Concerning the Cosmos, the apostle Peter once foretold that in the last days many will claim that all things have remained the same since the dawn of time. In other words, many will adopt an attitude of what we would call, uniformitarianism; which is the assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now, have always operated in the universe in the past, and apply everywhere in the universe.
Peter goes on to explain how such an assumption completely ignores the fact that the ancient world, or cosmos which existed way back in time, was fully destroyed.
2 Peter 3:5-6. 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……
Many claim that Peter was referring to Noah’s flood, but he’d already dealt with that particular deluge in his previous letter. Noah didn’t exist in the heavens and the earth of old, but had lived in the same world as Adam. You and I too, dwell in the heavens and the earth, which are now.
Neither did the world actually perish in Noah’s day. True, it came pretty close to it, but by the grace of God the world or age which had started with Adam, survived the flood to continue until the return of the Lord.
There have been two successive generations of the heavens and the earth, those of old, and those which are now. Genesis records both generations, the former when they were created, and the present heavens and earth which God made.
Genesis 2:4. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
So there’s no misunderstanding as to the meaning of the word ‘generation,’ it appears again in Genesis 5:1:
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man…
The Cosmic Flood.
Two individual world-wide floods are recorded in Scripture, one in great detail, the other as a matter of fact. However,whilst the latter was ‘world-wide’ on a terrestrial or global level, . the former, although it took its toll on the Earth, was a flood of unimaginable proportions, for it destroyed the world on a cosmic level. Although the term doesn’t appear in the Bible, this mega-flood is often referred to as ”Lucifer’s Flood.”
The former of course, occurred in the days of Noah, when the ”world,” or the social system upon Earth at the time, met with a watery end. As for the earlier deluge which had completely destroyed the ancient world, apart from recording how the earth was left standing both in and out of the water, Peter doesn’t describe its condition, nor that of the surrounding Solar System. But he’d no need to, for both Moses and Jeremiah had beaten him to it.
The original heaven is now devoid of all light, and described as ”the deep,” which in the Hebrew means a swirling watery abyss. The Earth is barren and desolate, and caught in the midst of the waters, and although the two prophets didn’t word it quite like that, it’s pretty much what they were saying.
Genesis 1:2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Jeremiah 4:23. I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
The term “the Genesis Gap,” refers to the extended period of time between the original creation of Genesis 1:1, and the 1st of the six restorative days in Genesis 1:3.
However, although life existed on earth many aeons ago, the Bible suggests that the ancient world was dominated by angels. I use the term “world of the angels” in the same context as we might refer to the age of the dinosaurs.
The point is, although we have no idea as to the full extent of the ancient world, when it did finally perish, it was due to a water-flood of cosmic proportion, and which left the heavens in darkness, and the earth without form and void.
It's difficult for us to envisage flood-waters in 'space,' for we limit such to the Earth, yet according to the Book of Genesis, there once were, and in unimaginable quantities.
However, we’re starting to hear more and more about the existence of water,far beyond the surface of Earth, and according to Matt Bradford, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, "water is pervasive throughout the universe, even at the very earliest times.'' An article which can be found on the NASA JPL website states:
Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world’s ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.
According to science, the universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old, but who knows when it first began to decay? Whenever it may have been, the moment that death entered the Cosmos, must coincide with the original rebellion against the Creator.
Edwin Hubble(1889-1953) was an American astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy, and is generally regarded as one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century. In the 1920’s, Hubble discovered that the universe was not static, but rather was expanding, and doing so at an increasing rate.
Dark energy is the name given to the hypothetical form of energy which permeates all of space, and which it’s believed, tends to accelerate the expansion of the universe.
Named in honour of the German physicist Max Planck,(1858–1947), and operated by the European Space Agency(ESA) , the Planck space observatory was launched in May 2009.
Simply put, the mission was to survey and to sky-map the cosmic microwave background of space, and to gather information relevant to testing theories of the early universe and the origin of cosmic structure.
According to the Planck mission team, and based on the standard model of cosmology, on a mass-energy equivalence basis, the observable universe contains 26.8% dark matter, 68.3% dark energy, and a mere 4.9% ordinary matter.
Now, I’m no scientist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know that regardless of whether they be atoms, quarks, or even quirks, “ordinary matter” constitutes the general term given to the substance that makes up all observable physical objects. In turn, matter commonly exists in four states; solid, liquid, and gas, and plasma.
Therefore, when we gaze up in wonder at the Grand Cosmos, according to science, we are only able to see less than 5%, because an incredible 95.1% of the universe, consists of dark matter and dark energy.
Did that first act of defiance against the One who is Good, and perpetrated by the one who became Evil, cause “the big bang?” Was it from that moment in time when death entered the Cosmos that it began to expand?
If true, and the expansion rate really is powered by invisible dark forces, maybe our understanding is upside-down, inside-out, and back to front. For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) and what we view as a universe which is both dying yet expanding, might well be a profane and death-scarred creation, fleeing from the presence and wrath of the most Holy God.
Revelation 20:11. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.