Light for the Last Days


As an example, the Bible gives us a framework to understand astronomy. Psalm 33.6

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

Psalm 33.6

God is the one who created this universe, and His fingerprints are all over it. But the secular astronomers will say,

Well, no, wait a minute! See these swirling gases over here, that’s the birth of a star’.

It’s so beautiful they’ll get teary-eyed and just very emotional. They’re seeing the birth of a star!

You know, what they’re seeing – swirling gases, yes, but they’ll say, ‘gravity will pull these gas particles together to form a star.’

Well, gravity wants to pull the particles together. I know the formula for that, but the closer the gas particles get together the more gas pressure you have pushing out gas. Pressure is much stronger than gravity, they will never pull together. Therefore, the secular astronomers will say, ‘okay, that’s true, but what happened was, there was a star over here that exploded, and this force pushed these gases together to form that star’.

That’s a nice story! Where did that star come from that exploded? Well, they say, ‘You see that was, those were gas particles swirling around in a star over here exploded to push those together.

I have another question: ‘Do you have any idea what it might be? Where did this star come from?

They can’t even get the process started. The laws of Physics mitigate against star formation and that’s just one line of evidence.

The Physics of Star Formation – Dept of Astronomy – Yale University

Then, we have Jeremiah 33.22,

As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.

Jeremiah 33.22

Jeremiah is writing over two and a half thousand years ago and said, ‘the stars are uncountable’. That made no sense to him when he said it because he could look up at the night sky and see pretty much the same stars we see now, which is about 3 000.

When you look up in the night sky if it’s clear you could see about 3 000 stars. That’s a lot of stars, but it’s not uncountable. So, why would Jeremiah look up and see a countable number of stars and say they are uncountable? God was telling him to say they are uncountable. And today we know they’re uncountable. Astronomers are guessing maybe 10 trillion, trillion stars. We don’t know how many there are, we just know there’s a lot of them and so this is just one guess: that’s an uncountable number, just like Jeremiah said when he didn’t have a telescope.

Well, today we have telescopes. We have the Hubble Telescope, there’s a new James Webb Telescope, but the Hubble Telescope has been around for a while and astronomers wonder about the universe: ‘Is it pretty much the same everywhere we look?’ Or ‘are there areas that are filled with stars and galaxies and other areas that are empty?

They looked through the Hubble Telescope, and, when they focused it on one tiny spot in the sky, a 124 millionth of the entire sky, they focused the telescope there and left the aperture open for a few days to see if anything developed in this really dark area. And this is what developed in that area when magnified with the Hubble Deep Fields: Three thousand stars. But guess what! Those aren’t stars, those are galaxies! 3 000 galaxies each of which has probably 100 billion stars in it, in one tiny spot of the sky that’s only 124 millionth of the whole thing.

Then, they used the Hubble Extreme Deep Field that magnifies 132 millionth of the entire sky, a much smaller area and focused the telescope there. They discovered five and a half thousand galaxies, each of which has probably a hundred billion stars in it.

Then, more recently, they had the Hubble Legacy Field with which they discovered 265 000 galaxies each of which probably has 100 billion stars in it.

So, are the stars uncountable? ‘Yes’, just like Jeremiah said when he didn’t have a telescope.

Tony Pearce

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