In our previous video, we took a comparative look at the two competing theories as to how the Universe and LIFE began. Evolution Vs Creation (Intelligent Design). Regardless of what some churches teach, Evolution (macro) is incompatible with Christianity and the Bible.
Isaiah 45:18: For this is what the Lord says, He who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it as a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited):“I am the Lord, and there is no one else.
Scripture teaches us that God created the universe and all that is in it for His glory and because He desired to share His life with others. God created both the angels and the humans as Holy, without sin to serve Him and bring Him Glory, but also with Free-will. With this Freedom of choice, there was always the possibility that His creation would make negative choices. But God, by His sovereign will, purpose, and foreknowledge, determined to allow this, indeed, He ordained it by His own eternal wisdom without Himself being the cause. We are going to see that God, in His foreknowledge, built boundaries into His Creation that would be necessary because of the “fall”...but that would one day be shattered by Him as His Plan all along was to bring RESTORATION to His Creation.
- It is held by most Historians that Moses is the author of the first 5 books of the Bible (Torah). He wrote the Torah in approximately 1445-1405BC. The Creation account is found in the first book of the Bible (Torah) – Genesis (beginning). This means that Moses wrote the Creation acount 2600 years AFTER the events took place. How did Moses know what to write??
How was Moses able to write the Creation account 2600 years after it took place?
The Bible does not specifically say how Moses was made aware of the Creation narrative. Biblical Historians list two primary possibilities..
- Moses’ knowledge of the origins of the world could have been passed to him through a process of oral history from Adam to Moses. Due to the extremely long lifespans of early humanity, very few generations were required to pass this knowledge over thousands of years. For example, only two people are required to connect the lifespan of Adam to Abraham:
Adam —> Lamech —> Shem —> Abraham
Since Adam had first-hand knowledge of much of Creation (and the rest could have been communicated to Him by God), it’s plausible that the story was repeated and passed down through these few generations. To move the account from Abraham to Moses would require only four more generations. Therefore, an oral history of the world could have easily been passed down from Adam to Moses through Noah’s family.
- A second answer comes from the writings of the first century Jewish historian, Josephus. He (Josephus) claimed that Methuselah was an ancient historian of his day, who recorded the history of the world (as told by Adam) on stone obelisks. These obelisks were carried by Noah onto the ark, and after the ark came to rest, Noah deposited the stone tablets in Arabia.
- Later during the desert wanderings, Moses was directed by God to discover these obelisks, where he learned the history of the world and repeated it in the Jewish scripture. The obelisk was written in Hebrew (which was the first language of mankind), so only a Jewish man like Moses could have deciphered it.
- Per the Creation account, God created everything that is seen and unseen in SIX 24 hour days, and RESTED on the SEVENTH DAY.
Does Scripture support the idea that the universe was created in six 24 hour days? YES!
In this week’s video we discuss the Creation Week as depicted in Genesis 1. We believe the Creation Week was a LITERAL 7 DAY (24 hours/day) WEEK. In an attempt to marry up Biblical concepts with the world’s wisdom, some Churches have subscribed to the gap theory which sees the Creation narrative as the REcreation story. Regarding THAT THEORY, the elephant in the room is scripture itself. The gap theory, or any theory that attempts to incorporate macro-evolution (one species morphing to another) literally collapses in on itself when we look at the Scripture. The New Testament clearly states that death is the result of Adam’s sin in the Garden. The Gap theory, and “creative evolution” both presuppose that death had already entered the world….necessitating the need for a “RE”creation. Death is the wheel that makes the theory of evolution go round as the weaker die out making room for the stronger.
Romans 5:12: Therefore, just as through one man (adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all mankind, because all sinned
In Romans 5:12, the Apostle Paul confirms that death entered the world AFTER Adam and Eve fell. The gap theory AND any attempt to incorporate some parts of evolution into the Creation story CONTRADICTS Scripture. Jesus Christ Himself stated that Adam and Eve were Created IN THE BEGINNING. Jesus’ own words confirm that Adam and Eve (human beings) were not the product of any type of evolution, but were a special creation BY GOD and were present IN THE BEGINNING.
Mark 10:6: But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
“Since the 1930’s astronomers have noticed a problem. The outer stars seem to take more time to complete their orbit than the central portion of the galaxy.🌟 This means that, after a few rotations, the spiral arms will lose their shape and basically disappear (as the galaxy winds up).“
“If the universe is billions of years old there shouldn’t be any galaxies with a spiral shape left and yet we find them all over the universe, including our local group. Could this be an indicator that the universe isn’t 13.7 billion years old?“
“Now, to make the problem worse, galaxies that are over 10 billion light years away, and therefore thought to be the youngest galaxies we’ve observed, yet are virtually identical to galaxies that are close by (the ones thought to be much older)! Why has no stellar evolution occurred over such a long period of time? And it gets worse! The really visible arms of spiral galaxies contain a lot of blue stars. Blue stars 🌟are bright and hot and thought to burn through their fuel relatively quickly.“
“But if the universe is billions of years old, why are there still blue stars everywhere we look? All sorts of ideas have been thrown around, from collapsing gas clouds to dark matter, and we’ve looked at those in other videos, but the Bible gives us the answer to all three of these problems.”
“The universe isn’t billions of years old! God created the stars, and everything else about 6 thousand years ago.“
Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The word for day in Hebrew is yom. There is evidence in the text that specifically points to yom (day) representing a 24-hour day. Evening is the Hebrew word ‘ereb and never means anything other than evening. 🌗Morning is boqer, and usually means daybreak. 🌞 For 208 of the 209 times boqer (morning) is used in the Old Testament, it means the period of time when the sun is coming up🌞. As impossible as it may seem to our tiny human minds, by specifically stating “Evening and morning” God was establishing that HE created the universe in six LITERAL days. God is also showing us that HE created TIME!
God’s Creative Acts in Genesis 1…
Einstein’s theory of relativity was present at the beginning in God’s creation 👨🔬
Darkness was hovering over the face of the earth. The earth was void and without form and God’s SPIRIT, His RUACH was hovering (fluttering) over the surface of the deep.
- Formless (Tohu): confusion, without meaning.
- Void (Bohu): empty vacuum.
- Deep (tehom) : abyss (bottomless pit), very deep water. – a description of matter (mass) without form, without structure.
The waters represent space, dark, deep, nothingness…but there is still something there. Mass without form.
God the Father (YHWH) created everything seen and unseen through His Son Jesus Christ who exists as God’s spoken word, God’s written word, and also as the Living Son of God. Through God’s Word, God SPEAKS everything into existence. As God speaks…the Spirit of God (God’s Holy Spirit) moves (fluttering like a bird) over the deep, abyss (mass without form), forming and creating structure. Movement can also be called “the acceleration of molecules” (energy). Now we have TIME, mass and energy, three CRITICAL elements in Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Verse 2….God SPEAKS (LOGOS)…..”Let there be LIGHT“…and there was Light. Now we have light. We now have ALL THREE MEMBERS of the GODHEAD (TRINITY) present, AND we have ALL THREE elements of Einstein’s theory of relativity MILLENNIA before God created the Einstein to discover it.
Einstein’s theory of relativity describes how gravity affects the fabric of space-time.. E=MC 2, where E = energy, M = mass, C = light (speed of light). Jesus Christ IS the Divine Light. In Him, there IS NO DARKNESS. Within Einstein’s theory is also the conclusion that SPACE and TIME are related to one another. God (Elohim) created space and time IN THE BEGINNING.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Our Triune God (ELOHIM) is the CREATOR of ALL THINGS
The word for “God” in Genesis 1 is Elohim, a plural word. Elohim is plural because God exists in three forms, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The Triune God (godhead) is evident from the first moment of creation. All of creation is built by God (Father) through his Son (The Word of God/Jesus Christ), including the Creative Action of HIS Holy Spirit (Breath/Ruach) who hovered over the surface of the deep.
Do not be discouraged if you have difficulty comprehending our Triune God. He is really awe-inspiring and hard for our finite human minds to grasp. Jesus Christ, as God, has eternally existed with the Father forever. “In the beginning” Jesus had not yet taken on the likeness of human flesh (also called the incarnation); HOWEVER, JESUS IS, WAS, and WILL ALWAYS BE the Word of God..the logos of God…the revelatory mind of God AND the ETERNAL LIGHT.
God separated the light from the darkness. God called the LIGHT ….GOOD. God did NOT call the darkness “good”. God was establishing “day/night” cycles and TIME….and yet spiritually there was more. God designed creation anticipating that there would be a fall. When God gave His Creation FREE WILL, He understood that there some of the angels and mankind would rebel against Him. Darkness/The Deep (abyss)…represent sin, rebellion and death. Darkness was already present in the creation to teach us about sin and death. The word “abyss” can also represent the grave. . Light and dark do not mix.
Genesis 1:6: And God said, Let there be a firmament (expanse) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.7 And God made the firmament (expanse), and divided the waters which were under the firmament (expanse) from the waters which were above the firmament (expanse): and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament (expanse) Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Why does Scripture say God “created an expanse in the “midst of the waters” with the purpose of dividing the waters above from the waters below? What IS THIS “EXPANSE”? First, let us note that God is establishing BOUNDARIES. God called the expanse “Heaven”. We will later discover (on day 4) that God places the sun, moon, and stars IN THE EXPANSE. The expanse is OUTER SPACE.
The first thing God created was water (H20.) What does “water” look like when it has no form? A sphere…a droplet.
2 Peter 3:5: For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
The “waters below” are the waters on the earth. The “waters above” describe aspects of the 3rd Heaven, the place that is beyond outer space – God’s dwelling place. This means that outer space (the known universe) has an “edge” and does not continue on forever. This fact is confirmed by science. Interesting that the prophet Isaiah detailed God “stretching out” the Heavens…as we now know that the Universe is expanding.
Isaiah 40:22: It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to live in.
God is separating the earthly realm (physical) from the Heavenly realm (spiritual) with the expanse (outer space). When we read the Biblical Creation narrative, we notice that Day 2 is the only day that God does not call “good”. Why is that? Could this be because the expanse that separates the Heavenly realm from the earthly realm is not meant to be permanent? Did God place the expanse there temporarily (as a boundary) because HE FOREKNEW about THE FALL? Sinful, Fallen beings cannot have access to God’s Heavenly home, the “3rd Heaven”.
Jewish Historians numbered the Heavens...
- First heaven: atmosphere (where the birds and planes fly)
- Second heaven: Outer space/expanse (sun, moon, stars, galaxies)
- Third Heaven – God’s Throne. In the story of Creation, the Heavens (atmosphere and outerspace) are being created. God’s Heaven, the 3rd Heaven already existed.
Ezekiel 1:26: And above the firmament (expanse) that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
Exodus 24:10: and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.
Revelation 4:6:And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
The “waters” in the 3rd Heaven, as described by the prophet Ezekiel and the Apostle John, appear solid, and yet liquid. They are describing something that they saw in a vision that has no equal on earth.” Food for thought, God’s Holy Spirit is depicted as “Living Water” in the Bible. In these visions, the firmament (expanse) is being pictured as an ice dome. In the Bible, hail from the book of Revelation seems to be a picture of the shattering of that barrier between Heaven and earth.
Revelation 11:19And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Revelation 16:17And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
21: And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
The final chapters of Revelation (the last book in the Bible) appear to show us God shattering the firmament between the Highest Heaven and earth because Jesus is returning and God’s Kingdom is coming to earth! The bride (Metaphor for God’s people) and the bridegroom (Jesus Christ, the Son of God) will fellowship together FOREVER.
Revelation 21:2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I (JESUS CHRIST) make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Genesis 1:9: And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
The “3rd day”, God creates DRY LAND, SEAS, and vegetation. God calls the third day GOOD. In the Bible, the 3rd day becomes synonymous with RESURRECTION and LIFE. Please note that on the third day of Creation God had not yet made the SUN, MOON, or STARS. You may be wondering…how can there be vegetation AND LIFE when there is no sun? The answer…God HIMSELF is LIGHT.
Rev. 22:3: There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the LORD God will illuminate them; and they will reign forever and ever.
Isaiah 60:19: No longer will the sun be your light by day, nor the brightness of the moon shine on your night; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your splendor.
Genesis 1:14: Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and they shall serve as signs and for seasons, and for days and years; 15 and they shall serve as lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
Day 4 was a busy day. God had already divided the light from the darkness on the first day; however, now He is creating the physical lights, the sun, moon, and stars. Physically, God is setting up the rotation of the earth around the sun, the rotation of the moon around the earth, and the earth spinning on its axis. This provides the earth appropriate cooling each day and also establishes the calendar with with day, night, seasons, and years – ways to measure time (solar and lunar cycles). Notice that all of these “lights” are set in the “expanse” of “the Heavens”(outer space), the barrier separating the earthly realm from the spiritual ream. Spiritually, God is displaying HIS GLORY in the expanse for the inhabitants of the earth to learn and enjoy. He is also causing light to always be available on the earth, even in its “soon to be” fallen condition. The sun can be considered a metaphor for the Son of God – Jesus Christ. The moon lacks its own light, but only REFLECTS the light of the sun…as God’s people lack their own light, but reflect the light of our Creator. The stars symbolize the myriad of angels that surround the Throne of God. However, these bodies in the Heavens are NOT to be worshIpped! They have been placed there to glorify the CREATOR! Mankind often makes the mistake of worshipping the CREATION and not the CREATOR. Pagan religions have literally worshipped the sun, moon, and stars (signs in the sky) and not the true unseen God (YHWH) who sits above the Heavens. This is idolatry to God. There is no “sun god” or “moon god”, there is only One Creator God who exists in 3 forms (Father/Son/Holy Spirit).
Nehemiah 9:6: You alone are the Lord. (YHWH)
You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their lights,
The earth and everything that is on it,
The seas and everything that is in them.
You give life to all of them,
And the heavenly lights bow down before You.
The heavens tell of the glory of God;
And their expanse declares the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out into all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
5 Which is like a groom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices like a strong person to run his course.
6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Psalm (19) written by King David begins by referring to the heavens and the sky as proofs of God’s creative work. The first verse uses Hebrew terms similar to those found in the first verses of Genesis. The existence, structure, and details of nature shout the reality of a Creator (Psalm 19:1). David states this revelation continues both night and day. The point is not merely that nature looks impressive. The function of the universe also announces the incredible design of God. A vivid example of this is how earth is affected by the sun. The sun rises in full strength, traverses the sky, and sets at the opposite end of the horizon. The sun’s warmth and rays touch everything on earth (Psalm 19:2–6).
Genesis 1:20: Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” 21 And God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind; and God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
Day 5 is the first day that God created “living souls” (chay nephesh in Hebrew) animals and birds. Living souls are a special kind of LIFE that produces blood. The Life of the flesh is in the blood (Genesis 9). Blood is the source of life. Blood will become a representation of life. (Leviticus 4:25). Living Creatures represent a special kind of LIFE...Life that can be LOST, life that can be TRANSFERED, spiritually speaking. God intended to USE this concept later with His Son to save mankind. Through this, man becomes aware of sin and the need for atonement.
Spiritually speaking, the number 5 is always associated with GRACE, God’s goodness and kindness towards mankind. Because of God’s GRACE, God came to this earth as a living soul in the likeness of human flesh, lived a sinless life, and died in mankind’s place as the propitiation for all sin. ✝ This is the substitution principle that was established almost immediately after the fall. Built into the immutable laws of Creation is the fact that the soul who sins will die. Animals die because of HUMANITY’S sin.
Hosea 4: Listen to the word of the Lord, you sons of Israel,
Because the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land,
For there is no faithfulness, nor loyalty,
Nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 There is oath-taking, denial, murder, stealing, and adultery.
They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Therefore the land mourns,
And everyone who lives in it languishes
Along with the animals of the field and the birds of the sky,
And even the fish of the sea disappear.
God says that the life of the flesh is in the blood and He has given it (blood) to us to make atonement for our sin on the altar. God has allowed for the life of the innocent to be given in exchange for the life of the guilty. This began as animal sacrifices, but ultimately pointing to the sacrifice of the only SINLESS human being who has ever walked the earth….JESUS CHRIST, the SON OF GOD incarnate. All human beings have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus Christ was the only ONE who could take away the sins of mankind because HE IS GOD! Pagan religions that offer up HUMAN sacrifices are an ABOMINATION to the Lord God who NEVER intended that to be so. God HIMSELF was to be the sacrifice that would SAVE mankind from ETERNAL DEATH. There is only ONE PATH to the 3rd Heaven, the dwelling place of YHWH…and that is THROUGH the MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST.
In our next video we will look at what happened on Day 6 and 7 of the Creation week, particularly the creation of man.