Scientific Facts in the Bible

There are mountains rising up from the bottom of the ocean floor

Jonah 2:5-6. The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me…I went down to the base of the mountains…

There are valleys in the oceans

Psalm 18: 15. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare…

There are springs at the bottom of the oceans

Job: 38:16. God asks Job: Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked the recesses [valleys] of the deep?

Genesis 7: 11. …on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up…

Until recently, scientists believed that the ocean bottom was sandy and saucer shaped. We did not learn about mountains in the seas until after World War II, when scientists began plotting sections of the ocean floor with sonar. Now we know there are numerous mountains in the oceans. There is a 10,000 mile long mountain range, the longest in the world, going down the middle of the Atlantic Ocean called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It even goes around the tip of Africa into the Indian Ocean. Also, after WWII, scientists discovered valleys and canyons on the ocean floor. We call them trenches, such as the Marianas Trench and the Puerto Rico Trench. When scientists developed the deep water bathyscaphe submersibles, such as the Trieste, scientists were able to descend down into these trenches. (The deepest parts of the oceans are about 12,000 feet, but the Marianas Trench is 35,800 feet deep. If Mount Everest (29,040 feet) were dropped into this trench, there would still be a mile from the top of the mountain to the surface of the ocean). And while these submersibles were exploring other sections of the ocean bottom, they discovered an amazing phenomenon – springs on the ocean floor! In the early 1970’s, deep-sea submersibles, the most famous being Alvin, explored the deep sea hot springs for the first time in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/exploring.html

The water cycle explained

Amos 9: 6. The Lord God of hosts…who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the face of the earth – the Lord is His name.

Job 36: 26-28. Behold, God is great … for He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man.

In the 16th century, the water cycle, or hydrological cycle, was discovered by Bernard Palissy and Leonardo da Vinci independently of each other: the sun heats the water in the lakes and oceans – water vapor rises to form clouds – the clouds drift over the land and release the water as rain to the earth where streams and rivers return the water to the lakes and oceans. Thus, as meteorologists explain, the hydrological cycle for water distribution consists of evaporation, condensation, atmospheric transportation, and precipitation. God inspired his prophet Amos to know this in 700 B.C. — 2200 plus years before Palissy and da Vinci. It is believed that either Solomon or Moses wrote the book of Job, so their inspiration was 300 to 700 years earlier than Amos.

The earth hangs in space
Job 26: 7. In expressing God’s majesty, Job declares that God hangs the earth upon nothing. 

Job lived approximately 1500 B.C., at a time when the Hindus thought the earth was carried on the backs of animals. A thousand years later, the Greeks believed the earth was carried on the shoulders of a giant named Atlas.

The earth rotates on its axis

Luke 17: 34-36 (New Testament). Jesus said the following concerning His sudden appearing in the last days: I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding grain together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.

Jesus says that when He comes again, suddenly, in a moment of time, there will be people sleeping at night and others working in the daytime. The only way such a thing could happen is if a round earth is revolving in a heliocentric solar system — so that at any given moment, there is day and night simultaneously. In saying this, Jesus anticipates the 16th and 17th century discoveries of Copernicus and Galileo. (This could be the Rapture of the church or a picture of people being taken to judgment).

Light can be divided

Job 38:24. God asks Job, By what way is light divided?
In the 17th century, Isaac Newton showed that white light can be divided into the seven colors by doing several experiments with prisms. Prior to that, people thought that the prisms added color to the light. But God told the writer of the book of Job that light could be divided at least 2600 years before Newton.

The universe had a beginning
Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Einstein believed the conventional scientific theory of his day that the universe was static and eternal with no beginning, but his equations showed it was expanding, indicating it had a beginning. When Edwin Hubble invited him on January 29, 1931 to look through the 100 inch telescope on the Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, California, Einstein clearly saw what Hubble had been saying – that the galaxies were rapidly moving away from our galaxy and from each other, and by regressing them, it was clearly evident that they would return to a starting point. After looking through the telescope, Einstein is quoted as saying: “I now believe the universe had a beginning.”

The universe is expanding
Isaiah 40:22. In extolling God, the prophet says, It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…who stretches out the heavens like a canopy… 

This is a very interesting verse in that two Hebrew verbs are used. The literal translation is that God has stretched out the heavens and is continuing to stretch them out. This finished and ongoing description is precisely what modern science believes about the beginning and continuous expansion of the cosmos.

http://www.reasons.org/articles/big-bang—the-bible-taught-it-first

This verse also indicates that the earth is round, although the Hebrew word used here, chuwg, does not also convey “sphere” as a meaning, thus weakening it as a scientific statement.

The stars in the universe are too numerous to be counted

Jeremiah 33:22. God tells Jeremiah: …the host of the heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured…

This was probably considered a mistake in ancient times, as pre-telescope people believed they could count the stars, and early astronomers did. Ptolemy counted 1,056; Tycho Brahe counted 777; and Johannes Kepler counted 1,005. Modern astronomers with high-powered telescopes estimate the number of stars as at least 1026 — or a hundred-million-billion-billion stars — which reflects the same order of magnitude as the grains of sand on the earth. If you could count 10 stars a second, it would take at least a thousand-million-billion years to count them all. The stars truly cannot be numbered by humans as God informs the prophet with this bit of supernatural information. But God is so great that: He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name (Psalm 147:4).

Earth’s early atmosphere contained large amounts of water vapor
Genesis 1:6. Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water. So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. Geologists now believe that earth’s early atmosphere contained large amounts of water vapor: http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/5b.html

The continents originally formed a large, single land mass
Genesis 1:9. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. Many scientists now believe the continents were originally all connected together. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,840974,00.html

Global warming predicted
Revelation 16: 9 – 12. (New Testament) And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God… the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. Although there is controversy as to whether and to the degree the cause is man-made, most scientists agree that the climate is getting warmer. The Bible says that in the end times it will increase so much that the Euphrates River dries up. The kings of the east will then be able to march overland to the battle of Armageddon. The link below discusses a New York Times front page article which includes pictures of the Euphrates already drying up and even connects it to the apocalyptic prophecy in Revelation.

http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/euphrates-river-drying-up-new-york-times-notes-propheticimplications/

The Second Law of Thermodynamics stated
Psalm 102:26. All the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish but you will endure; yes, they will grow old like a garment…
Romans 8:21. Creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (This will happen when Christ returns).
The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that all matter and energy in the universe is increasing in entropy (decay and dissipation). This is one of the most fundamental and tested of all laws of physics and is absolute as far as we can tell in the observable universe. God revealed it to the Psalmist and the Apostle Paul thousands of years ago.

In the last days, travel and knowledge will increase
Daniel 12:4 …seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. 

Although this has always been the case throughout history to some degree, the acceleration of each is uniquely descriptive of our generation.

Radio signals predicted?
Job 38:35. God asks Job: Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, “Here we are?”
Lightning is a radio wave pulse called a sferic. Radio waves are part of the electromagnetic spectrum that carries voice to radio and cell phone receivers

Nuclear war
Zechariah 14:12. During the battle of Armageddon, the soldiers who attack Jerusalem will suffer as follows: …their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
In a thermonuclear blast, this is what happens. Men’s flesh will vaporize before their skeletons hit the ground. It is believed that Israel possesses the neutron bomb. This is a fusion bomb that destroys living flesh with a powerful burst of radiation, but does not harm trees, buildings, etc. (In other words, there is no uranium 235 outer casing to provide a secondary fission blast). The radiation dissipates rapidly and the country’s infrastructure is left intact. This is a tactical nuclear weapon that literally vaporizes all living things within its kill zone.
Revelation 6: 3-8. (New Testament) Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. The second horseman of the apocalypse is on a red horse bringing war to the earth. Soon ¼ of the population of the earth is dead. Down through the centuries people wondered what the “great sword” could be that would cause such destruction. But the people of our generation know the answer – the nuclear bomb.

Satellite TV predicted
Revelation 11:9. (New Testament) Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another…
Even 50 years ago, such a thing was impossible. People throughout the centuries mocked the Bible because of this statement. Yet now, with Satellite TV and internet streaming to computers and even i Phones, people all over the world can see the same thing at the same time.

Continued in the next post…

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