The Waters Above

The firmament, third heaven, originally had a portion of the deep covering its outer surface. At the time of Noah's flood the windows of heaven opened and the water poured through and flooded the Earth.

The Firmament Rabbit Trail

One of our favorite ways to study the Bible is to follow a doctrine through from the first time it's mentioned to the last. This is a great way to develop understanding of the doctrine in the broad narrative of scripture.

Where Light Dwells

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

Night was the darkness that resulted from the creation of light. Now God has gathered up all the darkness into a ball at the center of a spherical creation so night, technically, is inside the earth at this point.

The Firmament

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

Many people have struggled with interpreting creation of the firmament. The simple definition is "expanse," so most translations render the meaning as "the expanse of the sky."