Find God in the Diamond Planet

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Find God in the Diamond Planet

By Dianne E. Butts:

diamond planet

Recently scientists found “a planet made largely of diamond, astronomers say” in a CBSNews.com story “Astronomers spot ‘diamond planet.’” According to the article, “At least a third of the planet’s mass is likely pure diamond.” What a find! Of course my imagination ran wild. If you can follow where my imagination took me, you too might find God in the Diamond Planet.

My first thought was about the description of the beautiful New Jerusalem described in the book of Revelation in the Bible. You see, after the Battle of Armageddon and the near destruction of the entire earth, God will recreate a new earth to make it inhabitable again.

Included is a brand new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven which is described as being so beautiful it is like “a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Revelation 21:2). This new Jerusalem has a wall that has twelve foundations decorated with rare and beautiful jewels (see Revelation 21:14-21).

So one of those foundations just has to be decorated with diamonds, right? And a diamond planet would provide enough diamonds to decorate that foundation, right?

Wrong. I went and looked (Revelation 21:19-20). The twelve foundations are decorated with:

  1. Jasper
  2. Sapphire
  3. Chalcedony
  4. Emerald
  5. Sardonyx
  6. Carnelian
  7. Chrysolite
  8. Beryl
  9. Topaz
  10. Chrysoprase
  11. Jacinth
  12. Amethyst

But no foundation decorated with diamonds. If you want to see what those twelve stones look like, there are pictures in this article: “What does Heaven Look like?”

There are twelve gates in the city, “each gate made of a single pearl” (Revelation 21:21). Those are some big pearls. If you ever wondered, that’s where all those jokes of meeting Saint Peter at the “Pearly Gates” come from.

But there is no foundation decorated with diamonds or a gate made of a diamond. So how can we find God in the Diamond Planet?

Well there’s a wedding!

Revelation 19:7 says, “the wedding of the lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”

The Lamb is Jesus. Who is Jesus’ bride? The church, which is collectively all the people who believe in Him! (Are you among us?)

So what is needed at a wedding? Why a diamond ring, of course. And if you have the Son of God, who actually is the God of the universe come in flesh and Who is infinite, marrying a bride who is made up of all the true believers in Christ of all time, what size of a diamond might you need for that ring? Would a diamond the size of a planet be sufficient?

And that’s how I came to find God in the Diamond Planet.

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Bio: © Dianne E. Butts’ new book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, just released for the Christmas season. Her last book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). Visit her blog at  www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.comwww.DianneEButts.com

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Finding God in a New Galaxy Cluster

An old galaxy breaks cosmic records, producing new stars at a fast and furious pace in a new galaxy cluster.

 Image courtesy of nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

By Dianne E. Butts:

Stars Image courtesy of nuttakit at FreeDigitalPhotos~netAstronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-Ray telescope have spotted a new galaxy cluster – the birth of many new stars–within the Pheonix galaxy.

Here are some interesting points from the article “Supermom galaxy birthing stars on cosmic scale discovered” posted on www.FoxNewx.com August 16, 2012.

  • The galaxy is about 5.7 billion light years away
  • It is at the center of a recently discovered cluster of galaxies that give off the brightest X-ray glow astronomers have seen.
  • It is the biggest creation of stars that astronomers have seen for this kind of galaxy. (Other types, such as colliding galaxies, can produce more stars.)

This galaxy is considered fairly mature, “maybe 6 billion years old” the article says. At that stage, galaxies don’t usually do anything new.  But this one is churning out stars at a rate never observed before: about 740 new stars per earth year. “By comparison, our Milky Way galaxy spawns just about one new star each year” according to the article.

The lead author of a study in the journal, Nature, Michael McDonald of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said, “It seems to have come back to life for some reason.”

Co-author of the study, Harvard University astronomer Ryan Foley, said the number of stars being produced is “very extreme. It pushes the boundaries of what we understand.”

According to Psalm 147:4, “[God] determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”

God is also the only one who can bring someone, or something, back to life. As astrologers stare through their X-Ray telescope (and who knew there even was such a thing?), I hope they will think of the God who creates the stars. Then they will be finding God even in a new galaxy cluster.

© Dianne E. Butts. Dianne’s newest book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). She wrote Deliver Me (CSPA “Book of the Year” and finalist for the 2012 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year) for those who need to be delivered from the guilt or shame of an unplanned pregnancy—whether in their present or past. www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com

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Find God in the Venus Transit

By Dianne E. Butts:

The transit of Venus has only occurred seven times since the 17th century, including its appearance a few weeks ago.

 

[FAITH, SCIENCE NEWS] On Tuesday June 5, 2012, we witnessed a phenomenon that won’t happen again for more than a century: the transit of Venus.

A TV interview the next morning caught my attention when an astronomer explained how long the transit took. That caused me to wonder if I could find God in the Venus transit.

According to the website, transitofvenus.org:

“When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun. Historically, this rare alignment is how we measured the size of our solar system. The view is like a front row seat to the transit method, by which we now find planets around distant stars.”

If you were listening during the days surrounding the Venus transit on June 5th, 2012 you may have learned these facts like I did:

  • An Associated Press article, Eyes turn skyward as Venus crosses the sun (MyFoxdfw.com), stated that this is “the seventh transit visible since German astronomer Johannes Kepler first predicted the phenomenon in the 17th century” (emphasis mine).
  • The same MyFox from Dallas/Ft. Worth article says “transits occur in pairs separated by more than a century.”
  • “Venus transits come in pairs eight years apart,” says Scientific America.
  • According to the article, Charleston community views Venus transit (TheDailyEasternNews.com), “the transit is so rare because the orbital planes of Earth and Venus are seven degrees off. If they were perfectly aligned, they would happen much more often” (emphasis mine).
  • Venus took “nearly seven hours to cross the face of the sun,” according to the UK’s Guardian (emphasis mine).

Did you happen to notice all those “sevens”? Seventh transit visible. Seven degrees off. Nearly seven hours to cross the sun…

Maybe these sevens are just coincidence. But I have to say, whenever I think of “seven” I think of God. Why? Because seven is God’s number. It is known as the number of “completion.” There are many sevens in the Bible. Here are some examples. I’ve emphasized all the “sevens.” Notice the last four bullets are all in the same chapter: Revelation 1!

  • “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (Genesis 2:2-3).
  • “John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne” (Revelation 1:4).
  • “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea” (Revelation 1:11).
  • “I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone ‘like a son of man,’ dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance” (Revelation 1:12-16).
  • “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches” (Revelation 1:19-20).

So I don’t know. Are all these sevens coincidence? Or did we find God in the Venus transit?

Video: This footage of the Venus transit is speeded up dramatically, so it won’t take you seven hours to watch it:

© Dianne E. Butts. Dianne’s latest book, Deliver Me, for those in an unplanned pregnancy or with one in their past, won a “Book of the Year” award and is a finalist for the 2012 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year. Her next book, on grandparenting releases August, 2012. Visit Dianne at www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com.

 

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