UNDERSTANDING CREATION 2
In our article last week, we saw that there were 3 eons of time BEFORE the creation of the earth in its present state:
1. The time for the creation of the original heavens and earth (Gen. 1.1).
2. The time it took for the earth to BECOME without form and void (Gen. 1.2).
3. The time the earth REMAINED without form and void (Gen. 1.3).
Satan, originally created perfect by God (Ezk. 28.12-15), ruled over the earth between eons 1 and 2 above. During eon 2, he rebelled against God and God’s wisdom and power operating through him became corrupted (Ezk. 28.16-18; Jer. 4.23-26) and the earth BECAME without form and void (Is. 14.12-17; 2 Pet. 3.5-6; Rev. 12. 3-4).
In these eons of time, God created and developed gradually with deliberate repetition, programming and variation, all living cells, creatures, stars and planets according to a master plan in His mind (Act. 15.18): EVOLUTION IS SIMPLY PROGRAMMED DEVELOPMENTAL (NOT EXPERIMENTAL!) CHANGE.
Also all the imperfections and distortions we see in creation are due to satanic corruption and interference (Rom.8.20, Jer. 4.23-26, 1 Jn. 3.8, Jn. 9.1-3).
The power of God through the Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray in faith with SUFFICIENT POWER removes and corrects these distortions:
1 John 3:8 AMP: [But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].
ALL SATANIC DISTORTIONS AND CORRUPTION WILL BE FINALLY REMOVED IN THE NEW HEAVENS AND EARTH:
Revelation 21:1, 4-5 AMP: THEN I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished),… (4) God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away. [Isa. 25:8; 35:10.] (5) And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine). [Isa. 43:19.]
2 Peter 3:10-13 KJV: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (11) Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, (12) Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? (13) Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
All that had been previously created and developed were simply put in place to re-create the earth and make man’s physical body in the 6 days of Gen. 1.3-31 about 6000 years ago!
Creation with ALL its wonders, beauty and precision show that there is an intelligent God Who designed and created it all; However, we CANNOT KNOW GOD THROUGH CREATION (BECAUSE GOD IS A SPIRIT (JN.4.24) EXISTING OUTSIDE OUR PHYSICAL SPACE AND TIME UNIVERSE AND SO CANNOT BE MEASURED OR PERCEIVED PHYSICALLY) BUT IT CAN AND SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO SEEKING GOD WITH OUR HEARTS.
Romans 1:19-20 AMP: For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. (20) For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification], [Ps. 19: 1-4.]
Psalms 19:1-3 AMP: To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. THE HEAVENS declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. [Rom. 1:20, 21.] (2) Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge. (3) There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard.
Any man with an HONEST heart, by observing creation, will be drawn to seek God, with ALL his heart and will find him ONLY by revelation through His Spirit: we can only come to know God PERSONALLY BY THE SPIRIT.
Jeremiah 29:13 KJV: And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with ALL your heart.
2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV: For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, if men, through dishonesty reject the obvious evidence of an intelligent God shown through overwhelming evidence in creation, their hearts will become darkened:
Romans 1:21, 26-28 KJV: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened… (26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. (28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
The main reason why men do not want to acknowledge the existence of an intelligent Creator in spite of the overwhelming evidence shown in creation is so that they will not be morally accountable to Him:
John 3:19-21 NIV: This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (20) Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (21) But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
However, if you seek God with all your heart, He will reveal Himself to you by His Spirit in your heart and confirm this with
1. An INTERNAL (it will show externally later with time) change in your nature: becoming born-again.
John 3:6-8 NIV: Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. (7) You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
1 John 5:7-11 NIV: For there are three that testify: (8) the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. (9) We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. (10) Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. (11) And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
2. Speaking in tongues supernaturally: the supernatural PHYSICAL evidence of the indwelling presence of the power of the Holy Spirit:
Acts 2:4-11 NIV: All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (5) Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. (6) When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. (7) Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? (8) Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? (9) Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, (10) Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (11) (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
So understanding creation SHOULD motivate us to seek and come to God in our hearts BY HIS SPIRIT!