The Gap Theory I
Could you imagine getting a phone call that completely changed the way you thought about a friend? A relative? Your work? What if you found out most of what you have been taught about a specific subject is unsubstantiated and false? For example, what if you have always been taught that Noah brought two of each animal onto the ark. Then, by some strange reason, you read for yourself the following verse.
Genesis 7:2 "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and he female".
Seems like there were not two of each animal, but sixteen animals of each. There were seven pairs of the clean and one pair of the unclean. Interestingly enough, clean and unclean will not be explained to us Biblically, for some generations to come after this verse, but somehow, Noah knew the difference. Even more baffling is the fact that our institutions and churches teach there were two of each animal when clearly, this scripture says otherwise. Either they know and are lying, or they have not done the homework necessary to be a teacher of God’s Word. Either way, the reader should always do their own studying and praying to understand what God has for them specifically. Paul, when addressing the Bereans in Acts 17:11, makes it clear to research yourself.
When it is explained that the universe is just 6,000 years old by the church and science says it is 13.8 billion years old, can both be right? The ones saying it is just 6,000 years old have their proof; the infallible Word of God. The ones saying the universe is 13.8 billion years old have their infallible scientific evidence. Interesting that God created science, as pointed out in Job and other places in the Bible, yet the 6,000-year-old defenders ignore those scriptures.
What if both are right? What if the earth had two beginnings? This series will set out to upset the reader’s proverbial apple cart. The information comes from the Bible. Which version? It doesn’t matter. Why? Because they are all translated from Hebrew, Greek, and seven chapters of Aramaic. Why is this important? Because as the reader goes through and sees scripture referenced and does not agree, it will save them the trouble of checking their version. The reader should use a concordance or language dictionary to help them better understand the breakdown in communication between languages. The good news is that most of what will be presented is easy and straightforward. The information cannot be denied unless taken out of its original context, and we know that never happens, right?
What will be presented throughout this series is the following timeline. This timeline is a glimpse into the past, present, and future. All the information is there for the reader to see. Pray that God will lead you as you read and give you understanding.
The following scriptures will be in the order of their events. While not a complete depiction, it will give a flavor of what to expect going forward.
Psalm 90:2 "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God".
God always has been and always will be. Why? Because He is outside of time. This is something our minds cannot comprehend. One day, however, according to 1 John, we will understand it.
John 1:1-2 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God".
Jesus Christ, aka The Word, has always been and always will be. According to Jesus’ own words in the Book of John.
John 1:3 "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.
All things were created". The fact that they were created by Jesus is just a plus.
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth".
This is what was created in John 1:3. While the entire universe was created, the Holy Spirit wants us to know that He is focusing on Heaven (earth’s atmosphere) and earth (our home). Without Biblical knowledge, one might ask, “with so many other places for God to zero in on, why this little planet in the middle of nowhere?” Not only was the universe created at this point, but the angels themselves. While it is foreign to some, other things were created as well, and it is that premise that leads to the writing of this series.
Ezekiel 28:14 "Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire".
While this scripture is many pages into the works of the Holy Spirit, if chronologically placed, it would be near the front. God placed Lucifer in charge of something. I believe there was a race of beings here and this is what is being outlined. The responsibilities given to Lucifer far transcend the realm of Heaven, God’s home.
Isaiah 14:13-14 "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the starts of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High".
By the time we get to Genesis chapter 3, Lucifer had already fallen into sin. This is an insight given by the Holy Spirit for us to show what Lucifer’s transgressions were. The key here is he said within his heart. He never got the chance to try and carry out this series of bad decisions that he was thinking. However, this is the basis of his fall.
Ezekiel 28:16-18 "By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee".
Judgment comes! More of the reasons he fell are included here as God takes him down.
Ezekiel 28:15 "Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee".
This is interesting that the Holy Spirit wants us to know Lucifer was perfect as a creation until he decided to change. God did not create Satan; Lucifer created Satan.
Isaiah 14:16-17 "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; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?"
This scripture series gives us insight into more of how Lucifer took his responsibilities and abused them. The race of people here on earth he was supposed to help, he abused.
Isaiah 14:12 "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!"
This verse shows that he was brought to the earth to see what God would do to judge his misdeeds.
Jeremiah 4:23-28 "I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; 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. For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it".
The Holy Spirit shows us the aftermath of God’s judgment on Lucifer’s earth. The desolate landscape, the absence of beings, and the lost animals and vegetation. He even judged the atmosphere around the earth, as shown in this bleak picture.
Genesis 1:2 "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".
The verses from Jeremiah are a view of the judgment of God, while Genesis 1:2 is the snapshot right before God begins to rebuild and do so in the face of its transgressor.
Isaiah 45:18 "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else".
While there is NEVER a need for God to defend Himself or His actions, He makes it clear that He did not create the picture seen in Genesis 1:2. He wants us to know that it became that way.
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".
Peter has the insight that we will be painting throughout this series. The earth was created, judged, and then rebuilt. It is that earth that is reserved for final judgment by fire.
May the reader take these scriptures into their heart and let God “rightly divide” them there. It is no secret that God is beyond our understanding, so allow Him to open your heart to what He wants you to know. Remember, only by seeking the one who was there, can we grasp who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.
Buckle up and let’s take a ride with the Holy Spirit. Pray about each page and He will lead you on a ride that is bumpy, yet fun and exciting.