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The Last Trumpet

Here I Am, Send Me

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the “last trumpet”. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

Years ago shortly after I gave myself to Jesus when I first started out to truly deep dive and immerse myself in The Bible, I recall speaking to “seasoned” brothers and sisters in Christ about an event called “the rapture”. I had no idea what to think of it. I remember thinking to myself…“wow, this is crazy and these people sound nuts! How in the world do these people believe The Bible is some kind of science fiction movie?” However, many years have passed and now I can firmly say I wholeheartedly believe in the rapture and passionately hold fast to it.

When I decided to really set out to gain a deeper understanding of eschatology I made a point to myself to look at the scriptures with an objective mind set because I was given a plethora of various different views on when the rapture would take place. Post tribulation, mid tribulation, pre tribulation…some even told me halfway between the beginning and mid tribulation. So I guess you could call that a “mid-mid tribulation” rapture?While others said The Bible does not speak of any event known as “the rapture” at all. What was one to think? I was thoroughly confused to say the least. To be completely honest, early in my walk with Christ I heavily leaned towards a post-tribulation rapture view, but since then, the closer I’ve gotten to Him the more things have changed and become more clear.

A large amount of those I spoke to who did believe in the rapture seemed to always hinge their viewpoint on the timing of the event based on “a trumpet”…“the last trumpet”. The following is what I’ve concluded based on my objective studies of biblical eschatology in terms of the “the last trumpet”. To preface, I do not see any scriptural support of a mid- tribulation rapture at any time throughout all of God’s holy word. I’m sorry, but I just do not see it anywhere in The Bible so I will focus on the pre-tribulation vs. post-tribulation viewpoints only.

It’s very common to run in to folks who will typically front load a post tribulation rapture viewpoint on claiming the “last trumpet” is the same last trumpet of The Book of Revelation. Except there is no “last trumpet” in The Book of Revelation. The trumpet that a massive amount of the post tribulation camp connects to in Revelation is never referred to as a “last trumpet” at all or even “God’s trumpet”. Instead it’s an “angel’s trumpet”…

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:

The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
 (Revelation 11:15)

There is no mention of a “last trumpet” anywhere in The Book of Revelation. The “catching up” or “removal” of the church is detailed in Revelation 4 before the tribulation period. This is detailed by Christ Himself to the apostle John. This is nowhere near the events of the 7th angel’s trumpet.

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this. (Revelation 4:1-2)

We don’t know whether John was given a vision while imprisoned in Patmos or experienced the actual event of the rapture himself. Can Jesus take an individual and place this person in a future event to actually be there and experience it? Sure. He’s not “in time” like you and I. His power and glory is undoubtedly non linear. Has Jesus ever taken someone into Heaven without translation through death? Yes! Who are Enoch and Elijah? In any case, this is clearly the rapture in view here at some moment before the 7 year tribulation period. How do we know, because Christ then proceeds to show John all the events that “must take place after this” meaning all the events of the tribulation period.

Throughout the entire chapters in Revelation that the tribulation period is detailed in its entirety, from beginning to the end, the church is never mentioned. The second coming of Christ is not mentioned anywhere near the events of the 7th angel’s trumpet as well. In fact there are 7 more judgements that succeed the first 7 “trumpet” judgements in the form of 7 “bowl” judgments. The “last trumpet” is a call to raise the dead in Christ first, and then to gather those who remain living on earth into the presence of the Lord. The “7th angel’s trumpet” is to close out a series of seven judgements unleashed upon the world only to be followed up by seven more judgements. The trumpet call before the rapture and the 7th angel’s trumpet scripturally do not coincide at all. In the end, these “trumpets” do not harmonize in any way.

In Corinthians Paul spends most of the time detailing a connection between the new covenant and the Feasts of Israel. For example, in 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 he talks about the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread and shows how this is fulfilled in Jesus’ death. In chapter 15:20-24 he speaks about the Feast of First Fruits and how this was fulfilled with Jesus’ resurrection. Then in 1 Corinthians 15:51 he talks about the “last trumpet” and connects that with the resurrection and rapture of the church. This is simply a fulfillment of another Jewish feast – the Feast of Trumpets. So the 7th angel’s trumpet and Paul’s “last trumpet” are NOT the same trumpet. At this point in time the Corinthians would only know of trumpets from the Old Testament as the Revelation of Jesus Christ was not penned until 96 A.D. Many years after Paul writes his letter to Corinth.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:30-31)

Another “trumpet” post-tribulationists tend to widely utilize is the “loud trumpet call” of our Lord’s angels upon His return to The Mount of Olives. He comes in the clouds for the entire world to see after the whole earth is ravished by the destruction of God’s divine wrath to vanquish “the kings of the east” at Armageddon. Who is “His elect from the four winds?” Well, in order to understand this we will have to look to Isaiah…

He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11:12)

We know Isaiah was not speaking of the Babylonian captivity because Judah was placed in a localized geographical location under the rule of Babylon. So Isaiah is referring to a future event. Numerous times throughout the Old Testament Israel is referred to as God’s “elect” through the usage of the Hebrew word “bachar” which means “to choose” or “chosen”. This means each and every time in the Old Testament we read about “God’s chosen people” we are literally reading about “God’s elect”. The “elect” from the passage above in Matthew 24 encompasses both the “completed” Jews who come to Christ during the tribulation and the remaining Gentiles who also get saved.

“The four winds” are mentioned all throughout scripture and are always in reference to the north, south, east, and west corners of the earth. So a portion of “His elect from the four winds” are “the remnant” of Israel God has reserved to come out of the tribulation who remain terrestrial. They do not receive “glorified bodies”, and are recruited from every corner of the earth to conquer “the kings of the east” along with Christ, His “army” (the angels), those who accepted Christ during the tribulation that were martyred, the Old Testament saints, and of course…the church. All of whom come in the clouds together to touch down and terrestrially assemble. Later “His elect from the four winds” will enter the Lord’s millennial kingdom in their non “glorified” earthly “suits” and will live very long lives. The Bible tells us that 100 years old will still be considered young (Isaiah 65) and that anything less than a mortal person living to 100 will be considered a “cheat” or some translations state “accursed”. They will also give birth to many children. The church will also be among them in the millennial kingdom in eternal “glorified bodies”.

In conclusion, my studies have led me to see a definitive difference in “the last trumpet” that signals the rapture, and the trumpets that are detailed in The Book of Revelation and Matthew 24. They are simply of no relation to one another, and signify complete separate events. “The last trumpet” detailed by Paul to the Corinthians is a sudden, rapid “moment”… “in the twinkling of an eye”. The 7th angel’s trumpet will be heard for days…

…but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:7)

The rapture is an “appearance” in the clouds for the church only. Seven years then pass culminating in the return of Christ which will be a literal “touchdown” upon the earth for the whole world to see at a very specific location.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him. (Jude 14-15)

Scrambled Eggs

Bruce Cooper

Isaiah 5:20 NASB
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

If ever we lived in a time when that which is deemed by God’s Holy Word as good, being called evil, and that which is deemed by God’s Holy Word as evil, being called good, it has to be now.

And, to make things even more problematic, the sources for the opposing perspectives are not shallow and simplistic, but rather they run deep and are complex. Cases can be made for each differing perspective and depending upon the mind set that is absorbing and being persuaded by the source material, the case for each can be equally convincing. And to further complicate this problem, there are multiples of opposing perspectives, each of which cascades into another, so that a connecting string of opposing perspectives takes form as a convincing mindset. 

Proverbs 16:25 NASB
“There is a way which seems right to a person,
But its end is the way of death.”

The dividing lines are being erased so that one cannot be esteemed from another and confusion and discord reigns. There no longer is a distinct white and yellow color per se, but the mingling of a new lighter colour emerges which supplants that which used to be. Intolerance is mixed in with tolerance, with intolerance taking the lead. Subjective reasoning takes precedence over objective reasoning, because at the root of man’s reasoning, objective reasoning that conflicts with subjective reasoning, is rejected, because it comes from God. Good is not good and evil is not evil. Light is not light and darkness is not darkness. 

Self-gratification leads to self-elevation, and many there be that pursue this broad road. New revelations with imparted blessings and anointings readily abound.  The supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are peddled and declared available at our will for all .

Matthew 7:22-23 NASB
“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

Anyone who underestimates the ruler of this world, does so at their own peril. This song he has been weaving has been under construction for a long time and we are now coming into the crescendo, the birth pains have begun in earnest.

Ephesians 6:10-17 NASB
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly placesTherefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Emphasis is mine.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

Utah School District Bans King James Version Bible Due to “Violence and Vulgarity”

By Anthony Scott Jun. 2, 2023

The Davis School District in Utah has removed the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible from the shelves of every school level in the district besides high school.

According to Fox 13 News, the KJV Bible was banned due to it not being “age appropriate” and because it contained “violence and vulgarity.”

In total 8 elementary and middle schools banned the KJV Bible.

A spokesperson for the district stated the Bible “does not contain sensitive material as defined by Utah Code but still pulled it from certain schools because of age appropriateness.”

The Davis School District has removed the Holy Bible from several school libraries “due to vulgarity or violence.”

— FOX 13 News Utah (@fox13) June 1, 2023

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Per Fox 13 News:

The King James Version of the Bible has been removed from many Davis School District schools after a committee found it contained “vulgarity and violence.”

A district review committee recently decided to pull the Bible from all schools other than at the high school level. According to a district spokesperson, the committee actually determined the book “does not contain sensitive material as defined by Utah Code,” but still pulled it from certain schools because of age appropriateness.

In March The Gateway Pundit warned readers Davis County School District was on the verge of banning the Bible due to a far-left parent claiming it was the “one of the most sex-ridden books around.“


AUDIO Where Is Your Well Of Vitality ?

By Rev Bill Woods

Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) — I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Often in Bible times and even as late as mid-evil times castles and cities would be built surrounded by big walls, but often their well would be outside the walls.

This wasn’t a good arrangement because their enemies could tamper with and even poison the well.

Some Christians today have their spiritual well outside the wall where Satan and others can poison it.

You need to move your spiritual resources inside where they’ll not be spoiled by outside influence.

A Hen and a hog passed a church and saw the sermon title: “HOW CAN WE HELP THE POOR?”

Hen, “We can give them a ham and egg breakfast.”

Hog; “You can say that because for you that’s just a contribution, but for me it’s total commitment.”

In John 17 Jesus is praying for His Followers and prays John 17-19: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is the truth.  And as you have sent me into the world so I have sent them into the world.  And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

In Sanctification God doesn’t ask for a contribution; He asks for a commitment.

People stumble over that word, Sanctification.  It means cleansed and filled with the Holy Spirit and set apart for God’s Holy use.

Baptists preach the same experience only they call it “Being Consecrated to God.”

God wants us to be cleansed vessels for His use.  He won’t use a dirty vessel.

When I was a pre-teen our Junior Choir Director said she was thirsty and wanted  a glass of water.  To save time I brought a glass of water from the Church furnace room rather than go all the way to the Fellowship Hall kitchen.

When I brought it to her, she would not drink it because the glass was smudged and looked dirty.

I’m reminded that God doesn’t want dirty contaminated vessels to use in His Kingdom either.  He wants clean vessels fit for His use.

The Apostle Paul dealt with this experience in Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The commitment God asks for is both an act and an attitude.

It begins as a crisis and continues as a process of growth and maturing……After I have repented and asked God to forgive my sins I find I still struggle with fleshly desires.

God wants me to surrender myself completely to Him by letting go of my rebellious spirit that demands my way and quarrels with doing things God’s Way.

Paul said in Romans 7:15b: “for I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”

In Romans 7:19 he says, “for I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”

Verse 24: “Wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?”  

Check Romans 7 and 8 to learn how Paul struggled with these issues before he found that the answer came by dying out to self and selfish ambitions and coming alive to Jesus Christ by making a total commitment to God’s Will.

By asking the Holy Spirit to cleanse and fill him.

Please read that portion of scripture for Paul’s complete explanation of this struggle and how to resolve it.

General William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army, was asked the secret of his spiritual power.  He replied, “God has all there is of me.”

He had put everything on the altar no strings attached — not taking it off and putting it back on during mood swings.

This involves more than casual giving; it’s total commitment.  It’s an act of consecration out of which comes a lifelong attitude of surrender to God.

That’s where victory lies in our Walk with Jesus!

When told he was going blind, William Booth said, “I’ve done what I could for God with my eyes.  Now I’ll do what I can without any eyes.”

First Century Believers turned to Christ with the full understanding they were espousing an unpopular cause that could cost them everything even their life.

Shortly after Pentecost some were jailed, many lost all their earthly goods, not just a few were killed, hundreds were ‘scattered abroad.’                                                                                                                      

Teen-age girl and Roman Senator – “Can’t you hear those lions? You can save yourself by just putting 3 drops of oil in the receptacle pledging to follow Caesar.”

She said, “Can’t you hear the angels?”         

I’m told that he fell in line with her.                                                                                     

Those early Christians could have escaped by the simply denying their faith and turning back to the world — This they steadfastly refused to do.

Many died Martyr’s deaths, but they entered into Heaven victoriously and found whatever they had to face to get there was more than worth it!

To win converts, we’re tempted to play down the difficulties of being a Christian and play up the peace of mind and worldly success enjoyed by those who accept Christ.

We’ll never be completely honest with our hearers until we tell them the blunt truth that, as members of a race of moral rebels, they’re in a serious jam — one they’ll not get out of easily.

If they refuse to repent and believe on Christ, they’ll perish and end in Hell.

If they do turn to Jesus, the same enemies that crucified Christ will try to crucify them.

George Muller said, “There was a day when I died, utterly died, to George Muller, (as he spoke, he bent lower and lower until he almost touched the floor), to his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to the world, its approval or blame of even my brothers and friends.  Since then, I’ve studied to show myself approved only unto God.”

This wasn’t a mere contribution.  IT WAS TOTAL COMMITMENT!

The death to self one experiences in the crisis of entire sanctification is to find extension in the “lived out” death of a consecrated life.

It’s to die to self and selfish ambition in order to live for God and make His Will your will.

Philippians 1:21 — For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

This kind of consecration is a kind of martyrdom on the installment plan — a daily living out of that consecration.

This is what Paul pleaded for the Romans for in Romans 12:1– I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 

All through history God has had His martyrs — people who died for the cause of Christ.

But His greatest need is for living martyrs — people whose lives are given in daily service for the cause of Christ.

Frances R. Havergal wrote:

Take my will and make it Thine;

It shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart; it is Thine own;

It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my God, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee.

That’s the key to the Holy Life — Total surrender!

Most people can’t go that far!

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another solder. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son. About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.  He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I’m the soldier your son gave his life to save.. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art. The young man held out his package. “I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would’ve wanted you to have this.”  The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young soldier.   

He stared in awe at how the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. “Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.”                                                                 

The father hung the portrait over his mantle.                                                                                            

Every time visitors came, he took them to see the portrait of his son before he’d show them any of the other great works he’d collected.

The man died a few months later.

There was to be a great auction of his paintings.                                                                                   

Many influential people gathered, excited to see the great paintings and have an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

The painting of the son sat on the platform. The auctioneer pounded his gavel.

“We’ll start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?”

There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted. “We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.”  But the auctioneer persisted. “Will someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?”

Another voice shouted angrily. “We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!”

Still the auctioneer continued. “The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?”

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room.  It was the long-time gardener of the man and his son. “I’ll give $10 for the painting.”                    .     –

Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. “We have $10, who will bid $20?”

“Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.”                                                                                    

“$10 is the bid, won’t someone bid $20?”

The crowd was getting angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. “Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!”

A man sitting on the second row shouted. “Now let’s get on with the collection!”

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. “I’m sorry, the auction’s over.”

“What about the paintings?”

“I’m sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will.  I wasn’t allowed to reveal that stipulation until now.

Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. 

The man who took the son gets everything!”

What a picture of sanctification — total surrender!

Those who hang on to the world will lose everything.

Luke 9:24 — For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

Those who accept the Son will gain Eternal Life!

Mark 8:36 — For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

Where is your well of spiritual vitality?

Is it outside where it can be tampered with by others or is it inside where it is accessible only God and you?


There is Still Power in the Blood

Don't believe in the Devil? 

That's exactly where Satin wants you. He and his demonic hosts are working hard to deceive you because he knows his time is running out and he will soon be cast into the bottomless pit. One pastor told me to leave Satin alone because "If we leave him alone will leave us alone." That's dumb because he doesn't intend to leave you or your family alone. You must learn how to stand against him. 

In this book you will find how:

-Demons enter in the first place.

-How to be set free from demonic bondage.

-How to stay free.

-Pit falls Satin hopes you will fall into so he can destroy you and your family.

-How to have a close walk with Jesus Christ and enjoy victory in your life. 


Free Range and Organic

Here I Am, Send Me

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God. (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)

If you’re someone like me then you enjoy food…immensely. Especially food you know very well that’s bad for you. As a result of my “knowledge” of this temptation that myself and my wife share we choose to predominantly engage in a healthy nutritional protocol but will occasionally indulge in unhealthy meals. Does eating healthy in any way make us more spiritual, a better Christian, or closer to God than our fellow brothers or sisters in Christ in any way, shape, or form? NOT AT ALL. This way of thinking was so prevalent in the days of the early church that Paul had to dedicate an entire section of his letter to the Corinthians to it.

The passage above indicates that it is absolutely possible to be right about something in your mind, but be absolutely wrong in the Kingdom of God. Paul is very clear that “knowledge” tends to “puff up”. It’s human nature, and when we have a certain “knowledge” we tend to look down on others that we see do not. The Way is heart knowledge not head knowledge.

What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them. (Matthew 15:11)

Even Christ Himself says that food is a neutral point in The Kingdom. It’s a “grey area” of scripture which Paul spends an extensive amount of time preaching about in his epistles. Subject matters that do not have a definitive answer in The Word. There are many objective truths in The Bible, but there are also many “grey areas” and one’s nutritional preferences is one of them. In Corinth, Paul conveys that even if you and I have a certain “knowledge” about food we should not be enforcing that “knowledge” on the person who does not possess the same “knowledge”, or does, and they simply don’t care because he or she feels they have the freedom to eat whatever they want to eat. However, there is a caveat to the “free” Christian in that if their “freedom” is a stumbling block to the Christian that abstains then they should be able to display sacrificial love and not partake in their “freedom” when in the presence of the abstaining Christian. None of this applies to children however whom we are teaching how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. (Colossians 3:20)

Instead this directly applies to those who are able to make a decision based on their own discernment. My wisdom is not your wisdom, and when it comes to neutral “grey areas” of The Way then I should not enforce my wisdom on to others. Why, because it’s not my job to instill my wisdom on a “grey area” onto someone else… it’s Gods’, and I need to trust in the Lord. I need to trust that those who I notice who are not “eating” in the same fashion as I am that He will instill wisdom in them for their own good and that it’s not my responsibility. Each and every portion of the body of Christ is different from one another. There is no portion of the body that is identical. Just like our physical bodies, our parts have major differences or there are slight variations but no body part is precisely the same. Our relationship with Him is like a fingerprint. We all have them, but none of us share the same fingerprint.

As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body. The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without. The parts that we think are less important we treat with special honor. The private parts aren’t shown. But they are treated with special care. The parts that can be shown don’t need special care. But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any. In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy. You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:20-27)

So if Christ and Paul are both very clear that food does not defile us then what are we to think of this?…

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

There are some who use this as their “ammunition” when attempting to educate or enlighten someone else who may not share the same view of this passage in terms of their nutritional preferences. This is a great example of using text out of context, and why it’s so important to understand the “background” of scripture. Without it you’ll end up pulling passages out of The Bible and using them to “fit” into your own lifestyle preferences or agenda. When Paul was conveying this message about our bodies being “temples” he was in the midst of a church that was practicing rampant sexual immorality. There was homosexuality within the church. There were men marrying their mother in laws. Church members were participating in sexual acts of “worship” with temple prostitutes to worship pagan gods as well as Christ. In other words this church was the very definition of “woke” and they were proud of it. They enjoyed proclaiming… “look how tolerant we are!”

There were also legal matters taking place as in church members were suing each other left and right within pagan judicial branches. There were also church members who believed they were more righteous because they didn’t eat foods that were dedicated to pagan gods and deemed the foods “defiled” and “unclean”. Just as we have members of the church today who will not go anywhere near pork or meat for that fact because of a “misguided” implementation of works based Levitical food laws into their faith. There were also false prophets abound and members “speaking in tongues” that were obviously not edifying the church and instead elevating themselves. Paul had to tell the church at Corinth that this was not The Way.

So when applying the “treat our bodies like the temple” attitude to our lives what Paul was conveying was to not be sexually immoral, don’t practice incest, stop suing each other and work it out like children of God, abstain from false zeal of spiritual gifts, and last…stop telling each other what to or what not to eat. Yet, when we abuse our bodies through poor hygiene, substance abuse, self-harm, or junk food addiction in a gluttonous manner we are not taking good care of His temple. Eating unhealthy is not sin in itself, but when we continually stuff ourselves with it to the detriment of our bodies, our bank accounts, and our witness, it may have become an idol.

But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. (1 Corinthians 8:8)

The Reliability of the Old and New Testaments

Bruce Cooper

The reliability of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible is a topic of significant interest among scholars. While it is impossible to provide an exhaustive summary, I can highlight some key points that demonstrate the reliability of these scriptures. It’s important to note that scholarly opinions may vary, and this condensed summary aims to present a balanced perspective. These examples demonstrate external evidence that corroborates or aligns with the historical events and figures mentioned in the Old Testament, providing further support for its reliability.

Reliability of the Old Testament:

  1. Manuscript evidence: The Old Testament has been preserved through an extensive manuscript tradition. The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in the mid-20th century, include fragments of almost every book in the Old Testament, dating back to around 150 BCE. These manuscripts demonstrate remarkable textual consistency, with only minor variations.
  2. Archaeological evidence: Archaeological discoveries have repeatedly confirmed the historical accuracy of many details and events described in the Old Testament. For example, findings such as the Tel Dan Stele and the Moabite Stone mention figures and events mentioned in the Bible, providing external corroboration.
  3. Prophecies and their fulfillment: The Old Testament contains numerous prophecies that were fulfilled in historical contexts. For instance, the prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar and the later return of the Jews to their homeland.
  4. Multiple independent sources: The Old Testament comprises various books written by different authors over several centuries. These writings often overlap in their accounts of events and provide multiple perspectives, enhancing their historical reliability.
  5. The Merneptah Stele: The Merneptah Stele, an ancient Egyptian inscription dating to the 13th century BCE, mentions Israel as a people group, providing early external evidence of Israel’s existence in Canaan. This supports the biblical account of Israel’s presence in the land during that time.
  6. The Tel Dan Inscription: Discovered in northern Israel, the Tel Dan Inscription is an inscription from the 9th century BCE that refers to the “House of David.” This is the earliest known reference to King David, affirming the existence of a Davidic dynasty as depicted in the Old Testament. The Tel Dan Stele is an ancient inscription discovered in northern Israel in 1993. It contains a reference to the “House of David” and describes a military victory by an Aramean king. The reference to the “House of David” is considered to be the earliest non-biblical reference to King David, providing external confirmation of his existence and the historical accuracy of biblical accounts.
  7. The Sennacherib Prism: The prism of the Assyrian king Sennacherib, discovered in Nineveh, contains an account of his military campaign against Judah during the reign of King Hezekiah. It aligns with the biblical narrative of Sennacherib’s invasion and the subsequent deliverance of Jerusalem.
  8. The Babylonian Exile: The Babylonian Exile, during which the Israelites were taken captive by the Babylonians in the 6th century BCE, is widely attested in both biblical and non-biblical sources, including Babylonian records and the archaeological discovery of clay tablets known as the “Prism of Nebuchadnezzar.” The archaeological evidence supports the historical events described in the Old Testament regarding the Babylonian Exile and the subsequent return of the Jewish people to their homeland. Excavations at sites such as Babylon, Susa, and Jerusalem have revealed artifacts and inscriptions that align with the biblical accounts of the exile, the fall of Jerusalem, and the later return under Persian rule.
  9. The Cyrus Cylinder: The Cyrus Cylinder, an ancient clay cylinder from the 6th century BCE, contains an account of the Persian king Cyrus the Great’s conquest of Babylon and his decree allowing deported peoples, including the Jews, to return to their homelands and rebuild their temples. This aligns with the biblical account of the Persian king’s decree to allow the Jews to return to Jerusalem.

Reliability of the New Testament:

  1. Early manuscripts: The New Testament has a large number of early manuscript copies, dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries. The gap between the original writings and the earliest manuscripts is relatively small compared to other ancient texts, increasing confidence in the accuracy of the transmitted text.
  2. Eyewitness testimony: The New Testament documents claim to be based on eyewitness accounts or information from those who had direct contact with the events they describe. The Gospels, for example, are attributed to individuals who were either disciples of Jesus or closely associated with them. The New Testament contains several passages that claim to be based on eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life, teachings, death, and resurrection. The inclusion of specific details and personal testimonies enhances the reliability of the Gospels and other New Testament writings.
  3. External historical references: The New Testament contains references to historical figures, events, and places that are attested in non-Christian sources. For example, Roman historians like Tacitus and Jewish historian Flavius Josephus mention figures such as Jesus, Pilate, and the early Christian movement.
  4. Manuscript consistency: While there are variations among the New Testament manuscripts, they are predominantly minor and do not significantly affect the core teachings or historical events described in the texts.
  5. The Pauline Epistles: The letters attributed to the Apostle Paul in the New Testament provide valuable insights into the early Christian movement and its teachings. These letters were written during the first century and contain details about Paul’s interactions with other apostles, his travels, and his theology. The consistency of the Pauline Epistles with other New Testament writings and their conformity with known historical events enhance their reliability.
  6. The Pilate Inscription: In 1961, an inscription bearing the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who presided over Jesus’ trial, was discovered in Caesarea Maritima. The Pilate Inscription provides archaeological evidence for the existence of this historical figure mentioned in the New Testament.
  7. The James Ossuary: The James Ossuary, an ancient burial box, attracted attention in 2002 due to the Aramaic inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” engraved on it. While there were debates about its authenticity, subsequent studies have supported the possibility that it may be genuine, lending support to the existence of Jesus and his family members.
  8. The Empty Tomb: The empty tomb of Jesus is a central element of the New Testament accounts of his resurrection. While the empty tomb itself cannot be directly proven, its inclusion in multiple independent Gospel narratives adds credibility to the historical reliability of this event.
  9. The Expansion of Early Christianity: The rapid spread of Christianity in the first few centuries after Jesus’ death is attested in both biblical and non-biblical sources. Early Christian writings, such as the letters of Paul, along with external references by authors like Tacitus and Pliny the Younger, provide evidence for the growth and influence of the early Christian movement.

It’s important to consider that these points are a broad overview, and there are nuanced discussions and debates within biblical scholarship. Scholars may differ on specific details, interpretations, or the extent of historical accuracy. Nonetheless, the evidence mentioned above provides a basis for considering the Old and New Testaments as historically reliable texts. These observations pertaining to the historical accuracy of the Old and New Testaments, as noted above are not mine. They originate and have been quoted from the noted biblical scholars identified below.


  1. Evans, C. A. (2007). Ancient texts for New Testament studies: A guide to the background literature. Hendrickson Publishers.
  2. Kitchen, K. A. (2003). On the Reliability of the Old Testament. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.
  3. Blomberg, C. L. (2016). The historical reliability of the New Testament: Countering the challenges to evangelical Christian beliefs. B&H Publishing Group.
  4. Ehrman, B. D. (2011). The New Testament: A historical introduction to the early Christian writings. Oxford University Press.
  5. Kitchen, K. A. (2003). On the Reliability of the Old Testament. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Faust, A. (2012). Israel’s Ethnogenesis: Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance. Routledge.
  6. Luckenbill, D. D. (1924). Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia. University of Chicago Press. 
  7. Finkelstein, I., & Silberman, N. A. (2001). The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts. Simon & Schuster. 
  8. Briant, P. (2014). From Cyrus to Alexander: A History of the Persian Empire. Eisenbrauns
  9. Finkelstein, I., & Silberman, N. A. (2006). David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible’s Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition. Free Press.
  10. Dunn, J. D. G. (1998). The Theology of Paul the Apostle. Eerdmans.
  11. Lipschits, O. (2006). The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem: Judah under Babylonian Rule. Eisenbrauns.
  12. Rahmani, L. Y. (1971). A Catalogue of Jewish Ossuaries in the Collections of the State of Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority.
  13. Golan, O. (2009). The Quest for the Historical Jesus in the Light of Archaeology. In The Galilee in Late Antiquity (pp. 717-749). Brill.
  14. Habermas, G. R., & Licona, M. R. (2004). The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Kregel Publications.
  15. Bauckham, R. (2006). Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.
  16. Stark, R. (1996). The Rise of Christianity: A Sociologist Reconsiders History. Princeton University Press.

  1. Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

VIDEO Outrageous! Children’s Choir Stopped Mid Performance Singing National Anthem at US Capitol, Capitol Police Claims it is a Prohibited Form of Protest – January 6th Whistleblower

By Jim Hoft Jun. 2, 2023

Screenshot: Christina Chapman Heffernan/Facebook

In a shocking turn of events, the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir was interrupted and stopped while singing the National Anthem in Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol.

The children, part of the esteemed Rushingbrook Children’s Choir, had traveled to Washington, D.C. last Friday, May 26th, for a scheduled Capitol tour and had received prior approval to sing a short set of patriotic songs inside the historic Statuary Hall.

However, as their angelic voices filled the grand hall while singing The Star-Spangled Banner with pride, Capitol Police rudely intervened, insisting that the children stop singing immediately. The abrupt interruption stunned the young performers, the choir director, and the assembled audience.

The Capitol Police did not allow the young children to finish the song and sought to explain to the choir director that singing the national anthem at the nation’s Capitol is considered a form of protest.


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South Carolina’s representatives, Russell Fry, Joe Wilson, and William Timmons, were involved in granting the choir approval to enter the Capitol and had given their support to the performance.

Congressman Joe Wilson, although unable to attend the event himself, expressed his disappointment upon learning of the incident. He promptly engaged with his staff to resolve the matter, but unfortunately, no immediate resolution was reached at the time.

“We’ve been stopped in the middle of the Star Spangled Banner while here in the Capitol even though we were approved for this concert,” said Christina Chapman Heffernan.

“Certain Capitol police said it might offend someone/cause issues. We respect authority but we should have been allowed to sing because of the multi-level approval we already got from 3 representatives involved: Russell Fry, Joe Wilson, and William Timmons,” she added.

“The visit and Choir performance was all planned and approved… but it’s possible that there was some type of “permit” or communication mixup,” said Matthew Leys.

“Either way… the kids sang brilliantly; Capitol Police not even letting them complete the song and trying to explain that singing the Anthem could be considered a form of protest is telling and embarrassing; when you need a permit to sing your National Anthem in your nation’s Capitol, something’s gone wrong,” he added.

The incident raises concerns about the necessity for a permit to sing the National Anthem, a symbol of unity and national pride, within the very halls that represent American democracy.

One concerned citizen commented, “You are U.S. citizens in a public place exercising the right of free speech. Stopping the kids from signing the national anthem is no different than stopping you from waving the U.S. Flag. You were clearly denied constitutional rights—an issue you can sue in civil court over.”

The incident is now under investigation. Efforts are underway to gather further information surrounding the interruption and address the incident properly.

“We’re working on gathering info for now. We’d gotten permission from some SC congressmen and had also gotten it cleared by the Speaker of the House’s office. Once we have more info, we’ll know better how to proceed,” said Debbie Baughman Davis when asked who to address about this appalling interruption by Capitol police.

SC State House Representative Adam Morgan issued a statement regarding the incident, “The fact that our National Anthem could ever be considered “offensive” in our nation’s Capital is a stinging reminder of the challenges we face as a Republic…”

Hat Tip Andy Schlafly

LIVE-STREAM VIDEO: Former US Capitol Police Lt. Tarik Johnson Blows the Whistle on January 6th at 7 PM ET

By Brian Lupo Jun. 1, 2023

Tonight at 7pm, join Badlands Media and The Gateway Pundit as former US Capitol Police Lieutenant Tarik Johnson discusses the January 6th protest and why the US Capitol Police were wildly unprepared.

Tarik Johnson resigned from the US Capitol Police after more than 23 years of service after the events at our Capitol on January 6th.

He previously appeared on Tucker Tonight on FOX News to tell portions of his story.  However, given recent developments and discoveries, there is new information that needs to be heard by the citizens of this country as well as our elected representatives.

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Join us tonight here at 7PM EST as we explore how to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6th!


Every Electric Vehicle Enriches Communist China.


President Biden’s policy requiring 67 percent of all new vehicles sold in the United States by 2032 to be electric vehicles (EVs) will only continue to benefit the Chinese monopoly over the market.

China has become the largest electric vehicle battery producer in the world by “figuring out how to make battery components efficiently and at lower costs,” explains the New York Times.

China is, moreover, the world leader in the manufacturing of EVs by some distance. By 2030, China will manufacture more than double the number of EVs than all other nations combined.

Most of the raw materials that support the batteries are refined by the Chinese Communist Party, such as lithium, manganese, cobalt, graphite, and nickel, compared to the United States, which has “little processing capacity” for raw materials.

The most important component in an EV is the cathode – a battery’s positive terminal which is responsible for costs and range – and yet the United States manufactures one percent of them.

To meet Biden’s strategic goals, therefore, the United States must depend more on the Chinese for its EV supply.

As Scott Kennedy argues, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), “[t]here is no way anybody is going to become successful in electric vehicles without having some type of cooperation with China, either directly or indirectly.”

Preach the Word: Because It Brings Depth and Balance in Ministry

by John MacArthur  May 15, 2023

This post was first published in January, 2014. —ed.

One frequently overlooked benefit of consistent Bible exposition is that the preacher’s faith and practice is tested by every text. Over the long haul, everything I have ever taught has had to survive the scrutiny of the Scriptures. By God’s grace, I’ve been able to teach through every verse of the New Testament (using the Old Testament for support and examples). Both my doctrine and my life have been radically shaped by the Word of God, as they have had to stand the test of every single text.

In the big picture, preaching verse by verse, book by book brings a divine balance to ministry. It keeps the preacher from leaving things out or from getting on a hobby horse and riding it to death. It forces him to deal with topics he might not naturally be drawn to if not for the fact that the next verse he is preaching addresses them. Put simply, it requires him to teach God’s truth in the way God revealed it. And that’s the best way to teach.

Some preachers allow their audience to determine what topic they will address. As one popular pastor has written:

Adapt your style to fit your audience. . . . The ground we have in common with unbelievers is not the Bible, but our common needs, hurts, and interests as human beings. You cannot start with a text, expecting the unchurched to be fascinated by it. You must first capture their attention, and then move them to the truth of God’s Word. By starting with a topic that interests the unchurched and then showing what the Bible says about it, you can grab their attention, disarm prejudices, and create an interest in the Bible that wasn’t there before. [1]

But such a bait-and-switch approach is really just a recipe for compromise—tempting pastors to tickle the ears of their audience or water down the gospel in an effort to be more appealing. In essence, this approach says that God’s Word is irrelevant, and makes human ingenuity the key to getting sinners interested in the gospel. It is therefore an approach that should be categorically rejected. As James Heidinger writes:

Evangelical pastors and theologians can learn from the mainline experience of placing relevance above truth. We must avoid the lure of novelty and soft sell, which, we are told, will make it easier for moderns to believe. Methods may change, but never the message. . . . We are called to be faithful stewards of a great and reliable theological heritage. We have truths to affirm and errors to avoid. We must not try to make these truths more appealing or user friendly by watering them down. We must guard against a trendy “theological bungee jumping” that merely entertains the watching crowd. [2]

We are called to preach the Bible consistently and accurately, fixed on the text as the revealed Word of God which, through the work of the Spirit, alone has the power to save and sanctify souls. When we do this, we can be confident that God is pleased, since our preaching will be in keeping with His Word (cf. 2 Timothy 2:154:2).

(Adapted from The Master’s Plan for the Church.)

The How, Why, and When of Creation, Part 2

 Genesis 1:4-5 John MacArthur Apr 25, 1999

As you know, we have been doing a series in the last several weeks on the subject of origins.  Obviously this has alerted my mind to our society and perhaps more sensitively than it has been in the past.  And I think it’s safe to say that the lie that the universe as we know it today evolved is the most sophisticated, complex and highly educated lie in existence.  It has, for all intents and purposes, captivated the entire world.  It is believed by the greatest mass of humanity, at least in the western world.  And even though it is impossible and irrational, it is nonetheless perpetuated with great force and with great academic effort.

Modern evolutionary theory has demanded and received almost universal acceptance in the world.  The theory that no one created the universe as it is, but that it came into being by chance and it progresses through constant changes, mutations and transitions upwardly from simplicity to complexity completely through a random process basically rules human thought.

And I suppose we expect those people who reject God and those people who reject the Bible, those people who do not love the Lord Jesus Christ, who do not know Him, those people who love sin, those people who don’t want a moral judge or a moral law, we expect those kind of people to be happy with such a convenient explanation of the way things are.  And I suppose that’s why it’s so shocking that this evolutionary lie has dominated the evangelical Christian community as well.  Theologians and exegetes and Bible commentators have felt it necessary to take the simple explanation of creation in Genesis chapter 1 and basically deny it.

I was reading this afternoon a very established and well-known commentary on the book of Genesis in which that is precisely the view of the author, who says this really doesn’t mean what it says.  God really didn’t mean that He did this in six days; He obviously meant something else because science has told us that couldn’t be the way it is.

Frankly it’s not easy to impose evolution on Genesis 1.  It’s a very difficult task for any commentator or any exegete because there is absolutely nothing in that section of Scripture, or for that matter any other place in the Bible, to allow for such a bizarre interpretation as evolution.  There is absolutely nothing in the text of Genesis 1:1 to 2:3 where you have the creation account that in any way, shape, or form describes anything evolutionary.  Consequently, to impose evolution on Genesis 1 these people have to deny the simple, straightforward, unmistakable, clear, historical account of creation.  And they have to reclassify that creation account as allegory, or as myth, or as legend, or as a non-literal literary poetic style.

They do that to accommodate the Bible to godless, irrational, and impossible evolution.  And again I say there’s nothing in the text to make anyone conclude this is an allegory.  There’s nothing in the text that is in any way poetic in the Hebrew language.  There’s nothing there that sounds like myth or legend.  And so they invent those things to impose godless evolution on the Scripture.

And you ask the question, “Why do they do that?  Why do people who claim to be Christians do that?” Well there are several reasons.

Number one is to be accepted in academic circles.  It’s very important if you’re in a university setting, if you’re in an academic setting, that you not be a creationist if you want to maintain your position, if you want your job.

Secondly, people do that because they’re ignorant of true science.  They don’t really understand science, and where science can go and where it can’t go.  And they have basically been deceived by science, falsely so-called.

And thirdly, I think they may be compelled the same way that Darwin was compelled, and that was by the illusion of appearance.  Darwin developed his whole system on illusory observations that had nothing to do with DNA, nothing to do with genetics; nothing to do with really was going on.

So for those reasons, being intimidated by the academic community, being intimidated by false science, and being somewhat intimidated by observational illusions that have been passed down, they acquiesce and buy into the idea of evolution, which is built on the concept of uniformity.  It is what we call a uniformitarian concept.  That is that everything just continues the same way in this long, multi-billion year process, everything progressing at the very same rate.  They observe uniformity.  They observe things going at a certain pace and they extrapolate out of that that they’ve always gone at that pace and that they therefore had to have started with something very simple and pace themselves at that same speed all the way through until we arrive at today.  That process they assume would have taken up to 20 billion years.

However, the Bible doesn’t allow for any such thing, any such illusion.  In 2 Peter chapter 3 it tells us that mockers come and mockers say this, “Ever since the fathers fell asleep, ever since antiquity, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” And those mockers, who there are basically denying the Second Coming, say nothing changes.  Everything goes along in the exactly the same uniformitarian way.  Nothing changes.  Obviously they affirm creation, but they say since creation nothing has violated a uniformitarian process.

But verse 5 says, “When they maintain this, when they say that everything continues the same, it escapes their notice that by the Word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water.” And he’s referring to creation here, through which, he says, “The world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.  But the present heavens and earth by His Word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

So these people who say everything has always continued as it was from the very beginning have forgotten that there was a time when the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, and another time when it was destroyed by being flooded.  In other words, Peter is pointing to the fact that everything has not continued through a uniformitarian process since the beginning, but rather there have been two cataclysmic events…one, creation, and the other the universal global flood.  There have been immense alterations in the earth as we know it.  Creation itself was cataclysmic.  Originally the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water…and we’ll comment more on that when we go back to Genesis.  And there was a time when the entire globe was destroyed, being flooded with water, which had immense cataclysmic impact on the surface of the earth.

This earth has not gone on in a uniform kind of existence; rather two immense cataclysms have effected its current condition, one being creation itself, and the other being the Flood.  Uniformitarians claim that the strata in rocks, the strata sediment, the fossils and the companion chemistry of geologic dating based on uniformity demand an earth that is billions of years old.  During the early nineteenth century, the central presupposition of uniformitarianism was that the present is the key to the past.  That is that everything went always the way it’s going now, popularized by James Hutton and Charles Lyle, who in turn influenced Darwin.

Uniformitarianism is the belief that the origin and development of all things can be explained exclusively in terms of the same natural laws and processes seen operating today.  Uniformitarianism has been the backbone of modern historical geology and is responsible for the current widespread assumption that the earth is billions of years old.  The uniformitarians insist that all geologic features and formations once attributed to geologic cataclysms can now be satisfactorily explained by ordinary processes functioning over immensely long periods of time.  That’s basically their view.  Scott Hulse, writing in The Collapse of Evolution, gave us that definition.

Creationists, however, have argued against that, saying that geological evidences support not uniformity but cataclysm, and in particular, the surface of the earth demonstrates massive universal hydraulic cataclysm; that is to say, cataclysm related to water.  And at creation there was literally a water-engulfed earth that was reshaped cataclysmically, and at the time of the Flood there was a Flood that covered the earth, again having an immense effect on its formation.  Two very outstanding theologians and scientists, Henry Morris and John Whitcomb, marshalled evidence from known natural processes, including the hydro-dynamic drag of flood water, to demonstrate the necessity of a universal flood to explain the present geological structures of the earth, which cannot be explained from present slow processes.  Frankly, folks, science, true science is not at all on the side of evolutionists.  Widespread geologic phenomenon such as a heavy preponderance of sedimentary rocks and structures all across earth’s surface, including seashells on the tops of the highest mountains, rapid, almost sudden deposits of fossils, and extremely large and deep fossil graveyards, as well as the pressurized formation of coal and gas, all point to a watery catastrophe, not some slow natural process.  And more and more recent studies are confirming this.

Scott Hulse summarizes some of this evidence – just give it to you briefly.  “Creationists maintain the uniformitarian principles simply cannot account for most of the major geological features and formations.  For instance, there’s the vast Tibetan plateau which consists of sedimentary deposits which are thousands of feet thick, located presently at an elevation of three miles above sea level.  The Karoo formation of Africa contains an estimated 800 billion vertebrate animals.  The herring fossil bed of California contains approximately one billion fish within a four-square-mile area.  The uniformitarian concept is equally incapable of explaining the Columbia plateau in northwestern United States, which is an incredible lava plateau several thousand feet thick covering an area of 200 thousand square miles.  Uniformitarianism also fails to offer a reasonable explanation for important geological concepts such as mountain building,” and it goes on and on, and I won’t bore you with it.

All of these things require sudden and dramatic change, rapid burial, and lithification, as it’s called, are essential to the formation and preservation of fossils.  The only possible way you can have seashells on the top of mountains thousands of miles from the sea is if there was once water there.

Douglas Kelly, writing in his book Creation and Change, says, “The uniformitarian assumption that millions of years of geological work extrapolating from present, slow, natural processes would be required to explain structure such as the American Grand Canyon, for instance, is called into serious question by the explosion of Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington on the 18th of May, 1980.  Massive energy equivalent to 20 million tons of TNT destroyed 400 square kilometers of forest in 6 minutes, changing the face of the mountain and digging out depths of earth and rock, leaving formations not unlike parts of the larger Grand Canyon.  Recent studies of the Mount St.  Helens phenomenon indicate that if attempts were made to date these structures, which were formed in 1980, on the basis of uniformitarian theory, millions of years of formation time would be necessarily postulated.  Ironically, one of the centerpieces used to demonstrate uniformitarian chronology, the geologic column, on closer inspection actually witnesses to catastrophism.”  And so it goes.

There are some other interesting indicators of a young universe.  One that I find fascinating is the issue of moon dust.  Before man reached the moon, it was assumed by some scientists who were committed to the paradigm involving a moon probably 3.5 billion years old that there would therefore be a very thick layer of dust on the moon.  One writer, R.A. Littleton, an astronomer and consultant to the U.S. Space Program wrote this: “The lunar surface is exposed to direct sunlight, and strong ultra-violet light and x-rays can destroy the surface layers of exposed rock, and reduce them to dust at the rate of a few ten-thousandths of an inch per year.  But even this minute amount could during the age of the moon be sufficient to form a layer over it several miles deep.”  And so his theory was that the moon was several miles deep in dust.

Now we are told that astronaut Neil Armstrong read about this, and was very concerned that when he stepped out of the spaceship he might sink forever into a suffocating morass of deep dust.  On the other hand, he found very little dust at all.  If the calculations indicating the rate of dust accumulation were accurate, there was not a billion years’ worth of dust; there wasn’t even a million years’ worth of dust.  There was, in fact, only a few thousand years’ worth of dust, if dust is formed in that way by ultra-violet light from the sun.

Another interesting thing is about oil gushers; when oil reservoirs are tapped by drilling, the immense pressure in the reservoir forces up the oil through a kind of spouting geyser.  The great pressure that is still surrounding oil formation is thought by some geologists to testify to a young earth.  A scientist by the name of Dickey and others have published the results on this matter in their research in a volume called Science.  This is what they write: “Studies show that any pressure built should be dissipated, bled off into surrounding rocks within a few thousand years.  The excessive pressures found within oil beds, therefore, refute the notion of their age being on the order of millions of years and argues for the youthful age, something less than ten thousand years, of the rock formation and the oil trapped in it.”

And then I really like this one.  Henry Morris wrote something called Biblical Cosmology and Modern Science.  And chapter six is on the subject of world population and the Bible chronology.  And with painstaking detail and the aid of mathematical equations, he shows how the world population is an indication of the age of the earth.  In a later work called Scientific Creationism, he shows that an extremely conservative average population growth of one-half a percent per year, which is a fourth of our present rate, but let’s, for the benefit of the doubt, split it down to just a fourth, and say that the population grows at a half percent a year.  That would add up to the present population of the earth in only four thousand years.  And according to biblical chronology, that’s right because four thousand years ago was the Flood.

He writes, “It begins to be glaringly evident that the human race cannot be very old.  The traditional biblical chronology is infinitely more realistic than is the millions of years history of mankind assumed by the evolutionists.”  He says, “If they were right, and there were millions of years, the population of the earth now would be ten to the five thousandth power.  And if we eventually were able to colonize all the other worlds in the universe, and to build space cities everywhere in the inter-stellar spaces, it can be shown that a maximum of no more than ten to the one hundredth power people could be crammed into the entire known universe.”

You can look at this issue from the standpoint of honest science and have all of the affirmation you want for a young earth.  Various physical chronometers, chemical measuring items used to establish the earth’s and heavens’ age, you can see real science will yield you an accurate answer if you understand this one thing: that when God created the earth, He created it as it is.  He created it mature.  He created it with the appearance of age.

What do I mean by that?  Well, on the first day He made light and darkness.  On the second day He made the heavens.  On the third day He made the earth.  On the fourth day He made the heavenly bodies that provide light.  On the fifth day He made fish and birds.  And on the sixth day He made land creatures and man.  And He made them all mature, fully developed.  He didn’t create seeds and cells; He didn’t send out one little cell programmed to split itself over and over again over millions of years.  There were no seeds, no embryos, and there was no egg, there was a chicken full grown.  He didn’t start with partial light, and partial gas, and partial electromagnetic field, and partial nuclear energy.  He created a fully mature universe with the appearance of age.  When Adam was made, he wasn’t an embryo, he wasn’t a newborn; he was a full-grown man.  Everything was full grown, fully developed.  The cataclysmic creation of the universe yielded a mature creation with the appearance and the reality of age.

If you found an oak tree in the Garden, and you were a botanist, you might get your little saw, and saw that little oak tree, and you might start counting rings, and you might find that according to the rings in that oak tree it was 400 years old, but it was actually one day old.  It was created fully mature.  And if there were some eagles flying around, they might appear to be 30 years old, but they were one day old.  If there were elephants roaming around, they might have appeared to be many years old, 50, 60 years old, but the fact is they were one day old.  And if there were mountains around, and you saw those mountains, you might have assumed that the mountains, and the canyons alongside of them, and the valleys, and the hills were formed by years of wind, and water, and eruptions, and earthquake, and the fact is it was all made in one day.  And if you looked up into the heavens like Adam did, and you saw the incredible expanse above you, and you wondered how long they’d been there, the answer was 48 hours.  It was sort of like Jesus turning water into wine and there was no process.  He just turned water into wine – instant creation in a split second.

Now as we noted all through this series, evolution is impossible because nobody times nothing equaling everything is impossible.  It’s not only impossible, it’s ridiculous.  And there are no transitional forms, and genetics makes devolution, not evolution.  An alteration in genetics can only be negative; it can only fulfill the entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, and lessen, and it can’t make anything greater.  There isn’t any kind of genetic code that can make a transition.  Any living thing is subject to the genetics that it has and nothing beyond that.  As we have seen, honest geology cannot support an old world, or an evolving world.  The fossil record doesn’t prove age, it proves cataclysm, and so it goes.

And I’m only giving you that just because I’m asking science to be honest in this situation.  But with all of that background, let’s go to Genesis 1 and let’s get the straight story here.

How did the universe come to be what it is now?  Here’s how: verse 1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  The Hebrews had no word for universe.  They had a phrase for universe, and the phrase for universe that the Hebrews used was the heavens and the earth; it simply means the universe.  In the beginning God created, brex nihilo, out of nothing, the universe.  With no prior existing matter, and no prior existing energy, God created the entire universe.

Now, God had no origin.  That’s why in Exodus 3:14, He says, “I am that I am.”  He’s the eternal one.  He, the eternal one, was not always the creator, but at some point in eternity, He became the creator.   

Now, we asked the question last time, how did He create?  And we answered it, by His word.  Verse 3, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light.’”  Verse 6, “And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters.’” And verse 9, “And then God said, ‘Let the waters…’” and so it goes.  And God created by simply speaking it into existence.  That’s how He created.

And when did He create?  He created in six days about six thousand years ago, maybe a little more than that, but something certainly under ten thousand and closer to six thousand.

Now, the question I didn’t answer last time was why He created.  And, of course, the first answer is because He wanted to.  And that’s the best and truest answer.  And the next question is why did He want to?  And the answer to that question is pretty obvious; He wanted to because He intended to display His glory, and creation gave Him another opportunity to put His glory on display to heavenly angels as well as to mankind, who would come to appreciate His great creative power.

In Revelation 4:11 it says, “Worthy art Thou, our Lord, and our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for Thou didst create all things and because of Thy will they existed and were created.”  I told you He did it because He wanted to.  He did it because He wanted to do it.  And He desired to do it for the very reason that eternally in His presence He will be praised and glorified for this immense display of creative power, which puts His majesty and His nature on display.  In Isaiah 43 verse 7, Isaiah 43 verse 20 He says, “I did it for My glory…I did it for My glory.”

And within this creation He made man.  And to take it one step beyond, He not only did it to display His glorious great massive intelligence, massive power, massive wisdom, massive love of beauty and complexity, and yet order and systematization He’s displaying so much about His nature in the creation.  But also in the creation He was given the opportunity by virtue of the creation of man to display something He would have not otherwise be able to display, and that is His grace and His mercy.  And so He did it to put His glory on display, the glory of His creation, and the glory of His redemption.

You could also say that He did it in order to provide a bride for His Son.  I’ve told you before – and I used to think that I had never read this anywhere, and I just, it just hit me when I was studying the Scripture that God one day said to the Son that He loved Him with a perfect love, and said, “I love You so much I want to give You a gift, and so I’m going to create and I’m going to redeem out of humanity a bride for You.  And I’m going to bring that bride to glory, and that bride will be clothed in righteousness and holiness forever, and that bride will bear Your image, and that bride will worship You and adore You and serve You forever and ever.  And that’s My love gift to You as a Son.”  This glorious plan of God to give to His beloved, the second member of the trinity, an expression of love, of eternal, divine love by granting to Him a redeemed humanity who would reflect His glory, and serve Him and praise Him forever.  What an immense thought.  What a glorious thought.  And that’s bound up in the purpose of God in creation.

Well, I hadn’t read that anywhere until I discovered – a little discouraging – a twelfth century writer, Richard of St.  Victor in his classic De Trinitate; he captures the gist of this tremendous truth.  He teaches that the infinite God the Father so loved God the equally infinite Son that He brought into being ex nihilo a finite material world, to be peopled with creatures in the likeness of His Son in order that as the Son’s bride they could share in the beatitude of the divine life in a way appropriate to finite creatures in God’s personal image.  To provide a beautiful bride for His Son, the eternal Father created an entire universe, and in it a world which previously had no existence whatsoever, as the nursery and the home in which the bride would be reared.  Such a stupendous gift from the Father to the Son required an absolute creation out of nothing.  That’s what he taught, and he was right.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  By the way, “in the beginning” launches a previous non-existent reality: time.  It didn’t exist until God created it.  At a certain point in eternity, God spoke the universe into existence, including time.  Time, as well as space and matter, is a creature and servant of God, who made them.

Time is God’s creature.  And time provided the proper framework for creation, day one through day six.  Time is not absolute, space is not absolute, and matter is not absolute.  And time, and space, and matter as we know them will be uncreated.  Before the material realm existed, before there was matter in space, there couldn’t be time.

St.  Augustine put it this way: “With the motion of creatures, time began to run its course.  It is idle to look for time before creation as if time can be found before time.  If there were no motion of either a spiritual or corporeal creature by which the future by which the future moving through the present would succeed the past, there would be no time at all.  A creature could not move if it did not exist.  We should therefore say that time began with creation rather than that creation began with time.  Both are from God, for from Him and through Him and in Him are all things.”

So God created time, along with everything else.  Verse 1 states the general fact.  Then verse 2 to 31 breaks it down into sequence.  Let’s look at day one.  This is really exciting.

Here we are in day one.  Verse 2, “And the earth was formless and void and darkness was over the face of the deep and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness and God called the light day and the darkness He called night, and there was evening and there was morning, one day.”  Or day one, if you like; this is just tremendous.

Now, as day one begins, we find the earth in a very unique condition.  Three phrases are used to describe it.  It was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  Those three give us the condition of creation on day one.

Let’s take the first one, familiar.  “And the earth was formless and void.”  Now, by the way, whenever in Hebrew the subject comes before the verb, it is intended to emphasize something new about it.  A Hebrew might translate this like this, “As to the earth, it was formless and void.”  You have this new planet and as to this new planet which is the focus, and you have a geocentric saga of redemption from here on out till the recreation of the new heavens and the new earth, as to this earth, this new thing, it was tohu wa bohu in Hebrew.

Now, how do you understand tohu wa bohu, form and void, without form and void?  Well, I kind of know what the Christian commentators say, so I went back and got the Jewish commentator, Umberto Cassuto.  And I want to know, what do the Hebrews think of this?  What do the Jewish scholars think about this, and how did they define the etymology of these words?

Tohu means wilderness.  It means devastated place.  It means waste place.  And bohu means empty.  It was an empty waste place.  That makes sense.  It was an empty waste place – hmm.  Could we learn anymore about that than that?  Yes, we can, because tohu and bohu are used together in some other passages of Scripture.  Look at Jeremiah 4:23, this is very enlightening.  Now, here is Jeremiah, and Jeremiah is really heartsick in the twenty-third chapter because he is, he’s really in pain.  In verse 19, “My soul, my soul, I’m in anguish.”  This is a painful period in Jeremiah’s life.  “Oh my heart, my heart is pounding in me, I cannot be silent.”  Why?  “Because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war, disaster on disaster, for the whole land is devastated.  Suddenly my tents are devastated, my curtains in an instant.”  What’s happening here is the destruction of Judah; the destruction of Judah.  And old Jeremiah borrows from Genesis 1 too, verse 23, “I looked on the earth and guess what, it was tohu and bohu.  And I looked to the heavens, and they had no light.”  He borrows the very language of Genesis to describe the condition of Judah under the devastating destruction that was brought upon it by its Gentile conqueror.

It further says, “I looked on the mountains and they were quaking, and the hills moved to and fro,” just total devastation.  “I looked, and behold there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens had fled, and I looked and behold, what was once a fruitful land had become an empty place.”  There’s that word, a wilderness.  “And all its cities were pulled down before the Lord for His fierce anger.”

You know what he’s seeing here?  He’s seeing a land devastated by a foreign army, a land smoldering, burning, a land where the birds have fled away from the smoke and the devastation, a land where there’s nobody left, they’ve been slaughtered, or they’ve been taken into captivity.  So tohu and bohu, Jeremiah helps us understand that.  He borrows the language of Genesis to describe a wasted, devastated place without any inhabitants.  It’s lost its former beauty.  It doesn’t have any form.  It doesn’t have any beauty.  It is desolate and it is empty of inhabitants due to slaughter and flight.

The same phrase is used in Isaiah also, chapter 34 and verse 11.  He talks about the judgment of God coming on the nations here.  Isaiah speaking in verse 1 of 34, “O nations hear, listen, O peoples, let everybody in the earth hear, the Lord’s indignation is against the nations, His wrath,” and so he talks about the devastation that’s going to come when the judgment of God falls on the nations of the world.  And in verse 11 he talks about some things that are going to happen to the animals and so forth, and then in verse 11, the middle of the verse, “He shall stretch over it the line of desolation,” the line of tohu, “and the plumb line of emptiness,” of bohu.  It’s going to be a desolate place and it’s going to be empty of inhabitants.

Now, these words have to do with a waste place, a desolated place without inhabitants; devastation and depopulation, without shape and form, and without inhabitant.  So when you see the words tohu and bohu in Genesis, it’s not some tricky technicality that you’re seeing there; it’s just the word for devastation and emptiness.  It was a waste place and there was no life there.  That’s exactly what it means.  Maybe the best way to say it would be the earth was unfinished as to its shape, and unpopulated.  That’s exactly what it means, and that’s understandable when day one started.

The material was there.  There was time, and there was space, and there was matter, but it was unformed, and unpopulated.  The original created elements mentioned in verse 1: time, in the beginning; the heavens, matter – or the heavens, space, and the earth – matter.  God created them, God spoke them into existence; but yet they were undifferentiated, unseparated, unorganized, and uninhabited.  God had not yet shaped them, and God had not populated the cosmos.  So you have the raw materials mentioned in verse 1: time, space, matter.  They are described, first of all, as unfinished as to shape, and unpopulated as to inhabitant.

Secondly, we further get a description.  Verse 1 says, “Darkness was over the surface of the deep,” and the reason for that is that God hadn’t created light.  And up to this point, throughout all of eternity there was no created light; no created light.  Everything was darkness.

The earth then in this shapeless, to some degree, and in uninhabited form, is engulfed in total, absolute darkness.  There was no light at all, darkness was spread over everything.  That’s what it says, “over the surface of,” and it doesn’t say “the earth,” but of “the deep.”  Well that’s interesting; that introduces another component here.  What is this primordial deep? 

Deep is a synonym used in Scripture for the sea; in fact, look later in verse 2.  Darkness is over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was also moving over the surface of the waters, and here God through the Holy Spirit defines the deep as water.  The word “deep” is used as a synonym for the sea.  You can see that, for example, in Isaiah 51:9 and 10.

So what do we have here?  We have the earth engulfed in darkness, which in touching the surface of the earth touches the surface of water.  So the earth is covered with water.  The entire surface of the earth is water; it’s a deep, it’s a sea, it’s a global, primordial ocean, surrounded by universal darkness.  That is referred to also in Psalm 104, verses 5 and 6: He “established the earth upon its foundations…Thou didst cover it with the deep, as with a garment.”  Like a cloak that covers you, the garment of the earth was water, and it says the waters were standing above the mountains.  The unformed earth was literally covered with water.

In a sense, this is like a potter, who wishing to fashion a beautiful vessel and then to fill it to be used, first takes a lump of clay and places it on the wheel to mold and fit it to his purpose.  So God first gets the raw material, and it is a mix of elements covered with water existing in universal darkness – this before He begins to shape it.  And this, by the way, I think is what Peter, 2 Peter 3:5, meant: “The earth was formed out of water.”  The earth was formed out of water, “and by water,” of course, that being the Flood. 

Proverbs 8:27 says, “He drew a circle over the face of the deep.”  First thing, the matter became spherical.  So God had this ball of elements that would constitute the earth when He shaped it, engulfed in water.

And the third commentary on the state of the earth on day one is most notable: “The Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”  I love this word “moving,” it’s the word “hovering.”  Hovering over this unformed and lifeless material, engulfed in water, and steeped in darkness, was hovering the Spirit of God, ruach elohim, God the Spirit.  And this indicates superintending divine care and supervision.  Job 33:4 says, “The ruach elohim,” the Spirit of God, “has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

This word “hovering” is a beautiful word.  If you want to compare its use to give you an analogy, you can go to Deuteronomy 32:11, just write it down for the moment, and you will find there that it’s used to describe young eaglets in a nest, and young eaglets not capable of feeding themselves, not capable of defending themselves or fending for themselves.  Unable to survive, unable to live, unable to develop and grow. utterly dependent on the care of parents who hover over them, providing food and protection and warmth, so they can survive, and live and grow and develop.  And that’s precisely the imagery here, because the same Hebrew word is used of the Holy Spirit hovering over this undeveloped, unformed, lifeless mass of matter in space, covered by water, engulfed in darkness.  And the Spirit of God is hovering over the surface of this earth, the brooding of the Spirit of God over the waters.

Listen – that is a major detail in the creation account and not a minor one.  It demonstrates, for one thing, that the biblical worldview of God is that He is directly involved in His creation.  His hand is never lifted from the elements and the working of the material order.  His presence is there superintending, hovering over that.  This is the antithesis of this philosophical deism that says God is like the originator of the creation, He wound it up and then walked away from it, or theological dualism, which sees a gap between a good God and spirit and a bad world and matter.  But rather you have the living God superintending, brooding over, hovering over the waters, being directly in charge of the entire process of creation.  You go through the Bible, you will find that the Spirit of God is the source of all life.  “By His Spirit He ordered the heavens,” it says in Job 26.  Psalm 33, as we noted a week ago, “the breath of God is in me,” and many other Scriptures.  “By the word of the heavens, by the word of the Lord,” rather, Psalm 33:6, “the heavens were made and all their hosts, and by the ruach of His mouth,” the Spirit of His mouth – and many other Scriptures.  So the Spirit of God provides the energy to shape, and organize, and bring life; this is the work of God.

The first thing that happens creatively after the original material is in verse 3, day one.  “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”  Now, scientists can fuss, and fume, and fuddle, and muddle around for decades and centuries trying to figure out where light came from, and all you need is one verse.  There was no light, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  The one who is uncreated light brought into existence created light, the one according to 1 Timothy 6:16 who dwells in unapproachable light commanded created light to exist in the place where there was only darkness, and light came into existence.

Again, Douglas Kelly says, “The speaking into existence of the created light is the first of a series of three separations accomplished by the creator which were essential to making the chaos into a cosmos.  On day one, light separates day and night.  On day two, the firmament separates the upper waters from the earth, constituting an atmosphere or breathing space.  On day three, the waters below the heavens are collected into seas, and thus separated from the dry land.  These three separations show the mighty hand of God shaping and organizing the dark, watery mass in the direction of a beautiful garden, a fit and lovely dwelling place for plants, animals and mankind.”

And with the creation of light, there was established a cyclical succession of days and nights, periods of light and periods of darkness.  As we shall see looking here in verse 5, He called the light day and He called the darkness night, and you have the cycle of night and day.  That means the earth immediately began rotating on its axis, and there was a source of light on one side of the earth corresponding to the sun, which wasn’t created until later, and there was darkness on the other side of the earth as well.  God created light and there was light, simply because God told it to exist.  Or God, I guess like a man who came to arrange various things that were scattered in confusion in some dark room, before he does anything else, turns on the light.

In verse 4, “God saw that the light was good.”  God saw that the light was good.  Now, that statement gets repeated in verse 10, verse 12, verse 18, verse 21, verse 25 and verse 31.  Everything that God created was good, right?  Everything that God created was good.  And the end of it, verse 31, He sums it up, “And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.”  Now, the works of the creator could only be good, so that doesn’t surprise us at all.  Everything He made was good.

Now God – when God says it was good, that’s a pretty high standard.  God Himself is the original standard of what is good, and He said it is good; it is good.  The standard of goodness is not outside of Himself.

Long ago a man named Novatian captures this point in a third century statement on God.  Listen to what he wrote in the third century, obviously translated into English: “What could you possibly say, then, that would be worthy of Him?  He is more sublime than all sublimity, higher than all heights, deeper than all depth, clearer than all light, brighter than all brilliance, more splendid than all splendor, stronger than all strength, mightier than all might, more beautiful than all beauty, truer than all truth, more enduring than all endurance, greater than all majesty, more powerful than all power, richer than all riches, wiser than all wisdom, kinder than all kindness, better than all goodness, juster than all justice, more merciful than all mercy.  Every kind of virtue must of necessity be less than He, who is the God and source of everything.”  What a great statement.

The incomparable goodness of God demands that all light, dry land, seas, various kinds of animal life, everything there was, was good; was good.  The reason it’s bad is not because of God, but because of the Fall, and the rebellion of man, the corruption of His totally good creation.  But it started out good.  And verse 4 says, “And God separated the light from the darkness.”  That’s why Isaiah 45:7 says, “God is the one forming light and creating darkness.”  This starts the cycle of days.  He separates the light from the darkness.  He created the light, but didn’t destroy the darkness.  It was never His desire as the creator that there be perpetual light, not at all; but that both darkness and light would operate consecutively, and that was good.  And that they would operate consecutively for given periods in an unchanging cyclical order.  He made it so because it suited His creative plan.  It suited His plan to have the earth revolving, to have light and to have dark.

And in verse 5 He gave them names.  “He called the light day, and the darkness He called night.”  And so it was, and so it has always been.  Since the first day there has been light and there has been darkness.  There has been day and there has been night.  And that constant cycle of light and darkness, day and night, has defined the character of this universe and this earth since day one.  And verse 5 says, “And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”  When daylight passed, the period allotted to darkness came, and it was called evening; and when night passed, the period allotted to light came, and it was called morning; and with that comment, the Bible indicates the completion of the first day ever.  And on that day what was created?  Light.  Light.

You say, “But how could there be light without the sun?”  I don’t know.  If it said so I would know.  But you certainly don’t believe that God couldn’t create light, but could create the sun to give light.

That’s a pretty spectacular first day, isn’t it?  Just in case something might think this was some evolutionary process, emphatically, says verse 5, “And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”  That’s a literal translation of the Hebrew.  Not one billion years, one day.  One cycle of light and dark, evening and morning, and creation is launched.  I can’t wait till we get to day two next week.

The English poet by the name of John Dryden with great imagination wrote a song for St. Cecilia’s day; he wrote it, I think, in about 1687.   And this song, magnificent song about creation was later put to music by George Frederick Handel.  I will leave the music aside and just read you the lyrics.  This is what John Dryden wrote with great imagination about creation.

“When nature underneath a heap of jarring atoms lay, and could not heave her head, the tuneful voice was heard from high, ‘Arise, ye more than dead.’  Then cold and hot and moist and dry in order to their stations leap, and music’s power obey.  From harmony, from heavenly harmony this universal frame began, from harmony to harmony through all the compass of the notes it ran, the diapason closing full in man.  As from the power of sacred lays, the spheres began to move, and sung the great creator’s praise to all the blessed above.  So when the last and dreadful hour this crumbling pageant shall devour, the trumpet shall be heard on high, the dead shall live, the living die, and music shall untune the sky.”

Brilliant stuff, but that’s how it’ll go.  This glorious creation, corrupted by the Fall, will some day in its corruption find its uncreation, and then will be created a new heaven and a new earth, never forever to know corruption.  We’ve lived here, and bless God, we’ll live there.

Father, we thank You for the power of Your Word, for its clarity.  We thank You for this straightforward accounting of how it all started on day one, just a relatively few thousand years ago when You spoke light into existence, and took the first step toward the universe and the earth as we know it now.  We give You all the praise.  You are our creator.  You have made everything that has been made and without You has nothing been made that is made.  We thank You for creating, and for that purpose of creating in order that You might give man a world to live in, that You might choose from Him a bride for Your Son to bring to glory.  We thank You for that great overwhelming purpose for creation.  We thank You that You’ve made us a part of it.  We’re filled with awe and praise, and we thank You for our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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