Thirty-five hundred years ago in the book of Job in the Old Testament, (the first book written in the Bible) God gave us two amazing scientific facts in one verse. Job 26:7 says, “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” One scientific fact is that the earth is hung in space upon nothing. History tells us that man did not know this, but what man did believe about the earth was scientifically in error. The Egyptians, for example, believed that the earth was a saucer held up by four pillars with a ring of mountains around the edge to keep the water from running off. The Greeks believed that the earth rested upon the back of Atlas. Because this theory was so popular and widespread, we still see its effects today. For example, when you obtain a book of maps it is called an Atlas. The Hindus believed that the earth was carried on an elephant’s back and that the elephant was standing on a turtle swimming in a cosmic sea. When Columbus discovered America in 1492 A.D. most people believed the world was flat, and that if you went to far you would fall off into oblivion.“It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers.” (Isaiah 40:22). Reading this scripture is said to have given Columbus the faith to launch out on his epic voyage to discover the New World.Columbus believed this scripture that the earth was a circle, and was not afraid of falling off if he sailed too far. Amazingly the Bible does not include any myths and fairy tales, but simply stated that the earth was hung upon nothing. Science cannot give us a better description than this. Here is another amazing scientific fact. There is an empty place or void in the north of our universe. It was first discovered with the 200-inch telescope on Mount Palomar, California, and is now being studied by three separate observatories across the country. Lucifer (Satan) in his rebellion (when he tried to overthrow God) spoke of this void in the north. “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the side of the north.” (Isaiah 14:13). This must refer to this empty corridor in the north where there are no stars. Heaven is thought to be originally from there. One fascinating passage is found in Psalms 48:1-2. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” Without a doubt, this is a reference to the New Jerusalem and not to the earthly Jerusalem. “But you are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrew 12:22). “When the Bible says, “Beautiful for situation,” as the verse continues to explain, it is a reference to the fact that the city is or, was originally located in the north of our universe. From “the sides of the north” God has a beautiful overview of the entire universe and of the whole earth. The Heavenly City described in the book of Revelations Chapter 22 is on it’s way to earth, where it will be located forever after the 1000 years,the Millennium. ( See our class on Revelation Chapters 21 & 22). It appears from a study of the Scriptures that Heaven is or was located in the North in our universe. When they would offer the sacrifices in the Old Testament they would offer them northward toward the Lord. Notice what Moses said in Leviticus 1:11, “And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar.” The implication is clear that the Lord was at that time in the north. “Northward before the Lord,” says God’s Word. North is always the same direction from this planet no matter what time of day. If you were to point to the north in the morning, twelve hours later you would still be pointing in the same direction. No matter where the earth is in it’s orbit about the sun, north is always the same direction in relationship to the earth. So no matter what time of day or what time of year, north is always the same direction. One day this New Jerusalem will come down from heaven to the new earth according to Revelation 21:1,2. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”We saved believers have a home in heaven waiting for us in this Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem. Jesus tells us, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2,3).
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.