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Isaiah 40 Explained - The Circle of the Earth

Because many of my listeners have sent to me one of Pastor Mike Hoggard’s recent radio interviews where he discusses the flat earth and his stance on the issue, I wanted to take a few moments to address what he covers in that particular broadcast. However before doing so I want to first relate my total and upmost respect for Pastor Mike and the work he has and continues to do. I know that he does not agree with much of my work and opinions but hopefully we can share lead others to discussion which enables them to understanding which references them individually to answer which affirms and reflects an honest investigation and informed opinion.

And so I watched Pastor Mike’s Flat Earth Rant all the way through from this broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edm...
And would like to now address some of the particulars starting first with the circle of the earth referenced in Isaiah 40:22: It is he that sitteth upon the circle of 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:
The scriptures assert that the earth was set on pillars, was incised from and on the waters of the deep, and established embedded upon the waters below.
[8] He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them. – 1 Samuel 2
[6] Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. – Job 9
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. – Proverbs 8
[22] It is he that sitteth upon the circle of 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
In order to set the foundation for this discussion, I believe it is important to investigate the meaning of this particular passage utilizing key word insight from the Strong’s Concordance to elaborate upon the context of the chapter as a whole. In looking at the individual portions of verse 22, one must keep in mind that the words sitteth, inhabitants, and dwell, are all English translations of the same Hebrew word yashab. When applying and inserting the keywords from the concordance into each of the components of the Isaiah 40:22 the meaning of this scripture is unveiled as:
It is He (The Most High) that dwells, remains, abides, sits down, sets, remains, stays, has as abode the firmament which encloses as circle, circuit, compass, the land, country, field, territory, district, ground, and wilderness which as place of residence for the inhabitants which were placed, made to dwell, abide, inhabit, settle, sit, remain, continue, endure, and tarry upon the earth like grasshoppers, locusts; that stretched, spread, extended, wrested, caused to yield the abode of stars, lofty sky, heavens, visible universe, abode of God as veil, curtain stretched, spread out as home, tabernacle, tent, and place of residence for all the inhabitants which were placed, made to dwell, abide, inhabit, settle, sit, remain, continue, endure, and tarry upon it.
Before moving on to other portions of this chapter, I think it is important to first establish that when one seeks to find a word in the original Hebrew which could apply to the description of the earth as a globe, planet, or sphere, the closest one can come to such term for such shape is the key word ball. There are no other terms that can convey the idea of the earth as being a planet, globe, or sphere in the Hebrew lexicon. Terms or passages which cite the earth as being globular or spheroid in shape do not exist. As a plural the word ‘planets’ can be found once in scripture as reference to the signs of the zodiac.
And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. – 2 Kings 23:5
Planets
מַזָּלָה mazzâlâh, maz-zaw-law'; apparently from H5140 in the sense of raining; a constellation, i.e. Zodiacal sign (perhaps as affecting the weather):—planet. Compare H4216.
The KJV translates Strongs H4208 1x in the following manner: planet (1x).
Outline of Biblical Usage
1. constellations
1. signs of zodiac (maybe)
Within scripture the planets are associated to the constellations which comprise the 12 houses comprising the individual signs of the zodiac. The earth is never alluded to as a ‘planet’ in ancient times as a ‘planet’ meaning ‘wandering star,’ the planets are counted as part of the heavenly luminaries which being created and entered into the firmament on day 4. The earth created on day one is cited as being the foundation for the firmament which was spread above it on day two. And which the heavenly luminaries had been entered within. The fact that Genesis confirms the earth was established and created before the firmament and heavenly luminaries especially including that of the sun whom most believe we as ‘planet’ are orbiting around as solar system does not in any way make sense according to the heliocentric world-view.
According to the ancient Hebrew belief system, the earth is understood as the foundation for the firmament spread above and which contains all of the constellations, planets, and other heavenly luminaries which being placed into are housed within it. The closest that one can get to describing the earth as a planet, globe, or sphere is with the word ball, which incidentally is found only once within scripture in Isaiah 18 chapters prior to his description of the earth as a circle with the heavens spread out as curtain above.
He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house. – Isaiah 22:18
When one looks up the word ball in the Strong’s Concordance it is listed as the Hebrew word דּוּר dûwr, dure; which though similarly referenced as circle is also defined as ball, pile, turn, and round about. These terms are found within scripture three times - once as ball, once as round about, and once as burn. When you look up the word circle in the Strong’s the definitions of the Hebrew word is חוּג chûwg, khoog which also meaning circle, is further listed as circuit, or compass.
Ball
דּוּר dûwr, dure; from H1752; a circle, ball or pile:—ball, turn, round about.
The KJV translates Strongs H1754 3x in the following manner: ball (1x), round about (1x), burn (1x).
Outline of Biblical Usage
1. ball, circle
1. circle
2. ball
Circle
חוּג chûwg, khoog; from H2328; a circle:—circle, circuit, compass.
The KJV translates Strongs H2329 3x in the following manner: circle (1x), circuit (1x), compass (1x).
Outline of Biblical Usage
1. circle, circuit, compass
2. (BDB) vault (of the heavens)
And so if Isaiah wanted to describe the earth as a spherical globe like planet, he could and would have done so with the word ball which he used just 18 chapters prior to his description of the earth as a flat circular plane. The fact that he did not compounded by the fact that there does not exist within the scriptures, a description of the earth as a ‘planet’ in my mind verifies the assertion that what Isaiah was truly implying in verse 40:22, is that the earth and the heavens which are spread out above it, comprise together the world in the shape of a tabernacle or tent. When one studies the context of the chapter as a whole such allusion fits exactly with the biblical narrative as well as vision of Enoch as described in the book on the courses of the heavenly luminaries which I detail in my latest book.
I think it is also important to notice that the circle of the earth with heavens spread above comprising together the shape, form of a tabernacle or tent is absolutely what Isaiah meant in this description especially if one considers the circle of the earth as the floor and the heavens which were spread above it as a curtained roof. The vision of the circle of the earth referenced in verse 22 also aligns perfectly in context with the creation account as found in Genesis. It is also peculiar to note that Isaiah also references in verse 20, that the earth was established as fixed, stationary, and immovable foundation for the heavens later established as firmament above it. According to these other passages Chronicles 16:30, Psalm 93:, Psalm 96:10, Psalm 104:5, Isaiah 40, Isaiah 45:18 the earth indeed does not move.
Science confirms earth is unmoving.
20He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
21Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? – Isaiah 40:20-21
Does not Isaiah’s description come to life in connection to the visualization of a home similar to the sukkot that the Israelites may have used during their 40 years of wandering through the wilderness or those used by Bedouins now? For me this is exactly the picture that comes to mind.
#2 While the sun going up and down in sky is believed by most people to be visible confirmation of the earth rotating once daily on an axis, as it annually orbits around the sun and that the sun goes down because the earth is spinning away from it as asserted by the heliocentric model for worldview, the flat earth model simply teaches that the sun has reached the Vanishing Point which according to the laws of perspective make it to seem as if it is disappearing from view. As the sun moves further and further away from the viewer it moves closer and closer to horizon until its luminosity completely disappears or setting from view, moves far enough away from viewer for one to experience being engulfed by night. When it completes revolution and returns in circuit its luminescence revisits world in morning to again bathe us in the glory of its light. And that rather than the sun disappearing from view because the earth has spun it out of reach and away from the perspective of inhabitants, it has instead just reached a distance to seemingly dissipate from perspective as night and day shift together in congruity with the sun’s field of luminescence moving in revolution above and around the earth as stated by scripture which I will cite at the end of this portion.
We are traditionally taught in school that sunrise occurs over the eastern horizon, as the portion of the earth cloaked in darkness spins towards and enters into daylight. And that sunset occurs over the western horizon, as the portion of the earth bathed in daylight spins away from the sun and is swallowed up by night. On a flat level plane where the sun never deviates from placement above the earth, sunsets and sunrises are rather created by the sun reaching and leaving or entering a viewer’s line of sight. Both assertions explain the phenomenon of sunrise and sunset in exactly the same way, but as it has been scientifically verified that the earth does not move, by the Michelson-Gale experiment, Airey’s failure, and the Sagnac experiment there is only one explanation for what we see and are witness to in regard to this phenomenon.
In order to explain these visual displays better, one can visualize a stretch of road, extending on continuously for countless miles in a straight line to the horizon with telephone or power poles lining its side. Most can relate to having had this kind of experience, the road, telephone or power poles lining its side converging to a point, appear to get smaller and smaller as they extend to the horizon until having reached the vanishing point seem to altogether disappear from view. This same kind of thing happens with the sun.
As its setting, it will appear to get smaller and smaller getting closer and closer to the horizon until having reached enough distance from the observer, suddenly disappears from view; and yet it remains at fixed altitude vigilant in its circuit around and above the earth never having moved towards or dipped below the horizon. And just as the portion of the land, telephone poles, and interstate or highway road which were unseen come into view as one gets closer to reaching ones destination, so will the sun reappear as sunrise in morning when an observer enters again it’s luminescence.
The scriptures both canonical and extra Biblical such as the book of Enoch, described the sun in its circuit above and around the center of the flat earth map as designated by the North Pole. Which unless one understands the movement of the sun and the moon above the flat circular earth plane, one in my opinion will never be able to fully conceive or conceptualize what is being referenced in passages such as The Book of Enoch, Psalms 19, Joshua 10, Isaiah 38, and 29 times in the Book of Ecclesiastes which I will list below.
55:2 And YAHWEH swore by HIS own great NAME that from thenceforth HE would not do as HE had done to all who live upon the earth. And HE said, “I shall put up a sign in the heavens, and it shall become a symbol of faith between ME and them forever, as long as heaven is above the earth, which is in accordance with MY command.”
And the days, Uriel showed me; the angel whom the Lord of glory appointed over all the luminaries. Of heaven in heaven, and in the world; that they might rule in the face of the sky, and appearing over the earth, become Conductors of the days and nights: the sun, the moon, the stars, and all the ministers of heaven, which make their circuit with all the chariots of heaven. - Enoch 74:7:9
[1] The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. [2] Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. [3] There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. [4] Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, [5] Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. [6] His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. – Psalms 19
[3] What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? [4] One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. [5] The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. [6] The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. [7] All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. – Ecclesiastes 1
[12] Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. [13] And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. [14] And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. – Joshua 10:11-14
Explanation from Chapter 18 of my new book The Flat Earth as Key to Decrypt the Book of Enoch. Why would the Creator give Joshua authority to stop sun and moon while in mid revolution rather than the earth and moon? What would be the point of asking the sun and moon to remain still, if it’s the earth spinning on axis and orbiting around the sun which causes it to set? Wouldn’t it make much more sense for the Most High to give Joshua the power to order earth and moon stand still rather than the sun and moon if it’s the earth not spinning which would prevent the sun from going down as science asserts.
But this is not the case, Joshua ordered the sun and moon to stand still stopping them in mid-revolution during their circuit, not the earth and moon. If the earth were truly orbiting in motion around the sun there would be no reason to suspend the sun’s motion causing it to stand still because according to the heliocentric worldview and model of the solar system, if the sun were 92,960,000 miles away and at the center of this system there would be no noticeable difference to the sun remaining motionless as ordered by Joshua. It is only when one applies this story to the motions of the sun and the moon in circuit above the stationary earth that the full profundity of its revelation comes to light. Which is why I believe that this story is another confirming witness from the Biblical narrative avowing to the movement of the luminaries above the foundation of the immovable circular plane of the earth. I believe this to be a very important point of distinction and one that readers should scrutinize carefully as it affirms why Enoch dedicates so many chapters to describing the motion of the sun and moon and zero to that of the earth.
Also notice that when the sun and moon were stopped in mid revolution remaining motionless in the heavens, that there were no major or even minor repercussions connected to their having done so. There were no mentions of any major consequences to that of the earth or its inhabitants; no catastrophic earthquakes, pole shifts, tsunamis, destructive lightning or massive storm activity of any sort. Nothing other than the day being elongated for the time that the sun and moon remained fixed within the heavens. Another story which can only be understood in similar application, has to do with the sun going back 10°as cited by 2 Kings and the book of Isaiah.
[1] In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. [2] Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, [3] And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. [4] Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, [5] Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. [6] And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city. [7] And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken; [8] Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down. – Isaiah 38:1-8
In a heliocentric model, the only way the sun could go back 10° on sundial is if the earth were suddenly prevented from spinning on its axis, reversed in course to spin in the opposite direction, and then being stopped again allowed to resume spinning again in its normal counterclockwise rotation in the direction it had been moving in prior to this sign being given. Can you imagine the kind of repercussions such disruption would have as consequence upon not only the earth but people residing in every region and locale upon it especially if being near lake, sea, or ocean? Just in the earth being stopped in its axial rotation, and it’s course reversed there would and should be major catastrophic consequences so much so that there would be an insurmountable loss of life, due to in the least massive tidal waves, devastating tsunamis, monstrous flooding, compounded by tectonic fluctuation which would more than likely lead to possible seismic activity resulting in colossal earthquakes.
The same kinds of the equally devastating occurrences would have happened with the earth resuming axial spin and orbital rotation around the sun, but again no such consequences are mentioned and there does not seem to be postulated any kind of destructive repercussions which impacted the earth or its people. In fact things continued unfolding as if nothing significant had ever occurred. The only way this story seems to be plausible in the manner that it is related is if similar to the case of Joshua 10, the Most High stopped the sun in mid-revolution reversing its circular course 10°, and then allowing it to continue in its normal trajectory. And in parallel to the story of the sun standing still, there were no massive harmful effects or endangering negative consequences to either the earth or its people. Both of these stories in my opinion validate that it is the sun which moves above the earth, and not the earth which revolves around the sun.
#3 - Stanley Kubrick – Yes we know the footage is fake. Many of us myself included have done shows were we have warned people about the authenticity of this footage as anyone that really took an honest look at the material can quickly deduced that the individual which looked like Stanley but named Tom was being coached by the director of the film. Anyone that took a little time to investigate the other videos put out by the same individual could and would easily find validation of this. The real question is why are they trying to debunk or lead people astray in regard to Stanley Kubrick and the Apollo missions? Perhaps in my opinion they are trying to throw people off the trail of research which might lead them to understanding that the Moon landings are all implausible and had to of been hoaxed which I will elaborate upon shortly since Pastor Mike and so many others believe this too to be a lie.
#4 As far as fake footage, the same could be said of the many attempts by NASA to sway or lead public opinion into belief in something they have obviously contrived. NASA has been busted on several occasions and circumstances with their own video and photographic evidence and footage, attempting to hoax or intending to lead astray the public and world as to their achievement in particular with that of reaching the Moon and landing upon it.
Which is why conspiratorial and especially now flat earth researches do not believe nor will we except in good faith anything asserted to or declared by NASA as scientific fact or achievement. I will provide several examples which taken together as a body of evidence stand witness to NASA’s outright lies and proclaimed achievement. When one understands that they as an agency are not to be trusted and that historically they have over multiple time and circumstance intended deception in order to drive agenda or way of belief, logical deduction and justifiable reason labels them as an agency to not be trusted as they are run by bold-faced liars. We know historically that there is a secret society component to the agency (many astronauts are masons) which also garners caution to those that wish to believe their assertions without investigation. Certainly in my opinion they no longer deserve a reputation which designates that they are to absolutely be trusted and most certainly should not be granted any benefit of the doubt when establishing scientific fact as validation of truth. The fact that they lied at all when it comes to any of their programs or intentions certainly in my opinion warrants further investigation especially in regard to their having visited and landed upon the moon.
#5 I cite these pieces of evidence as confirmation to my above statements that NASA hoaxed the whole moon landing events since so many believe that they actually went to and landed on the moon July 20th of 1969 -
Photoshop Spherical EARTHRISE deception debunked by Rob Skiba Apollo 11 Josh Peck Fakery - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWT...
Van Allen Radiation Belts Impenetrable Barrier - http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard...
ISS Eagle has landed – Fake Green Screen Air Bubbles Scuba divers in space: Goto about 1:40 for ISS Green Screen Mishaps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIm...
Space station hoax scuba divers with astronauts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvo...
Proof the Apollo missions were hoaxed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xci...
Apollo 11 Moon Landings Hoax. Camera/Video footage tricks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5N...
DID SPACE.COM ADMIT WE NEVER WENT TO THE MOON? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWN...
#7 Mike believes we went to moon and cites these scriptures as proof:
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: - Amos 9:2
Climb to heaven actually references the Tower of Babel attempt to reach into the skies.
3 heavens = 1 atmosphere 2 space 3 throne of God
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? - Isaiah 66:1
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD. - Obadiah 1
The prophecy of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God to Edom – A report have we heard from before the Lord and a messenger into the nations has he sent. Arise and let us prepare ourselves for battle against her. Behold, I will make you weak among the nations. You are highly contemptible. The wickedness of your heart has led you astray. For you are like an eagle that dwells in the teeth of the rock, whose dwelling-place is in the heights, who says in his heart, “Who will bring me down to earth?” If you soar like an eagle and if you set your abode between the stars, from there I will bring you down, saith the Lord. – Targum Obadiah 1
As far as having a nest in the stars. The stars are luminaries confined to being within the firmament. The extent of the firmament is not millions of light years away. Stars are not other suns which have other planetary systems in orbit around them. They are angelic beings as cited by the book of Enoch and Revelation otherwise how would it in anyway make sense that these stars are going to be cast down to the earth?
“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” - Revelation 6:3
Mike says flat earth as concept breaks scripture but in truth accentuates, fulfills, and reveals heliocentrism as part of the strong delusion which has hidden intelligent design. It is because of the Darwinian heliocentric model that so many have been led astray from the revelation of intelligent design and the gospel as the prophetic word of God the Creator which asserts that we as humans are a special creation made in the image of God and that the earth was especially created as dwelling place for all the creatures that He specially made to live upon it. Evolution established on the foundation of the heliocentric lie, has lead more astray than any other deception and is also basis for the ancient alien lie that the fallen angels created us which is now being pushed increasingly more.
What could be of greater significance as salvation issue than all of the people that have been lead away from belief in the scriptures or even study of them because they trust science and the whole Darwinian heliocentric worldview which asserts that humans are not special and that the earth is just one of many millions of ‘planets’ which just happens to evolve life because of random circumstance. In my opinion this is one of the greatest deceptions that had ever been perpetuated on to the consciousness of man. One that has led much of the world astray into believing science over God.
Canal bridge railroad engineers Navigators land surveyors never take into consideration the curvature of the earth when building their structures – https://christianflatearthministry.wordpress.com/...

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