Over m the years, a number of modern-day astronomers, have concluded there was once an extra planet in our Solar System. A computerized simulation programme used to study the early stages of the Solar System, and developed by the South-west Research Institute, shows that statistically, it’s extremely unlikely that it began with the four giant planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, but is 10 times more likely to have developed to its present state if there was a fifth monster body in the mix.
As far back as 1596, astronomer Johannes Kepler wrote, “Between Jupiter and Mars I place a planet.” Credited for determining the laws of planetary motion, Kepler had discovered an unusually large space between the two planets. It was so large in fact, that Kepler thought a yet undiscovered planet must lay between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars.
More recently in the 1990’s, the late Thomas Van Flandern, the former Chief of the Celestial Mechanics Branch of the U.S. Naval Observatory, proposed that Mars may have been the satellite of a . major 10th planet that once orbited between current Jupiter and Mars. At that time however, Pluto was still considered to be a planet, but due to it being smaller in size than Earth’s moon, Pluto finally lost its planet status in 2006. It was reclassified as a dwarf planet, one of the many bodies orbiting in an area known as the Kuiper Belt.
Therefore, if Pluto had already been declassified at the time when Van Flandern made this claim, he would not have proposed for a tenth, but for a ninth major planet which once existed in the Solar System.
The present-day asteroid belt is generally considered to be the result of a developing planet which failed to accrete, or fuse together, but Van Flandern along with many others, believe it to be the remains of the former exploded planet. However, whilst many adhere to this theory, others are now suggesting the unknown planet didn’t explode, but was ejected out of the Solar System. An article published in 2011 in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, states: Just as an expert chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a giant planet and spared the Earth.
So whilst the consensus of opinion is divided, both parties agree on the existence of a former planet within the Solar System. Russian comet specialist Sergei Orloff named the . ”missing” planet Phaeton, who in Greek mythology was the son of the sun god Helios. According to the story, Phaeton attempted to drive his father’s solar chariot for a day with disastrous results and was ultimately destroyed by Zeus.
The theological concept of God Almighty having destroyed a former planet, let alone an ancient civilization long before he created man in his own image, is one which many find hard to grapple with. Yet the Bible clearly speaks of a former world, or inhabitable age, which perished due to a water-flood, and implies that the devastation was cosmic rather than global. According to Isaiah the prophet, Lucifer was the person responsible for the ancient world becoming a wilderness.
Isaiah 14:17. [Lucifer] That made the WORLD as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Although little else is recorded about that ancient angelic rebellion, two clear references, plus one made by way of implication, are found in Scripture of a terrible calamity that befell an undisclosed something known as Rahab, and at an undisclosed time and location.
Psalms 89:10. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.
Isaiah 51:9. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
Job 26:11-12. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof…….and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.[Heb. Rahab.]
Between them these verses describe how the destruction took place during an ancient generation, which would indicate back in the previous world. It was by the hand of God, and it was sudden, . violent, and total. Not only did it shake the pillars of the heavens, but it caused major grief for the dragon, or Satan as he’s now known.
There seem no doubt that the apocalyptic vision received by King David, also refers to the destruction of Rahab, for he describes an event which shook both the heavens and the earth, and had it occurred in the time since Adam, it is certainly not recorded in Scripture. Noah’s flood had been the only judgement upon the whole earth during that time, and the vision clearly doesn’t refer to that. If so, then at least one cherub took part, and there are many scriptures that testify to the involvement of . angels with times of judgement.
From 2 Samuel 22:8-16. The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
Stones of Fire.
Traditionally, Lucifer the covering cherub, was covered or bedecked with jewels and gold, but tradition at times, can be back to front. The Bible suggests that every precious stone was covered or protected by the covering cherub, rather than worn as a protective garment.
From Ezekiel 28:13-14. Thou art the anointed cherub that COVERETH…. EVERY precious stone was thy COVERING…
The prophet records how Lucifer had once walked amongst the stones of fire, and how God destroyed him from amongst the stones of fire.
From Ezekiel 28:14-16. thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire ….and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Scripture doesn’t elaborate on the “stones of fire” nor of their number, but does imply it amounted to EVERY precious stone covered by Lucifer. The prophet however, includes the name of a precious metal in his list of every precious stone, and bearing in mind God makes no mistakes, this would suggest both the metal and the “stones” are symbolic.
Ezekiel 28:13....Every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold.
NINE stones are specifically named, and each was covered by Lucifer, who’d walked up and down amidst the “stones of fire.”
Each must draw their own conclusion of course, but I would suggest the stones of fire and the precious stones were one and the same. They were nine in number, each being one of the nine planets, whilst the sun is represented by gold.
In Scripture, the number nine often conveys a sense of finality and judgement, especially divine judgement, whilst eight signifies restoration and new beginnings. Noah for example, was the eighth generation from Adam, and eight persons safely boarded the ark to begin a new life in a restored world. Likewise, the solar system in the restored creation now contains eight planets.
Evidence for a Solar-Ststem-Wide ELE.
The evidence for the destruction of the planet Rahab can be seen all around us, for the Earth is much like a battered lifeboat adrift in a vast sea of ruins. The surface of the Moon is saturated with craters, almost all of which were caused by impact during a time, or times of major cataclysmic upheaval.
Recent images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars Mission, reveal a planet which can surely be likened to the description of the earth in Genesis 1:2; for it would seem that Mars is still ”without form and void.” Impact craters on the Red Planet larger than 1 km in diameter exist by the tens of thousands, but only about 1000 of them have been officially named. Extending east to west about 2,300 km, the roughly circular impact basin Hellas, is the second or third largest known impact crater in the Solar System.
Because over 90% of the craters on Mars are located in the southern hemisphere it’s likened to the planet having once been blasted by shot from a shot-gun Evidently this could only be possible if the entire barrage occurred within the space of less than one hour.
Earth itself has about 175 known impact craters caused by meteor or comet, 40 of which are over 20km in diameter. Due to stringent requirements regarding evidence, and peer-reviewed publication, newly discovered craters, or those with difficulty collecting evidence are officially considered “unconfirmed,” because they are not listed in the Earth Impact Database. Although still listed as unconfirmed, impact craters have been discovered in Antarctica, up to a staggering 550km diameter.
.The first church I attended on becoming a Christian, adhered firmly to the belief in a young creation of around 6-7,000 years. Whilst I struggled to come to terms with it personally, at the time I thought it was an understanding which was held by all Christians world-wide. I recall having a conversation with one of the deacons, and the subject of the heavily-cratered planets came up. Using Adam as an example and how he was created not as an infant but as a mature man, my fellow-believer proceeded to explain how God had created the moon with the appearance of great age. The conversation soon ground to halt when I remarked how that was . much like saying, ”God created Adam as a mature man, but a man with a severe case of acne.”
Did the destruction of Rahab cause a Solar System-wide Extinction Level Event? Did this cause the ”Big Freeze” which left the ancient world as a wilderness, and the barren earth in total darkness?
Jeremiah 4:23. I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
Genesis 1:2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Job 38:30. The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.