Today’s Illustration: Mislabeled & Misleading!

What: Venus

Most people who live on the planet earth and are part of “our nine planet solar system” [1] do not know that all but one of the nine planets rotate the same direction as the planet Earth (eastward / east to west).  Venus rotates counter (retrograde – westward / west to east) to all the other planets AND rotates so slowly that it takes 243.0226 ± days for it to rotate once around —  243 days, compared to 24 hours on Earth! [2]

When:  No one knows when Venus was first discovered.  

“Venus is one of the planets visible with the unaided eye. In fact, Venus is the brightest object in the sky, after the Sun and the Moon. So it’s impossible to know how Venus was discovered.” 

Who: Note: It was first observed by Adam & Eve and has been visible since creation.  It was seen with its greatest clarity in the earliest days of creation.

Other Details:

  • It is the second planet from the Sun.
  • Venus is approximately 24-25 million miles away from earth.
  • The atmospheric pressure on the surface of Venus is approximately 92 times that of earth.
  • It “transits” the path of earth’s orbit and partially blocks the Sun every 234 years — the Most recent was June 5 and 6, 2012. 
  • Named for the goddess of love and beauty.
  • Slightly smaller than the planet earth
  • Surface temperature ranges from a low of 800 – to a high of 890 degrees F° — Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system.
  • Mercury is closer to the sun, but rotates faster than Venus (58.6 days / per earth day) — Mercury’s temperature ranges from 800 F° to -290 F° 
  • Venus has no moons.
  • It can be easily seen with the naked eye from earth.  It is called “the morning and evening ‘star.'”
  • “The most recent spacecraft to fly to Venus was [the] Venus Express. It was launched on November 9th, 2005, and took 153 days to make the journey to Venus.
  • Venus is called “Earth’s Twin” only because of its size and believed density. 
    (such a label is obviously misleading!)

“Venus has a thick, toxic atmosphere filled with carbon dioxide, and it’s perpetually shrouded in thick, yellowish clouds of mostly sulfuric acid that trap heat, causing a runaway greenhouse effect. It’s the hottest planet in our solar system, even though Mercury is closer to the Sun. Venus has crushing air pressure at its surface – more than 90 times that of Earth – similar to the pressure you’d encounter a mile below the ocean on Earth.” — nasa

In 1981, the “Soviet Union” launched “Venera 13,” which only survived a little of two hours because of the intense heat and intense pressure on the surface of Venus.


Key Biblical Thoughts:

  • creation
  • heavens declare the glory of God
  • general revelation
  • a day is as a 1000 years
  • “pleasures of sin” / “all its joys are but a name ” – in name only
  • Jacob & Esau — twins
  • time
  • the day of the Lord
  • pressure
  • the bright and morning ‘star’
  • a really long day
  • Christmas [3]

Sermonic Example: [4]

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A “misnomer” is a “misapplied or inappropriate name or designation.”  It is “an error in naming a person or thing.”  There are many examples of “misnomers” such as “white chocolate,” “gravy train,” “cat burglar,” or even “buffalo wings.”  The words do not reflect what the item or person is. [5]

For instance, in the field of astronomy, Venus is called “Earth’s Twin.” So why are we talking about missions to the planet Mars?  You would almost think that a mission to Venus would be a more worthwhile endeavor and that there is a realistic possibility of inhabiting such a planet. 

However, Venus is far from a twin planet.  Imagine living on a planet that rotates so slowly that a day is equal to 234 earth days — that has a toxic atmosphere of sulfuric acid, has an atmospheric pressure 92 greater than that of the earth[6], and Venus ranges in temperature from 800-900 degrees F°.  That is hardly “a twin.”  To label Venus “earth’s twin” is totally misleading to those who do not know those simple and basic facts about the planet.

Many times, “misnomers” are a tactic of those who want to push a particular agenda. Unfortunately, Washington is known to do that time and time again.  For instance, “The Affordalbe Care Act, “Covid Relief Bill,” or the “Infrastructure Bill.” [7]

Satan is a master at misnomers  — calling things what they are not!  The Devil has his agenda, and to promote it, he calls things what they are not!

♦ adultery is called “an affair”
♦ sin is called “pleasure”
♦ violating God’s law is said to be “a mistake”
♦ obeying God’s standards is called “legalism”
♦ abuse behavior is called “leadership”
♦ abortion is called “pro-choice”
♦et al.



Other Information & Links:

1. I was taught that there were nine planets in our solar system and still include Pluto as the ninth planet.  There is something terribly wrong with what we call “science!” To teach the existence of nine planets for years (since 1930), and then to “decommission” Pluto reveals how uncertain some so-called “scientific truths” are.  “Settled science” is not so settled when “science”  is unable to even determine whether there are eight or nine planets in our own solar system.

The demotion took place in 2006 by a vote of the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Prague.

A “sidereal day”: “In other words, a solar day is how long it takes Earth to rotate once – and then some.  A sidereal day – 23 hours 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds – is the amount of time needed to complete one rotation.”

Speed of Rotation: At the equator, Venus is spinning at about 4.5 mph.  At the equator, Earth is spinning at 1,040 mph.

2. Some believe and teach that the Star of Bethlehem, which guided the wise men was Venus, the brightest star in the sky. 

3. “The Battle of Armageddon” — there really is no battle!

4. Other ways to use the material:

√ In Name Only

√ No Telescope Needed

√ A Really Long Day

5. “Another is ‘German” chocolate cake, a cake that didn’t originate in Germany but was created in America by a man with the last name “German.’”

6. 92 times the pressure of the earth would be like going down one mile deep in the ocean –  which has never been done — 2/10 is the deepest. )



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