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Pastor Oliver shares the following (as a result of one of our recent Bible study sessions):
The main idea behind the “gap theory” is, that Lucifer (Satan) rebelled against God and persuaded 1/3 of all the angels to rebel with him, and in attacking the throne of God; he was thrown out from Gods presence, and stripped of his authority he had with God. Please keep in mind, the Gap Theory is believed, as well as disbelieved by many bible scholars and Christians. Rather one believes in this theory or not, it will not send a person to heaven or hell, but allows the Christian to see Genesis 1 and 2 from a different perspective.
Not the Traditional View
Granted, this is not the traditional view of creation. Many may find it puzzling, perhaps even disturbing. Most of us who have been raised in the church have accepted the first two chapters of Genesis as a continuous, uninterrupted account of the origin of the earth and man. After all, many may argue, doesn’t the book of Genesis make it perfectly clear that, in the beginning, God created the earth as a lifeless, shapeless, chaotic mass? Isn’t it apparent, from the second verse of chapter one, that floods covered the earth while God’s Spirit hovered over what would become a beautiful new planet? Doesn’t Scripture plainly record the six days of creation and all that was involved in forming the earth during that first week?
THE CHAOTIC EARTH
The creation of the “Original Earth” was in the dateless past. It was doubtless a most beautiful earth, covered with vegetation and inhabited with fish and fowl and animal life, and probably with human life. How long it continued in this condition we are not told, but an awful catastrophe befell it – it became “FORMLESS AND VOlD,” and submerged in water and darkness. Gen. 1: 2. That it was not originally so we know from Isa. 45:18 (R.V.). “Thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; he is God; that formed the earth and made it; He established it, He created it NOT A WASTE, he formed it to be inhabited.”
What caused the earth to become a “Waste” after its original creation is not clearly revealed. It is clear from the account of the Fall of Adam and Eve that sin existed before man was created.In that remarkable passage in Ez. 28:12-19 there is revealed to us under the title of “The King of Tyrus,”
A being of surpassing beauty and wisdom, who had been in “Eden,” the “Garden of God.” Not the Eden of Adam’s day, but possibly the Eden of the Earth as it was first created. This being is spoken of as the “Anointed Cherub that Covereth,” who “walked upon the ‘Holy Mountain of God’,” and was “perfect in all his ways from the day that he was created, until iniquity was found in him.” But his “heart was lifted up because of his beauty,” and his wisdom was thus corrupted.
As no King of Tyrus answering this description has, as yet, existed, this passage is taken to be a prophetic portrait of the “Antichrist,” and as Antichrist is to be an incarnation of Satan, it probably is a description of Satan before his fall. The intimation in this scripture then is, that Satan, with a host of angelic beings, was placed in charge of the original or primeval earth, and that he through pride (1 Tim. 3:6; Isa. 14:12-14) sought to be equal with God, and that to punish him the earth was thrown into a chaotic state, and Satan and his angels, amounting to a third of the angelic hosts (Rev. 12: 4) were excluded from Heaven, and took up their abode in the heavenlies, the Second Heaven, located between the atmosphere of our earth and the Heaven where God dwells, and thus became the “Principalities and Powers,” and “Rulers of the Darkness of this Age,” and the “Spiritual Wickedness” in High Places” (the Second Heaven), of whom we are warned in Eph. 6:12.
This seems very plausible, for Satan is said to be the “Prince of the Powers of the Air” (Eph. 2: 2), and the “God of this World” (age), and it looks as if his plan for the Fall of man was a scheme to regain control of this earth.
If there were human beings on the Original or Pre-Adamite Earth, they were doubtless involved in Satan’s fall and destroyed. In fact, the “demons” are believed by many to be the disembodied spirits (of the inhabitants of the Pre-Adamite Earth, and their efforts to re-embody themselves in human beings, as in the days of Christ, is looked upon as evidence that they once possessed bodies similar to human bodies. Naturally the question arises, “if the inhabitants of the Pre-Adamite Earth were human beings like ourselves, and were destroyed when the Pre-Adamite Earth was thrown into a chaotic form, where are their fossil remains; why have we not discovered them in the soil or rocks of the earth?” The answer is, their “bodies” may have been consumed by fire, as will be the case with the rebellious hosts of Gog and Magog at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:7-9), and their escaping “spirits” became the demons referred to above. It is dear that the “demons” are not Satan’s angels, for they are free, while the demons are confined in the Bottomless Pit and are only given liberty as it suits God’s purpose. Rev. 9:1-21. Neither are they the “Fallen Angels” of 2 Pet. 2:4, and Jude 6-7, for they are reserved in chains under darkness against the Judgment of the Great Day. The “demons” then are in a class by themselves and for aught we know shall never be different. What we do know in reference to them is that the time is coming when they are to suffer “torment.” Matt. 8:29.
If death reigned on the Pre-Adamite Earth, and the bodies of the Pre-Adamites were buried in the earth, they may still remain buried in that part of the earth which they occupied, which now may be the bed of the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. If this be so, it helps to explain the Scripture passage which reads-“And the SEA gave up the dead which were in it; and ‘Death’ and ‘Hell’ (Hades) delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to his works.” Rev. 20:13. Here we have the “SEA” differentiated from “DEATH,” (the Grave), which swallows up the body, and “HELL” or “HADES,” the abode of the soul between death and the resurrection, and this seems to imply that the “DEAD OF THE SEA” are a different class from mankind and may refer to the dead of the Pre-Adamite World as now resting at the bottom of the sea. As God’s creatures are to be judged each in his own order, it would seem no more than right that the dead of the Pre-Adamite World should be judged before the wicked dead of this present world.
The manner in which the Pre-Adamite Earth was made “formless and void,” and this refers only to the exterior surface, the habitableness of the earth, is dearly revealed by Peter, where he says-“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; whereby the world that then was, BEING OVERFLOWED WITH WATER, perished.” 2 Pet. 3: 5-6.
It is dear that Peter does not refer here to Noah’s Flood, for the world of Noah’s day did not perish, and Peter goes on to add the that-“The heavens and the earth which are now (that is, have been in existence since the restoration of the earth of Gen. 1:3-31), by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men (Great White Throne Judgment).” Rev. 20:11-15. The manner then in which the Pre-Adamite Earth was made “formless and void” was by WATER. The water which lies upon the surface of the earth is about 1/4950 part of the earth’s mass. If the land surface was even the water would cover it to the depth of 11 miles. Violent convulsions must have wrecked the Pre-Adamite Earth and covered its surface with the waters of its oceans. Not a living creature remained alive upon it, and its atmosphere of murky darkness hid the light of the sun, moon and stars. To all intents and purposes it was a dead planet, though the seeds of its vegetable life remained entombed in its bosom ready to spring into resurrection life on the “Third Day.” The absence of the warm rays of the sun caused the earth to pass through the “Winter” of its life, and the submerging waters were congealed into ice that preserved in “COLD STORAGE” the remains of immense quadrupeds and winged creatures, that we might know the kind of animal life that inhabited the Pre-Adamite Earth. This was probably the Glacial Period of Geologic Times. The Prophet Jeremiah records a vision of the time.
“I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was WITHOUT FORM AND VOlD; and the heavens, and they had NO LIGHT. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they TREMBLED, and all the hills MOVED LIGHTLY. I beheld, and, lo, there was NO MAN, and all the BIRDS OF THE HEAVENS WERE FLED. 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.” Jer. 4: 23-26.
If this was, as it appears, an account of the destruction of the Pre-Adamite Earth, then the Pre-Adamite Earth was inhabited, and its inhabitants dwelt in cities, and God’s purpose in destroying the Pre-Adamite Earth was to efface all historic monuments and evidences of the sinfulness of its occupants.
How long a period elapsed between the creation of the earth and its becoming “formless and void” we do not know; neither do we know how long it continued in that condition, but when the time came in the purpose of God to restore the earth to its habitable state, and make it fit for the abode of man, He did it in six periods of longer or shorter duration. The Hebrew word translated “day” may mean either a day of 24 hours or a longer period of time. The probability is that the time was short.
God – Elohim. Elohim is the plural of El (The Strong one). It is the first name given for God in the Tanakh and occurs 2,570 times in the Tanakh. The Tanakh is a name used in Judaism for the canon of the Hebrew Bible.
Verse 1 & 2
This heaven is not the firmament immediately surrounding the earth; rather, it points to the heaven where the stars are. It has not undergone any change since it was created, but the earth is no longer the same. To understand the first chapter of Genesis, it is of utmost importance that we distinguish the “earth” mentioned in verse 1 from the “earth” spoken of in verse 2. For the condition of the earth referred to in verse 2 is not what God had created originally. Now we know that “God is not a God of confusion” (1 Cor. 14.33). And hence when it states that in the beginning God created the earth, what He created was therefore perfect. So that the waste and void of the earth spoken of in verse 2 was not the original condition of the earth as God first created it. Would God ever create an earth whose primeval condition would be waste and void? A true understanding of this verse will solve the apparent problem.
“Thus said Jehovah that created the heavens, the God that formed the earth and made it, that established it and created it not a waste, that formed it to be inhabited: I am Jehovah; and there is none else” (Is. 45.18).
How clear God’s word is. The word “waste” here is “tohu” in Hebrew, which signifies “desolation” or “that which is desolate.” It says here that the earth which God created was not a waste. Why then does Genesis 1.2 state that “the earth was waste”? This may be easily resolved. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1.1). At that time, the earth which God had created was not a waste; but later on, in passing through a great catastrophe, the earth did become waste and void. So that all which is mentioned from verse 3 onward does not refer to the original creation but to the restoration of the earth. God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning; but He subsequently used the six days to remake the earth habitable. Genesis 1.1 was the original world; Genesis 1.3 onward is our present world; while Genesis 1.2 describes the desolate condition which was the earths during the transitional period following its original creation and before our present world.
Word study of “Create” in the Bible
Three words for “create” are used in the Old Testament Hebrew.
The Hebrew word bara is often translated “create”.
The Hebrew word asah is often translated “make”.
The Hebrew word yasar is often translated “form”.
Gen 1:1 kjv In the beginning God created (bara) the heaven and the earth.
In most cases I chose to include both the KJV & NIV English wording.
Gen 1:21 kjv And God created (bara) great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:21niv So God created (bara) the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. [Ref. 8]
Gen 1:27 kjv So God created (bara) man in his own image, in the image of God created (bara) he him; male and female created (bara) he them.
Gen 1: 27niv So God created (bara) man in his own image, in the image of God he created (bara) him; male and female he created (bara) them.
Gen 2:3 kjv And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created (bara) and made.
Gen 2:3 niv And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating (bara) that he had done.
Henderson, T. (2002). Answers from Science and the Bible. Retrieved from: http://users.hal-pc.org/~tom/creationexnihilo.htm.