A repository for information regarding the Genesis GAP:
It is not a “Gap Theory,” it is a Gap FACT
“The original creation–which was perfect but fell into chaos.”
—H.A. Ironside, handwritten note on Genesis 1:1 as found in his personal Bible. Quotation taken from “Dr. Ironside’s Bible Notes and Quotes from the Margins.”
Presenting The Genesis Gap
The chart used in, “The Genesis Gap” parts 1 & 2, as produced by brother Jeffrey Mardis.
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Materials by others:
Our inclusion of these materials below is in now way an endorsement of everything that the teacher/author believes and/or teaches. Bible Believers Fellowship is in general agreement with the following materials ALONE and are in no way responsible for whatever else you may find that these men teach on other matters:
“Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1-3 give a brief (but truthful and divine) account of creation, perfect in its entirety. Yet man is still searching, attempting to find out how this universe came to be. The Bible explains creation–and man has never proved the Bible untrue. God created this universe, but He did not create it waste. God is perfect, and a perfect God could not create a universe without form and void. “In the beginning” God’s works were perfect–as perfect as God Himself. It was after judgment struck the earth that God brought order out of chaos. Imperfection came when the devil (as Lucifer, the shining one) attempted to overthrow God and exalt his throne above the stars. God cast Lucifer out of heaven, and outstanding Bible scholars of the years behind us believe that this was the time when catastrophe struck the earth, causing it to become dark, void, and without form.
“Genesis 1:2 would never have been written had not Lucifer attempted to overthrow God and take His throne. The Eden of God was wrecked and ruined through the rebellion of the chief of angels–Lucifer, son of the morning. The account of the fall of Lucifer is clearly recorded by the prophets. In Isaiah 14:12-15…”
—Oliver B. Greene, “Bible Prophecy,” pg. 16.
Dr J Vernon McGee Q&A – Early Creation vs Gap Theory
Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel on The Gap
God’s Perfect Creation
Does Genesis 1:2 teach that God really created the earth” without form and void”?
No. Indeed it definitely denies elsewhere in Scripture that He did so. The primal creation is described in the first verse, and the second verse tells of the effect of some great catastrophe which occurred afterwards, leaving the earth without form and void…
The Gap Between Genesis 1:1 and 2
What proof is there to confirm the theory, advanced by Dr. Scofield and others, of an indeterminate gap between the first and second verses of Genesis 1?
“The date of Genesis 1:1 is unrevealed. Beginning with the second verse we are told of a repleneshing of the earth, following some great catastrophe between the first and second verses which is not recorded. .. The Companion Bible has this note on the word translated “without form” or “waste”: “Not created tohu (Isaiah 45:18), but became tohu (Gen. 1:2, 2 Peter 3:5-6). ‘An enemy hath done this’ (Matt. 13:25, 28, 39. Compare 1 Cor. 14:33).
“The question you ask would require almost a volume to answer in detail. Whether or not God could have created the rocks with fossils in them need not be discussed here, for the evidence shows that He did not so create them. The fossils are so numerous and can be so well identified with known forms of life that we have no hesitation in making that assertion… Scientists constantly ask us to have faith where absolute proof is not forthcoming. God also requires the same thing, but at the same time gives such strong evidence of the truth of His Word (sic) that faith itself is built upon certainty.”
—William L. Pettingill, “1001 Bible Questions Answered,” (co-authored with R.A. Torrey), page. 55-56, paperback edition.
Three Earths and Gap Theory (Pastor Charles Lawson)
“In the 2d verse of the first chapter of Genesis, we read, ‘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.’ We know not how remote the period of the creation of this globe may be-certainly many millions of years before the time of Adam. Our planet has passed through various stages of existence, and different kinds of creatures have lived on its surface, all of which have been fashioned by God. But before that era came, wherein man should be its principal tenant and monarch, the Creator gave up the world to confusion.”— Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Sermon delivered on Sunday, June 17, 1855 at New Park Street Chapel. Four years before Darwin’s, “Origin of Species,” was published.
Pastor David Peacock, “The Deeps”
Prophecy In The News:
Gary Stearman and, “Earth’s Earliest Ages,” with Tom Horn
Young Earth, Old Earth or Unknown?
One of the most difficult thing for dogmatists to admit is, “I don’t know.” And dogmatists abound on the debate of the “age of the Earth” and “age of the Universe”.
First, I want to repeat that I believe the six days of Creation (Genesis 1:3-31) were thousands and NOT millions of years ago. I firmly believe they were around 6,000 years ago but cannot be dogmatic on that because we don’t know exactly how much time elapsed before the Fall took place. And for this reason, I date the FALL at about 6,000 years ago.
So, WHEN did the events of Genesis 1:1-2 happen?
Answer: WE DO NOT KNOW.
But what is clear is that God hasn’t been twiddling his thumbs for eternity and what is equally clear is that Genesis 1:1-2 took place BEFORE the first day of Creation. So, what happened?
The answer is clear: WE DO NOT KNOW.
However, we also are not completely left in the darkness and void that resulted from the events of that unknown age. And if you read their material, some of the most anti-Gap writers and speakers admit as much.
EXAMPLE: The man seen by many as the “father of scientific creationism”, Dr. Henry Morris, in his 1972 book titled, “The Remarkable Birth of Planet Earth,” rejects the idea of a Pre-Adamic world and rejects the idea that some of the geological conditions (including some or MUCH of the fossil record) found, today, are related to a Genesis Gap (page 26). He also gives some other refutation to points made by some Gap believers (pages 85-87).
But toward the end of the book he then does the SAME thing we do whenever we see all of the Biblical data and just take it at face value. He wrote:
“There is also, of course, the possibility that the sin of Satan, who evidently once had dominion over the stars of heaven, led to a curse on his dominion just as Adam’s sin led to the Curse on the earth. He had been the “anointed cherub that covereth” (Ezekiel 28:14), evidently the highest among the cherubim, who are those in the angelic hierarchy closest to the throne of God Himself (Psalm 99:1). But he had said: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God” (Isaiah 14:13). Furthermore, he had led with him in his rebellion “the third part of the stars of heaven” (Revelation 12:4). God, therefore, said, I will cast thee to the earth (Ezekiel 28:17), and ultimately “down to Hell, to the side of the pit” (Isaiah 14:15).”
We will just mention that he mistakenly places Revelation 12:4 in the PAST when it is clearly something yet to happen. Satan’s original rebellion resulted in a massive fall of angels before Creation, then there is the Genesis 6 mass rebellion of “sons of God”, or Angels, so Revelation 12 is at least the THIRD such mass rebellion.
But NOTE that if all that Morris said is true (and all but the Revelation 12:4 reference IS true and in it’s proper order), then this HAD to happen before the six days of Creation! The idea that this happened sometime between the sixth Day and the Fall where Lucifer shows up as Satan, the lying, sinning, wicked serpent and God never mentioned it? That is just absurd.
Other Gap Teachers & Ministries
We do not necessarily agree with everything taught in the following materials. But we intend to demonstrate that the perception propagated by anti-Gap creation ministries that:
A. The Gap Doctrine is fringe is FALSE.
B. The Gap Doctrine exists to enable theistic evolutionism is FALSE.
C. The Gap Doctrine is connected to the Day Age theory is FALSE.
D. The Gap is somehow related to apostasy is FALSE.
Gap believers are numerous, from a wide swath of Christian associations, schools and ministries, and are as orthodox and fundamental as are Dispensationalism, Christian Zionism, Independent Baptist movements, the King James Only movement and others which were ALL organized AFTER the 17th century and ALL based on Biblical truth:
” In Ge 1:2, we read, “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.” We do not know how remote the period of the creation of this globe may be—certainly many millions of years before the time of Adam. Our planet has passed through various stages of existence, and different kinds of creatures have lived on its surface, all of which have been fashioned by God. But before that era came, when man should be its principal tenant and monarch, the Creator gave up the world to confusion. He allowed the inward fires to burst up from beneath and melt all the solid matter, so that all kinds of substances were commingled in one vast mass of disorder; the only name you could give to the world then was, that it was a chaotic mass of matter; what it should be, you could not guess or define.”
— C.H. Spurgeon, sermon titled, “The Power of the Holy Ghost.”
(Delivered On Sunday Morning, June 17, 1855, At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.)