But somewhere in between those two extremes there is an orbit where all those ’pushes and pulls‘ of all those monumental forces balance each other. It‘s a harmonic relationship, in which the planets are ’in tune‘ with each other. Once that orbit is found, nominal orbital distortions (such as those from other planets or from normal orbital decay) are corrected with each close pass, which basically ’kicks‘ the passing planet back into that precise ’path of least resistance.‘ Then after the first such orbit, unless there is some interference from outside the system, there is no chance of actual collision. Thus you can see how orbital resonance helped save our solar system from an early demise.

Patten’s estimate of the Mars pass on Joshua‘s long day is given on pg 134 of his book Catastrophism and the Old Testament. He shows Mars approaching the night side of Earth at 8:00 AM, 37,000 miles away. By 9:00 AM Mars is nearing Earth‘s orbit, and is 28,000 miles behind Earth. By 10:00 AM Mars is on the sunward side of Earth, 27,000 miles away, its closest approach. At 11:00 it is 48,000 miles away. Mars catches up with Earth by noon but is now 64,000 miles to its sunward side. (My own estimate sets the closest approaches nearer to noon and midnight.)

On its two year catastrophic orbit, Mars averaged only 13.1 miles per second, slower than Earth’s 19.2 miles per second. But remember that its orbit was highly elliptical, speeding up as it approached the sun and slowing down as it moved away from the sun. At the time it crossed Earth’s orbit it was close to its maximum speed of 22.2 miles per second. Also, its distance traveled while inside Earth’s orbit was slightly less than Earth. So it could remain in resonance only if it arrived at Earth’s orbit after Earth passed, and left before Earth arrived.

Mars was not the only planet to resonate with Earth. The best historical example is actually Saturn, known to the ancients as Chronos, the Timekeeper. From 2715 to 701 BC Saturn was on a precise 30 year cycle of close approaches, which could be timed down to the hour with each pass. Jupiter never came as close (thank God), but was close enough to hurl great lightning bolts periodically on its 12 year cycle. Though there were still a lot of space debris and meteoroids cluttering the system, it was still remarkably stable for a very long time. Note that my ‘very long time’ is in thousands of years, certainly not the billion years of stability demanded by the bogus evolutionary hypothesis.


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