Hebrews 11:1-3-Now faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good
report. Through 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
The Greek word for ‘worlds’ is, "aion." It
means, "an age." (Strong’s #165)
This study of ‘The Three Earth Ages’ is not for
the faithless but for faithful Christians who are mentally able to
comprehend, through faith, the three earth ages that God spoke into
existence. There are three earth ages that are recorded in the scripture and
God said it takes faith to believe this. The expression ‘earth age’
is not meant to represent a different earth, but ‘an age’ that is
measured by time. In Genesis 1:1 we are given the recorded account of the
first heaven and earth age that was created in perfection before Satan
rebelled against God. In Genesis 1:2, we are given the recorded account of
the destruction of that age when God destroyed it because of that rebellion.
There were eons of time which separated the once-perfect
creation in Genesis 1:1 from the desolate and formless ruin which we
find in Genesis 1:2. The first age is the age that hold the secrets
to the ancient remains of the dinosaur fossils. This age also gives us the
reason and the cause of their extinction. God, the one who created it all
should be able to tell us how He did it; and He told us in Isaiah that He
did not create a wasteland, covered in water, formless and in ruin.
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.
The word ‘vain’ here in Isaiah has the same
meaning as "without form" in Genesis 1:2. It means, "to lie
waste, desolate surface, a worthless thing, without form." (Strong’s
The word ‘formed’ in Hebrew means, "to mold
into form as a potter." (Strong’s #3335)
Jeremiah 18:1-4-The word which came to Jeremiah from the
LORD, saying, "Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will
cause thee to hear My words." Then I went down to the potter’s house,
and, behold, He wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that He made of
clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so He made it again
another vessel, as seem good to the potter to make it.
Clay is the basic material of the trade that every potter
uses to mold and shape his creations. If, for any reason, the clay the
potter is forming becomes marred, then he reshapes it into what he intended
it to be. This marring and reshaping is exactly what happened to Mother
Earth when Satan marred this beautiful planet with sin in his rebellion. So
God, in righteous indignation, shook and destroyed the earth’s form because
it was marred; the formless ruin we find in Genesis 1:2 is the scriptural
account of the earth in the process of being reshaped by the potter’s hands.
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.
The verb ‘was’ is placed in italic print because,
there is no verb ‘to be’ in Hebrew for the word ‘became.’
Italic print, when noted in the scriptures, signifies to the reader that a
particular word has been changed in the Hebrew translation for clarification
in English. Dr. C. D. Ginsburg, one of the noted scholars of the Companion
Bible, understood that many New Revised Versions of the Bible does not carry
this footnote reference in their translations. So, He wrote this caution to
us in the seventh appendix of the Companion Bible.
"The revisers ill-advisedly decided that all such words,
now printed in italics, as are plainly implied in the Hebrew, and necessary
in English, he printed in common type. One of the consequences of this
decision is that the verb ‘to be’ is not distinguished from the verb
‘to become,’ so that the lessons conveyed by the A.V. ‘was’
and ‘was’ in Genesis 1:2 are lost."
In Genesis 1:2, the verb ‘was’ is used in the past
tense in order to give us a look back at the end result of the destruction
of the first earth age. In Jeremiah 4:23 the verb ‘was’ is
used in the present tense in order to give us a look at the actual
destruction. So, here in Jeremiah chapter four, you have a first-hand
account, not from faithless man, but from God Himself as to how He brought
to pass the destruction of the first earth age. You read here in this great
prophecy how the earth came to be without form, desolate, and without
the illumination of light.
Jeremiah 4:23-I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was
without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
The word ‘void’ here in Jeremiah have the same
meaning as ‘without form’ in Genesis 1:2. It means, "to lie
waste, a desolate surface. worthless thing, without form." (Strong’s
In this verse, God is looking back at the earth in this
desolate and formless state without the illumination of the sun, moon, and
stars prior to the restoration of those lights in Genesis 1:14-19.
Through His eyes, He is gives us a glimpse into time pass as to how He
destroyed that earth age.