Isaiah 24:19: The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. (KJV) Centuries ago such extreme statements were held up as evidence of the archaic and ignorant nature of Scripture. Where, men said, would you ever get a fire hot enough to melt the earth? More to the point, what could rip apart (untie) the very elements, the building-blocks of matter? So they argued in a pre-atomic age. Now we hope we can hold it in check.