Perhaps one of the most extraordinary theological concepts in the Bible is the proposition that God created and destroyed an ancient civilization on earth eons before the time of Adam and Eve.
However, the Bible says nothing about how long ago all of this took place, it does seem to indicate that a pre-Adamite society did exist at one time in the distant past as we have explained in the previous chapter. Isaiah gives us additional information for support:
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? (Isa 14:12-17)
This passage indicates that there were nations of people, pre-humans, and angels inhabiting Earth at the time Lucifer rebelled. The phrase, “which didst weaken the nations,” gives credence to such thought.
Jeremiah, as seen in the last chapter, refers to the earth immediately after Pre-Adamite destruction. His account of the annihilation of the Pre-Adamite Earth, where its inhabitants dwelt in cities, must have been between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2; perhaps meaning to destroy any evidence of the sinfulness of its occupants. However, over the past several decades, there have steadily been an increasing number of archaeological discoveries. Because of their mysterious and highly controversial nature, those findings have been classified as ‘out-of-place’ artifacts (Ooparts).
Ooparts are objects and artifacts that are found in the wrong place and in an incorrect time line of geological strata, which gives evidence of a Pre-Adamite Earth. Their appearances in these layers of geological strata (which are very ancient) give non-traditional science evidence of a preceding period of technical sophistication extending far beyond the inventive capabilities of the ancient peoples among whose remains they were discovered. As ancient artifacts arise and baffle orthodox science, one can systematically look for clues in these anomalies or Ooparts. Clearly, a pattern indicates that primitive civilizations had highly advanced science and engineering systems; the pyramids of Egypt are among the most enduring and obvious evidence of this. The pyramids show a highly advanced system of science and engineering. Other clues have come from ancient cities discovered off the coasts of Japan, Cuba, Indonesia, and India indicating highly advanced technologies.
The Indian Mahabharata even gives a clue in its poetic description of a nuclear bombing. Although it was written nearly two thousand years ago and handed down by word of mouth from ancient times, it describes the Vimana, known as flying machines. Furthermore, it depicts wars where terrible weapons are used.
Gurkha, flying in his swift and powerful Vimana, hurled against the three cities of the Vrishnis and Andhakas a single projectile charged with all the power of the universe. An incandescent column of smoke and fire, as brilliant as ten thousand suns, rose in all its splendor. It was the unknown weapon, the iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes the entire race of the Vrishnis and Andhakas. The corpses were so burnt they were no longer recognizable. Hair and finger nails fell out, Pottery broke without cause. Foodstuffs were poisoned. To escape, the warriors threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment. (Mahabarata texts)
Another clue is an ancient artifact reported in the June 1951 Scientific American. A report was given concerning a metallic vase that had been dynamited out of solid rock in Dorchester, Massachusetts and it said:
On putting the two parts together it formed a bell-shaped vessel, 4 1/2 inches high, 6 l/2 inches at the base, 2 1/2 inches at the top and about an eighth of an inch in thickness.
The body of the vessel resembles zinc in color, or a composition metal in which there is a considerable portion of silver. On the sides there are six figures of a flower, a bouquet, beautifully inlaid with pure silver, and around the lower part of the vessel, a vine, or wreath, inlaid also with silver. The chasing, carving and inlaying were done by a craftsman. This unknown object was blown out of solid rock, fifteen feet below the surface. (Scientific American (volume 7, pages 298-299)
An additional ancient artifact find was presented in 1886 by a scientific journal. The periodical published confirmation that an Austrian foundry had discovered a block of coal in which was a small metal cube and it was from the Tertiary period (the period of geologic time, 65 million to 1.6 million years ago).
When tested, the cube was identified as being composed of a steel-nickel alloy. The edges of this ancient cube were perfectly straight and sharp; four of its sides were flat, while the two remaining opposite sides were convex. A deep groove had been machined all the way around the cube as well. It appeared that the entire cube had been made by a machine and was part of a larger mechanism.
Texas has another ancient artifact in its possession at the Creation Evidences Museum; this relic is a metal hammer, imbedded in rock, with a portion of the handle still in place. The hammer was discovered during June 1936, in England. At the time of the discovery, the rock encased the entire metal hammer. A laboratory analyzed the artifact and found that the metal hammerhead was made of 96.6% iron, 0.74% sulphur, and 2.6% chlorine. No metallurgist today can alloy metallic iron with chlorine. The creation of this hammer required technology that cannot be duplicated today.
Ancient Egyptian Tri Lobed Disc Oopart Artifact
The Ancient Egyptian Tri Lobed Disc. Created more than 5,000 years ago it has confounded researchers. It is made of schist a fragile rock that requires very labor intensive carving. The object is 61 centimeters in diameter, and 10.6 centimeters in height in the center. It reminds one of a mechanism that is designed to turn. The enigmatic object (impeller) was found in the Tomb of Prince Sabu in Saqqara. Saqqara was a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, and served as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis.
Interestingly this artifact closely mirrors the design of an impeller of cutting edge technology today. See here a modern design of a large impeller using cutting edge technology. See the resemblance, remember this impeller ( enigmatic object) is 5,000 years old.
In the beginning (rê’shı̂yth) God (‘ĕlôhı̂ym ) created (bârâ’) the heaven (shâmayim shâmeh) and the earth (‘erets). (Gen 1:1)
The first book of the Bible opens with a statement, “in the beginning God”. Then it states that he “created the heavens and the earth”. When we read this we think the Bible is telling us about the first thing God did, it is not! The Bible unabashedly opens with the fact that God exists.
Beginning (rê’shı̂yth) – principal thing
God (‘ĕlôhı̂ym) – Elohim
Genesis makes no bones about His existence. It states, “Principal thing Elohim”. Therefore, we must take this at face value. There was nothing in existence before God, and then we are told God created. There is much we can learn in this first verse, let us look at it in the Hebrew.
However, Elohim is plural. Why use a plural for a single god? In addition, why this odd plural form of Elohim, it is quite rare in the Hebrew language and no other Semitic language uses this word.
The name Elohim is unique to Hebraic thinking. It only occurs in the Hebrew language and in no other ancient or Semitic language. The masculine plural ending does not mean “gods” when referring to the true God of Israel. When Elohim refers to a singular being (the true God or a false god), it takes a singular verb. When it refers to more than one being, as in the heavenly powers or the human judges, it takes a plural verb. However, considering the Trinity, the form indeed allows for the plurality within the Godhead which is revealed in the New Testament.
In order to understand the ability of this word to refer correctly to God, angels, man, and idols can only be understood, if the root of the word is kept in mind; the root word is El and it means power. In this light, it becomes clear that the Hebrews applied the name Elohim to the true God because it conveyed one of his attributes – power.
The word El in Canaanite or proto-Semitic is from a root meaning power. Therefore, the best understanding of Elohim is, “the all powerful one”.
The name El has to do with the first experience that people had of the powers of nature. The word Elohim is the plural of El. The word El comes from a root meaning power and is the Ugaritic term for god. When used of the true God of Israel, El is almost always qualified by additional words that further define the meaning and distinguish Him from false gods. These other names or titles for God are sometimes called “construct forms” such as Elohei Kedem, God of the beginning; Eternal God such as is used in Deut. 33:27. Elohim very often is accompanied by the article ha-, to mean, “the”.
Interestingly Elohim is used over 7000 times in the Old Testament; Elohim has the two letters “Aleph Tav”, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, as a grammatical marker. It reminds one of Christ in the Book of Revelation stating that He is the Alpha and the Omega.
To better understand the word Elohim we need to look at Psalm 82:1:
Elohim has taken his place in the assembly of EL, in the midst of the Elohim He holds judgment.
The Syriac version renders it, “In the congregation of angels”
In this psalm, we see God take His place as the leader of the divine council. The psalmist pictures God standing in the “assembly of El” where he accuses the angels of failing to promote justice the on earth, and carrying out their responsibilities (Gen. 6:4). God pronounces sentence upon them, announcing that they the angels will die like men. Their fate for unfairness and wickedness will be to be cast into the Lake of Fire as men are on Judgment Day.
The New Testament gives us a little insight into the Assembly, sometimes known as the Congregation.
“I saw a throne in heaven, and the Ancient of Days sat upon the throne. The throne was similar in appearance to jasper and rubies, and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw the twenty-four elders sitting, in white robes; and on their heads were crowns of gold.
And from the throne proceeded lightnings, voices and thunders. Seven torches of fire were burning before the throne; and before the throne was something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living beings. The first living being was like a lion, the second living being was like a calf, the third living being had a face of a man, and the fourth living being was like a flying eagle. And the four living beings, each one having six wings apiece, were full of eyes around and within. And before the throne was a golden altar”.
This is called the Congregation (Assembly). The name arrives from the many which stand before it, a number unnumbered because of the multitudes in attendance. This Council is mentioned several other times where it is called the Congregation. Here we see an example or smaller picture of the Divine Council in action.
And the Ancient of Days said, “Who shall entice this king that he may go and be defeated at Ramoth Gilead?” And one said on this manner; and another said on that manner. And there came forth another, and stood before the Ancient of Days, and said, “I will convince him.”
And the Ancient of Days said to him, “Wherewith?” And he said, “I will go, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” And he said, “You will convince him, go now, and do so” and one said, on that manner and another. (1Kings 22)
These were members of the counsel. Not that the Ancient of Days needs advice, he doesn’t, but none the less he chooses to surround himself with others who are called the Elohim.
Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left”. (2Ch 18:18)
Here we see mention of the “host of heaven” (tzeva’ hashamayim) which stands before the Ancient of Days. Clearly, this is speaking of angelic beings, including those on the heavenly divine council. So in this time before time began, before created in Gen. 1:1 which we refer to as from everlasting to everlasting, there was the Ancient of Days, sitting at the head of the Council with the twenty four elders and others. This can all be seen in the Bibles use of the word Elohim.
So to summarize what we see so far is a blank statement that there was nothing in the beginning but the principal thing, God. He stood at the head of the Assembly and was the all powerful one.
In the beginning (rê’shı̂yth) God (‘ĕlôhı̂ym) created (bârâ’) the heaven (shâmayim shâmeh) and the earth (‘erets).” (Gen 1:1)
He created – bara (Hebrew)
The heaven – shâmayim shâmeh (Hebrew)
Earth – ‘erets (Hebrew)
Heaven and Earth are straight forward, but “bara” is not. “Create” (bara in Hebrew) means to call forth out of nothingness. We get the Christian doctrine “Ex nihilo” a Latin phrase meaning “out of nothing” from this Hebrew word. Subsequently, further in the text, the word “make” or “form” (asah in Hebrew) denotes a re-fashioning or production from pre-existing material (this is not the same as “bara” meaning to make from out of nothing). Creation occurred “ex deo”, or out of the very substance of God. Everything that exists is because God created it with his very own substance and nature.
There was no darkness, void or non-existent space. Elohim made the universes by mere will of having them appear, without any use of pre-existent matter.
God is eternal and exists outside of time and space. He is the “high and lofty One who inhabits eternity” (Isaiah 57:15 KJV). Time was created along with the universe and began at a finite point “Creatio Ex Nihilo” out of nothingness with the “Big-Bang.” To the casual observer, the moment of creation appears as a single point of energy or singularity. This is the result of having the entire cosmos compressed into God’s words; hence the “Big-Bang” Model of the universe. When God spoke the words they exploded into all known and unknown elements, including the fires of the suns, the darkness, and the cold. Neither darkness nor light existed before creation Ex Nihilo. God made the cosmos by mere will of having it exist.
Time is something that is exclusive to this dimension in which we live. Eternity is not bound by time. God lives in eternity which has no beginning and no end. Before time, there was only eternity, and for God eternity is a never-ending present.
In summary, we understand that Elohim was the principal thing with no beginning and no end. Secondly, he created the heavens and the earth out of nothingness. We will see in the next chapter why the Hebrew makes such a distinction between bara and asah. It is a very important feature of Genesis that these two different words are used in the creation story.
“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.” (Gen. 1:2)
The Ruin-Reconstruction Theory suggests that there is a gap of time between a distinct creation event in the first verse of Genesis and the second recreation in the second verse of Genesis, explaining the age of the Earth.
And the earth was (hâyâh) without form, (tôhû) and void; (bôhû) and darkness (chôshek) was upon the face of the deep.(tehôm tehôm) And the Spirit (rûach) of God (‘ĕlôhı̂ym) moved (râchaph) upon the face of the waters. (Gen 1:2 Hebrew)
hâyâh – become, come to pass, became
tôhû – desolation, or become worthless.
bôhû – ruin
chôshek – destruction
tehôm tehôm – abyss
rûach – breath
râchaph – to brood as a mother hen
The Ruin-Reconstruction theory, known as Gap Creationism, suggests a time lapse exists between a distinct creation event in Genesis’ first verse and the second recreation that takes place in the second verse, explaining the Earth’s age. This concept suggests that science has proven the Earth is much older than accounted for by adding up biblical chronology.
Furthermore, the Ruin-Reconstruction theory maintains the Genesis Creation account is inerrant in scientific fact. Gap Creationists assert that the biblical account lapse lasted an unknown number of years (between a first creation in Genesis 1:1 and a second recreation in Genesis 1:2). This allows for various observations, including; determining the Earth’s age as well as that of the universe, dinosaurs, oil formation, ice ages, and geological formations that occurred as outlined by science without contradicting a literal belief in Genesis.
In contrast, the Ruin-Reconstruction theory differs from “Day-age Creationism” and “Young Earth creationism.”
Day-age creationism claims that the days of creation were much longer (thousands or millions of years). Young Earth Creationism, although it agrees concerning the six literal 24-hour days of creation, does not suggest a time gap.
The Ruin-Reconstruction concept alleges that a cataclysmic judgment was pronounced upon the earth (between the 1st and 2nd verse) due to the fall of Lucifer. In addition, other verses of Genesis describe a reforming of the earth from a chaotic state. The E.W. Bullinger Companion Bible of 1909 clearly shows the Ruin – Restoration theme of Genesis:
The beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the Heavens and the earth (Perfect, complete and to be Inhabited). And the earth became waste, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep (Frozen Ice). And the Spirit of God moved (hovering, brooding); [the beginning of the heavens and earth which are now] upon the face of the waters [Melted Ice]. (Gen. 1:1-2, EWB-CB)
The six days of Genesis are the account of a re-creation, or regeneration of a previously existent heavens and earth (not the original creation), and seven creative days within Genesis chapter one are not a geological history of the earth!
Ruin-Reconstruction relies upon specific linguistic reasoning behind the Hebrew Scriptures. First, a newly created earth should not have been without form and void. Second, the word “was” in Genesis 1:2 is more accurately translated as “became.” The Hebrew word for “was” is haw-yaw’ and means “become”, or come to pass. Third, “create” and “made” are different in the Hebrew language as well. “Create” (bara in Hebrew) means to call forth out of nothingness. The Christian doctrine “Ex nihilo” has a Latin phrase meaning “out of nothing” from this Hebrew word. Subsequently in the text, the words “make” or “form” (asah in Hebrew) mean a re-fashioning or making from pre-existing material. This refers to the substance remaining after the earth underwent Lucifer’s judgment.
Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
This means that the heavens and the earth came into existence by divine command and was not assembled from pre-existing matter or energy. Further support can be seen in Isaiah 45:18 where it is stated that the earth was not created in “vain” (tohu), “He (God) formed (asah) it (the earth) to be inhabited.” The word “was” or “became” in Genesis 1:2, allows a change of state to occur from verse one to verse two and is more accurately translated “became”. That is, the initial perfect creation of verse one “became” without form and void, indicating a transition occurred. Genesis 1:2 reveals that,
“And the earth was (had become) 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)
Additional support comes from the phrase “without form and void.”
Consider other Biblical texts in which these words are found together. In Isaiah 24:1 and Jeremiah 4:23, one sees that they are judgmental in character and context.
Jeremiah describes a time when the earth was “without form, and void.” Noah’s flood was not even as horrific nor brought such barren conditions as described by Jeremiah. It can only be a cataclysmic destruction by God of the Pre-Adamic world. Remember, Isaiah 45:18 states:
“God did not create the earth in vain; he formed it in order for it to be inhabited”.
Jeremiah also wrote:
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger. For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it (Jeremiah 4:23-28).
There were no descendants of Adam (no man), yet there were cities that God destroyed by his wrath – who dwelt in these cities? According to Hebrew Cosmogony, Earth was changed by catastrophe, before the birth of our world as we know it. Worlds were shaped and brought into existence, only to be destroyed in the course of time, not to be inhabited by man. He made several worlds before ours, but he destroyed them all. Hebrew mythology assigns this to a period before Adam and different geophysical catastrophes. It should also be noted that DNA remains actually older than 6,000 years (like “Neanderthal” and “Cro-Magnon”) will be found to have no genetic connection to any people living on the Earth today.
Questions answered by the Ruin-Reconstruction theory include: (1) How can the Earth only be 6,000 years old, according to the Bible’s chronology, when the forensic evidence of geology and the fossil records reveal that the Earth is very ancient?
(2) How could death have only started with the fall of man at about 6,000 years ago when evidence for death is found in the Pleistocene geologic era, and a long reign of death across ancient ages past? (3) How can man have been on the Earth for only about 6,000 years when there is evidence of man-like creatures inhabiting the Earth for hundreds of thousands of years? What happened during this Gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2?
One also wonders, what took place during this time gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Around the Cambrian geologic period (about 500-600 million years ago), an explosion of death happened to well-developed life forms in the fossil record, with no antecedent fossils in the more ancient Precambrian, except for what could be primitive cell remains. Consequently, what appears in the fossil record as an explosion of life was actually an explosion of death. Living things do not leave remains until they die. The Cambrian geologic period marks the first record of death and the fall of Lucifer. Because Lucifer was the steward of the whole creation under heaven when he fell, all things under his rule were also subjected to corruption.
Adam’s sin brought death into our world (Romans 5:12). Therefore, it is no contradiction with the Bible that Earth’s geology shows an ancient track record of death on this planet long before Adam. As seen throughout the geologic record, there is evidence of mass extinction and geologic catastrophes.
Recapping, in Gen. 1:1, the word created is baw-raw’ and means to create out of nothing. After, Gen. 1:1 the word “made” is used but it is a different word in Hebrew, known as aw-saw,’ and means “to make out of existent materials.” This is translated as made instead of create so the reader knows it is a different assertion.
In verse one of Genesis, God created. Thereafter, God made or recreated from existent material the Earth from material he had created out of nothingness in the first verse.
The science behind both Carbon and Argon data is flawed, but not by millions of years. Carbon and Argon dating based upon radioactive decay may have been accelerated in the recent past. However, the vast age assigned to the earth based on radioactive measurements can by no means be set aside.
Is there another reasonable explanation for a literal six-day creation that explains the great age of the earth? Perhaps, if one is willing to say that science is very wrong and that the earth is not but 10,000 years old, and that God is tricking the scientists. Many Christians champion a six-day creation, Ex nihilo. In order to do so, one has to deny the geological evidence of the Earth’s vast age. Furthermore, no scriptures warrant an arbitrary assumption that a day is more than 24 hours long. Believing that a day is 24 hours is a general principle in the absence of any statement to other effect. Therefore, one must except the days of Genesis are literal 24 hour days.
Thus, Ruin-Restoration Creationism best fits the overall understanding of the creative acts of Elohim. In summary, Elohim existed and created the earth perfectly (Genesis1:1), but it became a wasteland because of war in the heavens (Genesis 1:2). Elohim then remade the earth out of the old materials of the previous creation in a literal six-day period. Ruin-Restoration Creationism proves that the Biblical story of creation is in harmony with the teachings of modern science, and this casts a new light on the integrity of the Bible.