THE DAY THE LIGHT WENT OUT “in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:1-2).
Contrary to what one might think from a surface reading of these verses, they do not say that God created the earth without form and void. The Hebrew words tohu v’bohu translated “without form and void” mean, according to a Hebrew lexicon, “confusion, chaos, waste In other words, a mess, a disaster.
I was teaching this at a Bible school in Germany when one woman helped me out. She said, “We know what tohu v’bohu means. We use that saying. We got it from the Jews. It’s like this. You have cleaned your house perfectly. It is spotless. You walk down the hall and open the door to your teenager’s room. Then you yell, ‘This place is tohu v’bohu! Clean it right now!”’
The Bible tells us specifically in Isaiah 45:18 that God did not create the earth tohu. “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain [tobu], he formed it to be inhabited.”
God did not create earth a chaotic mess. He created it as He always does all His work—perfectly. It was habitable and full of life.
I believe the dinosaurs were part of life on earth in God’s first work of creation. A big question among scientists has always been, “What happened to the dinosaurs?” They’ve come up with theory after theory. But recently many have agreed on one theory—all the dinosaurs died at once, killed in one catastrophic event.
I believe they are getting close to the truth. Something catastrophic happened between the first and second verses of Genesis. I believe millions, perhaps billions, of years lie between them. Someone has said, ‘As many years as true science requires.”
In one great climactic moment, judgment fell on “the world that then was” and, as a result, “the earth became [alternate translation] without form, and void.”
In Jeremiah 4:23 the prophet records that moment as God let him look back on it: “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void tohu v’hohul; and the heavens, and they had no light.”
God removed earth’s light . Not just the moon and the stars. God removed His light, for “God is light” (1 John 1:5). When God took Himself, the Light of Life, away from the earth, every living creature including the dinosaurs, died in an instant. Jeremiah 4:26 tells us this judgment which destroyed earth’s cities and life was the result of God’s “fierce anger.”
What caused such wrath? A rebellion so great that it split the angelic forces of heaven. A rebellion against God led by the most beautifu l being God had created, the archangel Lucifer. Isaiah 14:12-15 describes the event: “How art thou fallen from heaven, 0 Lucifer, son of the morning!... 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds: I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Like all of God’s perfect creatures, Lucifer had been given a will. But instead of submitting that will to God, Lucifer was the first being ever to cross wills with the Father. This passage in Isaiah reveals five “I wills” of Lucifer. He led a rebellion against God with the goal of taking over the throne of God.
Jesus tells us what happened to the would-be usurper: “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18). God was so angry that He removed the Light from the earth where Lucifer’s domain had been and it became tohu v’hohu---~a mess, a disaster, an uninhahitable wasteland without form and void.
“Let Us Make Man......” In the vast intervening span of time, I wonder what the angels thought about the one dark spot in God’s perfect creation. Did they talk about it? Did they just ignore it? For they definitely were watching when things began to change, when the Holy Spirit began to hover over the dark waters of planet Earth.
They heard God’s first words , “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). Light! He wasn’t talking about the sun and moon. They didn’t come forth until the fourth day. No, God was talking about the Light of Himself. He was saying, in essence, I am returning Light and life to earth. I removed Myself from that place, but I am going to work there again. I am going to bring it to My planned purpose. Earth will be filled with My glory as the waters cover the sea!
And so began God’s workweek with the new order of things. He separated the waters. He called forth the plant life out from the earth. He created a new order of animal life. Instead of dinosaurs, He created elephants and giraffes and such. He set the moon, the sun, and the stars, etc. The first day.... the second day.... .the third day..... the fourth day..... .the fifth day.....
AND THEN THE SIXTH DAY! The most thrilling day of all! With all creation watching, God stepped to center stage and made a declaration which rocked all creation as it reverberated from the regions of glory to the regions of the damned. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
At such astounding words, one angel stepped forward and voiced a question other angels surely had (Hebrews 2:6 revels this to be the question of an angel), “What is man that thou art mindful of him (Verses 3 - 4.)
In other words, “I’ve just watched you create the heaven and they are such a work .But I have one question.” . What is a man? What is man that You, 0 great Creator, have him in Your mind?
And then it is recorded that the angel said, “and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (verse 4).
Imagine the angelic astonishment at God’s relationship with this new creature called man. After all, they’d always had to go to God to present themselves before His holy throne. But here is a creature God prizes so highly He goes down to earth and visits him every day.
The angel continues his query, “For thou has made him a little lower than [Elohim] (verse 5).
The King James Version translates the Hebrew word Elohim as “angels.” But the word Elohim is the word for God; in fact it is a plural word. It literally shows God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
What is so remarkable to the angel is that the order in creation has changed. For all eternity past, the angels had only known this order: The Triune Godhead, then the archangels and then the angels. Now there is a new order. Man has been ranked just under the Godhead. The angels didn’t even know the position was open.
But the wonder of all wonders is verbalized in the angelic questioning : “[Thou] hast crowned him...” (verse 5).
God crowned man! God didn’t ask Gabriel or Michael to do it. Amid majesty and pageantry far surpassing any crowning of any earthly monarch, God Himself arose and crowned His man.
Kings wear crowns. In this crowning God fixed forever the place of man in God’s heart and in God’s plans.
What was the crown made of? Of diamonds? Of gold? God paves streets with gold. The crown was made of the most valuable substance in all creation. The angel tells us what it was: “[Thou] hast crowned him with glory (verse 5).
The crown was made of glory! God’s glory! The glory which may seem so abstract to some is the highest heavenly reality. For the glory of God is God’s presence manifest. That glory of God is God Himself.
God’s glory sat upon man as his crown and encircled his being as his covering.
The Mystery of the Ages . Once the crown had been set, however, and God’s Word had gone forth declaring that man would have dominion over the works of God’s hands... fallen Lucifer came to challenge that Word. For he knew that if he could ever stop God’s Word from coming to pass, he could defeat God.
Satan’s tactics were simple. He tempted the will of man. Man yielded and turned his will crosswise to the will of God.
When he did, he fell. And oh! The heights from which he fell. Man fell from the glory of God. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Man clothed in God’s glory, fitted for fellowship with the Creator, had walked in God’s presence every day. With the glorious covering gone, Adam was naked and afraid and hid himself from the presence of God (Genesis 3:10).
Satan thought he’d won. He knew sin could not endure the glory of God’s presence. He knew God’s glory would consume the sin Adam had become. He thought he had separated God and His man forever.
I saw this scene in the spirit. I saw the predicament. I was made to know that the reaction of a natural father to a fallen son would be to grab him and clasp him to his bosom. Then I was made to know , If l had clasped Adam to My bosom, I would have consumed him. And with him, mankind. Satan would have stopped My plan for man and defeated Me.
I seemed to hear Satan’s whining voice taunt God, over and over, What-are-ya- gonna-do-now? What-are-ya-gonna-do-now?”
I was made to know that God did not answer Satan’s question. But I knew that God had a plan. A plan which began in heaven before the foundation of the world. A plan which would complete the circle and bring man back into the glory in which he began.
The Bible calls God’s plans mysteries. The Greek word means divine secrets.” This plan—the mystery of the Church—God did not soon reveal. The Bible says “it was hidden in God.” The Old Testament prophets prophesied about it, yet they wondered of what and of whom they were speaking. Even the gospel writers did not grasp the meaning of the mystery. It wasn’t until a man named Paul came along that God revcaled the mystery of the Church.
“We speak wisdom among them that are perfect. [or mature]: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:6-8).”
If Satan had known the plan, he never would have lifted that spotless Lamb to the Cross. When he did, God’s own blood was shed to cleanse man so that he could once again stand in the presence of God’s glory.
Since Jesus arose, any man who believes Jesus died on that cross, who believes that God raised Him from the dead, and who confesses Jesus as Lord, is instantly born again.
In one glorious moment he becomes a new creation—with Christ, the Anointed One, living within him, his hope of again returning to the fullness of God’s glory.
This is the plan, the mystery of the Church: “The mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:26-27).
Glory! That’s what you and I are saved to. We are not just saved from sin—we are saved to God and His glory. The Church is destined to stand before God’s face forever, crowned in the very fullness of His glory and power, where as glorified beings we will operate with God in His plan throughout the ages of eternity!
It is the last of these last days. Very soon now we will walk the streets with our faces shining, and men and women will come to us to accept the Lord Jesus Christ they see within us. Very soon now God’s glory will be manifest in His Church!
Billye Brim is president and founder of
Billyc Brim Ministries and Prayer Mountain
in the Ozarks.
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