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Worlds without Number: The Astronomy of Enoch, Abraham, and Moses

TitleWorlds without Number: The Astronomy of Enoch, Abraham, and Moses
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1968
AuthorsAthay, R. Grant
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsAbraham (Prophet); Astronomy; Enoch (Prophet); Moses (Prophet)

“Now for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed.” So lamented Moses in utter humility after seeing in vision the complexities of the planet Earth and her countless inhabitants. Shortly thereafter Moses was to see once again the earth and her. Imagine, however, his profound astonishment when, in answer to his plea for an explanation, the Lord revealed himself to Moses and told him of even more wondrous creations. “And worlds without number have I created. . . . For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power.” Other heavens and earths had already expired. New heavens, star systems with inhabitable planets, would be born in the distant future. Moses would surely have felt even more insignificant had not the Lord reassured him with his presence and the counsel that “all things are numbered unto me.”