Since man realized that the land was bigger than himself, he has asked this question. He wondered if he traveled far enough if he would fall off the edge. Prehistoric times made it difficult to prove otherwise. The idea that the Earth is a sphere was all but settled by ancient Greek philosophers such as Aristotle (384–322 BC), who obtained his evidence after traveling to Egypt and seeing new constellations of stars. Eratosthenes, in the Third Century BC, became the first person to calculate the circumference of the Earth. Islamic scholars made further advanced measurements from about the 9th Century AD onwards, while European navigators circled the Earth in the 16th Century. Images from space were final proof, if any were needed. But yet, there always have been those who still don’t believe it. You may say, “Who cares!” Well, I guess it is man’s nature to doubt. If it’s not this it is something else. For instance, there are many people today that do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Some people think He was just a teacher, or a good person, or just an historic person at the most. They just can’t seem to believe that He was sent by God, as God’s only begotten Son to come into the world to save us from our eternal damnation. There are people today who still do not believe that the Bible is the God given truth. It seems just like believing that earth is round, which most folks accepted once proven, so too, people believed in God’s Word to be truth. But today in the 21st Century people no longer believe in the things that have been proven to be true. More and more people are becoming doubters, naysayers, disbelievers. With all the technology today, which is continually growing more sophisticated, you would think that it would be the opposite. The same is with God’s Word, today archeology is proving more and more that God’s Word is historically correct. So why is everything today a conspiracy? It’s like a stampede of a herd of cows. One runs and they all run. It’s like, follow the leader. With all the knowledge that we have today, the human race should be a superior race, so far advanced in knowledge like no other time. And yet, we are a very divided people. One side says, “This is true”, and the other side says, “ No this is a lie,” even when all the evidence says differently. What’s happened? Today there are fewer people who call themselves Christians. This time in history fits the description written in God’s Word well over 2000 years ago. Isaiah 5:20-23 says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing intoxicating drink, who declare the wicked innocent for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!”
The world is headed for a heap of trouble, and if we are distracted by things that keep us divided, then as the saying goes, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Jesus warned of these days, in Matthew 24:4-8, 10-12, “And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people. And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pains.” “And at that time many will fall away, (from truth) and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets (leaders, teachers) will rise up and mislead many people. And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will become cold.”
Yes, we have become a lawless society. Crime has not doubled; it has gone up in many situations by triple digits. Our love for our fellow man has turned to hatred. Yes, one will come and rise up and lead many astray, an anti-christ with a false religion, being a false leader as 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 says, “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is removed. Then that lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will eliminate with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not accept the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”
No, you are not going to hell if you believe that the world is flat, but many have been led astray by false teachers, false leaders and false prophets of doom and gloom. The world will not be destroyed if we do not heal the environment, but the world will be destroyed if our hatred is allowed to continue to divide us. The younger generation have been taught that they should not be like their parents, that parents know nothing, they are not wise like today’s generation. TV shows, commercials, teachers all ridicule the older generation. But if not for the generation before us, society would not have advanced. It’s like in building, the second row of bricks are put on top of the first, and so forth till you reach the top and all of that is laid upon a foundation and that foundation for over 4,000 years has been the Word of God. Every generation has been taught by the one who went before them, because that is how knowledge was passed on. It was our parents who passed on tradition and knowledge to their children. Today it is the internet, and social media for sure, TV and teachers who are raising our children and we are reaping what they have sown. Today so many teens and young adults are dying from drugs and suicide. They are left without meaning to their lives, because of the lies that they have been taught. King Solomon was a very wise man and Proverbs 3:13-20 says this, “Blessed is a person who finds wisdom, and one who obtains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver, And her produce better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are those who hold on to her. The Lord founded the earth by wisdom, He established the heavens by understanding. By His knowledge the ocean depths were burst open, And the clouds drip with dew.”
If God’s wisdom established the earth, and His understanding established the heavens (sky, space, God’s throne) then His wisdom and knowledge and understanding certainly can establish our lives. The reason that the planets are round is because a circle has no beginning and no end, just like God. And as the planets rotate around the sun, so too, God is the center of our lives, and our lives operate around God. The sun is the source for all things and so too, God is the source for everything in our lives. Many of the Psalms and the book of Job and other references in the Bible speak about the Creation. At the end of God’s Word it gives a little clue into the future of the earth. Revelation 21: 1,10-27 says this, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.” “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very valuable stone, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on the gates, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, twelve thousand stadia; its length, width, and height are equal. And he measured its wall, 144 cubits, by human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Because this new earth will no longer have the sun or moon, or stars or sky or galaxies, that there will be no need for the earth to rotate around the sun, which causes day and night, and the seasons and the weather, so I would say this, The new earth will be flat, and the new heaven (God’s throne) will hover over it like a canopy. Put your trust in God’s Word for it is a sure bet!