God: His Adversaries, Angels/Demons

The Cherubim

The purpose of angels is to worship and serve God. We see the Cherubim closest to the throne of God in the book of Revelation, chapter 4, and  Ezekiel 1. They are the highest order of angels and it is likely that Lucifer was once the highest of the Cherub class of angels.

When we examine the text from Ezekiel, we see that he saw four cherubim  in heaven that were near the throne of God, bearing four different faces.

As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.  ~Ezekiel 1:10

Many people do not realize that each of the four Gospel writers of the New Testament present Jesus in a different context, designed for different audiences. Each of these four writers have a counterpart in other descriptions of the coming Messiah, found throughout the Bible.

When we conduct a thorough investigation into this subject we find that the four faces of the Cherubim in heaven, represent the four gospels of Jesus Christ and the four views of His ministry to the world.

  • Matthew; presents Jesus as the King of the Jews, the Messiah.⁠[1]
  • Mark; presents Jesus as the Servant of Isaiah 53, the, the Lamb of God.⁠[2]
  • Luke; presents Jesus as a man, one who is like us, Immanuel, God with us.⁠[3]
  • John; presents Jesus as God, eternal, with a life of infinite value, sufficient to pay for all sins.⁠[4]

In the Book of Revelation, chapter 4, John is transported to heaven. He sees the same creature that Ezekiel encountered in his vision; with the same four faces.

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. Revelation 4:2-7

Four Faces

The Four Faces of The Four Gospels [5]

Each of these; a Lion, an Ox, a Man, and an Eagle, have a corresponding relationship with the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The Morning Stars

In the book of Job, God describes the moment when He created all that exists and the “Morning Stars, and sons of God” sang together and rejoiced over His creation.

(Job) Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?  To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  ~Job 38:4-7

The Bible defines the “morning stars” and “sons of God” as the angelic creation. They were in existence before the creation of the universe. These beings watched in amazement and great joy as the Lord spoke the creation into existence. The presence of angels before the creation of man and the fact that Lucifer is described as ruling over “kingdoms” on the earth, long before Adam was created, is great evidence that a cataclysmic event took place after God originally created the heavens and the earth, as described by Genesis 1:1.

The prophet Ezekiel describes Lucifer in the present tense of the event, as cast to the earth and laid before kings at the time that he fell. He was “turned to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those who saw him (at that time).

Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you.  ~Ezekiel 28:17

With the evidence presented by Ezekiel, a great number of scholars believe it is possible that the condition of the earth which is described by Genesis 1:2, as formless and void, was caused by the fall of Lucifer and a third of the angels who also fell at that time.

For a study in the original Hebrew language for Genesis 1:2, see the chapter: Tohu wa -bohu, Earth “Was” or “Became,” Waste and Void?

There is no other viable explanation for when Lucifer’s fall took place. It is impossible to place Lucifer’s fall during the six days of creation, if we take these as six literal 24-hour days. Job 38:6-7 clearly states that Lucifer and the angels were already in existence when God created the heavens and the earth, before Adam was created. The angels could not be created during the six days and be present before creation, at the same time.

Ministers Of Salvation

According to the book of Hebrews, the primary ministry of angels is to assist human beings in their salvation. This is perhaps where the legend began of the guardian angel that is allegedly appointed for each person who is born on the earth.

…And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire…”  ~Hebrews 1:5-8

Gabriel

There is an example of the angel Gabriel who is appointed by God to bring the announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary. It seems to be the task of Gabriel to conduct himself in the various needs of announcing the work and ministries of Jesus.

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”… Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.  ~Luke 1:26-38

When Gabriel brings news to Zacharias concerning the birth of his son, John the Baptist, the old man does not believe Gabriel. In answer to Zachariah, Gabriel tells him “I am Gabriel and I stand in the presence of God…”

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.  ~Luke 1:18-19

We first see Gabriel in Daniel chapter 9 where he comes to present Daniel with the most important prophecy of the Bible, the seventy weeks of years that is determined for Israel that will bring Jesus, the Messiah, to the Jews. Daniel’s prophecy of chapter 9 was fulfilled by the arrival of Jesus at Jerusalem when He is proclaimed as the Messiah on April 6, 32, A.D.

Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand.  ~Daniel 9:20-22

See the chapter: The Arrival Of Messiah for more information on this prophecy from Daniel chapter 9 and its fulfillment.

Michael, The Chief Prince

Michael is an angel counterpart to Gabriel who is focussed on the Nation of Israel and the Jews. Daniel describes Him in vivid terms in chapter 12 of his prophetic book. During the time of the Great Tribulation, Michael will “stand up” to assist the Jews during the time when the antichrist will seek to destroy them.

At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time.  ~Daniel 12:1

We also see Michael referenced by Gabriel in the 10th chapter of Daniel who comes to fight the Prince of Persia, another fallen angel who is appointed over the Persian nation.

 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.  ~Daniel 10:12-13

From this scripture in Daniel 10, we learn that certain soldiers of satan are appointed as rulers over nations that are in the control of the devil. In Exekiel’s description of the Prince of Tyre in chapter 38, we learn from the context that the real source of power over Tyre is the devil as we follow the text after God described the Prince of Tyre and clearly described the fallen Lucifer.

The Man Who Is Ruler Over Tyre

Ezekiel 28:1-2  The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, “Thus says the Lord God: “Because your heart is lifted up, and you say, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the midst of the seas,’ yet you are a man, and not a god, though you set your heart as the heart of a god…

The True Source of The Ruler of Tyre, “The Anointed Cherub Who Covers”

Ezekiel 28:12-15 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.  You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,
Till iniquity was found in you.

From this example, we see that satan has many “princes” that he appoints over nations that have fallen away or denied God and are held captive by an evil ruler that is know to us as the devil, satan and his fallen angels.

The Demons And Their Purpose

Peter references the fallen angels who sinned against God and were cast down to hell and placed into chains of darkness to await their final judgement at the end of Jesus 1,000 year reign over the earth.

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked.  ~2 Peter 2:4-7

Jude adds to this description in telling us that these fallen angels did not keep their proper place in heave but left. Jude appears to link these angels to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as he states in verse 7, “just like.”

And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;  ~Jude 1:6 (NKJV)

…just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.  ~Jude 1:7 (ESV)

There is an opinion concerning these verses that there was not only a revolt by angels during the fall of Lucifer when one third of the angels also turned against God with the devil, but also after this time when they invaded earth and took women as their own and bred the giants who are described by the Bible.

Genesis 6:1-4 calls these angels “sons of God,” and these are assumed as fallen angels who took human bodies and procreated with “the daughters of men.” This is asserted as one of the reasons that God sent the flood and destroyed all but eight people when He saved Noah and his family by the Ark.

Points Of Disagreement By scholars:

First: whether the Holy Spirit is writing through Moses that these are rebellious angels, or “sons of God?” The position of some scholars is that the rebellious angels are sons of God because this is the name that Job called the angels by in 38:4-7.

Second: the fact that these angels are described as spirits without bodies. Angels do appear in human form but not as spirits. There is some question as to how a spirit being could have a physical relationship with a woman, as some interpret Jesus words in Matthew 22:30. The words that Jesus uses here in this verse speak of marriage between angels as not taking place in heaven, but not that the angels have no sex or cannot have sex.

Third: the context of Genesis 6 is that God sent the flood because of the sin of man, and there is doubt over whether angels were actually a part of mans’s sin. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,” Gen. 6:3, 5-6

Fourth: there is some ambiguity as to whether Job was describing angels who committed some strange sexual relationship with human women, as the Sodomites did; men with men, as unnatural acts. Jude calls this “strange flesh.” He seems to connect a sexual act between angels and women with two men having sex together at Sodom as “strange flesh,” both examples of God’s judgment. This view is in some disagreement amongst scholars.

Sons of God

The view that those described in Genesis 6:4 who are called “sons of God,” the same description as Job 38:4-7, are in fact, fallen angels who Jude says “did not keep their proper domain,” with 2 Peter 2:4-9, these fallen angels made an intrusion into the human sphere and committed sexual acts with women.

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.  ~Genesis 6:1-4 (ESV)

This view is used to explain why we find the earth in a chaotic state in Genesis 1:2, before God brings it out of this condition and describes six days of creation to make life possible for man to live on earth.

For purposes of further investigation, I provide the following information regarding the issues of the sons of God, the pre chaotic state of the earth and the fall of Lucifer in the remaining section of this chapter. I am not endorsing these ideas as conclusive but along with many other scholars I am still studying myself and seeking to understand the truth of these subjects. You may read what follows and make up your own mind.

A Theory For Consideration

Basis Of The Theory: Verse 2 of Genesis chapter 1, is describing a catastrophic event which took place in the distant history of the earth—which caused its destruction through a judgment from God.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  ~Genesis 1:1

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  ~Genesis 1:2

The particular details of this event are unknown to us as God has not revealed many details about Lucifer before his fall, nor what the effects of his fall were in relationship to the earth. This theory follows what we do know—Lucifer attempted to elevate his throne above the throne of God. This resulted in his complete destruction and loss of his former rulership over the earth. This theory assumes that this judgment and fall resulted in the destruction of the earth—leaving it in the condition described by verse 2 of Genesis chapter 1. The earth remained in this state of suspension until about 6,000 years ago, when God brought the earth out of its empty state, separated the land from the water, removed the heavy water vapor atmosphere, and allowed the sun light the earth once again. Seeds, which are described in Genesis 1 as already present on the earth, begin to sprout and grow. The animals and man are created and placed on the earth. Adam is given dominion over the earth; while satan, the fallen angel Lucifer, stands in opposition to Adam’s rule, and causes his fall.

The Book Jf Job Gives Us A Clue:

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?  ~Job 38:4 Job

The Bible defines the “morning stars” and “sons of God” as the angelic creation. They were in existence before the creation of the universe. These beings watched in amazement and great joy as the Lord spoke the creation into existence. The presence of angels before the creation of man and the fact that Lucifer is described as ruling over “kingdoms” on the earth, long before Adam was created, is great evidence that a cataclysmic event took place after God originally created the heavens and the earth, as described by Genesis 1:1.

The prophet Ezekiel describes Lucifer in the present tense of the event, as cast to the earth and laid before kings at the time that he fell. He was “turned to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those who saw him (at that time).

Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you.  ~Ezekiel 28:17

It is possible that the condition of the earth which is described by Genesis 1:2, as formless and void, was caused by the fall of Lucifer and a third of the angels who also fell at that time. There is no other viable explanation for when Lucifer’s fall took place. It is preposterous to state that Lucifer fell and was destroyed during the six days of creation, if we take these as six literal 24-hour days. Job 38:6-7 clearly states that Lucifer and the angels were already in existence when God created the heavens and the earth. They could not be created during the six days and be present before creation, at the same time.

The Original Hebrew Reveals What God Is saying

When we conduct a serious study in the correct usage of the Hebrew language, we find that Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 1 is not written as a collection of verses which describe the original creation of God. The sentence, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” is an ending to God’s description of the creation of the universe. If it was intended as a part of God’s summary of the entire creation, then the second verse—The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters—would have been the beginning of the description of this creation. It is not. Verse 2 is a completely separate and distinct subject. We see a clear example of this in Genesis Chapter 5:

This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.  ~Genesis 5:1

He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.  ~Genesis 5:2

Notice that the first verse of Genesis 5, “This is the book of the genealogy of Adam,” is immediately followed by the connecting words: “In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.” Notice that the second verse does not give us any details of the preceding verse, but is a separate and distinct event: “He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.”

We do not see this as clearly in the English translation of Genesis 1:1-2 as it is apparent in the original Hebrew translation.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

bə·rê·šîṯ ’ĕ·lō·hîm bā·rā ’êṯ haš·šā·ma·yim wə·’êṯ hā·’ā·reṣ

Hebrew reads from right to left. Starting with the preposition “In,” which is always attached to the feminine noun “beginning.” This tells us that this is the original creation of the heavens and the earth, that is being spoken here as a separate and distinct event from all that follows. Also, it is worth noting that the word “Elohim” is plural, a compound unity of God. This is to say that God is One, but made up of more than one person.

The second verse is clearly intended as a separate and distinct statement about an event which took place at great distance from the original creation.

The earth was or became without form, and void”

wə·hā·’ā·reṣ hā·yə·ṯāh ṯō·hū wā·ḇō·hū,

The term “without form, and void” is preceded by the Hebrew word ha-ye-ta, which has been translate “was.” There is some evidence that ha-ye-ta could also be correctly translated as “became.”

It is interesting that those who have an agenda to prove that verse 2 of Genesis Chapter 1 is a part of the first verse—always translate Hayeta as “was.” While at the same time they translate Genesis 19:26—where Lot’s wife turns back to look at Sodom—they translate Hayeta as “became” (a pillar of salt). Both Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 19:6 use the same Hebrew word: Hayeta; yet, one is translated was and the other, became.

This appears to be solely for the sake of convenience in proving that Genesis 1:2 is stating that the earth was in a state of formlessness, rather than something occurred which caused it to become formless and void.

The earth was (hayeta) without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  ~Genesis 1:2

But his wife looked back behind him, and she became (hayeta) a pillar of salt.  ~Genesis 19:26

A Point Certain: since the Hebrew word hayeta may be translated as became in the context of Lot’s wife; it can also certainly be translated as became, in Genesis 1:2. You will read from some scholars that the Hebrew does not allow for the translation “became formless and void,” but this is simply not true. There are just as many Hebrew scholars who will adamantly declare that the Hebrew demands the translation “became.”

Since the points of Genesis 1:1-2 have been written about extensively by other scholars, I will not make a great effort to restate what has already been said. I will instead present this arguments for the Genesis narrative, in favor of an old universe, old earth.

Formless And Void Confirmed By Hebrew Scholars

One of the primary areas of disagreement between those who observe a catastrophic event having occurred at Genesis 1:2 and those who do not hold this view, is the use of the Hebrew text contained in verse 2.

The term: “waste and void”, was translated from the Hebrew text, Tohu wa bohu (תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ).

This Hebrew phrase describes the condition of the earth before God began the six days of restoration depicted in Genesis chapter 1:3-31. There is evidence here to conclude that the term “the earth was without form and void” (tohu v’bohu), is not simply speaking of the earth in a primitive state before God formed it for habitation. Many Hebrew scholars have written that this phrase is describing a judgment of God whereby everything on the earth was destroyed. The is indicated by many of the original ancient versions of this text, such as the Aramaic Version, the Chaldee Version, and the Septuagint Version of Genesis 1:2.

  • The Chaldee Version:“But the earth had become desert and empty.
  • The Aramaic Version: “And the earth had become ruined and uninhabited.”
  • The Septuagint Version: “But the earth had become unfurnished and empty.”

Tohu is utilized on 20 occasions in the Hebrew Scriptures and is translated as “vain” or “waste.

Bohu is used three times in the Hebrew Scriptures: (Genesis 1:2—without form and void; Isaiah. 34:11—confusion; Jeremiah. 4:23—without form and void) Bohu is always placed together with Tohu, in consistently quoting the event that occurred in Genesis 1:2.

The view that Genesis 1:2 is speaking of a catastrophic event of destruction orchestrated by God, is confirmed by one is Israel’s greatest Rabbi’s: Akiva ben Joseph.

Rabbi Judah Taught That Akiva ben Joseph Said:

“Tohu is a green line encompassing the world from which darkness emanates.”

In other words, the text of Genesis 1:2, in the opinion of Akiva: God is indicating that the darkness which is described by this verse is indicative of a judgement of God which caused the darkness and desolation of the earth.

Akiva ben Joseph, was leading contributor to the writing of the Mishnah and Midrash Halakha. Akiva is referred to in the Talmud as “Rosh la-Chachamim” (The Head of all Sages). Rabbi Akiva was instrumental as one of the architects for the canon of the Tanakh. Akiva became a devoted follower and friend of Rabbi Gamaliel, who was Paul’s chief teacher in the Hebrew Scriptures.

The following is a description of Rabbi Akiva from one of his contemporaries:

“A worker who goes out with his basket. He finds wheat – he puts it in, barley – he puts it in, spelt – he puts it in, beans – he puts it in, lentils – he puts it in. When he arrives home he sorts out the wheat by itself, barley by itself, spelt by itself, beans by themselves, lentils by themselves. So did Rabbi Akiva; he arranged the Torah rings by rings.”

It is clear that those who were originally responsible for the correct interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures, believed that the text of Genesis 1:2 is describing the total destruction of the earth that occurred prior to the re-creative days of verses 3-31.

A Cataclysmic Earth Before Adam

There is a hint in the second verse of Genesis 1 that when God first created the heavens and the earth, they were perfect. During some cataclysmic event which took place in the distant past of earth’s history, the earth became formless and void.

The earth was (could be translated “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 the waters.  ~Genesis 1:2

It is possible that the account of Genesis 1:3 in which six days of creation are described; are a restorative creation, not the original creation which is described in verse 1.

We should remember that all of the comments and observations made concerning the scriptures are the opinions of men and women who endeavor themselves to understand what God has written. We must deduce from the entirety of the text of the Bible what God is saying and how He intends that we understand what is written. In reality, and this is what is often not stated in Bible commentaries, we do not know everything, and we will not know exactly what God intended here in the accounts of Creation in Genesis 1:1-2 until the Lord finally comes for us and we are in heaven. Based on all of the evidence of the Bible, I make these observations and I do not do so hastily.

Conclusions Based On Careful Study

It has taken 43 years of serious study to reach a reasonable conclusion for the things I write here for your consideration. Although my observations are credible, based on what the Bible reveals, they are not often accepted by many other scholars. It seems that the primary reason for opposition in this regard is due to traditions long held by the creationist viewpoint as well as the fear of being ostracized by their colleagues who do not hold these principles as credible. No one wants to be seen as being outside the mainstream of commonly held sound principles of Biblical interpretation.

The problem with joining such an association is that we place ourselves in the same group as the Pharisees who would not receive Jesus as the Messiah, not because the evidence failed to show Him to be the Messiah, but because the general consensus among the so-called experts of that day said that Jesus was not the Messiah. I fear not that I will be ostracized, but more so that the Lord would not be pleased should I concur with conclusions that I cannot honesty endorse.

For most of my Christian life I was a young earth creationist. After an extensive study, over four decades, I realized that I was wrong, and the entire premise of the young earth was likely wrong. More importantly, we do not have to abandon creation, nor the Lord’s intense involvement in the very seconds of the entire history of the universe, to accept the facts that exist—which point us to a very old universe.

A Verse Of Contention

One of the verses from the Bible which has been used to make the case that the entire universe was “created” in six days, is found in Exodus 31:17.

It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ”  ~Exodus 31:17

Notice that there is a different word used here (made) in reference to the six days of creation. Genesis 1:1 describes God as “creating” the heavens and the earth. The English word “create” came from the Hebrew word “bara,” which mean to make from nothing.

The Hebrew word used in Exodus 31:17 for made, is mad, which is correctly translated as “measure,” not to create from nothing as Genesis 1:1 indicates.

It is clear that Exodus 31:17 is not referring to the original creation of the universe in Genesis 1:1, but to the time afterwards when God “measured” the heavens and the earth to bring the earth out of it’s destruction as described in Genesis 1:2. It was then that God utilized the six days of restoration of the earth in Genesis 1:3-31.

Formless And Void

We notice that there is a stunning break between verse 1 (the creation of the universe) and verse 2 (the earth being without form and void).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  ~Genesis 1:1

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  ~Genesis 1:2

Something happened at an indeterminate time in the past history of the earth that caused its destruction—most likely the fall of Lucifer. Some catastrophic event brought about the condition of formless and void, as described in Genesis 1:2. Without the existence of a great duration of time in the past history of earth before Adam, we have no understanding for when Lucifer fell and why the earth appears to be billions of years old. See: “When did Lucifer Fall.”

Many intelligent people do not believe that God destroyed the world and placed it in a deep freeze for an indeterminate period of time, at Genesis 1:2—failing to remember that the Lord also destroyed the world at the great global flood of Noah.

Peter reminds us that it was by the word of the Lord that the heavens were created, then the earth was standing out of water, then it was covered again with water.

For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old (Genesis 1:1 at creation), and the earth standing out of water and (then again in Genesis 1:2) in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.  ~2 Peter 3:5-6

Scholars have assumed that this verse is speaking of the great flood of Noah. The problem with this assumption is that these verses of scripture do not specify that particular flood. There is not a single inference to Noah or the flood which occurred at that time in the entire context of Peter’s description of the judgment of God which destroyed the earth by water.

Therefore, it is completely reasonable that these verses from 2 Peter 3:5-6 could be describing the heavens of old (the dateless past), being formed by the word of God (13.7 billion years ago); and the earth being ready for habitation had advanced life forms which were destroyed (at the fall of Lucifer), during a great cataclysmic event when the earth was destroyed by God and covered with water. Finally, about 6,000 years ago, the waters that covered the earth were receded to allow the land to reappear a second time during the six days of re-creation that are described in the Book of Genesis chapter 1, verses 3-31.

Peter’s Words Are A Fitting Description For What May Have Occurred In Genesis 1:2.

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  ~Genesis 1:2

…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.  ~2 Peter 3:5-6

The term deep, in Genesis 1:2, is a reference to the deep water that covered the earth, that prevented light and life from being present.

The prophet Isaiah wrote that the Lord said that He did not create the earth in vain. He formed it to be inhabited.

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…  ~Isaiah 45:18

Since this statement by God states that He created the earth to be inhabited as a part of the original creation of the earth, then how did it become formless and void, as described in Genesis 1:2? According to Isaiah 45:18 above, when God formed the earth, He made it to be inhabited.

The church has fallen into a deep well of trouble by insisting that the earth is only 6-10,000 years old and that man walked on the earth with the dinosaurs. This position is not only unnecessary; it is not taught in the Bible. The scriptures make it possible for us to understand that the heavens were created about 13.7 billion years ago as the evidence from science indicates. The earth, being formed much later, could easily be billions of years old. When Adam was placed on the earth, it was after a re-creative state where God receded the waters that covered the land, removed the thick atmosphere from obscuring the sunlight, brought forth life from the seeds which were already present on the earth; and then created man, woman, and all of the animals that we have today. It is clear that the dinosaurs were obviously a part of an earlier creation that existed on the earth millions of years before Adam was created.

Tohu Wabohu

We should deduce here, that if God was desiring only to inform us that He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, verse 2 of Genesis 1 was unnecessary. The story of the original creation of the heavens and the earth could be accomplished without verse 2.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  ~Genesis 1:1,3

Notice how efficiently this depicts the creation of the universe and the earth without any confusion. The fact that verse 2 exists at all is a stunning indication that God is trying to convey a message to us that something occurred which caused the earth to become formless and void. This required His intervention by great power to restore earth to a place that would be suitable for Adam, the beginning of God’s salvation story for all creation to behold.

The Hebrew meaning for the words found in this second verse of Genesis 1, reveals a specific period of earth’s history which left it formless and void (Hebrew: tohu wabohu).

There are two other places in the Old Testament where the phrase formless and void, tohu wabohu, are used in precisely the same context as Genesis 1:2.

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.  ~Isaiah 45:18

The following verse from Jeremiah 4:23 is considered by many Bible Prophecy Scholars to be the pinnacle of evidence for the original creation of the universe in reverse. Here Jeremiah sees the earth as it was in Genesis chapter 1, verse 2, in a state of formlessness and being void. Notice the language that is used to describe this event: there was no man, all the birds had fled, the fruitful land was a wilderness, all the cities were broken down…

I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth.I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled. I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the LORD, By His fierce anger.  ~Jeremiah 4:23

As Jeremiah is speaking a prophecy of the last days when the Lord will destroy the heavens and the earth, here he refers us back to an earlier destruction of the earth in Genesis 1:2, when God destroyed the earth and made it formless and void.

  • Touhu—Strong’s number 922—confusion, desolation.
  • Wabohu—Strong’s number 8414—under judgement.

From Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon. The term wabohu defines judgment as occurring in context of Jeremiah 4:23 and Genesis 1:2.

Verse 1 of Genesis chapter 1 tells us that in the beginning of the creation of God, everything was perfect. Verse 2 of Genesis 1 suddenly and abruptly changes this perfect creation by an apparent cataclysmic event which took place in the form of a judgment by God. The earth is described as becoming formless and void with the Spirit of God hovering over the waters in anger.

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The fact that the land was covered with water and darkness, defines this event apart from the good creation God had made; earth became formless and void as a result of God’s judgement.

2 Peter Chapter 3 describes the principle that men forget that it was by the word of the Lord that the heavens were created, then the earth was standing out of water, then it was covered again with water.

For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old (Genesis 1:1 at creation), and the earth standing out of water and (then again in Genesis 1:2) in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.  ~2 Peter 3:5-6

Scholars have assumed that this verse is speaking of the great flood of Noah. The problem with this assumption is that these verses of scripture do not specify that particular flood. There is not a single inference to Noah or the flood that occurred at that time, in the entire context of Peter’s description of the judgment of God which destroyed the earth by water.

Therefore, it is completely reasonable that these verses from 2 Peter 3:5-6 could be describing the heavens of old (the dateless past), being formed by the word of God (13.7 billion years ago); and the earth being ready for habitation had advanced life forms that were destroyed (at the fall of Lucifer), during a cataclysmic event when the earth was destroyed by God and covered with water. Finally, about 6,000 years ago, the waters that covered the earth were receded to allow land to reappear a second time during the six days of re-creation that are described in the Book of Genesis chapter 1, verses 3-31. 

Notice that water and darkness are common denominator in the following verses:

Judgment Of The World

Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.  ~Genesis 7:17

Judgement Against Egypt

Thus says the LORD: “By this you shall know that I am the LORD. Behold, I will strike the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood.  !Exodus 7:17

Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.  ~Exodus 14:28

Judgment At Marah

Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.  ~Exodus 15:23

Judgement Of The Amorites

So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until we had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel.  ~Joshua 5:1

Judgment Of The Earth, Described By David

Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations of the heavens trembled and quaked, because he was angry. Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him. He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. He rode on a cherub and flew; he was seen on the wings of the wind. He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water. Out of the brightness before him coals of fire flamed forth.The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice. And he sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning, and routed them. Then the channels of the sea were seen; the foundations of the world were laid bare, at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.   ~2 Samuel 22:8-16 (ESV)

Here, David, acting in the capacity of a prophet; describes the earth under a judgement of God, covered with darkness and water—which is identical to the context of Genesis 1:2 when God covered the earth with water and it became formless and void.

These are just a few examples from the scriptures that we could use to make the case that Genesis 1:2 could certainly be a reference to a previous judgment of God. There is far more evidence to reach this conclusion than there is to determine that this is simply a statement of the earth before it was read for man. For this reason this is reasonable explanation for the text of Genesis 1:2. Many scholars today would have us believe that a cataclysmic event is nowhere supported in the Bible and the only credible answer for Genesis 1:2 is the “not ready” state of the earth before God made it habitable. I would vigorously disagree with this interpretation, based on the evidence that I have presented to the contrary.

Not Ready, State

It is an error to state that Genesis 1:2 is describing the earth before God took it from a state of formless and void and made it inhabitable for people. If this were true, why are there no statements similar in describing the formation of the universe? Verse 1 of Genesis states that God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. The earth was already in existence and inhabitable, before verse 2 begins a short narrative describing a cataclysmic event of judgement. The form that this judgement took can only be conjectured as the fall of Lucifer and the kingdom that he ruled over on the earth.

The remainder of Genesis Chapter 1 tells us the story of a re-creative work of God on the earth which was in a state of emptiness. The light that is seen, comes from the sun which had already been created but was not visible on the earth because the planet was covered with water and had no land or atmosphere that allowed the light to be seen. As God brings that land up out of the waters and defines boundaries for the water, He makes an atmosphere whereby the sun can be seen, then the light appears on the earth. This allows the seeds which are already present on the earth to spring forth, and the creation of animals and man is made possible.

Deuteronomy 32:10 is commonly used by those in opposition to the Genesis 1:2 position that the earth became formless and void. Their opinion is that the term empty (tohu) in Isaiah 45:18; God did not create the land to be empty (tohu) but made it to be inhabited, carries the same meaning of Deuteronomy 32:10, where formless, also tohu is used to describe a wasteland and uninhabited desert.

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass. 3 For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God. 4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. 5 They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, Because of their blemish: A perverse and crooked generation. 6 Do you thus deal with the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you? 7 Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you: 8 When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, When He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel. 9 For the LORD’S portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance. 10 He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. 11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, 12 So the LORD alone led him, And there was no foreign god with him. 13 He made him ride in the heights of the earth, That he might eat the produce of the fields; He made him draw honey from the rock, And oil from the flinty rock…”  ~Deuteronomy 32:1-13

What is interesting regarding Deuteronomy 32, when we read the entire context of these verses, we see that God is described as the Creator, and in verse 4, all His work is depicted as perfect. Verse 5 describes how man corrupts what God has made, and this leads to the conclusion of verse 10, where man is found in an empty and uninhabited desert.

When the entirety of Deuteronomy 32 is read, it brings us to the exact same conclusion that we reach when we read Genesis 1:1-2 and Isaiah 45:18. God created the heavens and the earth; they were perfect and ready to be inhabited. The reasonable conclusion is, they would be immediately inhabited. Something happened that changed what was perfect and caused God to judge the world and make it formless and void.

This Is What Peter described:

…by the word of God the heavens were of old (Genesis 1:1 at creation), and the earth standing out of water and (then again in Genesis 1:2) in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

In Genesis 1:3-31, God describes for us the six days in which He brought the earth out of this judgment—from formless and void and made the earth good once again. Of course the rest of the story is that after God placed Adam on the earth, he and Eve, by their sin, placed the earth in further judgment which would end, once again in the total destruction of the earth. Finally, at the end of the age, God will create a new heaven and earth that would once again be perfect and good from the moment that God created it.

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.  ~Revelation 21:1

We see repeated examples in the Old Testament for periods of time when the people of God disobey Him and the land (ha’ares) becomes uninhabitable (tohu), as the people are sent in exile to other nations. This is precisely what happened in Genesis 1:2. Something occurred that caused God to make the earth uninhabitable.

For My people are foolish, They have not known Me. They are silly children, And they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, But to do good they have no knowledge.”  ~Jeremiah 4:22

Notice how in verse 22, the Lord relates the foolishness and sin of Israel to the following verses in Jeremiah 4:23-26. Here Jeremiah is describing the precise events of Genesis 1:2 in the exact same language that Moses wrote to depict the earth becoming without form and void because of sin. Jeremiah describes the earth in a state of ruin. There was no man, the birds had fled, and all the cities were destroyed. This is certainly a reference to Genesis 1:2 and what occurred on the earth when it became formless and void.

I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light. 24 I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth. 25 I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled. 26 I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the LORD, By His fierce anger.  ~Jeremiah 4:23-26

This is an amazing description by Jeremiah of the events of Genesis 1:2 which give us greater detail than we find anywhere else in the Bible.

  1. The earth was without form and void.
  2. There was no light.
  3. The mountains and hills were moved.
  4. There was no man.
  5. The birds had fled.
  6. The once fruitful land was a wilderness.
  7. All the cities were broken down.

All This Happened At The Fierce Anger Of The Lord

What is most compelling regarding these verses from Jeremiah is that they depict the precise events of Genesis 1:2.

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  ~Genesis 1:2

I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.  ~Jeremiah 4:23-26

Jeremiah describes Israel as a wilderness by a direct act of God. He relates the events of Genesis 1:2 to the sin of disobedience that Israel committed against God which caused the Lord to make Israel a desolation. It is possible that Jeremiah’s description is a reflection of the same sin of disobedience which occurred on the earth before man was created, when Lucifer sought to elevate his authority above that of God and was cast out of heaven.

A Summary Of The Creation Of The heavens And The Earth:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  ~Genesis 1:1-2

The first verses of the Bible gives us an indication that the heavens and the earth were created by God at some indeterminate time in the past. When we study the Book of Job, the oldest document in the Bible, we find that when the earth was originally created by God, Lucifer and all the angels were already in existence, and watched in amazement as the Lord spoke the Cosmos into being.

Job 38:4,7 (The Lord speaking to Job about the creation of the earth) “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. 7 When the morning stars (angels) sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?” 

When Did Lucifer Fall?

We must remember that the fall of Lucifer is an established fact. This fall occurred before Adam was created, for He is seen in a fallen state in the Garden when Adam and Eve are tempted to eat of the fruit. In the book of Job, God tells us that when He created the heavens and the earth, the angels were already in existence, shouting praised to God in response to His creation.

Where do we place the fall of Lucifer in the chronology of the earth if not in the distant past, before Adam was created? The judgment of Lucifer was not limited to heaven only, it also affected the earth as Lucifer was a prince here before Adam was created. God describes Lucifer as responsible for the earth becoming a wilderness, and destroying all its cities. When did all of this occur? I submit that it is reasonable, from the scriptures, that we understand this fall took place before the six days of Genesis 1:3-31, when God restored the earth, after having taken it out of darkness when it had been destroyed in judgement; at a time in great distance from Adam’s creation.

Lucifer’s Creation:

God describes Lucifer as the highest of all God’s creation and perfect until he chose to sin against God.

You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.  ~Ezekiel 28:15

Isaiah Chapter 14 and Ezekiel Chapter 28 both describe Lucifer before his fall.

Lucifer’s sin occurred after the earth was created but long before Adam was created by God. Before Adam is spoken of in Genesis chapter 1, Lucifer, the greatest of all the angels, is described by Ezekiel 28:13 as in Eden, perfect. After his fall he is seen in the Garden once again in opposition to Adam’s creation, seeking to cause his fall.

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.  ~Genesis 3:4-5

The Creation Of Lucifer, Perfect In Every Way:

…You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  ~Ezekiel 28:12

He Was In Eden, The Garden Of God Before Adam Was Created:

You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering…  ~Ezekiel 28:13

We see that Lucifer was in the Garden of God on the earth and was perfect, long before Adam was Created. This was not the Garden of Eden of Adam; it is called by a different name: The Garden of God.

He Was On The Mountain Of God, Walking In The Midst Of The Fiery Stones:

Ezekiel 28:14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.”

Perfect Until He Coveted God’s Title:

…For you have said (Pre-Fall) in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”  ~Isaiah 14:13-14

You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. 16 By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. 17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you. 18 You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you.  ~Ezekiel 28:15-18

Verse 14: Lucifer is a cherub, an angel who was on the Holy Mountain of God, before Adam was created and placed on the earth.

Verse 15: He was perfect from the day he was created.

Verse 16: Lucifer is described as trading; a description of the work he was doing on the Mountain of God, before God created Adam. As a result the Lord destroyed him. The Hebrew word used here is wā·’ab·beḏ·ḵā, to kill or make perish. It seems that upon his fall Lucifer may have lost his physical body while retaining his eternal spirit. This is perhaps why we see him as satan in the body of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. This is much in the same way that we see the angels who were disobedient to God, came to earth and died in the flood of Noah. They are now without physical bodies, described as demons.

Verse 17: It was pride over his beauty that caused Lucifer to fall. Notice that at his fall, God laid him before kings so that they might gaze at him. These kings were on the earth with Lucifer, and they were all here before Adam was created, later in the Garden of Eden.

Verse 18: Lucifer is described by God as defiling your sanctuaries—a place of worship on the earth on the Mountain of God before Adam was created. God says that He turned Lucifer to ashes upon the earth, in the sight of all those who saw him fall.

The Language Is Clear

Lucifer was a prince over the earth before man was created. He had rulership over kings, and there were other beings that may have been angels or some other humanoid type of beings. Lucifer coveted the power that God had over all creation, and he was not satisfied with the rule God gave him on the earth.

Lucifer’s Fall:

Lucifer is said to defile his sanctuaries. A sanctuary is a place of worship. Lucifer defiled the place of worship to which he was in authority over—by proclaiming that he is God and then commanding that all who were on the earth to worship him. There is an amazing similarity between this event and the events which take place during the seven year Tribulation as the antichrist, during the midway point of the seven-year Tribulation, will also defile the Temple at Jerusalem and demand the exclusive worship of himself by the inhabitants of the earth.

It was for this reason that God cast Lucifer out of heaven and destroyed him. In the same way, after the antichrist commands the world to worship him as God, the 21 judgements described in the Book of Revelation are unleashed upon the kingdom of the antichrist and those who do worship him.

God will not permit any being to take his place as the sovereign God of the earth. When Lucifer sought this title for himself before Adam was created, God destroyed him. When the antichrist seeks the title of God and His worship during the middle of the seven year Tribulation, God will destroy him also.

Jesus Said He Saw satan, Cast Out Of Heaven:

And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”  ~Matthew 10:18

Lucifer Destroys The Earth:

After God dethroned Lucifer and took away his right of rulership, something cataclysmic took place on the earth which was caused by Lucifer’s rebellion—instituted by God’s judgement.

Lucifer is cast out of heaven, dethroned, and he becomes satan, resulting in the earth being made a wilderness.

Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities…  ~Isaiah 14:17

Lucifer sought to ascend into heaven and take rulership from God. He was therefore cast out of heaven to the earth.

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! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. ~Isaiah 14:12-15

Notice God’s reference to Lucifer’s fall, that he weakened the nations. This is not a future reference but a current statement of the events which took place when Lucifer fell. God cast Lucifer out of heaven back to the earth before the very nations and kings to which he had formerly ruled over.

God Judges The World, Places It In A state Of Suspension:

Upon its destruction, God places the earth in a deep freeze and covers it with water with no light, no land, and no life. The term darkness was on the face of the deep, in Hebrew (Tohu wa Bohu), implies that a judgement has taken place. This was not simply a declaration that the earth was in a state of emptiness before God formed it for habitation, but that it was habitable and then became a wasteland by the action of God’s judgment.

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  ~Genesis 1:2

When we arrive at verse 3 of Genesis Chapter 1, God is ready to take the earth out of its suspended state and bring forth life again.

The Creation Of Adam:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  ~Genesis 2:7

Adam Placed In The Garden Of Eden:

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.  ~Genesis 2:15

Eve Created From Adam:

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.  ~Genesis 2:21-22

The Serpent, Satan, Is Seen In His Fallen Condition In The Garden:

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”  ~Genesis 3:1

The question would logically be: “If Lucifer has already fallen and is seen here in the Garden at the creation of Adam and Eve, when did he fall?” The answer is obvious: He fell at some point in time, before the six creative days described in Genesis Chapter 1.

At some distance to the time when Adam was placed on the earth, the fall of Lucifer had already occurred, as described in Isaiah Chapter 14.

Isaiah Chapter 14 and Ezekiel Chapter 28 both describe Lucifer before his fall and the events which caused his fall.

Some commentators have erroneously stated that this is a description of the king of Tyre. It is obvious that the king of Tyre did not walk in the Garden of God nor was this king or any other man called a Cherub. The Cherubim are the chief of all angels who are seen in heaven with God. Clearly the king of Tyre was possessed by satan who commandeered his body to accomplish the work of satan in the kingdom of Tyre.

I am always amazed as I read the commentaries of great men who have written on the fall of Lucifer and the specific verses of scripture in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. There is a large dodge occurring in these verses by Bible commentators when they seek to make a point that the subject of Ezekiel 28 is the King of Tyre. Even with the greatest of embellishment, a man or a king could never be referred to in the Bible as a Cherub.

See The Prophecy Of Tyre

The word Cherub or Cherubim is used 95 times in the Old Testament and always in describing a heavenly creature. There is no precedence for calling a man or a king a Cherub anywhere in the entire Bible. It is clear by the context of Ezekiel 28:14-18 that satan is being described. This anointed cherub who covers is an angelic creature who has fallen from heaven. It would take great exegetical license to make the anointed cherub who covers, the king of Tyre. It would be perhaps the worst Biblical Hermeneutics imaginable to stretch these verses to fit a premise which cannot accept that Lucifer was a ruler on the earth over kings and people, before Adam was ever placed on the earth.

The evidence for this fact is the Bible, not conjecture nor the traditions of men. The conclusions drawn here for who this being is and what has occurred in Genesis 1:2, are taken only from the words of God in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.

What has clearly occurred in Ezekiel 28:14-18, is Lucifer’s fall as compared to the King of Tyre and his fall. Both were consumed with their own pride, their trading which Tyre was world-famous for, and their desire to be a god. God is simply describing a heavenly creatures fall in contrast to an earthly kings fall, by using familiar terms that we can identify with.

Jesus’ Authority

The demons Identify Jesus As the Christ, The Son Of God:

And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!”  ~Luke 4:41

Jesus Controlled Every Situation

Although Jesus was laying down His life for us as a servant, He was still Lord of the universe and in control over absolutely every event that we read in the four Gospels.

  • The foal of a donkey submits to His authority (Matthew 21:7).
  • The wind and the waves submit to His authority (Mark 4:39).
  • The dead submit to His authority (John 11:43).
  • Death submits to His authority (John 11:25).
  • Sickness and disease, submit to His authority (Luke 18:42).
  • The demons submit to His authority (Luke 4:35).
  • The devil submits to His authority (Matthew 4:10).
  • All History submits to His authority (Matthew 26:56).
  • All the kingdoms of this world will submit to His authority (Matthew 19:28).

One day, every knee will bow to Jesus; every tongue will confess that He is the Lord.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  ~Philippians 2:9-11

In The Last Days, There Will Be Increased Demonic Activity

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron…  ~1 Timothy 4:1-2

Notice that the conscience that has been provided by God, is damaged by denying God, which in turn, opens the spirit of this person up to: “giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” This conscience that is “seared,” or can no longer feel guilt or remorse, leads to an abhorrent lifestyle. It is interesting that this loss of conscience is linked to demonic activity in the life of a person. This is not to say that this person has knowingly participated in the worship of demons. A denial of God, removes His protection from our life and opens us up to the possibility of demonic oppression or possession. These individuals become prey for demonic activity, that can further sear the conscience and prevent a person from feeling any guilt or empathy towards other people. Along with the loss of a clear moral compass that dictates what is right or wrong behavior, these individuals are without feeling, concerning how their behavior hurts or affects other people.

Satan And The Demons Judged

When Jesus returns to earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period, He will bring His church with Him. All those who have believed in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, before the Rapture took place, will return to reign with Him over an endless kingdom of peace.

As Jesus returns, He will set up the kingdom promised to David, which will cover the entire world. It will be a kingdom of righteousness, where no one will hurt or destroy, any longer.

Satan will be chained, in the Abussos, at the center of the earth. The demons will be assigned to hell, and all evil men will be banished from this new kingdom. Those who survive the seven-year Tribulation will be ruled by Jesus as mortals. They will live on the earth for one thousand years in complete peace, which is guaranteed by Jesus and His co-rulers—the church. See the chapter: Arrival of the Messiah.

The purpose of Jesus first arrival on earth, was to make peace between God and man. With this in mind, many people do not understand that although Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, when He returns the second time, He will rule the world by extreme force, during the one thousand-year reign, described by the book of Revelation Chapters 2 and 20 A Warrior King.

And he who overcomes (the saved), and keeps My works until the end, to him (the church) I will give power over the nations—27 “He shall rule them (the nations) with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as I also have received from My Father…  ~Revelation 2:26-27

Satan Assigned To Hell, Forever

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.  ~Revelation 20:1-4

As Jesus returns to earth to make peace, first He must subdue all His enemies. Those who would stand in opposition to a Righteous government; who want the present corrupt system of man to continue, will fight Jesus to the death. As the Lord arrives on the earth, He will touchdown at the Mount of Olives, from where He departed—after He was crucified and resurrected from the dead. Traveling north to the Valley of Megiddo, a waiting army will be assembled to destroy Jesus and His church; who have returned with Him. Jesus will simply speak and the entire horde of men and equipment will be destroyed. The description of this event states that there will be blood, to the depth of a horses bridle, all along the entire 200 mile expanse of this valley. See the chapter: Destroy the antichrist, for details.

The only thing that evil understands is absolute and overwhelming force. One American president has made the mistake of thinking that evil can be reasoned with and that we can overcome terrorist governments by diplomacy. Jesus taught us that there is a time for war, and He will bring one final battle to the earth, so that peace may reign over all mankind, forever.

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Part 2: The Bible


NOTES:
[1] 
Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5 and 33:15
[2] Isaiah 42:1, 49:6, 50:10, 52:13, Ezekiel 34:23-24, and Zechariah 3:8
[3] Zechariah 6:12
[4] Isaiah 4:2, as well as the Aramaic Targum of Jonathan, Page 63
[5] Graphic Chart by Rob Robinson