"The detailed history of creation in the first chapter of Genesis begins at the middle of the second verse; and what precedes might be understood as an introductory sentence, by which we are most appositely told, both that God created all things at the first, and that, afterwards, by what interval of time it is not specified, the earth lapsed into a chaos, from the darkness and disorder of which the present system or economy of things was made to arise. Between the initial act and the details of Genesis, the world, for aught we know, might have been the theatre of many revolutions, the traces of which geology may still investigate." - Thomas Chalmers, 1814 Lecture in Edinburgh, as quoted by Edward Hitchcock, The Religion of Geology, p.52
In the fossil record, we find distinct epochs in which a variety of animals lived which no longer exist today. But it can't be said that they simply went extinct, because alongside them we fail to find many of the animals who exist at the present time. And there are multiple examples of this.
As an illustration, you will never find the fossilized remains of a mastodon buried alongside those of a dimetrodon. You just won't find them. We never have, and we never will. In other words, you'll never find human bones alongside a T-Rex. It is because dinosaurs were part of an altogether different creation than the one in which we live.
Now, another interesting thing occurs in the fossil record. We find, for example, that crocodiles have been around ever since the paleozoic era. They are found in several different creations. The same is true of jellyfish. Jellyfish are the very oldest animal on record. We have them today, unchanged from their original form. Evolution can't make sense of these sorts of things, called stasis, because no matter how well a creature may do in life, there is always room for improvement. Imagine a creature not changing over a period of some 400+ millions of years. This absurdity is inescapable for the evolutionist doctrine, but makes perfect sense in the theory we set forth here.
God keeps certain creatures on into future creations, while leaving others behind. Permanently discarded. Spiritual truths can be gleaned from this fact of the fossil record. In the days of Noah's flood, God decided to retain through His judgment those whom he wished. The others were annihilated and blotted out of God's world. The Nephilim were erased, and apparently rightly so in the eyes of God. They were disruptive to His divine purpose, and so they were destroyed.
But as to the first feature of the fossil record, the evidence that previous worlds have existed, I have drawn a basic break-down of the geologic column I'd like you to take a look at and consider:
This break-down is by no means perfect, but I hope it gives you a basic idea of the different creations involved in our earth's distant past. Individuals may adjust the above illustration per their own research and preferences. For example, the Devonian extinction may represent a break whereas I simply included it in the second creation. The same is true with the Triassic extinction. And the break-down may be much more extensive than that. There may be, in reality, well over a dozen or so creations in view. It's hard to tell because the evidence is rare, and the further back you go the more lost the evidence trail becomes. Arthur Custance simply regards them all as one, with ongoing extinctions and creative endeavors throughout. It really is up to the individual to reach their own conclusion, but what is illustrated above is basically true with any of the positions, and is a difficult phenomenon for flood geology to explain via a singular flood event.
But, one of the problems evolutionists frequently point out with creationism is quite easily solved here, whereas the absurdity of stasis and non-existent transitionals remains with their doctrine.
Here is an interesting presentation relating to the concept presented above. I believe the gentleman intends to say "the Mesozoic epochs" when he says "fossil record" generally, but you get the idea:
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