The EARTH is 4.5 Billion years old. That’s according to evidences such as radiometric dating, etcetera. 4.543 billion years old, to be precise. And the universe is about 14 billion years old. Yet, it appears the Bible teaches differently, because according to the Bible, we have a fairly young earth which is less than 10 thousand years; in fact the earth is just above 6 thousand years. This is based on the time line carefully described in the Bible.
So, Who do we believe?
It might interest us to know that the opening pages of Bible is packed with a number of concepts and mysteries, and we can find answers to many of our questions if we can just pay attention.
Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.
Genesis 1:2: The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
The first verses of the Bible assault the human brain with a myriad of questions, in fact more questions than answer. One of such is: Why would God create a chaotic, formless, void and dark earth? (Let’s remember that the earth is just a minuscule part of our solar system). Or could it be that the earth created in Genesis 1:1 suffered a devastating fate and God spent the next couple of days fixing it and making it green? (Just like Mars. The devastation on it suggests that probably there used to be Martians).
While that line of though is no doubt interesting, my focus today is on the SEASONS. Literal seasons.
By the way, how did the 6,000 year old earth theory come to be?
Simple answer – From the Bible.
Adam to Abraham 2,000 years. Abraham lived 2,000 years BC, making Adam 4,000 years BC. We are currently 2000+ years AD. And that’s how we got the 6,000 year old earth theory
So, What does the Bible say about Seasons?
The FIRST mention of Seasons in the Bible is also found in Genesis chapter 1. On day 4. When God made the Great Lights. Pay attention. Genesis 1: 14 – 19
v14: “Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years;”
v15-19: “Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.”
You probably do not agree with this theory of Creation as it appears to conflict with what we now know; for example, the two lights referred to here, i.e. Sun and Moon operate very differently, and the Stars are mentioned do not seem to include the Sun when in fact the Sun is a Star. However, if we remember that the EARTH is what is being “created” here, it will make a lot of sense.
It is noteworthy that according to Genesis, the diurnal and seasonal demarcation came after the Earth became Green. On day 3, God created the dry ground and called out the green vegetation. And on Day 4, He created the lights and the ‘heavenly bodies”, and set into motion what would later be known as seasons, and years. And their timing would depend on the lights and how they interact with one another.
So, How Many Seasons are there in the Bible?
Sometimes after the creation, almost two thousand years later, 2458BC, there was a global flooding. And there was a recorded story of one Noah and the controversial Ark. Prior to that, in the Bible, there was no named season. There was not even rain. All the nourishment came from underground water, and from the general humidity. But no rain. And most likely no seasons either.
Noah was like the crazy professor who was several centuries ahead of his age. He had seen the future and, unperturbed by current criticisms, he worked on his invention.
450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet tall.
And one day, it started to rain. First time ever. Just like he predicted. Genesis 7:11,12 (NASB) says “the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened” and “The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.”
After the 100 years Ark construction, 7 days of waiting, 40 days of torrential rain, and the 150 days of sustained flooding (about 20 feet about mountain peaks, claiming the life of every living being), and the next 7 months of flood receding and earth drying up, Noah and his family finally stepped on the dry Earth again.
(Yeah, Noah started the Ark project when he was 500 years old. He entered the Ark when he was 600. And stepped out onto a dry ground when a year later, after his 601st birthday). In that sober moment, he set up an Altar of Worship. And God vowed never to wipe all mankind away like that ever again.
It was indeed a disaster of global proportion.
And here comes the Seasons
The Lord made the proclamation in Genesis 8: 22
“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
So, yeah, depending on which part of the world you are, you will get the seasons. The same old seasons: seed time and harvest, summer and winter, heat and cold, night and day.
One day, the earth as we know it will change. The Sun, which provides energy to power our entire solar system will lose its heat and become a frozen mass. This has been scientifically projected. And when the sun is dead and frozen, so will be the solar system.