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Gen 1:3-5 "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."

Notice all God does here is speak - he doesnít DO anything. He said, "Let there be light: and there was light." The light simply appeared at the command of God, at Godís words. We have a Bible full of Godís words. There are lots of promises and lots of warnings. We do well to pay attention. In this book we can get a glimpse of who God is, his character and attributes, his warnings and promises, and his word is just as powerful today as it was in the first verses of Genesis.

"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." Notice that God looked at what he had made, and he still watches over his creation. Notice that God saw that the light was good. It is implied though not stated that the darkness was NOT good. God did NOT create the darkness, it was simply present as a result of judgment. So what does God do? he separates the light from the darkness. The darkness is still present, but he extracts the light from it and presents a very important scriptural concept: separation.

2 Cor 6:14-18 says, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." Here is an instruction for us and a promise for those who obey, and it involves God as father, expressing all the attributes of a good father including love, advice, provision, strength, discipline, chastisement.

Notice that it was LIGHT that God called forth first. Psa. 119:105 says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psa. 119:130 "the entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." John 1:1-5 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

In Gen. 1:5 "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Here God assigns names to the light and the darkness. We use the expression "like day and night" to convey a distinct contrast between two things or two people.

"And the evening and the morning were the first day." Here is the establishment of another scriptural concept: the day begins in the evening. In the record of this creation darkness preceded light, and in the same way, in life we have first the natural then the spiritual. The Jewish day begins at sundown and continues until sundown the following day. The day begins with evening - a time to rest and relax with family, to ponder the events of the day - do any necessary repentance; to know that night is coming, a time to sleep, a picture of death, to be prepared for it. In the morning we wake up refreshed and ready to go, which is a picture of resurrection.

The question naturally arises as to the length of the creation days in Genesis 1. Some believe they were regular twenty-four hour days, but that is not necessarily so because our day is established by the sun and it was not present until the fourth day of creation. Those days could have been one thousand years each. II Pet. 3:8 says, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Psa. 90:4 says, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night."

Charles Camplejohn is a former chief design engineer for the Apollo project and he also worked on all of the Saturn 5 and Moonport projects. He wrote an article for Voice magazine in 1978 regarding this subject. Using scripture and his technical background, Camplejohn explained how one day with the Lord could equal one thousand years for us. I John 1:5 says God IS light therefore we can understand that it is totally within his realm to move at the speed of light. If a human was to travel at 99.999999 percent the speed of light toward the center of our galaxy, some twenty-seven thousand light years away, he would reach his destination in twenty-seven days, while the earth would age twenty-seven thousand years in the same time span, thus one day at the speed of light equals one thousand years at the speed of time. Camplejohn said the reason for this is that "moving clocks run slower than stationary clocks when theyíre taken in reference to their inertial time frame." Heís the rocket scientist, Iíll just take his word for it.

God IS light, at the speed of light time stops, and where time stops, eternity begins. Eternity is the natural, normal dwelling place of God, and very soon he is going to take his people to his home. Daniel wrote that at the time of the end knowledge would be increased. I do believe that part of that knowledge is the things regarding the speed of light, things that were unknown one hundred years ago.

While I believe the six days of creation could have been one thousand years each, scripture does not state this. The planets that measure time as we know it were not created until the fourth day and there were three days before that and two after, so I do not believe they were twenty-four hour days.

As Satan was watching the events of the first day, he would have seen light come forth, light that overcomes darkness, and the separation of the light from the darkness.  He was probably watching intently at this point, and saw a very bad omen for himself and his followers: something far greater and more powerful than him was beginning to happen, it was separate from him and it most definitely would overpower the prince of darkness.

 

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