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RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THE EARTH


Your Bible says that “IN THE BEGINNING – GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS & THE EARTH.” But what is this place that GOD CALLS EARTH? What REGARD should we have for our World? Does the Bible give us any RULES, RITUALS, or ROLES to play in relation to THE EARTH?

The origin of all things is layed out in the opening chapter of your Bible:

“Then GOD said, ‘Let there be a FIRMAMENT (Hebrew: Raqiya: Arched Expanse) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ Thus GOD made the FIRMAMENT, and divided the waters which were under the FIRMAMENT from the waters which were above the FIRMAMENT; and it was so. And GOD called the FIRMAMENT HEAVEN. So the evening and the morning were the 2nd day. Then GOD said, ‘Let the waters UNDER THE HEAVENS be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear;’ and it was so. And GOD called THE DRY LAND EARTH & the gathering together of the waters HE CALLED SEAS.” (GENESIS 1:6-10 NKJV)

This Hebrew word Raqiya, meaning ‘Arched expanse’ comes from the root word ‘Raqqa’ – which means to beat or spread out thinly. It’s used of making a dish by hammering thin a lump of metal.

It didn’t get much Press, but in 2014, a team of Scientists out of the University of Colorado discovered an INVISIBLE SHIELD some 7200 miles above Earth, that blocks “killer electrons” which could wreak havoc on the Earth. The BARRIER was discovered in the Van Allen radiation belts, 2 doughnut-shaped rings of Electrons above the Earth – by probes sent out by NASA in coordination with Colorado University at Boulder.

Distinguished Professor Daniel Baker, Director of the School’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics was quoted as saying, “It’s almost like these Electrons are running into A GLASS WALL IN SPACE – somewhat like the shields created by ‘Force Fields’ on Star Trek…” Mr. Baker went on to say, “It’s not obvious how the slow, gradual processes that should be involved in motion of these particles can conspire to create such a sharp, persistent BOUNDARY at this location in SPACE.”

John Foster, Associate Director of MIT’s Haystack Observatory, corroborates the University of Colorado’s findings: “Yes, there is this HARD, FAST BOUNDARY.”

All of which raises the question: How did Moses, Job, Amos, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and the Apostle John, all of whom wrote about THIS BARRIER, know of its existence thousands of years before Space Probes were even made possible?

The Prophet Amos was inspired to write

“The ONE who builds HIS upper chambers in the Heavens and has founded HIS VAULTED DOME OVER THE EARTH, HE who calls for the waters of the Sea, and pours them out on the face of the Earth, YAHOVAH is HIS NAME.” (AMOS 9:6 NASB)

The Hebrew word translated ‘VAULTED DOME’ in the New American Standard Bible is Aguddah – meaning ‘to bind’ and is translated band or ARCH – and seems the best translation in light of GOD’S use of Raqiya for the FIRMAMENF meaning ‘Arched Expanse.’

Speaking of ‘THE WONDROUS WORKS of GOD,’ the book of JOB refers to GOD who “…SPREAD OUT THE SKIES, STRONG AS A CAST METAL MIRROR.”

We read in the Book of EXODUS:

“And Moses went up (the mountain), also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and 70 of the Elders of Israel, and they saw the GOD of Israel; And under HIS FEET there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, AS CLEAR AS THE SKY ITSELF.” (EXODUS 24:9,10 NASB)

The Apostle John was taken to the throne of GOD in vision and was inspired to write:

“Immediately I was in the Spirit, and behold a throne set in Heaven, and ONE sat on the throne… before the throne THERE WAS a SEA of GLASS, like CRYSTAL.” (REV.4:2,6 NKJV)

The Prophet Ezekiel was given a glimpse into the Heavens as well, writing:

“Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was COMING OUT OF THE NORTH, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. And also from within it came the likeness of 4 living creatures… THE LIKENSS of THE FIRMAMENT ABOVE THE HEADS of the living creatures, WAS LIKE THE COLOR OF AN AWESOME CRYSTAL STRETCHED OUT OVER THEIR HEADS…” (EZEKIEL 1:4,5,22, NKJV)

Isaiah wrote:

“It is HE who sits above the circle of the Earth, and its inhabitants are like grass-hoppers, WHO STRETCHES OUT THE HEAVENS LIKE A CURTAIN, and SPREADS THEM OUT LIKE A TENT TO DWELL IN.” (ISAIAH 40:22 NKJV)

This astounding discovery by the University of Colorado Science Department, working in conjunction with NASA – that there is indeed a DOME around the Earth – is one more proof that the Bible is the revelation of GOD ALMIGHTY:

The secret things belong to YAHOVAH our GOD, but those things which are revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this Law.” (DT.29:29 NKJV)

So what REGARD should we have for the Earth?

“Give them according to their deeds & according to the WICKEDNESS of their ENDEAVORS Give them according to THE WORK of THEIR HANDS; render to them what they deserve. Because THEY DO NOT REGARD THE WORKS of YAHOVAH, nor THE OPERATION of HIS HANDS, HE shall destroy them and not build them up.” (PSALM 28:4,5 NKJV)
“The Earth is YAHOVAH’S, and all its fullness, the World and those who dwell therein. PS.24:1

What is our ROLE as Human Beings in relation to this Earth?

“Then YAHOVAH took the Man (Adam) and put him in the Garden of Eden TO TEND AND KEEP IT.” (GENESIS 2:15)
“Then GOD said… ‘Let them (Mankind) have DOMINION (Rule, Responsibility) over the fish of the Sea, over the birds of the Air, and over the Cattle, OVER ALL THE EARTH and every creeping thing that creeps on the Earth.” (GENESIS 1:26 NKJV)

GOD has given us STEWARDSHIP OVER THE EARTH and as Jesus said in the Parable of the Steward: “He who is faithful in what is least, is faithful also in much…” (LUKE 16:10 NKJV)

What are some of the RULES governing our RELATIONSHIP with THE EARTH?

YOU SHALL NOT POLLUTE THE LAND IN WHICH YOU LIVE, for blood pollutes the Land, and no atonement can be made for the Land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.” (NUMBERS 35:33 ESV)
“6 years you shall sow your Field, and 6 years you shall prune your Vineyard, and gather its fruit; but In the 7th YEAR THERE SHALL BE a SABBATH of SOLEMN REST for THE LAND, A SABBATH TO YAHOVAH. You shall neither sow your Field nor prune your Vineyard.” (LEVITICUS 25:3,4 NKJV)
“…You shall not sow your Field with MIXED SEED…” (LEVITICUS 19:19 NKJV)
You shall not sow your Vineyard with different kinds of seed, lest the yield of the seed which you have sown and the fruit of your Vineyard be defiled.” (DEUTERONOMY 22:9 NKJV)
The EARTH is also DEFILED UNDER ITS INHABITANTS, because they have transgressed the Laws, changed the Ordinance, BROKEN THE EVERLASTING COVENANT (Edenic Covenant of Stewardship of the Earth). Therefore THE CURSE has DEVOURED THE EARTH, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the Earth are burned, and few men are left.” (ISAIAH 24:5,6 NKJV)

What RITUALS should Christians be practicing to enhance our relationship with this Earth? The answer is: RECYCLING! While you won’t find the word in your Bible – the Original Christians would have been aware of the TORAH COMMAND cited above against polluting the Land in any way. Our Family has been RECYCLING for 35 years. It’s a hassle, but one we engage in willingly, to keep as much waste out of Landfills as possible – and returning bottles, cans, etc. for re-use.

Many Naturalists refer to our World as ‘MOTHER EARTH’ with a kind of reverence and worship that YAHOVAH would condemn:

“…they exchanged the Truth about GOD for a lie & worshiped and served CREATED THINGS – rather than THE CREATOR…” (ROMANS 1:25 NIV)

But the Apostle Paul was inspired to compare the Earth to the womb of a Mother – and the whole birthing process:

“For the earnest expectation of THE CREATION eagerly waits for the revealing of the Sons of GOD (the birth of the Saints into Spirit – I CORINTHIANS 15:45-52). For THE CREATION was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of HIM who subjected it in hope; because THE CREATION ITSELF also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) – into the glorious liberty of the children of GOD. For we know that THE WHOLE CREATION GROANS & LABORS WITH BIRTH PANGS together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the Adoption, the redemption of our body.” (ROMANS 8:19-23 NKJV)

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