When it comes to the creation of the earth and our solar system, I believe the scripture indicates a three-fold division. We see the original earth, the chaotic earth, and the restored earth. We said over the last two posts that Genesis 1:1 speaks of the original earth. It was earth and the solar system in their original form and condition. God who is perfect and perfect in all that He does originally created the earth in a perfect, habitable state. We read in Isaiah 45:18, For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. The terms, “created”, “formed, “made”, and “established” are all terms of exact science. God is the allusive “First cause” that evolutionists have searched for in vain with their methods. He has been on the pages of God’s Word all along.
One of the things that the words of the Prophet tell us as well, is that clearly God did not create the earth in the state we find it in, in Genesis 1:2. This begs the question, what happened? Lets take a look at Ezekiel 28. The first eleven verses refer to the, “Prince of Tyre.” This is clearly the human leader of Tyre. A judgment from the Lord is pronounced on him. The Holy Spirit however pulls back the veil, if you will, and gives us a glimpse of the power behind the Prince of Tyre. We see beginning with the twelfth verse an entity referred to as, “The King of Tyre.” This is the spiritual ruler, clearly a supernatural being, working behind the scenes operating in the spirit realm, in reality controlling not only what occurred in Tyre, but the behavior of the human leader, the Prince of Tyre. There are spirit rulers that control nations. They reign in the second heaven, the domain of the, “Prince of the power of the air” controlling nations and rulers. We could take a side journey here, but we won’t for now.
Lets take a look at this, “King of Tyre.” Ezekiel writes, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. [Ezek. 28:12] The “King of Tyre” is clearly Satan himself. The Holy Spirit begins to describe him before his rebellion and fall. He says, “Thou sealest up the sum.” This is a little hidden to us. It simply means that Lucifer as originally created by God was the perfection of beauty and wisdom. In fact, the phrase intimates that Lucifer was the wisest, most beautiful being ever created by God. He served the Lord in holiness and righteousness for a period of time. He continues in his description,
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. [Ezek. 28:13] “Eden the Garden of God” is not the “Eden” that we find in Genesis 3. This was a garden of the same name that was on the original earth prior to the time of Adam and Eve. Apparently Lucifer ruled this garden prior to his rebellion. The fact that, “Every precious stone” was his covering sounds like the High Priestly garments of Exodus 28:19. Notice the phrase, the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. This is a reference to music. Not only could he sing, but he was music itself. Lucifer was a musician. Many scholars believe based on this that Lucifer was once in charge of heavenly worship. Given the fact the book of Psalms is the longest book of the Bible, gives us an indication of the high place that music and singing holds in the worship of the Lord.
An interesting point concerning music is that music is said to have originated among men with the progeny of Cain. [See Gen. 4:21] There is no doubt that Satan has sought through the millennia to corrupt music. This is especially true concerning the music of the Church. Ezekiel’s description continues,
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. [Ezek. 28:14] This gives us an indication of the high place occupied by Lucifer, not only on earth in, “Eden the garden of God”; but in Heaven as well. This phrase, “the anointed cherub that covereth” lets us know that Lucifer was appointed to guard the very Throne of God. No angel ever occupied as high and lofty position as did Lucifer. What happened? Ezekiel doesn’t really tell us other than to say, Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. [Ezek. 28:15]
This “iniquity” caused him to be cast out of Heaven. [See Luke 10:17, 18] Isaiah gives us more detail concerning this in the 14th chapter of the book that bears his name. He says, 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! Formally Lucifer the “anointed cherub”, the one who guarded the Throne of God, the leader of heavenly worship; now cast out. He was a Judas Iscariot of sorts. He rebelled against God.
These two sections of scripture from both Ezekiel and Isaiah give us not only a glimpse of Lucifer (Satan) during his reign of righteousness for an undetermined period of time, but also let us see his fall and the reason behind it. We also get a glimpse, as brief as it may be, into a time that can be referred to as the pre-adamic world. That may be a term you are unfamiliar with. However, I believe that scripture intimates a time prior to the events of the creation of Adam and Eve. There was an “Eden”, and it would seem nations.
Apparently Lucifer reigned on the earth prior to his rebellion, as well as occupying a place in Heaven second only to the Throne of God. When he fell he lost it all, and took a third of the angelic host with him. [See Rev. 12:4] Lucifer and these angels were excluded from Heaven, lost their rule of the earth, and then took up their abode in the “second heaven”, a place located between the atmosphere of our earth and the Heaven where God dwells. They became the “Principalities and powers” and “Rulers of the darkness of this world”, and the “spiritual wickedness in high places” (the second heaven) that we are warned of in Ephesians 6:12. This seems very plausible as Satan is also known as, “Prince of the powers of the air.” [Eph. 2:2] He is also, “god of this world (age).” It is possible that the fall of man was a ploy to regain control of the earth.
Why did I go into all of this detail concerning the fall of Lucifer? Because I am of the opinion that the fall of Lucifer brought judgment upon the pre-adamic or original earth. This is the event that brought the original perfect earth into a state of being chaotic that we see in Genesis 1:2. Were there inhabitants on the earth during the time Lucifer reigned on the original earth? I believe there were. Were they human? It is possible they were of some sort. If there were humans on the original or pre-adamite earth, they no doubt participated in the rebellion of Lucifer, and were judged with him and destroyed. In fact, many believe that the “demons” are actually the disembodied spirits of the inhabitants of the pre-adamite earth, and their efforts to re-embody themselves in human beings, as we saw during the earthly ministry of Jesus and see at times today, could be evidence that they once inhabited bodies similar to human beings.
If there were human or human-like inhabitants of the pre-adamite world, and they were destroyed in Lucifer’s rebellion, the question might be asked, “Where are their fossil remains?” Why haven’t we found them in soil or rocks? The answer could be that their “bodies” may have been consumed by fire, as will be the case of the rebellious hordes of “Gog and Magog” at the end of the Millennium. [See Rev. 20:7 – 9] and their escaping spirits became the demons referred to earlier.
Demon spirits are not the same as the angels who rebelled with Lucifer because they are free and have spirit bodies of their own, whereas demons have to inhabit the body of a human (or an animal) to have expression in the earth realm. Nor are they the “fallen angels” the “Sons of God” Of Genesis 6, 2 Peter 2:4, and Jude 6, 7 because they are reserved in chains under darkness against the judgment of the great day. Demons it would seem are in a class all their own. We do know there is coming a time when they will face torment. [See Matt. 8:29]
Here is another thought along this line. If the inhabitants of the pre-adamite earth were destroyed in the judgment on the earth as a result of Lucifer’s rebellion, and their bodies were buried in the earth, it is possible they may still remain buried in that part of the earth which they inhabited, which now may be the bed of the Pacific or Atlantic ocean. If this is the case, it gives us fresh insight into the passage which reads, “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and Hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were all judged every man according to his works.” [Rev. 20:13] There is a differentiation here between the “sea”, “death”, and “Hell.” There is an implication here that the dead of the “sea” may be in a class by themselves. They may refer to the dead of the pre-adamite world now resting at the bottom of the sea.
We are given more insight into exactly how the original earth or the pre-adamite world came to be in the state we find it in Genesis 1:2 in the second epistle of Peter.
We will take a look at that next time.