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Stephen Hawking on the revised end of all things

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From Live Science:

Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle in 2012, Hawking lamented the discovery, saying it made physics less interesting. Now, in the preface to a new collection of essays and lectures called “Starmus,” the famous theoretical physicist is warning that the particle could one day be responsible for the destruction of the known universe.

A curious change during my own lifetime is that “end of all things” rhetoric has moved over from religion to science. Today, churches teach “he shall come again in glory to judge” as a conventional accepted doctrine. If you are a good Christian, you are supposed to believe that, but not pry into it or act like it is imminent. In science, on the other hand…

Hawking is not the only scientist who thinks so. The theory of a Higgs boson doomsday, where a quantum fluctuation creates a vacuum “bubble” that expands through space and wipes out the universe, has existed for a while. However, scientists don’t think it could happen anytime soon.

“Most likely it will take 10 to the 100 years [a 1 followed by 100 zeroes] for this to happen, so probably you shouldn’t sell your house and you should continue to pay your taxes,” Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, said during his lecture at the SETI Institute on Sept. 2. “On the other hand it may already happened, and the bubble might be on its way here now. And you won’t know because it’s going at the speed of light so there’s not going to be any warning.”

So we know not the day nor the hour.

Modern cosmology takes on the trappings of religion, but without any moral authority. Maybe that is a feature, not a bug.

For background, see: The multiverse: Where everything turns out to be true, except philosophy and religion

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2 Replies to “Stephen Hawking on the revised end of all things

  1. 1
    bornagain77 says:

    9-11,,, what a fitting day to reflect on the fact that out routine day to day lives, and the way we view the world, can be radically changed very quickly:

    9/11~September 11th 2001-Attack on the World Trade Center – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaU5rBjcDus

    as to this comment in the OP:

    “Today, churches teach “he shall come again in glory to judge” as a conventional accepted doctrine. If you are a good Christian, you are supposed to believe that, but not pry into it or act like it is imminent.

    UH OH, why didn’t anyone tell me not to pry into it if I wanted to be a ‘good’ Christian???

    Actually, although the increasing turmoil in the Mideast, surrounding Israel certainly gives us a sobering indication that we may be much closer to ‘the end’ than we realize, here are some mathematical, and archeological, indications that give us further indication that we may be much closer to the second coming of Christ than many ‘good’ Christians seem willing to seriously entertain, or even imagine:

    Restoration Of Israel and Jerusalem In Prophecy – Chuck Missler (Doing The Math) – video
    https://vimeo.com/92684712

    The preceding start date, arrived at by Missler in the calculation, is confirmed by the archaeological record:

    Bible Prophecy Fulfilled – Israel 1948 – article
    Excerpt: Although July 15, 537 B.C. can not be verified by outside sources as the exact day of Cyrus’s proclamation, we do know that 537 B.C. was the year in which he made it. As such, we can know for certain that the Bible, in one of the most remarkable prophecies in history, accurately foresaw the year of Israel’s restoration as an independent nation some two thousand five hundred years before the event occurred.
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Bibl.....;id=449317

    SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
    Excerpt “In late years several cuneiform tablets have been discovered pertaining to the fall of Babylon which peg both Biblical and secular historic dates. The one tablet known as the “Nabunaid Chronicle” gives the date for the fall of Babylon which specialists have ascertained as being October 12-13, 539 B.C., Julian Calendar, or October 6-7, 539 B.C., according to our present Gregorian Calendar. This tablet also says that Cyrus made his triumphant entry into Babylon 16 days after its fall to his army. Thus his accession year commenced in October, 539 B.C. However, in another cuneiform tablet called “Strassmaier, Cyrus No. 11″ Cyrus’ first regnal year is mentioned and was determined to have begun March 17-18, 538 B.C., and to have concluded March 4-5, 537 B.C. It was in this first regnal year of Cyrus that he issued his decree to permit the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. (Ezra 1:1) The decree may have been made in late 538 B.C. or before March 4-5, 537 B.C.
    In either case this would have given sufficient time for the large party of 49,897 Jews to organize their expedition and to make their long four-month journey from Babylon to Jerusalem to get there by September 29-30, 537 B.C., the first of the seventh Jewish month, to build their altar to Jehovah as recorded at Ezra 3:1-3. Inasmuch as September 29-30, 537 B.C., officially ends the seventy years of desolation as recorded at 2 Chronicles 36:20, 21, so the beginning of the desolation of the land must have officially begun to be counted after September 21-22, 607 B.C., the first of the seventh Jewish month in 607 B.C., which is the beginning point for the counting of the 2,520 years.”
    http://onlytruegod.org/jwstrs/537vs539.htm

    The precisely fulfilled prophecy of Israel becoming a nation again is of no small importance, since the restoration of Israel clearly signifies the time immediately preceding the return of Christ.

    The Signs of Israel’s Rebirth: Lesson 1: The Parable of the Fig Tree
    Concluding Statement: Now it should also be perfectly clear what the parable of the fig tree in the Olivet Discourse means (Matt 24:32-34). As the disciples were walking into the city on Tuesday morning after Palm Sunday, they noticed that the tree which Jesus had cursed the day before had withered and dried up. Later, on Tuesday evening, when the memory of the withered fig tree was still fresh in their minds, Jesus spoke the parable in question. He said that when the church sees the fig tree leafing out again, it will know that “it is . . . at the doors.” The Greek for “it is” can also be translated “he is.” In prophecy, “door” is often a symbol for the passageway between heaven and earth (Rev. 4:1). What the parable means, therefore, is that when the nation of Israel revives after its coming disintegration and death in A.D. 70, the return of Christ will be imminent.
    http://www.themoorings.org/pro.....rael1.html

    Even Sir Isaac Newton, the father of modern physics, who is considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, scientist who has ever lived, was a avid student of Bible prophecy, and predicted the return of Israels centuries before it was remotely feasible, (i.e. apparently Newton did not believe in ‘replacement’ theology),

    Israeli library uploads (Sir Isaac) Newton’s theological texts – February 15, 2012
    Excerpt: He’s considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time.,, However, the curator of Israel’s national library’s humanities collection said Newton was also a devout Christian who dealt far more in theology than he did in physics,, “He (Sir Isaac Newton) took a great interest in the Jews, and we found no negative expressions toward Jews in his writing,” said Levy-Rubin. “He (years before it was remotely feasible) said the Jews would ultimately return to their land.”
    http://www.physorg.com/news/20.....gical.html

    Concerning the restoration of Israel, Newton also did a prophecy calculation from Daniel as to the second coming of Christ in relation to the restoration of Israel as a nation:

    “Prophetic Perspectives, 2008-2015” – Jim Bramlett
    Excerpt: For years I have been intrigued with Newton’s interpretation of Daniel 9:25 and the 62 weeks and 7 weeks (62 X 7 = 434 years, and 7 X 7 = 49 years), counted “from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem.” In his commentary on Daniel, a copy of which I have, Newton wrote that the interpretation of those 69 weeks is usually incorrect, violating the Hebrew language. He said the two numbers should not be added together as most scholars do, but the 434 years refer to Messiah’s first coming (which he demonstrated), and the 49 years refer to His second coming, after Israel is reestablished, an idea unheard of 300 years ago but happening in our generation The start date for counting has been controversial. Many thought the 49-year-count would be the date of Israel’s rebirth on May 14, 1948, but, alas, that did not work out. Other dates were tried unsuccessfully. But what if the count begins on one of the two most historical dates in Jewish history, the date in the miraculous Six-Day War when Israel captured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount: June 7, 1967? Assume the 49-year count (49 Jewish years X 360 days = 17,640 days), does start on June 7, 1967. Using a date-counter Web site at http://www.timeanddate.com we learn that the 17,640-day count takes us exactly to September 23, 2015. September 23, 2015 is the Day of Atonement! What are the odds against that? Many have believed that the Second Coming will be on the Day of Atonement. If he knew this, old Isaac Newton would be doing cartwheels and back flips right now.
    http://www.prophecyforum.com/b.....tives.html

    Of note, Newton did another infamous calculation for the return of Christ. A calculation that landed in the year 2060

    Isaac Newton predicted that the world would end around 2060 – December 11, 2013
    Excerpt: On 22 February 2003, the Telegraph (London, England) published a front-page story announcing Isaac Newton’s prediction that the world would end in 2060.
    http://topinfopost.com/2013/12.....round-2060

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    bornagain77 says:

    Someone looked into that 2060 date that Newton had calculated and found that Newton had, due to insufficient historical knowledge, used the wrong start date in his calculation. Newton’s calculation to 2060 is corrected here to 2013 to reflect the different start time that is now known to greater archeological accuracy than in Newton’s time:

    Newton’s end times calculation corrected!
    Excerpt: Therefore, correcting Newton’s date, the year 753 B.C. designates the founding of the physical Rome while A.D. 753 establishes the rebirth of spiritual Rome. Counting 1,260 years forward from A.D. 753, one arrives at the year 2013.
    http://www.wnd.com/2008/09/75434/

    Yet the 2013 date turns out to be off too,,, correcting the start date of ‘spiritual Rome’ we find,,,

    Donation of Pepin
    Excerpt: When Pepin conquered Ataulf the ex-archate of Ravenna fell into his hands. Pepin gave both the ex-archate and the Republic of Rome to the Pope, and this munificent gift is the famous “Donation” on which rested the whole fabric of the temporal power of the Popes of Rome (A.D. 755).
    http://www.infoplease.com/dict.....pepin.html

    Thus, adjusting 2013 + 2 = 2015, we find that both of Newton’s calculations land in the same year. Interesting, to put it mildly, especially considering ‘Newton’s equations’ basically landed us on the moon!

    As well, there is some interesting ‘astronomical’ evidence that land in the year 2015 as well:

    Pastor Mark Biltz “The Significance of the Blood Moons” – May 2013 – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e25L8YA9KX8

    Many ‘good’ Christians object to trying read the ‘signs of the times’ by quoting this verse;

    Matthew 24:36
    “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

    Yet, little do the ‘good’ Christians making that objection know that the specific phrase ‘No one knows about that day or hour’ itself gives us a clue as to the timing of Christ’s return. The following video, at the 8:33 minute mark, reveals the meaning behind the phrase:

    Blood Moons Interview with Mark Biltz: Part 4 of 6 – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=PW4XLz_saTo#t=517
    Part 5 of 6
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYp8i4LxL80

    Also of interest, it may surprise many ‘good’ Christians to learn that the biblical ‘prophetic’ calender, which is based on the moon, is actually more accurate than our modern day ‘scientific’ calender. The Gregorian calender uses a fairly complex system of leap days to keep accuracy with the sun, whereas, on a whole consideration, the prophetic calender uses a simpler system of leap months to keep accuracy to the sun. When these two systems are compared against each other, side by side, the prophetic calender equals the Gregorian in accuracy at first approximation, and on in-depth analysis for extremely long periods of time (even to the limits for how precisely we can measure time altogether) the prophetic calender exceeds the Gregorian calender. i.e. God’s measure of time exceeds the best efforts of Man to scientifically measure time accurately.,, But, as a Christian, who believes God created time (and space) in the first place, why does this surprise me so much?

    Bible Prophecy Year of 360 Days
    Excerpt: Is the Biblical ‘prophetic’ calender more accurate than our modern calender? Surprisingly yes! Excerpt: The first series of articles will show the 360-day (Prophetic) calendar to be at least as simple and as accurate as is our modern (Gregorian) calendar. In the second part of our discussion we will demonstrate how that the 360-day calendar is perfectly exact (as far as our ‘scientific’ measurements will allow).
    http://www.360calendar.com/

    and with the accuracy of the ‘prophetic calender’ in mind, the following is interesting to learn:

    Do 70 Jubilees predict the end of the world in 2015?
    Excerpt: The 70 “sevens” in Daniel 9:24 are 70 Jubilee cycles. These 70 Jubilee cycles bring us to the end of the world. When the children of Israel entered Canaan, their promised land, the LORD gave them sabbatical cycles and Jubilee cycles. Sabbatical cycles are 7 years long and Jubilee cycles are 49 years long. Each Jubilee cycle consists of 7 sabbatical cycles. The 50th year is called the Jubilee.

    Seventy “sevens” = 70 Jubilee cycles
    70 x 7 x 7 = 3,430 years

    Daniel 9:24
    Seventy “sevens” are decreed for your people to put an end to sin and to bring in everlasting righteousness.

    The 70 Jubilee cycles point to the time when God’s people will no longer transgress His law. Eternal righteousness will be brought into their lives. Then Jesus will come to take them to heaven. The 70 Jubilees predict Christ’s second coming. The 70 Jubilees began in 1416 BC when God’s children entered Canaan. The 70 Jubilees will end 3,430 years later in 2015 AD when God’s children will enter heavenly Canaan. (Of note: In Bible prophecy 360 days are used for calculating the length of a year:
    http://www.360calendar.com/#Part%20One)
    http://www.markbeast.com/endwo.....-world.htm

    Verse and Music:

    Luke 21:28
    “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

    R.E.M. – It’s The End Of The World (as we know it and I feel fine) – music
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY

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