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1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through sanctification of the Spirit,
unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you,
and peace, be multiplied.
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
Yep, this is what it looked like it Genesis 1:2
when He was finished wiping everything out!
please note the fact that there was no
which is why He would first say in Gen. 1:3 "Let there be light".
There was light during the flood of Noah,
so let's not be ignorant (or sottish) and try to say this was Noah's flood.
 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
 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.
the earth wasn't destroyed when He created it!
He created it beautiful and to be inhabited in Genesis 1:1.
God Himself even says that He didn't create it in the condition of Gen. 1:2. Isaiah records His words for us:
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.
it "became" (see
NIV translation) that way in Genesis 1:2
when our Father knocked this planet off its true axis,
which is why magnetic north
and true north are 80 to 90 miles apart depending on the wobble,
and slightly out of it's true 360 day orbit around the sun.
so, do you remember
after the 37 chapters of traditional church teaching by Job's buddies
(which God said was bunk),
that He gave Job a little lesson in humility and perspective?
described to Job the creation in Genesis 1:1,
not Genesis 1:3, and guess what?
the sons of God,
that would include Job and you and me
and all those who have died in the flesh
and have returned back home (Eccles. 12:7),
and those who haven't made the trip here yet, i.e.
are waiting to be born in the flesh,
SANG FOR JOY
at the beautiful handiwork of God.
wouldn't have sang for joy
at the condition in which it is described in Genesis 1:2.
They would have said "Yecch!"
Here's the account where God is speaking to Job:
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
declare, if thou hast understanding.
 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
or who hath stretched the line upon it?
 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?
or who laid the corner stone thereof;
 When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
documentation is in Ezekiel 28:15
"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created,
till iniquity was found in thee."
after his rebellion,
Satan (Satan's name was Lucifer before he rebelled and God sentenced him to die, i.e. lose his soul in the "Lake of Fire" after the Millennium ends) was judged in that
"world that then was",
a phrase Peter will use in chapter 3 of his 2nd book,
and sentenced to DIE!
is why Satan is called "Death"
and is referred to as the "son of perdition",
the son who will perish.
course God wasn't too happy with the rest of His kids
who sided along with Satan,
but rather than judging them and perhaps sentencing them to die,
He postponed judgment until after the Millennium,
after His plan to redeem them,
the plan of salvation (which means to salvage),
has been accomplished.
He destroyed the earth age that was,
the age to which all "Fossils" and "Remains" belong,
and gave us this flesh age to be born of woman, innocent,
without any prior knowledge of the "world that then was",
with an opportunity to decide whether to love God or follow Satan.
you know what happened to the dinosaurs, don't you!
God destroyed them all following Satan's rebellion!
apostle Paul knew all of this, just like Peter did.
They both speak of the time before the "foundation of this earth age"
so matter of factly that it makes you wonder why everyone doesn't talk or teach about it.
Here's Paul talking about the same "elect" or "chosen":
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:
 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,
according to the good pleasure of his will,
Father knew us all,
long before we were born of woman to temporarily dwell in a flesh tabernacle,
which we call our body.
He knew Jeremiah before he was born:
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;
and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee,
and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
He knew us all long before we were born.
But guess what?
We've left out the best part!
know that Satan drew 1/3 of God's sons away from Him,
but there were some who stood and fought
against the dragon [Satan] and made our Father proud of them.
exercised their "free will" then,
and chose to love God and not Satan,
and so God has chosen them
and predestined them to be a part of His plan in this earth age.
He has used them all down through history until even now.
And you know what else?
chose the last ones,
the elect who would be present during the final generation, first!
Now you know the more in-depth meaning to Christ's words
that the first shall be last; and the last first.
So no altar call is necessary for God's elect,
because when He's ready to use them He'll let them know.
might knock them off their horses or have them swallowed by a big fish
or just call them away from fishing if they are the type who haven't let their free will run riot,
like some He has to rescue from themselves first.
you understand any of that which we are talking about,
then you can fill in your own experience.
8:29-39 and discover that God's elect were
not only chosen and predestinated,
but "them He also justified".
Are you one of God's elect?
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