Things then began to move quite quickly indeed! Faster than the blink of an eye, the matter within the Deep separated. The majority of that hot matter pulled away on powerful, consecutive pulses of energy, with each wave reverberating through the ethereal corridor of swirling twilight like ripples on a pond, its oscillating wake like a banded pattern of denser and thinner concentrations of matter. The dense stream of matter thus began to ascended the well towards the distant event horizon, and a great gulf developed between there and the Euclidean Zone.
Where does that leave us after all these weeks of meticulously sorting through the details? With all the talk of unseen energy, crystalline-lattice canopies, and space-time distortion, one may find their head spinning as they attempt to reconcile it all. With that in mind, I offer you – as best I can – a brief glimpse into the goings-on of the first two days of Creation. Take it for what it is – high speculation at best – and feel free if so led to formulate your own construction of the synthesis between the Scriptures and science. All I can provide is what I imagine based on what I have come to believe…
As we come now to the end of our look at this Second Day of Creation, I want to take a moment to look at where we have been and yet are in Genesis in order to make one final point:
Returning to our examination of the tactile qualities of space and it’s malleability, we find Scriptural glimpses of just this. In a number of places we find clear, unequivocal evidence referencing His shaping of the heavens.
The power in simple, “empty” space would amaze you. Consider this: if a cubic centimeter-sized vacuum is dropped to a temperature of absolute zero (-459.67 degrees below zero), all atomic movement ceases. Even so, there is still a certain degree of detectable, irreducible thermal energy radiating from it. What can this be if all atomic energy has stalled?
As one can tell, even a few simple words in the Scriptures, just a few short phrases – here in Genesis in particular – can convey dramatically more information that we may at first anticipate.
Atmospherically, a canopy would effectively produce a series of very particular climatic effects. There would, for instance, be a global stabilization of atmospheric conditions, promoting tropical to subtropical temperatures across the planet. Further, there would be very little wind. The high humidity of those conditions would manifest itself in the mornings and evenings as dense fogs and mists. As strange as that first sounds, it gets a bit stranger yet as there would be no atmospheric precedent for rain on the land! The only precipitation would be found above bodies of water, directly above regions of high evaporation.
Embracing mayim as pure water – as opposed to some fervent plasma – has led a number of commentators to suggest the existence of an early atmospheric canopy. There are many researchers in the field of creation (the Institute for Creation Research, for instance) that speculate, both from linguistic analysis and physical evidence, that there was a “canopy” of sorts in the atmosphere in the early earth. Many canopy theorists postulate that this structure was global, encapsulating the planet within a densely-packed atmospheric region of vapor or condensation.
There are generally four basic states of matter accepted within physics: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. While most of us are quite reasonably familiar with the first three, the fourth – plasma – is rarely encountered in our day-to-day lives. Plasma is essentially a material state that precedes the formation of true, assembled molecules, being composed of ions and free electrons. Plasmas would present themselves quite a bit like a gas, but in reality they are truly distinct.
I just want to take a moment today and wish you all a merry Christmas! I pray that it’s a blessed one for you, full of life and love, great sights and sounds, full bellies and full hearts, and endless good cheer. Most of all, I pray that on this day that is so often – and so easily – sullied by merchandising and commercialism, you remember what it’s all about, and what the celebration is meant to commemorate in the first place. This is not about Santa. It’s not about presents, or food, or eggnog. It’s about the birth of our Savior, a babe born some 2000 years ago who ultimately paid a price for each of us that we could never pay ourselves. Thank God for Christmas!
Merry Christmas 2018
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