sea, great ocean waves can be created that travel hundreds of miles at hundreds of miles per hour before slamming ashore with horrendous loss of life.

Bible prophecy describes the time just before Christ's return in which there will be "great earthquake" and "the waves roaring"

"And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:13-15 KJV)

"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (Luke 21:25-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: In which direction will the Mount of Olives be split by a great earthquake that will occur at Christ's return?
Zechariah 14:3-5
See also The Return Of Jesus Christ

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