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Saturday, September 3 2011
How Many Days Of Creation Were There?
While Genesis 1:1 is usually regarded as the beginning of the Holy Scriptures, the apostle John, as taught to him by Jesus Christ (e.g. see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'), provided information for before "in the beginning." It explains exactly Who "let us" was in Genesis.
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him [see Christ The Creator]; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not ... 1:14 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." (John 1:1-5,14 KJV)
The actual Hebrew word for the book of Genesis, pronounced bere-shith, means "in the beginning" - as found in the first words of the book.
"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Genesis 1:1 KJV)
Was Genesis 1:1 the beginning of the first day? Or do Earth days apply only to Earth? Many have debated that point, just as they have debated when Satan's rebellion occurred. The "weaken the nations," as quoted below, was written in the time of Isaiah when Satan had already been on a destructive rampage on earth for many centuries. All that the Holy Bible reveals for certain is that Lucifer (which means Light Bringer) rebelled and became known as Satan (which means accuser) after the Earth had been created, and before, or while, there were only two humans, while they were yet in Eden.
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV)
As explained in the verses of John quoted above, the Word of God, Who was born as Jesus Christ, existed at that early time. Jesus Christ witnessed Satan's fall.
"10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (Luke 10:18 KJV)
"On the seventh day God ended His work"
The first day on the newly-created earth began with darkness i.e. "the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." That initial sequence is perhaps the primary reason that Biblical days begin with sunset - the first part of the day is night, followed by the light part of the day, as declared by "Let there be light."
"1:2 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. 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:2-5 KJV)
Then, on the second day, the separation of the waters. All of the water was in the form of a vapor, a worldwide super-fog, extending high into the atmosphere. God's "hovering over the waters" in verse 2 describes His being above that gaseous-water atmosphere, not a liquid ocean - oceans and seas did not exist yet. God then caused most of the water to condense onto the cooling earth which simultaneously formed a whole-planet ocean and cleared the sky, or "heaven" (see Are We In Heaven Now?).
"1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." (Genesis 1:6-8 KJV)
On the third day, dry ground appeared as the further cooling of the surface set in motion a process of natural contraction, uplifting and motion of the crust (the process continues today, called "plate tectonics"). The earth changed from a smooth one-level, very-warm "cue ball" to a planet with an irregular surface with ocean basins and continental landmasses. With dry ground available, the first plants were made to grow in great abundance.
"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. 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
On the fourth day, with the atmosphere now clear, the sun, moon and stars became clearly visible. They were to "serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years." The sun marked the day (sunset to sunset), the moon the month (new moon to new moon) and the stars the seasons.
"1:14 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: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 1:16 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. 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 1:18 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. 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." (Genesis 1:14-19 KJV)
On the fifth day, great numbers of birds and sea creatures. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth."
"1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day." (Genesis 1:20-23 KJV)
On the sixth day, animals, then humans - the last life form created.
"1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And so, at the end of the sixth day, "the heavens and the earth were finished."
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." (Genesis 2:1 KJV)
But was that the end of Creation? What still didn't exist at the end of the sixth day? Answer: the week and the Sabbath. The Hebrew word for week, pronounced sheb-oo-aw, means sevening, or to seven. The Creator completed His Creation "week" with the Seventh Day - that He made, created, "blessed" and "sanctified." Notice that "on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made" - His "work" that day was to create the Sabbath by resting.
"2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:2-3 KJV)
Fact Finder: As we've plainly read from the Word of God, it was Jesus Christ through Whom all things were created - including His Sabbath, which has been Christian literally from day seven. How has a deceived world turned its back on Christ's true Sabbath Day and instead made a "sun day" - a Satanic mockery of "let there be light" on the first day of the week?
This Day In History, September 3
36 BC: The Battle of Naulochus. Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, a naval commander of Octavian (Octavian later became known as Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who declared the census that caused the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem i.e. Luke 2:1), defeated Sextus Pompeius, the son of Pompey, thereby ending Pompeian resistance to the Second Triumvirate (the Roman political "trinity").
1189: Richard I (Richard the Lion-Heart) was crowned king of England.
1260: The Battle of Ayn Jalut, a decisive victory of the Mamluks of Egypt over the invading Mongols, which saved Egypt and Islam and prevented the western expansion of the Mongol empire.
1650: The Battle of Dunbar during the Third English Civil War. English Parliamentarian forces led by Oliver Cromwell defeated the forces loyal to King Charles II.
1658: Oliver Cromwell, "lord protector" of England, died at age 59.
1752: Britain and the New England colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar (named after Roman Catholic Pope Gregory XIII - see Pope Gregory's Calendar), replacing the less accurate Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar). To implement the new calendar, 11 days were officially omitted that year i.e. September 2 was followed by September 14. Some people rioted, accusing the government of stealing 11 days of life from them.
1783: The Treaty of Paris was signed between Britain and the newly-created United States, officially ending the American Revolutionary War.
1939: Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France and India declared war on Germany in response to Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland 2 days earlier. The beginning of the Second World War in Europe.
1944: British troops liberated Brussels.
1969: Ho Chi Minh (real name Nguyen Tat Thanh), president of North Vietnam during most of the Vietnam War, died at age 79.
1975: Viking 2 landed on Mars.
1978: Albino Luciani was coronated as Pope John Paul I. He died only 34 days later, some say under mysterious circumstances, at age 66. He was succeeded by Polish-born Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, 58, who took the name Pope John Paul II - the first non-Italian Catholic pope in 450 years.
1994: Russia and China agreed to no longer target nuclear weapons on each other.