in case you are one of those that believe that the earth (and/or universe) is only 6 thousand years old, please let me explain
the Word of God to you more perfectly, or at least why I believe different, and why many people believe in the Pre-Adamic
Flood (the flood before Adam). The following will show why I believe that God
created a perfect world, but the world later became void and without form, supported by prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah.
1:1 In the beginning God created the Heaven and the
“In the beginning” means
the very beginning, before anything else. Verse 2 holds several truths that are
unknown to many Christians, concerning the words ‘was’ (#1961) and
‘without form’ (#8414).
2 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.
first ‘was’ can also mean
“became” which clarifies
the whole thing. (The 2nd ‘(was)’
is an added word that is not in the original text.) Let’s look at the 1rst
‘was’ which is ‘hayah’, #1961 from the Strong’s:
OT:1961 hayah (haw-yaw); a primitive root [compare OT:1933]; to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary):
seeing how the word is interpreted in other places in the King James:)
KJV - beacon, altogether, be (-come), accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass),
do, faint, fall, follow, happen, have,
last, pertain, quit (oneself-), require, use.
is a similar word pronounced the same way which might give further clues.
OT:1962 hayah (hah-yaw'); another form for OT:1943; ruin:
KJV - calamity.
could have been millions of years (a gap) between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. (The gap theory). I come from the camp that believes that God created the world
good and perfect, but for whatever reason, the earth ‘became’ ‘without
form’ and void . . Isaiah confirms that the world was originally
made perfect, or (not ‘in vain’). Please notice that ‘in vain’
and ‘without form’ are the SAME
WORD, which is ‘tohuw’, OT #8414.
18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself
that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain (without form), he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
word ‘in vain’ is interpreted
‘without form’ in Genesis
1:2, as shown from the Strong’s.
OT:8414 tohuw (to'-hoo); from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively,
a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain:
KJV - confusion, empty place, without
form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.
same word ‘without form’ is found in the following verse. I wish to suggest to you that possibly Jeremiah had a vision of the world the way it was in Genesis 1:2,
in that the same wording is used, the heavens had no light, there was no man, all the birds were gone, etc., things which
only were true in Genesis 1:2. In context with the whole book of Jeremiah, the
Lord was showing Jeremiah that this could happen again, but that this time the Lord would not make a full end.
23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form,
and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all
the hills moved lightly.
25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man , and all the birds
of the heavens were fled.
confirmation: The Lord told Adam & Eve in Gen 1:28 . . . Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish
the earth . . .
word ‘replenish’ means that it was once ‘plenished’ and needed to be REplenished. Likewise, after the flood in Noah’s time, the Lord used the same language when
He told Noah, Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,
and ‘REplenish’ the earth.
may add more evidence later in support of the gap theory. Have I convinced you?
If not, it’s OK. Let’s not be dogmatic. Let us all accept one another. Like Fred says, “We are
all fellows in the same ship.” (Fellowship). God bless you, hope you enjoyed
this. Karl Stein
Please don’t think that I believe in evolution. Quite the contrary, I wrote
a whole book 10 years ago supporting reasons why evolution is totally False.