The Earth and Its Creatures

The Creation of Earth and Its Original Chaos from Genesis 1

God begins his word by saying very authoritively that he created the heavens and the earth and that we shouldn't have any doubt but have faith in that. Although there are some points that seem to make sense with belief in the big bang secular theory of the origin of the universe and the earth, on closer examination of that theory it is shown to have serious weaknesses and needs to be accepted by faith as creation also does. Some of the weeknesses of the big bang theory are what sparked the original explosion or big bang, what could make energy and matter out of nothing and why isn't there an equal amount of anti-matter and what is the center of the universe if it expanded originally from one point. Although the creation account in Genesis starting in Genesis 1:1 might seem to be consistant with the long ages of the big bang theory and the evolution of the universe on closer examination the bible and the evolutionary theory of the origin and development of the universe are inconsistent. There is much scientific evidence that argues in favour of a young earth including the strength and orientation of the earth's magnetic field, the amount of silt or soil in the earth's oceans and other points and the unlikelihood that the earth and moon just evolved together or by chance the moon was torn off the earth by a near collision of another planet and the earth. In verse two which is sometimes used in the so-called gap theory I also used to believe to reconcile the bible account of creation with the so-called long age of the earth of about 5 billion years the expression the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep is used as a transition time before verse three and the creation of light. While there may have been some time between verses 1 and 3 it is unlikely that there was considerable time between these two times that would allow for all the time of the earth supposedly being lifeless for a long time and then for about 500,000,000 years having many ages of life that is now extinct such as the dinosaurs since that would have resulted in much death at least of animal and plant life and much that was not good before the creation of animal, plant and human life that was created on the first week of creation that God calls good or very good and that was without death until human beings disobeyed God and his word not to take part of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and brought God's curse on the human race and creation or nature including death. The scripture reference from Genesis 1 of God's creation of the earth and the early chaotic or formless version of earth is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Genesis 1 of the Creation and Early Formless Character of Earth

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 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 1:1-2

Picture of the Earth from Space

Third Day of Creation from Genesis 1 With God Creating the Land, Sea and Vegetation on Earth

In this account of God's preparing the earth for life it is stated that at first waters covered all the earth as it took an act of God to gather the water in one place in order to make the land appear. This is consistant with the way the earth is now and has been through history with its vast amount of liquid water especially in the Earth's oceans. God could have made deeper parts of the earth's surfaces by earthquakes, volcanoes or other means into which more of the water would flow and enable some land to appear above the water. God calls all this good meaning it was not yet under the curse so couldn't involve death of animals or plants or any curse on these parts of nature at that time. The biblical account then says that the earth brought forth different types of plants such as grass and trees with fruit trees which could include trees with nuts with their seed in themselves. This is a very scientific statement since in the fruit or nut or seed of grass, trees and other vegetation there are all the basic genetic information needed for the specific plant to reproduce itself. This scriptural account also says that the plants reproduced after their kind. While most people who take the bible literally including biblical creation scientists would admit to microevolution in which closely related species of plants can seemingly evolve into one another or some point between them, we would say these closely related plants are all within one kind but that plants with substantial genetic differences are different kinds or parts of different kinds and cannot evolve between themselves or into each other. Also mutations that evolutionists believe causes evolution almost always have a detrimental not beneficial effect and would not lead to superior life neither is it scientifically likely for plants to evolve into more advanced types randomnly because this would involve the random insertion of more information (genetically) which is not likely to happen at random even over long periods of time. God also called all His creation of vegetation good which would mean among other things that there wasn't yet death or decay of the plants or unhealthy mutations of plants that would be the case if evolution was the primary cause for the development of different plants. The scripture reference in Genesis 1 of God's creation of the land, sea and plants is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Genesis 1 of God's Creation of the Earth's Land, Sea and Vegetation

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. Genesis 1:9-13

Photo of Land, Sea and Vegetation

God Creates Sea or Water Dwelling and Atmosperic or Flying Life in Genesis 1

God then created sea and air life. Again this was after its kind. Again although there might scientifically be microevolution that involves closely related species in their design and genetics which would be part of one kind this doesn't involve macroevolution or the addition or subtraction of significant genetic information or radical changes in the design of the animals even over time. There is scientific evidence for microevolution or changes within a kind for instance possibly between different types or related bats or related birds such as species of doves and pigeons, or between related hawks or related sharks but not evolution between or from different kinds or families of species. Again this is because even over time mutations or addition of information are unlikely to occur or result in benefical advantages over existing or other life forms. The terms moving creature in the waters and every living creature that moveth in the waters would include ocean or sea dwelling microbes as well as larger scale marine life. God said their bringing forth after their kind was a basic characteristic of this sea and air creation also being good which argues against (macro)evolution. Every living creature is the same Hebrews works as living soul and this includes both land and sea animals which have self consciousness and feelings that are associated with the soul. This creation was also good because there still wasn't a curse on creation or death which is not good. The scripture reference in Genesis 1 of God's creation of sea and air dwelling life is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Genesis 1 of God's Creation of Sea and Air Dwelling Life

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning was the fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23

Birds of the Sea and Air

God's Creation of Land Animals on the Earth from Genesis 1

In verses 24 and 25 the living creatures would include the cattle, creeping things and beasts of the earth. These were all animals that God directed Noah to preserve on the ark from the worldwide flood later on. However the living creatures on the earth would probably include bacteria or microbes on earth as they are land creatures created by God and this seems to be the most logical place to put them. Cattle would include cows, buffalo and perhaps other grazing animals like sheep and goats. The beasts of the earth would include lions, bears, wolves, dogs, and similiar animals while creeping things would include land insects like centipedes and worms, snakes and salamanders and other similiar animals. The phrase living creature again could be and in other scriptures in the Old Testament is translated living soul and this suggests that animals have self consciousness and also speaks of their having feelings which plants do not have. However animals do not have spirits which is involved with perception and worship of God or spiritual beings or other creation and ability to communicate with God or spiritual beings in a Christian sense through prayer in Jesus' name and reading the Bible and sometimes when God speaks to us in dreams although dreams can also be from our heart or fallen angels as well. Again it is stated that God created each of these land animals after their kind in such a way that they would only reproduce after their kind which would exclude macroevolution or evolution across kinds or groups of related species even over long periods of time. This reproducing after their kind and the lack of death originally are primary reasons why God also saw that his original creation of land animals was good. The scripture reference in Genesis 1 of God's creation of land animals is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Genesis 1 of God's Creation of Land Animals on Earth

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24-25

A Cat a Beast of the Earth

Probable Meaning of Moon Being Turned to Blood and Sun Darkened in Revelation 6 at Beginning of Tribulation as Vast Volcanic Eruptions and Smoke

One thing I have wondered about for a long time concerning this and other Bible prophecies that mention the phrase the moon being turned to blood and the sun darkened or similiar expressions is how literally to take these expressions and what exactly is meant. However in this passage in Revelation 6 the mention of an earthquake in this same passage makes it quite clear the likely reason for these spectacles is an extremely powerful earthquake accompanied by vast quantities of smoke, dust and gas from volcanoes affected by the earthquake. It is not only very realistic to think this could cause the strange phenomena of the moon being turned to blood and the sun darkened but also there is already a precedent for it in historical times in about 1882 with the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia that gave out so much dust and smoke high into earth's atmosphere that it had exactly these affects for months following the immense eruption. There is also now a popular book on this subject that probably documents well this geologic event in modern history. The stars of the heaven falling to earth could be the stars seeming to fall to earth because of the moving of the earth by the earthquake although it could include asteroids or meteors hitting earth at the same time as the earthquake. Sometimes in the Bible angels or demons are spoken figuratively as stars and this could be also a reference to the abode of the angels being shaken and the fallen angels being partly cast out to earth. The heaven departing as a scroll could be a reference to the starry heavens disappearing from sight due to the mighty earthquake that rocks the earth and resulting volcanic eruptions. With all the natural disasters going on at this time and probably for the forseeable future it would be no surprise that such a disaster could happen soon and would probably give more long lasting and worldwide affects than the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami starting off Banda Aceh in Sumatra in Indonesia. Although the recent string of natural disasters such as this earthquake and tsunami, other earthquakes and all the hurricanes from the Carribean have been quite significant and made many people think the Apocalypse or Book of Revelation is starting or about to start even many people that think this still think more only in terms of climate or natural disasters and don't see the hand of God in these events or string of events although some secular or non-Christian scientists have also been encouraging this view. However it it implied that these volcanic eruptions of Revelation 6 probably together with the 4 horsemen of the apolcalypse that I still personally think will be an Islamic invasion of the west and other parts of the world after the rapture will convince people this probably immense earthquake and volcanic eruption is the hand of God but unfortunately although some will give glory to God many will hide themselves from God and not at least at first being willing to turn to God and confess their sins and seek his forgiveness through his only begotton Son Jesus Christ and turn from their sins and selfishness. The great day of his wrath is not just the second coming of Jesus Christ to take over the world and set up God's Kingdom but the whole 7 year period of the tribulation or time of the 70th week of Daniel. The scripture reference in Revelation 6 of an earthquake and probably volcanoes causing the moon to be turned to blood and the sun to be darkened probably by vast quantities of dust, gas and smoke sent into the atmosphere is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Revelation 6 of the Sixth Seat of the a Great Earthquake that Causes With a Volcano Much Smoke to Turn the Moon Into Blood and the Sun to be Darkened

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fir tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Revelation 6:12-17

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