Question: Is a Day a Geological Age; Or, Is a Day a 24-Hour Period, the Same as We Have Today?
Answer: Some of the young earth advocates, who do not believe the Biblical record of a period of time between the Original Creation in Genesis 1:1, and the renovation from Vs. 2-20, falsely assert that those who hold to the Biblical authority of the Gap Principle also endorse a day as a geological period of time. They set up the “straw man” of this false accusation and then proceed to “knock it down.” This is a FALSE accusation and an outright lie perpetrated by some who hold to the young earth philosophy.
The following will substantiate this.
Allow me to make it perfectly clear that the great fundamental Bible teachers and scholars that I have known personally, or others by their writings, endorse two fundamental facts concerning Genesis, Chapter One. They are the Gap Principle and the "days" of creation as 24 hours long, NOT a geological age. This is, therefore, based on Biblical authority and not the philosophy of the young earth advocates and their lies!
The following is proof of a twenty-four (24) hour day, in lieu of a geological age time frame.
The main reason the 24-hour day in Genesis has been questioned is to fit in the evolutionist's theory of evolution; therefore allowing millions of years for man and animals to evolve. I will list just a few of the many reasons why a day is 24 hours, and not a geological age of 500,000 years as many so-called scientists speculate.
1. Proof by Biblical Context:
In Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31 the Lord says "and the evening and the morning" were the first day, second day, third day, and etc. He did not say the evening and the morning were a geological age. I think God knows the difference between a geological age of 500,000 years and 24 hours, don't you? What better context of definition could one ask of God than, a day consists of light and darkness divided by evening and morning, just as we have today.
Some say a day and night were longer then, than now. This is easily disproved by the Psalmist. In Psalm 136:5, 8, 9, we read,
"To him that by wisdom made the heavens." (5) The sun to rule by day (V.8)...the moon and stars to rule by night..." (9)
The sun was shining in the daytime while the Psalmist was living, just as it was when man was created, and just as it is now. It is the same with the moon and stars at night. Nothing has changed in the length of day since the creation of man.
2. Proof as Spoken by Christ.
In John 11:9, about 2,000 years ago, Christ made it clear that a day is composed of 24 hours, just as it has been from God's creation of man.
“Jesus answered, are there not twelve hours in the day...”
Do not 12 hours in the daytime and 12 hours in the night time make a 24 hour day? I believe it does.
3. Proof by the Flood.
Approximately 1600 years after the creation of man, the earth was destroyed by a universal flood. At this time God used years, months, days and numbers, just as we have today, to tell us when the rains of the flood began.
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, seventeenth day of the month, the same day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11)
"And the rain was upon the earth forty days (12 hours) and forty nights (12 hours)." Therefore forty, 24 hour days just as we have today.
4. Proof by Botany.
(a). In Genesis 1, God said He created man on the sixth day. If a day is as the evolutionists claim, you would have 250,000 years of total darkness and 250,000 years of light. Can you explain how all the animals, plants, and human life could survive for 250,000 years in total darkness? There would be no fruits, vegetables, trees, etc., as nothing would be able to grow without sunlight.
(b). Plants and animals have a balance in nature, and both are essential to each other for the survival of both. You see, animals take in Oxygen and give off Carbon Dioxide; while plants take in Carbon Dioxide and give off Oxygen. One cannot survive without the other producing what it needs to survive.
Notice carefully Genesis 1:11,12. God “brought forth” all vegetation on the third day. In Genesis 1:21-23, God created on the fifth day all of the sea creatures and winged fowl. In Vss. 24,25, God “made” the animals that require Oxygen produced by the vegetation. Plants need Carbon Dioxide to live, which is given off by the animals. Since many of the evolutionists claim a day is 500,000 years, they disprove their own claim, as plants and animals could not survive.
Agricultural Science proves that vegetables, trees, etc., could not survive even for a short period of time, let alone 500,000 years without animals. The evolutionist refuses to even believe true scientific findings; yet, they want you and I to believe their false theories. How preposterous!
5. Proof by Contradiction.
Any evolutionist, who believes in the geological age theory of Creation; presents himself as God, and denies the true God of Creation. Here is the proof. In Genesis 1:26-31, Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day. God then rested on the seventh day. After the seventh day, we have the record of Adam and Eve being in the Garden of Eden. If a day is a geological age of 500,000 years, then Adam would have had to be over 500,000 years old when he died. BUT God says in Genesis 5:5 that the day-age theory is a LIE because...
"...all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years (930 yrs.)."
6. Proof by Interpretation.
Whenever a number appears before the word "day" in the Bible, it is always, without exception, a 24 hour day. For a start, look up Numbers 7:12,18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72, and 78. Those who claim the day-age theory deny the God of Creation and true Agricultural Science. They are, in a very subtle way, trying to magnetize anyone they can toward their evolutionary beliefs. Much more could be said—I hope this will suffice.
7. Proof By Reasoning.
The evening and morning is in exact conformity with the words of Moses and Christ. In Leviticus 24;3, Moses stated the Lord's instructions concerning the lamb's sacrifice,
"The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer in the even." (Leviticus 24:3).
Could it be any clearer than spoken by Christ, himself, in John 11:9, "Jesus answered, are there not twelve hours in the day..." If I am not mistaken, twelve hours in the daylight and twelve hours in the night equal a twenty-four hour day. Just as Genesis One says that the evening and the morning were the first day in Verses 5,8,13,19,23, and 31
If God is what He claims to be, omniscient and omnipotent, then He is wise enough to state clearly the facts of His creation and powerful enough to accomplish it. Those who claim the Day-Age Theory are, in a very subtle way, trying to magnetize people toward their evolutionary beliefs.
We pray that Christians will take these facts, which leave no question that a day in Genesis One is a twenty-four hour day, and be ready to give an answer to those who try to twist the Bible to their own liking. Especially those who try to wedge a space in God's Word in which to fit their theory of evolution.
Just as God gave the simple record of creation...He also left a record concerning His Son, Jesus Christ.
"And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life and this life is in his Son." (1 John 5:11)
Yes, God sent His Son to pay for the sins of every individual and now He promises to each one that will accept Christ as their personal Savior...eternal life.
The record in Genesis One tells us how we got here. The record in 1 John Five tells us where we are going. Where are you going? It is either Heaven or Hell. Will you accept Christ today as the One who loved you and paid for your sins on Calvary; so you could live with Him in Heaven for all eternity?
"For God so loved the world (you and I) that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)