“… These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God,” (Revelations 3:14)
where the word ‘creation’ in the original Greek word κτίσις (ktisis) means “original formation,” not some recasting or remaking of some material that had hung around for billions of years.
Christ is identified in the book of Revelations from:
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelations 1:8)
He is the absolute and universal sovereign God, the Creator, in other words. He sees the beginning from the end (Isaiah 46:10). He, God, alone transcends space and time. The Greek word κύριος (kurios) translated “Lord” here means “supreme in authority.”
There are those who says this Creation period took billions of years (as measured by Earth clocks) in an effort to make it fit in with standard big bang cosmogony and evolution of the solar system, earth and all life on it.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
John 1:14 identifies “the Word” as Christ, God in the flesh, the only begotten Son (John 3:16,18). He was not only a witness of the Creation, but He made all things. This means He must also have the transcendent knowledge of God. So what else does He say about the Creation, that we, as Christians, should take as gospel truth?
Here Jesus quotes from Genesis 2 in regards to marriage and divorce.
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:4-8)
This is repeated in Mark 10:6. In this case Jesus is saying Man and Woman were first created in the beginning, not after 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution, counting from the big bang. That would put their creation at the end of a very long creation process, if that were true.
When Jesus was speaking of future tribulation that would come to the Jews He said,
“For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.” (Mark 13:19)
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:21)
Here the Greek word κόσμος (kosmos), translated “world,” means the world including its inhabitants. Therefore Jesus is referring to the events in the lives of mankind, and the past calamities, of which the Curse soon after the Creation of Adam and the great Flood of Noah in Noah’s day would be the greatest. Therefore by inference this means these calamities must have been close to the beginning of the Creation. But again if they occurred after billions of years measured from the big bang, it makes no sense that Jesus is referring to the beginning of creation and the beginning of the world. In reference to the Curse at the beginning we know that Satan was the agent of temptation. Jesus clearly identified him when He was on earth, when he spoke to the Pharisees,
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)
From Genesis we know that the devil lied to Eve “Ye shall not surely die.“ (Genesis 3:4) He is the father (or source) of lies and also a murderer, when as a result of sin Cain murdered his brother Abel (Genesis 4). Because of his sin Cain opened his heart to the lies of Satan, and he lied to God when He asked him where his brother was (Genesis 4:9). But when did this all happen? According to Jesus Christ the Creator it was at the beginning of creation, not after 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution. And the murder of Abel was the first death of a human being; it was not something that man was used to as a normal practice. Here “death” entered the world by “one man’s sin.” (Romans 5:12,19) That is Adam’s sin, who was created at the beginning of time. And through Jesus many will be made righteous and delivered from the Curse of Death.
If none of these events, that Jesus speaks of, occurred at the beginning of creation, but rather at the end, after billions of years had passed since the big bang created the universe, and the solar system condensed from a cloud, and the earth cooled, and the oceans condensed, and life crawled out of the oceans, then let me put this plain and simple, Jesus Christ was lying. But we know Jesus is God and scripture tells us He never lies. It is not in His nature (unlike Satan).
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
The only other possibility is that Jesus was telling the truth as the original and only witness to the Creation of the Universe and that occurred very close to the time when God made Adam and Eve, and when Satan tempted them and they sinned and hence God cursed the world, and mankind had tribulation and distress because of man’s actions back then. No way could the latter events have occurred billions of years later. To be consistent with the straightforward reading of scripture that is not possible.