The American Wisdom Series

Presents #2220

The first words of truth and wisdom.
In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth.

Please Note: Genesis 1:1 does not say they were both created at the same time. It may have been millions of years after He created the heaven, that He created the earth.

And so we begin at the beginning with the first ten English words, the first categorical statement, in the Word of God.
"In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth "

It is a statement so profound and so powerful that it strikes fear in hearts of atheists and ACLU lawyers,
and drives them to seek legislation whereby these first words
cannot be uttered in the classrooms of public schools for fear of the "damage" it may cause children.

For if they (the children) believe this statement,
the next thing you know they'll start believing that they are children of God,
and that they are somebody, and that their authority is their heavenly Father.

It will then be difficult to control them with socialism and communism. It is better, therefore, that they believe that they are the end product of organic soup, stewed over billions and billions of years, until it formed like jello into monkeys, who then lost most of their hair, and became people.

These first ten words in God's Word are therefore, the great dividing wall
between all of man's vain (stupid) words and theories and philosophies which precede it,
and the wisdom of our Father contained in the words which follow it.

It is, therefore, the perfect opening statement to the perfect Word of God.

It is the "gate" through which we must pass, else that which follows cannot be absorbed.

Ladies and gentlemen, the first words of truth and wisdom:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created (what did He creat?) the heaven and the earth.
Since this statement is of such importance, let's analyze it.

Does it say "when" God created the heaven and the earth?

No, it doesn't.

Does it say that the earth is only 6,000 years old?

No, it doesn't.

Does it say that He created the earth only?

No, it says He created both the heaven and the earth.

Does it say He created them both at the same time?

No,  it doesn't.

So, when was the beginning?

Does it say He is talking about The Beginning of This 2nd earth age we are currently living in?

No,  it doesn't. In Fact it is the 1st Earth Age being talked About: The age of the Dinosaurs!

Why did He create the heaven and the earth?

How did we get here?

The "book of all beginnings", Genesis. For some, especially those who are "beginners" in actually studying God's Word, it shall truly live up to its name.  Although the Greek word "Genesis" is not the Hebrew title of the book bearing its name, it means "generation" or "creation".

There are two major points to keep in mind before we begin this adventure into the beginning.

First, it is important to keep an open mind and consider carefully that which is being discussed.

I have often said that "if you do not know something, then you do not know that you don't know it."

That is the very essence of deception, i.e., if a person is deceived,
they don't know they are deceived, they believe they have truth.

The reason this is so important is that most Christians
with whom I come in contact believe that they already "know" what happened in the beginning,
in the garden of Eden, at the flood of Noah, etc.

However, the manuscripts declare that which is mostly contrary to the "traditions of men".

For example, the word "apple" is not to be found anywhere in the entire Book of Genesis,
but is contained throughout the literature used in Sunday Schools to teach our children.

A minor point you say?

We shall see.

This brings us to the second major concept to keep in mind.
"Do not take man's word as being God's Word."

When studying the Bible, in depth, you will often be confronted with a choice,
"Am I to believe what I just read in God's Word,
or should I discard it and continue to believe that which I grew up believing?"
or what I heard at my church?
The choice is yours.

The apostle Paul gave us instruction as to how to handle "listening to man":

1 Thes. 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
If you can document from God's Word that which you believe,
then you do well, even if we disagree.

For if your attitude and mine is to believe our Father's Word,
regardless of man's traditions,
then we will eventually, through growth, harmonize in unity of thought.

If you can't document it, you may be harboring a tradition,
which could well be a lie, disguised as truth.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Again, the choice is simple, continue to be conformed to traditions,
or PROVE that which is good and acceptable.

Also before we begin,
it should be noted that volumes of preface and introduction to Genesis could be written.

However, it is not our intent in this study to convert the non-believer,
nor to convince him or her that God created the heaven and earth and all living beings.

Many of them still search in darkness for missing links
that cannot be found to support theories which have no foundation.

For to admit that God exists would be to admit that there is an authority greater than oneself
and therefore that Authority might have something to say about how one conducts his or her affairs.

God forbid!

It kind of reminds you of those Indiana Jones types,
who run around searching for the "Ark of the Covenant"
when it is clear from God's Word that they will not find it.

Thou fool!

The last verse of chapter 11 of the Book of Revelation will "reveal" where it is located.

For those who are fortunate to possess a Companion Bible,
appendixes three and five will serve as a great foundation to begin a study in Genesis.

Appendix three draws thirty parallels between the Book of Genesis and the Book of Revelation,
for "there is nothing new under the sun".

Appendix five discusses Creation vs. Evolution.

 (I have only one question to the evolutionist:
Since it is obvious that not all apes have as yet evolved into man,
which itself will take some fancy explaining,
could you show me some that have almost made the transition?, i.e.,
I'm looking for a living, breathing "almost" man.

In fact, I'm looking for an almost anything.

Why can you not show me?

Did evolution stop?

Thou fool!)

Let us search the scriptures.

"In the beginning God created God Created the Heaven and the Earth "
And He created it perfect

Listen to Him:

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.
Let there be no doubt about who is speaking here.

It is the Creator God of Genesis 1:1.

This is extremely important because He says that He did not create the earth in "vain",
but He formed it to be inhabited, and it was habitable.

The word "vain" used here is the Hebrew word "tohu"
and it means desolation, utter waste.

God did not create the earth as a desolation, a wasteland.

We just documented it.

Now let us return to Genesis 1 and read verse 2.

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.
Uh, oh!

We have a big problem.

We just read in Gen 1:1 that God created the heaven and the earth
and now it says that the earth was without "form" and void,
which is the exact same word, "tohu", used in Isa. 45:18.

In fact the phrase "tohu va bohu", without form and void,
means totally and utterly desolate and wasted.

The King James translation, or any other translation, of the original Hebrew text has some words which were given different translations at different places probably because of the interpreters preconceived ideas of what they think God meant to say. For example: According to the notes in the "Dake's Annotated Reference Bible" the Hebrew word hayah in the KJV is Trans. (became) 67 times, (becamest or came to pass) 505 times, (become) 66 times, and (come to pass) 131 times, but for some reason in Genesis 1:2 it is translated (was)! That sure changes the way a person perceives the original creation of the earth, doesn't it?  Gen. 1:2 And the earth was (became) without form, ...Having said that, let us continue with our "studies". These studies contain knowledge, we believe, you must have to fully and accurately unlock and understand the Word of God.

Look it up in Strong's concordance.

Remember, don't take man's word for it, document it!

The apparent contradiction (of which there is none, and there never is)
lies in the improper translation of the verb "to be"
which is translated "was" in verse two, instead of "became".

It is exactly the same word translated "became" in Gen. 2:7"and man 'became' a living soul".

the Hebrew word hayah in the KJV is Trans. (became) 67 times, (becamest or came to pass) 505 times, (become) 66 times, and (come to pass) 131 times, but for some reason in Genesis 1:2 it is translated (was)! That sure changes the way a person perceives the original creation of the earth, doesn't it?  Gen. 1:2 And the earth was (became) without form, ...Having said that, let us continue with our "studies". These studies contain knowledge, we believe, you must have to fully and accurately unlock and understand the Word of God

Check it out!

You will also find that some translations have it correct.

In fact, if you have access to an NIV translation,
you will note that they suggest "or became" in place of "was".

Therefore, Isa. 45:18 is correct.

God created the earth beautiful and perfect, to be inhabited.

That could have been millions or billions or trillions of years ago.

But then, in verse two, something must have happened because the earth became "tohu va bohu".

The beautiful earth that our Father made to be inhabited was destroyed.

And guess what?

Most people  don't even consider Lucifer's Flood having happened! They think Noah's Flood was the big one they see evidence of! Therefore they don't even know about the 1st earth age that God destroyed because of Lucifer's Overthrow attempt.

See Live Links to=> Lucifer's Flood

and>> The age of the Dinosaurs

and>> The Pre-Adamic World

You can see evidence of it everywhere, in the geological layers of the earth's crust,
in the fossils pressed between the rocks, in the bones of the dinosaurs,
in the tilt of the earth's axis, etc., etc., etc.

So was there a "Lost City of Atlantis"?

Was there a "Lost World", a "World That Then Was"?

The Bible gives us the answers in detail!
 Are you going to stick with us?

Peter's three heaven and earth ages:

Isn't it amazing that God's Word has the answers to so many intriguing questions
concerning such things as the identity of UFO's,
the whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant,
the existence of lost cities such as Atlantis, the extinction of the dinosaurs, etc.?

We are constantly told by the "main stream" media and the "higher critics"
that the Bible is old fashioned and out of date,
but it is they who show their ignorance and remain confused by rejecting Him.

Here is what Peter has to say about the scoffers and mockers of the last days,
in the A.D. 2000s, who walk according their own lustful desires.

First heaven and first earth

2 Peter 3:5-7  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:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

This was of old, in the beginning, before Adam, before the flood of Noah.

Those who don't believe it are willingly ignorant, according to Peter!

[6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
And the earth became without form, and void, "tohu va bohu".

It perished!

(The Greek word for perish is apollumi, to destroy fully)!

And darkness was upon the face of the deep (water). The earth was overflowed with water and it perished!

But isn't this passage talking about the flood of Noah?

No, it is not.

The flood of Noah belongs to the next verse,
the heaven and earth age which are NOW, the age of flesh man.

Noah's flood occurred about 2348 B.C.
and the earth was not fully destroyed in Noah's flood.

Second heaven and second earth

2 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.
And there will yet be another heaven and earth age, the third and final one.

Third heaven and third earth

2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
So Peter declares that there are three heaven and earth ages:
1) The world that then was, which perished, Verse 5
2) the heaven and earth which is now,  Verse 7 and
3) the new heaven and new earth age to come. Verse 13

To study the 1st. 11 chapters of Genesis word for word: (live link to) All 11 chapters in one complete study

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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