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.