The Pre-Adamite World and
Lucifer’s Rebellion Against God
By Jan Lilleby
Having quite a number of years behind me as a Bible Expositor and writer, as well as publishing my works in my website, dealing with many different Bible topics, – I will for the first and perhaps last time (?) try to bring some information and my theory on the issue mentioned in the headline.
IMAGE: You can see Italy and the Alps.
The history of man did not began before Gen 1:26, quote (Amplified 1987),
“God said, Let us (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the (tame) beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.”
But Moses begun by mentioning the Pre-Adamite World – before he wrote of the restoration of the destroyed world from that early age. That age lasted for X number of millions and millions of years,
Verse 1 In the beginning God (prepared, formed’ fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.
Verse 2 The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
At first glance as you start reading, it may seem that God created an earth laying waste in darkness, and without form and all its surface water only. The Spirit hovering over it, awaiting God’s next move in His creative plans.
But that is an all wrong assumption.
Between verse 1 and verse 2, there is an entire age – a pre-historic world which ended in a disaster of untold proportions! It was the Pre-Adamite World.
Moses was not given by God to teach mankind of what had been before God created Adam and Eve. He mentioned the previous age in the shortest terms possible.
But in the Old Testament we find a few detailed descriptions of what took place in that age. Ezekiel and Isaiah were the prophets given the secrets to expose. And finally, the apostle Peter was the last one in the Bible to give his characterization of the doom which God let fall upon the Pre-Adamite world. He compares the flood in Noah’s time with the pre-historic disaster and total flooding of the earth that happened before Adam was created. I shall come back to this but I prefer to make a sketch first.
WHAT WERE ON EARTH IN THE AGE BEFORE ADAM?
Using the expression ‘Pre-Adamite’ – this points, not the least, to the fact that man was not yet found on earth. Adam was the very first and Eve the second human being God created. There are several websites speculating so much of this, that some thinks that there might have existed a humankind prior to Adam. But I disagree to such an idea, and will not be brought further up in this article.
What seem clear to me, on the other hand, is that if there had been intelligent beings on the old age earth, before Adam was created, those would have to be God’s angels.
Even if we do find in the Bible that angels appeared and performed in a super-natural dimension – it is not unthinkable that they were given by the Lord to populate the old earth before man came into existence.
The earth in the Pre-Adamite age was much different than the earth after creation of Adam and on, as God restored the earth from its wasted and malformed status due to the disaster. The continents were differently placed with one another, and the oceans there also appeared different as well as the two poles. Some have suggested that the old earth was a giant-planet, much bigger than the present earth. Here we can only speculate.
In the early age after God created the universe and old earth, it is my personal opinion that the earth had the following ‘components’ in place:
1 It was areas having lakes, oceans, and thereof also land areas and poles.
2 Vegetation with a huge variation in species, flowers, grass, trees, etc. As well as animals – perhaps some had much likeness to ours.
3 And as mentioned, God let His angels inhabit the planet – their numbers were counted in myriads. The greatest of the angelic beings was Lucifer – called Satan and the devil, for he turned against God and brought with him a third of the angels as well in this fall.
We do not know, and we cannot possibly know, whether they were independent upon such things as we human beings are dependent on – rest, sleep, food, housing, transport such as wagons or ships or otherwise, simply like much of the infra-structure we have built through the centuries. From the story of Lot and his salvation from Sodom by God’s angels sent to him, we learn that they spent the night over in Lot’s house and ate food. They are capable of acting like normal people, not spilling their angelic super-natural powers. Paul made a point of that and wrote: ‘Be hospitable, for in so doing you may well have had angels as guests without knowing it!’ This because of the angels’ abilities to appear just like ordinary people.
But we do know that the angels were not organized to be male and female and able to have children. Each individual angel was uniquely created by God Almighty. They are equipped with a number of super-natural powers and abilities, as seen clearly in the Bible. They are eternal personalities, and only God Himself has the power to eventually end their lives if so found necessary.
Certain passages in Revelation Book are pointing to the future event of Satan (Lucifer) to be executed and annihilated into non-existence, after the time of the millennial kingdom on earth. I have the impression that also the other fallen angels (mentioned by Peter) shall be sent into same destiny for their ungodliness.
WHAT DID LUCIFER DO IN HIS FALL FROM GOD?
I am convinced that Lucifer, Satan, rebelled against God not only by simple plain disagreement expressed by words.
Lucifer is described as the highest of all persons or angels created, and only Father, Son and the Holy Spirit were above him. That is an awesome powerful position for an angel. (I shall come to Bible verses soon). Lucifer had been equipped with powers and abilities higher and well above all other angels. He was simply put: Second to deity only. I have a personal opinion on this: Lucifer had even such exclusive powers of being able to perform in a level of creating living creatures and other life-forms. I am quite convinced of it.
For that reason I would like to share my theory on this – what Lucifer’s fall actually consisted of when he opposed God and went against His will in his arrogance and thirst for power. In same instance we are thus shown that God did NOT create robots, but the angels can make their own choices and choose their own loyalty.
For the first: Lucifer may have understood that deity wanted to create us human beings in their own likeness, as told in Gen 1:26 and put priority with us and keep the angels to play ‘Second Fiddle’.
Lucifer was taken with arrogant greed and jealousy and wanted to promote himself up against God as an equal in power.
And so – Lucifer got going with his own private CREATION enterprise to show God that he was better or at least just as good and skilled as God.
Lucifer managed eventually to bring forth…you guessed right: The abnormal unnatural enormous reptile-like animals and species which we now call Dinosaurs! Science has numerous solid evidential fossil material from excavations in wilderness and desserts several places, and as old as nearly 65 mill years. Check it out yourself on the net. There are dozens of good sites from which to learn these scientific findings, the age and what they found.
In my eyes, such pre-historic beasts and dinosaurs seem pretty useless, abnormal, and cannot possibly lead to anything good. They are deadly dangerous many of them. Just about invincible if they had filled the earth in our time. How could a God, known as a God of love and of mercy, create such despicable monsters? I am just asking! And don’t throw back at me with ‘But Lions kills cattle, and so does the Tigers’. Such cats as well as many other animals in our time are part of a ‘chain of nutrition’, besides – man can master them and not allowing them to come into our civilized towns and neighborhoods. It’s totally different than the deadly dinosaurs. The ‘Jurassic Park’ films – even if they are pretty much free Hollywood fantasy and fiction – have a point still, when we see these deadly beasts chasing for prey over the movie theater’s canvases, wrecking Jeeps and scaring the wits off the audiences. Have a look at the image above here, of a Tyrannosaurus, a real scary killer and destroyer. You would need a big tank weapon to be able to kill such a beast. I shiver.
But as God sent His destructive judgment upon Lucifer and his perverted unnatural creation, everything on earth was entirely destroyed and obliterated burnt and smashed to pieces…and drowned finally.
Science has suggested as a much credible scenario that a huge asteroid fell from space in an immense speed and let it crash and explode in the Mexican Gulf right outside Texas and Yucatan Peninsula. And it exploded with a power like a Hydrogen Bomb of a ‘Zillion’ megatons or more; or put in more serious terms some suggest as much as 850 million megatons! Or what they call Terratons, it would be 96. Or, if you like – 1,7 mill 50-megaton bombs like the Tsar Bomb that was detonated over Novaja Semlja island during the Cold War. Our poor brains can barely fathom such extreme power.
Absolutely everything on land all over the planet burnt up and was blown to pieces by the enormous pressure-wave. The wave went around the world many times before it decreased. The surface of the earth cracked up and volcanos erupted. An unspeakable gigantic Tsunami thundered across the water and hit land with more destruction and doom. The sky turned black from the explosion and no sunlight came through, resulting in what science call ‘Atomic Winter’.
This winter, and all the destruction that went right before it, killed all living animals and all plants and trees. It is probable that the old earth was so powerfully hit that it came off its orbit so that no sunlight could reach it. The whole planet went into its ‘Ice Death’. It is this wrecked and deserted dead icy earth which is shortly described in Gen 1:2 quoted above. IMAGE: The asteroid exploding at 850 million megatons! Equals 96 Terratons.
Under this huge permanent frost, luckily enough most seeds from plants and trees were conserved in millions of years, and came to life as God started His restoration of the planet prior to creation of animals and of Adam and Eve. But the abnormal dinosaur monsters were exterminated for all times. They will never come back, and we should be happy for that.
It is from this pre-historical disaster tens of millions of years ago – that science has found numerous fossil evidence in the wilderness and in outback landscape. The huge skeletons from dinosaurs cannot be denied or explained away. They are real. You may go on the net and study all the material of this, including age-schedules and other well-arranged evidence.
It was never like mankind lived alongside of these huge killer monsters. Many have fantasized freely that these creatures lived in the same time as man, up until the time of Noah and the flood. But such wild fantasies don’t measure up to reality – they crash head-on with solid scientific evidence material, the fossils.
Science is right when it sanctions the idea of an ‘Old Earth’ and trash the faulty idea of a ‘New Earth’. The evidence is simply too heavy, too convincing. I do have sympathies with both the New Earth camp and the Old Earth Camp for their good efforts to promote the Bible and the God of the Bible. But I cannot agree to the theories of a ‘New Earth’. The evidence is all against such an idea, sorry. The New Earth folks are not foolish or anything like that. They are not less smart or agile or well-read in the Bible topics than the ‘Old Earth’ folks. It is because we human beings have different ways of putting together logical bits and parts to make a whole. God bless the New Earth believers. But still, I will keep company with the ‘Old Earth’ believers, for sure.
Jesus really was onto something when He in one of His parables pictured Satan as an enemy who went forth and, quote: “..sowed darnel (weeds) among the wheat, and went on his way”, Matt 13:25. The weed was of course meant to steal the place of the real wheat, and ‘suffocate’ the wheat field, destroying it. Jesus really hit the nail right on here in general terms: Satan would with his private creation, the weed (like the abnormal dinosaurs), stand against the Lord by destroying the field or acre (the world). Verse 28 in Matt 13 is striking,
“An enemy has done this…”
But the disaster did not destroy the angels who lived on earth as the asteroid hit. They were angels and thus having super-bodies and power. When Daniel’s three friends were thrown into the hot burning furnace by the Babylonian king, they could observe a fourth man inside there with them. And he looked like ‘a son of the gods’ (Dan 3:25).
This shocked the king positively and he got them out of there fast; God had sent His angel and saved them (Dan 3:1-28). Angels can master all known elements here on earth: Fire, water, ice, air, gasses, and come through shut doors and through walls; they even present themselves with messages in dreams. It may look as if God let both the good angels and the bad ones survive the disaster. They kept their lives. But the fallen ones were separated from the good ones. The bad was sent down into the caves of darkness (Greek: Tartarus) according to 2 Pet 2:4 in custody until the judgment. Peter was taught this probably by Jesus in person. However, Lucifer, Satan was not sent down there as we know.
In our time we find that Satan (and some of his angelic colleagues?) are living way out there in space somewhere. For how else could it be that we read of Michaels actions against him in the time of the Great Tribulation in Rev. 12:7-9 could cast down Satan to earth. The heavens mentioned in that passage, is the Astro-heaven and not the Epiuranos-heaven, the place where we shall be with the Lord. Also check out Eph. 6 and our enemies among these beings.
The reason that Satan also is called ‘The Dragon’ or ‘The Serpent’ (see Gen. 3:1) I believe to be the fact that he was the one behind the creation of the dragon-like dinosaurs of various species and abilities. If we notice the ref. above to Gen 3:1 – it says actually the very same as Ezekiel 28:13-15 where Satan is given the words that tells of his high stature, being more excellent than any other creation,
“Now the serpent (Satan) was MORE SUBTLE AND CRAFTY THAN ANY LIVING CREATURE of the field which the Lord God had made. And he (Satan) said to the woman…”
So the name ‘Serpent’ here was a nickname of negative tense, and not an actual creeping snake hanging from the three of life in Eden. Satan had earned that bad name because he went against God’s will and created – by his extreme craftiness – those dinosaur monsters. If we study their long tails we easily get associations to snakes! Their big mouths and muscular bodies say ‘Dragon’ but the tails says ‘Serpent’. And the Bible uses both those nicknames on Satan!
This is really starting to look exciting doesn’t it?
And more it shall be. We shall have a look on what the Bible says in these matters.
PETER’S SHORT CONTRIBUTION TO EXPLAIN
THE JUDGMENT UPON THE PRE-ADAMITE WORLD
Peter’s exhortations where he mentions the old ages are kept very short, and his overall tone is very stern. He was rebuking bad unbelievers among Jewry in his time.
II Pet. 2:4-6 is pointing to that:
“For God did not spare angels that sinned, but cast them into hell (Greek, Tartarus), delivering them to be kept there in pits of gloom till the judgment and their doom.
5: And he spared not the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven other persons, when he brought a flood upon the world of ungodly.
6:And He condemned to ruin and extinction the cities of Sodom and Gomorra, reducing them to ashes and thus set them forth as an example to those who would be ungodly.”
II Pet. 3:5, 6 say additionally: (Here it is the Pre-Adamite world)…
“For they willfully overlook and forget this fact, that the heavens came into existence long ago by the word of God, and the earth also which was formed out of water and by the means of water.
6: Through which the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.”
We find mentioned by Peter here three judgments, of which two were by water and one by fire.
First, the judgment upon Lucifer’s and other angels following him in the Pre-Adamite age. The whole world was drowned in water after first having been blasted to rubbles and ashes by the asteroid mentioned above. All life forms died almost instantly, except the angels – whom we know are super-natural beings. The old earth went straight into an ‘Ice Death’. Its entire surface deep down in the ground consisted of frozen water mixed with soil.
Secondly, we read of the flood in the time of Noah. It was devastating of course, however not global. It happened in the Middle-East and the nearest places to this. It was local but still a huge disaster. See my article here in my site on that flood.
Thirdly, Peter spoke of the judgment upon the homosexual rapists that lived in Sodom and Gomorra, after God first had sent His angels to Lot and saved them.
The earth in Gen 1 had a gloomy disturbing past, it had been destroyed by an extensive disaster which killed every living thing, beasts, vegetation, the huge dinosaurs, but not Satan and other angels.
But in Gen 1:3 God had the sun shine its warming bright beams on the wrecked earth, and the icy planet turned into a green pleasant place, fit for man and beasts eventually. He brought the wrecked planet earth into the orbit in which it started to circle around the sun just as we have had ever since; the first step in His great plan to restore this planet. After which we can follow a process of new steps of creation, until finally He created Adam and Eve – verse 26.
The frozen earth was de-iced and defrosted, and seeds from before the disaster had been frozen and thus conserved through millions of years now sprang to life and came forth as grass, plants, flowers, trees eventually. It all turned into a green beautiful planet, as if the disaster never had happened.
This act of creation by God, is probably the very first prophetic image of the Lord’s death and resurrection in the Bible. It has a mystical form and is not easily discovered when reading.
It never was a fresh literally spoken new earth God created when He shortly after created man. No, He raised the wrecked dead planet up from its ice-death and darkness, and made it our place to live our lives.
As already mentioned, it is therefore science can establish the fact that the fossil discoveries are many millions of years old. Man and dinosaurs have never lived alongside at any moment in history. The latter came from the Pre-Adamite age, the Old Earth which was wrecked and sent to its ice-death.
THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS
ON LUCIFER’S REBELLION AND DOOM
In Psalm 148:2-5 we find what happened when God created the universe and the Old Earth – and the angels are mentioned,
“Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His hosts!
3: Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you stars of light!
4: Praise Him, you highest heavens and you waters above the heavens!
5: Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.”
Notice the following: Verse 5 implies that the entire universe was created all at once by the one command from God. The universe is held together and in place by The Law of Gravity. This power keep proper order in between the stars, planets and moons so that they keep a steady position in the orbits they are in. The small planets are kept in orbit by the larger ones.
What really is important to understand with these things, is the fact that it would have been completely impossible for the moon to exist without an earth, likewise it is impossible for the earth to exist without the sun, and for the sun to keep on without the galaxy – called the Milkyway, and the Milkyway could not have existed without the other galaxies. That is why I say that God must have created them all together in one and same instance. As the Bible so clearly declares, He commanded and they were created (Psalm 148:5).
Among the prophets there are two whom have taught on the subject of Lucifer, his fall and his arrogance – Isaiah and Ezekiel.
Isa. 14:12-15 says this,
“How have you fallen from heaven, O light-bringer and daystar (Latin Vulgate translate this Lucifer, as do the KJV Bible), son of the morning! How you have been cut down to the ground, you who weakened and laid low the nations (O blasphemous, satanic king of Babylon).
13: And you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north.
14: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.
15: Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (Hades, Kingdom of the Dead), to the innermost recesses of the pit (the region of the dead).”
Verse 13 goes to show that this person desires to take the very throne of the Most High, God Almighty, – and actually wanting to become God, as displayed in verse 14.
This great and powerful angel did not end up like the other angels mentioned by Peter, those kept in custody in Tartarus, the dark pits of hell, for we find Satan going around at his own will in Job’s Book, and in the time of Jesus on earth, – and he even tempted the Lord when He fasted and prayed out in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-10).
The passage tells us that Satan had such super-natural abilities as for instance bringing Jesus up on a high mountain – and showed Him the kingdoms of this world. It is clear that this was not by regular eye-sight, but by displaying in super-natural vision-power these kingdoms. Before that, Satan had Jesus put up on the high dome of the temple. This must also have been by super-natural powers. It says nothing of using ladders or ropes to climb up there. And they must have been unseen by the public at the temple court! So even if Lucifer fell in the Pre-Adamite age, God did not strip him down of angelic power.
There are many self-declared experts and ‘geniuses’ out there that have written much material against the idea that Lucifer fell from God and became Satan, the devil. Many believes that there were no ‘Lucifer’. They are trying to make the prophesies of Isaiah and Ezekiel of no concern in the matter of Lucifer the fallen arch angel. They do not really know what they are talking of, and they (modern Christian liberals!) try to eradicate his fall and make Satan look harmless – perhaps only a myth – a fiction invented by us human beings.
But the Bible shows us many times over that Satan/Lucifer/the Devil is very real indeed. And he has a power far above any human beings. But luckily for us, he is being watched and kept under surveillance by God’s angels and cannot freely do as he please. Not now.
Ezekiel 28:12-15 gives us a detailed description of Lucifer’s being and mindset from before he fell from God. The prophet uses the king of Tyre as ‘vessel’ for this information – to make it understandable, – just as Jonah was an image of Christ’s death and resurrection, and king David was an image of Christ as the king Messiah in the future millennia, not to mention Joseph who was dumped in a well by his elder brothers – but later on came to rescue them from famine. Thus a powerful image of Christ coming to Israel after having been rejected by them for about two millennia! God uses whoever He chooses to, in order to make a prophetic or even a doctrinal point of teaching. So also with the king of Tyre – to tell not of Christ, but of His enemy Satan, that fallen angel. And it goes,
“Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: You are the full measure and pattern of exactness (giving the finishing touch to all that constitutes completeness), full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13: You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the carnelian, topaz, jasper, chrysolite, beryl, onyx, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald; and your settings and your sockets and engravings were wrought in gold. On the day that you were created they were prepared.
14: You were the anointed cherub that covers with overshadowing (wings), and I set you so. You were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire(like the paved work of gleaming sapphire stone upon which the God of Israel walked on Mount Sinai).
15: You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until iniquity and guilt were found in you.”
If we had read the next three vcrses – it would show us what punishment this fallen angel received from God’s hand.
Garden of Eden in verse 13 was a place originally on the old earth in Pre-Adamite age, and not necessarily the same as after God restored the wrecked earth, to let Adam and Eve live on it.
Furthermore, in same verse we learn that this person was NOT a man, for he was CREATED – leaving only one possibility: He was an angel.
Verse 14 also declares this as an angelic being, NOT a man: He was an anointed cherub, and such angels are involved in leadership and in worship at God’s throne.
Verse 15 repeats the clear fact that it is all a word concerning an angel, not a man: He was a CREATED being, and not a born one, like us humans.
Tyre was just a person here to be used for imagery pointing to a person with a high stature: An angel of God, a great leader among all angels really.
It is extraordinary to notice that God spend such attention to just one particular angel among the myriads of angels. So he, Satan or Lucifer, must have been very high up in the ranks indeed.
Paul the apostle was the last person in the Bible who spoke for God and acted in His behalf on earth. In regard to the order of creation and all things pertaining to this, he points directly to Jesus and says, freely interpreted: It is Jesus Who hold the wheel and piloting and governs the entire universe! Let us read on,
Col. 1:16-19 is a revelation of the position in leadership which Jesus possesses:
“For it was in Him (Jesus) that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him and in and for Him.
17: And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).
18: He also is the Head of His body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place.
19: For it has pleased the Father that all the divine fullness should dwell in Him permanently.”
But in Rev. 20:10-14 we see that Satan and all evil powers are made extinct and obliterated entirely into a non-existence, and for all eternity,
Verse 10 in particular: “Then the devil who had led them astray (deceiving and seducing them) was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever”.
However, in verse 14 we have a swift change of that – and these judged persons in the fiery lake have their punishment as a final extinction into a state of non-existence, and thus no longer eternal torment,
“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.”
Thus the ‘lake of fire’ is a metaphoric symbol of eternal death, a so-called non-existence. It will be as if they never had existed. Totally gone, and will neither be resurrected by God back to life.
Paul calls this for ‘to go lost’ – which simply is to loose salvation in heaven, and end up in eternal death – a full non-existence for all eternity. No torment or flames burning or anything similar. There will be as declared in O.T. scripture: The dead knows nothing!
Rev. 21:1, 2 is about a third act of creation by God and Christ, where certain parts of the earth (Israel first and foremost) shall be restored. The influence of evil is gone.
The important new move from God at this point in future age, is that mankind will witness that the super-natural New Jerusalem is descending from on high, a huge illuminated construction with the shape of a cube. It is marking the age in which God’s presence will be directly among humankind and He shall govern all things. Verse 3 shouting loudly, Behold, God now lives together with humankind!
Verse 1 is mighty:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and there no longer existed any sea.”
And of the super-natural city descending, the New Jerusalem, the Bible has mighty words for it, in verse 23,
“And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the Lamb (Christ) is its lamp.”