Wayne Reynolds, Pastor
I Timothy 6:20,21 states, "0 Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee, Amen."
REASONS FOR KNOWING THE AGE OF THE EARTH
As a youth, I was taught to respect science, so when I entered college, I was taken in by the evolutionistís claims of the earth being millions of years old. I spent many years in confusion, which is exactly what the devil wanted. In reality, there was no need of being fooled by the false claims of evolutionists. There is no need for you to be fooled either.
We need to understand that everything that is called science may not be science. It might be menís opinions. We need to learn that all true science is in agreement with the Bible. The Bible is not a science book, but because the Bible contains all truth, all true science will be in agreement with the Bible.
We need to know that the Bible is our guide in this life. In all things, we need to follow the Bible. If there is any question, the Bible has the answer; even in the area of the principles of science. God has not left out what he wants us to believe concerning the creation of this world. He has given us everything we need for time and eternity; therefore, we know he has also given us all the facts we need about the creation of this world.
The Bible teaches six days of creation, and God rested on the seventh day. Folks often ask the question: "How long was a day in the beginning of the earth?" The Bible answers that question. Listen to Genesis 1:1-5, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Did you catch verse 5, which stated, "ÖAnd the evening and the morning were the first day." How long is a day? The Bible says it is an evening (a time of darkness) and a morning (a time of light). Notice that God counts the day as beginning in the evening, just as the Jewish calendar designates.
I have included the PDF file of the 6,000-year earth on the web site of Independence Baptist Church; click here. Feel free to download the material to your computer so you can study it in detail as time permits. A copy of my book is available for $15.00 (postage paid) by ordering from Independence Baptist Church. I have worked on this study for several years, adding information as God enabled me. I did the primary study, proving the earth is only 6,000 years old, in 1976. The book contains time lines and several articles I have written on this subject. I invite your questions and comments on this very important subject. I am only looking for the truth, and I use the Bible to discover truth. If you do not believe what I have written, you will do me a great favor by showing me scriptures that prove my conclusions wrong.
There are five (and only five) Biblical steps necessary to determine the age of the universe.
Genesis 5. These genealogies cover 10 generations, from Adam to Noah, and reveal that Noah died when the earth was 2006 years old.
Genesis 11:10-32. These genealogies cover 9 generations, from Shem (the son of Noah) to the death of Terah (Abrahamís dad). This genealogy gives the age of the earth at the death of Terah, who was the father of Abraham, as 2081.
It is very interesting to note that Terah died the very year Abraham received the promise of God in Genesis 12:1-4. It is very true that we will not receive any of the promises of God until we obey the conditions of those promises. God told Abraham to depart from: (1) his country, (2) his kindred, and (3) his fatherís house. Abraham did not receive any of the promises of God until he obeyed completely. We, like Abraham, will receive none of the promises of God until we obey completely.
It is interesting to note that Abraham was born the same year Noah died, when the world was 2006 years old. According to Genesis 12:4, Abraham was 75 years old when he received the promises of God. Add 2006 (the age of the earth when Abraham was born) to 75 (the age of Abraham when he received the promise from God) and we discover the world was 2081 years old when the promise was given to Abraham concerning the coming Saviour and the blessings of God upon the nation of Israel.
Galatians 3:16,17 declares, Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. As proven in step 2, Abraham received the promise when the world was 2081 years old. Now, add the 430 years spoken of in Galatians 3:16,17 to 2081, and we discover the world was 2511 years old when the law (the Ten Commandments) was given.
Also read Exodus 12:40,41. Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. 41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
Exodus 12:40,41 reveals the sojourn of the children of Israel in Canaan, occurred during the lifetimes of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and in Egypt (see Exodus 6:16-20) spanned the lives of Levi, Kohath, Amram and Moses, lasting 430 years.
I Kings 6:1 states, And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomonís reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD. This verse reveals it was 480 years from the time Israel came out of Egypt (the receiving of the ten commandments) until the fourth year of Solomonís reign.
Adding 2511 (the age of the earth when the ten commandments was given) to 480 (the time period spoken of in I Kings 6:1) concludes it was 2991 years from creation to the fourth year of Solomonís reign.
Using any secular history, look up the date when Solomon reigned. This will be about 1015-975 b. c. If you like, you can go through the books of I and II Kings and prove that Israel went into bondage to the Assyrians in 722 B. C. and Judah went into bondage to Babylon in 606 B. C.
Because we know from secular history that Solomon reigned about 1,000 years before Christ, we can add 1,000 years to 2,991 (the age of the earth in the fourth year of Solomonís reign) to determine the earth was approximately 3991 years old when Christ was born.
I think everybody knows it is approximately 2000 years from the time of Christ until now. Add 2000 years to 3991 and you get 5991. That is pretty close to 6,000 years.
It is very clear, is it not, that the Bible proves the age of the universe to be approximately 6,000 years old?
Some people like to throw up a smoke screen by asking the question, "How old was Adam when he sinned?" It doesnít make any difference. We know that Adam was created on the sixth day of creation. We also know that Adam lived 930 years. So whether Adam sinned in the second week after creation or the second year or the 20th year doesnít make any difference.
Another common objection is the fossil record of dinosaurs and other creatures. Fossils and dinosaurs are said to be millions of years old, but remember how fossils are made. Fossils are the result of living things being buried quickly, then decaying and forming the fossil. Fossils are the result of death. Death came into the world as a result of sin. Genesis 2:17 states, But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. God did not create death, but death is the result of rebellion against Godís commandments.
When God looked at his creation Genesis 1:31 declares he saw that everything was very good. Not just good, but very good. God did not say death was Övery goodÖ because death is not good. The first animal to die was the animal God killed to make coats of skins for Adam and Eve, Genesis 3:21.
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