Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One Day as a Thousand Years

2 Peter 3:8 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.

It is very sad in today's time period that many Christians are so eager to appear intellectual that they are willing to compromise God's clear revelation found in His Word in order to do so. God has made it very clear in very plain words:

Ex. 20:11 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 day, and hallowed it.

Yet because evolutionary "science" has alleged that the earth is billions of years old, multitudes of evangelicals have fallen in line, rejecting God's plain statement of fact and then trying to find some interpretive loophole to hide behind.

The verse listed above at the beginning of the article is perhaps the key verse of the so-called "progressive creationists" who try to correlate the days of creation in Genesis with the supposed 4.6 billion year system of evolutionary geological ages, by citing Peter as agreeing that "one day is a thousand years."

No, Peter is saying that "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years!" In other words, God can do in one day what might by natural processes take a thousand years. In context, the apostle is condemning the last day uniformitarians (those who teach that "all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation") as "willingly ignorant" of the tremendous significance of the historical facts of Creation and the Flood (see 2 Peter 3:3-6). Real written records only go back a few thousand years, and to attempt to calculate any date before that requires use of a premise which, in context, the Scriptures have just condemned!!! God says the uniformitarians are willingly ignorant and then urges those who believe His Word to "be not ignorant." The only way we can know the date and duration of creation is for God to tell us, and He says He made all of Heaven and Earth in six days, and not so long ago!!!

2 Peter 3:3-6 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

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Blogger Jerry Bouey said...

You are so right, Bro Jim. When we take all of Scripture at face value, there is no room for any Gap Theories, any progressive creation, or any form of evolution involved in God's 6 days of creation.

It is hard to have those six days of creation and one day of rest be an example to follow if they were not literal days. Oh, you mean God created in 6 million years and rested for one million years?... Hm, then I guess I won't get to rest anytime soon!...

It is also funny how people love to twist these two verses (as you have stated):

Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

2 Peter 3:8 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.

Neither are dealing with creation at all. One is dealing with man and the fact that his time on earth is short, temporal, fleeting; the other is dealing with Christ's return. Both are stating that God is not affected by time or hindered by it. He has His own timetable and will carry out His plans on His schedule - regardless of fleeting man or the march of history.

God bless.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Bro. Jerry,

It's good to hear from you.... I hope you are doing well.

I had an interesting conversation with a NewsWithViews author several weeks ago about this same subject.... he was not as quick to accept the SIX days as literal days..... I could not convince him, but then again, the Holy Spirit must do the real convincing as he reads God's Word....

9:29 PM  

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