Q. I’m hoping you can help with a discussion my wife and I are having regarding creation. I know that some parts of Genesis can be “proven” date wise based on written information and compared with the time frame that societies existed ie, Pharoah and Egypt etc.
Our question is though is there any way to figure out approximately when man (Adam and Eve) first appeared on Earth? There are so many shows on the subject of the age of the earth as well as mankind that it gets very confusing. It seems that most of the media is untrustworthy when it comes to these issues, and I don’t know if they are intentionally trying to deceive people into doubting the Bible or are they just mistaken? our Pastor has the same opinion that you do that information should be tested against the Bible but some things are not given full explanation.
Also have you heard the opinion or idea of “earth ages”? I have heard a minister speak of separate earth ages (we are in the 2nd) where in the 1st earth (I know you have mentioned this in other letters) that Satan interefered in Gods original creation and God began creation again where Genesis begins.
One last question, I know that the Bible speaks of the war in Heaven between God and Satan and his army but are there books available that expand on this topic and its time frame? It seems that different translations of the Bible offer insight into this but without a degree in Hebrew or Greek we are left without much info. Thanks for your response to my long letter.
A. In the Jewish calendar this is year 5767 since the creation of man. It’s believed that in Biblical times a couple hundred years or so may have been lost. In the early 1600’s Bishop James Ussher published one of the most highly regarded chronologies of the world, placing the Creation in 4004 BC, or 6011 years ago. And yes, I believe that a judgment of Earth occurred between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis, probably involving Satan’s rebellion.
The war in Heaven between Michael and his angels and Satan and his angels is still in our future. It takes place just prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation, 3.5 years before the 2nd Coming. It’s mentioned in Rev. 12:7-17. You’ll also fine hints of it in Ezekiel 28:17-19. I don’t know of any books that deal specifically with this topic.