THE EARTH NOT A GLOBE, BUT POSITIVELY A PLANE
By John T. Lawson
The Earth and Ocean not a Globe; but a circular-lane, according to the two great books of God, Revelation and Nature.
According to the book of Revelation, the word “world” is used more than 260 times in the Bible, and the word “earth” – 350 times. The words “round” or ‘‘globe” or “sphere” are never once applied to it. Not a single expression is used from the beginning of the inspired book to the end, suggestive of the idea that the earth is a planet, or, suggesting that the earth is anything else than a stationary plane.
1 Passages speaking of the heavens above as “ stretched out,” and the earth spread forth and stretched out upon the waters, so that the line of the heavens is parallel with that of the earth. Isaiah 42: 5; Psalm 136: 6. “ To Him that stretched out the earth above the waters.”—Psalm 24: 2. “ He hath founded the earth upon the seas and established it upon the floods.” Genesis 1:10, informs us that the waters were gathered together unto one place, and called seas, and upon those seas the earth was founded, consequently the waters are beneath and around the earth. The waters sustain the earth, sustain the earth as a whole.—2nd Peter 3 :5. “ For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing or consisting out of the water and in the water.” R. Y. reads; “ For this they wilfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst (or through) water, by the word of God.’’ Compacted—held together—leagued with— united. Now look! The earth is one—the continents appear to us who are on the surface as being a great distance apart, yet these continents are joined together; they are connected in the water and together they constitute one earth. These connections deep down in the water of continent with continent, are themselves sustained by the waters underneath. “ The waters under the earth.” Those waters under the earth, sustain the earth as a whole; sustain the earth in its entirety.”
The earth compacted out of water and amidst water by the word of God.” The dry land above, or out of the water compacted, united with, the earth in the water and that again compacted, united with, the other continents amidst or through water. The continent of America is compacted, united with the continents of Europe and Asia, amidst or through the water of the Atlantic. The continent of Africa, though connected with Asia by the Isthmus of Suez, yet is compacted, united with Asia and Europe amidst or through the water of the Mediterranean Sea, Ked Sea, and probably Arabian Sea. Australia compacted, united with Asia amidst or through the water of the Indian Ocean.
As the heavens are spread out above, and the earth stretched out upon the waters, so the line of the heavens is parallel with that of the earth. That is the reason why the heavens seem to close or touch the earth at the horizon. They are parallel. Parallel lines appear to converge in the distance. In a long tunnel, the floor appears to rise to a level with the eye at the entrance, and the roof to come down to a level with the eye, they are parallel; so with the earth and sky, they are parallel. The distant horizon appears on a level with the eye, and the sky in the distance seems to descend to a level with the eye. This has been particularly remarked by balloonists. At their greatest elevation, the horizon seemed to be on a level with the eye, and the sky in the distance seemed to close with the horizon. This is according to the law of perspective, parallel lines appear to converge. In Isaiah 40: 22, we read : “ I t is He that sitteh upon (or over) the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants are as grasshoppers.” It is not said here “ circle of a globe,” no, but “ circle of the earth.” He sitteth over the arctic circle and beholdeth to the ends of the earth. The earth being stretched out upon the waters, and therefore in its general configuration it is a plane, it is flat; the centre ot the earth is north, the circumference is south. The ends of tbe earth, the extremities of the earth are out towards the southern circumference. Cape Horn is an end, New Zealand is an end, Tasmania and Cape ot Good Hope are ends. The great God sitteth over the circle of the earth—over the north centre and seeth to the ends of the earth. Isa, 45: 22. “ Look unto me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.” We could not live on a globe—a globe revolving on its axis and shooting away through space in its orb it round the sun. It would be impossible to live upon it, constituted as we are. In Isa. 4 5 :1 8 ; “ Thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it. He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited.” He says: “ I am the Lord and there is none else.” A revolving globe— a planet earth would not be habitable. A planet earth, such as the modern astronomers speak of, is a thing of the imagination; it does not exist in nature, it is a vain thing; it is not the habitable earth. What a cutting rebuke is here in these few words in Isaiah to the modern astronomers, the followers of Copernicus and Sir Isaac Newton! What a contrast to their theory. God formed the earth and made it ; it became a reality; He established it ; He created it not in vain ; He Yormed it to be inhabited. Can you apply these words to the planet earth of Copernicus and Sir Isaac Newton? “ Formed the earth and made it, established it.” Is it so with the planet earth ? No. It is not formed, not made, not established; it has no real, material existence. I t is just a thing of the imagination, supposition, hypothesis. God created the earth not in vain. He formed it to be inhabited.
God said, let the dry land appear, the dry land did appear. Let the waters be gathered together unto one place, and the waters flowed into the place appointed tor them, beneath and around the earth. Here we are on this earth—living, moving, working, trading, buying and selling. This earth is a real earthy it is inhabited as God meant it to be, and some of our fellow beings go down to the sea in ships and see the wonders of God on the great waters. This earth is a real, material earth, and this material earth, really, unmistakably and without doubt, is compacted out of the water and amidst the water. But the planet earth of Copernicus and Sir Isaac Newton is not real— it has no material existence, it is fictitious and visionary.
2 There are also passages showing that the waters surrounding the earth have their bounds on the great southern circumference. Job 26: 10, “He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.” In Margin, “ until the 6nd of light with darkness.” In the E. V. it is “ He hath described a boundary on the face of the waters, unto the confines of light and darkness.” Job 38: 8 ,9 ,1 0 , “ Who shut up the sea with doors when it brake forth.” 9— “ When I made the cloud, the garment thereof and thick darkness a swaddling band for it.” 10th and 11th, “ And prescribed
for it my decree (or boundary) and set bars and doors, and said, hitherto shalt thou come, but no farther, and here shall thy proud waves be stayed.” And far out there on the southern circumference, are solid and impassable ramparts of ice, barriers—cliffs of ice—forbidding the further progress of
daring navigators. It was so with Captain Wilks and Jas. 0. Ross. Well, you ask ; Do the Scriptures mention these solid walls and barriers of ice out there on the southern circumference? Yes, they do. Job 38: 30; “ The face of the deep is frozen.” The daring navigators on the southern seas, who have
told us of the solid walls of ice—the barriers and cliffs of ice— disclose to us the meaning, the sublime meaning of such passages as Job 38:30; Ps. 33:7.