Chapter 1 Getting Acquainted with The Supreme One
“Before launching on our seven-day Journey,” suggests our faithful Guide, “Let’s meet the One who made the very first Journey, the Great Originator Himself. We will be tracing His steps as He works His way through those history-making days!”
“Come to think of it,” enthuses our Observer, “our world must have gone through a truly great transformation at that time! We will want to see what steps the Creator took. It will be very meaningful!”
Just who is He?
“The Supreme One,” explains our very knowledgeable Guide, “dwells in the dimension of Eternity, where expanses of Time and Space melt into one great Now. In never ending glory He reigns over the Universe!”
“He is in every way suited as the Great Creator,” he continues. “There are found in Him the ultimate in power and wisdom, and in knowledge and beauty. What He can conceive, He is able to bring into being. Nothing is beyond the reach of His Great Arm.”
In the Bible, His self-portrait, He describes Himself as:
The high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, the Almighty One who rules in heaven (Psalm 2:4).
One “sitting on a lofty throne,” with angels singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.” (Isaiah 6:1).
The One “who sits above the circle of the earth,” that is, He stands outside our world, and “the people below must seem to Him as grasshoppers!” (Isaiah 40:22).
One who is altogether unique, with the purest of pure motives in all He does. Of very special interest is that He calls Himself “the Alpha and the Omega”, “the First and the Last; I alone am He.” (Isaiah 41:4).
He will have the first word, and the last!
Where He, the Great King dwells, there amid overflowing beauty and melodious harmony dwells unsullied, unselfish love. He is the Lord God Almighty, the Lord of Glory!
On an Eternal Throne, this Great God sits alone. Yet, in a mysterious fashion, as Three Persons. The Three are bound together in such a perfection of love that they move as One, always of One Mind, always with fully shared purposes. Always moving with the same power and wisdom and authority. and in such total oneness that the Three are One!
What One does, the Others share. What One says, the Others echo. What One thinks and dreams and plans, the Others in perfect harmony think and dream and plan. There are Three: the ever living Father, the ever loving Son and the ever working Holy Spirit.
And they are, in eternal mystery, One! “In the beginning.... God!” The great, Eternal Three in One!
“It seems,” our Guide says, expanding further on who God is, “that somewhere along the corridors of Eternity, there crept into the heart of the Supreme One a Great Desire.”
An unfulfilled desire, in the Almighty One? It was not a desire for fresh galaxies; they with ease could be brought into existence. Nor was it a desire for glowing opulence; that too could be provided in a moment. His Eye saw something far greater than any of these.
What was it?
“I must have one like Myself. One who will enjoy with Me the beauty and the harmony. One with whom I may enjoy love filled, heart union fellowship.”
“He must be a free, unfettered spirit, like I am. Not an automaton, moved by compulsion. A pure and undivided spirit moved by the love and devotion that fills My Heaven, moving freely and willingly, out of pure gratitude and unforced devotion!”
And all Heaven fell silent at the realization that the Eternal One, the God of Perfection, had such an unfulfilled desire.
His Heart pictured a previously unheard of “being.” He would not be like the myriad of heavenly servants, the angelic hosts. They served Him faithfully day and night. They with holy joy sang His praises continually; for that purpose they were made.
“My desire is for one who will worship and serve Me with a free, unfettered spirit.”
“I must have MAN!”
The concept filled His thoughts. Man! Pure and holy. Free and unfettered. A friend and confidant of the all loving Three in One!
In His Mind’s Eye, the Almighty One conceived a Great Plan. It would provide for this Man, his surroundings, his physical form, his every need.
And the Eternal One’s Plan for the New World was born!
First, there must be a Place for this new “being.” It must be a Place designed especially for him. It must be a place flooded with all the joys and delights befitting one greatly loved by the Supreme One.
It must be a place in which the Eternal One Himself could find pleasure as He enjoyed friendship and fellowship with His soon-to-be companion--as it were, in the cool of a perfect summer evening! In that place, the Ever living One would delight in holy, unsullied, unhurried communion with a free and freely devoted companion.
It will be a place of unparalleled harmony. It will be a place overflowing with everything Man’s heart could long for, where a new kind of beauty and a new kind of harmony will bathe everything in a continual cascade of delights.
It will be a place, too, where Man will not only roam in joyful freedom but also reign in happy responsibility. Man would be not God’s friend only, but God’s Regent, with delegated responsibility to oversee this new world.
This is what the Lord says, the One who created the heavens, the God who fashioned the earth and made it, who established it and created it, not as an empty waste place, but He formed it to be inhabited. “I am the Lord and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:18).
The Lord your Maker, the One who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth says, “I am the Lord, your God, who planted the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth.” (Isaiah 51:13, 16).
Fear God and give glory to Him. Worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the fountains of water (Revelation 14:7).
The living God made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything that is in them. (Acts 14:15).
Through believing what God has said we have come to know that the worlds were planned and brought into being at the command of God, so that the things which are seen were not made from things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:3).
A Fiery Ball
The Great Creator began with a fiery ball, 40,000 kilometers in circumference, and set it precisely in orbit around the sun. At its core were huge amounts of rock and minerals, super-heated and molten. The rock layers were in constant, slow flowing motion, held together by strong forces of gravity.
The Master Builder then put into place a hard but fragile crust, made from the hardening of flowing magma from its interior. This crust was in thickness a mere 70,000 meters at the most, like the skin of an apple in relation to its total size. But it enclosed the fiery ball like a leather cover, containing the ebb and flow of the magma beneath. This was Planet Earth, the location specifically and lovingly chosen for the Man who would soon appear!
But now, before the Creator introduced living things to that planet, it was dark and barren! Deep crevasses marked its uneven surface. Planet Earth was nothing more than a vast emptiness, shrouded in total darkness.
Except for one thing! God, the Eternal One, had plans in mind for it. The Spirit of God, the Executive Arm of the Great Three-in-One, came to survey the globe in preparation for the creative energy that would soon burst on the scene! With the greatest of loving care, He viewed every aspect of the surface of Planet Earth, and with anticipation waited and prepared.
“The earth was an empty wasteland, devoid of living things, in complete darkness.” (Genesis 1:2)
- No millions of years to deal with! Time has not yet been inaugurated.
- No creatures scurrying about! No dinosaurs or other animals, anywhere.
- No water. The force binding molecules together, not yet introduced.
- No light! Just eerie, inky-black darkness!
- No life! The earth was empty and barren, a howling wilderness!
Until.... a Glorious God stepped in!
In just 168 surprise-packed hours, He transformed that barren wilderness with His magnificent hand! He brought life to that dead planet. He fashioned that globe into a flourishing world, overflowing with stunning beauty and vibrant life!
And He started from Ground Zero! The magnificent work that ensued would be entirely HIS HANDIWORK!
Just as a mother eagle high in her mountain nest might wait patiently for the fulfilling of the promise carried in her nestful of eggs, so the Spirit of God waited in anticipation for the fulfillment of the plans carried in God’s heart. Those plans were soon to burst into glorious reality!
But for now, there was nothing beyond the stark rocks of an empty planet. Not a blade of grass! Not one creature scurrying about! Nothing with life in it, not a single tree or plant!
Earth was empty! Lifeless! Enveloped in darkness! God started from Point Zero when He introduced Life into an otherwise dead Planet Earth! The resulting wonders of the New Creation would be entirely His work, a glorious display of His handiwork!
God Laid the Foundations.
There are seventeen references in the Bible to the important fact that God, the Creator, “laid the foundations of the earth”. That is, He laid out the foundational plan, the purposes and the materials to be used, as part of His overall purpose.
“The Lord your Maker, the One who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth says, “I am the Lord, your God, who planted the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth.” (Isaiah 51:13, 16).
What, specifically, are “The foundations of the earth?” I carefully looked at the Scriptures involved, and learned the parameters and purposes of these foundations. Then, I reviewed the findings of science (looking at tangible things that were clearly part of God’s creation), and I concluded there were four foundations that could be identified:
- The natural laws (the law of gravity, the laws of physics and chemistry, etc).
- Radiant energy (electro-magnetic energy, commonly used throughout the world).
- The world of atoms and molecules (including all 118 types of atoms)
- The life strand (the DNA strand, plus genetic information for its main functions).
These four foundations were then set in place by the morning of the First Day, and were activated before God gave His first creative command, “Let there be light.” The light God created that First Day was not the light of the sun; that came on Day Four. Rather, it was Radiant Light (the kind of light that can be seen by the human eye and that requires Radiant (EM) Energy. It has from the beginning been a major energy source in our world, and would have been an adequate light source for the first three days).
One of these foundations (radiant energy) was required for the light the Creator was making. Consequently, it becomes clear that, in preparation for the First Day, the Creator would have set in place the four foundations. Then, on the First Day, He “turned on the switch”, as it were. And “There was light!”
The force that holds molecules together (the intra-molecular force) turns out to be one form of this radiant light, binding even molecules of water together--and would therefore have been included as part of God's command, “Let there be light!”