Friday, December 25, 2009

Genesis, Lecture 1 by Pastor Arnold Murray

As a note, I am including both the video and a transcript of what Pastor Murray is saying within the video. It will be handy to open to different windows within your web browser, one with the video and one with the written transcript. This will allow you to pause the video at times when I have provided links that lead to further documentation as to what is being taught. In addition, I also recommend opening a Strong's Concordance, Interlinears, Bullenger's Appendixes, the Apocrypha, a Smiths Bible, and any other helpful tools you have in order to know beyond a shadow of a doubt if what is being taught is true or not. For ultimately it is each and every one of our responsibilities to know why we believe what we believe. No one else will stand with you or I on the day we stand before God. So here we go:

Video: Genesis Lecture 1

Genesis Lecture 1 (transcript)

Good Day to you! God bless you. Welcome to this family bible study hour. We’re anxious to get back in our Father’s word. Guess what? We’re going to start a new book this particular session. It’s going to be called the Book of Genesis. Let me teach you that Genesis is a Greek word meaning "creation" and "from the beginning". Actually it started, probably with the Septuagint.

Septuagint: [A Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible made in the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. to meet the needs of Greek-speaking Jewish people outside Palestine]

The actual name in the Hebrew is ראשׁית - - Be rê'shîyth - ba-ray-sheeth' which means, “In the beginning”, and that’s exactly what it covers, “In the beginning”. Now, as we cover this I want you to think for yourself, “When was the beginning?” That’s very important. We have many channels of thought in this direction of how old the earth is. We have many reports from the scientific community. We have certain [reports] from the “unlearned” I will say, religious community. We have some [reports] from the religious community that are pretty well right on, and I trust that we fall into that category.

Genesis has many likenesses, even if you would, to the Apocalypse -that is to say, to the Book of Revelation. Satan fell in the first chapter of Genesis, when we know what the Hebrew is speaking of, and he’s kicked out of heaven in the Book of Revelation in chapter 12. The tree of life is taken away from man in the Book of Genesis; it’s given back in the book of Revelation. The earth became chaotic in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, and it was rejuvenated or made anew in the Book of Revelation. You could almost teach the Book of Revelation from the Book of Genesis; if you were to use God’s record and understand as we go why God does things. Why did He destroy the first earth age? And that’s why you must be aware of the first earth age and we’re going to document it, probably in this lecture, if we get that far along, whereby you will know and understand there was an earth age before this one. That’s why that science and as well as anyone that has an eye or anyone who has studied archeology or geology can tell you how old this earth is; it’s millions of years old and God’s word declares it is. There’s no argument there with a learned person from God’s word.

So with that having been said, let’s get right into it, Genesis, in the beginning, chapter one, verse one and it reads:

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

Notice the two, both heaven and earth, and then, “period”. Did it say when? Of course it did not. It simply states, that in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. You know I want to do something. Who was with God when He accomplished this? You have to find that out in the book of Proverbs and it’s in the eighth chapter of Proverbs, and this is Wisdom speaking. Wisdom was with the Father at that time. We’re going to take a little time. I want to do this whereby you follow along. The eighth Proverb, verse twenty-two, and it reads:

Pro 8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way,

Again, “in the beginning”

before his works of old.

Even before that works of old which is to say the first earth age; Wisdom naturally was with Him. Why? Because all wisdom flows from God. Verse 23:

Pro 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Before the earth was even formed, even in the first earth age, I was with Him. That’s to say wisdom was. Twenty four:

Pro 8:24 When there were no depths,

That means when there was no ocean;

I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

Wisdom was with the Father. Verse twenty-five:

Pro 8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

I was here [Wisdom speaking]. Twenty six:

Pro 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

That means not the least little atom of the world; Wisdom was with Him. Why did I cover those verses? Because I want you to see that many things are mentioned in God’s word concerning this subject and people are simply not aware of them.

Now, do you think that God ever created anything in chaos? Do you think God ever created something bad coming out-the-gate? The answer to that is no. Why? Because wisdom was with Him before the first stone of this world was formed. And wisdom does not agree with chaos. Now, how did chaos come about then? Well let’s read, let’s understand. Verse two: back in Genesis Chapter one, verse two:

Gen 1:2 And the earth was1961 without form,8414 and void;922 and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved

I repeat “moved”

upon the face of the waters.

Now this would be very hard to understand if you didn’t understand a little bit about the Hebrew manuscripts. This would read in the second verse as though God created it void and without form. Now this term in the Hebrew is to'-hoo bo'-hoo

H8414

תּהוּ - tôhû - to'-hoo

From an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), that is, desert; figuratively a worthless thing; adverbially in vain: - confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.

H922

bôhû - bo'-hoo

From an unused root (meaning to be empty); a vacuity, that is, (superficially) an undistinguishable ruin: - emptiness, void.

You with Companion Bibles, it will back me up, or you can take your Strong’s Concordance and check it out. The truth hinges on the second word, which is to say in this verse; uh…the fourth word I should say, in the English, is the word “was”. That’s not correct actually. I want to pull up if we may, the Hebrew word that is utilized for “was” and you will find that it is:

H1961

היה - hâyâh - haw-yaw'

A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): - beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use.

In other words, the world wasn’t created void and without form, it “became” void and without form. When? When Satan rebelled, when a third of God’s children began to follow Satan; there was turmoil and God did destroy that first earth age and brought in this earth age.

So what you’re talking about here as we begin this next verse here in a little bit, (we’re going to do a lot of documenting of what I’m saying first) there was the overthrow of Satan’s power spoken of in Ezekiel 28 as to how he was actually an arch angel that was supposed to cover the mercy seat as it is written in that twenty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel. And he began to take pride within himself, and he began to have the children of God worship him instead of God, because of one thing –pride, pride within self. So it’s important that you know the earth wasn’t made that way it became void and without form. Why? God destroyed that that was. And it is written, and I’ll be most happy to document that for you.

Let’s go if we may to the great prophet Isaiah, Isaiah chapter 45. Let’s read of this and remember what I said, that void, tôhû, is “without form”, absolute chaos, meaning there is zip, nada, nothing. And in that forty-fifth chapter, the eighteenth verse of the great Book of Isaiah it reads, listen carefully:

Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it;

He did what? He formed it and he made it.

he1 hath established it, he created it not in vain,8414

Not in tôhû.

he formed3335 it to be inhabited:3427

Not to be destroyed. He formed it, He made it, He created it good. To be inhabited by who? His children.

I am the LORD; and there is none else.

So there is one documentation that the earth was not created without form. It was not created void. He created it [to be] beautiful. This is why from the world that was we can find mammoth in the Tundra (the ice in Alaska) still with buttercups, that near the north pole, in their mouths; lush lagoons, growing even in that part of the world. That’s why we can find palm trees at the poles. Not to mention the petrified woods that are left behind documenting that is was a beautiful time. It was a beautiful place until the earth became void and without form, that is to say, before God destroyed it. That’s not the way He created it. He created it to inhabited, and then it became that way, without form.

Verse nineteen, God continues to speak:

Isa 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain:

That is to say tôhû again.

I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

So if God declares things that are right then whey should there be dissention, disputes, all you really have to do is clearly listen to what the Father says. He did not create the earth in a chaotic form, it became that way because of Satan’s rebellion and we’ll document it even further yet.

You know there is one chapter… as a matter of fact let’s go to the New Testament. Let’s see what the New Testament has to say when you have the ability to think for a moment and leave off the traditions of men and let God speak to you. He doesn’t hide the truth. It isn’t hidden; you just read it for yourself if you take a moment to check it out.

In the second book of Peter in chapter three he tells you to be very careful because in the end times there will be people who come along, scoffers, saying, “It’s not going to happen”, that is to say Christ’s return. And then he begins to tell us about the plan of God, of the earth ages, and heaven ages. Not different earths and not different heavens; same earth, same heaven, but different ages. Like the world that was of old which God had to destroy and the remnants of that destruction are obvious. I personally do not understand how someone can take a drive through the Petrified Forest, in this great nation, and not realize that [there was an] upheaval from the earth that was [and] when you see those giant pines that turned to rock because of the ages gone by, and many other places that we discover and so forth.

Okay, about the three different earth ages, let’s read about them. Second Peter, chapter three, I want to pick it up in verse five:

2Pe 3:5 For this

Speaking of the scoffers-

they willingly are ignorant of,

Now I didn’t call them ignorant, God did-

that by the word of God

That by what? By some man? No. By the word of God!

the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Not created under it, but God creating it whereby the earth could be inhabited. The flood of the overthrow, not Noah’s flood, put Noah’s flood out of your mind. But let’s find out; I don’t’ want you to be ignorant of it, but I want you to find out by God’s word what happened. Verse six:

2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was,

That’s to say the first earth age.

being overflowed with water, perished.622

Do yourself a favor and check this word “perish” out in the Greek and find out that it also means “void and without form”, in a sense, in that it means nothingness.

G622

ἀποìλλυμιapollumi - ap-ol'-loo-mee

From G575 and the base of G3639; to destroy fully (reflexively to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively: - destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.

It doesn’t give leeway for some man out there with a family floating around in a boat or an ark. I mean there wasn’t any pigeons, no birds, no doves… it perished, fine’, period. Void and without form – totally. That’s why, again, scientists can document that this earth is millions of years old. Why? Because it is and God’s word declares it; it was of old. And then you get some bible-thumper who will come along, “My bible says this world is only six thousand years old” – he shows his ignorance concerning the manuscripts and the simple word of God, simply by listening to men’s traditions and their fear of digging into God’s word because of repeating some Salvation-Baptism over-and-over-and-over, regardless of how many times you’ve been saved or how many times you’ve been baptized. That’s all he can do is on-and-on, yackety-yak baptism-salvation… which there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it’s the first time, but after you lead someone to the Father then teach them the word of God whereby they are not ignorant, biblically illiterate of events whereby they cannot with credibility with an educated person in the sciences carry on a conversation about the Word of God. That’s important. So He destroyed it. It’s written of right here in the New Testament. Now verse 7:

2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now,

This would be in Peter’s time and yet even unto this day

by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition

There’s that word “perish” again

of ungodly men.

Now who is it that’s going to… perdition means to come to: nothing, nada, to perish. It didn’t say that those who follow God were -ungodly men. The rudiments are the evil things of this world and will be destroyed by fire. What is that fire? If you were to back up two books I believe it is, in the Book of Hebrews, and if you were to read the final verse of chapter twelve, you would find that God is a consuming fire. This is simply to say, if He can speak and nothing became everything, He can also speak and that consuming fire can cause to perish that that is evil. Verse eight, listen carefully beloved:

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

In other words, if we say that God replenished or recreated the governments, that’s to say the peoples, that are here [on earth], in seven days of God’s time, how long would that be? He said I don’t want you to be ignorant about this. What it does, is people talk about the Lord’s Day, well if a day with Him is a thousand years… well that’s a millennium. Then you know what the millennium is. That is the Lord’s Day that is yet coming. But time-wise, seven days with Him is seven thousand years –when you’re figuring it from His standpoint. Alright, listen carefully. Many people will... why do I say that? Because many people, when they find creation where man is obviously… thirteen thousand years ago, they almost lose their faith. Why? Don’t let your ignorance over-ride your donkey. Alright, don’t overload your donkey, I should say, because a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. So think and use your head. God pleads with you not to be ignorant concerning these things. Verse nine:

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;

He’s not forgetful.

but is longsuffering to us-ward,

He has much patients.

not willing that any should perish,

He doesn’t want that to happen to anyone.

but that all should come to repentance.

They won’t though. But at least it is God’s will is that they would. He’s given them every opportunity. He’s not looking for someone, some group, or some tribe, to zap. He made salvation available to one and all. Who so ever will. Verse 10:

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements4747 shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Check out the word “elements”, stoicheion.

http://bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/1627/Stoicheion.htm

It means “rudiments”, which means only the evil part will be destroyed. Only the good part is left behind.

G4747

στοιχεῖονstoicheion - stoy-khi'-on

Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of G4748; something orderly in arrangement, that is, (by implication) a serial (basal, fundamental, initial) constituent (literally), proposition (figuratively): - element, principle, rudiment.

In other words, the Holy Spirit touches you and warms you but the Holy Spirit will utterly destroy Satan and those that chose to follow him. And that quite frankly brings in the Lord’s Day which is the millennium (a one thousand year period).

Again, let’s analyze: It is not God’s will that anybody go to Hell (perish), that’s to say the lake of fire, Revelation chapter twenty. It’s not His will. He is very patient. And the figure of speech, “a thief in the night” simply means nobody’s going to be expecting it; going back to the fact that people would be saying (scoffers), “It ain’t gonna happen. Everything’s the same as from the beginning.” Well, shaw, they don’t even know when the beginning was. So let them scoff!

But don’t you be ignorant of the fact that of the world that was of old was destroyed by water. There was no olive branch to bring back after that happened. If you’re thinking “Noah’s flood” is what’s being spoken of, it’s not. There was no raven, of course there were no birds left, and certainly there was no man left as it is written.

“As it’s written? Well, where is it written?”

In God’s word! Haven’t you ever read it? It’s written very plainly in the great prophet Jeremiah. Let’s go there. Let’s document these things whereby you are brought into knowledge, because God didn’t hide these things under a rock. God didn’t speak from some hidden place to keep it a big secret. It’s here if you wish to absorb it whereby you are not ignorant of how things are. I’m not saying that to put anyone down, but to wake you to the truth and absorb the wisdom that your Father has so graciously given you in this word. And by this word these things were done.

Jeremiah, chapter four, let’s pick it up with verse twenty-two. Now let’s fix the place here. God had been threatening to a degree, and in a sense He was saying, “Hey, you had better take that [My] threat seriously because I did destroy it [the earth] once before. And if you don’t think I will do it again, try me.” Basically that’s the thought our Father has in mind. Verse twenty-two, Jeremiah four:

Jer 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children,

That means they are stupid children.

and they have none understanding:

Why? Because they do not have that wisdom nor do they seek it.

they are wise to do evil,

Oh, they know the ways of the world; how to skin their brother before he skins them…

but to do good they have no knowledge.

No, none at all, and even in the so-called houses of God, is the truth taught there, really as to what happened in the beginning? Well I don’t know. You can judge that. You’ve probably been in a few of them. Is it or isn’t it? I’ll let you answer for yourself. Twenty three:

Jer 4:23 I beheld the earth,

Now I want you to look and see through His eyes. Beheld means I looked upon the earth.

and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

This is after the overthrow. He’s going to tell you how he shook it up, how he destroyed it. Twenty-four:

[Note: if this was speaking of Noah’s flood, there was already light upon the earth and the heavens did have light. So the reference to NO LIGHT, and the term VOID AND WITHOUT FORM, let’s you know the exact time God is referencing]

Jer 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.

In other words, “I put my hand on them and shook it up”. Twenty-five:

Jer 4:25 I beheld,

I looked

and, lo, there was no man,

“I mean, I completely destroyed them from off the earth.” No Noah around incase you’re thinking flood of Noah. Forget it we’re talking about before man was created in the flesh. Well then what is this man? What man of course. There was no man left on earth. That is to say, Sons of God. They were removed. Why? Because it had gone corrupt and God destroyed it.

and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

They were gone, perished, not-a-one. Let me make a statement. You have seen and observed in many places, species of birds found in the mineralized form or fossilized form we’ll call them, that don’t exists anymore. And I assure you there is not one species today from the earth of old that carried over, they all died. God recreated, yes. Were some of them alike? Well I’m sure that he never created anything necessarily bad. It goes bad, but there is a likeness. But we find results of this katabole, this overthrow in the earth today. Verse twenty-six:

Jer 4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities…

Whoa! Wait a minute… cities? Yes.

thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.

Yes there were cities. “Well, where are they?” Well, lest I go into dimensions… those that know, I will say think along those lines. But in the dimension of spiritual bodies, sometimes it is difficult while we’re in the flesh body to understand. But there were cities and they were destroyed, nothing left, period. Verse twenty-seven:

Jer 4:27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.

And He didn’t. He did exactly as we’re about to read in this first chapter in the book of Genesis.

So what can we summarize from this? There was very clearly an earth age before this one. That’s why we find fossils and their remains, there’s no getting around it. I could even whip out my mammoth tooth. This is from that age. This is one tooth from a mammoth and I would judge this as about ten million years old. So this particular animal would have perished even before the katabole. So here you can see this is a grinder that’s how we know it was a mammoth and not a carnivore. These things have to be explained, they’re here. And it turns many young people away from Christianity because there is no explanation. Many of these young people would say show me a dinosaur in God’s Word, it’s here. It’s known in the book of Job as the Behemoth. The Behemoth grazed on the mountain tops not in a riverbed. And he had a tail that was big as a cedar tree. There’s only one of God’s creation that has a tail like that, well a whale does, but a whale doesn’t eat off the top of the mountains –and that’s a dinosaur. In that particular part of Job God is talking about that first earth age, the age in which he had to destroy. And many might say, “Well, why would God destroy something that beautiful?” Because of Satan, and Satan’s fall in as much as Satan as it is written in the book of Revelation in chapter twelve, drew a third of God’s children away from Him, the Elohim, God and His children, or the Sons of God as they are most often called.

God had a choice, He could have destroyed the children and Satan, zoop, right then… but God is long suffering. That means He’s very patient with his children. So rather than destroy them at that time, He chose in his wrath rather to destroy the first earth age, when this earth was pretty good at that time. No winter or summer, but just plush all around this earth. People had it real good.

I would bear in mind the documentary we did concerning the angelic footprint. Yes, they were here. That documents it and they didn’t look like a monkey, because it’s a perfect footprint. Well, let’s see if I can whip one of those out here, I may not, yes I can. This wasn’t planned, but… This footprint is set in stone and it’s about, I’d say about ten million, one university person thinks more like fifty million. The high arch of a young foot; this was when they were in another form. And yes, every man was taken from the earth. And some might say, “Man, are you calling the angelic beings men?” Well what do you think “Gabriel” means? In the Hebrew tongue what does the word “Gabriel” mean? Translated fully, rather than transliterated? It means “Man of God”, man, M-A-N, man of God.

So you see there are many things that have past on before us and God’s Word declares them. I guess the question is, are you wise enough to listen to the simplicity in which God teaches them. Like He said, hey, I didn’t hide in some dark place to say this. I made it very plain in the word, “My Word”, God’s Word, that the things were of old and I shook it. I destroyed it. Every last being from off the face of the earth; heaven wasn’t destroyed the earth was. But He destroyed it. And rather than destroying His children… think about it. We serve a God love. What does it take for a parent to kill one of his children? Think about it. It’s a heavy way to go. That’s why God didn’t kill them, the third that were simply deceived by Satan. He rather chose to destroy that earth age and caused man, as were going to study in further lectures, to be flesh also, that each soul would have to pass through this earth age to make his or her mind up, born innocent of woman, whether they would love God or Satan. That’s why you’re here.

You see, contrary to what many people teach, there is one thing God will not do. It’s just not in Him… He’s not going to do it. And that is to say, He’s not going to force you to love Him. Because whether it is you or God, you can’t force anyone to love you. It’s fake. He wants you to love Him from within yourself; you with free will, having the option to love Him or the ways of the world, which is to say Satan. The choice is yours. But I assure you, you have been warned by our Father as to what happens to those that follow the ways of the world. By that I mean love Satan instead of Him. God will not put up with false love. He knows your heart and mind. He knows whether you love Him or not. Love is very important to Him. Do you know why? You know something, it’s important to all of us. We like to be loved. We like to be needed, wanted, and we like to be appreciated. And when we look upon someone who has been as good to us as our Father has you can’t help loving Him –if you come into knowledge and the wisdom of what He has done for us. Even coming down to earth Himself to die on the cross in the form of the Son, the only Begotten, to show you that He didn’t feel that He was too good to do what He has asked you to do. That is to say, live in the flesh.

So we have a wonderful Father. So rather than destroying His children, He destroyed the earth age and brought this one into being which we’ll pick up in the next lecture. Hey, don’t miss it. Listen a moment won’t you please.


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