Rethinking the Theology of Creation — Is the Cycle of Creation and Destruction Biblical?

Many people think that Genesis 1 and 2 are the same account of creation. But, building on the theory of the “second creation” that I previously proposed, it might appear that Genesis 1 and 2 might represent the two respective creations.

I’m thankful that Valerie Cullers shared with me through a comment about the “Gap Theory” (otherwise known as the “Gap Creationism”) [1]. Like the Gap Creationist, I’m proposing that there are multiple creations whereby the first ended up in chaos after the fall of Satan and the second one is the one we now live in. However, unlike the Gap Creationists, I’m looking at the entire chapter of Genesis 1 as one creation and Genesis 2 as the other.

Heck, I’m actually looking at a multi-creation theory to be exact.

Here I propose my working hypothesis: The earth was designed to undergo a series of never-ending sequence of creation, growth, destruction, and repeat.

Yes, I’m suggesting that this lasts till eternity.

All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.
— Isaiah 34:4, ESV.

It’s no coincidence that the Bible, through different prophets, hint us of past destructions that God has executed on the surface of the world — destruction that existed before the world as we know it. How did Isaiah know that the skies will roll up like a scroll when asteroids come falling down on earth like leaves falling from the fig tree? Wasn’t he talking about the late heavy bombardment [2]? How did he know about it before any scientific discoveries were made? How did he know about it when he hasn’t seen it happen unless God showed him?

I referred to Jeremiah 4:23-28 in my previous article when I first proposed the idea of the second creation. In it, I reasoned that the vision of destruction that Jeremiah saw was that that was before the second creation. How can the destruction in Jeremiah 4 be so eerily similar to that of Isaiah 34? Surely this is God showing His prophets His sovereign authority over all creation.

Now, if this theory is right, then there must surely be civilizations destroyed prior to the creation we live in. We find it in Jeremiah 4 where Jeremiah saw “towns lay in ruins before the Lord” (Jeremiah 4:26, NIV). Modern archaeology excavated sites that date back beyond the 6000 years history of the Bible [3]. What does this tell us about the world we live in?

Now, if this theory is right, then the Bible must predict a time when the entire universe will face complete destruction the way it experienced before. And it did.

“Immediately after the distress of those days, “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’” Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. — Matthew 24:29-30, NIV.

When asked about the end days, Jesus referred to a passage that was written twice in the book of Isaiah, Isaiah 13:10 and Isaiah 34:4. Jesus was speaking of His coming while Isaiah was proclaiming judgment against Babylon. In Isaiah’s writings, he mentioned that “the day of the Lord” will be “a cruel day with wrath and fierce anger” in order to “make the land desolate” and to “destroy the sinners within it” (Isaiah 13:9, NIV). Notice here that people existed before the total destruction of the world.

By now, I think we should be able to recognize the similarities between pre-creation destruction and end-times destruction. Of course, not forgetting that there will be a future restoration of the “New Jerusalem” (ref: Revelations 21:9-27, NIV) where the Holy City “come down out of heaven from God” onto the physical world — onto the world we live in (ref: Revelations 21:10, NIV).

Will the destruction of the world lead to a new creation? Yes! And Paul affirms it by saying that “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

The world as we know it might be in a cycle of seemingly never-ending creation and destruction. And, quite interestingly, the Ancients seem to know it too [4].

Footnotes:

[1] – Read more about Gap Creationism here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_creationism

[2] – Read more about the late heavy bombardment here: https://www.space.com/36661-late-heavy-bombardment.html

[3] – The oldest human-made structure dates back 135,000 years ago. Read more here: http://www.oldest.org/culture/archaeological-sites/

[4] – Hinduism teaches the cyclical notion of time creation and destruction repeats in a never-ending cycle. Read more here: https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/vishaka1/creation-hindu-cosmology/

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