petroleum, some potash, and some cosmic
lights and atoms holding it together.
That's all. It was nothing, one time, and it
is now; and it's going away to nothing, and
then coming back again in a glorified state.
See, it's just a process, like
developing a picture."
"He stood there in space, when there was nothing else - before there was
even a star in the heavens; before there was a sun in the heavens. He blowed off His hand...wheeew... and stars, moons, and worlds, and systems came into existence by His spoken Word."|
What Think Ye Of Christ, 53-1213
On April 1, 1995, cameras of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope were directed towards a bright cluster of stars visible in the western sky between the constellations of Sagittarius and Serpens (the Serpent). Often referred to as M16, but more appropriately named The Eagle Nebula because of its resemblance to a great bird with outstretched wings, its glowing expanse is shown in the smaller inset photo above.
Outlined at the very heart of the nebula (a word meaning "mist" or "cloud") you will see the field in which Hubble was able to capture the amazing larger image, bringing into sharp focus details of the universe that have never been seen before. With a resolution that is 10 times greater that any produced by earth bound telescopes, Hubble's true-color photographs are causing excited astronomers to scramble, as their theories of the size and the age of the universe are being altered with each new image being produced.
The immense pillars you see in the photograph above are composed of gas and dust, and they measure roughly a light-year - six trillion miles - from top to bottom. Each wispy protrusion, such as those visible near the top of the left pillar, is bigger than our solar system, and cradle infant star systems that are just emerging from the gas and dust that surround their birth. "It's a bit like a wind storm in the desert," said lead researcher Jeff Hester of Arizona State University. "As the wind blows away the lighter sand, heavier rocks buried in the sand are uncovered. But in M16, instead of rocks, the ultraviolet light is uncovering the denser egg-like globules of gas that surround stars that were forming inside the gigantic gas columns."*
As these new stars (some more than 100,000 times brighter than the sun) drift away from their birthplace, they will form new planets, much as our own sun did, 4.5 billion years ago.
"I hear Him say, "Let there be!" And an atom broke yonder, and when it did, the sun came into existence and began to whirl. She burned for millions of years, and millions and millions of years. After awhile, I see a clinker fly off of it. What is it? The first star that flew from the sun. He watches it fall for a few million years, and He stops it. Then, another one flies off, and He lets it fall a few million years and stops it .What's He doing? Writing His first Bible,the zodiac."
Even though we are seeing these events as though they have just transpired, the expanse of 7,000 light years which separates us from the Eagle's nest means that we are watching in present tense a phenomena which occurred at the time of the Creation!
In mid-November, 1995, when NASA released the images you see here for the first time, nearly every major television news station reported the event. CNN later acknowledged that after the photos were shown on the air, they received "hundreds of calls" from people who claimed they saw an image that appeared to be the face of Jesus in the top, right portion of the largest pillar.
*US News and World Report; November 13, 1995.
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One pillar is formed of dense molecular gas and dust, it and towers more than six trillion miles, reaching into the farthest boundaries of our universe. The other pillar is composed of a hard metamorphic rock called the "Catalina gneiss," a form of granite that is found only in this Arizona mountain range. Yet, the recognizable shape of an eagle with it's wings folded can be seen in each naturally formed structure.
"Oh, you morning stars, rise and shine! It's time to shine; the Coming of the Lord is at hand!"Watchman, What Of The Night? 60-0722
"Do you realize that you represent a star in Heaven, and every star in Heaven represents you?"
Sister Helen Reisert requests prayer for back problems, which include pinched nerves and injured disks.
Sister Cathryn Ferguson writes from Black Rock, Arkansas, to request prayer for her husband, Clinton, who is in the St. Louis University Hospital awaiting a heart transplant.
Sister Linda Tester asks that the Tester family be remembered in the prayers of the saints.
Sister Rightnowar is asking that the saints pray that God will make a way for her family to move closer to a Message church for fellowship, and also for her son, who needs employment.
Editors: George & Rebekah Smith