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If fire were to fall, as so many prophecies indicate, since biblical times, the question becomes: how? As we have pointed out, a book endorsed by St. Therese the Little Flower states that when the world ends (it doesn't say when), it will be by fire, and at the apparitions approved by the Church in Kibeho, Rwanda, fire from underneath -- a volcano -- was alluded to. It became rather spooky when, during a subsequent civil war (which Our Lady of Kibeho predicted), a volcano called Nyirogongo overlooking a Rwandan refugee camp not so far away glowed ominously.

That's one way, for sure, that "fire could fall." There are many. When we contemplate fire, most of us think of nuclear attack, and for good reason: it would certainly be an incendiary event. We also think of wildfires: Australia (and California) have had a foretaste of this sort of "apocalypse."

There are other means for flames to descend, some we don't usually consider.

Last week, a science magazine pointed out that the sun could send a burst of energy that instantly destroys the transformers, transistors, and microchips upon which we are all so very dependent, reducing our society to third-world status (in the U.S., a coronal ejection could instantly put the lights out for at least 130 million; the less developed countries would be less affected).

"Over the last few decades, western civilizations have busily sown the seeds of their own destruction," said the article. "Our modern way of life, with its reliance on technology, has unwittingly exposed us to an extraordinary danger: plasma balls spewed from the surface of the sun could wipe out our power grids, with catastrophic consequences. The projections of just how catastrophic make chilling reading. 'We're moving closer and closer to the edge of a possible disaster,' says Daniel Baker, a space weather expert based at the University of Colorado in Boulder (chairman of a National Academy of Sciences committee responsible for the report)."

High-energy particles can cause magnetic effects on earth that burn up our delicate electronic grid with direct current. Was it not Moses whose prayer halted God's "blazing wrath" (Exodus 32:7-15)?

Meanwhile, former House Leader Newt Gingrich has warned that a single nuclear explosion might do the same -- frying our electronics. "In fact, one small nuclear weapon, delivered by a intercontinental missile, can destroy the United States by maximizing the effect of the resultant electromagnetic pulse upon detonation," Gingrich warned last week.

We don't usually think of electromagnetism as "fire falling." But it is. Think of what would occur if there was no electricity for a month (or a year).

Then there are meteorites. Lately, there have been many reports of fireballs -- from Canada to Australia to the northwestern U.S. and now Virginia (and North Carolina). It has become intriguing.

These have been accompanied by uncanny booms -- which have also been registered in Upstate New York just outside of New York City and many places elsewhere recently.

In Virginia, the National Weather Service released a statement at 11:17 p.m. Sunday: "Numerous reports have been called in to this office and into local law enforcement concerning what appeared to be flashes of light in the sky over the Suffolk/Virginia Beach area. We are confident in saying that this was not lightning ... and have been in contact with military and other government agencies to determine the cause. So far ... we have not seen or heard of any damage from this and will continue to inquire as to the cause."

Are they related? (Remember the 1990 prophecy?) And if meteorites are landing, might they be the debris field preceding something larger?

Scientists long have known about a decaying comet called Bielo that left debris some even suspected as causing the astounding Peshtigo wildfire in Wisconsin in 1871 (at an area where Mary reputedly appeared) on the same day as the Great Chicago fire (where theories of the cause have also included a meteor).

Experts admit that they have no  idea how many asteroids or comets are out there (never mind the smaller debris). Or just space junk?

While this was all making the news, a newspaper in Russia -- and granted, a lurid, sensationalist one (Pravda) -- comes out with an article claiming a formation that resembles the Shroud of Turin was spotted on a cracked meteorite fragment in the Geological Museum of Moscow that fell a hundred years ago in the Far East. It is on the stony surface. (Calling Snopes: these images again!) It was only recently that they discovered significant "near-earth" objects not just out there near Mars and beyond Pluto, but between earth and the sun.

Is anything in the air -- in the sky (or under the earth)?

Fortunately, we have the protection of the Lord. Imagine how many disasters could have struck through the history of our planet, if not for Him?

[resources: The End of the Present World and Tower of Light]

[see also: Lost in history is apparition that foretold nation's greatest fire disaster, Strange booms, meteors reported in Virginia, and Was it a Soviet space rocket?]

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