(Note: spelling and grammar is as in the original text.)
53 – Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth, declare if thou hast understanding. – Job 38:1,4. Our modern astronomers would here contend there are none, only an imaginary axis. What folly to be wiser than God – and think they could teach God something.
54 – Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof? Whereupon where the sockets made to sink. – Job 38:6. Job did not know, and God did not then reveal it.
55 – They know not, neither will they understand: they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. – Psalms 82:5; see also Isa. 27:11; Psalms 82:5
56 – He laid the foundations of the earth; that it never should move at any time. – Psalms 106:5. Prayer book version and margin Heb. He hath founded the earth upon her bases, not axis. General Drayson quoted this text in argument with the writer, E.B., and promptly admitted that according to Pslams, it was a fixed earth; and “if you put scripture above geometry, then I cannot argue with you, for it is a fixed earth.” To which we replied, “that we certainly should, as we did not believe the Creator would give the wrong impress on of His own works.”
57 – And it shall come to pass (at the second advent)…the foundations of the earth do shake. – Isa 24:18
58 – Hast thou not understood from the foundations of the earth. – Isa 40:21. Every solid building rests on a solid foundation.
59 – And forgetest the Jehovah, thy Maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth. – Isa.
60 – That I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth; and say unto Zion, Thou art My people. – Isa. 51:16
61 – Thus, said the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Jehovah. – Jer 31:37. Here the Lord stakes the salvation of Israel upon the challenge, if heaven above cam be measured. He knew it to be impossible, or would not have mad the challenge.
62 – Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth; or, “ye enduring foundations of the earth.” – Micah 6:2 (R.V.)
63 – The Sun is always declared the perpetual traveller – never the Earth – by the mighty Creator Himself, and the wisest man that ever lived, Solomon. The sun also ariseth and the sun goeth down and hasteth to his place where he arose – Eccl. 1:5 (R.V.) Is there a wiser man than Solomon among modern astronomers?
64 – And God said let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, to divide between day and night, so as to shine upon the earth. – Gen. 1:14. The heavenly bodies ae then entirely subservient to the earth, and the perpetual servants of the earth. Who would think of making the servant 1230 times larger than the master; or the sailor boy 1230 times more important than the admiral? As the astronomers make Jupiter 1230 times bigger than the earth. What insanity!
65 – And let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years – Gen. 1:14. Not let it, the earth, be for seasons, by useless revolving around the sun; but let them. The earth is entirely passive as regards the seasons, as passive as a drum; it has no more to do with their regulation than the Queen has to do with regulating the affairs of the Court of Russia. Everything in the economy of nature is based upon the plan of philosophical necessity, and there is not the slightest necessity for the earth’s pathway to regulate seasons, since the sun’s path through the twelve signs of the Zodiac does it all. This is acknowledge by God Himself to Job.
66 – Therefore, we read of the precious fruits brought forth by the sun – not by the earth, which is entirely helpless in the matter – no sun, no fruit – Deut. 33:14
67 – Joshua kenw that the sun was the traveller as well as Moon therefore on a specially important occasion, for the service of Jehovah, he commands the sun to stand still: “Sun, stand still upon Gideon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. – Joshua 10:12 The perpetual controversies there has been in Christendom on this one event is truly appalling. Simply because the fixed laws of nature have been misrepresented by modern astronomy, some going so far as to say, in the Portsmouth Town Hall, that the light was continued without the sun. Who ever heard of the light of a whole day being supplied without the presence of the sun? What subterfuges do the difficulties of unbelief leave people to adopt. The difficulties of unbelief are always greater than those of faith. Dr. Adam Clark regretted that he had commenced his commentary, and puzzled his brain for a whole fortnight over it’ but Dr. Gill, a great predecessor of the Rev. Charles Spurgeon, took a wiser course for his inimitable commentary, and wrote: “It was a most wonderful and surprising phenomena to see both luminaries standing still in the midst of heaven. How this is to be reconciled with the Copernican system, or that with this, I shall not enquire.” Quite right, Dr. Gill. Lux himself, would stand on firmer ground if he followed Dr. Gill, and believed Joshua before the astronomers.
68 – David was a bright astronomer, with the mind, inclination, and opportunity for studying the heavenly bodies, while watching over his flocks by night, and his 19th Psalm gives results – “The heaven declares the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy work. There is no speech, nor language; their voice cannot be heard. In them hath he set a tabernacle, a tent for the sun. which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run his course. 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” Then David compares it to the infallible Word of the Lord. – Psalms 19 (R.V.)
69 – Deborah, the prophetess, prayed with the same understanding: “So let all thine enemies perish, O Jehovah: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. – Judges 5:31
70 – “To him that made the sun to rule the day; for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Pslams136:7,8. Not the earth t rule the day, which makes no interference with the sun in any way whatever!
71 – David held his views of astronomy to the end of his lfe, and on his dying bed declared, “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me: one that ruleth o’er men righteously, that ruleth in the fear of God, he shall be as the light of the morning when the sun riseth. A morning without clouds, e.e., in the times of the restoration of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” – Acts 3:21. 2 Samuel 23:3,4.
72 – So Isaiah prophesies that when the nations of the earth which are saved, are in their triumphant state in the new creation, when the new Jerusalem shall be a praise on the earth, the old Jerusalem being now done with for ever; They sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Jehovah shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. They people also shall be all righteous; they shall inherit the earth for ever. The Jehovah will hasten it in Christ’s time.” Isaiah 60:20
73 – God declared by Amos that He would cause the sun to go down at noon, and so darken the earth in the clear day. – Amos 8:9.
74 – Habakuk in prophesying concerning the end of all things, says: “The sun and moon stood still in their habitation.” – Hab 3
75 – Christ Himself declared the sun to be the traveller, in His sermon on the mount – who dares to contradict Him, at their cost – “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matt. 5:45.