What is commonly known as the Creation days of Genesis occurred over six literal 24-hour days about 6,000 years ago, according to the Bible. This does not mean that the Earth and heavens are only 6,000 years old. Many people think the six creation days in Genesis are a description of the Earth's geologic history. They are not! The geologic record shows that the Earth existed long before the six days and long before Adam.
This begs the question: If these six days were not the original creation of the heavens and Earth, then what were they?
The short answer is: The birth of a new heavens and Earth. It is an event the Greek Scriptures refer to as: "katabole"
In the King James Version of the Bible there is a key phrase in the New Testament that refers back to the six days of Genesis. That phrase is:
"The foundation of the world"
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
(Matthew 13:35 KJV)
This phrase is found in the following verses: (Matthew 13:35, Matthew 25:34, Luke 11:50, John 17:24, Ephesians 1:4, Hebrews 4:3, Hebrews 9:26, 1 Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8 & Revelation 17:8), a total of 10 verse references. In each of these verses the English word "foundation" is translated from the Greek word 'katabole.' Here is the Strong's definition:
katabolh katabole kat-ab-ol-ay'
from 2598; a deposition, i.e. founding; figuratively, conception:--conceive, foundation.
The other New Testament verses where the English word "foundation" is found are: (Luke 6:48, Luke 6:49, Luke 14:29, Roman 15:20, 1 Corinthians 3:10, 1 Corinthians 3:11, 1 Corinthians 3:12, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Timothy 6:19, 2 Timothy 2:19, Hebrews 1:10, Hebrews 6:1, Revelation 21:19), a total of 13 verse references. In each of these verses the word "foundation is translated from the Greek word 'themelios.' Here is the Strong's definition:
qemelioV themelios them-el'-ee-os
from a derivative of 5087; something put down, i.e. a substruction (of a building, etc.), (literally or figuratively):--foundation.
There is one other translation of the Greek word katabole in our King James Bible that you need to see. It is found in the following verse:
Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
(Hebrews 11:11 KJV)
It is very instructive to learn why the English word "foundation" in all the verses containing the phrase "foundation of the world" and the English word "conceive" in Hebrews 11:11 are both translated from the Greek word katabole. Why are the Holy Scriptures comparing the "foundation of the world" to a conception? That is the question we will explore on this page.
Before proceeding further, please notice that the "foundation of the world" is NOT speaking about the original creation of the heavens and the Earth. The Scriptures make this clear by this verse:
And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
(Hebrews 1:10 KJV)
In the above verse, the English word "foundation" is not from 'katabole' (which is akin to a conception) but it is from 'themelios' (which is akin to a structure or base of beginning). This tells us that this verse is describing the time when God originally created the Earth. And, since the verse says this was "in the beginning," it correlates correctly with the very first verse of the Bible:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1 KJV)
Just so you are clear, in the KJV Bible (and the Greek Scriptures) the New Testament phrase of "foundation of the world" and the New Testament phrase "foundation of the earth" are talking about two different things, at two different times. If you do not understand this differential between the Bible words "world" and "Earth" please review this page for a more detailed discussion: Understanding the Biblical Difference Between the Words "World" and "Earth"
Now, here is what we have established, so far: The six days of Genesis are not the original creation of the heavens and Earth. The six days are not a description of the Earth's geologic history. The six days are a description of the "foundation of the world" (the world of man) and a process called 'katabole' that is akin to a conception and a birth. Got that?
So, what exactly does the Greek term katabole (the scientific term=catabolic) mean? In simple terms, it refers to a process of breaking something down and making something new as result. In order for a woman to conceive, her body must be able to breakdown the male's sperm in order to incorporate his DNA information (in the sperm's nucleolus) with her DNA (in the egg's cytoplasm) in order to conceive a child which has the DNA characteristics of both the father and mother. This is accomplished through a biochemical process called catabolism. If the female's body no longer produces the necessary hormonal chemistry to initiate this catabolic process, she can not conceive. That is why Sarah, who was way past child bearing years, was able to conceive because God strengthened her body to do it. That is why the English Bible uses the word "conceive" as a translation of the Greek word "katabole," because the English word perfectly describes the end result of a foundational biological process, even though the exact dynamics of that biological process was unknown to man at the time Hebrews 11:11 was penned. This is yet another Biblical example of "Progressive Revelation" of the Scriptures; it was an established scientific truth documented in the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit many hundreds of years before mankind would be able to comprehend the full meaning of what had been written.
Again, in biology, catabolism is generally used in the sense as the precursor to anabolism (the building up) as part of the overall process of metabolism. Once you understand that, then you realize that all those verses in the New Testament which speak of "the foundation (katabole) of the world" are talking about "the breaking down (for the purpose of building up) of the new cosmos. That is, the Bible compares the "foundation of the world" to this biological process because of the scientific similarities. Specifically, because God took the remains of the original heavens and Earth, which had become broken down and were desolate at the time of Genesis 1:2, and though a Divine catabolic process used the remains of the old heaven and Earth to form our present heavens and Earth. The details of that process are what is given in the six days of Genesis.
That confirms the truth of Genesis 2:4 which tells that our present world, the one made during those six days, is a new generation (offspring) of the original heavens and earth:
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
(Genesis 2:4 KJV)
Notice the PLURAL tense 'generations' and 'were' in the verse. From Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:4, your Bible tells you about the first generation of the heaven and the Earth in verses 1:1-2, and the making of the next generation begins at Genesis 1:3 with "...let there be light."
In the case of human conception, the offspring bears many characteristics of both the father and mother, yet is also unique with its own characteristics. In the case of the new generation of the heavens and the Earth, it too would bear many characteristics of its parent, but be uniquely different in certain ways. We discuss these differences and similarities throughout this website, and deal specifically with the differences of the living creatures on the planet, in both the previous world and the present one. You will find that material on this page: Life Forms Just Before End of Ice Age and After Seven Days of Genesis
Before ending this page, I must give credit to whom it is due:
I first learned about the materials presented on this page after reading a book by D.V.M. Steven E. Dill entitled, "In the Beginnings" a book which is another defense of the Gap Theory of Genesis. Dr. Dill contacted me shortly after reading my book, "The Bible, Genesis & Geology" and suggested I read his, which I did.
In the section in his book entitled, 'The Gap Theory Under the Electron Microscope' he expounds at length about the word 'katabole' and the connection to the six days of Genesis. I was blown away after reading it, because it provided another Biblical and scientific verification to the Ruin-Reconstruction interpretation that is astounding.
On the right you will find the Google Books text of the section of his book that deals with the subject of 'katabole.' I have included this link because you need to read about it in his words, in much greater depth and clarity than I can possibly communicate.
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