Enoch, and Elijah and Einstein
How does Einstein’s time dilation theory apply to Enoch and Elijah, and the end times?
If Enoch and Elijah were taken into outer space at respectively 3017BC and 849BC we are faced with a problem. How could these two men still be living thousands of years later?
Even if Judgment Day were this year, that would make them 5024 and 2856 years old respectively. Here is where Albert Einstein comes into play.
In October of 1971 J. C. Hafele and Richard E. Keating placed four cesium-beam atomic clocks aboard commercial airliners and flew twice around the world in opposite directions, then compared the clocks against those of the United States Naval Observatory.
The results were astounding and confirmed Einstein’s theory of time dilation.
The clocks on the airplane flying east, though just minutely, had moved slower than the clocks on the earth. This experiment was repeated in 2005 by the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom and received similar results.
Scientists have even figured out a mathematical formula to calculate just how much slower time would go for a near light speed traveler in comparison to those remaining on earth.
t’ = t√(1-[ V2/c2])
Where: t’ = dilated time (shortened time in
t = stationary time (normal time on
V = velocity (speed in relation to the
speed of light)
c = speed of light
According to Einstein’s theory, if Enoch was picked up in 3017BC, and traveled for only six hours and fifty five minutes, at a velocity of 99.99999999999876% of the speed of light, he would return to an earth that had aged 5024 years. Millennia would have passed on the earth but he would only be a few hours older.
Round this number up and one sees that 5024 years on earth would equal 00.079% of one year in space traveling at the above speed.
Do a little more math and one can see that 00.079% of one year equals six hours and fifty five minutes.
Now, let’s take Elijah. He lived a long time after Enoch, ministering up until approximately 849BC.
According to this formula, if he were taken on a whirlwind trip of the universe, traveling at the same speed as Enoch, he could return to our time, 2856 years later, in only three hours and fifty six minutes.
I wonder if all these 2 prophets are doing now is zipping around space at the speed of light, waiting to come back to earth. Funny thought.
The key to the time conversion is movement at the speed of light.
The Bible says that a day (1440 minutes) is as a thousand years. If there is travel (forward movement), according to Einstein, a day (in heaven) is equal to 17,433 years on earth.
It took Michael, the angel, 21 days to reach Daniel with a response from God, because he was fighting Satan in the heavenlies.
So for Michael, it was only about 0.0083 minutes (0.498 seconds, or 498 milliseconds) for non-movement, and 17,433 times faster if there was movement.
Traveling from heaven to earth, and fighting Satan indicates forward movement, so Michael handled Satan in no time at all, in our earth time.
Many people like to predict the timing of the tribulation, or the last week of Daniel, and when Jacob’s trouble might start.
While we do have the Hebrew calendar to follow, and other signs, God has his own clock.
Regarding the tribulation period, when God says He will “shorten the time for sake of the elect,” we have no clue what amount of earth time he means.
For those who expect to spend 7 years in heaven during the tribulation, as a result of a rapture, do not bother to pack your bags. You will be back in no time at all.
7 earth years may only be 59.760 seconds in heaven.
Many think, in the next life, eternity will be a long time, and will be boring.
It seems that it will have the opposite effect. For most of eternity, it will seem like we just arrived.
This post is just the beginning of reflection on this point.