This is a message that has been revealed to me from the word of God
regarding the account of the creation in Genesis.
1 In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the Earth.
2 The Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the
deep. And the Spirit of G-d was hovering over the face of the waters.
It was brought to my attention some time ago, that the original Hebrew word
"hayah" had been translated to "was" (after
"Earth" in v.2). Strong's indicates that "hayah" means
"to become" or "to come to pass". the 2nd "was"
after "God", had no original Hebrew and was added for clarity.
For a moment, check out Isaiah 45:18
18 For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the
earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in
vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: "I am the LORD, and there is no
I wish to draw attention first, to the translated word, "vain". the
original Hebrew word is "tohuw", described in Strong's as,
"empty, formless and chaos". the original Hebrew word "kuwn",
translated "established", is described by Strong's as, "to be set
up, stable, having order".
So here we plainly see that God created the heavens and The Earth, not formless
and in chaos, but set them up with stability, structure and in order. We can now
be so bold at this point to say that God created the heavens and the Earth in
"perfection", as he created the first humans we have
come to know as Adam and Eve. Here it seems necessary to point out that
throughout the Bible, we are taught that God doesn't create things in a state of
imperfection - when things become "imperfect", there is always another
being at work, making this happen (ie: man, satan, fallen angels, etc...).
So, in going back to Genesis with this precept, we can now better understand the
first two verses of the Bible. In verse 2, the original Hebrew for "without
form" is the same word, "tohuw" found in Isaiah 45:18. the
original Hebrew for "void" is "bohuw", meaning "empty
waste" or "emptiness". If the original creation was being
described in verse 2, the statements in Genesis and Isaiah would be
contradictory, which is not an applicable possibility for the word
Now having the knowledge that the word "was", or "hayah"
in verse 2 means "to become", the seeming contradiction becomes
harmonious. so, a better explanatory translation would have been:
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth in perfection.
2 The earth had become without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of
the deep. And the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.
The next question one might ask is, "how long did it take for the earth to
become "tohew" & "bohew" (formless
& void), and why or how did this happen?" Well, here is a conundrum
that I can only speculate about the possibilities:
Why/How? We are told that a great war broke out in heaven. We know the kind of
devastation that our human race can inflict, and often has inflicted on our
planet through our wars. Since the spiritual world seems to often interact with
the physical world, imagine the kind of impact a war of this nature could have
on the entire creation. Could a war of this magnitude render the physical
creation formless and void?
How long? What is time to the creator, God? We are given examples in the Bible
that one day to God is as 1000 to man. This could be literal, or could be given
to give us a rough idea of the scope of how much bigger God is than time itself.
Perhaps it was the war in heaven itself that somehow began the process of some
different kind of "Big Bang Theory", sending random particles of
matter outward from a single point of origin, as many scientists suggest. Recent
scientific discoveries reveal there are some stars out there that seem to be
older than what they have estimated the age of the universe to be! Perhaps these
stars were in place before that great war?
Note: It would be interesting if the number of stars that appeared
older than the universe was two thirds larger than the number of stars that
appear to be expanding (... hummm), and how about the dinosaurs and
early humanoids? could all of this not have happened perhaps during the
millions of years between the time the great war broke out and the time that
God said, "Let there be light" in verse 3? And perhaps it wasn't
until then that He decided to create man in the image of God, or "Elohiym".
At this point in time it seems we can't know for sure, but after doing a bit of
word research, we can plainly see that some kind of time went by between Genesis
verse 1 and verse 2, and that the earth in verse 1 is not
described the same in verse 2.
Understanding this, we had might as well call what happens onward from verse 3,
"The Re-creation", instead of lumping this into what most Bible
students call the "Creation".