THE CATACLYSMIC MISTAKE

 A lone fishing boat was slowly drifting along an open sea.  There were only two occupants:  a weathered man and his son, who was ready to go home.  As they got their small outboard motor chugging, something caught their eye.

"Dad, what could those bubbles over there be?" questioned the son.

"I'm not sure, son, but it wouldn't hurt to find out, would it?" answered the father, hoping to see something to tell his friends about back at the town.  he steered the boat toward the strange bubbles that were rapidly getting larger.  He was still a couple hundred yards away, and the bubbling kept getting larger, so he decided he'd seen enough, and began to turn around.

The boy watched the ever-larger amount of steam blowing into the atmosphere.  The man floored the small engine in their boat, but it wasn't gaining much ground because of the large amounts of water flowing in to take the place of what was lost through steam.  Soon, however, the rushing water began to form a large whirlpool, and even more steam than before poured out of its midst.  Now the little craft was doomed, for it could not cope with such rapidly flowing water.  Nothing was ever heard from then again.

By the next day, the whole world knew about the whirlpool called "Whirly" just off the coast of California.  Scientists figured it went down at least a hundred feet, but it was hard to tell, because of the massive amounts of steam pouring out of it.  However, a group of scientists were making a box with lots of sensitive instruments in it to drop down Whirly.  By the time they did drop it down, three days later, the extreme amount of steam blocked the signal from the transmitter, so they didn't learn anything.

Meanwhile, other scientists of various fields carefully observed the steam condensing in the upper atmosphere.  A canopy was forming above the earth, causing a more equal spreading of heat over the earth's surface.  This caused a massive glacier melt that would have made the oceans rise a lot, except they were already falling.  The cause and effect balanced themselves, for now at least.  

Four months later, dirt was once again seen on Antarctica, and steam still poured out of the seemingly never-ending whirlpool, and the water level of the oceans was dropping.

One morning, almost five months after the fisherman first noticed those steaming bubbles, Tom, the head of the Whirly Operation, woke up to see no pillar of steam.  He immediately prepared an amphibian helicopter and flew off to a now-calm sea....seemingly.  As he neared the place where Whirly once was, he saw a bright object sitting on a chunk of rock, now, for the first time, above water level.

 Easing the copter in for a closer look, he saw a ring with five faintly glowing cylinders pointing toward the sky.  He then landed his craft near the rock, and went out to see the object.  When seawater splashed and hit one of the cylinders of light, it would lightly flash and vaporize the water. cHe figured that the strange objects were powered by what they vaporised.  Then with a shock, he noticed that while he was looking at the cylinders, his helicopter had drifted toward the glowing destructors.

There was no way he could save his copter in time, so he jumped free of the rock.  He watched his doomed craft as its first pontoon hit the cylinders.  The cylinders grew brighter and brighter as they ate up more and more of the pontoon.  Then the copter fell right into the middle of the ring.  For five minutes the light was blinding and the crackling was deafening as the craft was vaporised into nothing.

When Tom got back into his office, after being rescued by a coast guard boat, he was surprised to see a man sitting there surrounded by guards.  Apparently the police had finally found the person responsible for all this mess.  As it turned out, this man wanted to return the earth to how it was in Biblical times by creating a canopy himself.  He had carefully measured how much steam it would take without causing bad effects.  He figured fifty feet off the oceans would be adequate, so he made a balloon thing to float at fifty feet below surface level holding the ring thing.

He forgot, however, in his excitement, that as the water went down, so does the water pressure, which made the balloon float at fifty feet, so the contraption kept going down til it hit the bottom of the ocean!  That was his mistake.

EPILOGUE

The lack of water pressure on the earth caused it to go out of its regular orbit, resulting in the events described in the book of Revelation.  For example, when the canopy finally caved in, huge blocks of hail formed.  So to finish this book, read Revelation, which is the last book in the Bible.