Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Question about a Pre-Adamite Race?

Does the Bible really support the existence of a pre-Adamite race of human beings?

By Abraham Israel

Most of those who believe there was pre-Adamite race base their belief on the scriptures in Jer 4:23 and Isaiah 45:18

I believe that the scriptures in Jer 4 is taken out of context and expounded incorrectly. And they believe that God destroyed this world of people in the time Gap present in between the scriptures of Gen 1:1 and Gen 1:3. I believe that there was a Gap between Gen 1:2 and Gen 1:3, but it was not due to the rebellion of the pre-Adamites rather it was due to Lucifer’s rebellion against God in which he took one third of Angels along with him (Rev 12:3-4).

As the Bible clearly says that while God began to create the earth “in the beginning” (Gen 1:1), all the angels of God who are called as “the morning stars sang together [i.e. Lucifer and all the arch angels along with him (Isa 14:12)] … and all the sons of God [Note: all the sons of God denotes that there was still no rebellion among the angelic community, one third of which rebeled a little while later by seperating themselves from fulfilling the purpose of God (Matt 6:10; Job 1:6; 2:1)] shouted for joy” (Job 38:7).

How many flood? One or two?

Also Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3:3-7 has said, “3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 

Here we see the Apostle Peter has prophesied that as time passes and the end time generation appears in the last days, scoffers will walk in the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:16) and will begin to question about the rapture which has been promised by Jesus to the Church. We know that this creation that Apostle Peter was speaking about was not a pre-Adamite generation but our present Adamite humans. How do we know this? Because he has said that the scoffers will say “since the fathers fell asleep”, it is clearly conveying a human generation that has come out of the union of Adam and Eve. And also the scoffers of the last days are referring to the six literal days of creation in which God created in the beginning when they say that, “all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” (Exodus 31:17; Gen 1:1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31).

When Apostle Peter says that the scoffers willfully forget that “by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water”. What he was saying is, Jesus who is the word of God is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Col 1:16). He is holding the world and sustaining it by the word of His power (Heb 1:3). When Apostle Peter said about the heavens he just said, “heavens were of old”, in other words he was referring to Gen 1:1 in which God created the heavens. But when he said about the earth as “standing out of water and in the water” he is speaking about the earth after the chaotic picture of darkness and water covering all the earth in Gen 1:2. How do we know for sure that Peter spoke about the earth after the chaos of Gen 1:2? Because only on the second day of creation, God “let the waters under the heavens be gathered together in to one place, and let the dry lad appear” (Gen 1:9) and then “God called the dry land Earth…” (Gen 1:10). So in context, immediately after this Peter speaks about, “…the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water”. If we ask the question, which world perished after the creation of the earth by God? We see only one flood in the time of Noah which destroyed the whole world, which Apostle Peter had already referred in his earlier first epistle itself in 1 Peter 3:20 (Gen 6:13-14; 7:21)

Many people wrongly see this phrase “the world that then existed” as a pre-Adamite time in which a race of people who lived during that time perished in the Lucifer’s rebellion. But as we have seen exactly according to the context this is the flood of Noah’s time in which the whole world perished due to extreme violence and sinfulness of all flesh (Gen 6:5, 7). God promised exactly after the earth had dried completely that He will never ever destroy the earth with water again (Gen 8:21; 9:11, 15, 17), so Apostle Peter at the end of 2 Peter 3:7 said that the present heavens and the earth that are now existing presently have been “reserved for fire until the day of judgment [i.e. great white throne judgment (Rev 20:11-14)] and perdition of ungodly men” after the Millennium rule of Jesus Christ at the end of the day of the Lord (2 Peter 3:10; Rev 20:8-9, 11). This clear exposition of the above scriptures shows that these particular verses should not be taken out of context by reading something in to the verses without analyzing it deeply.

What about Jer 4:23?

We can now see the scripture in Jeremiah 4:23-26 which has made many to believe wrongly of a pre-Adamite tribe. Jeremiah 4:23-26 says, “23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; and the heavens, they had no light. 24 I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, and all the hills moved back and forth. 25 I beheld, and indeed there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens had fled. 26 I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of the LORD, by His fierce anger.” If we read the above scriptures at the first glance it seems that the whole chunk of the above scriptures is speaking about the creation time chaos in Gen 1:2. But if we see it in context, it is not. We can easily say from the first reading itself that Jer 4:23 is speaking about Gen 1:2, because that is the only place in the Bible where it is explicitly told that “the earth was without form, and void”. And the phrase “the heavens, they had no light” in Jer 4:23 is described in Gen 1:2 as “darkness was on the face of the deep”

God has clearly said in His word, “Search from the book of the LORD, and read: Not one of these shall fail; not one shall lack her mate. For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.” (Isaiah 34:16). In other words, the above verse says that all the scriptures in the Bible have been spoken personally out of God’s mouth and the Spirit of the Lord has gathered them. If we want to substantiate what we believe is right according to the intention that God has spoken, then we must search the Bible and find the unfailing promises of the book and back it up with a scripture-mate that does speak the same intent of God. If we do the above instruction without fail, we are exactly speaking the will of God and His purpose. If not, we are wrong in interpreting the purpose of God. 

Now get the context right

The Book of Jeremiah was written by Prophet Jeremiah between 630 and 580 B.C. The Book of Jeremiah records the final prophecies to Judah, warning of oncoming destruction if the nation does not repent. Jeremiah calls out for the nation to turn back to God. At the same time, Jeremiah recognizes the inescapability of Judah’s destruction due to its unrepentant idolatry and immorality.

At this point of time, the whole people of Judah became rebellious and as a result of it were in chaos. The question we should ask ourselves is, ‘Could God be comparing the Spiritual state of this time in the nation of Judah to the chaotic picture of rebellion of all the angels that happened in Gen 1:2?’ By all means this is the best possible way God can bring the nation of Judah the message of Judgment which was served to Satan and his angels during that time of creation (Jer 4:23). This is what He has done in the above scriptures by expressing in the next three verses in Jer 4:24-26 of how the state of the future of the nation of Judah will be because of the rebellion. 

God has expressed that the nation of Judah even though has mountains around it as a fortress to protect it; it is going to tremble and the hills move back and forth in despair. Men will cease to exist and birds of heaven will not live in the mountains anymore but will flee to others parts of the earth because of the dryness of the land. The fruitful land will become wilderness and all the cities will be broken down because the presence of God will judge in His anger the people of the nation of Judah for its rebellion. Actually because this was a vision that Jeremiah saw, he has plainly said “I beheld, I beheld…..” It is we the interpreters who should understand that the prophesy of Jeremiah is a divine comparison and a metaphor of Satan’s rebellion with which God foreshortened and conveyed the message of judgment to the nation of Judah which was completely immersed in idolatry, immorality and rebellion at that point of time. And also we should note that when the chaos in Gen 1:2 happened, there were still no birds created on earth. So the bottom line is, through one verse of Jer 4:23, God was pointing the past and was painting the future picture of the judgment of the nation of Judah in the next three verses of Jer 4:24-26. From this we can clearly understand according to the context God was not speaking about the broken cities, birds and pre-Adamite race that lived before the creation, but the future destruction of the nation of Judah for its rebellion and idolatry.
I am also giving five Biblical reasons why there cannot be a pre-Adamite race, along with the clear exposition of the already seen problem verses which are normally wrongly interpreted. 

1) Sin came in to the world through only one man 

Apostle Paul says, “...through one man [i.e. Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom 5:12). In other words, the above verse says that there was no sign of sin in this planet earth before Adam fell in to disobedience by joining side with Satan (1 Tim 2:13-14; Rom 5:14)

The rebellion of Satan and his demonic minions only affected the physical form of the earth and not its spiritual governmental control [i.e. which was only given to first Adam (Gen 1:26, 28)], when they destroyed the proceeding of God’s ultimate project earth and made it to become “without form and void” which as a result caused the effect of “darkness over the face of the deep.” (Gen 1:2; Isa 14:16-17)

When Adam obeyed Satan’s voice, from that moment Satan took the authority which rested upon Adam and began to use in a tyrannical way (Luke 4:6; Rom 6:16). If there was ever a pre-Adamite race that might have sinned in the same planet earth before the creation of the first man Adam, God would not have revealed this fact through Apostle Paul.

2) Jesus did not die for angels but for the sons of Abraham 

The writer of the Book of Hebrews has clearly said, “For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.” (Heb 2:16). In this preceding verse we see only two categories of people who were affected by sin. One is the group of angels who rebelled along with Satan for whom there was no redemption given by God, then the other group was the human beings who are the seed of Abraham given redemption through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). There was no third group of pre-Adamite mentioned in this verse as participants of redemption. This proves there was none of the so called pre-Adamite race present before creation. 

Jesus because of His love towards us humans died for us and has redeemed us from our sins (Rev 5:9-10; John 15:13-14). His death and resurrection was a requirement by God because we have all become sinners through our forefather Adam’s sin of disobedience in the Garden of Eden in which Adam represented the whole race who will come through him in the future. Jesus as the last Adam in the flesh represented the human race of the first Adam before God and has fulfilled all the perfect requirement to please God, so through Him we now receive God’s blessings of being a new race of one new man (1 Cor 15:22; Eph 2:15). Now we are all totally a new creatures in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17). Praise the Lord!

3) Only by two or three witnesses a word can be established

A doctrine can be substantiated as a true one, only when the proclaimer of it establishes with at least by two or three witnesses. The Bible clearly says, [Only] …by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” (2 Cor 13:1)

In other words, if there are no witness in another part of the Bible to witness a doctrine which we believe in one part of the Bible, then it means that the doctrine which we hold no matter how popular it may be or which favorite Bible teacher whom we hold in high esteem holds it, it cannot be established as the truth. 

And also the Bible has promised that if a doctrine is an established one from the word of God, then “not one shall lack her mate” (Is 34:16). In this regard a pre-Adamite doctrine is not an established one from the word of God, but rather it is a speculation of men’s imagination.

4) Adam the first man

The Bible simply calls Adam as the “the first man” (1 Cor 15:47). When the Bible calls Adam as the first man, it means that there was no other man created on planet earth before him. This proves that there could not have been any other pre-Adamite man of dust ever present before Adam on this planet earth (1 Cor 15:47)

5) Angels the only pre-Adamite beings present during the creation of heavens and the earth 

The only pre-Adamite beings that the Book of Job says present during the time of the creation of primeval dust of the earth during which God laid the foundations of Earth in the beginning were the angels (Job 38:2-7). It was at this time that Satan became prideful and jealous of God and the supposed to be created man who will be closer to God than himself and all the angels under him, who will become their servants (Isaiah 14:13-15). In other words, the angels have not been created by God in His image but man is created in the image of God (Gen 1:26; Psalm 8:4-5; James 3:9). Satan was so powerful that he was next only to God (1 John 4:4). Satan desired to receive worship “like the Most High” (Isiah 14:14, c) from both the angels and the supposed to be created humans (Luke 4:6; 1 Tim 3:5-7; 2 Cor 4:4)

As a result of it Satan tried to create a big rebellion in the heavens through creating a faction and a separate following after him, his heart became filled with violence within and he began to create chaos, void and destruction in the ongoing project-earth of God (Ezek 28:16, 18; Gen 1:2). God threw him and the one third of the angels who joined his faction out of the mountain of God (Ezek 28:16; Isaiah 14:12; Rev 3:3-4). This was the reason for the chaos and darkness in Gen 1:2, when God wanted to create the earth to be inhabited by men who will be made in His very own spiritual image (Isaiah 45:18)

All the angels are heavenly being made to serve man and protect him (Heb 1:14; Matt 18:10; Rev 22:8-9). Angels are heavenly God-sent agents on duty to earth who serve and fulfill his every word (Ps 103:20; 148:2). There are no other references that can be found in the Bible for the existence of an earthly human being made in the image and likeness of God before Adam (Gen 1:26). This proves that pre-Adamite theory is a pure speculative lie of human imagination. Praise the Lord! 


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