Isaiah 11:12 “And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
Since the scriptures refer to the 4 corners of the earth and the scriptures also refer to the 6 days of creation, is it conceivable that the creation days are figurative just as the corners are? Did the Israelites believe the world had 4 corners and were wrong about this along with the creation account? Not at all.
Isaiah 40:22 records the Earth is a circle. There is no need to regard this as a figure of speech. So what is with the 4 corners?
The expression “Four corners of the world” is used today and no one confuses it with actual corners. It is used as in “Athletes came to the Olympics from the 4 corners of the world”. We also use expressions such as “It is raining cats and dogs”. Why would one people misunderstand this?
The Genesis narrative is to be understood as literal days for the following simple reasons, a) The days are delineated by evening and morning and b) The days so delineated are marked off a individually numeric where specific events occurred on particular days.
In contrast, the bible never identifies any of the corners individually. They are only used collectively as an expression. Ezekiel 7:2 uses the term “4 corners of the land” of Israel to describe the farthest reaches of the nation (which did not possess 4 corners by the way) so the people understood exactly its meaning.
Rev 7:1 – Mentions 4 angles standing on the 4 corners of the earth. Rev. 20:8 mentions Satan going to deceive the nations in the 4 quarters (as opposed to corners) of the earth. This includes Gog and Magog which is to the uttermost north so we see that the 4 “anythings” is a reference from a central point to the extremities in all directions.
Psalm 107:3 “And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.” . Thus these directions are what is meant by the 4 corners, quarters, winds and from one end of heaven to the other.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the intent and context of the days of creation.