The first chapter of the Book of Genesis speaks about the creation work of God and many people dismiss this chapter because scientifically or realistically many part of the chapter do not match one another and do not make sense even compared to the common sense that people can understand. Then what is the problem with the understanding of the worldly viewpoint of the book? The problem is that the book just like all other books of the bible cannot be understood with common sense of man because it is intrinsically written in a figurative language.
Matthew 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
What Jesus did 2000 years ago was to reveal the hidden things since the creation of the world. But since the creation of the world is recorded in the Book of Genesis, it means the Book of Genesis contains hidden things that must be revealed. It means the book cannot be understood in the literal sense, but must be understood in a figurative sense. In other words, just like all other words of God in the bible the book itself is a parable. Then how should we understand the book?
First, let us think about some of the contradicting parts in the book when it was interpreted literally. The most conflicting part is the day one and the day four when God is creating the light. In the Day One, God created light:
Genesis 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
What is the light that gives light to day? It is the sun. Therefore, if we understand this Day one literally, we must say God created the sun on the first day. But in Day Four, God created another sun which does not make sens at all in the physical term.
Genesis 1:16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
Logically, what would be “the greater light to govern the day” which was created by God on the fourth day? Isn’t it the sun? Then are there two suns in our solar system? Scientifically, it is false to say there are two suns in the solar system. That is why people say that the creation in Genesis does not make sense at all. Then how should we understand this? We must interpret the book figuratively. Then what is the light which was created on the first day? About this Paul let us know the figurative meaning behind it.
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
Paul quotes from the verse 3 of Genesis Chapter 1 and explains the meaning of the light. The light created on the first day is the light of the knowledge of God or the light of gospel that shone on the heart of people who accepted the gospel. Before the creation the world was in the complete darkness and there was no knowledge of God at that moment. But for the first time in human history, to Adam and Eve God revealed himself and let them know the true God who could give salvation through the knowledge of God. That knowledge of God that gives salvation appeared for the first time to human being and it was described as light figuratively. Also the light which was created on Day Four is also figurative lights. Then what are the lights that was created on the fourth day?
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
What is the light in a figurative sense? It is the words of God. So on the fourth day, what was created God were actually two words of God: the Old Testament in the time of Moses and the New Testament in the time of Jesus.
Let us take a look at another example which cannot be understood in the worldly viewpoint. The first man created by God were Adam and Eve and later they had sons, Cain and Abel. Out of hatred Cain killed Abel and at that moment, logically how many people should exist on the earth? Three, Adam, Eve and Cain. But right after Cain killed Abel, he was banished from the place he was living. But he was afraid of PEOPLE that might kill him when he left his hometown.
Genesis 4:13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, andwhoever finds me will kill me.”
There should be only three of them at that moment, but surprisingly there are many living around them and after this verse Cain surprises us again by marrying a woman that should never be there at that moment.
Genesis 4:17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch.
Where is his wife from? Through all these things what we can understand is there were people living around the three of them already. The earth was not empty of people at the moment, but the bible itself shows that there were many people living around Adam and Eve. Then who were their contemporaries? Why are they not included the creation work of God? Why does the bible describe only Adam and his family as man, not others? To understand this mystery we must understand the figurative meaning behind the word ‘man’ in the bible. Biologically many people were living on this earth at the time, but spiritually only three of them were considered as man in the eyes of God. Then who are man spiritually? Man are those who have the knowledge of God. When God shone his light, it was shone to Adam and his family and they came to have the knowledge of God. And they were considered as man spiritually. Then what about other people who did not have the knowledge of God who did not receive the light of gospel at the moment? They were not man in the spiritual sense? Then what were they? Jesus compares them to a pig or dog. In other words they are considered as animals in God’s eyes. When Peter saw a sheet that contained a lot of different unclean animals in a vision, he interpreted the meaning like this:
Acts 11:18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
Those unclean animals or Gentiles also could receive the words of God and came to have the knowledge of God as Jews. When they have the light of knowledge of God, the animals could be changed into man and accepted as man. So those people who were living along with Adam and Eve could not be categorized as man in those days since they were not allowed to have the knowledge of God like Adam and Eve. These are just a few examples from the book, and actually all the contents of the book must be understood figuratively. Then how can we understand the book?
The Six-Day Creation in the book is 6000 years of God’s salvation work in the spiritual sense. The bible teaches a day can be calculated as a 1000 years so according to this system 6 days are actually 6000 years. Then when was the starting point? It was the moment when God revealed himself to Adam and Eve. When he revealed his identity to man for the first time in human history, that was the moment he started his salvation work. So according to this creation work, the sixth day is the last day when God finished his work. The spiritual meaning is that God will work for the salvation for 6000 years from the time of Adam and he will finish his work of salvation after 6000 years. Therefore, we can say that Chapter 1 of Genesis is actually the blueprint for God’s salvation work and he was fulfilling all the creation work according to this plan. We can confirm this through the words of Prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
He already foretold the end even from the beginning and therefore if we want to know about the end of God’s salvation work we must take a look at the beginning. Then what book is concerned with the beginning? It is the Book of Genesis. The book was a plan for God’s salvation and God is working according to his plan in the book of Genesis. Then let us find out the meanings of each day one by one so that we can understand the true meaning behind the book. And we can be sure that the Spirit and the Bride are actually our Savior who is coming in the last day of the creation, Our Father and Our Mother.
All these teachings are coming from God Ahnsahnhong and Our Mother Heavenly Jerusalem. Let us give thanks to God Elohim for giving us the light of the knowledge of God to us Gentiles who were like animals and and making us man who can receive salvation.