Summary: The FIRST heavens and earth were created WITHOUT sin and death. When Lucifer, God's Head of ALL angels became power hungry and revolted AGAINST his Creator, man AND a THIRD of God's angels became sinful. God was FORCED to take precautionary measures.
Revelation 20:10 “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
Revelations 20:12 “I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. Then •books [scrolls] were opened, and [L another book/scroll, which is] the •book [scroll] of life was opened [3:5; Dan. 12:1–2]. The dead were judged by what they had done, which was written [recorded] in the books [scrolls].”
According to the Genesis account BEFORE God created the heavens and the earth, there was NOTHING…a dark EMPTY space…..a vacuum…..a void. Then He said: “Let there be,” and it was ……a PERFECT world... NO inconsistencies. EVERYTHING fitted and matched with precision. His MASTER piece was the creation of man on the sixth day of creation. God created man in His OWN image….a spiritual being, perfect, holy, immortal and without defects. AFTER this He BLESSED man and instructed him to RULE over ALL living things on earth, over the birds in the sky, the fishes of the sea, to multiply and to fill the earth. Man lived in harmony with his Creator and environment….obeyed EVERY wish of his Creator. He was God’s representative and right hand on earth…ruled THIS planet on BEHALF of God.
It could actually be said that Adam and Eve were gods themselves; after ALL, they WERE created in the image of God. The ONLY way they would forfeit their grace, were to DISOBEY their Creator, in which case they would be STRIPPED of their immortality, glorified bodies AND spiritual status. And the LORD God commanded the man: ”You are free to eat from ANY tree in the garden; but you must NOT eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will SURELY die.” (Genesis 2: 16-17). Up till THIS point man was created to live forever. If he however sinned against God, he would lose his immortality, grow old and physically died….return to the soil from which he was created.
BEFORE God created the earth, He created the heaven and ALL its heavenly creatures. Some of these creatures were called cherubs (angels). The head cherub was God’s right hand angel, and known as Lucifer. The latter was exceptionally beautiful and wise, and highly regarded by the other angels. Like man, God gave him a free will as well, to decide between right and wrong. Eventually he became SO proud of his status in heaven, that he became arrogant and conceited. He no longer had the desire to serve and to worship his Creator. HE wanted to rule God’s kingdom and overthrow God’s authority and power….he the creation, wanted to be GREATER than his Creator. In the process he corrupted a THIRD of God’s angels to join him in a revolt against God and the OTHER two thirds of the remaining angels who sided with God. Lucifer and HIS followers were defeated and cast down to earth from heaven by God and HIS angels. As from THIS time onwards he became known as the devil, and represented chaos, darkness, evil and TOTAL destruction.
The angels who followed him became demons. “And war broke out in heaven: Michael (the commander of the Lord's army of angels in heaven) and his angels fought with the dragon (devil); and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent (devil) of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelations 12:7-12). According to the book of Revelations sin did NOT start on earth, but in heaven when Lucifer led a revolt against God; it started when pride led Lucifer to desire the thrown of his God. The sin of Adam and Eve was just an extension of what the devil started in heaven.
AFTER the devil was cast from heaven, he visited Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and contaminated THEIR spiritual purity and holiness with sin. He CONVINCED them that they would NOT die if they eat from the tree of knowledge of Good and evil. In fact, they would be LIKE God, to know the difference between good and evil. They BELIEVED him and ate from the fruit God WARNED them NOT to eat. Immediately afterwards they became LIKE God to KNOW the difference. The consequences were devastating. They were forcefully REMOVED from the Garden of Eden, they LOST their glorified bodies and immortality, and the earth was cursed. “Therefore the LORD God sent him (Adam) out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:23-24). From THAT moment on ALL negative conditions caused BY Adam and Eve’s disobedience such as death, sickness, suffering, separation from God’s love and presence, adultery, polygamy, bigamy, idol worshipping (the worshipping of OTHER gods than the ONE Creator of heaven and earth) entered the world.