“Now God caused sulfur and fire to rain down upon Sodom and Gomorrah, from God out of Heaven. He overturned these cities and the entire plain, with all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation of the soil.” (Genesis 19:23-25)
A recent meteor strike in Iran has many interpreting the astrological event as an expression of God’s will and a sign of future things to come against a country that has vowed to “wipe Israel off the map” despite the signing of a nuclear deal with world powers.
Iranian officials have confirmed that a significant meteor struck Avaj, a province of Qazvin, on July 31, with pieces of the large rock also hitting areas in Eshtahard, Alborz Province. Major damage in the area, located near the capital of Tehran, was confirmed in Iranian media by Mohammad Ali Ahani, director of the Qazvin Crisis Management Staff. Officials are still investigating.
Extreme natural events around the world, including a recent earthquake that struck the Dead Sea in Israel, has many turning to Biblical prophecy to interpret the expression of God’s will. The meteor strike in Iran comes at the same time as an unprecedented “heat dome” hits the country, with apocalyptic-like near world record temperatures of 165℉.
According to Jewish tradition and mystical teachings, God has several different names, with each name corresponding to a certain trait. In the Book of Genesis, the name of God, Elohim, refers to God manifesting himself through nature and is also connected to the aspect of judgment, known in Hebrew as Gevura. Awesome natural events, while sometimes devastating in their capacity, remind us of His divine plan.
In attempting to understand God’s will, natural events are frequently interpreted as part of His larger plan. In one example, the Bible explains that Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed after being judged unfavorably (Genesis 19). The destruction of the evil cities, carried out by a natural disaster, is sometimes interpreted as having been struck by a meteor, with sulfur raining down from the heavens.
In the Koran, the account of the destruction of Sodom is of baked clay stones raining down on the city, killing all but an old man whose wife remained behind.
It is interesting to note that the Iranians themselves have interpreted the recent meteor strike as a sign of the imminent arrival of their Messiah. In Islam, the concept of the Mahdi, the Prophet Mohammed’s successor, will bring peace and justice to the world.
The Islamic book “Asr al Zahoor” (The Age of Appearance) describes a prophecy in which a meteorite will rise in the East before the arrival of the Mahdi. According to Islamic prophecy, his arrival will be accompanied by “a star with a luminous tail” and “a comet that will appear in the east, giving out an illumination.” According to reports out of Iran, many believe that the recent meteorite is the fulfillment of this prophecy.