Radial Shrinkage and the Pillars of the Earth

From the beginning I predicted the outcome;
long ago I foretold what would happen.
I said that my plans would never fail,
that I would do everything I intended to do.

(Isaiah 46:10) Good News Translation

I had a tweet that asked the question: Why is the interior of the Earth hot? This started a conversation that revealed what we really know about the interior of the Earth. It started like this:

An answer to the question "Why is the interior of the earth hot?"

Why is the interior of the Earth hot?

“Because it has a core that is almost entirely magma. Magma is molten rock and therefore it is hot.”

– Scientifically illiterate science worshiper

Scientifically Illiterate Science Worshipers

This very clearly illustrates a couple of things. Firstly, there’s a class of people whom we refer to as scientifically illiterate science worshipers (SISW). They have no knowledge of science but they’re prepared to say anything at all that sounds like science in order to appear superior. Secondly, this still doesn’t answer the question. Even if the Earth had a core made of magma, the real question is, why is the magma hot and where did it come from? So not only are SISWs devoid of scientific knowledge but they’re also utterly superficial. I pointed out that the SISW’s answer wasn’t a testable hypothesis, and therefore, it’s not scientific. They became abusive. That’s what happens.

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

Our Most Persistent Troll

As luck would have it, my most persistent Troll provided an answer to the question that, again, was not an answer to the question, but was an attempt to appear sciency in a less superficial way. He posted a link to a video that describes for us how the use of seismic waves has given us our current understanding of the internal structure of the Earth.

We (that’s me and the Holy spirit) studied this video and the technical diagram that it explains. It’s led us to pull together a few ideas that we’ve been pondering.

In order to use the information in the diagram to tell us anything about the structure of the Earth, we have to begin with the correct understanding of the formation of the Earth.

Gravity was created on the second day and it initiated the core accretion model of planet formation. As a result hell is at the center of the Earth.

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

The End from the Beginning

However, it is easier to work backwards from the present to see what we think that the internal structure of the Earth may have looked like and how it’s changed. We have to bear in mind is that there are several physical features of the internal structure of the Earth mentioned in scripture which have to be accounted for. Things such as the foundations of the earth, the foundations of the mountain, the great deep, the pillars of the Earth etc.

We have to take a holistic approach that embodies the scriptural principle of knowing the end from the beginning, and the beginning from the end. Let’s start by looking at the diagram and making a few observations about it.


  1. Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
    • believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
  2. confess your sin.

Seismological Data

Firstly we have to have an understanding of the method used to collect data that may be of use. In this case the data comes from detecting earthquakes at many and various places around the Earth. When an earthquake occurs waves are produced that propagate through the Earth in different ways. Broadly speaking, there are two main types of waves, P Waves and S Waves. P Waves are transverse waves that can propagate through anything, solid, liquid or gas, and S Waves are lateral waves and can only propagate through solid matter. Notice on the diagram that there are several curved lines that appear to indicate the path of both P and S waves through the Earth.


  1. Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
    • believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
  2. confess your sin.

Bending the Truth

Why are the lines curved? That’s theoretical. Since ASTs are so often blathering about the importance of empirical data let’s just stick with what’s empirical, which is to say, verifiable by direct observation. As such, we’re not gong to speculate on the curvature of the lines and fudge the location of the inner surface of the mantle or the outer surface of the core.

  • We’ve drawn straight lines from the earthquake to the point at 104° which gives us the inner surface of the mantle, and
  • from the earthquake to the point at 140° which gives us the location of the surface of the core.

We are also going to have to understand that the decision to regard the outer core as liquid is speculative at best, and there is no scientific reason why it can’t be empty space. In Matty’s paradigm there is no liquid outer core, but it is open space. We know this from the Gospel of Luke.

The reason for creation is the manifestation of sentient life with free will.

– The Reason for Creation

The Great Gulf

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

(Luke 16:19-26) KJV

Volume of Earth’s Mantle

Earth total volumep6,371 km1.08E+12 m3
Volume of core and great gulfg4,100 km2.89E+11 m3
Volume of mantle materialp-g (m)7.95E+11 m3
– Calculating the volume of mantle material.

The total volume of present day Earth is 1.08E+12 m3

The volume of material in the crust and mantle is found by subtracting the volume of a sphere of radius 4,100 km from the volume of a sphere of radius 6,371 km

  • The core is larger, with a radius about 1800 km (rather than 1100).
  • The inner surface of the mantle is approximately 4100 km from the core (3600 kn in the original diagram).
  • The great gulf that Abraham spoke of is about 2000 km wide.

This gives us the ability to calculate a value for the volume of material in the mantle.

The purpose of creation is to bring about the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, day from night, good from evil.

– The Purpose of Creation

The Pillars of the Earth

Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

This is where it gets interesting, and where we need to think about incorporating the Pillars of the Earth. The Pillars of the Earth are referred to in a few places in scripture. Flat Earthers get into a total mess over the pillars of the earth, but in Matty’s Paradigm they aren’t a problem at all, they are part of the Earth’s internal structure.

If physical features such as Monument Valley Utah, Pilot Mountain North Carolina and Saint Michael’s Mount in the UK are examples of remnants of the pillars of the earth, then they represent the approximate height of the inner surface of the mantle in the Earth that God formed on the 3rd day. The Earth has experienced radial shrinkage: it’s diameter decreased. What we can do is take the value for the volume of mantle material, and use it to calculate the thickness of the mantle if it was a sphere, the lower surface of which is about the size of the Earth’s diameter now. Do you see what I am getting at? The pillars of the Earth, like Pilot Mountain, were once part of the earth’s internal structure. The whole mantle was above the top of them at one time.

To make a long story short, this means that the original radius of the Earth was 7,653 km, and the mantle was about 1,282 km thick. This gives us a fascinating insight into the formation of the earth and the history of it as it has undergone changes over the years. Here is a simplified sequence of the main stages in the formation and change in the structure of the Earth that is the reason for its present condition.

The Second Day of Creation

After the Creation of Gravity on the 2nd Day Earth is a solid sphere in the midst of the waters below the firmament.

Earth, 2nd Day (values)

Earth, 2nd DayApprox. radius (km)Approx. volume (m³)
Sediment radius5,8068.19E+11
Water depth1,8471.06E+12
Total radius7,6531.88E+12

The Third Day of Creation

On the Third Day God made the dry ground appear.

No change in the total volume of the system but the Earth is stretched out above the waters (Psalm 136:6), displacing the majority of the water underground. This forms the Great Deep and establishes the hydrological cycle.The Pillars of the Earth are formed and set upon the Foundations of the Earth. The hydrological cycle is a system of geothermal heating and circulating through the great deep and the 4 rivers that flowed from Eden.

  • Earth is a hollow sphere approx. radius 7653 km.
  • Total volume of Earth’s mantle 1,058,541,111,798.14 m3.

The Fall of Man and Nuclear Decay

There was a war in heaven, the Devil and his angels were cast out. God needed a place to put them.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

(Jude 1:6) KJV

This is Global Warming Part 1.

Noah’s Flood

Increasing core temperature causes heating and pressure buildup in the Great Deep. I bet they were talking about Global Warming in Noah’s day. This reaches a critical point that is in sync with God’s plan to destroy the Earth with a worldwide flood.

Increasing core temperature begins to drive out all water from the Great Deep. It is no longer part of a hydrological cycle and the interior of the Earth becomes dry. Evaporation of the flood waters causes rapid cooling of the Earth surface and causes the Ice Age.

Peleg’s Tectonics

The expansion of hell consumes the entirety of the foundations of the mountains causing the Pillars of the Earth to collapse and causing the tectonic plates to form.

And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

(Genesis 10:25) KJV
  • The Earth undergoes radial shrinkage and drops to its present radius of 6371 km.

The Pillars of the earth are melting and there is no support for the Earth’s mantle except for the highly compressed nature of the material pressing against itself. Hell is expanding.

Welcome to Global Warming part 2.

Present Day

Present Day.

Are you scared yet? There are a whole bunch of armor-plated horse-sized locusts with scorpion tails below the Earth’s surface somewhere in the mantle, most likely occupying what was formerly called paradise (Abraham’s Bosom). They’re probably tired of being hot and are really ready to come out and start attacking people. (Revelation 9:1-12).

Hell is expanding, it’s the cause of Global Warming.

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