It is assumed that the biblical creation theory and scientific evolution are hopeless contradictions, never the Twain shall meet. Yet I believe they are both aligned without any major diversions from the real truth. In fact, the way to bridge the gap rest on how one interprets Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. For who knows how any years passed between the time God first created the heavens and the earth and the season when the earth became dark, uninhabited and without form? A million years? More? A trillion? The Bible does not say. Only God Himself knows.
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Yet there are clues because the Bible prophetically speaks of a major event—-the war between God and Lucifer, aka Satan. Jesus is recorded saying to his disciples that He saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning. (Luke 10:18) The disciples understood the effects of lightning. In our times, we are familiar with nuclear explosions that devastate and destroy. So is it not possible that the rest of Genesis Ch 1 is a re-creation of Earth? For the question can be asked “Did the original earth fall as a result of “the lightning” of Satan’s fall?
There are a few other clues in the prophecies of Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14 which provide additional information in regards to the fall of Lucifer aka Satan.
Let us start with Ezekiel.
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.’” Ezekiel 28:11-19 –
Here is the word of Isaiah which adds more detail to the war between God and Satan. Including what was and what is to come;
How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. Isaiah 14:12-15 –
When you consider two of the bolded lines above, Ezekiel reveals that God THREW Satan to earth. When? Somewhere between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. When did Satan desecrate his sanctuaries through dishonest trade? Somewhere between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2. Isaiah adds to this interpretation, indicating that Satan laid low “the nations.” What nations? The nations that existed somewhere between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
At the moment, Satan is the prince of the power of the air, not yet in hell. So when will Satan be brought down to the realms of the dead? When Jesus throws him into the lake of fire at the time He defeats the devil at the war of Armageddon, just prior to the beginning of the Lord’s 1000 year rule of this planet after He has restored it.
So even though God began the restoration of life on earth just 6000 years ago when He created a new species called “humans”, it seems the earth and various nations existed on earth long before humans did.
God does not tell us.
When we who are 50 years old and above perceive and consider that the year 2020 was undoubtedly the worst we have ever lived through, the possibility of the soon return of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in no way seems remote. The Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, asteroid impact, worldwide financial collapses, and of course, the potential for nuclear explosions contribute to end time fear of the extinction of earth and her inhabitants.
However, the good news is revealed in the Bible and in the gospel of the Son of God. For humans and the earth MUST continue to exist because Christ is returning to rule the entire planet for 1000 years. So the Bible assures us that planet Earth will not be destroyed. Here is what happens to the planet:
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:1-5 –
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