“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
1- “and Elohim reads the Light a day and the Darkness (He) read (simple past) night
2- and comes sunset and comes morning (or tomorrow), day one.”
Notice how verb to read (קרא) was used in the present tense with the setting of day, whereas it was used in the past tense with the setting of night. This backs up the fact that night was there by default.
This forming of the day light, before the sky was even created, is something to think about. Here we have the cycles of time being set in motion before the stars where put in place.
Could it be that light and darkness did not mean the mere physical appearance or disappearance of photons?
What if darkness was the emptiness of life that only God can truly have and give? What if it was death; an existence without the presence of God?
Does death mean the absolute and utter annihilation of what is? We know that theologically speaking, it is not. Death is a state of existence without God. In Hell, the dead is very aware of their tormented state. If God doesn’t provide, doesn’t heal and doesn’t keep the stars in their place, true life will seize even if the soul remained. The degradation and eventually death of the soul does not consist in the existence of the physical body on earth. The soul can come undone even in this present reality, if it loses all connection with God.
Therefore, the darkness found in Genesis presented an earthly realm without God. There is no knowing if God had created earth long time ago before the events recounted in Genesis of the bible, and for whatever reason, earth had fallen off grace, was disconnected from God and was left dead for ions.
The other possibility is that God didn’t create the pre-earth state. This would mean that God, although He is the creator of all life and encompasses all life within him, didn’t create darkness or death, thus didn’t create the realm of darkness nor the realm of death. I personally support this theory based on the gospel of John; the only gospel which is to our knowledge was written by a true disciple of Jesus Christ. 1John1:5 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
In fact, there is an innate animosity between light and evil; neither will accept to cooperate or collaborate. A weak light might succumb under a heavy weight dark force and lose its salvation and die.
John 3:20 “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”
Likewise, a faint dark might surrender to the glory of light and be salvaged.
John 12:46 “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”
John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
For those who chose to pay more consideration to Isaiah 45:7 than to the gospel of John, I believe that they haven’t only placed themselves under the Mosaic law, but they also deprived themselves of the true knowledge that Jesus Christ came to declare about his Father.
God may, indirectly use the affect of darkness and ultimately turns things for the good of the person or for God’s glory; thus the salvation of many souls, but He neither created darkness nor in contact with it. Though He may enter in communication with it. For the war between darkness and light is still waging. Jesus said about it in Matthew 11: 12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”
Therefore, I believe that God neither created darkness nor allows it to reck havoc on earth or in heaven. Moreover, God promises that darkness will be completely defeated and removed from any type of existence and will be completely annihilated when the war is over.
Also for those who teach that Satan and his army work for God and are a ‘hired hand’ to help discipline humanity and bring them to submission, I say this is a very different theology from that which Jesus came to deliver. To make such claims is to perceive humanity to be the real ‘satan’, which means the real enemy of God. In this type of theology, Lucifer secretly becomes the ‘messiah’, the servant of God who, through the evil he is bringing upon people, is helping to perfect the finish work of the potter’s pots. This is Christianity reversed on its head. There is no where in the New Testament that confirms this teaching.
So, if God is pure light and darkness is not in him (and by darkness we mean evil, hate, revenge, sadism, etc), who then created Hell, and why Jesus talks about Hell in the New Testament?
2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;”
Jude 12-13 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, … twice dead, … for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.”
These verses communicate a particular understanding of what Hell is in essence. It is utter darkness and it is death itself. And since darkness is the default state of things, then Hell also is.
Here in Genesis, we see God invading darkness (Hell) and shedding his light on a part which is this realm we currently live in. His light begun the creation through his word. Creating a new life for the inhabitants of this earthly realm which are to be created new with God’s breath (life) in them. Thus, the creation of this earth was not first hand creation, but it was a creation of life in a dark world and a creation of a spirit in a dead soul. When the bible mentions first hand creation, it never takes into consideration the realm of darkness for it is a dead realm. Also, when it declares that God is the only creator of life, it does so based on a stead fast understanding that hell is not a living realm, in spite of the presence of alertness (of the mind) and the physical movement within it. God is the only creator of life, but He also creates only life. He does not create death. Although, He creates within death to transform the soul into a living being. God invades death/darkness and as He expends his presence, darkness shrinks and is brought to a halt.
Thus, this realm God has created in Genesis is not eternal. It is a temporary creation through which God vowed to do everything it takes to free as much as possible from slavery into eternal salvation. Only those who reject God’s offer of salvation are doomed and will return to the realm of darkness.
Here, again, there is a group of thinkers who perceive Hell to be an ex-territory of God and its residents to be fallen angels. This interpretation is too concerned with presenting God’s total power and dominion over everything, that it misses the point and ends up portraying God in a bad shade. For if God has created the soul of Satan, and of those angels that fell from grace, out of nothing, then how can the creation be flawed? And if it is, how can the creation to be blamed for its flaws? This point of view, a part from the fact that it’s based on the literal interpretation of the bible and does not demonstrate a deep insight into the word, portrays God as less than perfect, whether in his creation skills or in his character (issue of fairness).
Two biblical references are not to be missed:
1st in Job 2:1-13 “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.”
Notice here that Satan means the enemy. The angel who was named the enemy is Lucifer. Notice here that Lucifer came to meet God on the day arranged for the sons of God to come and meet God. Thus I conclude that Lucifer was still a son of God in the time of Job. His going to and fro the earth does not mean that he lived in rebelliousness, spreading evil deeds on the earth, as many think. Lucifer was appointed to be the King of the earth and it was his role to oversee it. He governed spiritual connection with humans and controlled how angels served here on earth. He was still an angel worthy to come and bow before God on the day God met his sons. However, Lucifer was a bit distinct from the other angels or sons of God. Let’s see why.
In Revelation 12:10 – Lucifer was called “the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night”
What was different about Lucifer, who was one of the sons of God, is that he liked to point the finger and shows God the others’ short comings. He was a religious perfectionist who had a zeal for God, but whose perfectionism affected the peace and serenity of the sons and daughters of God and eventually turned Heaven into a battle ground. No wander God begun a conversation with him about Job’s greatness, for Lucifer could find fault in everyone but himself and his followers.
This interpretation shows the bankruptcy of the claim that the Koran makes and that which other christians share, which believes that Lucifer turned into an enemy of God before the creation of earth. On the opposite, Lucifer kept his status of being a son of God long after the creation of human beings on earth. Lucifer didn’t start evil on earth. Evil was the default and Lucifer’s transformation into a son of God through consciousness was not a full transformation. Lucifer was overzealous and relapsed into darkness through his fight against darkness.
Job was nearly the only book that describes Lucifer to be an enemy, yet his status was still that of a Son of God.
The next few verses will tell us when exactly Lucifer lost his status as a son of God and was made to leave Heaven:
Revelation 12 (ESV)
12 “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. 5 She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne,…”
This clearly speaks about the birth of Jesus Christ, from within the nation of Israel. Jesus who is sitting on the throne of God as we speak. Before Jesus’ birth, Lucifer was still a prominent Heavenly figure and was winning the battle. He single handedly over powered the third of the angels and threw them to earth, which is the upper surface of the realm of darkness. Lucifer was the highest conscious entity. He was God manifest. He had the power to accuse and the power to prosecute. He sat on the thrown of God and reigned. But through his reign, he filled people and angles alike with dread of God.
God knew what Lucifer was like, but He needed to wait for the light to become lighter and the darkness to become darker. He prepared the way for Jesus through Abraham’s seeds and David’s descendants and kept the matter from Lucifer who was still an angle of light, walking from and to the earth, doing what God was asking of him. King Saul and King David are a perfect analogy of Lucifer and Jesus.
It is only after Jesus was born and was caught up to the thrown of God, that war in Heaven took place under his power:
Revelation 12 (ESV)
“7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
So, who is God? What is his nature? Through the bible we understand that God the Father is pure consciousness.
He is the light that conquers darkness, sow life in it and transforms it to its higher self. God is the power of true awareness, of awakening, of enlightenment. God is pure energy and has no physical manifestation, whether earthly or otherwise.
However, God creates and gives birth to entities who are worthy to become the full manifestation of Himself. Lucifer was appointed to be the full manifestation of God, and was empowered to sit in his thrown and govern. Though, he had proven to be unworthy of the task, and thus Jesus was created to be the perfect temple. Thus the full manifestation of God departed from Lucifer and dwelled in Jesus, leaving Satan weak and defeated.
Isaiah 14 (ESV) 3-32