In the beginning of the Bible, the Beginning of Creation, in the third verse of the bible; scripture reads on day one, (Genesis 1:3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
The ‘rub’ comes later on day four verse fourteen of creation when God creates the Sunlight. (Genesis 1:14)
There is a long standing debate concerning the ‘gap’ in the creation of light on day one and that of Sunlight on day four of creation. Here is the definitive biblical answer to this ‘over theologized’ topic.
The waring sides of theology speculate where and what the Light of creation is. Some say that the sunlight was made on day one and the God just waited till day four to hang it in the sky!? Huh?
Some say that there are many types of light, not just the light we can see. Short-wave light which also includes ultraviolet light, X-ray light, etc… Long-wave light such as infrared light, radio waves, sound waves, etc…. Some light is produced by friction, fire, chemical reactions, and nuclear reactions through atomic fission and fusion, which is the way we believe sunlight is produced. What!!!! These are created not the Creator!
In the end the different forms of light, and God waiting to hang the sun; are suppose to explain the light from God and the two day gap till sunlight on day four…???
As the Buzzer Sounds……Ehh! Wrong Answer!
God Himself gives us the answer in his own words through what is spelled out literally in the Bible. The Bible ends the same way it begins. God still emits the light in the last chapter last Book of (Revelation 22:5); as in the first chapter first Book of (Genesis 1:3).
I know. Amazing isn’t it! Just read the Book? Satan’s goal of perverting scripture is to start a theology fight to blind the church from the simplest of truths.
So, let’s get on with this simple truth. I love to grab the original Hebrew and Greek words to enlighten and gain the wisdom of scripture. (Proverbs 4:7) Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
This article has three major points to understand.
- The difference between God’s light and Sunlight.
- God’s Light in Genesis and Revelation.
- The difference between light and darkness.
Install your thinking cap ’cause’ here comes the proof from direct Hebrew translation.
Strong’s #(H216) is used in first 5 verses of (Genesis 1:3-7) referring to God’s Light.
Strong’s #(H215) and (H3974) are used in the latter four verses of (Genesis 1:14-17) referring to the created light.
In the beginning (Genesis 1:3) Then God said, “Let there be light”; Strong #(H216) and there was light.
The Hebrew word “light” in the above verse (Genesis 1:3) translates: illumination or the luminary.
Definition: Strong #(H216) אוֹר ‘owr ; illumination or (concretely) the luminary.
This is the light illuminating out of the Glory of God. God creates things in the physical, in an image or reflection representing the spiritual. (Genesis 1:27) (John 3:8) (John 1:1-3) (2 Corinthians 4:4) (Genesis 9:6)
In (Genesis 1:14-17) God creates the Sun’s Light in the image of His Light. This is light created by God not illuminating from God.
The Hebrew words for ‘light and lights’ translated from Strong #’s (H215) and (H3974) are used in four verses of (Genesis 1:14-17). These verses are describing what the “Creator created” in the Sun and Moon.
Definition: Strong #(H3974) מְאֹרָה mâ’ôr, mâ’ôr, me’ôrâh, me’ôrâh translates: a luminous body. Derived from Strong #(H215) ‘ôr אוֹר = A primitive root; causatively make luminous (literally and metaphorically): break of day, glorious, kindle, (be, en-, give, show) light (-en, -ened), set on fire, shine.
(Genesis 1:14) And God said, Let there be lights (H3974) 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:
The Hebrew word “lights” in the above verse (Genesis 1:14) translates: to causatively make luminous, set on fire, shine.
These verses and there direct Hebrew translations show that God’s Light is illuminating from Him (the luminary) and Sunlight is created and caused to illuminate as fire to shine.
While we are at it, further proof comes from the New Testament itself which states that God is Light (1 John 1:5).
(1 John 1:5) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, (G5457) and in him is no darkness (G4653) at all.
Here we have switched from the Hebrew to the Greek and nothing is lost in translation and in perfect harmony of the Old/New Testaments. God is manifesting the luminousness as the luminary of His light.
The Greek word “light” in the above verse (1 John 1:5) translates: to shine or make manifest luminousness. Strong #(G5457) phōs φῶς is From the obsolete phaō which compares to (G5316) and (G5346) meaning luminousness.
This is the equivalent to the Old Testament Hebrew word of (Genesis 1:3) (H216) אוֹר ‘owr ; illumination or the luminary.
*The word “darkness” in the above verse (1 John 1:5) translates: to shadow. Defined as follows.
Definition: Strong #(G4653) skotía is From (G4655) skótos is derived from the base of (G4639) skiá σκιά means to shade or a shadow [darkness of error or an adumbration]: – shadow. This Greek word (G4639) has the Hebrew equivalent word Strong #(H6738): tsêl צֵל (tsale); From Strong #(H6751) is tsâlal צָלַל to be dark, shadowing.
Satan is in the darkness, (Acts 26:17-18) a liar, (John 8:44) a deceiver, (2 Corinthians 11:3) and accuser. (Revelation 12:10) Satan is shadowing God and copycatting the Creator. (Isaiah 14:13–14) Satan can only mimic God he can not create.
Here are some verses to enlighten you on the darkness.
(Acts 26:17-18) I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness (G4655) to light, (G5457) and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.
(Ephesians 6:12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness (G4655) of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Now let’s get back to the light of Revelation. The Bible begins with the Glorious, Pure, Holy, Creator’s Light. God prepared a physical home in the cosmos for a Physical Man on Earth. Here mankind needs the sunshine for warmth, light, growing crops, and all of the other forms of created light of the fifth paragraph in this article. These things sustain the Mortal needs of the physical world.
The light of Revelation is a reflection or image of the Creator’s Light the new Jerusalem in Heaven (Revelation 21:2). The future Home that is being prepared for Spiritual Man. Where there is no need for a physical sun (Revelation 21:23) to shine and nourish all things mortal. We take on immortality (1 Corinthians 15:53) and are nourished through the Glorious, Pure, Holy, Creator’s Light.
Let’s put that thinking cap back on ’cause’ here comes the proof from direct Greek translation.
Definition: The Greek word for Light (G4098) píptō πίπτω fall (down), light on.
Definition: The Greek word for Light (G5457) φῶς phōs from an obsolete phao (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; Derived from Strong #(G5316) and (G5346); luminousness, fire, light.
The following Definition shows the harmony of the Old/New Testaments.
Definition: Strong’s Greek word #’s (G5457) obsolete φάω phaō and (G5338) – φέγγος is the equivalent to the Hebrew word Strong #: (H216)אוֹר (ore);
(Revelation 7:16) They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light (G4098) on them, nor any heat.
(Revelation 18:23) And the light (G5457) of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
(Revelation 21:10-11) And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light (G5458) was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
Definition: Greek word for light Strong #(G5458) phōstḗr φωστήρ Derived from Strong’s #(G5457) that which gives light, an illuminator of the stars, sun and moon.
(Revelation 21:23) And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten (G5457) it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
(Revelation 21:24) And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light (G5457) of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
(Revelation 22:5) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle neither light (G5457) of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light (G5461) and they shall reign forever and ever.
Definition: Greek word for light Strong # (G5461) φωτίζω phōtizō Derived from (G5457); to shed rays, i.e. to shine or (transitively) to brighten up (literally or figuratively):–enlighten, illuminate, (bring to, give) light, make to see.
God is the true source of all light and enlightenment. Satan’s goal is to blind the mind of Man (2 Corinthians 4:4) to prevent the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ (God) to Illuminate on the Church bringing the wisdom of the simplest of truths.
Throughout the ages Satan has doggedly and most of the time successfully prevented the truth from coming to light. Satan has even convinced nations to worship the sun as god’s in many forms.
Satan used myth and lore to twist and pervert the truth into these ridiculous false gods.
Here are a few of these ridiculous false gods, like Shamash the Sumerian sun god.
Helios the Greek sun god and the sun itself who came before Apollo. Apollo a multifaceted Greek god of prophecy, music, intellectual pursuits, healing, plague, and also the sun.
Amaterasu the Japanese sun goddess who was born from the left eye of the primeval being Izanagi.
The Aztec’s god of the sun and war Huitzilopochtli. Who’s mother’s children got mad because she was pregnant with him and tried to kill her. So Huitzilopochtli sprang from his mother’s belly, fully adult, armed, and killed his siblings.
Ra the Egyptian sun god who transforms with the rising sun through the day. The rising sun Khepri, the morning sun Re-Horakhte, the noon sun Aten, and the setting sun Amun. Ra created himself out of a primordial lotus flower.
The list of false Gods goes on and on. My point is, that Satan knows the truth and is willing to do anything to prevent us from knowing it.
Satan was there when God created the sunshine and started his deceptions with mankind in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:1–5) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Satan will also be there in the end when God blot’s out the Sun and throws him in the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:10) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.