The Circle of the Earth

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)

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:

(Isaiah 40:22) KJV

If we use deduction then we can look at the simple fact that Earth is a globe, and conclude that the meaning of the word circle in Isaiah 40:22 is sphere. In this case the Hebrew word translated as circle also means sphere.

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We All Have the Same Evidence

And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.

(Revelation 15:2) ESV

One of the most well known events in the science vs. faith fiasco was a match up between Ken Ham and Bill Nye. The debate was on the question “Is Creation A Viable Model of Origins?”

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The Third Heaven

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)

(the firmament, sea of glass or heliopause)

I know a certain Christian man who fourteen years ago was snatched up to the highest heaven (I do not know whether this actually happened or whether he had a vision—only God knows). I repeat, I know that this man was snatched to Paradise (again, I do not know whether this actually happened or whether it was a vision—only God knows), and there he heard things which cannot be put into words, things that human lips may not speak.

(2 Corinthians 12:2-4) Good News Translation

The third heaven is the dome or firmament, which is a sea of glass. It’s a rigid crystalline sphere on the edge of space which formed in response to the creation of gravity on the second day.

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Circle, sphere: ח֣וּג – chug

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

(Isaiah 40:22) ESV

Flat earthers claim that the use of the Hebrew word chug, for circle, in Isaiah 40:22 means that the Earth has to be a flat disk. The idea being that if the Earth was a sphere then the Hebrew word for ball should have been used.

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A Sea of Glass

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 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.

(Revelation 4:6) KJV

Accepting the firmament as a sphere of rigid crystal on the edge of space solves many scriptural and physical problems. The King James Version is the only Bible from which an accurate cosmological model may be deduced.

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Firmament 14

Psalms 68:4, 33

Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

(Psalms 68:4, 33) KJV

Here are a couple of odd statements. Odd, that is, if you don’t understand the heavens as being a layered sheet of crystal like a sea of glass. A piece of which could be ridden on…

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Firmament 12

Mindmap of the sequential development of the firmament rabbit trail

Revelation 4:1-6

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. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 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.

(Revelation 4:1-6) KJV

This builds substantially on what we have deduced before, but in a way that begins to tie it all together.

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Firmament 11

Mindmap of the sequential development of the firmament rabbit trail

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.

(Revelation 15:2) KJV

This is a very similar idea to what we saw in Revelation 21. The multitudes of the saved are standing on something described as a sea of glass which, contextually, we now know is the foundation of heaven which is the firmament.

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Firmament 10

Mindmap of the sequential development of the firmament rabbit trail

Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.

(Revelation 21:14, 18-24) NKJV

It would appear that the foundations of heaven and the foundations of the wall of the city are the same thing. Are the firmament and the foundations of heaven the same thing?

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The Firmament Rabbit Trail

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 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. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

(Genesis 1:6-8) KJV

One of our favorite ways to study the Bible is to follow a doctrine through from the first time it’s mentioned to the last. This is a great way to develop understanding of the doctrine in the broad narrative of scripture.

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