The Fall of Lucifer and the Ancient Earth
A One-on-One Studio 2 Interview Discussing The Gap Theory
with Gary Stearman and Jack Langford
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” So when exactly is “in the beginning?” The study of the Earth is one of the most fascinating and controversial subjects being debated in Christian circles today. Is our planet a very young 6,000 years of age as some suggest? Or is it ancient, perhaps even millions of years old? Was Planet Earth created specifically for Adam and Eve? Or was it previously the home of the fallen cherub, Lucifer, his angels, and the monstrous dinosaur kingdom?
Key passages in Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14 shed light on the dragon’s ancient past and his corrupt and deceitful nature. Scripture calls him a murderer from the beginning. Was Noah’s Flood actually the second time a flood destroyed the world?
Up until the 1930s, the Ancient Earth belief, or Ruin and Restoration concept, or as some call it, the Gap Theory, was a staple of dispensationalism. C.I. Scofield, Lewis Sperry Chafer, Clarence Larkin, John Darby, G.H. Pember, Arthur Custance, Arno Gaebelein, E.W. Bullinger, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Chuck Missler and dozens of older, prominent theologians and Hebrew scholars all believed in a significant time period between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Why did popular opinion change from the Old Earth to the Young Earth by the mid-20th century? One event seemingly changed the course of biblical interpretation.
The secret to understanding this complicated theological debate lies in an understanding of the original Hebrew language God gave to Moses in the book of Genesis. Once you see the Hebrew words and their meanings, things get much clearer. Why did God use several different words for Creation? The answer is simple. In Hebrew, each of these words carried a varied meaning that adds to the Creation account.
Why is this subject important? This debate lies at the heart of the redemption story. Lucifer played a major role in the fall of man and his story is still not complete. So who committed the first sin, Adam and Eve? Or Lucifer?