The Genesis passage in the bible has always been interpreted with a framework based on current knowledge, politics and world view. Presented here is an interpretation based on the latest scientific findings circa 2015, with minimal political and world view injection.
Interpretation: At the start God (here the plural; meaning the 3 in 1 God) fashioned the heaven (we have to assume it means the matter universe we live in, as the whole Genesis narrative sticks to this, not of Elohim’s house, which is also termed heaven) and the globe called Earth. Take strong note of the fact that Elohim (3 in 1 God) built the matter universe first and then the earth was built. We cannot presume this was done in the same time scale, neither can we assume that Genesis 2 was within the same time scale of creating the universe.
We do know that Moses had studied cosmology when in Egypt and he knew quite a bit of scientific detail about the universe. Egyptians knew about gravitational forces, flight, electricity and even space craft (whether they saw one or whether they saw pictures of them, we do not know). Like all great empires, true high level knowledge was reserved for the elite, so these findings may not have been recorded, or the records are still being passed on amongst the elites of each generation, and the non-elite (ie. the rest of us) are not privy to this information.
Picture of space and air craft on Egyptian Temple wall
Interpretation: Taking a general assumption that the Universe and the ‘Earth’ could have been made a long time before the Genesis 1:2 account, and that this ‘creation’ was made before photons (light) were created, we have to ask the question what was the Universe made from then. The conclusion that the Universe was made before the seven day narrative of the rest of creation is in response to the fact that the seven day creation account does not actually mention the formation of the ‘Universe’, and the Earth was already present, just not in the present solidified state of matter.
Anti-Matter There is speculation that the basic building block of all particles in the Universe is the photon (light), in conjunction with other particles, eg leptons and quarks. Also, new discoveries have suggested that amongst the ‘matter’ that is making up the visible Universe is ‘dark energy, dark matter‘ and ‘anti-matter‘. There is evidence that CERN with its Large Hadron Collider, is releasing and storing anti-matter. A point to remember is that when matter (m) and anti-matter (am) occupy the same space, there is a tremendous explosion (heat or h) and the two particles form light photons (p).
m+am = h+p
So to make matter (m)
In other words matter can be formed when heat and light are infused into anti-matter (am).
As an aside ‘dark energy’ is given as the reason for the increasingly rapid expansion of the Universe, beyond what could be explained by the ‘Big Bang Theory’. At present the prevailing empirical findings are, that in the Universe, free unconjugated anti-matter can only make up a galaxy, not a whole universe. Which means that when the known visible Universe was formed, most of the anti-matter was conjugated with possibly ?LIGHT photons to make up matter.
Firstly, the Genesis account’s emphasis is on the Earth and its formation, with a particular focus on the plan for Humankind. So it makes sense to look at the formation of the Universe solely to fit this plan, ie the egg (the Earth) was created after the chicken (the universe WITHOUT the planets and stars) which was made for the purpose of ensuring that the plan for the egg was in motion.
Before light there was darkness. Of this we can be sure since Genesis 1:4 says that the light was DIVIDED (or separated) from the darkness, which means that there was darkness as a THING before light was created. This is proof that there was a universe BEFORE Genesis 1:2, but it consisted of ‘darkness’. A Dark universe, what could that be? In this dark (devoid of ‘light’, but certainly not devoid of energy) universe there existed a structure that would eventually become Earth, but it had not been formed from matter yet, since photonic light had not been created yet (to make matter you need photons of light).
Genesis 1:2 And the earth (non-matter earth) was without form (there was no matter as we know it), and void (a wasteland); and darkness (secret place) was upon the face (in front) of the deep (the abyss).
So, before Genesis 1:2, something happened, and we are not sure over what time scale this occurred. Reviewing our findings so far, we can make an educated guess that in the beginning, Elohim created the universe from anti-matter and also made the foundations of what we would call in future, Earth, but made of anti-matter particles. This may have lasted thousands, millions or billions of our earth years. This information is inferred.
This verse is further proof that matter itself (which can be seen or noticed, sometimes with the need for tools to do so), was made of things that did not seem to be existing, but provide certain clues of their existence, eg. anti-matter. Remember that once light was introduced to this theoretical anti-matter universe, most of the anti-matter integrated with light to form matter, with an influx of energy into this resultant amalgam. There exists a disparity in that there is still some antimatter left in the universe, and particle physicists do not have a clue why this is so. But it also alludes to the fact that there must have been a structure of things within this theoretical anti-matter universe. This could have been what we term dark matter, a framework which renders the matter and anti-matter universes a structure.
In conclusion, this passage describes a matter universe that we live in now formed by the introduction of light to the anti-matter universe (darkness), held in a frame made up of dark (unknown or unseen) matter, and with some remnant pockets of anti-matter around the place.
The deep mentioned ins Genesis 1:2 can be translated as the abyss, whose King is Abaddon, or Appolyon to the Greeks. The abyss is presently nominated by Jehovah as the dwelling place of demons, which are the spirits of the dead Giants (or Nephilim) of Genesis 6:4. Could this abyss be directly connected to the anti-matter rich darkness upon which the Holy Spirit was brooding?
It is interesting that the Spirit of God made the Earth as Elohim’s focus, hovering (or we could use the word shaking or vibrating since these words confer a deposition of energy, possibly electromagnetic, since all particles and waves behave in a vibrational manner, nothing is still) over it. What is the meaning of waters? It may not actually mean H20. An alternate translation is ‘violence’. This could be the result of Satan’s chaotic nature over the anti-matter Earth. Remember that light had not entered the universe yet and the Spirit of the Living God was preparing the way for the Word (Yeshua) to perform his work of creation.
Note that Lucifer and the other angels (sons of God, or people directly from Elohim) had not rebelled yet when the Universe and the Earth was being made. Chances are the rebellion started prior to light entering the Universe in Genesis 1:4.
The Earth was created to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), and was inhabited before the flood of Genesis 1:2 and the work of the six days of Adam’s time (Genesis 1:3-2:25; Isaiah 14:12-14; Jeremiah 4:23-26; Ezekiel 28:11-17; 2 Peter 3:5-7).
So at that time there was some sort of universe and some sort of earth that did not know the meaning of light yet. Could this be a purely anti-matter universe with the framework of dark matter all ready for the action of creation of matter?
This interesting passage talks about the earth before the Genesis 1:3 account of the influx of light photons. Again it talks about a desolate land when humans had not been created yet (Jer 4:25). This desolation was caused by Jehovah. It HAD been fruitful and had cities, and some sort of flying animal (winged dragons?), but no more. Now the mountains were shaking, probably like volcanoes. Remember, the thing called light had not been brought into this universe yet. Thus there was no Sun and no Moon to ‘light’ up the earth, a true dimension of darkness.
Was the anti-matter earth Lucifer’s playground, where he and his tribe of angels built cities? Was there a type of anti-matter bird? Were there fruit trees? Could it be that these angels used the anti-matter earth to practice their limited skills of creation? Before debunking these rather esoteric ideas it would behove one to examine the capabilities of Lucifer before his rebellion.
This passage, although referencing the king of Tyrus, seems more logically explained as a description of Lucifer, since the king of Tyrus never set foot on heaven’s ground. Just like the King of Tyrus, Satan’s self delusion was the cause of his downfall.
‘Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.’ This description of Lucifer makes a strong case towards its ability to form basic living things. Lucifer may have tried its hand at creation to prove its claim to the throne of Jehovah. For that matter, the ‘birds’ referenced in Jeremiah 4:25 could have been a creation of Jehovah. In any case, there seems to have been some sort of creative environment on the anti-matter earth. The wrath of Jehovah could have been shortly after the fall of Lucifer, which places the angelic fall before Genesis 1:2, in the anti-matter world. These interpretations are all highly speculative, but seems to fit the Genesis story in a more logical manner than other interpretations.
A conclusive statement, based on what we have discussed so far, could be as follows:The anti-matter Earth was a mess of destruction, and Lucifer and his minions inhabited the area in front of the abyss. And the Spirit of God moved upon the front of the violent areas. Then the Light of the World swooped in and converted (or removed almost all of) the darkness in to the Universe. Colossians 1:16-17
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