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6 Days of Creation – Genesis Chapter 1 Review

(Ver 1.2)  In my Blogs the last couple of weeks I have been exploring an overview of the 6 days of creation and teaching how each day fits a prophetical view into God’s timeline for the 6000 year period of human history.  I know this is a controversial viewpoint and it is probably brand new information to many.  However, it is there if you research it and studyit from a prophetic perspective.  Some have probably wondered how did I come up with the idea that the 6 days of creation were prophetic windows?  I beleieve that it is just what the Bible says and therefore it is not my opinion or my personal interpretation of what God says.  What we must do is to allow the Bible to interpret itself, so we must look for God’s definitions, His commentary and explanations and we must put these together with the words written in Genesis to understand them.  Look at this verse and see what it says for yourself:

Isaiah 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things which are not,…

You see from this verse God says I have declared or stated the end from the beginning.  In other words God has prophesied the ending from the beginning.  Genesis chapter 1 definitely declares the beginning of our current world system.  So somewhere in that description is information about what is going to occur in our history and its final conslusion.  To declare something that has not occurred is clearly a statement of prophetic proportion.  The only to verify that a prophecy is from a real prophet is for us to examine the words and see if they have been fullfilled, have transpired or are coming to pass presently.  Here is another scripture that speaks to us along these lines:

Ecclesiastes 1:9  The thing that has been, it is that which shall be, and that which is done, is that which shall be done,….

Again in this verse we see a powerful reference of something to look for when reading and studying the Bible.  We can use these words to imply that God declares that what He has done during creation is that which will occur again.  You see as I have read the Bible I have discovered a series of repeated patterns that have occured over and over.  That is why that I believe that we should study the book of beginnings like it was a raod map to our future.  Of course since we are at the very end of the 6th day or 6000 years, we should realize that we do not have very much time left.  This actually makes our research more sure, since the majority of recorded history has already occurred and we are nearing the end now.

We started the chapter analysis by looking at the fact that the earth as stated in the Bible is much older than 6000 years, but we are not specifically told how old it is anywhere.  It could very well be millions or billions of years old.  We looked at scripture that speaks to us about a pre-Adamic civilization or world that existed prior to our current world system.  We found scriptures that indicate that this world was completely destroyed and apparently God started over with us, or for us.

We looked at the work of God during creation and identified God’s first act as being division.  God divided Light from darkness.  We can imply from this that prophetically speaking God is breaking away or dividing himself from something that He does not want to associate with.  At least 3 times in the chapter we can see that God divided something from something else.  I can tell you right now that most Bible teachers and preachers don’t have a clue to the significance of these words of God so they ignore them.  I’m sorry that I just don’t have time to teach you all of that right now.  

The next significant point about creation is how God created.  I might have alluded to the fact that God looked at the problem and always spoke the answer or the solution.  As it is written in the New Testament, God is a God who calls those things that be not as though they were and as we can see from creation, they become exactly what they are called.  Since man is made in the image of God this implies that man operates the exact same way that God operates.  Of course not at the same level or capacity that God is, but you would be amazed at what the Bible says about our spoken words and the Bible is very strong in this area and says many things that are very hard to accept by many Christians.

During our study we identified some of the key symbolic elements and researching them in the scriptures discovered what they meant and how they are applied within creation.  Light is symbolic of God.  Seas are symbolic of people.   Day and night are symbolic of the conditions of men’s hearts.  Some have allowed the sun of God to light their hearts and then others have been kept in darkness because they have allowed Satan to blind their minds.  We have identified the symbolic Sun as being Jesus Christ.  Then we have identified the symbolic moon as being Satan, the ruler of the darkness.

In the creation of Adam on day 6 I took you through an analysis of the Hebrew words for man and Adam as being the same word.  I then showed you from scripture how Genesis 1:27 should have been translated as Adam instead of man, because God calls both the male and the female by the same name.  The inference of and application to marriage is of course easily seen.

Finally we looked at the coming into maturity of the body of Christ.   We also looked at the delegated authority of the body of Christ.  We are at the end of Day 6 of God’s established timetable and God has the planned return of Jesus Christ next on the agenda.  I believe very strongly that Jesus’ return is not very long from now.  I know I did not attempt to cover everything that the chapter speaks about.  My goal was to give you some new perspectives and things to think about that you hadn’t seen before.  Things that can be tremendously important to understanding a large portion of the Bible.  I hope you have enjoyed Chapter 1 of Genesis and we will move into Chapter 2 next.  I probably will not go verse by verse but I will change to a larger what are the key concepts given to us level of study.  There are some awesome things in Chapter 2 and 3 if you can see them.  So continue reading in Genesis and see what else God has to reveal to us.

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Genesis 1:24-31 Day 6 God’s Delegated Authority

(Ver 1.1)  There are so many things to learn in the Bible it is a challenge to figure out what do people already know, what do they need to know and what is important.  So I plan on wrapping up my blog on Day 6 of creation with this last bit of information.  When I worked for a small software company many years ago, I met a man there that had graduated from a seminary (which will remain nameless).  He had some very strange ideas about the Bible and had been taught many things by people who obviously didn’t know God.  There is a difference in knowing about God and knowing God.  Well any way this man told me that in first chapter of Genesis when God said “Let them have dominion”, that didn’t mean they were in control of anything.  In other words he read the scripture and immediately threw away the verse because it did not fit his theology.  That of course is a huge problem.  We should always make our theology and beliefs fit what we read and learn and not the other way.  What does it mean to have dominion?  Here is what Webster defines the word as:

Dominion:  dominance or power through legal authority

Adam was given legal authority over the planet.  That would make him the ruler of the earth, wouldn’t it?  If you are brave you might have called Adam the “god” of this world”.  God’s statement gave Adam dominion, and that implies a transfer of ownership.  A legal status change or transfer from God to man.  Legal authority is a right that is bestowed upon you, something that can only be transferred upon you by a higher authority.  You can’t make your self a policeman, but if you sign up go through the training and are accepted you can be given the authority of a policeman by the local city government.  A policeman has a transferred authority to carry out and enforce the law.  Power and authority are sometimes used as synonymous terms.  But really they are quite different, many strong men have the ability to exercise power over people to make them do what they want, but most do not have the authority backing them.  When God created the world he turned over the authority to rule it to his creation.

Psalm 115:16  The heavens, even the heavens are the Lord’s:  But the earth he hath given to the children of men.

This verse in Psalms tells us very clearly that the earth was given to the children of Adam.  Do you recall in the Gospels when Jesus walked the earth he constantly referred to himself as “the son of man”.  Jesus of course was a Hebrew and in the Hebrew he was saying I am a son of Adam.  Remember man and Adam are the same Hebrew word.  The Pharisee’s would ask him where do you get your authority to do these things?  They recognized that he taught with authority, spoke with authority, cast out devils, healed the sick and did many other miraculous things.  But Jesus never told them where he got this authority.  I personally believe that God had given it to him when he created Adam.

So what is the huge controversy about this delegated authority of man?  The main problem that the seminary graduate had was that it violated his idea of God’s sovereignty.  If man was in control of the planet, that meant God was not.  If man was responsible to work and keep the garden, then that means God was not.  The implications are huge and it helps to explain a lot of things in the Bible when we see these things clearly.  Why did Jesus have to come in the form of a man in order to redeem us?  Why did the omnipotent God have to be birthed through a woman on this planet to do everything he needed to do to free us from sin, Satan, death and evil.  There are so many things to think about and to consider.  But, we first must start by reading the Bible finding out what God says happened and then attempt to understand how that affected us.

When I started this blog, one of my statements was probably very offensive to some.  I called Adam the god of this world when he was created.  It is funny how many things that are in the Bible that people ignore.  In 2 Corinthians 4:4 God calls Satan the god of this world, how did he get this title?  It had to be transferred to him from Adam.  Remember when Jesus was tempted by the devil?  Satan came to him and said “worship me and I’ll give you everything that you can see.”  Satan told Jesus that it had all been given to him.  So who gave it to him?  It had to be Adam, because God had given it all to Adam.  Only the owner has the right to transfer ownership.  I can’t come up to your house and tell you that I am giving your house to someone else that wants it.  If I don’t own your house I don’t have a right to tell you who lives in it.  So many things to consider, isn’t there?  So then what do Christians do with John the 10th Chapter when Jesus tells humanity, “Is it not written in your book of the law, I said you are gods.”.  Most religious people and denominations stay very far away from that verse and never touch it.   Act like it does not exist and we don’t have to address it.  If we acknowledge that it’s there, then we have to come up with excuses of why it’s not true.  Heaven help us all!

When Jesus was raised from the dead he makes a statement that blows you away.  In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says this “All power is given to me, both in heaven and in earth.”  What a radical statement, according to what many theologians teach, you would have thought that God already had all power in heaven and in earth.  Apparently Not!  Do you see the problem?  Here we have another very direct statement that God (the highest authority) has delegated all authority to Jesus both in heaven and on the earth.   How could God do that?  It was because Jesus was a son of Adam and had the right to take back what his father Adam had given away.  See right there so many religious people are going to scream and say I said Jesus’ father was Adam and not God.  But I didn’t say that.  Jesus was the Son of God, but He called Himself the son of Adam.  Naturally born a child of Adam a man, but spiritually conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary.  The combination of God’s word and Mary’s egg, produced a man called Jesus Christ.  A man who was 100% God and 100% man.

That concludes my short lesson on delgated authority.  If you study the subject you will clearly see that God had the right to do whatever He desired with His creation and He clearly desired to create a man and give it all to him and his children.  Jesus came to the earth to get back what Adam had given away to Satan and do other things that I have not touched on as of this point in my Bible lessons.  Please continue to read and to learn what Jesus has done for us.  God Bless!

Genesis Chapter 1 – Did God Create a Perfect World?

(Ver 1.2)  I’ve heard many, many Bible teachers stand up and speak about creation in the terms that God created a perfect world for Adam.  When Adam came on the scene everything was perfect, they would say.  The implications to this always bothered me, since that is not what the Bible said.  I’m not sure how these teachers came to that conclusion, but I simply have to go by what the Bible says.  Six times in the chapter 1 of Genesis God declares what He has done as being something that is “good”.  Good is of course a positive term, but it is also a highly subjective term.  What is good to me, might not be good to you.  I could say Apple Pie is good.  But you might not like it.  However, if I said something was perfect that implies something else entirely.  Here is the definition of perfect found in the Webster’s dictionary:

being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; “a perfect circle”; “a perfect reproduction”; “perfect happiness”; “perfect manners”;

So according to the dictionary, perfect means something that is complete, but not just complete, but something that is free from defects and flaws.  In my opinion, perfect would imply something that could not fail or be brought down.  If Adam was created perfect in a perfect world, it would have been impossible for him to sin.  Since we all understand that Adam did sin, we can understand that he at the very least had the potential for flaws.  Adam possessed the ability to fail, like an appliance you might buy at the store.  Have you ever bought a perfect appliance?   I really don’t think so.

So when God says it was good, what does that mean?  I would say that in God’s perspective or viewpoint on the event, it was a positive outcome.  It was an opposite of evil or bad.  What if we could come up with a rating system and many have, that says something like this:

Worst –>Worse –> Bad –> Neutral –> Good –> Better –> Best

Many times consumer reporting companies have similar rating schemes for appliances or cars, etc.  You can see by the scale that there are varying degrees for bad and good.  You could never say that about “perfect”, there are not varying degrees of perfect.  Given my rating scale where would you put God’s “good” creation?  It would have to be somewhere to the right of Neutral, but where I’m not sure.  If you notice I did not even put the word “perfect” on the scale, since that would go so far above and beyond what I consider to be even the best.  I am convinced that “good” is not “perfect”.   However, it is really not my opinion that matters, but what God thinks about it that counts.  I found some interesting scriptures in the Bible that speaks to us along these lines:

Genesis 2:12  And the gold of that land is good;

God said the gold in the land was good.  But gold is a metal that is mixed and very hard to find in a pure state.  Gold has a grading scaled from 1 to 24 carats.  24 carats would be the best and purest but yet I doubt if you could call it perfect.  Sometimes it can be good to see what is opposite to a definition in order to help understand the positive side of the subject.   In Genesis 2:18 God says it is not good for man to be alone.  That would be the opposite of good and looking at that verse it could be a highly subjective term.  I don’t know if we have gained a definition or not of the term what is good.  Let me throw another scripture in the mix that says something totally different.

Psalm 119:96  I have seen the end to all perfection

Many times we read stuff and don’t apply it to what we learned earlier because we don’t really understand it and aren’t asking the right questions.  This verse has a statement that has broad and far reaching implications.  What does the term “All” mean?  To me that means “All”, “everything is included” and means it is all inclusive.    There is nothing that is left out.  If you said “most” or “some” that would leave some items excluded from the list.  So the term “All” is all inclusive, there is nothing left out or omitted.   This is not going to sit well with a lot of religious minded people, but this would also include God himself.  God did not leave himself out of the term “All”.   I have always believed that God was a perfect Spirit being.  In capable of errors, with no flaws.  But if God says in His word that there is coming a time when there will be no perfection, what does that mean?  How would we possibly apply that fact to God?  I wish I had the answer to that, but maybe you do.  Tell me what you think about this scripture.  Maybe you know some other scriptures in the Bible that answer that question.  In my mind this verse is speaking of Jesus who was God in the flesh.  If Jesus was born a “perfect” man that would mean it would have been impossible for him to sin, just like “Adam” if he was perfect.  So when God became a man, the Bible says that He was tempted in every way just like we are.  Satan came to Jesus and tempted him just the same as us.  So, if this was the divine God, was it really a temptation?  Of course it was and that would imply that Jesus was only “very good” and not perfect.  Jesus had to be capable of sinning and failing, otherwise it would not have been a temptation.  That is what I think.  Do not misunderstand me, I did not say Jesus sinned.  I just said He had to have the possiblity to sin our he would not have been tempted just like we are.  It just would not make any sense to me.

Genesis 1:24-31 Day 6 Part 2 – God Called Them Adam

adam1sm(Ver 1.1) In my last lesson on Genesis I talked about the prophesied coming of a perfect or more literally a mature man, but today I want to shift gears and change our focus on something new.  Back in verse 27 we saw the creation of man in the image of God.  I want to stop right there and point out something that I found very interesting while I was studying this verse.  The Hebrew word translated as “man” is H120 in the Strong’s.  Now that is all well and good until I noticed that the name “Adam” was from the Hebrew H121.  So what is the problem?  If you don’t speak Hebrew you would never know that these two words are the exact same word.  Strong decided to give the one word two different reference numbers even though it is the same word.  That is a major problem for translators and readers.  How do you know when you should translate the one word as “Adam” or as “man”.  The determination of the meaning becames a highly subjective decision process that can be very easily mistranslated based upon someone’s opinion of what they think it means.  I hope you understand the problem.  You see I for one believe after searching the Bible for the occurrences of these words that sometimes they did it right and a few times I believe they did wrong.  Uh oh!

Gen 1:27  So God created Adam (man) in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 Look at verse 27 and see what changes if I change the one word.  “So God created Adam in his image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them”.  Thre was nothing that super dramatic that changed.  Was it completely different, not really.  The original said “man” my modified version said “Adam”.  But since they are the same word in the Hebrew which one is right?  Verse 27 actually contains a major contradiction, riddle or puzzle.  Did you notice it?  It said at first God created him, and then it says God created them.  We really haven’t gotten to the creation of the woman even though she is clearly mentioned for the first time in this verse.  As we get into chapter 2 of Genesis we will begin to see that chapter 2 is really just a more in depth look at some specifics that occurred in chapter 1.  Chapter 2 is simply a more detailed account of the creation event using new information given to us and a more in depth look at some very new huge subjects such as God’s definition of family and marriage.

Getting back to the puzzle of verse 27 what is the solution to the contradiction?  This is why I believe the word should be “Adam”.  When God created the male and the female God called both of their name “Adam”.  It use to be common practice in our world for women to take the name of their husbands so that they were both called by the same name.  When we get to chapter 2 of Genesis we will see why more clearly.  So why did God call both of them Adam?  Maybe we should stop and ask, did God call them both Adam?  There is actually a confirming scripture that says this later in Genesis.  Look at this verse in Genesis 5:2:

Genesis 5:2 Male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called their name “Adam” in the day that they were created.

It is truly amazing what the Bible says when you can see it and put the pieces together.  This verse is speaking directly about the cretion account we just read about in Genesis 1:27 but this time it is worded correctly and stated accurately.  The translotors had no choice but to make it this word based upon context.  If they would only understood this more clearly I believe that they would corrected what they had already done in chapter one.  What caused them to make this verse Adam and the other one man?   In this verse there is the direct association of this word being both of their “names”.  These are the kind of little quirky things that you just need to become aware of when you read and study the Bible.  The translators were men and they sometimes made mistakes.  Every Bible translation has some problems, but there are none that can’t be solved by you studying.  God Bless!

Genesis 1:24-31 Day 6 Part 1 Prophecy of Man

(Ver 1.1) We have arrived at the last day of creation, the last day of God’s work to create our current world system.  We again see the law of Genesis being restated in the creation of the animals and the rest of the creatures that inhabit the earth.  Everything on the earth produces after its own kind.  Squirrels produce only squirrels, mice produce only mice, horses produce only horses, cattle produce only cattle, etc.  It is very interesting to note that everything is completely created before man arrives.  God has provided everything that man would have need of and there was nothing lacking.  No there were no cities, houses, cars or roads, not even any computers or internet but God provided every raw material necessary for man to create all of these.  It is also interesting to note that God created man to be an inverntor and a creator.  Man does not create on the level of God, but we create, music, art, machines, tools, on and on.   I’m sure God gave many these ideas for these great inventions and creations and maybe even helped them build them.  But creating stuff is in man and no other creature possesses this feature to man’s creative degree.  I’ve never seen a monkey paint a Mona Lisa. 

 We can see that God created everything that man would have need of physically, but spiritually would be another question.  I don’t know how preachers can teach poverty and self sacrifice.  It seems religious minded people have a tendency to look at a mother Theresa and think she is some kind of saint because she owns nothing.  I personally think that is slap in the face of God who created everything for his creation to enjoy, to possess and to use.  If God had not intended for man to have any of it, why would He have went to so much trouble of putting it here in the first place.  If you have children and your two year old wants to play with a knife would you put it on the table and say leave that alone it’s not for you.  Any two year old will forget quickly whatever they are told and pick that knife up and do whatever they want to with it.  In order to keep somebody from having something that is harmful the best things to do is not to put it any where within their reach in the first place.  So obviously God is smarter than parents if He thought wealth and riches were not good for His children because it would hurt them, the would He have put them here anyway?  Do you see how idiotic people’s opinions can get?  No you see in Revelation that heaven is paved with streets of Gold.  That sounds like wealth to an extreme.  It doesn’t sound like God thinks that wealth is harmful does it?  Oh well let’s move on to another subject.   Let’s skip down to verse 27 and look at the creation of man.

Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

I firmly believe that starting in verse 27 that the creation of man is a prophetic event signifying or prophesying the coming into maturity of the new creation of those in the church or those called the body of Christ.  Man was the last part of the process of creation and if you want to get technical, woman was the actual last work of God’s creation process.  Man was created and came into being at the end of the 6th day of creation.  I believe that as the Bible says, that in the last days knowledge will increase and I believe that men and women in the church will again start to resemble their creator.  Reading verse 27 we see the explicit statement that God created man in his image.  What exactly does that mean to you?  To me that means if you looked at Adam and Eve you would immediately think they look like God.  Did you ever notice red headed parents normally produce children with red hair.  Looking at the red headed children you can say they were made in the image of their parents.  You immediately identify one from the other.  You can look at one child and recognize the source or origin.  That is what I believe God is prophesying about his church, we will finally be able to see a Christian and say wow! he looks like Jesus.  God’s family resemblance should be there for all to see.  There are several scriptures that I could include here but search your KJV Bible for words like “perfect”.  This word is a little bit misleading because it means “mature”, “complete”, “fully grown”.  There are several verses in the New Testament that ask us to wait for this perfect man to come and I believe the time is now.

Genesis 1:20-23 Day 5 of God’s Creation

Gen 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.

(Ver 1.1) According to Day 5 of creation, God caused the seas to fill with every type of fish and sea creature.  During this time period we also see the fact that every type of bird is said to develop to fill the sky above the earth.  It is interesting to note that I guess evolutionists seem to believe every animal on the planet originated from the sea.  At least this is the way that I understood what they were saying.  I do not profess to be an expert on evolution theory and whoever has studied it is of course no expert either, since they can’t prove anything they are saying.  According to the Biblical record of the creator, the fish did come first, followed by the birds.  But in no way does it say they evolved one from the other, in fact it declares the total opposite.  I alluded to the law of Genesis when we discussed tree and plant life development.  The law of Genesis says everything produces after its own kind.  Every fish, bird, mammal, insect,  reptile, or whatever, has within itself the ability to self sustain it’s own species.  Each one has the ability to reproduce itself and to keep it going.  Every species has the seed within itself to reproduce.

Using the study of DNA recent scientists have made a lot of discoveries.  DNA is an extremely complex coded formula that dictates what a creature will become even before it starts to develop.  There are no overlaps or DNA evolution between species that I know of concerning God’s creation.  I know that humans contain a similar DNA characteristic to that of monkeys but on close examination they are completely different from that of a monkey  Therefore a monkey  will never be able to reproduce or to transition to the form of a human.  They are just too different.  DNA research using what is known as “mitochondrial” DNA has determined that all of the human race originated from a common woman they so appropriately have named “Eve”.  I remember reading this in the News Paper several years ago.  Of course they buried this information on one of the inside pages, but the result of the article was the conclusion that the Bible was more accurate than we thought.  We didn’t come from monkeys, but rather from a single woman named “Eve”.  Since that publication the world’s scientific atheists have done their best to explain away the findings.  I pretty much just ignore their ramblings.   I know the Bible is true, I know that it is the words of the one that created it all and therefore I would rather read the Bible than listen to the words of an ignorant man attempting to say there was no God involved.

 I would like to be able to discuss the prophetic implications of these verses but, I have to be honest and say that I don’t know of any right now.  That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, it just means I don’t know them.  I do know that they early church used a symbol of a fish and this is an event that occurs on the early part of day 5.  So if you can see any prophetic implications from Day 5 in how it would relate to the early church please let me know.  I’ll be happy to learn.

Genesis 1:14-19 Day 4 Part 5

moon1sm(Ver 1.1) After I learned this information that I have been attemting to teach to you, it changed my perspective on much of the Bible.  I started to understand a lot more of the parts that use to be very hard to follow.  I hope that you too are beginning to see some glimpses of the light of how the scriptures harmonize and fit together.  We have been discussing the two different realms or spiritual states of the human heart.  Those who are in darkness and those who are in the light.  We have seen that Jesus Christ represents the sun and we are beginning to understand how the word of God causes Christ to arise and shine into our hearts.  I think it is a good time to talk about the identity of the moon. 

Gen 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.

I once heard a minister say that the church is the moon (lesser light).  That we are the one’s that live now in this dark world and we are to rule over it.  Of course on the surface I understood what he was trying to say but he got it all very wrong.  We are certainly in the world, but we are not of this world.  In fact if you look at scripture it says we are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph 2:6).  No, just think about all of the the known moon’s characteristics.  The moon is a lifeless chunk of rock that has no ability to do anything.  The light it shines at night does not originate from itself, no it is simply a reflection of the light from the sun.  Some would say that fits the church, we don’t have any ability within our self but we depend upon Christ who gives us the ability to do whatever.  Of course that is true, but let’s take the analogy deeper.  The moon is lit in the sky in different phases.  The moon goes from completely lit to completely dark.  How does that fit the church?  Are you saying God shines on us sometimes and sometimes He doesn’t?  Or are you saying man hides from God so that God cannot shine on him?  Either one doesn’t really make any sense to me.  The moon is also only lit on one side.  There is a dark side of the moon that we don’t see.  Is this descriptive of the church?  Does the church only show the world the part they want to see and hides the part they don’t want people to see in the darkness.  That shouldn’t fit a true Christian in the church either.  These are major problems to the moon being the church from my view point.

Gen 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.

We know from reading Genesis 1:18 that the sun rules the day and the moon rules the night.  We could also say that the moon rules the darkness.  Night and darkness are synonymous terms.  Here is a scripture that should help to clear up the confusion of is the moon the church.  Let’s look at a verse in Ephesians 6:12:

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Did you see what that this verse says?  Who is this verse talking about?  It is speaking of Satan and his demonic forces.   These are the spiritual forces that are our enemies and as this verse states, they rule the darkness, not the church.  In fact the Bible tells the church that we are not of the darkness (John 12:46), it also says what association has light with darkness (1 Th 5:5), meaning there should be none.  You are welcome to study this subject in more depth, because I did not attempt to give you every scripture that there is on the subject.  My goal is to point you in the right direction and help you learn.  God Bless you and I hope you enjoyed Day 4.  I’m sure I didn’t cover everything, but I hope I helped you to see some new things in the Word of God.

Genesis 1:14-19 Day 4 Part 4

Earth2smWe have been exploring the revelation of night and day, light and darkness and have discovered that these are symbolic elements that represent the state of the heart’s of men.  We have explored the fact that God created a division between two different distinct groups of people which Jesus Christ implemented with His death and resurrection.  One group is those who belong to Christ and are said to be the children of the light and the day.  Those who don’t belong to Christ are those who walk in darkness live in the night.  Let’s look at another verse that confirms this:

Romans 2:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

 According to this scripture God writes to the church and declares them to be a guiding light to the blind, those who are in darkness.  Right there we know that we the church are not in the darkness, but yet we are the one’s which can shine the light for those who are unable to see spiritually.  What is blindness?  It is the inability to see light.  How is it that some people can see and understand the Bible and many others can’t?  Here is the answer to that question:

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

This verse of scripture contains so much revelation that it is difficult to stick to the point at hand.  However, it declares that the “god of this world” has blinded those who are in darkness.  Let’s stop right there and determine who is the “god of this world”?  Most of you should already understand that this is Satan, the dragon, the serpent, the devil, the deceiver, the thief, the accuser of the brethren, the adversary, the father of lies, Beelzebub, Lucifer and I could go on and on.  This enemy of God and the church goes by a bunch of identities and names in the Bible but they all direct us to one spirit being called Satan.  The verse in 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that there are those who are in spiritual darkness because of this enemy that has caused them not to believe.  It in effect says that Satan is blocking the light from shining in so that they are not able to see spiritually.  It also confirms that Jesus Christ is the light or the Sun that is trying to shine in on the hearts of those men in the darkness. 

I hope you are grasping the powerful symbolism that Genesis is providing us.  What we are beginning to see is two different rulers, two different gods, one god of this world and one God our Lord Jesus Christ.  Two different kingdoms, one of light and one of darkness.  Two groups of people those who live in the night who are unable to see and those who walk in the light and can see where they are going.  It is a profound symbolic representation of the spiritual state of two completely different groups of people.  We will continue more  in the next lesson and hopefully finish up day 4.

Genesis 1:14-19 Day 4 Part 3

Earth1smI knew this day would take a lot to explain and even more effort on your part to understand.  But I’ll do the best that I can in a limited space to teach you as much as I can.  In the last lesson we concluded with the revelation of the identity of Sun as being Jesus Christ.  Before we move on to the moon, let’s back up and address the purpose of Day 4 from God’s perspective.  We saw that Day 4 was an emphasis of a division occurring.  I believe the divisions already existed back from at least Day 1 when God said let there be light.  The implication of Day 1 was light did not reach the surface of the planet and therefore darkness prevailed upon the face of the earth.  When God said let there be light He allowed the light to penetrate into the darkness.  This is probably a mixture of my personal opinion and the implied references found in the word of God.  Unless I find some scripture to back that statement I really don’t expect you to believe it.

Back to the subject of Day 4.  We can see in the scripture the reference to the existence of two distinct realms or dimensions.  One is called “Day” and the other is called “Night”.  I think it would be good to look at the symbolism of these two divisions.  Let’s start with the obvious, the day is the time where we experience the presence and warmth of the sun and it’s light.  The night is the period of time when normal people sleep and the sun is not present.  One division has the sun light and the other does not.  From what we have seen Jesus Christ represents the Sun.  Scripture also tells us that God is light.  We can already begin to see a spiritual reality being stated.  The day is for those who are in the light of the Sun of God, the night is for those who are without God.  Do you understand this?  This is the division that took place when Jesus died on the cross and after He arose.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:5 God writes to the church and says to them “You are all children of the light and children of the Day…”.  I already mentioned this next verse in the last lesson, but I’ll show it to you again in 2nd Peter 1:19, God writes that “The Day will dawn out of the darkness and the Day Star will shine in our hearts.”  I know I paraphrased that verse a little bit but I didn’t change the meaning.  God is saying that Christ will dawn in our dark hearts and light them up with His light and cause us to be the children of the light.  Let me give you one final scripture from Romans 13:12 God tells the church “the night is far spent and the day is at hand, let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light”.  All of the key elements are mentioned, day, night, darkness and light.  Where do you stand today?  The Day and Light symbolism goes through out the New Testament.  You are welcome to study it and find out how the physical characteristics of the night and day are  symbolic of the spiritual conditions of men’s hearts.

So we have established the identity of the symbolic night and day as being the spiritual condition of men’s heart.   In our next lesson we will continue to expand the identities of the other symbolic elements that we have found in these verses.

Genesis 1:14-19 Day 4 Part 2

sun_07We can learn something very important for us to know, if we pay close attention to the wording of verses 14 and 16.  In reading these verses of day 4 we can easily see that God is speaking of two lights, but yet God does not name the lights or call them by their usual referenced names of the sun and the moon.  They are referenced in a general or generic way of just two lights.  In verse 16 they are called two Great Lights.  But this time it distinguishes them and qualifies them as one being much greater than the other one.  We are told the greater light will rule the day and the lesser light will rule the night.  It is not difficult to figure out that God is speaking of the Sun and the moon.  So why doesn’t God call them by their usual names?   This is just one technique that God uses to conceal the truth in the Bible.  There are many other methods, but we will only address this one here.  I call this God’s way of hiding the truth in plain site.  To make the truth harder to find God often times refers to the same object or subject by different names and/or descriptive terms.  So many Bible teachers have missed this fact and as a result have taught several things in error.  But I won’t get into that.  Here is a most valuable lesson for your Bible study, when searching for a subject in the Bible, try to think of every possible title, name, or descriptive quality to search for.  Use your Bible search program to look for these and it will go much faster.  By finding all of the verses that you can about a specific subject you are much more likely to learn the truth and not fall into error.

Here is where we start to get into the prophetic side of the scriptures concerning day 4.  I told you much earlier that the 1st Chapter of Genesis contains a lot of symbolic references, much like the book of Revelation is covered with symbolism throughout.  Knowing this we can now begin to learn something that will help you in your Bible study tremendously.  What does the symbols of the sun and the moon represent?  If you recall I also told you that the days of creation were a prophetic timelines into the future.  So what happened on the 4th day or around the 4000th year of our history?  We know that Jesus Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem, he then grew up 30 years and then ministered for 3 years, was crucified by the Roman soldiers, died and then rose again after 3 days.  The fourth day of creation is giving us a prophetic view into the coming of Jesus Christ and the basis for why he came.

So what does the Sun represent?  I will tell you that the Sun represents our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In 2nd Peter 1:19 Jesus is referred to as the “Day Star” that will arise in our hearts.  What is the Day Star?  Just another name or title for the Sun.  Get it?  In Revelation 22:16, Jesus himself is speaking to the church and He calls Himself the “Bright Morning Star”.  What is the Bright Morning Star?  Of course it is another name or title for the Sun.  You do understand that our sun is just our closest star?  I think I’ve given you enough references but here is one more that I will close this lesson with.   In Malachi 4:2 God prophecies that the “Sun of Righteousness” will arise with healing in His wings”.  Who is the Sun of Righteousness, of course it is Jesus Christ.