It may be that Christ’s government will always increase because he will continually create new worlds to govern (and, perhaps, new creatures to inhabit those new worlds). Will we see a new Saturn, new Jupiter, new Ganymede, new Pleiades, and a new Milky Way? Why? Earth is the first domain of mankind’s stewardship, but it is not the only domain. . When the Creator fashions the new heavens—as we’re told he will—whatever he does will be in keeping with his nature. Mark your calendars now and read more about this fascinating event here! Or perhaps it will always increase because the new universe, though still finite, may be so vast that what Christ creates in a moment will never be exhaustively known by finite beings. The program's primary goals, as described in the 2014 NASA Science Plan, are to discover planets around other stars, to characterize their properties and to identify planets that could harbor life. This thread is archived. planet A celestial object that orbits a star, is big enough for gravity to have squashed it into a roundish ball and it must have cleared other objects out of the way in its orbital neighborhood. . Suspend reality as we take you for a quick, highly theoretical visit to a few interesting locations in our solar system. Wouldn’t it cause us to praise and exalt him for his sovereign grace? God hasn’t exhausted his creative resources. “How could that be?”, “This is yours. If Christ expands his rule by creating new worlds, whom will he send to govern them on his behalf? Mars, Mercury and Venus can be seen during dawn or dusk when in this period. . The earth will be destroyed in God’s judgment, yet it will last forever. If we imagine the New Earth to have fewer and less beautiful features than the old, we picture the earth’s regression. Uranus is difficult to distinguish because its brightness is similar to that of many stars. The game has changed." Do we eventually get access to all the planets on the galaxy map? Discussion in 'Starbound Modding' started by Ixath, Dec 9, 2013. It also corresponds to the “new heaven(s)” of Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22, and 2 Peter 3:13. There’s no suggestion that even the resurrected Jesus was in two places at once. After I became a Christian, I found that gazing through the telescope became an act of delighted worship. and remembered it was not. In Revelation 21:2, we see God’s dwelling place isn’t replaced but relocated when the New Jerusalem is brought down to the New Earth. In other words, could someone leave earth, visit a faraway planet, and then return to an earth that is decades or centuries in the future? Look at God’s track record in creating natural wonders in this universe. It is easier to see with a small telescope or binoculars. But our material bodies and our material machines can … . We’ll be physical human beings living in a physical universe. You can find out about the current positions of the planets in magazines like Astronomy and Sky and Telescope. Can you? 1 year ago. In The Biblical Doctrine of Heaven, Wilbur Smith writes, “The basic undertone of all that is revealed in the Apocalypse concerning the activities of heaven may be summed up in this one word throne.” Revelation isn’t primarily a book about the Antichrist or the Tribulation; it’s a book about God reigning. Is this a contradiction? For the time being, he sets aside everything else to focus on this one work to bring it to completion. But let’s not forget that God called the original earth “very good”—the true earth, as he designed it to be (Genesis 1:31). If it was simply that the Messiah’s reign will never cease, it would more likely say, “His government shall never end.” That’s true, of course, but it’s not the point of the text. According to Sky Tour, these three other planets are trickier to see and identify. It will be visible in … Does this discussion seem to you a bit bizarre? Plus Ultra—there is more beyond. Then, darling, you and I and all will have grand liberty wherewith Christ makes free—opening his hand to send us out like white doves to range the universe.”. However, “the teaching that the new creation involves a radically new beginning,” writes theologian Cornelius Venema, “would suggest that sin and evil have become so much a part of the substance of the present created order that it is unrelievedly and radically evil. They only reflect the Sun's light. We know that the New Earth has at least one mountain, and we can assume it has hundreds or thousands of them. The stars of the heavens declare God’s glory (Psalm 19:1), yet how vast and distant they are. God’s light casts the shadows we know as stars, the lesser lights that point to God’s substance. This biblical foundation is laid in the book Heaven, in which these excerpts find their larger context. On the New Earth, shouldn’t we expect machinery made for the good of mankind and the glory of God? 22 minutes ago. Also, is monarch The biggest city and nicest one?I guess I am curious if the board has a nice town. 3000 North Meridian StreetIndianapolis, IN 46208-4716, 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN, USA 46208-4716 | phone 317-334-4000. God’s Kingdom is described as one “that cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). On the New Earth, comfort may seek us. Many rocky planets have been detected in Earth’s size-range: a point in favor of possible life. Even though there are BILLIONS of planets and stars in our universe, and seven other planets in our solar system (remember, Pluto is a dwarf planet"), why do we focus so much on Mars? And you won’t eat because you won’t need food. u/--DreadPirateRoberts. Then we would not be surprised to see the whole creation come under our curse, because it would all be under our stewardship. In 2 Peter 3:4-7, the Bible rejects the uniformitarian view that “processes acting in the same manner as at present and over long spans of time are sufficient to account for all current . Perhaps we’ll have opportunity to see the lives of our spiritual and physical ancestors lived out on Earth. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” Because “new heaven” (singular) is used here, some think it’s God’s dwelling place that passes away and is renewed. This is a tiny keyhole view of the universe, covering a speck of sky one-thirtieth the diameter of the moon. From what we know of our current universe, with billions of galaxies containing millions of billions of stars and untold planets, this is certainly possible. Why not? The second law of thermodynamics, entropy, tells us that all things deteriorate. Once you become more familiar with the sky, you’ll be able to identify planets in the blink of an eye! And I haven’t even begun to explore it! John Calvin writes in his commentary on Romans 8:19, “I understand the passage to have this meaning—that there is no element and no part of the world which is being touched, as it were, with a sense of its present misery, that does not intensely hope for a resurrection.”, What is “the whole creation” that groans for our resurrection? The list includes orbiters that were intentionally crashed, but not orbiters which later crashed in an unplanned manner due to orbital decay. Can you imagine being there as Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount? Other similarities to Earth come into sharper focus in the search for life. Might we be able to go somewhere simply by thinking or willing it? Over the last couple of centuries, many individuals have claimed to visit other planets through astral projection or through secret, possibly alien, technology. During a spectacular meteor shower a few years earlier, I’d stood on our deck watching a clear sky. Today we will be steering our spacecrafts onto other planets. Why does the creation wait eagerly for our resurrection? If fish could think, try telling one, “When you die, you’ll go to fish Heaven and—isn’t this great?—there will be no water! The Greek words for “all things,” ta panta, are extremely broad in their scope. Possibly. Those with good eyes (especially children) and dark skiesmay be able to s… The least we should expect is retention. Those who consider extraterrestrial creation a foolish notion shouldn’t dismiss too quickly the longing and intuitive sense that many people have about intelligent creatures different from ourselves. If he couldn’t do this, he wouldn’t be God. There are two ways in which a government can increase: (1) by expanding into previously ungoverned territories; or (2) by creating new territories (an option not available to us as humans). This guide will tell you. We groan for what creation groans for—redemption. Humans could never survive its incredible heat and corrosive atmosphere. Not only mankind in general but believers in particular (those with God’s Spirit within) are aligned with the rest of creation, which intuitively reaches out to God for deliverance. Oceans with blue-green water, and waves crashing upon rocks the size of mountains. And because this remains God’s way and goal, there can be a new heaven and a new earth only after the great white throne, i.e., after the completion and conclusion of the history of human redemption.”. (Romans 8:19-23). Is there life on other planets? Visitors have the option of strapping on some bottled oxygen, but he decides that I don’t need any, and off we go. Even though there are no known planets that have Earth’s environment and atmosphere, Mars, our closest atmosphere is the second best option besides Earth that humans can live on. Since this is the New Earth, we should expect geographical properties of Earth: mountains, waterfalls, and other natural wonders. the resemblance can't just be coincidence. The photograph represents the deepest-ever view of the universe, called the Hubble Deep Field. Our revelation will be an unveiling, and we will be seen as what we are, as what we were intended to be—God’s image-bearers. Even if it's cloudy, you can see Saturn right inside your home and learn more about it by making a beautiful Although most people consider Jesus’ statement to be figurative, it could suggest that God might entrust to his children planets or stars (with their respective planetary systems) in the new heavens. Even the remotest parts of the universe reveal vast realms of fiery destruction. The “redemption of our bodies” refers to the resurrection of the dead. It meant “More Beyond.” This was a horizon-expanding message to people who’d always believed the world they knew was all there was. What Will the New Celestial Heavens Be Like? Will we ride bicycles and drive motorized vehicles? By rebelling against the King of kings, mankind abdicated dominion over the earth. We can’t be certain on this point. What does it mean that creation waits for God’s children to be revealed? The restoration of the current universe alone will provide unimaginable territories for us to explore and establish dominion over to God’s glory. Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of fifty-some books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. Just as our resurrection bodies will be better than our current ones, the New Earth’s natural wonders will presumably be more spectacular than those we now know. You will need a telescope to see the rings, but even without one, the stars and planets hold many beautiful sights. We do know, however, that the New Jerusalem will have streets and gates, suggesting conventional modes of travel. The same effect that our fall had on them. If so, you may be amazed to find out that, if you look closely at the right time, you can spot some planets too—and without even needing to use a telescope! Their visibility is determined by the interaction of light from the sun and the planets’ own shadows. If you’ve been impacted by our resources, we invite you to make a year-end gift before December 31. Let’s find out how with the help of our friends at Moon Phases. The morning star is a celestial object—the planet Venus. Both Genesis and Romans 8 suggest otherwise. For example, there are only trace amounts of oxygen and water vapour in the atmosphere. Technically, only five of the seven other planets in the Solar System can be seen without binoculars or a small telescope, and all of them come into view in the night sky this week. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). In addition to the spiral and elliptical shaped galaxies, there’s a bewildering variety of other galaxy shapes and colors. There was only one problem. Since one or more of these planets may be hidden near the sun at any point in time, it may be several months before you can claim to have seen all of them. What will the new heavens be like? We will find rock formations more spectacular than Yosemite’s, peaks higher than the Himalayas, forests deeper and richer than anything we see in the Pacific Northwest. be private to the soul in which it occurs. Yes. So it is the heavens and the earth that eagerly await our resurrection. In his new universe there will always be more beyond. Do you hear groaning in the cold night wind? Do you hear longing in the cries of whales? Note that John calls it a mountain, not the mountain. If so, then the entire new universe will be ours to travel to, inhabit, and rule—to God’s glory. It seems possible that even the second law of thermodynamics (at least as it is popularly understood) may have been the product of mankind’s fall. Jesus spoke of the uttermost parts or farthest ends of Heaven (Mark 13:27, NKJV). As old stars burn out, new stars are being born. In the night sky, Jupiter will look quite brilliant with a silver-white luster. Want to see the crossing of the Red Sea? (As I said before, I’m not certain we’ll have that power, though it’s possible.). What has God made in the heights of distant galaxies, never seen by human eyes? . How many times has God heard our cries when we imagined he didn’t? Years before I came to know Christ, I was fascinated by the violent collisions of galaxies, explosions of stars, and implosions into neutron stars and black holes. What does the Bible mean by the term new heavens? That’s exactly what Scripture tells us. These may be aberrations due to the Curse. Do you love looking up at the wondrous display of stars in the sky on a clear night? What Scripture tells us about the river of life and the tree of life and its fruits is indicative of the natural wonders that will be part of the New Earth. By signing up I agree that I am 13 years or older, or I have my parent or guardian's consent. It’s that we’ll be far better finite humans than we have ever been. The very next verse gives praise to this God who acts immeasurably beyond our imaginations: “To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”. Cut-text from various out-of-print sources. Science fiction is the result of mankind’s God-given sense of adventure, wonder, creativity, and imagination. Heavens refers to the realms above the earth: atmosphere, sun, moon, and stars, and all that’s in outer space. Will there be new inventions? We know God will put one world under his children’s authority—Earth. I remember vividly the thrill of first seeing Saturn’s rings through my new telescope when I was eleven years old. 2. Children and stars can both be born, but both ultimately become engaged in a downward spiral. We’ll no longer have to cling by faith to “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28, NASB). It means nothing less than the complete renewal of the entire cosmos, culminating in the new heaven and the new earth.Anthony Hoekema, The gospel is far greater than most of us imagine. Will our bodies become servants to our righteous wills, carrying out their directions? Perhaps we might be able to be directly in the presence of Christ, worshipping him before his throne in the New Jerusalem, then go off to our duties far away, only to come back to him regularly. A hundred other dream projects await him. But the present Heaven is described as unshakable in ways the physical universe isn’t (Hebrews 12:26-28). Because people in this fallen world have extended their dominion beyond our current Earth, might we not expect people on the New Earth to extend their Christ-exalting reach into the new universe? We are not past our prime. In 100 years we will visit other planets like we visit other countries. Will the new planets be mere ornaments, or does God intend for us to reach them one day? We don’t know. Our Creator, the Master Artist, will put us on display to a wide-eyed universe. The worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and E. T. are fictional, as are the worlds portrayed throughout the long history of mythology, fantasy, and science fiction. The base of Olympus Mons is 370 miles across and would cover the entire state of Nebraska. “Why hasn’t anyone told me of this place until now? Considering the nearness of the end times, it is unlikely that man will progress far enough to visit other galaxies before the Lord’s return. Since we’ll draw from the reservoir of God’s being, which never runs dry, we’ll never run out of passion and joy. It isn’t just good news for us—it’s good news for animals, plants, stars, and planets. Remember, God will make the new heavens, which will correspond to the old and which will therefore include renewed versions of the planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies God created in the first heavens. If we plan to get together with friends, the question is, “Where and when?” Where is space; when is time. Would this not fill his heart with gratitude to God for his sovereign grace? How soon that can happen depends on two unknowns: the prevalence of life in the galaxy and how lucky we get as we take those first, tentative, exploratory steps. Pluto can’t be seen in small telescopes and is even difficult to spot with larger telescopes. Oh, thank you.” She hugged him tight. In December 2017, Nasa announced further funding to develop the possibility of sending a drone-like rotorcraft called Dragonfly to explore Titan’s prebiotic chemistry. astropoetry; poetry; space travel ← Previous post Next post → Recent Posts. No Scripture passage proves that God will or will not create new races of intelligent beings, either on Earth or on other planets spread across the new universe. Some may rule over towns, some cities, some planets, some solar systems or galaxies. Planets outside the Solar System, or exoplanets, are comparatively easy to find because we can see the effects of their orbit on stars. We are finite physical creatures, and that means we must live in space and time. The Nine Planets has been online since 1994 and was one of the first multimedia websites that appeared on the World Wide Web. best. He occupied space; we will occupy space. Since God will resurrect the old Earth and the old Jerusalem, transforming both into the new, shouldn’t we understand “new heavens” as an expression of his intention to resurrect galaxies, nebulae, stars, planets, and moons in a form as close to their original form as the earth will be to its original form and we will be to ours? This includes Earth and everything on it, as well as the planets of our solar system and the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond. The redemption of the earth is, in spite of all, still bound up with man. On the other hand, they reflect something that is out of order on a massive scale. In 1906, Utah’s Emery County Progress published an article about a recent trip … Looking for more Never Stop Asking "Why?" 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