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
(Romans 5:12 KJV)
wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord."
(Romans 6:23 KJV)
The Serpent (Satan) was an enemy of God before he tempted the man and woman, which is obvious by the fact that the serpent tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God. That would mean that Satan MUST have become a sinner and an enemy of God prior to the Adam and Eve's temptation and fall. And if sin "entered" Adam's world, where did it come from? That brings up an important question:
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 man's world, not Adam. The Bible does not say that (Romans 5:12). That means Satan's sin MUST 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. The Bible says that God made "worlds" (plural):
"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
(Hebrews 1:2 KJV)
In the above verse, the writer is speaking to us who live in this 'present evil world' (Galatians 1:4) on the face of the Earth. If ours is the first and only world ever created, then why does he refer at the end of the verse to "made the worlds" (past-tense & plural). And if there was a previous world before ours, what does the Bible say about it?
The Holy Bible says in the very first verse that:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the
(Genesis 1:1 KJV)
And I'm sure that every Christian would agree that, when God created the heaven and Earth "In the beginning", that God created everything perfect and holy (whenever He did it). But the Bible also tells us that Satan sinned against God sometime after God created the heaven and Earth:
"Ye are of your father
the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer
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)
So, if the Spirit of Truth tells us that God created the heavens and Earth perfect and sinless "In the beginning" and that Satan was a "murder" and "sinner" since "from the beginning", and we know from both the Holy Bible and common sense that the Serpent was an evil entity before Adam sinned (Genesis 3:1), then WHEN did Satan sin?
"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)
It happened between sometime after Genesis 1:1 and sometime before Genesis 1:2 and SIN is the reason why the "earth was without form, and void" and there was great darkness over the face of what remained of the original creation.
Why was SIN (and by implication, death) already in existence before the seven days creation and before Adam sinned? For that answer we must look to the writings of Isaiah and Ezekiel and Job. There, in the prophetic and wisdom books of these men, the Holy Ghost speaks concerning the ancient origin of Satan, which is a key doctrine to unlocking and understanding this great mystery of SIN.
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 mortal men of history. But the Holy Ghost is speaking here against more than mere evil men. He is directly addressing an ancient, unholy, and malevolent spirit that motivated the evil deeds of these historical and mortal men. That ancient being is the spirit and person of Satan (Lucifer). Prophetically, the Holy Spirit is also addressing the spirit of an evil man yet to come, the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:1-10).
art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
[how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
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:
ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
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)
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.
[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.
[wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till
iniquity was found in thee.
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.
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)
Even a casual glance at the passages tells you it speaks 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." These verses are spiritually addressing a being named "Lucifer" who is also known as the "anointed Cherub" (a.k.a. Satan). The main setting of these verses is the Earth's ancient past, geologically VERY "Deep-Time" if you will. Some of the other words and phrases (in bold) are important to note.
The words "garden of God" reveals that there was vegetation on the Earth, even way back then. The word "Eden" represents a specific geographic 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 (Genesis 2:8), where (as Satan) the serpent tempted the man and his wife. That same place was, in Lucifer's day, said to be upon the holy "mountain of God" and the "sides of the north" which, Biblically, identifies the geographic location as where the city of 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)
"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole
earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great
(Psalm 48:2 KJV)
This Lucifer (Satan) was not an angel. Angels do not have wings. Lucifer was a cherub, a winged creature with great power. He was not one of the "sons of God" or "morning stars" (the Angels) spoken about at the time of creation:
"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
(Job 38:4-11 KJV)
He had a higher place of authority and glory within the creation. Lucifer, the cherub, was said to be "anointed", indicating he had a high position of holy service to the Lord when he was created. Note in Ezekiel 28:13-17 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" and "pipes" indicate an association with music, the implication being that Lucifer (the 'Light Bearer') was involved in the performance of worship.
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 greater detail elsewhere on this website). 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
(Hebrews 12:29 KJV)
That, in a Biblical outline, defines who Satan was (Lucifer), and where his story begins. His original purpose and position was second only to the Lord God in power and glory, but he wanted 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. The Doctrine of Satan provides additional and specific Biblical detail about this malevolent spirit entity.
When Lucifer rebelled and transgressed against the
Lord God, he became the first created being to SIN, and it was a long, long time ago
before Adam or his world was even created. It was a sin documented in the Holy
occurred countless eons ago. We know this by two things: The law of Sin and
Death (Romans 8:12) that states DEATH COMES BY SIN (Romans 5:13).
If there is evidence of death in Earth's Deep-Time
geologic record, it is there for only one reason, SIN. There can be no other
Geologists have observed a record of life in the
fossil record (death) 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. The Doctrine of Sin makes this clear and sheds light on the entire Deep-Time issue.
Did these fossils sin? NO – But someone who had stewardship over the creatures of God’s creation did sin. SIN is key that unlocks the Mystery of Genesis 1:2 and Biblically resolves the Science vs. Scripture issues of origins, entropy, and the fossil record of death found in Earth's Deep-Time.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
(Romans 6:23 KJV)
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
(Romans 8:2 KJV)
In the next chapter, we discuss the important differences of the words "Earth" and "World" in Rightly-Dividing Biblical Doctrine and Interpretation.
The words "Worlds" and the "Earth"
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