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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Gap Theory of Biblical Creation

John 1:1 ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Since the Word was God we can say that ‘In the Beginning was God’.

1 John 1:5 ‘This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all’.

Gen 1:1 ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters’.

Now if God was in the beginning, and if God is light and there is no darkness in him at all, then the darkness reported in Gen. 1:2 could not have existed in the beginning. Therefore the darkness must have arrived at a later time. It then becomes necessary that there should be a gap between the original light filled perfect creation described in Gen. 1:1 and the void and empty darkness covered Earth that is described in Gen. 1:2. This is the Biblical GAP THEORY of creation. It contends that the present day Adamite civilization that began some 6000 years ago is not the original creation or the original civilization upon Earth. This contention is supported by Biblical evidence, mythological evidence, and by geological evidence. Almost all mythologies claim that the original creation was the perfect civilization of great technological advancement and filled with peace and harmony until... So the Biblical chronology of creation detailed below proves that the Earth is very old and not just 6000 years young as taught by young Earth creationists such as Kent Hovind. It also proves that at least one civilization has existed upon Earth, and possibly in our solar system, and perhaps even beyond that predates our present day civilization by several millennia if not millions of years. This civilization or civilizations was inhabited by both corporeal and ethereal beings; humans and angels as well as mutants, hybrids, reptilians, so-called aliens and other fantastic creatures frequently found in mythology and science fiction. How and where all these inhabitants of that old world came into being is a topic of great interest since our own story is very much connected to that real ancient age of fantasy and mad science, much like a Star Wars movie. How that old world was overthrown to make way for the new is ancient history or pre–history (history of the Cosmos before modern man) but it is real history nonetheless, and far more interesting than any science fiction movie. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction as this study will prove.

Biblical Chronology of Creation

1. Perfect world created

(2 Pet. 3:5-7) 5. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7. But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. According to these verses of scripture there existed an old world a long time ago that was completely destroyed by a universal flood. It is generally taught this world that the apostle Peter describes was the world that existed at the time of Noah. However this is erroneous since the ‘heavens’ were not destroyed in Noah’s days only the Earth. Therefore this reference has to be to an earlier time since at no time since Noah’s days has the Earth been destroyed let alone the heavens. Peter clearly distinguishes between old heavens and an old Earth and the new heavens and the new Earth. The only way this is possible is if there was a world that existed prior to the destruction described in Gen. 1:2. The reason we conclude that the Earth became without form and void rather than being created in such a state is because scriptures tell us that God did not make it an empty, vacuous wasteland as described in Gen. 1:2 and in Jer. 4:23-26. Isa 45:18 reads: For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. The word vain in the preceding scripture is the same Hebrew word Bohu translated void in Gen. 1:2 and Jer. 4:23. So Isaiah tells us that the God not create the Earth a void, empty wasteland in the beginning, and if he did not do so then it stands to reason that it became thus at some later stage. The bible classifies itself as a mystery and like good detectives we can piece together a pretty accurate history of pre–history from scripture, and from circumstantial evidence provided by mythology and geology.
This Gap Theory is also supported by Jer. 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. Jeremiah uses the exact same terminology as Gen. 1:2 of the Earth being without form and void. This description cannot apply to Noah’s time since the Earth was not without form and not completely void and empty after Noah’s flood even though it was covered with water on a global scale for a short period of time. However the waters of Noah’s flood receded naturally much as a temporary stream or pond recedes after a heavy rainfall. Once the waters had receded the Earth was instantly habitable and fruitful, it was not left without form and void, and did not require a divine decree to make it fruitful and habitable as it did in Gen. 1 when it was first described as being without form and void. The word VOID as used in Gen. 1:2 and in Jer. 4:23 is the Hebrew word Bōhû: It is #H922 in Strong’s Concordance and dictionary. If we look carefully at the meaning of this word we find that this word describes the state of matter after God had created it but before it was fashioned for habitation. This was indeed true in Gen. 1 where the Earth had to be regenerated to make it fit for habitation by supernaturally providing light, removing the waters from the surface, generating vegetation, and finally by bringing forth living beings to inhabit it, both beasts and man. None of this applies to the time of Noah, and therefore Jeremiah’s description in chapter 4 where he specifically uses the word Bōhû can only refer to a much more ancient time, a pre–historical time that predates that of Adam and Noah by untold eons.

bōhû: A masculine noun indicating void or emptiness. It depicts the state of matter after God had created it but before He had fashioned it for habitation (Gen_1:2). It, therefore, describes the state of the land or earth after God judges it (Isa_34:11; Jer_4:23). It is used in combination with tōhû, without form, each time.

The prophet Jeremiah also saw a world in which even the heavens had no light exactly as the darkness filled Earth described in Gen. 1:2 and paralleling the ‘old world’ described by the apostle Peter. Although the Earth was covered with rain clouds in the time of Noah there is no pressing reason why there would be no light in the heavens such as that of the sun, moon and stars. Reading further in Jer. 4:24: I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. This again parallels the Gen. 1:2 account of waters covering the face of the Earth. Jeremiah saw the mountains trembling and the hills moving lightly because they were covered with water and the movement of the water created the impression of the mountains and hills moving. The most compelling evidence that Jeremiah was describing a time of judgment that preceded the creation of Adam can be found in Jer. 4:25: I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. This description can in no wise fit the time of the flood of Noah because in that time it could not be said there was no man on Earth because there were eight people still alive on Earth during and after the flood. As a matter of fact there never has been a time since the creation of Adam that the Earth has been without a man on it even if it was reduced to only eight after Noah’s flood. So this time when there was no man on Earth must have predated Adam’s time and must describe a civilization that existed upon Earth prior to the Adamite civilization that followed at a much later date. Finally the old world that Jeremiah describes was indeed a fruitful and civilized world in the ancient past can be seen from this verse of scripture, Jer. 4:26, I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger. This description is that of a civilized world filled with cities and a fruitful place not a barren wilderness. Was this the ancient fantastic world of myth and legend, Atlantis perhaps? The world of Noah was inundated with a flood and destroyed; the cities thereof were not necessarily broken down as we find in this description by the prophet Jeremiah. What other evidence does the bible provide that would support the Gap Theory of an ‘old world’ having existed on Earth that predated the new world of Adam?

To be continued...


  1. The scripture in Jer. 4, talks about the time when God himself will reveal himself to the earth to judge, this is judgement day. If you read Rev. 20: 11-15, 'Heaven and Earth fled from his presence'. There was no man because the dead resurrected and were being judged before the throne. There was no man because everyone was being judged at the throne. The humans of the earth were all in heaven witnessing or being judged.

    I do however believe that there were other beings on Earth and that there is a chance their somewhere else in the galaxy. The theory of a civilization prior us is possible as Isaiah scripture supports, so I do believe that there is a possibility of prior 'adamite' beings.
    However the 'gap theory' contradicts scripture entirely because it says that destruction was existent before Adams fall, during this new earths existence.

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