Title: Ep 12 | “Creation was made in one-thousand year days“
Plot: A reasonable proof that suggests the real timeframe of creation
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Hey, welcome back!
I am about to share with you an excerpt from a podcast that I posted on my Septuagint Audio Bible channel. I scaled it back for this one though, because you and I are only concerned with the part of the audio that is the primer for my next message entitled, "The incursion that happened the day that God rested."
As you can imagine, God resting on the seventh day is a much bigger deal, if we are talking about one-thousand year days. Hence this podcast, which is a proof, that the Bible describes one-thousand year creation days.
So, if you're interested in hearing the complete version of this podcast. I have posted the link in the description. Or you can search for the Septuagint Audio Bible, you want the one created by me, Tom Bradford.
I made the argument that we really only need prove one twenty-four hour period was exceeded in order to prove creation occured in one-thousand year days.
And so now the excerpt. Here we go:
Our first piece of evidence is found here:
Genesis 2:17 says but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil — of it ye shall not eat, but in whatsoever day ye eat of it, ye shall surely die.”
In Genesis 3 we discover that Adam and Eve both partook of the fruit, and they didn't die that day. In fact, we discover she had kids, which we know takes nine months.
And so if you noticed that clue. Give yourself another thousand points.
Now the same church authorities who say that we should read nothing but the Bible also say that the reason Adam and Eve didn't die that day was because God made a sin covering for them when he slew an animal and gave them coats of skin. Hence they didn't die — the animal died in their place. Meaning God is a God of his word, but he showed us his mercy that day.
Though I agree with that. I also notice that the Bible doesn't actually say that. Meaning it's implied, it's inferred, nowhere does it say that the reason they didn't die that day was because God made an animal sacrifice for them. It doesn't say that plainly. So by taking that position they have established the precedent that it is acceptable and even necessary to listen not just to what the Bible states plainly, but also to what it implies and infers. And again, I agree with that view.
So I'll call this piece of evidence a stalemate. On the one hand we will eventually discover that Adam lived until he was nine hundred thirty years old, and since God's day is like a thousand years to us, in the day that Adam and Eve partook of the fruit they died. Implying, and we just learned that implying is okay... Implying that they really did die in the day they partook of the fruit and that the day is reconned in accordance with God's timing. I don't view that as a problem for God to be right no matter how you slice it. But I do acknowledge that one could view the two things are at odds.
I concede the point that God made an animal sacrifice as a sin covering, even though nowere in the Bible does it actually state that plainly. And I submit the suggestion that since they died in less than a thousand years, they really did die in the day the partook of the fruit.
Again I'm calling this a stalemate. So how do we prove the creation days are one thousand year days then? We really only need to prove that a single day was exceeded. Because the minute we exceed the twenty-four period, we've proven that God isn't talking about twenty-four hour days. And that's somewhat easy.
You may recall that in the part 1 differences podcast I mentioned that Adam and Eve were both made outside the garden and then were later moved to it. I will share those verses with you now:
Genesis 2:7-8 says
7 And God formed the man of dust of the earth, and breathed upon his face the breath of life, and the man became a living soul. 8 And God planted a garden eastward in Edem, and placed there the man whom he had formed.
and just seven verses later we in Genesis 2:15, we read:
15 And the LORD God took the man whom he had formed, and placed him in the garden of delight, to cultivate and keep it.
So we see a trend here that Adam is first made and then moved. And that continues with Eve.
Genesis 2:22 says, And God formed the rib which he took from Adam into a woman, and brought her to Adam.
and brought her to Adam being the key phrase here... I admit that's a little thin, but had he woke from his sleep and she was already there, it would have been worded differently like, "Adam woke and saw Eve laying next to him." Or Eve woke Adam and nursed him back to health. Something like that... It would not say, "God formed the rib which he took from Adam into a woman, and brought her to Adam," as it does.
There are other Scriptures in the Bible that confirm this view that Adam and Eve were made outside the garden and later moved to it. And of course the book of Jubilees was the reason I noticed this in the first place. Not to mention the poetry of it all. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Just as the priests of Levi had to be purified before entering God's presence, Adam and Eve also needed to be sanctified before entering his presence. And they were able to dwell there until they disobeyed him. And then he expelled them from his presence because sin marred their sanctification and they were no longer pure for him. Made especially true by their new-found understanding of evil. And later God established a prescribed order for entering his presence, which we learn in Exodus and Leviticus pertaining to the priests entering the holy of holies.
Ask yourself, does it sound realistic that all of the things described on day six in Genesis all happened in one twenty-four hour day?
The purification process took seven days for Adam and twenty-one days for Eve. I believe the difference in length of time is because of her menstrual cycle. Now in all fairness, nowhere in the Bible does it say that plainly, and especially not in the first four chapters, so even though I shared it with you, it's unfair to expect anyone to know that. So give yourself a thousand points because you know that now.
The Bible says God created the earth in six days. And that on the sixth day God made Adam and Eve. And on the seventh day he rested. That's what it says. Yet you know there was a period of time where man was working the garden and naming the animals, and that it was long enough for God to look over and notice and say, "Hey, it's not good for man to be alone. And after an implied period of pondering that dilemma, God then takes one of Adam's ribs and makes Eve."
If you search for Genesis 2:23 in the Bible Hub, you will notice that in 8 of today's Bible translations, after God makes Eve, Adam says, At last, [implying that it's been a long time]... "At last, This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh..."
While it is true that God is all powerful and he can do anything, consider all of the things the Bible says God did do on the sixth day and see if you think it's likely or realistic that God would have done all of these things in one twenty-four hour period.
On day six the Bible says God created man from the dust of the earth. That sounds it might take a while, but he's God, I have faith that he can do that in a day. Next it says God planted a garden and then moved the man into the garden to cultivate it.
Planted implies that God put seeds in the ground. And putting seeds in the ground implies that it would have taken months or even years for certain things to grow. Even if we assume that when God planted the garden everything burst forth immediately, because certainly the man would need to eat, that's still a lot to do in a day. However, I lean toward the idea that the garden sprang into existence quickly because of this verse:
Genesis 2:9 says
9 And God made to spring up also out of the earth every tree beautiful to the eye and good for food,
Next we learn that Adam was commanded to name the animals. While God can do stuff instantly, I'm guessing that naming everything on earth might have taken Adam some time. Scripture implies that even while Adam was naming animals God was still making them. I'll read that verse to you now:
Genesis 2:19 says
19 And God formed yet farther out of the earth all the wild beasts of the field, and all the birds of the sky, and he brought them to Adam, to see what he would call them, and whatever Adam called any living creature, that was the name of it.
So far it's a busy day. Presumably in the morning God formed man, then God made the garden, then he commanded Adam to name everything, God continued making animals and brought them to the garden. And then Scripture implies that in watching Adam, God had compassion on him and wanted to bring him a help meet. I'll share that verse with you:
Genesis 2:18 says
And the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone, let us make for him a help suitable to him.”
So we get the impression, because its implied, that God has been buliding a relationship with Adam. Adam watches a garden spring into existence quickly, which had to exciting, he's told to cultivate it, which sounds like a very big job, particularly with everything growing so fast, and God's been bringing animals to Adam to name them, and presumably enought time elapsed that God had a sense of compassion for Adam's situation.
Next we have a surgery. Adam is put to sleep, his rib removed, and from his rib, God creates Eve. Now I believe that God can do all of this. And I even believe he could do it all in one twenty-four hour day. But I think subconsciously every time I have ever read this Scripture, I have never believed Adam and Eve were both created in the same twenty-four hour period. And since the only two options on the table are twenty-four hour days and one-thousand year days, I'm inclined to believe it's the latter. I don't care what science says about the big bang, they're basing that on a guess that defies all the laws of everything they say the believe in.
And finally after meeting the woman, at least according to eight Bible translations, Adam exclaims, "At last, bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh."
He sounds excited about this, and it sounds like he's been waiting a while. Maybe a whole day! All of these things imply very loudly that significantly more than one twenty-four hour period elapsed. Particularly considering that Adam and Eve were married, they were naked, and yet didn't have kids until Adam was one hundred and thirty years old. Do you know a man who would wait 129 years and three hundred sixty four days, to have kids after being presented with quite possibly the most beautiful naked woman on earth?
But this begs the question: if God made creation in one thousand year days and he rested on the seventh day. What happened that day? A thousand years is a long time for God to be resting. Whether you know the answer to that question or not, I bet you can guess how he reacted on the eighth day after his day of rest ended. Because it's called out in the next set of Scriptures.
Chapters five through seven describe what occurred during the thousand years when God rested. And you will notice that a thousand years elapsed, and yet only one thing worth mentioning was mentioned. Therefore, I will suggest that you watch for a few things; for example, in the book's of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and pretty much most of the Old Testament, when man sinned God would often strike him dead immediately personally — or send him fleeing to a priest to beg for an emergency sacrifice. Therefore, as you listen to chapters five through seven listen for anything that would suggest God's active involvement in that way in the affairs of his creation.
I should advise you that Genesis chapter six refers to sons of God. When you hear that expression, think fallen angels.
I know the side of the debate that suggests that the sons of Seth were the sons of God. But there is no basis for that in Scripture and not a single ancient document I have ever run across that supports that theory, while I have run across scores of ancient documents that mention fallen angels taking on human form and having sex with human females.
That Seth theory doesn't make sense! If the sons of Seth loved God and were righteous enough that he made them giants, why then did they become evil? Meaning, wouldn't God have see that coming? This suggests God thought, I need to do something about these guys loving me. I know, I'll turn them into giants so they'll hate me. Where is the motivation in that?
However, this idea that God was resting on the seventh day, opens the way for fallen angels to engage in unususal amounts of mischief. And for mankind to degrade to the point that a flood was necessary.
No one believes that God needed rest because he was tired and so this implies that God rested to teach us a lesson. And the lesson is that when his creation is left to itself, when God isn't actively involved ensuring we are behaving, bad things have been known to happen. And so we should decide we don't like it when God rests, we want him actively involved all the time, even if that means we must behave.
Okay, that's the excerpt. I believe that makes a strong case for one-thousand year days. Be on the lookout for my next podcast entitled, "The incursion that happened the day God rested!"
That's all folks!
As always, thank you for listening! And y'all come back now! Ya hear?