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No. 164
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.



What were those “waters above the firmament” that Genesis 1:6 tells us about? The “firmament” would refer to the atmosphere around our earth.  In the beginning, before the Great Flood, there was probably a vast blanket of water vapour above the “tropo-sphere” and probably above the “strato-sphere” as well. It could have gone a long way into space.  There was no “rain upon the earth” in those days (Genesis 2:5) and there were no rainbows until after the Flood of Noah’s time (Genesis 9:13). So the “waters above the firmament” would not have been just the clouds with water droplets - like we have today. This was a water vapour “above the firmament” or atmosphere.

This vapour canopy would be wonderful as a marvellous keeper of healthy life conditions
on the earth in those far off days.
What would that canopy have done?

“And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” (Genesis 7:10-12).

In the reign of Jesus Christ on our earth for a thousand years, that water canopy will be put back by the Lord God. Then when God makes a new earth altogether, He will cause the water canopy, or vapour canopy, to stay there “for ever and ever.” How do we know that? God says so in the Bible:
“ waters above the heavens...He [God] hath stablished them for ever and ever...”
(Psalm 48:4,6).
Well, lambs of God, we have thought of exciting things today!  GOD is taking care of the “ozone layer” and will be doing amazing, thrilling things in the time of Jesus Christ’s reign on earth.

Tomorrow we will look at what the Bible tells us about the atmosphere of earth and those greenhouse conditions in the reign of Jesus Christ. See you then!

( Adults may find out the deeper details of the vapour canopy and related subjects in the book,
“The Genesis Record” by the Creation Scientist, Dr Henry M.Morris. Pub. Baker Book House).
*Also another book jointly by him re "The Vapour Canopy" *

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