I have written many articles on why our universe is most likely closed. So, if it were closed, where is the boundary? Well, the universe could have an oval orbit like many objects, large and small, but let’s be more adventurous. Perhaps, we should think like Einstein and examine a four-dimensional universe.
When you add the fourth dimension, time, you need to be creative since the edge of our universe might be much more different than what you would expect in a three-dimensional object. So, what if the boundary were flexible like a time bubble that could expand and contract? What if the edge were not so much a three-dimensional location, but instead a moment in time?
Let’s speculate. What if the Big Bang were nothing more than the entry point for all the mass and energy, including high-energy neutrinos? Maybe after several million years, the Big Bang event, which probably was a fireball, started to cool down. The lights went out. Quite possibly, there were about 100 million years of no activity that was visible.
The Dark Ages of our universe more than likely saw a reversal from expansion to contraction. The first stars and ancient galaxies probably were not formed until the hydrogen gases were compacted to the point that the heat was so intense that they ignited, much like stars are created today.
The majority of scientists believe that the universe is expanding at an increasing rate. I suppose that this is possible if dark energy were drawing the visible matter out into infinity, but that sounds like an open universe with no boundaries. If you believe our universe is closed, the only theory that makes any sense is that the universe is collapsing at an increasing speed as it races back toward its origin.
Why is our universe closed? Everything that we know in our universe has design. Even activities that appear to be chaotic have a reason and lead to a purpose. God is the Designer. As an example, electrons, planets, and galaxies move in closed orbits. God’s world moves in cycles. Since we cannot see the other side of the Big Bang, there must be a boundary that hides it. The galaxies in the universe seem to be interconnected within an oval egg shell that expands and contracts over time. The law of conservation of matter and energy states that matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed in our universe. This matter and energy that remains the same total amount forever must be encased by a boundary for this theory to be true.
An open universe with only expansion that continues into a Deep Freeze with all matter reaching a final destination that has no purpose does not fit within God’s design. An open universe theory supports a chaotic, purposeless system that is advocated by atheists. Large stars would burn out, leaving only smaller stars to burn out, until all the hydrogen was used. Scientists believe that the Deep Freeze will be the end of our universe. But it serves no purpose. It does not fit within God’s ultimate design for the universe. God did not design a dying universe.
So, if time created the boundary for our universe, which can alternate between expansion and contraction, does that mean that time can go backwards? It might from our perspective. In other words, from our position on earth, a reversal might appear to be headed back in time to the ancient galaxies and the Big Bang event. But if we were outside the time bubble, we might simply view our bubble getting very small as the compaction increased into the Big Crunch.
What in the universe could be driving this time machine, alternating between expansion and contraction? Well, since our visible universe is only about 3% of the universe, dark matter and dark energy are the likely forces. God probably designed a universe that could exist for an infinite amount of time. This makes sense if you consider that time could be a closed fourth dimension perpetually expanding and shrinking or from our perspective, going forward and then backward in time. Frankly, whether we are moving toward a Big Bang or Big Crunch may not matter since it could lead to the same result, so whether time is going forward or backward may not matter either.
God banished Adam and Eve from his kingdom probably into a universe without end like ours. The only way to return to God might be to leave this universe. There appear to be three heavens or judgments that must be passed in order to reach this goal. 2 Corinthians 12:2. The first heaven, which has been described as being on earth, should be the easiest to obtain through belief and faith. But the other two might be increasingly difficult. The first death probably separates believers from nonbelievers based on God’s grace. The second death is mentioned in the Bible when we are judged based on our works. Revelation 20:13-14. If we fail this test, we are cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15.
As Jesus said, “Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14. Revelation indicates that only 144,000 will be redeemed from earth. Revelation 14:3. The fate of Adam and Eve or humankind probably cannot be reversed without a superhuman effort that counters the Devil’s deceit in the second heaven. Certainly, turning everything over to God should create the necessary unification with God to enter the third heaven, God’s kingdom. But anything outside the Bible is just guesswork. We will not know for certain until we die, but being prepared for anything is not a bad idea.
Even though this article is highly speculative, it is always interesting to ask the question: why can Hubble see the ancient galaxies? If the light from that ancient object, which no longer exists, started its race in a straight line toward Hubble about 13 billion years ago wouldn’t it have passed us? If you believe we have been constantly expanding since the Big Bang at less than the speed of light, how could we see any ancient light?
I suppose you could argue that the universe is curved so that the light from ancient galaxies has raced around and is coming back for a second viewing. But it seems more likely from our perspective that we are going back in time towards not only ancient light, but also the Big Bang itself.
Again, this is only a somewhat edgy theory, but it is possible that our universe is a time machine that can alternate between a Big Bang and a Big Crunch forever. In that sense, we are in an infinite prison of our own sinful devise. God and Jesus have shown us a way out, but how many will actually leave this universe?