Is it possible that all of God’s plan evolves around the earth? It is obvious for this time and age where God became man and lived on this earth to reconcile man with himself. But what was before and will be thereafter?
Let’s start at the beginning:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was barren, with no form of life. (Gen 1:1-2a CEV)
I want to have a look at two Hebrew words here: B’rêshît and hâyâh. The first is the absolute beginning of time. It does not have definite article, so it can be translated “Beginning, God created…” The second does usually mean “to become”. Now, that is interesting. It for example is used when Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt.
So the earth became barren.
Let’s have a look at something else. When did the devil fall? When it is true that creation of all things started in Gen 1:1 (beginning), but satan had fallen by Gen 3:1, trying Eve, could it be that it happened between Gen 1:1 and Gen 1:2? Could it be that when satan was thrown out of heaven and down to earth, it became barren because of his rebellion? Because God created the earth as a habitation:
The LORD alone is God! He created the heavens and made a world where people can live, instead of creating an empty desert. (Isa 45:18a CEV)
Let’s go to the end. Jesus will return to this earth, after it again has been devastated by satan and his beast, but also by the wrath of God. He rebuilds this earth in the millenium, and at the end it is a renewed heaven and a renewed earth. And God comes to dwell with man: God’s home is now with people.
I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea. Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven. It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown and ready to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice shout from the throne: God’s home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people. (Rev 21:1-3 CEV)
It all evolves around this earth.