Have you ever wondered how one day for the Lord could be equal to a thousand years for humankind? You might be surprised to learn that there is a simple scientific explanation.

According to Einstein’s principle of general relativity, time is relative, which is to say that it varies based on situational circumstances. Most scientists before the 20th century believed that time was constant, but Einstein proved otherwise. Einstein’s work showed that time varies based on velocity, energy, and mass (gravity).

Let’s take mass (gravity). According to relativity, as gravity increases, time slows down. Time moves more quickly for someone in a low gravity environment than it does for someone in a high gravity environment. This may explain why time moves more slowly at God’s throne.

The Lord dwells in a place where gravity is high relative to that on earth. We know that His throne is in a star cluster containing many large stars, something which would create massive gravity. Abraham 3:2 reads: “And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it.” The name of the great one nearest to God’s throne is Kolob. Abraham tells us that Kolob “govern[s] all those [worlds] which belong to the same order as that upon which thou [Abraham] standest.”

I think Kolob could be at the center of our galaxy.

For years astronomers were unable to take a clear picture of the center of our galaxy because dust blocked the center from view. That has all changed with infrared astrophotography technology. Below is a recent infrared photograph of the center of our galaxy. You’ll see several star clusters. The one on the bottom right of the picture is the most massive. Astronomers think that it contains a black hole because of its massive gravitational pull. This could be the dwelling place of God.

Does the cluster shown on the bottom right govern our world as Abraham wrote? Yes, in a physical sense the gravitational pull created by this cluster of huge stars (along with gravity from dark matter) holds our galaxy together and keeps the outer rims (where we are) from flying off into intergalactic space.  Would time be slower for someone living in this cluster? Definitely so. The massive gravity in that cluster would slow down time, perhaps to the point where one day equaled a thousand years on earth.


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