Was there life before Adam?
Was there life before Adam?
Is there two floods described in the Bible?
Are there contradictions in the Bible? In the very first book? In the very first chapter? In the very first two verses? If so, wouldn’t that make the entire Bible a joke?
Does God make mistakes? No, He knows all.
Pslm 139:4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Would God create fossils just to fool us? Or would He write something to confuse us? God forbid.
1Cor 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
So let’s look at creation. Here the Word says that God (Myhla 'elohiym plural, but that’s another study) Himself did the creating. Yet it says the earth was without form and void. It also says the God moved upon the waters, not land.
Gen 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 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. (KJV)
form, and void whwt, (tohu, ) and whwb, (bohu.) The Hebrews use them when they designate anything empty and confused, or vain, and worth nothing. Again, God doesn’t create confusion.
Here the Word says it wasn't created in vain or in confusion.
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. (KJV)
Here the angels shout for joy over the creation. Would they shout for joy over a formless and void world?
Job 38:4-7 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? . (KJV)
Now let us look at a perished world. All of the world perished in the flood described by Peter, but in Noah's flood Noah and his family, along with all of the animals, didn't. A contradiction? No.
2 Peter 3:5-6 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: (KJV)
When did this happen? Between Gen 1:1 and Gen 1:2. We don’t know exactly when the first flood occurred, but we do know when it ended, Gen 1:6. Notice God caused the waters to separate and form land. He spoke and it was.
Gen 1:6-7 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so. (KJV)
But in Noah’s flood the waters gradually subside.
Gen 8:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. (KJV)
Again, is God mistaken or did He write to confuse us? No. These must be two different happenings. He removed the water twice. So we see two different destructive floods.
Some say that God only created a water filled earth in Gen 1:1, but what is the definition of earth? Look at Gen 1:10
Gen 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth
Let us also take a close look at a the little word “was”; in the Hebrew hyh hayah can and is translated became in Gen 19:16 (Noah’s wife became a pillar of salt or Noah’s wife was a pillar of salt). Now when we read Gen 1:2 in the same light, it becomes consistent.
Modified Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth "became" 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. (Modified KJV)
Now let us look at God’s command to Adam and to Noah to replenish the earth. Notice, the very same command; in fact the same Hebrew word alm (maw-lay').
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
Some say that God really told Adam to plenish or fill rather than refill the earth. But if He used the same exact word for Noah and there was a population prior to Noah, wouldn’t God be confusing us if He purposely used the same word, in the same context, to mean two different things?
If there was life before Adam, why doesn’t God give a full description? The answer can be found in Gen 5:1.
Gen 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
hdlwt (dah to-led-aw') = descendants, results, proceedings, generations, genealogies
The Bible was only written to, and was intended for only Adam's genealogy or family lineage.
Who were these pre-Adamic creatures?
The Word gives us a possible hint.
Luke 10:17-18 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Were was satan before he fell? On the earth. Ezekiel in Ezek 28:12 is addressing the king of Tyrus. However this verse and the following verses describe someone far more powerful, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty than this king of Tyrus.
Ezekiel 28:12 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.
Verse 13 says that this individual was in the Garden of Eden, and every precious stone was in his possession; and he was prepared this way when he was created. Who was in the Garden of Eden? It certainly was not the king of Tyrus!
Ezekiel 28:13 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.
Verse 14 states that this angelic being was the anointed "cherub that covereth", which could mean a very high rank of rulership in the government of God.
Ezekiel 28:14 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.
In verse 16, it states that something happened that caused this perfect angel to sin. It was by the multitude of his merchandise" that filled him with violence.
Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
"Merchandise" is an interesting word as you can see by it's meaning. hlkr (rek-ool-law') = merchandise, traffic, trade
This angel was involved in a lot of "traffic" and "trade". Who did this angel have all this traffic and trade with? Interesting, isn’t it?
In verse 17 it states that pride entered in his heart because of his beauty, and he lost his wisdom by his "brightness".
Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
God said, "I will lay thee before kings". When did these kings have their rule, and who were these kings?
When satan sinned, what did he want? To rise up into heaven, God’s abode, above the clouds. Therefore he was on the earth. In fact, there was a congregation that he wanted. A congregation without beings?
Isaiah 14:13-14 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: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
I’ll close with Jeremiah 4:23-28 as he is allowed to look back to Gen 1:2.
Jer 4:23 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.
Notice; there were mountains, hills, birds, cities and it was fruitful. Interesting, isn’t it?
The Heavenly Father wants his children to know about this spiritual rebellion, and the destructive effects this had on the physical creation so that they can be better "armed" so to speak. All of God's children are involved with actual "spiritual warfare" whether they like it or not, or even whether they realize it or not. To ignore this fact does not make it go away! The principalities and powers of fallen angels are still here, and these fallen angelic rulers do not want to give up their dominion to God's children. Read and study Eph. 6:12-17.
Remember, the Bible was written to Adam’s descendants; you.