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lated "in vain." Using the original Hebrew word, as originally in–
spired, it reads: "For thus saith the [Eterna!] that created the heavens;
God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath estab–
lished it, he created it not in vain [tohu), he formed it to be in–
Continue now with the remainder of verse 2 (Gen. l) (the
earth had become chaotic, waste, and empty): "And darkness was
upon the face of the deep [the ocean or fluid surface of the earth).
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And
God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw
the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the
darkness" (verses 2-4).
Satan is the author of darkness. The rebellion of the angels
had caused the darkness. God is the author of light and truth.
Light displays and enhances beauty, and also exposes evil. Dark–
ness hides both.
The verses which follow in this first chapter of the Bible de–
scribe the renewing of the face of the earth, yielding beautiful
lawns, trees, shrubs, ftowers, vegetation - then the creation of fish
and fowl, animallife, and finally man.
The Great Lucifer
But first, before coming to man, we need to fill in the prehistory
How did this sin of the angels come to take place? How did it
Remember, God the Creator
improves and en–
bances what He creates by His government. What He creates is
created to be used. This earth was to be inhabited and used by
angels, originally.
When God placed angels - apparently a third of all (Rev.
12:4) - on the newly created, perfect. beautiful and glorious
earth, He set over them, on a throne. to administer the govern–
ment of God, an archangel - the great cherub Lucifer. There
were only two other beings of this extreme!y high rank of cherub,
Michael and Gabriel.
So far as is revealed, these are the supreme pinnacle of Spirit–
composed beings within God's power to create. This Lucifer was a