The Capture of the Moon
Astrophysicists generally believe that the Moon formed in orbit some four billion years ago when a planet-sized body crashed into the Earth and a portion of the ejected material coalesced, gradually drifting out to its current orbit. But several ancient records imply that the Moon was not always present. In Job 25:5 the grandeur of the Lord who “makes peace in the heights” is praised and the time is mentioned “before (there was) a moon and it did not shine.” Also in Psalm 72:5 it is said: “Thou wast feared since (the time of) the sun and before (the time of) the moon, a generation of generations.
Based on these references, I maintain that the Moon was captured into its present orbit during the Younger Dryas (YD), which is dated typically from 12,700 and 11,500 years Before the Present (BP). Although the onset and conclusion of the YD involved major changes on the Earth, there is evidence of a number of intermediary encounters during the YD, each of which may have contributed to the reduction of the Moons orbit.
The ‘capture theory’ has been discounted by modern astrophysicists, using the argument that there is no mechanism by which the high velocity of the passing Moon could be reduced sufficiently for it to be captured. However, my scenario of catastrophism drawn from ancient myths of many cultures and the Bible, make very clear just such a mechanism. Every one of more than one hundred close planetary encounters that occurred during the Bronze and Iron ages involved reorientations of the spin axis of the mantle of the Earth by thirty degrees or more. These provide an explanation for the earlier capture of the Moon.
A massive body approaching the Earth tidally ‘locks on’ to a large mass anomaly on the mantle, such as the uplifted ‘Tibetan-Himalayan’ complex. Because the mantle ‘floats’ on a several-thousand-kilometer depth of the liquid outer core, its motion is completely isolated from the solid iron core from which the magnetic field of the Earth originates. This is clear from modern deep seismic measurements that show the solid core and mantle are currently revolving at different rates about unique axes.
As the fast moving Moon swept by the Earth it tidally locked onto the Tibetan-Himalayan complex and impulsively torqued the mantle of the Earth so that it began rotating about a completely different axis. The energy expended in shifting the spin axis of the mantle acted as an energy ‘sink’ reducing the Moon’s velocity and enabling its capture. Consistent with this picture, the onset of the YD occurred so rapidly (<10 years) that the Greenland Ice Cores (GRIP) could not resolve it. The onset was characterized by a sudden drop in temperature of 10C, based on trapped atmospheric oxygen isotope ratios, the proxy for temperature.
This rapid shifting of the mantle caused the oceans to flow from their basins across entire continents. Deposits of many millions of dead animals around the world have been dated to this period. A number of species became extinct at that date and great deposits of bodies have been found lying broken and twisted with those of extant animals. These deposits were immediately covered and soft tissue preserved in a way that can only be explained by the immediate deposition of ocean-floor sediments. Paleontologists wonder at the way in which many bodies, even those of giant mammoths, were torn apart. This was the result of the ocean’s sweeping across the land, described in one ancient account as carrying millions of massive tumbling boulders before them – like the teeth of some giant monster. Moreover, animals normally found only in temperate climates were found quick frozen, indicating that the mantle shift had suddenly cast them above the (new) arctic circle.
Atmospheric methane rapidly increased immediately after the YD onset due to its release from gas hydrates formerly retained within ocean beds. Fluctuations in the electrical conductivity of GISP2 ice on the scale of <5-20 years have revealed rapid changes in the dust content of the atmosphere during the YD. This ‘flickering’ may have been due to volcanic eruptions triggered by additional perigee passes of the Moon which occurred during the YD, each of which probably contributed to the reduction of its orbit. The termination of the YD, characterized by a sudden increase in temperature, is called the YD/Holocene transition, marking the beginning of the geologic period in which we live. This was the second major shift of the mantle spin axis. The very stable temperatures we have experienced since that transition are an unmistakable indication of the stabilizing effect of the Moon in its current orbit. In contrast, the ice ages, which characterized the period prior to the YD onset, exemplified the instability of the Earth’s spin axis prior to the acquisition of the Moon. The slower increase in atmospheric methane which occurred after the YD/Holocene transition, was at least partially due to the establishment of much more abundant life in the new, warmer climate. A lesser release from the ocean beds at that date might be expected due to a lack of recovery time for the gas hydrates after being completely depleted at the onset of the YD.
The capture of the Moon was not a random event. It was an essential part of Yehovah’s great plan for the rejuvenation of the Earth and the establishing of mankind. It was only by virtue of the presence of the Moon in its current orbit, where it subtends exactly the same angle as the Sun, that their combined tidal effect caused the great internal convulsions within priori-Mars enabling its entire atmosphere, oceans and the seeds of innumerable flora to be carried across the 33,000 km to the Earth during the Vedic Period. It is truly amazing that these monumental events have escaped the ken of the modern mind. But this is just another example of Yehovah’s great power – Gen 3:7 “ … [He that] shutteth and no man openeth; … ” It is only as we approach the ‘end times’ that His great effort on behalf of mankind is finally being revealed.