sero: Now, stars are billions of light years away, they are not in our atmosphere (I hope you can agree with me on that point).
Yes I agree with you on that point. Most definitely. I believe that water canopy could really mean the ozone layer that has changed with time or it could have been just over the ozone layer. We ought to consider water vapour too. The earth was much cooler then than it is today. People complain that the days are getting hotter. We have more hurricanes and more crazy weather now.
In Genesis the Lord God made 3 Heavens. (There are 3 levels)
1.The 1st heaven is the Earth's atmosphere. "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." Gen 1:20 KJV
2.The 2nd heaven is the vast expanse of the physical universe - outer space. "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:" Gen 1:14 KJV
These two heavens constitute a continuum called the "firmament" and this firmament is collectively called "Heaven". "And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."
Gen 1:8 KJV
3. The 3rd Heaven is above this higher "Sea" or waters and this higher sea is before and below the Throne of God. The "third heaven" is not directly mentioned in the Genesis narrative, the established structure of all things is defined in Genesis 1 and, when understood, allows us to comprehend exactly where and what Paul was talking about when he mentions the "third heaven" in his letter. It also gives the reader a better understanding of John's vision in Revelation 4
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. Revelation 4:6 KJV
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that (be) above the heavens. Psalms 148:4 KJV
Therefore, this particular water (sea) above the firmament is above the known physical universe. Since the sun, moon and stars are "in" the firmament this other water (sea) MUST be above them.
What do you think?