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How long did it take God to create the world?

God created the heaven and the earth in the beginning as recorded in Genesis 1:1 - 2:3. It took God six days to accomplish creation as it relates to mankind (human-beings) and on the seventh day God rested from all His work.

Genesis 1:1: (KJV)
1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Verses 1:31 - 2:3
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. 
2:1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Genesis chapter 2 continues to detail mankind and the garden of Eden, with chapter 3 explaining what happened within that garden which resulted in mankind being driven out from it.

Exodus 20:11:
.11For 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.
Exodus 31:17:
.17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

By studying the years of those mentioned in the Bible we learn that Adam was created about 4,000 years before Christ. Also refer to Genesis 5:1-5.

Note: Agelong times began in chronological motion from the day when God first spoke the promise of the coming savior, the Christ, in Genesis 3:15, and then God expelled mankind from Paradise that same day in Genesis 3:23 and 24 - this is when God put His gracious plan of redemption and salvation into active motion (refer to Titus 1:1-3). These agelong times had a starting point and they will also have an ending point. They will not last forever but will end when all things will be subjected to Christ and then he gives the kingdom over to God, and himself also in subjection to God (refer to I Corinthians 15:20-28 and Revelation chapters 21 and 22).

What caused the earth to "become without form and void"?

The idea (theory) that the earth was beautiful and then it "became" devastated between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 is not supported in the scriptures. The record is:

  • Genesis 1:1 the introduction,
  • Genesis 1:2 - 2:3 the details (the first portion of verse 2 is a continuation of verse 1 as to the beginning of the earth; the last portion of verse 2 reveals what God did first in order to create the heaven and the earth and continues to 2:3);

...and therefore between Genesis 1:1 and 2:3 we have God's creation of the heavens and the earth.

God shows it in a step-by-step process - from start to finish. It is like building a house:

  • it starts with a piece of land which is unformed and unfilled,
  • then the foundation is put/laid on it,
  • then frame and roof the house,
  • put the things in it,
  • then the people come to live in it.

God's purpose came to pass. He did what He wanted to do as recorded in scripture. He created it in a beautiful form and He caused it to be inhabited with mankind, animals, etc, and of course God Himself.

Isaiah 45:18:
.18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

When was the flood?

The flood happened about 1,650 years after Adam was created. The flood covered the whole earth and it affected the earth’s atmosphere, the land, etc, killing all not inside of Noah’s ark (except fish and other creatures who lived in water naturally, of course). Afterwards mankind, animals, etc, were not able to live such long lives as they had done before the flood. Refer to Genesis chapters 6-8.

What happened to the dinosaurs?

Genesis 1:24-30 tells us that God made the animals on the sixth day along with mankind. Included in these animals are those which are "wild-animals" or "beasts" from the Greek word therion as a translation of the Hebrew letters bhmh. All of these creatures were to eat green grass or herbs for food; they were not instructed to eat one-another. Also, Genesis 1:31 says:

Genesis 1:31:
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Adam named the animals, including the wild-animals, as recorded in Genesis 2:19 and 20.

However, after the devil and mankind's rejection of God in Genesis chapter 3, the animals were also affected as recorded in Genesis 3:14:

Genesis 3:14:
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Because of how badly the men and animals behaved, many became genetically deformed following their interaction with the devil and his devil-spirits, and Genesis chapter 6 records:

Genesis 6:7:
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Included in the beasts and creeping things and fowls of the air are those that are called dinosaurs today when fossils are found.

However, Noah had not been contaminated genetically and God instructed him to build an ark and take only certain people and certain animals on board the ark with him in order to save their lives during the flood that covered he whole earth. Refer to Genesis 6:9 and 17-22 and chapters 7-9.

After the flood mankind, animals, and fowl began to reproduce and cover the earth again. All who live today originate from those who lived on earth prior to the flood via those who were on the ark with Noah.

Also refer to the following scriptures: Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 3:36, 17:26 and 27; Hebrews 11:7; I Peter 3:20; II Peter 2:5.

What is the new creation?

The word "creation" refers to that-which has been brought into being, established, and is still in progress.

There are 2 different Greek words that can be translated into English as "new" - meaning either:

  • something that is newly-made and it can be compared to something formerly in existence
    • or
  • something that is newly-made but it cannot be compared to anything formerly in existence.

In the context of holy-people (Christians) living today - the new creation refers to what God has made all holy-people to be in Christ.

Spiritually, from God's point of view, all holy-people are a new creation because of our holy spirit-life - but the natural and fleshy part of holy-people is considered dead and it has no bearing in the kingdom of God to which all holy-people belong. Holy spirit has replaced the flesh. It is the spirit of Christ in us.

However, in the walk (behavior, conduct) category during the everyday living of our lives we must learn to rely on our new holy spirit-life and take our instruction from it instead of from the flesh as we have been so used-to doing before we received holy spirit.

The following verses provide some details:

II Corinthians 5:16 and 17:
.16So-that we from-now-on knew2 not-one-person according to flesh, even if we knew2 Christ according to flesh but now we no-longer know (him according to flesh), .17so-that if someone (is) in Christ (he is) a new creation, the old-things went-by, look!, new-things have come-to-pass2;

To be "in Christ" refers to being a limb (member) of Christ’s one spiritual body. Only those who believe what God says regarding Himself and His son, the Lord Jesus Christ, receive holy spirit, which is the spirit of Christ in us, the deposit of the spirit of the new covenant. We are the limbs of his new body and this is our sphere of action.

The consequence or result of all that God has accomplished by means of the Lord Jesus Christ is that if someone is in Christ - he/she is a new creation (a newly-made created-thing). This holy-person is what has been brought into being - but is different from the former creation previously in effect. It is the holy spirit-life within him/her that makes this person new.

With respect to the holy-person being in Christ...

  • the old (beginning, former) things pertaining to flesh,
    • including the old covenant of law and circumcision,
    • have gone-by (passed alongside) -
      • because every holy-person has received holy spirit-life for that is what makes a person a holy-person, a Christian - the old/former things went-by;
  • look (behold, see)!,
  • new-things have come to pass (they became a reality, they have come into being) and continue to be -
    • this word "new" emphasizes the truth that these new-things are newly-made and they are different from the old-things previously in effect, new because they are different from what had been there formerly, new because they replace those old-things.

The new-things of the new covenant of spirit are now in existence. Every holy-person has the deposit of the new covenant placed within him/her, which is holy spirit-life, and it has all the ability and authority of the resurrected Christ. We have hope looking forward to all that will happen during and after Christ's presence to gather all holy-people together with him.

In God's point of view every holy-person (Christian) is a new creation, a new creature – God's own child because of having holy spirit-life within him/her. New-things have come to pass and continue to be.

Galatians 6:15:
.15for neither is circumcision something nor uncircumcision but (the) new creation (is something!),

The Lord Jesus Christ is Lord/Master of all those who have received the gift of holy spirit – whether we are circumcised or not circumcised in our flesh. Since the day of Pentecost (refer to Acts chapter 2) when holy spirit, the spirit of Christ, was first made available, neither is circumcision something nor uncircumcision – but in contrast, the new creation is something! The new creation is the gift of holy spirit which all holy-people have received from God by means of the Lord Jesus Christ. This new creation is important.

Spiritually, there is no connection between holy-people and the present world including those in it who reject what God says. We still physically live here awaiting Christ's coming to gather us all together with him taking us out from it. 

Ephesians 2:10:
.10for we are His made-product, having been created in Christ Jesus on good works which God prepared-beforehand in order that we may walk in them.

Paul writes that we have already been created within Christ Jesus resting or based upon...

  • good works (works that issue from God Who is good, deeds in accordance with what is perfectly admirable from God's viewpoint),
    • which good works God prepared beforehand (He previously made these good works ready for us).

Who prepared these good-works beforehand? God. Why? For the purpose and result that we would walk (behave, conduct ourselves during the everyday living of our lives) within the sphere of action of these good works.

We could not walk in these good works if God had not created us in Christ Jesus making us His production. God gave us the gift of holy spirit by means of the Lord Jesus Christ when we believed His belief, and it is in Christ that we are able to walk within these good works – this is not referring to any work or action that mankind may label as a 'good cause' or a 'charitable work.'

God began preparing these good works in Genesis 3:15 when He spoke of the Christ. While Jesus Christ was carrying out his assignment God was working with him (refer to John chapter 14). On the day of Pentecost (refer to Acts chapter 2) the gift of holy spirit was made available which is the spirit of Christ - and now all those who receive holy spirit-life today are able to behave in accordance with the good works that God originated and prepared beforehand.

Verses 13-18:
.13but now in Christ Jesus you, the (people) at-some-time being distant, were caused-to-become near in the blood of Christ, .14for he is our peace, the (one) having made both one and having loosened the middle-wall of the fenced-enclosure, the enmity, in his flesh, .15having rendered-ineffective the law of the commandments in order that he may create the two in himself into one new man making peace .16and he may fully-reconcile both in one body to God by means of the cross, having killed the enmity in himself .17and having come he good-messaged peace to you, the distant-people, and peace to the near-people, .18because by means of him we both have the access in one spirit towards the Father.

Verse 15 explains that Christ Jesus created the two (Israel and Gentile who believe what God says)...

  • within himself
    • into one (resulting-in only one) new man
      • making peace.

Only those being within Christ become one new man, and Christ is the one who is producing peace among all within him.

The Greek word translated "new" emphasizes the truth that this man is newly-made and different from what was previously in effect, new because it is different from that which had been formerly, new because it replaces the old.

The usage of the word "man" is a figure of speech in order for God and the Lord Jesus Christ to communicate with mankind on the level of mankind's understanding. This "one new man" is not a fleshy or a natural/physical man, but it is spiritual consisting of every person who has received holy spirit-life from God by means of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are all in Christ - in his one spiritual body. We are all limbs of his body. This is similar to the physical foot and arm and eye, etc, being in a person's physical body, many limbs and all the limbs together constitute one body. We are the one spiritual body of Christ and Christ is the head, and we all share-in-common the same holy spirit-life.

Ephesians 4:24:
.24and you must clothe-yourselves-with the new man, the (new man) according to God having been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth;

Ephesians 4:24 explains that you must clothe yourselves with the new man (put-on the new man as a garment by going inside of it, envelop yourselves with the new man). This particular Greek word translated "new" emphasizes the truth that this "man" is newly-made and is different from the old man previously in effect, new because it is different from that which had been formerly, new because it replaces the old, new compared to what was there before.

You must clothe yourselves by the freedom of your will in the walk/behavior category with the new man. What new man? The new man...

  • in accordance with God (in conformity with and proportion to the only true God, our Father) -
    • and therefore this newly-made man figuratively refers to the holy spirit-life within every holy-person; it is the spirit of Christ in you;
  • and it has already been created
    • within the sphere of action of righteousness (justness, justice, being and doing what is just/right)
    • and practicing holiness (that-which is pure Godliness free from all crime, it is the state of constant observance of what God says)
      • pertaining-to and consisting-of the truth.
Colossians 1:15-17:
.15who is (the) image of God the unseen, firstborn of all creation .16because all-things were created in him in the heavens and on the earth, the seen-things and the unseen-things whether thrones or lordships or rulerships or authorities, because all-things were created2 by means of him and into him .17and he is before all-things and all-things stood-together2 in him,

Paul writes regarding Christ Jesus and all he has now as a result of God having raised him up and placing him in the position of God's second-in-command and giving him the responsibility of being ruler of the kingdom at the present time.

Verse 15 explains that Christ is firstborn of all creation (the first one born, begotten, brought-forth relative-to all creation) – every bit of God's creation is included.

The word translated "firstborn" means that Christ is the first one born or given-birth-to, indicating that at least one more is/will-be born after this first one. This word emphasizes birth, being brought-forth.

This statement of Christ being "firstborn of all creation" refers to when God raised him up giving him his new spiritual body having God's life (holy spirit life) permanently. Thus the resurrected Christ became God's firstborn son permanently within God's kingdom which He has now placed under Christ's rulership. Christ is the firstborn of all creation. There have been others since the day of Pentecost who became born (holy-people have received the gift of holy spirit thereby becoming children of God) and there will be others born of all creation (all who will be resurrected to eternal life receiving spiritual bodies), but there can only be one firstborn.

In the lands and time-period of the writing of the Bible, it was usual that the first male child born in a family received all the rights, abilities, authority, etc, due to him from his father, unless that firstborn rejected his father and God's Word; this is illustrated in many records regarding God's people throughout the Bible.

Christ now has this position – firstborn. He is the first one brought-forth from among all of God's creation to be born of/by God, Who is Holy Spirit, having been given his spiritual body with its holy spirit-life on a permanent basis. He is God's firstborn son and therefore he has received all the rights, etc, of this privileged position - permanently.

Colossians 3:10 and 11:
.10and having clothed-yourselves-with the new (man), the (new man) being newed-up into full-knowledge according to (the) image of the (One) having created him .11where there is not in (him) a Greek and a Judean, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, freeman – but Christ (is) all-things and in all-people;

All holy-people have already received holy spirit-life which is the new man. We don't have to do anything else to receive it because we already have it. Our holy spirit does not get bigger and bigger, nor does it wear-out or get old and need to be replaced every day, nor does it become "more spiritual" – this is not what Paul is saying. But day after day our holy spirit continues to receive information from God or from the Lord Jesus Christ regarding different situations and topics as we live our everyday lives – it is being newed-up and what it receives is different compared to what it had the day before.

The new man is being newed-up into full-knowledge which is in accordance (conformity and proportion) to/with...

  • the image (icon, resemblance, representation)
    • of the One having created him (God is the One Who has already brought this new man into being, into existence)

...where there is not in him (not within the sphere of action of the new man) the following:

  • a Greek person (one who is of the Gentile Hellenistic background) and
  • a Judean person (one who is of the Judean/Israeli background),
  • a person who is circumcised (physically indicating that he wants to keep the law of Moses and old covenant) and
  • a person who is uncircumcised (physically indicating that he does not want to keep the law of Moses and old covenant),
  • a barbarous person (meaning a non-Greek, because the Greeks referred to people who did not speak their language as barbarians),
  • a Scythian person (one who is extreme in barbarism),
  • a slave (a person who is in bondage or servitude to other men),
  • a freeman (a person who is at liberty from bondage or service to other men),…

…but (contrary to such racial, genealogical, class, career-track, educational, or intellectual divisions) Christ is all-things and in all holy-people.

Revelation 3:14:
.14And to the angel of the church in Laodicea you must write: 'The certain-one, the witness, the believer, and true-one, the beginning of the creation of God, says the-things-here -

In verse 14 John continues writing the words from the Lord Jesus Christ which include details that he is:

  • the beginning of the creation of God (the original part of the process, the first time-wise implying others are/will-be after him more-towards the end).

The Lord Jesus Christ is the initial starting point, the rulership because of being in the first-placed position of dignity relative to everything that came and still comes after or later-than him pertaining to God's creation, what God has brought into being or established and which is still in progress at the present time.