This part of the series will certainly stretch your mind and imagination to the limit, and perhaps beyond. Some of the information and descriptions discussed here will be difficult to grasp, but it is worth the effort, even if it means an extra read or two. The concepts explained here are certain far more foreign than common extraterrestrial theories, however these might be the ones with the most supporting evidence, found in both science and ancient writings.
A question commonly asked by ufologists and extraterrestrial enthusiasts is what if aliens are already here? It is a fair question. After all, it seems that every year, reports of UFO phenomena and alien abductions increase. Would it makes sense for aliens to continually come to our planet, back and forth, for thousands if not millions of years? Or, perhaps, would it make more sense to have bases and stations here on Earth?
These are valid questions if one accepts the idea of normal, physical, three-dimensional extraterrestrials originating on another planet and currently interacting with humanity. However, what about the ETI discussed from the Podesta Wikileaks emails from a “contiguous universe?” If a being can transcend physical space, how could we ever hope to locate them? Strangely enough, a combination of ancient scriptures and the latest scientific findings might actually give us our answer.
Earth has a stronger gravitational effect than it should based on its mass. Measurements of the Earth’s mass tell us that it is supposed to be approximately 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (or 1.317×10^25) pounds. However, the Earth is actually about 13,170,658,500,000,000,000,000,000 pounds. At first glance, that might not seem like a big difference. In fact, it is only a fraction of about one twenty-thousandth (1/20,000), or a difference of about .005 percent. While this might not seem like a lot on a normal human scale, it’s huge on an Earth-sized scale. Think of it this way: There are about 658,500,000,000,000,000,000 (6.585×10^20) pounds of mass on Earth completely unaccounted for. In fact, this is the most conservative estimation; the amount of Earth’s mystery mass could be almost double that. It is estimated that there is between .005 and .008 percent extra mass to the Earth. To put this in perspective, the diameter of the Earth is 7,917.5 miles. If we take .005 percent of 7,917.5 miles, we are left with .395875 miles, or about 2,090 feet. This means, if you were to take .005 percent of the diameter of the Earth and turn it up on end, it would reach 2,090 feet in the air. If we are considering the surface area of the Earth (196.9 million square miles), .005 percent would equate to a little more than the size of Vermont (9,614 square miles). If we consider that the entire Earth is about 260 trillion cubic miles, then there are 13 million cubic miles of unknown mass. No one knows what this extra mass is, where exactly it is located, why we can’t see it, or why we can’t measure it beyond its gravitational effects. But, of course, there are theories.
The leading theory is that there could be a ring of dark matter around the equator of the Earth about 119 miles thick and 43,000 miles across. Dark matter is completely mysterious, but is estimated to make up about 80 percent of matter in the universe. No one knows exactly what it is, but it is measured by looking at the gravity of distant celestial objects, such as galaxies, then comparing it with the expected amount of gravity based on measurements of visible matter. In short, galaxies exert a much higher gravitational force than they should be able to based on visible matter. Something in the universe affecting gravity is completely unseen and imperceptible, hence the name “dark matter”
The interesting thing about gravity is its apparent ability to leak into other spatial dimensions, which is currently the leading theory to explain why gravity is much weaker than the other three forces of nature. This means that dark matter could actually be extradimensional matter. An object in fourth-dimensional space would still affect the gravity of three-dimensional space. The “extra” gravity would be able to be measured. In fact, discrepancies in measurements of the sun have been found in which dark matter is suggested as the cause.[i] There are discrepancies in measurements of the moon as well.[ii] Dark matter might be an explanation.[iii] If dark matter is really extradimensional matter, and if this is what is being measured as extra mass, what might this strange, otherworldly matter look like? Are there extradimensional constructs and, if so, do entities consisting of dimensions beyond our own reside there? Ancient Scripture might give us an answer.
Pillars and Foundations of the Earth
Somewhere in extradimensional space, there seems to be a support system for the Earth. The Bible mentions pillars and foundations of the Earth. Showing their association to Earth, Job 9:6 states:
Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
It also seems the pillars connect Earth and Heaven in some way.
Job 26:11 states:
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
Here, these pillars are referred to as “of Heaven,” meaning they seem to exist as spiritual/extradimensional constructs. Taking this along with Job 9:6, the text appears to indicate that these pillars originate in Heaven and are connected with the Earth somehow. However, there are places in Scripture where the pillars are referred to as being “of Earth” (1 Samuel 2:8). It seems that the answer to where one end of a pillar begins and the other ends is a matter of perspective. The main takeaway is that the pillars are not only “of Earth”; they are not merely three-dimensional constructs embedded in the Earth somewhere. They are also “of Heaven,” If these pillars are extradimensional, it could explain how they can be of Earth and also of Heaven.
We also read of how God can use spiritual pillars to complete his goals in Exodus 13:21:
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.
Interestingly enough, we might have another clue of extradimensionality in Exodus 14:24:
And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians.
The text tells us the Lord (singular) looked at the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud (plural). Was God in the pillar of fire, or was He in the pillar of cloud? As Dr. Michael Heiser would say, the answer is “yes.”
Imagine a two-dimensional universe called Flatland inhabited by two-dimensional beings called Flatlanders. If I, as a three-dimensional being, were to put two fingers in Flatland, Flatlanders would see two circles seemingly independent of one another. These two-dimensional circle sections of my fingers would seem like completely separate entities from a two-dimensional perspective. A Flatlander might ask, “Which circle is Tom—the one on the right or the one on the left?” As stated above, the answer would be “yes.” In this thought exercise, it’s not even that I am in two places at once; at least not exactly. I’m not duplicating myself in order to appear in two places in front of Flatlanders. I just am those two circles, and am even much more, of which the Flatlanders are unable to see. The same concept can be applied to God and the pillars in Exodus 14:24.
We can also learn more by looking at what the Bible says about the foundations of the Earth. In order to prove a point, God asks Job a series of unknowable questions in chapter 38 of the book of Job. Specifically, Job 38:4–7 reads:
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
The point of these questions is to show Job that there are things going on that he is unable to know about. Where was Job when God laid the foundations of the Earth? Job wasn’t born yet; this was a completely unknowable time from his perspective. Where are the foundations fastened? As we saw earlier, they seem to be fastened in Heaven, somewhere in extradimensional space. If they were fastened merely in or on Earth somewhere, the question would have lost the original point. Job isn’t supposed to be able to answer these questions; they are asked to prove a point. The only parts he may have been able to answer are those pertaining to who created and measured the foundations in the first place. Clearly, it was God, further showing a spiritual component to His creation.
Extradimensional Waters and the Firmament
The water on Earth now, at least some of it, may have an extradimensional source. It seems that the Earth prior to the Flood was constructed a bit differently than we see today. Genesis 1:7 states: “And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.”
We learn that God made something called a firmament to divide waters above and below. Much debate has gone into attempting to define exactly what the firmament is. We get a clue in Genesis 1:8, which states: “And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.” Genesis 1:20 states: “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.” Genesis 1:16–17 states:
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.
We learn three things from these verses. First, the firmament was called “Heaven.” Second, the firmament is open and birds fly in it. Third, the sun, moon, and stars are also in the firmament. The first verse might make us think that the firmament is something purely spiritual, but the second and third verses negate that theory. The second verse might lead us to believe that the firmament isn simply the air around us or even the upper atmosphere, but the third verse negates that, too. The third verse might convince us that the firmament is outer space, yet the second verse negates that as well. So, what are we to do with this information?
This is something that has caused quite a bit of debate. One theory put forth to try to explain this is known as the “canopy theory.” This theory states that at creation, a sphere of water or ice was around the entire Earth. This is what the Bible calls the “firmament” in the book of Genesis and elsewhere. Then, at the time of the Flood, the firmament/canopy came down and covered the Earth and all its inhabitants. This theory gained popularity among Christians, and for good reason. It seems to explain a lot, although there are problems with the idea of something solid, or even liquid, encompassing the Earth. Specifically, the word “in” throughout the descriptions we looked at offers challenges to the Canopy Theory.
First, Genesis 1:20 tells us that the birds fly above the Earth, yet in the open firmament of Heaven. If the firmament was something solid or liquid encompassing the entire Earth, birds likely would not be able to fly in it. They could fly under it, but that is not what the text states. Also, the idea of something solid or liquid encompassing the Earth would likely not be described as open. If it was something enclosing the Earth, it would be described as “closed.” Yet, the firmament is something open that birds can fly in. We also read in Genesis 1:16–17 that the sun, moon, and stars are in the firmament. It does not say they are above or below the firmament, but in. This also rules out something solid or liquid enclosing the Earth.
What could be happening here is a description of something we as humans have no real concept of due to our limited perception. We could be dealing with something not completely spiritual, but not completely physical, either. Within these texts, we might be reading descriptions of something extradimensional. Genesis 1:7 tells us that one purpose of the firmament was to divide the waters above it from the waters below it. The word “above” in Hebrew is al, which can also mean “beyond.”[iv] As we will see in examples later, the word “above” in Scripture is not always used as a spatial direction. Sometimes it is used to describe something of spiritual/extradimensional origin.
The firmament described in Genesis might actually be fourth-dimensional space (hyperspace) or something within the fourth spatial dimension. To help illustrate this idea, imagine again the two-dimensional space of Flatland. Think of a circle, about a foot in diameter, cut out of paper as an example of the Flatland Earth. Imagine that the circle of paper is resting on a pedestal a few inches above your coffee table in your living room at home. Flatlanders, having no understanding of “up” or “down,” have access to and can travel around the edge of the circle, but cannot go above or underneath. Even if they managed to dig into the circle to the center, they would still not be able to see the pedestal it rests upon.
Now, you might determine the three-dimensional space all around the circle, in every direction of the living room, is called the “firmament” of your house, which you decide to call “Heaven.” Of course, the Flatland two-dimensional space is still a part of the three-dimensional space around it. Therefore, Flatland birds flying in the two-dimensional space around the Flatland Earth would still be “in the firmament of Heaven.”
Imagine that you place droplets of water on various places around the edge of the circle in order to give oceans and seas to the Flatlanders. You even decide to give your Flatlanders some light, so you place a desk lamp on your coffee table and angle it in a way that some of the light from the lightbulb is breaching their two dimensional space. The Flatlanders can see the light, but what would it look like to them? Since they have no concept of up or down, they would only see a two-dimensional slice of the light bulb, which would look like a circle to them. They would have no way of knowing there is more to this light, which was set in the living room of your house (firmament of Heaven). They might also notice the stand of the desk lamp. However, since they cannot see how the stand and the light bulb are connected in three-dimensional space, the stand looks like a separate object all together. The Flatlanders would see another two-dimensional circle. They might even notice that some of the light from the bulb is reflecting off of the stand. You tell them the light is called the “Sun” and the stand is called the “Moon.” You decide to give them more light, so you hang a set of Christmas lights in a way that only the miniature bulbs actually breach their space. You tell the Flatlanders to call these lights “stars.” Again, they can see the stars, but are unable to see how they are connected in your three-dimensional space, so they assume the stars are separate from one another.
Now, just to keep things interesting, you decide to get really creative. You put the pedestal on a rotating platform, causing the Flatland Earth to spin. Next, you set up an electric train set on your coffee table and place the rotating platform with the pedestal and the Flatland Earth on the now-moving train. You place the desk lamp on another rotating pedestal in the center of the train’s rotation. It is timed in a way that the light stays in the center while the stand rotates around with the Flatland Earth. After hours of work, you have created a Flatland Earth that rotates around the sun, has its own moon, and even has stars to look at. You’ve created a working universe.
Now, of course, to the Flatlanders, they are only seeing all of this in two dimensions. The Flatlander Sun, Moon, Earth, and stars all look like separate objects floating through space on their own. The Flatlanders are not able to see any of the mechanisms that make all this possible. Yet, you can still tell them about the mechanisms. You can tell them about the sun, moon, and stars you placed in the living room/firmament of your house/Heaven. You can even try to explain the living oom to them by saying that it is a type of separation of their world and yours.
Now, imagine that it is raining outside while all this is going on. You might explain to the Flatlanders that the firmament/living room is there in order to separate the water beyond the firmament/living room from the limited amount of water they have on their own Flatlander Earth. In other words, the firmament separates the waters above from the waters below. Now, what would happen if the coffee table all of this is happening upon was under a window? What would happen if you decided to open that window and let the water in? We might find the answer in the account of Noah’s Flood. Genesis 7:11 states:
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
The windows of Heaven were opened. Remember, too, that the firmament was given the name “Heaven.” The windows of the firmament, which was put in place to separate the waters above (or beyond) from the waters below, were opened and the waters above were allowed to flood in upon the Earth. Imagine again the Flatland Earth and the open window of the living room on a rainy day. To Flatlanders, this would be devastating and would completely drown their world. But then, after the devastation, the rain stops, a few are saved, and the window is closed once again.
Taking all of this into account, we can see passages such as Psalm 104:313 in a clearer perspective:
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, who makes the clouds His chariot, who walks on the wings of the wind,
Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.
You who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it should not be moved forever,
You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled; at the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
They went up over the mountains; they went down into the valleys, to the place which You founded for them.
You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, that they may not return to cover the earth.
He sends the springs into the valleys; they flow among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
By them the birds of the heavens have their home; they sing among the branches.
He waters the hills from His upper chambers; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
Dry Land Appearing from Beyond
Along similar lines as the idea of extradimensional water, the land of the Earth itself might have extradimensional origins as well. Genesis 1:9 states that “God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”
The word “appear” as used in this verse comes from the Hebrew word ra’ah. This word seems to give the distinction of something that is already existing, yet is now able to be seen or perceived.[v] To illustrate this, we can compare it with Genesis 12:7: “And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.”
Of course, this isn’t saying that the Lord was created at this time in front of Abram. The Lord already existed, but was in a place imperceptible to Abram. The same could be said about the dry land of Genesis. If the dry land was created as an extradimensional construct, then was pushed into our three dimensions of space, from our perspective it would appear seemingly from nowhere.
Again, we can look to the Flatland Earth example. Imagine, instead of a circle of paper, you actually start with a ceramic tile that you place upon the pedestal. A single Flatlander is on the corner of the tile. Again, the Flatlander has no up or down, so he would not be aware of the fact that he was on the tile. To the Flatlander, there would be nothing but empty space in front of him. On that tile, near enough to the Flatlander for him to see, but not so close that you drown him, you pour a circular puddle of water. To the Flatlander, it would look like a small circle of water appears when you start and expands as you continue pouring. On the edges of the puddle (and in the center too), you place piles of dirt and rocks. From a completely two-dimensional perspective, able to only see the water, it would seem to the Flatlander as though dry land was “appearing” from nowhere. If a Flatlander was viewing all of this taking place, he would not be able to perceive the source of any of it. All he would know is that his physical reality literally appeared in front of his eyes.
The text in Genesis isn’t specific as to tell us where exactly the Earth, water, or land was when God created it. It also doesn’t tell us that all we see is all there is. In fact, it seems to say quite the contrary. There seems to be a lot more to creation than what we can experience in our three-dimensional physical reality. In fact, just like the piles of rocks on the pedestal, our reality seems to be a part of a much larger and richer extradimensional construct. The Earth that God created seems to be more than just a solitary, spinning, blue ball in empty space. It seems to be made of multiple parts, some stationary and some moving, some three-dimensional and some extradimensional, yet all wonderfully intricate and beautifully complex.
The Circle and the Footstool
There is another mystery worth looking into known as the “circle of the Earth.” Isaiah 40:22 states:
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.
Along with learning more about the creation of the heavens and how they are “stretched out” (again, imagine trying to explain extradimensional space to a Flatlander; you might say it is stretched and spread all around him), we learn that there is something God sits upon called the “circle of the earth.” Since this is something God is sitting upon in some fashion, we can deduce that the circle of the Earth is not something purely physical; there is a spiritual/extradimensional aspect to it. This begs the question: Does the circle of the Earth have anything at all three-dimensional to it, or is it purely extradimensional? Psalm 8 might give us a clue.
Psalm 8 is an interesting passage in Scripture. The psalmist is personifying the concept of wisdom. It treats wisdom as if it is a conscious entity and gives it a voice. In this passage, we get a timeline of creation. Psalm 8:24–27 states:
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth.
The first three verses of this passage tell us the context of what is being said is prior to the creation of Earth. Verse 26 even states specifically that, at this point, God has not created the Earth yet. Verse 27 tells us we are now talking about when God created the heavens. It then says God set a “compass” on the “face of the depth.” Based on the same Hebrew words used, the “face of the depth” here is the same as the “face of the deep” in Genesis 1:2.[vi] Also, the word “compass” in this passage is the same Hebrew word as “circle” in Isaiah 40:22.[vii] Again, no dry land had appeared yet. Therefore, the circle of the Earth must be a different concept than merely the dry land of the Earth. To further illustrate this, we can compare the chain of events from Genesis with Psalm 8.
In the book of Genesis, we learn that the firmament that divided the waters was created before the dry land appeared. The firmament was put in place on the second day of creation in Genesis 1:6–8. The dry land appeared on the third day in Genesis 1:10–13. Comparing with Genesis, if Psalm 8 states that the circle of the Earth was created sometime before the firmament, then we know the circle of the Earth must be something created on either day one or day two, prior to the dry land appearing. Psalm 8:27–29 states:
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth.
As we looked at earlier, it was the purpose at the decree of the Lord for the firmament to divide the waters. The first part of Psalm 8:29 is comparable with Genesis 1:8, explaining the creation and purpose of the firmament on the second day. The last part of Psalm 29 is comparable with Genesis 1:9, explaining the foundations/pillars of the Earth we looked at earlier and the appearance of the dry land. Therefore, the circle/compass of the Earth was created and set in place before the creation of the firmament and appearance of dry land. If the circle/compass of the Earth is not the same as the dry land, what is it?
Remember our example of the Flatland Earth at the point of pouring water and dropping rocks and dirt in the water in order to create dry land for the Flatlanders. Imagine, just prior to that, you create a mountain of dirt and/or rocks before starting to form your Flatland Earth. You flatten the very top of the mountain in the shape of a circle and place a throne there. Now, imagine that your coffee table is made of glass and everything under it is referred to as the “deep,” or the “depth,” parts of which might even contain the “abyss” or “bottomless pit”; possibly these are all words referring to the same area under your coffee table. You place your mountain on the ceramic tile, which rests upon the pedestal. Next, you pour water around your mountain to form a type of moat. Next, you drop dirt and rocks in the water to make dry land for the Flatlanders. Your throne still rests upon the circle of the Flatland Earth, and though it is connected in some way, it is still a different construct than the Flatland Earth itself. In fact, in this way, you can sit on the circle of the Flatland Earth, which is located in your Heaven, and make the Flatland Earth your footstool simultaneously. This idea is comparable with Isaiah 66:1, which states: “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?”
In a sense, the circle of the Earth and the Earth itself are similar, yet Scripture makes clear they are not the same. It seems that the circle of the Earth is more connected with the holy mountain of God, described in many places, such as Isaiah 65:25:
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.
The prophet John confirms the location of this mountain in Revelation 21:10:
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
Verses 22 and 26 of the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel gives us a good representation of the idea of this extradimensional construction. Ezekiel sees cherubim from Heaven supporting a type of platform upon which sits the throne of God. Ezekiel 1:22 states:
And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.
Isaiah 1:26 states:
And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
It is interesting here that the platform is described as the firmament. When we remember the purpose of the firmament from Genesis, however, Ezekiel’s description makes sense. The purpose of the firmament was to divide something extradimensional from something physical. Of course, this separation seems to be four-dimensional space that is literally all around us all the time even though we can’t perceive it. Since there’s no real good way to explain or envision higher-dimensional space from our limited three-dimensional perspective, what better way to represent the idea than with a platform separating God and His throne from His servants, the angels that carry Him?
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The Bars of the Earth
The Earth also seems to possess bars somewhere within its depths. At first read, it would seem these are purely physical bars, but when we examine Scripture further, we find that idea is unsupported by the text. One of the most famous aspects of the story of Jonah is how he survived in the belly of a great fish. However, when reading Jonah’s description of the event in his prayer, we find what we learned in Sunday School may not be exactly accurate. Jonah 2:5–7 reads:
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
Verse 5 tells us the waters surrounded Job, even to the soul. We also read the “depth” closed around him. Here, different Hebrew words are used for “waters” and “depth.” “Depth” comes from the Hebrew word tehowm, which can also mean “abyss” and “the grave.”[viii] We also read that the weeds under the water were wrapped around his head. Verse 6 tells us he went down the the bottoms of the mountains. Therefore, it is likely at this point Jonah had actually drowned and was headed for Sheol.
To further support this, Jonah 2:6 says the Lord brought up Jonah’s life “from corruption.” The Hebrew word for “corruption” here is shachath, which means “pit, destruction, grave.”[ix] In verse 7, Jonah says his “soul fainted within” him. When this happened, Jonah remembered the Lord and prayed. God then brought Jonah back to life and, as Jonah 2:10 describes:
And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
This is further evidence that there is more to the Earth than what we see. There is something beyond physical life and death. There is an extradimensional aspect. The bars of the pit are just one example.
Four Corners and Ends of the Earth
One thing that gives us a clue that we’re dealing with something extradimensional in Scripture is the presence of a spiritual entity, be it angel or God Himself. Imagine again the Flatland Earth, and this time remember the ceramic tile that the two-dimensional Flatland Earth is resting upon. instead of a circle, the tile itself is a square. Even though the tile and pedestal is rests upon is still, at least in part, considered as parts of the Flatland Earth, Flatlanders only experience a two-dimensional circle. However, due to the existence of the tile, corners actually do exist in three-dimensional space. You could try to explain this to the Flatlanders. You could even give them the general direction of these corners. Based on those general directions, they might even develop idioms like “from the four corners of the Earth” to describe the entire knowable landscape of their two-dimensional planet. However, despite all this, they could never experience the true corners for themselves.
This is an example of what might be going on with our three-dimensional Earth when scripture described the “four corners”. Revelation 7:1 states:
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
The presence of angels at these corners gives us evidence that these are extradimensional constructs. It also seems the angels have a way, by an unknown extradimensional source, to stop the winds of the Earth completely. Might this mean that, like the dry land, the winds of the Earth have an extradimensional source put in place at the time of creation?
Of course, not every time the four corners are mentioned does it means something extradimensional is going on. For example, Isaiah 11:12 states:
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
There are likely not outcasts of Israel in four-dimensional space. Furthermore, Ezekiel 7:2 states:
Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.
The land of Israel does not have only four corners to it (though the heavenly plot of the land might). Again, this is not talking about a literal four corners, but is an idiom to get across the idea of the entire land. Just like the word “land” is used not only in reference to the literal earth beneath the feet of the people of Israel, but is used to refer to the people themselves: Israel as a nation, people, and land.
We see the same thing with the “ends of the earth.” Isaiah 43:6 states:
I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.
Now, there are areas when the “ends of the earth” might be referring to something extradimensional. Matthew 24:31 states:
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Remember again the Flatland Earth example. The entire house that contained the Flatland Earth was called “Heaven.” This means Heaven is located above and below Flatland Earth, even though Flatlanders have no concept of up and down. The ends of Heaven to a Flatlander could simply be up and down; above and below. The ends of two-dimensional space is what lies above and below it. In this verse, once again, we have an angel to tip us off that this might be something extradimensional. Therefore, for angels to go out “from one end of heaven to the other,” it could be referring to all of the knowable three-dimensional existence. This might be further supported by Job 28:24, which states:
For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
What is under the whole heaven? Three-dimensional reality; just as two-dimensional reality could be considered under the whole of three-dimensional reality.
The Tree of Nebuchadnezzar
Another example of using something extradimensional to explain a physical concept can be found in chapter 4 of the book of Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar is describing a dream in which he sees a tree covering the entire Earth, then, later, a “watcher and a holy one” appear. Daniel 4:11–13 states:
The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:
The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.
I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven.
Again, the presence of extradimensional beings can give us evidence that something extradimensional is occurring. Possibly even more than that, however, Nebuchadnezzar tells us the tree “reached unto heaven” and was seen “to the end of the earth.” As we discussed earlier, the “ends of the earth” can refer to literally everywhere on the earth. Also, if the tree is reaching into Heaven, it is reaching into a higher dimension. Using again the Flatland Earth example, imagine placing a tree right in the center of the circle with its branches hanging down all around the circle. The tree would be reaching into your house/Heaven and the branches (at least the parts of them that breached two-dimensional space) would be accessible to everyone all around the Flatland Earth. Even though the Flatlanders couldn’t see the entire construct of the tree, they would still be able to enjoy what came from the parts that breached their space. The tree could still provide them with shade, fruit, and even a home for the birds. Of course, this is describing a dream Nebuchadnezzar was given in order to deliver a message and teach him something. This wasn’t a literal event. Therefore, not everything in the dream is completely physical or completely extradimensional, yet it is highly symbolic and metaphorical.
Stationary Earth in Motion
How can something not move yet move at the same time? Believe it or not, this isn’t as impossible as it may seem on the surface. Consider a pocket watch. When it is closed and sitting on your desk, it looks perfectly still, stationary, and unmoving. However, if you were able to see inside the watch, you would see various gears in motion to keep the watch running. The entire construct of the watch is stationary, yet the watch is still in motion. If a single, moving gear was all there was to the watch, you would not be able to describe it as stationary.
Imagine two microorganisms living on one of the gears in the watch. One might say to the other, “The place we live on, called the ‘Watch,’ is constantly in motion.” The other might say, “No, the Watch is fixed and stationary; it is not moving.” Technically, both would be correct. The gear of the watch they are living on is in motion, yet the rest of the watch they have no concept of is stationary.
In a way, higher dimensions can work like this. In our Flatland Earth example, the pedestal that holds the four-cornered tile is set upon a model train car that is in constant motion. Yet, the entire construct of the Flatland Earth is resting and stationary on the coffee table. Thus, the Flatland Earth is moving through two-dimensional space, yet is stationary when considering the extra third dimension.
We have a similar description in the Bible when it comes to the Earth. We have verses that seem to describe it as stationary. There are even some that promise the Earth will never be moved, yet there are others that promise it will be moved at some time in the future. Either we have a biblical contradiction or we need to consider more than the three spatial dimensions we can perceive. First Chronicles 16:30 states:
Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
Psalm 93:1 states:
The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
Showing not only that the Earth is stationary, but that it will never be moved, Psalm 96:10 states:
Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Yet, promising that the Earth will be moved, Isaiah 13:13 states:
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
At times, there seems to be a difference in what is referred to as the “world” and the “earth.” In fact, they are different Hebrew words.[x] It seems, at least at certain times (not every time), the word “world” can refer to the entire construct of the world in all dimensions whereas the “earth” seems to refer to the three-dimensional parts we can perceive. Again, this is not a perfect rule and likely does not apply in every instance, but at least at certain times it seems to. For example, Psalm 89:11 states:
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
This verse is giving ownership and credit to God for His creation, yet it makes certain distinctions. The first part of the verse makes a clear distinction between the “heavens” and the “earth.” Then, in the second half, the verse deals with a third entity, “the world and the fulness thereof,” which seems to indicate the entire construct of the Earth, extradimensional aspects included (pillars, corners, bars, etc.). This can help explain how an Earth in motion can also be stationary and how Scripture can promise it will never be moved yet also promise it will be moved.
Seeing from a Higher-Dimensional Perspective
At the return of Jesus, we are told throughout the Bible that everyone in the world will see Him. How can this be possible? Even people in neighboring countries would not be able to see a single person descend on the Mount of Olives. There could be a technological component here, of course. In recent decades, biblical researchers have put forth the idea that television, cell phones, and the internet might give the entire word access to be able to see the return of the Lord Jesus. Yet, not everyone in the world has access to these things. Perhaps in the future at the time of Jesus’ return the world will be more connected technologically, or perhaps there is something more going on here. Revelation 1:7 states:
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
This verse specifically states “every eye shall see him” and, even more amazing, it says “they also which pierced him.” Generally, this is interpreted as meaning the descendants of those who pierced Jesus, His enemies, or the Romans, or unrepentant people. Maybe something more literal is going on here. Maybe this verse means those who literally pierced Jesus more than two thousand years ago will see Him from their eternal abode, along with the rest of the living and physical world. This might give us a clue that a type of convergence of the spiritual and the physical is happening here. If the dead and eternally damned can see Jesus, is it any stretch that the rest of the world can too?
We might have a clue on how this could be possible in Matthew 4:8, which states:
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them.
In Hebrew, the word lian is translated to the English “exceeding,” and means “greatly, exceedingly, exceedingly beyond measure.” How high does a mountain have to be to be considered “beyond measure”? If we remember from earlier, the word “high” doesn’t always have to mean high up in the air, but can sometimes be referring to the unknowable parts of Heaven. It is likely, in this verse, the devil took Jesus to an extradimensional mountain where He really could see all the kingdoms of the world at one time. In a Flatland Earth, from your throne in the middle of the circle, it would be relatively easy to look around you and see all of the Flatland kingdoms—although, to Flatlanders, such a thing would be impossible in two dimensions. We see this idea repeated from John’s own description in Revelation 21:10:
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
John was able to see this happening in the spirit on a great an high mountain. Clearly, this is no mere earthly mountain. This is describing the holy mountain of God that exist in Heaven.
If, at the time of the return of Jesus, there is a type of convergence of extra dimensions into our own, this could explain how the entire world will be able to see Him. Imagine if you were to take the Flatland Earth and fold it in such a way that, now, Flatlanders on each side of the circle are facing you directly. Technically, you would be folding their reality into extradimensional space. This does not give Flatlanders a three-dimensional view, however. They still would only be able to see what is directly in front of them. However, if they and/or their world were bent in a way to be facing you, they could all see you at the same time, regardless of how far away they are from one another in two-dimensional space. Three-dimensional space, or what they would consider as Heaven, would be open to them. Describing the return of Jesus, Revelation 19:11 states:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
This might be what causes the great shaking of the Earth at the time of Jesus’ return. Zechariah 14:4 states:
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Now, imagine from the Flatlanders’ perspective what this folding would look like. Their perspective would be shifted away from things they were able to see before. They would no longer be able to see the sun, moon, or stars because their field of view will have been shifted above them in extradimensional space. In fact, to Flatlanders, the sun, moon, and stars would blink out, not give light, and completely fall away during the time of this folding/shaking. Matthew 24:29–30 states:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
We see this trend with the sun and moon continued in descriptions of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:23, which states:
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
It is entirely possible that the ancient biblical prophets were trying to describe a literal folding of our three dimensions of reality into extradimensional space. This would be extremely traumatic for those not mentally, emotionally, or spiritually prepared for it. We might even be inclined to believe such an act would completely destroy the Earth; however, this wouldn’t have to be the case. Just as folding a Flatland Earth wouldn’t destroy it; it would just change its shape. Our physical Earth will be shaken and altered, but it will survive the trip.
The New Jerusalem Above
After all the chaos, there are some wonderful things in line for the believer in Jesus. There are new dimensions of existence to explore. There is a new, extradimensional Jerusalem. There are even new, extradimensional bodies for God’s children.
Everything we see in three-dimensional reality now is like a shadow of true, extradimensional reality. Just as a square is a mere shadow of a cube, Earth itself is a mere shadow of Heaven. Showing this in the example of Jerusalem, Galatians 4:25–26 states:
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
There is a physical Jerusalem and a “Jerusalem which is above.” The word “above” as used here comes from the Greek word ano, which can mean “of the quarters of the heaven.”[xi] We can learn more about this by comparing with the words of Jesus in John 8:23, which states:
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
Quoting the words of God, we also read in Acts 2:19:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke.
As we learn, there is our physical world and a much richer, heavenly reality “above.” Another interesting thing to note is, back in Galatians 4:26, the “Jerusalem above” is referred to as “the mother of us all.” The word “mother” is translated from the Greek word meter and, as a metaphor, can mean “the source of something, the motherland.”
We see an antithesis of this idea in Revelation 17:5, which states:
And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
This is telling us the “mother” (same Greek word used here as in Galatians 4:26) of harlots and abominations of the Earth is Mystery Babylon. There has been much debate about the identity of Mystery Babylon. It is entirely possible that Mystery Babylon is the enemy’s twisted version of the New Jerusalem. This, in a sense, is the “holy city” of Satan. It is a spiritual/extradimensional place, yet has had three-dimensional “shadows” throughout time, such as Babylon. Just as God has a Jerusalem above and a physical Jerusalem below, the enemy has usurped that idea and twisted it for his own evil purposes. For everything God has, Satan has an inferior and opposite duplicate. If Mystery Babylon is the mother of these evil things, it means it is the source and motherland of them. These are spiritual problems coming from a spiritual source, yet find physical manifestations here on Earth. This is bad, of course, but the ramifications of this worthless attempt of the enemy doesn’t even compare to the wonderful things God has in store for us, as believers, in our source and motherland.
We learn more about the New Jerusalem and some of the amazing things we have to look forward to in Revelation 3:12, which states:
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Revelation 21:2 states:
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Going back to Galatians 4:26, if the New Jerusalem is our motherland and source, then this is telling us we will not only be residents of the New Jerusalem someday, but we are now and, in fact, have always been. Now, this is not to say that we, as saved by the blood of Jesus, have been forced into that position. We still have free will and a choice to make. However, once we make that choice, on a spiritual level, we enter a place outside of time with Jesus. Ephesians 2:4–6 reads:
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
This is telling us that, from the perspective of Jesus, we are already seated with Him in heavenly places. He “hath raised” (past tense) us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places. This is describing a past event, yet it is still future for us.
This description goes beyond all dimensions of space. This even goes beyond dimensions of time. Being secure in the salvation of Jesus means we get to sit with Him in eternity. While infinity is a span of never-ending time, eternity is a state outside of time, in perfect timelessness. This is something we, as three-dimensional human bound by time, have no way of fully comprehending. Yet, the passage tells us it is true. We are there with Christ already. This is how the New Jerusalem can be our source, yet is also a future destination.
Back to Gravity
In December of 2013, New Scientist reported on evidence of dark matter on the Earth.[xii] As stated in the beginning of this study, the Earth weighs more than it should. The anomaly is measured by space probes, several of which changed their speeds in unexpected ways as they traveled past the Earth. The Earth seemed to be exerting a higher gravitational force on these probes. Ben Harris of the University of Texas at Arlington wondered if this anomaly was a fluke or if it could be measured again, this time by utilizing GPS satellites. The orbit of GPS satellites are known extremely well, so if an anomaly were present, it should have been easy to find. After nine months of testing, he calculated the difference in what was expected based on how massive the Earth is and what was actually recorded. Harris discovered an average difference of between 0.005 and 0.008 percent greater than the value of the Earth’s mass. This means the Earth possesses extra mass that we cannot see nor experience in any way. It is hypothesized that dark matter is the culprit.
Perhaps it is not a ring of weakly interacting massive particles (or WIMPs, the current leading theory of dark matter). Perhaps the extra gravity being measured is coming from extradimensional constructs. After all, if the Bible is correct and there is more to the Earth than what we can see, we should expect the Earth to be heavier than our three-dimensional measurement can account for. Perhaps science has measured the gravity exerted by parts of the pillars, corners, bars, waters, and high mountains that are secured to our planet in extradimensional space. Perhaps science has accidentally discovered the biblical foundations of the Earth written about thousands of years ago.
If this is true, is it then too much of a leap to consider what might inhabit this realm? Throughout ancient Scripture, we are given many examples of angels, demons, devils, principalities, powers, lesser gods, and more. Is it possible that the ETI described in the Podesta emails could fall into one or more of these categories? To revisit the question at the beginning of this series, what if “they” are already here?
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[iv] “H5921 – `al – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 11 Oct, 2016. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5921&t=KJV.
[v] “H7200 – ra’ah – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 11 Oct, 2016. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7200&t=KJV
[vi] “H8415 – tĕhowm – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 11 Oct, 2016. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8415&t=KJV.
[vii] “H2329 – chuwg – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 11 Oct, 2016. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H2329&t=KJV.
[viii] “H8415 – tĕhowm – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 11 Oct, 2016. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8415&t=KJV.
[ix] “H7845 – shachath – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 11 Oct, 2016. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7845&t=KJV.
[x] “H8398 – tebel – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 12 Oct, 2016. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8398&t=KJV.
[xi] “G507 – anō – Strong’s Greek Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 12 Oct, 2016. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G507&t=KJV.