Sunday, November 29, 2020

God’s Timeline – Part 3 Creation Day 2

God’s Timeline – Part 3

Creation Day 2

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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We began a couple weeks ago looking at the major peaks of events throughout scripture. Obviously, we are looking through this in order, so naturally we are beginning with creation.





Genesis 1:6-8


“And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.”



                  I.            SEPARATE WATER FROM WATER

a.      Earth was formless, empty, and covered in water (Genesis 1:2)

                                                                         i.      “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

                                                                      ii.      The earth had no inhabitable land

                                                                   iii.      Covered completely in water

                                                                    iv.      It was now time for God to prepare the earth for the rest of creation now that He had set the stage and spoke the Universal Natural Laws including all the dimensions and forces needed to make the universe “operate”



b.     God created the “vault”

                                                                         i.      Hebrew – raqiya

                                                                      ii.      Used as “expanse” or “support”

                                                                   iii.      This “vault” would hold “water” above it

                                                                    iv.      What is this “vault” or literally “expanse” holding water above it?

1.      VS 8 God tells us it is the sky

2.      Hebrew for sky here is shamayim

3.      Literally meaning “sky” or “atmosphere”

                                                                       v.      God created a “vault”, an “atmosphere” that was capable of “supporting” water above it.

                                                                    vi.      We know this is 100% possible from viewing other planets, and now that we understand the universal natural laws such as gravity.

                                                                 vii.      There are currently over 8,000 manmade objects above our vault “sky” right now and NASA is currently tracking over 13,000 objects in our gravitational pull above our sky.



c.      Earth now appears like Neptune from space

                                                                         i.      At this point the earth now has waters on the surface as well as waters above the atmosphere surrounding the entire planet separated by the “vault”, or sky



               II.            THE VAULT CREATED

a.      The three heavens in scripture

                                                                         i.      The bible speaks of three heavens at various points, they are;

1.      Our atmosphere

2.      Outer space w/ sun moon stars

3.      The home of God just beyond space (dome of creation)

a.      More than likely a place that is an in-between stop between creation and where God actually “is”

b.     It is a “created” place mentioned in Genesis 1:1 when it speaks of God creating the “heavens” – plural

                                                                                                                                                 i.      However, God has NOT yet created the “atmosphere” which is one of the 3 heavens, so this verse MUST be referring to the 2nd & 3rd heavens

1.      2nd outer space

2.      3rd God’s abode

b.     Scripture about “multiple heavens”

                                                                         i.      Hebrews 4:14 “Since we have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God who has passed through the heavens from death into new life with God, let us hold tightly to our faith.”


c.      Reference to each of the heavens

                                                                         i.      1st heaven “atmosphere”

1.      Genesis 6:7 “I will destroy humanity whom I have created from the face of the earth, both humans and beasts, creeping thing and birds of heaven

2.      Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air…”


                                                                      ii.      2nd heaven “outer space” or “celestial”

1.      Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken”

2.      Deuteronomy 4:19 “And take heed, lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage”

3.      Deuteronomy 10:14 “Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it”


                                                                   iii.      3rd heaven “God’s abode”

1.      1 Kings 8:27 “But will indeed God dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You”

a.      This verse mentions our atmosphere is too small for God to dwell (which is why God came as a man to earth, the Word made flesh in Jesus), and the heaven of heavens (speaking of the 2nd and third heaven) are also too small.

b.     More proof that the third heaven is a created place just outside of the second heaven “space” and it is a place between creation and where God “is”

2.      Hebrew 9:24 “For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us”

3.      This 3rd heaven, just outside of the 2nd heaven, space, was created by God in Genesis 1:1 to be where His throne sits, and where we (and here Christ) can see. This is the place where Christ sits at the right hand of God.

a.      Acts 7:55 “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God”

b.     Hebrews 8:1 “The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven

                                                                    iv.      Though it is true, the FULLNESS of God cannot fully dwell within creation, this certainly does NOT limit “where” He is.

                                                                       v.      His “presence” is everywhere, just not His fullness.




            III.            WATER ABOVE THE SKY ON EARTH

a.      Earth is now (Genesis 1) a greenhouse

                                                                         i.      What happens to a planet that has a layer of water around it?

1.      It becomes a greenhouse

2.      Vegetation grows very well

a.      This is why when we see fossilized vegetation it is GIANT

3.      Oxygen levels are “higher”

a.      This is why dinosaurs have tiny nostrils and could live

b.     At current oxygen levels those tiny nostrils would do no good, and there wouldn’t be enough oxygen in the air to support such large creatures

c.      But in a greenhouse, with giant vegetation for food and higher oxygen levels, giant creatures could easily live


4.      But what about the weather? Winter?

a.      We know at one time the earth was on a different axis

b.     We know this because the “true” north and magnetic north no longer line up

c.      In fact, science has determined the earth is “wobbling” more than likely from a giant meteor strike

d.     Before this, when the earth true north and magnetic north were the same, there were no seasons, the earth was a “perfect” greenhouse with beautiful vegetation, lovely climate, and no seasons.

e.      Remember, in Genesis 1 God calls the creation “good”, everything was working as it was created to do.



b.     Prepared for the coming flood

                                                                         i.      So why did God place a huge amount of water above the sky in our atmosphere?

1.      First of all, to create a perfect greenhouse for creation

2.      Secondly, God is all knowing, and was preparing for what would come at a later point in “time” …the flood

3.      We need to think logically here, if it was going to rain for 40 days and nights, and actually “flood” the earth, that would take an enormous amount of water.

4.      A water layer just a few inches thick above our atmosphere would be more than enough to flood the earth, and it would take days for it all to fall to the earth.

5.      So God was preparing the creation for the flood.

a.      Why so early, before man even sinned, or was created?

b.     Because God is “outside” of “time” and already knew what was coming. Remember, everything that was ever created was created at the time of creation. Therefore, everything that would ever “be” in existence had to be made during this week of creation.

c.      I also believe that it was during this week God had prepared the fish that would swallow Jonah.

d.     Jonah 1:17 “Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

e.      This fish was “prepared, perhaps even one-of-a-kind, to serve a specific purpose for God.

f.       God had, denotes this fish was prepared before-hand by God, probably during creation.

c.      Evidence

                                                                         i.      So, how did we get to where we are today?

1.      No water above our atmosphere

2.      No flooded earth

3.      True north and magnetic north different

4.      Dinosaurs are gone

5.      We now have seasons

6.      Vegetation is smaller

7.      Polar caps

                                                                      ii.      I believe all of the scientific evidence shows that God created the earth, and things were good. We had a greenhouse effect with water in our atmosphere, true north and magnetic north were one and the same eliminating seasons and cold weather due to earths tilt to the sun, we had giant vegetation and dinosaurs, so what happened?

1.      Sin in the garden, which eventually leads to evil upon the face of the earth, and the great flood.

2.      Science points to the earth being hit by a giant, earth changing meteor that science admits killed the dinosaurs and caused the earth to get off its axis and “wobble” from the strike.

                                                                   iii.      When this meteor hit us, it broke through the water above our atmosphere, causing it to fall into the gravitational pull of the earth which drew ALL of the water down to earth as rain, taking 40 days and nights to fall, flooding the earth.

                                                                    iv.      This new wobble and tilt causing something the earth never had before, seasons, cold weather, less oxygen once the greenhouse was gone, killing dinosaurs (cold blooded creatures needed warmth to live)





So, God creates the “vault” or our atmosphere, placed the waters above it is preparing for the flood, and things were good, this was the second day.


The second day.


Next week we will begin our series with the Third Day



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