The Pillars of the Earth and it’s Original Radius

He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

(1 Samuel 2:8) KJV

There are some clues for us to be able to figure out the Earth’s former size. This comes from the pillars of the Earth which are part of its internal structure.

Shown is Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, but there are other examples of these types of geological formations. Here’s where it gets really cool: If the top of the pillars of the Earth, for example Pilot Mountain, represent the approximate radius of the inner surface of the original Earth’s mantle, we can use the volume of mantle material to get an estimate of the Earth’s original radius.


We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

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The pillars of the Earth also have some Biblical synonyms that we should take a moment to acknowledge.

Pillars of the Earth, synonyms

SynonymScripture
1The beams of his chambersPsalms 104:3
2The bars of the pitJob 17:16
3The pillars of the earth1 Samuel 2:8
4The earth with its barsJonah 2:6
– Bars, beams and Pillars

If the volume of mantle material, 7.95E+11 m3, is formed into an even layer with an inner diameter of 6,371 km, the thickness of the layer can be calculated and with it the original radius of the Earth. We have to take the total volume of the present Earth and add to it the volume of mantle material.

a comparison of the size of the planet earth on the third day vs. present day
Present Day Earth vs. The 3rd Day Earth
FactorSymbolValue
Volume of the present day Earthp1.08E+12 m3
Volume of mantle materialm7.95E+11 m3
Total volume of the original Earthp+m1.88E+12 m3
– Calculating the volume of the original Earth.

The radius of a sphere of this volume is approximately 7,653 km. The open space between the mantle and core was originally full of water. This was known initially as the great deep, but after Noah’s flood it becomes the great gulf. We refer to this as the tehom-sheol transition. The Bible refers to features of the great gulf in a variety of ways.

Biblical Features of the Great Gulf

UsageTransliterationScriptureWHY?
Post
Bars of the eartherets beriachJonah 2:621
Bars of the pitbad sheolJob 17:1621
Beams of his chambersqarah mayim aliyyahPsalms 104:321
Great deep, depthstehomProverbs 8:2422
Great gulfchasma megaLuke 16:2621
Pillars of the earthmatsuq erets1 Samuel 2:821
Waters under the earthmayim tachath eretsDeuteronomy 5:822
– Physical features of the Great Gulf (Outer Core) in Scripture

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