Geologic Time: A Biblical Metaphor

The Earth is very old.  We all know that.  But the age of the Earth is hard to think about in human terms.  So let’s use a metaphor: the King James Bible.  Suppose the first letter of the first verse of Genesis marks the formation of the Earth (appropriately). Now, imagine that the period at the end of the last verse of Revelation marks our present time.  So where in the Bible do big things happen?

Genesis 1:1 – The formation of the Earth

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 14:9 – The formation of the Moon

With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.

Incidentally, the day lasts 7 hours during this time.

Numbers 34:22 – The global magma ocean cools

And the prince of the tribe of the children of Dan, Bukki the son of Jogli.

Judges 14:2 – Life appears

And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, ‘I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.’

2 Chronicles 26:17 – The Oxygen Catastrophe

And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men.

The atmosphere started filling up with oxygen, which ironically was poisonous to most organisms at the time.

Matthew 27:61 – Multicellular life appears

And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

No, this is not a mistake.  It takes from 2 Chronicles to Matthew for anything bigger than a single cell to evolve.

Acts 28:20 – Vertebrates appear in ocean, plants and fungi arrive on land

For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.

Colossians 1:12 – Dinosaurs appear

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.

2 John 1:3 – Extinction of dinosaurs
‘Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

Revelation 21:7 – First bipedal apes appear

‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Somewhat appropriate, I suppose.

Revelation 22:21 – First modern human

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Modern humans appear in the last verse of the King James Bible.

Now if we divide up each symbol in the last verse, we find that every letter, space, and period takes up about 2500 years.  What does this mean?

The last syllable of the phrase ‘Amen’ at the end of the King James Bible covers all the time since the last ice age.

The period at the end of the Bible begins 500 years before the birth of Christ.

Your life takes up the barest fraction of that dot.


Bible Text: Project Gutenberg (

Dates in Geologic and Biologic History:

Kind of an interesting site, but their dates look correct.


About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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2 Responses to Geologic Time: A Biblical Metaphor

  1. This is interesting. I have to save this so I can read these passages. Especially about the dinosaurs I had concluded they never existed.

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