The Lost Day
Did you know that our space program was once involved in proving something in the Bible to be true? Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine company and a consultant in the space program related the following:
One of the amazing things that God has done for us today happened to our astronaut and space scientists at Green Belt, MD. They were checking out where the positions of the sun, moon and planets would be 100 years and 1000 years into the future. We have to know this so we won’t send up a satellite and have it bump into something later on in its orbits. We have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite and where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down. They ran the computer measurements back and forth over the centuries, and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something wrong with either the information fed into it or with the results as compared to the standards.
They called in the IT department to check it out and find what was wrong. They found in the data that there was a day missing in space in the elapsed time. They tried to “fix” it but it kept coming up with the same thing, there was a day missing. Finally a Christian man on the team said he thought he recalled learning in Sunday school when he was a boy something about the sun once “standing still”. The other scientists didn’t believe that could be the answer, but since they had nothing else they said, “show us.” We got a Bible and went to the book of Joshua where they found the Lord saying to Joshua, “Fear not…” Joshua was concerned as he was surrounded by enemies and if darkness fell he knew he would be defeated. So, he asked the Lord to make the sun stand still! And…the sun and the moon stayed and lasted without setting for about a whole day! (Joshua 10:12-13)
The astronauts and scientists said, “there’s the missing day!” Checking the computers against this “new” input going back to the time it was written they found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back in Joshua’s time was 23 hours and 20 minutes…not a whole day. They re-checked the Biblical account, and there it was, ‘about a full day’. These few words in the Bible told them they would still be off in their calculations because if they could not account for 40 minutes it would spell trouble 1000 years into the future. Those 40 minutes had to be accounted for because it could multiply several times over in orbit. They turned back to the Christian man on the team asking if there was anything else he could remember, he said he did remember something else somewhere in the Bible where it said something about the sun going backwards once. The others all thought, ‘you’ve got to be kidding.’ Again they searched the Scriptures and read in 2 Kings about how King Hezekiah asked for a sign and the prophet Isaiah said, how about if the sun goes forward 10 degrees. Hezekiah said it would be too easy to go forward ten degrees, let the shadow instead go backward 10 degrees. Isaiah spoke to the Lord, and the Lord brought the shadow 10 degrees backward. (2 Kings 20:9-11)
Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes! 23 hours and 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in 2 Kings accounted for the missing day in the universe, and our satellites still orbit today without bumping into anything.
Amazing, isn’t it?
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