By Paul Taylor
A lady came into the shop where I worked. I knew that her husband was a pastor. They both frequently visited our shop. Today, however, she had some fearful news.
“Next year there will be a planetary alignment,” she began. “The planets will be lined up and their gravitational pull will tear the Earth apart.” And she gave me the exact date that this would happen.
As politely as I could, I hazarded the opinion that Jesus had told us that we would not know the day nor the hour, when He was to return.
Patiently, she explained that her husband had looked into the Scriptures and realized from prophecies that the date of the planetary alignment was the date of the Lord’s return.
“My son is a missionary in South America”, she continued. “We know from the natives’ calendars that next year is the end of history. And he has received a wonderful prophetic vision which confirms this truth.”
This discussion took place in 1981. The planetary alignment was due in 1982. It occurred, as predicted by astronomers, on March 10th 1982. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were near enough to alignment to facilitate the Voyager spacecraft, which had been launched a few years previously, so that they would reach the outer planets and take advantage of the near “alignment.” But the Earth was not pulled apart by the gravitational field of these giant planets….
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