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Hi there! Welcome to the first episode of manifoldwisdom.com where we explore the mysteries of the Creation.
Over the years, many people have tried to reconcile the scientific view of how the universe was formed with the Creation Story of Genesis.
Now, The Big Bang Theory posit that the universe was created some 13.8 billion years ago . According to this theory, the earth was formed some 4.5 billion years ago . On the contrary, theological scholars argue that the Biblical account of the creation story set the age of the world back to only 6,000 years ago . That’s over 4.49 billion years difference! How on earth are we going to reconcile the differences between the two creation stories from a Biblical perspective, right?
Well… I don’t think we can piece together what exactly happened for the missing history of humanity. But through deeper analysis of the Bible, we can snuff out some clues about how the world is like in the pre-Genesis era.
You see, the creation stories were not only written in Genesis. There were snippets of it all over the place in the book of the prophets. Take this for example. If we search for the word “Eden” in the ESV bible, you’ll find 18 results. Out of the 18, 12 are actually about the actual garden of Eden. They are Gen 2:8, 2:10, 2:15, 3:23-24, 4:16, Isaiah 51:3, Ezekiel 28:13, 31:9, 31:16, 31:18, 36:35, and Joel 2:3. Interestingly, out of the 12, the passages in Ezekiel 28 and 31 are actually about the actual Garden of Eden. The only difference between Ezekiel 28, 31, and Genesis, is that the three stories are set on a different timeline, independent of each other.
Now, in Ezekiel 28, the prophet Ezekiel was writing about a prophecy against the King of Tyre. In the passage, Ezekiel wrote that the King of Tyre was “the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Ezekiel 28:12). He was “in Eden, the garden of God” (Ezekiel 28:13). He was an “anointed guardian cherubim” who was “placed on the Holy Mountain of God”. He “walked in the midst of the stones of fire” and was “blameless” in his ways (Ezekiel 28:14-15). Because of Ezekiel’s reference to terms like “anointed cherub”, “walking in Eden”, and the subsequent “casting to the ground” (Ezekiel 28:17), these made scholars think that the King of Tyre was Lucifer – the fallen angel, also fondly known as “Satan”. But regardless whether or not he was Lucifer, the prophet Ezekiel pointed out that this King was doing trade with many nations. He wrote:
“By your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries; by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth”
— Ezekiel 28:4-5, ESV.
In the time of Eden, if Adam and Eve were the only people on earth, who were they trading with? Why are they nations scattered all around the world?
There are only two possibilities for this to happen: 1) The King of Tyre and his massive trade empire happened when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, and 2) The King of Tyre and his massive trade empire happened before the Creation story in Genesis 1.
If we were to consider Option 1: The King of Tyre and his massive trade empire happening during the time of Adam and Eve, then that would mean that there were other people on earth during Adam and Eve’s time. This would go against the notion that sin was brought into the world by “one man” (Romans 5:12) because the King of Tyre was “cast down to the ground” because of “corruption” and “sin” (Ezekiel 28:16-17). Okay, even if we assume this reasoning is correct, how can a King who is renown all across the world appear as a serpent in the garden of Eden tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-6)? Surely, a King wouldn’t want to be a serpent unless he doesn’t have the choice to. Now, with these two reasons, we strike off the first possibility: that King of Tyre exists during the time of Adam and Eve outside of Eden. So that leaves us with the possibility that the King of Tyre exists before-creation. So, where in the Bible does it talk about pre-creation?
Digging deeper into the Bible, we find that the Biblical description of “empty and void” in Genesis 1:2 also appeared elsewhere in the Bible. More specifically, in the book of Jeremiah, chapter 4 verse 23. Jeremiah, also known as the “weeping prophet”, lived roughly between 650 BC and 570 BC. Now, think about it. Even if the Genesis 1 account happened 6000 years ago, how can Jeremiah possibly see the world when it was without form and void? Was this vision about a future occurrence? We know it’s not possible because God will not destroy the entire world completely by flooding after Noah’s Great Flood. Can God destroy the world completely by other means in the future? Well, if God destroys the world completely, how will Jesus’ second coming and the battle of Armageddon take place, right? If it is not about a vision of a future occurrence, can it be something that happened in Jeremiah’s time? Given that Jeremiah was predicting Judah’s desolation in Jeremiah 4, that would appear to be a localised destruction and not a global destruction. So no, God did not destroy the world during Jeremiah’s time as well. So what could that vision be? Based on the logic of deduction, I deduce that Jeremiah saw a vision about the destruction of the world prior to the creation tale of Genesis 1. I figure, what Jeremiah saw in Jeremiah chapter 4 was what Moses described in Genesis 1:2.
Let’s look at the passage in Jeremiah chapter 4 verses 23 to 28.
I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone.I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying. I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away. I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger. This is what the Lord says: “The whole land will be ruined, though I will not destroy it completely. Therefore the earth will mourn and the heavens above grow dark, because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not turn back.”
— Jeremiah 4:23-28, NIV.
Jeremiah saw the earth without light. It was dark without animals nor anyone insight. Amidst the darkness and chaos, Jeremiah seem to be able to make out that it used to be a fruitful land. It even used to have towns, maybe even cities. It was in this chaos that Jeremiah heard God say that He will not destroy the world completely.
Have you ever wondered why the Bible opened with God’s creation of heavens and earth, but stating that there was darkness over the surface of the deep and there was waters? Can the waters in Genesis 1:2 be the remnants of the lost world in Jeremiah’s vision that God did not completely destroy?
So now we have the narrative that tells us that the world in itself exists before the creation story in Genesis 1. Through this, we will be able to infer that people actually roamed the world before the creation story in Genesis 1. Among these pre-Genesis people are the people of Tyre. However, the destruction of the nation of Tyre in Ezekiel 28 does not necessarily imply a global extinction event. In order to uncover the extinction event, we will need to dig deeper into the book of Ezekiel. From Ezekiel 31 – 32, we read that the prophet Ezekiel was writing a lament against Pharaoh, King of Egypt. In the passage, Ezekiel tell us that that the Cedar of Lebanon (presumably the nation of Lebanon) was a strong nation that “towered higher than all the trees of the field” (Ezekiel 31:7). No trees in the garden of God (Eden) can match the beauty of Lebanon so much so that it was the envy of all the trees in Eden (Ezekiel 31:8-9). However, because Lebanon was so proud, God handed it over to be cast aside by the most ruthless of foreign nations (Ezekiel 31:10-12). Because of the pride of Lebanon, all trees were condemned for death in the earth below (Ezekiel 31:14).
Now, even though Ezekiel wrote about Lebanon here in Ezekiel 31, he was talking about Egypt. Ezekiel wrote, “you too, will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth below; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the Lord.” (Ezekiel 31:18). How will Egypt be brought down? Well, Ezekiel told us that the nation of Babylon will come against Egypt and destroy it (Ezekiel 32:11-12). They will scatter the bodies of Egyptian all across the land (Ezekiel 32:4-6, 32). However, when God permitted the destruction of Egypt, God will also destroy all nations on earth along with it. This includes the nation of Assyria (vv. 22), Elam (vv.24), Meshech and Tubal (vv. 26), Edom (vv. 29), and all the princes of the north and all Sidonians (vv. 30). Now, notice what God says when He bring about such destruction to the nations:
“When I blot you out, I will cover the heavens and make their stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over you, and put darkness on your land”, declares the Lord GOD. “I will trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries that you have not known.”
— Ezekiel 32:7-9, ESV.
So there we have the first recorded pre-creation mass-extinction event. From these passages, we see how God destroyed humanity and everything along with it, leaving the world that was dark, formless, and empty, as shown in Jeremiah’s vision in Jeremiah chapter 4 and also in Genesis 1. Though we cannot account for the lost time between the formation of the earth and the Genesis 1 account, we know from the Bible that the earth is definitely much older than the 6000 years old.Follow my blog with Bloglovin