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Heaven or Heavens?

May 10, 2019

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, Genesis 1:1.

 

 

       I know of no other no other verse that all other English versions unanimously correct other than Genesis 1:1.  Even the New King James Bible adds an "s" to make it read "heavens" instead of heaven.  This should instantly make us wonder why the devil hates Genesis 1:1 as it is written in our King James Bible.  I can think of no other verse which suffers such universal contempt.  Why does the devil want to hide the fact that only one heaven is created in Genesis 1:1?

        All of the other bibles perfectly uphold the standard understanding of creation.  They will uphold the Gap theory or they will uphold the common fundamental teaching about the first 7 days of creation.  The Gap Theory was created because no sensible person can fit Ezekiel 28 into the standard views on creation if Genesis 1:1 is speaking about the original creation of three heavens.  Therefore they construct a Gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 out of whole cloth. 

       There is no Gap.  Neither is Genesis 1:1 the creation of all three heavens.  It is the creation of one heaven and that is described in the next 7 verses without gap or interruption.  It is describing the creation of our atmosphere.  In the beginning, God created our earth as we know it today and our atmosphere which he called heaven.  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day, Genesis 1:8.       

       To understand that and to escape preconceptions, we need to look at the term "the beginning". It's the beginning of what?  Is it the first beginning?  Is the beginning of Genesis 1:1 older than the beginning mentioned in John 1:1? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  Is that beginning older than Proverbs 8:22-24? The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. Pro 8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth.

     Of course it is not.  The beginning described in John 1:1 is the oldest beginning in the bible.  The beginning described in Proverbs 8 ranks with it.  If we were to make a timeline of biblically described events, there are hundreds of verses that would need to be placed before Genesis 1:1.  The beginning of Genesis 1:1 is the beginning of Moses's story.  It is not the first chronological event in the bible.  It's not even close. 

    The entire pageant of the devil's creation, rule and eventual fall happen before Genesis 1:1.  Job 38 4-7 should give us enough proof that the angels already existed when the foundations of the earth were laid.  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  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; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

     The easy way for the devil to hide the truth of his fall is to start by correcting Genesis 1:1, which is the simplest and most universal correction in a King James Bible.  It is done simply by adding his initial.  Even King James Bible believers often quote the verse wrong.  God's heaven and the second heaven (outer space) had existed for a very long time before Genesis 1:1.  That is why Genesis 2:1 says, Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  With the completion of the atmosphere, all three heavens were set. Finally, all three heavens are where they need to be to fulfill God's plan.  

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