The Gap Theory V
When reading the Bible, most view it as a task, a chore, or something they must do.
Proverbs 25:2 "It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."
It is clear there are rewards to be had in digging into God’s Word. If someone told you that there is untold treasure buried in your back yard, I dare say a process of digging would occur immediately with no expense spared. The real question is the condition of our heart as to how we view our need in studying what God is trying to tell us.
Pointing out that the Bible was not written in chronological order can make anyone feel like they have obsessive-compulsive disorder. The exact reason why the Holy Spirit directed His work to be put into the order it is in would be pure speculation. There are many theories, but none of them matter. The material is there and you can study it in any order you choose, or more appropriately, the order you are led to study it in.
The late Chuck Missler said, “The Bible is 66 books, written by 40 authors, over a period of about 1,500 years. Yet, we discover that it is one integrated message system from outside our time domain”.
Did you catch that? From outside our time domain. That is significant and will be touched on throughout this book. God is outside of our time domain; as are all spiritual things. Something must make that possible.
Simply put, in Albert Einstein’s "Theory of Relativity", time is dependent on the observer and where he is. When we see E=MC2, the important part of this equation for our discussion is the "M". The equation is Energy = Mass times Light Squared. God is not subject to time because He has no mass. If God is outside of our time domain, it allows a whole new way of looking at Him and how He can relate to us.
If the Bible were written in order of time, it would only make sense to give an account of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and their first mention or appearing.
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".
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".
Genesis 1:2 "… and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters".
In military jargon, “all present or accounted for”. The fascination, especially with new believers, is to try and figure out how old God is. The interesting thing to point out is that He is not someone with lots of time; He is outside of time. This is significant in that in some small way, it makes it simple. If He is not bound by time, there was no beginning for Him. In our world, everything has a beginning due to the fact we have mass. God set time into motion for us and we will cover that in a future section as well.
It is interesting when we read John 1:3 that Jesus created everything; EVERYTHING!
John 1:3 "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made".
Which brings us to the subject of our chapter; Lucifer. Contrary to popular belief, he is not Jesus’ brother, he is not misunderstood, and he will not reign in hell. He is a fallen creature that was created by Jesus and will pay for the rebellion in which he led and participated in. Understanding your enemy is key. The book, “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, is laced with advice on the enemy. While all the strategies presented in his writings are good, the best advice comes from The Book of James, Jesus’ half-brother.
James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you".
Many quote this scripture, but few quote the first part about submitting themselves to God. That means to turn everything over to Him. In a nutshell, give Him your life. If you do this, you can resist the Devil and he will flee. Why? Not because of you, but because of the one that created the Devil in the first place living within you. Again, that is provided that you are a born-again believer. If you are not, please email us so we can pray with you.
We will be breaking down this section into seven separate parts. Each of the parts will deal directly with the career of Lucifer. We will use seven of the scripture verses that were laid out in The Gap Theory I. If you have not read that section, please take a couple of minutes to do so now as this will help you understand where this will lead. If these verses, among a host of others, are understood, one goes from speculation to a more definitive position. Dealing in speculation is not my strong suit. While I have my opinions on various matters, facts will always trump speculation.
There are two terms to know in studying anything; eisegesis and exegesis. Simply put, eisegesis is going to a source to prove your point and exegesis is going to the source for your point. In the realm of Biblical study, laziness and lack of preparation lead to romantic ideas and fairy tales. This was pointed out in The Gap Theory I with the example of Noah and the number of animals brought onto the ark.
One last thought before our subject matter of this section. Let us suppose that you are in a room with a psychiatrist, a sheriff’s deputy, a magistrate, and a loved one. The psychiatrist asks you what color a white crayon is, and you say "blue". They laugh. But when asked over and over, you stay with the color blue. When they realize you are serious, they commit you for further evaluation as to your mental faculties and ability to not harm yourself or others. They do this because everyone knows it is white and you said it was blue.
The glaring challenge is that somewhere along the line someone determined that the crayon color should be white. Maybe it was Mr. White and he was egotistical. Nevertheless, everyone adopted this idea of color for the crayon and it became “gospel”. If you reject the notion of what everyone else believes is the color white, you are the problem. While this is a very weird example, it makes the point about eisegesis and exegesis. Who does the homework to see why the crayon is called white instead of blue? If we did, what source would be sufficient enough for it to be fact or fiction?
When doing a Google search on the word Lucifer, 69.7 million hits come back in less than a second. The entire first page has to do with a television show about Hollywood’s perception of what Lucifer, the fallen one, is all about. This show depicts him as being tired of his position and he retires, so to speak, to California. Not a bad gig compared to what is actually coming for him. Unfortunately, very few go past the first page of an internet search and even fewer will look anywhere else for the truth.
The Bible does not say when Lucifer was created. However, it does say that he was created. We can infer from the text that he was created with, and when, everything else that was created, was created. For a role as large as he plays in the text, it is assumed he would have had a more definitive beginning on record if otherwise than the assumed here.
In Ezekiel, we see one of the two main outlines of Lucifer’s career. We will be breaking down quite a few words from their original language of Hebrew. Why? Because we lose so much in translation. While we get a great view of what we are looking for in English, it becomes even more intriguing, as well as becoming clearer, in its original context. As we pull scripture verses, changing the definition of what has always been is not the goal. The goal is to find things that will give us a direct indication of who he originially was, his job as given by God, and so forth. If we can do this, we will start to get an understanding of something that has rarely been addressed from the pulpit; if Jesus defeated Satan at the cross, why isn’t he defeated? In other words, why does he continue as if he is not defeated? We will cover this in a later section, but it is important for that question to be the driving force behind your understanding of this created being.
Ezekiel 28:14 "Thou are 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".
In Ezekiel, we see that God set Lucifer as the “anointed cherub that covereth”. When you read that in English, you tend to keep going. However, when dissecting this verse, we gain serious insight into what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. The word for anointed in Hebrew is mimshach. This word is only used once in the entirety of the Old Testament and has reference to expansion or outspread wings. That reference would not make much sense unless we continued with the next word, cherub. A cherub is a powerful angel. Angelology is a specific field of study and if interested, will take you on quite a journey. However for our purposes here, suffice it to say, Lucifer was a very powerful angel. Any reference to outspread wings refers to protecting. This is the case here when putting it into context with the next word in our breakdown of the text. The last word of our three that would give us our first insight into Lucifer’s career is “covereth”. The word for covereth in Hebrew is cakak. The word means to fence in, cover over, protect. The real challenge is to remember that if this was taking place in heaven, God’s home, what or who would need to be fenced in or protected?
When I first began my study of this, some 35 years ago, I asked the man who was my pastor at the time why Lucifer was set to cover and protect and what was he protecting? Believe it or not, he said “Jesus”. Really? Even if that were true, what would the creator of the universe need protection from? Jesus does not need protecting nor would this be an issue in the realm of eternal heaven. When Jesus became a man, He was at His most vulnerable state. Even then, He had control over everything. There was something deeper going on here. In Psalm 91, we see a picture of God’s protection by covering us with His wings. We also see His protection in like manner in Psalm 17:8, Psalm 36:7, Psalm 57:1, Psalm 61:4, and Ruth 2:12.
Lucifer was the covering cherub that covereth, or, Lucifer was the high-powered angel with out spread wings that fences in or protects. God set Lucifer to watch over something, but what? We will come back to that. We know from this text that he was given a specific responsibility. All angels, and all beings for that matter are given tasks and responsibilities. The angel depiction of little fat babies with wings floating on clouds is as far from the truth as one can imagine. According to 2 Kings 19, one angel killed 185,000 Syrians one night after dinner. We cannot possibly know the depth of their capabilities. One thing is certain; God set Lucifer in this very specific position. Whatever this position was, and over whom it was, is only possible because God set him so.
Isaiah 14:13-14 "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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High".
Within this text are multiple clues as to what he was to “cover”. The first clue is Lucifer said within his heart that he would “ascend” into heaven. In order to ascend, you must be on a lower level than that which you plan to ascend to. This is not the key in this statement; where he wants to ascend to is the key. The word for heaven in the Hebrew language is the same word used for heaven in Genesis 1:1. While in and of itself this is not a big deal, it helps us understand where he was when he made this statement. If God created the “heaven and the earth”, then this is the focus of the message. While He created everything in the universe, He chose to just mention His home and our home first. If Lucifer was not in Heaven, or shamayim in Hebrew, where was he? In three short chapters at the beginning of Genesis, he appears in a fallen state. The evidence will point to him being here on earth. The real question is if he was here, when and how did he get here? We will cover this in depth throughout this series.
A major key in this verse is his “throne”. Who has a throne? Those in charge have thrones or seats, Biblically speaking. The word for throne in Hebrew is kicce. While this word in its original language can be used for a seat, in this context it is used for a throne, or place one sits in and of power.
If Lucifer is the “anointed cherub that covereth”, and we are trying to figure out what he is “covering” or protecting, we get real insight into it by these few words. In order to go up, one must be lower than the intended destination. We know now, through science and its many wonders, that the universe is so vast it is impossible to know its depths. With this knowledge, combined with the knowledge that God is even bigger, why would God simply focus on heaven and earth? Because the Holy Spirit outlines for us the “heaven and the earth” in His opening statement in the Bible, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Lucifer was set on the earth to watch over or protect something. If so, was it this responsibility that gave him the desire to ascend up to the “heaven” or where God is; to be like God?
For those with the opinion Lucifer is simply wanting to elevate himself, the next verse makes it clear his aspirations are more than that. In 2 Corinthians 12:2, Paul is sharing his experience of being taken up to the third heaven. It is commonly understood that the three heavens are as follows: our immediate atmosphere, outer space, and the home of God. If this is true, the third heaven is God’s home or what a layperson would call heaven.
The clouds would be considered our atmosphere. Lucifer had the desire to elevate his throne at least into the cosmos which is beyond our atmosphere, or “clouds”. In all of scripture, I can not find anything even alluding to there being clouds in heaven.
Obviously, the real desire that locks this in is he wants to be “like the most high”. This is an interesting choice of words or thoughts. While God is referred to by many names, why did the Holy Spirit use this one here? In Isaiah 14:14, “I will be like the most High”, is translated into English from only two Hebrew words; “damah” and “elyown”. While “damah” is simply “to compare or resemble”, “elyown” is more complex. The definition is “an elevation, ie. lofty; as title, the Supreme”. This clearly shows God’s position as God, but it is also used as a physical place. It is interesting that Isaiah reveals God as “the high and lofty One”.
Now to this point, this can be somewhat of a circumstantial evidence review. However, when put into context with the next few scriptures, it will become clear that things may have been a little different than is normally taught. When we first encounter Lucifer, or Satan, in scripture, he is a fallen creation in Genesis chapter 3. At what point did he fall? What was the cause of his fall? While pride is cited most often, something must create pride within someone. If he was here on the earth and wanted to exalt himself up to where God was, what made him think that he could? It is clear from other scriptures in the Bible that there was something here before Adam. If that was truly the case, it would explain everything.
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".
There is a lot here to unpack. However, we will only be looking at a few of the words to give an idea of where Lucifer was coming from and what his mindset was. It will help us when we tie this chapter together at the end. To fully understand Lucifer’s position in the pre-Adamite world, the Holy Spirit gave us a couple of clues. The first is the very first sentence of Ezekiel 28:16. In English, it says, “multitude of thy merchandise have filled the midst of thee with violence”. Most skip over this, but when you study the words, they mean something very revealing. The word for merchandise in Hebrew is rekullah. It is translated to mean trade, as peddled. This gives the impression of buying and selling. This process of whatever he was doing led to “filled thee with violence”. The word for violence in Hebrew is chamac. It is translated as cruel, wrong, unjust gain, violent dealing. If the words are truly to mean something, it is clear that the Holy Spirit wants us to know that the pre-Adamite world, the one that Lucifer was to “cover” or protect, had an economy. While he was supposed to be overseeing it and protecting those under his watch, he took advantage of them.
The very next verse helps us see that not only was he beautiful, but he was “wise”. The word for wisdom in Hebrew is chokmah and means wisdom or skillful. The verse says that he corrupted or ruined his skillfulness because of his brightness. The word for brightness in Hebrew is yiphah and means splendor, beauty. Making sense of the passage would allow the splendor vs. the beauty translation here since the Holy Spirit began the verse with a different word for beauty. Lucifer was so good at business and was so skillful, he led those he either taught or did business with, how to deceive or cheat. A simple definition of splendor is magnificent and splendid appearance or magnificent features or qualities. This seems to make sense that his heart was puffed up at the responses he may have attracted for his savvy. No matter how you try and parse these verses, it only makes sense that there was some sort of activity going on.
The next verse is probably the most eye-opening of all of Lucifer’s career. There are two parts we must look at in order to make sense of his position, or perceived position. The first is “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities”. The word for defiled in Hebrew is chalal. While it is a long definition, it is by implication to wound or to profane a person, place, or thing. The word for sanctuaries in Hebrew is miqdash. It means a consecrated thing or place. In the pre-Adamite world, there was worship. Given Lucifer’s record so far, this is pointing toward him hijacking the worship of God and makes it clear of why he thought he could be “like the most High”. The word for iniquities in Hebrew is avon. It means pervisity, moral evil. What the Holy Spirit is communicating to us is the reason Lucifer defiled the sanctuaries. It was his moral evils which seemed to include profaning a person, place, or thing. One would suspect that person was God. If there were sanctuaries that were consecrated and there was evil done, it only makes sense the evil was done toward God. This is the same process that has always been in effect since the fall of Adam. Any sin is against God. Why? He made the rules. Even David when lamenting about the sin he committed in fornication with a married woman, and having her husband killed, stated the following in Psalm 51. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned…”
By tying in the last part of our passage in Ezekiel, it will make complete sense as to the twisted mindset of Lucifer before his thoughts of becoming "like the most High". The word for iniquity in Hebrew is evel. It means moral evil, perverseness. It is very similar to avon. However, instead of using avon again, the Holy Spirit wants us to see the connection with the word “traffick”. This is the same word we saw for merchandise or trade, earlier in our passages. Because it is tied to the sanctuaries, it can be correctly assumed that Lucifer has not changed his tactics. He did business in the church in the pre-Adamite world, and he continued the same practice when we see Jesus casting the money changers out of the synagogue for poor business practices. The Holy Spirit is the writer of all scripture. He used men and their personalities. However, He gave us tremendous insight into everything. The understanding of what led Lucifer to his downfall will also give us insight into why he continues today.
Ezekiel 28:15 "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee".
The previous verses in this chapter lead up to this. This was the turning point for Lucifer and his downfall. All the other verses and meanings culminate into this statement. Lucifer was perfect. The word for perfect in Hebrew is tamiym. It means without spot or blemish. It is the same word used of the sacrificial lambs when they were sacrificed. In this context, the Holy Spirit ties it to the word ways. The word for ways in Hebrew is derek. It means a road or course of life. It was the puffed up and immoral business practices that brought Lucifer down. It was the self-absorption and desire for worship that made him come to this point. Everyone with free will has choices to make. Lucifer’s choices led him to his own downfall.
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?"
Our first real insights into a pre-Adamite world come into view in this series of verses. Verse 16 is packed full of information, however a couple words are very important. Look at “that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms”. The word for earth in Hebrew is erets. It means ground, land, or dirt. This is dry land. This is very important as this is the same word used in Genesis 1:1. We will complete this point a little later, but it is important to point it out here as to the condition of the location where Lucifer was as he was going through his transition.
The word for tremble in Hebrew is ragaz. It means to quiver with any violent emotion, especially anger or fear. Whatever or whomever these pre-Adamite beings were, they were afraid of Lucifer. The word for shake in Hebrew is ra’ash. It means to undulate, particularly through fear; make afraid. Intimidation and fear have been the lifeblood of bullies throughout time. Now we know its origin.
The last word to look at in this verse is kingdoms. The word for kingdoms in Hebrew is mamlakah. It means dominion. It is interesting that this word is used. Lucifer made his dominion, or place he was “set” over, to fear him. The second verse in this passage, like the others, is full of information. However, we are only going to look at a few words. The word for world here is an interesting choice. This word in Hebrew is tebel. It means encompasses the earth and its inhabitants. The Holy Spirit wants us to know that Lucifer made this “earth and its inhabitants” a wilderness. There has not been a time on this planet that anyone can point to and say Lucifer did that in the last 6,000 years. Further into the verse, it says he “destroyed the cities”. Again, at what point in the last 6,000 years has God allowed Satan to destroy cities? Anytime a city is destroyed, God did it in judgment. The final part of this verse is very simple. The words are exactly what they were intended to mean. Lucifer had these beings in bondage and would not let them go. While we may look at prison as somewhere to send someone who has done something wrong, when living with an abuser our own house can be a prison can it not?
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 is straight and to the point, so it needs no explanation. Lucifer was judged. However, the Holy Spirit wants us to know that he “didst weaken the nations”. The word for weaken, in Hebrew, is chalash. It means to prostrate, to overthrow. While this may not seem like an earth-shattering insight, think about the fact that Satan has not overthrown any nation in the last 6,000 years.
If we were to summarize Lucifer’s career so far, we would be correct in saying that he took full advantage of the gifts given to him from his Creator. He then abused the position given to him to oversee a world that was here before Adam. When we get to Genesis 1:2 in the next section, we will begin to see exactly how God works when He takes control. Before we can do that, we must cover our verses in Jeremiah. Keep in mind as we read these, Jeremiah is known as the “weeping prophet”. He did not weep because he was weak, he wept because of his love for Israel and the coming judgments told to him. The passage that will follow is given as a warning to Israel.
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".
This passage from Jeremiah is the clearest outline of what happened after God judged Lucifer. If you take the time to read the whole chapter, you can clearly see this is a warning to Israel. There is so much here but as before, we only need a few words to clearly see what is taking place. The biggest part of this passage is “without form and void”. These are the same words, both in English and Hebrew, used in Genesis 1:2. This is significant. Jeremiah is getting a look at the earth from God’s perspective as shown in Genesis. Equally as interesting, the word for earth is the same as in Genesis 1:1. If you remember, it is erets which in Hebrew means earth, dirt, dry land. While it will be shown in later sections that the earth became this way, we will simply try and define it here.
The word for without form is tohuw in Hebrew and the word for void is bohuw. These are the same exact words in Genesis 1:2. Why is this important? Because many good scholars will tell you that God created it this way and then He fixed it. They will tell you that this was all in the process of creation. While this sounds easier to swallow, look at the meanings of these words in their original language and see if God would create anything in this condition.
The Hebrew word tohuw means to lie waste, a desolation; figuratively a worthless thing. The Hebrew word bohuw means an undistinguishable ruin; a vacuity. Now ask yourself a question. Does God create anything less than perfect? Remember our original context for this passage of verses to start with was a warning against judgment and this example was used. Why use this as an example to Israel if it was not a judgment?
Moving further along in the passage, it reads “the heavens they had no light”. At what point in the last 6,000 years did the heavens have no light? We will do a comparison at a later point to contrast this from Noah’s flood. To use this to explain the desolation in Noah’s flood makes no sense at all. The same words in Hebrew for wilderness, cities, etc. are used as in the verses about Lucifer and his downfall that we have been reviewing.
In verse 25, we see definitive proof that this was not related to Noah’s flood but something much bigger. We see “there was no man”. The word for man is the same word we get Adam from. The Holy Spirit wants us to know that whatever beings were originally here, were now no longer here. This passage cannot be talking about Noah and his flood. There were four men on the ark.
The word for land in Hebrew is erets. Interesting that the Holy Spirit would want us to stay with that word with anything concerning Lucifer. Very interesting that in this comparison the Holy Spirit is giving Jeremiah, He makes it clear that as this judgment is carried out, it will not end the same way as the one described. The term “a full end” simply is a way to express the end of something. Obviously, the world we live in has not had an end in the last 6,000 years. However, when given this comparison, this scenario of Lucifer’s did have a full end. We know this because as the Holy Spirit compared what the punishment would be, He stopped short of what was completed in Jeremiah chapter 4.
While we have three verses left in our timeline, it is important to summarize where we are. Lucifer was the premier creation; a very powerful angel indeed. He was set over a dominion to not only guide it but help in teaching and protecting the beings there. It is clear that his goals were different from God’s and this is why he fell. In the next section, we will go from Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 1:2. Remember, because something is not in chronological order, those that cannot think outside of their box will always panic. God is beyond our comprehension. Not just in Holiness, but in understanding. To believe that He must arrange things in our perspective for it to make sense, does NOT make sense.
This theory is also called the Ruin-Restoration Theory because it addresses the destruction of the original earth and its later restoration. Keep your eyes open and pray as you read. Remember Proverbs 25:2.