Peter’s Last Prophecy
We are working our way backwards thru the NT letters, this winter. I know that sounds odd, but the letters in the New Testament are in order by size, from biggest to smallest, going from Romans to Jude. And I thought with the kids, it’d be more fun to start small and get bigger.
Last night, we read in the last chapter of the last letter that Peter wrote. And did you know that there’s a prophecy, there? It’s Peter’s last foretelling of the future. And I wouldn’t have even realized that if it weren’t for the fact that… well, it was fulfilled, this week.
Check this out (starting with the Bible, 2 Peter chapter 3):
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:1-7
I read that, and my jaw dropped. Because this article came out and was on my newsfeed three times, last week:
If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang. In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or an infinitely small and infinitely dense point of matter. In fact, the universe may have no beginning at all.
“Our theory suggests that the age of the universe could be infinite,” said study co-author Saurya Das, a theoretical physicist at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. The new concept could also explain what dark matter — the mysterious, invisible substance that makes up most of the universe — is actually made of, Das added.
According to the Big Bang theory, the universe was born about 13.8 billion years ago. All the matter that exists today was once squished into an infinitely dense, infinitely tiny, ultra-hot point called a singularity. This tiny fireball then exploded and gave rise to the early universe. The singularity comes out of the math of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which describes how mass warps space-time, and another equation (called Raychaudhuri’s equation) that predicts whether the trajectory of something will converge or diverge over time. Going backward in time, according to these equations, all matter in the universe was once in a single point — the Big Bang singularity.
But that’s not quite true. In Einstein’s formulation, the laws of physics actually break before the singularity is reached. But scientists extrapolate backward as if the physics equations still hold, said Robert Brandenberger, a theoretical cosmologist at McGill University in Montreal, who was not involved in the study. “So when we say that the universe begins with a big bang, we really have no right to say that,” Brandenberger told Live Science.
There are other problems brewing in physics — namely, that the two most dominant theories, quantum mechanics and general relativity, can’t be reconciled. Quantum mechanics says that the behavior of tiny subatomic particles is fundamentally uncertain. This is at odds with Einstein’s general relativity, which is deterministic, meaning that once all the natural laws are known, the future is completely predetermined by the past, Das said. And neither theory explains what dark matter, an invisible form of matter that exerts a gravitational pull on ordinary matter but cannot be detected by most telescopes, is made of.
Das and his colleagues wanted a way to resolve at least some of these problems. To do so, they looked at an older way of visualizing quantum mechanics, called Bohmian mechanics. In it, a hidden variable governs the bizarre behavior of subatomic particles. Unlike other formulations of quantum mechanics, it provides a way to calculate the trajectory of a particle.
Using this old-fashioned form of quantum theory, the researchers calculated a small correction term that could be included in Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Then, they figured out what would happen in deep time. The upshot? In the new formulation, there is no singularity, and the universe is infinitely old.
One way of interpreting the quantum correction term in their equation is that it is related to the density of dark matter, Das said. If so, the universe could be filled with a superfluid made of hypothetical particles, such as the gravity-carrying particles known as gravitons, or ultra-cold, ghostlike particles known as axions, Das said. One way to test the theory is to look at how dark matter is distributed in the universe and see if it matches the properties of the proposed superfluid, Das said. “If our results match with those, even approximately, that’s great,” Das told Live Science.
However, the new equations are just one way to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. For instance, a part of string theory known as string gas cosmology predicts that the universe once had a long-lasting static phase, while other theories predict there was once a cosmic “bounce,” where the universe first contracted until it reached a very small size, then began expanding, Brandenberg said. Either way, the universe was once very, very small and hot. “The fact that there’s a hot fireball at very early times: that is confirmed,” Brandenberg told Live Science. “When you try to go back all the way to the singularity, that’s when the problems arise.”
I learned A LOT this morning, from this. First, that the scientist screwed up Einstein’s theory of relativity in order to even have a Big Bang in the first place. Had no idea, but it figures. Then I learned that the predominate two theories can be linked with an older theory (or, actually, several other theories).
I find it amazing that they CAN definitely pinpoint a hot fireball… since we have already explored (earlier this summer) the fact that it was a fire/flare event that caused the Great Flood. And what do the last two verses in 2Peter3 say? That the people in the end times would a) say that there was no start to the universe, and b) that there *was* a Flood event that would be acknowledged at the same time, and that it is directly related to the fire-induced events Yehovah oversees.
A TOTAL fulfillment. Just this week. To the letter. Including bits that I had not seen as being related, but Peter did. And that’s just astounding.