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EARLY  MAN

The history of God's Universe, and the history of Earth, are important to mankind.  By knowing what has happened it is easier to see what will happen. 

"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."  These are the first three sentences in the Bible.    (Genesis 1:1,2) 

How long after the 'big bang,' the space material, God used to fashion Earth, floated around, only God knows. The record says it was here, and the Spirit of God was here looking at it.  The Bible then begins to record what happened next. 

Adam & Eve 

"For this says the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited."  The earth was intended to be man's home.  The Bible is the record of earth, man, and God's dealings with man.  The Bible records that Adam and Eve were the first man and woman.  With this purpose, of making a home for them, God said, "Let there be light."  Then He separated the darkness from the light, named the dark "night," named the light "day," and created the first day.     
     (Isaiah 45:18; Genesis 1:3-5)

On the second day, God took all the water drifting around, and started to separate it.  He took some of the water and gathered it up in the sky, to separate space from the atmosphere.  He created the sky, the very air we breathe.  The water above the sky formed a bubble around the earth and was the source for much of the water of Noah's flood.  [more on this later]  This bubble of water covered the sky, marked the boundary of Earth's atmosphere, and prevented much stellar radiation from striking the earth.  Then night fell, beginning a new day.     (Genesis 1:6-8) 

On the third day, He took the water that was left floating on the earth, gathered it into seas and springs, and uncovered the land.  He created all manner of plants to cover the ground, and made them reproduce.    (Genesis 1:9-13) 

On the fourth day, He made the sun, the moon, stars, and the seasons.  On the fifth day, He created birds and fish, creatures of the air and water, and made them reproductive.  On the sixth day God created all land creatures.  God made all the land creatures reproduce.  The record then states "and God saw that it was good."    (Genesis 1:14-25) 

Then God said,
"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over all the earth."  So God then did it.  He created man.  God created man in the image of, or similar to, God and the Godhead themselves.  This is why scripture says "In our image."  "And, behold, it was very good."  The nighttime started the sixth day and when the sun went down again the sixth day ended.    (Genesis 1:26-31) 

On the seventh day God rested. On the seventh day God created the memorial of His creative power.  The Bible records He made the seventh day, blessed it, set it apart from the other days, and made it Holy, by resting on that day.  This created the seven day week that is still with us to this day.   (Genesis 2:1-3)

Before the fall

How much Adam resembled God has been lost to history. Much can be reasoned.  The Bible says man has been corrupted.  The Bible says man will be restored uncorrupted.  Adam was created sinless. God is sinless.  Adam was given power and rule. God has power and rule.  Adam was made fruitful and given the power of production.  God has made countless creations.  Adam was given the power to procreate.  God has a begotten Son.  Man was made a creature of family. God the Father, God the Spirit, and God the Son are the family of Heaven. Adam had a head, eyes, arms, legs, feet, and hands. The Ancient of Days, and Jesus, both have those body parts.  Man has a heart, spirit, reason, and the power of choice.  God is Spirit, and therefore the source of all true, spiritual things.   (1 Corinthians 15:42-58; Daniel 7:9-10; Ezekiel 1:25-28;               John 4:24) 

  As soon as Adam's body had the breath of life put in it by God, the record says Adam became a living soul.  It does not say Adam had a soul.  Adam became a soul.  Adam became a complete, productive being.  Adam's body, without the "Breath Of Life" from God, was dust, and not alive.  With the Breath of Life in him, Adam lived.  (Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 9:5-10; Psalm 146:3-4) 

God then told Adam, he was a gardener.  God then told Adam of the rebellion in Heaven, and gave Adam a test of obedience and loyalty.  God warned Adam not to eat the fruit from one tree.  All other food plants Adam could eat freely from, choosing which morsel pleased him.  But the fruit from this one tree, would prove deadly to Adam.  God told him not to eat it. 

After putting Adam to naming the animals, God surveyed the creation, and decided to make Adam a wife, a helper, a companion.  So God put Adam to sleep, and made Eve from a little of Adam's living flesh.  In doing this, God created marriage and the first family.  Then God rested, as a sign and memorial that the Creator had completed His creation.   
(Genesis 2:7,4-25) 

After the fall

How long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden before they were deceived is not recorded.  It could not have been a long time.  Both had a childlike belief in the last thing they were told.  Surely, God had told them something of Satan and the war that began in Heaven.  God did warn Adam not to eat the fruit of the "tree of knowledge of good and evil."  He told Adam, if he ate it, he would die.  God, likely, did not tell Adam the entire history of the conflict. Adam did not have the experience to understand it. Adam believed God, for a little while.  He did not rush over to eat that tree's fruit.     (Genesis 2:16-17) 

Eve had even heard enough of the story, Satan could not appear in his own form to her.  So, the record states, Satan used the serpent to trick Eve. Satan, through the serpent, lied and told Eve she would not die.  Eve was tricked into believing the serpent.  She offered some of the fruit to Adam.  He ate it, not wanting to be separated from Eve.

"The eyes of both of them were opened."  They instantly knew they had done wrong.  They instantly knew they were changed.  Adam and Eve could feel the change.  The light that had been their clothing dimmed, leaving them naked.  They hid from God.  When God exposed them, Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and both of them blamed God.  The first human began to die.  What had been created with faith, designed to live forever, now had doubt, and eventually would die.   (Genesis 3:1-13) 

Their children

God had to show Adam & Eve the results of not believing Him.  They needed to learn how unable they were to sustain their own lives, unable to 'paddle their own canoe,' without God to sustain and guide them.  God first cursed the snake and Satan.  He made the serpent crawl.  He promised Lucifer an everlasting death.  God promised Adam and Eve salvation in their offspring.     (Genesis 3:14-15) 

God promised that a man would come who would "bruise" the serpent's (Satan's) head. Adam's offspring would not welcome Satan's slavery.    (Genesis 3:15) 

Eve's punishment was pain in childbirth.  Adam's penalty, toil and hard work, to earn his food and livelihood.  Adam would have to farm.  The ground was cursed and would not be easy to dig. 

Both Adam and Eve would naturally die after the years.  God put angels to guard the garden. If man had eaten the fruit of "The Tree of Life," in his corrupted state, then sin would have remained with man forever.  God could not allow sin to remain forever, to corrupt His creation. So man would be allowed to die naturally.  God then could bring them back to life, with the sin in them forgiven, forgotten, and never returned.
   
(Genesis 3:14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:42-58) 

After Adam and Eve fell from their noble positions as keepers of the garden, God did not leave them entirely.  They lived on for many years.  God taught them and told them many things.  God also gave them many children. 

All Adam and Eve's children were born just like Adam and Eve.  Their children were born with an amount of faith, belief and trust in things, and a corrupted heart. They had both good and evil inside them.  Separate conditions of the heart warring constantly inside them.  The most profound, early sign of this, was when Cain killed his brother Abel, because he was jealous of Abel.  To this day, a human can want something and know it is not good for them.   
(Genesis 4:1-16) 

Seth was born to Adam and Eve.  Noah was Adam's great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandson through Seth.  During the age before the flood, many generations of men were alive at one time.  They all had one language.  It was impossible to keep many secrets.  The story of creation was repeated within families.  History was kept by word of mouth.  That was soon to end.  When that age ended, much of its record ended with it.  After the flood, all men came from Noah.  Except for Noah, God was sorry He had made man.    (Genesis 6:5-8;  Genesis 5:1-3,29) 

God's purpose in creation would not be stopped, just because sin had entered into Satan's heart.  God's purpose would not change, just because Adam made a terrible mistake.  Even though violence was throughout the land, and almost all living creatures had to die, God would shelter some life on Earth.

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