Have you ever taken the quiz “what color are you?” Have you wondered what color God is? God wants us to know those kinds of things about Him, so He has revealed it in His Word. Here’s how the Apostle John saw God in the Revelation.
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.Revelation 4:2-3
What Color is God?
Think back to our gemstone color chart. God is like “jasper” and a “sardius stone” in appearance. That’s primarily the color “red.” Have you ever thought of God being reddish in appearance? Why would that be? Do you think it’s a coincidence that blood is the color red and life is in the blood? What other reasons might God appear to be reddish in color? Remember – to unlock the secrets of God’s Deep Magic, we must look at every Word of God as revealed clues that guide us into the discovery of Eternal Truth about God. The colors and materials God used in Creating Heaven, the universe and the planet earth, are all part of His Revelation of Himself to us.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, also revealed His color to John the Apostle. Most people who know anything about Jesus think of Him as a man, but those of us who know Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords know Him as the Lord God of Heaven. Here’s what John saw.
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Revelation 1:12-18
And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Revelation 5:6-7
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16
This vision of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is not at all the way the world thinks of Him, but this is Who He is – Head and Hair white like wool, as white as snow – Crowns on His Head – Eyes like a flame of fire – Feet like fine brass – Voice as the sound of many waters – Out of His Mouth a sharp, two-edged sword – His Countenance like the sun shining in its strength – Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God – Clothed with a Robe dipped in Blood. This is our Jesus – Creator of the Universe!
The Expanding Universe
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Consider this for a moment – God Created the “heavens and the earth.” What would be involved in creating everything you see around you, everything above your head, and everything below your feet? The Hebrew word bara means “to bring into being.” God brought into being the heavens (samayim) and the earth (eres). That is beyond amazing; it is a true Miracle of the highest magnitude!
The Scriptures speak of three heavens:
1. The atmosphere above the land where birds fly and clouds move
2. The great expanse of space above the atmosphere where stars and
3. The Throne Room of God where God rules and angels worship and
We’ve already learned a little about the Third Heaven that God Created for His Throne and for the angels’ home. We’ll see more about the atmosphere that surrounds the earth later in this chapter. So, let’s begin our investigation into the Deep Magic of Creation with the second heaven we know as the universe.
Astrophysicists do not know the exact size of the universe (all existing matter and space), but they believe it to be larger than anyone can imagine. Estimates range from a low of 10 billion light years to a high of 156 billion light years for the size of the visible universe (from one end to the other). One reason for the difference in the estimates is the variable of how quickly the universe is expanding and whether the speed of expansion is greater now than at the beginning of the universe. Based on the speed of light being 186,282 miles per second, a light year is about 5.9 trillion miles.
Here are some examples of how big our universe may be in total miles from end to end based on various scientific estimates. The first number is light years. The second number is miles in one light year. The third number is the multiplier times 10 to the 22nd or 23rd power (a 1 followed by 22 or 23 zeroes).
10 000 000 000 x 5 900 000 000 000 = 5.9 × 1022
14 000 000 000 x 5 900 000 000 000 = 8.26 × 1022
20 000 000 000 x 5 900 000 000 000 = 1.18 × 1023
27 000 000 000 x 5 900 000 000 000 = 1.59300 × 1023 40 000 000 000 x 5 900 000 000 000 = 2.36 × 1023
78 000 000 000 x 5 900 000 000 000 = 4.60200 × 1023
156 000 000 000 x 5 900 000 000 000 = 9.20400 × 1023
These numbers are staggering and difficult to comprehend, but they are numbers God understands well. He Created all of the astrophysical laws behind the enormous size of the universe. To help our understanding, let’s look at it from the stars closest to us.
We begin with our own solar system. The earth is about 93,000,000 miles from our sun – which is classified as a yellow dwarf star. Our sun is huge – about 870,000 miles in diameter – 190 times that of the earth. The luminosity of the sun is estimated to be about 390 billion billion megawatts. The temperature at the surface of the sun is a little less than 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature at the sun’s core is more than 22 million degrees Fahrenheit. The sun generates its power through the process of nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium (about 620 million metric tons of hydrogen per second). Light from our sun takes about 8 minutes and 20 seconds to arrive to earth (500 seconds). The closest star to our sun, Proxima, is more than four light years away from us – about 2.54400 × 1013 miles from the sun. Proxima is a red dwarf star in the Centaurus constellation. That’s the closest star to our sun – and we can’t even see it with the naked eye!
Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is classified as a barred spiral galaxy and relatively small – “only” 100,000 light years across and 1,000 light years thick. It is made up of between 200 – 400 billion stars. In addition to the stars we can see, the Milky Way has a halo of dark matter (matter that can only be detected because of its gravitational pull) that may make up as much as 90% of its mass. What we see as “light” may be less than 10% of the Milky Way. At the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is a giant black hole that eats stars for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stars closest to the black hole orbit it at thousands of miles per second – until they are eventually pulled into the hole and disappear.
We are a long way from our nearest galaxy neighbors (made up of more than 30 galaxies known as the Local Group). Even the closest galaxy to ours, the Andromeda galaxy, is more than two million light years away (1.18 × 1019). Though the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are enormous in size (Andromeda has about 1 trillion stars), they are only two of hundreds of billions of galaxies in the “observable universe.” Many of the larger galaxies have trillions of stars in them. The largest known galaxy, IC 1101, has more than 100 trillion stars. It is more than 50 times the size of our Milky Way and two-thousand times as massive. And just like the Milky Way, 90% or more of the galaxies are invisible to observation because of a mysterious dark matter. Keep in mind the Truth of Deep Magic – our God Created every inch of it and sustains it by His Mighty Power. This is the same God we love and serve with our whole being – the God of Creation.
As I mentioned earlier, many scientists believe the universe is expanding every moment of the day at a rapid pace. Some speak of it as an “open” or “runaway” universe. In 1998, astrophysicists announced the discovery of an accelerating expansion of the universe that is forcing galaxies farther apart at an every increasing speed. That discovery has given rise to the theory of a dark energy that is pushing the universe to expand in many directions. Members of the scientific team that made the discovery said they called it dark energy because it can’t be seen and no one knows what’s behind it. They believe the universe may be larger than anyone thinks and expanding more rapidly than anyone can imagine. Some scientists estimate that the universe is now more than 70% dark energy and 20% dark matter. If that is true, what we can see of the universe may be less than 10% of its total mass.
One of the scientists on the discovery team was quoted as saying that “some force” appears to be pushing and stretching the universe apart. Though scientists around the world are struggling to find the source of the force behind the ever-expanding universe, the Scriptures make it clear that God is the One “stretching” the universe.
Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain. Psalm 104:2
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. Isaiah 40:22
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out. Isaiah 42:5
I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone. Isaiah 44:24
I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded. Isaiah 45:12
My right hand has stretched out the heavens; When I call to them, They stand up together. Isaiah 48:13
And you forget the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth. Isaiah 51:13
He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion. Jeremiah 10:12
He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, And stretched out the heaven by His understanding. Jeremiah 51:15
Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. Zechariah 12:1
The Hebrew word for “stretched out” is natah. It means “to cast out, extend, scatter, spread out, pitch.” When the Deep Magic of Creation began, God natah the heavens. The recent discoveries of science are finding that God’s “stretching out the heavens” is continuing at a speed scientists cannot calculate or comprehend. God put everything into motion when He stretched out the heavens – including all the foundational science that scientists are just now discovering.
Though the diameter of the universe is extremely large – and getting larger every second – scientists believe it is relatively thin – just a few thousand light years thick. That sounds like a lot, but not when compared with a diameter of billions of light years. The thickness of the universe is extremely small in comparison to the object’s diameter – making it quite flexible. This is consistent with what God says He will do with the universe in the future – “And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll.” (Isaiah 34:4) God is so immense in size that He will be able to take the heavens in His Hands and roll them up like a scroll. God dwells in “unapproachable light” outside of our universe, so it is well within the scope of His Size and Power to roll up our universe at the appropriate time.
Scripture references in this book are from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.
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