I decided to investigate what
is known as the Gap theory and although not finished, below is my findings thus far.
a doctrine that is referred to as The Gap Theory which teaches that there was another Earth age before the one we lived in
now. They believe there is a gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 where it
1In the beginning God created
the heaven and the earth. 2And
the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was
upon the face of the deep.
The reason they say this is because of the word “was”
which they say should be “became” without form and
void. i.e. the earth originally had form and was not void and something must have happened to make it become without form
and void. On the surface this sounds reasonable so let's examine the Scriptures
and the Hebrew word and see why the translators thought this should be the way we should understand the word hâyâh that is translated it “was”.
The Hebrew definition of the word is Strong's 1961
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be
or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or
auxiliary):—beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished,
committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do,
faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit
(one-) self, require, X use.
We see from the above that the word means be or become instead of became
i.e. the earth become void.
The question is did it become void when it was created or did it become void after something happened and it had to
45:18 it teaches He created the earth not to become void
but to be inhabited, so why do people try to say it became void, contrary to scripture?
Isaiah 45:18 says,
18For 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:
The above Hebrew word for “vain” is the same as void and the above Hebrew
word “in” is the same word for “become” hâyâh Strong's 1961
The verse teaches that he created
the earth not to become void but to be inhabited but people who
teach the gap theory overlook this Hebrew word “in” hâyâh that comes before the word vain. The very structure of the sentence tells us that He created
the earth to be inhabited.
When YHWH created Adam and Eve, they become
naked, same as the earth become dark and void, In Genesis 2:25 it says,
they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The word “were” in the above is the same Hebrew word as become
in Gen 1, Strong's 1961 hâyâh it is the same word in Genesis one where it says the earth was without form and void. I believe the earth did become
dark and void when it was created when YHWH said BE and it Was.
Now did Adam and Eve become
naked when they were created or did they have close on and then become naked? The question is did the earth become without
form and void when it was created the same as Adam and Eve become naked when they were created? The prophet Isaiah seems to
think so because he teaches YHWH did not create the earth to become void but to be inhabited not created to become void.
There are many places this word
is used and it does not imply something was the opposite but I will give one or two more.
In Genesis 1:21 it says,
21And GodH430 createdH1254 greatH1419 whalesH8577, and everyH3605 livingH2416 creatureH5315 that movethH7430, whichH834 the watersH4325 broughtH8317 forthH8317 abundantlyH8317, after their kindH4327, and everyH3605 wingedH3671 fowlH5775 after his kindH4327: and GodH430 sawH7200 that it was
Here is the same word again,
“was” good, now I ask did YHWH see that it become good when he created it or was it bad or something opposite
from good and then became good?
The same Hebrew word is used again in Ex-3:14
where YHWH said to Moses, “I AM that I AM”, is YHWH saying that He has became
what He has became as if He was something else before he became what He is now????
Of course not, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He is from everlasting.
He was what He was when He spoke to Moses and He is what He is today, THE ETERNAL.
When Moses is telling the people to remember the
seventh day, a 24-hour period, and says, “for in six days
YHWH made the heavens and the earth, and rested the seventh day,” was he saying to do people that one of the six 24-hour
days was one million years long and the other days 24-hour?
Of course not, the people understood
that they were 24-hour days.
Another foundational Scripture used by the gap theory Proponents is the word “replenish” as
if it was plenished in the beginning and something happened in a first Earth age and earth had to be replenished so let's
look up this word. Strong's 4390 it says.
A primitive root, to “fill” or (intransitively) be full
of, in a wide application (literally and figuratively):—accomplish, confirm, + consecrate, be at an end, be expired,
be fenced, fill, fulfil, (be, become, X draw, give in, go) fully (-ly, -ly set, tale), [over-] flow, fulness, furnish, gather
(selves, together), presume, replenish, satisfy, set, space, take a [hand-] full, + have wholly.
The primary meaning of the word
was to fill the earth compare the following.
21And GodH430H430 createdH1254H1254 greatH1419H1419 whalesH8577H8577, and everyH3605H3605 livingH2416H2416 creatureH5315H5315 that movethH7430H7430, whichH834H834 the watersH4325H4325 broughtH8317H8317 forthH8317H8317 abundantlyH8317H8317, after their
kindH4327H4327, and everyH3605H3605 wingedH3671H3671 fowlH5775H5775 after his
kindH4327H4327: and GodH430H430 sawH7200H7200 that it
22And GodH430H430 blessedH1288H1288 them, sayingH559H559, Be fruitfulH6509H6509, and multiplyH7235H7235, and “fill”H4390H4390
the watersH4325H4325 in the seasH3220H3220, and let
fowlH5775H5775 multiplyH7235H7235 in the earthH776H776.
NOTICE the word fill here
is the same Hebrew word for replenish in Gen-1:27-28, did the waters have to be replenished when they were created
also or should the word be understood as fill the waters?
27So GodH430H430 createdH1254H1254 manH120H120 in his own
imageH6754H6754, in the
imageH6754H6754 of GodH430H430 createdH1254H1254 he him;
maleH2145H2145 and femaleH5347H5347 createdH1254H1254 he them.
28And GodH430H430 blessedH1288H1288 them, and
GodH430H430 saidH559H559 unto them,
Be fruitfulH6509H6509, and multiplyH7235H7235, and “replenish”H4390H4390
the earthH776H776, and subdueH3533H3533 it:
Man was commanded to multiply fill the earth same as the fishes were to fill or replenish the waters.
Fill in 1:22 is 4390
same Hebrew word as replenish in1:28 and it is not talking about
redoing something as some suggest.
I am running out of time because service is in a few minutes but please examine the evidence so
far and if we do away with their main foundational Scriptures and show the true meaning and understanding we might not have
to go any further to show there is no evidence to teach this doctrine.
Let’s ask Moses if day one was included in the six days count before the Sabbath.
Exodus 20:11 says “for in six days YHWH made “heaven”
and earth, “the
sea”, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:”
Notice “heaven” is included in the six days therefore the darkness/night that came before the light/day is counted/included by Moses because the Spirit moved
on the face of the water AFTER heaven and earth was created in
darkness, therefore heaven is counted in the six days that Moses spoke of, therefore the darkness that was on the face of
the deep was counted in the six day time period and this proves the 24-hour day begins at evening.
There could be no Gap if the creation of heaven and earth is included in the 6 days spoken of by Moses.
Yes the darkness/night is part of the six days that Moses was
speaking of when he said, “for in six days YHWH made heaven
and earth” and the darkness/night came before the light/day.
i.e. from the first of six days until the end of six days is a period of 144 hours, . 6 times 24 hours this equals 144 hours
which includes the creation.
20:11 says “for in six days YHWH made “heaven” and earth, “the sea”, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:”
Notice Moses included “heaven” in the six days, therefore the darkness/night that came before
the light/day is counted by Moses because the Spirit moved on the face of the water AFTER
heaven and earth was created when everything was still in darkness, therefore heaven is counted as one of the six days that
Moses spoke of, therefore the darkness that he called night which was on the face of the deep was counted in the six day time
period and this proves that there is no room for a Gap.
There's no way that Moses was not counting the creation because he mentioned the
heavens was made along with the earth etc. in the six days span of time and that leaves no room for the Gap theory.
We should ask ourselves, is Moses saying that heaven and earth,
the seas, and everything was made in six days period or is he saying everything was make in six days PLUS ??? i.e. one of those days was thousands of years and the others were 24hr days.
Moses said in Exodus 20:11 “for in six days YHWH made “heaven”
and earth, “the
sea”, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:”
If the prophet Moses was the author of Genesis and he understood that the 6
days included the creation of heaven, then this should put the Gap theory to rest once and for all but I seriously doubt it
and with faith like that how could I to be wrong?
There are many web-sites
that really put this doctrine to rest such as the one at http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aig/aig-c003.html