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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Geologists have endeavoured to extend the six days into six thou sand years.

But this, with the scriptural data we have adduced, is quite unnecessary.

Instead of six thousand, they can avail themselves of sixty thousand; for the scriptures reveal no length of time during which the terrene angels dwelt upon our globe.

The six days of Genesis were unquestionably six diurnal revolutions of the earth upon its axis.

This is clear from the tenor of the sabbath law.

"Six days shalt thou labour (O Israel) and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it".

Would it be any fit reason that, because the Lord worked six periods of a thousand or more years each, and had ceased about two thousand until the giving of the law, therefore the Israelites were to work six periods of twelve hours, and do no work on a seventh period or day of like duration?

Would any Israelite or Gentile, unspoiled by vain philosophy, come to the conclusion of the geologists by reading the sabbath law?

We believe not.

Six days of ordinary length were ample time for Omnipotence, with all the power of the universe at command, to re-form the earth, and to place the few animals upon it necessary for the beginning of a new order of things upon the globe.

But what is to become of the Evil Angels in everlasting chains of darkness, and who shall be their judge?

Jude says, they were committed "for the judgment of the Great Day".

He alludes to this great day in his quotation of the prophecy of Enoch, saying: "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his Holy Ones (angels of his might -- 2 Thess.

1:7) to execute judgment upon all," etc. This coming of the Lord to judgment is termed by Paul, "the Day of Christ" -- "a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ" -- during which, the saints, with angels ministering to them, having lived again, will reign with Christ a thousand years on the earth.

This is the Great Day of Judgment, a period of one thousand years, in which Christ and his saints will govern the nations righteously; judge the raised dead in his kingdom according to their works; and award to the rebel angels the recompense awaiting their transgression.

"Know ye not," saith Paul, "that we (the saints) shall judge angels?

How much more, things that pertain to this life?

" From these data, then, we conclude that these angels will be judged in the Day of Christ by Jesus and the saints.

In the period between the wreck of the globe as the habitation of the rebel angels and the epoch of the first day, the earth was as described in Gen.

1:2, "without form and void, and darkness upon the face of the deep" -- a globe of mineral structure, submerged in water, and mantled in impenetrable night.

Out of these crude materials, a new habitation was constructed, and adapted to the abode of new races of living creatures.

On the first day, light was caused to shine through the darkness, and disclose the face of the waters; on the second, the atmosphere called Heaven was formed, by which the fog was enabled to float in masses above the deep; on the third, the waters were gathered together into seas, and the dry land, called the Earth, appeared.

It was then clothed with verdure, and with fruit and forest trees, preparatory to the introduction of herbivorous creatures to inhabit it.