8 Scientific and Biblical Facts

Joshua 10:13
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

1. This was a real divine miracle [v14], wherein the sun and moon either stopped their influences on the earth or stood still [v13; note f, above].

2. It is not the only miracle in connection with the sun. In history: The earth was totally dark for an indefinite period [Gen. 1:2]. There was darkness in Egypt for 3 full days [Ex.10:21-23]. The shadow of the sun went back 10 degrees on the sun dial of Ahaz [2 Ki. 20:11;  Isa. 38:8]. The sun went down at noon and the earth was darkened when Israel fell by Babylon {Amos 8:9]. There was darkness for 3 hours when Christ was crucified [Lk. 23:44-45]. In prophecy: The sun will be darkened in the 6th seal [Rev. 6:12-17], the 4th trumpet [Rev. 8:12], the 5th trumpet [Rev. 9:2], the 5th vial [Rev. 16:10], and at the 2nd Advent of Christ and Armageddon [Isa. 13:10; Ezek. 32:7; Joel 2:10, 31; 3:15; Mat. 24:29-31].

3. The going down and rising of the sun daily is man’s expression for the earth turning on its axis so that only part of it is toward the sun at certain times. The earth revolves making it appear that the sun is actually moving around this globe. In reality the sun also revolves but travels through the heavens making its own prescribed circuit as do all stars and planets. [See the Solar System, 58, 618: Dake, & on this site].

4. It is in God’s power to stop the movements of all or part of the solar system if He sees fit to do so to further His purpose [v14]. Being Sovereign and Creator of the laws of nature in the first place He may suspend them if He pleases at any time or place.

5. It is believed that the command for the sun to stand still was given about the time of its setting for several reasons:

[1] The sun was over Gibeon -v12-, at the time –v12-; and looking back from the east where Joshua and his men were pursuing, the sun could be seen setting in the sky over Gibeon.

[2] The moon was coming up over the valley of Ajalon [v12]. It could not have been seen thus with the naked eye in noonday sun.

[3] The fact that the sun hasted not to go about a whole day indicates that it was setting at the time the command was given –v13.

[4] If it had been in the middle of the day Joshua would not have known whether he and his people could avenge themselves before the day was over because he would have had 6 hours or more left in which to fight.

6. Joshua spoke to the sun and moon, not the earth, for they, the influences causing tides and seasons and day and night, are capable of causing the earth to revolve or stop revolving [Gen. 1:14]. See note f, v12.

7. It is said that a sudden stoppage of the earth could be made without any visible change noticed by the inhabitants other than the appearance of the heavens, so what is recorded in v 12-14 could have happened without being disastrous to the earth and its peoples.

8. We are told that Greece, Egypt, China, and Mexico have records of a long day corresponding to the time of Joshua; that by counting the equinoxes, eclipses, and transits backward from our day to that of Joshua, and counting them from the prime date of creation [re-creation] on to Joshua’s time, a whole day is missing; and that by no possible mathematics can such a conclusion be avoided.
– Dake Annotated Reference Bible: page 265.

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