Ellen G. White Statements Relating to Geology and Earth Sciences

Chapter 9—Earth Antedated By Other Created Worlds

Other Worlds Already Existed When Satan Rebelled—Satan was greatly loved by the heavenly beings, and his influence over them was strong. Some course must be pursued to uproot him from their affections. God’s government included not only the inhabitants of heaven, but of all the created worlds; and Satan thought that if he could carry the intelligences of heaven with him in rebellion, he could also carry with him the other worlds.—The Review and Herald, March 9, 1886. EGWSRGES 22.1

The Controversy Not to be Taken to Other WorldsThe controversy was not to be taken into the other worlds of the universe; but it was to be carried on in the very world, on the very same field, that Satan claimed as his.—The Review and Herald, March 9, 1886. EGWSRGES 22.2

Universe in Existence When the World was Created—Would it not have cast a reflection upon God if He had destroyed him [Satan], he who had taken hold of the very heart of the universe, and the world that was created?—Ms. 8, 1888. EGWSRGES 22.3

The Hosts of Heaven Created Before the Earth—The Son of God had wrought the Father’s will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to him, as well as to God, their homage and allegiance were due. Christ was still to exercise divine power in the creation of the earth and its inhabitants.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 36. EGWSRGES 22.4

(Published in 1890.) EGWSRGES 22.5

Lucifer Insinuated Doubts to Heavenly Beings—He [Lucifer in heaven before creation week] began to insinuate doubts concerning the laws that governed heavenly beings, intimating that though laws might be necessary for the inhabitants of the worlds, angels, being more exalted, needed no such restraint.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 37. EGWSRGES 22.6

Inhabitants of Other Worlds in Existence When Rebellion Began—God’s government included not only the inhabitants of heaven, but of all the worlds that He had created; and Lucifer had concluded that if he could carry the angels of heaven with him in rebellion, he could carry also all the worlds.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 41. EGWSRGES 22.7

(See also The Great Controversy, 497.) EGWSRGES 22.8

The inhabitants of heaven and of the worlds, being unprepared to comprehend the nature or consequences of sin, could not then have seen the justice of God in the destruction of Satan.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 42. (See also The Great Controversy, 499.) EGWSRGES 22.9

Man Was Created a Free Moral Agent Like the Inhabitants of Other Worlds—Man was created a free moral agent. Like the inhabitants of all other worlds, he must be subjected to the test of obedience.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 331, 332. EGWSRGES 22.10

The Plan of Salvation for the Good of all the Worlds God Had Created—Before the foundation of the world it was according to the determined counsel of God that man should be created and endowed with power to do the divine will. The fall of man, with all its consequences, was not hidden from the Omnipotent. Redemption was not an afterthought, a plan formulated after the fall of Adam, but an eternal purpose, suffered to be wrought out for the blessing, not only of this atom of a world, but for the good of all the worlds that God had created.—The Signs of the Times, February 13, 1893. EGWSRGES 22.11