Q. My question concerns your statement in “Restoring Planet Earth.” How do you reconcile the idea of a restored water vapor canopy during the Millennium with Zechariah 14:17-19, in which the Lord describes the punishment of no rain to those who do not go up to Jerusalem each year to worship the King and celebrate the Feast of Booths?
A. I don’t see any connection between the two. Genesis 1:6 explains that the water vapor canopy was placed at the outer edges of earth’s atmosphere. Scholars believe it acted as a protection against harmful rays from space, and enabled the long lifespans before the flood. At the flood it collapsed to earth (Genesis 7:11). Since the flood the earth’s magnetic field has provided the same kind of protection although not as effectively.
I don’t believe the existence of a water vapor canopy will have any influence on if and where rain falls on the earth, since rain is produced when water from earth’s surface evaporates and gathers in clouds in the lower atmosphere.