Creation: Divine Judgment

“I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done.” (Isaiah 46:9-10)[1]

Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 1:8, 11, 17; 2:8, 21:6, 22:13). Genesis and Revelation embody these truths. Genesis records the creation of the world, Revelation its end. “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). Creation is more than just history. It symbolizes God’s spiritual strivings with mankind. I believe that each day of creation represents 1000 years, with each thing created a symbol of divine judgment. Why? “The heavens declare the glory of God,” so people are “without excuse” (Psalm 19:1, Romans 1:20). If they “suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” then God judges them by giving them “up to uncleanness,” “vile passions,” and a “debased mind” (Romans 1:18, 24, 26, 28; cf 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). He’s still merciful to those who repent and believe (Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30).

adam eve edenDay 1
Creation: light (Genesis 1:3-5)
Era: c. 4000-3000 B.C.[2]
Events: fall of man, first murder

God created spiritual light when he told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:15-17; cf Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 6:23). After they disobeyed, God judged them and their descendants – a spiritual division of light from darkness (3:1-19). Cain’s murder of his brother Abel produced a second spiritual division; Seth’s line was blessed, Cain’s cursed (4:3-25). Each time God judged man’s disobedience, he still showed mercy (3:21, 4:15).

noah ark floodDay 2
Creation: sky (Genesis 1:6-8)
Era: c. 3000-2000 B.C.
Event: world flood

After God saw that man’s wickedness was great and that all his thoughts were evil, he judged them through the sky (Genesis 6:5, 17). It might have rained before, but there had never been a flood. So the heavens opened and rain fell on the earth for forty days and nights, killing every living thing (7:11-12, 21-23). God still showed mercy by sparing Noah, his family, and some animals (6:18-20, 7:1-9, 13-16). After it stopped raining, only water and sky were visible, just like on the second day of creation.

Moses red sea egypt pharaohDay 3
Creation: land, water, vegetation (Genesis 1:9-13)
Era: c. 2000-1000 B.C.
Events: plagues, Red Sea, earthquake

After Pharaoh rejected Moses’ request to “let my people go,” God judged Egypt through the earth (Exodus 5:1-5, 10:7). The Nile River turned to blood (7:20). Hail and locusts covered the land as they destroyed vegetation, trees, and crops (9:19-25, 10:4-15). Heavy hail, mixed with fire, hadn’t “been in Egypt since its founding” (9:18); “there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation” (9:24). Two generations of Egyptians hadn’t seen giant swarms of locusts either; they covered the earth and ate everything green (10:6, 14-15). God still showed mercy by sparing his people in Goshen (8:22-23, 9:4-6, 26; 10:23, 11:7). He later parted the Red Sea to free Israel; God then closed it on Pharaoh’s army as a sign of judgment (14:16-30).

After Korah, Dathan, and Abiram rebelled against Moses, God judged them through the earth by “creating a new thing”: an earthquake (Numbers 16:1-3, 30). Suddenly “the ground split apart … and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up” (16:31-32). After these men died with their families and goods, “the earth closed over them” (16:32-33).

jesus mary joseph nativity bethlehem christmasDay 4
Creation: sun, moon, stars (Genesis 1:14-19)
Era: c. 1000 B.C.-A.D. 1
Event: birth of Jesus Christ

Like Noah’s flood, the Red Sea parting, and the earthquake, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ was a new thing on planet earth. Jesus is the “Sun of Righteousness” (Malachi 4:2) and the “Morning Star” (2 Peter 1:19, Revelation 22:16; cf Numbers 24:17). A star heralded his birth, in the “fullness of time” (Matthew 2:2-10, Galatians 4:4, Ephesians 1:10). Jesus has been “ordained … Judge of the living and the dead” in order to divide spiritual light from darkness (Genesis 1:18, Acts 10:42). He also lights the way of believers (Genesis 1:18, John 8:12).

Day 5
Creation: sea creatures, birds (Genesis 1:20-23)
Era: c. A.D. 1-1000

The most catastrophic events of this era were the fall of Judea in A.D. 70 and the fall of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476, not death by fish or fowl. So day 5 baffles me. If anyone can enlighten me, then please do so.

black_death plagueDay 6
Creation: land animals, mankind (Genesis 1:24-31)
Era: c. A.D. 1000-2000
Events: Black Death, genocide, war, philosophy

The most catastrophic event of the first half of this millennium was the Black Death (1340-55), a combination of bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic plagues that killed 75 million people. Zoonotic (animal) diseases – livestock, monkeys, rats, etc – have plagued us ever since. “Sixty percent of all human diseases and 75 percent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic” and they kill 2.2 million people each year (Live Science). They’re more deadly than AIDS.

The most catastrophic events in the latter half of this millennium are man-made – disease, genocide, slavery, and war. Each century, it gets worse. Slave trading in Africa (1500s-1900s), two world wars (1914-18, 1939-45), and Communist crimes in China and the Soviet Union (1917-76) each killed 60 million people.[3] AIDS has killed nearly 40 million people worldwide since 1980 (WHO). But the biggest genocide is abortion, which has killed 58 million unborn babies in the U.S. since 1973, 1.3 billion worldwide since 1980 (Abortion Counters). Seventeen million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2012 (WHO).[4] Alcohol and tobacco have already killed 3 million people this year (Worldometers). One million people commit suicide each year; rates have increased 60 percent worldwide (WHO). However, statistics don’t mention silent spiritual killers. People’s souls are dying from human philosophies (atheism, evolution, materialism, secular humanism, etc). Directly or indirectly, land animals and man have killed the most people in this millennium.

666 mark-of-the-beast anti-christGreat Tribulation
One day, all of God’s creation will judge unrepentant sinners.[5]

  1. Light will become darkness (Revelation 6:12-13, 8:12).
  2. The sky will rain “hail and fire,” then disappear (6:14, 8:7, 16:21).
  3. Drought, earthquakes, and famine will crush the land (6:6, 8, 12; 8:5, 11:6, 13; 16:12, 18). Vegetation will burn up (8:7). Mountains will be cast into the sea, which will turn to blood (8:8, 16:4). Then all mountains and islands will disappear (6:14, 16:20).
  4. The sun, moon, and stars won’t shine (8:12). One star will turn water bitter (8:10-11). The sun will scorch people (16:8-9). Then it will turn black, the moon will be like blood, and all the stars will fall (6:12-13).
  5. Sea creatures will die (8:9, 16:3). Locusts will torment people (9:3-5).
  6. People will be killed by the sword (6:4, 8), beasts (6:8), prophets (11:4-6), and disease (16:2). Eventually, human civilization will be destroyed (8:9, 14:8, 18:1-24).

jesus worship throne heaven revelationDay 7
Creation: rest (Genesis 2:1-3)
Era: eternity
Event: New Jerusalem

As God symbolically “rested on the seventh day,” so he and his people will enjoy eternal rest in a “new heaven” and “new earth” (Revelation 21:1). God will bring “the holy city, New Jerusalem … out of heaven … as a bride adorned for her husband” (21:2). No temple will be there, “for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (21:22). No night will be there either, “for the Lord God gives them light” (22:5). If we want to enter this rest and worship Jesus Christ as his servants, then we must repent and believe (22:3, Hebrews 4:1-11).

For the Curious
Noah’s flood: c. 2350 B.C.
Fall of Egypt, Red Sea partition: c. 1440 B.C.
Babylon’s destruction of Jerusalem: c. 576 B.C.
End of Old Testament: c. 400 B.C.
Fall of Western Roman Empire: A.D. 476
Black Death: A.D. 1340-55

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[1] New King James Version (NKJV), unless otherwise noted
[2] All dates are approximate. The emphasis is the symbolism.
[3] Wikipedia, “List of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll” (lowest estimates)
[4] WHO statistics are misleading. The top 10 causes of death don’t mention abortion or genocide.
[5] The events of the Great Tribulation don’t happen in this order. I just organized them by the days of creation.

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