(Genesis 1:1-2) Satan's Rebellion Happened AFTER Day 6
01/24/18 03:48 PM Genesis
In our last study we talked about the Genesis gap theory, a theory that says millions or billions of years of time occurred between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. According to this theory God created the heavens and the earth in Genesis 1:1 and then sometime later they were destroyed because of Satan’s rebellion.
But this theory doesn’t stand the test of scripture. Jesus shuts it down in two verses.
Furthermore, we’re going to disprove the gap theory even more by showing that Satan’s first act of rebellion happened sometime AFTER the first week of creation rather than between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. His rebellion occurred sometime after the entire first chapter of Genesis.
The gap theorists know if we are able to prove Satan rebelled after the 6 Days of Creation that their theory falls apart. And we are able to do that.
EVERYTHING STILL VERY GOOD AT END OF DAY 6
At the end of each day of creation we see the phrase “And God saw that it was good”. After the sixth day God even said that it was “very good”.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
No mention of anything evil at this point, everything God created was good, at least all the way up to the end of the 6th Day.
LIGHT VS. DARKNESS IN CREATION
The only possible wiggle room for anything going bad or not being good up until this point is the mention of darkness being separated from the light in Genesis 1:4. An argument could be made that God calls the light ‘good’ but did not seem to say the same about darkness.
Even so, if darkness somehow represents some evil force on the earth in verse 4 this separation of light and darkness did not occur in a gap between verses 1 & 2, it occurred in verse 4. But before then, there was no distinction, no separation between light and darkness. There was no such thing as light yet. There was only darkness.
So if darkness represents an evil force here on Day 1, and light equals “good”; then evil existed before good. That doesn’t make sense. I don’t see how we can read anything more into the darkness vs. light here on Day 1 other than it simply being descriptive of the process of creation.
Now it is true that light is now used symbolically or metaphorically to represent good, and darkness is used to represent evil.
But we must ask ourselves why. Why are light and darkness now used as symbols of good and evil?
The answer seems simple to me. Light was a creative act. Light was necessary before the rest of the process of creation could continue. Without light, no other life could survive (Plants, animals, humans, etc.).
Darkness represents the unformed material world. The heavens and the earth before it was formed by God.
So darkness is now used as a symbol of evil because evil brings death and destruction to the creation. In a sense it reverses the creative process while light (goodness) sustains life and allows creation to flourish abundantly.
Moreover, this idea of any form of rebellion seems to be shut down by God saying everything He created was ‘very good’ at the end of Day 6. That would include Satan and the angelic hosts because they too are a part of God’s created order. It’s quite likely that Satan and all the angels were created on Day 4 when the hosts of heaven were created.
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So darkness on Day 1 was simply referring to the natural process of creation and was LATER used to represent evil.
SATAN WAS AT FIRST A ‘GOOD GUY’ IN EDEN
In addition to God saying everything was “very good” at the end of Day 6, leaving little to no room for Satan’s rebellion to have occurred anytime beforehand, Satan was at one time a ‘good guy’ in the Garden of Eden.
As it is written:
Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
The earliest possible time for the existence of the Garden of Eden would have been no earlier than Day 3 when vegetation and seeds were created. You can’t have a garden without those! (Genesis 2:8)
How anyone ever came up with Satan rebelling before the existence of the Garden of Eden is beyond me. It’s just not anywhere in scripture. The only way that would work is if we say there was a Garden of Eden before the Garden of Eden. But if we can say that, we can make the Bible mean just about anything we want it to mean.
SERPENT CURSED AFTER DAY 6
The fall of the Serpent in Eden appears to be a parallel account of Satan’s fall described in Ezekiel 28. If that’s the case, then the spiritual seduction of Adam and Eve in the Garden appears to have been the first act of Satan’s rebellion against God. It wasn’t until after the Serpent successfully tempted Eve that He was cursed. That would mean that prior to that incident in the Garden, Satan was blessed and not cursed.
If that’s the case then the fall in the Garden of Eden was an event much more significant than just the fall of Adam, it would also mark the fall of Satan.
Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
LUCIFER THE FALLEN STAR
Isaiah 14:12-13 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Another name for Satan was Lucifer, meaning a ‘bright morning star’. In order for Satan to be named after a star then the stars must have been in existence at the time. And the physical stars in heaven were not even created until the 4th day.
Moreover there are no fallen stars mentioned anywhere during the six days of creation. If there are no fallen stars by the sixth day, then how can there be any fallen angels at this point? The 4th day clearly states that the heavenly order was in tact and everything in heaven was “good” (Genesis 1:16-17).
Of course later on the stars did fall and the heavenly order was disturbed. This rebellion or disruption in heaven is described to us in the great book of Revelation.
Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Satan cast down a third of the heavenly realm, a third of the angels (stars). That’s a massive rebellion! But again, this rebellion could not have taken place on or before the 4th day of Creation. Otherwise God could not say everything He created in heaven on the 4th day was good. He would have been forced to say that it was not “good” like He said during the days of Noah when He said, “The wickedness of man was great in the earth…I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them” (Genesis 6:5,7).
This rebellion had to have taken place sometime after the creation week.
Therefore Satan’s rebellion could not have happened during a supposed ‘gap’ between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. It just doesn’t work. Someone might still be thinking, “What about the phrase ‘Tohu-va-Bohu’ in Genesis 1:2 and Isaiah 45:18? Doesn’t that prove the earth became 'void and without' form instead of being created that way?” Well, we’ll take a close look at that phrase in our next study.
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