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The Beginning of the Earth:


           " Arawat "

Genesis 1:1 In-The-Beginning created the gods, the heavens, and the earth.
This seems to be an unusual interpretation of the first sentence of scripture. But it does make sense. Many people have wondered where the malaks (angels) came from, and if they were created, and if so, when. Well, here is the answer! Yes, they were created by YHWH before He created the rest of the universe. Malaks, angels, gods, elohim, spirits, ghosts, demons, aliens-from-another-planet -- all the same thing. If you look up Hebrew word 430 it is elohim, which is plural of god, and it means: gods. One other definition given is: angels. YHWH created the gods, including Lucifer, and He used them as tools and helpers to create the universe.

Here, In-The-Beginning becomes a name or title of the Creator of the universe. And yes, there is precedent for this interpretation. The Latin Vulgate is one of the first translations of the scripture, ever. It is closer in time to the real events than all of the modern versions. And it says: The Principle. It refers to a being, not a time.

The Hebrew comes to us without punctuation marks. So it is easy for men to interpret this verse the way they want to. But it does literally say: "in the beginning created elohim the heaven the earth". I added the commas to the versions below.

It seems as if christian translators always look at the earlier translations and make theirs go along with the flow. Which means, they are obeying the traditions of men. So they assume that 'created' and 'elohim' need to be reversed, and then they put in the punctuation which provides the meaning they want. This is especially true of the English versions, as you will see below. But these assumptions are the traditions of men. Who's to say if the pronunciation marks are supposed to be slightly different?

Anyway, even in the versions shown below there is the assumption that the Semetic word 'elohim' means: God (note the capitol, designating the Supreme Being). It actually means: gods (note the lack of a capitol and the plural, designating many beings, all lesser than the Supreme Being).

Hebrew: Genesis 1:1 Bereshith bara Elohim eth hashshamayim veeth haarets. (BUr'aShYTh BUr'a 'aLHYM 'aTh HShMYM V'aTh H'aUrTSh.) [In The Beginning created elohim, the heaven, and the earth.]

Latin Vulgate: Genesis 1:1 in principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. [The principle created gods, heaven, and earth.]

RVR (Spanish): Genesis 1:1: En el principio creo Dios los cielos y la tierra. [The principle created gods, the heaven, and the earth.]

BLA La Biblia de las Americas (Spanish): Genesis 1:1 En el principio creo Dios los cielos y la tierra. [The principle created gods, heaven, and the earth.]

ELB Elberfelder 1905 (German): Genesis 1:1 Im Anfang schuf Gott die Himmel und die Erde. [In the beginning created gods, the heavens, and the earth]

LUT Luther Bible 1912 (German): Genesis 1:1 Am Anfang schuf Gott Himmel und Erde. [At the beginning created gods, heavens, and earth]

SVV Statenvertaling (Dutch): Genesis 1:1 In den beginne schiep God den hemel en de aarde. [In the beginning created God, the heaven, and the earth.]

Why can't people accept the literal words of the scripture? Because it does not say what they want it to say. Our version of Genesis begins like this in Hebrew and English:

Bereshith bara Elohim et Ha'Shamaim v'et Ha'Aretz == In the beginning created Gods, the Heaven, and the Earth.

But this starts the scriptures off with the second letter of the alphabet, beta, which also means the number 'two'. Shouldn't the scriptures start with an aleph (alpha), which means 'beginning', and is also the number 'one'? In his book "Divine Encounters", Zecharia Sitchin suggested that if we replace the seemingly missing aleph (one) character at the beginning, we would get:

Ab-reshit bara Elohim, et Ha'Shamaim, v'et Ha'Aretz == The Father-of-Beginning created the Elohim, the Heavens, and the Earth.

Sure, many languages operate in a verb/noun format, while English operates in a noun/verb format. "Said Bob something", or, "Bob said something". But that does not mean that we have to automatically change "In the beginning created elohim heaven and earth", into, "In the beginning elohim created heaven and earth". Perhaps "In the beginning created" is a noun/verb format? Genesis is given to us in a chronological order, even though it is a collection of documents which Moshe edited into one book. It makes sense then that the very first thing to exist should therefore be the very first word, thus forcing the noun/verb format into that sentence.

You can't have anything before YHWH, therefore He 'IS' "In-The-Beginning", and after that He created things (gods, heaven, earth). YHWH was the first being, uttered the first words, nothing was there before Him; you can't start the scripture before Him.

We know in Exodus 3:14 YHWH gave his name as: AHYH [Ahayah]. This does begin with an Aleph. We know the Sumerians called him: An (some: Anu). This also starts with the first letter.

In the beginning was YHWH.
In the beginning was YHWH and nothing and no one else.
In the beginning is YHWH.
YHWH created the gods, the universe, the earth, and everything in them.
The Israelites say YHWH means: Was, Is, Will Be. This is short for: He who was alone in the beginning, who is now, and who will be alone at the end of all things.

Genesis 1:1 He who was alone in the beginning [Was, Is, Will Be] created the gods [elohim], the heavens [universe], and the earth.

Secrets Of Enoch 20:3 On the tenth heaven is Yah, in the Hebrew tongue he is called Arawat [Father Of Creation]


           " In The Beginning ... "

Genesis 1:1 He who was alone in the beginning [Was, Is, Will Be] created the gods [elohim], the heavens [universe], and the earth.

Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, void; and darkness upon the face of the deep. The Spirit of Yahweh moved upon the face of the waters.
There is a popular christian cosmological model called the Gap Theory, which insists there were millions or billions of years between these two verses. That is when Satan was created and sinned, and all the trilobites and dinosaurs lived and died, all the fossils were made, etc. Then the universe died because of the sins of the gods. Verse two is when Yahweh supposedly "re-created" the universe, in six literal days. I don't believe this model for many reasons, some given below. But I do think there is possibly room for a gap of sorts, as I'll describe. This is not a "belief" of mine, only an admittance of something that "could have been". And I only make this speculation to attempt an explanation of the universe I see around me, which appears to be very old.

When I read the first two verses literally, there does seem to be room for an extra amount of time. They just don't necessarily sound like consecutive events. They would be consecutive from the viewpoint of the Earth, yes, but, perhaps there is a "gap" there. The phrase "In the beginning" sounds sort of like something which happened well before the beginning of the six days of creation of all that is on the earth.

There is no time frame given for these two verses. The only time frame in the scriptures is relative to the Earth. Since the evenings and the mornings of the six-day creation were the "first" day, then the "second" day and so forth, this seems to rule out the Gap Theory, as the Gap requires millions of days. The idea that all the dinosaurs etc lived and died 'in the beginning' doesn't pan out, because they would've needed days on earth, and the light was not created till the first day of the six-day week. But, it could be that the universe was constructed over millions of years while the earth was in the dark, like in a solar nebula. Modern astronomers have many pictures of dense dust clouds which hide stars which are said to be "forming". The sun and the Earth could have been in one of these clouds, while the rest of the universe was created.

The first creation day could possibly have been many years long if timed according to some other reference, but the rest of the creation days were normal earth days. Earth could have rotated and revolved many times during "the beginning", but, as it was dark, there were no days. "In the beginning" could have been a very, very long night on Earth, followed by 12 hours of sunlight, the first day. This possibility is that Heaven could have been created first, long before the Earth. The universe could be trillions of years old - perhaps Yahweh and the gods (malaks) lived there and explored it the whole time. But the story is given relative to the Earth.

This model could give plenty of time for the universe to reach it's observed state. We currently see galaxies in the sky which appear to be interacting on very large time scales. And light from these galaxies takes a long time to reach us. The moon is covered in craters. All this could be explained by the fact that no time frame is given between the first two verses. It could very well be that the universe IS very old, and that Lucifer, etc, were roaming the universe before the light first shined on the earth.

Another distinct possibility is that everyone is trying to read way too much into these two verses! There does not HAVE to be any time between them. But the experts say there is a time period between 1:1 and 1:2, and again between 1:2 and 1:3. This is based on the idea that each of the six days of creation begin with: And Yahweh said. And end with: And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Apparently, something had already been created BEFORE the 6-day creation story of Genesis 1:3. Earth was created, though without form. And the whole universe was created.

Okay, so the first thing you want to realize about these six literal days of creation, is that the heavens and the Earth apparently existed PRIOR to the stated "six days of creation". Yet, Exodus 20:11 says Yahweh created the Earth, the heavens, and all that is in them in six days. Those six days are relative to the Earth, so it is not inconsistent. There could be some distant planet where zillions of days had passed, but on earth it was still the first night.
Gen 1:3 Yahweh said: Let there be light. And there was light.

Gen 1:4 Yahweh saw the light, that [it was] good, and Yahweh divided the light from the darkness.

Gen 1:5 Yahweh called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. The evening and the morning were the first day.
Apparently this was the moment when the sun started to make light, in my speculative model. Once the sun started to burn, it would've begun to blow away the nebula it was encased in. As the solar nebula thinned, there would have been enough light on Earth to make a day, although the sun itself could not be seen through the cloud (always from the perspective of the Earth).

This was the first day on Earth. The first time light shined on the planet. There was not millions or billions of other days previous, as the 'gap theory' requires. Notice that the evening comes before the day, night before the light. This is always so. Some people seem to think darkness is a 'thing'. But in reality, darkness is 'nothing', it is the absence of light (just as 'cold' is nothing but the absence of 'heat'). Light is not the absence of darkness, light is something which must be produced. First you have nothing (darkness), then you add the light. Without light you have nothing. That is why the scriptural day starts and ends when the stars come out at dusk, not at midnight. So the first day could have had millions or gazillions of hours of night, then 12 hours of day. Until the light shined on the Earth, the time measurement of 'days' does not start.

Those who believe Jesus is the human incarnation of the God often claim this "light" in verse 3 is the creation of "the Light of the world", the Christ, the beginning of the creation of God. They say verses 1-2 are just a preview of what is to come. They say each day of creation begins with the words: "God said".

Sure, it is convenient to think of this light as the Messiyah, the light of the world. The first of the creation of Yahweh. But see that the darkness already existed first, and the light had to be separated from it. That reminds me of verse 2 where the darkness already existed. No universe, no darkness. First you have darkness, then you add in the light. Yahweh called the light Day --- Yahweh did not call it his son. He said day and night, one day.

I think verses 1-2 are not an introduction or preview of the story that is to come, especially as they do not describe the future in any way. I think verses 1-5 are consecutive and chronological events, just as they claim to be when I read it literal. It looks like to me the first day of creation begins with verse 1, not in verse 3. The original language did not contain verse numbers (or even capitols, commas, or periods). When I read it without the verse numbers it sounds like consecutive events. I don't see any reason to think otherwise. Everything flows smoothly, one thing at a time. Here, try it:
Genesis: Yahweh created the gods, the heavens, and the earth. The earth was waste and void, darkness was upon the face of the deep. The Spirit of Yahweh moved upon the face of the waters. Yahweh said: Let there be light. And there was light. Yahweh saw the light, that it was good. Yahweh divided the light from the darkness. Yahweh called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. There was evening and there was morning, one day. Yahweh said: Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters....
First, Yahweh exists. Then Yahweh does something, He creates gods. Easy, Shiloh (the Word) is the first of the elohim created in verse one. Perhaps Lucifer was the second, we are not told. Then they help Yahweh create the universe. The earth was just another rock flying around, and it already had water on its surface. We don't know how much time elapsed, but at some point in time Yahweh decided to make a light shine onto the earth. That is when the days begin to count. Yahweh called the light "day", He did not call it His son. On the second day Yahweh separates the waters which came from verse two. This is still consecutive, otherwise, where did the waters come from? Everything flows literally and smoothly from the first word onwards. Each sentence relies on the previous sentences.
Gen 1:6 Yahweh said: Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Gen 1:7 Yahweh made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament; and it was so.

Gen 1:8 Yahweh called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
I understand this to be a normal 24-hour earth day. Once the light starts to shine, the Earth keeps rotating, so night and day are both 12 hours long (at the equator). After the first day, all of the days are 24-hour days, one rotation of the planet. This firmament seems to be the sky, or atmosphere, above the Earth and Sea. "Firmament" can be a word for heat, as it is heat which causes water to evaporate into the air. The story is relative to the Earth, so "waters above" sounds like a water-vapor canopy through which the stars are visible.

Many biblical scholars say there are three heavens. The first heaven is our atmosphere, the second heaven is outer space, and the third is the realm where Yahweh lives (which is outside our four dimensions of space and time). In some scriptures the firmament is our atmosphere holding up the water vapor above the Earth, like I talk about on my creation page. The second firmament is outer space, which is separated from the third heaven by yet another "waters", this one apparently frozen, not vapor. Scripture provides good reasons for believing in these three heavens.
Gen 1:9 Yahweh said: Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together to one place, and let the dry [land] appear. And it was so.

Gen 1:10 Yahweh called the dry [land]: Earth. The gathering together of the waters He called: Seas. And Yahweh saw that [it was] good.

Gen 1:11 Yahweh said: Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth. And it was so.

Gen 1:12 The earth brought forth grass, herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind. And Yahweh saw that [it was] good.

Gen 1:13 The evening and the morning were the third day.
First the dry land was created. This account seems to indicate that there was a single, very large continent. This would be surrounded by the ocean, and maybe there were some large intrusions of water into, or, on the continent, similar to the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea of today. Then foliage was grown on the dry land, to feed the animals which were yet to be created.

There is another popular christian model which says that each "day" of creation lasted thousands of years, in order for the stuff to evolve and die, called the "day-age theory". I don't agree with this model either, but I can overcome one of the problems often used to discredit the model. That is the idea that grass needs sunlight to grow, and the sun was not 'created' till the next day-age. Well, on day four Yahweh does not "create" the sun, moon, and stars. He "makes" them. The light had been reaching Earth since day one, so, apparently, the sun and stars had already been created. Nowadays, on a cloudy day there is still enough light from the sun to make grass and trees grow. It is interesting to read this in the original Hebrew. In Hebrew we have the word 'bara' which means 'to create', and the word 'asah' which means 'to do' or 'to make'. Also you will see in Gen 2:3 there is a distinction between "created and made".
Gen 1:14 Yahweh said: Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night. Let them be for signs, for seasons, for days, and years.

Gen 1:15 Let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. And it was so.

Gen 1:16 Yahweh made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. The stars also.

Gen 1:17 Yahweh set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

Gen 1:18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And Yahweh saw that [it was] good.

Gen 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
If it is true that the sun was the source of light on day one, then here He thinned the nebula enough to reveal the sun and moon and stars. Perhaps He physically blew the nebula away, as a child blows the seeds off of a dandelion. Notice here that the word is: made. Not: create. This is a different word, and might just as well mean: uncover. Or: expose to view. The sun and moon and stars apparently existed already, as the sun was apparently the source of the light on the first day, and every day thereafter. But for the first few days, anyone on the Earth could not see the sun because it was hidden behind the solar nebula. Only the 'light' of the sun was able to reach Earth, not its image.
Gen 1:20 Yahweh said: Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Gen 1:21 Yahweh created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind. And Yahweh saw that [it was] good.

Gen 1:22 Yahweh blessed them, saying: Be fruitful, multiply, fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

Gen 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Gen 1:24 Yahweh said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind. And it was so.

Gen 1:25 Yahweh made the beast of the earth after his kind, cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the earth after his kind. And Yahweh saw that [it was] good.

Gen 1:26 Yahweh said: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

Gen 1:27 So Yahweh created man in his image, in the image of Yahweh He created him. Male and female He created them.

Gen 1:28 Yahweh blessed them, and Yahweh said to them: Be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

Gen 1:29 Yahweh said: Behold, I give you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to you it is for meat.

Gen 1:30 To every beast of the earth, to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creeps upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I give] every green herb for meat. And it was so.

Gen 1:31 Yahweh saw every thing He made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
On the sixth literal day, Yahweh created all the land animals. This includes dinosaurs and humans. Then, when Yahweh was finished creating the universe, he looked on his creation and declared that everything was: very good. Apparently Lucifer was created by this time, as creation was finished, and apparently he had not yet sinned, as everything was: very good. It appears Lucifer was not yet Satan, and iniquity was not found in him till the Garden of Eden incident. Only after that was he cursed. For example, was Satan already the "God of this world" (II Corinthians 4:5) when Yahweh gave Adam dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28)? Adam had a choice, and he chose to follow Satan instead of being the leader.
Gen 2:2 On the seventh day Yahweh ended his work which He made. He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He made.

Gen 2:3 Yahweh blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it, because that in it He rested from all His work which Yahweh created and made.
The first Sabbath Day.


           " Second Creation? ... "

The first creation account, from Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:4a, was apparently penned by an eyewitness, someone who was there at the time. Perhaps Yahweh Himself wrote it? Yahweh was the only one there before the beginning.

Starting at Genesis 2:4b there is a second account of the beginnings of mankind. This is written from a different perspective, most probably by a different being. Many people think that Moshe (Moses) wrote the book of Genesis. But it is evident he only 'edited' into a single book writings which had passed down to him from different authors.

Modern scholars have already decided the Book of Genesis came from at least three different sources, which Moshe wove together. The earliest and original writings are termed Yahwist, because Yahweh is always referred to as YHWH (never as El). The later writings refer to Yahweh only as El or Elohim (never as YHWH).

This shows first off the name of YHWH has been getting buried for a long time, before the time of Moshe. He keeps telling people his name, and people keep refusing to use it. Moshe did not correct the documents which came to him. That is why Genesis says Noah took two of each animal, then later there were seven pairs of the clean animals.

The second account, from Genesis 2:4b on to 4:26, sounds like it was written by Adam, from first-hand knowledge, as Adam was there. Of course, Adam was not a primitive cave-man. He could speak, read, and write as Yahweh taught him. He was capable of naming all the types of creatures and remembering their names. Since all things were created perfect, and since all things have been running down since then due to the sin of Adam, one can figure out that Adam was the smartest man of all time. Yes, there is a reason why modern man uses only a small portion of his brain. Evolution says that something does not evolve unless it is useful and used. We would not evolve a large brain and not use it, because such a large brain requires a lot of energy. This is a good argument against evolution. We who think we are so smart are but a shadow of Adam.

The third author begins with Genesis 5:1: This [is] the book of the generations of Adam. It would have been written by someone at the end of those generations, who had knowledge of what happened. Each book starts with something like: these are the generations. Moshe edited the different books into one record.

The next starts at 6:9 with the generations of Noah. This would have had to be written by someone at the end of those generations. On 7:13 it sounds as if a second account of Noah's Flood is given, by yet another writer, probably a son of Noah, most likely Shem. Chapter 10:1 apparently begins another author, with the generations of the sons of Noah. Chapter 11:10 begins yet another record, and again at 25:12, and probably at 37:2 and a few other places.

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