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The phrase "the windows of heaven" is used only three time is the bible, two of these are associated with the Genesis Flood.
11. 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.
12. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 8: 2. The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
Malachi 3:10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
In the first two instances phrase "the windows of heaven" is associated with the rain of the Flood, in the third with God's blessing.
Scoffers often use this reference to "the windows of heaven" to claim that the Bible is teaching an ancient view that rain came from holes in the sky, but the phrase is never used of to refer to ordinary rain, in all three references it is a reference to a special direct action of God, not normal rain. This supported by a similar phrase in 2 Kings 7.
|2 Kings 7: 2. Then a lord on whose hand the king
leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the
Lord would make windows in heaven, might
this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it
with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
2 Kings 7:19. And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
In this case also it referee to a supernatural act of God, and not ordinary rain. In this case as in Malachi 3 it probably does not even refers to rain at all It is repeated a second time to identify the man who said it.
Since we look through the Earth's atmosphere to see the planets and stars, it can be considered windows of heaven, and the opening of this window could be a reference to the fountains of the deep erupting with such force that it punches a whole through the atmosphere, thus opening our wind on the heavens.
However, since both times where the windows of heaven are referred to outside the context of the Flood, it is used to refer to a supernatural act of God, the reference in connection to the Flood may be referring God supernaturally supplying excess water. Such an act could literally involve opening holes is space-time all over the Earth, through which God sent additional water.
Regardless of which model is correct, it is clear the reference to the windows of heaven, is '''not''' a reference to the ordinary source of rain, bur clearly something unusual and quite possibly supernatural.
One possible non-supernatural meaning to "the windows of heaven" is that simply refers the Earth's atmosphere. Windows serve two main purposes: 1 is look through and the other is to keep things from going in an out. When a widow is open things can go through it. One way for the Earth's atmosphere to be opened up is the eruption of the Fountains of the great deep, if they area reference to subterranean water erupting and at a depth of say 10 miles as suggested by Hydroplate Theory then their eruption would have literally pouched opening in the atmosphere, incoming asteroids could have done the same.