The Fourth Day

The state of the earth before the first day of creation: it laid in darkness; was waste and empty; and full of waters of the deep. This being before the first day of creation meaning the earth had been manifested before the FIRST day of creation. Nothing is known on the purpose of the earth in that time past--the Word of God does not state. Of the phrase "In the beginning" is referring "not of eternity, but of the creation of the world as described in this chapter"^1.
^1(Ryrie Study Bible. Moody Press, 1978).

As an example:
In the beginning my car travelled to so and so.
The car was in shambles (before the travel).
On the first day the nightstop was at so and so.
Question is why was the car in shambles? How did it get that way?
The story doesn't tell, that is not the gist of the story.

So the earth was laid in darkness, was waste and empty, and was full of deep waters: this before the beginning of the first day of creation. It could have been floating outside the edge of the third heaven in outer darkness at this point.

--The Fourth Day--

Up to the fourth day God had created light, the sky, the clouds, divided the land and the waters, and created the vegetation. Now He is about to create the universe:

"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." (Genesis 1:14-19).

God rendered the universe--set it about the earth; he created all the night lights, the Sun, the moon, the stars: all into existence with their time references to the earth just as the plantlife in the third day. This is the creation of the universe; and the earth is the center: all created for the earth.


Other verses of the Universe:

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; when all the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?...Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Plei'ades, or loose the bands of Orion? canst thou bring forth Mazz'aroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arctu'rus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?" (Job 38:4-7 & 31-33).

"I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded...For 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." (Isaiah 45:12&18).