The Creation, Ultimate Destruction of the Heavens and God Creating the New Heavens

The Initial Creation of the Heavens from Genesis 1

I believe that a good and perhaps the best interpretation of the scripture text in Genesis 1:1 is that God originally created the heavens on the first part of the first day. I think this heavens was originally made of water as was the case for the earth in Genesis 1:2. God says that there was still some waters in the heavens above the earth's firmament on the second day. It has been scientifically proven at a laboratory at a university in California, United States and confirmed at other locations in the world by reputable scientists that light can be created just by bombarding water with sound waves. This would be like created light from water by God speaking his word to it. There has been proven to be still scientifically abundant resources of water in the nebula in our galaxy and perhaps beyond and now in some of the planets discovered around other stars by the detection of the spectrum of water in the light from these sources. These discoveries indicate water is still very common in the heavens. When our telescopes become more sensitive they will probably be able to detect water in other galaxies further and further away from earth. God could have on the first day made the stars or other luminescent bodies to start shining by speaking His Word to the waters in those parts of the heavens and causing them to give light. God speaking His word to these waters could also have caused the water and oxygen in the water by nuclear fusion or transmutation combine into heavier elements to make the matter of the stars, the sun, the planets, other heavenly bodies and the heavenly gas and dust. All this is both scientifically and scripturally realistic. The heavenly bodies would already be fully formed and mature on the first day of creation. The scripture reference of God's initial creation of the heavens in Genesis 1 is as follows:

Scripture Reference in Genesis 1 of God's Initial Creation of the Heavens

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1

God Making the Light From the Heavens and the Heavenly Bodies Themselves Appear Later in the 1st Day and From the 4th Day of Creation From Genesis 1

Later on the 1st day God said let there be light and there was light. I heard this wasn't a creative act of light at that time but just making the light appear on earth in a less clouded sky. This sky could be still partly cloudy so only the light in an undistinct way could be seen from earth as opposed to distinct heavenly bodies. I believe these days were literal twenty four hour days as the same Hebrew word yom is used elsewhere in the Old Testament for twenty four hour days and in Exodus 20 with the Ten Commandments God relates the Sabbath as the end of a literal 7 day week with the initial week of creation implying the creation week was of six literal 24 hour days as well which certainly wouldn't be too hard for an almighty and all-wise God such as the God of the Bible. On the fourth day the Bible says God said let there be lights in the firmament. These lights weren't actually in the place of the firmament which would probably be only several miles above the earth's surface but just started to appear so with the clearing of clouds on earth so the heavenly bodies could appear more distinctly as seen from the surface of Earth. God made the Day and Night with the Day when the sun was shining and the Night when the stars shine dominated by the moon or the Lesser Light when it is in the Night sky. This is all still the case and scientifically sensisble. God said he made all these things which in this case that he made them to appear but created them on the beginning of the first day of creation. According to the Hebrew of that time the stars would also include the planets, asteroids, meteors, comets or other heavenly bodies other than the sun and moon. The periods mentioned specifically are days and years which are the period of earth's rotation and the period of earth's revolution around the sun. One of the periods not mentioned hear is the week that is the primary, ancient period of time that is not based on astronomy but suggests from its use in almost all cultures that it was based on accounts of God's original creation of the world and mankind in six days and resting on the seventh day. The only other major period of time is the month that is based on the period of the moon around the earth and moon going through its cycle of phases but is not used in verse 14 either. The scripture reference from Genesis 1 of God making the light and heavenly bodies to appear in earth's sky in the first week of creation is as follows:

Scripture Reference From Genesis 1 of God Making the Heavenly Light and the Heavenly Bodies Appear in the Sky of Earth in Creation Week

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. Genesis 1:3-8

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19

Summary of God Making the Heavens and Earth in the First Creation Week in Terms of the Earth and the Heavens and the Host of Them in Genesis 2

Although the term host of multitude is not used for the components of the heavens (or earth) in Genesis 1 of God's creation, it is used in Genesis 2. This host of the heaven in this case would mean the galaxies, stars, planets, asteroids etc. that are components of the heavens. This would include our sun, moon and planets or our solar system as well as stars, planets or moons of other stellar systems. The term host of the heavens in the sense of the components of the heavens is used elsewhere in the Old Testament part of God's word the Holy Bible such as in Isaiah 45 mentioned later in this article. In some of those other scripture passages God mentions His creation work as stretching out the heavens and sometimes including the host of them. This could be understood also as providing more details of the creation account given in Genesis 1 and 2. Even though Genesis 1 and 2 do not mention specifically God stretching out the heavens as part of His creation of the universe or heavens and earth, in Genesis 2 the original creation account does also call the universe that God made the (earth) and heavens and the host of them so that is shows they are both related to the same creation work of God. Although I believe this indicates that God's word states that God stretched out or expanded the universe consistent with the Big Bang theory that God still created especially the sun, moon and especially the earth specially with more direct divine intervention or God working beyond strictly through natural processes. I also believe God creation the universe from nothing in a material sense but just with His creative power and word and He likely used some of His miraculous power to create the right constants of physics and ratio of chemical elements to make a universe where large scale life is possible. I also believe this means God didn't take about 13.7 billion years to create the universe to the present point in time but just within the six literal day creation week but that the universe in a finished form such as having galaxies, stars and planets has been expanding or God stretching them out and the space time that contains them since that creation week for about 6 to 10 thousand years and are continuing to be stretched out by God to explain what in general astronomical terms is called the expansion of the universe. The scripture reference from Genesis 2 of God making the earth and the heavens and the host of them and that this is a consistent term to other scriptures stating God stretched or is stretching out the heavens and the host of them leaving room for the original creation report in the Bible consistent with an expanding universe is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Genesis 2 of Summary of God's Creation Week of the Earth and Heavens and the Host of Them Consistent With Both Genesis 1 Creation Account and Later Bible Reports of God Stretching Out the Heavens and Their Host as Part of His Creation and Some Similiaraty and Difference to Secular Big Bang Creation Model

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, Genesis 2:1-4

Reference in Deuteronomy 4 Associating the Stars and Sun and Moon With the Host of Heaven

Although it is in the context of instructing the Israelites not to worship the astronomical bodies, the reference in Deuteronomy 4 is useful to note something else. That is that in this verse God instructs the Israelites through His spokesman Moses that another term for the stars and also the sun and moon is the host or multitude or armies of heaven. Although I still believe God created especially the sun, earth and moon specially and that God created all these things around 7000 to 10000 years ago rather than millions or billions of years ago I would agree to the idea that God used and guided some natural or spontaneous processes to create the stars and galaxies but still within the six day creation week. (The cosmic evolutionists now rely on an initial phase of the big bang they call inflation when they say the universe expanded faster than the speed of light so it is not unreasonable for creationists to say the Creator God who controls space time and the constants of creation could expand the universe faster than the speed of light.) So the reference in Genesis 1:14-16 of God creating the stars and sun and moon could also be said to be God creating the host of heaven in a physical or inanimate sense rather than a reference to angels. So other references to stars in the Bible can be viewed as a main part of the host of heaven is this suits the context and some other references to the host of heaven in the Bible can be viewed as especially giving reference to the stars if the context suits it. The reference in Deuteronomy 4 of the host of heaven being comprised of the stars and sun and moon is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Deuteronomy 4 of the Host of Heaven Especially Comprised of the Stars But Also the Sun and Moon

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. Deuteronomy 4:19

Reference to God Stretching Out the Heavens Including Its Hosts from Isaiah 45 and 40 a Probable Reference to God's Recent Creating the Stars, Sun and Moon In Initial Creation Week Referred to in Genesis 1

Although I didn't used to believe the universe expanded from one point or area such as is called the big bang by mainstream astronomy, I do now agree this is likely what happened but by God speaking it into being not randomnly from a quantum fluctuation and only recently about 7 to 10 thousand years ago not 13 or 14 billion years ago as taught by mainstream astronomy or cosmic evolution perspective scientists or teachers. I also believe that most of the current contents of the universe including the stars and galaxies were quickly spread out and created on the 1st or 4th literal day of the initial creation week by God directing processes of His creation but that He created the Earth, sun and Moon specifically by His more direct intervention. I believe this reference to God stretching out the heavens is not just to His stretching out the stars and galaxies and planets the host of heaven but the heavens themselves as well as their host that is that these references in Isaiah are a reference to God stretching out the space time of heaven. I also do believe God is continuing to stretch out the universe as observed by science but that the initial spreading out of the univese including stars or the host of heaven among the stretched out heavens was in the initial creation week and that it didn't take millions or billions of years for the first stars to form in the universe. I also believe other planets of our solar system and around other stars were created by God around our sun or other stars were created in the initial creation week. However I acknowledge there are still currently some debris disks or protoplanetary disks around some stars in which stars and some planets or asteroids etc. seem to be currently forming and that these are the exceptions but still guided by the Creator God and some of the host of the heavens that He continues to stretch out but that the great majority or the stars, galaxies and planets in our universe were created in the initial creation week about 7 to 10 thousand years ago as described in Genesis 1 on the 1st day and probably made visible to the surface of Earth on the 4th day of the creation week.

I believe and would encourage the reader to take note as God just showed me and act accordingly that while God does encourage the reader of His word and humans as His created intelligent beings to look to the heavens to think of worship the Creator God who created the heavens as in Isaiah 40:26. However I believe God discourages people to look to the heavens in order to worship or serve the heavens themselves such as in idolatry, astrology or just a naturalistic philosophy were it is good that people look beyond themselves are have wonder at the heavens or astronomical objects but not good that they don't ackowledge the true Creator God mentioned in the Bible as the Creator of those objects and all other things including humans and all life on Earth. The scripture references in Isaiah 45 and 40 of God stretching out the heavens corresponding to the big bang but on a much more recent and quicker time scale including the hosts of them or the stars and galaxies and most of the planets or our solar system or around other stars and to some extent the sun, moon and earth which He however more specifically or directly formed are as follows:

Scripture Reference from Isaiah 45 and 40 of God Stretching Out the Heavens and Their Host as Biblical References to God Creating and Expanding the Universe and Its Stars and Other Contents Mostly in the Initial Creation Week of Genesis 1 Especially the First Day

Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. Isaiah 45:11-12

To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? ... It is he that sitteth upon the circle (sphere) of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: ... To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power: not one faileth. Isaiah 40:18, 22, 25-26

Ultimate Destruction of the Heavens but God Preserving Believers in Him for Eternal Life With Him in the New Heavens, Earth and Jerusalem from Psalm 102

In Psalm 102 the Psalmist states that these heavens and earth are God's work which according to the above scriptures would be by God specially guiding His creation and streching out of the heavens such as by His hands in a recent creation such as around 10,000 years ago. The Psalmist in this part of God's word then states that these heavens and earth will ultimately be destroyed, which will be in a little over 1,000 years from now at the end of the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. This Millennial or Messianic Kingdom will start when the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah) comes from heaven with His Church and Old Testament saints, holy angels and the glory of God the Father to judge the world and set up God's Kingdom on earth at the end of the 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. God says through the Psalmist that although God will destroy this heavens and earth God Himself will endure even after He destroys this heaven and earth. The Psalmist then expands on God's destruction of these present heavens by saying these heavens will wax or grow old like an old garment or piece of clothes and God will change them such as into a new garment which will be the new heavens (and earth). The Psalmist also affirms the eternity and self-existence of God in stating that compared to these heavens and earth God does not change and will live and exist forever. Lastly in this Psalm the Psalmist affirms that the children of thy servants which means Israelites or Jews and Gentiles and the true Church or true Christians who all with our heart believe in God as the true God including in what light we have of His Annointed One, Christ or Messiah in Jesus of Nazareth will also continue with God beyond this heaven and earth in the new heavens. This continuation with God of believers in Him of all ages will be in our eternal including sinless nature and resurrection or changed into immortal or spiritual and heavenly bodies. The scripture reference from Psalm 102 of God creating these heavens and earth, ultimately destroying them at the end of time but that God and His saved or believing people of all ages will continue with God beyond the time this heavens and earth to enjoy His new heavens and earth is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Psalm 102 With Statement of God Creating These Present Heavens and Earth, Ultimately Destroying Them but That God and His Saved People of All Ages Will Continue With Him in His New Heavens and Earth

Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou (you) shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee. Psalm 102:25-28

Reference from Isaiah 51 About After Many People Jews and Gentiles Turning to the True God and His Messiah Jesus Christ in the Messianic or Millennial Kingdom God Will Destroy This Heavens and Earth and Unbelievers Will Be Brought Out of God's Heaven and Earth Then (and Brought Instead Into the Lake of Fire)

In this chapter, Isaiah 51, God first appeals to His chosen earthly people Israel to remember His covenant with them through their physical father or ancestor Abraham. God promises the Israelites including the Jews that those among them that turn to God will eventually come into His blessings on them through their part of the Abrahamic coveneant as in Genesis 12 and 17 on earth in the Millenial or Messianic Kingdom. In the Messianic or Millenial Kingdom God will heal the land of Israel and bring more fertility to the waste or desert or wilderness places and make them more like the Garden of Eden and bring more joy in Him for the inhabitants then. God says His chosen earthly people Israel will be blessed also physically on this earth then when they generally are more faithful to Him and His law although there will then also be a bigger part of new birth by God's Holy Spirit for the Israelites on Earth and in trust in Messiah Jesus or Y'Shua. God also says the people of the other nations in the Millennial or Messianic age will also wait on or be faithful to Him and trust in Him again through His Messiah Jesus or Y'Shua and God will probably to some degree also physically heal or make fertile and perhaps take away other problems or corruption from the Gentile lands such as viruses and parasites that could be more part of the curse rather than God's original good creation but that still currently are a plague to better development of some nations especially tropical nations where these type of lifeforms seem to thrive more. After all this in verse 6 that is after the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom God says He will bring an end to this current heavens and earth and according to other scriptures immediately after that make a new better heavens and earth. God says in verse 6 of this chapter that the human inhabitants on earth who had not by then personally trusted in the true God of the Bible including His Messiah Jesus of Nazareth will be brought out of God's heaven and earth and not be present in the new heavens and earth. This is because, according to other relevant scriptures like Revelation 20, God will put every human being from the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom and all previous ages including this present Church Age or Dispenstation in the Lake of Fire forever. However God then restates that those of Israel and the nations including the true Church from this Age we can now say won't be refused from the new heavens and new earth but be able to enjoy it forever with God and His Messiah Jesus (Y'Shua) as our God, Lord, object of trust and Saviour. The scripture reference from Isaiah 51 about the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom blessing to the faithful to God of Israel and the nations and God's promise to destroy this heavens and earth after that time but let His faithful people continue with Him in a new heavens and earth but not let those people who don't trust in Him or receive His salvation continue with Him in His new heavens and earth is as follows:

Scripture Reference from Isaiah 51 About God Blessing Israel and the Nations (Including the True Church) in the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom, His Destruction of This Heavens and Earth After That and His Not Allowing Unbelievers to Continue But Allowing Believers in Him or Those People Saved by God to Continue With Him in the New Heavens and Earth

Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increaed him. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation. Isaiah 51:1-8

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