Rightly-Dividing Geology and the Book of Genesis Beyond
the "Gap Theory" of Creationism
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
(Genesis 1:1 KJV)
"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." (Genesis 1:2 KJV)
Most people believe the seven days of Genesis must be some enigmatic description of the Earth's geologic history. Numerous interpretations have been put forth to harmonize the Biblical narrative with the observations of the geologic record. However, the Scriptural reality of the matter is this: The seven days are not a description of the Earth's geology, at all. There is a time-gap between the first two verses of Genesis.
On this website you will learn about a controversial, lesser known literal interpretation of the Genesis narrative that does not contradict the scientific evidence for an Old Earth. Commonly called the "Gap Theory" or "Ruin-Reconstruction" interpretation, it is a theological doctrine that predates Darwin's Theory of Evolution. It is based on the Scriptural fact that in the second verse of Genesis the Holy Bible simply and clearly states that the planet Earth was already here (but in a ruined state) before the Divine process described in those seven days even begins. In other words, the 4.5 billion years of Earth's geology and natural history took place before the time of the seven days. That makes the seven days of Genesis a new generation of the heavens and Earth. Understanding this Biblical mystery begins with the precise wording of this New Testament cross-reference:
"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 judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
(2 Pet 3:5-7 KJV)
Contrary to popular fundamentalist interpretation, the above passage is NOT a reference to Noah's flood. And the only other place in the Bible where the Earth was covered in waters is Genesis 1:2. The ramifications are obvious: The literal wording suggests that the "heavens and the earth, which are now" (made during the seven days) was not the first-time creation of all things, as is traditionally assumed. The Word of God is telling the reader there was a previous populated world on the face of this old Earth before God formed the present world of Adam and his descendants, modern Man.
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
(Genesis 1:28 KJV)
The Bible itself provides insight into a great mystery in Earth's natural history at what is known as the Pleistocene - Holocene boundary. Science remains at a loss to definitively explain the Ice Age and the anomaly of the mysterious mega fauna extinctions across the face of the Earth about 13,000 to 10,000 Radio Carbon years ago. Geologic evidence from that period indicates a cosmic impact event about 12,800 years ago, precipitating extraordinary global massive volcanism, gigantic tidal waves, seismic activity on a vast scale, and extreme temperature swings on the Earth over a geologically brief period of time. It is no coincidence that the Bible at Genesis 1:2 describes the Earth as flooded, desolate and in darkness in the time frame closely corresponding to these catastrophic events in the Earth's natural history. Clearly, these two mysteries are linked.
Why the old "world that then was" ended, and why God made a new world and modern Man, requires a study into the ancient origins of Satan and the Angels. These things are revealed in detail by the Spirit in the wisdom and prophetic books of the Bible. The Earth has an ancient natural history that can be deciphered from the geologic record, but it also has an equally important ancient spiritual history that can only be deciphered from Rightly-Dividing the Holy Bible. Knowledge of both is required to correctly reconcile the observations of Geology and the Book of Genesis. We pray you will find this material useful in your study of God's Holy Word.
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
(Genesis 2:4 KJV)
|Part I||The Ruin-Reconstruction Interpretation of Genesis|
|Introduction: The Ancient Earth||Introduction to this study.|
|The History of the "Gap Theory" Interpretation of Genesis and its Basis in Bible Doctrine||
Overview of the scriptural and doctrinal
evidence that supports the Ruin-Reconstruction ("Gap Theory")
interpretation of Genesis, and why the literal wording of the King James Bible can be
fully trusted to
rightly-divide both the Biblical text and Geologic
The "Worlds" and the
"Earth" - The Biblical Time Line
Continuation of introductory material.
Discussion of a graphical time-line of Earth's geologic history and
parallel spiritual history as revealed by the Scriptures. The very important
specific, interpretive difference of word meanings in the English language Bible
|Creation or Catabolism?||
If the six days of Genesis were not the original creation of the heavens and Earth, then what were they? The short answer is: The conception and birth of a new heavens and Earth. It is an event and process the Greek Scriptures refer to as: "katabole"
|The 4th Day of Genesis- Paradox of the Sun and Stars||Young Earth Creationists claim that the sun and stars were first "created" on the 4th Day of Genesis, only about 6,000 years ago. In Gap Theory Old Earth Creationism we postulate that the Sun and Stars were very ancient, but perished about 12,000 years ago, then regenerated ("made") about 6,000 years ago during the days of the Genesis account.|
The Firmament, Third
Heaven, and Structure of All Things Biblical
An essay explaining the meaning of the
firmament, the Three Heavens structure of all things, and elaboration
on the "sea" which is above the universe and before the throne of God.
This is an extremely important concept for understanding the division
of the waters below and above the firmament in Genesis 1:7 and why
there was "no more sea" to be found in Revelation 21:1. Also,
demonstration of three (3) part structural recurring theme shown in
Noah's Ark, Moses' Tabernacle, and Solomon's Temple.
Pre-Adamite World and the Ancient Origin of Satan, a.k.a. Lucifer
Lucifer's initial purpose and office of
stewardship over the ancient, pristine, created world and the "sons of
God" (fallen Angels) which were the old world's first inhabitants. How
death initially came upon all creation by Lucifer's rebellion (fall of
the "Anointed Cherub"), which was the first sin before Adam and which
led to the destruction of the Pre-Adamite world. The fossils in the
earth's crust are testaments to the origin of death on the planet
before the world of Adam and his fall.
Geologic Evidence for the Death of the Ancient World
Death of the Ancient world, the evidence.
An outline of published works documenting evidence of a catastrophic
extinction episode in the late Pleistocene, and how it relates to the
flood and destruction of the old world (as found at Genesis 1:2) before
the seven days of regeneration in Genesis and the creation of true man.
Life Forms Just Before
End of Ice Age and After Seven Days of Genesis
Discussion of life forms on the earth in
the world prior to the seven days of Genesis and the type of life forms
placed on earth at the regeneration of Genesis 1:3-2:1. Also showing
that man was created unique and has no evolutionary or DNA links to
Pre-Adamite races of "humanoids" which inhabited the old world, the
spirits of which are possibly the "devils" of the Gospel accounts.
|Part II||Science and Scripture|
|The Necessary Dividing Lines Between Science and Faith and the Vanity of the Ongoing Creation vs. Evolution Debate||Discussion of the respective domains of Science and Theology.|
The Sevens of the Bible
in Time and Nature
Discourse on the law of sevens of the Holy
Bible. How the seven days of Genesis and the seven thousand years of
past and future human history are a harmony of Spiritual revelation.
Also examples of the pattern of sevens in nature.
|Part III||Lost Rivers of Eden|
|The Lost Rivers of the Garden of Eden||Although the modern-day geology and topography of the Middle-East does not readily reveal the exact location of the Garden of Eden and the four rivers, guidance by faith from the Holy Bible and a forensic study of the region's geology reveals the matter.|
|Part IV||Noah's Flood|
The "Fountains of the
Deep" of Noah's Flood
The geophysics of Noah's flood. A
model of the Biblical "fountains of the deep," and the "windows of heaven" and the
geologic process that
could produce a global flood and leave behind little evidence.
More on the 'Windows of Heaven'
of Noah's Flood
||A theory on why the life spans of antediluvian mankind were greater than that of modern man and the atmospheric considerations involved.|
Days of Peleg and
Historical Changes in Sea Level
||How the descendants of the three sons of Noah migrated to other parts of the world, the event of the "days of Peleg" 101 years after the great flood, and what part this played in the migration and isolation of the races and animals. Also discussed is evidence for sea level changes before and after Noah's flood.|
Fossils NOT Produced by Noah's Flood
Discussion showing that Noah's flood,
although a real and global event, could not have possibly produced all
the sedimentary rocks and fossils in the earth. We also explain the
reason why no direct evidence of the great flood remained.
Spikes, Greenland Ice Sheet, Paleoclimate Indicators and Collapse of
Civilizations All Correlate to Date of Noah's Flood
Paleoclimate indicators show changes in
global temperatures occur at intervals matching the literal Biblical
time line of events (i.e., destruction of the previous world, the
re-creation, Noah's flood, and the days of Peleg). Ice Sheet data
disprove all Young Earth Creationist catastrophic flood models of
mountain building, volcanic activity, and tectonic uplift during the
single year of Noah's flood. Data from the Mount Kilimanjaro and
Huascaran glaciers, along with sediments of Sea of Oman, reveal
evidence of post-flood drought and global weather pattern change.
|Part V||Rightly-Divided Theology|
The Kingdom of Heaven
and the Kingdom of God; the Doctrinal Difference
Explanation of why the "Kingdom of Heaven"
is a reference to a literal Kingdom on the earth, and how that term
differs in meaning from the "Kingdom of God" in proper context. The
future of Israel in prophecy is also outlined.
Flesh and Spirit; Physical Things vs. Spiritual Things
Contrasts the physical and spiritual
realms of reality and Biblical doctrine. The relationship between flesh
and spirit. Explains the operation of God and the three-part nature of
man, what happens when you become saved, and how a born-again Christian
cannot lose his/her salvation or commit the unpardonable sin.
The Dead Sea
Geology and End Times Prophecy
Faults and tectonic features of the Middle East, sources of future great
earthquakes to come, and volcanic activity prophesied near Dead Sea area in
Israel during the end times.
The Book of Daniel is
Unsealing - Focus on the
Middle East and Prophecy!
this page we move away from the geological and creation issues and turn our
attention of focus to the future of our present world and the great period of
tribulation that will soon descend upon this present world of fallen Mankind. What comes next
according to the End Times visions of Daniel?
|Part VII||Research Resources|
Importance of the Exact
English Wording of the KJV Bible
Why the King James Bible is still a trustworthy
translation today, and an authority for sound doctrine and rightly-dividing the words of truth in the English language. Testing the "Rule
of First Mention" of Bible interpretation against the Gap Theory of Genesis.
Featured Research Links
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