The Genesis Gap.
The Genesis Gap is an interesting study and I hope the following will make some sense of it. There are arguments for and against and I tend to think the argument for it is more believable but it hasn’t any bearing on our salvation per se. That’s a different matter. If asked about this topic, most Christians have no idea about it at all, despite what has been written on theistic evolution simply because it isn’t taught in churches these days. Yet it was written about by a Scottish theologian, Thomas Chalmers in the 19th century. Even though this man is credited with first bringing it to light, many other theologians before him also preached it. And this was well before Charles Darwin proclaimed his theory of evolution. Many Christians today say that the Earth is only 6000 years old with the 1000 year millennium to come to complete the 7000 year (7 day) creationist view. (Adam to Abraham – 2000 years, Abraham to Jesus – 2000 years, Jesus to now – 2000 years, the millennium yet to come.) The age of the human race is indeed only 6000 years old but this has nothing to do with the age of the earth. Some believe there was nothing before that. (YEC’s) But if carbon dating is to be believed, isn’t that asking a question?
This is the first ‘mystery’ in the Bible – let’s look at these first two verses in Genesis. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. This sentence can either be considered as a statement or a summary but it doesn’t say when or how He did it, we simply know that He did it from nothing and it was perfect.
2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. These two verses contain the story of the original creation while the verses after record the story of God’s full re-creation of the earth over 6 literal days in complete detail. And the original creation certainly was beautiful. But verse 2 is suggesting the earth was a desolate place and in darkness at that time. God made light, verse 3 on the first day but the sun wasn’t made until day 4. Between verses 1 and 2 Satan rebelled, he wanted power and was cast out, along with fallen angels. He had to be removed from heaven before Adam was created to cause him to sin as God would never cause Adam to sin. Angels are spirits to serve God but humans, made in God’s likeness, were His children and Satan felt secondary because he craved a physical body like Adam. Satan still accesses heaven, where he condemns us until the time soon to come when there is war in heaven and he is cast out forever.
God told Adam and Noah: Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Replenish is another word for re-populate and meaning the same thing – if God didn’t mean that He would have said to multiply and fill the earth, as if He was saying it for the first time. Both Adam and Noah were told to re-populate the earth after a major destructive event, namely a catastrophic flood on two occasions. Peter, an apostle of Jesus and led by the Holy Spirit says in his epistles, 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 judgement and perdition of ungodly men.
The Bible only refers to two total and catastrophic floods; the first one is in Genesis 1: 2 above and the second is the flood in Noah’s day, Genesis 7, which was about 1100 years later and nowhere near the scale of the one before Adam. My understanding of what Peter said – the words heaven and world are to mean the universe as a whole. (In the same context.) Earth only refers to the planet earth so by his words ‘heavens were of old’ and the highlighted text is in reference to the scale of the flood of ‘the world that then was’ and represents the universe. Noah’s flood was only confined to earth and had no effect on the sun, moon and the stars or the upper heavens, which were all there as in the time God restored it before He created Adam. What Peter said is NOT a reference to Noah’s flood because it didn’t cause the same desolation, so logic demands it must be a cross-reference to Genesis 1: 2 as there is no other Biblical alternative and cannot be ignored. So if Peter’s reference to Genesis 1: 2 is as it is meant, then the Holy Spirit is calling your attention to something very significant that millions of Christians/creationists are blindly overlooking. Specifically that of a glorious ancient world that God created in the distant past and had long since been utterly destroyed; plunged into darkness and overflowed by a great raging flood on a universal scale at some time between Genesis 1: 1 & 2. If you’re wondering what God did with all that water, Genesis 1: 6 & 7 has the answer.
In this original earth God gave Satan stewardship over it, along with angels, (referred to as ‘sons of God’) but that wasn’t enough for Satan, he wanted to be above God and so he rebelled, which is why God destroyed the original earth and is a reasonable explanation for the Genesis Gap. (Satan being a spirit whom God created isn’t yet destroyed.)
In 2002 a startling discovery was made in Western Australia that is causing scientists to rethink their theories. A tiny Zircon crystal was found in ancient rock formations and is Uranium-Lead dated to be about 4.5 billion years old. Chemical analysis of this crystal shows that it was formed in liquid water and if that is so then it gives credence to the Genesis gap. If this is to be believed, then all scientific geological evidence must also enter the debate. Proof is found in the fossil remains of all prehistoric things living in that time including the bones of Neanderthal man-like creatures. (Hominids.) In this ancient earth that had living things in it, there must have been a sun to support life but the first flood was of such a scale to cause a ‘galactic cosmic mess’ across the universe that it ‘blacked out’ the sun and caused an ice age, which destroyed all prehistoric life between 10,000 and 13,000 years ago. (There is no mention of an ice age in the Bible, but geological evidence does support it.) This extinction occurred suddenly and on a vast scale all over the earth with many different species of animal remains all mingled together that have been found not only in one place but over half of the earth’s land mass. In one case a whale was found entombed with elephants. In the mix of these bones and fossils, some lived in the warm temperate zones yet they were found in the frozen wastes of the Polar Regions. This evidence is largely ignored today because it doesn’t fit the prevailing scientific ideas, and the ‘Young Earth Creationists’ have seized upon it as evidence of Noah’s flood but the types of animals on the earth at the time of this first flood – dinosaurs, mammoths etc. were not here in Noah’s flood. After the first flood and before the reconstruction, God cut a clear line from the original earth between plants, animals and hominids and created everything new again, including Adam, the first man. The first 5 days shows how quickly God worked on re-creation. God re-created the plants and animals early on the sixth day, just before He created Adam on the same day and is proof of why we didn’t evolve from apes or hominids. God brought all the animals to Adam and he named them but a ‘helper’ could not be found for him, so God made Eve from Adam late on the 6th day also. On the 7th day He rested from all His work and saw that it was good.
Satan assumed that by luring Adam and Eve into sin he would destroy God’s plan to eventually replace him. But the fall of man merely opened the way for salvation through the saving work of Jesus on the cross. In this original earth Satan was the first to sin long before mankind was on the earth and death was passed down through him. Death is evident from fossils/bones from all living things; they either died, or fought and died, so death was here well before Adam. And unlike Adam, who was created in God’s likeness, hominids weren’t, they were just a higher form of all the animals in that time and like apes only communicated with noises. All creatures have a limited power to think and solve problems but it is not to the same degree as we who were made ‘in God’s likeness.’ Science has shown there is no direct link in the DNA of prehistoric man of the original earth and present day man. Adam was a completely new creation on a re-constructed earth. (DNA can show what area of the earth you originated from but that’s it.) Some plants and probably some animals were brought across to the restored earth, because they could co-exist with Adam and Noah but dinosaurs couldn’t, which is why there were no dinosaurs, they all ceased in that first flood, and they were never on the Ark that Noah built. Uranium-Lead dating, if it is to be believed as evidence, proves it. The newly re-constructed earth that Adam walked on was absolutely pristine on the surface. But under Adam’s feet and hidden in the rocks are the buried fossils/remains, which we have now discovered and is God’s record of the truth of the existence of a previously created original earth.
If all the above is true and I think it is, it could be a help to those struggling with choosing in a belief of God and the Bible or evolution.
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