Pamphlet #6203 Genesis KC 1-4
God created the earth, a beautiful home, for His children.
He created it perfect, as He always does with everything He creates, and He created it to be inhabited.
Listen to Him:
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: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
It is the Creator God of Genesis 1:1.
This is extremely important because He says that He did
not create the earth in "vain",
but He formed it to be inhabited, and it was habitable.
The word "vain" used here is the Hebrew word "tohu"
and it means desolation, utter waste.
God did not create the earth as a desolation, a wasteland.
We just documented it.
Do you believe it?
It certainly makes sense, for even man doesn't create things "tohu".
Now let us return to Genesis 1 and read verse 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.
We have a big problem.
We just read in Gen 1:1 that God created the heaven and
and now it says that the earth was without "form" and void,
which is the exact same word, "tohu", used in Isa. 45:18.
In fact the phrase "tohu va bohu", without form and void,
means totally and utterly desolate and wasted.
Look it up in Strong's concordance.
Remember, don't take man's word for it, document it!
The apparent contradiction (of
which there is none, and there never is)
lies in the improper translation of the verb "to be"
which is translated "was" in verse two, instead of "became".
It is exactly the same word translated "became" in Gen. 2:7"and man 'became' a living soul".
Caution to students of God's Word - Please remember two things when using our studies: #1. Our commentary is not God's Word. It is only our interpretation or understanding of "His Word" and even though we try our best to be accurate we may or may not be correct. #2. The King James translation, or any other translation, of the original Hebrew text has some words which were given different translations at different places probably because of the interpreters preconceived ideas of what they think God meant to say. For example: According to the notes in the "Dake's Annotated Reference Bible" the Hebrew word hayah in the KJV is Trans. (became) 67 times, (becamest or came to pass) 505 times, (become) 66 times, and (come to pass) 131 times, but for some reason in Genesis 1:2 it is translated (was)! That sure changes the way a person perceives the original creation of the earth, doesn't it? Gen. 1:2 And the earth was (became) without form, ... Having said that, let us continue with our "Key Knowledge" lessons. These are pamphlets containing knowledge, we believe, you must have to fully and accurately unlock and understand the Word of God.
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You will also find that some translations have it correct.
In fact, if you have access to
an NIV translation,
you will note that they suggest "or became" in place of "was".
Therefore, Isa. 45:18 is correct.
God created the earth beautiful and perfect, to be inhabited.
That could have been millions or billions or trillions of years ago.
But then, in verse two, something must have happened because the earth became "tohu va bohu".
The beautiful earth that our Father made to be inhabited was destroyed.
And guess what?
can see evidence of it everywhere, in the geological layers of the earth's
in the fossils pressed between the rocks, in the bones of the dinosaurs,
in the tilt of the earth's axis, etc., etc., etc.
So was there a "Lost City of Atlantis"?
Was there a "Lost World", a "World That Then Was"?
Bible gives us the answers in detail!
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