Searching the Scriptures #17: The Firmament and Biblical Earth

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Our last episode was the first in a series called Laying a Foundation, where we began a survey of important concepts in Scripture, with Genesis 1:1 as our starting-point. We left off talking about the fact that there is no singular form of the word heaven in Hebrew, and we noted that the spiritual realm is part of the greater Hebraic concept of the heavens. Then we briefly talked about the fact that YHVH used a firmament (Hebrew: raqia) to make a space between the waters above and the waters below, and the space in-between the water is part of the heavens. But what is the firmament? Is it a hard surface or the expanse of outer space?
In this episode you'll learn:

  • About the relationship between the raqia and the shamayim
  • About the use of simile and metaphor in biblical descriptions of the cosmos
  • Reasons why the Flat Earth Theory is questionable
  • That the geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system are mathematically indistinguishable
  • Which Bible verses teach that the heavenly bodies move, not the earth
  • Why Satan has worked hard to make us believe in the insignificance of our planet
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