Psalm 139 suggests that God has decided the maximum length of time you and I will spend on Earth. We can shorten this by a free-will choice, as in suicide, and thereby spoil God’s best plans for us, but we cannot prolong our lives beyond what God has decreed. This is confirmed in Job 14:5,
A person’s days are determined;
you have decreed the number of his months,
and have set limits he cannot exceed.
The bottom line is that none of these scriptures make any spiritual sense unless we recognise that all of God’s creative acts, from the Universe to individuals to the grace and salvation provided by Jesus, occur first in Heaven, and then only later, sometimes much later, in our Cosmos.
Does an analysis of the Creation account in Genesis provide supporting information for the take-home principle of Two-Stage Theory?
It absolutely does!
Stage 1: – the world was created in Heaven when God decided it; its existence began then, during six days of inventive brilliance. This was its first beginning.
God then rested on the seventh day of Creation in Heaven, and shadowed down this requirement for a day of rest on Earth for our own benefit, because we are created to be like him.
Stage 2: – the world was subsequently created in our Universe over a different Time span; its development in our Time and space began to unfurl after this second beginning.
The “Unfolding of Creation”, as we may perhaps label God’s implementation, was then—and only then—launched!
It is fair to hold the view that Creation, our own selves, and also the grace and salvation provided by Jesus, all had a minimum of two beginnings: one in Heaven, then another subsequently in our Universe, because that is how God does things—as revealed so clearly in the Bible, but not generally understood until this book. And now that we know Time in Heaven is different, a startling revelation about the Venues and the timing of the Creation invades our understanding.
As we look at the Bible through this new prism of Two-Stage Theory, we find fresh understanding about ourselves and our place in the Universe starting to tumble out of its pages.
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