When we open the book of Genesis we are met in the second verse with a ruined, frozen earth without life or inhabitant or light, and later on with a fallen Angel, Satan, in the lower Heaven with access to the earth. No explanation is given in Genesis of how this condition of things came to pass, but the picture is painted in broad outline in Job 38:4-15; Isaiah 14:12-15; Jeremiah 4:23-26; Ezekiel 28:13-19; Luke 10:18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 12:7-9. From these passages the following facts emerge:

1. The Creation of the Heavens

The Heavens were created before the earth, not for God, who is far above all Heavens, but for the Angels (Ephesians 4:10). Of the surpassing beauty of the Heavens we get a glimpse in Ezekiel 28 and Revelation 21. The Angels too were beautiful. Also they were mortal Beings capable of wisdom or folly. There also seems to have been a period of unspecified duration in which the Angels were instructed by their Creator, for wisdom must be learnt. The result of this was that Lucifer surpassed all in wisdom and brightness and glory, being next to the Throne of God. These all lived together with God in love and enjoyment. Is it fanciful to suppose that as their education proceeded they were made aware that God was educating them for a high purpose which was not yet visible, even as today God is training His Royal Family of Kings and Priests to take charge of a New Heaven