Dr. Henry Morris' Creation Research Fellowship out in California and Dr. Kent Hovind's Creation Science Evangelism are two good organizations to help refute so called "Evolution", however neither believe that there's a gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 in the bible. Now before I go any further, I need to clarify what I mean when I say the word bible. I'm NOT talking about any of the new translations, all of them are translated by "Eveites", see Which Bible? for more information. So when I write the word "bible", I'm referring to the Authorized King James Bible.
Now in this short file, I'm NOT going to give you what these two "Doctors" THINK the bible says, but I AM going to give you what the bible plainly says about the GAP FACT.
OK, let's begin where God begins.
First of all, if you look at the sentence and can believe exactly what it says, then you should come to the conclusion that 'In the beginning "means" at the first'. The beginning here refers to the earth as it was first created. Now, of course you know that there was God before anything and that there were other beings created before the earth of Genesis 1:1. God already had a throne and there were "morning stars" and "sons of God"; Job 38:6,7 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
In the above verses it should be plain to most anyone that God is talking about creating the earth of Genesis 1:1. Notice it had foundations, a corner stone and verse 5 says that a line was stretched upon it. So it was created by design.
OK, we'll go on to the rest of the verse. "In the beginning God created", Since God was there and He always is or the "I am that I am" and had already created the "morning stars" and "sons of God"; Job 38:6,7, He decided to create something else.
Well now let's see what God "created"! 'In the beginning God created the "heaven" and the "earth". Now let's see here, this "heaven" couldn't be the "heaven" of Genesis 1:7,8 because there are nineteen "Ands" from Genesis 1:1 when God created the "heaven" and when He said "God called the firmament Heaven. Also this "earth" couldn't be the exact same "earth" of Genesis 1:9 because there's twenty two "Ands" from our first verse in Genesis to verse 9 when God said "let the dry land appear". The "Ands" refer to something new each time it's used, not what already happened.
Here's verse one again.
So, if you'd look at verse one again you'd see that God has finished what He intended to do. He created the heaven first and then the earth. God always does stuff right when He does it.
For example; When God created great whales, Gen. 1:21 and this the first time "created" is used since Genesis 1:1. Notice God didn't say in verse 21, "God created great whales And they were a big mass of blubber and then He formed them into whales.
Also, God didn't make man out of the dust of the ground without form and void, did He? Nope, He sure DIDN'T! all right, why would some of you educated folk then think that Gen. 1:1 was just a statement on what God was about to do in the rest of the chapter?
Let's see what verse 2 SAYS now!
" And the earth was "without form and void"
Since I believe exactly what God says, then He had already created a perfect earth. (see comments above) Something had to happen in order for God's earth to be "without form and void". Since God said in Isa 45:18 that he created the earth not in vain and he formed it to be inhabited, then I believe that something was on the perfect earth before Genesis 1:2.
The only beings it could have been were the morning stars and the sons of God.
Job 38:4-7 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
What was the reason for the earth being "without form and void"?
Well, the only explanation is in Ezekiel 28:11-19 and Isaiah 14:12. To be as brief as possible, in Isaiah 14:12, Lucifer is a son of the morning, (see above "morning stars"). Evidently Lucifer was the head music director up in the third Heaven, (see Ezekiel 28:13), his coverings were musical instruments and the morning stars sang together at the creation of the Earth. He then was put over the Earth of Gen. 1:1 after it was created and he had a throne, Isaiah 14:13;
Isa 14:13 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:
He was a king over the first earth and he had a throne to sit on until: Ezek. 28:15, till iniquity was found in him.
The iniquity was that he wanted God's place, Isaiah 14:14 ... I will be like the most High. When that happened God knocked him down and the earth with him and drowned out the whole earth by dropping it from the first Heaven into the "waters", verse two.
Now here is verse two again:
Gen 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.
Now we come to the next part of verse two:
"and darkness was upon the face of
Now lets see what 2 Peter says about this catastrophe and notice the context is the "creation", verse 4, NOT Noah's flood!
Let's go verse by verse in 2 Peter 3:3-7, my comments will be in (parenthesis)
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (These scoffers not only are making fun of the Second Coming, but they don't believe in a gap between Gen. 1:1 and 1:2)
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (these scoffers don't believe there's a gap)
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, (they want to be ignorant of the fact that the earth was sunk under the water) and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: (Now where else in the bible did the earth "stand out of the water and in the water"? It sure didn't during Noah's flood. During Noah's flood the whole earth was covered with water, NOT sunk down into the water.)
the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 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. (From the last part of Gen. 1:2 ... "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." to Gen. 1:25, God restored the earth and it's inhabitants, then put Mr. and Mrs. Adam on the earth. The earth as it is now will continue until it is destroyed by fire right before the Great White Throne Judgment, Rev. 20:11-15.)
Similarities Between Adam and Noah
The conclusion of the matter of the Gap Fact is, if you had rather believe Dr. Morris, Dr. Hovind and their followers above exactly what the AV says, then help yourself. You have a RIGHT to be WRONG just like I have a RIGHT to be RIGHT!
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