The Hebrew word “Berishith” is the actual name of this first book of the canon of scripture. It implies the book of all beginnings. Genesis is a Greek word for “generations”, to understand this better read Genesis 2:4 “These are the generations of the heavens and the earth”. The apostle Peter mentions all three ages (generations) in II Peter 3:5-6. Take a moment and read the verses I have alluded to because God will reveal the truth by the Holy Spirit. Now back to the old testament to the book of Jeremiah 4:23. The prophet describes for us the point we come to in the first line of Genesis. God Himself determined to destroy the earth in the first age, but did not make a full end of it. As of yet, there was no “flesh man” on the earth. Here’s where Ezekiel explains what happened that caused God’s fierce anger and wrath in the first earth age. Take a moment and read Ezekiel 28:12-19. Satan, is referred to here as “king of Tyrus”. He’s the anointed Cherub (angel) that covereth, that is to say he protected, the mercy seat. Satan became prideful and led a rebellion in heaven and was cast out of heaven and one third of the angels fell with him. As we soon shall see, God intends to make man in His own image and it is the angels who were to be ministering spirits. The “Book of Enoch” is very helpful, but like the “Apocrypha” not included in the canon of scripture in later versions than that of the King James of 1611 AD. Enoch and Elijah were prophets who were translated to heaven by God and never died physically. More on how that is important to us in the near future as we work through the scriptures documenting the “Mount of Transfiguration” in the New Testament and how it applies to the appearance of the “two witnesses” in the book of Revelation.
Hopefully, you are still with me and not too confused; I promise that for now you can just put it on the “back burner” and allow me to document these truths as we continue in the Word of God.
The actual age of the earth is not known, But as for the beginning of this age it seems to have been approximately 13000-14000 years ago and carbon dates on fossil remains concur. So, we have discussed the heavens and earth “that then was”, and the “Heavens and earth which are now” our current earth age. After the worldwide flood we read that during the days of Peleg the earth was divided. I am giving you some of what is to come as we work through Genesis and we continue to “connect the dots”. I expect you to do your own research and prove it to yourself especially as it relates to the spiritual truth of God’s Word. You will be so surprised when we discover why Almighty God flooded the entire Earth and just how God changed the Earth’s surface to be inhabited once again.. Much of this may seem incredulous at first and skepticism is to be expected. Always, document truth in light of the whole bible. By this I mean that the Word validates itself. I try to make that clear using other scriptures. The “earth ages” are not a typical Sunday sermon, in fact most of scripture is a mystery to Christians today beyond how to be saved. This is the exact reason why Satan will be able to deceive the world into worshiping him instead of waiting for the true Christ.
I intend to continue an ongoing study through the Bible just as we are instructed to. God intends for each of us to learn His Word as faithful watchmen for the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb” when Christ makes His glorious return.