Bible Genesis & Geology

The Reason for Death in "Deep-Time" -the Ancient Origin of Satan, a.k.a. Lucifer

The Ancient World

Every Bible-believing Christian knows that when the serpent tempted Adam and Eve to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17, 3:5, 3:6, 3:22), the man and the woman lost their innocence and died spiritually. Adam's transgression allowed death to enter into the world of man:

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
(Romans 5:12 KJV)

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
(Romans 6:23 KJV)

Was the Serpent (Satan) an enemy of God before he tempted the man and woman? The obvious answer is yes. Satan MUST have become a sinner and an enemy of God prior to the temptation. That brings up an important question:

IF Death results from Sin. WHEN AND WHERE did Satan Sin Against God?

It could NOT have happened during or shortly after the seven-days of Genesis, else the serpent (a.k.a Satan, Lucifer) would have been responsible for Death entering the world of Adam. Romans 5:12 does not say that. It had to have happened before the world of the seven-days of Genesis, in a previous world that was on the face of the Earth prior to the world of Adam. And this is revealed by the Holy Bible.

"Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"
(Hebrews 1:2 KJV)

For a detailed discussion of the Worlds of the Bible, review our site pages,  The words "Worlds" and the "Earth" and  The Biblical Time Line.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
(Genesis 1:1 KJV)

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
(John 8:44 KJV)

"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."
(1 John 3:8 KJV)

The Earth was already present before the start of the seven-days of Genesis; the ruined remains of an ancient world that God created "In the Beginning..." (Genesis 1:1):

"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."
(Genesis 1:2 KJV)

So what exactly happened between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, and why? Why was Death already in existence before the seven days and before Adam sinned? For that answer we must look to the writings of the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel. There, in the prophetic Scriptures, the Holy Ghost spoke through these men concerning the ancient origin of Satan, which is a key doctrine to unlocking and understanding this great mystery.


What the Spirit of Truth Reveals in the Words of Truth

In the passages below the prophets are speaking against the "king of Babylon" (Isaiah 14:4) and the "prince of Tyrus" (Ezekiel 28:2) who were renown mortal men of history. Prophetically, the Spirit is also addressing a man yet to come, the antichrist (see 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10). However, it is clearly evident from the content that the Holy Ghost is also speaking here against a spirit being; an ancient, unholy, and malevolent spirit that motivated the evil deeds of these historical and mortal men:

"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! 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They 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;"
(Isaiah 14:12-16 KJV)

"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. 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. Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 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. 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."
(Ezekiel 28:13-17 KJV)

The words highlighted in red speak of things that could not possibly be attributed to the actual acts of any human king or prince. No man in history has ever "walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire" or "fallen from heaven."

Several things of importance are contained in the above passages. The words “garden of God” reveals that there was vegetation on the Earth, even way back then. The word "Eden" represents a specific place on the face of the Earth. It was the same location on the face of the Earth where God later planted another garden and formed Adam and Eve. It was the location where Lucifer was when the serpent tempted the man and his wife. He was upon the “holy mountain of God” and the “sides of the north” which Biblically identify the location as where Jerusalem is now located:

"And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD."
(Isaiah 66:20 KJV)

"O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us."
(Daniel 9:16 KJV)

"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King."
(Psalm 48:2 KJV)

Lucifer was not an angel, as were the "sons of God" and the "morning stars" of Job 38:4-11:

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?"
(Job 38:4-11 KJV)

 Angels do not have wings. Lucifer was a cherub, a winged creature with great power.

And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.
(1 Kings 6:27 KJV)

Lucifer, the cherub, was said to be "anointed", indicating he had a high position of service to the Lord when he was created. Note that the "anointed cherub" had a covering containing jewels similar to what was on the breastplate of Israel’s high priest. The breastplate of the priest had 12 jewels (See the breastplate of Aaron in Exodus 39:10-13 and Minerals of the Bible). Lucifer had a covering of nine jewels set in gold. Similar, but different numbers.

The “tabrets” indicate an association with a music. The word “covereth” implies that he was the steward over the entire physical creation of the original Earth and heaven, in the beginning. This was also the beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven, a subject discussed in detail on our page, The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God; the Doctrinal Difference

Lucifer was the worship leader of that ancient world. The “stones of fire” reference is obscure, but the Hebrew word indicates something akin to building stones. It could indicate there was a Temple of Fire upon the holy mountain at that time. Keep in mind that "fire" can be a physical and/or spiritual component:

"And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."
(2 Kings 6:17 KJV)

 "And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed."
(Exodus 3:2 KJV)

"And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and [there were] seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God."
(Revelation 4:5 KJV)

"For our God [is] a consuming fire."
(Hebrews 12:29 KJV)

Regardless, Lucifer wanted to be more than his anointed lot, he wanted to be worshiped like God. And that act of rebellion was his trespass against the Lord God. That SIN brought DEATH into the ancient heavens and Earth. Lucifer rebelled and transgressed against the Lord God and became the first created being to sin a long, long time ago before Adam or his world was even created. The earliest (thus first) documented sin (and documented in the Holy Scriptures we should add) occurred countless eons ago. We can know this by examining the Earth's geologic record.

Geologic Column

Geologists have observed a record of life in the fossil record back in Deep-Time as far as 3.8 billion years ago. From a Biblical standpoint, this tells you that DEATH has been on the Earth for at least that long.

Death results from Sin

Did these fossils sin? NO – But someone who had stewardship over the creatures of God’s creation did sin. At the bottom of the above chart there is a time-period called the “ARCHEAN” which contains an era that is called the Hadean. (Named after HADES). Scientists had THEORIZED that the surface of the Earth at that time was an ocean of molten magma (lava) that eventually cooled and that water (and life) was brought to Earth by comets or asteroid impacts at a much later time. Remember, that is just a theory. The Bible has an alternative answer to these questions of science. This matter is discussed in depth on our website at this link: The Ancient Earth - Two Different Viewpoints

Because Lucifer was the steward of the whole creation under heaven when he fell, all things under his rule were also subjected to corruption (i.e. death, entropy). His act of rebellion unleashed the wrath of God on the entire universe. There is evidence of a great bombardment of the Earth in the Hadean period that could have destroyed the surface of the Earth, erasing what terrestrial flora and fauna that may have been present in that early pristine world.

The "sons of God" and the "morning stars" (Job 38:4-7) would have abandoned their earthly habitation. If there were other forms of life on the planet's surface, they would have been greatly diminished. In the aftermath of the destruction, those life forms that survived and eventually arose would have the sentence of death upon them. Their fossilized remains are the testimony, written in stone, of life's struggle under that death sentence across the geologic ages afterwards.

Scientists use the term Evolution to describe the observed progress of life-forms on this planet as revealed in the fossil record. But the Bible tells you that God created the heavens and the Earth and placed the first life-forms on the planet, long ago. They did not evolve, as commonly associated with the sense of the word terminology.

Darwin called his theory the survival of the fittest, and it does appear that more and more complex organisms took their place on the stage of natural history, but they did so as a process initiated by God, not by chance. Evidence from the fossil record reveal they adapted in their struggle against death. The dinosaurs came and went. All things died, and those creatures that came after them also died. So death continued across millenniums of historical time until the spirit of death finally overtook all things, including the stars across the universe.

A few million years ago coldness and darkness began to increase. It was the onset of what we call the beginning of the last Ice Age, and it is the universe's eventual cold, dark, and completely dead condition that the Spirit describes in Genesis 1:2.

"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."
(Genesis 1:2 KJV)

And at that point in time, the Lord God made a new heavens and Earth to replace what Lucifer's fall eventually destroyed. The seven-days of Genesis are the regeneration of the heavens and Earth.

In the next chapter, we discuss the important differences of the words "Earth" and "World" in Rightly-Dividing Biblical Doctrine and Interpretation.

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The words "Worlds" and the "Earth"


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