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Bible Q & A

Q. How could life have existed on the earth before Adam if the sun were created on the 4th day?
A. Many have misunderstood Genesis I. And for that reason, their preconceived ideas contradict what the Bible plainly says.

The sun, moon, and stars had been created at the beginning (Gen. 1:1) long before the 4th day of re-creation. In our article Two Creations Two Worldwide Floods will show, in detail, how the earth became “without form and void” (Gen. 1:2). The rebellion of the cherub named Lucifer threw the earth into vast chaos (Isa. 14:12-15; Ez. 28:12-17, Jude 6; II Peter 2:4, and other scriptures.

“Darkness was upon the face of the deep” (the surface of the earth was completely covered by water because of the rebellion of Lucifer Gen. 1:9-10.

Why? Because of smoke and gases that encircled the earth! The light of the already existing sun and moon (Gen. 1:1) was unable to shine through this blanket until God began to clear away the atmosphere (Gen. 1:3-5). Enough of the atmosphere was cleared away on the first day that sufficient sunlight was filtered through to distinguish day from night.

Genesis 1:14-18 says nothing to indicate that God was at that time creating these heavenly bodies. Rather, God was clearing away the remainder of the clouds and gases, thus allowing the sun, moon, and stars to shine through in their full brilliance upon the earth!

In Genesis 1:16 the word translated “made” would be better rendered “appoint.” God appointed “two great lights” the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made (or appointed) the stars also.” On that 4th day the heavenly bodies were arranged in their present orbits and positions in the heavens. They had been created long before.
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