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Now, it will certainly be argued that it is unreasonable to detect a time space between only two verses in Genesis that could promote this much speculation about another cosmos and other living Awdawms. Still, plausible supports are introduced in other scriptures (Jer 4: ; Isa 1:1; 2Pet 1:1), and we know of at least one other place in scripture where a remarkable time space exists.
One Sabbath day, Jesus stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth to read, and He read from the book of Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luk 4:18-19)
Here, Jesus closes the book and hands it back to the minister. The passage in Isaiah that Jesus read is chapter sixty-one, verses one and two, but Jesus did not stop reading at the end of verse two. He stopped in the middle of verse two at a comma. On the other side of that punctuation we read: “and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that moun” (Isa 61:2).
That comma is the place mark for over two thousand years and counting, and it is not in between two verses, but in between a single verse of scripture.
As to the significance of time spaces in scripture, the most important event and developments to ever occur took place, and are still taking place, within this gap found in a single verse.
As to the providence of God in the amount of information and the time in which it is revealed, we have the witness of scripture that even His own prophets were not informed about the creation of the Church, or fully comprehended Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection.
I dare say we do not fully comprehend it now.
Even the angles desired to look into the mysteries which waited to be revealed to the Apostles and to us (1Pet 1:12).
The naturalists will most likely not be allowed an habeas corpus, or to produce the body from amongst the dead Awdawms and claim it an evolutionary ancestor of man. Their destruction may have been on the order of the one reserved for Gog and Magog who Satan will lead in attack against the camp of the saints at the close of the millennium. There, fire will come down from heaven and completely devour them; vaporized (Rev 20:7-9).
It could also be that some knowledge was passed to demon possessed men as to the Awdawms and their country and how it was destroyed, and from this comes the legend of Atlantis which is supposed to have perished beneath the sea. The bodies of the Awdawms could be entombed at the bottom of the ocean. If this were the case, it would shed light another curious scripture.
On that final judgment day after the millennium, all the wicked dead, small and great, will stand before God and be judged. The transaction to bring them before the throne of judgment will be, first, the soul will be summoned from hell, and then it will pass through the grave to be embodied so it can stand in its sins and be judged. This is what is meant by “death [the grave] and hell delivered up the dead which were in them” (Rev 20:13).
This description is complete to cover all anthropos, or human beings, but this transaction is preceded by one in which the sea gives up all the dead which are in it (Rev 20:13).
This seems to indicate that a different race of Awdawms who are held at the bottom of the ocean are to be judged first. Paul tells us that all things will be done in their proper order as to the resurrections (1Cor 15:23-24), and so it would make sense for the Awdawms to be resurrected for judgment first.
Because their disembodied spirits did not go to hell but to the abyss, and their bodies may lie concealed under the bottom of the ocean (q.v.), their bodies and spirits would be collected before leaving the depth of the ocean to be judged. This is why when the sea gives up its dead; hell is not included in that transaction.
To further substantiate the connection between the Awdawms and Satan we learn reading the account of his future demise: “They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas” (Eze 28:8). This cannot be an allusion to a drowning sensation Satan is to experience in the pit, for not every anthropos drown who was slain in the sea.
Here the slain in the sea are again most likely a special class who are in the middle of probably the Atlantic ocean. We know that Satan will be bound and cast into the Abyss for a thousand years prior to being released one last time to tempt a rebellion before being cast into the lake of fire (Rev). Here he is reminded that his fate is tired to the fate of the Awdawms which he led in his rebellion in the Pre-Adamite earth.
With this in mind, we may see that there is more of a poetic quality to Satan’s demise then has previously been entertained:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. (Eze 28:6-8)
The passage has been rendered by the translators in mortal terms. In light of this observation, and incorporating what scripture does tell us, a variant reading of the passage in the author’s paraphrase:
“Because of you purposed in your heart to be God, desired and sought to ascend to throne and rule as a god, the Awdawms will be the cause for you being cast into the abyss where the foreign, strange, and profane disembodied spirits of the Awdawms, who are exceedingly mighty and terribly violent as many troops of animals, and are as pervasive and inescapable as a flight of horrible supernatural locusts; there they will actually rule over you, and your beauty and wisdom will be the wound of your defilement, and that is the splendor you have exchanged your splendor for. They will have power over you to do this for a thousand years, and after that time you will die the death of eternal torment with them in the lake of fire.”
Considering the scriptures being examined deals with Satan’s rebellion and destruction, and his destruction is not one that can be accomplish by men and their weapons; the words tending towards the supernatural rendering were chosen from amongst the verity of Strong Concordance definitions available for them. Nevertheless, the author does not care for paraphrases, and does not recommend them.
All of this reversal of fortune takes place while the called out ones are ruled over for the same period of time in splendor and peace by their righteous King whose throne will be set up on the restored earth He possesses. Poetic justice.
The foregoing is a theory to explain the old appearance of the earth. Of course, none of this is necessary to explain why the earth looks so old. It could look old because it’s old, and for no other reason. Other theories have been postulated that connect the age of the earth to the speed of light. It has to do with the idea that the speed of light is slowing down, and suggests that events transpired faster, and so in smaller increments of time only thousands of year ago.
The author favors this theory because it, as good theories should, provides possible answers to other mysteries as well.
We should come away from this study more intrigued by the awesome reasoning of Him who subjected us in frailty so that we may reside in hope, and with a renewed appreciation for the scope of the plan of salvation and the intricacies in its transaction. We should now be more apt to engage the scriptures than to entertain science fiction (such as evolution), and able to more clearly see the dissimilar nature of different things.
Demanding a young earth is not the same as defending God as the creator of all things, and accepting an old earth is not the same as accepting the theory of evolution.
Nor is looking at an old earth theory the same as looking back on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra contrary to divine instruction; you will not become a pillar of salt for doing so.
We are witnessing a dividing in the Church over the subject of the age of the earth because it is presented as a package with two separate subjects which do not share the same compartment. What is traveling therein is a misunderstanding that has mistakenly joined together a dichotomy and presented it as a tenet of Christian faith. This harms two groups.
The saints are doggedly herded into a camp with unstable walls and told to bar the doors against an enemy that doesn’t exist; despite what their common sense tells them. This behavior of placing faith in something questionable out of a conjured fear that doubting it would destroy the word of God can lead Christians into other areas of dissonance.
Over time, they will begin to tread lightly on their faith from a fear that standing firm on it would subject it to stress whereby its weaknesses would be revealed.
The scientists who are attracted to the gospel will stop short of accepting Christ as savior and hear Him only as philosopher so long as they believe they must abandon the reality He has created to accept Him in reality.
We are comforted to know that those who are saved cannot be lost, and those who will be saved cannot be disappointed, but we are all nonetheless subject to scandal in this life, or treatment by it that prevents us from reaching many of what otherwise would be our attainments. To this: woe to him who willfully causes scandal and correction to him who by error causes men to stumble.
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