«And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses» (Colossians 2:13).
STEPHEN HAWKING PASSED AWAY on March 14, 2018. At the age of twenty-one, he began to face a long and painful degenerative disease: amyotrophic sclerosis. At the beginning, they only gave him three years to live, but he had fifty-five more years with an ever-deteriorating body, but an increasingly bright mind. He got a PhD in physics. He was an astrophysicist, cosmologist, and scientific educator. He got married, had three children, and wrote dozens of books. At first, he used two canes, then, he needed crutches. Afterwards, he resigned himself to a wheelchair.
Stephen Hawking’s biggest dream was to be in space. «It is time to explore other solar systems. Extending us may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I’m convinced humans need to leave the earth,» he said.
Hawking longed to fly into space. In part, he could and did fulfill his dream. While he was never able to travel to space, April 26, 2007, was a glorious day for him. On that day, he managed to free himself from the wheelchair to which he had been confined for decades due to his illness and flew for two hours aboard a Boeing 727-200 (adapted for the occasion) of Zero Gravity Corporation. For 120 minutes, Hawking tasted weightlessness. The cost of the ride was $250,000.
Hawking dreamed, wanted, and planned to go and live in space and take humanity with him. He wanted to, but he could not. Fortunately, there is another One who wanted, wants to, and can. He gave us life when we were dead in our sins. Biblical prophecies are being fulfilled inexorably; nations have been filled with anger; the final judgment is dose. It is time to reward the saints and destroy those who destroy the earth.
When the Lord returns, all the treasures of the universe will be opened to the redeemed of God. «Unfettered by mortality, they wing their tireless flight to worlds afar— worlds that thrilled with sorrow at the spectacle of human woe and rang with songs of gladness at the tidings of a ransomed soul . . . suns and stars and systems, all in their appointed order circling the throne of Deity» (The Great Controversy, p. 677).
The owner of physics, of the stars, of the cosmos, and of the universe signed His promise with His own blood. The time of departure is very near. The trip has been paid for and it is not for a short time; it is for all eternity! Let’s go!