Chapter Nine


About 3,500 years ago Moses lived in Egypt. He was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians (Acts 7:22). The science of Egypt at that time had the theory that the earth was hatched out of an egg and that man came from worms in the slime of the Nile river. It is very clear that Moses did not get the information in the first book of the Bible from the science of Egypt. Where did this information come from?

When the first scientists landed on the moon, they did not read scientific theories over the radio back to earth, but rather, they read the first chapter of the Bible. The first verse in the Bible states:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Today we have some scientific theories about the origin of the universe, but they are based upon assumptions, conjectures and guesses. Each theory has its scientific flaws.1 Not one of them can be accepted. The history of science is a scrap heap of discarded theories. No human scientist was there when the universe was created, therefore, it is outside of human scientific knowledge. The Scientist who was there, when the universe was created, has given us His record of what happened. His book of history is the Bible. Let us now examine scientific foreknowledge in the Bible.


Not until this century did science learn that all matter is made out of energy, power. The atomic bombs proved that the material elements are made out of energy, power. The Bible taught this 2900 years ago. The Bible was 2900 years ahead of science. The Bible teaches that the heavens were made by the power of God, by His Word:
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
Psalm 33:6, 9.

In the book of Hebrews, the Bible taught long ago that material, what is seen, is made out of what is not seen. Power, energy, is not seen.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3.

Here you have scientific foreknowledge in the Bible. Where did this information come from? Certainly not from the science of the time when the Bible was recorded. God who created the heavens and earth must have given this information.


About 2200 years ago in Alexandria, Egypt, science taught that the planets were held up by solid crystalline spheres.2 Long before this, the Bible was written in the Hebrew language. When the Bible was translated from the original Hebrew into the Greek language, this false science influenced the translators. This Greek translation is called the Septuagint. The Hebrew word (rakia) was translated to mean a firm or solid structure (stereoma). However, the Hebrew word means expanse. The Hebrew lexicons show that "rakia" means expanse.3

You can easily see that the translators were believers in a false scientific theory, which led them to change the meaning of this word to fit the theory. This Greek translation was used in the translation of the Bible into modern languages. In our translations today you will still find "firmament" used in Genesis 1:1-17. It should be translated from the original Hebrew word, "rakia," with our word "expanse." In the Torah of the Jewish Publication Society of America, 1962, "rakia" is translated "expanse." This is true also for the New American Standard Bible.

Here again we see that the Bible was scientifically accurate, thousands of years before men of science discovered that the planets are not held up by a solid structure.
And God made the two great lights; the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. And God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth. Genesis 1:16, 17.


How many stars are there? Do you know? The Bible recorded that God promised Abraham that He would multiply his descendants as the stars of the heavens, Genesis 22:17; 26:4. Now the Bible also stated that the stars cannot be numbered. In Jeremiah 33:22, we read:
As the host of heaven cannot be counted . . .

However, scientists counted the stars. Hipparchus and Ptolemy listed 1,056 stars. About 3,000 could be counted. Within a short time after the promise, Abraham had more than 3,000 descendants, and later numbered in the millions. How is it that the Bible said that the stars could not be numbered, and yet scientists counted them? Was the Bible wrong? No, not at all. Science finally learned that there are many more stars.4 This was not found out until after the invention of the telescope. The Bible was right after all. Now think about it. Abraham lived about 3,700 years before the telescope. Jeremiah lived 2,200 years before the telescope was invented. Does this not show supernatural knowledge? How could Jeremiah have known that the stars could not be counted? He could not have except God told him. Jeremiah wrote what God said. The Bible is the word of God.
Thus says the LORD, . . . As the host of heaven cannot be counted, and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me. Jeremiah 33:22.

The Bible was 2,200 years ahead of astronomy. You need to believe that the Bible is the word of God.

Round Earth

Before the time of Columbus, many scientists taught that the earth was flat. However, the Bible contained the truth more than 2,100 years before Columbus. Isaiah the prophet wrote the word of God:
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, . . . Isaiah 40:22. (KJV) (See also Proverbs 8:27.)

Did you notice the expression "circle of the earth?" The original Hebrew word is (chug), which means circle and sphere.5 This Hebrew word contains the scientific truth that the earth is round and is a sphere. Obviously, Isaiah did not get his information from the science of his day, which taught that the earth was flat. His information must have come from a better source. He claims that what he wrote came from the Great Scientist who created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.

Germaine Lockwood

1 Thomas H. Leith, "Modern Scientific Cosmogonies," Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, XVI (September, 1964), pp. 74,77.
See also: John C. Whitcomb, Jr. The Origin of the Solar System, of the International Library of Philosophy and Theology, Biblical and Theological Studies, ed. by J. M. Kik (Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1964).
2 E.W. Maunder, "Astronomy, " The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, I, p. 315.
3 F. Brown, S. R. Driver, and C. A. Briggs, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907, 1953 corrected), p. 956.
4 Frederick H. Giles, Jr., "The answer to Astronomy's Final Enigma," in Behind the Dim Unknown, ed. by John Clover Monsma (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons 1966), p. 143.
See also: Henry Morris, The Bible and Modern Science (Chicago: Moody Press, 1968), p. 5.
5 Benjamin Davidson, The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon (London: Samuel Bagster & Sons), p. 249.
See also: Ehud Ben-Yehuda and David Weinstein, Pocket English-Hebrew, Hebrew-English Dictionary (New York: Washington Square Press, 1961), p. 252.

Copyright ©1996 by Germaine Charles Lockwood. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Scripture quotations in this work, unless otherwise indicated, are from The New American Standard Bible, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations from The New King James Bible (NKJB), Copyright ©1979,1980,1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Nashville, TN. Used by permission.

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