Time, Truth, and Wisdom

CHAPTER 8--Tuhuw va Bohuw--Created Void and Without Form?



     Genesis 1:2 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.


     Was the earth created void and without form or did it become void and without form? The question that needs to be answered first is this: if the earth, in that first heaven/earth age, contained no water on the surface except for the dew that settled during the night; did the water that was divided by the firmament cover the entire earth:


     and darkness was upon the face of the deep,


    And was this water the water that was moved into one spot to make dry land appear:


     Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear,


     At the spoken word of God?


     The answer, simply, is yes. There are many, many people; some very educated, some just absolute fools, who disagree entirely as to the correct interpretation of this verse. Correctly discerning this passage hinges on whether you are aware that there are three different heaven/earth ages, as the Apostle Peter so eloquently wrote of in 2nd Peter, chapter 3.


     If there was not a previous heaven/earth age and you begin reading Genesis at chapter 1, verse 1 and you take the Text literally, then one would have to assume that the earth was indeed created void and without form and totally covered with water and you would also have to assume that there was nothing in creation, concerning the earth, prior to that time. That, my friend, takes a lot of assuming.


     And it also begs the question: why would God create something in total chaos?


     The word “void”, in the Hebrew, is bohuw (bo'-hoo); from an unused root (meaning to be empty); a vacuity, i.e. (superficially) an undistinguishable ruin.


     The word “form”, in the Hebrew, is tohuw (to'-hoo); from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain. In the Hebrew Lexicon it is: of land reduced to primaeval chaos. Not created in primeval chaos but reduced to primeval chaos.


     Are there any other verses within God’s Word that would give witness to whether this earth was created or became void and without form? Let’s look at Isaiah 45:18;


     Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain,


      He created it not in vain. Want to take a guess as to whether this word “vain” is the same as the word “formed” found in Genesis 1:2,


     Isaiah 45:18……he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.


     Let’s see what Jeremiah had to say about it:


     Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void;


      Guess where else we find these exact same words,


     and the heavens, and they had no light.


     Jeremiah 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.


     Why would they tremble and move lightly? Because our Father is doing away with the first heaven/earth age, He is destroying that age and creating a new one, this heaven/earth age.


     Jeremiah 4:25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man,


     No man, don’t overlook that word because many higher critics will try to make you believe that the earth, being overflowed with water at this time, is the flood of Noah. It’s not! In the flood of Noah, there were six Adamic souls on that Ark, six human beings,


     and all the birds of the heavens were fled.


     All the birds were gone. When the floodwaters began to recede in Noah’s flood, what did he send out? A raven. A bird.


     Jeremiah 4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness,


     By implication, a desert,


     and all the cities,


     Jeremiah tells us that there were cities in that first heaven/earth age,


      thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.


     Jeremiah 4:27 For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.


     Our Father says the He will not make a full end; He will not destroy the earth completely. The second heaven/earth age will now come into play, into being, the first age being destroyed by water. I want you to also consider something else: if the earth was round and smooth and covered with water, how could you make dry land appear without creating mountains that were higher than the surrounding land mass?


     You couldn’t. If we put our gray matter to work we can see that the movement of the tectonic plates that cover this globe move around somewhat. Geologists theorize that the Rocky Mountains were created by one plate riding up and over another and pushing soil and rock into the ridge that we call the Rockies.


     If you take a close look at the strata you can see that the rock is layered at an angle. If you take a sphere that is round and smooth and you push rock around to make the surface higher in one place then it will have to be lower in another. It’s called cut and fill. The highest spot on earth is Mt. Everest at 29,035’ above sea level.


     The lowest spot is the Mariana Trench at 36,960’ below sea level. Not too hard to imagine what happened when our Father made “the hills move lightly.”


     The last word that we have to consider is “was”. On one side of the controversy there are those that take the word “was” literally and postulate that this was the beginning of creation; on the other side of the controversy there are those that say that the word should be translated “become”, giving credence to the existence of the earth prior to the global flooding. In Genesis 1:2 the word “was” is used:


     Genesis 1:2 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.


      In Genesis 2:7 the word “became” is used:


     Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.


     In the Masoretic Texts, the Hebrew word hayah is in both places where the words “was” and “became” are translated and it’s defined as to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary). It’s pretty obvious that the Hebrew word hayah was translated as the word “was” when it should have more correctly been translated “became”.  


     This brings up a very good point: just how accurate were the translators of the Original Texts when translating the Hebrew, Chaldee and Greek languages to English? In the year 1611 King James I of England, in order to try and quell a violent religious rebellion, called together the country’s leading churchmen and theologians at Hampton Court “for the hearing, and for the determining, things pretended to be amiss in the Church.”


     Out of that conference came the decision to commission a new translation of the Holy Scriptures and this uniform translation became known as the King James Bible and it has dramatically affected the course of the English-speaking world.


     However, the translators knew that there would be errors, even of minor magnitude, so they wrote an eleven-page prologue making the reader aware of that fact. With this thought in mind, one should never take the English words of this Bible, or any other Bible for that matter, at face value.


     Do your research.