"And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
As Christians, we accept by faith the fact that God created from nothing, the universe. This word for "God" in Genesis is the Hebrew word - "Elohim". It occurs 2570 times in the Old Testament. It occurs 32 times in Genesis 1. It comes from the word - "El". "El" means "mighty, strong, powerful, omnipotent." "Elohim" is the plural form of "El". It is the name given to the blessed Trinity. There are three omnipotent beings active in creation.
"For by Him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him."
"And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters..."
GOD THE FATHER
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth..."
"...God Himself that formed the earth and made it... He created it..."
Note the use of personal pronouns in Genesis.
"Let us make man in our own image..."
"Let us go down and confound their language..."
THE TIME BETWEEN GENESIS 1:1 AND GENESIS 1:2
Genesis 1:2 begins with the word "AND". This word means "at a following time." It is not known how long, exactly, this time period is... but it must have been millions and millions of years.
Let us first analyze the second verse of the Bible.
"And (at a following time) the earth was (became) without form and void (=tohu va bohu = waste and empty), and darkness (probably a dark nebula) was upon the face of the deep (waters)."
The earth was not created "without form and void", or "waste and empty." It had to have become that way following creation. Isaiah tells us this truth in his book.
"For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself Who formed the earth and made it, He hath established it, He created it not in vain (not "tohu"), He formed it to be inhabited."
Jeremiah explains in his prophetic book that the earth became "without form and void", and in a great "darkness", after a great destruction, and fierce judgment of God, that destroyed all the people that were on the earth, and destroyed cities, all animal life, and all vegetation.
"I beheld the earth, and lo, it was without form and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by His fierce anger."
The darkness that was upon the earth was a result of this judgment. It was a turning off, or an obscuring of the sun, that caused a great ice age. It would indicate that the "waters" mentioned would have been in a frozen state.
Dr. Alter, once director of the Griffith Planetarium said that Genesis 1:2 is the best description of a dark nebula that was ever written. A dark nebula is a feature of outer space that has puzzled scientists for many years, since their discovery. They are dark black clouds which allow no light to shine through them. Normal darkness on this earth is simply the absence of light. Yet there is in space another kind of darkness that has substance. Light cannot even pass through a dark nebula.
Most scientists now believe that the earth was once within a dark nebula. Genesis 1:2 describes it, and Jeremiah 4:23 tells about Jeremiah seeing it in his vision. This is why, on the first day of the re-creation, God says "Let there be light" for the sun had already been created in the original creation, but no light from it was reaching the earth. This also explains the difference between the age of the sun, and the rest of the universe. The sun, within this dark nebula, was not burning down as it did before, or after the dark nebula. (See lesson 1)
It was only about 60 years ago that scientists discovered the dark nebula. Previously, they thought that the dark areas of the heavens were spots in which there were no stars. Then scientists noticed that there was light from stars reflecting from behind the dark areas. These are more prevalent in the heavens than any other objects, except stars. These come in a multitude of shapes, as the one shaped like a horse's head within the constellation of Orion. Scientists are still forming theories about them, and there is much debate about them, but we can see here in Genesis, that the earth must have at one time been within one of these.
The word "deep" in verse 2, means "waters." The earth must have been flooded before this nebula caused the waters to freeze. Theologians call this "Lucifer's flood" to distinguish it from the flood in Noah's time. In Genesis 1:1, the word "earth" means "dry land." So in the judgment of God upon this first, original creation, was by flood, and then a darkness upon the earth that froze all these waters. It must have been, as Jeremiah tells us, a "fierce anger" of the Lord that brought this terrible judgment.
What could have caused God to become so angry to do this to the perfect creation that He had made? There was an original creation that had people, which we will call the PRE-ADAMITES. The earth had been created billions of years ago to be inhabited.
"He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited..."
This is why Adam and Eve were commanded to "be fruitful, and multiply, and REPLENISH the earth."
When Lucifer fell in his sin (previous to the temptation of Adam and Eve, for he was already fallen then), there were many other people who fell with him. His sin had caused the people of this previous creation to fall.
"How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning, how art thou cut down to the ground, thou which didst weaken the nations (peoples)."
The sin of Lucifer (this is the one we know as Satan, the devil) involved people. These people were the pre-adamites.
"Thine (Lucifer's) heart was lifted up because of thy beauty... I will lay thee before kings... thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of these iniquities..."
These people were mortal, and they drowned in the flood sent by the "fierce anger" of the Lord. Peter refers to Lucifer's flood (not Noah's) in II Peter 3:5-7:
"For this they willingly are ignorant of that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water. whereby, the world that then was being overflowed of water perished..."
DISTINGUISHING LUCIFER'S FLOOD FROM NOAH'S FLOOD
The earth was made waste Earth not made waste
Genesis 1:2, Jer. 4:23 Gen. 8:11-12,22
Earth made empty Earth not made empty
Jer. 4:23 Gen. 6:17-22, 8:16
Earth totally dark Earth not totally dark
Jer. 4:23 Gen. 8:6-22
No days Days
Gen. 1:2-5 Gen. 8:1-22
Vegetation destroyed Vegetation left
Gen. 1:2-12, Jer. 4:23-26 Gen. 8:11-12,22
All fish, fowl, and animals destroyed/ Not all fish, fowl or animals destroyed
Gen. 1:20, Jer. 4:23-26 Gen. 8
No men left Men and women left
Jer. 4:23-26 Gen. 6:18
Cause = Satan's sin Cause = man's sin
Isa. 14:12-14 Gen. 6:5-13
"Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me saying... Thus saith the Lord God; Thou (Lucifer) sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering...Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so; thou was upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned; therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God; and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness; I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more."
Lucifer's sin was:
PRIDE (see vs 17)
He had pride in his beauty. Satan is not an ugly, horned, monstrous being. He was the most beautiful of angels. He became proud in his appearance.
SLANDER (see vss 16-18)
"by the multitude of thy traffick" "Traffick" is from the Hebrew word - "rekullah" and refers to Satan walking up and down slandering God.
His judgment was to be cast out of the holy mountain of God. This does not refer to the heavenly mountain of the Lord, but to an earthly mountain, the same one which will someday be used to judge all the wicked. Satan will not be cast out of heaven permanently until the middle of the tribulation period.
Lucifer was thrown from heaven, but it was not a permanent expulsion. Lucifer is seen in heaven again in Job 1, and there he was accusing Job's character before the Lord. The devil returns to heaven frequently to be "the accuser of the brethren." We have Jesus at the right hand of the Father, to be our Advocate.
Jesus says that He watched as Satan was thrown from heaven.
"...and He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
Sometimes the Bible has the word "sheol" translated "hell," and sometimes "the grave." But "sheol" is not just "hell," but includes hell, as well as paradise, where the righteous souls went at death until Jesus's resurrection. Sheol was the "lower parts of the earth," the "nether parts of the earth," and the "heart of the earth." Sheol is shown in the Bible to include hell, paradise (Abraham's bosom), a great gulf (pit or abyss), and the garden of Eden. Christ went to the "lower parts of the earth" at His death, but did not go to hell-fire, He was in paradise that day with the saved thief from the cross.
The Jewish people called paradise "Abraham's bosom." Paradise is located in the lower parts of the earth, (Matthew 12:40; Ephesians 4:8-10). "Paradise" comes from the Greek word "paradeisos." It means a park, a pleasure ground, a forest or orchard. In the Septuagint, the word "paradeisos" is used for the garden of Eden. Before the resurrection of Christ, the righteous saints were taken to paradise. After "the Lamb of God" had provided the atonement for mankind, the saints were liberated from paradise and went to heaven.
"When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that He ascended, what is it, but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth."
Angels carried the righteous souls to this compartment, but men carried their bodies to the grave.
"... beggar died and was carried by the angels to
"Today, thou shalt be with Me in paradise."
Jonah went to paradise while dead in the fish.
"... out of the belly of hell (sheol) cried I..."
"I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever."
Jesus was there during the three days and three nights his body was dead.
"thou wilt not leave My soul in hell (sheol), neither wilt thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption."
1 Peter 3:19
"By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison."
Since the resurrection of Jesus, saints do not go to paradise, but now go directly to heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:8
"...to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."
"having a desire to depart and to be with Christ..."
Another part of sheol is hell (hades). This is the torment part of sheol, and the lowest part of sheol.
"a fire is kindled... shall burn unto the lowest hell (sheol)."
"thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell (sheol)."
"her guests are in the depths of hell (sheol)."
"rich man... in hell (hades) he lifted up his eyes, being in torment... I am tormented in the flame."
The "great gulf" that was between hell and paradise in the story of the rich man and Lazarus is the "pit," the "abyss," and the "bottomless pit" that the Bible speaks about. Here, fallen angels and many evil demons are shown to be bound.
"From there I was taken to another part where the mountain of fire that burned day and night was. As I approached, I saw seven great mountains..."
These seven mountains are close to one another, and the tops seemed like thrones. This is the throne that God will use as His throne for the final judgment. We refer to this judgment as the "Great White Throne" judgment.
"Michael answered: 'This high mountain, you saw, whose top is like a throne, is like God's throne, and is the throne where the Great Holy One, the Lord of Glory, the Eternal King, will sit when He comes to visit the earth at the end time.'"
These mountains appear to be very near the inside of the chasm through which Enoch had been originally brought. First, he had been taken through the abyss to see the fires of hell in the center of Sheol. Since the earth is nearly 8.000 miles in diameter, this means that hell was nearly 4,000 miles within from this opening.
Now Enoch is brought back to the inside shell of the inner parts of the earth. This part of Sheol has seven mountains, the center of which is the throne (Great White Throne).
It is from this holy mountain that Lucifer was cast away, never to represent God upon one of these thrones. He once ruled from these mountains, and was to lead the inhabitants of this world in worship of God. He no longer has access to these thrones. This was the first part of his judgment.
The second part of the judgment was the flood upon all the earth. This flood killed all the inhabitants of this earth (Jer. 4:23-26, II Peter 3:5-8). The spirits of these pre-adamite humans are the demons (evil and in league with Lucifer) that we battle in this world.
"FOR WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES."
Since we are in a battle against these evil spirits of various ranks and powers, we need the armor of God. These beings that Paul is telling us we battle are these:
archas (principalities) - the highest rank of evil power under the authority of the devil himself, these are probably like arch angels of the devil...perhaps they were arch angels to God before their sin
exousias (powers) -those immediately under those of the highest rank, these are probably angels that fell with the devil in his original sin, or angels that transgressed later, as in the days preceding the flood when they came and transgressed with women and produced a race of half-angelic giants...
kosmokratopas (rulers of the darkness of this world) -these are the ones that rule perhaps a 1000 other demons, these are probably the spirits of the giants of the pre-flood days, and they are more powerful than other demons, because they are half-angelic, and half-human...
pneumatika ponerias (spiritual wickedness) - these are the normal demons that we are accustomed to dealing with in spiritual warfare, they came into existence from the humans that were of the creation before Adam, that the devil was to lead in worship to God. They were all killed in the rebellion that came as Lucifer sinned and had these beings worship him instead of God. Their spirits now roam this earth, and they desire to inhabit a human body, since they no longer have a body. They are extremely evil since they have fallen in league with the devil.
Since we are in battle with these evil forces, special armor is required for us. Our armor needs to make us able to withstand the attack of these enemies.
Thirdly, came the darkness, the dark nebula that covered this earth (Gen. 1:2, and Jer. 4:23). This darkness kept any possibility of light or life on this planet.
There will be a future completion of the judgment on Lucifer. The cross assured this doom for the devil. During the millennial period (soon to come, following the seven year tribulation period on this earth), the devil will be bound for 1000 years.
"He laid hold on the dragon... Satan, and bound him 1000 years and cast him into the bottomless pit..."
Then the devil will be loosed for a short time, and deceive many of the humans being ruled over by we, the saints.
"When the 1000 years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his hand, and shall go out and deceive the nations (peoples)"
Finally, after God judges and defeats that rebellion, the devil will be cast into the lake of fire, to remain there in eternal torment forever.
"The devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever."
Thus, with "rightly dividing the Word of truth", we can understand:
where the dinosaurs figure in the world's history,
why there are ancient footprints of humans found with dinosaur prints and bones,
why there are bones of humans found that pre-date the time of Adam and Eve,
what caused the great ice age, and the extinction of dinosaurs and all of the people of the former creation,
and why God told Adam and Eve to "replenish the earth." A correct rendering of the Bible does not disagree with any proven science.