For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain (tohuw, meaning chaotic), Who formed it to be inhabited: 'I am the LORD, and there is no other'.
In the verse above, Isaiah confirms that God did not create the earth in a chaotic tohuw state when He first created it, in the beginning. As we now know, the earth was created in such a beautiful state that the angels sang and shouted for joy. There was obviously a gap of time between the beautiful earth of Genesis 1:1 and the chaotic and wasted earth of Genesis 1:2. This gap of time is the Pre-Adamic Age. It is illogical, unbiblical and an insult to God's wisdom and His creative power to suggest, as Young Earth Creationists do, that God had to first create the earth without form, void, dark and in a totally flooded state before proceeding to finish the rest of His creation.
Let us now go on to see that Genesis 1:2 speaks of God's global judgement, which was of even greater severity than Noah's Flood. The Hebrew words tohuw and bohuw occur together in the same verse only twice in the Bible. The first time is in Genesis 1:2 and the second time is in Jeremiah 4:23.
Jeremiah 4:5-28 is a prophecy of God's horrific judgement against Israel and against the whole world. Jeremiah was inspired to write about future events that will come to pass in this present age, during the final period of the Great Tribulation at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Our readers are advised to refer to Jeremiah 4:5-28 in their own Bible to note the following points.
Verses 6 and 7 say that God will bring disaster and destruction from the north upon Israel. Israel will become desolate, and its cities will be laid waste. Verse 8 says that the fierce anger of the Lord will not be turned back. Verse 12 says that God will speak judgement against the people of Jerusalem. Verse 13 speaks about the return of Jesus Christ on the clouds. Verses 14 to 18 speak about people's wickedness. Verse 20 says that God will bring destruction upon destruction.
We now come to the key verse Jeremiah 4:23:
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