God created the heavens and the earth (the universe) in the beginning. (Genesis 1:1) When God created the universe through Jesus Christ, this marked the beginning of time or the Ages. Jesus Christ is the Beginning and the End of the Ages. He started the Ages and He will end the Ages with the fulfillment of God's Plan for the Reconciliation of All things.
The Bible is a book of Ages and it refers to seven distinct Ages. All that is written from Genesis to Revelation is related to one or more of these Ages. Everything that God has done, is doing and will do, must be understood in the context of these Ages, because God has a specific purpose for each Age.
God did not create the heavens and the earth approximately six thousand years ago, as believed by Christians who hold to the Young Earth Creationist view. We reject this view as unbiblical, illogical and unscientific, because it brings an immediate contradiction to the very first verse of the Bible. In Chapter 6 'The Pre-Adamic Age', we explain why the Young Earth Creationist view is not only unbiblical, but also cannot be supported by earth's geology. Star distances confirm that the beginning of the Ages was many millions of years ago.
All of the angels sang together and shouted for joy over the creation of the earth. It is therefore evident that the angels were created before the heavens and the earth. Also, it is clear that God must have created the earth in a beautiful state for the angels to rejoice with singing and shouting. (Job 38:4-7)
Man is the pinnacle of God's creation. God created man in His own image, and He created man for a special purpose and relationship with God. (Genesis 1:27) Angels were created to be ministering spirits to men. (Hebrews 1:14) God created the animal and plant kingdoms to bless man and for man to have dominion over them.
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