When the theory of evolution was first put forward by Charles Darwin, some Christian theologians instead of standing firm on God’s Word and challenging the theory of evolution began to look for theories that blended the truth of creation with the lies of evolution. The most popular theory to come out of these attempts to blend the truth with lies was a belief that God created the earth a hundred million years or more ago; then at a later time (still millions of years ago) Satan and his angels rebelled against God. At the end of this rebellion Satan and his angels were cast out of sky and down to earth, resulting in the earth becoming void without form. Then (they believe) between six and seven thousand years ago, God restored the earth in seven days.
Unfortunately many Christians were deceived into believing the lie and hating to truth. I know because I was once one of them. I allowed myself to become blinded to the truth that God created the earth and the sky in seven days. Why? Because at that time, not having a great knowledge of God’s Written Word, I found it easier to accept this twisted blended view of creation and evolution, than it was to love and defend the truth.
For those who hated the truth that God created the earth in seven days, but loved the lie that the earth was hundreds of millions of years old, the first two verses of the Holy Bible had to be changed. But before those who hated the truth could change any part of the Bible, they first had to discredit The King James Version of the Holy Bible. They did this by 1: Trying to discredit the Greek text used as the base for The King James Version. 2: By trying to discredit The Kings James Version by saying, because its language was out of date and many of the words used in it had now changed their meaning, most of its readers could not understand it.
Having thus (in the eyes of many) discredited The King James Version, it was now easy to convince many that it was not only necessary to replace it with new up dated versions of the Bible, but also necessary to change or even delete many passages.
Genesis 1:1 - 2
(K.J.V) Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
The way these two verses were originally written in the Holy Bible and within the context of Genesis chapter 1, clearly ruled out both the theory evolution and the blended theory. Therefore for those who hated the truth but loved the lie, these two verses had to either be deleted or changed. So they chose to change them.
In the first verse they changed heaven to heavens. Then changed the second verse by adding a footnote, suggesting that instead of reading ‘and the earth was without form,’ it possibly should read ‘and the earth became without form.’ But this suggestion is not backed up with any reference to any ancient manuscript of Genesis; but rather a cross-reference, to where Jeremiah quotes this verse, comparing the state of the earth, as it was in the beginning, to how the earth will be after the coming destruction. (Jeremiah 4:23)
Both the theory of evolution and the blended theory challenge the truth that in the beginning, on the first day of creation, God created the heaven and the earth. Many of those who support the blended theory say that God would never create anything that was both without form and void, thus challenging the truth that when God creates things, it is not unusual for God to start with that which is both without form and void. I will reply to this second challenge first, before replying to the first challenge.
The truth is; it is not unusual for God, when He creates something to start with something that is without form and void. When a master potter creates bowl, he starts with a lump of clay and places it on the potter’s wheel. The lump of clay (now a bowl in the potter’s eyes) is without form (meaning it is not yet shaped) and void (meaning it is empty or it has nothing in it).
When God created Adam (the first man) He took a hand full of dust. At that point in time man had no form and was void (or empty) of life. But then God formed that hand full of dust into man and breathed the breath of life into man, and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
When God created the universe, God Word tells us that it was formed at God’s command, so that all the things we can see were made out of things we cannot see. In the beginning God took a handful of unseen things, a handful without form and void of life, and called this handful of unseen things “the sky and the earth.”
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
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(K.J.V) Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
As I have all ready stated, it is the Hebrew words ‘shamayim’ and ‘shemayin’ which were translated into Greek as ‘ouranos’ and then into English as ‘heaven’, ‘air’, and ‘sky’.
The literal translation of both the Hebrew words ‘shamayim’ and ‘shemayin’ is the heaved up things. When the Hebrew scholars translated the Bible into Greek they chose the Greek word ‘ouranos’ meaning the sky as the closest Greek word to the true meaning of the words ‘shamayim’, and ‘shemayin’. In Early to Middle English ‘shamayim’ and ‘shemayin’, ‘the heaved up things’ became ‘the heaven up things’, which was then shortened to ‘heaven’. ‘Heaven’ may have been a good translation back in the days of King James, but for the modern English speaking man the word ‘sky’ would give them a much clearer understanding of what the original writers of the Scriptures were saying. Which is why in my writings you will find the word ‘heaven’ has been replaced with the word ‘sky’.
In Genesis 1:1; The Kings James Version (like most pre-Darwin versions) translates it in the singular (the heaven) while most new versions translate it in the plural (the heavens). The question is what is the correct usage in this verse? First let us understand what is this the heaven? And what are the heavens?
In the beginning, did God create the sky, the heaven or the skies, the heavens? If our eyes are open to the truth, as we read on it will become obvious to us that in the beginning (on the first day of creation) God created the sky and not the skies, or the heavens.
In the beginning when God created the sky and the earth, the sky consisted mainly of water. Like the earth, the sky was at first without form and void, until on the second day God divided the waters by placing a firmament (an expanse of air) between them and called the expanse of air between the waters the sky.
Genesis 1:6 And God said; “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse dividing the waters under the expanse from the waters above the expanse: and it was so. 8 And God called the expanse the sky. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Therefore the King James Version and any good version of the Bible identifies the heaven as the sky.
Where their other heavens or other sky created before on the first creation? After all, both we and the Bible often speak of the stars being in sky, and they are beyond expense of the sky between the waters below and the waters above.
On the first day of creation
Genesis 1:3 God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
God on the first day of creation spoke light into existents upon the face of the earth. How God produced this light, we are not told. We know in the beginning of day one it was dark, but by the end of day one it was light. Maybe God Himself was the source of that light. We also know that neither the sun nor the moon were the source of that light upon the earth until day four, for God did not create the sun, the moon and the stars until the fourth day (Genesis 1:14 – 19). From day four the sun and the moon were given the task of maintaining light upon the earth.
Approximately 6,400 years ago, three days after God created the earth, if you were to stand upon the earth and look up into sky, be it night or day, you would see neither sun, moon nor stars, because according to God’s Word, God had not yet created them.
Therefore the King James Version of the Holy Bible is correct when it says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth;” and all versions that say God created the heavens and the earth,” are incorrect.
Did Satan rebel millions of years ago? Sometime between Genesis 1:1 and verse 2?
Defiantly no! Because God’s word tell us Satan had been in Eden the garden of God and that he was the anointed cherub, perfect in ways from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28:13 – 15).
What about the angels? Where do they dwell?
(K.J.V.) Geneses 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
(K.J.V.) Nehemiah 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
God’s word does not tell us on what day God created the angels, but it does tell us they were created along with the earth, the sky and the rest of creation. Where do the angels dwell? Here in the sky, they are all around us, heaven is all around us. Heaven is not away up there somewhere, it is here in the sky, in the air we breathe.
For more on when did God create Satan, go to my booklet "When did God create Satan."
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