Genesis 1: 1 - 2: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The fourth seal; Jeffersonville, Indiana; March 21, 1963
I was talking to a person not long ago. He was trying to discuss with me and saying, “Aren’t you ashamed to say that God created the heavens and earth in three days-or in six days?”
I said, “That’s what the Bible said”.
Said, “Well, we’ve got evidence and can prove that the world is millions of years old”.
I said, “That didn’t have anything to do with it. In Genesis 1: 1, it said, ‘In the beginning God created heavens and earth’ period. See? That’s all. Now, the world without form and void”. And I said, “I believe every seed was laying right there from some other civilization or something, and as soon as the water lifted off and the light struck it, up come the trees and everything”.
When God creates something, it is perfect and complete. The creation of Genesis 1: 1 was a civilization consisting of mineral life, botany life, animal life and marine life; this civilization existed before Adam for an unknown duration and was eventually destroyed by God. The period between Genesis 1: 1 and the beginning of Genesis 1: 2 is filled with this pre-Adamic civilization.
Jeremiah 4: 23 - 27: I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger. For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
The prophet Jeremiah likened the land of Idumea to the earth which became without form and void; Idumea was destroyed, but God did make a full end of the land because it still exists today as the modern nation of Jordan, just as God did not make a full end of the earth in Genesis 1: 2, for He began to restore it to its former glory from Genesis 1: 3 onward.
Though the earth was covered by water in Genesis 1: 2, the seed of vegetation from the civilization of Genesis 1: 1 was still in the earth so that when the light of Genesis 1: 3 struck this buried seed, then the vegetation came back into expression. The marine life and animal life however were created (made) afresh according to Genesis 1: 21 and Genesis 1: 25 because they became extinct in the destruction that befell the civilization of Genesis 1: 1.
Revelation 12: 7 - 9: And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Lucifer and his angels were cast out of Heaven and exiled to the earth; Satan was cast into the civilization of Genesis 1: 1 so that he began to pervert that creation into such a degraded state that God had no choice but to destroy it and begin afresh. It was in this civilization of Genesis 1: 1 that Satan learned how to possess the animal kingdom so that he could use the Serpent of Genesis 3: 1 to sow perversion and cause the creation to again take a tumble.
It is likely that a large meteorite struck the earth in Genesis 1: 2 and created a super tsunami that covered the earth in water. There is much evidence to support this scenario, but all the exact details may never be known till the LORD reveals those things to us in Glory.