This topic is quite interesting in itself and I think it is a new one for many people. Usually this is taught by a very few people elsewhere. Except for in Judaism this topic is addressed mainly during a week long study of Bereshit in Torah, although not all of it. Moreover, there are several teachings of different depth and format, at least in the «Russian segment». I think that in the «English-speaking corner» there are more teachings on that, but I can’t tell for sure, of course, because this is not my field of study. There are not very many verses in Scriptures, where one can fish something out related to this topic, so to say. Nevertheless, there are some. All too often, it is not about the number of verses in the Scripture, but it is more about us paying attention to the details. Needless to say, an important role here plays knowledge of the original language, and nuances related to it. As many of you know, the Almighty never said that we should just «read the Scriptures». There is no such a commandment. There is only an on-going reminder for us to study the Scripture, to «meditate on it» and so on. This is what we are going to do now.
What we are going to study in this part of the teaching is actually an introduction into understanding of the «basic principles», while the previous part can be called preface. Without understanding these «basic principles», much of what is in the Scriptures won’t make sense and will be lost as if in the quicksand, but we need a good foundation upon which we can build. One of the reasons why so many truths about our pre-incarnated life cannot be accepted is that there are no proper teachings about what was BEFORE the Flood of Noah, let alone other teachings. All of this was artificially shrouded in mystery, what caused various fantasies and speculations. And the Almighty promised that all secret things shall be revealed. Some of it will be revealed to us in the course of, so called, Last days events that we actually already entered in and live in, some of it will be revealed only when Yeshua the Messiah returns in His glory, and some of it will be revealed only during The Great White Throne Judgment, which is described in the 20th Chapter of the Book of the Revelation. But there is something that the Almighty reveals and activates now, because the time has come. His time! As it is written, “to everything there is a season”.
The world before Adam and Hava
Even in «the childhood of my spiritual walk» I was astonished that in the «perfect world» of the 1st and 2nd chapters of Bereshit book (Genesis), out of nowhere appeared a strange talking snake via which another «talking snake» acted, but of a higher hierarchy. I read it over and over and could not understand when it went bad; though starting from the first verse of the first chapter everything was so glorious. No one was able to clarify this to me, and I was patiently waiting for the right time to come. Eventually I noticed an interesting passage in the 2nd chapter, where in the 15th verse it is said that Adam was not only to «tend», i.e. take care of the garden of Eden, but also to keep and guard it. So the reasonable question is from whom? It turns out, if it is appropriate to recall Hamlet here: “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” and you know it the moment you start reading the next chapter. For a long time there was no answer to this question, and «with a heavy heart» I decided to keep on believing. And since nothing more was written about this, it might mean as well that we are «not supposed» to know or that is not particularly important, except for, we should be aware of «spiritual schmutz» waiting for us around a corner. Then I came across passages in the Scripture, where a «person of interest» was a «son of the morning», that, as it turned out, was a»part-time” anointed KERUB who «overshadows». It began to clear up a little, but not to the full extent.
I would say that quite a significant «breakthrough» concerning this whole topic came in 1997, when I listened to a teaching of Sergei Timokhin on Genesis 1:2. He did not go into much detail, as far as I understood later, because he only started to study this topic. Nevertheless, for me it began to clear up even more. On listening to him, firstly I realized that without knowledge of the original language, it was impossible to understand most of what the Almighty had put into his Word, thus we, so to say, only were “scratching the surface». Also we can only rely on God’s mercy, when He reveals supernaturally what we can not read about in the Scriptures or have not heard from anyone up to a certain point. Besides, as it is written, the Almighty can reveal to us the existing realities through various things of the surrounding world, making it a «second witness». This form of getting a revelation is described in the letter to Romans:
Romans 1:19 “because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…
Before Torah, the first five books of the Scripture, was written all the revelations were passed on from parents to children orally, also the Almighty revealed many things to people, directly. The Scripture says that all the revelations that come from Heaven are given to us by the Holy Spirit and no matter in what form they come to us. The Almighty can reveal many things to us directly and actually reveals them the way it is written in Romans 1:19-20, but for some reason, there are things nowadays that God chooses to reveal through the Scripture, that is still the main source of revelation for us today.
Reasons for using parables and coding the message
When studying the Scriptures, I used to ask myself, “Why the Heavenly Father can’t say what He wants to, directly?” “Why can’t He say it “without further ado», in comprehensible and easy-to-
understand language, for it to be user friendly, but not controversial instead?” I was sure, “If the Father had done this, there would not have been any problems like this at all”. This went unanswered for a long time. But, there came a «moment of truth», when God began to answer this question little by little.
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter”.
This verse revealed to me the main principle, but it did not answer to why question. But nevertheless, it took some load off the soul. Particularly, I liked the part about the “glory of kings”, i.e. ability and action incorporate, when we explore something, «search for gold», go for treasure hunt, study the matters that our heavenly Father prepared for us. Still, the answer to the question “WHY?” wasn’t voiced. Yeshua keep on saying the same phrase: «He who has ears to hear, let him hear!» Yes, this was sort of an answer in its mysterious form, but again it did not answer the question. Then Yeshua began to explain to his disciples, why he spoke allegorically, in parables using them as certain prophetic images that depicted various aspects of life:
Matt 13:10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
It was «warmer», but not yet «hot» as in popular children’s game. It became quite «hot» only when I listened and meditated upon a weekly chapter “Naso” in Torah, where a principle of the Almighty to speak allegorically and in parables was addressed. The weekly chapter of Naso is the writings in the book of Bemidbar (Numbers) from the 4th chapter (verse 21) up to the 8th chapter. This Chapter speaks, besides all other important things, about the most important principle that indirectly answered my question. There are described two situations related to MOVING FROM the center of the camp, i.e. from the «Mishkan» (Tabernacle), the place of the manifested presence of the Almighty — His shekhinah (from Heb.“shakan” – dwelling), and to GETTING CLOSER TO God’s manifested presence. Chapter 4 describes cases, where patients with specific diseases were put outside the camp until they recover. And in the 5th Chapter, there was given a law concerning unfaithful wives and how to resolve this situation correctly. At the stage of «wife testing», kohen (priest) was to bring her closer to the center of Mishkan and set her before the manifested presence of the Most High. In addition, in the 16th verse in the original language there is a Hebrew word «qarab», which means «to come near, approach», that is omitted in some translations, but confirms the main point.
A person with a definite form of leprosy was put outside the camp. This disease, according to Jewish tradition and various teachings on that matter, was primarily associated with “lashon hara», i.e. slander, defamation, false witness and other forms of «evil speech» coming out of the mouth of an «infected» person. Also, they put out from the camp people “who had a discharge”, i.e. symptoms of diseases associated with sexual promiscuity or fornication and adultery, plainly speaking. This was a foreshadow of types of sin for us, which put us away from the Almighty’s presence. He does this so that His presence and, even more, His manifested glory, do not «legitimize», i.e. do not justify criminals, thus allowing them to “hide behind the Lord’s back” or His Word, and to keep on indulging themselves into sin and letting it grab hold of them even more. There is such a practice in Judaism, when those who do not want to move away from certain sins are not allowed to study the Torah. And they justify such behaviour by the principle discussed above.
If it is allowed for a person who committed iniquity in his heart to continue to be in the presence of the Almighty and to study His Word, etc., he would most likely twist the Word in order to justify his ways. In such a case Gorbachev’s motto: «Perestroika (“restructuring”,rus.) starts with you!» is not interpret by some in terms of restructuring their character, their way of thinking, but as something else. Instead of being reproved and corrected by God’s Word when «observing himself in a mirror» this very person would try to pull verses of Scripture out of context while trying to justify their iniquity or sin. And that is why the Almighty conceals for such people the understanding of the depths of his Word and his revelations, suggesting first of all to purify their hearts. Only to those who love the Lord are given knowledge from Him, and by definition there is no love without knowing the truth and being obedient to it. That is why, when the «son of the morning» stepped over the line, he was thrown down «like an unclean one from the Holy mountain». That is why the lepers and some others, we talked about before, were put out of the camp.
In Chapter 5, on the contrary, the relationship problems primarily are solved by bringing people back into the presence of the Almighty, since it is the heavenly Father who is a third party in the legitimate family unions between a man and a woman. Here we talk about physical relationship. As for allegoric meaning, if we talk about our spiritual relationship, a wife, who is suspected of cheating are believers, who break their covenant with God. And if there is a cooling down in their relationship, when «unfaithful wife» starts looking at other things, then first of all it is necessary to go, to run, and, even more, to race into intimacy with God the Father, where His presence is manifested.
So, there are two situations, with two contrasting each other solutions. And that is why to those who have calloused hearts because of their idolatrous life and other «soul distortions», the Lord does not reveal mysteries via his Spirit, He reveals to others. And therefore to some it was given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to some — not. And of course, if a person changes their attitude and a state of their heart, then the situation will change for sure. That is why the vast majority of the messages of the Almighty are allegoric, prophetic, come in parables, and so on. So that only those who should, they — understand, but to others things come in parables
Matt.13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
So, there are several reasons for using parables. One of them is a matter of the heart. Another is a challenge to explore, search, ask questions, and «dig» for yourselves. But there is also another reason and everyone has it, to one extent or another, I am talking about religious, cultural and other types of «strongholds». «Strongholds» in general is our stereotyped religious thinking, our pattern of thought. It stands «on guard» of our mind, our thoughts and our hearts, as well, protecting from all sorts of “dangers «and “heresies» that can «lead us astray». If there shows up a kind of teaching, a doctrine or an idea, that doesn’t agree with it, then the «stronghold» will stand there «till death do us apart». Due to various fears, fueled by other sinful habits, “watchmen on the walls of the strongholds” won’t let anything biased walk by, they would immediately standing up and fight back with no respect. For this very reason, our wise heavenly Father placed all essential truths and ideas into form of allegories, stories or parables. The «stronghold watchmen» put up with foolish things gladly, like gloomy guards at the city gates watching the travelling circus that came in the city to cheer peoples up with their performances. And on getting into this city, i.e. our mind, saboteurs, as viewed by our inner religious authorities, start their clandestine activities, preparing our mind on a spirit level to comprehend and to accept certain messages of the King of kings. It’s not the fastest, but very effective way in situations of ongoing spiritual war, when enemy is trying to block people’s minds for them not to accept God’s truths and not to grow in the knowledge of God. A lot of important and profound things are hidden in the Word. But only with the help of the Holy Spirit and in due time, one can understand and interpret it correctly.
Key to understanding the parables
Do you remember the episode with the Sadducees, who did not believe into the resurrection of the dead and wanted Yeshua to prove this solely using the Torah, as they didn’t accepted anything other except these first five books of the Scriptures? May be you do not know, but in Torah it literally says nothing about the resurrection of the dead. Do you remember what Yeshua quoted as a proof?
Matt 22:31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,
32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Yitschaq, and the God of Yaaqob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
33 And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.
Note, that Yeshua used a statement that the Heavenly Father is the God of Abraham, Yitschaq and Yaaqob, which in itself is not a proof of the resurrection. Literally, it is not written about the resurrection and eternal life in Torah. But here is a crucial key to understand things unseen: in the second part of the verse, we see that Yeshua refers to the NATURE of the Heavenly Father, and because of this we come to a definite conclusion. This is a clear manifestation of the work of the Holy Spirit, to reveal the depth of the message hidden in the Word by revealing the NATURE and CHARACTER of God the Father. The Sadducees that opposed Yeshua did not have this understanding, and therefore, admitting the truth in his words, were silenced. Do you think anything has changed since then?
Let’s look at the second well-known subject, and move on to our main topic. Let’s study an issue of «other tongues». For the majority of people, this topic is still a stumbling block. As we know, the biblical canon of the New Testament writings was finalized only in the 4th century AD. In the 1st, and in fact, at least at the beginning of the 2nd century, only Tanakh books written before the first coming of Yeshua the Messiah were considered to be Holy Scriptures. There were more than 39 books known to us today. For example, the book of Enoch, which was quoted by Yeshua’s disciples, was also treated as the one inspired by God. The 39-books of biblical canon we familiar with today is actually only about one-third of what the Jews, including the Messianic ones, considered to be inspired by the Almighty, in those days. Findings at the Qumran caves confirmed this. Messianic rabbis investigated this topic, but unfortunately the results of those studies we still have only in Hebrew language. However, even the existing Biblical Canon was “enough” for the Almighty to put in there everything that was needed. Nevertheless, regardless of the number of books, without the revelation from above, all our attempts to understand and explain something would be pointless and in vain.
So, how could the «other tongues» phenomenon be explained back in the first century, with only those books of the Scriptures? Without direct references to Tanakh, one could perhaps rely on the words of the Messiah, where in Mark 16:17 Yeshua “kind of” mentioned the “gift of speaking in tongues,” but here is a “hidden pitfall” here. It is well known that the most of the text in the last chapter of the gospel of Mark, where speaking with «new tongues» is mentioned, was not in the original text; those passages were added later. This fact is known to all more or less trusted biblical scholars. Therefore, there is no direct mention in the Scripture, no exact verse one can take and, more or less, substantiate their doctrine with. Even Yeshua’s words do not work here.
In the second chapter of the book of Acts, we see that the Almighty does a miracle on the Festival of Shavuot. When the Ruach of the Almighty came upon 120 disciples, they began to speak in human languages that they never learned. Isn’t this a miracle? Yes, indeed! But take note that nothing was said at that moment, and it is not evident from the Scriptures that those «other tongues» were like «angelic tongues», i.e. not human languages, which no one could understand. Most likely those tongues appeared a bit later, as we can see in 1 Corinthians 13:1 and in the following 14th chapter. I want you to note the passage of the Scripture from Tanakh quoted by apostle Shaul, which the Holy Spirit gave him as a confirmation of the «other tongues» format. When a worshipper does not understand what he or she is praying about, as their «understanding is unfruitful», they have to go God for interpretation:
1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.
Here Rav Shaul quoted the passage of the Tanakh from the prophet Ysha’yah:
Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another (different, foreign) tongue He will speak to this people,
12 To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear. (NKJV)
God’s Word (GW) translation:
Isaiah 28:11 The Lord will speak to these people. He will mock them by speaking in a foreign (another, different) language.
12 He will say to them, “This is a place for comfort. This is a place of rest for those who are tired. This is a place for them to rest.” But they weren’t willing to listen.
So, tell me, please, whether it is literally said about the miracle of speaking in human languages, that were not taught and could not be understood? Of course we can try somehow «fit in» here the episode with Bilam’s donkey, although this was an unusual, supernatural situation, but it’s a horse of another color. As for «angelic tongues» (1 Cor.13:1) one can have a super imagination, but still with a minimal chance to figure it out on their own. And here a reasonable question: how does the Heavenly Father confirms with His Spirit certain historical events with such controversial passages of Scripture? Just remember, what passages in the Epistles in the New Testament were used to confirm certain prophecies. This is a clue to understanding what is true and profound in Scriptures:
2 Peter 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
God’s Word translation:
2 Peter 1:20 First, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation.
And that is why it is better not to rush into rejecting something, just because this SOMETHING does not fit into our paradigm, does not correspond with certain teachings that we once absorbed. Many prophecies in general are difficult to digest spiritually at once, it takes some time. So, having all of this in mind, let’s focus purely on the facts.
Message number one: the world, creation of which is described in Gen.1:1, is a perfect, ideal world, it is not a «semi product» that needs to be refined:
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ׃
Firstly, it is identified by the definite article «hei» הַ in the words «heaven» and «earth». And secondly, this is greatly strengthened by a preposition/ particle «et» אֵת (Alef, Tav) standing before these words. All of this tells us about certain completeness, wholeness, «perfect kit» of all that is created and in its places. A definite article before the Heavens and the earth together with preposition «et», as wise men, the best experts of the Tanakh language, say: this whole «composition» tells us that it is not «just Heaven and earth», but Heaven and earth «in a complete, absolute format» with all that «goes along with» and to which there is nothing to be added. In fact, Genesis 1:1 describes the perfect world.
“Bara and Asah”
The next issue is related to words «bara» בָּרָא and «asah» עשה. In verse 1, there is a verb «bara», which indicates that Elohim created something that never existed, i.e. something unique. Besides, this verb “bara” has a meaning that something unique was created «out of nothing», if we can say so, i.e. this «something» is prior in its origin. And after the second verse and on, in relation to the earth and its components, exclusively, the verb «asah» is used, which has a meaning of to form, to make, to do from prior created, from available source material.
וְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחֹשֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵי תְהֹום וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל־פְּנֵי הַמָּֽיִם׃
King James Version:
Genesis1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
A more accurate translation would looks like this :
Genesis1:2 And the earth became/came to ruins (wilderness, confused) without form, and void; and darkness because of that was upon the face of the abyss. And Ruach Elohim moved upon the face of the waters.
So, in the 2nd verse we clearly see a disaster. First of all, the Heavens remained intact and were not in the same state as the earth. Secondly, it is not correct to put a conjunction «and» there. At the beginning of the verse there is a letter «waw«, which is both a copulative conjunction «and», and also used for separation of each new action, new event that occurred in the first chapter. In all other cases, this conjunction was translated as «and»: «And Elohim said…», «and Elohim made…», but in the 2nd verse in the King James Version translation of the Bible, we again see this particle, which is there «without rhyme or reason», so to speak. The KJV translation as many other translations was based on the Septuagint, the Greek Old Testament. Firstly, it was not the original text; secondly, Greek translations of some words «tamed» the true meaning of the Hebrew ones. May be, some of you will be interested to know, that in Judaism there was a certain principle of translations from the original into a particular language. In fact, there are many levels, lots of depth and many ways of translation, but as a rule, they choose such a variant form of a word that corresponds to the simplest and literal (direct) meaning: this principle is called “peshat” in Hebrew. And even in such a case, there are many «options». The purpose behind it is to let all peoples have the simplest, the surface understanding of the Scriptures. And those who want more — «let him learn the language of the prophets.» Therefore, many deep things one can understand only with the Holy Spirit and only when one reads the Word of the Almighty exactly as He said it, i.e., in the original language. Besides, according to the Jewish understanding, «the Torah has 70 faces», i.e. there are 70 facets and levels of understanding of the Word of the King of all kings, which expands the translation options greatly.
The reason how this particle «and» appeared in the KJV translation is that the literal translation corresponding with the original was «too out of pattern» for many. At that time the dogmatic theology of the Bible translators could not tolerate this, and thus the editorial cutting, actually, built new religious doctrines. People then in their countries and nations for the most part were illiterate, let alone the knowledge of Hebrew language! To add to this, the «Jewish issue» solved in a special way by «anti-Semitic fathers» of the Church, that, in general, marked everything Jewish as illegal and not worthy of attention. So, I think that the overall picture is clear …
Now if we talk about these two interesting Hebrew words, which are almost synonymous, but go together, to deepen the meaning: «tohu wa-bohu».
Tohu — תהוּ
devastation, ruin, destruction; nothingness, desolation; adj./adv.: in vain, worthless.
Tohu — derives from the word «li-tot» — not to understand, not to realize, and the derived word from it would be «toeh» — not understanding. This helps us to understand this concept on a deeper level. Here is a clue, what happened there was also incomprehensible for many. What happened and was happening was something that could not be understood or interpreted by the living even then.
Bohu — בהוּ
desolation, wasteness, emptiness.
This second word «bohu» is used in the Scriptures only three times, and in all of those cases it stands next to the word «tohu«: Gen.1:2; Is.34:11; Jer.4:23. In two cases, in KJV Bible, it is translated as «void», in the third — as «emptiness». These two words combined reinforce the main semantic meaning, always meaning ruin, desolation, destruction, devastation to the extreme degree, that is, «destruction to the superlative degree». Just read those two passages in the context of the surrounding verses and you will see it for yourself.
So, idyll, completeness, wholeness, harmony created by the Almighty in Genesis 1:1 was replaced by the complete opposite, i.e. destruction, extermination, desolation, and extreme level of devastation. Apparently, prophet Jeremiah was given this vision that took place in Gen.1:2. We understand it from the context, as well as the word combination, we examined above:
Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.
In the original language:
Yirmeyah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was tohu wa-bohu; And the heavens, they had no light.
Let’s read the following verses translated from the original language, in order to get the complete picture:
24And all the hills moved back and forth.
25 I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled. 26 I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the Yahweh, By His fierce anger.
27 For thus says the Yahweh: “The whole land shall be desolate; Yet I will not make a full end.
In this passage the Almighty has shown what «complete desolation» looks like, what this «tohu wa-bohu» actually means. It is a state, when there is «no light», none of the light reaches the surface of the earth, and there is no people, no fowl of the air, when the land that was fertile became a desert, when ALL of the cities were destroyed. When the confrontation in the Heavens happened and the rebellion against the will and the principles of the Almighty shifted to earth, the end result was a disaster. What is the result of a revolt against the Almighty? Correct: the judgment. The judgment in due time. Destruction came to earth and to those who lived there. We can read about this in the book of the prophet Isaiah:
Isaiah 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man (Hebrew: ISH) who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’
How did it all happen THEN? Was anyone out of living on earth saved, in terms of eternity? Did God the Almighty give someone a chance? Did everyone on earth follow the «son of the morning»? I will try to share some of my thoughts and revelations on this subject in the following parts. And here is another confirmation on the usage of the word «tohu»:
Isaiah 45:18 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 (tohu), Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.
In original language:
For thus says Yahweh, Who created the heavens, Who is Elohim, Who formed the earth and made (prepared) it, Who has established (appointed) it, Who did not create it not for tohu, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Yahweh, and there is no other.
If we translate it in another way, then the Almighty created and formed this earth: made it suitable, prepared it…, appointed it … («established it» — in KJV) not for «tohu», i.e. not for the desert and desolation … for «tohu» not to come to earth. Here we see an opposition: «to be INHABITED”, “for LIVING». And, despite this initial plan described in Gen.1:1, however, in Gen.1:2 came this very «tohu». Something happened that was not the perfect will of the Almighty, as a result the earth became «tohu», which is strengthened in the passage by a synonymous word «bohu».
I have heard an opinion that the passage from Is.14:12-17 is related to a period of our earth, because when Yeshua spoke about the «son of the morning», He said: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven», thus saying this about the future, prophetically. And this means that Satan was not thrown down to earth long time ago, but he will be thrown down and will be “broken when hitting the ground” after the events described in the 12th Chapter of the Revelation book. So, this is still to happen, right? Theoretically, yes, this version has a right to exist, but I personally do not quite agree with it for several reasons. Firstly, if we take the literal meaning, the verb «saw» stands in the past tense. Secondly, when a prophets speaks in the present time to someone he is with, about events in the future shown to him, he speaks in the present time, as in example with Bilam, the prophet: “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near;» (Numbers 24:17).
Thirdly, the enemy was able to operate and act in the «second heaven» or the «midst of heaven» because he and his army were “given a hand» before they «settled on earth». Yeshua did not say that «falling from the sky» Satan didn’t reach the ground, but «hovered in the second sky» or «midst of heaven», miraculously catching on something that is not there. We see that the «son of the morning» fell to earth non-stop catching a direct flight, so to say. When Yeshua was in the desert for 40 days, the enemy approached him while on earth and did not talk to Him from the «second heaven». Satan was allowed to take the Messiah to the pinnacle of the temple, then to an exceedingly high mountain (mount Everest, most likely), so we can tell he felt on earth like home. The control over the earth was given to Adam, but the enemy already had some influence on it, since the serpent already had been under his authority, and it was told to Adam not only tend the garden, but also to protect it. In fact, this passage is very prophetic. In its literal meaning it speaks about the events of the distant past, and indirectly it points at the future events that will register Satan’s «fall» as a “touchdown”. One does not contradict another, we will speak about this later.
Now I want to share a few words about the earth or land.
Genesis 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth, (“erets”- heb.)
We see that the Earth spoken of in the first verse, in Hebrew sounds like «erets»; it is land in its direct meaning not in its figurative meaning: «down to earth, worldly «. In the first verse (Gen.1:1) we see the land as «erets», in the second verse this «erets», which is later, in the 10th verse, called “dry land”, has already disappeared somewhere. Based upon epithets of the second verse, something «violent» and destructive happened that caused the land to disappear somewhere.
Ezekiel 28:16 “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones”.
The word «trade» was translated from the Hebrew word “rekullah”, which is normally used in situations related to commercial activities, advertising, trade, some business activity. Therefore, it would be more correct, to translate this passage as following:
Due to the abundance of your business activity (doing some errands), your insides were filled with injustice, untruth, and lawlessness («Chamas» in Hebrew. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) and you were guilty (missed the mark); as a profane thing you were cast out KERUB («cherub» — KJV.) who covers…
Here we see that the «son of the morning», which was created as KERUB «who overshadows» (we will talk about this term later), had an intensive business activity until the moment of his fall. In Heavens and on earth, there were many things to do, where he was involved and which he oversaw. His position, his level of authority and capability became a bed-rock, where the virus of sin advanced. This happened because of his damaged thinking, when he let in what was not allowed to let in and it was his choice, actually. There is a foundation for such a thought pattern if we examine Tanakh in the original that we will do later. Here comes an association with those in power in civil, military, financial and religious spheres: what a tight rope they walk. And how dangerous such an intensive business activity for the heart of a person, if they are not humble. There is a danger of creating an illusion of their excessive importance and greatness that can often lead to bad and, sometimes, tragic consequences. In the future, we will talk more about the motives of the fallen «son of the morning», as well as the «equipment» that was used by him while attempting coup d’état.
“The world that then existed perished, being flooded with water”
2 Peter 3:5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
In this passage of Scripture we see a double prophetic message. On one hand, it can be related to the Flood of Noach, but if we are not speaking “metaphorically”, if we take not a ball park interpretation, but literal meaning, that is required by a rule of Scriptures interpretation, then we will see that it is said here about the very first, ancient world «before Adam». «The world that then existed «is a translation of the Greek word «cosmos», which means «worldly affairs». THEN the earth itself was completely destroyed, as well as the system of relationships existing between the living beings. And the world during Noach living, on the contrary, was saved. And the earth was only «washed with water», but the complete destruction did not happen. People, animals, plants, and the water world were preserved, as well as a certain system of human relationships via family of eight people.
Pattern and the way
Now let’s take a look at this, so to say, diagram. In the beginning, everything is fine, the diagram line is at its maximum height, and everything is great (Gen.1:1). Then: Bang! And the line goes sharply down, in a sense, almost «to a zero» (Gen.1:2). At least, in the «Earth» part. And then, little by little, all of this begins to rebuild, to restore, as we can see, starting with Gen.1:3. Of course, such a restoration is a far cry from the restoration meant to be, but let’s say that the process of recovery has started. So, initially, the process went on, but for some reason it didn’t stay at its maximum level. The question is, why? I do not claim this to be a perfect explanation, but I agree that the diagram line could not stay at such a maximum level, having all of those specified parameters, one of which is a freedom of choice, that is meant to be tested. As the Scripture says, “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire,…» (1 Peter 1:7).
If initially the world had been given everything to the ultimate level and by having all the capabilities and the powers have aspired to reach its ideal state and perfection without passing a certain heart test, then it would have lost everything. I think the key here is a fundamental verse in the Scripture that says «an inheritance gained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed at the end». That world was not able to accept it, if I might say “swallow” and «digest» as one should. The lost world has not yet developed such a quality as» character», as well as wisdom that comes with endurance via which comes consciousness, understanding, and insight. The created perfect world was very much like a child or let’s says a teenager, who received their blessing to the maximum, and was not able to carry the burden due to their immaturity inside. There is an allusion to a parable of the prodigal son, which can help us to understand what is, actually, happened. Undoubtedly, there was also such a “thing” that is referred in the Scriptures as «mystery of lawlessness» that was at work and “influenced” the general situation development.
And so here goes a metaphysical question: if one understands that this world will not stand, why then create such a perfect world initially, but not to create something at a lower level, and then patiently and gradually go up? This would be more efficient and better for everyone, wouldn’t it? It is difficult to give a comprehensive and thorough answer to this question, but based on the principles of the Scripture itself, as well as what is already revealed to us through it, we can tell that in order to go somewhere purposefully one needs a certain pattern, a certain model. This is similar to a prophetic situation with the first Tablets, on which the commandments were written by the hand of the Almighty. Only fragments were left, but the tradition says that these fragments were placed in the Ark together with the new ones. I want to note here that the first Tablets were made completely without men’s hands. The Torah says that Mosheh received them directly from the Almighty. And carvings on the second Tablets Moshe made himself. So, in the second phase there were active participation on behalf of humanity, when people were recruited by God as «co-workers», and were undergoing designed for them circumcision of the heart and restoration of the relationship with the Heavenly Father, in order for them to do their part in restoration of the world. And as a result of this restoration, comprehension and submission, the human soul was to make its conscious choice in relation to the Creator, the Heavenly Father — the Father of all, as it is written; as well as to His son, Yeshua the Messiah, through whom He has perfected and granted redemption and reconciliation with Himself.
If the previous part was a Prologue, this is an Introduction. In the next part, I will try to focus on some of the heavenly realities that can be found in Scriptures, so that we can move on in understanding of this entire biblical concept.