This weekend I had a bit of an “epiphany” while doing some Bible reading. Maybe not an epiphany to the degree of suddenly feeling like “Aha, I figured it all out, I know the answer!”, but more the kind of epiphany where I at least feel like perhaps I have begun to stumble upon what the real question might actually be…
I was reading through the Book of Revelation (it had actually been a while since I just sat down and read through it), and I got to the point in chapter 8 where the “Trumpet judgments” begin. In verse ten it says, “The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water – the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.”
Now, we all know that literal stars, (essentially huge masses of gases performing thermonuclear fusion), could not “fall to Earth” without completely obliterating it, and so understandably we take on an interpretation of such verses as involving more than just literal stars. Along with a following verse in chapter 9 which reads, “The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace…”, it got me thinking about the whole angels/stars association in the whole of the Bible, and then suddenly I’m also thinking about the “Flat Earth” issue which I’ve been seeing receive a fair amount of attention lately.
I’ll just cut to the chase here. What suddenly dawned on me was the idea that this concept of a “Flat Earth”, or enclosed system, might actually be accurate after all, only, not in the way that so many people think. What I mean is: What if “Flat Earth Cosmology” wasn’t intended as a mere physical description of the universe at all, but rather a metaphysical one..?
The very moment this question popped into my head, my mind started racing and running through all the little bits and pieces of “back-burner info” that suddenly were making a ton of sense within such a conceptual construct. I began thinking about the “Flatlander” metaphor once again, (which I’ve written about before in the context of reflecting upon higher dimensions as beings confined to a three-dimensional reality).
I quickly began to think that surely this is perspective which other people have already (re)discovered, and sure enough, it is. I found this summation to be quite poignant:
“…If the flat-earth cosmology of the ancients appears to the critical modern mind as physically naïve, we should remind ourselves that it related primarily to the inward, or vertical, dimension of existence. Flat-earth cosmology was the product of a fundamentally different intention from that of our own modern cosmology. It was not meant to chart precisely the physical cosmos but to represent symbolically a metaphysical order of being. For all it’s physical naivete, it had a spiritual profundity that is totally absent from the physically sophisticated but metaphysically barren modern cosmology. The ancients lived in a world that could be entered into and experienced in it’s inward depth; the moderns, oblivious of the depth dimension, are content to map in interminable detail outer surfaces of a godless universe…” (excerpt from “Temple of the Cosmos: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred” )
In essence, we’re talking about what might be called the “spiritual architecture of the universe” here. A universe with multiple dimensions, i.e. spiritual dimensions, beyond that which we are able to experience and comprehend on a day-to-day level. So how to describe things which exist beyond three-dimensional space/time to a 3-D being? Well, you have use three-dimensional terms, concepts and descriptions, because that’s all we can really comprehend. Just as a two-dimensional “Flatlander” could only try to conceptualize 3-D space/time within their own 2-D perspective, so it is for us.
The moment we take this concept with us and keep it in mind when we examine various examples of “Flat-Earth Bible” interpretation, things really start to open up on a whole new level. The “metaphysical architecture” of the universe operates on a scale which both “higher” dimensions of existence, yet also intersects with and involves our own physical dimension at the same time, and so is not a description of some entirely separate or detached reality, but one that seeks to describe the Creation on a level which pushes the limits of our finite comprehension. I read through the entirety of this exposition through the lens of “metaphysical interpretation”, and was just amazed. The author talks about the various historical references made to defend a literal flat Earth, such as:
1 Chronicles 16:30: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable.”
Psalm 93:1: “Thou hast fixed the earth immovable and firm …”
Psalm 96:10: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable …”
Psalm 104:5: “Thou didst fix the earth on its foundation so that it never can be shaken.”
Isaiah 45:18: “…who made the earth and fashioned it, and himself fixed it fast…”
And other scriptures which refer specifically to the concept of the “vault of Heaven”:
Job 9:8, “…who by himself spread out the heavens [shamayim]…”
Psalm 19:1, “The heavens [shamayim] tell out the glory of God, the vault of heaven [raqiya] reveals his handiwork.”
Psalm 102:25, “…the heavens [shamayim] were thy handiwork.”
Isaiah 45:12, “I, with my own hands, stretched out the heavens [shamayim] and caused all their host to shine…”
Isaiah 48:13, “…with my right hand I formed the expanse of the sky [shamayim]…”
What really interested me though was the thorough exploration of the many intersecting tangents between the Biblical examples of these cosmological themes, and the ones found in the Book of Enoch:
The Ends of the Earth
The angel Uriel guided Enoch in most of his travels. They made several trips to the ends of the earth, where the dome of heaven came down to the surface. For instance, Enoch says:
I went to the extreme ends of the earth and saw there huge beasts, each different from the other and different birds (also) differing from one another in appearance, beauty, and voice. And to the east of those beasts, I saw the ultimate ends of the earth which rests on the heaven. And the gates of heaven were open, and I saw how the stars of heaven come out…(1 Enoch 33:1-2).
(The sharp-eyed reader will note what I suspect is an editing error in the Isaac translation. The earth resting on the heaven makes no sense. R. H. Charles has “whereon the heaven rests.”)
Again, Enoch says, “I went in the direction of the north, to the extreme ends of the earth, and there at the extreme end of the whole world I saw a great and glorious seat. There (also) I saw three open gates of heaven; when it blows cold, hail, frost, snow, dew, and rain, through each one of the (gates) the winds proceed in the northwesterly direction (1 Enoch 34:1-2).” This accords well with Jeremiah 51:16 which says, “he brings up the mist from the ends of the earth, he opens rifts for the rain and brings the wind out of his storehouses.” In subsequent chapters, Enoch journeys “to the extreme ends of the earth” in the west, south, and east. In each place he saw three more “open gates of heaven.”
There were other things to be seen at the ends of the earth. Earlier, we deferred discussion of the King James version of Job 26:7, “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” On several occasions when Enoch and the angel are out beyond the dome of heaven, Enoch comments that there is nothing above or below. For instance, “And I came to an empty place. And I saw (there) neither a heaven above nor an earth below, but a chaotic and terrible place (1 Enoch 21:1-2).” Could this be the kind of nothingness referred to in Job?
An angel also showed Enoch the storerooms of the winds (18:1) and the cornerstone of the earth (18:2).
The Sun and Moon
And what of the sun and moon? Psalm 19:4-6 (quoted earlier) suggest that the sun holes up at the ends of the earth until it is time to rise. Enoch expands upon this idea. In 1 Enoch 41:5, he “saw the storerooms of the sun and the moon, from what place they go out and to which place they return…” Further, “they keep faith one with another: in accordance with an oath they set and they rise.”
Enoch discusses the solar and lunar motions at length, explaining why the apparent azimuths of their rising and setting varies with the season. The explanation, found in the section called “The Book of the Heavenly Luminaries,” begins thus:
This is the first commandment of the luminaries: The sun is a luminary whose egress is an opening of heaven, which is (located) in the direction of the east, and whose ingress is (another) opening of heaven, (located) in the west. I saw six openings through which the sun rises and six openings through which it sets. The moon also rises and sets through the same openings, and they are guided by the stars; together with those whom they lead, they are six in the east and six in the west heaven. All of them (are arranged) one after another in a constant order. There are many windows (both) to the right and the left of these openings. First there goes out the great light whose name is the sun; its roundness is like the roundness of the sky; and it is totally filled with light and heat. The chariot in which it ascends is (driven by) the blowing wind. The sun sets in the sky (in the west) and returns by the northeast in order to go to the east; it is guided so that it shall reach the eastern gate and shine in the face of the sky (1 Enoch 72:2-5).
The openings in the vault of heaven in the east and west are matched to the seasons. On the longest day of the year, the sun rises and sets through the northernmost pair. On the shortest day, it rises and sets through the southernmost pair. The return routes of the sun and moon are outside the dome. Perhaps they rest in their “storerooms” during their time off.
Like the Bible, 1 Enoch typically depicts stars as living, anthropomorphic beings. The Sons of the Gods are also dealt with in 1 Enoch, and they are associated with stars. This is consistent with Job 38:7, which says that when the earth’s cornerstone was laid “the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted aloud.”
As mentioned earlier, Matthew 24:29 and Revelation 6:13 deal with stars that fall to earth. The image comes from Enoch, but Matthew and John omit some details. In 1 Enoch 88:1, a star that fell from the sky is seized, bound hand and foot, and thrown into an abyss. A few verses later, other stars “whose sexual organs were like the organs of horses” are likewise bound hand and foot and cast “into the pits of the earth (1 Enoch 88:3).”
Most stars just go through their motions night after night. Some stars never set, and Enoch was shown their chariots (1 Enoch 75:8). Stars that do rise and set do so through openings in dome, just like the sun and moon. God, according to 1 Enoch, runs a tight universe, and stars that do not rise on time are thrown into the celestial slammer. Showing Enoch a hellish scene, the angel Uriel explains:
This place is the (ultimate) end of heaven and earth: it is the prison house for the stars and the powers of heaven. And the stars which roll over upon the fire, they are the ones which have transgressed the commandments of God from the beginning of their rising because they did not arrive punctually (1 Enoch 18:14-15).
Enoch was not told the sentence for tardy rising, but Uriel later shows him other stars “which have transgressed the commandments of the Lord,” for which they were doing ten million years of hard time (1 Enoch 21:6). Enoch also was shown an even more terrible place, a fiery prison house where fallen angels were detained forever (1 Enoch 21:10).
Even in what here is a larger post than what which I typically write, I know I am barely scratching the surface in exploring the many directions which could be taken while speculating on these matters from the “both/and” type of approach. One of the themes often related to “Flat Earth” theory, by figures such as Mark Sargent (and others) is the concept of an “enclosed system”. While they might apply this idea in a very straight-forward materialistic way (the sky being a literal, physical dome that you would physically crash into if you flew high enough), from my newly-developing perspective of the “flat earth” being more a description of the plane of existence in which we live, it very much can be looked at as being an “enclosed system”, albeit in a much more dynamic sense, particularly from the perspective of both mortal humans, and fallen angelic beings…
From the perspective of “Satanic agenda”, once again the idea that there is very real, tangible-yet-spiritual veil separating the Earth and the Heavens, creating an imposing barrier which the Fallen Cherub hopes to penetrate and ascend through in order to dethrone God Himself, then once again, this cosmological model seems to fit almost too perfectly. When I think about all instances where Luciferian/Illuminati symbolism in the media involves the imagery of the “oculus in the ceiling”, or, rising through a portal in the “eye” of some Pantheon-like structure, it’s just quite amazing to see how much these concepts really do all fit together…
What are your thoughts on this? Does this sound crazy to you, or is there really perhaps something to all this “flat Earth stuff”? If this really does tie into some kind of true metaphysical cosmology, then maybe this would explain why even a more literal/materialistic interpretation of these ideas are “ringing true” for some people out there..?