The Water Cycle likewise referred to as the Hydrologic Cycle is the evaporation of water, primarily from the oceans to form clouds which are blown by the wind over land where it falls as rain and runs back into the oceans by means of rivers. Read further for the scientific evidence to what the Bible has already declared five millenniums ago!
Thousands of rivers on an hourly basis disgorge billions of gallons of water into the oceans.
What is the source of all this water that keeps pouring into the oceans?
Where does all the water go?
Why doesn’t the sea level increase?
The ancient Chinese amongst many other cultures around the world followed their own myths. The Chinese believed that a dragon king manipulated the rain, water, hurricanes and floods.
The Australian aborigines thought that the Rainbow Serpent was accountable for reproducing rain.
The ancient Greeks believed that water flows out of streams and rivers emerged from a large subterranean freshwater lake, linked to the surface area of the world by gorges but failed to understand why the oceans were not filling up and overflowing.
The answer to these questions was not understood until the 17th century by French scientists Pierre Perrault (1608–1680) and Edme Mariotte (1620–1684).
5,200 years before the French scientists duo, God already stated this fact!
For He draws up the drops of water,
They distill rain from the mist,
Which the clouds pour down,
They drip upon man abundantly. (Job 36:27-28 NASB)
He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them. (Job 26:8 NASB)
Here Job provides the major elements of the water cycle; that water evaporates, to form clouds which then fall as rain which runs into the streams. The narrative implies that the streams take the water back to the oceans since all streams eventually flow into the sea, something that was not understood even in the 17th century.
King Solomon wrote about this important fact and the cyclic nature of water movement in about 950 BC:
All the rivers flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers flow,
There they flow again. (Ecclesiastes 1:7 NASB)
Psalm 135: 7 states that God makes the clouds rise, in other words, the evaporation of the water and Psalm 104:13 says that God waters the mountains from his upper chambers, a reference to rain falling from clouds.
He who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth, The Lord is His name. (Amos 9:6 NASB)
Amos says that God takes the waters of the sea and pours them over the land which is again a major part of the water cycle.
The Bible could not make this amazing cycle any clearer. Yet it was only with scientific evidence that we fully comprehended the water cycle thousands of years after these texts were written.