Tonight, This upcoming Wednesday, 4/1 – we will have our Wednesday Night Praise, Prayer, and Bible Study live online through Zoom. Please read chapter 15, take notes, and join us for the discussion. All you will have to do is click on the following link, and following the instructions, https://zoom.us/meeting/632505394
Beyond Creation Science
Chapter 15 – The Prophetic Creation
“…elements that mark prophetic texts”
– poetic imagery
“The fact that we find prophecy at the beginning of the Bible (Gen. 3:15) is the first hint that Genesis may open in the same symbolic apocalyptic style of communication common to prophetic texts”.
More Apocalyptic Literary Features
Apocalyptic/ prophetic literature – a genre of ancient documents revealing another reality
– double pattern – duplicate symbolism (cf. Revelation 1-11/Revelation 12-22; Genesis 1/ Genesis 2; six day creation
– repetition & recapitulation (cf. Genesis 1:1/ Genesis 1:3-2:3)
The Apocalyptic Creation
“Judging from the parallels, the ordering of the six day creation is not sequential or linear: it is apocalyptic”.
“It unveils the nature of God and His divine activity to the reader…The text uses the physical world to teach about God’s covenant works”.
“Genesis 1 speaks prophetically about God’s creative acts which set the pattern of forming and filling. That which God creates, He recreates. That which God forms, He fills. The symbolism points toward what is to come. Old Covenant. New covenant”.
Daniel’s New Day for a New Creation
cf. Daniel 8:26 – “evening and morning” (Old Covenant figurative night; New Covenant figurative new day)
“Daniel makes the connection to Genesis 1 because his “vision of the evening and morning” is a vision of the time of the new creation – a new day for the Israel of God”.
Six Days of the New Creation
John 1:1-28 – Day 1 (in the beginning, light and darkness)
John 1:29 – Day 2 (“next day”; water baptism)
John 1:35 – Day 3 (“next day”; Lamb of God gave an earthy name to Peter the rock)
John 1:43 – Day 4 (“the following day”; Jesus is called King of Israel and spoke of heaven
John 2:1 – skips Day 5 takes us to Day 6 (“on the third day”; wedding feast at Cana)
The Days of Revelation
cf. Revelation 5-6, 8-9, 16
The Prophetic Sun
“Biblical prophets use the sun as a symbolic metaphor for the coming of the Messiah”.
cf. Malachi 4:2; Luke 1:76-79;
– Jesus is called King of Israel on Day 4
Light Without Sun
“The creation account records an ideal picture of light existing before the sun during Day 1 through 3, the first half of the six days of creation”.
Cf. Revelation 21:22-24; Isaiah 60:19
“Notice that the light of the sun and moon is obsolete for those who live in the heavenly city which comes down out of heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ (the sun of righteousness) gives them light – the Lamb is its lamp. Everything in John’s vision relates to covenantal realities and redemption, ultimately Jesus Christ. Preterists often point out that New Testament prophecy is centered wholly upon Jesus Christ, redemptive realities, and covenant relationship with God. Likewise, would it not make sense to consider the same focus for the opening chapters of Genesis?”
“The reason so many miss John’s point is because they do not see that John’s description comes to us in highly symbolic apocalyptic form”…John was talking about Jesus who is the “true light that gives light to every man (John 1:9)”.
Genesis 2 Recapitulates Genesis 1
“The prophetic creation explains why the order presented in Genesis 1 is flipped in Genesis 2”.
The Bride from the Side of Adam
cf. Ephesians 5:24-32; Genesis 2:21-23; John 19:33-35
“…why did Paul reference Genesis 2 when he spoke of the union and communion of Christ and the Church? He went to Genesis 2 because it offers a prophetic, apocalyptic presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ”.
The Apocalyptic Fall of Man
cf. Genesis 3; Revelation 12
“Both accounts reference real events which happened in history, yet neither provide a historical narrative in scientific detail. They are both apocalyptic presentations”.
Flaming Swords & Heavenly Bows
cf. Genesis 3:24; Deuteronomy 32:20-23; Lamentations 2:4; Habakkuk 3:9-11; Revelation 6:1-2
The Apocalyptic Flood
cf. Genesis 7:11; Isaiah 24:18-19; Revelation 4:1; 19:11
The Covenant View of Creation
“We are confident that much more work needs to be done to flesh out additional implications of this covenant view of creation, but we hope the details we have presented thus far will compel you to consider a covenant view of creation”.
“If Biblical prophecy is centered on Jesus Christ and covenant relationship with God, then so, too, is the creation account”.
“The result of our study thus far is the conviction that in these opening chapters of Jesus we are not to look for historic narrative, nor contributions to natural science, but to recognize a symbolic apocalypse of God’s relation to the world and man”. – Milton Terry