“1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” (Revelation 1:1-3) Consider the following video, as it relates to the times that extend from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.
Christ In Prophecy, The Beginning And The Ending, Dr. David R. Reagan (video above)
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A discussion follows of the road that we will be taking “to and through revelation.” This topic relates to Creation and Sabbath
We’ve all heard the warmly remembered song of the 1965 musical, “The Sound Of Music,” that begins with the following words: “Let’s start at the very beginning, A very good place to start.” So, as we begin our travel on the road to, and through, Revelation, it is probably good to “start at the very beginning,” which is definitely “a very good place to start.” Let’s also start with competent authority for the scriptures that I will be using.
2 Timothy 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”
All scripture is inspired by God, which means it is literally, “God breathed out.” If you do not understand that God is the competent authority for the scriptures that follow, nothing that follows will mean anything to you.
Genesis 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 5 And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
8 And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Genesis 2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Creation of Man and Woman
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Let’s consider the six days of creation, and the seventh day which we know as “The Sabbath,” or better, “The Lord’s Sabbath.” Consider the discussion that is provided by “got.Questions.org.”
Question: “What does it mean that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath?”
Answer:The phrase “the Lord of the Sabbath” is found in Matthew 12:8,Mark 2:28, and Luke 6:5. In all three instances Jesus is referring to Himself as the Lord of the Sabbath or, as Mark records it, “The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28). In these verses, Jesus is proclaiming that He is the One who exercises authority even over the rules and regulations that govern the Sabbath day.
Following the first mention of The Seventh Day, in Genesis 2:2, until its second mention, in Exodus 16:23, is a time frame of 2513 years, per the Scofield Study Bible. The date that is provided by Scofield for Exodus 16 is 1491 B.C., which is the first time that the word, “Sabbath” is used to identify “the seventh day,” which means that no Sabbath worship occurred during those 2513 years.
Exodus 16:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Sabbath Observed
22 Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 then he said to them, “This is what the Lord meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.”
It is important to know that the Sabbath was given as a special sign between God and the people of Israel, who are the descendants of Shem. Shem was one of the sons of Noah, through whom the Jews became “God’s Chosen People.” (Study the ancestry that is shown from Genesis 10:1 through Genesis 12:3.)
Exodus 31:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever;
Deuteronomy 7:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”
A consistent usage of “six days” follows.
Exodus 20:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.”
Exodus 24:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“The glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud.”
Exodus 31:15-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”
Exodus 34:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest.”
Exodus 35:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holyday, a sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.”
It is clear that when Moses documented the six days of creation, he meant for each day to be a literal “24 hour day.” From Genesis 1:1 through Exodus 35:2, (our scripture references) the Hebrew word, “yowm,” is used to identify the word “day.” The Strong’s identifying number for each of those identifications of “day” is 3117. The consistency of the word “yowm, 3117” can not mean billions of years. As I mentioned in the opening of this post, competent authority is needed to understand the things that I am writing. The words of 2 Timothy 3:16 verify that the words of the Bible are “breathed out from God.” But, let’s consider if the writings of Moses (chosen by God to write Genesis through Deuteronomy) were in agreement with the words of Jesus (who is “God with us,” Matt 1:23).
John 5:46-47 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
It is true that Jesus agreed with Moses, in everything that Moses wrote. Therefore, Jesus agreed with Moses that six literal days were used by God to create our world. We might even ask a question that needs to be brought into this discussion:
“Does God need a Rolex?”
God is not confined to time; He created time.
I will not go into other theories of creation, such as evolution, big bang, or gap. I will repeat God’s Holy Word, “In the beginning God created.” (I won’t beat this horse any further).
We have had a “start in the beginning.” Stay with me as I share my thoughts about the continuing ride “that we are on.” But to give you some food for thought, I would like to offer a spiritual math exercise for you to consider.
Genesis 3:15 + Romans 8:28 = Revelation 21:1-5, and following.
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