Earth was Destroyed BEFORE the Present Creation

Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted: October 26, 2022
. Updated November 6, 2022.

This article is just a quick note of something incredibly interesting to ponder over regarding God’s creation.

In the English, Genesis 1:2 says the earth (“the firm”) was “without form and void.” The phrase “without form” is tôhûw, to’-hoo; from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface).

Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon for Strong’s H8414 – “without form”

Strong’s Concordance Greek Dictionary:
H8414
תֹּהוּ
tôhû
to’-hoo

From an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), that is, desert; figuratively a worthless thing; adverbially in vain: – confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.

So when God began our current creation, the earth was in a wasted, desolated condition…. not only void or empty, but previously destroyed.

This means “the beginning” in Genesis 1:1 could have been multiple earth-creations ago. “The beginning” did not begin on day 1 of the creation that we are familiar with now, which means “the end” of us/our earth is not a permanent end of God’s creation (see God Works in Ages).

We know when Jesus returns, all earthly elements melt with fervent heat, including the firmament (2 Peter 3:10, 12) — this will cause it to again go back to being a destroyed “firm,” waters and darkness. It appears from Genesis 1:2 that this has happened before.

God works in ages and I do believe we are in a cycle that repeats itself. God creates for 6 thousand, rests for 1 thousand, and will create again. Our eternal spirits will be celestial beings when God creates the things in and on the next “firm” (earth). [For info on the soul and the eternal spirit, see Do Wicked Souls or Spirits Cease to Exist?]

God Created Darkness

Satan was cast down to the earth after his rebellion which was BEFORE our current creation (source: this 3-minute video) — he was only restrained at the cross, not cast out of heaven at the cross.

Genesis 1:2 tells us that BEFORE creation, there was darkness, a wasted, destroyed “firm” (earth), and waters that were already here (explanation is here).

We know the Spirit (Jesus Christ) moved over the waters BEFORE creation. ALL was created unto Jesus Christ:

because in him were the all things created, those in the heavens, and those upon the earth, those visible, and those invisible, whether thrones, whether lordships, whether principalities, whether authorities; all things through him, and for him, have been created,

Colossians 1:16 (YLT, Young’s Literal Translation)

BEFORE our current creation, God created the darkness (Isaiah 45:7).

On day 1, God said “let there be light” — this was FORMED by God and not created (Isaiah 45:7). This formed light wasn’t the sun’s light which was created on day 4. The formed light is the Holy Spirit of God.

God separated the formed light from the created darkness. This tells us that the darkness is also spiritual like the light… the darkness is the spirit of Satan (evil) and his fallen ones. God created evil for His power and glory, and for the refinement of His creation (see God Created Evil).

So when God says Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), He meant it literally…. our literal airwaves. We are literally living on Satan’s refurbished dwelling, his place of darkness and no knowledge of Truth, and He hates it that man was given dominion over the creation that God has placed here.

At the cross, Satan was bound so he is severely limited in how he can affect the called-out chosen of God (details here). And he cannot affect nature at all — that power belongs to God and Jesus only (study here). But he reigns within the wicked men of this earth, which is the majority of mankind (details here).

For Further Study

It never ceases to amaze me what God’s inspired word says in the original Hebrew and Greek. For details on how to do this yourself, see this page.

One can also be led to many meaningful messages and lessons when using the KJV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible… it is an AWESOME study tool for navigating God’s Word! It’s not available for free online, but you can purchase one here (you will want the large print because it’s still a relatively small font size). Note: There are NO affiliate links on this website.

Praying that God will lead us all into His Truth, and increase our understanding of Him and His Word…. truth upon truth, line upon line, according to His purpose. God bless!


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