Below is a chronology of creation according to a biblical timeline set by "The Reese Chronological Bible". It's very intriguing and goes
hand-in-hand with my recent thread "Big Bang, creation, and recreation" thread here: www.abovetopsecret.com...
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
and next, to the verses in the Bible describing the angelic rebellion.
A key to understanding why the earth was "without form and void" involves what happened to some of these angels. Again, nothing of this angelic
story is described in Genesis. But later in His Word, God reveals that there was a great angel, Lucifer, who rebelled against Him:
"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 God . . . I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will
be like the Most High'"
"I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven,"
Lucifer, who became Satan (meaning Adversary) at his rebellion, was cast down from heaven—to the earth!
The Bible explains that Satan retains his authority over this planet. Notice what Satan told Christ:
"Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, 'All
this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish'"
It is no accident that in Genesis 3, shortly after God created Adam and Eve, Satan appeared on the scene as the serpent in the garden. The earth
was—and still is—his domain. He had been cast down to the earth before man's creation took place. As noted in the account of the temptation of
Christ, Satan had received authority over the earth. He then rebelled against God in a battle in which he was cast down to the earth, as Christ
The earth is Satan's realm. The book of Job records God asking Satan:
"From where do you come?" Satan's reply was, "From going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it"
"For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be
Obviously, God created earth liveable from the getgo. He did not create it in vain.
Now, how did the earth become desolate?
The Genesis account simply does not provide all the details. But the Bible as a whole fills in other parts of the story. The missing pieces are given
in other scriptures, which tell us of Satan's rebellion against God. They describe his attempt to overthrow God and that as a result of a great
supernatural battle, he was cast back down.
We see what appears to be a parallel situation in Revelation 12:7-9, which describes an attempt by Satan to overthrow God shortly before Christ's
return: "And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels 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."
Yet God has allowed Satan to retain authority over this present world. Satan even offered Jesus the opportunity to share rulership over the earth
You can see that, when we examine the whole of Scripture, we find a great deal more information that illuminates and explains the Genesis account.
2 The earth was [or "became"] without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of
Psalm 104:24, 30
O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions . . . You send forth Your Spirit, they
are created; and You renew the face of the earth"
The surface of the earth needed a renewal when God created the present life-forms we see around us. So what does the fossil record depict? It shows a
series of fossilized life-forms in layered deposits scattered in the earth's crust. Man as we know him, made in God's image with enormous creative
and spiritual abilities, has left written records that take us back a little more than 5,000 years.
This is a tiny span compared with what most scientists consider the age of the earth and stars to be based on their research. Man, in an incredibly
short time, built the pyramids—which to this day defy imitation. Man has traveled to the moon and sent spacecraft to explore our solar system and
beyond. Such achievements show the enormous difference in the earth before and after Adam.
How long did the angels exist before man was created? The Bible doesn't reveal the answer. How long did it take Lucifer to persuade as many as a
third of the angels to rebel with him? (compare Revelation 12:4). Remember, angels are spirit beings for whom aging is of no consequence (Luke 20:36).
Whatever length of time this might be, perhaps millions or billions of years, the angels were created and lived before the creation of Adam and Eve
and the days of the renewal of the earth described in Genesis.
It does seem that Satan's rebellion happened after the earth had passed through the dinosaur age. Then, geologists agree, something dramatic occurred
between the age of reptiles and the age of mammals.
As the famous paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson once remarked: "The most puzzling event in the history of life on the earth is the change from
the Mesozoic Age of Reptiles, to the . . . Age of Mammals. It is as if the curtain were rung down suddenly on a stage where all the leading roles were
taken by reptiles, especially dinosaurs, in great numbers and bewildering variety, and rose again immediately to reveal the same setting but an
entirely new cast, a cast in which the dinosaurs do not appear at all, other reptiles are supernumeraries and the leading parts are all played by
mammals of sorts barely hinted at in the previous acts" (Life Before Man, 1972, p. 42).
This apparently reflects the change from the pre-Adamic world to the world of man. Certainly there are smaller reptiles in our world, but they are
insignificant in comparison to those that existed in the previous age.
This is not the only "ancient earth" explanation available, but it seems to make the most biblical sense. It accepts the literal 24-hour days of the
creation (or re-creation) week and, at the same time, allows room for an indefinite period before the creation of mankind that could include the
dinosaurs and previous eras.
In summary we see a chronology of creation using this following order:
The Beginning of Everything
Angelic Rebelion Begins
Luke 4:5-6 (not part of timeline, but method of deciet used by devil)
Psalm 104:24, 30
Then comes the rest of the 7 day Genesis creation/rest account.
What does everyone think of this explanation? I think it explains the origins of earth and it's creation from a fresh perspective away from the
traditional christain teaching that earth is only 6,000 years old. NEG-A-TORY!!!
[edit on 12/30/2009 by Locoman8]