When I took Algebra in high school, I use to get brain freeze. Sometimes I just couldn’t wrap my mind around all those calculations. But as Time went on, I started to get it—a little. At first, the creation story, like Algebra, was a lot to wrap my head around. I’m sure it’s the same for you—isn’t it? But you can do it. And once you do, it will enhance your concept of God, moving your heart to search for more wonderful treasures in God’s holy Word. My shovel is out and I’m ready to dig in. Are you?
As a matter of fact, I find this treasure hunt about creation exciting, intriguing and encouraging. God has put so much thought into reconciling me and every believer, back to himself. And get this. God is reclaiming mankind while simultaneously building his Kingdom. And it blows my mind to know he is doing it, all with little-ole me in mind. Okay, you too. I know I can’t have him all to myself, and that’s alright. Actually, the oneness of every believer in Christ is essential to bring about God’s Kingdom plan. It is an unfailing strategy which includes every believer. So I’ll share him with you. Smile.
Let’s look at the facts as declared in Isaiah 45:18, “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, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other” (Isa 45:18 NJKV).
First of all God establishes his sovereign authority when He says, “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” And prior to declaring his unquestionable existence, God said the He alone created the heavens and the earth and made and formed the earth. God further states that He did not create the earth vain, which means He did not originally create the earth “void and without form,” as described in Genesis 1:2. That being the case, the earth was originally created a paradise filled with life and inhabited by some beings, created before humanity. Then, God goes on to declare that he “formed it [the earth] to be inhabited.”
Let that sink in for a moment. There is more. Has your head stopped spinning yet? I remember the first time I studied this. I was ingrained in my traditional teachings and was determined to prove them right, and this Pre-Adamic teaching wrong. I lost that fight. And after careful study, I am glad I did, because I have a greater supernatural insight into who my God is, as well as how patient he is as he moves to have is way, because God’s way is the only way.
So, now we must hear from Peter, who makes reference to this Pre-Adamic world speaking about the flood that destroyed the original earth, saying, “For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. “But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2Peter 3:5-7 NKJV).
Peter is telling us the story about an earth that was entirely wiped of all life, unlike Noah’s flood in which life flourished after the waters receded. The Hebrew word Peter used for perished, is apoóleto, which means, fully and utterly destroyed, as a result of a previous cataclysmic judgment of God, prior to Genesis 1:2.
What judgment , you might ask? I know I would ask that question. But, we will discuss that judgment and those who caused it, shortly. But you must continue to follow the story.
I believe that in the original creation of the heavens and the earth, all of the orbs, planets and stars of the second heaven were created at that time. I believe beyond what Scripture teaches directly, but implies in the full context of the Bible, it was the light of God that outshined those orbs, shining directly upon all of his creation, as god shall do again in eternity future, according to the book of Revelation.
Though the sun and moon existed, they may or may not have at that time shined upon the earth. If they actually did, they were not the primary light of the originally created earth. God was the primary light! I will cover this in more detail later. Stick around because it is intriguing.
Also, it was the Holy Spirit, the light of God, who began the restorative process on earth in Genesis 1:2b-3. The Holy Spirit began thawing the cold dead earth when God said in Genesis 1:3: “Let there be light.” Remember that the Spirit is the Life Giver in creation, just as the Spirit breathed life into the inanimate clay of man in his original creation, and just as the Spirit brings forth the new birth in fallen men who believe upon Jesus Christ.