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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The Genesis Gap
“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
God’s Perfect Creation
Does Genesis 1:2 teach that God really created the earth” without form and void”?
No. Indeed it is 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.