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
THE FIRST DAY
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
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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