Key “Katabole” Proof Text

Defining “Katabole”

Key “Katabole” Proof Text of an Ancient Pre-Adamite World

that Existed on Earth with ‘Man, Birds, and Vegetation’

The Bible term “foundation of the world” needs to be better explained. Thus, first we need to consider this explanation taken from the Appendix 146 “The foundation of the world” from EW Bullinger’s “Companion Bible.”

“Foundation of the world” - To arrive at the true meaning of this expression, we must note there are two Greek words translated "foundation" in the New Testament: (1) themelios, and (2) katabole.

The Noun, themelios, occurs in Luke 6:48, 49; 14:29.  Acts 16:26.  Rom. 15:20.  1Cor. 3:10, 11, 12.  Eph. 2:20.  1Tim. 6:19.  2Tim. 2:19.  Heb. 6:1; 11:10.  Rev. 21:14, 19.  It is never used of the world (kosmos) or the earth (ge).  The corresponding Verb (themeliou) occurs in Matt. 7:25. Luke 6:48.  Eph. 3:17.  Col. 1:23.  Heb. 1:10 and 1Pet. 5:10.  The verb is only once used of the earth (ge).  Heb. 1:10. A comparison of all these passages will show that these are proper and regular terms for the English words "to found", and "foundation".

The noun, ‘katabole,’ occurs in Matt. 13:35; 25:34; Luke 11:50; John 17:24; Eph. 1:4; Heb. 4:3; 9:26; 11:11; 1Pet. 1:20, Rev. 13:8; 17:8; and the corresponding Verb (kataballo) occurs in 2Cor. 4:9.  Heb. 6:1; and Rev. 12:10. A comparison of all these passages (especially 2Cor. 4:9, and Rev. 12:10) will show that kataballo and katabole are not the proper terms for founding and foundation, but the correct meaning is Casting Down, or Overthrow.

Consistency, therefore, calls for the same translation in Heb. 6:1 where instead of "not laying again", the rendering should be "not casting down".  That is to say, the foundation already laid, of repentance, &c., was not to be cast down or overthrown, but was to be left -- and progress made unto the perfection. Accordingly, the Noun katabole, derived from, and cognate with the Verb, ought to be translated "disruption", or "ruin".

The remarkable thing is that in all occurrences (except Heb. 11:11) the word is connected with "the world" (Gr. kosmos. Ap. 129. 1), and therefore the expression should be rendered "the disruption (or ruin) of the world", clearly referring to the condition indicated in Genesis 1:2, and described in 2Pet. 3:5-6.  For the earth was not created tohu (Isa. 45:18), but became so, as stated in the Hebrew of Gen 1:2 and confirmed by 2Pet. 3:6, where "the world that then was by the word of God" (Gen. 1:1), perished, and "the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word "were created” (Gen. 2:4), and are "kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment" (2Pet. 3:7) which shall usher in the "new heavens and the new earth" of 2Pet. 3:13.

(The ‘katabole’ or ‘overthrow’) "The disruption of the world" is an event forming a great dividing line in the dispensations of the ages - in Gen. 1:1 we have the founding of the world (Heb. 1:10 = themeliou), but in Gen. 1:2 we have its overthrow.”

This is confirmed by a further remarkable fact, that the phrase, which occurs ten times, is associated with the preposition apo = from (Ap. 104. iv) seven times, and with pros = before (Ap. 104. xiv) three times.  The former refers to the kingdom and is connected with the "counsels" of God; the latter refers to “the Mystery” (or SecretSee Ap. 192) and is connected with the "purpose" of God (See John 17:24. Eph. 1:4; 1Pet. 1:20).

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation [Gk. katabole, overthrow, casting down] of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)

Ample New Testament testimony is thus given to the profoundly significant fact recorded in Gen. 1:2, that "the earth became tohu and bohu (i.e., waste and desolate); and darkness was on the face of the deep [waters]", before the creation of "the heavens and the earth Which Are Now" (2Pet. 3:7).”


Key “Katabole” Proof Text”

The Dateless Beginning

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou [God] hadst formed the earth and the world [Heb. tebel, the habitable earth], even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

John 1:1-2 In the beginning [the dateless past] was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.

The Original Creation

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning [the dateless past] God Created the heaven and the earth.

Lucifer (Satan) Cast out of Heaven

Isaiah 14:12-18 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground [Heb. eres, earth], which didst weaken [waste] the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17 [You] That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? 18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house [sepulchre, grave].

Earth Had Been Originally Created as a Habitation

Isaiah 45:18 thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he CREATED it NOT in vain, He Formed It To Be Inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

The Heaven and the Earth In their multiple generations

Genesis 2:4 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

Judgment of the ‘Original Ancient Pre-Adamite Creation’

Genesis 1:2a - And the earth was [became] without form [chaotic], and void [empty of life, see Heb. Tohu wa-bohu below]; and [sunless] darkness was upon the face of the deep [frozen waters of the abyss] …

Tohu wa-bohu” (תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ), is a Biblical Hebrew phrase found in the Genesis 1:2, after the original ancient creation narrative of Genesis 1:1. Then also we see Isa. 45:18 and Jer. 4:23-26 describing the condition of the earth ‘before’ the Gen. 1:3-31 REcreation or REgeneration with ‘the 1st day lights’ of Genesis 1:3. At that time the world was covered with Darkness and under Frozen Water.

Tohu - Strong’s H8414 tohuformlessness, confusion, unreality, emptiness:—chaos (1), confusion (1), desolation (1), emptiness (1), empty space (1), formless (2), futile (2), futile things (1), meaningless (2), meaningless arguments (1), nothing (2), waste (3), waste place (2).

The Result of the Ancient World Being Judged as seen in Genesis 1:2a is Confirmed here:

Jeremiah 4:23-26 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void [Heb. Tohu wa-bohu]; and the heavens, and they had no light. 24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. 25 I beheld, and, lo, there was NO MAN [REMAINING], and all the birds of the heavens were fled. 26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger. (Note: “no man” (v25) is in contrast with Noah’s flood when there were eight survivors)

2Peter 3:4-6 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:Whereby the world [cosmos] that then was, being overflowed with water, PERISHED: 7  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.

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