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“Exploring Genesis 1:1-2”

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 

 Revelation 12:7-9 (ESV)

So, when I used to believe in the gap theory, I was comfortable placing this event in between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. That explained, in my eyes, the reason why the earth was so messed up in Genesis 1:2, after all, that is the devil’s job description: to kill, still and destroy (John 10:10). But I was wrong! God himself gives us the answer in plain view when he asked Job some very serious questions,  

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
    Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
    Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
    or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
    and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:4-7 (ESV)

This expression, “Sons of God”, appeared in the Old Testament a couple of times and is always referring to angels. God is telling us here that all the sons of God (angels) shouted for joy when he laid the foundation of the earth. Lucifer was also an angel, and he was also shouting for joy when the foundations of the earth were laid; so, Satan’s fall could not have happened before the creation. Lucifer’s fall took place sometime after the creation was completed. I subscribe to this idea for the following reasons: let’s start with Ezekiel 28:13 tells us,

You were in Eden, the garden of God;
    every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond,
    beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle;
    and crafted in gold were your settings
    and your engravings. 
On the day that you were created
    they were prepared. (ESV)

So, from this verse, we can see that Lucifer was created and, we can also see that Lucifer was in the Garden of Eden. This is the same Garden where he deceived Eve. When was Lucifer created? Again, the answer is in plain sight. We need to understand that God’s creation described in Genesis 1 does not only speaks of the creation of the earth, but also the creation of the universe as we know it and, the creation of the heavenly host. Genesis 2:1 tells us, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” (ESV) Did you see that? “… and all the host of them.” Truly Genesis 1 is the beginning of all creation. 

Can we say that there is a possibility that Lucifer’s fall happened before the creation between Genesis 1:1-1:2? The answer is, impossible. Even though we don’t know exactly when Lucifer rebelled against God or, how old were Adan and Eve when they disobey God, we know, for a fact, that this event happened relatively quickly. How do we know? Well, the Bible skipped Cain and Abel in the genealogy of Genesis 5, but we know that by the time Eve had her third son Seth, Adam was 130 years old (Genesis 5:3). So, the fall of man and the fall of Lucifer happened inside of those 130 years from their creation. 

It is not illogical to think that Lucifer, his angels, and Adam and Eve were all kicked out of the garden at the same time. How can the deceived get kicked out, but not the one doing the deceiving? The way I see it; the fall of Lucifer and his angels and the fall of man was not too far from each other… at all. 

The story of the creation has been under severe attack. The corrupt science community has done a great job of selling the theory of evolution. For this theory to be credible they must add as many years as possible to the creation of men, the earth, and the universe. Is all an attack against the Word of God; if we can dismiss the first chapter in Scripture, we can easily dismiss the rest. 

The lie of the gap theory is not to be ignored because it has formed an enormous gap in the faith of many believers. Another thing that we must keep in mind when opposing the gap theory is that death did not come into play until after the fall of Adam and Eve. First Corinthians 15:21-22 tells us, “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (NIV) God did not create anything with death in it; death was unemployed prior to the sin of Adam “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23 (NIV) 

All those fossils of dead animals, dinosaurs, etc. before the creation contradict the Scripture and, that is exactly what the corrupt scientific community wants to do. They sound smart and impressive, but God said of them “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1 (NIV) Why are they fools? Because the Bible tells us, 

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 

 Romans 1:18-20 (NIV)

What the Apostle Paul is telling us here is that understanding the Creation is not a complicated thing; it is made plain! We don’t have to have complicated degrees. God’s power is seen in his creation. 

Let me finish this article with the following quotes from one of the greatest minds in the history of mankind, Albert Einstein, 

“The religious inclination lies in the dim consciousness that dwells in humans that all nature, including the humans in it, is in no way an accidental game, but a work of lawfulness that there is a fundamental cause of all existence” (Ibid. 46).

“To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I am a devoutly religious man” (Ibid. 47).

The scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation. His religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an INTELLIGENCE of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. This feeling is the guiding principle of his life and work, in so far as he succeeds in keeping himself from the shackles of selfish desire” (Updike 2007: 77 [emphasis added]).

“These statements are highly significant, considering that no scientist of any worth would dismiss Einstein as superstitious or unscientific. Moreover, the above quotes can’t be dismissed as the product of a religious bias on Einstein’s part, because, except for a brief period of “deep religiousness” when he was twelve, Einstein rejected organized religion.”[1]

To be continued…


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