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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
oceanic surface-and light had been by angelic law–
lessness turned into darkness.
Let me here interject a biblical principle within the
immediate context. There is this instruction in Isaiah:
"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he
make to understand doctrine? ... precept must be upon
precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon
line; here a little, and there a little" (Isa. 28:9-10). But
most who try to apply this principle in biblical under–
standing take each "little" verse out of its context, to
"interpret" their own ideas into it.
The Holy Bible is unique among all books ever
written. The very fact that its truths are revealed here a
little, there a little means it is a coded book, not to be
understood until our present time of the end as
explained elsewhere in this volume. Those who have
tried to read the Bible directly and continuously from
the beginning have been bewildered. Many have simply
thrown up their hands and said, as I myself did once, "I
just can't understand the Bible." That is why Bruce
Barton said the Bible is the book nobody knows. As I
have explained elsewhere the Bible is like a jigsaw
puzzle. Until the various pieces of a jigsaw puzzle are put
properly together, the true picture does not emerge.
Much, directly concerned with what is in Genesis 1,
is filled in by other passages of Scripture in other parts
of the Bible.
So now, let's
UNDERSTAND
the background. Genesis
1:1: God created the heavens and the earth. We have
already seen, in chapter 2, that the heavens (or the
universe) and the earth were created after the angels.
Earth's angels had not completed the creation of the
earth by improvement, development and beautification.
Rather, they had brought it to desolation and ruin. The
GOVERNMENT OF
Goo had been nullified on earth.
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