How the Bible Comes Alive for Our Time
Lessons from Genesis, Chapter 1
Lorraine Day, M.D
The Bible is just as relevant for our time as the day it was written, thousands of years ago. The first five books of the Bible, which obviously include the book of Genesis, were written by Moses who lived from 1526 B.C. to 1406 B.C., 3,500 years ago.
The lessons God has given us to learn in just the first chapter of Genesis are profound and overwhelming, when God opens our eyes to understand truth.
Let us begin with Genesis 1:1.
Satan Destroys God’s Perfect Creation
In a beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.
Yet the earth BECAME (not “was”) chaos and vacant, and darkness (abussos) was on the surface of the submerged chaos. (Literal translation)
There is no word for “was” in the Hebrew.
The word here, in Genesis 1: 2 (“and the earth was without form, and void”) is actually the word “became” (hayah in the Hebrew, #1961 in Strong’s Concordance). Every time this word is used elsewhere in the Hebrew Scriptures (ALL 67 times), it is ALWAYS translated “became” including the following texts:
Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man BECAME a living soul.
Genesis 2:10 “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and BECAME into four riverheads.”
Genesis 19:26 (Speaking of Lot’s wife) “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she BECAME a pillar of ash (not “salt”).
This is blasphemous to God to suggest that His creation was not perfect to imply that God creates a world that is chaos and vacant. It is Satan not God who “creates” chaos and emptiness. In this instance, as in many other instances, the translators have put the character of Satan on the face of God and the whole Christian world has embraced the lie.
As we have learned in our study, “Does Forever Really Mean Forever?” the word darkness in Hebrew is the word abussos (abyss) in Greek, which is the word translated as “bottomless pit” in Revelation 9:1,2,11 referring to where Satan is symbolically “chained.”
Thus, we know that Satan was the one who caused the earth to “become” chaos and vacant. We can track Satan’s whereabouts by understanding these words in Hebrew and Greek.
God did not create the earth as “chaos and vacant.” He created it perfect. It was Satan who came along and destroyed it before God re-created it and created humanity and the animals, fish and birds.
“For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not empty or a waste, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord and there is none else.” Isa 45:18
Everywhere you see the word abussos, you know that means Satan is there, or has been there.
God’s Breath of Holiness NOT “Holy Spirit”
And the Spirit (breath) of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The word translated “spirit” in Hebrew (ruwach - #7307 in Strong’s Concordance) is actually the word “breath.”
It is the word used here in Genesis 1:2 (incorrectly translated as “spirit”) as well as in Genesis 6:17 where it is translated correctly as “breath.” This shows that the “Holy Spirit” is a mistranslation of God’s breath of holiness.
“And behold, I, even I, am bringing a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, where is the breath (ruwach, #7307 in Strong’s Concordance) of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die.” Genesis 6:17
And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.
Genesis 1:1 speaks of God’s original creation of the earth before He created man and animals. This is the first of a total of five eons of time (See “Does Forever Really Mean Forever?”) before humanity enters eternity.
Vs. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
All 24-hour Days begin with the Evening Before
Vs. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The Sabbath begins on Friday Evening at Sundown
All 24-hour days, including the Seventh-day Sabbath, begin with the evening. The Sabbath is to be kept from evening until evening (Friday night at sundown until Saturday night at sundown).
“. . . from even unto even shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.” Lev 23:32
Preparation for the Flood (the beginning of Rain patterns)
The flood came approximately 1400 years after creation. But preparation for it was made at creation when the waters of the firmament were separated. There were waters under the firmament and waters above the firmament.
Vs. 6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament (expanse) heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
When the flood came, the water canopy surrounding the earth that kept the earth at a constant perfect temperature was disrupted causing torrential rains on the earth. In addition, the water reservoirs under the earth exploded upward contributing to the flood.
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” Genesis 7:11
God’s Proof Against Evolution
All the vegetation created by God reproduced “after his kind.” There was no “upward mobility” to a higher species as is claimed by the evolutionists.
Darwin used the words “extreme imperfection” to describe the “gappy” nature of the fossil nature. “Gappy” indeed. So “gappy” that his theory falls flat. Darwin also said that if his theory of evolution was correct, there would be “transitional species” found in great numbers. However, so far, there has not been even ONE “transitional species” found.
Vs. 9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so.
And God called the dry land earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the third day.
God Arbitrarily Creates the Seven-day Week
Vs. 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days, and years:
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the nigh: He made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.
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.
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
God created the sun and moon for “signs and seasons.” Indeed, the earth’s movement around the sun designates the “year.” And moon designates the month. And the sun and moon together designate the 24-hour day (darkness and light).
God tells us when He will Return at the Second Coming
But there is nothing in the heavens that designates the 7-day week. That was arbitrarily designated by God, Himself, to tell us every week when He is coming back. Because each day of creation symbolizes 1,000 years of this earth’s history.
In 2 Peter, Chapter 3, the author is writing of the Second Coming of Christ:
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
“And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep (our ancestors died), all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4
Here is another reference to the emergence of the theory of evolution Scoffers in the end times (which are now) will say, “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” They will deny the massive changes caused by the flood, such as Grand Canyon, and the many different layers of sediment caused by the flood. Evolutionists misconstrue these layers as evidence of billions of years of “evolution” when in fact, they were caused precipitously by the flood.
Peter interrupts his narrative to give us the “secret” of the time of the Second Coming of Christ, in 2 Peter 3:8:
“But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
Then Peter continues again speaking of the Second Coming of Christ:
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10
Will the Millennium be on the earth or in heaven?
Obviously, if the elements melt, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up, it will be uninhabitable by human beings for the millennium.
Many take 2 Peter 3:9 out of context and interpret it to mean that God is outside of time, and time means nothing to God. But that is untrue. God deals with humanity in “time” always. He has designated a “time” for everything: a time for the flood, a time for Him to come to earth as a baby, a time for Him to be crucified, and a time for His Second Coming. And ALL the prophecies in the Bible have a very specific “time.”
God created the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. So, since a day (of creation) represents a thousand years of this earth’s history, Jesus will return to earth when the earth is 6,000 years old, which will begin the 7th 1,000 year millennial “rest.” When Jesus comes, the righteous will be taken to heaven, and the unsaved will be all be dead on the earth. Satan and his evil angels will be “bound” on earth by a “chain” of circumstances, with no one to tempt. He and his evil angels will have to live in the mess they have created.
More Evidence Against Evolution:
Both the sea creatures and the fowls of the air “bring forth after their kind.” None of them move up the supposed “evolutionary ladder.”
Vs. 20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly about the earth in the open firmament of heaven
And God created great whales (sea creatures), and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly: after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind; and it was so.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: And God saw that it was good.
God Denounces New Age, Wicca, and Witchcraft
New Age, Wicca and Witchcraft all worship the earth. They believe that animals are equal to man when it comes to living on this earth. But God proclaims otherwise. He tells man that he has dominion over every living thing on the earth.
Vs. 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
God created Adam and Eve as One Being
Vs. 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
God created one being (“in the image of God created He him”) but that human being was both male and female (“male and female created He them”). Later, in Genesis 2:21-24, God explains how He took the “angular organ” - (literal translation) (not the rib) the female reproductive organs from Adam and formed Eve.
That’s why men have nipples a reminder that God created Adam and Eve as one being.
God created Adam and Eve initially as one being to show that when a man and woman marry, they shall be “one flesh.”
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
The institution of marriage given by God in the Garden of Eden represents God’s relationship to humanity. Adam represented God, and Eve represented humanity.
That’s why two of the same gender, man + man, or woman + woman, won’t work. Because God created Male and Female as ONE being. That’s the only combination that can merge into “one being” in marriage.
That’s why former Congressman Barney Frank, who just “married” his gay male partner, is incorrect. It will never work because it is contrary to God’s plan.
God is revealing to us that we (humanity) are His bride, and He is our husband. And we must be joined spiritually to God just as a husband and wife are joined physically to each other “The two shall be one flesh.”
We are to be as close to God spiritually as a man and wife are close physically.
Why Population Control Won’t Work
The NWO/Jewish/Illuminati is against “filling the earth.” They plan to exterminate at least 5 1/2 billion people from the face of the earth in the next 10-15 years. This will be done by wars, famines, disease brought on by corruption of the food supply, vaccinations, GMO’s, droughts resulting in the inability to grow food as well as insufficient water to drink, abortions, euthanasia through denial of healthcare for the elderly, and disabled, etc.
But God’s plans are different. He said, “Be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth.”
Vs. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Why Carbs are Good for You
God Provides the Ideal Diet for Both Animals and Man a Vegan Diet!
The body runs on carbohydrates complex carbohydrates as in fruits, grains, and vegetables but not refined carbohydrates such as Twinkies and HoHo’s.
When God created the earth, everything was perfect, and nothing died. Both animals and man were vegan vegetarians, subsisting on God’s Ideal Diet of fruits, and grains in their natural form.
Vs. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.
After sin entered, vegetables were added to the Ideal Diet.
“And unto Adam God said, Because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
“Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;” Genesis 3:17,18
Before sin entered, Adam and Eve didn’t have to “work to eat.” They plucked the fruit from the tree and the grain from the field.
But after sin, God gave them menial work. Life became hard which is necessary to build character.
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. . .” Genesis 3:19
“And it was VERY good.”
After each day of creation, God pronounced it “good.” But after He created humanity “in His own image” and when He saw the entirety of His creation all six days of it He pronounced it “Very Good.”
Vs. 31 And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was VERY good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
The Ultimate Affront to the Theory of Evolution
God Creates the Holy Sabbath The Sabbath is a Memorial to His Creation
Verses 1-3 of Genesis, Chapter 2, should be included in Genesis 1. Those who separated the Chapters and Verses of the Bible, hundreds of years after the Bible was written, clearly got it wrong here.
Vs. 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
And on the Seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested (stopped) on the Seventh day from all His work which He had made.
And God blessed the Seventh day, and made it Holy because that in it He had rested from ALL His work which God created and made.
God created the Seventh-day Sabbath Saturday as His Sabbath, a day for us to spend with Him, to get to know Him and His character.
If Christians had been keeping the Saturday Sabbath continuously down through the ages, since creation, there would be NO “theory of evolution” because the Saturday Sabbath is a Memorial to God’s Creation.
The Saturday Sabbath is also the Mark of God’s authority that He is worthy of our worship because He created us and owns us. Look at the Fourth Commandment:
“REMEMBER, the Sabbath day to keep it holy (because God knew everyone would “forget.”)
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work
“But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, (male employee), nor your maidservant (female employee), nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates (which includes any of your house guests.)
“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is (an obvious reference to Creation),and rested the seventh day: wherefore, the Lord BLESSED the Sabbath day, and made it HOLY.” Genesis 20:8-11
God’s Fourth Commandment the Seventh-day Sabbath Commandment is a mark of His authority. A king signs documents, then seals them with his “seal of authority” which includes his title King and his territory, the nation or area over which he is king.
God’s mark of authority is in the Fourth Commandment in the center of the Ten Commandments. It tells us WHY He has the authority to rule over us and why He has the right to be worshipped. His “mark” of authority contains his Title Creator and the area over which He has the right to rule: “the heaven, earth, sea, and all that in them is.”
If ALL people worshipped on the Seventh-day Saturday Sabbath, they would not be led astray into the belief in the theory of evolution. They would remember every Saturday Sabbath that God is our Creator and we must worship Him on HIS day.
God tells us we must “Stop” stop from our routine work, stop our employees from working, even stop our animals from working (farm animals, etc.). Everyone needs one day of rest from their routine work, and one full day to spend with the Lord.
Unfortunately, practically the entire Christian world has thrown out God’s Holy day, the Saturday Sabbath, choosing instead to follow Satan and worship on the pagan day of the Sun god Sunday!
But Jesus said, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Matt 12:8
The Seventh-day Saturday Sabbath is the day God, Himself, has set aside to spend with us. Yet, practically the entire Christian world has rejected God’s great gift and has chosen Satan’s day instead, a day in which they attend Sunday church for an hour or so, then spend the rest of the day doing their own pleasure.
So, in addition to keeping the wrong day, they refuse to keep it holy in the way God commands by refraining from doing their own pleasure!
It is true that the present-day Orthodox Jews go to synagogue on the Seventh-day Sabbath but their observance of the Sabbath is according to thousands of oppressive rules of the Talmud, the rules that Jesus so strongly rebuked, making the Sabbath a burden instead of a Joy.
There are enormous blessings in worshipping God on the Seventh-day Saturday Sabbath.
“If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My Holy Day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the Holy of the Lord, honourable: and shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:6
The Sabbath is also God’s Memorial to Redemption
In Deuteronomy, Chapter 5, the Ten Commandments are repeated. But in this version, as opposed to the version in Exodus, Chapter 20, the Fourth Commandment (The Sabbath Commandment) is re-worded. It reads:
Keep the Sabbath day holy, as the Lord thy God has commanded thee.
Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
But the Seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant (male employee), nor they maidservant (female employee) , nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates (house guests). That thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
And remember that thou was a slave in the land of Egypt (“Egypt” represents “sin” in the Bible), and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore, the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day.
When Jesus died on the Cross, He redeemed the world from sin, therefore He commands us to keep the Seventh-day Saturday Sabbath holy as a Memorial of His redemption of the whole world.
What a pity that those who keep the pagan day of the sun Sunday as their “holy day” are unable to partake of God’s wonderful gift of His presence, the gift of learning to know God, up close and personally.
Without spending one day a week, the Seventh-day Saturday Sabbath, with the Lord, studying His Word and His creation, there is no way to get to know Him well enough to Trust Him with everything in our life.
The word for “trust” in the Bible (pistis in the Greek) is the same word translated faith and belief, and the Bible says:
“Without Faith (trust, belief), it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6
And without Faith (trust, belief) it is impossible to get well from a serious disease.
“And He (Jesus) did not many mighty works there (in Nazareth where Jesus was raised) because of their Unbelief.” Matt 13:58
God has given us the precious gift of the Seventh-day Sabbath for our good. Why would any Christian reject it?
“The Sabbath was made for man (humanity). . .” Mark 2:27
When God opens our mind to truth, the Scriptures become completely relevant for our time. In one chapter, in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, God has revealed to us the following:
- Creation is true. Evolution is false. Everything “brings forth” “after his kind.”
- The week is comprised of 7 days. (During the French Revolution, an attempt was made to annihilate God from their culture, so they switched to a 10-day week. But it was a failure. It is impossible to change what God has created.
- The Ideal diet is a vegan vegetarian diet for both man and animals. Even today, scientific studies show that Vegetarians live 10 years longer than meat-eaters.
- The New Agers and practitioners of Wicca and Witchcraft are dead wrong when they worship the earth, as are those in the New World Order.
- Environmentalists are dead wrong when they say that the animals on the earth are equal to man. God has given man dominion over the animals.
- Worshipping on God’s Holy Sabbath the Seventh-day Saturday Sabbath gives us time to spend with our Creator, to learn to know Him, to learn to trust Him, and to receive His wonderful blessings of wisdom and health.
The whole world is suffering from sickness and premature death. The whole world is being deceived by the environmentalists and the evolutionists and orthodox medicine.
How different it would be for them if they had the wisdom to understand how to be well, and the wisdom to discern the difference between truth and deception.
How different it would be for them if they kept holy the Seventh-day Saturday Sabbath!