Creation Day 4: The Big Stretch

On Creation Day 1, God made the earth, and gave it light. But on Day 4, earth needed another lamp, before He stretched the universe. That “Big Stretch” would cool the ambient light to a level that could never support life by itself.

Creation Day 1 Recap

Recall that on Creation Day 1, God made the universe and everything in it, as so many elementary particles. These particles each began separate from the rest, hence in a high-energy state. As the particles “fell into place” to form atoms (and molecules), they gave off light. At first the light shone everywhere, but quickly the light on one side of the new earth dwindled to darkness. Thus God “separated light from dark.”

On Creation Day 3, God planted the earth, like a vast garden. The ambient light from creation still shone then, and bright enough to support photosynthesis. But now God was ready for His next step.

God makes the stars

The Hubble Deep Field, product of Creation Day 4.

The Hubble Deep Field, a picture of some of the farthest objects in the universe. Objects like these are the posters for the starlight and time riddle. Photo: Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute.

Genesis 1:14 tells why God made many more discrete lamps:

Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.

The “expanse of the skies” is not the same expanse that God made on Creation Day 2. That expanse is the earth’s crust. This new expanse is the universe itself.

Conventional wisdom says that

the universe [began] growing from a patch as small as 10-26 m, one hundred billion times smaller than a proton.

Convention then says that the universe grew during 10-34 second. In that amount of time, the light in the universe cooled to its present very low temperature. This is the Cosmic Microwave Background that we know today.

But that implies that stars, galaxies, and larger objects formed after the expansion, not before. (Specifically, after five hundred million years.) The problem: the matter in the universe today is stretched too thin even for a new star to form. Conventional scientists assume that this matter exist as a vast dust cloud. But that cloud would disperse before it got dense enough for a star to form. Worse yet, if the cloud had any spin to it, it would spin too fast and fly apart as it started shrinking. (Any spinning object spins faster as it contracts. The Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum predicts this.)

Conclusion: the sun, moon, stars, and all the planets formed before the expansion. The universe was more dense then, but was not the infinitely hot “point” that the Big Bang assumes. Instead, the universe was about as hot as the Sun is today, with a density and volume to match.

The particular lamps that God made were:

  1. The Sun, to give daylight.
  2. The Moon, large enough to reflect part of the Sun’s light and to mark a twelfth part of the year.
  3. The stars.

But God did not set the stars in the sky at random. The patterns, or constellations, in the sky are no accident. They do mark the seasons in a temperate climate (or even a semi-tropical one like that in Israel).

The Big Stretch

After God made the stars, He stretched them out. The Bible says this eleven separate times. Furthermore, the universe has several stretch marks in it. Among them:

  • The universe seems to be accelerating. Conventional astronomers mark this down to “dark energy,” or a force that they cannot see, pushing the universe out. (They assume that gravity alone acts on the universe and is slowing it down or even trying to pull it back in.)
  • At the same time, galaxies and larger objects spin faster than they should. If they acquired this spin before the Big Stretch, they would keep it afterward. (Conventional scientists have a “dark” thought for this, too: “dark matter.”)
  • The loose hydrogen in intergalactic space is ionized. That means that it has no electrons. The Big Bang theory cannot explain that. According to it, hydrogen ions (free protons and deuterons) should have captured their electrons. So what made them lose those electrons all over again?
  • Many galaxies appear in long strings, something that should never happen under gravity alone. This might be the most obvious “stretch mark” other than the accelerated expansion.

Even more evidence shows that the stars must have formed before the great expansion, when matter was far more dense:

  • Black holes, the heaviest objects known, should never have formed after the Big Bang. What’s more, many of them are throwing out jets of matter, though nothing should escape them.
  • The larger any given galaxy, the larger its central black hole. Furthermore, a galaxy often has many stars in a close orbit around its center. In an already tenuous universe, this should not be. The black hole would stop that from happening.
  • Dwarf galaxies often appear in orbit around larger galaxies. (Our own galaxy has such a family.) How could any such object form in a less-dense environment?
  • Finally, the universe has many pairs of galaxies that literally ran into each other. That kind of crowding happened before the Big Stretch, not after.

Thus Creation Day 4 was at least as exciting a day as any in Creation Week. On this Day God made the universe in all its glory. And He already knew that He would make someone to appreciate it.

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Reprinted from Conservative News and Views

6 thoughts on “Creation Day 4: The Big Stretch

  1. You need to take everything you know about this & get it in alignment with the Hebrew Text. You are not there yet. You need to read the Hebrew Text. It might take you some time, but you can translate the Hebrew Text & read it for yourself. It’s irresponsible not to do so. You need to read the whole chapter, because otherwise things will be taken out of context. Every person who is serious about Creation Science should be reading the Genesis 1 Hebrew Text. The answers are there,

    • I don’t doubt that. But don’t ignore certain references, later than Genesis chapter 1, to God stretching out the heavens like a tent, etc. Those are the references that Walter T. Brown cited (and that I used).

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  3. I belong to a Messianic Jewish Synagogue ( A Messianic Jewish Synagogue consists of Jews, & those of Jewish descent, & some Gentile Believers (whom God has called to that particular ministry) who believe that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah, God’s LAMB Who took away our sins when He was nailed to the execution stake/cross, & He rose from the dead & He is seated at the right hand of God the Father… and He’s coming back! Etc, etc. . A Messianic keeps a Jewish culture, & that includes learning Hebrew, & reading & studying the Hebrew Text. It’s not something that just the Rabbi/Pastor does… it’s something that everyone in the congregation is required to participate in. In other words the whole congregation is in the process of learning Hebrew, & studying the Hebrew text.

    Our Hebrew Teacher is now with the LORD, but when he was here, he was also into Creation Science & owned almost every media presentation that ICR & AIG had produced until just before he died. At the time he became my Hebrew teacher, he had been studying Hebrew for about 40 years. About 3 years before he died, he translated Genesis chapters 1 to 11, digging into the text from a Creationist perspective. (He favored Humphries interpretation of ‘raqia’.) His translation work also demonstrates that the Hebrew Text says that there are 2 bodies of water beyond outer space.

    Back to the part where Dr Walt Brown consulted the Jewish scholar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. That’s kind of like consulting a Pastor who isn’t a true Believer in Christ. A Messianic Jew would have not only helped him with the translation of the word ’raqia’, but would have also helped him dissect the Hebrew Text so that it wasn’t taken out of context.

    Here’s word for word the Hebrew Text, beginning at verse 6:
    And/Vi He-says/yomer Elohim he-is/y’he raqia in-midst/b’toch the/ha waters/miyim
    And/vi he-is/y’he division/mavdil between/bain 2-waters/miyim to/la waters/miyim
    And/vi He-makes/yaahs Elohim et/Alpha&Omega the/ha raqia
    And/vi He-divides/yavdil between/ben the/ha 2-waters/miyim that/asher from-below/metachat to/la raqia
    And/ooh between/vayn the/ha 2-waters/miyim that/ashur from-above/mayal to/la raqia
    And/chen he-is/y’he exist/chen
    And/vi He-calls/yekrah Elohim to/la raqia Heavens/Shamiyim (Same word for Heavens that is used in verse 1)
    And he-is dusk(singular) and he-is dawn(singular) day(singular) second
    Then you go down to verse 9 & here’s how the Hebrew Text reads:
    And/vi He-says/yomer Elohim gathers/yekawvou the/ha 2-waters/miyim from-under/metachat the/ha 2-heavens/Shamiyim to/el place/mawkom one/echad
    And/vah appears/terraay the/ha dry-land(singular!)/yabashah
    And/vi he-is/y’he exist/chen.
    Verse 10:
    And/vi He-calls/yekrah Elohim to/lay dry-land(singular)/yabashah ‘Earth’/aretz
    And/ooh to/le collection/mikvah the/ha 2-waters/miyim calls/karah ‘Seas’/yameem
    [[Verses 9 & 10 is where the Hydroplate Theory fits in]]

    What is the purpose of the 2 waters that encase the universe? Are they what cause the Heavens to be stretched out? If those waters work like a whirlpool in a moving river, the size of the whirlpool can change. The center of the whirlpool is hollow, but it still has particles of water twirling around in the vacuum. Maybe the 2-waters work different than a whirlpool. Apparently, however they function, they are in constant movement, because the word for ‘deep’/tahome (which they are a part of) is something that is in constant movement. God says they are there, so how do they function? What is their relationship to outer space? Take that word ‘raqia’ & apply it to outer space. It’s some kind of ‘an extended surface’, & it comes from a word meaning something that is produced by ‘hammering, stamping, or stretching’. Keep in mind that that the expanse of outer space is a ‘thin thing’ in God’s sight, because even the Highest Heavens cannot contain Him! Do the waters continually beat/hammer the raqia so that it stays in place? How does it work?

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