The Message Bible describes it the best:
Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness” (Genesis 1:2 Message Bible).
Before the six-day recreation of Genesis, the Earth was a dead and desolate planet, drifting in the freezing night of space. Earth was an underwater-uninhabitable planet wandering in the cold and dark remains of an old creation. The land was submerged and the water’s angry wrath abounded. Abyss called unto abyss. The lonely night got ever darker, longing for the dawn that did not appear. As a lifeless chunk of rock, the World hurried through the cosmos without any sun to warm its waters or touch its lifeless mass.
One questions what caused the Earth to be in this terrible condition. Remember the fact that it had to be remade, but we did not discuss what had happened to cause this destruction. Briefly review Genesis 1:2, again for clarity.
And the earth was (hâyâh) without form, (tôhû) and void ;(bôhû) and darkness (chôshek) was upon the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2 Hebrew)
hâyâh – become, come to pass, became.
tôhû – desolation, or become worthless.
bôhû – ruin.
chôshek – destruction.
A great destruction took place as described by the author of Genesis and later by Jeremiah. This destruction occurred at the fall of Lucifer. We can see from the Hebrew words that destruction took place upon the earth, but I would submit that this entire Solar System fell under judgment. Before continuing, allow me to paraphrase Genesis 1:2 and clarify where this is going.
And the earth became a desolation a worthless ruin and destruction was over its entire face”. (My paraphrase)
This took place not by accident, for God created the world in Genesis 1:1, so we can presume that he created it whole and protected it. Such destruction came by the hand of God, as told by Jeremiah and Isaiah.
Before Lucifer rebelled, there was trade between the planets (Ezekiel 28:13). The members of the Congregation (Assembly) traded among themselves. When Lucifer ruled over the planets, he ruled over all interplanetary trade.
In much buying and selling you turned violent, you sinned! I threw you, disgraced, off the mountain of God. I threw you out–you, the anointed angel-cherub. No more strolling among the gems of fire for you! (Ezekiel 28:16 MSG)
The Message Bible above is much clearer in this passage than the King James. Look at it in the King James with the help of the Hebrew below:
By the multitude of thy merchandise (rekûllâh) they have filled the midst of thee with violence.” (Ezekiel 28:16)
rekûllâh – trade, traffic as in peddling.
Lucifer was filled with the kind of “pride” that is called “mafia mentality.”
He desired to extend his personal rule beyond what was given to him; hence, falling into this mafia mentality. Basically, he yearned to reach beyond the stars to rule all the material and spiritual realms himself!
Satan is portrayed as ruler of the nations on Earth. This passage shows that there were nations of people inhabiting the Earth at the time of his rebellion. The phrase, “which didst weaken the nations,” makes it quite clear.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Isaiah 14:12-17 KJV)
Thus both Jeremiah and Isaiah confirm this Pre-Adamite world that “then was.” Before Adam, civilizations of angels existed on the Earth and also perhaps on other terrestrial planets. Satan was destroyed from the midst of the “stones of fire “(i.e. the planets, Ezekiel 28:16). Evidence of this exists in such places as the Cydonia section of Mars. A more interesting trip to take is the legend of the destroyed planet, Rahab, which is thought to have been the home of an angelic civilization, perhaps Satan’s home world. Rahab means boaster or pride. Beliefs are that it was the fifth planet out, where the asteroid belt is now located.
The pillars of heaven are stunned at His rebuke. He quiets The sea with his power, and by his understanding He shatters (maw-khats, dashes asunder),
Rahab, by His spirit the heavens were beautiful; His hand forbids the fugitive snake. (Job 26:11-13 KJV).
On Earth, the same judgments are taking place. God is destroying cities that were created prior to Adam’s existence. Rahab means boaster or pride.
Psalm 89:10 says,
You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one slain: you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.”
To quote another author, David Flynn:
The planet of the “Covering Cherub” is still evident within the debris, asteroids and comets, which are strewn throughout our solar system. Significantly, these chunks of the rebel angel’s planet, cosmic stones, have been used to mete out God’s judgment throughout history.
God’s judgment on the rebels continued as the incomprehensibly violent and genetically unlikely dinosaurs, the very image of the dragon. “That old serpent” was destroyed with another chunk of the rebel cherub’s planet.
Perhaps, the best time frame for when this happened would be during what we now call the Late Heavy Bombardment Period, which was approximately 4.1 to 3.8 billion years ago.
During this time, a large number of impact craters were formed on the Moon (also by inference), on Earth, Mercury, Venus, and Mars from the breakup of the planet within the asteroid belt, Rahab. Evidence for such an event comes from the dating of lunar samples that indicate most impact rocks formed in this narrow time interval. As seen in Genesis 1:2, the solar system was damaged beyond any self-repair. Earth alone received 22,000 impact craters, and several of them had diameters larger than 5,000 miles. What is now known as the Caribbean is in actuality a geologic structure from that era. The Earth became a formless void and the solar system was damaged by means of these great rocks from Rahab’s judgment.
Astronomers agree that the Solar System has always had four giant planets; Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus. Current claims are that it is much more likely to have been home to a fifth giant planet (no longer in the Solar System), of which remnants are now the asteroid belt.
Computer simulations by the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, show that it is statistically and extremely unlikely that the solar system began with four giants.
By their calculations, it only had a 2.5 per cent chance of reaching its current population and orbital layout with four giants. However, it was 10 times more probable to develop into its present state if there was a fifth monster body in the mix. In order to reach these conclusions, they ran 6,000 simulations of the Solar System’s birth and early development.
Rahab was once a planet, like Earth but larger, that orbited the sun. The similarity was more along the lines of Saturn and Rahab’s mass was large enough to hold ten Earths, plus it had a nearly circular orbit. Those remains are now the asteroid belt, as just discussed.
The asteroid belt is only a small remainder of the planet Rahab that once resided in the region between Mars and Jupiter. However, after Rahab met its destruction, gravitation and interactions with other worlds caused most of the mass to be lost in the rest of the Solar System and space. This also explains the moons within the Solar System. The moons, the rings of matter around the gas planets Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn and Neptune are leftovers of Rahab.
Due to their very strong gravitation, the planets Jupiter and Saturn attracted most of Rahab’s non-gaseous matter.
Uranus and Neptune also magnetized debris and incorporated it into their planetary systems.
Meteors and comets provide another argument in favor of a destroyed planet. Comets cannot date back to the beginning of the Solar System. This is because they consist of evolved matter such as water, which cannot form in the void of space. Water can only result on the surface of a planet with an atmosphere. In addition, comets often have rocks in their core. Meteors are debris from Rahab’s crust that was blown away by the destruction, deeply into space, but the sun’s gravity forced them to come back in an irregular orbit.
With Lucifer’s rebellion, death and corruption began to pervade the cosmos under his rule. Because he was the ruler of the whole creation under heaven, when he was cut down, all things were subjected to corruption and death. The ancient cosmos had the judgment of death upon it. Over the geologic ages, the universe and all things in it began to decay.
Many readers will question these statements, thinking that death first came into existence in the Garden of Eden with Adam’s fall. Regardless, Satan’s fall was before Adam because when Satan approached Adam and Eve, he was already a fallen angel and had to use the body of a snake to tempt Eve. Again, the only possible explanation is that Lucifer’s fall was before the re-creation of the earth; otherwise, it would have been recorded as happening during Adam’s time.
Romans 5:12 says,
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
This passage does not prove there was no death in the world before Adam sinned, neither does it rule out a Pre-Adamite world and its subsequent destruction. It merely means that Adam brought sin and death to himself as well as his offspring. However, nothing is said about any Pre-Adamite beings that may have preceded Adam.
The Greek word translated here as world is kosmos, meaning the earth and its inhabitants. In other words, kosmos is a “people” or “social system.”
Adam caused sin and death in the world, or social system of humanity, but it is irrelevant in regards to another world or social system of Pre-Adamites.
Corinthian 15:21-22 says,
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”
Again, this scriptural passage does not prohibit the creation and destruction of a Pre-Adamite world; it simply states that Adam brought sin and death to humanity. The reader should now be able to grasp why Elohim fashioned a Garden for Adam.