Better than the Blood of Bulls and Goats
FROM BEFORE THE GARDEN TO THE DESERT
Most Christians have a lot of Bible information floating and swirling in
their minds. They recognize it as good, but none of the bits and pieces seem
to relate to the other bits and pieces. As a result, many people who really
love God, born again, Spirit filled, Bible toting, church going folks; are
living lives that are filled with disease, poverty and sin, IN SHORT
THEY ARE LACKING SPIRITUAL HEALTH. The answer to this problem is found
in a clear understanding of the covenants. They are designed to show us that
God has always had a plan of redemption, that would deliver us NOW AND FOREVER
from the power of Satan.
In the Bible, there are fifteen major covenants between God and man. Many
other covenants, or leagues between people, are also mentioned. Some of these
we will examine as examples. As we gain understanding of the covenants, they
serve as a way to sort out Bible stories. Through covenants, God gradually
revealed His redemptive work for fallen mankind. As each one follows the
other, we begin to see how all of the information fits together. Then the
light comes on, and praise God!!!, the Bible makes sense, not just little
pieces, but the whole of it.
We begin this search for understanding with background information that brings
us to the reason for the first covenant. For a long time, as I read the book
of Genesis, I wondered, where did Satan come from? What does it mean,
"be fruitful and replenish the earth?" KJV. As I considered these questions,
my confusion was compounded by those who filled the pulpits. In the early
60's there was not a lot of teaching going on. In full gospel circles, many
pulpit expounders spoke as though the world had only been in existence for
6000 years. If that was so, what about the fossils and the dinosaurs?
My questions did not win friends for me, or influence favorably, those that
I asked. The usual reply went something like this......"Now, now Missus,
there are some things we must accept by faith." This reply was usually
accompanied with a clerical smile and a fatherly pat on the shoulder. I was
not satisfied. Someone once told me I should ask my husband in the privacy
of our home, saying it was scriptural to do so. That wasn't much help, we
had both been taught the same things, by the same people. The same ones who
told me to ask my husband.
It is true, that faith is primary. "For he (or she) that comes to God must
first believe that He is..." Hebrews 11:6. I did, but that still did not
answer my questions. As I grew in the Lord (because I was hungry to know,
and because He is a satisfier of the hungry) I came across pieces of information
in the word. Then one day, it all came together and praise the Lord, I was
satisfied. SATISFIED THAT BEFORE VERSE ONE AND BETWEEN VERSE ONE AND
VERSE TWO OF CHAPTER ONE OF GENESIS.....THERE WAS A LOT OF ACTIVITY GOING
ON. The first thing I registered on, was that eternity can not be
measured according to our understanding. Time (as we know it) is only a small
portion of eternity. Our measure of time began when God said, "Let there
be light," then separated the light from the darkness and called the light
day and the darkness night. Genesis 1:3-5
Before time began, there was eternity and there was God.
"Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to
everlasting, You are God."
"Your throne is established of old: You are from everlasting."
Where did God live before time began? I kept coming up with more questions.
Fortunately I was getting better at finding the answers. There are some hints
given, but no clear statements as to His residence prior to creation week.
Hint #1. Lucifer desired to exalt his throne above God's, which was said
to be in the uttermost north.
Hint #2. We are told that promotion which comes from God, comes from the
north. Isaiah 14:13 Psalms 76:6
We conclude, the uttermost north is the answer, but the bottom line is, no
one knows for sure. "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but
the things which are revealed, belong to us and our children forever, that
we may do all of the words of the law." Deuteronomy 29:29 Ouch!!!!! like
the man said, "Some things we must accept by faith."
What do I know? I know that God the Father, God the Son and God the
Holy Spirit have always existed. How do I know that? It has been revealed
to me by my Father in heaven. Once He did that, there is evidence everywhere
I look. He has always been and always will be.
beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
The Hebrew word translated as God in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim. Elohim is plural
and means Gods, it also designates threefold strength. He (the Father, Son
and Holy Ghost) is the all powerful one. Even a casual reading of the first
eleven chapters of Genesis will reveal that God the Father was not alone.
Genesis 1:26 "And God
said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of
the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping
thing that creeps upon the earth."
Genesis 11:7 "Go to,
let US go down, and there confound their language, that they may not
understand one another's speech."
In the beginning, God created..... I used to read this verse as a
continuous narrative. In my mind that meant 1,2,3, done. But as I discovered
other scriptures, this method became a problem for me.
Job 38:4-7 "Where
were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? tell me, if you have
understanding. Who Determined it's measurements? surely you know! or who
has stretched the line upon it? To what were it's foundations fastened? or
who laid it's cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, and all
the sons of God shouted for joy?"
Sons of God? When God laid the foundation of the earth? Where did they
come from? More searching....hey, I found it. God created them, they
"Angels are told to praise Him, for He commanded (spoke)
and they were created." "All things were created by Him." Psalm 148:2-5
God created the universe, suns, moons, stars, and planets. This includes
AT LEAST three heavens. Hebrews 1:2 2Corinthians 12:1-3 Deuteronomy
10:14 The third heaven is where God dwells (except on the earth, where He
dwells in the hearts of believers.) The second heaven is where the powers
and principalities of the air dwell, and the first heaven is the atmosphere
we call sky. 2 Corinthians 12:1-3 Ephesians 6:12 First the universe (including
the heavens) then the angels. The angels (the sons of God) rejoiced when
the foundation of the earth was laid.
What a terrific imagination our Father God has. Did you ever stop to think
He could have made everything square and in black and white or gray? Square
leaves, square fruit, fish, flowers and so on. Instead He created an infinite
variety of shapes colors and textures. Even each snowflake comes in
a different shape. Somewhere in the filing system of the United States
government, there are films that have catalogued thousands of different
shapes of snowflakes. This film was shown several years ago on Public Television.
I wish I had been organized enough at the time to make note of the film and
where I might locate it, but I didn't. Let me know if you did.
Anyway, back to the subject of angels, God used His marvelous
creative ability to create a variety of angels.
There are those that are called:
1. Seraphim Isaiah 6:1-7 Seraphim have wings, their function is to
praise and worship.
2. Cherubim Genesis 3:24 Cherubim have wings, their function is to
protect the throne.
3. Zoa or living creatures Revelation 4:6-9 Living creatures that
have wings. The word Zoa was incorrectly translated as beast in the KJV,
it should have been living creatures. Their function is worship and praise.
4. Arch (chief) angels. Arch angels do not have wings, they function
as leaders of different divisions of angels. Lucifer was of this group, he
once headed up the music department. Michael still heads up the war department
and is national guardian angel of Israel. Daniel 10:13-21. Gabriel is in
charge of messages. Daniel 10 Luke 1:12-38
5. Angels, no wings, they sometimes visit us with out our being aware.
Hebrews 13:2 Their function is to serve the saints, Hebrews 1:14 and do general
duty. References are many. At the tomb of Jesus is an example. Matthew 28:2-5
When the term, the Angel of God or the Angel of the Lord appears
in the Old Testament, it is clear this was a pre-incarnate manifestation
of Christ, a Theophany. Don't be frightened, in easy chair language, that
means an appearance on the earth of Christ before He came to be born of woman.
I have to throw in a few theological words, so you will know I did my homework.
First the universe, which included the heavens, then the angels, then
the earth. The Hebrew word translated earth is erets which means dry
ground. Remember now, we are still in Genesis 1:1
Do you know that God is perfect? Jesus said, "You are to be perfect
even as your Father in heaven is perfect." Moses said of God, "His work is
perfect." Solomon said, "He made everything beautiful in it's time." Matthew
5:48 Deuteronomy 32:4 Eccl. 3:11
Do you think a perfect God, could or would make something void and without
form? I don't. Something, must have happened that changed God's perfect
work into something that was void and without form.
Isaiah 45:18 "For thus
says the LORD who created the heavens; God himself who formed the earth and
made it; who has established it, Who created it not in vain, He formed it
to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is no other."
When the earth was created, it was not a worthless waste, it was erets (dry
ground) formed to be inhabited. Formed to be inhabited? By whom? Who is
God speaking of? We are still in Genesis 1:1. At this time we have eternity,
the universe, which includes at least three heavens, the angels and the perfect
earth. And we still want to know; where did Satan come from? Who was it
that inhabited the erets (the dry ground) and what about the fossils and
The Gap Theory
It was only after many years of study that I learned about the Gap theory.
A THEORY, IS AN EDUCATED GUESS. To arrive at a theory, a person takes
all of the information and circumstantial evidence available, sifts through
it and calls the conclusion a theory.
Many well respected Bible teachers think there are billions of years between
Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. This agrees with scientific research. Science
has established an atomic dating system, based on how rapidly
certain atoms decay. This method dates the earth and indicates it is
billions of years old. Those who stoutly maintain that Genesis one is the
only creation week and the earth is only 6000 years old, do so thinking they are
defending the Bible, when in fact they are creating problems for all believers.
The gap theory makes the understanding of the Bible much easier, I
personally feel it to be correct. Here it is, in simplified terms, maybe
There was a time previous to Genesis 1:2 some of which cannot be dated
because it precedes the earth. The earth was created a perfect world inhabited by a pre adamic race ruled by angels.
Lucifer, one of the chief angels, was the most beautiful of all of God's
created sons. He was perfect (except like man he had freewill).
He was established by God, to rule and reign
over the perfect earth.
There had to be a social system on the earth in order for Lucifer to reign
as ruler. Since it is the pattern (established in scripture) of God to provide
for all needs; that system would have included plants, animals, birds, fish
and other creatures. One of Lucifer's duties was to lead worship and praise
on the earth (sometimes called commerce or traffic). This worship was to
flow through him to God, for it was to God as creator, that it belonged.
One day a flaw began to develop in Lucifer, the honor which belonged to God
began to stick to his fingers. He desired to exalt himself and his throne,
above God and His throne. The sin was found in him.
Lucifer with one third of the angels, rebelled against the authority of God.
There was war in heaven, and they were cast out. This caused a catastrophe
which destroyed the atmospheric heaven around the earth. Waters were released,
the water destroyed all of the inhabitants, the animals, the plants, the
birds, the fish. EVERYTHING. The earth became void and without form.
The prophet Isaiah records it this way, "How you are fallen from heaven,
howl in the morning, you have fallen to the ground." When Satan and his cohorts
were cast out of heaven, they hit hard. This is the time geologists refer
to as the time of great dying, when all the great animals died. It is to
this age and prior that the fossils and the bones of the dinosaurs belong.
Darkness was on the face of the deep. Lucifer found the earth was no longer
habitable, so he and his fallen angels set up their headquarters in the second
heaven. The king of the earth had now become the prince of the air, and the
dispensation of angels had come to a close.
Isaiah 14:12-14, Isaiah 45:18,
Ezekiel 28:11-17, Revelation 12:7-9 and
The Bible declares God is love and that He is just and merciful. It also
tells us He is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. That means He is
everywhere, all powerful and all knowing (omni is a word that means all).
I certainly agree with the above, but wish to add, God is not a quitter.
He is a winner. Winners do not quit, they keep at it until they win; so now,
beginning with Genesis 1:2 we see the determined purpose of God. Restoring
the atmosphere, restoring the earth, seas, and all that dwell there in. Restoring
the earth. Instead of creation week, it is re-creation week. A garden
was prepared, into it was placed a man and a woman. They were given dominion
and crowned with glory and honor. An agreement was established which was
called the Edenic covenant, the dispensation of innocence had begun.
Next: LESSON TWO