Bible Discussion Thread

  • Trish on Genesis 1
    Can someone explain the firmament please?
  • Methuselah - in Reply on Genesis 1
    God bless you Trish...the firmament was created when He separated the waters that were above from the waters that were below...the waters above in preparation for the flood,which is why it was the only creation day the the Lord did not say was good...the firmament is the first heaven,the heaven where the celestial bodies reside is the second and God's throne occupies the third...
  • Trisha - in Reply on Genesis 1
    Thank you for that definition of the firmament. I have a better understanding now. God is wonderful!
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Genesis 1
    Hi Trish.

    Here's a definition.

    The region of the air the sky or heavens. In scripture, the word denotes an expanse, a wide extent for such is the signification of the Hebrew word, coinciding with regio, region, and reach. The original therefore does not convey the sense of solidity, but of stretching, extension the great arch or expanse over our heads, in which are placed the atmosphere and the clouds, and in which the stars appear to be placed, and are really seen.

    And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Genesis 1:6 .

    I hope that helps.

    God bless.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Genesis 1
    You can Google for some charts & maps to look at. Makes it easier to understand. I would go look at those.

    Google: firmament, Bible

    Scientists don't even know how deep space is. They've discovered that the Big Bang happened here, and the waves are expanding deep into space.

    With the new space vehicles, they have seen DRY LAKE BEDS on the planets & moons we know of. They have various thoughts on why those planets lost the water. Too close to the sun, or too far away; and then they were able to see the dry lake beds.

    Only Earth has water. In my book that's enough evidence to be convinced of a Creator.

    We have water, light, heat, cold, fertile earth, and plenty of vegetation and animals for food. None of the other planets have that.

    The Bible only, names EARTH as a habitation.

    I might have seen that documentary on

    PBS dot GOV
  • Kent Bass - in Reply on Genesis 1
    Hi Trish, I don't know if anyone can properly explain this without actually being in heaven in The Spirit. I will just tell you what little knowledge I have. Here on earth we have the firmament that separates the water, and above us we have the firmament that separates the earth from space. Above that there is also a heavenly heaven where Yah dwells where there is no darkness. Yah Bless You!
  • Trisha - in Reply on Genesis 1
    Thank you
  • Ronald Whittemore - in Reply on Genesis 1
    Hey Trish,

    The firmament, raqia, meaning an extended surface, expanse, God called heaven that He placed the sun, moon, and all the stars. It is from the earth to the furthest star. In Genesis 1:6-8 the second day God said let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters to divide the waters, WOW. This shows how little we understand the size and power of our God, we cannot even comprehend that. We ask what is this water that is above the farthest star we know of?

    In the ancient world among all peoples everywhere believed the sky (firmament) was a rock-solid dome over the earth beneath which were the sun, moon, and stars. Some in the past believed there was a sea above this solid dome. Some believe the water was a canopy of water vapor that covered the earth before the flood. This greenhouse effect might have made the whole pre-flood world tropical and helped people live for hundreds of years, and the water used to flood the earth.

    With the sun, moon, and stars in this firmament that could not be because this would have created intense heat that would cook everything. I think this is one thing outside of our understanding, you can word search firmament in scripture, but God throne is above it, Paul called it the third heaven, 2 Corinthians 12:2. The waters above may be the waters of life as we read in Revelation 21:6 and Revelation 21:1,17. The water Jesus offered in John 4:10-15.

    God bless,


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