First Published August 1981
I think you'd shock some Christians if you'd remind them that the Bible says the sun, moon and stars were not created until the fourth day of creation! "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."--the heaven, whatever that included, and the earth. "and the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light." Light was second.
The light is what could be called cosmic light for that matter. Not necessarily sunlight or moonlight or starlight, it couldn't have been, because He didn't create the sun or moon until a couple of days later.
In ancient Bible time, their days begin with the sunset and the night is considered to come before the day. So the third day was the dry land, and the fourth day, “God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also." (Genesis 1:14-16)
Which was made first according to the Bible this great ball of fire, the sun, the planets? According to their theory (science) that they can't prove and never have, and they have whole big arguments between themselves on how it happened. Which came first according to the Bible? If we didn't pin you down to some of these things, you wouldn't even realise it!
What did God make first? The heaven and the earth! What heaven? If it wasn't the sun, moon and the stars, which of course obviously includes the planets, what heavens did he make? Well, you could say it was just plain space, that's all. He had to have someplace to put them. I think that's more logical, or you could say, He created the atmospheric heavens first, and then he put the earth into them.
But I’m a little more inclined to believe when it says "heaven" there it's talking about space--the space to put them in. He had to create space. That’s an interesting thought. Modern science has proven that it requires space and time to have anything material. It requires three-dimensional space, a place. Could you by any logic arrive at the conclusion that that means space, the heavens? He had to create a three-dimensional place and time before he could even start creating the earth! Maybe that's a little too technical for you, but it's an interesting point, because the sun, moon and stars didn't come till later.
He created the heavens and the earth and then light--what kind of light? If there was no sun, moon or stars, what kind of light was it? Well, of course, science has now proven that there is light in the universe. There are cosmic rays which have nothing to do with the sun, moon, stars, planets or anything. It’s just some kind of force that operates in the universe. A type of light rays, vibrations totally independent of the sun, moon, stars and the planets. So first he had to create space, and along with it, of course, time.
How do we know he created time right away, he created the first day! So that's something else that isn't often brought out. In fact he not only created the heaven and the earth the first day, the space and a place to put the earth in, but also the time for it to exist, the first day! We could include time on the first day of creation as well.
Why did the Lord make those big things out there weaving around through space, and all those big complicated planets and Jupiter and its moons and Saturn and its rings and Mars with its strange canals and all this stuff? Why did he make them? I think it's all a part of his machinery and clockwork to run the world! It was all designed for our benefit and to influence us!
The Bible definitely teaches that these astral bodies influence our lives here on earth. I don't think God has to give his personal attention to every little bit of his machinery every minute. He has created the machine to run beautifully and smoothly and perfectly, and once having set it in motion it just runs, including these big astral bodies and planets and stars, etc., to influence our lives. (Job.38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
JDG.5:20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.)
When you think of how complicated the whole balance of nature is between man and the animals and the bugs and the plant life and all the rest, it must take a tremendous control system of some kind to keep it all in harmony and order and operating as it should. It’s like a huge machine, the most complicated known to man!
I’m convinced of the truth of astrology, how it affects our lives. And the ancients for thousands of years were convinced that these planets influence our lives and our personalities. How else was God going to get personalities distributed? What if we'd all wound up Leos and Scorpios or Cancers or something else? Or all wound up a bunch of dreamers and inventors like Aquarians, and everybody wanted to change something! I mean, we'd have really been in a mess if it hadn't been for the Leos and the Cancers and the Scorpios and Aquarians too and all the rest of you, Taurus’s and Capricorns and Pisces.
Certainly the ancients, the wise men of old, the astrologers were convinced that the various planets definitely affected our lives and personalities, if not our lives, our personalities, and certainly our personalities affect our lives. Only the Lord can over-rule our strong will and traits. Why not? Why shouldn't God have put these things in control of the balance, of when is the time to be born.
God has a time for everybody to be born, think of that! (Ecc. 3:2) That must take some planning. It certainly took a pretty complicated and amazing machine at least to regulate it. Maybe you don't like that concept of the word "machine," I don't like that either, but it's the Lord's system of controls, whatever you want to call it, his interplanetary system that he created to control life on earth.
It’s pretty easy to prove the position and distance of the planets which are not too far away and affect our lives a great deal and our personalities and all the rest. Man has understood the planets for a good many years. Galileo and others were not the first ones to know that the world was round and that the planets move around and that the earth moved around the sun and all the rest! The ancients knew these things for thousands of years, all about the planets. The astrologers have known these things for thousands of years
Going back to the story of creation, there are a few shocking things you find in that first chapter that maybe you didn't even notice, not only the fact that the heavens and the earth were created before the sun, moon and stars, not by the sun! It says that the earth was created first, and the sun, moon and stars four days later!
So the earth was not created by the sun exploding and tossing off lumps of gas and molten masses of material that cooled off and solidified into the planets. The sun, moon and stars were created for the benefit of the earth!
They deliberately lie about ancient wisdom and knowledge as though it was ridiculous. They try to ridicule the old wisdom and the old knowledge as though it were all false and they're the only ones that really know, they've only found it out lately and they are revealing these marvellous truths to you for the first time! When actually man has forgotten more truth than they ever knew, and more things about creation and the way things operate and astrology and all the rest! Modern man is not as smart as he thinks he is.
"And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven." what is the firmament? Go back and read about this firmament. "and God said, let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." that was about the next thing he created right after space and the earth, even before he caused the dry land to appear, the very second thing, the second day.
He created space and the earth before the sun, moon and stars. in other words, if you're going to believe the Bible literally and just what it says, not only was there not a sun that created the earth as science tells you, there were no planets, no sister planets, and no stars. Now I’m going to drop the bomb in a minute to show you how they promote their lies to try to contradict the Bible.
The fourth day he created those lights and he placed them in a firmament which he had created on the second day, after he had created heaven, or space, and the earth, and the spirit of God hovered on the face of the waters. Obviously at that time when the earth was first created it was covered with water, he didn't cause the dry land to appear till later. The very next thing that he did before he caused the dry land to appear was what?
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. and the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Now saying it was without form doesn't mean it was totally shapeless. it doesn't mean that it did not have some kind of shape, but it was not like we know it today. Obviously there were no continents, there were no maps to speak of on the face of the earth, no land, no islands. Today it has shape and form and we recognise it when we see the globe of the earth, but it was just covered with water and something else at first.
It was not only covered with water, it was covered also with the spirit of God, and darkness too! It’s almost like the beginning of the struggle between good and evil right there, between the darkness and the light, the spirit of God and the Devil from the very beginning. Because of course, you know the Devil was already in existence before creation. You can read those passages about him in the books of Ezekiel and Isaiah. You read in Isaiah about his end, how he's brought down to hell and kings are amazed at him and his fall! (see Ezk:28:1 and Isa:14:1)
All right, the darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Notice the spirit of God was in motion? She’s never still, she's always moving! God believes in movements, motion, emotion!
"And God said, let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." Now notice, the next thing He said, "Let there be light." darkness has usually been identified with the Devil, but God brought in the light. I don't doubt the Devil was right there fighting creation even then! But nothing could stop God; He brought in the light, before the sun, moon and stars!
If you're going to believe the Bible, exactly what it says, space and earth were created first! Space, to have a place to put earth in, and time on the first day, to have a time to exist, and light to defeat the darkness, and the spirit of God on the face of the waters to protect God's creation and defeat the enemy. What is the next thing after that?
"And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night." You say, "how could he have day and night when there was no sun yet? Day and night is created by the revolutions of the earth on its axis! How could there be day and night without any sun, without any moon, without any stars?" I’ll tell you how! It’s very simple if you have faith. Because God said so, that's how!
If there was some kind of light, cosmic light or whatever you want to call it and the earth was already in existence and spinning on its axis, light always has to have some kind of source, so there must have been some kind of night and some kind of day. There was light! It says so!
Anybody knows light has to have a source, it doesn't just glow all around you from nowhere! If it had a source, it must have been only shining on one side of the earth at a time, right? If the earth was revolving, then whatever you want to call that kind of day and that kind of night, it was day and night just the same, even without any sun! God didn't need as much light for what he was doing anyhow, He could have done it in the dark!
All that on the first day, think of that! That's a lot of progress in one day, space, earth, time, water, darkness, light, spirit--seven things created on the first day, or at least there, present on the first day. The spirit of God had always been. Seven major things present. then came:
"And God said, let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let if divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so." is it so or not? "And God called the firmament heaven! And the evening and the morning were the second day."
Now here we have this heaven again! The way we usually think of the heavens, we go out and look at the stars, the moon, the sun and we think of the planetary-stellar heavens. We can't imagine heavens, space, without sun, moon and stars, can we? If you're going to believe the Bible and believe God at all, it was there, the space was there that he called heaven!
It had to be the first day because there had to be time and without time there couldn't have been any heavens and earth! If you're going to believe Einstein, even if you don't want to believe God, you're going to have to believe that nothing material can exist without time! A three-dimensional creation cannot exist without time, so time had to be there on the first day!
"But where does this other heaven come in, he's talking about here in the middle, some kind of a thing called the firmament?” Well, let's give your imagination an even wilder stretch and jump over to that fourth day and see what happened. What is this firmament? This was before there was even any dry land. The earth was covered with water, and he makes some kind of a space, a firmament, between the waters that are on the earth and the waters above, some big space, and he calls it heaven!
You say, "oh well, I guess that must be the atmospheric heavens, the space between the surface of the earth and the clouds, the atmospheric covering of the earth, that must be the atmospheric heavens
Well, do you know how deep the atmosphere is? How high can you fly until you start running out of oxygen, out of air, atmospheric heavens, and atmosphere? How high can you go? Now if he's talking about atmospheric heavens, how high do they extend, thirty thousand feet is about six miles. The only part that will do you any good is about the first six miles, beyond that you can't breathe.
We’ve got to find out what this firmament is! "And God said, let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." What waters were they? At that time, the only waters we've heard about, the whole face of the earth was covered with water. He said, let there be a space between the waters and let it divide the waters from the waters!
"And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day."
Here we obviously have the sun and the moon and the stars, and where do we find them? In the firmament of heaven! Between the waters! Sun, moon and stars, obviously above the waters on the earth, and apparently below the waters somewhere above! The sun is not hovering around between the surface of the earth and the clouds, so the waters above the firmament are not the clouds!
Astronomy really is a very fairly exact science when it comes to the solar system, but only when it comes to the solar system! I’m going to prove to you that all these tales they've been telling up about how far away the stars are, are fairy stories! They weave it right in to their measurements of the solar system, the movement of the planets, and they can prove that.
Where are the sun, moon and stars, in the firmament! And where is this firmament? Between the waters. The waters below, obviously on the earth, and the waters above! If the Bible is true, there's water out there somewhere beyond the stars! If science is true, the stars are billions of miles away, trillions! In fact, the distances are so so great according to science you can't even measure it in miles, you have to measure it in light years!
If you think the distance light can travel in one hour is great, how far can it travel in a day, a week, a month, a year? That’s how the scientists measure space and time and how far away the stars are supposed to be. I can prove by the Bible it isn’t so! Stars are not that far away!
Just because from experience and observation by telescope, etc., they can plot the course of the stars and know exactly where they're going to be or where they've been and how they rise and how they fall and this, that and the other, it isn’t necessarily so! It’s because they know where they're going to be and where they've been and where they're going to be by their courses and all of that, but it isn’t necessarily so that they're that far away! How do I know that that's not true?
See, that's where they run you right off the edge of the solar system and their true measurements and actual proof of space probes and the solar distances and all that, the things they really know and can prove and have measurements and all the rest, actual space probes and photographs. When they get beyond man's little limit here of the solar system, they’ve gone too far!
How far does light travel in one hour at the speed of 186,000 miles per second! All you have to do is multiply 186,000 by 3600--669,600,000 miles an hour! That's 2/3 of a billion miles in one hour, and then you've got to multiply it by 24 to get how many a day and so on and up to a year,how far light travels in a year! This is how these "Godly" scientists--Godly not because they have anything to do with God but they consider themselves Gods, like God, as Gods--will tell you with a straight solemn face how far away the stars are! That even the nearest star is four light years away, it would take the light of our sun four years to get to the nearest star!
They say, "the star you're seeing tonight, that star out there, that nearest star, its light left there and you're just now seeing it four years later!" Well, that might be believable, but they go a little too far then: they say, "well, of course, there are much more distant stars whose light has been travelling for millions of years to reach you, and you're just now seeing them!"
There’s not a single star that is more than 6,000 light years away! How can I prove that, because time has only existed for the last 6,000 years, and the sun, moon and stars have only been around for the last 6,000 years! If any of them are any further away than that, they just never existed! Their light not only hasn't reached you yet, but it never will. There’s not a single star that is more than 6,000 light years away! ( See Age of the Earth Chart. -Click Here- )
The planetary solar system distances, movements, relationships, even influences are true science and have been scientifically proven. But the distance even to the nearest star that they claim is that far away is mere theory. I don't have to have any kind of a lecture or astronomical book or some of their astronomical guesses to tell me that, all I have to do is read the Bible! There was not a star made or placed before 6,000 years ago, just before man was created, on the fourth day of creation! (There is true science and there is false science. (l Tim 6:20-21 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.)
Now either you have to believe that or you don't believe the Bible! That’s your choice. God gives everybody a choice, whether you want to believe the Bible and what it actually says and the truth of God's word, or the lies of science--science falsely so-called! Why does it say it was falsely so-called? What does the word science, from the Latin "scio" mean? "Scio" means "I know," so the word "science" means the things you know, or knowledge
There’s not a star out there further than 6,000 light years away. as far as we know, even the earliest men mapped charts of the stars thousands of years ago, and some of them have been in existence for we know hundreds of years and far before that, because there were astrologers even in Daniel’s day (600 BC) and before that. They knew all about the stars, probably even more about stars than we do today!
There’s only 6,000 years of history since creation, right? It says that on the fourth day He made the stars also, so when did he make them, 6,000 years ago! Do you think you could see them then or that he made them 6,000 light years away and you're not seeing them until just now? Well, we know by history that they've been for quite awhile before this, in fact, several thousand years!
It’s my personal conviction that the stars were visible I would say at least that day, "lights in the heavens", you must have been able to see them if they were lights. So if they saw them that same day, on the fourth day, they certainly couldn't have been more than twenty four hours away. Two-thirds of a billion in an hour? Well, let's say at least by the tenth hour of the day they could see them, so you've got about maybe six billion miles away. Ten times your 600-and-some million is six billion. I’ll confess six billion miles is quite a little ways!
After all, if these astronomers can toss these billions and trillions of light years of distance around, why can't we toss around a few million?--not even one light year! Not even one light month away! They’re not even one light week away! They undoubtedly have to be less than one light day away, so they're only a few light hours away at the very most!--not billions and trillions of light years.
So your beautiful constellations and stars and galaxies and all the rest that you can see out there through the telescopes, you can even see with the naked eye 4,000 of them and have been ever since creation, according to all the star charts and everything they've had since thousands of years ago, they've never changed! So I’m convinced by the time some of those first ones were made by the first astrologers, they hadn't changed a bit from the day of creation to their time!
To finish the story, not only are the stars not so far away, but there's something even further away than the stars! The water above the firmament!
So therefore if he created the stars and they were there on that fourth day of creation, and within this firmament of space between here and the outer waters, obviously they couldn't be too far away--they certainly couldn't be light years away! They are very far and they are very high, "behold, the stars how high they are."
Obviously even the ancients knew that they were higher than the sun, moon and planets--beyond them. You can see that by naked eye observation. How do you know? Well, if you know anything at all about watching stars and so on, you can see that the moon passes between you and the stars. By means of eclipses they can see that the sun passes between them and the stars too. They can also tell the planets pass across the face of the stars, so the planets are between us and the stars. Stars are out there beyond, but they're not that far beyond! They’re far out, but they're not that far out!
Next time you get out there and take a little look, breathe a sigh of relief, they're not as far away as they told you! It just isn’t so! They’re at least certainly not more than six billion miles away. If I tell you my personal conviction you may think I’m crazy!: I don't think they're even that far away! I don't think they're very much beyond the solar system itself, personally
Just remember, whenever it comes to contradicting God's word in any way, shape or form, I don't care how much they pretend to prove it. It just isn’t so! So there you are! The stars have been here ever since God made them on the fourth day, and that's only 6,000 years ago, so they couldn't be as far away as they say. So I believe the bible.
PSA.147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
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