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Adult Sunday School -
Part 4 - Regeneration and Replenishment of Earth. - by P.K.Odendaal - July 2012
And so we come to Genesis 1:3 And
God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
We have seen in the previous part how the earth was laid
waste, being void, and without form and without light. It was time for God to
remake the vessel :
Jer. 18:4 And the vessel that he
made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another
vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make.
If we read this story as the story of creation, we will see
many anomalies and discrepancies. If we read it as the regeneration of earth,
we will find it interesting. If we read between the lines or on a deeper level,
we will find it vital and exciting - and I will try to bring all three to you.
Seen as a story of
The first thing you may ask me is : Is this not the story of
creation? And my answer would be : 'No'. If this was in fact the story of
creation, as many people would have it to be, then please consider these anomalies:
1.How can the earth have been in chaos just
after God made the heaven and earth in Gen 1:1? Surely God only creates perfect
and beautiful things.
The reason is found in my previous part
where God almost totally destroyed the earth due to the iniquity of mankind.
2.In this piece God says over and over again
: 'Let there be ... light etc.'. If it was creation, He would have created
light according to one of the verbs I previously enumerated in a previous part.
These verbs were : prepared, set, established, strengthened, gave, appointed,
brought forth, settled, made as we read in Proverbs 8.
The reason for this is that He had
already created all these things previously, and here He only reinstates them.
3.The light appears in verse three on the
first day of the week, whilst the sun and moon only appeared on the third day.
This means that the light of the existing sun started to shine through the mist
and smoke of the darkness on earth only during the course of the first day and it
only became visible on the third day.
Firstly, it says that the sun and the
moon started to shine on the third day. We all know that the sun is very much
older than the moon, and thus, it was only on the third day when the semi
darkness cleared up, that the sun and moon, which both existed from the first
day, could shine through the mist and smoke, much like the morning mist and cloud
breaks up to form openings.
Secondly, this story specifically states
that it was evening and it was morning the third day. How could days be counted
when there was no sun on the first two days?
Thirdly, it is stated over and over
again that God made the earth in six earth days as we know days (and it was
morning and it was evening the first day ....), whilst it is general knowledge
that it took many years and maybe even millennia for God to create the heavens
Some say that for God one day is like a
thousand years, meaning the heavens and earth was made in six thousand years. The
scripture emphatically says six days. Even if you believe in the six thousand
years, then we know that it is not a correct interpretation, as many excavated
cities are much older than the six thousand years postulated. Troy and Jericho
You do however touch on the deeper meaning
of the scripture when you think about six thousand years, but we should not
confuse the literal and the deeper meaning. Each has its own way of counting
4.What does Proverbs 8 then mean if it does
not refer to the creation of the earth and the sky?
5.Who lived in the cities which Cain fled to,
if Adam, Eve and Cain were the only people created, and where did Cain and Set
The only feasible explanation can be
that is was from the people who survived the first destruction of earth. Scripture
says a few survived.
6.Who would have killed Cain according to his
words in Gen 4:14 ... and it shall come to pass,
that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
7.We must explain on which of these six days
Satan was cast out of heaven, because we already find him in Gen 3:1 busy
deceiving Adam and Eve. The only consistent explanation is that he was cast out
before the first day.
8.We must explain with whom Jesus Christ
played on earth (see Prov. 8:31). During, and since this story of Adam and Eve,
Jesus Christ has never played with mankind on earth.
9.Genesis says that on the seventh day God
rested from His works. It is a fact that God does not presently rest, because
he does a work in each person's soul, he works for our salvation and safety, and
He maintains His creation.
Jesus Christ says in Luk 13:32And he said unto
them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today
and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected (rest).
It is clear from this that He did not
enter His rest yet.
10.We will have to explain why God told Adam and Eve to replenish the earth, if it was not formerly populated. See Gen 1:28.
Seen as a story of the regeneration of
Seen as a story of the regeneration of earth, I find no
anomalies in these verses, and it therefore appears reasonable to accept that
it was in fact the regeneration of the earth. I am however not dogmatic about
it and accept that there may be other explanations.
Seen as the story of the coming history of God
Here we find this story vital and exciting, and we must read
it in a spiritual way. It is rich in meaning and prophecy, and is the full
story of God and man from the end of the first destruction of the earth to the
end of the last destruction, and the creation of a New World and New Heavens.
Firstly we look at the six days which we then interpret as
six thousand years according to the guidance of the scripture in 2 Peter 3:8
and Ps 90:4.
The counting of a day as a thousand years, is repeated again
and again in the prophecies of the Bible. To give you one instance by Jesus
Christ Himself :
Luk 10:35And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence
(one for each day), and gave them to the
host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more,
when I come again, I will repay thee.
Here Jesus Christ tells the inn keeper that He is going away
for two thousand years. I will not labour this point any longer as you can
study this aspect yourself in Ex 12:3-6 and Rev. 20:2. The six thousand years
are now almost past and we are waiting for the seventh day, when God and we
This story stops abruptly on the seventh day, only because
the seventh day only dawns in Revelation 21, where the story is continued. Let
us try and map Genesis to Revelation, and see the striking similarities,
prophecies and opposites, known as types and anti-types:
1. Destruction of the earth.
The story starts with the first
destruction of the earth in Gen 1:2And the earth was without form, and void; and
darkness was upon the face of the deep.
The story ends with the final
destruction of the earth in Rev 21:1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for
the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;
2.Adam as the first man is created, and
became a man of sorrow and shame, who brought death to us all. Gen 3:17And unto Adam he
said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of
the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed
is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy
Jesus Christ became the first man to be reborn
and resurrected, and He was a man of sorrow, shame and rejection, and became
the victor over death and hell, and brought life to us all.
Isa 53:3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of
sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him;
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
1Co 15:22For as in Adam
all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
3.Adam's bride was taken from his body.
Gen 2:21And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall
upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh
instead thereof; v:22And the rib, which
the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
v:23And Adam said, This is now bone of
my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was
taken out of Man.
The bride of Jesus Christ will also be
taken from His body (manifested as His church on earth).
Rev 21:9And there came unto me one of the seven
angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked
with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
4.There were two trees in Eden : The tree of
Life and the tree of Knowledge.
Gen 3:22And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is
become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his
hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
In the new earth there was only the tree
of Life, as the tree of Knowledge had been destroyed.
Rev 22:2In the midst of the street of it, and on
either side of the river, was there the tree of life,
5.The serpent was prophesied to bite Jesus
Christ in the heel.
Gen 3:15And I will put enmity between thee and ...
between thy seed and her seed (Jesus Christ); ..., and thou shalt bruise his
This happened here : Mar 15:20And when they had
mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him,
and led him out to crucify him.
6.It was prophesied that Jesus would overcome
Satan. Gen 3:15...
it shall bruise thy head,
This happened here : Rev 17:14These shall make
war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords,
and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and
7.There would be a (seventh) day of rest :
Gen 2:2And on the seventh day God ended his work
which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he
It is obvious that the day of rest had
not come yet, as it will only dawn at the end of time on this earth. Heb
remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. v:10For he that is entered into his rest, he also
hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
This day is of course one thousand years
long, in which Satan is bound. Rev 20:2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which
is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Everybody would indeed rest when Satan
There are many other similarities, if you care to study it
So yes, it may be that the regeneration of earth was in six
days, but here one has to read deeper into the story because it is a summary of
the whole plan that God has in store for us and for the earth, over a period of
six thousand years.
One last note - and I will come back to this again and
Scripture has a depth of meaning far in excess of what we
can understand or fathom in the text itself. When we read a verse, this verse
has different levels of meaning, and we sometimes find a deeper meaning than
what we literally read. We must look out for these deeper meanings which are
disguised in the text. In fact, there are so many different levels, that we
will only one day in the hereafter really understand what is contained therein.
In later parts I will talk a lot about types. If we learn
about types we can delve into deeper meanings of the text. Some things can only
be found if we meditate over scripture and study it. In this manner Jesus
Christ was disguised in the Old Testament to the extent that the Jews never
could imagine that the Messiah had to die. But it is all there in black and
white in stories, prophecies and in types, long before the time.