—Treasure Beyond Measure

Evolution Vs. Creationism

One thing that must be understood before you can understand Creationism is that God lives in Eternity, that is, he lives outside of time. A billion years, or fifteen seconds, is the same thing for God. Time has no real meaning to him, beyond his knowledge of its meaning to us.

Psalm 90:2-4

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You turn men back to dust, saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men." 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (NIV84)

When you read anything in the Bible you must always keep this fact about the timeless nature of God in your mind. If you read the Bible with our time reference you will not understand certain passages. Please let me show you an example of what I am talking about.

Malachi 3:1-3

See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty.

2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, (NIV84)

The messenger referred to here in this prophecy is John the Baptist, but the coming that is referred to is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and not the first. Do you see what I am saying? If you read this passage with a human understanding of time it makes no sense, but if you forget about time, then it does make sense.

Revelation 22:13

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (NIV84)

Now with respect to the Creation of the world I would like for you to empty your mind of all preconceived ideas and look at what the Bible says, exactly. What I mean is, people have the basic knowledge that God created the world and everything in it, and so they try to picture it with their own understanding. They have images of God saying, "Let there be a polar bear," and Presto! a polar bear appears. And, "Let there be some cattle," and there are the cattle. God could have created things this way, God can do anything, but what does the Bible say, exactly. People generally don't have any idea what the Bible says regarding creation beyond that fact that God created everything. But this fact doesn't seem to stop them from getting angry with me for what I see in the Scriptures regarding creation. Take care, my friend, not to get angry, or frightened, but to look and see what the Scriptures do say regarding the creation.

Genesis 1:11-12

Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. (NIV84)

Isn't that interesting? God did not directly create the vegetation. He commanded the land to bring forth the plants. If we, for a moment, disregard the time element, then what the evolutionary biologists have been saying is exactly what the Bible says, that is, that the plants sprang forth from the land.

What does the Bible say regarding the creation of the animals? Let us look and see.

Genesis 1:24-25

And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. (NIV84)

Just like the plants, God commanded the land to bring forth the animals. This fact coupled with our understanding of the timeless nature of God allows us to understand that what the fossil record shows is in agreement with what the Bible says. People have interpreted the Bible's creation passages in the light of their time reference and have come to the conclusion that the Universe was created in six literal days. This interpretation does not agree with what we see in the world. So people have mindlessly stuck their heads into the sand and said, "I believe the Bible." People have venomously accused me of interpreting the Bible in the light of what I see in the world, well how else can you read the Bible?

Faith is not mindlessly claiming to believe in what you think the Bible says. The truth is what God says the Bible says, that is, the Spirit. When what you believe is in agreement with what the Spirit intended then you have it right, then you are operating in faith.

God created the Universe exactly the way that he did, as a teaching tool. It is from the things of the creation that he frames his reference for revealing spiritual things.

One thing that is of absolute importance is that you understand that everything that is, is exactly what God wanted. The fact that it took billions of years to bring it forth means nothing. Time is meaningless to God. The exact number of ants on the world today is exactly the number that God planned for. The fact that God did it through minute and infinite changes in the environment means what? that he didn't do it? God is infinitely bigger than you can imagine. God is infinitely more patient, more powerful, more creative, more everything than you can imagine. God is BIG.

The scientists studying the origin of the universe always reach the same problem. They have concluded that the Universe sprang into existence at one moment in time, and from one location in space, but where it sprang from they have no idea. They are not aware of it, but they have been searching for God. But God cannot be found through the efforts of man.

John 14:6

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV84)

The only way to find God is through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God has hidden himself, and that is what we see in the creation. A person can never search for God with their mind and find him. He can only be found with the heart. This does not mean that we turn our minds off and claim to believe in nonsense, in the name of faith. It is through the searching with our mind and heart that we come to understand the truth. We look and see with our physical senses, and ask God to reveal the truth in our hearts. They both work together.

We must look at everything with our eyes and pray for the understanding of what we see. This idea that God spoke, and plants and animals started popping up like popcorn is not in agreement with what we see in the world. Neither is it in agreement with what the Bible says. We see a very old earth and an evolution of life over billions of years or so. So we ask the Lord, "What does this mean?"

Job 37:14-24

Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders. 15 Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? 16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge? 17 You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind, 18 can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze? 19 "Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness. 20 Should he be told that I want to speak? Would any man ask to be swallowed up? 21 Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean. 22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty. 23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. 24 Therefore, men revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart? (NIV84)

When I look at the Bible and at the world, I see that God spoke the universe into existence and then, through ways beyond my ability to comprehend, he formed everything to his exact requirements. I see him using the weather to control things. I see him using time and zillions of tiny changes to bring about the end that he desires. I see him forming the atoms from the energy that he spoke into existence. I see wonder upon wonder. What a mighty God. What an awesome God.


What of man? What does the Bible say, exactly, concerning the creation of man.

Genesis 2:7

...the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (NIV84)

What does it mean that God formed the man from the dust of the ground? Isn't this just a poetic way of saying what he said concerning the creation of the animals? How long, in our way of thinking, did it take God to form the man? How did God do it? Isn't it possible that he formed man in the same way, and over the same period of time, as he created all of the animals?

When we read this passage very carefully we see that God did not form up a man shaped sculpture of mud, and then breathed into it, for it says that he breathed into HIS nostrils. He was a "he" before God breathed into him. Also notice that the passage says that the MAN became a living being. He was a man before God breathed into him. Isn't that interesting?

Now the real question is, what does it mean that he became a living being? What exactly happened to the man when God breathed into him? The life that he received from God was not animal life. He already had animal life when he was the man with nostrils. The life that he received, some six thousand years ago, was spirit. He became a spirit being with a soul that lived inside an animal body.

Genesis 2:16-17

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die. (NASB)

Now, notice very carefully, that the man was told that he would surely die the day that he ate from the forbidden tree. We are soon told in the Scriptures that he had at least three sons born later to him and that he lived for more than nine hundred years. Well, my question is, did he die on the day that he ate the forbidden fruit, or not? Yes, of course he did. God told him that he would surely die and so he did, but it was not the death of the flesh that occurred, but of the spirit.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (NIV84)

What does Jesus mean by saying that whoever lives and believes in him will never die? Jesus is talking about the inner person, the real person, the spirit person. This is the life that was given to Adam when God breathed into him. Adam became a living being, that is, he became a spirit being that was connected to God. He lived inside of God, and God, by his Spirit, lived inside Adam.

John 5:24-25

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. 25 I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. (NIV84)

You see, the life and death talked about in the Bible is frequently spiritual life and spiritual death.

The Bible is a very subtle book. We must be very careful when we read it. The formation of Adam in Genesis chapter two is really about the creation of the spiritual Adam and not the physical. There is a joke that goes around that asks if Adam had a belly button. The implication is that because he was not formed in a womb that he would not have a belly button. But, in truth he did have a belly button, because he had a mother and a father, and they had parents back to the dawn of time. But that is simply speaking of the formation of his flesh from the dust of the earth.

At the exact moment in God's plan, that God had previously determined, God took the animal man and changed him into a being that was created in God's image and likeness, and since God is spirit, so to the man became spirit.

Now the formation of Eve is a completely different matter. She is the only being that was formed right on the spot.

Genesis 2:21-23

So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called "woman,' for she was taken out of man. (NIV84)

Now I don't want you to think that I am saying that what is called mankind today has its origin back millions of years. Man as we know him today originates in Adam. The spiritual transformation that occurred that day in the garden had enormous consequences. The man before God breathed into him was a very intelligent animal. This man would have had all of the natural instincts that we have in our bodies today. These are what the Bible calls the voice of the flesh, or in the NIV, the "sinful nature." The "sinful nature" is a very poor translation of the original word. The nature of our natural instincts is not sinful, but the Bible teaches us that if you allow your natural instincts to direct your life, rather than the Holy Spirit, then you will be led away from God. 

The transformation that Adam had had, changed him greatly. Adam was no longer an animal in the truest sense. He had become a Godlike being that lived inside an animal body. Adam now had a new nature. He could know and understand the things of God. He now had to obey the voice of God. Before, when he was an animal, he was incapable of sin, but now he had a relationship with God and had to obey God. Adam had the command of God and had to obey it.

I don't want to get too far from the topic of evolution and creationism, but I think it's important to say one more thing about Adam and Eve. When the serpent deceived the woman and she then disobeyed God's command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, when she disobeyed she committed sin. She then gave some of the fruit to her husband and he also ate and sin was found in his heart. God can not, and will not, live where there is sin. God could no longer live inside the hearts of the man and the woman. This is the meaning of death. When you are disconnected from God you are dead. God is the Sustainer. God is the power that keeps us from decomposing.

The Days

Let us now get back to the topic at hand. Let us look at the "days" of creation and what they mean.

2 Peter 3:8

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (NIV84)

This is a quote from Psalm 90 that we looked at earlier, but here Peter is focusing on the day equals a thousand years portion.

If we look at God's plan as a whole we see man laboring for six thousand years, and then resting on the last day, that is, the seventh thousand-year period; the Millennial Kingdom.

After the last day is over those that have been found worthy will enter into eternity, that is, Heaven. Spiritually we can say that mankind enters into eternity on the eighth day. This is subtly revealed to us in the fact that the male children of the covenant of Israel are circumcised on the eighth day of life. Another very subtle illustration of this is the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected on the eighth day of the week. Now I know that the Bible says that he was resurrected on the first day of the week, but the first day is also the eighth day if you think about it.

And look at this:

Matthew 16:28-17:8

I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters -- one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. (NIV84)

When will the Son of Man come into his kingdom? Well, it is interesting that both Matthew and Mark tell us that Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain exactly six days after he talked about it. Now think about it. All through the Gospel accounts we see the Lord going from here to there, but we are not usually told when. But here it says after six days. Why?

It is because the Lord will come at the end of the sixth day, or sixth thousand year period, that is, six thousand years after Adam was transformed into the son of God. He will come to establish the Millennial Kingdom, or the seventh day, the day of rest.

My friend, whenever you see in the Scriptures some weird little fact that seems out of place take the time to pray and ask the Lord what it means. Nothing in the Bible is there as filler. God has wonders hidden everywhere. (I am speaking of the six days mentioned above.)

Now it is interesting that Matthew and Mark both say six days after...then the transfiguration, but Luke records the event with, "about eight days after..." "About," and of course the days. This is all very unusual for the Gospel accounts. Again, why tell us that the transfiguration occurs so many days after the Lord referred to it if it is not important? Because it is important.

Hosea 6:1-2

Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. (NIV84)

This passage speaks of the fact that Israel has been dispersed among the nations, and that the Lord will restore them. Notice very carefully that they will be revived after two days and on the third day he will restore them. Do you see that this is not literal? The Roman army conquered Jerusalem in 70 AD and dispersed the surviving population across the known world at that time. We are now coming up on the two thousandth year anniversary of that event. Surely the two days refers to this fact.

Do you see, my reader, that we must be very careful not to assume that a day is only a day. There are spiritual truths hidden in various ways in the Bible.

Matthew 10:16

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (NIV84)

My friends, we must be thinking people. This idea that you believe something because it's in the Bible is only true, if what you are believing is what the Spirit intended, but if you accept something mindlessly you are not truly believing what the Spirit is saying. We must strive to understand the Scriptures. It is only through our coming to understand the subtle things that we gain a subtle knowledge of God. I know that it pleases the Lord for us to want to know the subtle things. It is his delight to reveal them to us, his children.

Proverbs 2:1-6

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (NIV84)

The Plan

Colossians 1:15-16

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (NIV84)

This passage is talking about the Creator, Jesus Christ. Jesus created all things. There is nothing in heaven that he did not create, and there is nothing on the earth that he did not create.

Ephesians 1:11

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,... (NIV84)

It is hard for us to imagine God being so smart, and powerful, and patient, that he could work out a complete plan, spanning billions of years, and then bring it to completion. There is absolutely nothing on this planet that is not exactly what God planned for before he started the creation.

Revelation 5:1-5

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals. (NIV84)

I would like to point out that the scroll that contains the details of the seven seals has already been written. At the appointed time the Lord Jesus Christ will begin breaking the seals, but the plan is already set.

Matthew 24:36

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (NIV84)

Please notice that the Father does know the exact day and hour of every event. The fact that the Son does not know is just another way of telling us that the answer to the exact day and hour is not to be found in Scripture.

Everything in the prophecies will be fulfilled at its exact moment in time. There is no possibility of failure, because the Father has ordained it. God is not striving to keep things on schedule. He sustains all things by his powerful Word.

Revelation 9:15

And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. (NIV84)

Man in his arrogance thinks that the society that he has created to protect himself from God is something to behold. Man is filled with pride concerning his accomplishments. But the World, and everything in it, will be shaken on the Day that the Lord comes riding with the armies of heaven.

Isaiah 14:24

The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand. (NIV84)

My friend, nothing can withstand God's plan. Satan and his fallen angels can do nothing. Man and his technological developments can do nothing. God's plan is not subject to change.

The atomic bomb appeared exactly when God, (before time began,) ordained that it would. Man walked on the moon on the exact day and hour that God's plan called for him to do so.

God is more powerful than we can possibly imagine. What he has established will happen. Nothing that he has ordained can fail to happen. So what, if God works in ways that are beyond our ability to understand.

God could have made the world six thousand years ago. He could have created all of the animals in a big "poof!" But he didn't. God did things the way he did because he knew that people would search for him and he didn't want to be found in that way.

You might be wondering why I have talked in this paper on Evolution vs. Creationism about the unchangeablity of God's plan. Well, it is because this topic tends to strike terror in the hearts of people that have been taught Christian Creationism. I have stated beforehand that God created everything, so that people will not panic and open their hearts and listen to what I see in the Scriptures.

I received this understanding from the Lord about five years ago, but I was afraid to post anything on this topic lest I frighten everyone away from the other teachings. The Lord rebuked me last week and has shown me that those that will listen, will listen, and those that will not, will not. He has made clear to me that I am to speak the truth and not to worry about offending people. Those that are seeking true understanding will welcome the truth and be thankful.

Somewhere along the way people have gotten the idea that either the Bible is true or Darwin is correct, but both cannot be correct. This is a ridiculous notion. The Bible is the Word of God and is true, but how people interpret the Bible is another matter. The Bible says what it says, but its meaning is frequently misunderstood.

Charles Darwin observed that changes in the environment, and competition between the species, caused dramatic changes in the various species, so as to increase the species survivability. In short, outside factors cause the species to evolve to meet the changing need. Darwin's theory holds that the changes are very small and that they take place over very long periods of time.

The thing that Darwinists don't understand is that God is orchestrating everything in ways that we cannot see. There is no "Mother Nature." God is the author of everything.

My fellow believer in Jesus Christ, if you stop and really think on how God has done these things it will really give you an idea of his size, power, brilliance, and awesomeness. Just because he did things in a way that you have not considered doesn't mean that he didn't create the Universe in the way that he did. The object of the creation was man, so in the description of the creation of man, no mention is made of the time that the creation took. All of the generations of man that preceded Adam are nothing but the steps needed to bring that man, that is, Adam, to completion. Adam's creation took many years by our reckoning, but to God it was nothing. Once the man was exactly what God wanted then God transformed him into a child of God, and the plan started full speed. The humans that

preceded Adam were animals; smart yes, but animals nonetheless. Adam, after God breathed into him, was a spirit being. He was then like God. He was then capable of understanding the love of God.

My friends, you must understand that the transformation that Adam underwent was no small matter. It was a creation, but of the spirit and not of the flesh. Maybe you don't like the idea that we "evolved from the apes", but so what, we are what we are. God wants us to humble ourselves and accept the fact that we are almost nothing when compared to God. We sweat. We smell. We have to eat, and to breathe. We have to go to the bathroom. All of this is to keep us from pride. What we are inside is incredible! We are children of God! Imagine if you can what that means! This fact is hidden from us. We are hidden inside of these animal bodies. We were created, at the time of Adam, for the purpose of socializing with God Almighty.

1 Corinthians 13:8-12

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophecy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (NIV84)

When the Lord comes for us, as this passage says, we shall be transformed into what we were created to be; fully God's children. While we live in these animal bodies we cannot realize our potential, but if we have faith, and continue in him until he comes, we will inherit our destiny. We will know, even as God fully knows us.

God is calling us to leave the world behind and to seek him only. We can know God, because he has made us in his image and in his likeness. Oh my friends, what do you want? Do you really believe in God? Then leave behind everything of the world and come to him. He has promised us who have abandoned the world, bodies that are suitable for our beings. We will live forever with the God of Love, if we don't shrink back.

May God open your heart that you man receive this message.

In love, Mark Heaney


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