Days or Periods (3): The Concordistic Theory

We concluded our preceding article with the statement that we obtain a strange conception of the creation and development of the world if we subscribe to the theory which views the days of Genesis 1 as lengthy periods of time. Surely, we, the Church of the living God, are living even now at the end of time. This we do not merely mean in the sense that we, as of the Old Dispensation, are living in the last hour. This is also true. Scripture speaks of the New Testament as the last hour. The history of the world and the development of God’s covenant can be compared to a clock. This history of the development of the Lord’s covenant is characterized by various dispensations or periods. These periods do not differ essentially but each constitutes an advancement upon the other as far as the light of God’s revelation is concerned. Each period, then, is represented by an hour upon that world clock. And we, of the New Dispensation, are living in the last hour. The clock of the world has already struck eleven. However, we are not only living in the last hour, but also towards the end of this hour.

Many things establish the fact that we are living near the end of time. There is, first of all, the sign of the preaching of the gospel. ‘The Lord had commanded that the gospel must be preached to all creatures. This, we understand, does not mean every human being, head for head. All creatures must be understood here in the representative sense of the word. The gospel must be preached to every nation, land, tongue, and people. Has this occurred? Another sign of the Lord’s coming is that of wars and rumors of wars. Is it not an amazing thing that the peoples of the earth are preparing themselves for another war and that so soon after the recent global conflict? Each war is an advancement upon the preceding one in scope and intensity. And, these wars are following so quickly upon each other. Anyone who is somewhat familiar with the history of the United States must realize that wars have been fought in 1776, 1812, 1848, 1861, 1898, 1917, and 1941. What does this mean? Fact is, each succeeding generation has been involved in some kind of war. And how terrible these wars are becoming? And now, not five years after the close of the most recent conflict, warfare is again going on in Korea, and who will venture to predict what the outcome of this fighting will be? Apart from the coming of the Lord of lords, who will make all things new, it is simply a fact that the world herself is hastening to her own destruction. People today are speaking of the imminent destruction of the human race and of the earth. One dreads to think of the probable intensity of the next global conflict. A third sign of the end of the world is the Lord’s prediction that the love of many shall wax cold. This we do not interpret in the sense that the real, true love of the people of God shall wax cold. This is obviously impossible. The work which the Lord has once begun in us He shall complete until the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. This word of the Lord must be applied to professing Christians, to those who profess to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and possess the love of God. How cold today is the “love” of many professing Christians. The churches never had as many upon the church rolls as today. And, yet, what an astounding lack of true love, of God and of Christ, and of His Scriptures! Surely, we are living towards the end of time, and the end of the ages is rapidly coming upon us. This means that the existence of this world may total some six to seven thousand years.

Besides, even if we are not so near the end of the world (and all signs point to the conclusion that we are), we obtain a very strange and unproportionate view of the origin and development of the world. Let us presuppose that the birth of Christ stands in the very center of the world’s history, and that we reckon this from the fall of man. This world, then, will continue to exist for another two thousand years, having existed four thousand years prior to Christ’s coming into our flesh. Then this world, from the moment that Adam fell unto the end of its existence, will have existed some eight thousand years. With this in mind, we must have a very strange conception of the world, if the theory of periods is to be maintained. Then we can say that a world which was thousands and millions of years in the process of construction is to be destroyed after some eight thousand years of existence. To speak in terms of architecture and construction, an architect and designer and contractor builds an edifice of one story above the surface of the ground with thousands of floors below the surface of the earth. The Lord, then, must have been busy for millions of years in the formation of a world which, proportionately speaking, will exist but a very few years. No earthly architect or builder proceeds along these lines; and it is doubly certain that this does not characterize the heavenly architect and builder whose name is: The Everlasting God. Fact is, this entire theory of periods, which would interpret the “days” of Genesis 1 as long periods of time, simply belongs to the conception of modern evolutionists who do not reckon with the return of Christ upon the clouds of heaven.

Therefore we must and do reject this entire conception and believe in the literal and natural interpretation of these “days” on Genesis 1. It is not, first of all, the question whether we are able to harmonize our conception of Scripture with the so-called findings of an equally so-called modern day science. Science may never dictate to us the interpretation of Holy Writ. We must bow before the Word of the living God. We must permit the Lord to teach and instruct us out of His Word and testimony. We may never assume a so-called neutral attitude toward the Scriptures. God’s Word, or the Bible, must ever be for us the Word of God, the one and only inspired Word of the alone living Jehovah in Whose light we alone are able to see light. And besides, there is absolutely no reason why we should interpret Genesis 1 as teaching a long, drawn-out evolutionistic conception of the origin of the world. There is no reason to believe this in the things round about us. And, even if this were apparently true, there is yet no reason why the days of Genesis 1 are not ordinary days of twenty four hours duration.