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.
Rocks & Millions of years (and other errata):
Q. Can rocks and fossils be millions of years old?
Now, the Creation Museum will tell you that Rocks can be, at most 6000 years old. This is because they believe that everything was created in 6 days, and it’s been around 6000 years since then. They protest millions of years or what they call the gap-age theory because in order to have fossils that old, there had to be death before the fall. I agree with them on that point. They do this to refute evolution’s claims of fossils being millions of years old. I do not believe that fossils are millions of years old.
However, Bro Branham mentions that rocks could be millions of years old:
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My daughter back there, Rebekah, was saying, “Daddy, in school we proved that the… that there are millions and millions of years this world is old. Then isn’t that contradictory to the Bible?”
“No, sir,” I said. “It isn’t.”
“Well,” said, “if the–the different study of rocks and formations, and stalactites and stalagmites and so forth, prove that, dripping, of millions of years, and God said He made the heavens and earth in one twenty-four hours, doesn’t that misprove, disprove the Bible?”
I said, “No.”
If you’ll notice, God telling Moses about the Bible, He said, “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.” Period! How long it took, that’s none of our business. Then He goes ahead and begins to bring in His time of putting seed in the earth. But, “In the beginning,” might have been hundreds of billions of trillions of years, aeons of time, but, “God created the heavens and the earth.” Period! That settles that. That’s the first step. See? He makes no mistakes
He also mentions in the sermon Questions and Answers on Genesis
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Now, watch this now. Beautiful… Now, He made the sun. Then the first thing you know, a big clinker fell off of it, weighed about, just about like this earth, went “Spue…” Then this Logos here now, the Son of God, is watching it. He lets it fall for a hundred million years and He stops it. Then another one flies off, and He let’s it flew off–fall for millions of years, then He stops it. Now, we’re standing, watching it come into existence.
I’m sure by the third post in this series, many Message scholars are wondering “What about ‘other civilizations’”?
Bro Branham mentions:
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I was talking to a person not long ago. He was trying to discuss with me and saying, “Aren’t you ashamed to say that God created the heavens and earth in three days–or in six days?”
I said, “That’s what the Bible said.”
Said, “Well, we’ve got evidence and can prove that the world is millions of years old.”
I said, “That didn’t have anything to do with it. In Genesis 1:1, it said, ‘In the beginning God created heavens and earth’ period. See? That’s all. Now, the world without form and void.” And I said, “I believe every seed was laying right there from some other civilization or something, and as soon as the water lifted off and the light struck it, up come the trees and everything.”
So, Bro Branham teaches us that rocks (the earth) could be millions of years old for sure. Then he mentions that there could have been “some other civilization or something”. He only mentions SEED as being there as soon as the water lifted off. Moving water away doesn’t spring up anything but plant life, not animal or human life of course. Could fossils have been from a previous civilization? Perhaps, but then we have to account for death before the fall, and I can’t make that fit. I lean more heavily on the “or something” of that quote. I do not say that it is not possible, because he mentions it, but that civilization would have died before the fall, and I can’t make that fit the rest of scripture. If it is so, I’ll go on record saying I don’t understand it. That’s ok however, I don’t have to understand everything!
In summary, based on my research to date, The message teaches no problems with rocks being millions of years old. I don’t personally feel that any fossils would be any older than 6000 years old. I believe most fossils were likely created by the flood.
These 3 points are the only main questions I’ve come across with Message Believers and the Creation Museum. Of course, the Creation Museum doesn’t have Serpent Seed right, but then I never expected them to.
Hopefully this series of posts will help you study the Creation and understand some of the theories out there, and give you insight as to what Bro Branham taught. As for the Creation Museum, I think it’s a great ministry and one on the forefront of Science confirming the Bible. Worth the trip to go see!