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Two sets of time are found in the N.T. that should be kept distinct, "from the
foundation of the world" and "before the foundation of the world". The latter is used
once only of the redeemed, namely of those called during the dispensation of the
Mystery. The verbal form of the word translated "foundation" is rendered "cast-down" in
II Cor. 4: 9 and Rev. 12: 10, and in the articles mentioned above, twenty-nine
occurrences of this same word used in the Septuagint (the Greek version of the O.T.) are
set out where the translation is consistently "throw down", "break down", "overthrow",
never create, build or plant. If each reference be read in its context, the references will be
found to be those of battle, of siege, of destruction, of judgment. We believe it is
impossible for any reader not to be impressed with the solidarity of its witness.
The first verse of Gen. 1:, tells us of the initial act of creation, which took place in the
The second verse of Gen. 1: tells us of an overthrow, a judgment that fell upon the
earth, the darkness only being dissipated at long last by the movement of the spirit of God
and the words of God "Let there be light".
These words compel us to turn to one utterance made by the apostle Paul, which will
show that he at least believed that Gen. 1: 1, 2 speaks of a state comparable to the fall
and conversion of man.
"For God Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our
hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ"
(II Cor. 4: 6).
The context of this quotation speaks of Satan and his ways, and we shall have to
consider the teaching of Scripture with reference to the fall of the angels before we can
answer the question "why did judgment fall upon the earth?" as indicated in Gen. 1: 2.
The Present Creation likened to a Tabernacle.
pp. 110 - 113
At either end of the Sacred Volume a revelation is given for which no human witness
was or could be available, namely, in Genesis, Moses looks back before Adam to the
preparation of the present heaven and earth for man, and John, in the Revelation looks
forward to the future Day of the Lord and the ushering in of the New Heavens and New
Earth, for which, once again, no human witness was possible. The prophetic vision alone
could reveal either the past to Moses or the future to John. The past was made known to
Moses in a series of revelations occupying seven days, all of which except the seventh,
being divided into two parts, the evening and the morning were the first, second,
third day, etc. The future was made known to John by a series of revelations in the form
of seven visions, each being a pair, (1) something taking place in heaven, followed by
(2) something taking place on earth. These lead up to the New Creation of Rev. 21: 1.