is He who sits above the
the earth, and its inhabitants are like
grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a
curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell
in." Isaiah 40:22 (NAS)
is he that sitteth upon the
the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as
grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a
curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell
in... Isaiah 40:22 (KJV)
Circle or Flat?
When Columbus sailed to America some believed
that he would fall off the flat earth. Although not
a widespread belief among scientists at that time,
there are some people today that still believe the
earth is flat.
The Bible again reveals a scientific fact
hundreds of years before scientific discovery. Early
began to theorize that the earth was round as early as
the sixth century
B.C. (a hundred years or more
after Isaiah was written):
"A round earth appears at least as early as
the sixth century
B.C. with Pythagoras, who was
followed by Aristotle, Euclid, and Aristarchus,
among others in observing that the earth was a
sphere. Although there were a few dissenters -- Leukippos and Demokritos for example--by the
time of Eratosthenes (3 c. BC), followed by
Crates(2 c. BC), Strabo (3 c. BC), and Ptolemy
(first c. AD), the sphericity of the earth was
accepted by all educated Greeks and Romans."
(Jeffrey Burton Russell, American Scientific
Affiliation Conference, August 1997, Westmont
Four Corners of the Earth?
Surprisingly, some people have tried to argue
that the Bible talks of a flat earth, primarily
because of the references to the "four corners"
of the earth in Isaiah 11:12, Ezekiel 7:2,
Revelation 7:1 and Revelation 20:8.
The word that is translated "corner" from
the Old Testament is the Hebrew word "kanaph"
which means an edge, an extremity or quarter.
For example, in Isaiah 11:12-15 it refers to the
four quarters (North, South, East and West) of the
land surrounding Judah;
He will lift up a standard for the nations, and will
assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will
gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners
of the earth:
NORTH: 13 Then the
jealousy of Ephraim will depart, and those who
harass Judah will be cut off; Ephraim will not
be jealous of Judah, and Judah will not harass
WEST: 14 And they
will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines
on the west;
EAST: together they
will plunder the sons of the east; they will
possess Edom and Moab; and the sons of Ammon
will be subject to them.
SOUTH: 15 And the LORD
will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of
Egypt; and He will wave His hand over the River
with His scorching wind; and He will strike it
into seven streams, and make men walk over
dry-shod. Isaiah 11:12-15 (NAS)
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