May I begin with a question I haven’t heard anybody asking as yet: According to the Ten Commandments, God made the world in six days. If so, and beyond doubt it is, how is it that the Creation Account ends on the morning of the sixth day, with nothing happening between morning and evening on the sixth day? I suppose that the reason why nobody, including top churchmen and world-renowned theologians, has put this question yet is that this topic has been crystal clear to everybody. Not, however, to me. Thus, I decided to investigate the matter more thoroughly.
Before going into details, I would like to share my general experience regarding theologians and Bible experts: I have noticed that if any part of the Bible seems difficult to construe and explain, they simply ignore such difficulty and consider its meaning as being self-evident. First, I thought I would simply put the title question in the title and complement it with my follow-up question concerning the sixth day ending in the morning, since I am not a theologian, and then wait until qualified people give the right answer. However, as this piece of writing is meant to be an essay and not a post to a thread, I have decided to expound this topic and expose my findings to criticism. I am under no illusions and am aware that in the event of my theory becoming widely accepted, its significance will be necessarily underrated and/or regarded as having always been self-evident. Nevertheless, I am putting this theory in writing in the firm conviction that all the glory is due to God alone, and that I am just His instrument.
In the Ten Commandments it is written: ‘For in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all which is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; on account of this Jehovah blessed the sabbath day and sanctified it.’ (Ex 20:11). At the same time, the Creation Account ends with morning, i. e. with the beginning of the sixth day. (Some may claim that biblical days begin and end with evening. Nevertheless, if you consider this thoroughly, you will find this irrelevant to our topic. Firstly, the Creation Days always begin and end with morning, as it is written. Secondly, if this is so, then the morning of the sixth Creation Day can at most end at five and a half days.)
Since, as always, we can only assume that the Bible is God’s word and every word in it is true, we have to reconcile two requirements: Firstly, that Creation took place in six days according to the Ten Commandments. Secondly, that the Creation Account ends with the morning of the sixth Creation Day. Both requirements are met if we regard the Creation Days to be periods, as they are indeed, thus we can speak of six periods. If we consider the “In the beginning’ as the morning of the Creation Day Zero (0), we come to the conclusion that, yes, God really made the world in six days (periods of supposedly 7,000 years each). Now the question necessarily arises: ‘What about the day beginning with the morning of the sixth Creation Day?’ In my view, this is the day we are in the midst of now: although the seventh period but the sixth Creation Day as per the Creation Account. We are now around the end of the sixth 7,000-year long day, i. e. somewhat before the 6,000th year. This is the day of ‘perfection’ as the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament puts it. Most probably, this 6,000-year period will be followed by Armageddon, and then by Jesus’s 1,000-year Kingdom and then those who have been found righteous will be allowed to enter God’s rest, i. e. God’s seventh day.
I hope I have provided the answer to an unanswered question and clarified an apparent biblical discrepancy.
Source: Green’s Literal Translation of the Bible (LITV)
Word Count: 656
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Sandor Balog (pen name: Attila B. Magyar), author of Palm Wednesday.
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