It's a Matter of Night and Day
Did you ever wonder why at the time of creation it says that there was evening and there was morning the first day? Why did God start His creation with night? Let’s look at the beginning of Genesis and see exactly what it says.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light 'day,' and the darkness He called 'night.' And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day” (Genesis 1:1-5). Let’s take a closer look into all of this and let’s see why the Creator started at this point.
First, we must understand that for God to even begin to create He had to remove himself from part of His presence. It’s like sitting on a chair and your dress or your coat took up the whole seat of the chair and you tucked part of it under you so that you could see part of the seat of the chair. When God removed part of Himself, what remained was formless and empty. Some translations even say chaos and darkness was over the surface of the deep. We see that without God there is a void—a chaotic, empty, dark void. When there is an absence of God’s presence, there is darkness and that darkness is the darkness that fills the evil one. The evil one is not only darkness, but he brings chaos and emptiness. This is what our lives are like when we do not have God in us. Our lives our empty.
As we continue reading, it says, “The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” This reminds us of the days of Noah, when Noah sent out the dove and it came back because there was no place for it: “Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark” (Genesis 8:8).
So if at the time of creation the earth was formless and empty, why the water? Well, demons can not survive in water. Remember the story of the possessed man in Matthew 8 whom Yeshua/Jesus delivered, and the legion of demons ran into the pigs and the pigs took off running into the water and they all perished? Also Yeshua tells us when an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it (Matthew 12:43). So we see demons need a dry place to survive because water is associated with the Holy Spirit. John 7:38 says, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." The Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters at the beginning of creation. Even though God’s presence was not there, the Holy Spirit was. God said, “Let there be light,” and that light was the light of Messiah. John 8:12 tells us, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
God separated the light from the darkness, calling the light day and the darkness night. What we see here are two kingdoms: the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness; the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. When we accept Yeshua as our Lord and Savior then we pass over from the darkness into the light. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
What we see is that the darkness was overtaken by the light. The night was overtaken by the day and we see that the day, the light, Yeshua and His own, will be victorious over the night. Revelation 19:11-16, “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”
It goes on to say in chapter 20:7-10, “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
And finally in chapter 21:22-27 it says, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
To this day the Jewish people live by a lunar calendar, starting their day beginning at sundown to the following sundown, giving testimony and a witness to the One True God, the Creator of heaven and earth and whose kingdom will live on forever.