The Firmament of Ice and the Water from the Great Flood

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The Soul, the Aeolian Body, Death, the Mistranslation of the Word Spirit, the Identity of the Airflow of God

On day one in the beginning of creation God created the earth as a large sphere of water, which were the “waters” the airflow of God moved upon,

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without order, and empty; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the airflow of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2 [JB200])

And it was above these waters that God made dry land appear on the third day of creation,

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so… And there was evening, and there was morning–the third day.  (Genesis 1:9-13 [ESV])

Which is why the earth is said to be founded above the seas,

Of David. A psalm. The earth is Yehovah’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. (Psalm 24:1-2 [MODIFIED’NIV])

For the dry land, which God called “earth”, is what he founded above the waters, which he called “seas”,

God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:10 [ESV])

Which included the creation of layers of rock to support the dry land above, which are the “foundations of the earth”,

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone (Job 38:4-6 [NLT])

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. (Psalm 102:25 [NIV])

He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter aeonially* and beyond*. (Psalm 104:5 [MODIFIED-NASB])*

Interlinear Links: *‘ō·w·lām (aeonially), *wā·‘eḏ (beyond), Psalm 104:5

Where this dry land and foundations of the earth came forth upwards from the waters below,

They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water… (2 Peter 3:5 [NLT])

who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures aeonially*. (Psalm 136:6 [MODIFIED-NIV])*

Interlinear Links: *lə·‘ō·lām (aeonially), Psalm 136:6

Thus saith God Yehovah, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and airflow to them that walk therein: (Isaiah 42:5 [MODIFIED-KJV])

And enclosed the seas below, having “gates” through which water may enter upwards,

Who shut the sea behind gates when it burst through and came out of the womb, (Job 38:8 [GODSWORD])

Which is why the “deep”, which are the waters below, are said to be covered like a garment, because they were covered by the foundations of the earth above it,

The deep*! as with clothing Thou hast covered it… (Psalm 104:6 [MODIFIED-YLT])*
Interlinear Links: *ṯə·hō·wm (deep), Psalm 104:6

Which means that the center of the earth is a sea of water, hence why the dead will one day come out of the sea,

and the sea did give up those dead in it, and the death and the hades did give up the dead in them, and they were judged, each one according to their works; (Revelation 20:13 [YLT])

Because Hades, otherwise called Sheol in the Hebrew, which is where all the dead go, is also in the center of the earth,

For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:40 [ESV])

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. (Psalm 71:20 [ESV])

For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. (Psalm 86:13 [ESV])

And aside from these waters that were in the deep below, the earth was once also surrounded with water,

They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. (2 Peter 3:5 [NLT])

Which was the water that God formed at the top of the “firmament” in the beginning,

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 [KJV])

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. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
(Genesis 1:7-8 [KJV])

That encircled the entire earth, even above mountains,

the waters stood above the mountains. (Psalm 104:6 [ESV])

And these waters that existed above the firmament were a layer of ice that encapsulated the entire earth, hence this vision of Ezekiel,

And the likeness above the head of the living creatures was as a firmament, as the vision of ice being stretched out over their wings on top. (Ezekiel 1:22 [ABP])

Which is the reason it was called a “firmament”, for this hard layer of ice was like a “vault”, “canopy”, or “tent”, or “curtain” in the sky,

Bless Yehovah, O my soul! O Yehovah my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. (Psalm 104:1-2 [MODIFIED-ESV])

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; (Isaiah 40:22 [ESV])

Which flooded the entire earth when it collapsed,

By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. (2 Peter 3:6 [NIV])

And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:12 [NIV])

…the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth. He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. (Psalm 104:6-10 [NIV])

I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Genesis 9:11 [NIV])

And because this firmament pressurized the air below it is why the waters below also gushed for upwards,

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month–on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. (Genesis 7:11 [NIV])

Because just like a soda bottle releases pressure when a bottle is opened, so was pressure released when the ice layer collapsed, thus causing the waters from beneath to also gush forth upwards through the foundations of the earth, further inundating the world in conjunction with the waters that rained from above.