The Continents Compacted and Connected
There is an agreement between the word and works of God. The allusions of the word to the works are strictly accurate, and the facts of nature attest that accuracy.
The works of God are magnificent; but their magnificence is diminished and misrepresented by fanciful theories at variance with His word. To maintain the connection is to hold fast an important truth; which is a delightful duty, and is one of those few things by being faithful to which we may be “ made rulers over many things.”
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 has 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.V. 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. 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 keep 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 entirely. “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 throughout 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, Red 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 observed by anyone flying a passenger jet. 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 parallel is not just an imaginary line but a force; this is force, some call it the law of density, is why water seeks its own level. Earth has to be level in order for builders to build homes that are level. A builder’s level works the same in Spain as it does in Argentina and it can only happen on a flat earth.
This is according to the law of perspective, parallel lines appear to converge. In Isaiah 40:22, we read: “It 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 of the earth is north, the circumference is south. The ends of the 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 of 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. Isaiah 45:22. “look unto me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.” We could not live on a globe – a globe resolving on its axis and shooting away through space it its orbit round the sun. it would be impossible to live upon it, constituted as we are. In Isaiah 45:18; “Thus saith Yahweh 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 Yahweh 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 contract to their theory. God formed the earth and made it’ it became a reality; He established it; He created it not in vain; He formed 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. It is just a thing of the imagination, supposition, hypothesis. God created the earth not in vain, He formd 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 for them, beneath and around the earth. Here we are on this earth – living, moving, working, trading, buying and selling. This earth is a real earth, 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.