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 What Does the Bible Say About Tsunamis?

I got the following in my email box the other day.

I find this a fascinating read but do not know if the assertions are the result of an archaeologist imaginations run amok or could his conclusions actually be right-on. In any case my belief in a global flood is not dependent upon understanding the details of how it happened, but I do find the probabilities interesting.

Here is the article and the accompanying links. What do ya'll think?
ginnyrose

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TUCSON, Ariz., March 14, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Our thoughts, concerns, and prayers go out to those affected by the Japanese 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami on March 11th. Millions of viewers were stunned by the devastation that took place as the debris laden tsunami rolled across the northeast coast of Japan. This catastrophe is remindful of the earthquake that triggered the Indonesian tsunami of 2004 which killed over 200,000 people.

Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, an archeologist and geologist has spent years researching the Bible's stories of catastrophe. He says few realize that catastrophes brought by tsunamis are written about in the Bible. In his book "THE COMETS OF GOD" Goodman says when key phrases in the Bible's account of "Noah's Flood" are properly translated they tell how a comet impact caused a tsunami, which in turn caused the Flood! Physical evidence for this event comes from the recent discovery of an 18-mile wide impact crater at the bottom of the Indian Ocean that dates back to the time of the Flood. This crater is called the Burckle Impact Crater. A 2008 History Channel documentary about the discovery of this crater concludes, "The cause of the Biblical Great Flood may have been a massive three-mile wide comet that crashed into the Indian Ocean 4,800 years ago." An impact this large would have caused an earthquake tens of thousands of times more powerful than the Japanese earthquake and waves about 1000 times higher. A series of towering tsunamis would have gone out in all directions for months due to aftershocks. Tsunamis several miles in height would have raced north toward the land of Noah and up the Tigris-Euphrates Valley in Iraq, before slamming into the "mountains of Ararat" in Turkey and falling back to flood the land. The raging waters of successive mega-tsunami waves could have easily reached high enough to temporarily cover the mountains. In addition to the impact crater, physical evidence for this event also comes from unique chevron shaped tsunami deposits that have been found far inland in Africa, Australia and India. These tsunami deposits contain deep water shells mixed with unique materials from the comet's impact. One deposit is over 600 feet high, covering an area twice the size of Manhattan.

Astonishingly, Goodman says that the Bible prophesies that another impact triggered tsunami will occur during the end times. The Second Trumpet of the Bible's Book of Revelation (Rev 8:8-9) tells how "a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood (the word "blood" is being used as a metaphor for "death") and the third part of the creatures in the sea . . . died, and the third part of the ships were destroyed." This prophecy seems to describe a comet or comet fragment resembling a mountain hitting the ocean which would set in motion a tsunami, where many creatures in the sea would die, and many ships would be destroyed. Geoscientists calculate that an oceanic impact would heat the sea water near the impact to over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Trillions of gallons of sea water thrown up into the air would produce a rapidly expanding fireball of steam and molten ejecta that would destroy ships in its path for a distance of several hundred miles. This conflagration would also drown animals and suffocate fish.

Goodman is not the only scientist to relate descriptions of events from the Bible to cosmic impacts. A growing number of astronomers and planetary scientists have begun to write about how the catastrophes of "Revelation" accurately describe different types of cosmic impact, depending on whether the land, sea or atmosphere is hit. Dr. John S. Lewis, a leading expert on cosmic impacts in his 1997 book (pages 11-13) "Rain of Iron and Ice" asks "Did John (the author of the Book of Revelation) somehow know more about impact phenomena than any scientist before the present decade?"

Added information is available at www.thecometsofgod.com and www.newscientificevidenceforgod.com.


Christian Newswire


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 2011/3/16 13:45Profile
Josef83
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 Re: What Does the Bible Say About Tsunamis?

The bibel says that God is the cause of calamities.(Amos 3:6, Mika 1:12, Isah 45:7 etc)
that includes tsunamies.


Historical belives :

The cause and cure of earthquake - Charles Wesley 1750

Earthquakes are set forth by the inspired writers as God’s proper judicial act, or the punishment of sin. Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. (Psalm 18:7).

So also the Prophet Isaiah:
I will punish the world for its evil… And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the LORD of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger. (Isaiah 13:11, 13).

And again,
You will be punished by the LORD of hosts With thunder and earthquake and great noise. (Isaiah 29:6).
We cannot conceive that the universe would have been disturbed by these furious accidents before sin. Therefore reason, as well as faith, sufficiently assures us that such disasters must be the punishment of sin, and the effect of that curse which was brought upon the earth by the original transgression.
Judgment and repentance Nothing can be so affecting as this judgment of earthquakes when it comes unexpectedly as a thief in the night, when there is no time to flee, or method to escape, or possibility to resist; when no sanctuary or refuge remains, when the earth opens suddenly, and becomes the grave of whole families, streets, and cities. There is only the difference of a few hours or minutes between a famous city and none at all! When God makes the mountains tremble, and the earth shake, shall not our hearts be moved? “‘Do you not fear Me?’ says the LORD. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence?’” (Jeremiah 5:22).
Will you not fear Him who can thus suddenly turn a fruitful land into a barren wilderness; an amazing spectacle of desolation and ruin? O that His fear might this moment fall upon all you who hear these words; constraining every one of you to cry out, “My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments” (Psalm 119:120).
Repent, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance; let us break off our sins this moment. “‘Now, therefore,’ says the LORD” — who is not willing any should perish:

“Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him? (Joel 2:12-14)

Will you heed the warning? God waits to see what effect His warnings will have. He has no pleasure in the death of him who dies. God warns you of the approaching judgment, that you may take warning, and escape it by timely repentance. He lifts up his hand and shakes it over you, that you may see it and prevent the final stroke. He tells you, “Now is the axe laid unto the root of the trees” (Matthew 3:10).
Therefore repent; bring forth good fruit; and you shall not be hewn down, and cast into the fire. O do not despise the riches of His mercy, but let it lead you to repentance! How slow is the Lord to anger! How unwilling to punish! By what leisurely steps does He come to take vengeance! How many lighter afflictions before the final blow! If we provoke Him to lay waste our earth, and turn it upside down, and overthrow us, as He overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, shall we not have procured this unto ourselves? If we perish at last, we perish without excuse; for what could have been done more to save us? Yes, you have now another call to repentance, another offer of mercy. In the name of the Lord Jesus, I warn you once more, as a watchman over the house of Israel, to flee from the wrath to come! The Lord was in the earthquake, and He put a solemn question to thy conscience: “Are you ready to die?” “Is your peace made with God?” If the earth just now were to open its mouth and swallow you up, what would become of you? Where would you be?

Repent and believe the gospel Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall yet be saved. Confess with a broken heart your unbelief; your having rejected, or not accepted, Jesus Christ as your only Savior. Until you repent of your unbelief, all your good desires and promises are vain, and will pass away as a morning cloud. The vows which you make in a time of trouble, you will forget and break as soon as the trouble is over and the danger past. But if you repent and believe, then you are justified by faith. You will have peace with God, and will rejoice in hope of His glorious appearing. He who believes has the earnest of heaven in his heart; he has love stronger than death. Death to a believer has lost its sting. Therefore he will “not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” (Psalm 46:2). For he knows in whom he has believed; and that “neither life nor death shall be able to separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus his Lord.” Come, then, to the Author and Finisher of faith, confessing your sins, and the root of all — your unbelief — so that He can forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Come to the Friend of sinners, and he will give you pardon! Enter into the rock, the ark, the city of refuge! He has spared you for this very thing; that your eyes might see His salvation. Whatever judgments are yet to come, those who call on the name of the Lord Jesus shall be delivered. Call upon Him now. Your life, you soul, is at stake! Cry mightily unto Him, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
-Charles Wesley

Bibel kommentarer till Amos 3:6
"(f) Will the Prophet's threaten God's judgments and the people not be afraid? (g) Does any adversity come without God's appointment? (Isaiah 45:7)"
- John Calvin

"Afraid - Affected with the danger. Evil - Such as plague or famine. Done it - Either immediately by his own hand, or by the hands of those he employs. Whoever are the instruments, God is the principal agent. Out of his mouth both good and evil proceed."
- John Wesley

"shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done [it]? which is not to be understood of the evil of sin, of which God is not the author, it being contrary to his nature and will; and though he permits it to be done by others, yet he never does it himself, nor so much as tempts men to it, James 1:13; unless the words should be rendered, as they may be, "shall there be evil in a city, and shall not the Lord do" or "work" {g}? shall sin be committed in a city, all sorts of sin, in the most bold and extravagant manner, and will not the Lord do something to show his resentment of it? is it not time for him to arise and work for his name's sake? will he not visit for these things, and be avenged on such a city, and the inhabitants of it? but this may be interpreted of the evil of affliction or judgment; which, wherever it comes, is by the order and appointment of God, and is inflicted by him; thus evil, as well as good, comes out of the mouth and hand of the most High; and he creates the evil of adversity, as well as makes peace and prosperity; see Job 2:10."
- John Gill

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Josef83
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 Re: What Does the Bible Say About Tsunamis?

The bibel says that God is the cause of calamities.(Amos 3:6, Mika 1:12, Isah 45:7 etc)
that includes tsunamies.


Historical belives :

The cause and cure of earthquake - Charles Wesley 1750

Earthquakes are set forth by the inspired writers as God’s proper judicial act, or the punishment of sin. Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. (Psalm 18:7).

So also the Prophet Isaiah:
I will punish the world for its evil… And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the LORD of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger. (Isaiah 13:11, 13).

And again,
You will be punished by the LORD of hosts With thunder and earthquake and great noise. (Isaiah 29:6).
We cannot conceive that the universe would have been disturbed by these furious accidents before sin. Therefore reason, as well as faith, sufficiently assures us that such disasters must be the punishment of sin, and the effect of that curse which was brought upon the earth by the original transgression.
Judgment and repentance Nothing can be so affecting as this judgment of earthquakes when it comes unexpectedly as a thief in the night, when there is no time to flee, or method to escape, or possibility to resist; when no sanctuary or refuge remains, when the earth opens suddenly, and becomes the grave of whole families, streets, and cities. There is only the difference of a few hours or minutes between a famous city and none at all! When God makes the mountains tremble, and the earth shake, shall not our hearts be moved? “‘Do you not fear Me?’ says the LORD. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence?’” (Jeremiah 5:22).
Will you not fear Him who can thus suddenly turn a fruitful land into a barren wilderness; an amazing spectacle of desolation and ruin? O that His fear might this moment fall upon all you who hear these words; constraining every one of you to cry out, “My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments” (Psalm 119:120).
Repent, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance; let us break off our sins this moment. “‘Now, therefore,’ says the LORD” — who is not willing any should perish:

“Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him? (Joel 2:12-14)

Will you heed the warning? God waits to see what effect His warnings will have. He has no pleasure in the death of him who dies. God warns you of the approaching judgment, that you may take warning, and escape it by timely repentance. He lifts up his hand and shakes it over you, that you may see it and prevent the final stroke. He tells you, “Now is the axe laid unto the root of the trees” (Matthew 3:10).
Therefore repent; bring forth good fruit; and you shall not be hewn down, and cast into the fire. O do not despise the riches of His mercy, but let it lead you to repentance! How slow is the Lord to anger! How unwilling to punish! By what leisurely steps does He come to take vengeance! How many lighter afflictions before the final blow! If we provoke Him to lay waste our earth, and turn it upside down, and overthrow us, as He overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, shall we not have procured this unto ourselves? If we perish at last, we perish without excuse; for what could have been done more to save us? Yes, you have now another call to repentance, another offer of mercy. In the name of the Lord Jesus, I warn you once more, as a watchman over the house of Israel, to flee from the wrath to come! The Lord was in the earthquake, and He put a solemn question to thy conscience: “Are you ready to die?” “Is your peace made with God?” If the earth just now were to open its mouth and swallow you up, what would become of you? Where would you be?

Repent and believe the gospel Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall yet be saved. Confess with a broken heart your unbelief; your having rejected, or not accepted, Jesus Christ as your only Savior. Until you repent of your unbelief, all your good desires and promises are vain, and will pass away as a morning cloud. The vows which you make in a time of trouble, you will forget and break as soon as the trouble is over and the danger past. But if you repent and believe, then you are justified by faith. You will have peace with God, and will rejoice in hope of His glorious appearing. He who believes has the earnest of heaven in his heart; he has love stronger than death. Death to a believer has lost its sting. Therefore he will “not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” (Psalm 46:2). For he knows in whom he has believed; and that “neither life nor death shall be able to separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus his Lord.” Come, then, to the Author and Finisher of faith, confessing your sins, and the root of all — your unbelief — so that He can forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Come to the Friend of sinners, and he will give you pardon! Enter into the rock, the ark, the city of refuge! He has spared you for this very thing; that your eyes might see His salvation. Whatever judgments are yet to come, those who call on the name of the Lord Jesus shall be delivered. Call upon Him now. Your life, you soul, is at stake! Cry mightily unto Him, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
-Charles Wesley

Bibel kommentarer till Amos 3:6
"(f) Will the Prophet's threaten God's judgments and the people not be afraid? (g) Does any adversity come without God's appointment? (Isaiah 45:7)"
- John Calvin

"Afraid - Affected with the danger. Evil - Such as plague or famine. Done it - Either immediately by his own hand, or by the hands of those he employs. Whoever are the instruments, God is the principal agent. Out of his mouth both good and evil proceed."
- John Wesley

"shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done [it]? which is not to be understood of the evil of sin, of which God is not the author, it being contrary to his nature and will; and though he permits it to be done by others, yet he never does it himself, nor so much as tempts men to it, James 1:13; unless the words should be rendered, as they may be, "shall there be evil in a city, and shall not the Lord do" or "work" {g}? shall sin be committed in a city, all sorts of sin, in the most bold and extravagant manner, and will not the Lord do something to show his resentment of it? is it not time for him to arise and work for his name's sake? will he not visit for these things, and be avenged on such a city, and the inhabitants of it? but this may be interpreted of the evil of affliction or judgment; which, wherever it comes, is by the order and appointment of God, and is inflicted by him; thus evil, as well as good, comes out of the mouth and hand of the most High; and he creates the evil of adversity, as well as makes peace and prosperity; see Job 2:10."
- John Gill

 2011/3/16 14:57Profile
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 Re: What Does the Bible Say About Tsunamis?

Regarding the Bible and tsunamis, here is the follow-up info from this archeologist which explains his retranslation of Genesis 7:11. This retranslation shows how this verse indicates that Noah's Flood was really a tsunami caused by a comet impact.

TUCSON, Ariz., March 22, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- The idea that Noah's Flood was caused by a tsunami will come as a surprise to many Christians who have grown up believing that the Flood was caused by 40 days and nights of rain. Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, an archeologist and a geologist who has spent years researching the Bible's stories of catastrophe says something else caused the Flood. In his book "THE COMETS OF GOD" Goodman focuses on two phrases in Genesis 7:11 which say, "the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened."

The traditional translation of the original Hebrew of Genesis 7:11 seems to tell of a flood caused by fountains under the deep breaking up and gushing water that suddenly raised the sea level, and windows of heaven opening to release 40 days of rain which inundates the Earth and covers the high hills and mountains. However, oil exploration, deep drilling and seismic studies have shown there aren't any "fountains" or "springs" under the sea to cause the sea to suddenly rise. Further, based on extensive telescopic study of the heavens, astronomers know there are no watery windows or floodgates in heaven that could inundate the Earth, not even metaphorically.

Dr. Goodman says when the phrases in Genesis 7:11 are properly translated they tell how a comet impact caused a mega-tsunami, which in turn caused the Flood! He explains that the Hebrew word translated as "fountains" or "springs" can also be translated as "sources." Amazingly, astronomers now know that icy comets are the "sources of the great deep," since the chemical signature of the oceans' water is the same as that of "Main Belt" comets. Comets can be "broken up" and impact the oceans causing mega-tsunamis, with waves high enough to temporarily cover mountains.

Goodman also explains that the Hebrew word translated as "windows" or "floodgates" can also mean "to lurk or lie in wait," and the word translated as "opened" can also mean "loosed." Astronomers know that the solar system is surrounded by a great "storehouse" of comets (the Oort Cloud), out of which comets "are loosed" to come into the inner solar system and go on to strike the earth. A verse in the Book of Job actually speaks of the place where comets wait before being released or loosed upon our solar system. Job 38:22 NIV asks, "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow (comets) or seen the storehouses of the hail (comets can be surrounded by a huge cloud of basketball sized hailstones) which I reserve for times of trouble...?"

A new translation of Genesis 7:11 would now read:
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 sources (#4599 in Strong's Concordance) of the great primeval ocean (comets) broken up, and those that lie in wait (#699 in Strong's Concordance) in heaven (comets) were loosed (#6605 in Strong's Concordance).
Genesis 7:11 -- Goodman's retranslation

A test of any translation is how well it fits with the facts. It is important to recognize that this new translation of Genesis 7:11 which calls for a "major cometary-related inundation event" was made years before the discovery of the Burckle Impact Crater at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, which provides physical evidence for such an event around the time of Noah. In addition, support for this retranslation comes from the Sumerians and the Babylonians (regional neighbors to the Bible's Noah) who each have their own accounts of the Flood which say the flood covered the mountains on the first day, and describe events that are cometary in nature.

A more detailed explanation of this new translation of Genesis 7:11, and information about the Burckle Impact Crater is posted at www.newscientificevidenceforgod.com. Added information is available at www.thecometsofgod.com.

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