Is There a Large Gap of Time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 ?
The idea that a vast period of time elapsed between the first two verses of Genesis is known as the gap theory.
Most variations of this theory interpret Gen. 1:1 as the first creation, which included the creation of the heavens, the earth, plants and animals, and even a race of humans preceding Adam!
BROWN PUTS WHAT SOME TEACH; BUT PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF DO NOT TEACH ALL THAT BROWN LISTS - NOT AT ALL! I AND ONES LIKE MYSELF TEACH GEN. 1:1 AS THE FIRST CREATION....THAT'S IT! CERTAINLY NO TEACHING OF SOME KIND OF HUMAN RACE BEFORE ADAM. I HAVE SHOWN YOU THAT THE HEBREW FOR "BEGINNING" IN VERSE ONE, IS IN THE PLURAL AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED "BEGINNINGS" OR AS FENTON RENDERED IT "BY PERIODS GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH." THE UNIVERSE CAME INTO BEING IN PERIODS OF TIME; GOD CREATING THIS, THEN THAT, AND THEN SOMETHING ELSE. IN A REAL SENSE THAT IS STILL GOING ON; THE END LIFE OF A STAR; THE BEGINNING LIFE OF A STAR; SOME GALAXIES MERGING INTO EACH OTHER; OTHER GALAXIES MOVING AWAY FROM EACH OTHER; VARIOUS CHANGES ON JUPITER AND/OR SATURN. THE UNIVERSE EVER MOVING AND GROWING IN VARIOUS WAYS. SO BY PERIODS IT HAS REALLY ALWAYS BEEN; BACK AT THE START OF THE PHYSICAL COMING FROM NOTHING, MAYBE GREATER PERIODS OF MOVEMENT, GROWTH, CHANGE, FORMATIONS - Keith Hunt
Perhaps billions of years then elapsed, during which time Satan and his angels fell and corrupted earth's inhabitants. God then judged and destroyed the earth and all its inhabitants. Thus the earth became "formless and void" (Genesis 1:2) and remained that way for eons.
THE BIBLE CERTAINLY TEACHES THERE WAS A COVERING CHERUB WHO WANTED GOD'S THRONE; HE WOULD ASCEND ABOVE THE CLOUDS; THERE WAS WAR IN HEAVEN. JESUS SAW SATAN AS LIGHTNING FALL FROM HEAVEN HE ONCE SAID. OTHER STUDIES ON THIS WEBSITE SHOW YOU THE TRUTH OF THIS ANCIENT HEAVENLY WAR. THE HUMAN MIND CANNOT COMPREHEND THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS SPIRIT WAR. YES, THE EARTH DID BECOME FORMLESS AND VOID; GOD ALLOWED SATAN TO DESTROY A BEAUTIFUL EARTH AND THE AGE OF THE DINOSAUR WORLD; THE EARTH WAS COVERED WITH WATER. WHEN ALL THIS TOOK PLACE IN THE PAST WE ARE NOT TOLD - COULD HAVE BEEN EX THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO, COULD HAVE BEEN MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO. HOW LONG THE DINOSAUR AGE LASTED WE ARE NOT TOLD - COULD HAVE BEEN LONG OR SHORT. HOW LONG THE EARTH WAS COVERED WITH WATER, WE ARE NOT TOLD, COULD HAVE BEEN LONG, COULD HAVE BEEN SHORT..... WE ARE SIMPLY NOT TOLD - Keith Hunt
Genesis 1:3, according to the gap theory, describes the beginning of the second creation with the first day of the (re)creation week - the familiar six-day creation. This series of events is also called the "ruin-reconstruction theory" - or "the pre-Adamic cataclysm theory."
CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE, THE BIBLE AS A WHOLE, WITH ALL VERSES ON THE ISSUE, TEACHES A WORLD BEFORE ADAM [BUT NO HUMANS], DESTROYED AND COVERED WITH WATER. SO VIOLENT A DESTRUCTION, THAT THE COAL, OIL, GAS, BEDS WERE FORMED; PRESSURE GREAT ENOUGH TO FORM DIAMONDS; EVERYTHING, EVEN IN THE SEAS KILLED, BURIED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER; THE MANY STRATA OF THE EARTH FORMED. ALL TOOK PLACE THEN, NOT AT THE TIME OF NOAH - Keith Hunt
The modern gap theory was proposed in 1814 by Thomas Chalmers, a leading Scottish theologian. Some geologists of his day argued that the earth was much older than Genesis implied. Chalmers, therefore, proposed the gap theory to harmonize Genesis with those demands. No clear record shows anyone before 1814 interpreting Genesis 1:1-2 in this way!
SO WHAT? THE 7,000 YEAR PLAN OF GOD FOR EARTH AND HUMANS WAS TAUGHT WAY BACK IN THE FIRST CENTURIES A.D. - BUT IT HAS NOT TAKEN PLACE. WE ARE BEYOND 6,000 YEARS SINCE USHER BROUGHT FORTH HIS 4004 B.C. CHRONOLOGY FOR THE CREATION OF ADAM. JUST BECAUSE IT WAS TAUGHT A LONG LONG TIME AGO, DOES NOT MAKE IT CORRECT. AND JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING CAME TO LIGHT A FEW HUNDRED YEARS AGO, DOES NOT MAKE IT IN-CORRECT. DANIEL WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE AT THE END TIME, PEOPLE WOULD RUN HERE AND THERE, AND KNOWLEDGE WOULD BE INCREASED. THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THE SO-CALLED "GAP-THEORY" THAN WHAT BROWN IS TELLING YOU ABOUT - Keith Hunt
This is especially significant, because Hebrew scholars 2,000 years ago certainly understood Hebrew writing better than we do today.
THEY DO?? IT IS NOT A CASE OF UNDERSTANDING HEBREW; IT IS A CASE OF PUTTING SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE; A LITTLE HERE AND A LITTLE THERE, AS GOD SAID IT WOULD BE. UNDERSTANDING WHO SATAN THE DEVIL ONCE WAS, HOW HE WAS BELOW THE CLOUDS ON EARTH, HOW HE ASCENDED ABOVE THE CLOUDS TO TRY TO GAIN THE THRONE OF GOD; HOW THERE WAS WAR IN HEAVEN; HOW JESUS SAW HIM CAST DOWN LIKE LIGHTNING; HOW THE EARTH WAS THEN "WITHOUT FORM AND VOID" AND COVERED WITH WATER..... IT ALL HAS TO BE PUT TOGETHER FOR THE TRUTH. JUST BECAUSE IT WAS NOT DONE BEFORE TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO, DOES NOT MEAN IT IS NOT TRUTH. KNOWLEDGE HAS INCREASED IN THE LAST DAYS.....A RESTITUTION OF MANY THINGS HAS AND IS TAKING PLACE - Keith Hunt
The gap theory simply accommodated the growing demand for long periods of time. Unfortunately, the adherents to the theory are usually unaware of all the scientific evidence supporting a young earth.
NOW IT DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY "YOUNG EARTH." BROWN IS OF THE THEOLOGY THAT THE WHOLE UNIVERSE WAS CREATED ABOUT 6,000 YEARS AGO. I CANNOT HOLD SUCH AN IDEA; THERE IS TOO MUCH EVIDENCE HE SEEMS TO BE UNAWARE OF THAT SUPPORTS AN OLDER UNIVERSE AND EARTH THAN 6,000 YEARS. IS THE UNIVERSE MILLIONS OR BILLIONS OF YEARS OLD? WE DO NOT KNOW WITH ANY CERTAINTY. IS THE UNIVERSE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD? WE DO NOT KNOW WITH ANY CERTAINTY. SO "YOUNG" HAS A WHOLE WIDE RANGE AS TO WHAT YOU MEAN BY "YOUNG." WHAT I DO KNOW IS THE EARTH AND THE UNIVERSE IS MORE THAN 6,000 YEARS OLD - Keith Hunt
What are the problems with the gap theory? Gap theorists generally believe that the fossil record was formed, not in a global flood, but when God destroyed the earth in "a gap" between Genesis 1:1 and 1;2. Gappists have not understood how the flood rapidly formed fossils and deposited sedimentary layers with a total average thickness of one mile. For that reason, they believe that Noah's flood was less destructive than the judgment they claim prededed the creation week. No clear biblical passage supports the worldwide destruction they imagine, and they mishandle references to Noah's flood by many biblical writers and Christ Himself (Matthew 24:37-39, Luke 17:26-27). The gap theory resulted, to a large extent, from a failure to comprehend the flood.
NOT AT ALL! I HAVE STUDIED BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE FOR DECADES; READ BOOKS ON NOAH'S FLOOD FROM DECADES AGO. BUT I ALSO IN THE LATE 1990s READ THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY, AND HOW ILLOGICAL, AND IRRATIONAL THE IDEA IS TO BELIEVE NOAH'S FLOOD WAS GLOBAL. WHAT THE PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE HAD TO SAY ABOUT IT, IS WHAT THEY SAID; THEY SAID NOTHING ABOUT IT BEING GLOBAL; DESTRUCTIVE AND DEADLY, YES; BUT GLOBAL.... NO! IT IS MORE LOGICAL TO TEACH THE MIGHTY, HORRIFIC, HUGE, DESTRUCTION OF THE EARTH BY A FLOOD, WAS AFTER THE WAR IN HEAVEN BETWEEN THE FORCES OF SATAN AND THE FORCES OF GOD. THE ARK OF NOAH, TO BRING FROM FAR REACHES OF THE EARTH, THE ANIMALS, BIRDS, AND INSECTS, AND ALL THE FOOD THEY WOULD NEED FOR AT LEAST A YEAR ON THE BOAT, IS REALLY LAUGHABLY LUDICROUS TO PUT IT BLUNTY. IF BROWN WAS A HORSEMAN HE WOULD KNOW HOW MUCH HAY TWO HORSES WOULD EAT IN OVER A YEAR, EVEN DOING NOTHING BUT STANDING; THEN TRY STANDING TWO HORSES FOR OVER A YEAR - THEY WOULD DIE FROM LACK OF EXERCISE. BUT IF THERE WERE NO HORSES [ELEPHANTS, GIRAFFES, LIONS, TIGERS, BUFFALO, HIPPOS, CROCODILES, PLATYPUS, KANGAROOS, AND THE LIKE], IN NOAH'S LAND...... ONE HUGE, HUGE, PROBLEM FOR NOAH'S ARK SOLVED - Keith Hunt
Gap theorists also ignore this clear biblical statement that no great time gap preceded the completed creation:
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them.... (Exodus 20:11).
NOT IGNORING THIS AT ALL. THERE IS A CONTEXT TO WHICH EXODUS 20:11 IS REFERRING - THE CONTEXT OF GENESIS CHAPTER ONE. WHAT GOD MADE IN SIX DAYS IS CLEARLY TOLD US IN GENESIS ONE. THE LAND AND SEAS WERE FORMED, THE FIRMAMENT MOVED AWAY, THE HEAVENS AS WE KNOW THEM TODAY FORMED. THERE IS A CONTEXT; THE CONTEXT TELLS YOU WHAT GOD DID. THERE WERE NO ANIMALS, THEY WERE CREATED, THERE WAS NO VEGETATION, IT WAS CREATED, THERE WAS NO LIVING THING IN THE SEAS, THEY WERE ALL CREATED; THERE WAS NO EARTH, AND HEAVENS AS WE HAVE IT TODAY. IT WAS CREATED FOR EARTH'S HABITANTS - A DIVIDING OF MANY THINGS; A CREATING OF ALL PHYSICAL LIFE FORMS ON EARTH [MANY HAVE BECOME EXTINCT TODAY, INCLUDING LARGE DINOSAUR TYPE MONSTERS AS GIVEN IN THE BOOK OF JOB] - A CONTEXT PLEASE, A CONTEXT - Keith Hunt
The gap theory states that the heavens were created long before the six creation days - perhaps billions of years earlier [AND MAYBE NOT BUT TENS OF THOUSANDS - Keith Hunt]. Exodus 20:11 says the heavens (and everything else) were made in six days.
A CONTEXT PLEASE - A CONTEXT - EVERYTHING DESCRIBED IN GENESIS 1:2 ETC. WAS DONE IN SIX DAYS; THAT'S THE CONTEXT - Keith Hunt.
If the gap theory is correct, the Sun must have shone on earth to support the life that existed before the "gap." But Genesis 1:14-18 says the Sun was made on the fourth day of the creation week.
OH THE SILLINESS OF MEN, WHO WILL NOT STUDY SAY TRANSLATIONS LIKE "FENTON'S" TRANSLATION. A MAN WHO STUDIED HEBREW FOR 50 YEARS BEFORE TRANSLATING INTO ENGLISH. YES THE SUN AND MOON AND STARS, GALAXIES OF THE UNIVERSE, EXISTED BEFORE MAN WAS CREATED. GENESIS ONE CLEARLY STATES GOD HAD TO REMOVE THE DARKNESS, HE BROUGHT IN LIGHT; A FIRMAMENT WAS BROUGHT IN TO DIVIDE THE WATERS FROM THE WATERS; TO MAKE THE FIRMAMENT CALLED "HEAVEN." THEN WHEN LIGHT AND A HEAVEN WAS MADE, THE LANDS AND SEAS CAME INTO BEING. NOW GO TO THE TENTON TRANSLATION FOR VERSES 14, 16, 17. FENTON.... A HEBREW SCHOLAR..... TRANSLATED "GOD HAD MADE...." SIMPLE! GOD WAS CLEARING AWAY THE MESS, THE DARKNESS, THE WATERS UPON WATERS; THE EARTH WAS NOW BECOMING AS WE KNOW IT TODAY, ONLY MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL, PURE, CLEAN, PRISTINE, AND SO VERY VERY GOOD!!!
The gap theorists miss the importance of Christ's words in Mark 10:16, "But from the beginning of creation, God made then [Adam and Eve] male and female." Christ knew that Adam and Eve were created at the beginning, not after a vast gap of time.
WOW....JUST A MINUTE.... FROM THE BEGINNING OF WHAT? THERE IS A CONTEXT!! OBVIOUSLY CHRIST IS REFERRING TO GENESIS ONE. THE BEGINNING WHEN ADAM AND EVE CAME INTO BEING. THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF THE SIX DAYS; RIGHT FROM THE START WHEN THEY WERE CREATED, THEY WERE MADE MALE AND FEMALE; THEY WERE NOT MADE ADAM AND STEVE!
CHRIST IS TALKING ABOUT DIVORCE AND RE-MARRIAGE IN MARK 10. SEE VERSES 1-9. HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE IDEAL IN THE MIND OF GOD FROM THE BEGINNING OF MAKING MAN AND WOMAN. THE BEGINNING HERE TALKED ABOUT IS THE BEGINNING OF MAKING THE FIRST MAN AND WOMAN! THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION WE READ ABOUT IN GENESIS ONE, THE CREATION OF GENESIS ONE, WHEN MAN AND WOMAN WERE CREATED, AND ALL THE OTHER CREATIONS GOD CREATED IN THOSE 6 DAYS. NOW THE EARTH WAS ALREADY THERE, OF COURSE IT WAS FOR IT WAS COVERED WITH WATER. SO CHRIST IS NOT TALKING ABOUT THE CREATION OF THE EARTH OR THE WATER UPON IT, FOR IT WAS ALREADY THERE, OBVIOUSLY FROM A PREVIOUS CREATION. THE CREATION JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT IS THE BEGINNING CREATION OF WHAT GOD DID TO THE EARTH COVERED WITH WATER, AND THE CREATION OF THE BEGINNING OF THE HUMAN RACE. THE CONTEXT IS DIVORCE AND RE-MARRIAGE IN MARK 10. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF ADAM AND EVE, GOD INTENDED THEY MARRY AS ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN, AND STAY THAT WAY UNTIL DEATH. GOD'S ORIGINAl DESIRE WAS NOT POLYGAMY OR SAME SEX MARRIAGE, BUT ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN ONLY MARRYING, AND THAT FOR LIFE. BUT FOR THE HARDNESS OF THE HUMAN HEART GOD ALLOWED POLYGAMY, AND EASY DIVORCE AND RE-MARRIAGE UNDER THE OLD COVENANT.
CONTEXT PLEASE - CONTEXT - Keith Hunt
According to most versions of the gap theory, the death and destruction shown by the fossil record, including the death of supposedly pre-Adamic man, preceded Adam's creation. But the Bible clearly states that death came because of Adam's sin (therefore, after Adam's creation).
MAYBE SOME SO-CALLED "GAP-THEORISTS" TEACH THERE WAS SOME KIND OF HUMAN LIFE BEFORE ADAM…. BUT I MOST CERTAINLY DO NOT!! ADAM WAS THE FIRST HUMAN FLESH AND BLOOD LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE!!
If Satan fell before the creation week, as most gap theorists maintain, it is strange that at the end of the creation week, God pronounced that all He had made was "very good" (Genesis 1:31). Also, the fossil record gives evidence of death and violent burial on a global scale. How could such destruction be described as "very good" if it preceded God's pronouncement?
OH NO…. THIS IS INCREDIBLE - TALK ABOUT A LESSON IN "NO CONTEXT" STUDY, THIS TAKES THE CAKE. CONTEXT! CONTEXT! NOTE ALL THE VERSES IN GENESIS ONE WHERE GOD SAYS "THAT IT WAS GOOD." IT WAS AFTER GOD CREATED WHAT IS GIVEN IN GENESIS ONE, WHEN GOD SAID, "IT WAS GOOD" - THE "IT WAS GOOD" FOLLOWED SOMETHING GOD DID IN THE CONTEXT OF CHAPTER ONE. FROM VERSE 2 WHEN GOD'S SPIRIT MOVED OVER THE WATERS, IS ALL ABOUT WHAT GOD DID ON THIS EARTH AND THE SKY…..THAT IS THE CONTEXT. THE CONTEXT IS NOT WHAT GOD DID TO BRING ANGELS INTO EXISTENCE OR THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE. THE CONTEXT OF THE 6 DAYS IS THE CONTEXT, AND ALL GOD DID "IT WAS GOOD." NOW IF YOU WANT TO KNOW IF THE EARTH WAS "GOOD" BEFORE GENESIS 1:2, I'LL TAKE YOU TO WHERE IT IS TOLD TO US….. GO TO ISAIAH 45:18,19, "FOR THUS SAYS THE LORD THAT CREATED THE HEAVENS, GOD HIMSELF THAT FORMED THE EARTH AND MADE IT; HE HAS ESTABLISHED IT, HE CREATED IT NOT IN VAIN, HE FORMED IT TO BE INHABITED: I AM THE LORD; AND THERE IS NONE ELSE…..I THE LORD SPEAK RIGHTEOUSNESS, I DECLARE THINGS THAT ARE RIGHT!"
THERE IT IS, AND YES WHEN GOD MADE THE ONE WHO BECAME SATAN THE DEVIL, HE WAS THE ANOINTED CHERUB THAT COVERED….UPON GOD'S HOLY MOUNTAIN, "THOU WAS PERFECT IN THY WAYS FROM THE DAY THAT THOU WAS CREATED…..SEALEST UP THE SUM, FULL OF WISDOM, AND PERFECT IN BEAUTY. YOU WERE IN EDEN THE GARDEN OF GOD, EVERY PRECIOUS STONE WAS THY COVERING…." (EZEKIEL 28:12-15). HERE TYPE AND ANTI-TYPE MOVE BACK AND FORTH FROM THE PRINCE OF TYRUS TO THE COVERING CHERUB, WHO WHEN INIQUITY WAS FOUND IN HIM, BECAME SATAN THE DEVIL - Keith Hunt
Why then do some believe in the gap theory? As mentioned earlier, they have accepted, perhaps unknowingly, claims that the earth is billions of years old. Therefore, they try to find where a vast period of time might fit into the Bible. They know that long periods of time cannot be inserted after Adam's creation because the various genealogies are tightly linked.3
NO, HUGE PERIODS OF TIME DO NOT HAVE TO BE AT ALL; THEY MAY BE, BUT MORE THAN 6,000 YEARS HAS TO BE IN THE UNIVERSE; HOW MUCH OVER…..WELL NO ONE KNOWS, BUT ONE DAY WE SHALL KNOW, WHEN JESUS RETURNS. AND THE GENEALOGIES AFTER ADAM ARE NOT SO TIGHTLY LINKED AS BROWN WANTS TO CLAIM - Keith Hunt
Consequently, the only place billions of years can be inserted is before Adam. Because time flowed smoothly and continuously during the creation week, a week that for various reasons is composed of normal 24-hour days, the time gap must be inserted before the first creation day. Rather than start the creation week at Genesis 1:1 as most Bible scholars do, gappists start that week at Genesis 1:3. Therefore, they believe that before Genesis 1:3, a vast length of time existed—as they state, "whatever geologists demand."
AND IT CAN BE SO! THE CREATIONISTS LIKE FROM THE BROWN CAMP SAY GOD CREATED THE WHOLE UNIVERSE JUST OVER 6,000 YEARS AGO; NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, AND THAT IS ALSO BACKED UP BY THE BIBLE. THE CREATION OF THE COVERING CHERUB, WHO WAS GIVEN AUTHORITY OVER THIS EARTH, BUT ASCENDED ABOVE THE CLOUDS TO TRY AND TAKE THE VERY THRONE OF GOD (SEE ISAIAH 14:12-14); THERE WAS WAR IN THE HEAVENS; IT WAS THE TIME WHEN JESUS SAID HE SAW SATAN FALL FROM HEAVEN LIKE LIGHTNING - Keith Hunt
To justify this, they propose nontraditional translations of several verses. They believe that Genesis 1:2a should be translated "the earth became formless and void," instead of the more widely accepted translation "the earth was formless and void." I know of no record, before 1800, of anyone translating this verse as gap theorists do. While it is true that the Hebrew word "hayah" can be translated "became," it is usually translated "was." In fact, in the 4,900 times "hayah" occurs in the Old Testament, almost 98% are translated as "was." Hebrew grammarians and linguists have almost uniformly rejected the translation "became" or "had become."
AND NO PROBLEM MR BROWN! I KEEP IT AS "WAS" - NO PROBLEM AT ALL. WHAT OTHERS DO I COULD CARE LESS. IT IS "WAS" - BUT THE WORD "WAS" CAN BE UNDERSTOOD IN DIFFERENT WAYS. WHAT MOSES [THE WRITER OF GENESIS] IS SAYING IS SIMPLE. HE TELLS US GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH IN "BEGINNINGS" - "PERIODS" AS FENTON PUT IT. THEN MOSES WROTE: "AND THE EARTH WAS….." BRINGING US TO A TIME PERIOD WHEN THE EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM AND VOID! WE HAVE SEEN FROM ISAIAH GOD DID NOT MAKE THE EARTH VOID, FORMLESS, BUT TO BE INHABITED! GOD HAD A PLAN FOR EARTH BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS WERE LAYED. THE PLAN OF SALVATION WAS PLANNED BEFORE THE EARTH EVER EXISTED; THE NEW TESTAMENT TELLS US THAT; JESUS AS THE LAMB OF GOD, TO BE THE ATONEMENT SACRIFICE, THE SAVIOR OF MANKIND [THOSE WHO ACCEPT HIM AS SAVIOR] WAS PLANNED BEFORE THE WORLD WAS - SEE 1 PETER 1:18-20. THE EARTH WAS CREATED TO BE INHABITED, NOT A VOID WATERY MESS; BUT IN THE TIME OF PAST HISTORY, THE EARTH WAS AT A POINT IN HISTORY, WITHOUT FORM AND VOID - Keith Hunt
Gap theorists rely heavily on Isaiah 45:18, which states: For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is, the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited),
They correctly say that God did not create the earth a waste place. Genesis 1:2, using the same Hebrew word as in Isaiah 45:18 for "waste place," describes the earth as "formless and void." Gap theorists unfortunately conclude that after the earths first creation, it must have become a waste place that was "formless and void." A more straightforward and internally consistent interpretation is that the earth was temporarily "formless and void" during the first day of its creation. At the end of the sixth creation day, the earth was completed, inhabited, and "very good"—not "formless and void." In other words, God "did not create it [to be] a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited."
NOPE1 IT WAS NOT JUST A "TEMPORARILY" - A FEW HOURS - FORMLESS AND VOID; OR EVEN A DAY OR TWO. GOD COULD HAVE JUST SPOKEN THE WORD AND THE WORLD WOULD BE FORMED WITH LANDS AND OCEANS, MOUNTAIN RANGES, STREAMS, LAKES, CLOUDS, A BLUE SKY, FRESH CLEAN AIR. WHY WOULD GOD CREATE A MASSIVE GLOBE COVERED BY WATER….. NOW THAT IS REALLY THE CRAZIEST IDEA FROM PEOPLE LIKE BROWN. THE EARTH WAS FORMLESS AND VOID, BECAUSE IT HAD BECOME THAT WAY BY SATAN THE DEVIL AND HIS DEMONS, WHO HAD WAR IN THE HEAVENS AGAINST GOD, TO TAKE HIS THRONE. AND SATAN KNOWING WHY GOD CREATED THE EARTH IN THE LONG-HAUL, SMASHED IT TO DESTRUCTION - WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE, AND THE DINOSAUR AGE OBLITERATED. VEGETATION SMASHED, MAKING COAL, OIL, GAS, DIAMONDS WITH STRATA PRESSURE; ALL LAYED DOWN. BUT SATAN BEING DECEIVED AS HE IS, HAD IT ALL TURNED ON HIM; FOR MANKIND WOULD ONE DAY USE THE NATURE DEPOSITS FOR THEMSELVES. SATAN IS SO DECEIVED HE OFTEN CANNOT SEE THAT HIS DESTRUCTION OF THINGS IS TURNED TO BENEFIT MANKIND - Keith Hunt
Another verse used to support the gap theory is Genesis 1:28, which in the King James Version states "... Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it ..." Today, the meaning of the English word "replenish" has shifted away from its early meaning, which was "fill."
("Replenish" came from the French word "rumplier" which means "to fill"; it does not mean "to refill" or "to fill again") Almost all modern translations translate this word "fill."
AND AGAIN NO PROBLEM; I NEVER USE THIS ARGUMENT, AS YOU STATE THE ARGUMENT IS WRONG, AND SHOULD NOT BE USED; SO I DO NOT USE IT! Keith Hunt
Most people who accept the gap theory have great confidence in the Bible and oppose evolution. However they accept many evolutionary things as dinosaurs, ice ages, bogs. They avoid controversy by placing dinosaurs, ice ages, and coal formation, in the "gap" and thus fail to see the connection with the flood. So "gapists" generally take a position of noninvolvement in the origins issue other than saying that they accept creation and oppose evolution. This attitude helped the evolutionary viewpoint go largely unopposed for decades.
ABSOLUTE NONSENSE! FOR THE LAST PART. I DO NOT AVOID CONTROVERSY! I SEARCH FOR TRUTH; AND PREACH TRUTH! I'LL GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH EVOLUTIONISTS! I DO NOT FAIL TO SEE THE "FLOOD" OF NOAH. WHAT I'VE COME TO SEE [BY MUCH STUDY AND MEDITATION AND LOGICAL SENSE] IS THAT NOAH'S FLOOD WAS NOT GLOBAL AT ALL! WHAT YOU MR. BROWN PUT AT NOAH'S FLOOD I PUT AT THE WORLDWIDE, GLOBAL FLOOD, BROUGHT ON BY SATAN THE DEVIL, TRYING TO DESTROY THE EARTH, THAT GOD HAD BEFOREHAND PLANNED TO DO HIS GREATEST WORK UPON IT - BRING MORE INTO HIS FAMILY, INCREASE HIS GODHEAD MIGHTILY - Keith Hunt
The gap theory has declined in popularity in recent years.
IT HAS? WELL NOT WITH ME IT AIN'T - AS IT IS THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE, BUT THEN AGAIN MOST OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PROTESTANTS HAVE SUCH A TERRIBLE TIME UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE; UNDERSTANDING SALVATION; UNDERSTANDING PROPHECY. SO THEY ARE ALSO WRONG ON HOW OLD THE YEAR IS, NOT UNDERSTANDING GENESIS CHAPTER ONE - Keith Hunt
It was one of many attempts to reinterpret Scripture to conform to a belief that was becoming popular among some scientists in the 1800s— a belief in an old earth. Unfortunately, the gap theory is inconsistent with the Bible in many ways.
NOPE! IT WAS NOT TO TRY AND CONFORM TO EVOLUTIONISTS. THE SO-CALLED GAP THEORY, IS NOT A THEORY, IT IS A FACT OF THE BIBLE. IT IS NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THE BIBLE, AS I'VE PROVED HERE IN WHAT I'VE EXPOUNDED.
IT IS YOU MR. BROWN AND YOUR FUNDAMENTAL PROTESTANT FELLOWS, WHO ARE SO FAR OUT WITH MANY FALSE DOCTRINES, LIKE AS FROM PLANET PLUTO. ONE DAY YOU AND YOUR KIND WILL KNOW WHO HAS THE TRUTHS OF THE BIBLE; AND IT AIN'T GOING TO BE YOUR GROUP.
YES INDEED TIME WILL TELL WHO UNDERSTANDS THE BIBLE CORRECTLY.