'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.' - Gen 1: 1
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'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.' - Gen 1: 2
It is commonly thought that the above two verses, the first two verses of the Bible, are referring to the same time period, the original creation. This is not true. Gen 1: 1 is referring to the initial creation. Gen 1: 2 is referring to a restoration. The Hebrew word for 'was' in the KJV is hayah, which actually means became. And the Hebrew word for 'without form' is tohuw, meaning a desolation or wasteland, from the root word meaning to lie waste. So correctly translated it reads 'the earth became desolate and void.' Gen 1: 2 is describing how God restored the earth. This teaching, which is hidden from the mainstream primarily due to mistranslation, is commonly referred to as the Gap Theory; which is not merely a theory but what the Bible plainly states... God created the world, it was laid to waste, then restored.
'For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.' - 1 Peter 3: 5-7
We're told in Peter the heavens of old, and the world that then was, ie. the heavens and earth of the previous age, perished in a global flood. This was the first Great Flood, the original, which correlates to Gen. 1;2, when the earth became a wasteland. The later flood of Noah, in our current age, was catastrophic but it did not cause the earth and heaven to perish. The destruction of the earth and heaven of this age will not be due to water but fire.,,
'The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up... wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved. - Peter 3: 10,12
Foundation of the world
Many places in the Bible you will read the phrases before the and from the "foundation of the world". Here are a few...
'Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'
'I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.'
'According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.'
'Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world.'
In all such verses, the original Greek word for "foundation", katabolē meaning deposing, which is derived from kataballō meaning casting down. Foundation/founding is not an accurate translation. All such passages are literally referring to the casting down/overthrow of the old world.
Who ruled this prior age?
Just as prophesy states that at the end of the age there will be a one world ruler, there was also a one world ruler at the end of the previous age. There is nothing new under the sun (Eccles 1: 9). To read more about this ancient divine king, and his return to once again set up a global kingdom where he will try again to succeed where he failed in the past, by waging war against the Most High, read the Lucifer page.