The Gap Is Not a Theory: An Examination of the First Chapter of Genesis
by Jack W. Langford
What has been called the “Gap Theory” was a popular and consistent explanation of the first chapter of Genesis among fundamental, evangelistic Christians up through the mid-1900s. With the rise of Young Earth creationism, the gap theory was simply pushed to the background and ridiculed as a past effort to satisfy the claims of modern evolutionary science. In effect, the new teachers buried this doctrine with the debris of Noah’s flood deposits.
However, we shall see in this study that the YEC effectively left the biblical record of Genesis 1 and leaped into the realm of pseudo-science to claim that Noah’s flood deposited all of the sedimentary strata of the whole earth. In addition, they pontifically assert that the whole heavens and earth are only about 6,000 years old. This study is going to prove that the YEC are the very ones who do not take the Scriptures literally.
This study will prove conclusively that Moses did not make the blunder of either stating or inferring the earth is only 6,000 years old. There is an abundance of biblical evidences that indicate that the Gap is not a theory, but a fact!
In this study you will find that certain of the prophets and an apostle were inspired of God to look back in time, even to the backside of Earth’s history. We shall be surprised to find that the past is as captivating as the future. In fact, as we better understand the past, we shall better comprehend the future.
The cover picture on this book is from two pages of the Jewish Sarajevo Haggadah, as seen in the Sarajevo Museum in Spain. This work was done in 1400 AD. The pictures on each page are to be read in the Hebrew manner from right to left. The pictures graphically depict the six-day activity of God in preparing the earth for man’s habitation. Two things are to be noted . . . first, these six days are preceded by a scene of the earth in a chaotic condition as described in the second verse of Genesis 1 (first frame, upper right hand corner). Second, on the first day light was made and nothing else (third verse of Genesis 1, second frame). Obviously, this six-hundred year old work was not influenced by modern scientific theories, rather it represents a long standing interpretation in Judaism.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
An Examination of the First Chapter of Genesis
- “How Readest Thou?”
- First – The Text
- Second – The Light
- Third – The Voice of God
- Fourth – The Spirit of God
- Fifth – The Six Days
- Sixth – The Heavens
- TESTIMONIES – Ancient Testimony: Modern Testimony: Modern Confusion
- Exodus 20:11
- The Six Days – Living Literature – Practical To Us – The First Three Days – The Second Three Days
- Figure 1
- Figure 2
An Examination of the Second Verse of Genesis 1
15. Concerning the Hebrew Grammar
16. The Actual Scene on Earth
17. Without Form and Void
18. Contextual Definitions
19. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
20. The Testimony of Others
21. In Summarizing This Testimony
Lucifer: Son of the Dawn – A Study on Ezekiel 28:11-19 and Isaiah 14:12-17
23. Lucifer’s Creation
24. Lucifer’s Position
25. Lucifer’s Fall
26. Lucifer’s Judgment
27. The Mystery of Rahab and Leviathan
Answering Objections to the Gap
28. Introduction – Defining the Gap
29. Objection Number 1 to Number 20
30. Appendix 1: What is the Scientific Record For The Catastrophe of Genesis 1:2
31. Appendix 2: What is the Scientific Record For Noah’s Flood