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The Land Before Time—PART 2: Reshaping the Historical Biblical Paradigm

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In their book, God’s Plan for All, David and Zoe Sulem present an excellent exposé on the subject of a pre-Adamic civilization, in which they note:

The Pre-Adamic Age is the First Age of the Seven Ages in God’s Plan for All. It began at the creation of the heavens and the earth, and ended at the start of the six-day creation week, during which Adam and Eve were created. The Pre-Adamic Age was the age when Angels were the key focus of God’s dealings.

The First Age is an important age in God’s Plan for All. It helps us to appreciate and understand the following five important facts:

  1. Our earth is much older than six thousand years.
  2. When God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning, He created the earth in such a beautiful and perfect condition that the Angels responded with joyful singing and shouting.
  3. There was a massive cataclysmic global judgment of God against the world of Lucifer (Satan) and his Angels when they sinned by rebelling against God during the Pre-Adamic Age.
  4. Earth’s geology has been catastrophically impacted and shaped by this massive Pre-Adamic cataclysmic global judgment from God.
  5. There will be another massive cataclysmic global judgment from God against this present sinful world, at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.[i]

Working Backwards—Plato

Perhaps the only way to search back to ancient antiquity (delineation purposeful,) is to go back in time from “accepted” texts to the more obscure evidence.

In 360 B.C., Greek philosopher Plato, student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle, told of an Egyptian origin of Atlantis as related to him by Solon and the priests at Saïs. This account is nearly six thousand years removed from the supposed time that Atlantis existed. That alone makes Plato’s account suspect in the eyes of a modern scholar, but the death knell to his credibility is his propensity toward the metaphysical and epistemological. For that reason, modern scholars reduce his tale of Atlantis to mere allegory and myth. But what if there were corroborating evidence in other literature that could bolster the argument that Plato was simply relating an ancient story?


The earliest Egyptian writings, particularly the Book of the Dead, make reference to a ruler named Thoth. These writings predate Plato’s accounts by nearly four thousand years. Interesting similarities arise between Thoth and Ubar-tutu, the last Antediluvian king on the Table of the Kings.

  • While later Egyptian texts portray him as a god, the earliest of texts depict him as a king. (Perhaps one of the first eight kings on the list?)
  • He was born in a distant country to the west across a body of water. (Plato’s Metropolis?)
  • Creation stories in the Pyramid Texts speak of iu neserer (the “Island of Flame”) as the original land, the mythical place where the gods were born “beyond the limits of the created world” (Faulkner, 1969). (According to the Table of the Kings, the kingship “descended from heaven.”)
  • Thoth was credited with bringing previously unknown knowledge to his kingdom, such as writing, mathematics, astronomy, and civilization in general. (This is an important point when comparing these beings to the Nephilim in Genesis.)
  • According to Papyrus of Ani, chapter CLXXV, a great catastrophe, a flood, occurred, and Thoth led the “gods” across the sea to settle in an Eastern country, Egypt, where he was made a god.[ii]

With evidence of a direct textual connection from antiquity, spanning to the time just prior to the flood, one must consider that Thoth was none other than the last Antediluvian king on the Table of the Kings—Ubar-tutu! If so, was he the king of Atlantis?

Was the cataclysmic disaster that flooded the earth and destroyed Thoth’s kingdom the very same Flood found in the Bible? Or, was this an earlier cataclysm that God used to destroy an angelic civilization?

The account of the Flood during Noah’s day says that “the fountains of the deep” ruptured (Genesis 7:11). This alludes to vertical movement of water into the upper atmosphere, and then it says it rained. Cataclysmic for sure, but what if this wasn’t the first time? What if a single supercontinent became destabilized by outside forces that the Creator Himself brought to bear? What if the destruction of Atlantis came at the hands of an angry God, and the result was the literal breaking up of the single land mass and its redistribution into smaller pieces—continents—in various places around the earth?

Like the breaking up of Pangea?

Further, do scattered textual, historical, and archeological references as highlighted above point directly to all the legendary civilizations: Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, and Hyper-Borea? Do they hint at their ultimate destruction because of the genetic manipulation of the animal genome that produced chimeras and the mythological beasts and monsters of ancient history?

If they do, then judging by the destruction of Pangea, it is indeed “a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

More Clues

Plato mentions the Temple of Eridu, Adzu, in his writings. Archaeological evidence appears to point to a city or settlement by the same name, which had been founded ca. 5400 B.C. near the Euphrates River in close proximity to the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

Although very ancient to be sure, if the accounts of the initial development of Eridu are to be believed, the remnants of this city in the area to which Plato refers cannot be the same city that is listed on the Table of the Kings simply because “Antediluvian” means “before the Flood.” 5400 B.C. would put the development of this community slightly after the time of creation, relatively speaking.

Rather, it would stand to reason that this Eridu was a shadow, a redevelopment, of the original Eridu and was built up in subsequent centuries to remind the people of a time when the kingdom descended from heaven.

Such a kingdom would have exhibited highly advanced technological and sociological development. Evidence of such endeavors will be discussed later in the context of OOPArts and other textual support. For the time being, it is important to understand that the remnants of an ancient civilization built after the Flood does not do justice to the account of Eridu of the Table of the Kings.

Eridu was the first and oldest kingdom of the Table of the Kings, the place where the first king, Alulim, ruled. It existed during the pre-Adamic period, an era of thriving civilizations and advanced technology that was probably superior in many ways to that which can be found in the twenty-first century. Just as OOPArts belie explanation for the intellectually honest, monolithic structures utilizing systems beyond modern capabilities are a testament to beings that existed before the Flood.

When one considers that a deluge wiped out the landscape, it is reasonable to assume that most, if not all, of that same geographic landscape was reshaped. Consequently, we are greatly hindered in our understanding of what an Antediluvian Mesopotamia looked like compared to the Postdiluvian area where cities such as Ur were established.

The proper perspective for viewing these pre-Flood and post-Flood civilizations is with the understanding that life before the Flood and in the pre-Adamic kingdoms of the Kings was very different from our own.

As we get closer to the truth, we realize that where there is ancient smoke, there’s hell’s fire.



God Spared Not the Angels

When might the pre-Adamic destruction of angelic civilizations have occurred? Jude 1:5–6 gives us a clue:

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the Angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Multiple points here offer some answers.

What judgment against the Israelites coming out of Egypt caused them to be destroyed, and when? To what part of Israel’s history in the Old Testament is Jude referring?

Since God made promises to Israel, which He kept, it appears that this refers to a specific judgment.

The phrase “believe not” comes from the Greek (πιστεύω), pisteuó, and is more appropriately translated as “trust.”

Where had they experienced God’s deliverance, seen His miracles, and partaken of His provision, but failed to “trust” Him? Where had they chosen to trust, or embrace, another god?

Answer: According to Exodus 34, it was at Mount Sinai, where the Israelites, newly delivered from the hands of the Egyptians, decided to fashion a golden calf into another god. This rebellious act was a direct affront to their Creator—not because they didn’t believe in Him, but because they chose to believe something different even though they knew the truth. As a consequence, in His judgment, God slew thousands that day. Keep this in mind going forward. Remember Solomon’s words: “There is nothing new under the sun.”

Jude 1:6 says:

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Several tidbits of information here will help us establish a timeline of pre-Adamic events and clarify the Table of the Kings period. Again, working backwards gives us a clearer picture.

  • When are the “chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”?

Revelation 20:10 explains that Satan, along with the other fallen, has not yet been imprisoned, and will not be until Judgment Day and after the Millennium. Until then, he roams around “like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour” (1 Peter 5:8.) For this reason and this reason alone, the devil was allowed to go before the throne of God and talk to Him about Job. When Jude mentions the angels leaving their first estate and being punished, that punishment has not yet been imposed.

  • When did the angels leave “their own habitation,” and what exactly was that habitation?

We tend to reduce angels to spiritual and religious realms, but there are countless accounts of angels interacting with our own three-dimensional universe. When angels are observed, they break our physical laws, such as the laws of physics, and supersede “normal” human ability. We call these beings “supernatural,” and indeed they are. They are “above the natural” or, to put it in a science framework, “interdimensional.”

Angel physics is a discussion in and of itself, but let us proceed with the beings’ interdimensionalness as a foundation. As such, is it a leap to say that when Jude says the angels left their “own habitation,” he is saying that they left their original dimension, as in heaven?

  • This dimension, the heavenly realm, was where the angels were created to worship God. It was their first “estate” or abode. In Greek (ἀρχή), the word is arché, Strong’s #746, which more correctly would be translated “from the beginning” or “starting point.”

To sum up this pivotal Scripture, the angels chose to leave where they were created, a place where they worshiped the Father night and day (Revelation 7:11) and enter the realm of earth’s 3-D universe to interact with God’s creation, and later man. God then judged them because they chose to be disobedient by genetically modifying the genetic genome, having sexual relations with the daughters of Eve.

In fact, it appears that when Jude is referring to the angels that “left their first estate,” he is trying to bring clarity as to their identity, as if to say, “you know those angels, not the ones that stayed in heaven, but the ones that left.”

This is an important distinction for our purposes. We, too, have our labels for these angels. We call them “fallen angels,” or, to put it in the vernacular referenced in Scripture, the Nephilim.

Remember, it was the Nephilim, angels, who came to the daughters of men. They are not to be mistaken for their progeny, the Rephaim, which were giants.



Correcting Misunderstanding

After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridu…

The kingship came down to a 3-D world to interact with God’s creation, earth, and eventually with mankind. It is imperative to understand that the Creator did not have a problem with the angels leaving their first estate. After all, He loved His creations, the sons of God, angels (Genesis 6:2, 4; Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7.)

The automatic assumption upon reading Jude 1:6 is that “the leaving” of their habitation was the infraction that caused judgment. However, is this consistent with the characteristics of an omnipotent and omniscient God?

The Creator knew that they would leave, and He could very easily have stopped them, but He did not. The Book of Enoch explains that God allowed the angels, or at least a portion of them, to leave.

Where did they go?

To earth.

The Difference Between Theology and the Bible

Merriam-Webster defines “theology” as:

  1. The study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially: the study of God and of God’s relation to the world
  2. a: A theological theory or system <Thomist theology> <a theology of atonement> b: a distinctive body of theological opinion <Catholic theology>
  3. A usually 4-year course of specialized religious training in a Roman Catholic major seminary.

Theology is the study of a system of thought. However, it is based upon the thoughts of other people who have contributed ideas to this system—specifically, the well-known teachers of the Protestant and Catholic churches who have left an indelible mark on how we, modern-day believers, interpret Scripture.

Is taking what the leaders of the Church for the last 1,700 years and parroting their beliefs helpful to a discussion of gleaning the truth out of ancient texts? Probably not. As an example, in Genesis 6:4, we are told that:

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.

Many modern Christians balk at the idea of such intimate angelic interaction with humans. As proof that angels, the sons of God, would not have had sexual relations with human women, they may quote Matthew 22:30, where Jesus tells the Sadducees that humans, “like the angels in heaven,” will not marry or be given into marriage after the resurrection. This, however, is not what Matthew 22:30 is addressing at all. Marriage denotes a very, very long-term relationship—forever, in fact—between a husband and wife. If we are to be the “Bride of Christ” when the time comes, how could we be betrothed to another?

In addition, the verse says nothing about sex. Is it possible for a man—or an angel—to have sex outside of marriage?

Family Studies correctly points out:

American sexual behavior is much different than it used to be. Today, most Americans think premarital sex is okay, and will have three or more sexual partners before marrying. What, if anything, does premarital sex have to do with marital stability?[iii]

Transferring a perceived ethos biblical figures to establish a system of theology, in this case regarding interaction between human women and angelic beings, is just bad exegesis.

The lesson?

Why not let the Bible define the Bible? Leave it alone. Do not reduce it to allegory or make excuses for the text. Take it for what it says. Have the courage to have your worldview changed when it comes to the Word of God. It is true that the Lord has given teachers and pastors to help us, but the apostle Paul charged Timothy to study to show himself approved. The Holy Spirit is more than capable to be your teacher if you allow Him.

If your biblical study takes you to a place where there is direct contradiction to the Bible, stop and throw those study materials away. However, if you run into a contradiction to theology, you may well be on the verge of discovering truth that only the Holy Spirit can show you.

UP NEXT: Eight Kingdoms of Peace, and Then What?

[i] David and Zoe Sulem, “God’s Plan For All.” (June 26, 2016).

[ii] “Writings of the Egyptians—Egyptian Vignettes of the story of Atlantis,” (June 15, 2012).

[iii] Nicholas H. Wolfinger, “Counterintuitive Trends in the Link Between Premarital Sex and Marital Stability,” (June 6, 2016).

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