Gen 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament (or expanse) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Gen 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Gen 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
Gen 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Gen 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
H7549 ra^qi^ya From H7554; properly an expanse, that is, the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky: – firmament.
H7554 ra^qa A primitive root; to pound the earth (as a sign of passion); by analogy to expand (by hammering); by implication to overlay (with thin sheets of metal): – beat, make broad, spread abroad (forth, over, out, into plates), stamp, stretch.
H7549 ra^qi^ya BDB Definition:
1) extended surface (solid), expanse, firmament
1a) expanse (flat as base, support)
1b) firmament (of vault of heaven supporting waters above)
1b1) considered by Hebrews as solid and supporting ‘waters’ above
From the Vulgate firmamentum, which is used as the translation of the Hebrew rakiya. This word means simply “expansion.” It denotes the space or expanse like an arch appearing immediately above us. They who rendered rakiya by firmamentum regarded it as a solid body. The language of Scripture is not scientific but popular, and hence we read of the sun rising and setting, and also here the use of this particular word. It is plain that it was used to denote solidity as well as expansion. It formed a division between the waters above and the waters below (Gen_1:7). The rakiya supported the upper reservoir (Psa_148:4). It was the support also of the heavenly bodies (Gen_1:14), and is spoken of as having “windows” and “doors” (Gen_7:11; Isa_24:18; Mal_3:10) through which the rain and snow might descend.
Psa 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, And ye waters that are above the heavens.
David wrote this after the great flood of Genesis. Thus, the flood didn’t remove or disintegrate the ‘firmanent’ or vault which God placed above the Earth.
Job 37:18 Canst thou with him spread out the sky, Which is strong as a molten mirror? (or molten looking glass). Isa 40:2
Pro 8:27 When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep,
1) circle, circuit, compass
2) (BDB) vault (of the heavens)
Amo 9:6 it is he that buildeth his chambers in the heavens, and hath founded his vault upon the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth; Jehovah is his name.
H92 ‘a gu^dda^h
1d) vault (of the heavens), firmament (binding earth to the heavens)
Eze 1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone; and upon the likeness of the throne was a likeness as the appearance of a man upon it above.
Isa 40:22 It is he that sitteth above the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in;
Tents are always stretched out over a flat surface!
Isa 66:1 Thus saith Jehovah, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will ye build unto me? and what place shall be my rest?
The shape of a ‘footstool’ is just like the domed-shaped firmanent God placed over the Earth which has ‘pillars’ (as a footstool has legs).
Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over empty space, And hangeth the earth upon nothing.
In Job 9:6, Job acknowledges that the Earth has ‘pillars.’
Job predates Genesis. Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding. Job 38:6 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
1Sa 2:8 For the pillars of the earth are Jehovah’s, And he hath set the world upon them. (pillars – ma^tsu^q; column or hill top)
The earth sits upon ‘pillars?’ The dry land appeared out of the face of the ‘deep’ (oceans).
Job 26:10 He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. [ESV]
inscribe (compassed KJV) – chu^g
1) to encircle, encompass, describe a circle, draw round, make a circle
1a) (Qal) to encircle, encompass
Isaiah knew the difference between a ‘ball’ and a ‘circle’ – *(problem with this comment is the definition for ‘ball’ ends up including ‘circle,’ as seen below! -D.S.)
Isa 22:18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball… (H1754 du^r; a circle, ball or pile:- ball, turn, round about)
What was placed INSIDE the ‘Tent?’
Genesis 1:14-28; ‘lights’ – sun, moon, and stars. Then, fish, birds, and other living creatures; whales, creeping things, cattle, etc. Then, God created Man.
The only way you can see the stars and other luminary bodies (which never change their distance from one another) in the same positions, is if the heavens is a sphere that moves around a stationary earth below it. If the earth was a spinning ball, the stars and other luminary bodies in the heavens, would be constantly changing their positions and distances as we viewed them from earth. Since this does not occur, then earth must not be moving, but the heavens over it are.
The phrase ‘face of the earth’ is used 29 times in the Old Testament. So, where then is the face of the earth? The face is usually the front of a thing or person, and there’s a backside. A round object has no front or back.
Jos 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, Until the nation had avenged themselves of their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? And the sun stayed in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
If the sun and moon stopped moving, then the earth must be stationary, because if the earth spins around, then the sun and moon would still appear to be moving, even if they had stopped moving. Thus, the earth could not be spinning around, it is stationary, ‘unmovable’ as the Bible has said.
The Earth has ‘end’s and ‘corners’ and is not a ‘sphere.’
1 Sam 2:8
Dan 4:10, 11
“Compass” def. – Hebrew word for ‘circle of earth’; encompass, encircle, draw round, make a circle.
Our Earth is an Island –
2 Pet 3:5
Gen 1:1, 2
The Earth is ‘stretched out’ – Ps 136:6, JOb 26:7, Isa 44:24, Isa 42:5
**The comments, Scriptures, and viewpoint aired in this video are not mine, but those of the producers of – The Global Lie /Flat Earth Revelation. There’s more information given in the video, what’s here are just the notes I took down while listening to it. In the video the speakers talk about what people believed hundreds of years ago, which was that our earth was ‘flat’ not round, and that an astronomer named Copernicus invented the notion of a ’round earth.’ I’ve posted this for your information and further study. As of yet I would need to study this subject further to make a decision one way or the other, and there seems to be compelling arguments and evidence on both sides. However, since I’m a believer in the Bible, I can’t shrug off what’s written in it, yet one has to be very careful how he interprets what’s written therein.**
Debra R. Stout, March 10, 2016
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