THE BIBLICAL HISTORY OF CREATION --Part 1
The general lack of knowledge among Christians regarding the creation truths described in the Bible has become a stumbling block in testimony to non-believers. The inability to explain God's word to Scientists, Evolutionists and New Age Religionists has resulted in the general acceptance of our secular humanist school system, and will eventually, I believe, lead to the great apostasy predicted by Paul in II Thes. 2:3. Our Heavenly Father was and is obviously aware of the present world condition, and it doesn't make sense that he would not arm his people to stand in the days of deception. The facts are that most Christians are not aware that their own King James itself declares this world to be the billions of years old that the scientists demand it to be! Traditions, great old preachers, and the lack of use of study tools such as a Strong's Concordance, and the Green's Interlinear Massoretic text has blinded the eyes of our people, and caused the word of God to be suspect even by
This paper is dedicated to opening the minds of Christians to the truth of our Father's word as written, without the words of man thrown in. Let me start by affirming to the reader that I firmly believe in the truth and inerrancy of the texts we always had, and that they are God's truth to man inspired by the Holy Spirit. The accuracy of our texts were recently confirmed by the release of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and this proof has convinced (or convicted) anyone who has followed the scroll reports, and believed otherwise. Finally, as is well known, the Creation acts are stated to have taken six literal (24 hour) days. This truth does not have to be stretched or bent to allow the scientists all the time they need. To be able to offer truth that is irrefutable is the gift you will receive from studying our Father's Word.
The evolutionists would have us deny God's word as myth. In answer to this, I would simply remind them that for evolution to be a fact, it must be a continuing process. It certainly isn't. Have you or anyone else ever seen a fish become a frog lately? Or a wierd looking whas'is crawling out of a wet rock in a violent thunderstorm? Man does evolve intellectually, though. For example, since God created us we have evolved from scratching on rocks to writing on parchment with ink to word processors and FAX machines; Man evolved from living in caves to building mud huts and tents to living in condominiums and palaces; From log rafts to canoes to ocean liners; From digging sticks to plows to tractors to airplanes to satellites. The list could go on and on. But what about the animals? Birds still build their nests the same way; some reptiles lay eggs, while others with the same body shape give live birth; Fish and birds still migrate over the same routes they have used for millenia; colo
Now,if you will simply pray for our Heavenly Father to open your mind to His truth we will let His Word do the talking.
Authorized King James Bible (KJV, not the New Revised Version)
Green's Interlinear Bible with Hebrew, Greek and English
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance (the original 1901 edition)
These texts are all available at most Bible Book Stores, and are a must for you to get the truth from this paper. Hopefully, this paper will make you aware that there is much more to God's word than you were taught and you will continue in prayer and study on other subjects which just don't seem right. In this case, the references will be mandatory to have on hand.
GEN 1:1-2 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (KJV)
These words are perhaps the most familiar ones in the first Testament, and they are memorized at a very young age by every Sunday School youngster.
I wonder how many people have ever bothered to look up the words of the verses in a Strong's? From the knowledge most people confess about the creation, I suspect very few have, and even fewer understand them. For example, let us begin our study in verse 2 with the english words "was without form, and void". As anyone who has studied Hebrew can tell you, Hebrew does not have a verb "to be". The Hebrew word 'hayah' translated into the English word "was" is given on page 32 of the Strong's Hebrew dictionary as follows.
Strong's # 1961 hayah (haw-yaw); a primitive root [compare 1933]; to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): In the King James, the word is translated to the English as follows- beacon, X altogether, be (-come), accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (oneself-), require, X use. (DIC)
Note that the second time "was" is used in V.2 ie, 'and darkness was' the word "was" is in italic print in the KJV, meaning the Hebrew word 'hayah' is not in the text but the English "was" is included by the translators so that the English translation would be more readable. Many times in the KJV this word 'hayah'is rendered "became". In Gen. 2:7,
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 soul. (KJV).
The word translated "became" is 'hayah'. This is also the case in Gen 4:3, 9:15, and 19:26. Hayah is also rendered "came to pass" in Gen 4:14, 22:1, 23:1, and 27:1. And in Gen 1:3,
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.",
our friend is used twice! Both the words 'be' and 'was' are Hebrew 'hayah'. In the English, it is equally correct to render v. 3 thus--
"And God said, let light be: and it became light."
Thus we realize that the word rendered 'was' in Gen.1:2 really means "became",or"it came to pass" or "it happened that". Now, looking further at Gen 1:2,
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (KJV)
We find that the words rendered "without form and void" are the Hebrew words pronounced 'tohu va bohu', and are the Strong's words 8414 & 922.
Strong's # 8414 tohuw (to'-hoo); from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain: KJV-- confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness. (DIC)
Strong's # 922 bohuw (bo'-hoo); from an unused root (meaning to be empty); a vacuity, i.e. (superficially) an undistinguishable ruin: KJV-- emptiness, void. (DIC)
We can readily see that the English words used by the King James translators for the Hebrew phrase 'tohu va bohu' in Gen 1:2 above does not say the same thing as the Hebrew words mean. Let us now look at the Hebrew word for 'the darkness' as in verse 2. This word is choshek, Strong's # 2822.
I SINCERELY HOPE YOU ARE NOT TAKING MY WORD FOR ALL THIS--BREAK OUT YOUR KJV AND CONCORDANCE AND FOLLOW ALONG!!
Strong's # 2822 choshek (kho-shek'); from 2821; the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness: KJV-- dark (-ness), night, obscurity. (DIC)
Let us now render verse 2 of Gen 1 as the Hebrew allows,
"And the earth became a desert, a worthless thing of nought, and an indistinguishable ruin; and misery, sorrow and death was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." How can this be!! Is there any backup for such radical ideas? YES! Let us look at Isaiah 45:18,
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. (KJV)
Guess what the Hebrew word for "in vain" is-- our old friend tohu!!! the same tohu as in Gen 1:2!! Hey, don't take my word for it--look it up. And lets not stop with this-check out Isaiah 34:11.
But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. (KJV)
Guess what "confusion" is--TOHU! How about "emptiness"--BOHU! The same verbatim Hebrew phrase 'tohu va bohu' used in Genesis 1:2.
Then the Bible says that God created the earth in the beginning (whenever that was) as per Gen 1:1, and that he didn't create it destroyed, but it became that way (Gen 1:2 and Isaiah 45:18). I like that thought a lot, since I believe that anything our Heavenly Father would create (Gen 1:1) would be both complete and wonderful. WELL-- NOW THE EVOLUTIONISTS CAN HAVE ALL THE TIME THEY NEED AND IT FITS GOD'S WORD JUST FINE TO STUFF IT BETWEEN GENESIS CHAPTER ONE VERSES 1 AND 2! EVEN 5 OR 500 BILLION YEARS.
OK, so that takes care of the time, but what about the million year old fossils? And what about the Mammoths presently being unearthed in Siberia and Alaska that have been quick frozen with grass even in their mouths? And if Adam was created 6000 years ago, how about human-like skeletons that the evolutionists tell us were our ancestors 5,000,000 years ago? Finally, if God made a perfect creation in Gen 1:1, why would he destroy it? ANSWER THESE!!
Let's answer the last question first. God destroyed the first creation for the reasons given in 2 Pet. 3:4-7. (SIN)
2 Pet 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (KJV)
Now Peter was not talking of Noah's flood in verses 5&6, He was talking of Gen 1:2. This for two reasons; 1) He just finished discussing the judgement of Noah's time in 2 Pet 2:5;
2 Pet 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; (KJV)
and 2) The Greek word translated 'perished' in verse 6 is the Strong's word in the Greek dictionary #622 "apollumi", and only has one meaning in the Greek--to destroy fully. The Earth was not destroyed by Noah's flood, only the people and living flesh was. Remember the dove who brought Noah a fresh olive leaf. (Gen 8:11)?
Strong's # 622 apollumi (ap-ol'-loo-mee); from 575 and the base of 3639; to destroy fully (reflexively, to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively: KJV-- destroy, die, lose, mar, perish. (DIC)
Well, is there anything written about how it was done? You bet there is.
Jer 4: 23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. 24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. 25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. 26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger. 27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. (KJV)
I'm sure I don't need to call your attention to the 'tohu va bohu' (v 23) But will you notice verses 24-27? This was some violent shaking, what? It reminds me of Paul's words in Hebrews 12.
Heb 12: 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (KJV)
The English word "shake" in verse 26 is the Greek word 'sios' found to be Strong's #4579. Compare to the English word siesmology-the study of earthquakes.
Strong's # 4579 seio (si'-o); apparently a primary verb; to rock (vibrate, properly, sideways or to and fro), i.e. (generally) to agitate (in any direction; cause to tremble); figuratively, to throw into a tremor (of fear or concern): KJV-- move, quake, shake. (DIC) P Now this shaking we can be sure was sudden and violent as described by Paul, Peter, Isaiah and Jeremiah and included water as stated by Peter and in Genesis 1:2. Thus, with common sense and a little thought, we can say with complete surety that --
1) In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen 1:1) We don't presume to know when the beginning was, but we know that there was a beginning. This could have been many billions of years ago.
2) That the earth was not created 'tohu va bohu', but became so. Note that the heaven was not so destroyed (Gen 1:2). This fact kind of bangs up the Big Bang theory of the evolutionists doesn't it? The good news is that we didn't come from a stick of dynamite exploding in some primordial soup bowl. We have a loving Father who created us and cares very much what happens to us.
3) The 10 million year old fossils found buried under tons of rock and on the sea beds are the remains of this first earth age. (not the first earth-but first earth age) There is only one earth. Likewise, the dinosaurs, the human like critters and the mammoths are the remains. The suddenness of the shaking is evident even in science, which they call a cataclysm. The evidence of a flood much earlier than Noah's is presented often in science. This one sure fits.
Another question remains. Who were the "men" destroyed in Jere. 4:25-29 and in 2 Pet 3:6 "the world that then was"? They must be the "angels who left their first estate" as in 2 Pet 2:4, and Jude verse 6. Why must they be the ones? Look at Genesis 6:4
Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (KJV)
Carefully notice that in your King James the words "children" and "became" are in italics print. Thats right-these words are not in the manuscripts. Confirm this in the Green's Interlinear. Thus they didn't become mighty men --THEY WERE THE SAME MIGHTY MEN OF OLD TIME--MEN OF RENOWN. Thus here is the answer. These were the fallen angels that corrupted the world of Noah, but they were the same in old time! There is no biblical evidence of human beings as we know today until Gen. 1:26-31. Hence it is possible that Satan and his fallen ones crossbred with beasts giving rise to wierd human-like fossils and even the half horse half bull monstrosities of mythology.
In closing I would like to urge you to be wiser than the serpent. Don't be decieved, come out of Babylon (Hebrew for confusion Strong's #894. Study God's word prayerfully, and think about what you have just read. We really didn't get past the first three verses of Genesis. Think about the wonderful truths of God's word that remain. There is more to God's word than you have been taught. Ask his Holy Spirit to guide you.