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Monday, April 9 2018
Creation Day 2: The Heaven Above, The Waters Below
"Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the world ... He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea"
As the planet continued to cool on the second day (see Creation Day 1: Let There Be Light), the waters began to naturally separate to form the atmosphere above and the single all-planet ocean below (as we will get to, the continents formed on the third day). As we will explain, the then-distinguished atmosphere from that time became the "heaven" of Earth.
"1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 1:7 And 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. 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." (Genesis 1:6-8 KJV)
The familiar English-language word "heaven" originated from an medieval Anglo-Saxon word, heofon, that simply meant above (the English word "heave," meaning to rise or what is above, is from the same original word).
"Heaven" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-may, and the Greek word, pronounced oo-ran-aws, both of which are used to refer to either the sky (i.e. the earth's atmosphere), or the limitless outer space above it - all of which are in the same universe, or "heaven."
Examples from the Word of God, with "heaven" specifically meaning the sky, or the atmosphere (notice that birds spend their physical lives in "heaven," and that there is snow and rain in "heaven"):
"1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." (Genesis 1:20 KJV)
As plainly stated in the Scriptures above, Earth itself not only has its own heaven (i.e. the sky and atmosphere), Earth is in heaven as it orbits the Sun.
The only heaven that does not yet exist on Earth is the Father's Presence that is now in the Highest Heaven - but the Father too will be coming to Earth after the Messiah has completed all of the work of Salvation that the Father sent Him to do (see The New Jerusalem and The Return Of The Tree Of Life).
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
The "LORD God," Who is also the "Word of God," was born as Jesus Christ (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation). It seems like no mere coincidence that the "Light of the world" chose to live by the sea during the years of His Ministry. They directly relate to the Work that He did on the first and second days of Creation.
"8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12 KJV)
Fact Finder: How was the Flood in the time of Noah caused by both the waters above (i.e. rain) and the waters below (i.e. "the fountains of the deep") that came into existence on the second day of Creation?
This Day In History, April 9
193: Septimius Seversus was proclaimed Emperor by the Roman army in Illyricum (see also The Messiah And The Caesars and The Roman Emperors: Domitian and The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
537: Byzantine (East Roman Empire) General Belisarius began his Siege of Rome.
1241: Mongol forces fought the Poles and the Germans at the Battle of Liegnitz.
1413: Henry V was crowned King of England.
1440: Christopher of Bavaria was made King of Denmark.
1483: King Edward IV of England died.
1511: St. John's College of Cambridge, England was founded.
1585: Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to establish the English colony at Roanoke Colony for the King left England. Raleigh named Virginia in honor of the "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I of England. Carolina was named from the Latin word for Charles (Carolus), after King Charles I of England.
1626: Francis Bacon, British lawyer, courtier, statesman, philosopher and writer died at age 65.
1682: Explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier de La Salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed Louisiana after King Louis XIV of France.
1770: English explorer James Cook sighted Botany Bay, Australia.
1747: Simon Fraser, the 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, became the last man in England to be executed by beheading.
1799: Sir Humphrey Davy discovered the anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide, ("laughing gas").
1869: The Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the German-held Vimy Ridge (France) was taken by 4 divisions of Canadian troops after one of the fiercest battles of the war.
1921: The Russian-Polish War ended with the signing of the Riga Treaty.
1945: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian and anti-Nazi was executed in Flossenburg concentration camp. He was arrested in 1943 for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.
1948: 245 Arab men, women and children were killed by the Irgun (a "Zionist" paramilitary group; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace) in a village close to Jerusalem called Deir Yassin. The murders resulted in tens of thousands of Arabs fleeing to the Arab-controlled West Bank, and into Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Egyptian Gaze Strip. In retaliation, the Arabs murdered 77 Jewish doctors and nurses in a convoy on their way to Mount Scopus.
1969: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its maiden flight, from Bristol to Fairford in England.
1991: The date of Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0
1991: Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union.
1992: President Manuel Noriega of Panama was convicted of CIA-alleged drug charges in a Miami court. Noriega was captured as a prisoner of war when the U.S. invaded Panama to remove the "disobedient" and "too patriotic to Panama" Panamanian patriot (he was actively proclaiming Panama independence from U.S. colonial rule), however, in violation of established International Law and the Geneva Convention rules of war (both of which the U.S. is a supposed signatory), Noriega was thereafter prosecuted by U.S. domestic law and imprisoned in Florida like a common U.S. criminal.
2005: Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, his mistress of many years.