Asteroid Apophis and The Apocalypse

Asteroid Apophis
The Apocalypse

Njord Kane

© 2017 by Njord Kane. All rights reserved.

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Published on: December 1, 2017 by Spangenhelm Publishing

Interior Design and Cover by: Njord Kane

ISBN-13: 978-1943066261

ISBN-10: 1943066264

1. Religion 2. Astronomy 3. Prophecy 4. Bible Prophecy

First Edition.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Discovery of the Asteroid

Chapter 2 The Asteroid’s Size

Chapter 3 Plans to Stop it

Chapter 4 The Final Approach

Chapter 5 What was foretold

Chapter 6 Establishing when Jesus was born

Chapter 7 Establishing Jesus’ Ministry

Chapter 8 Establishing Jesus’ Resurrection

Chapter 9 Jesus’ Name

Chapter 10 The Timeline

Chapter 11 Two Thousand Years

Chapter 12 The Rapture

Chapter 13 Seven years of Tribulation

Chapter 14 The Second Coming

Chapter 15 Conclusion (you decide)





You may or may not be aware of this, but there’s an asteroid headed towards us named, ‘Apophis 99942’.

If you weren’t aware, then here’s your warning:

“Hey, NASA announced that there’s an asteroid headed towards us”.

Don’t panic.

During the Christmas holiday of 2004, the international scientific community warned the public of an asteroid approaching expected to impact Easter Sunday 2036. Before news spread, the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami occurred the following day.

The public immediately forgot about Asteroid 2004 MN4 as news of the tsunami dominated the media.

In 2004, a team of world renowned astronomers detected an asteroid hidden in the Sun’s glare which had an orbital path heading directly towards Earth. The asteroid was named Apophis 99942 (Asteroid 2004 MN4) and is calculated to have a near-earth passover on April 13th, 2029, which will be clearly visible from the ground.

After it passes over ‘scary close’ in 2029, it will continue it’s now altered orbit by gravitational attraction and return seven years later, impacting Earth on Easter Sunday, April 13, 2036 with 750 megatons of kinetic energy estimated to initially wipe out more than 10 million people.

Undeniably, this will cause an apocalypse.

All of this information you can check and verify yourself. In fact, I implore you to do so.

Find out hard-core verifiable facts of what scientists (astrophysicists, NASA, etc..) know about this asteroid and what they say is going to happen. What information do they have about its size and when it is going to impact us.

From a Christian perspective, the math along with historical records of this apocalyptic event match according to what we know of biblical prophecy and of what Christ tried to explain to us during His Ministry.

It’s just something you can’t ignore. Weight out the information yourself.



Chapter 1

Like a thief in the night

The Discovery of the Asteroid

If you read the preface then you’re already aware that there’s a giant rock hurling towards us named Apophis 99942.

If you didn’t read it then, ‘hey,.. there’s a giant rock hurling towards us named Apophis 99942’.

What is Apophis 99942?

Apophis 99942, also known as Asteroid 2004 MN4, is a near-Earth asteroid that was discovered in 2004 which has an orbit path calculated by NASA to collide with the planet Earth in the very near future.

Initial observations of the approaching asteroid indicated a probability of up to 2.7% that it would hit Earth on April 13, 2029.

Ironically, this happens to fall on Friday the 13th.

However, later calculations and measurements have reduced this risk down to being a historically close approach of this asteroid near Earth on April 13, 2029.

It will, unfortunately, return seven years later on April 13, 2036 and impact Earth.

This time in 2036, April 13th will fall on a Sunday, Easter Sunday.

The Asteroid was discovered just after 9 p.m. on June 18, 2004 by astronomer David J. Tholen at the Kitt Peak National Observatory with the help of Roy Tucker and Fabrizio Bernardi.

Three well known and highly respected astronomers using some of the world’s most sophisticated astronomical equipment available.

The observatory is located on Kitt Peak of the Quinlan Mountains in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

This is about 55 miles west by southwest of Tucson, Arizona.

The Kitt Peak Observatory is administered by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The secluded Observatory is equipped with 24 optical and two radio telescopes. This Observatory’s collection is the largest and most diverse gathering of astronomical instruments in the world.

As the day faded into darkness over Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona secuded mountains, David Tholen was scanning for asteroids in an astronomical blind spot. This ‘blind spot’ is right inside Earth’s orbit where the sun’s glare can overwhelm telescopes.

Telescopes are light gathering devices which rely heavily on light and darkness contrasts to see faint and small objects in space. When the brilliant light from the Sun comes in, much of the light’s contrast disappears and even large bright objects become very difficult to see.

You can see the difference in “light pollution” from the image on the left and the same section of sky on the right. The light contrast lessens and fewer celestial objects can be seen.

This is the same problem with viewing objects inside of Earth’s orbit because of the Sun’s light.

Because of this ‘light pollution’ astronomers seek out secluded regions where there is minimal light pollution. To view anything always illuminated by the Sun from Earth’s vantage point, you need a very secluded area and exceptional equipment.

This what David Tholen was doing at the Kitt Peak National Observatory using some of the most sophisticated equipment on the planet. in a remote location free of light pollution to scan a very difficult to see region in space.

David James Tholen is an astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Tholen holds a PhD from the University of Arizona and specializes in planetary and Solar System astronomy. He is a discoverer of minor planets and known for the ‘Tholen spectral classification scheme‘ used on asteroids.

The first sign of the threat was no more than a speck on a star-streaked telescope image. Dr. Tholen wasn’t even sure he found anything significant. He knew that objects lurking there could sometimes veer toward Earth, drawn in by gravitational attraction.

There was an object hiding in the astronomical ‘blind spot’ of the Sun’s glare and sneaking up into Earth’s orbit unseen like a “thief in the night”.

Even more so, it was approaching in a manner where gravitational attraction would pull it the rest of the way into Earth’s orbit, eventually colliding.

Here’s a brief explanation of ‘gravitational attraction’.

Gravitational Attraction is the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth’s mass for bodies near its surface. In sum, objects with mass, such as planets and other large objects have their own gravity and that gravity is attracted to other masses. They draw and pull towards each other with the larger object pulling the smaller object towards it.

Spotting the object, Dr. Tholen enlisted the help of colleagues Roy Tucker and Fabrizio Bernardi.

Roy A. Tucker is a well known astronomer and prolific discoverer of minor planets who is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 702 numbered minor planets between 1996 and 2010.

He has also discovered two comets:

328P/LONEOS–Tucker and C/2004 Q1,
a Jupiter-family and near-parabolic comet.

Fabrizio Bernardi is an astronomer and discoverer of minor planets and comets. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of seven numbered minor planets during 2002–2005. This includes (280244) 2002 WP11, another near-Earth object a member of the Amor group of asteroids and (413666) 2005 VJ119, a trans-Neptunian object.

In 2002, Fabrizio Bernardi discovered the outer main-belt asteroid 65001 Teodorescu and named it after his wife, astronomer Ana Teodorescu. He also discovered 268P/Bernardi, a Jupiter family comet.

These were some if the World’s leading experts in obscure objects in our solar system.

They stared at the three images of the same section of sky cycle on the monitor’s screen. The images which had been taken just a few minutes apart revealed the object’s movement in the tail of our orbit.

“Here’s your guy,” said Tucker, pointing at a clump of white pixels that moved frame to frame across the images taken through the Observatory’s telescope.

Dr. Tholen reported the sighting to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center, a clearinghouse for data on asteroids and comets.

When the object was first discovered on June 19, 2004 by these three prestigious astronomers, it was initially given the reference designation as:

Asteroid 2004 MN4

They were hoping to take another look at the object, now known as 2004 MN4, later that week. Unfortunately, they were rained out and then the asteroid disappeared from view.

After Asteroid 2004 MN4 was rediscovered by G.J. Garradd at Siding Springs, Australia in December 2004, it was not only confirmed but also recognized as a potentially hazardous asteroid with a significant Earth impact probability in April 2029.

Later in December, astronomers got a fix on Asteroid 2004 MN4 again and that’s when they realized they had a serious problem. They had tracked the object’s orbit and the results were not looking very good at all.

On December 21st, Winter Solstice 2004, it was calculated that Asteroid 2004 MN4 passed approximately 14,410,000 km from Earth (the Moon is 384,400 km).

The asteroid, which is bigger than a sports arena, was tumbling menacingly closer to our planet every few years. As observations streamed into the Minor Planet Center, the asteroid was becoming increasingly sinister.

“The impact hazard kept getting higher and higher,” said Dr. Tholen in an interview with National Geographic Magazine.

Three days later on Christmas Eve 2004, Paul Chodas, Steve Chesley and Don Yeomans at NASA’s Near Earth Object Program office calculated a 1-in-60 chance that 2004 MN4 would collide with Earth.

Impact date: April 13, 2029.

By Christmas of 2004, models were now predicting 1-in-40 odds that Asteroid 2004 MN4 would smash into Earth on April 13, 2029.

“One colleague called it (the Asteroid) the ‘Grinch that stole Christmas’,” Dr. Tholen said.

They were becoming more and more alarmed.

They made a formal announcement through the international media and the public was informed.

Then on December 26, 2004, a major catastrophe struck: the Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

The public immediately forgot about Asteroid 2004 MN4 as news of the tsunami dominated the media.

In the meantime, astronomers dug out earlier images of the asteroid to gather as much information on the object as they could. The extra data enabled the scientists to calculate the asteroid’s orbit and they discovered that it would actually pass safely by Earth in year 2029.

A close call. It wasn’t going to impact after all and instead pass ‘scary close’ on April 13, 2029.

There was still more work to be done. Pre-discovery recovery observations from March 15, 2004 were identified on December 27 and an improved orbit solution was then computed.

Radar astrometry in January 2005 further refined the Asteroid 2004 MN4’s orbit solution.

Additional observations also provided improved calculations which helped eliminate the possibility of the asteroid impacting Earth or the Moon in the year 2029.

The image below is as close as current data places Asteroid 2004 MN4 to passing Earth in the year 2019.

The white bar at the end of the trajectory line next to the representation of Earth indicates uncertainty in the range of positions (as known in February 2005).

When it comes past again in the year 2020, it will be closer and scientists will have a better gauge of the asteroid’s orbit and size.

Close approach of Apophis on April 13, 2029
(as known in February 3, 2005).

Notice on the above image that Asteroid 2004 MN4’s orbit will be changed while passing by the ‘gravitational attraction’ which was briefly explained on page 6.

When the asteroid passes in 2029, its orbit will be in orbital resonance with Earth. This will substantially increase the probability of a future impact in the year 2036.

Because of this change in the asteroid’s orbit, scientists can no longer rule out the ever increasing chance that Apophis will strike with catastrophic effect on Easter Sunday, April 13, 2036.

Later on June 24, 2005, when the object’s orbit was sufficiently well calculated, it received the permanent designation number of 99942.

This permanent designation number made it eligible to be named and on July 19, 2005, Asteroid 2004 MN4 received the name “Apophis” by the discovery team.

In the August 18, 2005 copy of Astronomy Magazine, Bill Cooke explained the naming in his article, “Asteroid Apophis set for a makeover”:

Apophis is the Greek name of an enemy of the Ancient Egyptian sun-god Ra: Apep, the Uncreator, an evil serpent that dwells in the eternal darkness of the Duat and tries to swallow Ra during his nightly passage. Apep is held at bay by Set, the Ancient Egyptian god of storms and the desert.

David J. Tholen and Tucker—two of the co-discoverers of the asteroid—are reportedly fans of the TV series Stargate SG-1. One of the show’s persistent villains is an alien named Apophis. He is one of the principal threats to the existence of civilization on Earth through the first few seasons, thus likely why the asteroid was named after him.

In the fictional world of the show, the alien’s backstory was that he had lived on Earth during ancient times and had posed as a god, thereby giving rise to the myth of the Egyptian god of the same name.”

According to the article, Asteroid 2004 MN4 was named ‘Apophis’ after the Egyptian god of death and uncreation. And this naming was based upon one of astronomer’s favorite television shows?

Works for me and what an appropriate name when you think about it. If this asteroid hits us, it very well may be ‘the uncreator’.

Here is a depiction of the ‘uncreator’ Egyptian god Apep (Apophis) as a serpent. His name is reconstructed by Egyptologists as *ʻAʼpāpī, as it was written ꜥꜣpp(y) and survived in later Coptic Greek as Ⲁⲫⲱⲫ (Aphōph), later anglicized as ‘Apophis’.

Ancient Egyptian art depicting Apep (Apophis from Coptic Greek: Ⲁⲫⲱⲫ) being warded off by a deity.

The danger was averted, but there still remained the probability that during 2029 close encounter with Earth, asteroid Apophis would pass through a gravitational keyhole.

This ‘keyhole’ is a small region no more than about 600 miles wide that would pull in Apophis’ orbit closer into Earth’s. This ‘gravitational’ attraction’ was calculated that it would set up a future impact exactly seven years later when it passed again.

This future impact date is:
Easter Sunder, April 13, 2036

In the year 2013, asteroid Apophis passed within 0.0966 AU (14,450,000 km; 8,980,000 mi) of Earth and allowed scientists to refine the trajectory for future calculations of close passes to come.

The next pass of the asteroid will be in the year 2020 and this time you’ll be able to see it with a telescope (pending weather, light, etc.).


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