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  • Thomas Donlon

    March 14, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Supernatural Miracle Alert:

    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." So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on1 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. 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! (Joshua 10:12-14 NIV)

    Or a natural one?:

    As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the LORD hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites. (Joshua 10:11 NIV)

    These miracles are both part of the same account. Joshua and the Israelites routed the Amorites. Question what was the duration and nature of this event that caused large hailstones to rain down on the Amorites and kill more Amorites than the swords of the Israelites? Did this all happen with clear skies? Were the Israelites clearly seeing the sun and moon stand still while large hail was pelting down? I don’t recollect ever being in a deadly hailstorm. Was there massive electrical activity in the sky lighting up the sky for such a long duration that would have provided light for the fleeing and pursuing armies? Would the sky have been so dark that it would have shielded the view of the sun and moon? How many people reading this have experienced such a deadly hail storm before? Of maybe instead of a massive earth based storm producing these huge hail storms there was a comet debri field, and comets are mostly liquid (water) based. This is what is suggested by Jeffrey Goodman Ph.D. in his book Comets Of God.