Combining Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection with Revelation Book 8 to disprove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The key departure from popular teaching? Revelation 8 does not describe disasters waiting for us in the future, but disasters hundreds of millions of years in our past: the great extinction episodes revealed in the fossil record.
An associate at work is studying Revelation as popularized by many Christian teachers. Frustrated by my objections to their “wisdom,” he asked me “Why were we given Revelation?”
In the modern world, Christianity faces two great objections. The first is a moral objection: Why does God allow evil? Our study in past weeks has offered a response. The Most High allows evil because he loves unconditionally. He loves all of creation, the beautiful and the ugly. He believes that ugliness yearns to become pleasing. That can create conflict when ugliness – rather than seeking its own place – attempts to conquer or even destroy beauty.
Though beauty is often proud, and may need to learn humility.
The second objection arises from science. Science is concerned with the material world, and the power of its methods has allowed mankind to change the world. This, along with the beauty of their theories, has brought pride to the hearts of scientists. They believe that the ancient philosophers did not understand their own nature, and invented gods to explain the natural world. Atheists go further, believing that the ancients then went insane, inventing the soul as a charade to claim power over nature. Under that craziness, priests survived by taking wealth from believers.
The atheist’s conclusions are supported by two theories of nature: Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection, and Einstein’s theories of relativity. Evolution teaches that humanity, with all its beauty, arose from clay. Relativity undermines spiritual experience, asserting that time flows only forward, and that the heavens are empty.
Before beginning this work at Love Returns, I offered ideas to replace relativity at everdeepening.com, collected under the New Physics tab. Those writings demonstrate the fragility of Relativity, and offer a powerful alternative. The scientists would not engage those ideas – even Christian scientists.
So we come to the second reason for Revelation: the proponents of Darwin’s natural selection justify their claims from the fossil record, a record made clear only in the last two hundred years. What we will see in studying Revelation 8 and 9, however, is that two thousand years ago John summarized that evidence. Heaven allowed John to look back into the past, against all the rules of relativity, to learn how humanity was raised up by the Most High and the 144,000 angels sent down in Revelation 7.
Of course, John did not have college degrees in biology and chemistry. For that reason, he reports only the most dramatic parts of the early history of life on earth – the great extinctions – and describes them in layman’s terms. To draw the connections between the visions and science, we must learn the science, and use that knowledge to guide our reading of John’s words.
Science teaches us that the history of life on earth was not a gentle one. When cells learned to convert sunlight to energy (as described in Genesis as the “first day”), they began to change the atmosphere.
The balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen has a big effect on the weather. The sun doesn’t warm the earth enough to keep water from freezing. Gases that trap heat – mainly carbon dioxide – are necessary to keep the temperature up. Carbon dioxide is absorbed by plants, and released when animals consume food. Volcanoes also affect the amount of carbon dioxide: some volcanoes release carbon dioxide; others produce lava that absorbs carbon dioxide.
Because the earth has always had continents near the south pole, when temperatures drop, ice builds up on land, causing sea levels to drop. Shallow seas around the continents dry up, causing all their life to die. On land, forests dry out and turn to grasslands or deserts.
When temperatures rise, great ice sheets melt and ocean levels rise, causing coral reefs to drown.
Remember that oxygen is used by animals to turn food into energy. Smaller animals have the advantage when oxygen levels fall. Even when the air contains enough oxygen, that oxygen doesn’t always last in the ocean. When ocean oxygen drops, ocean animals die off.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, giant volcanoes, huge fires and asteroids can throw up dust that blocks out the sun. Temperatures fall all over the world, causing larger animals to die off.
The fossil record shows that these disasters occurred regularly during the last billion years. For the most part, life bounced back shortly after the disaster. The scientists know of five episodes, however, when life did not. The old species died off, and were replaced by new species only after millions of years.
What made those disasters different was that they happened when the old species had become perfect for their environment. While this prevented new species from arising, when their environment changed the old creatures were unable to adapt. When they died out, the environment was left empty, ripe for new species to evolve.
This is the dance between creativity and the destruction unleashed when the seventh seal is broken in Revelation 8. Seven angels are given seven trumpets, so we expect seven great disasters. Revelation eight concludes with the sounding of the first four trumpets.
When the first trumpet sounds, John sees the snowball earth that formed after the first day of Genesis, when the first light-consuming cells removed all the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
…there came hail and fire mixed with blood
[NIV Rev. 8:7]
The snowball earth was warmed by volcanoes (the fire) that spewed carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. The oceans melted, clouds formed, and hail would have been common in the cold air. But bacteria also learned to use oxygen to eat other cells. In humans, blood is used to carry oxygen to our cells. In the early earth, “blood” would then be “ocean waters with oxygen.”
John continues his description:
A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
[NIV Rev. 8:7]
These details are impossible to interpret, because the fossil record does not start until life learned to make shells. The first of the trumpets is thus not clearly understood by science, but we know that plants grew on the land only much later. We might guess, then, that John’s “trees” were ocean plants, and the “green grass” was the lichen that clung to the ground near the water.
John then describes three more disasters, which sound very similar to the first three major extinctions known to science.
As the frozen earth thawed, marine life filled the shallow seas on the drowned land. This is the second day of Genesis. Sea creatures with shells evolved, but little life was seen on land except simple plants. This age ended with the great Ordovician extinction: volcanoes released rocks that drew carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. As John describes it:
Something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
[NIV Rev. 8:8]
Less carbon dioxide meant lower temperatures and ice on land, causing the ocean level to drop. Seas dried out and their life was lost.
Life was exposed slowly to land and learned, as described in the third day of Genesis, to survive as plants. Plants increase oxygen in the air. That oxygen mixed in the ocean, allowing many new marine animals to evolve. However, none of these learned to walk on land.
The extinction occurred when oxygen levels in the oceans dropped, possibly due to undersea volcanoes. Only ocean life was affected. As John describes:
A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
[NIV Rev. 8:11]
Land animals still had plenty of oxygen. The plants had learned to siphon water through their stems, and then learned to produce wood. Larger plants convert more carbon dioxide to oxygen. Amphibians walked the land, and giant insects attacked the plants. For protection, trees developed thick layers of bark. Bark contains a chemical called lignin that does not decompose and poisons other species. When lit, bark smoulders, forming coal. Huge coal deposits covered land. When they finally caught fire, ash filled the sky. As John reports:
The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was dark, and also a third of the night.
[NIV Rev. 8:12]
This is the great Permian extinction, the worst of all the extinctions known to science. The description of the disaster almost repeats the description of the fourth day of Genesis, when vision allowed animals to use the sun, moon and stars to migrate.
That completes the four trumpets of Revelation 8. The book ends with an eagle warning that even greater disasters are coming.
This all seems clear enough, except that John keeps on talking about “ships” and “people.” Remember, though, that John also called the angels in heaven “people,” and we know that the heavenly spirits were down on earth – both the selfish spirits released from the seals, and the 144,000 that were sent from the twelve masculine elders.
Apparently, these spirits were affected by the disasters.
If so, the “ships” could be the huge mats of ocean algae and the coral reefs where the angels did their work. The “people” that died would be the angels that had attached themselves to primitive animals. When their species died, they had to wait until new creatures rose before they could “live” again. Over the ages, changing time and again to fit a new animal form, they could no longer recognize themselves as angels. They became misshapen – they became the demons described in Revelation 9.
The exception to this are the 144,000 “sealed” by the Most High in heaven. These were unaffected by their relationship with the living creatures.
Let’s summarize today’s study.
Atheists use two theories to challenge belief in God: Darwin’s theory of natural selection, and Einstein’s theories of relativity. Relativity asserts that prophesy is impossible, and that space is empty. If Einstein’s theory is right, gods can’t exist, and so religion is only for crazy people or frauds.
I know Einstein’s theories, and quantum mechanics to boot, and I know that those theories don’t explain many important facts about the universe known to the scientists. They really don’t have any right to criticize those that testify to have been touched by the love of the Most High.
Even more, when we consider how the angels might have been affected by the great extinction episodes known to paleontology, we find that John’s description of the four trumpets of Revelation 8 closely matches what science tells us happened. The science of evolution proves the Bible, which teaches us that Relativity must be wrong.
Finally, those four events match closely with the days of creation in Genesis. Destruction at every turn allowed life to become ever more wondrous.
I don’t know about you, dear listener, but I’m eager to continue. Why was the Most High not satisfied? What was he waiting for?