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The Three Earth Ages
This study written by Maurice Wright

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 do appear.

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 #8414)

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 #8414)

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.

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