To explain briefly what The Genesis Gap is; it is belief that there was at least one prior dispensation that transpired on earth, before Adam’s domain was made for him. Lots of websites claim The Genesis Gap to be a “compromise of the scriptures” but with all things considered, is it really a compromise or is it actually an interpretation of many scriptures considered as a whole, with a very high probability of being factual? NOTE: The Genesis Gap, is not a study that is necessary to salvation however, when youth around the world are shown a ‘Mount Everest of evidence’ for an extremely ancient earth and universe, the Holy Scriptures reveal the answers for it. While details are not revealed, the main answer is and when taught as a strong probability, it can very well remove a stumbling block for many millions of people who believe the age of the earth and universe (e.g. we see light from stars many millions of light years away), prove the Holy Bible to be mythological and fairy tales.
I came across a website some time ago that attempted to refute “The Genesis Gap” Bible teaching. I have come across many since as well, that disagree with the teaching. Some are written with strong intellect but great intelligence and superior word-crafting for articles (lots of technical-sounding words), does not answer the extremely important questions as I will list below. When a Bible teacher can adequately show alternative meanings to these questions that are obvious, then I will be one Genesis Gap Proponent who will change my stance to one of believing the earth and universe are only 6 or 7 thousand years old. The scripture in Exodus 20:11 is speaking specifically about what God made in “the six literal days” (Adam’s domain). Notice the word “made” rather than “created” is used. Also compare the Genesis narrative, which does not mention Heaven and the throne of God which were already in existence when God re-made the heaven (dividing of the firmaments and light restored to the sky above earth (the heaven). “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:11 KJV)
Did light only exist when God brought it back to the earth? Obviously not! Heaven, the holy place – also referred to by the Apostle Paul as “the 3rd Heaven” had light for eternity-past, in fact the scriptures state that “God is light” (1 John 1:5). It would also be very logical to also believe God had a population of angels in Heaven, long before mankind was created. Since man was “made a little lower than the angels”. You can only make someone lower than someone else who existed first (a predecessor). “But there is a place where someone has testified: ‘What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.” (Hebrews 2:6-8 – NIV) Question 1. Is there any mention of the creation of hell during the six days in Genesis (or even Heaven where God’s throne is)? Question 2. Did God come off of his Sabbath – 7th day to create hell? If not and he created it during the six days – what kind of confidence did that show for those made in his own image and likeness? Question 3. Did angels exist as God laid the very foundations of the earth? (See Job 38:6-7) Question 4. If Satan was a fallen angel when he entered the Garden of Eden (and he was), does this not already prove that his fall occurred previous to The Garden of Eden incident (along with other previously Holy Angels)? Question 5. If Satan did not sin BEFORE Adam, why then was he lying against God and blaspheming him before Adam and Eve also sinned (Gen. 3:4-5)?
Question 6. If an angelic fall of this magnitude occurred during Adam’s domain, why is it not described as happening then? Question 7. Why did Peter say that “the angels that sinned were cast down to hell (past tense – 2 Peter 2:4)” and yet they are not incarcerated there now (Ephesians 6 and 1 Peter 5:8)? Question 8. If the original fall of angels did not involve the earth, why did God make their place of imprisonment in the heart of the earth? Question 9. If hell was not made specifically for fallen angels – not being mentioned at all in the 6 day narrative for Adam’s domain, why did Jesus say hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41)? Question 10. If God only began creating things, including angels, about 6 thousand years ago, does this mean he was alone for eternity past? The anti – Genesis Gap people place very simple explanations for why the teaching can’t be true and they say it is instead a “compromise/false teaching”. The questions I have listed above are not addressed by them specifically. When they are given answers, they change the premise of the question as kind of an avoidance. When a super-theologian can answer these questions adequately, disproving The Genesis Gap (not just “yes” or “no”), that’s when I will reject the belief that absolutely nothing occurred creation-wise before the six day narrative in the book of Genesis.
Also erroneously stated by attempted Genesis Gap refuters, is that Thomas Chalmers (1780 – 1847) was the first man to teach about pre-adamic happenings. The fact is there were also these teachers, among others named following. The writers of The Targum of Onkelos 2nd Century A.D., Origen (186-254 – “The earth had been cast downwards”), Hugo St. Victor (1097-1141 – “how long did the world remain in this disorder before the regular re-ordering…?”), Benet Pererius (1536 – 1610), Hugo Victor (1097-1141), Denis Pétau (1583 – 1652) and Simon Episcopius (1583-1643) These men wrote about aspects of the Genesis Gap, 100s of years before extremely ancient geology was even discovered. So attempted Genesis Gap refuters need to provide substantial answers (as opposed to the usual religious ones) for all the 10 questions posed. If a reader of this is one who actually believes they have answers, they should write them in article-form and post link to it, as I have done here. I would appreciate a notice of that link (thank you). It is not adequate to answer one question, saying “this one alone refutes the teaching”. That is tantamount to wanting to keep a teaching as a tradition and to reject another, refusing to give adequate reasons for the avoidance.
For many, they base their rejection of the Genesis Gap on what their former family generations believed, what their church teaches in this area or because their favorite theologian (or TV evangelist) disagrees with it. This is one of those Biblical studies that literally requires an individual decision by each person regarding interpretation. I will mention that I personally saw something significant between Genesis 1:1 and 2, in my teen years (I’m now in my 50s) and without anyone pointing it out to me. Each of the 10 questions posed above are stand-alone questions. In other words an opinionated disagreeing answer to one question does not cancel-out the others. After all is considered, the most important truth in God’s Word is this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)