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Had The Earth Been Destroyed Before Adam And Eve?

Updated on February 7, 2015

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth. Many of us know the passage in the bible, however there are two creation verses in the bible. In the first creation passage, in the King James Bible, God creates man and woman. In Genesis 1:28 God tells man and woman to be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.

The interesting thing about this passage is that God tells man and woman to replenish the earth. The definition of the word replenish is " To Make Full Again" Why did man and woman have to replenish the earth? Had humans been living on the earth before, then been destroyed? Was that the reason God told man and woman to replenish the earth?

Then in Genesis 2:7 God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul. It was after that God created the Garden of Eden, and placed man into the Garden of Eden.

But Adam was alone. In Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, he made a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Since the King James Bible I am using for this hub is very old,It was originally published in 1610. And the word Eve is not used until Genesis 3:20.

When it comes to the flood of Noah, God promised Noah that after the flood, in Genesis 4:11 That neither shall all flesh be cut off anymore by the waters of a flood: neither shall there be a flood to destroy all earth.

Does that mean the earth was destroyed before?

If you look at the Book of Jeremiah, who was a prophet, who could not only see the future, but also the past. In Jeremiah God spoke to him, to warn him of what could happen if people did not stop being evil. This is what Jeremiah saw. Jeremiah 4:23-26 And I beheld the earth, it was without form or void, and the heavens, they had no light. I beheld the mountains and lo, they trembled and all the mountains moved. The fruitful place was dark, and the cities were broken down by God's anger, and there was no man. Who had built and lived in the cities? The Lord had made earth, but the Lord said " I shall not make a full end"

The earth was without form or void, and yet there were cities that were destroyed. Man was not there. God was angry. What had happened? When we look at the flood, God promised not to destroy the earth again! So, once again did God destroy the earth before Adam and Eve?

When we go back to Genesis 2:5 God created Adam. Once again, in the bible, this was the second time, we have been told that man had been created. However this time Satan had been thrown out of Heaven. We know this because Satan tempted Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge.

So, we also know that Satan was thrown out of Heaven before Adam and Eve were created. My question is, did Satan force God to destroy the earth the first time? Is that the reason man and woman were told to " Replenish the earth" Satan's jealousy was the reason he was thrown out of Heaven. He was created beautiful, and may seem beautiful, when he is tempting people, but inside is pure evil, and very ugly. Full of anger. Could Satan's fall from Heaven truly have been the reason, the world was destroyed before Adam and Eve, before the first creation passage in the bible? The reason man and woman were asked to "replenish the earth" Will we ever find the answer to that question?

Satan is pure evil. His evil is horrible. He blinds people, and forces them to value money over life. The evil on this earth is getting stronger, more are following Satan.

Satan has been on the earth for a very long time. In Job 1:6-8 God asked Satan "Where do you come from"? Well, Satan replied " I have been walking upon the earth"

So, we know Satan is on the earth now. Blinding us and creating evil. There is so much evil in the world to day, but it will not last forever. Because in Revelation the battle between God and his armies will defeat Satan and his followers . Satan will lose and will be gone. There will be a new Heaven and a new Earth. Our tears will be wiped away, and evil will be gone forever.


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      Oscar Jones 

      2 years ago from Monroeville, Alabama

      in honor of the writer of this article, very interesting question! There is a scripture that says 'worlds without end". I don't know how to transpose that or connect it to this question.

      I recently read for the second time, the "Forgotten books of Eden" in which the second book is very short, just maybe a few pages, but the first book of Eden is extensive, it is authenticated by many writings in our Bible, and has historical value. It was one of the manuscripts from which our bible culminated. Who chose to leave this post- garden of Eden manuscript out of our bible? It tells the names of other family members, and exposes many lies told today about the beginning. It does not discredit our bible but rather authenticates it and provides the missing information. Why do so many Christians never even discover or read this manuscript? It is much like a love story of a caring God trying to redeem and help fallen man. It gives details and names,and places and divine intention of early bible history right up to the Flood. I believe we are cheated of one of the divine stories. I believe even if it isn't one of the biblical cannons, then it at least belongs as a book of history alongside the bible. It was also protected by the Essenes. It was also kept with the Isaiah books. God said, "my people are destroyed by the lack of knowledge". - I'm not saying you could find proof of earlier civilizations within its pages, but you could certainly find more about Adam and Eves life on earth, for that is what its about. regards. moj ( michelle, haven't seen you on here,, are you ok?)

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 years ago from Washington DC


      The answer is in the Bible, our problem is we are not "born again" - as tadpoles are reborn into a frogs - so that spirit is able to communicate with us directly.

      What s written is metaphors, allegories, parables and symbol-types (MAPS) revealing a cycle to earth. If you were to read hebrew, you would find that the word translated into English's "in the beginning" should actually read "in beginning" as if saying I am beginning a revelation of life that will end at this very spot when comprehended.

      I don't have very much time left in the library so if you will go to my profile and read "A Tithe, A, Tenth, Ten virgins" you will find a short version of the cycle and most of my other bible related writings reflects it. I hope it provide you with food for thought if not an answer.


      Elijah NatureBoy

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      Salih Al Amr 

      3 years ago

      The reason I came to this page is I was studying the original Hebrew for Genesis. And my translation reads, "In the firstfruits, God cut down the heavens and earth; therefore the earth became a desolation and a ruin and the darkness was upon the face of the deep and the breath of God brooded upon the face of the water." I was wondering why no one is doing this literal translation, which makes it seem like something happened BEFORE God then re-created the heavens and earth.

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      Tom Underwood 

      3 years ago

      There are many mistakes reading the Bible due to language shifts over the centuries. To understand the word Replenish one must understand the language in which it was first written; Hebrew. In the Hebrew-Greek Lexicon you will read the following;

      Male' (maw-lay'); Origin; Hebrew, Verb, Strong #: 4390

      1. to fill, be full

      a. (Qal)

      1. to be full 1a

      b. fulness, abundance (participle) 1a

      c. to be full, be accomplished, be ended

      1. to consecrate, fill the hand

      d. (Niphal)

      1. to be filled, be armed, be satisfied

      2. to be accomplished, be ended

      e. (Piel)

      1. to fill

      2. to satisfy

      3. to fulfil, accomplish, complete

      4. to confirm

      f. (Pual) to be filled

      g. (Hithpael) to mass themselves

      The Hebrew writings originated roughly 3000 years before the first Bible was published; also the KJV was first published in 1611 under King James of England by 48 Religion scholars, some of which were Hebrew (Jewish).

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      Angel Shives 

      5 years ago

      Do we keep coming back until we get it right?

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      6 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Caroline Hazlitt Carter- I have a King James Version of the Bible and in fact it does use the word "replenish " in Genisus 1:28. Not only that but it also repeats almost the whole verse word for word again in Genisus 9:1 (KJV) 1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them. Be fruitful, and multiply, and REPLENISH the earth.

      Gee that's the second time God said that.

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      Caroline Hazlitt Carter 

      6 years ago

      First of all I have the same Bible, King James version, and it does not say anywhere to replenish the earth in scriptures 1:28; it exactly says " Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." You know the biggest question I've always wondered was, what if Eve was never tempted or Adam, would we all be here today, not knowing anything of evil? I don't mean to come across as a person that says or acts like you know nothing and I know everything, because of course that would be a lie. But, if we have the same book, Bible, then how come yours says something different than mine?

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The more we spend time thinking about holy scriptures, the less time we have to violate them, and the greater the chances that eventually we may come to understand them. Keep on publishing about them, and I hope your nursing revival came to pass. Let me know.

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thanks teaches, I have been wondering a lot about that also. There is so much I don't know, but I keep on trying.

      God bless you!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Your theory is interesting and has me thinking. I have read Biblical scholars discuss the possibility earth has been destroyed prior to the Garden of Eden. Great post.

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      radhikasree Thank you so much for your comment. There is so much to learn, I will never learn all that I need to know.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      I've learned that God created Adam and Eve as soon as earth was created. Nice to read about the theories ,though I don't know, of Bible.

      Voted up.

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you North Wind. what you wrote is true, God's story has no beginning. God himself has been forever. Hope that makes sense.

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      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Michele, this is very interesting and I have never really thought of it in that way before. I suppose that this idea that earth was replenished because it was populated before would support many evolutionists ideas that the earth is older than creationists claim. I, however, do believe that man and earth as we know it was created when the Bible says they were and that the earth as it existed is as old as the Bible says. What there was before does not really matter to me because the beginning of our story is in Genesis. God's story really has no beginning.

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for reading this hub MsDora, I appreciate your comment very much.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Michele, I haven't looked at the video as yet. However, I know that the more you read, the more theories you come across. This one is interesting!

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for rewriting your comment. It is very important.

      God bless you.

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      7 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Michele Tavis- I don't know how I manage to delete my first comment so I attempt to rewrite it word for word.

      One part that is important to note that was not mentioned in your Hub that you did mention Genesis 1: 28 (KJV) which states:

      28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitfil, and multiply and REPLENISH the earth........

      The exact same wording was used again when God spoke to Noah in Genesis 9:1 (KJV) which states:

      1 And God blessed Noah , and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitfil, and multiply, and REPLENISH the earth.

      The word REPLENISH was used two separate times for the same reason.

      Therefore you may very well have a valid point.

      Blessingsand Great HUB.

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you graceinus, that is a very good comment and I appreciate it very much.

      God bless you

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi Lifegate, thank you for your comment. I will check that out.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Michele,

      You have some good thoughts although I must say I don't see it that way. If you're interested you can check my hub Also GodTalk makes a comment on the hub giving us some information on the original Hebrew meaning of the word "replenish". Hope you're able to find some time to check it out.


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