Have you ever thought of God’s “creations” as being a fulfillment of His direct prophecies? When I speak of God’s “creations” I am referring to God’s material and spiritual rebirth “creations.” The first one is given in Genesis 1 and 2. The second one is given in 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Peter 1, etc. How can these two creations be a fulfillment of God’s prophecies? To answer this question, this article is exploring the nature of prophecy, the nature of the mystery of God’s creations, and how these are prophetically fulfilled. We will also explore some objections to this interpretation.
1. The nature of prophecy: According to Revelation 19:10c, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,” Jesus is the prophetic Word as expressed in John 1:1. In 2 Peter 1:20 and 21 we read, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” We usually think of prophecy as a prophet of God foretelling future events that are determined by God Himself. This is what Peter is telling us in the Scripture quoted above. So the nature of prophecy is a Word from God that is mediated to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. God speaks the Word and it comes to pass at His command. As Sovereign of the universe, He is free to do this His way.
2. The nature of the mystery of God’s material creation: God said “let there be” and “there was.” God spoke everything into being. As God spoke, so it came to pass. This is a direct prophecy of God being fulfilled in His time.
The nature of the mystery of our spiritual rebirth: There are many Request prophetic word relating to Jesus as being our Savior and Lord. Abraham was to have a seed that would bless the whole human race. Jesus was that seed. See Genesis 22:18, John 1:1-14 and Galatians 3:16.
3. How are these two creations prophetically fulfilled? In the same way God instructed Ezekiel, as stated in Ezekiel 37, to speak to the valley of dead bones and they became a great standing army, likewise God Himself spoke and the whole universe came into being. Thus, the creation of the universe was a miracle of God’s love and grace. This was the same love and grace of God that sent Jesus, our Lord and Savior, to this sin-sick world to provide a way for us to be made new creatures in Christ Jesus.
4. Objections to this interpretation answered.
Some may object to this interpretation on the grounds it is new. Just because no one else has thought to address this observation does not mean it has never been noticed as a possibility by others. Hebrews 1:1-4 ties Jesus’ Godhood into the prophecy of our physical creation and spiritual re-creation. Hebrews 11:3 says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Some may say, that to treat the creation of the universe as a prophetic fulfillment does not do justice to God’s creative week. They feel this would be mixing prophecy with something that would weaken the Biblical interpretation of the creative week. It is true (if we consider the creation account found in Genesis 1 and 2 as fulfillment of prophecy), we can use the principles of prophecy that is alluded to in Daniel 8:26 to interpret the six days of creation as not being literal 24-hour days as some believe. However, this does not have to be the case. God could have spoken things into being in the framework of six literal 24-hour days. Either way, the Bible does not tell us how many hours were in each “day” of creation. The important thing is not how many 24-hour days or how many hours were in each day it took to create the universe. The important thing is, God created everything out of nothing by the word of His mighty power.
Some will say, if God did not use literal 24-hour days to create the universe, then Exodus 20:11 is meaningless. Notice the “sabbath day in Genesis 2:1-3 does not have an “evening and morning” notation following it. God has been resting from His material creation from the time He rested after His six days of creation. This has been for nearly 6000 years. If the seventh day is not a literal 24-hour day, why would the other six days have to be literally 24-hour days? God could have created everything in a moment of time. He chose to create the universe in six “creative work days” as a “sign” to the Israelite nation to show them their need to work six days and rest on the seventh. See 1 Corinthians 1:22-24.
Notice that when Moses refers to the sabbath in Deuteronomy 5:15 he gives Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt as a reason for keeping the sabbath. Thus we have a double reason for why the Israelites should keep the sabbath. It was to acknowledge God as their Creator and Redeemer. Both of these reasons are equally important and should be given equal treatment. Not only should we acknowledge God as our exclusive Creator, we should also acknowledge Him as our exclusive Redeemer. Both “creations” are linked together in an unbreakable bond. See Acts 4:12 and Romans 1:14-32.