A writer for Prophecy in the News, by the name of Terri McInnis, posted an article on their website, entitled, Gap Theory Exposed. She immediately referenced a book she had “just begun to read,” by Dr. Henry Morris named The Beginning of the World. She goes on to tell us that Dr. Morris was: an American Young Creationist, a Christian Apologist, and, an engineer. He also founded the Creation Research Society and the Institute for Creation Research in Dallas Texas. I have done this as well, giving you the reader, the titles, and accolades of some person, with the hopes of building acceptance of some thesis. In doing this, there is also the hope that you will accept these words as the only proper way of looking at a subject.
Young Creationist is merely another way of saying that Dr. Morris is a young earth proponent – that means, in the Doctor’s mind and others like him, God made all creation in a literal six days, and therefore the earth is only a little over six thousand years old based upon the age of Adam (Adam may well have lived an indeterminate amount of time before he and his “wife” ate the fruit and initiated the process of physical death – all time, as we know it, stems from that act.) I have a sister who also leans hard on the young earth theory; the problem with that is that my sister has no valid arguments to prove her point. You can scream at me all day long, arguing that carbon dating is invalid, but you can’t adequately explain where dinosaurs came from, or that there were multiple extinctions.
The other thing proponents of young earth have, is a problem with the word yôm.
The Word Study Dictionary explains the meaning of the word yôm as: “A masculine noun meaning day, time, year. This word stands as the most basic conception of time in the Old Testament. It designates such wide-ranging elements as the daylight hours from sunrise to sunset (Gen_1:5; 1Ki_19:4); a literal twenty-four hour cycle (Deu_16:8; 2Ki_25:30); a generic span of time (Gen_26:8; Num_20:15); a given point in time (Gen_2:17; Gen_47:29; Eze_33:12). In the plural, the word may also mean the span of life (Psa_102:3 ) or a year (Lev_25:29; 1Sa_27:7).”
Strong’s concordance tells us that the word yôm
primarily means “to
However, it also carries the same connotations that the Word Study
People who are adept with the Hebrew language will tell you that the word is defined when associated with another word that would define the length of time, in this case, a hot phase, and therefore a 24 hour period since it is associated with “darkness.” However, the scriptures do not give us that precise definition. Let me show you.
1:3-5 KJV And God said, Let there be light: and there was
light. (4) And God saw the light, that it was good: and
God divided the light from the darkness. (5) And God
called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the
evening and the morning were the first day.
Since a day is as a thousand years with God, then I can assume that the measure of time can often be an irrelevant thing with Him. (Anyone knowledgeable in scripture is aware of the 70 years of captivity assigned to Israel; and although a defined period of time they remained in captivity for several years beyond that time. And then, there is the very specific timing that we learn of in Daniel’s prophecy; a timing that spells out, that “from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks of years – 490 years. The fascinating aspect of this is that Jesus, in the role of Messiah, placed himself on that young colt and rode into Jerusalem on the 490th day, just as it was given to Daniel. All this proves that God is capable of keeping precise time if He needs to.
Based on what I see in verses 3-5 of Genesis chapter one, can I assume that God has a clock and this period, like most sports, is a mandatory precisely timed period? NO.
So, what do I see in Genesis 1:3-5?
God, creating light. Light and day are obvious counterparts that separate the daylight hours from the night, but, as you pursue the depth of the Hebrews words find two diversified events which I will explain.
Light is the word ore and means illumination, or luminaries – in this case, stars and planets. Since our Sun falls in the category of stars, and we are the perfect distance from our star, then the earth has just the right amount of warmth or yôm. In verse five He calls that light that gives heat day. But verse four points out that there is also a darkness present. Before His creation of luminaries, I suspect that there was nothing more than vast, cold darkness.
Now, look up the word darkness, and you get something ominous. “chôshek meaning the dark; hence (literally) darkness; (figuratively)misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness: – dark (-ness), night, obscurity.”
Could I look at the creation, as I do the Book of Revelation, where we see a cyclical and repeated telling of the chain of events and the possible interruption of those events? Perhaps, but perhaps God is trying to get us to understand something deeper; like the fall of Satan. That event is shrouded in secrecy; or is it? It could be that this “gap” is where Satan was thrown to earth.
Luke’s Gospel, the disciples came back excited about the short
missionary trip Jesus sent them, and they said, “even the devils
are subject to us through your name.” Well, that is fascinating
news, but Jesus knew it would work for them; and yet Jesus responds
with what some might perceive as negativity.
10:17-18 KJV And the seventy returned again with joy, saying,
Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. (18)
And he said unto them; I beheld Satan
as lightning fall from heaven.
From what I
understand sarcastic banter, intended to outdo the other, was a way
of life for the Jew. I can hear many of you now saying, Jesus would
have never entered into such an exchange; but He did, with Nathanael.
When Philip found Nathanael to tell him about finding Jesus, the one
the scriptures talk about, Nathanael responds with, can any good
thing come out of Nazareth? Jesus, knowing this, cuts Nathanael
down to size with, you thought that was something, wait till you
see what else happens. Read the first chapter of John’s gospel to
get the whole picture.
John 1:50-51 KJV
Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw
thee under the fig tree, believest thou? Thou shalt see greater
things than these. (51) And he saith unto him, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the
angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
So when we look at Luke 10:17-18, he is telling them, that there is more, and that I was there and witnessed this event. Now you should be asking, what did Satan’s fall look like? One Bible teacher described it as though Satan was thrown like a dart. Considering how extremely hard God could throw something, I can picture an impact crater much like the one found off the Yucatan Peninsula. Scientists tell us that the Yucatan crater alone could have caused at least one of the extinctions. Just something to think about.
will tell you straight away; I lean toward the idea that the earth is
billions of years old; it just makes more sense to me based upon
evidence and what I see when I look at the Hebrew words that tell us
of the creation. The bottom line here, is that my beliefs, in my
mind, do not diminish God in any way, but instead make Him more
powerful and surprising; and, neither do arguments for a young earth
decrease God in my mind, although I have watched people struggle with
their beliefs as they deal with these conflicts we are so adamant
the first things Ms. McInnis points out, presumably from Dr. Morris’
book, is that “most Christians do not believe in evolution, yet
they believe that the earth evolved over 16.5 billion years!” Stop
here for a moment; as of yet I thought we were talking about the
possibility of a very long and indeterminate gap in time between
verses 1 and 2? No one said anything about evolution, yet, but we
I understand that something happened to make the earth void and
formless? Yes, I can. Look at what Genesis 1:2 tells us.
earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the
deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the
waters. (Genesis 1:2 NASB)
stop for a moment and allow me to show you verse one.
1:1 JPS In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
If God spoke everything into existence, then why not the earth? We assume he did. But without form and void certainly does not sound like He did, unless he made the earth in the spinning blob form that scientists occasionally depict. If that was the case and God had to allow for cooling and settling, you might think He would have told us. Note this passage from Isaiah:
45:18 NASB For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (He is the
God who formed the earth and made it, He
established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to
“I am the LORD, and there is none else.
it clearly says he formed it to be inhabited, it also clearly states
that the earth was formed. Now that can take some time, or, God can
merely speak the globe into existence – He is capable of doing
that. Even if God created it perfectly in the first few moments,
there was no light to sustain plant growth, and, if you are doing
your advance reading, then you know that we did not have sun until
the fourth “day.”
let’s go back to this idea of evolution for a moment. In time, as we
read the creation story in Genesis, we see a couple of things –
1:26-27 KJV And God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of
the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the
earth. (27) So God created man in his own image, in
the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:26-27 may
cause some people grief as they try to understand what just happened,
but suffice it to say, this is a spiritual event. Humankind, as yet,
has no earthly bodies. It is not until Genesis chapter two that we
see the man being formed.
Genesis 2:7 KJV
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
Even though He
formed the man, He does not form the woman from the man’s rib, for,
once again, some indeterminate time.
is my take away from this? Man did not evolve. But then what of
something like the Paracas Peru elongated skulls? DNA testing has
shown them to be pre-Nazca, but show haploid associations with
European and Middle Eastern groups; and, “they
have mitochondrial DNA “with mutations unknown in any human,
primate, or animal known so far.”
Now, how might that be explained? For that answer, we have to
indulge ourselves in Genesis chapter six.
Genesis 6:2-4 KJV That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. (3) And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. (4) There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
I am not going to
take the time to pursue this, but there is something mysterious and
ominous going here. Men like LA Marzulli, go to tremendous lengths to
explain the giants, and, how they came back into the earth after the
flood of Noah’s day, that destroyed all flesh, but Noah and his
family. This information tends to indicate that our discoveries from
the Paracas region, with their elongated skulls, may have been
pre-flood, but then, as I said, the giants continued to show up after
Why point all this
out? Because I don’t see an evolution within God’s creation of man at
all. What I see is a demonic infiltration with mutations, and that
should concern us more than the age of the earth because apparently,
this infiltration not stopped.
the earth was perfect as Isaiah 45:18 declares, then what happened?
Perhaps this can help to explain.
Genesis 1:2 NLT
The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep
waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the
darkness upon the face of the deep.”
is the Hebrew word abyss, and we should all know what
that is. Darkness – is the Hebrew word choshek and
means; the dark; hence (literally) darkness;
(figuratively) misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow,
wickedness: – dark (-ness), night, obscurity.
1:2 says that “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the
waters.” Spirit is the Hebrew word ruach
and means wind, breath, mind, spirit; this should have an immediate
significance to what we recognize in New Testament terms as the Holy
Spirit. Where else do we see the Holy Spirit? At the beginning of
John 1:1-3 ESV In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
if God merely spoke a perfect creation into existence, does He now
have to move upon the face of the waters with His Spirit? Is it to
put things back into order? Or, is it just part of the plan? There is
little doubt that the earth was filled with some form of chaos for a
time; a time long enough to petrify trees, and cause multiple
generations of dinosaurs to be buried alive.
I have not opened or closed the gap in the theory, but I hope that I
made you think. There are some things that I don’t think we need to
be so brutally adamant about, and the Gap theory is one of them. It
may bring some answers, but as several of my friends would say, it is
a minor argument in the schemes of things.