Genesis i.5. And God called the light [to be symbolized by the sun] Day, and the darkness [to be symbolized by the moon] He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
“Light preceding the sun
“All questions as to the divine creation being both spiritual and material are answered in this passage, for though solar beams are not yet included in the record of creation, still there is light. This light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas. This also shows that there is no place where God’s light is not seen, since Truth, Life, and Love fill immensity and are ever-present. Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?
“Evenings and mornings
“The successive appearing of God’s ideas is represented as taking place on so many evenings and mornings, — words which indicate, in the absence of solar time, spiritually clearer views of Him, views which are not implied by material darkness and dawn. Here we have the explanation of another passage of Scripture, that ‘one day is with the Lord as a thousand years.’ The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence.
“Spirit versus [reverses] darkness
“Did infinite Mind create matter, and call it light? Spirit is light, and the contradiction of Spirit is matter, darkness, and darkness obscures light. Material sense is nothing but a supposition of the absence of Spirit. No solar rays nor planetary revolutions form the day of Spirit. Immortal Mind makes its own record, but mortal mind, sleep, dreams, sin, disease, and death have no record in the first chapter of Genesis.” (S&H 504:6-505:3)
It came to me that the “evenings” and the “mornings” were symbolized by the moon and the sun. I feel that there is a symbolic reason why the moon precedes the sun. This reason has to do with Venus and the fact that every now and again it transits the sun. These transits occur in pairs and they take place eight years apart from each other. The first transit is for the evening (star), the moon, and the second transit is for the morning (star), the sun. The moon and sun are also thought of as being the two great lights during the Fourth Day of Principle (in Genesis).
In Revelation 10 there is the angel with the little open book. Most Christians believe this woman to be a male angel, but the truth is the angel is a female messenger. She descends from heaven (home, harmony) with a little open book – Science and Health [Salvation] with Key to the Scripture. This angel is Mary Baker Eddy. In Christ and Christmas Mary Baker Eddy, as the angel, is depicted during the midnight hour, the evening. However, the light that shines down upon her is from the evening star (Venus), for she is God’s chosen vessel.
In Revelation 12 there is the woman God-crowned. Most Christians believe this woman to be the Virgin Mary or Mary Magdalene. Yes, the woman is a type of Womanhood, and this Womanhood quality was manifested by the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, however, this woman is meant as prophecy for the endtime. Hence the woman God-crowned is really neither the Virgin Mary or the Magdalene. For this woman God-crowned represents the second coming of Christ, a woman named Mary – Mary Baker Eddy. What is interesting about this woman is that she has her feet upon the moon, she has dominion over the moon – it has no power over her – she has power over it. Another important description given to this woman is that she is “clothed with the sun.”
“Sun. The symbol of soul governing man, — of Truth, Life, and Love.” (S&H 595:1)
The three comings of Christ take place during the Day of Life, the Day of Truth, and the Day of Love.
“Because of his more spiritual vision, St. John saw an ‘angel standing in the sun.’ The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision. Purity was the symbol of Life and Love. The Revelator saw also the spiritual ideal as a woman clothed in light, a bride coming down from heaven, wedded to the Lamb of Love. To John, ‘the bride’ and ‘the Lamb’ represented the correlation of divine Principle and spiritual idea, God and His Christ, bringing harmony to earth.” (S&H 561:6) God’s Christ is both masculine and feminine; if Christ were not masculine and feminine then Christ would be incomplete – not whole.
“The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man, the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence of God and man as the divine Principle and divine idea. The Revelator symbolizes Spirit by the sun. The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet. The light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spiritual Life, which is ‘the light of men.’ In the first chapter of the Fourth Gospel it is written, ‘There was a man sent from God…to bear witness of that Light.’” (S&H 561:23) And today Martha Jones-Smith says, “There was a woman sent from God…to bear witness of that Light.”