The First Earth Age
Science has proven repeatedly that this Earth is millions of years old. However, in most religious communities it is taught that the Earth is only about seven thousand years old. Who is right, and who is wrong? Well, what does the Bible have to say about this? The Bible teaches that this Earth is indeed millions of years old, and it is only this Earth age that is not quite as old. You will see that there are at least three earth ages spoken of in the Bible. There is the age that was, the age that is, and the age that will be. The age that is now is of course, the age that we are living in now. The age that will be, is called "eternity". This study covers the age that happened before the time of Genesis 1:2. Thats right, the first Earth age is spoken of in the very first verse of the Bible, and we will cover it soon enough.
As with all studies, check it out for yourself. God Almighty gave you a brain and He expects you to exercise it in His word. Study the Word of God for yourself. Check out the scriptures. Follow the subjects and objects. Most of all question what man teaches. Especially if they preach for hours at a time and never open the Bible. Please, do more than just read, or listen to, the Word of God. Your eternal soul could very well depend on it. With that said, lets begin at the beginning.
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
carefully what that verse said, yet didnt say. In the
beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth, period. The
word "beginning", is the Hebrew "reshiyth", which means, first in place, time, order or rank.
The creation here was the First Earth age.
What happened to it? That is fully and accurately described by
the next verse.
Genesis 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."
to read this at face value, it says that the earth was without
form. Which must mean it was created without form. However, when
you look at the Hebrew, you see something totally different. "Was" is "hayah", which means, became, come to pass.
The word "Hayah" is always emphatic. That is to say, put the emphasis
on the word "became". This same word was also used in Genesis 2:7. Check
it out and see how it is worded there. "Without form" is "tohuw", which means, to lie waste, a desolation. "Void" is "bohuw", which means, a vacuity, an indistinguishable ruin.
It will do you good to remember those words. We will see them
again. Nevertheless, what is being said here is that the Earth was created. Then, it became a desolation and an undistinguishable ruin. It was
destroyed. Then through the rest of chapter one in Genesis, the
second Earth age was created. You see, Genesis 1:1 is timeless.
There are no restrictions in the Bible for how old that age was.
How about we take a look at this in a different place in the
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."
The word "vain here is the same Hebrew word used in Genesis 1:2. It is "tohuw", a desolation. God did not create the world as a desolation. It became one. God created this world to be inhabited, and it was inhabited. In spite of this, it is taught that the world was created void. That is a false teaching devised by the imaginations of man. The Word clearly states that the Earth was created, destroyed, and refashioned in the form you are living in today. This is not that hard to understand. However, you do have to study the original languages to understand it. Lets examine this in yet another place.
II Peter 3:5 "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."
People are willingly ignorant of this, because they dont study the Word. "Willingly" is "thelo", which means, to choose or prefer. They choose to believe what they are taught, and prefer to be ignorant of the truth. These are not my words. They are Gods. The Heavens are of old or better said, ancient. The Earth standing in and out of the water would be continents and oceans. Again, the Earth was created to be inhabited. We will get to who inhabited it later.
II Peter 3:6 "Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished."
the world that was. That more than implies there is more than one
Earth age."Overflowed" is "katakluzo", which means, to deluge. "Perished" is "apollumi", and as you have heard so many times before, it
means to destroy fully. The first earth age
was flooded with water, and destroyed. Then Genesis 1:3 picks up
the narrative where the Second Earth Age
starts to take form.
II Peter 3:7 "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."
The current Earth age is reserved unto fire for the day of judgment. The first Earth age has already been destroyed by water. Wait a minute. Isnt this speaking of Noahs flood? Well, lets document that it is not Noahs flood.
Jeremiah 4:23 "I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light."
Sound familiar? It should. The phrase, [it was], was added by man. This would better read as, "I beheld the earth, and, lo, without form and void;". This is taking a look at the Earth just after it was destroyed, and describes the aftermath. "Without form, and void", is again, "tohuw va bohuw", just as it is in Genesis. It became a desolated wasteland.
Jeremiah 4:24 "I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly."
This is describing one major earthquake. "Trembled" is "raash", which means, to undulate. Well, what does the word undulate mean? It means to rise and fall or move from side to side in a smooth wave like motion. Mountains are pretty solid and it would take one powerful shaking to give them a "wave like" motion. "Moved lightly" is "qalal", which means, to be light in the sense of weight. Imagine if the mountains were moving like the ocean, the hills were being tossed around like featherweights. It was probably everything those little hills could do just to hang on! There were not any earthquakes recorded during Noahs flood. So this verse is talking about something else entirely. Actually this describes what might have been the reaction of the Earth's thin surface crust floating on the surface of a molten sphere (not much different than it is today) if a large meteor hit it. The scientific community now believes this is exactly what happened in the Yucatan Peninsula that caused the extinction of all the Dinosaurs
Jeremiah 4:25 "I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled."
Lets get the full idea of this. No one survived. In Noahs flood there were at least eight survivors, with evidence for many more survivors, including birds. Noah sent out many birds for proof of the receding floodwaters. Granted, Noahs flood was still a devastating flood. However, it was no where near the destruction described here. But wait, how could man not survive, if they had not yet been created? As we will learn deeper in this study, man had been created before. However, the angels and men were there, and so were some of the biggest animals known to man. We will get to that later. For now, lets continue.(for evidence of man and dinosaurs together)
Jeremiah 4:26 "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."
there were fruitful places in the world that was. There were also
cities. What happened to them? They were destroyed. They became
"tohuw va bohuw". You dont need to believe me that cities
existed millions of years ago, ask an archaeologist. In the realm
of science it is believed that this Earth met up with a
disastrous event, but it is heavily debated what that event was.
You are reading of that event now. However, If this was Noahs
flood, then how did the dove bring back a branch from an olive
tree? It takes many years for an olive tree to grow. If the
fruitful places were destroyed, there would have been nothing but
a stick to bring back. The event described is an Earth shaking
upheaval of the crust and oceans of the Earth not just a flood caused by rain. A forty day rain doesn't deposit
fossils of seashells on the tops of mountains.
Jeremiah 4:27 "For thus hath the Lord said, "The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end."
It was a full end of that Earth age. However, it was not a full end of the Earth. The end of this verse would be where Genesis 1:3 picks up. The world was totally obliterated. All life on the face of this Earth was destroyed, then re-created. The same thing will happen again at the end of this Earth age. It will be destroyed by fire, and again refurbished for the eternity.
2 Peter 3:10-13, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
What has happened before, will happen again. There is nothing new under the sun, (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10). So now that we have documented that there was an Earth age before this current one, lets see who lived in that earth age. Pick it up at the ending of the book of Job, where God is putting all the "wisdom of man" to shame.
Job 40:15 "Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee, he eateth grass as an ox."
Right off the bat, this passage of scripture is speaking about dinosaurs. Most people believe that it is in reference to a hippopotamus. To me, this describes a real specific dinosaur. However, you make up your own mind as to what animal this passage describes. Granted, there is no reference to time given here, but modern science has already proven when dinosaurs existed. "Behemoth" is behemowth" in the Hebrew. It is the plural of "behemah", which is simply a large dumb beast. "Grass" is "chatsiyr", which means, the greenness of a courtyard. It has also been translated as hay, herb, and leek. So the picture we have so far, is one of a large dumb beast that is a herbivore, or plant eater. Lets continue.
Job 40:16-17 "Lo now, his strength is in his loins, an his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together."
word "loins" is "mothen", which is the waist
or the small of the back. "Navel" is "shariyr",
which is a cord, sinew. The strength of this animal lies in its
waist, and the power is in the sinews of its belly. In other
words, it is a very powerful animal in the mid-section of its
body. "Moveth" is "chadhets", which means, to
bend. This tail would bend like a cedar. To
make this more clear, have you ever seen a tail as big as a cedar
tree slung on a hippo? A hippos tail is a mere noodle
compared to what is described here. Also, a hippo's tail would
bend more like a willow reed. Whereas, if you picture a dinosaur
in your mind, it makes a tad more sense. The last part of that
verse would better translate as; "the tendons of his
testicles are intertwined tightly". Now, I am not a
biologist, so I really cant begin to imagine what is meant
here. Got any ideas?
Job 40:18 "His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron."
"Bones" is "etsem", which means the body, substance. "Strong pieces" is "aqhiyq", which means, containing. The word "aqhiyq" has a play on a riverbed or valley of a stream, in the sense that the riverbed is strong to hold the river. The body of this creature is a strong as brass, and would need to be if it were as big as a dinosaur. The second time "bones" is used it is "gerem", which is the skeleton. The skeletal structure of this large beast is as strong as bars of iron. Only a very large animal would need these strong bones to support its sheer bulk.
Job 40:19 "He is the chief of the ways of God: He that made him can make His sword to approach unto him."
"Chief" is the same word "reshiyth" that was used earlier in this study. Again, it means, first in place, time, or order. "Ways" is "derek", which is a road as trodden, a course of life. Now lets simplify this so you may better understand. Millions of years ago, behemoth was the first flesh creatures created by God. (Remember now, "behemoth" is plural in the Hebrew.) The last part of that verse has reverence to the destruction of Behemoth. Feel free to check it out for yourself. For the purpose of space, we need to skip forward and cover one more verse. I will state that Job 40:20-22 describes a creature that lives in swampy water, yet eats from the mountaintops. What creature do you think that could be?"
Job 40:23 "Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth."
"Drinketh" is "ashaq", which means to press upon, i.e. oppress. "Hasteth" is "chaphaz", which means to start up suddenly.
What is being said here in different words is that though the
river should swell with floodwaters, Behemoth is not worried
about it. The sheer bulk of a dinosaur will keep him put, while
the flood surges around him. The rest of the verse translates
just fine on its own. However, check it out for yourself. This
animal believes he could drink the entire Jordan if he wanted to.
I have yet to see an animal living on this Earth with such a huge
thirst. This passage of scripture is speaking of only one type of
dinosaur. So, now we have the first Earth age,
and dinosaurs were living in it. Not only is there Biblical proof
of this, but there is also scientific proof. Visit your local
Museum to see the scientific proof. Now, lets see who else
inhabited the first Earth age. We will pick it up in the book of
John, where Christ was praying to God just before He was
delivered up to be crucified.
John 17:24 "Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world."
Yes, Christ was in that world that was. It would be rather obvious since Christ is God, and He created the world. However, there is something more detailed here we need to look at. "Foundation" is "katabole", which means, to throw down, to overthrow. God loved Christ since before the overthrow of the world. Now, you should be asking yourself a question. We know that there was a world age before this one. We also know of that ages destruction. Why was the first Earth age overthrown? To find that answer, we need to examine who else was in that age. We pick it up in Ezekiel, where God is describing Satan in the first earth age. The entire reference is Ezekiel 28:12-19. It is speaking about the king of Tyrus. Yet, by the description, it can only be Satan. Study the entire passage.
Ezekiel 28:14 "Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire."
Earlier, it was saying that Satan had been in Eden, the garden of God. It described his beauty and perfection. Here we see that Satan was the anointed Cherub that covereth. Now what was that? Im sure most of you have seen a replication of the Ark of the Covenant. On top of that ark are two cherubim that cover the mercy seat with their wings. "Anointed" is "mimsach", which means, outspread, (i.e. with outstretched wings.) "Covereth" is "cakak", which means, to entwine, to fence in, and to protect. Satan was created to be one of those protecting cherubim. He was a protector of the mercy seat, which is the throne of Christ. The "stones of fire" is the fire on the altar of God. Satan was in a very high office in the temple of God.
Ezekiel 28:15 "Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee."
The day that Lucifer was created, was the first Earth age. He was perfect there. "Perfect"is "tamiym", which means, entire, without blemish, complete. Lucifer was created to be the whole pattern of perfection. I assure you, no one in this Earth was created as perfect as Lucifer was in the first Earth age. When Lucifer became filled with pride concerning his perfection, was when iniquity was found in him. He became jealous and tried to take that mercy seat for himself. That is why that Earth age was destroyed. That is also why as Satan, he will come back to. He wants that throne for himself, and will do whatever he can to obtain it. One third of the angels followed Lucifer (Satan) during his first attempt to overthrow God.
Jude 6 "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
are the fallen angels. Their first estate, their own habitation,
was heaven. All the angels were created in that first Earth age.
They were all with God then. These fallen angels left their
habitation when they followed Lucifer as he rebelled in that
first Earth age. They all decided to follow Lucifer instead of
God. So we know that the angels were with God in the first earth
Isaiah 14:12-17, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?"
What nations (peoples) did Lucifer weaken? the word weaken is "chalash" and it means to "waste away" or cause to go prostrate. The word tremble is "ragaz" and means shake and the word "shake" is "ra`ash" and means quake. Lucifer caused the Earth to shake and quake and is responsible for the destruction of the first Earth Age along with every creature, including people and all of their cities. Because of this Lucifer was cast down to Earth and his name changed to Satan.
In the New Testament this event is often refered to.
Matthew 13:35, "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."
25:34, "Then shall the
King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:"
Luke 11:50, "That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;"
"Foundation" is the same word "katabole"
we covered earlier. It means to throw down, to overthrow. It
comes from the word
means to throw to the ground, prostrate.
Sounds familiar doesn't it.
John 17:24, "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."
states that the Father has loved him since before the katabole, before
the First Earth Age was overthrown.
1 Peter 1:20, "Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,"
Revelation 13:8, "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
Revelation 17:8, "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
Ephesians 1:4 "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:"
The first earth age had to be destroyed because of Satans plot to take over the throne of God. He will try to take the place of God again. What will you be doing when that happens?
Lets sum things up for a moment. There was an Earth age before the one we are living in now. It was the age of dinosaurs, of angels and man. Satan was in that Earth age, and he was created perfect. He was originally one of the highest ranking angels in the kingdom of Heaven. That high office and perfection filled him with pride. He began to desire God's glory for himself. He rebelled, and there was a war. Gods elect overcame. The fallen angels followed Satan.
Second Earth Age