Faith
Wednesday June 13, 2006
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
6000 years ago the earth began?

Earth’s Last 6000 Years comes in three notable 2000 year segments and we begin by asking ourselves: Was it 6000 years ago that earth began and what is it that influences our thinking, science, scripture or religious tradition? Perhaps all three affect how we view it.

Scripture shows Christ being here 2000 years ago and 2000 years earlier takes us back to Noah’s Flood and 2000 years before that God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Journeying back to the Garden does not take us back to earth’s beginning as both God’s Word and science show it to be older than that. Carbon date testing of rocks show earth dating back millions of years and fossilized animals exist today that took millions of years to fossilize.

Science and God’s Word take us back to a time known by us as Eons, a time that has no beginning or end.

The Age of Eons preceding Adam and Eve are but one of the reasons that nowhere in scripture will you see earth’s age shown in years. Genesis 1:1 KJV addresses The Beginning but does not make note of any number of years passing since earth began:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

God has no beginning so earth’s beginning has to be somewhere during His time, give or take a million years.

And dates confuse many; perhaps it is because “was” in Genesis 1:2 KJV was mistranslated. The translators mentioned having difficulty translating some of the words:

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

Your Strong’s Concordance shows “was” to be an incorrect translation and when reviewing “Hayah”, the Hebrew verb being translated, you observe that it should have been translated “Became”:

Hayah: a primitive root (compare 'hava'' (1933)); to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): beacon, altogether, be(-come), accomplished, committed), cause, come (to pass), happen

“Come to pass” says it all and when you insert “became” for “was”, verse two reads:

And the earth “became” without form, and void; and darkness came upon the face of the deep.

God did create earth perfectly but afterwards something happened.

“Becoming without form and void” takes us back into the Eons, a time when this darkness appeared; it is this “Age” that prevents

 

 

 


 

you from measuring time passing between verse one and verse two.

And common sense dictates that God never would have wasted time creating earth void and without form. Learning why earth became void requires that we go to Jeremiah 4:17-18 KJV where God is talking to Jeremiah about what happened in the Age That Was:

As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord.

We are the “she”, the “keepers of a field” that rebelled against God:

Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

And this bitterness reaching into our hearts caused God to turn against us; Jeremiah 4:19 KJV shows God’s anger so strong that He is unable to hold His peace as the Alarm of War sounds :

My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trump, the alarm of war.

It was large numbers of us joining Satan and his wicked ways that brings the Sound Of The Trump; Jeremiah 4:20 KJV, shows God crying destruction:

Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

We spoiled all that God had worked for! “Curtains in a moment” is showing His swiftness in deciding to take earth’s beauty that He had created for us, from us:

And Jeremiah 4:22 KJV shows us choosing Satan and evil over God to be the reason:

For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

Jeremiah 4:23-24 KJV shows God beholding Earth without its form and trembling:

I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.

These were sad days for God as Jeremiah 4:25 KJV tells what He sees:

I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

No man, no birds, some see this verse as addressing The Flood Of Noah. That cannot be for God’s purpose in sending this Flood was to rid earth of the gibbowr (giants) and not to destroy life. The dove returning to Noah with a live olive branch in her mouth shows life continuing forth.

Jeremiah 4:26-27 KJV now shows God’s fruitful earth as a broken down wilderness, all because of the fierce anger that we brought Him:

I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.

God was angry enough to destroy life on earth but not to end things and judge us:

For thus hath the Lord said,

The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.

God continues life for us in this age and He will rejuvenate earth to its original beauty when He returns after the millennium to judge us. There happens to be an on line site called Ash Falls Nebraska and it connects us to the Age That Was. It is a site with exhibits of animals that roamed the Earth millions of years ago showing them smothered and buried by a sudden storm of ash. More than a foot of this fine powdery glass dust is still there in Nebraska and this ash is what took life away.

Included are the fossilized remains of a Saber Tooth Tiger being preserved by the ash that smothered it. Can you imagine Saber Tooth Tigers roaming in Nebraska millions of years ago?

Was Earth created 6000 years ago? Ash Falls and we understanding the first two verses in your Bible say no!

Is your view of a doctrine proclaiming that earth is only 6000 years old beginning to change?

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about where you were before being placed in the body that you now reside? Then know that the soul residing in your Flesh Body today is the same soul residing in your Spiritual Body then.

Also, have you considered that being born again in the flesh may be your one and only opportunity to show God the kind of stuff from which you are made?

 

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com