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The Collapsing Universe in the Bible: Literal Events or Powerful Metaphor?

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible

This series written by Brian Godawa delves into eschatological passages with “de-creation language.” He argues that these passages do not foretell literal geophysical events to come, but, put into the context of the Old Testament thinking, actually describe the dethroning of worldly powers and the establishing of God’s kingdom on Earth. This, according to Godawa, happened when Jesus Christ came in the flesh.
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible: Literal Events or Powerful Metaphor?

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible: Literal Events or Powerful Metaphor?

The language of a collapsing universe is related to the end of the old covenant and the coming of the new covenant as God’s “new world order.”
August 23, 2011 
Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
14
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 2

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 2

In the passages below, notice that the destruction of earthly powers is expressed through the figurative language of a collapsing universe: The sky rolling up and the sun, moon, and stars being darkened or falling. Another way to describe this discourse is the language of “de-creation.”
August 28, 2011 
Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
5
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 3

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 3

The question arises: Is this “Day of the Lord,” or these “last days,” something yet to occur in the distant future, a part of the end of the space-time universe?
September 07, 2011 
Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
29
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 4

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 4

The first time that Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 586 B.C. by the Babylonians, God’s providence was likened to the destruction of the heavens and earth and a return to a pre-creation chaotic state, a reversal of Genesis 1 language.
September 13, 2011 
Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
5
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 5

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 5

The interpretation I have presented in this essay is no doubt earth-shattering for some eschatological paradigms about the end times.
September 20, 2011 
Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
32
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 6

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 6

Jesus’ Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 is the classic reference used by futurists to point to the future second coming of Christ.
September 27, 2011 
Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
7