Hydrogen is the most abundant natural element in the universe (see also The First Scientist). It is a participant in many important compounds, such as water - the "H" in the well-known chemical formula of water, H2O, represents hydrogen (the "O" represents oxygen, i.e. water is composed of atoms of hydrogen and oxygen). Life on earth depends on the existence of hydrogen; not only would water not exist without it, the earth would be a very cold, dark place without it - the sun is fueled by a fusion reaction of hydrogen (as are other stars, as spectroscopic analysis has proven). While hydrogen, in water, is often used to put out fires, hydrogen is also a very powerful force for starting fires; hydrogen alone is very flammable (the famous German airship Hindenburg burned at Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937 because it was filled with lighter-than-air hydrogen gas rather than non-flammable helium), and humanity's most powerful weapon of mass destruction that can instantly incinerate a large city is the thermonuclear "H Bomb," the hydrogen bomb.
Hydrogen In Bible History and Prophecy
According to 2 Peter 3:5, the earth was formed "out of water and by means of water," a compound of hydrogen and oxygen:
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and The Spirit Of God was moving over the face of the waters." (Genesis 1:1-2 RSV)
"And God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so." (Genesis 1:6-7 RSV)
"by the Word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water" (2 Peter 3:5 RSV)
Prophecy plainly says that someday the earth is going to be purified by means of a flood of fire; in whatever form, it will be accomplished with hydrogen, or a compound of hydrogen:
"But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist have been stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:7 RSV)
"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up."
"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire!"
"But according to His promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells" (2 Peter 3:10-13 RSV)
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See also The City To Come and The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth