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February 22, 2013
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It is not the end of the world - Pastors disregard link between recent meteorite explosion and biblical end of days
Chad Bryan, STAR Writer

Workers repair damaged electric power circuit outside a zinc-factory building where about 600 square metres of a roof collapsed after a meteorite exploded last Friday. - Contributed

At least three pastors have disregarded the idea that the recent 50-ton fireball (meteorite) explosion, which has wreaked havoc in Russia's Urals region, means the world may be coming to an end sooner than we think.

Last Friday, a meteor crashed into the Russian region, injuring at least 1,000 persons. The blasts caused widespread panic, damaged buildings, blew out thousands of windows and led to the injured seeking medical attention for minor injuries. More than 200 children were included among the injured.

Witnesses reported that the event started at dawn and thousands of people could be seen rushing into the frigid streets ,looking to the skies and wondering if it was a missile strike.

Pastor Samuel Lewis of the Andrews Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church immediately dismissed the idea that the meteorite could be linked to the end of the world.

"There is no evidence, to my knowledge, to support that. It doesn't mean that the world is coming to an end. I am not sure that this is a sign, and I don't know that this means that Jesus is coming," said Lewis.

His belief, which is also supported biblically, is that Jesus will come when the gospel has been preached to every nation and kindred.

"The gospel must be preached to every nation and kindred. The gospel must be heard before Jesus comes. I believe that one or two nations still haven't heard the gospel as yet," Lewis continued.

President of the Jamaica Association of Full Gospel Assemblies, Bishop Rowan Edwards, echoed Lewis' sentiments.

"I would not link whatever happened in Russia to the end of the world. We know a lot of other signs have been pointing to the end of the world. There was a major meteorite landing several years ago and the world didn't end," Edwards emphasised.

Philbert Johnson, senior pastor of a New Testament church in Portmore, St Catherine, said: "based on biblical knowledge we wouldn't want to say that it is the end of the world. I wouldn't read too deep into it. This could happen sooner than we think. However, we should still keep watch."

Vaneasia Evans, an adventist, noted that, based on her beliefs, certain things needed to be fulfilled before the end of the world, and the meteor shower was not one of them.

In the meantime, a 150-foot fireball (asteroid), dubbed DA14, travelling at 17,400mph, whizzed 17,200 miles past the earth at 2 p.m. last Friday.

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