Posted by adventbiblestudy on January 29, 2009
We need to remember that Heaven existed before this world came into existence. Thousands upon thousands of angels also existed. We also need to remember that sin existed before this world was created. This is hard to fathom for some people.
In times past, generations before modern concepts of the universe were conceived by scholars one man revealed the truth about the heavens. “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” KJV Psalms 90:1-2
Through the Spirit, David declared the existence of God before the earth was formed. In his first book to the Corinthians Paul outlines the power of the Holy Spirit and how these details are revealed to the wise. “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” KJV 1 Corinthians 2:10-16
What does it mean to compare spiritual things with spiritual things? Most often we are taught with only a few verses of the Bible supported by pages of comments that are nothing more than one person’s opinion. Are man’s opinions spiritual? Are opinions comparing spiritual things with spiritual things? Here we will take a fresh look at the creation story comparing scripture with scripture, spiritual things with spiritual things in an attempt to answer the following questions. How did God create the earth? When did God create the earth?
I grew up believing that God the Father created the earth and all that is in it. As a child I remember the pictures in the children’s books showing an old white bearded figure of a man standing in the clouds of Heaven with His arms spread wide looking down as He spoke into existence the sky, the land, plants, fish and animals before forming man. As I look back on what I was taught and what I know now I can see one distinct difference. As I child I was taught by people. As a grown up I learned from the Bible. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” KJV Hebrews 5:12-14
As children we learn from others within our environment. When we are born we rely upon our parents to feed us the simplest meals, like milk. As we grow and progress we develop broader appetites, deeper mental and social needs, along with profound questions. How do we fulfill these needs? Do we continue to pursue answers the same way we requested a meal when we were babies? No, we expand and redefine our search for knowledge the same way we develop new skills in providing meals to satisfy our physical appetite. To become complete our mental and spiritual capacities should keep pace with our physical bodies and development of social skills.
Our ability to learn can be restricted by those teaching us. It may be difficult to develop beyond the information given to us by mere mortals. This is why we need to rely more upon the Holy Spirit and less on men. Our spiritual development depends heavily upon the ability to compare newly discovered ideas and concepts with the information we learned as a child and comparing the two. How do we know the concepts learned as a child are true and reliable? If we have the ability to prove these concepts from the Bible we know that they are true. If the concepts we have been taught lack scriptural evidence we need to question the it’s origins.
We can clearly see that Genesis 1:1 tells us that God created heaven and earth. The book of Ephesians adds more detail. “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, KJV Ephesians” 3:9-10. In other words, it was not told in the beginning it was Christ who created the heavens and earth, this fact was revealed in the early development of the church. 1 Corinthians 8:6 also supports this fact. “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
It should not be difficult to accept the idea Jesus was present during creation. There are many text that quote Jesus explaining this fact. “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. For thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” KJV John 17:5, John 17:24. We are also shown that the pan of salvation was conceived long before the earth was formed. “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” KJV 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2, 1 Peter 1:19-20. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 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: We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:” Ephesians 1:3-4, 1 Corinthians 2:7.
Before the first man appeared, before the first living creature walked this earth, before the first tree or rock there was a plan for salvation. Was there a need for salvation before the earth was created? Did sin exist before this world was created? That is a question we will look at as we review the text explaining how sin entered this world.
Another question arises when we look at the text explaining Jesus was present during the creation of earth. Was it God or Jesus that created the earth? Genesis 1:1 tells us that God created the earth while other text tells us that all things were created by Christ. This is an apparent contradiction that can be easily rectified by examining additional text. “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” KJV 1 John 5:6-8
1 John tells us that God, the Spirit and Christ are one. Because they are one all three would have been present at creation.
KJV 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.
Genesis 1:2 gives us three very important details to explore. The first is the earth being without form and void. What does it mean to be without form? A quick look at a dictionary will tell us that form is the shape and structure of an object. When we look up the word void we will find that it means to contain no matter; to be empty. It would be difficult for us to imagine being without shape or structure. We may imagine a type of liquid that was in a constant state of change without structure to or established form. This liquid would have no color or light which is explained in the second detail; “darkness was upon the face of the deep.” At this point in creation there is no light or form or structure. This illustrates that God did not need anything to begin the process of creation. God has no need for tools or materials of any type. For lack of a better description, God began with absolutely nothing.
That is not to say that there was no Heaven before the earth. Notice that the Bible is very specific in mentioning that the earth was without form. It does not say that the universe, Heaven and earth was without form. It was only the earth that was without form.
The second detail is one that has many deep hidden meanings that are easy to explain if you know where to look. Darkness is a word we often associate with mankind or Satan. “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” KJV 2 Peter 2:4 We normally associate darkness with something that disappears from our life once we become Christians. “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” KJV Acts 26:18 Is this the limit to the spiritual meaning of darkness?
Some of the most critical occurrences of earth’s history happened in darkness. Genesis 1:2 begins by telling us that the existence of the earth began in darkness. A little further in Genesis we see another mile stone in earth’s history, the flood. In Genesis 6:14 Noah is commanded to “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.”
Imagine if you would, a large ship built upon a hill in an open plain, not even near a forest. You would imagine God would have told Noah to build this huge structure near a forest to ensure an adequate supply of material. But no, God has this whole project set up out in the open for everyone to see. The forest would have hidden the ark from view.
So after years of cutting, hauling, shaping, fitting and assembling, the project is almost complete. And to top it all off, Noah and his family need to cover the entire ship with tar, inside and out. Now think of this a moment. Tar, made of dead matter, but it is water proof, a required protection needed for a very long and rough voyage. Do you think it strange that tar, a substance made of dead matter existed before the flood? Death existed long before the flood.
On top of this hill sits this enormous ship all fitted and covered with thick black tar. What a contrasting scene this must have been. This large black object against the bright blue sky. To look and gaze upon it you would have fit right in with the crowd saying, “it seems to serve no purpose.” And this ship must have been quite the object of ridicule and scorn. It probably had many a stone cast at it. And drunken young men with too much time on their hands may have tried to destroy it a time or two. Some of the older men may have taken a whack at it with a stick, just to see how sturdy it was. And there it sits year after year. A big black object. Many must have complained about what an eye sore it must have been. Near the end they may have held a town meeting and publicly declared its uselessness, thereby ordering it to be destroyed. After all, the only purpose it seemed to serve was to make people feel guilty of their sins. It was probably condemned without a word in its defense. After all it was just wood, nails, and tar.
And then, just as they are ready to put an end to this foolishness once and for all. Clouds begin to gather. The sky begins to darken. The image of the ship is lost as the dark clouds seem to engulf it, to protect it. The black ship is hidden from sight as the sky grows darker and darker, never to be seen again by the men and beasts outside of the ark.
The ark being covered in black tar and the darkness of the day of the flood was not the only event God used darkness. One of the plagues in Egypt plunged the country into darkness for three days. The first Passover happened at night. After that God’s people were set free. That was not the end of the story but the beginning of a long hard lesson that will be taught for all eternity. God used darkness to protect the Israelites from he Egyptians. “And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.” KJV Exodus 14:20
After the escape through the Red Sea the Israelites faced many more trials. It seems that the most difficult trial was fought not against the wilderness and the environment because God took measures to protect them from the sun with a cloud by day and kept them company with a pillar of fire by night. God was there for them during the day, giving them a daily allowance of food in the form of manna, except on the Sabbath. They were to gather twice as much on Friday so that the food would last through the Sabbath day.
The most difficult trial was fought within their own minds and hearts. With all the signs that God gave the Israelites throughout their journey, doubt and disbelief still controlled a number of them. After witnessing the plagues and signs arranged to secure their release from the Egyptians, some still doubted, some expected more from God. This is a trial that is repeated countless times throughout history. We do not have to be wandering through a wilderness to doubt God’s presence. Often times when everything is going great and all of our needs are met, doubt is at its highest point and is difficult to overcome.
When God is present in our lives we expect to see great things to happen. We expect blessings to rain down from Heaven. We expect people to recognize our situation and admire us. Maybe this is the biggest downfall of mankind. When we become successful we somehow expect a little part of the thanks due God to be directed our way. Maybe that is why the first three commandments teach us how to worship God.
This may seem a little strange but the commandments given to Moses were given in darkness. “These words the Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.” KJV Deuteronomy 5:22 Why did God choose to deliver the commandments in the thick darkness of a cloud?
Another pivotal moment in the history of the earth occurred in darkness. “Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners”. And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.” KJV Matthew 26:45, Mark 14:41-42
Jesus’ final moments of freedom were spent in darkness. Jesus was betrayed in the blackness of the night. “When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.” Luke 22:53-54
There is a far more important event that occurred during the darkness in the middle of the day.
KJV Luke 23:44-46
44. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
45. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
46. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Jesus died while wrapped in darkness. All the events that God chose to illustrate in darkness pointed to the sacrifice of His Son on the cross. They all fit together in an unbroken chain of events to tell the story of salvation.
Events illustrated by darkness do not stop at the cross, they continue to the end of the earth.
KJV Amos 5:18
18. Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.
Amos makes it clear that the day of the Lord will occur in darkness. Other prophets clarify this event. “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:” KJV Joel 2:1-3, Isaiah 13:9, Isaiah 13:6, 2 Peter 3:10, Joel 2:11, Zephaniah 1:18, Joel 3:14-16, Isaiah 2:12
Darkness is only a partial description of the day of the Lord. To many the day of the Lord will be a dark day. A day of destruction. To others the day of the Lord will begin in darkness. But as we have seen, the Lord has the ability to turn darkness into light. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus. The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” KJV Acts 2:20-21, 2 Corinthians 1:13-14, Psalms 97:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
The third detail we see in Genesis 1:2 is the Spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters. The earth may well have began with nothing more than water in the presence of God.
We have already seen that when using the Biblical method of teaching we need to compare spiritual things with spiritual things. Without the guidance of the Spirit we could conclude with a concept much like the evolution theory. Notice how the evolution theory also begins with life forming in water. The theory of evolution is not an original idea, rather an idea extracted from the creation story and altered to serve it’s own purpose.
What lessons can we learn comparing the spiritual concepts of the Spirit of God and water? To compare spiritual things with spiritual things we simply need to find passages in the Bible that will help us to understand the spiritual meaning of the words in question. We do that by looking at the words Spirit and water in a Concordance and comparing the scriptures.
When we look at the word water we find that it has an integrated spiritual connection between water and the Spirit of God.
KJV Genesis 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
We are shown that when the earth was created a mist of water covered the whole earth. Can you imagine an entire world that once looked as precious as the most beautiful garden you have ever seen? There must have been every imaginable flower and tree arranged in a never ending array of attractive patterns of every shape and color, from the most vivid reds to the purest whites, passionate blues and delicate lilacs. Flowers that occupied every conceivable shape from tiny cup shaped flowers on the ends of long thin stems in the lightest of hues to massive stately flowers with petals the size of your hand with dark ultraviolet purple throats blending gradually to white and pink tips at the end of each petal. Color patterns must have ranged from very simple two tone flowers to elaborate geometric configurations detailed so intricately that no two petals are ever the same. The green fields must have gone on what seemed to be forever. The trees must have produced flowers, fruits and nuts in unheeded succession without seasons. Not only were the colors a feast for the eyes and the fruits a feast for the taste buds but the aromas must have aroused the senses like nothing we could ever imagine.
In the beginning this mist of water covered the entire earth. There was no dry ground. There were no deserts or salt flats. God’s creation was what it was meant to be, perfect. There are spiritual implications associated with the waters covering the entire earth that we will see in a minute.
KJV Mark 1:8
8. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
Genesis 1:2 tells us that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. The gospel of Mark adds a new detail to the relationship of the Spirit and water. John baptized people with water which was a physical sign of accepting the Spirit of God. Water is used as a spiritual symbol of the Spirit of God. Just as the physical mist of water covered the entire earth the Spirit of God is everywhere. Everyone that receives the physical baptism receives the Spirit of God. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” KJV 1 Corinthians 12:7
KJV 1 John 5:7-9
7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 9. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
John further emphasizes the inseparable connection between the Spirit and water.
KJV John 4:13-14
13. Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
KJV Isaiah 12:3
3. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Jesus used water as a spiritual symbol to teach the woman at the well. He also adds one very important detail by telling the woman that this water, the Spirit of God, leads us to everlasting life. This may have been a direct quotation by Jesus of Isaiah 12:3. 1 John 5:7-9 clearly explained that the spiritual connection to this living water is connected to three things, God, the word, and the Spirit and they are the one that testifies of His Son Jesus. All three work together for our salvation.
By researching one word in the Concordance we have learned about the spiritual connection between water and the Spirit. We have seen that at the very beginning of creation God placed His Spirit upon the face of the waters before the earth was formed; when water covered the face of the earth, the Spirit was present. This agrees with what we learned when we questioned and studied the question, who created the earth? It is assuring to know that even before the formation of the earth God had a plan of salvation. Jesus was at the Father’s side during creation. The Spirit of God was spread throughout the earth, even before the first living organism was created.
KJV Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
I am sure everyone is familiar with this verse. Let there be light. Is it possible to have darkness in the presence of God? If we take this verse literally we need to accept the fact that God spoke and there was light. In total darkness God the Father, the Son and the Spirit gather together to create the earth. God speaks and light appears.
Why did God make the light at this stage of creation? We are still in the first day of creation. The Spirit of God has moved upon the waters and now God speaks light into existence. We refer to light as one of the fastest moving entities. Light travels at about 670,616,000 miles per hour. If nothing else it deserves its own space in the left lane of the express way, maybe its own left lane. Looking at the physical characteristics of light one may assume that light signifies the speed at which God can travel to answer our prayers.
I do not create worlds but before I start working on a project in the garage or the basement I turn on a light. Did God need a light to see what they were doing? If we attempt to rationalize the need for light based on our human needs and understanding, we will never progress our knowledge base.
In verse 2 we were able to find the spiritual meaning for water and the relationship between water and the Spirit. Now we will look at the word light. As we have learned we need to compare spiritual things with spiritual things. To find the spiritual interpretation of light we need to find scripture that will help us to understand what light means.
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. KJV 2 Peter 1:19, Psalms 119:105, Psalms 119:129-130, Isaiah 8:20
Given the opportunity scripture will explain itself. Light is the word of God brought into this world at the eve of creation. “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.” KJV 1 Peter 1:25, Psalms 119:160, Psalms 119:89-91
KJV Genesis 1:4-5
4. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
God saw the light and the light was good. What about the darkness? Did God also create the darkness? When we look back at verse 2 we see that darkness was upon the earth at the beginning of creation. What does it mean to physically divid the light from the darkness? Verse 5 tells us that the light was called day and the darkness was called night.
There are also spiritual representations for dark and light. It is commonly understood that light is associated with good and darkness is associated with evil. This goes far beyond religion. This analogy is common in folk lore. Vampires and werewolves are only active at night. Both can be destroyed with sunlight. The Bible is filled with examples of God and Jesus being the light, Satan and evil being darkness. A search of the Bible will reveal dozens of text containing light and dark in a comparative application.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.”
KJV Isaiah 5:20-21, Isaiah 59:9, Micah 7:7-8, Acts 26:18, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Isaiah 42:16
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
John 1:1-5, John 3:19, John 8:12, Luke 11:33-36, John 12:46-48, John 12:35-36, 1 John 1:4-7
From the above texts we can understand the spiritual meaning of separating the light from the dark. Jesus is the light. Satan is the darkness. Walking in the light is having fellowship with Christ and His followers. It is also accepting His blood for the forgiveness of sins.
KJV Genesis 1:6
6. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
We need to first find out what a firmament is. Strong’s Concordance defines firmament as, “properly, an expanse, i.e. the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky:” This definition does not fully explain what a firmament is. We can gain a better understanding by looking at other texts.
KJV Genesis 1:14-17
14. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Genesis 1:14-17 makes it clear that the firmament is the sky and heaven or as some call it space above and around the earth where the sun, moon and stars exist. But this is only one text. As a general rule you need to use more than one text to explain any subject. If we look further into the Bible we can see that other texts supports the concept of the firmament as the sky.
KJV Daniel 12:3
3. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Daniel also mentions the, “brightness of the firmament, as the stars.”
KJV Genesis 1:7, 8
7. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
At the end of the second day God separated the waters that were under the sky from the waters that were above the sky. When we think of the waters being physically separated we would assume that this would be referring to the waters on the land, lakes streams, rivers and seas. The waters above the sky would be the water contained within clouds. As we read further in Genesis we see evidence supporting this concept.
KJV Genesis 1:20-22
20. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 22. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
KJV Genesis 2:6
6. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
We cannot be certain of the exact physical meaning of Genesis 2:6. The mist may be referring to clouds or a fog. Strong’s Concordance defines mist as a fog. Regardless of the physical make up of the waters that have been separated, both symbolize life. The waters below contain life while the waters above give life.
Water like light has a spiritual meaning. Christ is the living water. But why does Genesis 1:7 refer to a dividing of the waters? Is it much like the dividing of the light and the darkness in Genesis 1:4? When we look at the spiritual meaning of water we see that there are more than one reference to water.
“And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” KJV Revelation 12:15-16,, Revelation 17:1, Revelation 17:15, Isaiah 57:20
The Bible indicates that troubled water is a key word for a group of wicked people. Satan the serpent has control over this water. The water of Genesis 1 is divided. Much like the division of the light and the dark, there is a reason for the division of the waters. Could God have left better evidence that the Bible was written by God? Only God’s ten commandments have drawn more attacks than this creation story. It is Satan’s goal to draw the existence of God into question by casting doubt on the creation of the earth. If the earth was created there must be a God who created it. If Satan can convince people that there was no creation those people would cease to believe in God. It is evidence like this that proves the Bible could never have been written by a common man. Written over thousands of years, one part of the book explains another. Every detail fits into place with no errors or contradictions. There has never been a book written that arouses so many questions to some people and supplies elementary answers for those that are willing to study the Bible.
KJV James 3:10-11
10. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
The Bible makes it clear there are two types of water. If two types of physical water exist, there must be two types of spiritual water. We have already found the spiritual meaning for water on the negative or dark side. Now we can look at the lighter side of water.
KJV Psalms 23:1-3
1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
KJV Revelation 7:17
17. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
David writes of the still waters meant to restore the soul. This text points out these still waters lead us on paths of righteousness. Revelation 7:17 explains these waters are living fountains found in Heaven. These waters from God lead us on a path of life, refining and preparing us for eternal life.
KJV John 7:37-40
37. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 40. Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
The book of John shows us these waters are a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
KJV Genesis 1:9-10
9. And God said, Let the waters under the Heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
On the third day God separated the waters from the dry ground, called Earth. Up to this point there had been nothing but water upon the earth. This sounds much like the flood in Noah’s time. Is there a connection? Comparing scripture may provide an answer to that question. Remember that information about the flood is scattered throughout the Bible. A complete study would include an investigation of all the texts concerning the flood during the time of Noah.
Is there a spiritual meaning to the separation of the dry ground called Earth and the water called sea? To find the answer to that question we would have to look at the spiritual meaning of each word.
We have already learned that water spiritually represents the Holy Spirit. We have also seen that Christ is the living water. We have also learned that God separated the light from the darkness. Light and darkness had dozens of texts illustrating the difference between them, showing us why God separated the light from the dark. We may expect to find similar text for dry ground and sea.
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby. And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked: and I will make the land waste, and all that is therein, by the hand of strangers: I the Lord have spoken it. KJV Psalms 68:6, Jeremiah 51:43, Ezekiel 30:12
When we think of a dry land we often have visions of a harsh and desolate area void of life. A desert may come to mind or a field scorched and parched by the summer sun in the middle of a drought. The ground is dry and filled with cracks, all vegetation is withered and dying. This field may have been planted in the spring with the hopes of supplying food or an income for a family. The word dry can have devastating effects.
KJV Matthew 12:43
43. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
The Bible also contains a number of texts that tell how God used dry ground in a positive way.
KJV Genesis 8:13
13. And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
Dry ground was a good sign for Noah and his family. It was nearly a year since Noah had walked on or even seen dry ground. In this case dry ground was a fulfilment of God’s promise to Noah.
KJV Exodus 14:22
22. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
KJV Joshua 3:17
17. And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.
The Israelites crossed over dry ground twice. The first time when leaving Egypt. The second time at the end of their journey when they finally entered the promised land. When considering these two circumstances you can clearly see the spiritual significance of dry ground.
God called the dry ground Earth. When we think about the earth we think about the planet as a whole. Our minds may conjure an image such as the images seen from space. We have the advantage of this concept but we have to keep in mind the majority of the earth’s population is not privileged to this image. We may also think the earth illustrates the entire population or the problems and difficulties facing this planet. We may consider the wars and conflicts that never seem to end. Others may envision the form and order God used to design this planet. The perfect balance of heat and cold. Maybe not perfect in all places but tolerable in most. Rain is the closest example of perpetual motion we have. The balance of gases in our atmosphere that make life possible. The fact plants absorb carbon dioxide while emitting oxygen. The balance we find in the animal kingdom. All of these together represent an intricate system of life sometimes referred to as intelligent design. The word earth can conjure a number of thoughts and views. How does the Bible depict earth?
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. That all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else. Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. The meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” KJV Psalms 24:1, 1 Kings 8:60, Deuteronomy 10:14, Numbers 14:21, Psalms 33:5, Psalms 37:9, Psalms 37:11
The Bible does not leave anything to chance. It explains how God created the earth and reminds us that everything above, in, on and under the earth is God’s. The Bible shows the earth is filled with God’s glory and His goodness. The Bible also shows there is a division on earth, while the meek will inherit the earth the evil will be cut off. It is amazing how the Bible has been written, looking only at verses containing the word, “earth” will show us the epic events unfolding in the spiritual struggle on this planet.
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” KJV Revelation 12:9-10, Revelation 12:4, Revelation 12: 12, Revelation 13:11-14, Revelation 17:8, Revelation 17:18, Revelation 18:23-24, Revelation 16:14
The earth is the habitation of Satan, the serpent, and his fallen angels. Satan claims this planet as his kingdom and all the inhabitants his subjects. Satan claims the right to all those that have sinned. “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses.” KJV Jude 1:9. Satan took a third of the angels with him when he was confined to this planet. Together with these angels Satan’s goal is deceive the entire world. The serpent raises up a number of beasts and an image of the beast from the earth in an attempt to deceive people. Satan will stop at nothing to deceive every human being born on this planet. “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” KJV Matthew 24:22-24
, . We do not know how long Satan was allowed to impose his concepts upon the host of Heaven, but we do know Satan was allowed to convince a third of the angels to take his side in the great controversy. We do not know at what phase of this controversy the earth was created, but Satan was allowed to tempt it’s first inhabitants in one small area of what was otherwise a paradise. Some time after the sin of Eve and the fall of Adam, Satan and his followers were cast down and confined to earth. The book of Job tells us, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” KJV Job 1:6-7 For a time Satan was allowed access to both Heaven and earth. Why, we are not told, but Jesus tells us, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” KJV Luke 10:18. For the time being the earth is center stage in this cosmic conflict between good and evil.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
KJV Isaiah 55:9, Isaiah 60:2, 1 Corinthians 15:45-49, Psalms 37:22, Revelation 19:1-2, Revelation 12:11-12, Revelation 21:1-2.
We are not expected to understand every detail at this point of history in this great controversy. We are told there are two sides to this controversy, the good and the evil. We will reach a point when it appears all is lost. Gross darkness will cover the earth and the people. This will be a time of spiritual darkness brought on by Satan and his followers. There will be very little understanding of truth. Love will be subdued. Greed, power and violence will be the ruling bodies. Satan will reach his pinnacle of power. Satan will hold out the same promise of power he offered to Christ in the wilderness. “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” KJV Matthew 4:8-9. By knowing the scriptures, Jesus was able to withstand the attacks of the devil. Those in a position of power on earth in the last days will fall to Satan’s deception. They will fall because they do not know the truth. They are convinced the world is there for the taking. They are blinded by the visions of fame, fortune and power set before them. They cannot see these worldly pleasures are not for Satan to give.
Satan will use the promise of power to enslave the leaders of this world. It is then Satan will have them in his power, to use them as pawns. These people will do anything within their power to protect their positions and wealth. No matter what they do they will see their riches vanish before their eyes. Leaders will enact laws and actions taking unimagined measures to secure their power. They will stop at nothing. To them life will be cheap. They will justify the most heinous crimes against humanity. The poor will not be forgotten but will be the center of blame for the economic conditions of the last days. Those that follow after God and seek the truth will also be viewed as threats to the security of those in power. While being badgered by Satan the wicked will view them as a constant reminder of their sins.
In the eyes of God sin will reach it’s pinnacle. At which time the vengeance of the Lord will be brought upon the earth. Sin, Satan and his followers will be destroyed forever. The earth will be made new, in full view of the saints. The new city Jerusalem, the symbol of Christ’s throne, dominion and reward, comes down from Heaven to its place on earth, prepared by God. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. KJV Revelation 21:3-7.