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Part III paragraphs 3-4.c.(3)

3. Heaven(s)

3.a. God made the heavens.

 

Genesis 2:1 KJV, “Thus the heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” Host in this context means the sun, moon, and stars, cf Dt 4:19. Also, please note that the King James translators used the plural of heaven this time, rather than following their previous judgment call in Genesis 1:1 using the singular heaven. Not all translations have this inconsistency.

 

Deuteronomy 10:14 KJV, “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is [Yahowah’s] thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.” Since God made the heavens, it stands to reason that He owns it all.

 

Psalm 102:25 KJV, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) are the work of thy hands.” Psalm 102:26 KJV, “They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:”. This description of God making the heavens with his hands would appear to be a metaphor. Even though we have evidence in Scripture that God most likely has hands, can we assume that He actually used them to make the heavens. It seems more probable that He made the heavens by merely speaking it and it came into being. Although, we are really quite ignorant as to how He actually does certain things. This being said, it begs the question: Is “laying the foundation of the earth” a metaphor as well? In particular I mean the use of the word foundation. If foundation is being used metaphorically, then the opposite must be true. The opposite would be that the Earth has no foundation as we understand foundation. We can grasp the meaning of the foundation of a building. But can we grasp the meaning of the foundation of the Earth? Yes, we can. If the Earth is unmovable, and it was built upon a foundation provided by God, then we can picture it. However, if the Earth was created as a ball spinning in open space, then we cannot envision a foundation. In this case, the word foundation would have to be a metaphor. Personally, I do not believe foundation is being used as a metaphor at all. I believe it accurately describes how God made the Earth. If foundation were a metaphor then why is it used so prolifically in the Bible? Would not the literary genius of the Holy Spirit have expressed this concept in multiple ways? I believe He was consistent with the idea of a foundation, because He wanted us to be instructed that with a foundation is how He built the Earth.

 

Isaiah 40:22 KJV, “It is he that sitteth upon 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:”. Two things are very important in this verse. First, he that sitteth upon the circle of the Earth is describing a round Earth, not a ball Earth. A ball is three dimensional, a circle is two dimensional. Second, the heavens are likened to a curtain and a tent to dwell in. The heavens above us protect our home on which we live, indeed they do pose limits upon us as well, but most important is that the heavens are our tent, the shield covering our home.

 

Isaiah 50:3 KJV, “I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.” When we look up in the night sky we are immediately engulfed in a sea of blackness. The stars and moon do not obliterate the dark, and even though the sun does in the day time, we know the darkness is up there behind the sun.

 

Ephesians 4:10 KJV, “He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)” This verse is perplexing. If taken literally, then Yahoshua ascended not only above the first and second heavens, but also above the third Heaven, which is the temporary abode of God. However, if “far above all heavens” is taken as an hyperbole, then we have an exaggeration. That exaggeration is that Christ is so important and powerful that He is even ranked above the third Heaven. But we really do not know what is above the third Heaven - physically or spiritually - if anything is above it at all. Besides, it is only logical that Yahoshua, and His Father, and the Holy Ghost are all greater than Heaven. Just as a man is greater and more important than the house he lives in. So the use of hyperbole to further elevate God is redundant, since He is already elevated above all.

 

Hebrews 1:10 KJV, “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:”.

 

Revelation 3:12 KJV, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down (Strong’s G2597 katabaino καταβαινω) out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” Katabaino means down.

 

3.b. The first heaven is the sky above us, until it reaches the thin, clear, impenetrable boundary that man cannot breach - even with atomic bombs. We will call this barrier the glass dome. Beneath this boundary is the abode of the birds, weather, and the air that we breathe.

 

Genesis 1:1 KJV, “In the beginning God created the heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) and the earth.

 

Genesis 1:6 KJV, “And God said, Let there be a firmament (Strong’s H7549 raqiya’ קיע) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” What is this firmament? The simplest explanation is that it is a space created by God between the waters. The waters beneath this space are the oceans, referred to at times as seas or the deep. The waters above this space are too high up, we do not see them. I doubt seriously if man, any man, has ever detected the location or volume of this water above.

 

Genesis 1:7 KJV, “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.” Here, we are distinctly told that the sea is beneath the sky and that there is another layer of water above the sky. The water above might be another ocean, but that seems unlikely. It has never been reported to us by our scientists, but then again they rarely ever tell us the truth about anything. It is more reasonable to assume that the water above is the sea of glass as told to us in Revelation 4:6 KJV, “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.” However, other answers may present themselves as we comb the Scriptures.

 

Genesis 1:8 KJV, “And God called the firmament Heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים). And the evening and the morning were the second day.” Heaven was used in Genesis 1:1 and again here in this verse. I do not believe that capitalizing heaven is the proper grammatical choice. This would mean that the abode of God is being spoken of. But thus far, since verse 1, the discussion and description of the creation events have been all about the earth. Heaven, as the abode of God, has not been mentioned. But heaven, as the atmosphere above the earth, has been and still is the subject at hand.

 

Genesis 1:15 KJV, “And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) to give light upon the earth: and it was so.” Here we are specifically told again that the lights - sun, moon, and stars - are in the firmament. The firmament we previously learned was between the waters below and the waters above.

 

Genesis 1:20 KJV, “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open (Strong’s H6440 paniym פנים) firmament of heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים).

 

Genesis 1:22 KJV, “And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.” Here is an interesting verse. Fowl fly in the air above the earth, however, the air above is considered to be part of the earth.

 

The “windows of heaven” are mentioned three times in the King James Bible. This appears to be only an expression, rather than a description of actual windows in the firmament above us. The expression probably only means that rain was poured out from the sky in Genesis 7:11 and 8:2: Genesis 7:11 KJV, "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) were opened.” Genesis 8:2 KJV, “The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) was restrained;”. In Malachi 3:10 a blessings was poured out from above upon us, meaning from God in the third Heaven: Malachi 3:10 KJV, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith [Yahowah] of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים), and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 

Job 37:18 KJV, “Hast thou with him spread out the sky (Strong’s H7834 shachaq שתק), which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?” This appears to be a reference to the ceiling of the sky, the space between the ground and the ceiling of the first heaven. A ceiling that is impenetrable even with an atomic bomb. It is the firmament or visible arch of the sky. Reference Genesis 1:6-7 and Revelation 4:6. It is interesting to note that the definition in Gesenius’ lexicon describes this ceiling as fine dust or a thin cloud. In other words, in spite of its tremendous strength and durability, it is thin not thick. Russia in 1961 and the U.S. in 1962 carried out multiple high altitude atomic bomb tests. In the US they used the name of Operation Fishbowl for these tests. This begs the question: Why did the governments stop testing these explosions on ground stations where the damage could be better assessed? How can they determine anything about the blast results from high altitude testing in which nothing is destroyed. One can easily speculate that these governments were trying to blast through the thin glass ceiling above us. Rather than viewing the ceiling as a protection for us, instead they see it as imprisoning us. This is standard satanic thinking. We were told for years, during the 1950’s, that no man could travel through the Van Allen Radiation Belts above the Earth because the radiation would destroy their bodies and no ship could be built to protect them. Then all of a sudden, everyone forgot about the radiation belts and in 1969 we supposedly flew to the moon. No explanation was ever given for why the impossible suddenly became possible. There is a simple answer, we never flew to the moon. And, the radiation belts do not exist, instead there is a glass ceiling above us that even atomic bombs can not penetrate. I remember viewing an old black and white interview with one of the astronauts that supposedly flew to this fake moon of theirs. He was asked about the Van Allen Radiation Belt which he supposedly flew through. His response was comical. He said he felt a little something, but really it did not bother him. That is because it never happened, this astronaut was a Mason and a liar.

 

3.c. The second heaven is above the first heaven. Above the glass dome is the second heaven. This is the abode of the sun, moon, and stars.

 

Genesis 1:6 KJV, “And God said, Let there be a firmament (Strong’s H7549 raqiya’ קיע) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” What is this firmament? The simplest explanation is that it is a space created by God between the waters. The waters beneath this space are the oceans, referred to at times as seas or the deep. The waters above this space are too high up, we do not see them. I doubt seriously if man, any man, has ever detected the location or volume of this water above.

 

Genesis 1:7 KJV, “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.” Here, we are distinctly told that the sea is beneath the sky and that there is another layer of water above the sky. The water above might be another ocean, but that seems unlikely. It has never been reported to us by our scientists, but then again they rarely ever tell us the truth about anything. It is more reasonable to assume that the water above is the sea of glass as told to us in Revelation 4:6 KJV, “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.” However, other answers may present themselves as we comb the Scriptures.

 

Genesis 1:14 KJV, “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”. If I have correctly defined and placed the firmament in Genesis 1:6-8, then the lights in the firmament are between the waters. They are not in some make-believe outer space or the third heaven, they are much closer. This information is repeated in verse 17. Third heaven: 2 Corinthians 12:2 KJV, “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven (Strong’s G3772 ouranos ουρανος).

 

Genesis 1:15 KJV, “And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) to give light upon the earth: and it was so.” Here we are specifically told again that the lights - sun, moon, and stars - are in the firmament. The firmament we previously learned was between the waters below and the waters above.

 

Genesis 1:16 KJV, “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” The greater light is the sun. The lesser light is the moon. I have heard arguments that try to make the stars the lesser light. But the lesser light is singular, not plural.

 

Genesis 1:17 KJV, “And God set them in the firmament of the heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) to give light upon the earth,”. Once again it is reiterated that the lights were placed between the waters, in the firmament.

 

Genesis 1:18 KJV, “And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

 

Genesis 2:1 KJV, “Thus the heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” Host in this context means the sun, moon, and stars, cf Dt 4:19. Also, please note that the King James translators used the plural of heaven this time, rather than following their previous judgment call in Genesis 1:1 using the singular heaven. Not all translations have this inconsistency.

 

Psalm 102:25 KJV, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) are the work of thy hands.” Psalm 102:26 KJV, “They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:”. This description of God making the heavens with his hands would appear to be a metaphor. Even though we have evidence in Scripture that God most likely has hands, can we assume that He actually used them to make the Heavens. It seems more probable that He made the Heavens by merely speaking it and it came into being. Although, we are really quite ignorant as to how He actually does certain things. This being said, it begs the question: Is “laying the foundation of the earth” a metaphor as well? In particular I mean the use of the word foundation. If foundation is being used metaphorically, then the opposite must be true. The opposite would be that the Earth has no foundation as we understand foundation. We can grasp the meaning of the foundation of a building. But can we grasp the meaning of the foundation of the Earth? Yes, we can. If the Earth is unmovable, and it was built upon a foundation provided by God, then we can picture it. However, if the Earth was created as a ball spinning in open space, then we cannot envision a foundation. In this case, the word foundation would have to be a metaphor. Personally, I do not believe foundation is being used as a metaphor at all. I believe it accurately describes how God made the Earth. If foundation were a metaphor then why is it used so prolifically in the Bible? Would not the literary genius of the Holy Spirit have expressed this concept in multiple ways? I believe He was consistent with the idea of a foundation, because He wanted us to be instructed that with a foundation is how He built the Earth.

 

Psalm 148:3 KJV, “Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.” Psalm 148:4 KJV, “Praise him, ye heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) of heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים), and ye waters that be above the heavens.” Verse 4 is a very useful verse. It has a time marker in it. Some have speculated that during Noah’s flood, all of the water that had been lifted above the Earth had possibly fallen back to the Earth. But here we have a psalm that was written well past the time of the deluge and the waters above the heavens is still there. The first heaven would be the atmosphere above the Earth. I believe that a thin glass ceiling, impenetrable by man, exists at this point, separating the first heaven from the second heaven. In the second heaven are the sun, moon, and stars. Shamayim/heavens is plural, therefore it would be reasonable to assume that the water is above at least two of the heavens, but is it above all three of the heavens? As I have suspected before, the water above is only above the second heaven and has become the sea of glass floor for the third Heaven - the abode of God.

 

Isaiah 13:10 KJV, “For the stars of heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth (Strong’s H3318 yatsa יעא), and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” The stars are in the second heaven, but we look through the first heaven to see into the second heaven. This is why heaven should be translated as heavens. From the Earth’s surface we cannot discern where the first heaven ends and the second heaven begins. The sun is spoken of as going forth, which is exactly as I have been consistently describing it. The sun does not rise as we believe that it does in our current day concept; instead, it comes forth into our view. The moon does not reflect the sun’s light, the moon has its own light source.

 

Isaiah 13:13 KJV, “Therefore I will shake (Strong’s H7264 ragaz רגז) the heavens, and the earth shall remove (Strong’s H7493 raash רעש) out of her place, in the wrath of [Yahowah] of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.” When it says the heavens will shake, the Hebrew word ragaz means to quake but also it can mean to enrage. I can only imagine what it will be like to see the stars and most probably even the sun and moon to quake and rage. I am sure it will be quit frightening to say the least. When it says that the Earth shall remove out of her place, the Hebrew word raash means to shake as in an earthquake.

3.d. The third Heaven is God’s temporary abode.

 

Genesis 1:7 KJV, “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.” Here, we are distinctly told that the sea is beneath the sky and that there is another layer of water above the sky. The water above might be another ocean, but that seems unlikely. It has never been reported to us by our scientists, but then again they rarely ever tell us the truth about anything. It is more reasonable to assume that the water above is the sea of glass as told to us in Revelation 4:6 KJV, “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.” However, other answers may present themselves as we comb the Scriptures.

 

Genesis 1:14 KJV, “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”. If I have correctly defined and placed the firmament in Genesis 1:6-8, then the lights in the firmament are between the waters. They are not in outer space or the third heaven, they are much closer. This information is repeated in verse 17. Third heaven: 2 Corinthians 12:2 KJV, “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven (Strong’s G3772 ouranos ουρανος).

 

Psalm 18:9 KJV, “He bowed the heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.” He bowed, or bent, in other words, He moved the heavens (the sky or the atmosphere, meaning the air) and came down. Yet Heaven has a second meaning. It can mean the abode of God. So, apparently God chose to bow or bend the barrier between Heaven and Earth as a means to traveling from one realm to the other. Perhaps that which needs moving is the glass ceiling or the glass sea or both.

 

Psalm 78:69 KJV, “And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.” God speaks in this verse about the third Heaven. And He affirms that the Earth was established for ever. This is not an Earth that is going to be destroyed by make-believe asteroids or comets, because it has been established forever.

 

Psalm 102:19 KJV, “For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) did [Yahowah] behold the earth;”. If we really lived in a Star Trek universe (actually a heliocentric universe) then where would God be standing when He looked down? The make believe Star Trek universe has no top or bottom or sides, it is infinite in all directions. How high is this sanctuary? We do not know.

 

Psalm 102:25 KJV, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) are the work of thy hands.” Psalm 102:26 KJV, “They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:”. This description of God making the heavens with his hands would appear to be a metaphor. Even though we have evidence in Scripture that God most likely has hands, can we assume that He actually used them to make the Heavens. It seems more probable that He made the Heavens by merely speaking it and it came into being. Although, we are really quite ignorant as to how He actually does certain things. This being said, it begs the question: Is “laying the foundation of the earth” a metaphor as well? In particular I mean the use of the word foundation. If foundation is being used metaphorically, then the opposite must be true. The opposite would be that the Earth has no foundation as we understand foundation. We can grasp the meaning of the foundation of a building. But can we grasp the meaning of the foundation of the Earth? Yes, we can. If the Earth is unmovable, and it was built upon a foundation provided by God, then we can picture it. However, if the Earth was created as a ball spinning in open space, then we cannot envision a foundation. In this case, the word foundation would have to be a metaphor. Personally, I do not believe foundation is being used as a metaphor at all. I believe it accurately describes how God made the Earth. If foundation were a metaphor then why is it used so prolifically in the Bible? Would not the literary genius of the Holy Spirit have expressed this concept in multiple ways? I believe He was consistent with the idea of a foundation, because He wanted us to be instructed that with a foundation is how He built the Earth.

 

Psalm 103:11 KJV, “For as the heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” First we must address the meaning of Heaven/heaven. As previously pointed out the Bible describes three heavens: 2 Corinthians 12:2 KJV, “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven (Strong’s G3772 ouranos ουρανος).” So, this heaven being spoken of could be the air above the Earth or it could be the abode of God which is also above the Earth. Since the air begins at the surface and goes upward, upward to an altitude that might not even be one hundred miles, it seems doubtful that this verse is describing the atmosphere. It is more likely speaking to Heaven, the abode of God. Making this assumption, it begs the question: How does one measure the distance above the Earth that Heaven is? We cannot do this. However, it further begs another question: Is this Heaven high above a flat Earth or high above a ball Earth spinning in space? If the Earth is a ball spinning in space, with no up or down or sideways, then where is up? It does not exist. So it would be foolish for this verse to make this comparison to begin with. Really, think about it logically. If this is a heliocentric universe (which I am convinced is impossible) how would a spaceship fly in it? What would the difference be if it flew upside down, or right-side up, or even side-ways? How could one even determine the difference between height, width, and depth, much less determine what is up or down or sideways or corkscrew? The only way to make these measurements and orientations is to begin with a flat Earth surface and work from there. This cannot be done on a ball Earth spinning in space. 

 

Remember, this is not Star Trek or Star Wars that is totally science fiction. Everyone is depicted in these shows as having a relationship with their make-believe universe that has a top and a bottom. But this is pure fiction. That is why it is called science fiction or scifi. It is not real, instead it is a fantasy in the minds of the writers of the show. Yet, very effectively presented to the audience as a plausible explanation for how things would work in their make-believe outerspace. 

 

(Think about it. If there is no up or down, when these scifi shows depict two enemy vessels fighting one another, why are they both oriented in the same upright position? Surely two (or multiple) alien civilizations would not have oriented themselves on identical planes. Easily one might even be upside down to the other. But that presentation staggers the viewers’ minds. Nevertheless, another scifi movie was made about two civilizations living on the same planet. They existed together and even worked together. But the two populations were upside down to one another. If they got too close to a person from the other side, they might even bump heads. The movie centered around a man and a woman who fell in love but were upside down to one another and how they solved their physical dilemma.)

 

After a life time of exposure to this type of programming and brainwashing most people have totally forgotten that this is fiction. It started as fiction, has been presented as fiction for decades, is always labeled as fiction, and in fact is pure raw fiction. But the average person, when asked, will respond that it is the true nature of the universe. Go figure! In fact, they are so convinced that this pure fiction is true, anyone who does not agree with their perception is justifiably (in their brainwashed minds) ridiculed and mocked. I have heard famous people express their opinions on talk shows: “Anyone who doesn’t believe that intelligent populations exist on multiple worlds in the universe is a closed minded idiot out of touch with reality.” Oh really, and I guess that their out of touch, actually psychotic, reasoning is superior since it was spawned from pure fiction. Yesterday, when I too was a victim of brainwashing and believed in a heliocentric universe, I never believed in life on other planets, because there was no Biblical evidence to support it. Taking the step from a lifeless universe, filled with empty planets, to not believing in planets at all, any where, at any time was an easy transition.

 

Psalm 148:3 KJV, “Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.” Psalm 148:4 KJV, “Praise him, ye heavens of heavens (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים), and ye waters that be above the heavens.” Verse 4 is a very useful verse. It has a time marker in it. Some have speculated that during Noah’s flood, all of the water that had been lifted above the Earth had possibly fallen back to the Earth. But here we have a psalm that was written well past the time of the deluge and the waters above the heavens is still there. The first heaven would be the atmosphere above the Earth. I believe that a thin glass ceiling, impenetrable by man, exists at this point, separating the first heaven from the second heaven. In the second heaven are the sun, moon, and stars. Shamayim/heavens is plural, therefore it would be reasonable to assume that the water is above at least two of the heavens, but is it above all three of the heavens? As I have suspected before, the water above is only above the second heaven and has become the sea of glass floor for the third Heaven - the abode of God.

 

Ezekiel 1:21 KJV, “When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.” Ezekiel 1:22 KJV, “And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.” Ezekiel’s vision of the “living creatures” took place on Earth, it was not a heavenly vision. As verse 21 states, “those were lifted up from the Earth.” In verse 22, the word terrible means that it causes astonishment and awe. In other words it was not ordinary crystal, which is beautiful and amazing, but it is beyond that, so beautiful that it causes one to be in awe of it. As I explained previously, we have the first heaven, which is air we live and breathe in and that touches the surface of the Earth. Evidence suggests that this first heaven if capped with impenetrable invisible glass. I call it glass not that I know it is made of glass, but only because it has the glass-like quality of being transparent. Since it is invisible this glass ceiling over the first heaven cannot be that which is described as terrible crystal. But the second heaven contains the sun, moon, and stars and evidence suggests, as I explained previously, that it is separated from the third heaven by the crystal sea, which is the temporary abode of Yahowah. So, I conclude that Ezekiel was given the supernatural ability to see the crystal sea stretched above the living creatures.

 

Ezekiel 1:23 KJV, “And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.” Ezekiel 1:25 KJV, “And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.” In verse 23 “under the firmament” is not a word for word translation. It could have just as easily been translated “in the firmament”. In verse 24 there is firmament above their heads and a voice came from above them. This voice could have been Yahowah’s voice or an angel He sent with His message. Ezekiel 1:26 KJV, “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 the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.” Notice that the third Heaven, which is the temporary abode of Yahowah, is above the firmament.

 

Revelation 3:12 KJV, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down (Strong’s G2597 katabaino καταβαινω) out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” Katabaino means down.

 

Revelation 4:1 KJV, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

 

Revelation 4:2 KJV, “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

 

Revelation 15:2 KJV, "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."

4. Movement of the Sun, Moon, and Stars

 

4.a. Sun Comes Into View

 

4.a.(1) Three different Hebrew words are used in the KJ Bible to describe the sun coming into view from the east. Here are those three words and a partial lexicon description of their respective meanings. And one Greek word is used in the KJ Bible to describe the sun coming into view from the east.

 

4.a.(1)(a) (Strong’s H3318 yatsa יעא) means to come out or to come forth. No mention is made of sunrise or that the sun is rising.

 

4.a.(1)(b) (Strong’s H2224 zarach זרח) means to come out or to appear. It can mean to rise or arise, however, that usage does not correlate to the sun rising as we envision it from a ball earth (heliocentric) perspective. In a sentence it might be used to say that a welt rose up on his arm where the heavy tool fell on it. In other words, to arise in this case means that it broke forth or came out, not that it was rising in the sense that the sun is rising or gaining altitude from the eastern horizon. Sunrise really means that the sun breaks forth into view from the east. Take notice of this in the next Hebrew word mizrach.

 

4.a.(1)(c) (Strong’s H4217 mizrach מזרח) means to the east or eastward. This usage does not have to be used with the sun being spoken of. It can be used of anything. For example, the troops were seen coming from the east, i.e., the same direction from which the sun comes into view. The lexicons do speak of the place of sunrise, but once again, the meaning is that the sun is breaking forth on the eastern horizon.

 

4.a.(1)(d) (Strong’s G393 anatello ανατελλω) means  rise.

 

4.a.(1)(e) Think about this logically. Whether from a flat earth or a ball earth perspective the sun never rises. It appears to rise as we stand and look at it coming into view, but it is not rising at all. It is always the same distance from the Earth. The term rising invites us to think that the sun is getting higher in the sky and, therefore, while it was closer to the ground as it first came into view, it is now rising higher and higher as the morning progresses. But we know that this is impossible. The sun is always the same distance away from the Earth. So, to say that the sun is rising is merely a convenient expression that describes what our eyes see even though we know that what we are seeing is not true.

 

4.b. Here is a partial list of Scriptures that use these four words.

 

Genesis 19:23 KJV, “The sun was (Strong’s H3318 yatsa יעא) risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.” The Hebrew word yatsa actually is translated to the English word was, meaning that the sun had come forth. In other words this verse could have been translated as “The sun came forth upon the earth…”. Nevertheless, if we properly understand the meaning of a risen sun, then we also understand that this verse is telling us that the sun is coming forth into our view.

 

Genesis 32:31 KJV, “And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose (Strong’s H2224 zarach זרח) upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.” The Hebrew word zarach can be translated as the English word rose; but it could also be translated as came out or appeared. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…the sun came out…”. And do not forget the meaning of sunrise, it means that the sun is coming into view from the east.

 

Numbers 2:3 KJV, “And on the east side toward the rising (Strong’s H4217 mizrach מזרח) of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah.” The Hebrew word mizrach means to the east or eastward. This usage does not have to be used with the sun being spoken of. It can be used of anything. For example, the troops were seen coming from the east, i.e., the same direction from which the sun comes into view. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…toward the breaking forth of the sun…”. The lexicons do speak of the place of sunrise, but once again, the meaning is that the sun is breaking forth on the eastern horizon. It does not mean that the sun is actually rising up, instead it is breaking into view from the east.

 

Joshua 12:1 KJV, “Now these are the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising (Strong’s H4217 mizrach מזרח) of the sun, from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:”. The Hebrew word mizrach means to the east or eastward. This usage does not have to be used with the sun being spoken of. It can be used of anything. For example, the troops were seen coming from the east, i.e., the same direction from which the sun comes into view. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…toward the breaking forth of the sun…”. The lexicons do speak of the place of sunrise, but once again, the meaning is that the sun is breaking forth on the eastern horizon. 

 

Judges 5:31 KJV, “So let all thine enemies perish, O [Yahowah]: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth (Strong’s H3318 yatsa יעא) in his might. And the land had rest forty years.” This verse clearly describes the sun as coming forth into view, not rising.

 

Judges 8:13 KJV, “And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up,”. The last two words of this verse have been added, out of thin air. Gideon returned before the sun returned.

 

Job 9:7 KJV, “Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth  (Strong’s H2224 zarach זרח) not; and sealeth (Strong’s H2856 chatham חתם) up the stars.” The Hebrew word zarach can be translated as the English word rose; but it could also be translated as came out or appeared. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…and it came not forth…”. And do not forget the meaning of sunrise, it means that the sun is coming into view from the east.

 

Psalm 50:1 KJV, “A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, even [Yahowah], hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising (Strong’s H4217 mizrach מזרח) of the sun unto the going down (Strong’s H3996 mabow םברא) thereof.” The Hebrew word mizrach means to the east or eastward. This usage does not have to be used with the sun being spoken of. It can be used of anything. For example, the troops were seen coming from the east, i.e., the same direction from which the sun comes into view. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…from the breaking forth of the sun…”. The lexicons do speak of the place of sunrise, but once again, the meaning is that the sun is breaking forth on the eastern horizon. The Hebrew word mabow means sunset or going west. However, sunset does not mean the sun is going down anymore than sunrise means the sun is going up. Sunset merely means that the sun is going away to the west, until it disappears. In other words this verse could have be translated as “…the going west thereof.” No mention is made of going down, but it could have been translated as sunset. Nevertheless, the word down is added in this Scripture. It should have been put in italics since it is not a word in the original autograph. Sunset or sundown only means the sun is traveling west out of our view. It does not mean that our Earth is rotating. It is only our minds that have been conditioned to think of a setting sun from a mistaken heliocentric point of view. We did not obtain this point of view by reading the Bible.

 

Psalm 104:22 KJV, “The sun (Strong’s H2224 zarach זרח) ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down (Strong’s H7257 rabats רבע) in their dens.” The Hebrew word zarach can be translated as the English word rose; but it could also be translated as came out or appeared. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…the sun came out…”. And do not forget the  meaning of sunrise, it means that the sun is coming into view from the east. The Hebrew word rabats does mean to lie down.

 

Psalm 113:3 KJV, “From the rising (Strong’s H4217 mizrach מזרח) of the sun unto the going (Strong’s H3996 mabow םברא) down of the same [Yahowah’s] name is to be praised.” The Hebrew word mizrach means to the east or eastward. This usage does not have to be used with the sun being spoken of. It can be used of anything. For example, the troops were seen coming from the east, i.e., the same direction from which the sun comes into view. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…from the breaking forth of the sun…”. The lexicons do speak of the place of sunrise, but once again, the meaning is that the sun is breaking forth on the eastern horizon. It does not mean that the sun is actually rising up. The Hebrew word mabow means sunset or going west. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…the going west of the same…”. No mention is made of going down, but it could have been translated as sunset. Nevertheless, the word down is added in this Scripture. It should have been put in italics since it is not a word in the original autograph. Sunset or sundown only means the sun is traveling west out of our view. It does not mean that our Earth is rotating. It is only our minds that have been conditioned to think of a setting sun from a mistaken heliocentric point of view. We did not obtain this point of view by reading the Bible.

 

Ecclesiastes 1:5 KJV, “The sun also ariseth (Strong’s H2224 zarach זרח), and the sun goeth (Strong’s H935 bow ברא) down, and hasteth to his place where he arose (Strong’s H2224 zarach זרח).” The Hebrew word zarach can be translated as the English word rose; but it could also be translated as came out or appeared. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…the sun came out…”. The second use of zarach in this verse is a solid translation, but it also could have been translated as “…where he came out.” And do not forget the  meaning of sunrise, it means that the sun is coming into view from the east. The Hebrew word bow can mean to come or to go. It is used in this Scripture as to go, meaning that it is leaving to the west and leaving our view. In other words this verse could have been translated as “…the sun left…”. No mention is made of going down, but it could have been translated as sunset. Nevertheless, the word down is added in this Scripture. It should have been put in italics since it is not a word in the original autograph. Sunset or sundown only means the sun is traveling west out of our view. It does not mean that our Earth is rotating. It is only our minds that have been conditioned to think of a setting sun from a mistaken heliocentric point of view. We did not obtain this point of view by reading the Bible.

 

Isaiah 13:10 KJV, “For the stars of heaven (Strong’s H8064 shamayim שבןים) and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth (Strong’s H3318 yatsa יעא), and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” The stars are in the second heaven, but we look through the first heaven to see into the second heaven. This is why heaven should be translated as heavens. From the Earth’s surface we cannot discern where the first heaven ends and the second heaven begins. The sun is spoken of as going forth, which is exactly as I have been consistently describing it. The sun does not rise; instead, it comes forth into our view. The moon does not reflect the sun’s light, the moon has its own light source.

 

Malachi 1:11 KJV, “For from the rising (Strong’s H4217 mizrach מזרח) of the sun even unto the going (Strong’s H3996 mabow םברא) down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith [Yahowah] of hosts.

 

Matthew 5:45 KJV, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise  (Strong’s G393 anatello ανατελλω) on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

 

Matthew 13:6 KJV, “And when the sun was up (Strong’s G393 anatello ανατελλω), they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

 

Mark 4:6 KJV, “But when the sun was up (Strong’s G393 anatello ανατελλω), it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

 

Mark 16:2 KJV, “And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising (Strong’s G393 anatello ανατελλω) of the sun.

 

James 1:11 KJV, “For the sun is no sooner risen (Strong’s G393 anatello ανατελλω) with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

 

4.c. Sun Goes Out Of View

 

4.c.(1) Three different Hebrew words, one Aramaic word , and two Greek words are used in the KJ Bible to describe the sun leaving or going out of view to the west. Here are those six words and a partial lexicon description of their respective meanings.

 

4.c.(1)(a) (Strong’s H3996 mabow םברא) can mean sunset or going west. Sunset merely means that the sun is going away to the west, until it disappears.

 

4.c.(1)(b) (Strong’s H935 bow ברא) can mean to come or to go. Used in the following Scriptures as to go, meaning that it is leaving to the west and leaving our view. No mention is made of going down or sunset. Nevertheless, the word down is added in many of these Scriptures. But once again sunset or sundown only means the sun is traveling west out of our view. It does not mean that our Earth is rotating. It is only our minds that have been conditioned to think of a setting sun from a mistaken heliocentric point of view. If we were to maintain a geocentric point of view, then we would readily consider that the sun is leaving our view to the west.

 

4.c.(1)(c) (Strong’s H4628 ma’arab מערב) can mean setting place, or west, or westward.

 

4.c.(1)(d) (Strong’s H4606 מצל me’al, an Aramaic word) means going in or sunset. What exactly is meant by going in. If the sun is out, then we see its light. If the sun is going in or gone, then we do not see its light.

 

4.c.(1)(e) (Strong’s G1416 dyno δυνω) means to go under.

 

4.c.(1)(f) (Strong’s G1931 epidyo επιδυω) means to go down or to set (when speaking of the sun). This word is only used in Ephesians 4:26 in the KJ bible.

 

4.c.(2) Think about this logically. Whether from a flat earth or a ball earth perspective the sun never goes down. It appears to go down as we stand and look at it as it goes westward, but it is not going down at all. It is always the same distance from the Earth. The terms sunset or sundown invite us to think that the sun is getting lower in the sky and, therefore, while it was higher in the sky earlier in the day, it is now lowering as the day progresses. But we know that this is impossible. The sun is always the same distance away from the Earth. So, to say that the sun is setting is merely a convenient expression that describes what our eyes see even though we know that what we are seeing is not true.

 

4.c.(3) The word down exists in the Greek. It would be available for use, but was not used to describe sundown. Revelation 3:12 KJV, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down (Strong’s G2597 katabaino καταβαινω) out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” Katabaino means down.