The other day, I was watching satellite TV and stumbled upon a show by Dr. Chuck Missler, teaching his series, “Learn the Bible in 24 Hours“. As I was watching, I heard about an amazing book written in 1950 by Immanuel Velikovsky called, Worlds in Collision, where an interesting theory is detailed about a catastrophic, astronomical era in the Earth’s history during the 2nd millennium before Christ. Upon further research of his work and other commentaries, he attempts to solve many unsolved scientific mysteries in the Bible through God’s handy work that does not violate any of His own laws of Physics. The more one studies the Bible and sees that God’s religious handy work on Earth relating to the presentation of Jesus Christ always follows His own Jewish Laws, it stands to reason that God also follows His own laws of Creation to create miraculous events recorded not only in the Bible but many other ancient historical and archeological findings from many civilizations across the globe from the same time period.
Joshua 10:12-15 – The Sun Stands Still
12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on[b] its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!
15 Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.
How the Sun Stood Still – Disney’s Tea Cups
Based on many commentaries of this popular subject, many assume that the Earth actually stopped its daily rotation in order for this miracle to occur but I think there is a much better explanation which satisfies the laws of Physics.
Many astronomers have sometimes observed that certain planets appear to change direction in the Earth’s sky. This retrograde motion is entirely an illusion caused by the Earth passing the slower moving outer planets. When the outer planet is at the point of being passed by Earth, it appears to be changing direction or opposition and “hangs” in the sky for a short period of time before appearing to move in the opposite direction until the next pass.
A similar illusion can be achieved if the Earth, like a gyroscope, was briefly pushed out of its orbit into a small, counter orbital loop, away from the Sun for the period of about a day. The effect is similar to riding the Tea Cups at Disney World when the ride spins around while the tea cup spins into the turn giving the brief illusion that you are suspended or not moving. My ten year old son added that while the Earth was still rotating as normal, the Sun likely released a mega solar-flare directly at the Earth, which had such force that it bumped our gyroscope like planet into a small, elliptical shaped loop that was counter to the orbit around the Sun. Because of the Earth’s orbital momentum, the loop closed into a straight line towards the end of the loop. Like a gyroscope, the inertia of the normal orbit, angular motion of the rotation of the Earth and counter-loop orbit at a velocity equal to the Earth’s rotation, continued to point the Israel side of the Earth toward the Sun for the full length of a day. The moon, which simply followed the Earth, also appeared to be suspended as an extension of the Earth’s temporarily modified “Tea Cup” counter-loop orbit. Since the solar wind blast from the Sun was obviously not strong enough to push the Earth into a new orbit, the Earth was pulled back into the same orbit and returned to its normal pattern of flight around the Sun along with the moon around the Earth. There were no sundial step shifts or other catastrophic events reported with Joshua’s long day, which rules out a close Earth pass-by of another celestial object. The diagram below is not drawn to scale but is a simple representation of the concept showing the Earth’s path, creating a suspended view of the Sun and Moon for a day from a fixed point on the Earth.
A close pass-by of a meteor or planet would not produce this type of behavior. Velikovsky provides incredible detail of close astronomical encounters with Earth by a larger meteor (i.e. a new Venus) or a highly elliptical orbiting planet Mars during the catastrophic period, which explains shifts in the axis of the Earth, as well as polarity shifts in the Earth’s poles, mega electromagnetic storms and other major catastrophic events detailed by several large civilizations during the same period.
The Sun clearly has the power to flair into the solar system and with God’s direction, it could have been precisely aimed at the Earth by God to coincide with Joshua’s prayer as clearly stated in the Bible.