Were the days of creation week “ages”? Why do people insist that God could not set the world in order, create life forms in six literal days?
For thousands of years men of God have believed the literal meaning of the account of creation recorded in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. To them the Scripture said that in six days, 24 hour days as we know them, God created the heavens and the earth and rested the 7th day.
Holy men of old rested on the Sabbath day believing that it had its beginning as the final day of that creation week that it was memorial of creation. For thousands of years righteous men have dared to take God’s inspired record at face value.
No record is found of “ages” rather than days of creation in the ancient history of the Hebrew or of early Christians. Why has this doubt entered Christian minds today? Who do men in this “enlightened age” reject the unmistakable meaning of the Word of God?
Since the days of Darwin, controversy has raged between the Bible proponents and atheists. The theory of evolution, a theory which remains unproven even today – and always will – became the entering wedge to separate the Bible scholars from their trust in the truth of the Scriptures.
The atheist looked to the evidence on hand: Fossils of varying types in the earth, evidence of variation among living organisms; and with his mind stubbornly set that he would not believe what could not be demonstrated before his eyes, he preached the idea to the world that man had evolved from lifeless matter over a period of millions of years, that the Scriptural account of creation was gross superstition.
With few exceptions, religious circles denounced evolution with equal vigor. But they refused even to look at the facts the atheists presented, much less to question his faulty reasoning.
Between the two extremes a third group sprang up, accepting the facts of the atheist and swallowing his reasoning without question. Reverencing the Bible and not willing to give it up, yet thinking that perhaps it didn’t mean quite what it said, this group concluded that perhaps Moses misunderstood; perhaps the record had become confused or altered. Evolution looked so plausible, evolutionists’ arguments so sincere and the Bible so old and uncertain in meaning, so difficult to understand, “Ages” of creation became the cry of modernists.
That is the history of the modernist teaching in regard to creation week. An attempt to believe contrary to Scripture and yet believe the “easier” portions of the Scripture. What proof is there that God created the present order of things on this earth in six literal days? What difference does it make whether one believes in “ages” of creation or literal “days” of creation? Let’s question the record and set aside doubts once and for all time.
Distorted interpretations of the creation record have resulted mainly from two causes:
A desire to read a false meaning into the Word of God
A pitiful ignorance of the account itself.
A brief review of the account of creation is certainly in order here. Open your Bible and study the account thoroughly as you read further in this article and after reading it.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” – this tells the original creation, the second verse of Genesis 1 refers to a destruction which came upon the earth following the sin and rebellion of Satan and the angels who followed him.
The renewing of our earth in a state of order followed in six days. Darkness was upon the face of the ocean. At dawn the first day, light penetrated the dense water laden clouds. As it grew warmer the clouds rose the second day and an expanse or heaven was formed, the one in which the birds fly. Thus the waters on the earth were separated from the water laden clouds above. The ocean receded, dry land appeared and grass and herbs were planted the third day. A mist watered them, as the fourth day progressed the sun became visible thru the thinning clouds. Toward evening the moon and stars appeared.
Notice how agreeable with the laws of science this is. Birds and sea life were created the fifth day, and the land animals with Adam and Eve the sixth and a day of rest and worship for man the seventh day. Thus in one week order was restored to the earth.
But was it a literal week? Carefully notice that no close is mentioned to the 7th day. Check this point in Genesis 2:1-3. All the other days were “an evening and a morning” but this expression does not follow the 7th day. Why?
Now if, as some teach, the 7th day hasn’t ended yet, it would already be almost 6,000 years long. And if it were that long couldn’t the first six days be similar periods.
Here’s the proof not from the imagination of men, but from God’s Word that the 7th day did end! Gen. 2:2 “He (God) rested on the 7th day from all His work.” Not “is resting” from all His work! Exodus 20:11 “The Lord rested the 7th day.” Again Genesis 2:3 “In it (the 7th day) He had rested”. He blessed the Sabbath after He had rested on it.
Hebrews 4:4 “God did rest the 7th day from all His works” Not “is resting.” The 7th day of creation is past for on it God rested. No Scripture exists saying He is resting on that 7th day!
Double proof of this fact is found in the scriptures telling of the work God has done since that day of rest. John 5:17 “My Father works hitherto (even now), and I work.”
Jeremiah 50:25 “This is the work of the Lord God of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.” Ex. 32:16 “The tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, given upon the tables.” Joshua 24:31 “Joshua and the elders which had known all the works of the Lord, that He had done for Israel”.
Yet in the face of God’s word, men will believe “days” to be “ages” and that God is now resting and being refreshed. Thus one certain sect teaches, “Measured by the length of the 7th day, on which God desists from work and is refreshed, each of those days was 7,000 years long.” From Let God be True, 2nd edition, p. 168.
Reread the preceding scriptures: The 24 hour day upon which God rested has passed and has been followed by nearly 6,000 years in which God has worked. Then compare the above quote with Ex. 31:17, “in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the 7th day he rested and was refreshed.” Not is (being) refreshed! Following that rest, God blessed the 7th day and set is apart for holy use. The first week, creation week, had ended.
In the time of Moses the witness of two men was accepted as being the truth. Many “witnesses” have been given from the Word of God that these creation days were literal days and there is yet more proof. God leaves no room for doubt in the minds of those who diligently study his word.
Consider the plants which were created on the 3rd day. The sun did not appear until the next day. If these “days” were each 7,000 years long then these plants would have had to survive 7,000 years without sunshine. A few might possiblly survive such an ordeal but the majority of plants require direct sunshine. Those who believe the days to have been ages which were millions of years long are faced with an even greater absurdity
Or consider this; plants were made the 3rd day, insects on the 6th. How did certain specialized plants continue to exist through ages without their insect partners? The Encyclopedia Britannica states that two groups of insects which include bees, wasps, butterflies and moths could not have existed without the honey or nectar bearing plants, nor could these plants have existed without the insects. Without insects to pollinate them they could not bear seed.
The types of plants which require insects for pollinization are those with brightly colored flowers, having an odor to attract insects and containing nectar to provide them with food. They include such common plants as the maple tree, the strawberry, the blackberry, the honeysuckle, and the poppy. The Bible states that these plants were made on the 3rd day and that the insects were not made until three days later. Those who claim creation days were each 7,000 years long are faced with the conclusion that these original plants must have had to live 21,000 years before they could produce seed, an utter impossibility!
People find it easier to swallow a camel than to believe the plain simple statement of the Bible: “In six days God made heaven and earth.” You will either have to accept God’s account of creation as being true or lose your faith and trust that His Word is dependable. Evolution will not mix with the Scripture any more than iron with clay. “Ages” and evolution must go!
The word “day” in the Bible is often used to represent an indefinite period of time, in fact the Hebrew word, Yom, translated day is occasionally translated “time.” But in every case where the numerals first, second, third, etc. occur, the word day is obviously and clearly referring to an natural 24 hour day as we know it.
The Bible speaks of the day of vengeance, the day of adversity the day of temptation, just as we do today, meaning a time or season. Yet when it speaks of the 14th day of the month (Lev 23), the 7 days of Unleavened Bread or the 50 days until Pentecost, the word day can mean only a 24 hour period. No place in the Bible does God imply that He took anything but a natural week of ordinary days to bring life and order to the earth.
Evenings and mornings have continued, the week has continued, the Sabbath set apart for rest at creation has continued, all pointing back to that first creation week. The truth is plain and without Scriptural contradiction. There is no room to believe in the “ages” which evolutionists require, when you accept the Bible as it is, explained not in the fog of human imagination but in the light of the Word of God and in accordance with nature, the handiwork of God.