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The current article evolved from a private online conversation I was having with one of my Facebook friends. As it turns out, my friend was having a discussion with her father, who was of the opinion -- like a number of other misguided Christians -- that a pre-Adamic, or pre-Adamite, race or civilization was in existence on the Earth prior to the events which are described for us in the opening verses of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. As I will explain more fully in a future article, this pre-Adamic civilization doctrine and theory is based in part on the belief that an undefined period of time transpired between verses two and three of Genesis chapter one. People who embrace this doctrine refer to it as the "Gap Theory". But let us take a close look at verses two and three:
"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. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."
Genesis 1:2-3, KJV
As I explained to my friend -- and she in fact agreed with me -- nowhere do those verses say or clearly suggest that there was any kind of lengthy time span -- or gap -- between verse two and verse three. In my view, some Christians are simply inventing an imaginary gap, in order to promote and validate their misguided theory regarding the existence of a pre-Adamic race. In fact, verse two very clearly describes an environment which would have been totally inhospitable to any form of air-breathing life, including human beings. Need I remind you of how God chose to wipe out all air-breathing life during the days of the Patriarch Noah? In a word, He restored the Earth to the condition it was in, as described in the first chapter of Genesis; meaning a global ocean.
Please note that in the original Hebrew, the phrase "without form and void" is derived from two Hebrew words -- "tohuw" and "bohuw" when transliterated into English -- which mean that the surface of the Earth had no shape. In other words, it was empty, and there was nothing, absolutely nothing, on the face of the Earth. Why was this? Verse two clearly tells us that it is because the Earth was a world totally covered in water. As I said a minute ago, our planet was in effect a global ocean before God made the dry land to appear. Thus, it shouldn't be that difficult for you to understand that no human life could have possibly existed on the Earth at that time. Sorry, my friends, but there was no pre-Adamic race, no matter how much you want to invent one, for whatever your reasons.
Now, if you want another small piece of Scriptural evidence which proves that there was no such thing as a pre-Adamite civilization on the Earth, then please consider what the Apostle Paul wrote in his first Epistle to the brethren at the Church in Corinth. I think that what Paul writes below makes it rather clear that before Adam, there was simply no one else living on the Earth. Why? Because the Apostle Paul refers to him as "The first man Adam". Now unless I am just misunderstanding something here -- yes, I'm purposely being a bit sarcastic -- first means first, right? So I am sorry, my friends, but there was no pre-Adamic race, no matter how much you want to invent one, for whatever your reasons. Here is what the Apostle Paul wrote:
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." 1 Corinthians 15:45, KJV
As I mentioned earlier, I will be providing a more expanded explanation regarding the pre-Adamite civilization doctrine in a future article. When that will be, I cannot honestly say. The truth is that I have had personal notes regarding that issue sitting here on my computer since 2005, when I was still running the EDGE mailing list, and engaged some of my friends in a discussion regarding this very same topic. In fact, it might interest you to know that I have a lot of notes and partially completed articles sitting here which, when finally finished and published, will probably result in another one hundred new articles and series. So I still have years of work ahead of me, providing that the Lord gives me both the health and the time to complete them all. We shall see. I do what I can each day.
Returning to the Book of Genesis, I suspect that part of the confusion results from the fact that some people don't fully understand how the verses are written in Genesis chapter one. In other words, if you read carefully, you will notice that the number of the day is actually announced after the events which took place during that particular day. Let me give you a clear example. It is my belief that verses three through five below are describing all of the events which occurred on Day One:
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."
Genesis 1:3-5, KJV
As we saw earlier in verse two, prior to this point in the creation of the world, the writer Moses informs us that the global ocean was completely covered in darkness. Moses wrote "darkness was upon the face of the deep." Then, smoothly continuing to verse three -- and with absolutely no time gap mentioned -- he tells us that God created light, and divided the light from the darkness. Furthermore, Moses tells us that "God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night."
It was at this point as I was reading those verses and typing out a response to my Facebook friend, that I was suddenly hit with a wonderful truth which I had never seen before; at least not in this way. As I read verse five above, I suddenly came to the realization that until God divided the light from the darkness, time did not exist. That is why God declared it the first day in verse five. What? Yes, my friends. I am becoming convinced that it was that division of light and darkness in Genesis chapter one which first began marking the passage of time on the Earth. As I said, prior to that point, time simply did not exist.
In that previous set of verses, the English word "divided" is translated from the Hebrew word "badal". This ancient Hebrew word is translated as "divided" eight different times in the pages of the Old Testament, while it is likewise translated as "separated" a total of twenty-five times. So its meaning is rather clear. But how could God separate the light from the darkness on this, our physical plane? He had to follow the laws of physics which He Himself had created. So the only way He could do this was by giving each one time to exist apart from the other. And that is exactly what He did. He created a twelve-hour day period, and a twelve-hour night period; and that is why we are told that "the evening and the morning were the first day." Time now existed. Even Jesus confirmed this fact, as you will see a bit later in this same article.
Now, I have long believed and taught that the Bible in large part interprets itself, if we are diligent in our study of the same. It should come as no surprise then that the minute that the realization hit me regarding the beginning of time occurring with the division of the light from the darkness, a few other verses immediately came to my mind as well. Isn't that in fact what Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do for us? Consider the following two verses:
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
John 14:26, KJV
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
John 16:13, KJV
To continue, the verses which came to me are both found in the Book of Revelation; and in my view, they seem to confirm what I just stated regarding time, and the passage of time, being created the moment that God separated the light from the darkness. In other words, God created alternating phases of light and darkness. Please carefully consider this first verse, taking particular note of the last seven words which I have placed in uppercase letters for emphasis:
"And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, THAT THERE SHOULD BE TIME NO LONGER:"
Revelation 10:6, KJV
Now, why would this seventh mighty Angel of the Apocalypse declare that time would cease to exist? Equally important, how could time actually cease to exist? Personally, as I've long taught, it is my view that God the Father, Jesus, the Angels and whatever other entities may exist in the Spirit Realm, exist outside of time. Yet, at the same time, they seem to be able to interface with it, and in it, if they so choose. For example, you may recall that in one of my very old articles, I mention the fact that I believe that in one particular incident which is mentioned in the Gospels, Jesus may have actually manipulated time. Consider the following verses, taking particular note of the word "immediately", and decide for yourself:
"And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went."
John 6:16-21, KJV
Please note that if you study the English word "immediately" as it is used in other verses throughout the New Testament, you will discover that it always means in that instant and on the spot. In other words, without delay. That being the case, are the previous verses saying that Jesus actually translated their ship through time so that it was immediately at shore, thus avoiding the rest of the storm and the rough waters? Interesting idea, isn't it? According to your faith.
As I was saying earlier, I never really stopped to consider exactly how it is that God the Father, Jesus Christ and other spiritual entities exist outside of time. I just accepted it as fact, by faith, just like so many other things in the Bible which I do not fully understand. However, as of today, I think that I may possibly be beginning to understand how this happens. Now, if what I mentioned earlier regarding how time began when God divided the light from the darkness, and set alternating phases of light and darkness into motion is true, then there should be some Biblical evidence to support how this could work in reverse, so that time ceases to exist, exactly as the Seventh Angel cried out. Well, it turns out that such evidence does in fact exist.
In Revelation 10:6 the Angel spoke the seven words "that there should be time no longer." As many of my Christian friends will already know, the final two chapters of the Book of Revelation describe the wonderful Heavenly City, New Jerusalem, the City of Light, and the Eternal Capital of God the Father and His Son. In describing this place, the beauty of which we cannot even begin to imagine, and how the gates of the City will never be shut, consider the final seven words of the following verse, which I have again placed in uppercase letters for emphasis:
"And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: FOR THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT THERE."
Revelation 21:25, KJV
Do you see that? In both Revelation 10:6 and Revelation 21:25 we have seven important words: "that there should be time no longer" and "for there shall be no night there". Do you see the connection between those two sets of seven words and how it directly relates to our discussion regarding the separation of light and darkness in Genesis chapter one? If not, allow me to clearly explain it to you. It is my belief -- or hypothesis, if you will -- that time ceases to exist inside the Heavenly City, because time is measured by the passage of day and night, or the alternating phases of both light and darkness, as I explained earlier.
However, as the previous verse makes abundantly clear, there is no night -- or darkness -- in the City of Light. That is to say, New Jerusalem. Therefore, time simply does not exist there. In short, Eternity exists within God's Eternal City. In fact Revelation 22:5 says the same exact thing regarding there being no night in God's Eternal City, New Jerusalem. And once again, it is stated in almost exactly the same seven words, as we see here:
"AND THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT THERE; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."
Revelation 22:5, KJV
Wow! Do you see that? God's brilliance is so powerful, that there isn't even any need for the Sun, or for solar panels. The very power of His brilliance and being lights up the entire city. And mind you, we are talking about a city that is about 1,500 miles wide on each of the four sides of its square base. That is half the size of the United States of America, my friends! God powers it all! As I have mentioned before, and as the Apostle John wrote, "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." Again, no darkness alternating with the light means that time ceases to exist, if my theory holds true. Let me also remind you that as I have pointed out in a few other articles, even Jesus mentioned how each day alternates between twelve hours of light, and twelve hours of darkness, as we see by these two verses:
"Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him."
John 11:9-10, KJV
So taking into consideration what is stated in chapter one of the Book of Genesis, and what we also discover in the Book of Revelation, that is why I am led to believe that time appears to have begun in our physical plane on the very first day of Creation with the division of the light from the darkness. That is why I likewise lean towards the belief that time is nonexistent in God's wonderful City of Light, because no darkness or night exists there at all. There is simply nothing to mark the passage of time.
But there is so much more to this story of light which I want to share with you, some of which I have mentioned before in other articles, such as "The Children of Light: Are You One of Us?". First of all, consider the following set of verses that describe for us the powerful glory and light of both God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son. They are awesome beings who radiate pure, unending, brilliant light:
"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."
1 John 1:5, KJV
"And the city had NO NEED OF THE SUN, NEITHER OF THE MOON, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
Revelation 21:23, KJV
"THE SUN SHALL BE NO MORE THY LIGHT BY DAY; NEITHER FOR BRIGHTNESS SHALL THE MOON GIVE LIGHT UNTO THEE: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. THY SUN SHALL NO MORE GO DOWN; NEITHER SHALL THY MOON WITHDRAW ITSELF: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended."
Isaiah 60:19-20, KJV
Before sharing additional verses with you regarding this same topic, allow me to make another point. The previous group of verses seems to be suggesting that the Sun and Moon no longer even exist because New Jerusalem has no need of them. But the verses go even further than that when they say "Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself." Now in my view, there are only two ways in which we can interpret that sentence. Either it is saying that both the Sun and the Moon remain permanently fixed in the sky above, or else it is saying that they both no longer exist, which is why the Sun no more goes down, and the Moon no more withdraws itself.
Being as this set of verses is talking about the New Heavens and the New Earth, are they saying that God does not create a new Sun and a new Moon? As I thought on this, I wondered about the people who live outside of the City of Light. After all, we are clearly told in the Book of Revelation that the kings and nations bring their glory into the City, and the gates of New Jerusalem are never shut. So won't they still be needing the Sun and the Moon? And what about all of the flora and fauna which exist outside of the Heavenly City? Won't they require natural sunlight as well?
But you see, the previous verses provide us with a very clear answer. Because right after stating that "Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself", that same sentence says "for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light". If you stop and think about it, even today with our modern technology, we can grow things and raise things even in the absence of natural sunlight. There are all kinds of growth bulbs which have the proper light spectrum. In fact, I personally use such LED lights on my small aquariums. I can adjust which lightwaves to use, how long the lights should run, whether or not they should simulate both daytime and nighttime light cycles, etc. So if we can do this with our current technology, just imagine what God and His Son can do, even if there is no Sun and Moon traversing the sky.
There is also something else to consider. As we discussed earlier, the City of Light is just as tall as it is wide on each sides of its base. In other words, this amazing city is 1,500 miles in height. As I mention in my three-part series entitled "New Jerusalem: Heavenly City and Mountain of the Lord's House", I believe that the headquarters of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, may be located at the very top -- or apex -- of the pyramidal City of Light. I also suspect that a great light emanates from the apex of the Celestial City. Now considering everything I have shared regarding the brightness and intensity of the light and energy which proceeds from God the Father and the Lamb, would it really be any great task for them to light up the entire Earth from the summit of New Jerusalem?
On a related note, let me pose another question. In the days before clocks, watches, computers, time servers and the like were invented, how did humanity keep track of time? As we all know, they did this by measuring shadows and watching the positions of the Sun, Moon and stars. Right? So in my view, the fact that all of the previous verses seem to indicate no presence of the Sun and Moon, is yet a further indication that time does not exist in God's Celestial City, exactly as the Seventh Angel proclaimed in Revelation chapter ten. Let us continue now with some additional verses where we learn that God is the Father of Lights, and that He and His Son, Jesus, shine with a constant brilliance that is greater than even the Sun:
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the FATHER OF LIGHTS, with whom is NO VARIABLENESS, NEITHER SHADOW OF TURNING."
James 1:17, KJV
"God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And HIS BRIGHTNESS WAS AS THE LIGHT; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet."
Habakkuk 3:3-5, KJV
"Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. WHO COVEREST THYSELF WITH LIGHT AS WITH A GARMENT: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:"
Psalm 104:1-2, KJV
"For THE LORD GOD IS A SUN and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."
Psalm 84:11, KJV
"And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and HIS COUNTENANCE WAS AS THE SUN SHINETH IN HIS STRENGTH."
Revelation 1:13-16, KJV
"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR."
Revelation 22:16, KJV
"At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, ABOVE THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE SUN, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me."
Acts 26:13, KJV
"WHO BEING THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"
Hebrews 1:3, KJV
"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING:"
2 Thessalonians 2:8, KJV
"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:"
2 Peter 1:19, KJV
"Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the DAYSPRING [or rising Sun] from on high hath visited us,"
Luke 1:78, KJV
As you can see, over and over again throughout the Bible, we are repeatedly told about the magnificent brilliance of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Absolutely nothing can compare to their royal splendor. Having said that, have you ever stopped to wonder how this radiant energy must affect those creatures and entities who constantly dwell in their wonderful presence? I have on occasion, and I would like to share my thoughts with you.
Over the years since I first began studying the Scriptures in earnest some fifty years ago, I have had certain thoughts and inklings which may possibly be true. Most of the time, I do not share such things publicly, because they aren't doctrines which are set in stone, and I cannot solidly or convincingly prove them by way of the Scriptures. Well, at least not yet. They are simply personal theories and speculations, and I do not wish to confuse my readers, and I most certainly do not want to stumble those Christians who may still be very young in the faith. As the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews admonishes us:
"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."
Hebrews 5:12-14, KJV
But on occasion, I will share a few tidbits just to see what kind of a reaction I may get from my readers. In this case, I believe that there is a lot more to this business of Divine Light. While we are clearly told that it is the Light of God the Father and Jesus Christ which illuminates the Heavenly City, New Jerusalem, I suspect that this powerful light may serve another purpose as well. We have already seen that time does not exist within the Eternal City. Therefore, all beings which continually dwell therein are eternal. But exactly what is it that makes them eternal? Is it simply the lack of the passage of time? Or is it because they are spirits by nature and spiritual energy cannot be destroyed?
I propose another possibility. I have long believed that when the Scriptures use the word "spirit", in many cases, it is in fact referring to a type of energy which proceeds from God the Father. As I have mentioned in other articles, I believe that this is precisely what the Holy Spirit is. That is to say, it is an extension of God the Father Himself. It is His creative energy which flows and emanates from Him. I suspect that this is why when Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit in the Gospels, He always used the pronoun "he". Doesn't that make sense to you now?
I believe that it is this same creative energy -- or the Holy Spirit -- which miraculously made Jesus form in Mary's womb. In fact, taking this a step further, if you are knowledgeable of the Scriptures, then you will know that Jesus was filled with the Spirit from His Father without measure, as we can easily determine by the following group of verses:
"For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him."
John 3:34, KJV
"For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;"
Colossians 1:19, KJV
"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."
Colossians 2:9, KJV
Once we understand that Jesus Christ had an unlimited supply of His Father's energy, or Spirit, it makes it a lot easier to understand what the following verses mean when they state that "virtue" flowed out of Jesus when He healed people:
"And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?"
Mark 5:30, KJV
"And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all."
Luke 6:19, KJV
"And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me."
Luke 8:46, KJV
In fact, it is this same creative energy, or Spirit from the Father, which breathed life back into Lazarus and some other folks in the Gospels, as well as into the Resurrected Christ Himself. It is the same creative energy which breathed life into Adam's lifeless body in the Book of Genesis. Now if that is not enough for you, then consider that it is also the very same creative energy which hovered over the deep in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis as well; and we all know what happened right after that: Creation:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 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;1-2, KJV
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