The First Earth Age
By Walter Kenaston.
Made possible by IAUE Aleim (the Lord God).

[Biblical references from the Online Bible, Authorized Version, unless noted.]

This article examines the Biblical evidence that Man once dwelled on another planet, and offers evidence that that other planet may have been Venus.


Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

God created the universe and all that is in it. The creation was not a wasteland of disorganized matter as some suggest but a fully established universe, as speaks:

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock,his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Isaiah 45:18  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain <08414>, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

God creates perfected creations.  But we find in Genesis 1:2 that the Earth is in disorder, "without form and void" or tohuw bohuw.

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form<08414>, and void<0922>; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Isaiah 45:18 tells us that God did not create a vain/tohuw creation, but one ready to be inhabited; a perfect creation (Deut 32:4). Therefore, untold events happened after the creation spoken of in Genesis 1:1 and before the time of Genesis 1:2 to make the earth "vain" and empty or tohuw bohuw. (I believe that Genesis 1 is a preface, so to speak, to this age's history in the Bible, verse 1 and 2 being a synopsis, and verses 3 through 31 (last), giving the details of the previous creation.)

To find evidence of this, contrast the promise of an earth which abides forever with the story of Isaiah 24.  This earth is established forever:

Psalms 46: 4* There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Psalms 96:10 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Psalms 119:90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
Jeremiah 17:25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever. [Thus the earth must remain forever.]

But Isaiah 24 speaks of an "earth" made waste which staggers as a drunkard to fall and never rise again. Note that every reference to the destroyed earth/land is from the Hebrew word "erets", the same word for earth in Genesis 1:1. The only exception is in verse 21, refering to the kings of the earth, which actually comes from "adamah" meaning "land". I take this distinction in the Hebrew to butress my understanding that the "earth" referred to in the chapter is the whole planet and not an area of land on it. (A word on interpretation: I believe Isaiah 24, Isaiah 26:12-21, and Jeremiah 4:23-28 are "flashbacks", so to speak, within their respective passages, the relating of stories of past events which happened in times reminiscent of present situations. Perhaps this could be likened to one being a war veteran who, in talking about some current event, starts, without any notice he is changing the subject, telling of an event from "the war" because he is reminded of it by the present situation.)

Isaiah 24:
1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down{1}, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. 3 The land[earth] shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. 4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. 5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. 7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. 8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. 9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. 10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. 11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land[earth] is gone. 12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land[earth] among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done. 14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea. 15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously. 17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. 18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. 19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved (parar), the earth is moved exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.  23 Then the moon (l@banah) shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Isaiah 24:19 (ASV)
19 The earth is utterly broken, the earth is rent asunder, the earth is shaken violently.

Note {1} The words translated "turneth it upside down" are avah paniym, Strong's numbers 05753 and 06440, respectively. Avah is translated, according to Strong's as: iniquity 4, perverse 2, perversely 2, perverted 2, amiss 1, turn 1, crooked 1, bowed down 1, troubled 1, wickedly 1, wrong 1; for a total of 17 instances. The word paniym means "faces". With a bit of effort one can understand how avah paniym is rendered as "turnith it upside down"; the planet is upended and turned on its face.

This earth that is established forever cannot be the "earth" that is made empty and waste, turned upside down, utterly broken down, dissolved/rent assunder, moved exceedingly, made to "reel to and fro like a drunkard, … [to] fall, and not rise again".  Clearly, these verses speaking of total destruction do not refer to this planet but must apply to another, for the total destruction of which is spoken cannot happen to this earth in the future since it is promised to abide forever, nor could it have happened in this earth's past since the destruction is such that it shall "not rise again."  If we trust the Bible as being accurate, we are compelled to conclude the "earth" of Isaiah 24 must be some other planet.  Also, the word translated "moon" means "white", and is not the usual word translated as "moon"(yareach), implying that is was prehaps the whiteness or glory of that planet which was diminished.

The people from this original planet, who are called haughty (Isa 24:4), must have seen their destruction coming and made efforts to abandon their doomed planet, some traveling to this planet.  In Isaiah 26:12-21 we find an apparent reference to the people who came to this earth.

Isaiah 26:
12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. 13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. 14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. 15 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth. 16 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. 17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. 18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. 19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

Isaiah 26:18 speaks about them coming to this earth recognizing that they bore no children in this earth, and that the planet's previous inhabitants were still here, perhaps being hostile to the newcomers.  The verse says they had been "in pain" and bore children but it was as if they "brought forth wind", implying their children were not with them. (Perhaps the undertaking of leaving their planet and moving themselves and enough supplies and materials to set up here demanded only the able bodied, forcing them to leave children, who could not contribute.)  It seems clear they could not have said that they did not give birth to children of this world unless they had come from another world.  And I believe verses 20 and 21 speak of these people hiding in their space ships until the solar system-wide calamity - targeting their old world - had passed.

Then Jeremiah 4:23-28 speaks of another destruction of global scale.  The previous verses of Jeremiah 4 lament the evil of the people.  I believe verses 23-28 tell of the time when the inhabitants who had come to this earth from the other planet had been destroyed, perhaps also for their pride hinted at in Isaiah 26:12 ("all our works"); and remember they were of the people called "haughty" in Isaiah 24:4.

Jeremiah 4:
23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man<0120>, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
26 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.
27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

Jeremiah 4:23 is the only other place in the Bible where tohuw bohuw ("without form and void") occurs.  This appears to tell of the times of Genesis 1:2, giving us an understanding as to how that happened.  The destruction was fierce, but did not completely destroy the planet as the other planet was in Isaiah 24.

But man/adam<0120> was gone, requiring a new creation of Adam . (However I believe some women remained, this not being in contradiction to the text as, obviously, the women cannot reproduce without their men. The people were effectively gone without the proper means to propogate themselves.)


Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

This Earth was created in the beginning along with everything else, but was not initially inhabited by man/(adam - see Gen 1:26,27).  Man/adam were first on another planet where they flourished but also sinned greatly.  Because of these sins, God utterly destroyed that planet/earth and the inhabitants thereof, but allowed a few to escape.  Some came to (this) Earth.  Those people, who had done much work and endured much trouble and hardship, were perhaps prideful of what they saw as their own accomplishments, not fully recognizing that without God's hand helping them they would have also perished.  Though they praised God (Isa 26:12) for their lives (Isa 26:13), they apparently retained their former pridefullness; God destroyed them also.  Though the manner of that destruction is not apparent, it caused the mountains to quake (Jer 4:24).  It is after that second destruction which is related by Genesis 1:2:

Genesis 1:2 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.

Now look at Genesis 2:1:

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished <03615>, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended <03615> his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Many modern translation render this in the sense of completion, as does the NIV:

Genesis 2:1 (NIV) Thus the heavens and the earth were completed <03615> in all their vast array.

But the word "finished" (also "completed") comes from the Hebrew "kalah", with Strong's number 03615. By investigating this word, it becomes apparent that this word is meant to mean ended or consumed. (See my study on viklv, the underlying word for "were finished".) Thus, Genesis 2:1 is declaring the former heaven, earth and "hosts" destroyed. A more literal translation for Genesis 2:1 might be: "But they were ended, the heavens and the earth and all the hosts". Likewise, this same word, "kalah", is translated "ended" in Genesis 2:2, where it says that God ended His works, not that God stopped working. The works themselves were "ended" and God rested from them.

This explains for me the two differing stories of creation, the first in Genesis 1:3-31, and the second in Genesis 2:4-25.  Genesis 1 must recount the original creation - to help us understand how we got here - as a forward to Genesis 2 which tells about the new creation after the two cataclysms. (I may be wrong, but noone has ever given me a better explanation - I will accept any serious comments on this.)  But this time, when God recreated man/Adam, He does a wonderous thing; He breathes His Spirit into the fleshly man/Adam (Genesis 2:7) and started again.

Note: But man still sinned.  God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; sins for which he completely destroyed one world and devastated this one, he warned those of Jeremiah's day.  Further in that same dialog from Jeremiah we find:

Jeremiah 5: (NIV)
30 A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land;
31 The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love it this way.  But what will you do in the end?

Is anything different today?

 


Looking for Atlantis

To find the other planet, the "earth" from where adam-kind originally came, we have only a couple of planets to consider: Mars and Venus.  Venus is a planet that fits the signs of a destruction as described in Isaiah 24.

To explain Venus's degraded state, I suggest that a planetoid, with other debris following and proceeding, targeted Venus.  If Venus was a water planet (as the ancient Sumarians claimed), then a large meteor strike could cause water to be expelled to high altitudes where it would undergo photodissociation.   The resulting molecular hydrogen and oxygen could then be ignited by a meteor burning up as it entered the Venusian atmosphere.  So ignited, a terrible cycle of burning hydrogen - producing heat and water, with the vapor being again photodissociated - would heat up the planet causing oceans to evaporate - thus further fueling the fire - and any living thing, plant or animal, to burn up. (See Isa 24:6.)  (Such an event would have been a marvel for anyone not subject to the inferno.)  Because living matter has sulfur in its make up, the production of sulfuric acid would be expected.  And because the Venusian gravity would hold the products of the inferno, a very thickened atmosphere could result.  The planetoid passing closely to Venus may be what caused Venus to flip, or "turn on its face", especially if numerous meteoric impacts and loss of water had changed the planet's previous angular momentum.

Here are some facts on Venus taken from books at the local library.

From an ancient stone fragment dated to pre-Biblical times come poetic lines reminiscent of Isaiah 24:

By causing the heavens to tremble and the Earth to quake,
By the gleam which lightens the sky,
By the blazing fire which rains upon a hostile land,
I am Ishtar.{1}

Ishtar was the Babylonian goddess of love which became the Greek goddess of fertility, Aphrodite.  The Romans named her Venus, and though originally the goddess of vegetation, she took on Aphrodite's attributes.  The Vikings linked Venus with Frigg, the mother goddess and queen of the heavens. {2}

Venus turns in retrograde motion, in distinction to the other inner planets.   It rotates once in 243.0 ±0.1 days lying within 3 degrees of the orbital pole, in its 225 day orbit around the Sun.  This makes a Venus day 117 Earth days in length. {3}

COLavaflow.jpg (2379 bytes)Though Venus has no tectonic plates, scarps, underthrusts and thinning of the crust - all features seen at edges of tectonic plates - are seen.  But no fault zones or volcano chains resulting from crust movement have been seen. {4}  While our moon and Mercury preserve a history of cratering going back 4,000 million years, widespread vulcanism appears to have nearly completely resurfaced the planet only 500 million years ago.  The craters seen today were created after that resurfacing. {5}

COmagln11.jpg (3212 bytes)Radioactive dating of isotopes hints at once vast water reserves, though only slight amounts are found in the atmosphere today.  It is theorized that Venus would have once had amounts similar to Earth because of similar conditions of formation. {6}  Likewise, "[i]n many ways, the surface resembles the floor of a dried up ocean.  The question is, is it?" {7}   Despite all the information gathered on the surface of Venus, determining whether there are ocean beds is a problem because of the extensive lava flows. {8} 
But even Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, which has midday temperatures of 825K - hot enough to melt lead, tin, and zinc - is suspected to have ice at the poles, where the Sun's rays only graze the landscape. {9}  So the complete lack of water on Venus suggests some major cataclysm consumed it all.   Does this image show an ancient Venusian shoreline?

The thick atmosphere is predominated by carbon dioxide with clouds mainly of sulphuric acid. {10}  There is an absence of water which prevents the production (through photodissociation) of much oxygen. {11}  The surface temperature is 457¼C ± 20¼C, varying some from night to day and falling rapidly with altitude.   The surface pressure is some 90 atmospheres, corresponding to an Earth ocean depth of 900 meters. {12}

Highland areas are like Earth's continents, while the lowland areas, corresponding to ocean basins, cover only a sixth of the surface.  Two "continents", Aphrodite Terra and Ishtar Terra, are comparable to the continental United States, while most of the surface consists of irregular rolling plains, spotted by crater-like and volcano-like formation. {13}  East of the Aphrodite Terra are two great rift valleys some twenty-two hundred kilometers in length. {14}
COmagln24.jpg (2039 bytes)There are also images that make it appear Venus has been raked by large meteors (maybe from a passing planetoid).

 

 

It seems apparent Venus is "empty" and "waste" (carbon dioxide, sulfuric acid, heat), "turned upside down" (retrograde rotation), and "utterly broken down" and "dissolved/rent asunder" (meteoric impacts, lava flows).  Perhaps the many cracks are evidence that it has "moved exceedingly" and was made to "reel to and fro like a drunkard", making the crust crack and break which led to the out-flowing of the lava.  Who can be sure?  But it seems clear that only by the hand of God would it rise again: it has no water, no oxygen, intense pressures, intense acid, and a length of day which would seem to preclude plant life, especially with a 177 day heat build-up.

If Venus once supported life, indeed a thriving civilization with enough techonolgy to transport people off the planet, would there, could there be any remaining traces of those people?  With an acid-filled atmosphere I doubt much would survive other than perhaps a stone building or similar structure.  And after a pummeling by meteors in the cataclysm which caused the planet to rupture, spew lava, and flip on its axis would anything that might have been there still be found?  One can conjecture.  (If you find something, please let us all know!)

Pictures of Venus can be found (among other places) at: http://www.anu.edu.au./Physics/nineplanets/pxvenus.html,
  http://sunra.colorado.edu/david/images.html, http://delcano.mit.edu/cgi-bin/midr-query.

(I would appreciate insights on this topic: kenaston@digital.net)

 

Interesting related stories: Stone Disks of Bayan Kara Ula      The Dropas File (same story as previous)
Another web site on Venus: The Monuments of Venus

References:

(1) Exploring The Solar System, by Nicholas Booth, Cambridge Universitry Press, 1995, ISBN 0-521-58005-6 hardback, p. 68.
(2) Ibid, p. 70.
(3) Orbiting The Sun - Planets and Satellites of the Solar System, by Fred L. Whipple, Harvard University Press, 1981, ISBN 0-674-64125-6, p. 184.
(4) Exploring The Solar System, 76.
(5) Ibid, pgs. 76-77.
(6) Ibid, p. 80.
(7) The Wrong Way Comet and Other Mysteries of Our Solar System, Essays by Barry Evans, TAB BOOKS, ISBN 0-8306-2670-0 (pbk.), p. 97.
(8) Ibid, p. 99.
(9) "Mercury's Cool Surprise", Sky and Telescope, January, 1992, p. 35-36.
(10) The Wrong Way Comet and Other Mysteries of Our Solar System, Essays by Barry Evans, TAB BOOKS, ISBN 0-8306-2670-0 (pbk.), p. 93.
(11) Orbiting The Sun - Planets and Satellites of the Solar System, p. 193.
(12) Ibid, 188.
(13) Ibid, 185.
(14) Ibid, 187.

 


Strong's references (from Online Bible):

 

06565 rrp parar paw-rar'
a primitive root; TWOT-1829,1830,1831; v
AV-break 25, make void 5, defeat 2, disannul 2, disappoint 2, frustrate 2, come to nought 2, break asunder 1, cause to cease 1, clean 1, dissolved 1, divide 1, misc 5; 50
1) to break, frustrate
1a) (Hiphil)
    1a1) to break, violate
    1a2) to frustrate, make ineffectual
1b) (Hophal)
    1b1) to be frustrated
    1b2) to be broken
    1b3) to break
1c) (Pilpel) to break to bits, shatter 2) to split, divide
2a) (Qal) to split, crack through
2b) (Poel) to break apart
2c) (Hithpoel) to be split, be cracked through

 

03842 hnbl l@banah leb-aw-naw'
from 03835; TWOT-1074c; n f
AV-moon 3; 3
1) moon (as white)

 

03835 Nbl laban law-ban'
a primitive root; TWOT-1074b,1074h; v
AV-make white 3, make 2, make brick 1, be white 1, be whiter 1; 8
1) to be white
1a) (Hiphil)
    1a1) to make white, become white, purify
    1a2) to show whiteness, grow white
1b) (Hithpael) to become white, be purified (ethical)
2) (Qal) to make bricks

 

03394 xry yareach yaw-ray' -akh
from the same as 03391; TWOT-913a; n m
AV-moon 26; 26
1) moon

4921 sunistao {soon-is-tah'-o} or (strengthened) sunistano {soon-is-tan'-o} or sunistemi {soon-is'-tay-mee} from 4862 and 2476 (including its collat. forms); TDNT - 7:896,1120; v
AV - commend 10, approve 2, consist 1, make 1, stand 1, stand with 1; 16
1) to place together, to set in the same place,to bring or band together
   1a) to stand with (or near)
2) to set one with another
   2a) by way of presenting or introducing him
   2b) to comprehend
3) to put together by way of composition or combination, to teach by combining and comparing
   3a) to show, prove, establish, exhibit
4) to put together, unite parts into one whole
   4a) to be composed of, consist

0922 bohuw {bo'-hoo}
from an unused root (meaning to be empty); TWOT - 205a; n m
AV - void 2, emptiness 1; 3
1) emptiness, void, waste

08414 tohuw {to'-hoo}
from an unused root meaning to lie waste; TWOT - 2494a; n m
AV - vain 4, vanity 4, confusion 3, without form 2, wilderness 2, nought 2, nothing 1, empty place 1, waste 1; 20
1) formlessness, confusion, unreality, emptiness
   1a) formlessness (of primeval earth)
      1a1) nothingness, empty space
   1b) that which is empty or unreal (of idols) (fig)
   1c) wasteland, wilderness (of solitary places)
   1d) place of chaos
   1e) vanity