The Size and Structure of the Universe According to the Bible
Indeed, these REFLECTIONS speak loudly of a fact endorsed by both the Bible and by optical science, a fact which devastates any cosmological model of the universe which claims billions of galaxies with zillions of stars that are billions of light year distances away from Earth!
If, in short, we limit ourselves to what the Bible actually says and what optical science confirms about the structure of the universe, it becomes immediately obvious that the stars that are really out there are in a finite zone no thicker than the 2nd heaven–i.e., well under four billion miles; and they are in a configuration that makes it optically certain that they are being REFLECTED innumerable times off of “the waters above” the firmament.
And, equally obvious in such a structure is the realization that these REFLECTIONS are what are being mistakenly (or knowingly!) counted as actual stars! From a Scriptural standpoint (certified by non-theoretical physical science) this false count and description is what is giving credibility to the size and makeup of the universe as taught in the Big Bang Expanding Universe Paradigm.
Since that Paradigm has been demonstrated to be nothing more nor less than the establishment of the “creation scenario” of anti-Bible Kabbalist Phariseeism, the contest about the structure and size of the universe must henceforward never be treated as a contest between a discredited Biblical Model and a non-religious Science Model, as the world has been led to treat the issue. Al contraire! The truth of the matter is simply that two religions with two irreconcilable “creation scenarios” are in a death struggle for the control of men’s minds about the content of all knowledge and the ultimate concept of God (g-d).
That struggle began in earnest when the Copernican Revolution succeeded in theoretically turning the Earth into a lucky cosmological accident orbiting a mediocre star in a universe that never ended. That struggle will be brought to a close when the deceptions now hiding the Kabbalist success are exposed and the size and the structure of the universe is seen to be the Biblical Model after all.
In Part II and beyond we will look further into the Scriptural and Optical reasons for these innumerable reflections as they relate to the “thickness”, i.e., the distance through the Firmament/ Heaven, and thus to the size of the universe.
To finish here, though, we must take a closer look at the Scriptural reference to the “Third Heaven” mentioned in II Cor.12:2 and “Paradise” mentioned in verse 4:
II Corinthians 12:2-4 “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether he’s dead or alive, God knows); such an one caught up to the THIRD HEAVEN. (v.2) And I knew such a man (whether he’s dead or alive, God knows); (v.3) How that he was caught up into PARADISE…. (v.4)
As we saw earlier, the Greek meaning of the word for “Heaven” (#3772) in the context of v.2 is: “…the sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God)”…. A companion derivative (#3735) incorporates “the idea of elevation”….
Since, as we’ve also seen, Scripture repeatedly makes it plain that HEAVEN is synonymous with FIRMAMENT as far as structural location in the universe is concerned, the reference by the Apostle Paul to a THIRD heaven demands the conclusion that the Firmament/Heaven itself contain three distinct parts or areas or zones…since no fourth or fifth heaven is mentioned nor would fit the Scriptures as they stand. (Interestingly, here is one of the connotations given in the second reference for “firmament”, i.e., #7554: “…to expand (by hammering); by implication, to overlay (with thin sheets of metal)…spread abroad (…into plates).” The definition of HEAVEN in verse 2 tells us that the THIRD area or zone or realm is the most elevated one in the firmament. (…elevated from what if not from those on Earth reading about it?!) This is the zone which harbors God’s abode during this temporary creation of heaven and earth (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; Rev. 20:11; 21:1,3; [See: New-Renew]). Indeed, this is the “Paradise”(#3857) of God, i.e., the New Jerusalem with “the tree of life” in its midst”, (Rev. 2:7), and resting gloriously on the New Earth planned some 2700 years ago (Is. 66:22; Jn.14:2,3;etc.)
The definition #7554 tells us that this most elevated zone is somehow “expanded” due to some kind of “overlay”. We shall look at those aspects of the structure of the universe very specifically in Part II. But for now, this parenthetical note regarding clues about the size of the New Heavens (Is. 65:17; 66:22; II Pet. 3:10-13; Rev. 21:1) i.e., the New Universe, seems appropriate: (According to my calculations, the promised eternal New Earth will have to be immensely larger to accommodate the dimensions of the New Jerusalem as given in Rev. 21:16, if all things are kept proportional to the present earth…. The “floor plan” of the New Jerusalem alone is bigger than the sub-continent of India, and France, and England combined, so the New Earth could hardly be otherwise than vastly larger than this old earth. The size and distance of the moon and sun in the promised New Heavens would also be proportionally different. If the “City Foursquare” is pyramidal (as is most likely) the height of the outer walls (216 ft: Rev. 21:17) could be an indication of the distance of the offset for each layer to the top…which is fifteen hundred miles from the base. The present size and structure of the Earth and heavens is just a small scale temporary model compared to the promised eternal model!)
So, regardless of their size, the chief distinctions of the New Heavens and New Earth are that they are eternal rather than temporary, and–as is stated plainly (Rev.21:3)–God the Father and Jesus the Son will dwell with redeemed mankind on the New Earth [See: Trinity-Clarification] rather than out at the extremity of the New Heavens as They do now in these temporary heavens (John 7:34; Acts 2:33; John 14:2,3)…and as They will continue to do until this first stage of His eternal Plan is completed and the Old Heavens and Old Earth are gone (Is. 65:17; II Pet. 3:10-12; Rev.20:11; 21:1) [See: Trinity-Clarification]. From this and all the foregoing information, Scripture-based logical proof exists for the present earth being the precise stationary center of the universe. That is to say, we are not talking about the current Machian Geocentricity Model anymore, but rather we are talking about a Geocentrism/Geostatic Model wherein this Earth is the absolute center of everything in the universe.
This is a good place to be reminded of what we find in Job 22 about the shape of God’s present abode in heaven:
Job 22:14 “…and HE walketh in the circuit of heaven.” NOTE: “walketh”: #1980: “to walk”. “circuit”: #2329: “a circle”…….properly #2287: “to move in a circle”, cf: #2328: “to describe a circle; a compass”, cf #2283: “TO REVOLVE”.
Comment: Since God’s temporary dwelling place has been established as being above the stars in the furthermost part of the Third Heaven–and since we see here in Job that the shape of that Third Heaven is circular–it follows inexorably that, not only the 2nd heaven below it–and the 1st heaven below the 2nd–are circular as well, but also that the “waters above” are on the underside of a circular “overlaying” dome of some sort which encompasses the entire universe. These structural features confirm what seemed clear but was not stated in the previous Scriptural descriptions, and they will be made even more certain in Scriptures yet to be stressed in Parts II and III and beyond.
Equally significant, is the Scriptural demand that the 3rd heaven zone of the three-zone Firmament, i.e., the part with ALL the stars in it, MUST REVOLVE NIGHTLY AROUND THE EARTH TO ACCOMMODATE THE MULTIPLE SCRIPTURES DECLARING A STATIONARY EARTH.