In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 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. And God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light.
There are several things to notice here. #1 The earth was without form and void, but the heaven was NOT without form and void. #2 The words “without form” mean “to lie waste” and the word “void” means “to be empty/indistinguishable ruin.” #3 The Spirit moved on waters that were already there. On the day that most people call the first day of creation, on the day that Almighty God said let there be light, water was already there; therefore, the first day of creation was not when He said “let there be light.”
Apparently the phrase, “in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” happened long before Almighty God said let there be light!
Apparently God created the heaven and the earth, then the earth was damaged beyond belief, but the heaven was not damaged at all. Apparently the earth lay in ruins for an unidentified length of time.
Notice the next 7 verses and especially verse 9. Genesis 1:4-10, “And God saw the light that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day and the darkness He called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament, and it was so. And God called the firmament heaven/sky, and the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven/sky be gathered unto one place and let the dry land appear, and it was so. And God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters called He Seas, and God saw that it was good.”
On the first day, Almighty God said “let there be light”. On the second day He created the open atmosphere. On the third day He commanded the dry land to appear and for the waters that had been covering the land to no longer cover the land the way it had before. During the first, second and third days; it does not mention that the Almighty created the earth; and yet, the earth was there covered by waters. Did you get that? The earth existed before Almighty God said, “Let there be light.
It seems obvious that we must conclude: #1 that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth #2 that some cataclysmic event destroyed what had been on the earth, but did not destroy heaven #3 an unspecified time after that, the Almighty remade the earth and that is what people call creation week with the 7 days.
I submit to you, that Almighty God created the heaven and the earth before the 7 days (Genesis 1:1). I submit to you, that Almighty God created angels before the 7 days, for they appear to be present before the 7 days (Job 38:6-7). I submit to you, that the earth was devastated by war in the heavens between the archangel Lucifer and the archangel Michael (Revelation 12:7-9), but that the heaven was not destroyed. I submit to you, that water was present before the 7 days and before Almighty said “Let there be light. (Genesis 1:2).”
It seems certain, based upon the text, that much happened on the earth between the beginning of creation and the 7 day remaking of the earth, that we call Creation Week. It seems certain that the earth is much older than 6000 years. Heaven, earth, angels, and water existed before Almighty God said, “Let there be light.”