April 1

The Stars Will Fall to Earth

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.

(Genesis 1:16) KJV

It’s ironic that April 1st is April Fools’ Day and that today we’ll begin making the case that the cosmos is Geocentrospheric, but this isn’t a joke. We’re going use the Bible to understand empirical observations.

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Gravity was Created on the Second Day

a drawing compass and the creation of gravity on the second day

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

(Genesis 1:1-2) ESV

Gravity was created on the second day. Matter space and time existed before gravity was created. This has profound significance for theoretical Physics but we’re going to ignore that for now.

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The Second Heaven

(celestial realm, cosmos, observable universe or space)

The stars fought from the sky;
as they moved across the sky,
they fought against Sisera.

(Judges 5:20) Good News Translation

Most of the space between the firmament and Earth is the cosmos or observable universe. There’s something very odd about the cosmos: there’s a disconnect between what we can see vs. what we believe about it.

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Orientation Under and Above

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

(Genesis 1:6-8) ESV

The second clue to deducing the creation of gravity is from Genesis 1:6-8. Now for the first time creation has an orientation. This theme continues throughout scripture. Under and above are synonyms for up and down.

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The Three Heavens

blue sky with clouds

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven.

(2 Corinthians 12:2) NKJV

Given that the apostle Paul specifically refers to something called the third heaven it’s not a stretch to conclude that there must also be a first and a second heaven. We need to know what they are.

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Avoid Foolish Disputes

This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.

(Titus 3:8-9) NKJV

There’s a lot of contention among Christians. We think that our take on a doctrine is right, and anyone who doesn’t agree is wrong. It spills out into social media and it makes us all look bad.

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I Shall Go to Him

Looking out across the molten core of the earth from a place in the lower mantle

And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

(2 Samuel 12:22-23) NKJV

In his grief over the loss of his first child with Bathsheba David says, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” It’s taken to mean that David will one day go to heaven to be with the child, whereas the child, in heaven, can’t return to the Earth.

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Eternal Torment

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

(Revelation 20:10) KJV

The eternal torment referred to by the Bible doesn’t take place in hell, which is temporarily in the center of the Earth, there’s another location: a lake of fire and brimstone in outer darkness.

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