The Creation
Dr. Joe Temple

As we began a study of the book of Genesis, we gave you some information about the authorship of the book, some information about the subject matter, and some information related to the outline of the book.

Creation and Re-creation

We want to begin thinking about what we refer to as the introduction to the book of Genesis. The story of creation, which the book of Genesis records, begins with verse 1 of chapter 1, and the story of recreation begins with verse 3 of chapter 1. We must be very careful in our understanding of the Word of God to make a clear distinction between the creation of the earth and the re-creation of the earth—between the creation of the earth and the restoration of the earth.

We are going to look at what we find in the first two verses of chapter 1, and then we are going to look at other accounts of the creation that are found in the Bible.

I suppose if I were to ask you—because I have done it in other groups, and the response has been somewhat in this manner—where the story of the creation is told, nearly everyone would say, “In the first chapter of the book of Genesis.” We might say, “That is right. Can somebody give me other places where the story is told?” Most of the time, there is no answer.

There are quite a few accounts of the story of creation in the Bible. As we examine these other accounts, I think we will be the better able to distinguish between creation and re-creation, between creation and restoration. Notice chapter 1, verse 1:

Genesis 1:

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

What a tremendous difference between the simplicity of this Scriptural statement and the very wordy statements of the so-called scientists in relation to the creation of the world. Huxley was asked one time how the world came into being. He said, “After deep and serious thought, I have come to the conclusion that the world, both organic and inorganic, is the result of the mutual attraction, according to definite law, of powers possessed by the molecules of which our nebulous universe is supposed to be comprised.” That was his description of how the world came into being.

Someone who felt that he had a right to question his statement or anyone else's, said to him, “Mr. Huxley, where did these molecules come from, the mutual attraction of their powers bringing into being this universe?” Huxley said, quite indignantly, “Those molecules have always been. We assume that.”

Those same people who are willing to accept a statement like that cannot understand why we accept this simple statement: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

An Always Present God

They say, for example, “Where did God come from?” We say, “We believe that He has always been,” and they think we are foolish. It seems to me that it is much simpler to believe in an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God than it is to believe in a nebulous molecule that perhaps had power, and perhaps did not.

Genesis 1:

1In the beginning God…

We do not expect you to believe this unless you are willing to accept it by faith, just because the Bible declares it. Those of you who have sat under my teaching for any length of time know that when we begin a new book, I never spend any time trying to answer the arguments of so-called higher critics as to the authenticity of the book. When we are in the book of Genesis, I do not spend any time trying to prove or disprove so-called scientific theories. The Bible says, in the book of Hebrews, chapter 11:

Hebrews 11:

3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

God framed the world, and we understand that by faith. An unsaved person could not begin to understand it, no matter how hard he might try, so there is no point in trying to get him to understand it. Our obligation is to declare the truth. It is the obligation of others to conform their lives to that truth.

An Unchanging Bible

I do not like to be included among those preachers—well-meaning, I am sure—who, when some discovery is made, suddenly make an announcement, “The Word of God has been comfirmed once again.” The Word of God does not need confirming. The Word of God is true. If certain archaeological discoveries, or scientific discoveries that are in conjunction with the Word of God are made, good for them. The Word of God does not change. The Word of God is true. I am saying all that to say that I believe what this says:

Genesis 1:

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Will you look at the word created with me for just a moment. In the original Hebrew, it is the word barah. It is always used in the Old Testament to describe creating something out of nothing. It is very important for you to remember that—creating something out of nothing. That is exactly what God did when He created the Heaven and the earth. Will you turn, please, to chapter 45 of the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 45:

18For 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.


Isaiah 45:

18…God himself that formed the earth…he hath established it, he created it not in vain,…

A Perfect Earth

The phrase, “He created it not in vain,” means that He did not create it without form. He did not create it void. He did not create it a wreck. He created it a perfect earth. There can be no dispute here, because it is very plainly stated.

In these other passages of Scripture at which we are going to look, we will find intermingled the original creation and the restoration, or the re-creation of the earth. We may not always think to point them out to you as we read, but I think you will be able to recognize them for yourself.

Let us turn to the book of Job, chapter 38. You know the story of Job. He was very full of himself, and God was bringing him to the end of himself in order that He might bless him. Let us face it: God cannot help any of us until we get to the end of ourselves. That is the reason God permits some of the things that come into our lives, that we may be brought to the end of ourselves.

Job 38:

1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

All of this refers to the original creation. You understand that God is speaking in the terms of men, because He said to Job, “You gird up your loins like a man. I am going to talk to you man to man.” He uses human language and human figures of speech, but all of it indicates that the earth was a masterpiece of architecture.

You will notice: “I laid the foundations of the earth. I measured it out. I laid the lines of it. Whereupon are other foundations of the earth fastened? Job, were you there? You are so full of yourself, and you think you know so much, tell me about it. Who laid the cornerstone of the earth, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

Morning stars here is a reference to the stars which made music. Scientists have discovered recently that there is music among the stars, and there is no limit to what they will discover if our space program continues. But God knew about it. He set them to singing. He said, “The son of God, the angels of God, shouted for joy when they saw the completion of the earth. It was so wonderful and so marvelous that they were thrilled beyond measure.”

He begins to mix in the restoration of the earth when He says:

Job 38:

8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

That is an indication, as we are going to see before we are through, of what happened when the earth became without form and void, when the earth was wrecked and was completely covered with ice. Geologists tell us that there is every evidence in the world that at one time this whole earth was covered with water. You remember reading about the ice age. Well, here it is, right here. The sea broke forth out of its doors. It was as though it issued out of a womb, and God had to do something about it. He did. He divided the water from the water with the firmament, as we are going to see. In verse 9:

Job 38:

9When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

That was the condition of the earth in verse 2, when darkness was upon the face of the earth. God said, “I did that. I did not make it that way to begin with, but I did it.” And then, in verse 10:

Job 38:

10And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
12Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

“Are you able to make day, day, and night, night?” “I am,” God said.

Job 38:

13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

Turn with me to chapter 26 of the book of Job, where we hear Job by inspiration giving his testimony about God:

Job 26:

1But Job answered and said,
2How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?
3How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
4To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?
5Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

This is a reference to the curse that God placed upon the earth. People are uncovering fossils of great size, of unusual appearance, and people who do not understand the Word of God say, “Do you see how foolish the Bible is? These fossils are millions of years old, and the Bible says the earth is only six thousand years old. Those silly Christians. Why don't they throw the Bible away?” Well, the Bible does not say the earth is six thousand years old. The Bible says that in the beginning God created the earth, and how far back the beginning is, nobody but God knows.

The Bible says that the earth was inhabited, as we are going to see, and the inhabitants of the earth could well have been the prehistoric animals. Then when God cursed the earth and completely enveloped the earth with water and darkness, dead things were preserved under that water, and eventually became known. Look at verse 6:

Job 26:

6Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.
7He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

How accurate the Word of God is! Job knew this three thousand years ago. Those who are interestd in the heavens tell us that in the north there is an empty space. They have not been able to discover any kind of heavenly body there at all.

We are going to see, before we are through reading these passages of Scripture, that God Himself garnished the heavens with the planets, just as you might take a handful of precious jewels and throw them out. That is the way God peopled the heavens with the stars and heavenly bodies. But He said, “In the north, we are not going to have anything. We are just going to put a curtain over the north. It is going to be empty.” And it is empty of heavenly bodies. God's throne is there. Now will you notice the last part of verse 7:

Job 26:

7…and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

That is a tremendous statement, isn't it? In mythology there have been various conceptions as to how the earth is supported. You have seen pictures of a great muscular man carrying the earth on his shoulders. Scientists in another era could not understand how this earth could be suspended, so they figured a man must be holding it up. Then someone else decided it couldn't be man—that would be too much—so they put a great big bear under each of the four corners of the earth, and those bears held the earth up. If they had only taken time to read the 26th chapter of the book of Job, they would not have needed to worry about all that. Job, chapter 26, says that God suspended the earth—suspended in on nothing!

This, of course, falls absolutely in line with the book of Genesis. I never read this passage of Scripture without remembering what I heard an individual say many years ago. It was a great blessing to my own heart when he said, “If God could hang the earth upon nothing, what could He do with you?” There cannot be anything less than nothing, can there? If He could hang the earth upon nothing, there is no limit to what He can do with you, and for you, and to you, if you give yourself to Him.

Turn to the book of Proverbs, chapter 8. We will begin with verse 22. This chapter speaks of wisdom as personified. Wisdom is given all the characteristics of a living person, not of an abstract virtue.

Jesus As Creator

For that reason, many people believe that the Spirit of God is speaking in a symbolic way of the Lord Jesus Christ, because the Lord Jesus Christ, we are told, is the wisdom of God. That is very possibly true. But whether it is wisdom personified or abstract—personally, I believe it is the Lord Jesus Christ—there is an interesting account of the creation here:

Proverbs 8:

22The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Here we are told that the earth has not always been in existence. There was a time before it was brought into being:

Proverbs 8:

24When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

Will you notice verse 31 particularly: “Rejoicing in the earth,” which was created to be inhabited, “and my delights were with the sons of men.” This is the Lord Jesus Christ speaking. I think in the light of John's Gospel, chapter 1, there can be no doubt about it. Incidentally, John gives another story of creation:

John 1:

1In the beginning was the Word[that is, the Lord Jesus Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

He has created everything. Here we are told that the Godhead—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—enjoyed the earth when it was created the first time. They enjoyed it. They were frequent visitors to the earth before its destruction. Will you turn with me, please, to Psalm 104, which is very definitely an account of the original creation:

Psalms 104:

1Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
2Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Job particularly tells how he stretched it over the north place:

Psalms 104:

3Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
4Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Notice this verse:

Psalms 104:

5Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

When God created the earth, He created it to exist forever. That is, for a length of time, because forever is a relative word. But you will notice that even though He laid the foundation that shall not be shaken, and made the foundation that could not be moved, He Himself did something to it one day:

Psalms 104:

6Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment:[You know what the deep is by the next phrase.] the waters stood above the mountains.

One day when God found it necessary to curse the earth, He completely enveloped it in water and in darkness. Then you have the story of restoration, or re-creation:

Psalms 104:

7At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
8They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
9Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

You see, God brought order out of chaos. These passages of Scripture should indicate to us that when God created the earth, He created it perfect. When you read verse 2 of Genesis, chapter 1, you are reading that something happened to that created earth. When you read verse 3 of Genesis, chapter 1, you are reading that God began to restore order out of chaos, that God began to straighten things out.

Cursing the Earth

I am sure that there is in the minds of nearly all of us the question, “What happened? What happened to ruin the earth? What happened to make it necessary for God to curse the earth?” We cannot be dogmatic about this, but we can be reasonably sure. We can be dogmatic about the fact that something happened to cause God to curse the earth. We can be sure about that.

If you study the Bible carefully, you will find that when God curses anything, He curses for one reason and one reason alone: sin. That is the only reason for which God curses: sin.

It is not doing any violence to the Scripture at all to believe that sin made it necessary for God to curse the earth. Where did that sin come from? How did it come into being?

Listen carefully to what I am saying. There is every reason from the Word of God to believe that no human beings existed on the earth before Adam. The earth was inhabited before Adam, but not by human beings.

If there were no human beings on the earth before Adam, and sin made it necessary for God to curse the earth, then it would follow that that sin must have been in the realm of angelic beings. As we give consideration to that, we immediately try to discern whether there was any such occurrence, and we find there was. For that reason, we believe we know why God found it necessary to curse the earth.

Will you turn with me, please, to chapter 28 of the book of Ezekiel. This chapter is a prophecy of judgment against the King of Tyrus. You read along without any trouble at all through ten verses, and you realize that God is talking to a human being. Then you begin to read the paragraph which begins with verse 11. You slow up, and you say, “What is this? This could not be a human being. What is this supposed to mean, anyway?”

You realize immediately that God has ceased to talk to the human being and is talking to a supernatural being back of the human being. The first ten verses are addressed to the King of Tyrus, and the paragraph beginning with verse 11 introduces some remarks to the individual who prompted the King of Tyrus to all of his wickedness. That individual was the Devil himself.

This is not an unusual thing at all. The Lord Jesus Christ did the very same thing, you will remember. One day Peter said to Him, “Lord, you are not going to go to Jerusalem to die. I am not going to let you.” Jesus Christ said, “Get thee behind me, Satan, for what you are saying is not of God, but of the Devil.” He knew that Satan was prompting Peter to say that. On the same basis, He knew that Satan was prompting the King of Tyrus to do what he did.

Beginning of the Devil

This picture that we find in Ezekiel 28 is a picture of the Devil before he got his horns and hoofs and tail. Of course you know that he does not have horns and hoofs and tail. That is imaginary. That is the figment of someone's imagination. I say it to emphasize that this is the story of the Devil before he became the Devil.

This is the story of the Devil when he was the chief angel God ever created. This is the story of the Devil when he was the highest of all of God's creations. This is the prehistoric story of the Devil. Notice verse 11:

Ezekiel 28:

11Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
12Son 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.

There has never been anyone all wise. No creature of God has ever been all wise. But this passage of Scripture says that the Devil was the sum of wisdom. No human being we have ever known has been perfect in beauty. People have been beautiful, but nobody is perfect. But this individual created by God was wise, and he was beautiful. Verse 13 tells us where his dominion was. It tells us what one of his jobs was:

Ezekiel 28:

13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God…

This is the prehistoric garden. We read about the Garden of Eden in the book of Genesis, and we presume that God created it for the first time. When you have a flood in our day and time, the water may be up to the ceiling in a section of town, and then the flood subsides. People rake all the mud and the muck out of their houses, and re-paper and paint and rebuild and renovate, etc. That is all God did to the Garden of Eden. He did not create it just for Adam. He created it as the dwelling place of the Devil, before he became the Devil. That is what He said to him in verse 13:

Ezekiel 28:

13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering,…

Many Hebrew scholars are very firm in their statement that this is a reference to a palace in which this individual lived. It did not refer to his being clothed in clothes studded with jewelry, but rather to the fact that he dwelt in a palace made out of all the precious stones that are mentioned.

The Devil's First Position

In verse 14 we find the place that he held in the company of God:

Ezekiel 28:

14Thou 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.

“Thou art the chiefest of all the cherubim. Thou art the chiefest of them all.” You see, in God's created plan there were angels, and there were archangels. There were cherubim, and there were seraphim. And here was one who was the “anointed cherub that covered.” God said, “I gave you the job of being my prime minister,” so to speak. Notice what He said:

Ezekiel 28:

14…thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

If we had time to examine that phrase where it is used in the Word of God, we would find that it is a reference to the throne of God. This individual about whom we are reading had the appointed place that was very close to the throne. The Lord Jesus Christ was on the right hand. Perhaps he was on the left. At least he was in the throne area of Heaven. Notice in verse 15:

Ezekiel 28:

15Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created…

If we stopped right there, we might say, “What a beautiful picture!” But the verse does not end there, does it? It says:

Ezekiel 28:

15…till iniquity was found in thee.

That is the first mention of sin in the Bible. If I had asked you before we began this discussion where the first mention of sin in the Bible was, you probably would have said, “In the Garden of Eden.” If I had asked you where sin began in the world, you probably would have said, “In the Garden of Eden.” That is what people say, but that is not where it began.

Sin began not with Adam and Eve, but with this person about whom we are speaking. Iniquity was found in him. What was his sin? What was the Devil doing that made it necessary for God to curse the earth? Notice verse 16:

Ezekiel 28:

16By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned…

The phrase, “By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence,” is translated in various ways in various translations, because the Hebrew is admittedly difficult in translation. But the consensus is that because the Devil was so wonderful and had so many wonderful attributes, and the other angelic beings kept telling him how wonderful he was, he became filled with sin.

That is not too difficult to believe. Someone can look at you and say, “What is the matter, do you feel bad?” “Well, no, why?” “Oh, I don't know, I just wondered.” As you walk down the street, “Say, do you feel bad?” “No, why?” By the time the third person asks, you begin to say, “I believe I have a headache.” That is the way it is. Someone says to you, “My, you are good looking.” You don't think so, if you look in a mirror, but by the time three or four people tell you, you begin to think, “That's right.”

The Sin of Pride

All of these people were saying to the Devil, “You are marvelous! You are wonderful. There is nobody else like you!” He said, “You know, that is right.” God said, “Because this sin rose up in your heart…” Look at the last part of verse 16:

Ezekiel 28:

16…I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

This means, “I am removing you from your place here at the throne. You are not going to be my prime minister any more.” Then God put His finger on the world's greatest sin (Proverbs 6:16). God put His finger on it when He said:

Ezekiel 28:

17Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:…

There is his sin. He got sold on himself. Pride was his sin. That it was sin, there can be no question. The Apostle Paul, in writing to Timothy, discussed the various requirements in selection of the leadership of the church, and one of the things he said was, “Be careful that you do not select a novice for a place of leadership.” A novice is a new convert. “Do not select a new convert for a place of leadership.”

Timothy said, “Paul, why? Why, a fellow just came into the church down here at Ephesus, and he has got more talent than many of the folks that have been here for the last thirty years.” “I know that, Paul said, “but don't you let him do anything right away, because if you do, he will fall into the snare of the Devil.” That does not mean just any old snare. The construction of the original language was, “He will fall into the same snare that the Devil fell into.” That was pride. He was filled with all his wisdom and his pride. Look at the last part of verse 17:

Ezekiel 28:

17…I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

“I will cast thee to the ground,” literally is, “I will cast thee to the earth.” God cast the Devil out of Heaven. In verse 18, you will notice the seriousness of his sin:

Ezekiel 28:

18Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick;…

The Devil's sin defiled the earth, and God had to do something about it:

Ezekiel 28:

18…therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Turn with me to the book of Isaiah, chapter 14. Here is a reference to this same event, told in different language, and a little more in detail. Sin, you know, begets sin. Will you remember that? You do not just commit one sin and then have no more problems. Sin begets sin. That is the reason it is necessary to claim the blood of Christ all the time, for sin.

The Devil's first sin was that he was full of himself. He was so proud. He was so full of himself. He was the top man on the totem pole, and he talked about it all the time.

Then he said, “You know, there is no point in my fooling around here being prime minister. I am so good, I can do what God can do. I will just see about occupying the place of God.”

This is a detail that you get from this chapter that you do not get from Ezekiel 28. Of course God could not tolerate rebellion like that. Notice in verse 12:

Isaiah 14:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

There is no doubt about who is the subject of discussion here, because Lucifer is another name for the Devil:

Isaiah 14:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, [day star; that is the meaning of the name Lucifer],…how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

In chapter 10 of the Gospel of Luke, the Lord Jesus Christ was listening to a group of people talk about the great success they had had in an evangelistic campaign following an extension campaign, a personal-witnessing campaign, or what have you.

He had sent 70 people out. He had given them tremendous power, and their power was effective. They came back, and they were all babbling about everything that had happened. They said, “You know, we cast out demons, and they came out.” Someone else said, “You know, I raised someone from the dead. I healed the sick.”

Boasting Only of Salvation

They were really having a great time talking about everything they had done. The Lord Jesus Christ knew what was in their hearts, and He just broke into the conversation with a statement that quieted every one of them. He said, “You know, I saw Lucifer fall from Heaven.” He was talking about this event right here. “You know, I was in Heaven before I came to earth, and I remember one time when We had to throw the Devil out of Heaven because he had the same spirit that you people have. Do not rejoice because demons are subject to you,” He said. “Rejoice rather that your names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.”

That is the only thing we have left to brag about. Some folk do not like to get up in public meetings and give public testimony. They say, and I think they are sincere, “I do not like to brag. I do not like to boast. People will think I am bragging if I give public testimony.”

That is the only thing you have to brag about—that your name is written in Heaven, that Jesus Christ is your Savior. You never need to apologize for that. You have a right to brag about that, but about nothing else. Of all the things that you have to be thankful for, the most important thing is that your name is wrritten in Heaven. If you do not know that, you do not know the most important thing in all the world.

Go back to Isaiah, chapter 14, verse 12:

Isaiah 14:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Notice now:

Isaiah 14:

13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven…

“I am the mayor of the Garden of Eden, you know, sort of governor of this new province, the earth. Just think about it. Everyone is telling me how good I am. Why should I be away from home? Heaven is home. Why should I be away from home, just being the governor, so to speak?”

Isaiah 14:

13…I will ascend into heaven [notice], I will exalt my throne above the stars of God [the stars of God are the angels]: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north [I told you a bit earlier that God's throne is in the empty space. Here is proof of it]:
14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Seven “I wills,” and they kept on mounting. “I will, and I will, and I will.” Finally he said, “I will be like God!” When he said that, God said, “Oh, no, you won't.” God is patient. He was patient with the Devil, and He is patient with us. He does not strike you dead as soon as you sin. God is merciful. If He were not merciful, there would not be anyone here now. We would all be dead. We all ought to be dead, if we had our just desserts.

Hell- Devil's Future Home

But God said:

Isaiah 14:

15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

God always thinks of the end from the beginning. He sees everything completed. We see it just part way. God is talking about what has not happened to the Devil yet. A lot of folk talk about the Devil being in Hell. They talk about his sitting on the throne down there and raising money to air-condition the place, but he is not there. He is not in Hell. He has not gone there yet. He does not want to go there any more than you do.

He is going to do everything he can do to keep out of Hell. He is the prince of the power of the air, but in verse 14, God says, “Before I am through with you, you are going to be…

Isaiah 14:

15…brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16They 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;
17That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Do you realize what you are reading? Some folks say, “Well, one thing about it, if I go to Hell, I am going to have lots of company. I try to get along with folk. I will talk to the Devil first thing when I get there, and I will just check on who is down there,” and all that sort of foolishness.

Do you know what will happen? The Devil is not going to be the first one to get to Hell. He is going to be among the last. When he goes down into the sides of Hell, the people who are already there are going to say, “Do you mean that this fellow here that is scared to death in Hell, this fellow that is writhing in pain, this fellow that is so helpless—do you mean that this is the fellow that we sold ourselves out to? This is the fellow that made the earth tremble? This is the fellow that shook the kingdoms? This is the fellow that dried up the earth? Do you mean this thing?”

The whole feeling of this verse is utter disrespect for the Devil—no respect for him at all. Isn't it amazing the control the Devil has over the lives of people now, when he is going to wind up the way he is?

When God found it necessary to cast the Devil out of Heaven, He cast him down to the earth. When He did, we read in Genesis, chapter 1, verse 2:

Genesis 1:

2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. …

How long the earth remained in that condition, I do not know. Someone says, “Well. I read something the other day that proved the earth was four billion years old.” All right. The earth could very well be four billion years old, and maybe older than that.

Age of the Earth

Some oil company, if I remember correctly, has a slogan, “Oil that is ninety-nine million years old.” Maybe. I do not know how old it is. I do not need to argue with anything they come up with, if they can prove it. But of course you are not going to swallow something just because a scientist says it is so.

They took the skull of a man, the jawbone of an ass, and the thigh of an elephant, wired them together, and said it was a prehistoric man. Just because they said it does not make it so. They had better be truthful about it.

Even if they prove it beyond all doubt, you do not need to worry and say, “What are we going to do? The Bible says the earth is only six thousand years old. How are we going to reckon with people?” You do not have anything to worry about. The Bible is the Word of God.”

By faith we believe that the earth was formed by the Word of God. It was formed in the perfect state in Genesis 1:1. It became in the unhappy state of Genesis 1:2 and remained that way for as many billion years as you can discover.

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