The Biblical Understanding of the Earth. Is it a Stationary Plane or Sphere?

In Hebrew Tanakh the word Heaven is in the plural Heavens.
Also in Hebrew Tanakh God is singular and the words let us is plural.

What did our forefathers understand the earth to be?
  • We’re told that “the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.” Psalm 93:1. This is repeated almost word for word in 1 Chronicles 16:30: “the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.” By contrast, we’re told in many passages that the sun does move.
  • Joshua commanded the sun to stand still (Joshua 10:11-13)
  • Hezekiah asked the sundial to move backwards (2 Kings 20:1-11; 2 Kings 20:9-11; Isaiah 38:8; Hebrews 11;34)
  • Moses
  • Interesting info on the SunBack here
  • What did the early SDA Protestant pioneers think about the earth? Download pdf here.

  • Psalm 19:4 In them [the firmament] hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
    (Consider this, my own personal study...please by all means show me with a Thus Saith the Lord what you think as the Lord guides and teaches us- text me Cindy at 573-996-6401: A tabernacle for the Son of God is the 144,000 (ministering Spirits, faithful men and women) God promised Abraham that he would make unto him a great nation as the stars of heaven and the sands of the sea. Two nations were born of his son of promise by Rebekah, Esau and Jacob. The elder would serve the younger... the twelve tribes of Jacob make up the 144,000 who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. This is the church triumphant is also the Throne of David the 144,000 who have been being made up as a part of that number since the start of the Third Angel's message - as that small dark cloud in the eastern skies (James White's Present Truth articles) that grows bigger and bigger in number, as the restoration of the 7th day Sabbath in those that are to be a living tabernacle, new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven by faith that the living, risen Son of God dwells in for eternity. We have followed Christ into the Heavenly Sanctuary and by faith descend as the New Jerusalem giving the Three Angels Messages from Heaven where Christ is sat down with his Father upon the Throne of David - the 144,000. The Definition of Heaven by Sister White—Christ is the truth of all that we find in the Father. The definition of heaven is the presence of Christ (Manuscript 184, 1897). SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7 (EGW), p. 989.9 (Ellen G. White))
  • 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
  • 19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The Day the Sun Stood Still
11As they fled before Israel along the descent from Beth-horon to Azekah, the LORD cast down on them large hailstones from the sky, and more of them were killed by the hailstones than by the swords of the Israelites. 12On the day the LORDgave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshuaspoke to the LORD in the presence of Israel: “O sun,stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” 13So the sun stood still and the moon stopped until the nation took vengeance upon its enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? “So the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.”…

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science
falsely so called:

In this verse, the word ‘science’ is the greek word ‘gnosis’ (G1108) which means knowledge. Therefore, for one to say that the Bible is not
a book of science is to ignorantly claim that the Bible is not a book of knowledge. Of course, this is not true. Rather, it is the theories which
oppose the science of the Bible that Paul rightly identifies as counterfeit knowledge or as “science falsely so called”. He implores us to
cast down all pseudo-knowledge that sets itself against the knowledge found in God’s Word.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God…

The powers of darkness have waged a progressive assault against the true science of God’s creation. While many Bible-believing Christians
denounce evolution and the big bang theory for the satanic frauds that they are, there is another link in the chain of pseudo-science that
mocks God’s Word. This link appears to have slipped under the radar, and it is none other than the globe.

"The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan, clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. Those who have rendered supreme homage to “science falsely so calledwill not be the leaders then. Those who have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent will not then stand at the head of rank and file. They did not keep pace with the light. Those who have proved themselves unfaithful will not then be entrusted with the flock. In the last solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-sufficient, independent of God, and He cannot use them. The Lord has faithful servants, who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the day time we look toward heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster.

The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy will then go out in darkness. Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat. All who assume the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ's righteousness, will appear in the shame of their own nakedness.

When trees without fruit are cut down as cumberers of the ground, when multitudes of false brethren are distinguished from the true, then the hidden ones will be revealed to view, and with hosannas range under the banner of Christ. Those who have been timid and self-distrustful will declare themselves openly for Christ and His truth. The most weak and hesitating in the church will be as David—willing to do and dare. The deeper the night for God's people, the more brilliant the stars. Satan will sorely harass the faithful; but, in the name of Jesus, they will come off more than conquerors. Then will the church of Christ appear “fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 80.1 (Ellen G. White)

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