first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more.? Dorner: ?Without loss of substantiality, matter will have exchanged its darkness, hardness, heaviness, inertia, and impenetrableness for clearness, radiance, elasticity and transparency. A new stadium will begin; God?s advance to new creations, with the cooperation of perfected mankind.?
Is the earth a molten mass, with a thin solid crust? Lord Kelvin says no, it is more rigid and solid than steel. The interior may be intensely hot, yet pressure may render in solid to the very center, The wrinkling of the surface may be due to contraction, or ?solid flow,? like the wrinkling in the skin of a baked apple that has cooled. See article on The Interior of the Earth, by G. F. Becker, in N. American Rev. April 1893. Edward S. Holden, Director of the Lick Observatory, in The Forum, Oct. 1893:211- 220, tells us that ?the star Nova Aurige, which doubtless resembled our sun, within two days increased in brilliancy sixteen fold. Three months after its discovery it had become invisible. After four months again it reappeared and was comparatively bright. But it was no longer a star but a nebula. In other words it had developed changes of light and heat which, if repeated in the case of our own sun, would mean a quick end of the human race and the utter annihilation of every vestige of animal and other life upon this earth. This catastrophe occurred in December 1891, or was announced to us by light, which reached us then. But this light must have left the star twenty, perhaps fifty, years earlier.?
Secondly, that this fitting-up of the earth for man?s abode, even if it were declared in Scripture, would not render it certain that the saints are to be confined to these narrow limits ( <431402>John 14:2). It seems rather to be intimated that the effect of Christ?s work will be to bring the redeemed into union and intercourse with other orders of intelligence, from communion with whom they are now shut out by sin ( <490120>Ephesians 1:20; <510120>Colossians 1:20).
<431402> John 14:2 ? ?In my Fathers house are many mansions?; <490110> Ephesians 1:10 ? ?unto a dispensation of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth?; <510120>Colossians 1:20 ? ?through him to reconcile all things unto himself having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, I say, whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens.
See Dr. A. C. Kendrick, in Bap. Quarterly, Jan. 1870. Dr. Kendrick thinks we need local associations. Earth may be our home yet from this home we may set out on excursions through the universe, after a time returning again to our earthly abodes. So Chalmers, interpreting literally 2
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