Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Angelic Conflict. Part 25. The worlds were framed not from nothing, but rather made of invisible things.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Before the human race was created, Satan was the ruler of planet earth.
It was his headquarters long before any human creatures existed.

The first two verses of the Bible give us clues that become more and more important concerning the doctrine of the angelic conflict and bring into sharp focus what has happened through the Earth’s history as well as the human history that has comprised the last six thousand years.

There was a vastly older and more developed planet, with a history which expanded back from the 6,000 years during which modern man and his ancestors have existed.

“Created” - Qal perfect - bara = to create, cut down wood, to shape, to fashion, to create (always with God as subject).

The worlds were framed not from nothing, but rather made of invisible things [reformed from some past materials].

Bara = God’s creation of the world was not the work of creating it from nothing; it connotes devising something that has already existed into a finished form, although it did not exist in the mind of man.
Bara suggests light work, PSA 8:3.

“The beginning” in Genesis 1 - reshiyth = the first in a series of things, or the first or principle thing.

This is not the starting of the heavens and the Earth, but a statement that they were part of the beginning period before the creation story or when the restoration of the earth came into being.

“In the beginning” really is closer to being a “big inning” than just the point at which things started.

It tells that God made the heavens and the Earth, but does not give a clue as to when or how.

When Hebrew writers wanted to note the actual beginning of a time, i.e. the time of day or week when a harvest commenced, the word employed was most often techillah not bara. This word connotes an opening or commencement.

The Earth is much older than many conservative Christians who have embraced the 6,000 year theory would hold to.

This passage of the Bible is not necessarily telling about the start of things as is often thought, but rather denotes a period during which that first state of being took place and God created the heavens and the Earth.

It points to the idea that other events have taken place before or during this beginning period, even outside the realm of time and space as most people know them.

“Came into being” in the Greek, presents a good opportunity to see how the New Testament writers viewed the idea of the first verse of Genesis as well.

Beginning - arche - “arch” = not simply a beginning but a chief period of time, with the idea of a ruler’s magnitude of power behind it as well.

John’s “In the beginning” also conveys the idea of a period of time, not the beginning or creation of things but just a starting point for the human race.

“Came into being” - ginomai = causing something to become something else or to assemble something into a whole.

Here again the idea is not of God (through Jesus Christ) creating the universe from nothing, but rather assembling and forming it into a whole, much as a potter might form a pot or a carpenter frame and build a house.

Cosmos - world or universe = actually suggests a creation that is fabricated from other materials, becoming polished or adorned as it is fashioned.

Man’s occupancy on planet earth did not last too long before Adam and the woman fell, and then Satan became the ruler of the world again.

Arrogance is unteachable!!

REV 20:7-8 And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.

With the statement “Have you considered my servant Job?” Job is now entered as a witness for God in the historic appeal trial of Satan and the fallen angels.

EZE 14:14, 20 - Job, Noah, and Daniel represent three of the greatest believers of ancient history.

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