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Geneses (Plural), Chapter Five, Holding the Truth in Righteousness vs. Suppressing the Truth in Unrighteousness (an excerpt)  July 28, 2014  (17.06.13)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

(excerpt from pages 8-12)

“. . . Sometimes in order to admit that God’s Word is correct and does hold and offer the truth, we would have to concede that we were wrong in what we assumed, and that is a very difficult thing for the natural man’s pride to let loose of unless he sincerely is seeking the truth. Some people will actually suppress the truth because it contradicts their personal life’s endeavors which is the meaning of the “unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). The word hold is the Greek word katechō meaning to hold back, to detain, or to suppress the truth, truth that is so abundantly available. The meaning would be like saying, “I know you are correct in what you are saying, but it stands in opposition to what I believe in and I have committed my life’s endeavors towards what I have been taught and led to believe, so I must continue as I always have.”

I have discussed the biblical concepts of creation with people of science over the years, often with a reciprocal learning experience. One such recent conversation I was having over the subject of evolution and the creation was with a biologist who sincerely told me, “There are no biologists to be found who actually believes in the Genesis story or a Higher Intelligence behind the creation.” That statement shocked me, as I thought that after eight plus years of higher learning one would actually know how to prove if there could be others who actually believed in Genesis or the creation by a Higher Intelligence or by a Supreme Being, and that these people who believe could be equally as intelligent, but would hold to different beliefs and opinions regarding the very same fields of study.

Later that week, I forwarded a list of dozens of website links of scientists and biologists from around the world who, in fact, do believe in the Genesis narrative or believed in Intelligent Design of some kind; these links display their proofs, arguments, research, papers, and books are available to read through or purchase, and their websites had links to hundreds of others who believed as they did. I compiled this list with only about twenty or thirty minutes of searching. This biologist never responded for what can only be fear of being confronted or exposed by other scientific research that would sit contrary to evolution (John 3:19-20); this is what it means to be both willingly ignorant and to suppress the truth in unrighteousness, truth that is so plainly visible. Suppressing the truth in unrighteousness closes all the doors to enjoying the abundant righteousness of God or partaking of “the fruits of righteousness” (Philippians 1:11).

I have also talked with religious people over the years, often with a reciprocal learning experience. Still some of them just cannot away with such talk of the world that then was, and even though some of them have devoted their entire life’s energies and goals to the study, witnessing, and preaching of biblical matters, when shown the Word line by line out of their own research materials they refuse to see, they often will not believe. I have even been told by several creationists that all the evidence unearthed proving a past life before the Garden of Eden were put into the ground by God just to confuse the evolutionist, although I am confident that God’s job is not about confusing people with tricks to tempt the unbeliever or any believer for that matter, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man” (James 1:13).

By their professed title of atheist (Greek atheos means “without God,”― Ephesians 2:12) we know unbelievers do not believe, but often biblical-minded people will refute both biblical and scientific proof for fear of being confronted or exposed to other biblical research that would sit contrary to their one and only earth concept of creation (II Peter 3:5-7); this is what it means to be both willingly ignorant and to suppress the truth in unrighteousness, truth that is so plainly visible. Suppressing the truth in unrighteousness closes all the doors to enjoying the abundant righteousness of God or partaking of “the fruits of righteousness” (Philippians 1:11).

Now, let us be on our way to understanding the Word of God rather than being willfully ignoring its truthful realities that are so richly available to us. In II Peter 3:5 we read “the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water.” The word earth in the Greek Text is the word gee which primarily means land, the pliable or workable parts, as distinct from water, but in this verse we see that water is everywhere, as the land was standing out of the water and in the water. This is a deluge of water and the submerged land was in a ruined, indefinable, and unpliable state totally immersed.

A cataclysm of some type had utterly disfigured that entire earth. The words were of old are from two Greek words, een to exist, and ekpalai which means for a very long period of indefinable time. Combining the two words reveal to us that the earth existed in this indefinable state for a very, very long period of time. This devastation was much worse than we may realize upon first blush because the verse also mentions the heavens being immersed in the same watery catastrophe. The Greek word for heavens is ouranos, meaning the universe, the vaulted expanse of space itself with all things within it, was in the wreckage of that watery tomb.

Was this universal destruction and inundation of water what happened at the time of the flood in Noah’s day? No, as the next verse reveals: “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (II Peter 3:6). The two English words being overflowed comes from the Greek word kataklyzō which means to overwhelm with a cataclysm of water, to submerge, to deluge, and the word world is the Greek word kosmos for the perfectly arranged universe to include that world. This is how devastating this particular flood was that it affected the perfection of the entire creation and not just the earth.

We must note that in Noah’s flood we know that the heavenly bodies survived as the cosmos did not expire by drowning and neither did we read that the heavens were submerged in water, the sun was not doused out, and as well this world did not completely perish. Above, all the stars still flickered and their lights shown because the cosmos was not drenched during Noah’s flood, and Noah and cargo lived beyond this flood. In the next chapter we will see that nothing on this earth lived after that widespread flood of the cosmos, though in contrast to the waters of Noah that we already read about, most of the life in the water worlds lived on past the flood. Also, we have read that Noah’s flood only lasted for a definable forty days (Genesis 7:4, 12, 17), and within a countable amount of time for the water to seep into the earth (Genesis 8:1-13). Thus, Peter reveals to us an earlier period of time before the “old world” to a time before the “Paradise of God,” all the way back to a separate devastating epic that had occurred way before Noah’s or even Adam and Eve’s time on this earth (the old world).

Recall the old world (that we read above from II Peter 2:5) that was not spared and was flooded in the deluge. The Greek word for old is archaios meaning from the beginning, primal, ancient. Archaios is derived from arche meaning a beginning, and from archaio comes our word archaeology which is the scientific study of material remains like fossil relics and artifacts. That old world can still be studied, though the findings are often intermixed with remains like fossil relics and artifacts from the first earth. When Noah walked out of the ark it would have been like landing in a whole new world to commence a new life, similar perhaps to the Pilgrims who sailed to the Americas and crossed the seas from the old to the new. Time, circumstance, and place had changed, but it was still the same earth, the same air, the same sun and moon above, and so forth. The Noah flood was not the other, former flood, the first flood that we just read about when the entire cosmos was submerged in water.

The Noah family did not live in the ark for a long, unidentifiable amount of time because they would have all passed of starvation or thirst. The Greek word in II Peter 3:6 for perished is apollymi meaning to destroy, to put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to, to ruin, render useless and lifeless (the Angel of the bottomless pit or the abyss is named Apollyon meaning the Destroyer or the Destruction ― Revelation 9:11; his name and his works are derived from apollymi). This past desolation that we read about in Peter cannot be our current earth, as the next verse plainly states: “But the heavens {ouranos} and the earth {gee}, which are now {NOW}, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (II Peter 3:7). These ungodly men (of the future) will have a super-being ruling over them, this Angel, that Apollyon ― Satan!

Not all angels are good or a godsend. “Michael {the Archangel} and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his {the Dragon’s} angels” (Revelation 12:7). The Dragon is another name for Satan (Revelation 12:9), who is the one and the same Serpent of Genesis chapter three, and only the Word of God gives us true understanding of evil angels (Mark 13:27, II Corinthians 11:14, Galatians 1:8, Colossians 2:18, II Peter 2:4, and Jude 1:6), and holy angels (Matthew 1:20, 18:10, 25:41, and Revelation 1:1).

From the name Apollyon we begin compiling a dossier on him (the real Satan of Scripture and the destroyer of peoples, nations, and an entire past cosmos). He is the cause of the destruction of the first heavens and earth, he is the cause of the sin that wrecked the Garden of God, he is the cause of the corruption of the earth that preceded Noah’s flood, the cause of the death of Jesus, and he will be the root cause of the end of this world (Daniel 8:23-25, II Thessalonians 2:8-12). Thankfully he has no part or lot in the next world without end (Romans 16:20, Ephesians 3:21, and Revelation 20:10).

The current heavens and earth are for now preserved. However, there is a day coming when “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise {then the Big Bang will pass from theory right into reality}, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (II Peter 3:10).

Thus, in the Scriptures we do find two separate sets of the heavens and earths. The past heavens and earth that was destroyed by water, and the heavens we see above and the earth that we live on is kept in store, reserved (II Peter 3:7) until a later destruction, not by water, but by fire. . .”

Introduction:

The Voyage Begins ― Straight Betwixt Two

Rethinking Premises, Principles, Perspectives, and Peripheries

Forward:

“. . . In the passage of Genesis 1:1 we read that “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” and according to Isaiah 45:18, He “created it not in vain.” It is also clear from Deuteronomy 32:4 that all of “his work is perfect” meaning everything He created was created in perfection. However, by the time of the passage of Genesis 1:2 we read that “the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Right up front in Genesis we learn that something changed the entire creation from perfection in the light of creativity into something of imperfection in the void of darkness.

In Genesis somewhere between verses 1 and 2 something of a cataclysmic nature and events occurred because that perfect work we read about in Genesis 1:1 became without form, and void! There are untold ages between those two verses, and untold eons of unaccounted time between verses 2 and 3 where the passages of Scripture reveal to us echoes of devastation and extinctions in and of the original creation and its life followed by a reconstruction project of the newer heavens and earth and its new life, which commenced beginning at the first of Genesis with verse 3 - thus we have our title Geneses - the plural of Genesis!

From the first Apostle we further learn that “the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (II Peter 3:5-6). In the following study you will find the why, when, where, and how of the mostly unrealized destruction of the first heavens and earth. From the pen of Peter we find out that there was indeed a past world; it was the first creation of Genesis 1:1, and Peter also tells us what it was that finally destroyed both the heavens and the earth ― water, the former heavens and earth was overflowed with water, {and it} perished! The passages relating to the distinction of the world that then was actually is accentuated throughout the entire Bible. Many writers of the Holy Texts fill in details of these events, commencing with Moses in Genesis chapter one - thus we have our title Geneses - the plural of Genesis!

Peter further advances the narrative in verse 7, “the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store” meaning that there had to have been a first set of heavens and earth and that we live on the second earth and above we view the amphitheater of the second heavens. These were reconstructed rather than recreated as this study will clarify for you. We are informed that the world that then was overflowed with water where in early Genesis 1:6-10 the Creator displaces to the outer firmament the bulk of water that destroyed the first heavens and earth, and reestablishes this present earth (for His man), the very same heavens and the earth, which are now - thus we have our title Geneses - the plural of Genesis!

Only through knowing these eternal truths of the two heavens and earths will we have the correct time and place for all of our paleontological and geological evidence to fit perfectly into both the sciences and the Scriptures. We can well conclude that all the fossils and remains from the antediluvian ages that are unearthed belonged to the world that then was, and as a result, we may remove all the friction caused by modern theories regarding the first and second heavens and earth leading to the misconception that there is only one continuous world - thus we have our title Geneses - the plural of Genesis!

The Apostle advances his readers in II Peter chapter 3 beyond the world that then was and further beyond the heavens and the earth, which are now by informing us in verse 12 that we are to “look for new heavens and a new earth,” bringing his readers’ view to the expected future with a third set of new heavens and a new earth - thus we have our title Geneses - the plural of Genesis! . .”

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