This post is written to better explain that there areThree earth ages as Paul spoke of in his vision being taken to the third heaven! There are three earth ages!
Paul Writes: “It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory, I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven”.(2 Corinthians 12:1,2)………………………….
The three world ages are seldom viewed in the order God created them. The first earth age is when God created man in his own image, and the people were Spirit being’s not yet made with a soul and the ability to be given the choice to choose good and evil! “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish o the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”.(Genesis 1:26,27). We see that these people were created by God and did you notice that he created the female then and she was not created from the rib of man as yet nor did they inhabit a soul!
This was the first earth age all of which to this day we are able to discover that the earth is millions of years old as archeologist’s excavate bones of dinosaurs from this time. It was a time unlike the time of Adam’s life as the earth was not even watered by the clouds of the sky, but by a mist out of the earth! “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, , and watered the whole face of the ground”.(Genesis 2:4-6).
The FIRST earth age (NOT EARTH) was created first with people God made in his own image and as he discovered there was none to till and tend the ground he then created the generation of Adam and this time man was created out of the ground and the breath of God gave him life and it was then woman was created from the rib of Adam! We see for the first time mentioned in scripture that man then became a living soul with the ability in the garden of Eden to have free will to choose good and evil, this is then the SECOND earth age (NOT EARTH) and this earth age would be destroyed for it’s wickedness, but not before God tells a righteous man named Noah to build an ark to preserve his people he made a covenant with that followed him! (Noah’s Family). As the flood waters receded the wickedness of man was destroyed, but the earth remained.
We are now today living in the second earth age and are awaiting the coming of the New Jerusalem which will descend from heaven as read in revelation, and this will be after once again the destruction of wickedness from the earth which this time will be by fire! People in the last days will be scoffers of those who tell of the return of Christ, but God will once again warn through signs and wonders before destruction which some will heed and some will not. “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: hereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men”.(2 Peter 3:3-7).
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”. (Revelation 21:1-4).