The first occurrence of the word “firmament” in Scripture in in Genesis 1:6. Additionally, within the first eight verses of Scripture, the word “firmament” is significantly mentioned five times:
“ God said, ‘Let there be a FIRMAMENT in the midst of the waters, and let it separate between water and water,’ So God made the FIRMAMENT, and separated between the waters that were beneath the FIRMAMENT and the waters that were above the FIRMAMENT. And it was so. GOD CALLED TO THE FIRMAMENT: ‘HEAVEN.’ And there was evening and there was morning, a second day” (Genesis 1:6-8 Tanach).
The Hebrew word for FIRMAMENT is קִיעַ râqîyaʻ, which is pronounced raw-kee’-ah). It means an expanse, or firmament, or the visible arch of the sky. Its comes from the Hebrew primitive root רָקַע râqaʻ, pronounced raw-kah’, which means to pound the earth (as a sign of passion), i.e., crucifixion. By analogy, it means to expand (by hammering), which is the process by which the Golden Menorah and the Golden Cherubim on the Cover of the Ark of the Covenant were made.
Therefore, we can connect the crucifixion in union with Christ process that enables humans to become divine again, i.e. take on your cherubic nature, with the Cherubim of the Ark of His Presence and the Light in God’s Temple (Golden Menorah). Angelic (Cherubic) Priests of the Order of Melchizedek are sons of light and sons of the resurrection. They are angelic priests of His Presence.
~ Robin Main
REFERENCES: Genesis 1:6-8; Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 16:24-26; Galatians 2:20.
For more about the firmament, please check out “The Firmament” chapter in the MEL GEL Study Guide: Volume 2 book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998598232/ and “MEL GEL #10 – The Firmament” Teaching Video => http://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/resources.html.
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