In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.
This is likely the single most recognizable line of text in the entire Western World. It is the very first line of the single most popular book in all of human history. And is also the first line in what has come to be known as the creation account.
What many people may not pick up on from a casual reading of this passage, is that it is also the first direct reference in the Bible to celestial phenomenon. It is not the only one.
Much of the Bible is dedicated to describing the workings of the heavenly bodies, and rightly so. If the Bible is, as it claims to be, the word of God, certainly he would want us to understand how we got here, which would require telling us the whole story from The Beginning. Genesis, the traditional name of the first book of the Bible means beginning.
If the Bible is the word of God, then there should be information contained within it’s pages proving that to be the case. Information about things that would be considered impossible, according to our current way of thinking, and yet very obviously and undeniably true upon investigation.
The account of what God accomplished on the first day, continues, and at verse three we are told that God commanded, “Let there be light, and there was light”. Obviously this verse is about the creation of the sun. The account goes on to explain that God saw the light that it was good, and God divided the light from darkness, and established the concept of day and night.
We know that our day and night are caused by the rotation of The Earth, and so it is obvious that after creating the Earth, and Sun, God put everything into motion, establishing our solar system’s first observable division of time. And in fact the passage concludes by stating “There was evening, and there was morning, The First Day”
But Satan, the God of religion has had thousands of years to manipulate the translation of the Bible in order to make it appear foolish, and at verse sixteen most English translations of The Bible say that God made the two great luminaries on the forth day. According to the text, those two celestial objects were the Sun and Moon.
Enemies of The Bible have a long history of claiming that the Bible contradicts itself. And it is mistranslated verses such as this that are often the proof texts for that belief.
The Bible very clearly states that God made day and night on day one. But according to every English translation of The Bible that I have ever seen, somehow three days and three nights passed, before God finally got around to creating the sun.
Fortunately there are still many ancient copies of The Book of Genesis in existence, and what is actually recorded in them is that on day four God created the second great luminary. Not that God created the two great luminaries. In Ancient Hebrew, the words that are translated as two and second do not mean the same thing. Neither do they mean the same thing in English. The Earth and Sun were very obviously created on the first day, and the moon very obviously was created on the fourth day.
At this point the Bible explains something about the sun and moon that most people read through, without even understanding what they are reading. In the second half of verse sixteen, the Bible says that the sun was made to have rulership over the day, and the moon was made to have rulership over the night. This verse is not figurative.
Many cultures around the Earth left records of a time when in fact, the moon never left the nighttime sky. In our day this is not the case. Our current solar year is 365 ¼ days long. Our lunar months on average are a little over 29 days long. These two cycles can not, and do not produce a world where the night is ruled over by the moon.
Currently our moon spends only about half of it’s time in the nighttime sky, and half of it’s time in the daytime sky. So why would every ancient culture around the world have at one time believed that the moon was firmly fixed in the nighttime sky? Is there any evidence to support that such a thing could have ever actually been true?
In fact there is. Not only did those ancient cultures leave records that the moon never left the nighttime sky, but, they also left calendars which would explain why this might have in fact been the case.
Many ancient calendars were based upon 360 day years divided into 12 equal 30 day months. If there was a time when this was the case, then in fact the moon could have been restricted to the realm of the nighttime sky. The number 30 divides into 360 exactly 12 times.
The current accepted explanation for this phenomenon is that primitive man did not understand how our solar system worked. Such a teaching would explain why those ancient peoples may have gotten the precise timing of Earths year wrong, but it would not explain why they would have gotten it wrong by 5 ¼ days. Utilizing any calendar that is inaccurate even by a very small amount, will eventually bring about catastrophic failure to an agrarian society. Utilizing a calendar that is off by 5 ¼ days would cause catastrophic failure very quickly. Sustaining large populations through agriculture by default, requires an accurate understanding of the Earth’s annual cycles.
Another problem with The Empire’s explanation for this phenomenon, would involve the primitive nature of the societies that produced those 360 day calendars, due to the fact that they also left massive technologically advanced building projects. Constructing Temples, Ziggurats, and Pyramids is not something that could be accomplished by hairy, club carrying, loin cloth wearing, ape men.
The most problematic evidence against the primitive man theory, is the fact that 360 day calendars are not just found in the promised land, but as far away as the Americas. The Mayan, Aztec, and Inca calendars, just like the Egyptian, Babylonian, and Bible calendars were all based on 360 day years.
People can make mistakes, and sometimes people can make the same mistakes as others. But it would be mathematically impossible for everyone on earth to make the same exact mistake, about the number of days making up months and years.
But even if a person was incapable of counting to 360 and dividing by 30, there would be no explanation for why people around the world in the ancient past all believed that the moon never left the nighttime sky. The only reasonable explanation for why so many cultures left evidence that in the ancient past our solar system did not function as it does currently would be that at one time, our Solar system did in fact not function as it does today. There can be no other explanation.
But then something happened. Cultures around the Earth stopped producing 360 day calendars.
God had spent thousands of years tolerating the ritualistic religions of man. Even when the people that he rescued from the Egyptian Empire demanded the right to participate in such a religion, God allowed it. But only after those people willingly submitted to a very specific version of religion. Every aspect of that religious law code was written down and included as part of The Bible narrative.
Much of that law code described a very detailed series of rituals based on the observance of celestial phenomenon. In our day the timing of those rituals is no longer possible, because they were all based on the 360 day calendar, which no longer exists.
After promising God to follow every letter of the law, the nation entered into the promised land, and immediately engaged in every vile thing that can be imagined. From what is recorded in The Bible, it seems obvious that within a very short amount of time, every single precept of that law code, had been transgressed.
They agreed to rest, but instead chose to work. They agreed not to kill, but instead engaged a perpetual cycle of murder. They agreed not to steal but stole everything that they could get their hands on. Even stealing from God himself.
God sent his prophets to inform the nation that he would no longer support their religion, but the nation continued to observe the cycle of rituals while at the same time also continuing to engage in unrestrained wickedness.
God continued to send his prophets, who eventually announced that God was changing times and seasons. And from that moment on things were going to be different. Earth wide each and every culture that had previously lived according to a repeating cycle of 360 days came to an end. Some suffered catastrophic collapse. Some simply adjusted to a different way of life.
Even though our Bibles say that God was changing times and seasons, the ancient words of the original text would more accurately be translated as years and months. These words were recorded before the actual changes to our solar system took place.
Religious rituals which for centuries were based on a 360 day year went through radical changes. Planting and harvesting cycles were negatively affected. Many cultures stopped worshiping their gods altogether, and adopted new Gods.
From what is recorded in the Bible it is obvious that the religion of the Jews, had to be completely reorganized. Many books of the Talmud were written as a means of adjusting the old rituals to fit in with the new way that our solar system functioned. It was shortly after this time that the Jewish leap year calendar was created.
When asked about the end of civilization, Jesus said that there would be signs in sun and moon and stars. Much of the Bible is dedicated to describing changes that took place in the ancient past, as well as changes that will take place as we witness those signs.
Many ancient cultures from around the world left artifacts confirming what the Bible claims has already taken place. We can be confident that what is recorded in the Bible about future celestial phenomenon will be every bit as trustworthy, as what was recorded about past events.
We who are alive today will witness those events with our own eyes. And what is recorded about future celestial phenomenon is much more astonishing than anything that would have been witnessed in the ancient past.
Do you have time to listen to a story?