THE PRESENT EARTH

The six days' work as described in Gen. 1: 3-31 is not a description of how God made the Original earth, but how He restored it from its "formless and void" condition to its present state. If the Flood of Noah's day was only local and affected only that section of the world, then the geography of the restored earth was probably the same as that of the earth today.

THE SEVEN DAYS OF THE RESTORATION WEEK

Era of Matter
1. DAY-WORK, COSMIC LIGHT
2. DAY-WORK, READJUSTMENT OF THE ATMOSPHERE
3. DAY 1 WORK, DRY LAND REAPPEARS
               2 WORK, VEGETATION REAPPEARS

Era of Life
4 DAY-WORK, SOLAR LIGHT RESTORED
5. DAY-WORK, CREATION OF FISH AND FOWL
6. DAY 1 WORK, CREATION OF LAND ANIMALS
             2. WORK, CREATION OF MAN
7. DAY-NO WORK, THE SABBATH




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THE FIRST DAY
Gen. 1:2-5
"And the Spirit of God moved (brooded) upon the face of the waters. And God said, LET THERE BE LIGHT: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the 'First Day'."
When the time came to restore the earth to a habitable condition, God began by reversing the process He took to make it uninhabitable. The Spirit of God "brooded" over the watery waste, and God said-"LET THERE BE LIGHT."

God did not create the light, the word for create is not used. God simply said-"Let there be light," just as one might say-"Turn on the light." This light was not sunlight, for the clouds did not break away and permit the Sun to shine on the earth. That did not happen until the "Fourth Day." The light was doubtless "Electric Light," similar to the Aurora Borealis or North Lights, for we now know that Electricity is one of the primary forces and has always been in the atmosphere, although we have only in recent times learned how to harness it and compel it to light our cities. The incandescence of the atmosphere, and it doubtless was very strong and brilliant, generated a vast amount of heat that melted the icy covering of the earth and formed water, that, being evaporated, formed vaporous clouds that prepared the way for the work of the "Second Day." The change from "Darkness" to "Light" caused God to call the "Darkness" NIGHT and the "Light" DAY. Thus the earth passed out of the "Night" of its history into the brightness of its "Resurrection Day," and as each day's work was an advance on the previous day's work, each day begins with an evening and ends with a morning.

Used with permission of the Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate, P.O. Box 334, Glenside, PA 19038, U.S.A., 215-576-5590



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