Is the earth only 6,000 years old as many Christians have been led to believe by 'willingly ignorant' ministers and teachers of God's word?
Does the Bible conflict with true science and contradict the evidences found in the geological layers of the earth?
Of course not.
God is the creator of true "science" and the author of His "Word".
The two are in complete harmony and the Bible provides a complete answer to all the cavils of geologists!
And we will now learn some of that harmony from a PhD in Geo-Physics and the Biological Sciences.
We'll learn it from a Big Old Lovable Fisherman with more common sense than most Harvard grads.
It reminds you of Paul's words in 1 Cor. 1:26:
1 Cor. 1:26
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But to our Father they are wise, mighty and noble indeed!
We are blessed with one them in Simon Bar Jona.
Here he is.
2 Peter 3:1
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
Therefore a foundation in the Oracles of God, a database of knowledge from which to draw memory, is necessary to understand the Big Fisherman's letter.
Those of the world willingly don't study God's Word, so how could they possibly know what Peter is talking about?
 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
Again, Peter wants us to remember the words of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
"But know this first", he says:
Scoffers and mockers wear many different hats. Some even claim to be Christian but you can always find them fishing out of the left side of the boat... Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2 Pet. 3:4
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
The comparison is always made to the turn of last millennium whereby they are eager to point out that many of the same predictions were made then.
And of course they never came to pass, silly Christians, for "all things continue as they were from the beginning", they say.
But here is their problem:
 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
"In the beginning", when God created this beautiful earth it was NOT created under the water, but it was created and stood OUT OF THE WATER.
This verse refers to Genesis 1:1 as we shall see.
But then something happened:
 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
So read, "Which means that the world which stood out of the water became overflowed with water, and perished."
Remember that Peter is just reminding us about this?
Remember he told us in verse 2 that the prophets of old already declared this stuff.
So let's go back and see what they had to say.
Let's begin at the beginning with the prophet Moses.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
It is simple, plain talk, like the rest of the Bible and our Father purposely placed here as "the gateway" for the entrance to His Word.
And think of the incredible thoughtfulness of it's message!
For if one can't get past the "stupidity" of evolution in believing that complexity and order can just happen from "Big Bang Explosions" and slimy organic soup, then one needs to go no further in the Book!
So look around the room where you are sitting and point to just one thing that wasn't MADE!
You can't do it!
Now if you can go outside and point to a car and say "this was made" and then point to a horse and say "this wasn't made, it evolved", and then point to the flowers and the trees and the birds and all of nature and say this wasn't made by someone, then you need go no further in your Father's Word until you can obtain some common sense.
Show me an almost bird!
Show me apes evolving into men today!
Did evolution all of a sudden stop?
There's no almost anything either today or in the fossil records.
Get a life!
Call me when you grow up!
Now, the other amazing thing about Genesis 1:1 is that this is about as far as most people can get in the Bible before mistranslations cause them to misinterpret God's Word and they begin to stumble and fall at verse 2.
And believe it or not, the majority of Christianity stumbles at Gen. 1:2.
Before we read Gen. 1:2, let's go to the prophet Isaiah and read some details about the creation of heaven and earth in Genesis 1:1, expressed by the Creator God Himself.
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 which we just read.
Here we see that God says He "established" the earth, i.e. perfectly fashioned it.
He made it Himself and created it TO BE INHABITED!
AND, one thing is for sure!
Whatever "in vain" is, He DID NOT create it that way!
Read it again: "He created it not in vain."
So let's see what "in vain" means.
The Hebrew word is tohu.
tohuw, to'-hoo, Hebrew 8414; from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figurative a worthless thing; adverbial in vain :- confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.
Now let's return to Genesis 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.
Now wait a minute!
Isaiah said that He did not create it tohu, and here in Genesis 1:2 Doesn't Moses says He did!
The answer lies in the simple fact that the word "was" in Genesis 1:2 is the Hebrew word hayah, and should be rendered "became" as it is in Genesis 2:7, "and man became a living soul".
Even the NIV translation makes reference to "was" meaning "became".
In fact, when you add the word "void" in verse 2, which in Hebrew is bohu and means "an undistinguishable ruin", you get tohu va bohu which means total utter DESTRUCTION, which is something that must happen, i.e. "become".
So God said through His servant Isaiah, He didn't create it tohu, so somehow it "became" tohu va bohu.
We're going to read how that happened in just a moment.
But first let's look at another account of the creation of the world in the beginning, before it became tohu.
This is God talking to Job, a type of God's elect:
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
"All that they said is bunk, Job!", said the Lord in 38:1 - 7
Now pay attention and answer me this.", said the Lord.
 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
And so were you and I!
 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
How did He do that?
Is there such a thing as a "Space Hook?"
 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
It was created expressly for them/us!
And when He was done creating it, everyone, that includes you and me, sang and jumped and shouted for joy, for it was one beautiful masterpiece!
Again, if you know anything about the Hebrew language at all, then you know that no one sings for joy at tohu va bohu, for it is utter waste and destruction.
They would cry boohoo waa boohoo, for it would be ALL GONE!
Let's now go to the prophet Jeremiah and see what scoffers are so willingly ignorant of.
The context of what God is about to say is that if you think "all things continue as from the beginning of creation" and that He will not bring forth correction and a new earth age, then you are "stupid" indeed!
You are willingly ignorant of the destruction of the old earth age, the "world that then was" which Peter spoke of!
In other words, He did it before!
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
They have no knowledge of His Word.
 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
There was NO LIGHT!
 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
Obviously there was a creation before the earth became "without form and void", wasn't there?
And don't let anyone try to tell you this was Noah's flood.
Because the earth never became tohu va bohu at Noah's flood because there were birds and at least 8 men alive then.
And there was light also.
 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.
And notice there were cities in the world that then was?
A lost city of Atlantis?
 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
He simply wiped out the "world [age] that then was" and covered it with water, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and "being overflowed with water, perished" (2 Pet. 3:6).
He literally knocked it off its axis, which is why true north and magnetic north are out of sync and the earth wobbles and produces a jet stream and storms, etc.
And now the question: Why did He do it?
The answer in part was given in Jer. 4:26, "by His fierce anger"!
You see, Satan rebelled in the "world that then was" and drew 1/3 of the sons of God away from Him (Rev. 12:4).
Our Father was not too happy about that and He judged and sentenced Satan to die, which sentence has not been executed yet.
Read all of Ezekiel chapter 28 concerning Satan and his rebellion.
But because of His love for His children, our Father chose not to hold judgment for the other children who defected and sentence them to die also.
He rather destroyed the earth age that then was and instituted a plan to "restore His children to Him", to save them from the fate they deserve, which is eternal death.
We call His loving plan "The Plan of Salvation", the salvaging of the sons of God.
Then too, there were those who stood against Satan in that first earth age and were justified and chosen to be used by our Father in this present earth age to help bring about the plan of God.They are called God's elect.
And so it is easy to understand what the apostle Paul meant in Ephes. 1:4 when he says concerning God's elect:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
God's elect were chosen before Genesis 1:2 occurred.
 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Consider for example the following verse concerning Jeremiah:
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Our Father knows all of His children before He sends them through the womb of woman to be born innocent, i.e. without prior knowledge of the 1st earth age, that they might have an opportunity to be saved.
Now you know why God told flesh man, male and female, to go "replenish" the earth.
It had been populated [plenished] before, though man was not flesh during that earth age.
Now you know why God is able to say in Romans 9:13, "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated", even before they were born!
Esau was obviously disrespectful in the first earth age.
Isn't this exciting information?
Next see the Big Fisherman is going to talk about the "present" earth age and the "future" earth age to come. Pamphlet #5120
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 earth ages!
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We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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