Today I will attempt to answer the age-old questions of a prior creation
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 1:2 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.
Did the earth actually become a ruined chaos sometime after its original creation? Were dinosaurs and other creatures killed and fossilized at the time. Had Satan already become “the god of this world” before Adam and Eve were given their “dominion”?
Were presently living animals, which can also be identified in the fossil formations, re-created during the days described in the remainder of Genesis 1? Was the supposed catastrophe of Ge 1:2 even more devastating, and thus geologically significant, than the Flood of Noah’s day? These and similar questions cry out for solid biblical answers.
The Biblical Truth of the Pre-Adamic Age
The Pre-Adamic Age is the First Age of the Seven Ages in God’s Plan for All. It began at the creation of the heavens and the earth, and ended at the start of the six-day creation week, during which Adam and Eve were created.
The Pre-Adamic Age was the age when angels were the key focus of God’s dealings.
The First Age is an important age in God’s Plan of the Ages. It helps us to appreciate and understand the following five important facts:
Our earth is much older than six thousand years.
When God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning, He created the earth in such a beautiful and perfect condition that the angels responded with joyful singing and shouting.
There was a massive cataclysmic global judgment of God against the world of Lucifer (Satan) and his angels when they sinned by rebelling against God during the Pre-Adamic Age. Since then, God has confined Satan and his fallen angels to earth and its atmosphere, awaiting their final judgment in the Lake of Fire.
Earth’s Geology has been greatly impacted and shaped by this massive Pre-Adamic cataclysmic global judgment from God.
There will be another massive cataclysmic global judgment from God against this present sinful world, at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Let us now begin our study of this important First Age.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
The heavens mean the whole complete universe consisting of billions of galaxies with billions of stars and planets. Our minds cannot even begin to grasp the wonders and limitless power of God, which the universe displays.
In this very first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, God singles out the earth as the most important planet in the entire universe. This is because God has a tremendous purpose to use the earth as the center of the universe. It is on earth that God will establish His Eternal Kingdom of the New Heaven and the New Earth after He has first refined and cleansed the earth during the Lake of Fire Judgement Age.
So, how did God create the universe and the earth in the beginning? The Bible says that God simply commanded and they were created.
2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! 3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! 4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created.
The creation of the entire universe, including the earth, must be understood as an instantaneous creation at the command of God. When God created the universe in the beginning, He also designed and created the Law of Gravity. God introduced the Law of Gravity for the stability and for the continual existence of the universe. All bodies in the universe are held together and maintain their orbits because of gravitation. Smaller bodies are held in their orbits by bigger bodies. Moon orbit planets, planets orbit stars, stars orbit galactic centres, and galaxies orbit other galaxies in clusters.
The important point to understand is that it is impossible for the moon to exist without the earth, and it is impossible for the earth to exist without the sun, and for the sun to exist without our galaxy, the Milky Way, and for the Milky Way to exist without other galaxies.
So, the whole universe must have been created instantaneously for it to exist, and this is exactly what God did in the beginning, as Psalm 148:5 above confirms, ‘He commanded and they were created’.
Time began when God created the earth, the sun, and the moon with the rest of the universe, in the beginning. This is when God’s Plan of the Ages began. How long ago was the beginning when God commanded and instantaneously created the universe with the earth? The Bible does not say. However, star distances and many other modern scientific methods, all show us that the beginning was many millions of years ago. It cannot have been around six thousand years ago, as believed by Young Earth Creationists.
Even Young Earth Creationists themselves admit that star distance is a problem when defending their belief in a young earth. Most probably, scientists have overestimated the age of our earth as being about 4.5 billion years old, but we can be absolutely sure that the earth is much older than six thousand years.
I will attempt to shall show you later why Young Earth Creationism confuses the beginning of the heavens and the earth many millions of years ago, as stated in Genesis 1:1, with the beginning of the Adamic Age, approximately six thousand years ago, as described in Genesis 1:3-31.
Let us now go on to understand the literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account as the Bible actually teaches.
What was the state of the earth when God created it along with the rest of the universe in the beginning? Let us see what the Bible says.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone- 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
Job Chapters 38 and 39 show God humbling Job, who thought that he had a great fount of knowledge. In the verses above, God challenges Job about his knowledge of the creation of the earth. God did this to make Job acknowledge God’s greatness and to show Job that he knew absolutely nothing about how and when God had created the earth.
Notice that all the angels sang and shouted for joy when God laid the foundations of the earth. ‘Morning stars’ here also refers to angels.
The verses above reveal two important truths:
God created angels before He created the earth and the universe.
When God created the earth in the beginning, He created it in such a beautiful and perfect condition that the angels responded with joyful singing and shouting.
However, shockingly, in the second verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:2, we read that the earth had changed from its beautiful and perfect state, when it was first created in the beginning, to a totally different ruined state. It had become formless, empty, in darkness and submerged underwater.
Now the earth was (hayah) formless, and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Since God did not create the earth in a formless, empty, dark, and flooded state in the beginning, then it must have become that way at a later date. This is exactly what happened to the earth, because an accurate translation of the Hebrew word hayah, in Genesis 1:2 above, is became as given in Strong’s H1961.
Young Earth Creationism argues that Genesis 1:2 is the description of a stage in the construction of the earth. It is a Gross misunderstanding and misinterpretation of this verse to believe that God first had to create the earth in a formless, empty, dark state and totally submerged underwater in order to proceed and complete the rest of His beautiful creation on earth.
The truth of the Bible is that Genesis 1:2 is the description of the earth resulting from God’s massive cataclysmic global judgment because of the sins of angels. It is not speaking about a stage in the construction of the earth, as mistakenly believed by Young Earth Creationists. Let us now have a closer look at Genesis 1:2 to understand that it is indeed a description of God’s global judgment.
God’s global judgment of rebellious angels in the Pre-Adamic Age
Now the earth was (hayah, meaning became) formless (tohuw), and empty (bohuw), darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
The Bible is abundantly clear that the inspired Hebrew words tohuw and bohuw in Genesis 1:2 above, when used together, are the descriptive words for God’s global judgment.
The Hebrew word tohuw occurs 20 times in the Old Testament with meanings of chaotic, nothing, confusion, waste, wilderness, emptiness, formless, and vain. The best meaning of tohuw in Genesis 1:2 is chaotic. Something that is in a confused, wasted, empty, flooded, and dark state is obviously in a chaotic state.
The Hebrew word bohuw occurs 3 times in the Old Testament with meanings of void and waste. I believe that God inspired the use of the Hebrew word bohuw in Genesis 1:2 to reinforce the meaning of tohuw, which we have just shown means chaotic.
The Bible specifically confirms in Isaiah 45:18 below that the earth was not created in the chaotic state that we see in Genesis 1:2.
For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain (tohuw, meaning chaotic), Who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other’.
So an accurate translation of Genesis 1:2 is:
The earth became chaotic and wasted and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Please understand that God did not create the earth in the beginning (Genesis 1:1) in a chaotic, wasted, dark state submerged underwater. The earth became like that because a massive cataclysmic change took place on earth between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.
Believe what the Bible says that God did not create the earth in vain in an uninhabitable, chaotic (tohuw) state. As we have shown from Scripture, the earth was created in such a beautiful state that the angels sang and shouted for joy. Most certainly, the angels would not have sung and shouted for joy over the creation of a chaotic earth.
It is abundantly clear from Scripture that there was a gap of time between the creation of the beautiful earth of Genesis 1:1 and the totally ruined chaotic earth of Genesis 1:2. This gap of time is the Pre-Adamic Age, which lasted for many millions of years. So, the key question is: ‘Why did the earth become chaotic and ruined as described in Genesis 1:2?
Understand that Genesis 1:2 is the description of the earth resulting from God’s global judgment because of the sins of angels.
The sins of angels
2 Peter 2:4-6 is an account of three important historical judgments of God, which helps us to understand the consequences of sin.
2 Peter 2:4-6
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell (tartaroo) and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly.
Sin has consequences and it brings judgment from God in the form of death and destruction. Please note that God did not spare the angels who sinned, and He did not spare the sinful world of Noah or the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In verse 4 above, the Greek word tartaroo is mistranslated as hell. Tartaroo is used only once in the Bible, and the context in which it appears reveals the meaning of the word as a prison of spiritual darkness.
Who sinned first, angels or man?
The fact that angels sinned before man cannot be disputed, because Satan was already a sinner and present in the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned. Young Earth Creationists deny this obvious and basic truth that sin first entered the world through angels. This obvious truth is confirmed by the historical sequence of the three judgments listed in the verses above, where the Bible places the sins of angels before the sins of man.
Young Earth Creationism misunderstands Romans 5:12 when it argues that sin and death first entered the world through man, and not through angels. Let us examine Romans 5:12 in detail, as it is one of three key ‘proof-texts’ used by Young Earth Creationists to support their belief. The other two key ‘proof-texts’ are Exodus 20:11 and Genesis 1:31, which we shall also fully deal with later in this chapter.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
This verse specifically speaks about the sin of one man affecting the whole of the human race. Yes, sin entered the human world through one man, Adam, thus death spread to all men because of Adam’s sin. However, please note that Romans 5:12 above speaks only about the sin and death which entered the Adamic world through the sin of Adam, but this scripture does not address the sin which entered the Pre-Adamic world through the sin of angels.
Young Earth Creationists misunderstand Romans 5:12 above to teach that man sinned before angels sinned. Remember that Satan was already a sinful fallen angel in the Garden of Eden when he tempted Adam and Eve to sin, thus, it is totally unscriptural and nonsensical to say that Adam sinned before Satan.
The Bible is clear that Satan is a fallen angel and he has the following of other fallen angels. Jesus Christ said that He beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.
When did Jesus Christ see Satan fall like lightning from heaven? It can only have been during the Pre-Adamic Age, and not during the Adamic Age. This is because Satan was already a sinful fallen angel at the start of the Adamic Age. There is absolutely nothing in the Bible to suggest that Satan was cast down to earth from heaven after God had created Adam and Eve, during the Adamic Age.
We will now examine relevant scriptures in some detail to see how sin first entered the Pre-Adamic world through Satan and his fallen angels.
12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer (heylel), son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
This scripture confirms Jesus’s statement in Luke 10:18 above that He saw Satan fall from heaven. It was indeed Satan (previously the holy angel Lucifer) whom Jesus saw fall from heaven.
Note that the Hebrew word heylel is translated as Lucifer in the NKJV above. Lucifer is a Latin word meaning ‘Light Bearer’, which first appeared in the Latin Vulgate circa 400 AD. This Latin word Lucifer has been retained by both the KJV and the NKJV, thus the Christian world has been familiar with the name Lucifer for over a thousand years.
Isaiah Chapter 14 refers to both the king of Babylon and Lucifer. However, it is important to note that Isaiah 14:12-15 above is specifically speaking about Lucifer, who became Satan. This scripture is not referring to the king of Babylon. It is referring to a fallen angelic being and not a man, as no man is capable of ascending above the heights of the clouds. Notice that Lucifer coveted the throne of God and he wanted to become like the Most High. However, God judged him for his sin of rebellion by casting him down to the lowest depths of the pit of this earth. As a result, the earth became chaotic, empty, dark, and submerged underwater because of God’s tohuw and bohuw judgment, as previously described.
Let us now read a parallel scripture about the fall of Lucifer given in Ezekiel 28.
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created.” You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Until iniquity was found in you.
Ezekiel Chapter 28 begins by describing the king of Tyre whose heart was lifted up and who thought that he was god. The power and deceiver behind the king of Tyre was Satan himself. The scripture Ezekiel 28:12-15 above takes us on from speaking about the king of Tyre to speaking about Lucifer who became Satan, as these verses can only fit the description of a fallen angelic being and not a man. Lucifer was created perfect in his ways. He was the seal of perfection, full of wisdom, the anointed cherub, and perfect in beauty before iniquity was found in him when he rebelled against God. In contrast, the king of Tyre was born imperfect with a fallen, sinful Adamic nature (the old man), and he was not the anointed cherub.
Therefore, these verses can only refer to God speaking to Satan, who was the real influencing power behind the king of Tyre.
Conclusion: Young Earth Creationism has yet to discover the biblically correct ‘answers in Genesis’, answers that are not only very logical but also scientifically and geologically defensible, answers that not only protect but also enhance the credibility of the Bible as the true Word of God.
The correct biblical understanding of the Genesis account of creation and acknowledgement of the Pre-Adamic World is the best and the only way to fight the false theories of The Big Bang and Evolution taught in our schools and universities today.