The future of space exploration

There is a difference between astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, space exploration and space colonisation.

The Universe is God’s laboratory where He has done the experiments and mankind needs only to study the results. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is getting bigger but there are limits to what experiments we can do on Earth.

The question arises how mankind is to study the Universe.

There are those who dream of mankind colonising the Moon, then Mars then other galaxies.  I recently attended a lecture by The Institute of Physics in Scotland about mankind’s next space exploration frontier.  It promoted Moon colonisation as the first phase in visiting and colonising Mars.

Human colonisation of space should not be confused with exploration, which is more likely to be done using robots.  Richard A. Muller is an American physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has been a top US government advisor and a winner of the MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes called the ‘Genius Award’.  He is of the view that manned exploration is unlikely to develop and that space exploration will be done by robots.  “Such exploration in the next decade or two could almost certainly be done better with unmanned vehicles.”  “The astronauts who have died in space travel always knew this danger, and they chose to accept it.  Can the public accept such a high level?  I don’t know. … It is the dream of man in space; it is an adventure.  But it is not safe, it cannot be made safe, and it is not done for science.  It is important that future presidents know this.’ Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines, 2008, pp. 226-227.

For this reason, colonisation will be a step too far.  There may be limited attempts at it, only to discover that it is too much for mankind to accept. The story of the Tower of Babel may even reflect man’s early post-diluvian attempts to use the memory of ante-diluvian technology to explore space.

Will space colonisation happen?  I don’t think so.  At the end of human history, Satan will deal only with those in the ‘four corners of the earth’ Rev 20:8-9.

After the lengthy and blessed period of human history known in the Bible as the Millennium, when human knowledge will increase beyond our current imagination, it is possible that the endeavour to colonise space will trigger God’s release of Satan from his binding at the end of the Millennium and usher in the final judgment.  Just as God frustrated mankind’s efforts at the Tower of Babel, so ungodly man’s fear of the death of the Sun, driving him to attempt space colonisation, may signal the end of human Earth-history.

‘The heaven of heavens belong to the Lord; and the Earth He has given to mankind’ Ps 115:16.


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3 thoughts on “The future of space exploration

  1. Colin Mansfield

    Hi Donald,
    There is a worrying prophecy in Jeremiah 31:37:
    Thus says YHWH,
    If heaven above can be measured,
    And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
    Then will I also cast off all the seed of Israel,
    For all that they have done,
    The word of YHWH.”
    Looking beyond the national state of earthly Israel for the fulfilment of this prophecy in the Church, as Christ’s spiritual Israel, fails to grapple with the certainty of the statements in Jeremiah 31:36-37.”
    We should be disturbed from our delusion of leaving a corrupted & poisoned planet (Earth) to “escape” to a fresh earth-like environment in some far off star system, recently “discovered” in the Vega star system {only 11 light years away, so the fast footed space traveller rejoices}.
    Cosmologists have already measured the distances of the visible Universe such that its age is 13.82 billion years old, of a diameter of 95-100 billion light years across. It consists of 10 to the 80th power of the number of atoms. {10 superscript 80}.
    Whilst recently at Cern scientists have uncovered the Higgs boson or “God particle” essentially the gravitational particle that holds matter together at the Earth’s core and forms the core of other heavenly bodies, stars, galaxies, etc. We have completed the Jeremiah 31:37 boundaries.
    Further concern can be elucidated from 2Esdras14:1-18 especially vs11: “The whole history of the world is divided into 12 periods, and the 10th period has already arrived and it is half over; only 2 and a half parts remain. {The Apocrypha is permitted reading for Anglicans & Episcopalians and used to be part of the original KJV Bible}.
    This prophecy was written down approximately 560BC in Babylon, by Ezra ~ the 7th and last vision, from The Voice from the Bush.
    Taking a Biblical period to be 1,000 years, leaves us little time in 2017AD to get ready for the “grand finale.”
    Our planet is getting hotter & hotter, polluted on a grand scale, wars are more likely, the Earth’s spin is slowing which is expected to cause more earthquakes & volcanic eruptions.
    Hence the fabulously rich & famous are investing in private space rockets, space travel & Moon to Mars colony technology, in order to escape the political collapse on our precious planet.
    Can anyone tell me who is the General Secretary of the UN? Well then can anyone name the 3 current ruling presidents of the EU; can we “Trust in Trump” ~ thought not! Did you the people vote honestly, in our recent elections? ~ Not really.
    Judgement will be on all of us from the Vatican down to the most humble village church.


    1. Donald


      We have not “completed the Jeremiah 31:37 boundaries.”

      You have assumed too much. 1. measuring to the edge of the Universe is not measuring the heavens, and how do we know that we have reached the edge? 2. the observable Universe is not the whole Universe – there is the unseen Universe. 3. astrophysicists are not prepared to say that they have measured the cosmos, so why should we? They are postulating an infinite number of multiverses. 4. the Bible gives a different explanation of the Universe.

      The general idea in Jer 31:37 is that it is not possible to do either of these, to measure the heavens nor to penetrate to the foundations of the Earth. It says ‘If’, not ‘when’. It suggests that the heavens cannot be measured by man, which is what modern astronomy is discovering. No matter how far the Hubble Space Telescope looks, it is finding countless numbers of new galaxies. However, God can measure it Isa 40:12 and Job 38:4-5.

      There is a difference between calculating and measuring. We can calculate the number of the stars but we cannot number them nor name them, but God can Ps 147:4. The Hebrew word ‘madad’ ‘to measure’ is used along with numbering in Jer 33:22 and Hos 1:10, where the sand of sea cannot be measured by weight although it may be possible to calculate its weight.

      There are 51 uses of ‘madad’ in the Old Testament, where it is used of measuring something, not simply calculating a number. It is applied to dimensions of length Num 35:5 and weight Ex 16:18. Gesenius says: ‘Properly to measure the length of any thing with a line stretched out.’ Its most frequent use, 36 times, is in measuring Ezekiel’s temple with a measuring ‘middah’ reed. We cannot measure the heavens, but God can Isa 40:12.

      Secondly, Jer 31:37 refers to man’s inability to bore into the Earth’s core. The Kola Superdeep Borehole, the deepest hole ever drilled, reached about 7½ miles from the Earth’s surface, about one third more than the height of Mount Everest, and it took 24 years from 1970-1994 to accomplish. Only another 4000 miles to go!

      Incidentally, the Hebrew word for ‘foundations’ has the same root as Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Agency, whose current motto is ‘Where no counsel is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety’ Pro 11:14.

      The Apocryphal 2Edras does not “concern” me, and the Apocrypha was removed from the published versions of the King James Version of the Bible for good reasons. Thankfully one’s knowledge of the Apocryphal books and of the United Nations will not alter the reality of Christ’s agenda.

      Of more relevance, there are good times ahead because Jesus is on the Throne Eph 1:20-23. The mandate – the Great Commission Mat 28:18-20; the prayer – ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven’ Mat 6:10 and Lk 11:2; the vision and destination when the seventh angel sounds – ‘the kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ’ Rev 11:15.


      1. Colin Mansfield

        Thanks Donald,
        Phew, I can breath a sigh of relief now.
        Plenty more years (perhaps millennia even) in the tank!
        World without end ~ so let’s go out and spend,
        kind regards
        (You were missed at the Astronomer’s Christmas dinner party, last Saturday).


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