UK - How Old Is Our Universe?

Arno Froese

For years, astronomers and physicists have primarily calculated the age of the cosmos by measuring the time elapsed since the Big Bang and studying the oldest stars.

But the study published in the journal “Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society” seems to confirm that previous estimates were widely off. What’s referred to in the new study as the “impossible early galaxy problem” has long baffled scientists who struggle to reconcile why some galaxies thought to have come into existence long after the Big Bang appear to in fact be much older that the universe’s estimated age.

The redshift of light—literally, light from distant galaxies stretched and shifted toward the red part of the spectrum—is what has long helped to inform physicists’ estimates of the universe’s age. In simple terms, the thought has been that the redshift indicated the distance of stars and galaxies, and hence, the faster they are moving away from Earth.

What does that mean? If these constants evolve, then the time it takes for the early galaxies observed in the Webb telescope to form extends from a few hundred million years to several billion years.

Better put, it would offer an explanation for the advanced level of development and mass observed in the previously puzzling early galaxies., 14 July 2023

Arno's Commentary

While we respect astronomers/scientists and their work, we do notice that their work is mainly based on theoretical “estimates,” arriving at vastly different conclusions where time is concerned. Doubtless, this will continue, one theory replacing another, but in the end, the
puzzle is not solved by any astronomical studies. However, it is already solved when opening thefirst page of our Bible: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Reading Job chapters 38 to 41, God asked 84 questions, many of which deal with the universe. Job answered: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6).

There is no end to so-called scientific discoveries when it comes to the universe.

Regarding planet earth, Peter writes: “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:12). The next verse is addressed to those who believe: “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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