Runnaway Universe May CollapseThe recent discovery that the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate has led many astronomers to forecast a dark and lonely future for our galaxy. According to some predictions, the rapidly accelerating universe will cause all galaxies to run away from each other until they are no longer visible.
In this widely accepted scenario, our own Milky Way will become an isolated island adrift in a sea of totally black space 150 billion years from now. But two new studies by Stanford University cosmologists suggest that it may be time to rethink this popular view of a “runaway universe.” Instead of expanding exponentially, our cosmos may be in danger of collapsing
. “The standard vision at the moment is that the universe is speeding up,” said physics Professor Andrei Linde, “so we were surprised to find that a collapse could happen within such a short amount of time." Read the article at scienceagogo.com (click)
SciTech Blog states: We’ve all heard of the Big Bang, a widely accepted theory that proposes the entire universe began from a single point about 13.7 billion years ago and has been expanding ever since. But will it expand forever? Or could it stop and reverse that process? One possible fate of the universe is the Big Crunch, the idea that the cosmos could one day begin contracting and eventually collapse back on itself or return to a single point. If it ever happens, this anti-Big Bang would take place so far in the future that Earth might even not exist anymore, according to experts writing for Cornell University’s Curious About Astronomy
Biblical prophecy of a "Collapsing Universe"
Isaiah 34:4 - And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. (the figurative phrase "rolled together as a scroll" is a excellent image for the collapse of the Universe. Think of a scroll stretched out and then snapping back to it's rolled-up form once let go.)
Isaiah 65:17 - For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
2 Peter 3:13 - Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
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