There are some who do not believe or accept the evidence against carbon dating because there is much scientific evidence that says Earth is quite old. However the Earth we see today is not the Earth that was ! The 3 Earth Ages is the final piece of the puzzle, so as not to be leaving no ancient stone unturned and having all the bases covered, so as to absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, prove that The Creator created all that we see.
As the last few chapters have proven , in the Information Age , all areas of science have progressed to the point , where instead of contradicting or attempting to refute the Bible , they have come to be in easy agreement with it, in fact corroborating it. The one area where things don’t always seem to line up, is the geological record of Earth seeming to be 4.5 billion years old and yet Bible scholars agree , the Garden of Eden creation was approximately 6000 years ago
Today many Bible believers AND scientific people, ascribe the entire geologic record to the Flood of Noah’s time. They point to the one time worldwide catastrophic effects of The Flood to explain the effects of erosion, mountain building, volcanism, and fossil remains. Some say old school Bible believers, in order to rigorously cling to their 6000-year-old Creation, The Flood and a shortened chronology of the earth, they reject almost all the evidence of 150 years of geological investigation that says the Earth is over 4 billion years old.
But these people should not condemn them too strongly, because on the other side of the fence we have the Atheists, Darwinian Evolutionists and the school of anti-catastrophism — those MUDDLE-HEADED GEOLOGISTS and PALEONTOLOGISTS who have been BRAINWASHED to the exact opposite conclusion. That is, they stand on “uniformitarian” geology, and will not admit to any earthshaking, global catastrophes in the past that mimic long age geologic effects. They IGNORE or attempt to explain away all evidence of a geological nature which supports any kind of catastrophism. They discount all new scientific evidence and the correct new interpretation of it, they ignore all archeological finds or interpret them to fit their own conclusions. They ignore ALL human testimony, all traditions, all legends from around the world. Uniformitarian theory and Evolutionary theory has, for all practical purposes, become to them ANOTHER RELIGION. What we see, then, is two groups of individuals with BLINDERS on clinging to two opposing viewpoints, NEITHER OF WHICH IS COMPLETELY AND FULLY SUPPORTED BY THE FACTS. Both unwilling to compromise, adamant in their authority, staunch in their belief. BOTH interpreting the evidence to fit their own
There is a third theory or I should correctly say, EXPLANATION that takes issue with both the Creationists who REFUSE to accept the evidence of an earth which has existed for billions of years, and also with the Evolutionists who REFUSE to admit the striking geological and scientific evidence for Creation. Why does it seem so difficult for people to obtain a balance ? Why do we humans become so emotionally involved with a particular belief, afraid, nervous, fearful and glandular ? Emotional attachment to a false world concept, or fable, is a DANGEROUS thing. Emotion paralyzes us from accepting facts right before our eyes . It also prevents critical thinking and digging deeper for undiscovered facts or truly understanding the facts we already know . The Earth’s geological history (which, by the way, God also preserved in stone), tells us that this planet is very old. Therefore, the Holy Bible MUST explain the validity of those observations and provide a Biblical reason why these things are so. The Genesis Gap Doctrine of Ruin-Reconstruction does exactly that !
Much geological and paleontological evidence suggests that THERE WAS A
WORLD BEFORE ADAM. Most of the dating techniques of scientists —
uranium-argon, potassium-thorium, racemization and thermal-luminescence —
as well as observation and logic conclusively seem to show that the
rocks under our feet, the bones of ancient animals, and even the
charcoal campfires of Paleo-Indians, Neanderthal man, and other ancient
hominid remains, seem to be much older than 6,000 years. Was there a
World Age before Adam ?
Many independent dating techniques seem to show that various hominid creatures lived about 500,000 years ago. More primitive types lived as long ago as 1-2,000,000 years. Those creatures, in some cases, were FAMILIAR with fire, used crude chipped stone tools such as hand axes, notched and saw-toothed implements, scrapers, engravers. Could there have been PRE-ADAMIC CREATURES living in a PRE-ADAMIC WORLD ? A world which ended in a great catastrophe.
The truth is, there is NO CONTRADICTION between the Biblical record and scientific knowledge of the earth’s past. Those who wish to uphold the Bible in the face of new evidence regarding early hominids, homo erectus, homo habilis, or other discoveries of Primitive Man-like creatures, need not worry. This is not to say we came from apes ! Make no mistake we were created in the likeness and image of God !
Our DNA is different from that of each of the apes, monkeys, and all the rest. The number of vertebrae in our backbone is different from that in the apes.
Our cranial (brain) capacity is totally different from the great apes. Orangutans……………….275-500cc. Chimpanzees………..275-500cc. Gorillas…………….360-752cc.
Gorillas are much larger than humans, so why is there brain so much smaller, if we are related.
The Demonic Theory of Evolution, that makes Atheists out of people, was previously, thoroughly exposed and proven a lie, in chapter 7a.
There is NO EVIDENCE that such creatures evolved into Modern man. Rather, they lived long ago in a world BEFORE ADAM WAS CREATED — another world–another time–another age, governed by a different set of circumstances.
Such discoveries tell us much about the ancient history of the earth.
They tell us nothing, one way or the other, about the Scriptures. So to reconcile the science of a billions-year-old earth ,100’s of thousands of year old man and a 6000-year-old Creation we must go thru several steps .
To bring these points into agreement , we will begin with biblical events and the ages of biblical figures , do some math and later match that with chronology of time and modern science and finally clear up some man-made Biblical translation errors , that really clarify things .
The most highly respected reliable source is James Ussher , the Archbishop of Armagh ( Church of Ireland) . In the 17th century he devoted many years of his life researching, comparing and aligning facts and dates from the Old Testament, Jewish and Greek texts , Egyptian , Roman Greek and Asiatic texts and historians , as well as astronomical tables .
It is important to note some of these documents were first-hand accounts of events which were never widely circulated and have since disappeared.
His primary interest was Biblical history and how secular history relates to it, however his most notable work included much information about early Romans, Greeks, Persians and Egyptians, which was never published elsewhere, previously.
In fact, for centuries this work was considered a ‘ primary source document ‘ !
This, one of Ussher’s many projects, was a complete history of the world in Latin, covering every major event from the time of creation to AD 70.
He published this 1,600-page volume in 1650. An English translation with the abbreviated title, “The Annals of the World “was first published in 1658, two years after his death, because the full title is too long, by specifically indulging the truly extraordinary intelligence of this man, being, “ Annals of the Old Testament deduced from the first origins of the world , the chronicle of Asiatic and Egyptian matters together produced from the beginning of the historical time up to the beginnings of Maccabees “
(The complete work is amazingly detailed, extensive and accurate. It has recently been translated into modern English and republished.1)
In preparing this work, Ussher first made the assumption that the Bible is the only reliable source of chronological information for the time periods covered therein. In fact, before the Persian Empire (approximately the sixth to third centuries B.C.) very little is known from any source about Greek, Roman and Egyptian history or the history of other nations; much rests on speculation and myths. Dates in secular history become more certain with the founding of the Medo-Persian Empire. For events before this time, Ussher relied solely on data from the Bible to erect his historical framework. He chose the death of King Nebuchadnezzar as a reliable date upon which to anchor all the earlier biblical dates. Working meticulously backward from there, he ended up with his date for creation of October 23, 4004 B.C..
Through his extensive research he deduced that the first day of creation (the week of Eden) begin nightfall on Saturday October 22nd 4004 B.C. in the proleptic Julian
Calendar. Keep in mind Biblically and for the Jews, start the day at sundown. This would make sense biblically, at least as far as the day of the week is concerned, because days begin at sundown and Sunday is the first day of the week and the first day of creation , which would have made Saturday , the 7th day of the week, Saturday, the Sabbath, the day The Creator rested . Usher’s conclusion being the most researched , documented and accepted differs little from other Biblically-based estimates , such as those of Jose ben Halafta (3761 B.C.), Bede (3952 B.C.), Ussher’s near-contemporary Scaliger (3949 B.C.) , Johannes Kepler (3992 B.C.) or Sir Isaac Newton (c. 4000 B.C.). Ussher’s specific choice of starting year may have been influenced by the belief (then widely held) that the Earth’s potential duration was 6,000 years (4,000 before the birth of Christ and 2,000 after), corresponding to the six days of Creation, on the grounds that “ one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day “ (2 Peter 3:8). This view was held as recently as AD 2000, more than six thousand years after 4004 B.C.
There are several other timelines, both Biblical and Historical, that agree with these dates. Here is one… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_ancient_history
Ussher is so well-respected that the most respected Bible version, the King James Version , from William Lloyd 1701 Edition on , reference it in there marginal annotations and cross-references .The Scofield reference Bible does likewise .
Ussher’s Creation flood timeline
|Event/Person||Passage||Total Time from Creation (years)|
|God made the world we live in||Genesis 1–2||0|
|Adam became the father of Seth at 130.||Genesis 5:3||0 + 130 = 130|
|Seth became the father of Enosh at 105.||Genesis 5:6||130 + 105 = 235|
|Enosh became the father of Kenan at 90.||Genesis 5:9||235 + 90 = 325|
|Cainan became the father of Mahalalel at 70.||Genesis 5:12||325 + 70 = 395|
|Mahalalel became the father of Jared at 65.||Genesis 5:15||395 + 65 = 460|
|Jared became the father of Enoch at 162.||Genesis 5:18||460 + 162 = 622|
|Enoch became the father of Methuselah at 65.||Genesis 5:21||622 + 65 = 687|
|Methuselah became the father of Lamech at 187.||Genesis 5:25||687 + 187 = 874|
|Lamech became the father of Noah at 182.||Genesis 5:28||874 + 182 = 1056|
|The Flood started when Noah was 600.||Genesis 7:6||1056 + 600 = 1656|
As you can see from Table 1, the year in which the Flood came was 1656 AM1 (Anno Mundi – “year of the world”). From the rest of the Old Testament and other well-documented historical events we understand that creation, as calculated by Ussher, was about 4004 B.C.. So with a little more math we can calculate the second date.
|Calculated B.C. date for creation:||4004|
|Calculated AM date for the Flood:||– 1656|
|Calculated B.C. date for the Flood:||2348|
|Current Year (minus one2):||+ 2011|
|Number of years since beginning of Flood:||4359|
Using the Bible, well-documented historical events, and some math, we find that the Flood began approximately 4,359 years ago in the year 1656 AM or 2348 B.C..
In addition to the chronologies given in Genesis 5 and 11, Ussher used other large periods of time given in several places in the Bible.
Below are these large periods of time that Ussher used in his calculations—without going into all the intermediate details as he did.
|1921 B.C.||Abraham left Haran
(Genesis 12:10; Exodo 12:40; Galatians 3:17)
|↥ 430 years to the very day ↧|
|1491 B.C.||The Jewish Exodus
(1 Kings 6:1)
|↥ 479 years ↧
(In the 480th year or after 479 years)
|1012 B.C.||Start of the Temple
(1 Kings 11:42)
|↥ 38 years ↧
(Solomon reigns 40 years; Temple was started in his 4th year)
|974 B.C.||Jeroboam’s Golden Calves
|↥ 390 whole years ↧|
|584 B.C.||The Final Deportation of the Jews||3,420 yrs.|
|Hence the Year of Creation = 584 + 3,420 = 4004 B.C.|
Larry Pierce is a retired computer programmer who greatly enjoys ancient history. This passion led him to spend five years translating The Annals of the World from Latin to English. He is also The Creator of a sophisticated and powerful Bible program, The Online Bible.
For more information or to order The Annals of the World by Ussher, visit: www.AnswersBookstore.com/go/annals-of-world.
There is scientific evidence to back up the Biblical timeline , specifically the Great Flood , corroborated by Ussher and many others .
First, a few major power points ;
*The base age of sediment at the mouths of all major rivers , worldwide , is slightly over 4000 years old, aligning with The Great Flood.
*Fossils of marine life can be found on mountains thru out the world .
*A fossil of a complete whale has been found in Michigan , miles inland from a saltwater ocean .
*All over Europe and North America massive boulders called “ Erratic’s “ have been found , by themselves in the middle of nowhere , being transported there by some mysterious force , like massive amounts of flowing water .
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A turbidity current is an underwater mudflow, the discovery of which caused somewhat of a revolution in geology . As a result, many sedimentary strata layers throughout the world have been reevaluated and found to be
For example, regarding turbidites and the impact they are having on modern Geology, Kurt Howard said the following in his paper on this topic:
“ My physical geology professor said, “ Regarding uniformitarianism , you can take it with a grain of salt “ After reviewing geology texts on the subject of turbidites, I am following the … professor’s advice . To paraphrase his words , I am taking uniformitarianism with a grain of sand , for the philosophy of uniformitarianism states that sedimentary layers form over many millions of years, while … recent research has shown that turbidites form within a few hours ! This fits perfectly with a massive flood turning huge sections of the Earths material into subsurface rivers of mud .
In 1972 Dr. Burgert identified several lower basal Tapeats units as turbidites in Grand Canyon’s Cheops Bay . Dr. Ariel Roth a geologist at Loma Linda University’s Geoscience Institute, suggested that 30% of all sedimentary rocks in Grand Canyon are turbidites. Some geologists suggest that 50% of the world’s sedimentary rocks might be turbidites .
Modern geologists discarded the terms flysch sediments and geosyncline because rapidly formed mega thick flysch is incompatible with uniformitarianism and long timeframes for geologic events . However, in the last few years, the number of geologists abandoning the classical uniformitarian discipline and adopting the new catastrophism is almost a shock to … creationists . Geologists are finally beginning to grudgingly agree with … creationists about the nature of the stratigraphic record, which is a record of major catastrophic events and not the slow year-by-year buildup suggested by uniformitarianism . Flysch deposits might be the sedimentary results of a global flood . The idea of geosynclines is unpopular because most geologists believe in plate tectonics .
One of the strongest pieces of evidence for a worldwide flood is the existence of what Rupke termed “ Polystrate fossils ”. Such fossils are found all over the world: especially in and around coal seams . They are often in the form of fossil trees that were buried upright and which often cross multiple layers of strata such as sandstone, shale, limestone and even coal beds . They range in size from small rootlets to trees over 80 feet long . Sometimes they are oblique (or at an angle to) the surrounding strata , but more often they are perpendicular with (or standing ‘upright’ in) it .For example, at Joggins , Nova Scotia, Polystrate tree (and root) fossils are found at various intervals throughout roughly 2,500 feet of strata . Many of the trees are from 10-20 feet long , and at least one was 40 feet long .
Very few of these upright fossil trees have attached roots, and only about 1 in 50 have both roots and rootlets attached . Such trees, and their missing roots are discussed in detail in an article on ‘Fossil Forests’ . Likewise many , if not most, of the large, fragmented, and broken-off Stigmaria roots (of these trees) are also missing their rootlets . In fact, that’s how the word “Stigmaria” (roots) got its name: i.e. because of the scar marks left behind from the broken off (and now missing) rootlets .
Many of these roots and rootlets are also buried individually . Thus virtually proving that neither the trees themselves , nor their rootlets were buried in the place where they grew, or “ in situ “ , but were uprooted and re-buried where they are now found . This is yet more evidence of a Great Worldwide Flood .
Similar circumstances occur elsewhere in Nova Scotia and other Canadian provinces, as well as the United States , South America, Europe , China , Russia, and Australia . Buried tree stumps are also found on Axel Heiberg Island in Northern Canada and wherever coal seams are found.
And although there is much data on buried trees in the geological literature, much of it is from books that are over 100 years old . One of the first articles on this subject was by Rupke .
On a very recent related scientific finding , the discovery of the Titanic , Robert Ballard , posed this question , “ The questions is, was there a mother of all floods “ ,
According to a controversial theory proposed by two Columbia University scientists , there is real evidence of one in the Black Sea region . They believe that the now-salty Black Sea was once an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland , until it was flooded by an enormous wall of water from the rising Mediterranean Sea . The force of the water was two hundred times that of Niagara Falls , sweeping away everything in its path .
Fascinated by the idea , Ballard and his team decided to investigate.
“ We went in there to look for the flood , “ he said. “ Not just a slow moving , advancing rise of sea level , but a really big flood that then stayed… The land that went under , stayed under . “
Four hundred feet below the surface , they unearthed an ancient shoreline , proof to Ballard that a catastrophic event did happen in the Black Sea . By carbon dating shells found along the shoreline , they are a little less than 5000 years old , which fits the previously listed date of the Flood , on The Biblical Event Creation/Flood Timeline , that is also backed up by Ussher and others .
Now that we have established a corroborated Creation/ Flood Timeline, backed up by science, we will address reconciling the 100,000+-year-old geologic evidence of cavemen with the biblical account of the Garden of Eden creation being 6000 years ago.
We will now connect the Biblical Creation/Flood Timetable , Ussher’s information , an event chronology table and modern geologic evidence .
It doesn’t help that the very beginning of the Bible Genesis 1:1-3 seems to have a contradiction . It states , “ In the beginning Almighty God created the Heaven and the Earth . And the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep “ . How could the Earth Almighty God had just created be “ without form and void “ ? One of the things Almighty God is called is The Creator , how could he be Almighty God if he can’t even create properly ? Howw could a perfect Almighty God create something so imperfect ? The idea of Almighty God and imperfection seem totally opposed to each other .
They are ! The Creator is perfect , man is not ! The fault lies in the translation man has made of the original words in Hebrew to Greek to English .Keep in mind Satan always seeks to pervert man’s thoughts especially where it concerns The Creator . He could not inject his favorite tool of destruction, lies , into The Creator’s Holy Word of Truth , but he could create confusion , through man’s translation errors of keywords , that change meanings of sentences dramatically . 1st Corinthians 14:33 states , “ Almighty God is not the author of confusion “ .
So again , Genesis 1:1-2 states , “ In the beginning Almighty God created the Heavens and the Earth . And the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of Almighty God moved upon the face of the waters “ “ In the beginning “ does not state a time frame when that was . Truth is truth , no matter where it comes from , and since I have been using science to undeniably prove the existence of The Creator , I’m not going to stop now . Science and geology tells us that the Earth is billions of years old , so we must conclude this “ beginning “ must have been billions of years ago .
Almighty God is the Divine Author of both the Scriptures and the Earth’s Geologic record. Both are from His hand . Both witness to spiritual, scientific and historical Truth . He established the principles of physics by which we can search out the answers to things preserved within the Earth’s geology . His Scriptures provide us with a definitive source of Authority and a faithful guide to verify the validity of those answers . Therefore, there cannot possibly be any real contradiction in facts between Geology and Genesis. Any such contradictions only arise within mans flawed understanding , be they scientific, grammatical or scriptural .
So if science tells us the Earth is billions of years old and the Bible tells us Genesis creation was only 6000 years ago, how do these facts come together ? Genesis 1:1-2 states, “ In the beginning Almighty God created the heaven and Earth and the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep “. We know a perfect Creator could not have created such an imperfect world that , “ was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep “ , we must conclude that even though , “And the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep” immediately follows that sentence ,
“ In the beginning Almighty God created the heaven and Earth “ , a period of time must have passed and something must have occurred that corrupted Gods perfect Creation, causing it to be “without form and void “. Something must have occurred in the time from original , scientifically proven , creation , billions of years ago, “ In the beginning “, to, “ the Earth was without form and void “ , 7 days before the Garden of Eden creation , 6000 years ago , that caused the Earth to be “ without form void and with darkness “ . That all-important something, was Lucifer’s rebellion , his corruption of a third of the angels and The Creator casting him out of Heaven , down to earth and his subsequent corruption of Earth, causing it to become, “without form and void “ !
Bear in mind that Almighty God rarely, if ever, explains all there is to know about a subject in one place in the Bible. A complete understanding of biblical truth is like a jigsaw puzzle with the pieces not all in one place. Isaiah 28:9-10 gives insight on this method of biblical mature understanding, “ Whom Shall He (Almighty God) teach knowledge ? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine ? Them that are weaned from the milk and drawn away from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a little. “
Notice the Almighty repeats Himself, concerning, “line upon line” and “precept upon precept”, to emphasize that the complete picture will come from searching multiple locations, in the Bible.
Knowing the truth about our planets creation is as about as valuable foundational knowledge as treasure . It is worth digging for . Proverbs 2:2-5 states , “ turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed , if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding , and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure , then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of Almighty God “ . It requires searching , ALL the scriptures , to piece the puzzle together and digging deep into the meanings of words in the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, to bypass any potential Man made translation errors and get The Creators intended meaning .
Even the biblical writers He inspired did not always fully understand what they recorded, often, intentionally hidden until these Latter times/End-times, we are in. Daniel 12:8-9 states, “ Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, ‘ My lord, what shall be the end of these things ? ‘ And he said, ‘ Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end ‘. “
Now is the time of understanding as He fills in more details from other passages. So it is with Genesis 1.
Since we are unraveling the Mysteries of the beginning of Creation, let us research the meanings of the Biblical writers original Hebrew words, before any Satan inspired confusion in translation. Let us go to the beginning of the beginning foundation of all knowledge, The Creators Holy Word, the Bible . Genesis 1:1-2 states, “ In the beginning Almighty God created the Heaven and the Earth. And the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. and the spirit of Almighty God moved upon the face of the waters. “
As proof of , “ in the beginning “ can mean either, the “ beginning “ of The Age of Man in Almighty God’s Own Image in Eden , 6000 years ago , as in Genesis 1:1 saying , “ In the beginning Almighty God created the heavens and the Earth “ or , “ the beginning “ of everything billions of years ago . In John 1:1-3 , the Apostle John writing under Almighty God’s inspiration takes us back to a time before events described in Genesis 1.
“ In the beginning was the word and the Word was with Almighty God and the Word was Almighty God, He was in the beginning with Almighty God , all things were made through him and without him nothing was made that was made “ . This describes the time before 6000-year-old Eden, before billions of years old creation of the Earth, when the Divine Word , the One who became Christ, was with Almighty God and Almighty God made everything through Him .
More parts to the puzzle are found elsewhere in Job 38-4, 6,7, Where The Creator is speaking to Job says ,” Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth who laid its Cornerstone , when the morning Stars sang together and all the sons of Almighty God shouted with joy “. The identification of Christ as being the foundation and cornerstone , of all things , can be found in. Ephesians 2:20 where Christ is described as the foundation and cornerstone of the church . “ and are built upon the foundations of the Apostles and the prophets , Christ himself being the Chief Cornerstone “.
The scripture in Job goes on to describe how this Foundation Cornerstone, Christ , was used for the creation of the Earth and Heavens , “when the morning stars (Angels) sang together and all the sons of Almighty God shouted with joy “. Obviously the “ Sons of Almighty God “ also refers to the angels since this was many many years before Eden . If the original earth had been created a chaotic ruin, “ without form and void “, the angels would not have “ sang together “ or have “ shouted for joy. “ ! This is confirmation there was a Recreating ! Isaiah 45:18 adds more light on this enigmatic passage. The prophet declares: “ For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited “.
Lucifer was created as the highest of angels known as a cherub . Lucifer means light bearer , Lightbringer or sometimes morning star . Full of light , wisdom and beauty.
There was a king of a city name Tyrus who Satan had possessed or possibly even was Satan himself as Ezekiel 28:11-18 states . “ Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me saying Son of Man take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus and say unto him , Thus saith the Lord Almighty God , Thou sealest up the sum , full of wisdom and perfect in beauty .
Thou Hast been in Eden, the Garden of Almighty God (obviously this king could not have been in Eden, so He must be referring to Satan) every precious stone was thy covering , the sardius , topaz, and the diamond, the beryl , the onyx , and the jasper , the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and the gold : the workmanship of a tablets and of thy pipes was prepared in the in the day that thou wast created . Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth ; and I have set thee so : the wast on the Holy Mountain of Almighty God ; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones fire . Thou wast 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 Almighty God and I will destroy thee o
covering cherub from the midst of the stones of fire . Thine heart was
lifted up because of the beauty , they’ll have corrupted thy wisdom by
reason of the brightness : I will cast thee to the ground . I will lay
thee before kings (who have fornicated with you, Rev.17:12) 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 all them that behold thee. (Satan is the only angel NAMED who is already judged—sentenced to death-perish, to be turned to ashes from a fire within and WHY he is referred to and called “Death”.)
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. “(Blotted out of existence–Rev 20 The lake of fire shall consume him.)
This scripture describes how Lucifer, before he became Satan, was created by The Creator , an anointed cherub , perfect , beautiful , full of wisdom, brightness , and having great musical ability , leading the angels in heaven in songs of praise on the Mountain of Almighty God , but became vain and corrupted his wisdom by reason of his brightness and his Beauty and talent , which led him to become vain and rebel and sin against Almighty God , causing him to be profane and be cast out of the Mountain of Almighty God down to the ground by The Creator and eventually to being burnt to death from a fire within him !
Another scripture that describes Lucifer’s , now Satan’s , meaning Adversary , rebellion and being cast out of heaven is Isaiah 14:12-14 . “ How you are fallen from Heaven O Lucifer , son of the morning ! How you are cut down to the ground , you who weakened the nations ! For you have said in your heart : ‘ I will Ascend into heaven I will exalt my throne above the stars of Almighty God…. I will Ascend above the heights of the clouds , I will be like the Most High “.
These scriptures gives us insight to the facts of, 1st, he was jealous of The Creators supreme authority, because of his vanity of his own “beauty, brightness, and talent” and 2nd, he desired to exalt himself above all in Heaven, and 3rd, that even though Lucifer was in the same spiritual plane as The Creator in Heaven , his throne , representing a position of leadership and authority, was somewhere below Heaven , being in charge of a group of angels that work was to, fine-tune Almighty God’s creation. In other words
The Creator created the structure , the Angels were to do the decorating .
Christ in the New Testament in Luke 10:18 adds further insight where He says , “ I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven “ .
It is this Rebellion and Corruption of Lucifer’s and his rebellious helper angels (thru rebellion, turned demons) that corrupted creation, just as Lucifer was corrupted, thru his own vanity. Lucifer and his crew of fine-tuning angels, thru dereliction of their duties, caused it to become in chaos “ without form and void “, Gen1:2) .
This rebellion, battle and being cast to Earth is documented in Revelation 12:7-9, which states , “ and war broke out in Heaven : Michael and his angels fought with the dragon and the dragon and his angels(Satan and his demons)fought , but they did not prevail , nor was a place found for them in Heaven any longer, so the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan , who deceives the whole world ; he was cast to the Earth and his angels were cast out with him “.
As I stated earlier confusion increases through man-made translation errors to English from the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts .
The phrase, “ in the beginning “ is translated in different parts of the Bible from two Greek words , themelios and katabole .
NOTE, ALL BIBLE CONCORDANCE, LEXICONS, ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARY ENTRIES ARE COPY AND PASTED, IN THEIR ORIGINAL WORDS AND FORMAT, STRAIGHT FROM THE WEB.
Strong’s #2310: themelios (pronounced them-el’-ee-os)
from a derivative of 5087; something put down, i.e. a substruction (of a building, etc.), (literally or figuratively):–foundation.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:
1) laid down as a foundation, the foundation (of a building, wall, city)
2) metaphorically the foundations, beginnings, first principals
2a) of institution or system of truth
Part of Speech adjective
Relation: from a derivative of G5087
Strong’s #5087: Tithemi (pronounced tith’-ay’-mee)
a prolonged form of a primary theo (theh’-o) (which is used only as alternate in certain tenses); to place (in the widest application, literally and figuratively; properly, in a passive or horizontal posture, and thus different from 2476, which properly denotes an upright and active position, while 2749 is properly reflexive and utterly prostrate):–+ advise, appoint, bow, commit, conceive, give, X kneel down, lay (aside, down, up), make, ordain, purpose, put, set (forth), settle, sink down.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:
1) to set, put, place
1a) to place or lay
1b) to put down, lay down
1b1) to bend down
1b2) to lay off or aside, to wear or carry no longer
1b3) to lay by, lay aside money
1c) to set on (serve) something to eat or drink
1d) to set forth, something to be explained by discourse
2) to make
2a) to make (or set) for one’ s self or for one’ s use
3) to set, fix establish
3a) to set forth
3b) to establish, ordain
Part of Speech: verb
This is the meaning , most associate with the “ in the beginning” of Genesis 1:1 . Remember there are two Greek words used to arrive at the translation “in the beginning ” , and themelios is not the one originally used here , but the translators thought it fit the context better . The Greek word originally used was katabole .
Strong’s #2602: katabole (pronounced kat-ab-ol-ay’)
from 2598; a deposition, i.e. founding; figuratively, conception:–conceive, foundation.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:
1) a throwing or laying down
1a) the injection or depositing of the virile semen in the womb
1b) of the seed of plants and animals
2) a founding (laying down a foundation)
Part of Speech: noun feminine
Relation: from G2598
Notice the feminine conception meaning here, as The Creators, virile semen, creating conception in the womb of Mother Earth.
Strong’s #2598: chanukkah (pronounced khan-ook-kaw’)
from 2596; initiation, i.e. consecration:–dedicating(-tion).
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:
1) dedication, consecration
Part of Speech: noun feminine
Relation: from H2596
Strong’s #2596: kata (pronounced kat-ah’)
a primary particle; (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined):–about, according as (to), after, against, (when they were) X alone, among, and, X apart, (even, like) as (concerning, pertaining to touching), X aside, at, before, beyond, by, to the charge of, (charita-)bly, concerning, + covered, (dai-)ly, down, every, (+ far more) exceeding, X more excellent, for, from … to, Godly, in(-as much, divers, every, -to, respect of), … by, after the manner of, + by any means, beyond (out of) measure, X mightily, more, X natural, of (up-)on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+ your) X own, + particularly, so, through(-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-)to(-gether, -ward), X uttermost, where(-by), with. In composition it retains many of these applications, and frequently denotes opposition, distribution, or intensity.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:
1) down from, throughout
2) according to, toward, along
Part of Speech: preposition
There is quite a different meaning here . The first word of the definition we see is a deposition. From the root word depose meaning ; to remove from a throne or other high position of authority , to remove from office or setting placing or laying that which is thrown down . This fits perfectly the description of Satan’s removal from his position of authority over fine-tuning the creation of the Earth where it says Satan will be “ cast down to the ground “. And also fits Isaiah 14:12-14 where it describes Lucifer’s position of authority on Earth as his “ throne “.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon parallels this with its first meaning saying , a “throwing down”, another listed meaning above.
So we see it is Lucifer’s rebellion and dereliction of his duties over creation that the Earth became “ without form and void “. Obviously The Creator did not create it that way. There was a war in Heaven, a “ deposition “ a deposing, of Lucifer from his position of authority on Earth, a, “ throwing down “, casting out of Heaven, “ cast down to the ground “, corrupted change in spirit, from Lucifer/Light Bringer/ beautifier, to, Satan/Prince of Darkness/destroyer. This is how the Earth “BECAME”, “ without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep “ Lucifer’s creative light had become Satans darkness ! More Insight can be gained from John 1:1-3 which states, “ in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with Almighty God and the Word was Almighty God.
He was in the beginning with Almighty God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made “. This is a description before the creation of the heavens and earth described in Genesis 1 where the Divine Word, the One who would become Christ, was with Almighty God and Almighty God made everything through Him . This, “ in the beginning “ is translated from the Greek word themelios, meaning; something put down as a foundation, the beginnings, first principles, to set, put, place, lay down
This is the same time billions of years before Genesis spoken of in Job 38-4-7, Where The Creator is speaking to Job says , “ where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth who laid it’s Cornerstone when the morning Stars sang together and all the sons of Almighty God shouted with joy ” . Notice it even says “ foundations “ as the meaning of themelios means !
Proof this is before the time of Genesis is the fact the “ morning stars “ , “ sons of Almighty God “ sang together “ and “ shouted with joy “ and this did not happen in Genesis . Nor could it have been because there were no “ sons of Almighty God “ in Genesis , the one and only son (singular) of Almighty God in Genesis, was Adam !
In fact the second mistranslation is now apparent , being that “ was without form and void “ should now obviously have been translated “ became “ .
The word “ was “, was translated incorrectly, since the original word was “ hayah “.
Strong’s #1961: hayah (pronounced haw-yaw)
a primitive root (compare 1933); to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary):–beacon, X altogether, be(-come), accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-)self, require, X use.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:
1) to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out
1a1a) to happen, fall out, occur, take place, come about, come to pass
1a1b) to come about, come to pass
1a2) to come into being, become
1a2a) to arise, appear, come
1a2b) to become
1a2b1) to become
1a2b2) to become like
1a2b3) to be instituted, be established
1a3) to be
1a3a) to exist, be in existence
1a3b) to abide, remain, continue (with word of place or time)
1a3c) to stand, lie, be in, be at, be situated (with word of locality)
1a3d) to accompany, be with
1b1) to occur, come to pass, be done, be brought about
1b2) to be done, be finished, be gone
So once again we see how the man-made mistranslation of one word can drastically alter the meaning of a scripture. Don’t get me wrong the King James Bible is the most accurate Holy document, from the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts that we have, but even the King James Bible was a translation by men, whereas The Original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts were written down from Revelation direct from Almighty God !
So we now see that “ was without form and void “ should be “ became without form and void “ or; become, came to be, come to pass, come about, to come about, to come into being, with even a phrase denoting a degrading of condition, Fall out . It is almost certain Satan as the, “ Author of confusion “, (1st Corinthians 14:33) had a hand in these key mistranslations, as he knew it would open the door to the Atheist producing Theory of Evolution and doubts in The Creators Holy Word by putting science and Creation at odds with each other.
Here is another very similar mistranslation :
Void is translated from the Hebrew words bohu and tohu .
Strong’s #8414: tohuw (pronounced to’-hoo)
from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain:–confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) naught, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:
1) formlessness, confusion, unreality, emptiness
1a) formlessness (of primeval earth)
1a1) nothingness, empty space
1b) that which is empty or unreal (of idols) (figuratively)
1c) wasteland, wilderness (of solitary places)
1d) place of chaos
Part of Speech: noun masculine
Strong’s #922: bohuw (pronounced bo’-hoo)
from an unused root (meaning to be empty); a vacuity, i.e. (superficially) an undistinguishable ruin:–emptiness, void.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:
1) emptiness, void, waste
Part of Speech: noun masculine
Relation: from an unused root (meaning to be empty)
God originally created the earth, it was indeed a lovely place. He created it with ; no emptiness, no waste, no wilderness, no desolation, no chaos, no undistinguishable ruin, no formlessness and certainly not void ! It was perfect and meant to be inhabited. The angels leaped for joy, and shouted with admiration and enthusiasm when they beheld the primeval earth. But then something happened. It became “ tohu “– that is, waste, a ruin, a desolation. The original earth suffered a great cataclysm — a cosmic catastrophe. The Hebrew words translated “ without form and void “ in Genesis 1:2 literally mean a desolation, a wilderness, an empty, uninhabited ruin. These words, tohu and bohu are very strong words and denote CATASTROPHE.
Here is some different Hebrew corroborative evidence….The Hebrew scholars who wrote the Targum of Onkelos, the earliest of the Aramaic paraphrases of the Old Testament, rendered Genesis 1:2 with an Aramaic expression Dr. Custance, in his book, “ Without form and Void “ translates as “and the earth was laid waste” (1988, p. 15). The original language evidently led them to understand that something had occurred which had “laid waste” the earth, and they interpreted this as a “destruction”.
As stated earlier, The Creator, could not, would not, have created a Earth that was “ without form and void “. We can easily see thru Lucifer’s dereliction of his duties over creation, that it “ became “ “ without form and void “ ; a worthless thing, waste, wilderness, nothingness, empty space, wasteland. The second and close to last meanings even are verb phrases, meaning something happened, having to do with corruption and destruction- a desolation of surface and undistinguishable ruin. This is what Satan does ! John 10:10 says Satan “ comes to steal, kill and destroy “.
Other meanings have Satan written all over them as well ; confusion, vanity, place of chaos.
The very fact one of the meanings says indistinguishable ruin, says that it must have been something , before , it became indistinguishable !
This perfectly fits the effect Lucifer, now turned Satan because of his Rebellion, would have had on Creation, requiring Almighty God’s destruction of this worthless world and REcreating it. People that scoff at the concept of re-creation at Genesis was spoken of in 2nd Peter 3:5-7. “ For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of Almighty God the heavens were of old, and the Earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was being overflowed with water perished: but the heavens and the Earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men “.
Our Heavenly Father is documenting the katabole , the destruction of the, Satan corrupted, First Earth Age, by the FIRST FLOOD. Clearly here , The Creator is not talking about Noah’s Flood, because the world did not perish in Noah’s time. At the very least Noah his family and all the creatures aboard the ark survived this flood. Common sense tells us Noah could not have lived in a world that perished and did not exist. Our Father clearly defines two separate time periods in verses 6 and 7 , “ The world that then was “ and “ the heavens and earth which are now “ . “ The world that then was “ was so corrupted and wasted and in chaos from Lucifer’s effect on it, he destroyed it with a massive worldwide flood , even more devastating than Noah’s flood, that caused the Earth to have “ perished “ !
Confirmation that this was a flood prior to the flood of Noah’s time can be found in Jeremiah 4:23-25. “ I beheld the Earth and lo it was without form and void and the heavens they had no light. I beheld the mountains and low 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 “ .
This second scripture confirms and corroborates both Genesis 1: 1-2 and 2nd Peter 3:5-7 that The Creator destroyed everything upon the Earth, every man and bird, before the Flood of Noah.
More evidence that the level of destruction of Noah’s flood was nothing compared to this first flood which destroyed the first Earth age at Genesis 1:2, is from Genesis 6 where Noah sent out a dove that returned to him with an olive branch. If the Earth had “ perished “ it would be impossible for an olive tree to grow in just a 150 days that this flood lasted !
To be clear, the first flood killed every man animal and plant, the 2nd flood did not. That’s why Genesis 1:2 states, “And the Earth was (HAD BECOME thru Satan’s desolation) without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of Almighty God moved upon the face of the waters “. The Creators Spirit of REcreation moved “ upon the face of the waters “ of this TOTAL DESTRUCTION . In Noah’s Flood the face of the Earth was left intact, unlike the TOTAL RECREATION after the katabole, at Genesis.
That’s why Genesis 1:2 states, “ And the Earth was (HAD BECOME thru Satan’s desolation) without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of Almighty God moved upon the face of the waters “ . The Creators “ Spirit moved across the face of the waters “ to RECREATE the Earth after the Earth had “ perished “. “ Here a little, there a little “ confirmation is found in Psalm 104:30, which parallels this TOTAL RENEWAL . “ Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created: and Thou RENEWEST the face of the Earth “. Exact same act, very slightly different wording. The Bible always confirms itself, you just have to look.
Further confirmation/evidence of this gap of time between Genesis 1:1’s “ in the beginning God created the Heaven and Earth “ and Genesis 1:2’s “ and the Earth was without form and void “ is the fact that the word “ created “ is only used in Genesis 1:1 and then does not appear again until Genesis 1:21 ! This is not by chance ! Clearly a distinction is being made in the words of the Bible to tell us there is a difference in these two types of, coming into existence. The word “ made “ is used to describe the second third and fourth days of Creation. The difference being, “ created “ means making something out of nothing, whereas “ made “ is generally meant to mean fashion from existing materials. Or in other words “ created “ is making something out of nothing and “ made “ means The Creator Remodeled Creation.
So we see using the important added meaning of the original Hebrew words written direct from Revelation from The Creator, bypassing Satan’s confusion thru mans translation errors and piecing together and correlating scripture from different places in the Bible, that billions of years of time had elapsed from Genesis 1:1’s “ in the beginning “ to Genesis 1:2’s “ and the Earth was without form and void “.
Even though The Creator did not choose to elaborate on this it seems the word “and” had a lot happen during it ! The Creator created a Creation that the Angels shouted and sang with joy over, Lucifer was in charge, with the Angels, Satan rebelled, corrupted a third of the Angels to become Demons, they were cast down to earth and corrupted it over billions of years of Chaos, till it had to be totally destroyed and totally remade by The Creator. All this occurred over billions of years (as science says).
So we finally see the Bible and science are in, TOTAL AGREEMENT !
The Creator put these billions of years to good use. It allowed the Earth to stabilize, the Earth’s radioactive and molten core to cool, for volcanic and earthquake activity to stabilize, for the extremely lengthy process for plants and dinosaurs to die and be deposited deep in the earth to form coal and oil deposits for man to utilize in the Modern Industrial Age. The Creator does nothing without a plan or a reason. Even though humans often do not understand it, they try to devise theories and scenarios, lacking acknowledgment of The Creator, to explain what is, without knowing all the facts. 2 Peter 3:5-7(NIV) is appropriate . “ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. “
The FACTS OF THE GAP DOCTRINE ARE NOT NEW
The early Catholic theologian Origen (186-254), in his
commentary De Principiis, explains regarding Genesis 1:2 that the
original earth had been “ cast downwards ” ( Ante-Nicene Fathers,1917,
In the Middle Ages the Flemish scholar Hugo St. Victor (1097-1141) wrote about Genesis 1:2, “ Perhaps enough has already been debated about these matters thus far, if we add only this, ‘how long did the world remain in this disorder before the regular re-ordering … of it was taken in hand ? “ ( De Sacramentis Christianae Fidei, Book 1, part 1, chapter 6).
Other medieval scholars, such as Dionysius Peavius and Pererius, also considered that there was an interval of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
According to The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, the Dutch scholar Simon Episcopius (1583-1643) taught that the earth had originally been created before the six days of creation described in Genesis (1952, Vol. 3, p. 302). This was roughly 200 years before geology embraced an ancient origin for the earth. The timing kills the proposition that Evolutionists and scientists that deny The Creator, make that The Gap Doctrine was a method of reconciling science with the Bible !
Thomas Chalmers, a divinity professor at the University of Edinburgh, who popularized the gap theory. He first lectured on it in 1814 and attributed it to Episcopius:
“ My own opinion as published in 1814 is that it (Genesis 1:1) forms no part of the
first day but refers to a period of indefinite Antiquity when God created the world’s
out of nothing.
The commencement of the first day’s work, I hold to be the moving of God Spirit
upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2).
We can allow geology the amplest time…. without infringing even on the literality
of the Mosaic record… “.
Chalmers was greatly admired and extremely influential. He founded the Free Church
of Scotland, was well respected for his work with the poor, and wrote one of the
famous Bridgewater Treatises (a series by some of the best British scientists and
clerics devoted to natural theology and proof of God’s design in his creation),
as well as other books on natural theology. The Gap Doctrine became a respectable,
provable means of reconciliation of Scripture and science, due in large part to
Chalmers’ prestigious advocacy. He may well be the actual inventor of the Gap
Doctrine, at least in the form in which it is known today.
The gap theory got a tremendous boost when Cyrus Scofield endorsed it in the
notes of his famous reference bible. Published in 1909 by Oxford, with an
expanded edition in 1917, the Scofield Reference Bible had an enormous influence
in defining and propagating the doctrines of the rising fundamentalist movement.
It is best summed up by respected author, Dr. Custance, in his book,
“ Without Form and Void “. He states: “ To me, this issue is important,
and after studying the problem for some thirty years and after reading everything
I could lay my hands on pro and con and after accumulating in my own library
some 300 commentaries on Genesis, the earliest being dated 1670,
I am persuaded that there is, on the basis of the evidence, far more reason
to translate Genesis 1:2 as “ But the earth had become a ruin and a desolation “
than there is for any of the conventional translations in our modern versions ”(p.7).
These numerous examples show us that the idea of an interval between Genesis 1:1
and Genesis 1:2 has a long history. Therefore any claim that it is of only recent origin,
that it was invented simply as a desperate attempt to reconcile the Genesis account with geology—is groundless. Pun intended. Chalmers and others were inspired to observe the time “Gap” between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 in the Creation narrative. He did so, many years before Darwin had published his On the Origin of Species. In other words, an Old Age for the Earth had already became an accepted fact long before Darwin and his theory came on the scene. Therefore, the Young Earth Creationist argument that acceptance of an Old Earth is a compromise to Evolutionary Theory is simply not true and has no foundation in historical fact or truth. What we have in the case of Thomas Chalmers and the post Reformation times is another example of Prophetic Progressive Revelationfrom the Holy Scriptures.
That is, when the proper time came, the Word of God had once again proved itself to be correct, well in advance of scientific and Spiritual understanding that was yet to come ! Much the same as various scriptures describing or commenting on the Creation process use the exact or similar words or phrases as science, years later, did ! (see chapters 8,9,10)
Isaiah 46:10 states, “ Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand “.