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The Flat Earth & Genesis—One or Two Creations…
The Paradigms of Origins & Creation

Just when you thought you understood the biblical account of Genesis, this book (The Flat Earth & Genesis), comes along to show us how much we’ve mis-understood.  By focusing on the old Hebrew and early Christian understanding, the truth behind the two creation accounts is revealed.

Totally biblical, yet never taught in our modern enlightened church, this understanding of Genesis will also lift the veil on many of the issues the modern church struggles with.

From predestination and original sin, to evil and the source of suffering and tragedy in life, this book will answer your questions like no other book has ever been able to.

Discover why God really destroyed the earth with a flood, and why no “humans” were actually destroyed in it—all from the Bible.  

Discover what the curse on man and woman really means.  

Discover why we really need a Savior.  

Discover what really caused us to be condemned to death from the point of conception in this life.

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THE PUZZLE OF GOD’S WORD

For a long time people believed the earth was flat, only to find out later that it was round. And, for a long time now, people have believed that Genesis chapter one was the story of creation. However, we now find out that it is only a story of re-creation, and that actually the story of original creation is Genesis chapter 2 and 3—the Eden account.
The Bible has been correct all along. The Bible states that the earth is round (Isa. 40:22). The Bible also states that Eden is the original creation account (Gen. 2:4-3:24; Job 38:4-7; Ps. 51:5; John 3:18; Rom. 1:21, 3:23; Eph. 1:4-5). But, we just didn’t get it.
Even so, paradigms are hard to change. Back in history, when the earth was “known” to be flat, there were a few who thought it to be round. And today, even though it is accepted by most, that the priests (who put the Hebrew scrolls of the Torah of Moses, and the creation accounts together, during the time of David), got it right, there have always been some who thought that the two creation accounts didn’t quite fit.
Today, there are two sets of understanding concerning origins. Let us analyze which is the creation story of origin, and which is the story of re-creation, and how resolving this puzzle, actually solves another puzzle… predestination.
Studying God’s Word is like putting together a 10,000 piece puzzle. And, this puzzle of God’s Word is a difficult one, where all 10,000 pieces are the same basic color. God’s Word is like a puzzle of great light, and the entire picture is a great white light, and each piece is a piece of that light—the same white color on every piece. The only difference between each piece is its shape, its unique fit, and its proportion—its unique truth.
If you’ve ever participated with others in piecing together a puzzle, you know it starts out fairly easy. The pieces on the outside (the border), go together pretty quickly. Then, it gets really difficult to fit different pieces together, especially where they are all the same color. With different people all trying to fit the pieces together, sooner or later, someone finds a piece which seems so close to fitting, that they press it a little, to force it into place. Later on, what usually happens is that there are lots of other pieces and sections of the picture which just don’t seem to fit together anywhere. Then, someone finds that this one little piece was forced into place by someone awhile back. It actually doesn’t really fit into that place, even though it seemed right at the time, and even though everyone accepted that it belonged there all this time (because that is where it was found). But now, with more pieces assembled, it becomes clear that this piece, (which everyone assumed belonged there), doesn’t actually fit there. It belongs in a different place. But, we must note that just as it required a little force to put this piece into the wrong place, it will now require force to remove it. There will be resistance.
Assembling the Scripture puzzle takes time. Thousands of attempts are made to try and fit pieces together. Through all the attempts to fit pieces, every now and then, we may discover that a piece that we all accepted as orthodox (because it has always been interpreted as fitting that way), now has a slightly different fit. This is not the fault of the puzzle (God’s Word). This is not the fault of God—God and His Word are a perfect fit. This is a human problem. We are limited. We are not God. Therefore, we are not able to see how all the pieces truly fit together. That is, until someday, we are able to completely assemble God’s Word. One day, when these pieces are finally matched up (so that all the pieces fit together comfortably and agree with one another), then, we will have a complete picture of God’s light, His wisdom, His plan. Unfortunately, this may not occur during our lifetime. The puzzle is still being put together.  Satan is constantly disrupting our understanding.
There are many puzzle pieces within God’s Word, which we humans have not yet fully comprehended. Subjects such as:
Puzzle Piece #1: Are the creation accounts of Genesis 1, and Genesis 2 and 3, two accounts of the same creation event, or two accounts of two different creation events? And, if these are two separate creation events (the Hebrew/early Christian position), then, which came first? Have past generations of scholars forced this piece into a wrong place where it only “seems” to fit?
Puzzle Piece #2: How does God’s sovereignty, and our free will, fit together with God’s predestination? This puzzle piece of predestination, scholars can’t seem to fit anywhere. (see section on Predestination).
Puzzle Piece #3: Is sin inherited in some way from Adam and Eve? Or, are we each personally responsible for sin, even in the womb, before we are even born? Have we really found the correct fit for this puzzle piece of Original Sin? (see section on Original Sin)
Puzzle Piece #4: There are many views of the millennium. There are many ways scholars are trying to fit this puzzle piece of God’s Word into the picture. Where does it really fit? (33, 66, 67)

The puzzle of God’s Word is an ongoing project. The puzzle is not complete. The entire picture is not yet clear. Others before us have placed what pieces we do have into place. Perhaps, a couple of pieces are actually misplaced. God’s Word is correct. The pieces do fit somewhere, but perhaps a couple of pieces have been forced into a place they truly don’t fit. This means that, today, when we begin to try and fit in new pieces, having accepted the puzzle as correct the way we received it, we find many pieces which don’t quite fit. Perhaps, more pieces could fit, if we can find the piece, or pieces, which have been forced into place in the past.
A good example of a simple thing we have in our Bibles today, which everyone accepts at first (because it’s the way we received it), are the divisions of chapters and verses. For example, Genesis chapter one ends in verse 31, and then, chapter two begins. At first, the assumption is that chapter one is a set of common thoughts, and chapter two begins a new thought. However, the original Hebrew, Arabic, and Greek, have no such divisions. These were added later as the Bible was translated into English. And, in fact, all scholars today (including the Hebrew scholars), agree that Genesis chapter one actually ends at Genesis 2:4, and that Genesis chapter two actually begins at Genesis 2:4. The first three verses of Genesis chapter two are a summary conclusion for chapter one, and don’t really belong in chapter two.
In this book, we will discover the old Hebrew rabbinical understanding of the Old Testament texts, and the Jewish Greek understandings of both the Old and New Testament texts, and compare these understandings with current evidence, as well as pieces of the puzzle of God’s Word, which have been assembled since the time of Christ, always using Scripture to test Scripture. By doing this, I try and determine if certain puzzle pieces actually belong where someone in the past has put them. For example, should Genesis chapter one be ahead of Genesis chapters two and three? Let us explore some Hebrew understandings of Genesis, and see if perhaps these pieces fit comfortably in another arrangement. Whereas, the way they are arranged now seems a little forced (33).
It would appear that the oral stories, or written Hebrew scrolls of the Torah (including the two creation account narratives), which were all handed down from Moses, were combined during the period of David (around 1,000 B.C.). The sources for these writings have been attributed to J, E, D, and P sources. The J and E sources are the oldest, “J” referring to Yahweh, the name of God used in the writings of Eden (the Germans use the letter “J,” in place of “Y” for Yahweh), and “E” referring to Elohim, the name of God used in writings of the 7-day creation. This is based upon many studies, and there is a good discussion of whether to accept these descriptions, or not, as well as their arrangements, and their dates, in Professor Rendsburg’s work on the book of Genesis (1). It has been found that the Hebrew Torah contains no later period Persian influence on the words used in the Torah, which one does find in writings done after 586 B.C. (the Babylonian Exile). Therefore, the Torah (which includes Genesis), does, in fact, pre-date David’s time (1, 8, 9, 12). There are some who date the work of the scribe, or priest (who put the writings together), to as late as 920 B.C., due to the Genesis 47:11 reference to the “land of Rameses.” This was a reference by the scribe, or priest, to inform the readers of exactly where Israel lived in Egypt (the delta region where the city of Rameses was built). Most Egyptologists place the date of Rameses to 1250 B.C., but some place the date as late as 920 B.C., based upon a developing “new chronology” (2). Either way, the date of the written Torah can be placed during the period of David and Solomon (1,000 B.C.). Understanding, of course, that these scrolls, and oral stories, trace all the way back to Moses, per Jesus (John 5:45-47).
Dr. William Cooper, British historian, notes that if Genesis were written during, or after, the captivity of the Israelites in Babylon (6th and 5th centuries B.C.), they would have used the Babylonian and Persian calendar calculations (month and days), which the Jewish people did use in all other daily life functions. However, when the days and months are written about in Genesis, exact 30-day months are referenced (5 months of 150 days— Gen. 7:11-8:4). During and after the Jewish people were in Babylon, they used the existing knowledge of days and months, which required 29 days and other adjustments, which they still use, even today. Genesis, however, is very specific as to 30 days, which agrees with the monthly patterns (which would have been in existence before the massive break-up of earth, due to the flood) and further earth-splitting (which science agrees occurred in the past such as Pangaea—the one land mass), breaking up into the continents we observe today. The earth/moon cycle has changed in the past (as noted in the “Age & Geology” section of the book “Science, Origins, & Ancient Civilizations—Scientific Evidence Withheld from School Textbooks” (65).
The original Genesis scrolls pre-date the period of David and Solomon (1000 B.C.). Abraham’s marriage to his half-sister (1900 B.C.) was prohibited under Mosaic Law (Gen. 20:12; Lev. 18:9). It is very unlikely that the Jews of the exilic period (500 B.C.) would have fabricated offensive events, or preserved such stories, unless these were already part of God’s record to preserve. Also, the prevalent use of the “El” compounds for the name of God (God Almighty—El Shaddai—Gen. 17:1) contrasts with their virtual absence in the first millennium texts (1000 B.C.) which came later.
The scribe, or priest, who put the scrolls together, had the responsibility of keeping the exact words from the scrolls intact, and at the same time, introducing the scroll to the reader (as in Gen. 1:1), or combining the scrolls together (as in Gen. 2:4), or providing clarification (such as in Gen. 47:11).
Let’s examine these three examples before we proceed to go verse-by-verse through the creation.
GENESIS 1:1 Introduction:
The introduction to the creation account is rendered in English by the old Hebrew Septuagint (300 B.C.) understanding as: “God created the heavens and earth—2) but earth became unformed and void with darkness over the surface of the deep abyss and a wind from God brooded over the waters, God said, ’Let there be light.’ And, there was light.” (emphasis mine). This Hebrew understanding separates the second verse from the first verse by using the word “but.” Isaiah 45:18 tells us that God did not create the earth formless (“tohu wabohu”).  This rendering tells the reader that something happened on the earth after the cosmos was created. The 7-day creation event (which follows this introduction in our Bibles today), “seems” to fit in the sequence.  But, as we will discuss, for many reasons, it is misleading to place the Eden account after the 7-day account, as we find it today. Ironically, once one is familiar with the differences, and understands God’s overall plan, it doesn’t really matter which creation event is listed first, because we recognize that verse one and two of Genesis chapter one are separate thoughts. Up until science and evolution entered the picture, there was no reason to question the meaning behind each creation narrative, or their order. Thus, Jesus and the early Christians had no problem using the Torah as handed to them. And, we also will have no problem with the order, once we understand what the early Christians understood, before the fourth century.  Verse two introduces the 7-day account (where the earth begins as formless), whereas, verse one introduces the original creation (which was not formless—Eden—Isa. 45:18).  Hebrew language scholars tell us that verse one records the creation in the “perfect tense,” meaning that it is complete, whereas, the days following are recorded in the “narrative tense,” meaning that they are unfolding—not complete.  All this suggests that there are two distinct creation accounts.
The introduction to the creation account is rendered in English by the late Christian understanding (the King James being translated well after the fourth century as: “In the beginning, God created the heaven(s) and the earth. 2) And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved over the surface of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (emphasis mine). This late Christian understanding, while it separates the first verse from the second, it also tries to combine these two separate thoughts (these two separate events). Here again, this “seems” to fit, but as we will discuss, for many reasons, it is misleading to place the Eden account after the 7-day account. Again, once one is familiar with the differences, it doesn’t really matter which one is listed first, because the reader will understand God’s plan. Our paradigm, or view, will be that of God’s plan, and not based on naturalism or science. The early Christian understanding was actually closer to the old Hebrew (see the “Early Christian Doctrine” study at Target Truth Ministries.com), Either way, whether one chooses the old Hebrew, or the late Christian understanding of verse one, the conjoining word “And” (as well as the word “was” in verse two), in the Christian understanding, should be rendered “But,” and “became,” or “had become” respectfully.  This allows verse two to stand alone in both translations. The old Hebrew word for “And” (vav) is translated as “But” in the Hebrew Septuagint, and the word “was” (hayah) is translated as “became.” It is a transitive verb requiring action, just as used in Genesis 19:26. As I will examine later, the Hebrew scribe or priest obviously had a paradigm of the cosmos preceding the earth, and therefore, introduces the more cosmic event (the 7-day account), before the more earthly event (the Eden account). The Christian paradigm is that God created “ex nihlio” (out of nothing), original creation. Therefore, the late Christian translation separates verse one from verse two, because the rest of the 7-day account is obviously not “ex nihlio,” which agrees with the Hebrew understanding (1). Either way, we will come to understand that verse one tells us that God created everything (original creation). Then, verse two tells us that something happened (the Fall—tohu wabohu—Isa. 45:18). In verse three, we then read where God re-created things during this 7-day creation event which follows. This will be further developed as we begin our verse-by-verse analysis later. Here, at the very beginning, the scribe or priest’s job is to introduce the accounts to the reader. Genesis 1:1 introduces the two creation accounts.
GENESIS 2:4
Combining:

Hebrew scholars point out that here is where we find an example of how the scribe or priest combined these two creation accounts (these two creation scrolls)—how the scribe or priest joined them together. The verse four rendering of “heavens and earth,” followed by the reverse rendering of “earth and heaven,” is used by the scribe or priest to inform us (in our current Bible structure), that we are moving from the 7-day event to the Eden event. The Hebrew scholars have no problem understanding that there are two separate creation stories. Many modern Christian scholars try and find ways to blend them together. But, as we shall discuss in the verse-by-verse analysis, there are numerous differences between these two accounts, which do, in fact, point to two different events in time. Ironically, resolving this puzzle leads us to an understanding of another vexing problem which has plagued Christians for centuries—predestination. Genesis 2:4 is the priest’s way of transitioning from one creation event to the other. We will discover that the transition should be from Eden to the 7-day event.
GENESIS 47:11
Clarification:
Here, the scribe (or priest), is simply clarifying for the reader, that is, informing later generations, exactly where, in Egypt, that Israel lived (which, today, archeologists have also identified as the delta region in the area of the city of Rameses).
The question we will analyze in the following verse-by-verse study is not whether God’s Word is correct and true. The words passed down from Moses are absolutely correct and true, per Jesus (John 5:45-47). The question is whether the scribe or priest could only have placed these two creation accounts in this order, or would it have been acceptable to reverse them, so that the account of Eden would precede the account of the seven days. As I mentioned already, the Hebrew scholars indicate that the 7-day account is a more “cosmic” account, and therefore, it was selected to be the first account. Whereas, the Eden account is more earthly. I do not doubt that this is exactly correct, that the scribe or priest chose this arrangement based upon man’s understanding of the world—the understanding that the cosmos (the “Big Bang” as we call it today), preceded the earth—this is human understanding. And, up until science and evolution entered the picture, there was no reason to question the meaning behind each creation narrative. Now that we are forced to re-examine these two creation events more closely, ironically, this will help us understand another piece of God’s plan, the puzzle piece of predestination.
God’s overall message in the Bible is that we are, hopefully, heading to the ultimate perfect eternity, Paradise. Unfortunately, some will be forever condemned to hell. We also know that God’s original creation was a perfect creation (Paradise or Eden), not the cosmic universe we see today, which science informs us is slowly dying and heading to destruction. Therefore, the original creation account of origins should be the Eden account, God’s perfect creation, which is in agreement with Paradise to come (Rev. 21-22). Eden is the account we should first read, so that we can clearly understand exactly why we need the 7-day re-creation event (this dying cosmos), which is a temporary period of time for salvation—a creation in which we find ourselves looking forward to that time in the future, of restoration back to Paradise and reconciliation with God, for all those who trust in Christ (John 14:6).

So, let us look at these two Genesis accounts, and analyze this possible understanding that Genesis 1:1 is the overall introduction of the original creation.  This verse is written in the “perfect tense” indicating that the creation work of verse one is complete. One needs to proceed to Genesis chapters two and three for the actual story of that original creation (Paradise or Eden). It is in this creation of Paradise that Satan, and then, many of the host, chose the lesser good (self), over the greater good (God). And, because of this sin (pride and disobedience of God), the resulting 7-day re­creation event is necessary (for a limited time), to establish God’s plan of salvation (the reconciliation), the restoration of those who have sinned, back to a relationship with God—back into Paradise again (Rev. 21-22).

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