I’m a big fan of the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum. I’m an even bigger fan of the Message of the Hour from the prophet William Branham. Many following this Message might go see the Creation Museum and wonder, “What did Bro Branham say about all this?” I’m NOT going to claim to have all the answers on this topic, but I’d like to show you my own research on where the Message would agree, and disagree.
Q. How much time was taken to create the world?
Answers in Genesis will tell us that every time you see the word “day” (yom or yowm) in Genesis it is speaking of a literal 24 hour day.
The link to their article above explains why, and also what they are refuting. They are refuting millions of years. I agree with this…God did not take millions of years to create the world and ALL that is in it, but neither does the Message agree with 7 literal 24 hour days.
The one flaw in the Answers in Genesis interpretation of the word “yom or yowm” is the following scripture: “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.” (Genesis 2:17)
Now, according to Answers in Genesis, Adam and Eve should have died in that literal 24 hour day. Now, they try to explain this away by going into Hebrew grammar and such in this article
However, I believe an easier explanation of 1000 year days can be reached. Bro Branham tells us in the message:
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Now, we will notice the earth, when God had it under control. Now, when God had it control… had it under His control. Then when Satan took over, by rejecting the Word of God. God one time had the earth under His control. He set it in its orbit. He put it, make it work. He done everything, had it in His control. Now we’ll compare that with after Satan took it in his control.
Now, it took God six thousand years. It didn’t take Him that long, but He took that long. Six thousand years, because we’re taught that “one day in Heaven is a thousand years on earth,” and it was six thousand years, or six days that God built the earth. Now, it took God six thousand years to establish it, plant it with good seeds and to bring forth everything after its kind. Everything must come forth of its kind. All of His seeds were good, and so it must bring forth after its kind. God took six thousand years.
God took 6000 years. I of course, trust the Word of a vindicated prophet of God. So in the day ye eat thereof the day ye die then turns into, no man has ever lived 1000 years.
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Now, in here, I believe with all my heart I–we are, or this days… If we’re not, somebody is; it’s got to be. Time has run out; we’re at the end. Every… The world… God made the world in six thousand years, and the seventh thousand He rested. He said a man will never live that time out–a–a year–or–or day–“day you eat thereof, the day you die.” Adam–or Methuselah was the oldest man that ever lived in the Bible, and he was 969 years old; and he never lived that thousand years. But the man that’s going to live through the millennium, one thousand years, to show that the–that the penalty has been paid… Man lives forever; the day is finished; the time is finished; they’re in eternity.
The millennium a type of God resting on the 7th day is going to prove that the “day ye die” curse is broken, by a man living 1000 years. To me, that just clinches the argument down. Now, Answers in Genesis would probably then side with the evolutionists and say, “well, then the plants created on day 3 really would have died before the sun was created on day 4” To me it’s so obvious, Jesus the light of the World was there.
REVELATION 22:2 – 5 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
That tree will bare fruit every month, and there will be no sun. Who needs a burning ball of gas, when we have Christ, the very creator and sustainer?