What the Bible (God’s Word ) teach is a 6 literal day re-creation some 6000 years ago. It was Re-creation in 6 days of an earth made formless and void by satanic rebellion. (Genesis 1:2, Jeremiah 44:23-27).These are the 8 events in the chronological order that happened in our eternal past to that which will happen in the eternal future.
1. God created heavens and angels -Genesis 1:1, Job 38:4-7 – First he created the third heaven the abode of God , the 2nd heaven – the stars,planets and outerspace (morning stars) and angels.
2. God created 1st heaven- earths atmosphere and then the planet Earth- Genesis 1:1, Job 38:4-7. –
3.God created various life forms along with angels to dwell on Earth and on other planets and stars in the universe and they built towns and habitations on Earth- Job 38:4-7, Jeremiah 44:23-27.
4. Satanic rebellion occurs- Satan /Lucifer /Helel the archangel cherub rebels against God and 1/3rd of all angels join with him, because selfish pride entered his heart due to his many activities. God judges them and allowed death and destruction to enter his perfect universe , satan and 1/3rd of all angels along with him are cast out of 3rd heaven into 2nd and 1st heavens and Earth and Earth becomes formless ,desolate void, covered with water and darkness and stars driven out of course as written in Genesis 1:2, Jeremiah 44:23-27, Ezekiel 28-12-16, Isaiah 14-12-17.
5. God re-creates the formless and void earth and the chaotic universe -2nd heaven in 6 days and rests on the 7th day. – Genesis 1:3- 2:25. –
6.Fall of Man, be satanic deception in Garden of Eden on Earth, Adam and Eve cast of Eden Garden and lost their access to tree of life – Sin enters mankind bringing death, destruction and eternal judgement -Genesis 3:1-Revelation 21:8.
7.God the father- Elohim sents his son -( God the Son – Yahweh- Shuah- Yahshuah- Lord Jesus Christ) for salvation of mankind by sacrificing his life and shedding his sinless pure blood on the cross for the remission of sins of all mankind , so that all who will trust in this salvation plan of God will have eternal life. – All new testament Bible and all messianic prophecies of Old Testament and in general the whole Bible – God’s Eternal Word as Lord Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh.
8. God is creating New Heavens, New Earth and New Jerusalem for all those who will trust in him and will remain forever – Revelation 21:1- Revelation 22:21.
Job 38:4-7 : – 4 Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
Also God says to prophet Jeremiah about what happened to earth after creating it initially for angels (sons of God) to reside –
23 I looked at the earth,
and it was formless and empty;
and at the heavens,
and their light was gone.
24 I looked at the mountains,
and they were quaking;
all the hills were swaying.
25 I looked, and there were no people;
every bird in the sky had flown away.
26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;
all its towns lay in ruins
before the Lord, before his fierce anger.
Genesis 1:2 in original hebrew texts reads – And the earth became 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.
Indicating the satanic rebellion and judgement of God which made earth into that desolate and void condition.
God speaks through Prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah about the fall of Lucifer/Helel when prophesying about judgement of God on Israel and surrounding nations.
Ezekiel 28:12-16:-“Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.[a]
Your settings and mountings[b] were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Creation was subject to vanity by commandment of God long ago (Romans 8:20) , because of this satanic rebellion in the hope that that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:21). So restoration work of God was started from Genesis 1:3 onwards and it will be completed as we see in the 21 and 22 chapters of the Book of Revelation – Holy Bible – God’s Eternal word for salvation of all mankind
This 6 literal day re-creation of an earth made formless ,void and desolate and covered with water and drakness as seen in Genesis 1:2 and Jeremiah 44:23-27 which is the only creation account that we see in the Holy Bible – God’s eternal word is known in scholarly circles as Old Earth Gap creationism (also known as Ruin-Restoration creationism, Restoration creationism, or “The Gap Theory”),
Gap creationism is a form of Old Earth creationism that posits that the six-day creation, as described in the Book of Genesis, involved literal 24-hour days, but that there was a gap of time between two distinct creations in the first and the second verses of Genesis, explaining many scientific observations, including the age of the Earth. In this it differs from Day-Age creationism, which posits that the ‘days’ of creation were much longer periods (of thousands or millions of years), and from Young Earth creationism, which although it agrees concerning the six literal 24-hour days of creation, does not posit any gap of time.
Gap creationism became increasingly attractive near the end of the eighteenth century and first half of the nineteenth century, because the newly established science of geology had determined that the Earth was far older than a literal interpretation of Genesis and the Bible-based Flood geology would allow. Gap creation allowed religious geologists (who comprised the majority of the geological community at the time) to reconcile their faith in the Bible with the new authority of science.
According to the doctrine of natural theology, science was in this period considered a second revelation, God’s word in nature as well as in scripture, so the two could not contradict each other.
Gap creationism was popularized by Thomas Chalmers, a divinity professor at the University of Edinburgh, founder of the Free Church of Scotland, and author of one of the Bridgewater Treatises, who attributed it to 17th century Dutch Arminian theologian Simon Episcopius.
Other early proponents included Oxford University geology professor and fellow Bridgewater author William Buckland, Sharon Turner and Edward Hitchcock.
It gained widespread attention when a “second creative act” was discussed prominently in the reference notes for Genesis in the influential 1917 Scofield Reference Bible.
In 1954, a few years before the re-emergence of Young Earth Flood geology eclipsed Gap creationism, influential evangelical theologian Bernard Ramm wrote in “The Christian View of Science and Scripture”.
The gap theory has become the standard interpretation throughout hyper-orthodoxy, appearing in an endless stream of books, booklets, Bible studies, and periodical articles.
Canadian physiologist Arthur Custance has argued that the belief of Gap creationism can be traced back to biblical times, citing the Targum of Onkelos (2nd c. BC), Akiba ben Joseph’s Sefer Hazzohar (1st c. AD), Origen’s De Principiis (3rd c. AD), and Caedmon (7th c. AD).
Interpretation of Genesis
Gap creationists believe that science has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Earth is far older than can be accounted for by, for instance, adding up the ages of Biblical patriarchs and comparing it with secular historical data, as James Ussher famously attempted in the 17th century when he developed the Ussher chronology.
To maintain that the Genesis creation account is inerrant in matters of scientific fact, Gap creationists suppose that certain facts about the past and the age of the Earth have been omitted from the Genesis account; specifically that there was a gap of time in the Biblical account that lasted an unknown number of years between a first creation in Genesis 1:1 and a second creation in Genesis 1:2-31. By positing such an event, various observations in a wide range of fields, including the age of the Earth, the age of the universe, dinosaurs, fossils, ice cores, ice ages, and geological formations are allowed by adherents to have occurred as outlined by science without contradicting their literal belief in Genesis.
Because there is no specific information given in Genesis concerning the proposed gap of time, other scriptures are used to support and explain what may have occurred during this period and to explain the specific linguistic reasoning behind this interpretation of the Hebrew text. The word “was” in Genesis 1:2 is more accurately translated “became”. Such a word choice makes the gap interpretation quite easier to see in modern English.
God is perfect and everything he does is perfect, so a newly created earth from the hand of God shouldn’t have been with form and void and shrouded in darkness-Deuteronomy 32:4, Isaiah 45:18 1 John 1:5
The Holy Spirit was “renewing” the face of the earth as he hovered over the face of the waters- Psalms 104:30.
Angels already existed in a state of grace when God “laid the foundations of the Earth”, so there had been at least one creative act of God before the six days of Genesis-Job 38:4-7
Satan had fallen from grace “in the beginning” which, since the serpent tempted Adam and Eve, had to have occurred before the Fall of man. Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:11-19, John 8:44.
Space, time, water, and the rock which constitutes the main body of the earth, existed before the period of six days began in Genesis 1:3.
Commonly called the “Gap Theory” or Ruin-Reconstruction interpretation, it is a theological interpretation much older than Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. It is based on the Scriptural fact that in the second verse of Genesis, the Holy Bible simply and clearly states that the planet Earth was already here (but in a ruined state) before the Divine process described in those six days even begins. Understanding this Biblical mystery begins with the precise wording of this New Testament cross-reference:
“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: 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.”
(2 Pet 3:5-7 KJV)
Contrary to popular interpretation, the above passage is not a reference to Noah’s flood. And the only other place in the Bible where the Earth was covered in waters is Genesis 1:2. The ramifications are obvious: The literal wording suggests that the “heavens and the earth, which are now” (made during the seven days) was not the first-time creation of all things as is traditionally assumed.
The Word of God appears to be telling the reader there was a previous populated world on the face of this old Earth before God formed the present world of modern Man. This invalidates the popular Doctrine of Young Earth Creationism.
The Bible itself provides insight into a great mystery in Earth’s natural history at what is known as the Pleistocene – Holocene boundary. Science remains at a loss to definitively explain the Ice Age and the anomaly of the mysterious mega fauna extinctions across the face of the Earth about 12,000 to 10,000 Radio Carbon years ago. ~ This death/vanity entering creation is what is said in God's Word- Romans 8:20,21- Creation was subject to vanity by commandment of God long ago (Romans 8:20) , because of this satanic rebellion in the hope that that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:21).
Geologic evidence from that period indicates extraordinary global massive volcanism, gigantic tidal waves, seismic activity on a vast scale, and extreme temperature swings on the Earth over a geologically brief period of time. It is no coincidence that the Bible at Genesis 1:2 describes the Earth as flooded, desolate, and in darkness in the timeframe closely corresponding to these catastrophic events in the Earth’s natural history. Clearly, these two mysteries are linked.
Why the old “world that then was” ended, and why God made a new world and modern Man, requires a study into the ancient origins of Satan and the Angels.
The Earth has an ancient natural history that can be deciphered from the geologic record, but it also has an equally important ancient spiritual history that can only be deciphered from Rightly-Dividing the Holy Bible. Knowledge of both is required to correctly reconcile Geology and the Book of Genesis.
We pray you will find this material useful in your study of God’s Holy Word.
Gap Creationism is an ancient idea. The first theologian who thought of such an idea was St. Justin Martyr. He was born in the year 100 and coverted to Christianity in the year 130 of our Lord. He was pesecuted for his faith and was beheaded in the year 165. St. Justin Martyr supposes an indefinte period between the Creation and the first ordering of all things. This puts the idea of gap creationism 1,700 years before the scientific data of geology gave it credibility.
Another great theologian and philosopher that believed in gap creationism was St. Augustine of Hippo. He was born in the year 354 and died in 430. He believend in a considerable interval between the Creation related in the first verse of Genesis and of an account given in the third and following verses.
There is a great space of time since gap creationism was taught in our history. The reason was that many false teachings of our Lord and Savior came into existence by falsely lead believers, and much time was spent straightening out such false doctrines.
Also, the Dark Ages entered into the existence of the world, and education was frowned upon. After the Dark Ages, the gap theory was traced to a man named Simon Episcopius who was born in 1583 and died in 1643, and who was a theologian and scholar of his time. In the works of Episcopius, the gap theory of creationism show up in more detail. Thus, the gap theory of the old-earth theory predates the present-day geology by 200 years.
The gap theory has been portrayed as an attempt to change the Word of God as a way to appease the scientific discoveries. Scientist have gotten its idea of an age-old universe from ministers of the Word of God years before geological evidence came into existence. How is it possible then to claim that the gap theory compromises the Word of God?
It is a historical fact that many modern-day geologist believe in evolution, but the early geologist were Christians, and they believed in a vast amount of years for the Creation to occur. Evolutionists have taken the geological evidence and twisted these facts to promote evolution of the species. No such evidence is seen in geological formations.
Rev. Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), a mathematician and a respected minister, was a leader in the Free Church of Scotland. Thomas Chalmers became one of the most popular preacher of his time. He taught the gap theory, and it was accepted by many.
Rev. Thomas Chalmers, in a review of Cuvier’s Theory of the Earth, taught that there was a vast period for the formation of the geological ages and the organic ages to have occurred after Genesis 1 when God created out of nothingness. Genesis 1:2 was a period, which life became void and formless; and the sun, the moon, and the stars were temporarily extingushed. Genesis 1:3 was to be preserved as the natural twenty-four-hour periods and the restoration of the old heavens and the earth.
Science in this author’s opinion has made a terrible mistake. They have taken the fact of the geological ages, the fossils of vegetable and applied those fossils to the idea that man must have developed just the same way without any fossils of man evolving from apes. Man was made in the image of God so he could have not evolved from apes, your are implying that God himself has evolved, for man was made in his image. Man was far more superior to the plants or beasts of the field.
Dr. John Pye-Smith (1774-1851), who was a good acquaintance of Thomas Chalmers, had almost the same view as Rev. Chalmers. In the Congregational Lecture Sixth Series, Scripture and Geology in 1840, he gives a brilliant defense of the gap theory of creation and a scholarly offence for the promotion of that theory. This man’s credibility was attacked by ignorant believers in God and also by geologists. He wrote more extensively on the subject of gap creationism than most others who believed in this gap theory. Rev. Denis Crofton was another advocate for the gap theory of creation. In his book Genesis and Geology printed in 1853, he gives many scriptures on the gap theory and biblically defends the theory with boldness and brilliance. There were many other ministers that defended such a theory.
Yet many evangelical Christians tell us that they all changed their minds about the gap theory of creation, which simply is not true. This is a misrepresentation of the historical fact of the gap theory of creation.
Rev. William Buckland was the first to read rock formations and the first to find a lizard that was considered a dinosaur. He was the first to find a complete skeleton that predates Adam. He believed that it was the minister’s duty to study what the creator has created and to learn more about God. In 1820, he published a book The Connection of Geology with Religion explained. William Buckland believed in a gap-theory catastrophe.
In 1823, he published a book Observations on the Organic Remains Contained in Caves, Fissures, and diluvial Gravel and Other Geological Phenomena, Attesting the Action of a Universal Deluge. When you read this book, you can see the subtleties against the young-earth concept. Other geologists agreed with the age-old theory of creation.
Hugh Miller in his 1857 book The Testimony of the Rocks states both sides of the issue of young-earth and old-earth theory of Creation. He personally makes a stand for the old-age earth theory though it is different than gap creationism, and it is stated in this book although we are told that he believed otherwise.
Also, reverend and professor of geology, Edward Hitchcock defends the concept of the old-age earth and gap creationism with scripture and geology. In his 1851 book Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences, he clearly states the gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. The list continues to grow while I do my research and buy rare book on the gap theory of creation. These are just a gew of the major players in the old-earth concept.
Why do we not teach this concept anymore and pretend that the great minds of Christians from the past are insignificant? These are just a few prominent individuals that believed in the gap theory of creation. Creationists have labeled them as compromisers of the Word of God.
Compromisers believe in scientific evidences in geology and say that the world is old, and the scriptures do support those ideas, Creationists believe in a literal six-day Creation and believe the universe is no older than 10,000 years and say the scriptures do not support the universe as being old. Therefore, creationists have given those that believe in the gap theory of creation a negative label to discourage others from believing in the same way as gap creationist.
Our best expositors of scripture, Rev. David King of Glasgow says that it seem to be now pretty generally agreed, that the opening verse in Genesis has no connection with the verses that follow. They think it may be understood as making a separate and independent statement regarding the creation proper, and that the phrase in the beginning may be expressive of an indefinitely remote antiquity. On this principle the Bible recognizes, in the first instance, the great age of the earth, and then tells us of the changes it underwent at a period long subsequent, in order to render it a fit abode for the family of man. The work of the six days was not, according to this view, a creation in the strict sense of the term, but a renovation and restoration of preexisting.
Scriptures speak about 3 heavens-1-Earths Atmosphere-Sky.
2-Outer Space-Angelic/Satanic realm.
3-The real Heaven-Dwelling place of God. ~ Apostle Paul mentions in his letter to Chorinthians about being ascended to third heaven – 2 Corinthians 2:12- I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know–God knows.
Psalms 19:1 says-For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. A study into how God created heavens and the earth and the later changes he made to them due to satanic rebellion and the changes to come, testifies the Gap creationism .
Genesis 1:7 says-“And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.”
Here the Bible is saying that God established a three-heaven structure between the Earth and the heavenly abode of the Ancient of Days. The firmament is the abode of the sun, moon and stars, and the galaxies. In other words, it is speaking of the entire physical universe. And the Bible says that God placed waters above that firmament. In doing so He placed a “Sea” between the footstool of His heavenly throne and the less than pure physical universe down below.
Also make note that in Genesis 1:8 the Lord God says nothing about this being good. Although God says, “it was good” concerning days 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 He does not say that about the work of the second day. Ever wondered about that? The reason is very simple. Although this division was not good, it was necessary to protect the creation from the flaming glory of God’s Holiness. Nothing impure can stand in His presence, and even the presence of a regenerated heavens and earth was not completely pure before God (see Job 25:5).
Also read 2 Peter 3:5-7-“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: 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.”
Notice that in the passage that the earth is said to be “standing out” of the water and “in” the water(2 Peter 3:5).
In our English language, these descriptive terms suggest that these particular waters were not confined to the surface of the planet; they overflowed the entire planetary system. The Bible says that part of the planet was “standing out” from these waters. That is to say, the sphere of the planet was partially “overflowed” and the location of the bulk of the waters was external to the Earth itself.
The Bible says the planet was “in the water” of this particular flood (think of a round fishing floater bobbing in a lake). In other words, part of the Earth is protruding from the waters and not simply just covered by waters on the surface. The literal English wording of this passage does not describe a flood event confined to the Earth’s surface. This passage describes a deluge that raged across the solar system, and beyond. Our solar system and outer space are the Second Heaven of the Bible’s three heavens.
Try to draw this mental picture: Think of a dark and ruined solar system with water strewn throughout it like one big messy galactic spill. That is what Genesis 1:2 is speaking about. And imagine the planet Earth drifting awash in this roaring and rolling, formless mess and orbiting around a dead star. Where would such waters have come from? Well, it is an established scientific observation that aging stars create and give off lots of water. Certainly there must have been lots and lots of stars in the heavens that were “of old” and, if something had caused the entire cosmos to have gone dark and all the stars died, then there would be excessive water everywhere throughout space. If that was indeed the case, then all those extinguished stars would need to be reignited to be seen in our present heavens.
Scientists find existense of a great amount of water on the edge of our universe-Black holes-www.wired.com/2011/07/black-hole-h…
-or just google search-” water in black hole”, if the link is not working.
Modern science consider Black Holes as the borders of our physical Universe.We are seeing only 3 or 4 dimensions( “4” if Time is included as a dimension).But Science today has discovered up to 8 more dimensions in compressed form-F theory/Father theory making a total of 12 dimensions.
Scientists consider black holes as the edge/border of our physical universe into something outside were all dimensions exist.What is important is that scientists have found out existense of water in these borders of our universe known as black holes,not some water but trillions of trillion times water than that of all the earths oceans and water systems combined as this link will show you-www.wired.com/2011/07/black-hole-hol…
-or just google search – “water in black hole”, if the link is not working.
So let it be ,as in Psalm 148:2-5-
2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! 3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! 4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created.
Only those who are holy can see God.We are made holy not by our merit ,but by the sinless blood of Lord Jesus Christ shed on the cross for our sins.Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind shedding his sinless blood to wash away the sins of all those who will trust in him.And all those who trust in Lord Jesus Christ can have eternal life.
Scriptures speak of our eternal residence not on this heaven or earth now ,but in New Jerusalem,New Heaven and New Earth.
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.