Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning Aluahim created the heavens and the earth…???… (2) But the land became a place of chaos and desolation, and darkness was on the face of the abyss. And the Spirit of Aluahim hovered above the face of the waters.
Yashaw’yahu (Isaiah) 34:8-17 For it is the day of the vengeance of YAHUAH, the year of recompense for the cause of Tsyun (Zion). (9) And its streams shall be turned into tar, and its dust into sulphur, and its land shall become burning tar, (10) that is not quenched night or day, its smoke going up forever. From generation to generation it lies waste, no one passes through it forever and ever, (11) so that the pelican and the porcupine possess it, also the owl and the raven dwell in it. And He shall stretch out over it the cord of chaos and stones of desolation. (12) Its caves, with no one in them, is called a reign, but all its rulers have vanished. (13) And thorns shall come up in its palaces, nettles and brambles in its strongholds. And it shall be a home for jackals, a courtyard for ostriches. (14) And the wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the jackals, and the satyr (devil, goat) will cry to his fellow. The night creature shall also settle there, and shall find for herself a place of rest. (15) The arrow snake shall nest there, and lay eggs and hatch, and gather them under her shadow. There too the vultures shall gather, each with its mate. (16) Search from the book of YAHUAH, and read: not one of these shall be missing, not one shall be without a mate, for He has commanded my mouth. And His Spirit shall gather them. (17) And He shall cast the lot for them, and His hand shall divide it among them with a measuring line – they possess it forever, from generation to generation they dwell in it.
Yurumyahu (Jeremiah) 4:23-28 I looked at the earth, and saw it was a place of chaos and desolation. And the heavens, they had no light. (24) I looked at the mountains, and saw they shook, and all the hills were swaying. (25) I looked, and saw there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens had fled. (26) I looked, and saw the garden land was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of YAHUAH, by His burning displeasure. (27) For thus said YAHUAH, “All the earth shall be a ruin, but I shall not make a complete end. (28) “On account of this, let the earth mourn and the heavens above be dark, because I have spoken, because I have purposed and shall not relent, nor do I turn back from it.”
Notes: The ancient Awbury (Hebrew) words תוהו ובוהו – tuhu u’buhu are translated in English as “formless and void, unformed and empty, unformed and void, without form and empty, etc.” This phrase has been debated by scholars as to its true meaning. I believe that from studying the context of the passages of Scripture in which these words are found reveals a clearer and deeper understanding of tuhu u’buhu.
The first passage above denotes a time in which YAHUAH first created the Heavens and the Earth. Then reading verse 2 properly, we realize that something must have happened after creation and that “the land became a place of chaos and desolation…”. This so-called “Gap Theory” makes you do a double take and check your understanding of the very first verse of The Scriptures. YAHUAH did not make the land “a place of chaos and desolation” or “a wasteland and uninhabited”. Our Heavenly Father is not the author of confusion and disorder (1 Corinthians 14:33). So then, events took place after the creation of the heavens and the earth that resulted in the land becoming chaotic and desolate. From Genesis 1:3 to the end of the chapter, I believe that YAHUAH with His Son, YAHUSHUA, re-created the heavens and the earth and restored order to His creation.
In the second passage containing “tuhu u’buhu”, the prophet Yashaw’yahu fortells the day of vengeance of YAHUAH. It is a time of vast destruction by fire where “its land shall become burning tar, that is not quenched night or day, its smoke going up forever.” This “day of YAHUAH shall come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are in it shall be burned up” (2 Kaipha/Peter 3:10). This is the beginning of the millennial reign of YAHUSHUA with the set-apart ones in the New Yurushalam (Jerusalem); and the thousand year imprisonment of Shathan, his devils and the wicked dead are in the pit of the abyss. (A Thousand Years, The Abyss)
If the earth and the works that are in it are burned up and it lies waste for a thousand years, what are these animals? Well, for a thousand years the whole earth will be a frozen wasteland with no physical life on it. Further study reveals that these creatures are not animals at all. They are demons. Demons have no physical bodies; they are evil spirits. For a thousand years in the frozen pit of the abyss, they will be tormented and tortured. These devils will see the death, destruction and devastation all around them. Not being able to possess any living thing, each will “cry to his fellow”.
In the third passage of this Scripture study, Yurumyahu prophesies about the day of YAHUAH as “a place of chaos and desolation”. He saw the skies darkened, the mountains shaken, the farmland deserted, and all the cities broken down and uninhabited. This vision is similar the what Yahuchanan envisioned regarding the sixth seal (Revelation 6:12-17).