There are many today that do not view the six days of creation as actual six twenty four hour time periods. They say that just because Genesis 1:4-5 says, “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day,” doesn’t mean that this was a twenty four hour period of time. They point to the word “day” and say that this word can be used figuratively as well as literally. Of course this is all true; however, this same word “day” (the Greek word “Makros“) is used in many other places in the Bible literally or figuratively, too. In order to find out how it is used we must determine by the context that it is written in, and how the word is used in other places in the Bible.
When we read the account of creation in the book of Genesis, we can see the purpose the writer [Moses] had in mind. One, that God was the creator of everything. Two, that God created it all in a specific time period. Three, that everything was created by God in its proper and necessary order.
Is there proof in the account of Genesis that the creation was made in six twenty four hour periods? Yes, the very fact that we live in a world right now that has a dividing of each day by light and darkness [Genesis 1:4], that the earth has seasonal changes [Vs.14], and that the positions of the earth, moon, and sun are set in their places and in their movements to cause days, nights, and seasons. Once we understand that God is also the creator of time, a six day creation makes complete sense.
Moses, the one God used to write Genesis is also the same person that God used to deliver the Ten Commandments. Let’s take a look at one of those commandments. Exodus 20:8-11 tells us “Remember the sabbath day to keep it Holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath, and hallowed it.” The word “day” used here is the same Greek word “Makros” in all four verses. No one would doubt for a second that Moses was speaking literally about a specific amount of time. There is one thing for sure that we can see through these verses, Moses knew what kind of days God was commanding, six literal days of work and one literal day of rest.
The six days of creation are most generally lost to anyone that claims that the day of rest is no longer necessary, or commanded, regardless of one’s particular beliefs.
The six day creation is a real thing that happened. According to Moses, inspired by God in Gen.1:31, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” And in Exodus 20:1 “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:”
When we compare what Moses, inspired by God, said in the story of the account of creation In Genesis 1, and the instructions Moses gave to Israel on what days they were to work and what day they should rest, it becomes quite clear that the days of creation were a literal twenty four hours of time divided by day light and night darkness. Moses repeats the instructions God gave the people in Exodus 23:12 and again in 31:17. The keeping of the Sabbath was to be a sign between God and His people Israel [Exodus 31:13,17]. They had to keep the exact day as prescribed by God. Not just any day would do, no, it had to be the seventh day, the day that followed the first six. Leviticus 23 further commands Israel that they must also keep certain seasonal “Holy convocations” which were feast days unto the Lord [Vs.2]. They were to be done on certain days and in certain months. All this was commanded by God and all based on His six literal days of creation and seventh day of rest. It again is reiterated in Vs. 3, saying “Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest:”
Moses did not just sit down and make up seven twenty four hour time periods. He did not formulate the seasons of the year, and the days of the month, nor the hours of a day. It was not his idea, it was God’s. God is the creator of all there is [John 1:3]. This, of course, would include time that was established from the very beginning of creation. God created every thing in six days and rested on the seventh.
One must be very careful not to add to, or take away from, the Word of God [Revelation 22:18-21] by trying to change what the Bible really says to better fit their own ideas. Searching the Bible carefully, comparing Scripture to other Scripture, reading Scripture in the context it is written in, and accepting what the Word of God tells us in faith, regardless what men might say, is the only way to gain Bible truth. We must let the Word of God, the Bible, be the basis for our understanding, eliminating any speculations, or any other authority.
Finally, if we cannot trust the Word of God as being truthful by believing the account of creation in Genesis, which is in the very first chapter of the very first book of the Bible, then can we believe the account of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden is literal, or that there is a literal heaven, or a literal hell, or a literal Satan, or that Jesus literally was raised from the dead? After all, there are many people today that say that these events were also not actually literal. Moses had no trouble at all believing God created the earth in six literal days and rested on the seventh literal day. Why should we think that these days were anything else? God said it, I believe it!
By John E. Miller Jr. (Former WCG member)
“Charles Darwin, himself the father of evolution in his later days, gradually became aware of the lack of real evidence for his evolutionary speculation and wrote: ‘As by this theory, innumerable transitional forms must have existed. Why do we not find them embedded in the crust of the earth? Why is not all nature in confusion instead of being, as we see them, well defined species?’ ” ~H. Enoch, Evolution or Creation, p. 139.
Read letters from John Miller, Jr. to WCG HQ:
Quotes Proving Grace Communion International is Endorsing Evolution (2011 letter to ESN; still relevant)
The Evolution Handbook by Vance Ferrell (Thousands of solid scientific facts, disproving every basic area of evolutionary theory. Most complete refutation of evolution available in a single book.) Read the book online.
How Old is the Earth? (From Chapter 8 of Refuting Evolution) [offsite link]
God of Wonders: Exploring the Wonders of Creation, Conscience, and the Glory of God by Jim Tetlow (a breath-taking tour of God’s creation wonders without the evolutionary bias)