While there are always people who disagree with the Genesis Gap (an ancient Earth that existed possibly eons ago – Genesis 1:1-2), what they never seem to realize is that Jesus for example stated that Hell was created "for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). Therefore, you do not see it made in the Genesis creation narrative for mankind. Is this the confidence some people believe God had in his created people, made in “His image and likeness”, if Hell was created during man’s new Earth domain? [Readers please note that while this doctrine passes scriptural rules and even common sense ones, it is still a necessity for me to add reminder, that all scripture studies, should and do come under reasonable scrutiny. This should be the stance for every Christian.]

It was likely ruled by angelic beings in the dateless past if we believe one-third of them are fallen angels now, as the scriptures state (2 Peter 2:4 and Revelation 12:1-9), They were released back onto the Earth due to Adam and Eve’s sin - Genesis 3:17 and Ephesians Chapter 6. There are in fact demons still in the abys and won't be released until "The Great Tribulation" ("1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit."2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So, the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power." Revelation 9:1-3").

In the book of Job, it states in chapter 38:5-7, that angels watched God lay the very foundation of the Earth and they sang praises to him as he did so. " 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" There are of course an innumerable number of Holy, faithful angels that continue to surround God in “The Third Heaven” – dimension (2 Corinthians 12:2-5); who also carry out millions of tasks for God daily, including the protection/surrounding of Christians (the saved, born again believers (John 3:7). I cannot understand why many Bible believers want as much simplicity as possible regarding the scriptures.

They don't want to trouble themselves with things in the Holy Bible that otherwise do not make sense unless certain "rightly divided", tied together scriptures are highly backed by multiple passages, to bring us more understanding (2 Timothy 2:15). Young Earth Creationism says existence of all created things is 6,000 years old? Lord help our children who are given a Mount Everest of proof for a very ancient earth and universe, via 12 years in public school (scientific proof such as "core sampling"). This thing about God "giving it the APPEARANCE of age is tantamount to saying God has used deception. Daniel stated that in the last days "knowledge would be increased" (Daniel 12:4). I personally believe that is happening now.
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Author's Bio: 

I am a graduate of Liberty University (1996) for completion of theological studies. Bible studies are one of my most-covered book-subjects. I am however, careful to only address those subjects that I believe God has given me correct revelation on. I was a Christian Youth Minister, beginning in the 1980s for approximately 20 years (between youth ministries I served in other church capacities as well). I was also a guest speaker to churches, who invited me to present important Bible teachings to their evangelical congregations, during those same years. I am a redeemed man, who has received salvation by acceptance of Jesus Christ and what he did for me in shedding his blood and dying for me on the cross and in his resurrection from the dead, giving me the promise of eternal life, purely by grace (not due to anything I have done, other than to accept it freely).