AUTHENTIC RECORD OF GEOLOGY. SCIENTIST CAN’T CALCULATE THE AGE OF THE EARTH.
Regarding the scientific explanation of the earth’s creation, there are ways to know it by natural speculation or by a historical record. A cording
to natural speculation, one meditates observe and conjectures about the creation. In a historical record, we go by what it says.
The earth does not have six thousand years it has billion of years.
It was created, then judge, became void, the big bang happened, finally restored.
We believe that the entire Bible is the Word of God, and every word of it is inspired. A very grievous thought in the mind of godly ones is that men
have despised and opposed His Word. God's children are grieved because men do not respect God's statutes. Among the sixty-six books of the Bible,
Genesis has been subjected to the most doubt. Those who oppose the Bible often try to overturn God's clear revelation with geological ages and
prehistoric discoveries. The evidences in geology prove to them that the earth has been in existence for tens of thousands of years, and that the
record of six thousand years of history in the Bible is untrustworthy.
In the name of science, the world hurls its attacks on the book of Genesis. Many dear brothers in the Lord are not that scholarly (the author being
one of them) and become lost in this storm. Although geology does not form part of our meditation, for the benefit of all, we will study the Word of
God by the Lord's grace at the commencement of our meditation and will consider how perfect is His Word, so that we can silently behold His beauty in
Genesis is God's revelation, while geology is man's invention. God knows the whole truth. As such, His revelation can never be wrong. Man only sees
in part. As such, his conjectures are not accurate. When we place Genesis side by side with geology, we should follow Genesis and not geology, because
it is God who stands behind Genesis. If there are any basic differences between Genesis and geology, the error must be on the side of geology. The
authority of the Bible is undisputed. Everything that is contrary to the Bible is wrong. Thank God our Father that He has given us such a complete
revelation. If there are any incompatibilities between God and man, we would rather give up man and accept God.
Men often laugh at the ridiculous stories of creation circulated among the Chinese, the Babylonians, and other countries. No scientist has to spend
much effort to refute these myths. The reason is that there is not much weight to these traditions. This is why they have not attracted much
But men's attitudes towards the Bible are very different. The very fact that they have tried their best to resist the Bible proves the power of the
Bible. They cannot treat the Bible the same as the traditions of the nations because they have recognized the extraordinary nature of the Bible.
All those who have read Genesis 1 cannot fail to marvel at the beauty of its record. How ordinary it is, yet how marvelous! It is a plain record and
contains no theory or arguments to prove its authenticity. The writer of the book was not bound by the book, but was transcendent above its record.
The true author of the book is the One who is far above the universe it describes—God. Had the recorder of the book, Moses, written this book
according to his own learning and ideas, his thoroughly Egyptian-trained intellect would surely have been influenced by the Egyptian theory of
creation. Yet who can detect a trace of Egyptian philosophy in Genesis 1? Why is this? It is because God was the One who inspired Moses to do the
writing. Otherwise, how could Moses know that the land came out of the water? This is, of course, a fact established by geology and is a modern
Had Moses not been inspired, it would be difficult to explain this fact. As to the development of life on earth, although the Bible does not support
the theory of evolution, it does not altogether reject the fact that there was a progression.
First, there were aquatic organisms, and then there was man. Would not a scientist marvel at the record of Moses? The omniscient God must surely have
given inspiration according to facts; those who were inspired by such an omniscient God cannot be in error. Yet the Bible is not a textbook of
science. Its goal is to guide sinners "unto salvation through the faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 3:15).
Nevertheless, the Bible does not contain any scientific errors. If there are any contradictions with science, it is either a misinterpretation of the
Scripture or a misjudgment of science. Many of the definitive statements by geologists in the past have been overturned! Many of their assertions have
been proven wrong.
Cummings said, "Geology has made mistakes in the past. It is possible that it will be wrong again. The hasty and loud assertions by those who are not
too familiar with its theories may be proved inaccurate again."Since the Bible is not a science textbook, it only mentions the "what’s" of
creation without mentioning the "whys." Science is interested in the "whys." Of course, in many cases it is successful in doing this. But one must
not overturn the "what’s" with theoretical "whys" just because man's finite mental research has come into conflict with God's record. What God
said are the facts because He knows everything. If the world wants to study what God has said and why He has said it, it must not hold on to its own
ideas while rejecting God's authority. It is a good thing to have wisdom, but there is one kind of foolishness which is more blessed.
Among Christians, there is a popular theory that Genesis 1:1 is a kind of general introduction, and that the work of the six days is actually an
expansion of the record of verse 1. In other words, they consider the words "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" as merely a
subject of Genesis 1. They say that in the first sentence the writer wrote down a summary of what he was about to say, after which he went at length
into an explanation of this sentence.
After telling us that God created the heaven and the earth, Genesis goes on to tell us the condition of the earth after creation, and how He created
light, air, the land, the plants, and the animals day by day. This popular theory considers Genesis 1 as a record of the creation of the universe, and
that the universe was created out of desolation.
If we study the first chapter of the Bible carefully, we will see the error in this supposition! This erroneous supposition, not the Bible itself, has
put the church into a great debate with the world. This supposition gives men the excuse to say that Genesis is incompatible with geology and casts
doubts in the minds of many young people concerning the accuracy of the Bible. In Hebrew, the original language, there are altogether seven words in
Genesis 1:1. Each of these seven words has independent meanings. God's inspired record does not say that at the beginning of time, God molded the
heavens and the earth into being, or that He made them out of some elements. It says that the heavens and the earth were created. How clear is the
To create is to make something out of nothing; it is to create something out of void. It is not to make something out of some existing elements. The
word create is Bara in the original language. "In the beginning , God Bara the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). The word Bara is used three other
times in Genesis 1 and 2:
(1) "And God created (Bara) great whales, and every living creature that moved, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and
every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good" (v. 21).
(2) "So God created (Bara) man in his own image" (v. 27a).
(3) "In it he had rested from all his work which God created (Bara) and made" (2:3b).
To create is to make something out of nothing. The great whales and every living creature do not have an outward body only, but a life-element within
them. The only way that this can be done is through God's direct work of creation. This is why it says that God created the great whales and every
living creature (1:21). There is a very good reason for the Bible to say "created" instead of "made."
In the same way, although man's body was made from the dust, 2:7 tells us that man has a spirit and a soul which cannot be made from any physical
material. This is why the Bible says that God created man according to His own image. In Genesis 2 there are three words for the act of creation:
(1) Bara, which means to make something out of nothing. We have covered this briefly.
(2) Asah, which means to make. This word is very different from the first. Bara is to make something out of nothing, while asah means that there is
some raw material first, and then something is made out of the raw material. A carpenter can make a chair, but he cannot create a chair. In describing
most of the work during the six days, this word is used.
(3) Yatsar, which means to complete, has the sense of a potter molding a piece of clay into shape. This is the word used for formed in 2:7. Isaiah
43:7 shows the relationship between these three words: "Everyone who is called by my name, whom I have created, formed, and even made for my glory."
To create is to make something out of nothing, to form is to mold into shape, and to make is to work from some material.
Genesis 1:1 uses the word Bara. The phrase in the beginning is a further proof that God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing. There is no
need of any hypothesis. Since God has said this, man should believe. If man wants to fathom God's work in the beginning with his finite mind, he will
only expose his own presumptuousness! "By faith we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God" (Heb. 11:3).
Furthermore, who can answer God's challenge to Job concerning the creation? God created the heaven and the earth in the beginning. The heaven does
not refer to the heaven that surrounds our earth but rather to the heaven of the stars. This "heaven" has not changed since the creation of the
universe. Although the heaven has never changed, the condition on earth has changed! If we want to understand Genesis 1, it is very important to
differentiate between the earth in verse 1 and the earth in verse 2. The condition of the earth in verse 2 was not the condition at the beginning of
In the beginning when God created the heaven and the earth, His creation was perfect. God is not a God of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). Therefore, the
condition of void and confusion in verse 2 was not the original condition at the time of God's creation. How could God possibly have created an earth
that was void and without form?
We can answer this question by reading one verse alone.
"For thus says Jehovah, Who created the heavens. He is the God . Who formed the earth and made it; He established it; He did not create it waste, But
He formed it to be inhabited: I am Jehovah and there is no one else" (Isa. 45:18).
How clear this is! The word waste in this verse is the same as the word without form in Genesis 1:2, which thou are in Hebrew. Unfortunately,
translators of the Bible have not used the same word in both places. "He did not create it [the earth] without form." Why then does Genesis 1:2 say
that "the earth was without form"? It is easy to find the solution.
In Genesis 1:1, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth that God created then was not void and without form. Later there was a cataclysm, and
the earth became without form and void. Verse 3 does not refer to the original creation, but to a restored earth.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and then during the six days, He re-created the world. The world in Genesis 1:1 was the
original world, while the world in 1:3 is our present world.
Genesis 1:2 describes the transitional condition of desolation after the initial world and prior to our present world. We do not base our explanation
on Isaiah 45:18 alone (even though Isaiah 45:18 alone is sufficient as a proof). We have other evidences. According to Bible scholars, in Hebrew the
first word in verse 2 is a conjunction, which should be translated as and. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and the earth was
without form, and void."The "and," according to Hebrew usage—as well as that of most other languages—proves that the first verse is not a
compendium of what follows, but a statement of the first event in the record.For if it were a mere summary, the second verse would be the actual
commencement of the history, and certainly would not begin with a copulative. A good illustration of this may be found in the fifth chapter of Genesis
(Gen. 5:1). There the opening words, "This is the book of the generations of Adam," are a compendium of the chapter, and, consequently, the next
sentence begins without a copulative. — G.H. Pember, Earth's Earliest Ages, 1942, reprinted 1975, p. 31.“Therefore, what follows in Genesis 1:2
is not a detailed explanation of the record in 1:1, but an independent, distinct, and later event”. The creation of the heavens and the earth is one
thing, and the earth becoming without form and void is another. Later we will explain why the earth became void and without form. About a hundred
years ago, Dr. Chalmers pointed out that the word was in "the earth was without form" should be translated became. Dr. I.M. Haldeman, G.H. Pember,
and others also pointed out that this word is the same as the word became used in Genesis 19:26. "And she became a pillar of salt." If the same word
is translated became in 19:26, why should it not be translated the same way here? Even the word became in 2:7 is the same word as in 1:2. Therefore,
it is not hypothetical to translate 1:2 the following way: "And the earth became without form." When God created the heavens and the earth, the
earth was not without form and void. Later it became such. Let us read a few more verses:"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"
(Gen. 1:1). "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea,and all that in them is" (Exo. 20:11).
Comparing these two verses, we can see that the world in Genesis 1:1 was very different from the world in 1:3. In the beginning, God created the
heaven and the earth, but in the six days, God made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them. There is a vast difference between create and
make. One is to have something from nothing, while the other is to improve the things that are in existence. The world can make, but it cannot create,
while God can both create and make. This is why Genesis says that "in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Later because of the
cataclysm, the earth became desolate, and "in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is" (Exo. 20:11).Second Peter
3:5 through 7 says the same thing. The heavens and the earth in verse 5 are the heaven and the earth in Genesis 1:1. Verse 6 speaks of the world
flooded with water, which is the earth that was without form and void and that was under the water in Genesis 1:2. "The heavens and earth now" in
verse 7 is the restored world after Genesis 1:3. There is a clear difference between God's work in the six days and His work of creation at the
beginning. The more we read Genesis 1, the more we will see that our explanation above is the proper one.
In the first day light was called into being. Before the first day there was already land, but it was "without form and void" and was buried in the
deep under the water. On the third day God did not create the land; He merely caused it to appear.
F.W. Grant said that the work of the six days merely put a new order to the earth; it did not create something out of nothing. The earth was there
already. The Bible never says that the earth was created during the six days. Grant also said, "At which point did the first day begin? Some may
think that it began from desolation. Yet this is not true. The `evening' on the first day indicates light had been there since the beginning. `The
darkness he called Night,' yet the `evening' is a darkness that is already under the control of light."In the first day God did not create the
light; He merely caused the light to appear on the darkened earth.
In the same way in the second day, He did not create the heaven. The heaven there was not the heavens, but the atmospheric "heaven" which surrounds
the earth. This was not created then. Where then did the atmosphere come from? Our answer is that it was created in verse 1. Therefore, there was no
need now to create; there was only the need to restore."In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." There is no detailed discussion
here. We do not know if the primordial world was created in an instant or became what it was through an endless period of time. We do not know if it
was completed in a few thousand years or millions of years. We do not know the shape and the size of it. All that we know is that "in the beginning
God created the heaven and the earth." We do not know how many years there were between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis 1. We do not know how long ago God
created the heaven and the earth, and we do not know how many years after the creation of the primordial world did the desolation of verse 2 occur.
But we believe that there was a long period of time between the perfect creation at the beginning and the later change into something that was without
form and void."In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." How much later was it that "the earth became without form and void"? We
cannot tell. But we know one thing: there was a long gap between the two expressions. This long gap between the first two verses of Genesis covers the
whole prehistoric period.
But from verse 3 until now there are less than six thousand years. Since we have proved that there is a big gap between the first two verses of the
Bible, all the years which geology demands to exist and all the geological periods associated with these years can fall within this period. We do not
know how much time passed on the earth and how many changes occurred on the earth's surfaces and in the atmosphere before there was the condition of
void and formlessness; the Bible does not say anything about it.
But we can say for sure that the Bible never says that our earth is only six thousand years old. The Bible only testifies that there are six thousand
years of human history. If the Bible has not said something, science can conjecture all it wants. But science cannot form conjectures on what the
Bible has already said. After we understand the first two verses of the Bible, we can be assured that there is no contradiction between the Bible and
geology. All the attacks by geology on the Bible are beating the air.
How wonderful is the Word God has written! We are not saying this to please science. God's revelation never wavers before man. We do not give up the
Bible's authority in order to accommodate man's inventions. If there are any contradictions between the Bible and science, (and we would expect
there to be some, because fleshly man is always at enmity with God), we have no intention to reconcile and annul these differences. The above
assertion was not proposed after some geological discoveries, in an effort to reconcile the Bible with science.
There were men in the ancient church who spoke about this. At that time, geology was not yet in existence! When men like St. Augustus interpreted
Genesis, the world did not yet have the term geology! A Christian does not trust in human wisdom, but in God's Word. We need nothing other than the
sure rock of the Bible. As long as we have the "it is written" (Matt. 4:6) in the Scripture, everything is solved.
Unfortunately, many apologetics have forgotten their ground; they change the words of the Scripture to accommodate man's teaching. An example is
given by A.W. Pink, who noted that after the translation of a certain Assyrian tablet, the apologetics enthusiastically reported that much of the Old
Testament history was verified! This turns things upside down! Does the Word of God need verification? If the record on the Assyrian tablet coincides
with that of the Bible, it only shows that the Assyrian tablets have no historical error. If they do not agree, it merely proves that the tablets are
in error. Worldly men and vain scientists will of course scorn at our logic. But this only goes to demonstrate God's Word which says, "But a
soul’s man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he is not able to know them because they are
discerned spiritually" (1 Cor. 2:14).
We must never lower ourselves to appease men. It seems like a good idea to change the Bible to suit man's taste, but doing so changes the true nature
of the Bible. How wonderful is Genesis 1! It devotes only one verse to the description of the first creation! It uses only one verse to describe the
desolation of the world! This is far less than the thirty or so verses that describe the restoration of the world! Who can come up with a composition
that matches the record of Genesis 1?
The subject is difficult, yet the explanation is clear; the facts span a long time, yet the description is simple. It does not talk about science, yet
it is scientifically accurate. Who except God can compose such writing? The reason God did not say more than this is that He only intended to show man
His own relationship with man. J.N. Darby said: This revelation from God is not a history by Him of all that He has done, but what has been given to
man for his profit, the truth as to what he has to say to. Its object is to communicate to man all that regards his own relationship with God...But
historically the revelation is partial. It communicates what is for the conscience and spiritual affections of man...Thus no mention is made of any
heavenly beings...Thus also, regards this earth, except the fact of its creation, nothing is said of it beyond what relates to the present form of it.
— The Synopsis of the Books of the Bible, reprinted 1970, p. 9.
Indeed, God's revelation is not given to satisfy human curiosity, but to manifest His Godhead, the world's sinfulness, the way of salvation, and the
coming glory and judgments. The present worldly knowledge is indeed dangerous. Unless God bestows grace on man, man would boast in himself and use the
knowledge he acquires as a basis to oppose God. How difficult it is for an intellectual person to humble himself! Man can search for knowledge as much
as he wants. But God will not supplement this with His revelation. This is why He does not say much in Genesis 1. Our present need is not more
science, but deeper spiritual fellowship. Only this will reap real fruit in eternity. We have to praise God the Father because He is full of love! He
not only created us, but re-created us, and made us a new creation in the Lord Jesus. Lord Jesus! How sweet is this name! God has given us His Son.
What a marvelous grace this is!
THE ORIGINAL WORLD AND AFTERWORDS DESOLATIONIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth perfect. Later, after an unknown period of time,
the earth which was originally good became waste and empty, without any life whatsoever. God then rose up to recreate the world; He restored the
desolate world in six days. Now we will consider why the world became desolate. How could God allow the work of His hands to be destroyed? Why did
such a catastrophe come upon the once beautiful earth? There is probably no other reason besides sin. The question we are considering has no perfectly
clear explanation in the Bible.
Nevertheless, we can find many shimmering lights in the Word of God which will enlighten us concerning this question and which will enable us to have
a little more understanding concerning the former world and the cause of its desolation. Only the Word of God can guide us and our thoughts.
The understanding of His Word, regardless of the question being discussed, always brings us edification. The greatest vanity is the reasoning’s in
man's mind which do not rest on the foundation of God's Word. Although in reading Genesis 3 we cannot find Satan's name, we all know that the
serpent was Satan's vessel and perhaps was even the embodiment of the devil. Revelation 12:9 say, "And the great dragon was cast down, the ancient
serpent, he who is called the Devil and Satan, he who deceives the whole inhabited earth."
Genesis 1 gives no record of the creation of Satan. Where did he come from? This is a problem. Furthermore, we can see many evil spirits in both the
Old and New Testaments; we meet them even more frequently in the Gospels. Where did they come from? We also do not see the creation of angels in the
six days of work in Genesis 1. Where, then, did the angels who are frequently mentioned in the Bible come from? These questions are all related to our
Since the creation of the angels and the other supernatural beings is not recorded in Genesis 1, which covers the work of God during six days, we know
that they were not created during that time. Since they were not created within these six days, when were they created?
The only explanation is that they were creatures of the former world—the original, perfect world. As the fossil remains clearly show, not only were
disease and death—inseparable companions of sin—then prevalent among the living creatures of the earth, but even ferocity and slaughter.
And the fact proves that these remains have nothing to do with our world; since the Bible declares that all things made by God during the Six Days
were very good, and that no evil was in them till Adam sinned...Since, then, the fossil remains are those of creatures anterior to Adam, and yet show
evident tokens of disease, death, and mutual destruction, they must have belonged to another world and have a sin-stained history of their own, a
history which ended in the ruin of themselves and their habitation. — G. H. Pember, Earth's Earliest Ages, 1942, reprinted 1975, pp. 34-35.
By reading Jeremiah 4:23-26, we see the reason why the earth became waste and emptiness. Verse 26 says that it was due to "His [Jehovah's] burning
anger." Why was the Lord so angry? It was probably because of the sin of the creatures at that time.
Isaiah 24:1 says that "Jehovah now makes the earth desolate." Why would the Lord destroy the earth of His original creation? Judging from the
history of our own world, we can answer that it was probably because of the sin of the earth's inhabitants which forced God to judge them. We have
said before that when we read Genesis, we do not see the origin of Satan. As we look into the cause of earth's desolation in the beginning, our mind
will naturally think "an enemy has done this" (Matt. 13:28).
Other than attributing the cause to Satan, it seems that we cannot find any other clues in the Bible. We will study a portion of the Bible which seems
to tell us the origin of God's enemy and thereby we may know the condition of the former world and the cause of its becoming desolate. Let us now
read Ezekiel 28:1-19. These nineteen verses are divided into two sections: (1) verses 1-10 concern the prophet's warning to the prince of Tyrus, and
(2) verses 11-19 concern the prophet's lamentations upon the king of Tyrus. The first section, a word to the prince of Tyrus, is easy to understand.
He was exalted with pride, considered himself God, and thought that he was wiser than Daniel. Due to his progress in commerce, he became puffed up.
Therefore God punished him, causing him to be slain and destroyed by the terrible of the nations. Soon after this prophecy, Nebuchadnezzar of the
Chaldeans came and destroyed Tyre. Josephus believed that the prince of Tyrus was Ithobalus, who was called Ithobaal II in the history of the
Phoenicians. Since we know that this prophecy has already been fulfilled, it is not difficult for us to interpret verses 1 through 10. But when we
read on from verses 11 through 19, we find many places that we do not understand. Since this portion of the Word is very much related to the subject
which we are studying now, we quote the text in full:
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
God; Thou seals 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,
the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of
thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covered; 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 was 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 traffic; 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. 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 (Ezek. 28:11-19).
This section is indeed hard to understand, for it contains many expressions which cannot be applied to any mortal man.
If the "king of Tyrus" were only a mortal man, how could we explain the things in verses 11 through 15? How could the king of Tyrus have been in the
Garden of Eden or upon the holy mountain of God? How could he have been the anointed cherub that covered the ark? None of the things mentioned here
had been the experience of the king of Tyros’. We cannot explain this section simply by spiritualizing it. It is unfair if we spiritualize the
interpretation of a section when we encounter difficulties in it. I believe that the first section (vv. 1-10) addressed to the prince of Tyros’ was
a word spoken to King Ithobalus II, and the second section (vv. 11-19), the lamentation upon the king of Tyros’, denotes the coming Antichrist.
Verse 2 of this chapter speaks of Tyro "in the midst of the seas." By reading Daniel 11:41-45, we know that when the coming Antichrist will be in
Palestine, perhaps he will dwell at Tyro. That is why he was called the king of Tyro here. Moreover, Antichrist is Satan incarnate; therefore,
numerous expressions in this section refer to Satan himself.
Mr. Darby said, "Verses 11-19, while continuing to speak of Tyro, go, I think, much farther, and disclose, though darkly, the fall and the ways of
Satan, become through our sin the prince and god of this world." Dr. A. C. Gaebelein also said that the king of Tyro is a type of the last great
sinner (Antichrist), that behind this evil king, we see another power that is Satan; Satan was the power behind the king of Tyros’ then, and he
still is the god of this age now, who rules the nations of this world. If we have studied the Scriptures carefully, we will realize that the
justification for merging Satan and Antichrist in this passage into one being is not contrary to the general teachings of the Scriptures. We know
that, although human beings have their own will, their walk is either directed by God's operating (Phil. 2:13) or by the operating of the evil
spirits (Eph. 2:2). Human beings are never totally free. Ordinarily, human beings are under the control of the evil spirits. Sometimes, in important
matters, Satan himself, in addition to the working of evil spirits, will also participate in the work. Hence, we see him personally coming to tempt
Christ in the wilderness. Later, in trying to hinder Christ from going to the cross, he personally used Peter. After that, in attempting to destroy
Christ, he entered into Judas. Eventually, on the world stage he will be united to Antichrist. Scripture says that the works of Antichrist are
"according to Satan's operation" (2 Thess. 2:9); it is Satan who "gave him his power and his throne and great authority" (Rev. 13:2). Since
Antichrist is the incarnated devil, the Holy Spirit speaks of him together with Satan in this passage. In these few verses, the superhuman aspects all
refer to Satan himself, and the remainder to Antichrist. Since our purpose is not to study the question of Antichrist, but to know the creatures of
the former world and the cause of its desolation, we shall put aside the verses in this portion concerning the Antichrist and concentrate on Satan,
who is related to our subject.
Now let us consider the words that refer to Satan. Ezekiel 28:12 says that Satan (Note: "Satan" is the name used after he had sinned; he was called
the "son of the dawn" and also "Daystar" or "Lucifer" (Isa. 14:12) before his fall. "Satan," which means "adversary," is his name after the
fall. For the sake of convenience, we shall call him Satan in the following paragraphs.) "Sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in
beauty." This depicts his condition before he had sinned. He was superior to all the other angels. Phrases like "sealest up the sum," "full of,"
and "perfect" reveal that he was the greatest of all the creation. God had put him above all the creation. Being "full of wisdom" probably refers
to his understanding of God's will; if this is true, he might have had the office of a prophet already.
The first part of Ezekiel 28:13 says, "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering." When we read Genesis 3, we
indeed see Satan there. However, he was not being covered by "every precious stone"; he was tempting Adam and Eve. Hence, the two gardens of Eden
are not of the same time. In Adam's Garden of Eden, Satan had fallen, whereas here, it clearly depicts the situation before his fall. Hence, the
garden of Eden here must be earlier than the one at Adam's time. If so, then it must not have belonged to the present world but to the previous one.
This Garden of Eden, like the coming New Jerusalem, had many precious stones, such as sardius, beryl, etc. The Garden of Eden where Adam lived was not
like this. The Bible focuses only on the trees and does not say anything concerning their being covered with precious stones. Hence, the Garden of
Eden here must be different from that of Adam and is much earlier. His being covered with the precious stones reminds us of the precious stones on the
priest in Exodus. He probably had been appointed by God to be a priest. The latter half of the verse says, "The workmanship of thy tablets and of thy
pipes was prepared in thee." In the Bible musical instruments are used by kings. We see how David played the harp for king Saul. When the king of
Babylon was destroyed, the sound of his lutes were said to be brought down to Sheol (Isa. 14:11). And when the king of Babylon was pleased, various
musical instruments were played (Dan. 3). Satan was a king at that time and these musical instruments were given to him by God. The first half of
Ezekiel 28:14 says that he is "the anointed cherub that covered." Anointed indicates that he is consecrated. The work of the cherubim is to lead men
to worship the Lord (Rev. 4:9-10; 5:11-14). Therefore, his work in the beginning was also to lead the creatures at that time in the worship of God.
This also refers to his priesthood. The latter part of verse 14 says that he was "upon the holy mountain of God" and had "walked up and down in the
midst of the stones of fire." The holy mountain of God probably is the place where God's glory is manifested. As the priest of God, he would, of
course, stand before Him to minister. What does it mean to walk "up and down in the midst of the stones of fire"? Ezekiel 1:26 reveals that the
position of the cherubim is below the throne. Now when Moses took seventy of the elders of Israel up the mountain of Sinai, "they saw the God of
Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness...And the sight
of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount" (Exo. 24:10, 17). The paved work of sapphire stone in the appearance of
devouring fire probably was "the stones of fire." This indicates that Satan enjoyed a very high place, right below the throne of God, and was very
intimate with God. Verse 15 says that he was perfect in his ways from the day that he was created, but that later God found iniquity in him. All of
God's creation was perfect; God is not the author of sin. Iniquity was initiated by the archangel who sinned. He was created and given a free will by
God just as we were. Unfortunately God's created angel abused his freedom! And how many people are still following his footsteps! The first part of
verse 16 says that by the multitude of his merchandise they have filled his midst with violence, and he has sinned. We may refer this word solely to
Antichrist. During the end time commerce will be very prosperous (Rev. 18). Many sinful things will be brought in because of this.
This can be proven by history.Nevertheless; the same clause may be applied to Satan.
Mr. Pember points out that "the word translated `merchandise' may also...signify `detraction' or `slander'; and we know that the very name
`Devil' means `the slanderer,' or `malignant accuser'" (Earth's Earliest Ages, p. 52).
Thus, we can find out the meaning here. We see how Satan accused Job and tried to destroy him with insidious acts. Also in Revelation 12:10 we read,
"Now has come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ, for the accuser of our brothers has been cast
down, who accuses them before our God day and night." The casting down here probably corresponds to the casting of Satan out of the mountain of God
in Ezekiel. The reason for the casting out in Ezekiel and in Revelation is one and the same, that is, accusation (or slander). Perhaps what was
recorded in Ezekiel was the conviction of Satan by God and what was written in Revelation was the sending of Michael by God for the execution of that
conviction. Then why would God still allow Satan to remain in the heavens? The reasons seem to be:
(1) the time of God has not yet come, and
(2) His own children need the furnace to purge away the dross still in them. Ezekiel 28:17 reveals the cause of Satan's fall. His heart was lifted up
because of his beauty, and his wisdom was corrupted by reason of his brightness. The king of Babylon as described in Isaiah 14:12-14 bears much
resemblance to this verse. Many servants of God believe that the Holy Spirit is not only pointing out the king of Babylon, but in a deeper sense, the
cause of the fall of Satan who was behind the king of Babylon. In my view, the record in Ezekiel reveals the cause of his pride, while in Isaiah it
shows the manner in which he exhibited his pride. It is probable that after comparing himself with God's other creatures, his heart was lifted up. In
the end he tried to exalt himself to be equal with God and thus suffered God's judgment.
"How you have fallen from heaven, O Daystar, son of the dawn! ...But you, you said in your heart: I will ascend to heaven; / above the stars of God I
will exalt my throne. And I will sit upon the mount of assembly On the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be
like the Most High" (Isa. 14:12-14).
Since he was so proud, God punished him. His authority in the heavens was removed and abolished by God. The remaining part of the prophecy in Ezekiel
is not relevant to our subject, and we shall stop here. From the prophecy contained in this passage in Ezekiel, if our interpretation is correct, we
can see how God created Satan the fairest and wisest of all His creatures in the former world and made him their leader. God placed him in the garden
of Eden, which was long before the Eden of Adam. The things in the former garden, if not altogether different from those of the latter garden, were at
least more numerous than the latter. They resemble the future New Jerusalem. He was a prophet there, teaching all the inhabitants of the earth with
his wisdom to know how to serve God. He was also there as the priest of God, directing them in the worship and praises of God. He was also the king
among the creatures, having been placed in a position that was above all the creation. He must have been in such a condition for a lengthy period of
time (v. 15), but because of his sin, he became the greatest enemy of God.
So far we have covered the origin of Satan. We shall now proceed to cover Satan's angels and demons, which are under him, and to investigate how they
fell and how this affected the earth, causing it to become waste and void.
From the New Testament we see that under the hand of Satan there are two living beings:
(1) angels and
(2) demons. Let us first look at the angels. Matthew 25:41 speaks of "the devil and his angels." Revelation 12:4 says that the dragon's "tail
drags away the third part of the stars of heaven, and he cast them to the earth." The stars denote the angels (Rev. 1:20). Therefore 12:9 says, "And
the great dragon was cast down, the ancient serpent, he who is called the Devil and Satan,...he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast down
with him." These angels were probably the ones established by God in the beginning to assist Satan to rule the world. They were "the congregation of
the mighty" and "the gods" in Psalm 82 (cf. John 10:35). When Satan fell, they either conspired or sympathized with him. Therefore, they fell
together with him and became today's "rulers," "authorities," "world-rulers of this darkness," "the spiritual forces of evil in the
heavenliest" (Eph. 6:12). Note that the numbers are plural. These angels are not disembodied demons; they have ethereal bodies. This is why the Lord
promises that the children of resurrection will be like the angels in the heaven. Satan has another class of subjects, the evil spirits. Demons and
the evil spirits (or filthy spirits) are the same. We can tell this by checking with the translation of the Mandarin Bible. In Matthew 8:16, it
firstly mentions the demons, then the spirits. But the Bible translators, seeing that the Holy Spirit used the words "demon" and "spirit"
interchangeably, translated both into "demons." In Luke 10:17 the word "demons" is in the original language, but in verse 20 the word "demons"
should be "spirits." In these two verses of the Bible we see the Lord Jesus acknowledged the "demons" and the "spirits" to be the same and thus
the Chinese Bible translator again translated both as "demons." Matthew 17:18 speaks of the Lord casting out a demon, yet Mark calls this demon an
unclean spirit and dumb spirit (Mark 9:25). Demons and spirits are the same. These demons, or spirits, probably were the race who lived in the former
world. They helped Satan in his sinning; or, perhaps after Satan sinned, they followed him rather than forsaking him and obeying God. Therefore, they
were cut off by God and their bodies were removed from them. Hence, they became disembodied spirits. Although we cannot find any clear evidence in the
Bible to confirm this theory, we can find some clues. In Matthew 12 we see the situation of a demon when he left the human body. He became helpless
and wandered about. Besides the human body, he could not find another resting place. Therefore, he eventually returned to his original place, the
human body. If they were not disembodied spirits, why did they have to enter into man's body? As we read Luke 8, we see how the legion of demons was
unwilling to leave the human body. When they had no way to remain in the human body, they even entered the bodies of the swine. Presently in the world
they still cling to human bodies. Even some believers are unconsciously possessed by them. They are different from Satan and his angels who do not
like to enter human bodies. Satan and his angels still have a spiritual body, but the demons do not. Their character and liking seem to prove that
they are the disembodied spirits. Since they are disembodied spirits, where were they when they were disembodied? We know that the spirits of all the
dead are in Hades. So, where do these spirits come from? They must have come from the former world. While they were alive, their habitation was
probably the former world where Satan exercised his rule. In the Bible we can find another clue that tells us that there were inhabitants in the
pre-Adamic world. Isaiah 45:18 shows that the world created by God in the beginning was not waste and empty. Since this verse speaks of the original
world, one expression suggests to us the existence of mankind in the previous world.
It says, "He is the God who formed the earth... He did not create it waste." This clearly refers to the original creation. Following this it says,
"He formed it to be inhabited." This seems to clearly tell that the earth then was inhabited by some race. As we read the Bible further, we find
clues which indicate that there is a detention place for the demons now. The legion of demons in Gadara must have known this. They were in great fear
and begged the Lord that He would not "order them to depart into the abyss," (Luke 8:31) because they would be tormented there (Matt. 8:29).
Mr. Pember says that this "abyss" in the original language is abussos; and that "in some passages, such as the ninth chapter of the Apocalypse,
this term is evidently applied to a fiery hollow in the centre of the earth: but it is also used for the depths of the sea, a meaning which accords
well with its derivation" (Earth's Earliest Ages, p. 60). In the future Satan will be detained in a bottomless pit in the center of the earth. This
is revealed in the book of Revelation. The demons are also detained in an abyss now, yet some of them still have freedom. We must wait until God's
appointed time comes for them to be completely shut inside. This abyss is probably different from the one in the heart of the earth; it is in the sea.
Furthermore, at the final judgment (Rev. 20:11-15) when all the prisoners will have been thrown into the lake of fire, there will be no more sea in
the new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1). However, there may be only one abyss that is divided into two parts. There are other clues concerning the
sea being the place of detention for demons. In the Septuagint Bible, the word "deep" in Genesis 1:2 is the same as "abyss" here. We have said
that these demons are probably created races that lived in the first world. This corresponds to what we read in Genesis 1:2 because they originally
lived on the earth. After sinning, their bodies were destroyed by God; their habitation was judged by God and became without form and void. The whole
earth was covered by water and was characterized as "the deep." It follows then that the spirits of the races at that time were in this "deep"!
Finally, on the third day when God restored the earth, He commanded the earth to come out from the water and called the gathering of the waters the
sea. This earth was prepared for mankind in the new world. Where then have the former demons gone? We can spontaneously answer that they went into the
sea. As we read Revelation 20:13, we often do not understand why the sea will give up the dead which are in it. It is understandable to say that death
and Hades will deliver up the dead which are in them, but why will the sea give up the dead who are in it? The common interpretation is that the sea
surrenders the bodies of those who are drowned. If so, then the earth should also give up its dead because there are more bodies buried in the earth
than in the sea. Yet the earth does not give up its dead. Therefore, the sea will give up the spirits of the imprisoned ones and not the bodies of the
dead. Men's spirits are in death and Hades; the Bible does not say that the spirits of man are kept in the sea. Then whose spirits will the sea give
up? It will give up those who are from the other world, that is, the former world. The sequence here indicates this. "The sea gave up the dead who
were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them." Those who lived in the former world died first. Therefore, they will be the
first beings to be given up; then, we who are of this world will follow after because every man will be judged in his own order. Thus far we have seen
the probable origin of Satan, his angels, and the demons. As to how man lived on the former earth, this is something beyond our knowledge. However, we
can see some hints in the Bible.
Many Bible scholars, Dr. Scofield being one of them, believe that Jeremiah 4:23-26 refers to the condition of Genesis 1:2, in which the earth was
without form and void. Although the context of this passage is the desolation of Judah, these few verses of the Scripture have a notably broader view,
as if God caused the prophet to view the desolation of the earth in the beginning. If our belief is accurate, then we know that in the former world
there was "the fruitful land" and "its cities" (v. 26). The inhabitants then dwelt in cities and some took up farming as an occupation. When they
were deceived by Satan, the burning anger of Jehovah came upon them (v. 26) and the earth became "waste and emptiness" (v. 23).From these biblical
clues we see the original situation of the earth, the races who dwelt on the earth, the paradise, and the princes, etc. If we are not mistaken in our
meditation, we can draw a conclusion concerning the first world and the cause of its desolation as follows: In the beginning of "time" (as opposed
to eternity) God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was not waste (Isa. 45:18) but very beautiful and perfect. On this earth there were
inhabitants and the number of the inhabitants was great. Before God created the earth and human beings, He had created the angels (Job 38:6-7). He
assigned Satan, whom He created, as the leader to be above all the angels. Satan, the most beautiful and wisest of all, the prime of all God's
creation, dwelt in the Garden of Eden. God made him the ruler of the world; therefore, he was called "the ruler of the world" (John 14:30).
Many angels were under his rule, and these angels shared in ruling with him. Then, because of his position and honor, he became proud. Due to pride,
he rebelled and lifted himself up to be equal with God. He was not satisfied with being a creature, but desired to be the Creator. Therefore, he
slandered God before the people and accused the people before God. God found out his iniquity and condemned him. When the time comes, he will be cast
to the earth. One third of the angels (Rev. 12) followed him in rebellion and, therefore, became the angels of the devil. God has prepared hell for
them (Matt. 25:41), and when the time comes, Satan will be cast into it. In the former world, the inhabitants of the earth, being under Satan and his
angels' rule, were also deceived and filled up with sins. (We can readily understand this when we consider our world situation today.)
Therefore, God's anger was fierce, and He completely destroyed the earth and all the races therein and locked up many spirits in the abyss in the
sea. These evil spirits, angels, and Satan himself formed the kingdom of darkness. We do not know how long this period lasted. Later, the Spirit of
God moved upon the face of the waters again, and the Triune God began His restoration work on the world. After His restoration of the world, He
created Adam and his wife and asked them to guard it, so that there would be man on the earth to cooperate with Him in heaven to stop Satan's power.
Perhaps God used Adam to test Satan to see whether he would repent. However, he came to tempt Adam; therefore, God cursed Satan. Because Adam fell, he
could not bring the world which was under Satan's rule back to God. On the contrary, the world Adam received from God's hand was given anew to
Satan. Since angels and mankind had failed, God came in the person of the Son to be a man, the last Adam. The Lord Jesus became God's prophet,
priest, and king. When He was on this earth, He was God's prophet without blemish. When He was about to die, He was able to say, "The ruler of the
world is coming, and in me he has nothing" (John 14:30). At His death all who are in Adam were crucified in Him. He was able to include all of the
old Adamic creation in His crucifixion because He is God, and He is able to continue on as the new man. His human living had nothing to do with Satan.
Through His death and resurrection, He regained the world lost by the first Adam. Every sinner, who is destined to die in the old Adam, can return to
God and be saved if he rejects the first Adam through the death of the last Adam and joins himself to Christ in life. This is the meaning of believing
in the death of the Lord Jesus. Therefore, whoever believes in the Lord Jesus becomes an enemy of the devil. In everything he attacks us, and in
everything we resist him, his angels, and the demons. This is God's purpose in saving man, and this is a real spiritual warfare. Satan was judged
once on the "holy mountain of God," and he was judged again on the hill of Golgotha. He has been convicted, yet his judgment has not yet been
executed. When the time comes he will be cast down from heaven and when the Son of God returns to this earth, he will be cast into the abyss. After
one thousand years he will forever suffer in the lake of fire. Now the Lord Jesus holds the authority which Satan had abused, and He will hold it
until all traces of rebellion disappear. He has brought His own blood into the Holy of Holies and has cleansed the heavens; He is now a Priest of God.
When He returns, it will be the time of the restoration of all things. He will be a King, ruling this world from heaven with all the overcoming
saints, in the same way that Satan ruled with his angels in the former time. At that time He will teach the inhabitants of this earth to know God's
will and to worship God, in the same way that Satan did in the former days. The situation in the millennium will be like the situation in the world
before Satan sinned. Christ will restore all things to the condition in the "beginning" in order to accomplish God's original purpose. After this
He will burn up the whole world, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth in which the righteous will dwell. Therefore, as God's children we
ought to have a deeper enmity for the devil. For thousands of years God's only purpose has been for man to be joined with Him to destroy Satan's
authority. Our God is a law-abiding God. He will not take back by force the world which was lost through man. Therefore, He sent His Son to become a
man in order to regain what man had lost. We, men who have been saved, ought to cooperate with the unique "Man," the Lord Jesus. In our life, in our
work, in our environment, in our dwelling, and in the world, we should resist the works of the devil. Our resistance is in firmness of faith (1 Pet.
5:9), and not by means of fleshly weapons (2 Cor. 10:4), which is the way of social reformers who are being utilized by the demons. Satan was wise and
beautiful! But because of his pride, he ended up in complete ruin. It is dangerous for frail mortals to esteem themselves wise and beautiful! Beware,
lest being lifted up with pride, you fall into the judgment of the devil (1 Tim. 3:6). Being self-exalted with pride is not a blessing to man; wisdom
rests only with those who fear the most high God Jehovah.
THE EARTH RESTORED THE RECOVERY OF THE EARTH IN SIX DAYS
We have seen that in the beginning God created a perfect world. Later, because of the sins committed by Satan and those who dwelt on the earth, they
and the earth were judged by God, and the earth became without form and void. Now we will see God's work of restoring the earth. In the book of Job,
Job mentions the failure of Satan's rebellion in order to show that it is foolish to dispute with God. "He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength:
who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered? which removed the mountains, and they know not; which overturned them in his anger; which
shakes’ the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble; which commanded the sun, and it rises not; and sealed up the stars" (Job
9:4-7). When did God do this? When did He shake the mountains and the earth, and alter the position of the celestial bodies due to man's stubbornness
towards Him? Since the time of Adam, such an act of God in the world has not been seen. This passage must be a description of God's judgment on Satan
and on the earth under his dominion when he rebelled. At that time God shook the earth and overturned the mountains. The calamity came so swiftly that
the mountains were overturned unnoticed. In addition to the earth, the positions of the celestial bodies were also affected. Because of God's
judgment, the sun disappeared completely and the stars did not shine. The world was plunged into darkness. There was no sun and no heat was produced.
Consequently, this led to the glacial epoch on this earth. Then, after a long period of time, possibly due to internal heat at the earth's core (Rev.
9:2), the ice gradually melted. However, the sun had not yet appeared and the stars were still "sealed up." When the Spirit of God began to move,
there was the deep, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Job not only mentions God's judgment, but also His work of restoration. He says,
"Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, / and treadeth upon the high peaks of the sea; / which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, / and wonders
without number" (Job 9:8-10, Heb.). The phrase "spread knows? / Or who hath stretched the line upon it? / Whereupon are the foundations thereof
fastened? / Or who laid the corner stone thereof; / when the morning stars sang together." No matter which earth is referred to here, whether the
original created earth or the restored earth on the third day, one thing is definite: before the earth was formed, the stars already existed. As the
earth was being formed, morning stars were there singing together, praising the work of God. In Genesis God was only rearranging the stars that were
there before. After He had gathered the light into the sun and had made it the great light, He restored the stars and made them appear in the sky to
meet the needs of the earth. The Holy Spirit inspired Moses to describe God's work with human words because the Bible is written for man. He did not
speak of the positions and functions of the sun, moon, and stars, but only mentioned their relationship to the earth and man. Although seasons, days,
and years have to do with other creatures, the use of the celestial bodies "for signs" is specifically for man, since no one besides man is able to
observe the motions of the celestial bodies in order to make signs. God only speaks about the positions and functions of the sun, moon, and stars
according to man's viewpoint. He does not mention other matters. In man's eyes the sun is the greatest light, the moon is the second, and the stars
are still smaller lights. Is it not wonderful that God has prepared such an immense universe for men as small as we? On the fifth day, after the dry
land and the celestial bodies had been restored, God prepared to create living organisms to inhabit the earth. "Let the waters bring forth abundantly
the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven" (v. 20). God's commandment expressed
God's purpose. "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moved, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and
every winged fowl after his kind" (v. 21). God created these things out of nothing. We do not know what materials God used to make fish and aquatic
life. As for the birds, 2:19 tells us that they are made out of the ground. Science tells us that living organisms first existed in the water, then on
the ground. Aquatic organisms are the most primitive species among all the animals. Even today, the ocean is still home to the majority of the living
creatures. Birds, on the other hand, are the most primitive species of all warm-blooded animals. We can see how closely science resembles the
description in the Bible. Although science proves these words, faith believes without the help of science! On the sixth day God went on to create the
beasts, the cattle, and the creeping things. Finally, He created man in His own image. We will discuss the creation of man in more detail in later
messages. Here we will deal only briefly with the subject. Chapter one covers the creation of man in a brief way to show us man's position among the
creatures, while chapter two describes the origin of man in detail to show us man's relationship with God. We should notice that man was "created"
by God (v. 27). Man did not evolve from a lower class of animal. The word "creation," as we have mentioned, means the making of something out of
nothing. It is a special work of God and not a natural process of evolution. The Bible does not give credence to the theory of evolution, which will
forever be a vain idea! On the third day God ordered each type of vegetation, the trees, grass, and vegetables, to yield seed after its kind. Grass
cannot change into a tree, neither can one tree change into another kind of tree. On the fifth day aquatic life and birds were all after their kinds.
On the sixth day the beasts, cattle, and creeping things were also after their kind. Every creature is after its kind. The Bible does not tell us how
these kinds were classified, yet the words "after his kind" is sufficient proof that in those days every creature was of a different kind. Since God
has said that everything was "after his kind," the boundary of each kind was set by God. There is absolutely no possibility for one kind to evolve
into another kind. Plants cannot change into animals; even one kind of plant cannot change into another kind of plant, neither can one kind of animal
change into another kind of animal. We Christians believe in the Word of God. Anything beyond "thus saith the Lord," we will not believe. How much
less should we listen to a theory that is contradictory to the Word of God? The Word of God is sufficient to solve all the problems. The world may be
scornful of our logic, but we are satisfied with God's Word. Pitiful mortals do not believe in our God. As a result, they drift aimlessly and devise
theories for themselves on which to base their faith! They think that it is too incredible for God to bring something out of nothing into being, and
to make man out of the dust of the earth. To us, however, for a tiny embryo of one kind of animal to undergo the numerous processes of evolution to
become a monkey, and then after many more steps of evolution, to change from a monkey into a man, is something that is far more incredible. Just for a
monkey to evolve into a man is incredible. It is much more incredible than God creating man! I warn my readers not to believe such end-times nonsense.
Not only should we not believe such talk; we should not even listen to it. We should not read magazines or books that contain these kinds of theories.
We thank God that His words are clear and easy to understand. He said, each "after his kind," and all around us we see all animals and plants
behaving according to this word. Formerly, evolutionists said that man's ancestors were some sort of animal many thousands of years ago. Now they
tell us that after many more thousands of years, our descendents will be formless animals without fingers or toes. They are talking things that belong
to many thousands of years ago or many thousands of years in the future, things which we will never see or be able to hold up for questioning! Our
Bible is a book of the present. At present, all creatures multiply after their own kind. The Bible does not make irresponsible statements! As noted by
many previous writers, "Elohim," one of the names for God in the original Scriptures, is plural in number. However, in Genesis 1:26 the verb used
after God is singular in number. It seems incompatible to have a