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Recently I started getting a flurry of calls and emails asking me why I had decided to endorse the Gap Theory of Creation. These messages caught me by surprise because I have never believed in that theory. In fact, almost every time I have ever spoken or written about Creation, I have made it a point to denounce that theory.

It didn’t take me long to trace down the origin of the rumor. I discovered that the well known Bible Prophecy teacher, Jack Van Impe — a man I have always respected — recently released a video entitled “The Startling Truth About Angels and Demons.” In that video he states that I am a person who has endorsed the Gap Theory.

I contacted Mr. Van Impe immediately by email and informed him that his information was incorrect. He responded through one of his assistants and apologized for the error, asking my forgiveness for the misinformation. He certainly has my forgiveness. But the problem is that the information is now out there on a video that will be distributed worldwide.

Because I consider this issue to be so important, I want to emphasize once again in writing that I am a person who believes the Bible literally, and therefore I believe that the earth and all the universe was created 6,000 years ago in six literal days, just as the account in the book of Genesis says.

The Gap Theory

Some of you reading this may not even be aware of what the Gap Theory is all about. Although there were forms of the Gap Theory before the 19th Century, it was during the latter half of that century that the theory became popular as a way of accommodating the story of creation to the Darwinian assumptions of modern science, particularly the idea that the earth must be billions of years old.

The theory postulates that there is a gap of billions of years between the first two verses of Genesis. The first verse supposedly describes the creation of the original earth. It is then argued that the original earth became “formless and void” through the rebellion of Satan and his angels. During the gap, animals supposedly lived and died, and some even argue that a soulless race of people lived and died during this time. Sometime during this gap there was a worldwide flood that is referred to as “Lucifer’s Flood.” It was this flood, not the Noahic Flood, that supposedly laid down the fossil record. After billions of years God reconstructed the earth in six literal days. That reconstruction supposedly begins with verse three of Genesis where God is portrayed as creating light. This is why the Gap Theory is often called “The Ruin-Reconstruction Theory.”

The Day-Age Theory

The Gap Theory is certainly an improvement over the Day-Age Theory that some Christians subscribe to. This is the theory that the days of creation were really periods of millions or billions of years rather than 24 hour days. This interpretation flies in the face of the clear meaning of Scripture that the days of creation were literal 24 hour days. In the Genesis account each day is described as a day with a morning and an evening. Furthermore, a passage in Exodus 20, verses 8-11 makes it crystal clear that the days of creation were literal 24 hour days.

Points Against

The Gap Theory has been endorsed by a number of outstanding Evangelical spokesmen — men like Harry Rimmer, George DeHoff, C.I. Scofield, Clarence Larkin, Arthur Pink, Donald Grey Barnhouse, and Jack Van Impe, among others.

But I cannot endorse it for a number of reasons. Let me just mention a few.

First, I think it reads into the text something that just isn’t there. I believe a natural reading of the first five verses of Genesis is that on the first day of creation, God created the heavens and the earth and then began the process of fine-tuning His creation by creating light. When verse two refers to the earth as “formless and void,” all it is saying is that after its creation on the first day, the earth was like a pile of clay waiting to be shaped.

Another problem with the Gap Theory is that it introduces death into the world before the fall of Adam and Eve. The Bible teaches there was no death before Adam and Eve sinned.

A third point I would make is that I don’t believe it is necessary to use something like the Gap Theory or the Day-Age Theory to explain what appears to be the ancient age of the earth. That’s because special creation always carries with it the appearance of age. If, for example, I were to create a full grown man and then introduced him to you and claimed that I created him 15 minutes ago, you would say, “Oh no! He’s at least 30 years old.” The same would be true of the instant creation of an animal or a plant. This point was illustrated in the very first miracle Jesus performed at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee when He turned the water into wine. The creation of wine takes an aging process. But Jesus created it instantly, and it carried with it the appearance of age.

The Integrity of God’s Word

We need to stop playing games with the Creation story. If it is not reliable, then what part of the Bible can we believe? The Day-Age folks spiritualize it. But, if it is to be spiritualized, then where do we stop spiritualizing? The Gap Theory folks try to prop-up the story by inventing a gap that doesn’t exist. I think the best approach is to accept by faith the plain sense meaning.

The reason this issue is so important is because the integrity of God’s Word is at stake.

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Dr. David Reagan

Dr. David Reagan is the Founder and Evangelist Emeritus of Lamb & Lion Ministries. He is a life-long Bible student, teacher, and preacher and he led over 45 pilgrimages to Israel. Dr. Reagan was the host of the radio then television program Christ in Prophecy for nearly 40 years.

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  • Dr. Reagan said: >"The reason this issue is so important is because the integrity of God's Word is at stake."
    And the 'Special Creation' account is immediately followed by 'The First Slanderous Lie'; an attack on both the character of God and the integrity of His Word…still today…and until the Consummation!
    [Gen.3] >"Did God really pull that line on you…and you fell for it? Dude, He's got ulterior motives! He's holding out on you 'cause He doesn't want you to find out that you can get to where He is on your own, without Him!"

  • i gotta say this, as a person and minister i respect jack van impi, he speaks out against the prosperity gospel, the seeker sensitive movement and he appears to have integrity, BUT as a prophecy teacher, he has alot of facts mixed up and he is a total sensationalist. if something happens he`ll take it and run with it making EVERYTHING sound apocalyptic. i dont think he`s a "minister of compromise" but he is a sensationalist

  • i do however like to watch him cuz 1)i love to hear him speak out against false ministers and seeker sensitive churches 2)i love to hear him talk about how churches need to preach the hard stuff 3)tho he is a sensationalist he does get one exited about the coming of the Lord

  • If I am not mistaken, doesn't Ezekiel 28 put Lucifer in the Garden of Eden as Lucifer the ministering angel and not Satan? this would put a hole in the Gap Theory also. I, too, like Jack Van Impe. He does alot of good. But agree that he is off on some issues. Not that I am some genius.

  • very good point on ezekiel 28. the main issue where jack is off is on Gog/magog. its the antichrist that breaks the covanant not Gog and his timing is off. plus as i said he`s a sensationalist. other than those i have respect for the person and he does know the Bible. and i just simply dont believe he`s a "minister of compromise"

  • Great points Dr. Reagan. The scripture in 2 Peter 3 that says With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day… some apply that to the creation, so it is good to point out the morning and evening references.

  • I'm so sorry , Dr. Reagan!! We know what you believe in, and I'm sorry Mr. Van Impe did that without even conculting you first! I'm sure he didn't mean any harm, and we hope so much that it does not cause you any problems!!
    your friends in VA, Trudy and Edgar

  • I too was extremely disappointed in Dr. Van Impe's position. I lost a lot of respect for him, when he took this particular position. Seems like a compromise to me. Stick with evangelism Dr. Jack!

  • I always believed that anything God created Was ALWAYS PERFECT and COMPLETE.
    What Dr. Reagan is telling us, in his opinion, is that when God created earth, that it was a work in progress. It was not complete. I never realized that earth was an imperfect lump of clay that was not perfect.

    i am confused,

  • I respect Dr. Van Impe on most issues, however, he should offer up a public apology on his TV program to clarify the truth to his audience. Especially when he put this out on a video that is going across the globe and he didn't check his facts. I do love that he knows scripture and has an evangelists heart. I am sorry you have experienced this at all. Hope this doesn't damage your credibility. May God protect you.

  • I see no reason for any confusion as to the issue of God creating all things and then refining them. There is no reason that ALL things can't be thought of as having been 'formed'.

    An example would be the very method by which God has deigned man to come to be. Everything is there at the moment of conception to be a human – and a fully grown human – though it is not necessarily in the womb at that moment. We are 'formed' in the womb and substance which surrounds us, both inside and outside the mother's body, becomes available and 'forms' into the people that we become.

    This does not imply imperfection in the womb. It merely demonstrates the transformation of substances to the needs of the body as it grows.

  • People make errors. Dr. Van Impe made an error. He apologized for the error. He must endeavor to determine how the error was made so as not to repeat it in the future. To err is human, forgiveness comes from God.

    This entire creation series has my full attention. It has been a catalyst in causing myself to revisit this subject some 10 years after last delving into asubject as deep and diverse as the created universe itself. Suffice it to say that when a topic grabs my attention I'll immediately begun to consume volumes of material beginning with The Word, particularly the nuances of the original Hebrew text, and exposes on The Word by other Chrisitan scientists and authors.

    Genesis 1 is a literal narative of the creation of the universe, of the earth and of the life upon it in six literal days.

    I absolutely believe God formed the entire universe (the heavens) and the earth in 6 days. The entire universe, as vast as it is and continues to be stretched out by God, was formed just as man was formed – in a state of maturity. Instantaneously across the entire expanse the universe was created mature.

    Evolution? Bah Humbug Nonsense.

    The entire universe was designed as a mature creation.

    The Genesis account is proven by scientific observations:

    1.) No matter what direction into the vastness of the universe mankind peers out into, from the nearest galactic neighbors to the furthest galactic reaches, they are ALL found to be in mature states.

    2.) Those distances are ALL fairly uniform in their distance from our observation point on or in orbit around the earth.

    3.) No matter what direction is sampled for incoming background cosmic radiation the measured temperature of that radiation is uniformly consistent.

    4.) This evidence also strongly supports that the earth solar system is somewhere very near to the center of the universal creation.

    5. Observation of the shape of the earth, moon, the planets, the stars, the orbits of celestial bodies due to gravity as well as the above points also strongly suggests that that the entire universal creation of God is also spherical in nature. The earth-centric theorem is most probably correct.

    It also seems to me that we can determine the approximate edge, or event horizon, of the Lord's creation. Assuming the speed of light is a near constant 186,000 miles per second, and given that the entire universe was formed instaneously 6000 years ago and continues to expand, the furthest point of this expanse should be in the neighborhood of 350 quadrillion (351 thousand million million) miles away. It's a big universe because we have a big God. We will have eternity to explore its vastness.

    Also, in my opinion, the above scientific data prove there is no validity to any so-called "Gap-Theory."

  • Thank you Dr. Raegan for explaining the other theories. I didn't understand those before. However, I, too, take God's word literally and if He said He created it in 6 days, then that's what He did. God said it, I believe it, that settles it…that last sentence was taught in the Christian school my children attended when they were small.

  • This is a Scripture that I have used many times but had to look it up before posting it.
    The great Faith Chapter in Hebrews…"Through faith we understand that the worlds were frammed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Heb.11:3

  • I'm not sure why people jump to the conclusing that the earth in verse 2 was not good. The formless earth was merely a starting point.

  • Sal,

    I believe you are quite correct.

    In Genesis 1:1-5, as I have transcribed them in my studiies, make no mention of the earth being "good" ("towb" i.e. good, pleasant, agreeable) at all – only in verse 4 is the formation of light said to be "towb" in the Lord's view.

    Here's my study of the literal and basic Hebrew & English transliteration.

    Verse 1:
    Re’shiyth ‘elohiym bara’ ‘eth shamayim ‘eth ‘erets. In the beginning God formed the heavens and the firm land. (In the beginning God formed the whole of the universe and the solid land of the earth is a statement of comprehensive fact regarding our God in the plural (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) in the act of purposeful creation. (John 1)

    Verse 2:
    ‘Et ‘erets hayah tohuw bohuw; choshek paniym tehowm. Ruwach elohiym rachaph ‘al paniym mayim. The land to be existent was formless and an empty void; an impenetrable darkness was upon the face of the depths of all existence. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

    Verse 3: Elohiym ‘amar, “Hayah ‘owr”: hayah ‘owr. God spoke, “become existent light:” and existent was light.

    Verse 4:
    ‘Elohiym ra’ah ‘eth ‘owr, kiy towb: ‘elohiym badal beyn ‘owr beyn choshek. God saw light, that it was good: and God separated from light the impenetrable darkness.

    Verse 5:
    'Elohiym qara’ ‘owr Yowm, choshek qara' Layil. ‘Ereb boqer ‘echad yowm. God called the light day and impenetrable darkness night. Evening and morning one day.

    We know from science that powerful audible sound applied to a water medium produces translucence or light. We also know the the Spirit of God moving overs the waters gave them movement. Thus was the primordial earth givien rotation that would account for it having a 24-hour rotation, one day from an earth prespective.

  • Yikes!

    While I appreciate the discussion concerning the merits of these positions, I'm just glad that Dr. Reagan made clarification of his stance!

    This matter is terribly unfortunate to be "out there" in digital form. Thanks to Dr. Reagan for all you do!

  • Sean Osborne, you are correct when you state that all creation is spherical. There are actually 7 spheres made up of millions and billions of galaxies with our Milky Way at the center.

  • I don't support the Gap Theory. How is is that we have reptiles today? Dinosaurs were reptiles. One explanation I believe is that reptiles don't stop growing until they die. With much longer life before Noah's flood it was possible that reptiles grew quite large. The Gap Theory says dinosaurs exlisted before man but I don't support that. Revelation 21:1 disproves the Gap Theory – "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea existed no longer."

  • A Very Powerful Accusation
    "It just seems to me to be an area of pride… John" – That's a very powerful accusation, John! I find your post very interesting in that you "read" so much into what David said, rather than comprehending what he did say… When a notable TV personality [JVI] whom, BTW, is viewed by millions, links another notable Bible Scholar to a doctrine that he does not subscribe to, and he "started getting a flurry of calls and emails", it is perfectly correct, acceptable, and essential to set the record straight as quickly as possible. In doing so, he makes NO CLAIM that his belief & understanding is "Correct in ALL things", but rather, he logically lays out **his** argument of what **he** sees wrong with such a doctrine. Maybe you should try it sometime… I could & should ask you the same of your assessment: "Are you positive your views are correct? Correct in ALL things?" – And what human being could ever be? You have lined this up very carefully to make a bad point. If you disagree in doctrine, argue it clearly! Don't 'intimate' to assassinate character! At your age you should know better – shame on you, John!
    [] Posted to-But don't know if it will actually get put up over there, not as of now, but you guys should throw some flack over there too!

  • Anonymous said…"Through faith we understand that the worlds were frammed"…
    Frammed?!? Is that like with one of those little blender thingies? Or frapped? – Sorry, couldn't resist…

  • Hi Dr. Reagan,
    I agree 100% with you that the earth is only 6000 years old. Christians must be carefule with this gap theory and day theory. If the bible is not true, then why believe it. I believe in the word of God that it is inerrant and it is write. Man and science has always been trying to discreddit the bible. This is what Satan wants so that people will not believe and be saved. The bible will not save you but it reveals Jesus; the Son of the living God. Jesys told the Pharisees this in John 5:39. The Holy Spirit will always enlighten the word to us and show us things in God's word. We must be open to His leading and not let the world infiltrate and try to change us. Oh how Satan is sitting back laughing how he is attempting to deceive the elect which will not happen. The word says "if possible". We must stop intellectualizing the word of God. Our reposnse should be" God said it, I believe it and that settles it" It is all about faiht. God says the righteous shall live by faith but if he shrinks back, My soul takes no pleasure in Him. There are other things that the devil is doing to attack the word of God. The vitality of healing, gifts of the Spirit, Baptisim of the Holy Spirit. The word says in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forvever more. Jesus does nto change. It is we who have changed with our illectual schools and doctrines. This is what happened to the Pharisees, Sadduccees and Herodians of our Lord's day. I see it happening today. Chrisitianity is not a religion but a way of life unto the Lord. Jesus shed His blood to redeem us and we are redeemed. Jesus is coming back. Let us remain faithful!
    In Christ,
    Dennis Russell

  • I think the important thing to remember here is that the Gap THEORY is just that a THEORY – an educated guess. As is by the way, 6000 year old age for the earth as originally put forth by Bishop Usher. To claim with an iron grip that the earth is 6000 years old is I think just as faulty as claiming the Gap-Theory is definitely true. There are too many unanswered questions regarding the genealogies that the 6000 number is based on. We should not be building doctrines around these theories. Yes, God created the heavens and the earth in a literal 6 days. I have read books on both sides and there is currently no way to determine the actual age of the earth. If someone has proof of 6000 year age, it should be able to be summed up in less than a 250 page book with all kinds of guesswork.

  • Dr. Albert S. Anderson MD called in and pointed out 2 very good verses where Jesus Himself substantiates mankind being made "at the beginning of Creation," discounting a pre-Adamic civilization.

    Mark 10:6 – "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'"

    Matthew 19:4 – "Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,"

  • Thank you so much for clarifying what I have always argued with the "Gap Theory" believers…if this is not the literal truth of creation than what in the Bible is truth. Either you believe the whole or you believe none you can't pick and choose to satisfy what others say.
    God bless you!

  • I cannot agree with any theory other than the literal theory understood by Dr. Reagan. I concur with his views completely. Anything other than God's Word in it's literal sense is not acceptable.

  • Dr. Reagan, I agree totally with you and I am surprized in Dr. VanEmpy making this assumption. Dr. Dake has a similar belief. My GOD made heaven and Earth in 6 days and rested on the seventh(the sabbath) AMEN AND AMEN

  • Nathan Jones said…
    Dr. Albert S. Anderson MD called in and pointed out 2 very good verses where Jesus Himself substantiates mankind being made "at the beginning of Creation," discounting a pre-Adamic civilization.

    Mark 10:6 – "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'"

    Matthew 19:4 – "Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,"

    If Jesus meant at the beginning of all creation, then the creation of Man was contemporaneous with the creation of angels – and we know that angels were in existence before men. Job 38:7 In the context of Mark 10:6 Jesus could very well be speaking of the beginning of the creation of Man.


    The Gap Theory does NOT contest with a literal interpretation of scripture in Genesis. The Gap Theory also does NOT disagree with a roundabout estimation of 6000 years since the First Day.

    The Gap Theory simply states that there could have been a gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Its a theory – thats all. To say that this theory challenges the literal integrity of God's word is incorrect and damaging to those who search the scriptures intently and try to find hidden gems. Lets be careful what we say brothers, its very easy to draw dividing lines on non-essential issues.

    Once again the Gap Theory does not challenge the literal veracity and integrity of God's Word.

  • I couldn't disagree with you more, Anonymous!

    The Gap Theory may be just a theory, so then, why teach it? It's pure fantasy.

    What damage does teaching a Gap Theory cause?!? It makes us doubt the accuracy of the Bible because it puts into very question the literal interpretation of the Creation account as the Bible explains it. From there, the Bible unravels and so does the faith of many. Just look at the spiritual carcasses dotting the landscape, especially students coming out of college who have lost their faith.

    You'd have to have your head in a hole not to see that the number one attack on the Bible is always directed at the Creation account. We certainly don't need Christians helping in that attack.

    Need to know when the angels were created? Go to the Bible, angels were part of the Creation. Adam didn't sin the very next day after Eve was made, so there was plenty of time for Satan to lead a rebellion in Heaven.

    The veracity of the Creation account is one battle well worth the fight.

  • "Nathan Jones said…
    I couldn't disagree with you more, Anonymous!

    The Gap Theory may be just a theory, so then, why teach it? It's pure fantasy.

    What damage does teaching a Gap Theory cause?!? It makes us doubt the accuracy of the Bible because it puts into very question the literal interpretation of the Creation account as the Bible explains it"

    Hi Nathan,

    Im suprised at this lack of critical thinking. The Gap Theory does not conflict with the accuracy of the creation account. The creation account says: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Then it goes on to give the 6 day account of the creation of Earth – not the heavens or the universe. God does not set the stars into motion on day one or day six, according to a LITERAL reading of Genesis 1. If we are going to talk about literal readings of the Bible lets really be literal. The Genesis account from 1:2 forward only covers the creation of a pre-flood earth. There is no day or night in space, when God is speaking of light here its in relation to day and night. Literal reading. Can someone here please show me where you can prove that the Bible says that the earth is 6000 years old? It does not offer that info. It gives a literal account of the six days of creation, and then a timeline of genealogies. People then try to add those two durations to give the age of the earth. Guesswork and inference at best.
    I believe the creation account as literally spelled out in Genesis – I also believe the Gap Theory COULD be true, not is, COULD be true.

    I have no doubts of the accuracy of the Bible. Theory's are taught to provide answers that aren't concrete.

  • First, I love and respect Dr. Reagan. I have listened to his teachings for years! However, I do not think the Gap Theory is in anyway harmful to believing all of God's Word, the Bible. As years have past many new understandings of God's Word come to us as we study it. That is why it is a living Word! I believe–and rely on Holy Spirit to help me find and know the Truth when I read, study, listen to Ministers, etc. He will not lead us astray. I will never say that anyone man knows all of the complete Word of God. That is for eternal to reveal.
    God Bless Each,
    Nancy Duke
    N.Mytle Beach, SC

  • Nathan Jones said: "The Gap Theory may be just a theory, so then, why teach it? It's pure fantasy."

    I agree. I find nothing fulfilling in such a speculation.

    "…Adam didn't sin the very next day after Eve was made, so there was plenty of time for Satan to lead a rebellion in Heaven."

    Speaking of *time* & Satan leading a rebellion… – How could he have **not known** that his arms were too short to box with God?

    Now here's a speculation that makes me stand in awe of our God.

    God exists & has always existed **all in all** eternal & forever. He has existed forever in His own unknown, & unknowable "what-ever, where-ever" dimension.

    In order for "Heavenly beings" & "Earthly beings" to exist & live, God created a "Heavenly dimension" & an "Earthly dimension". And since God is all in all, there cannot be anything outside of God, as Paul confirms the Greek assessment by the Holy Spirit in Acts 17:28, "For in him we live, and move, and have our being…", therefore, God created these dimensions within Himself.

    Now we know that time runs back & forth differently in the eternal, spirit dimensions compared to the earthly dimension; "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." 2 Peter 3:8

    So 1 day = 1000 yrs = 365,000 days & on down to = 1sec = 4.22 days [if I did my math right…] so, yeah, I'd say there was plenty of time for Satan to lead a rebellion in Heaven.

    But what really made him go insane & think he could take on his own Creator?

    I speculate that it had something to do with the creation of man and that God revealed a small portion of His plan to the Angels that He would eventually promote mankind be the bride for His Son and they were to be ministering spirits in this plan.

    And I think that Lucifer looked at himself, the sum of all beauty & intelligence, and thought "What?!? These puny, powerless mortals?… And You're not picking me?!?" [a very dark brooding cloud was forming…]

    In creating the spirit dimension, I don't believe that God has, or could ever fully manifested Himself in it in the same way that He limits His manifestations in this dimension. – 1 Kings 8:27 "…behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee".

    Now these Scripture weren't written 'til millions…ah…a number of centuries after the Fall so I speculate that Luce', in the short "time" that he *was* behaving himself, had limited knowlege of the Holy One and probably never fully realized that what he could see of God was only a tiny manifestation of a truly awesome, multi-dimensional Being,[until it was too late in the game…Ooops!]

    And I speculates some more that ol' Luce' looked around at some of the other Angels and thought within his darkened self…"You know, if I had some help, I think we could take this old coot and turn this thing around…" [no disrespect intended, but what kind of insane thinking? He thought it or similar…he had to have lost all sense of proportion & respect to think he could take on his own Creator]. And so all h…uhh…all Satan broke loose…yeah, that's it!

  • Wow… this has really got me thinkin'…
    Up until tonight… I didn't even know what the Gap Theory was… the more I read about it… the more I don't like it…
    I'm gonna have to talk this one out with God and really think about it… Thank you all for teaching me something! I love to learn about the Bible and about what we, as Christians, are up against in this secular world.
    Thanks Again! And God bless you!

  • The Gap Theory makes the most sense regarding a literal reading of the Hebrew "tohu va bohu" in Genesis 1- the earth "became" a waste and a desolation – and does not conflict with a literal reading of God's Word. Speculating about the mysteries of God, the things he has not revealed fully does not question what is literally revealed in scripture. In addition, many many concepts were hidden in scripture until these last days. I expect many things to be revealed in the months and years to come. God bless Dr. Reagan's awesome prophecy ministry! I have been so blessed by it! Maranatha!

  • To: Dr. Reagan
    From: Ralph Miller

    On Genesis one, I wish to state that I too believe it is literal. I feel that the people who interpret this section other wise are attempting to put their own ideas and beliefs in place of the actual saying of the Bible. Some people, whether than accept God’s truth, try to put their own truth in its place, or they follow someone else’s teachings, whether than study the Bible for themselves. I wonder Dr. Reagan if you heard of the other Gap theories than the one you stated, which is the main most thought, and spoken, of theory. Theories that include various scenarios involving different human groups, even scenarios of a past nuclear war.

  • I deeply respect Dr Reagan, but I also deeply respect Dr Hugh Ross a christian astropysicist (Reason To Believe. Dr Ross has been on the John Ankerberg show several times. He subscribes to the day- age interpretation and can give very compelling biblical and scientific reasons why he endorses that idea. In my mind, the jury is still out. I'm glad it's not a "savation issue"


  • Dr. Reagan,

    Re: A defense of the Gap Theory

    I would respectfully ask you to check out my book: In the Beginnings, The Story of the Original Earth, It's Destruction, and It's Restoration. I think you might be surprised by the amount of Biblical and scientific data indicating that the Earth was destroyed and restored at some time in the distant past. I believe the Gap Theory is actually the best explanation for all the apparent conflicts between science and the Bible. (There are no REAL conflicts between them.)

    The Gap Theory (as the Bible reveals it – not as some people interpret it)is a divine revelation showing how the history of the Earth is a foreshadow of the history of the man made from it. It reveals God's plan of salvation for fallen man.

    Earth= Life, Sin, Judgment for sin, Death, Restoration, Future Perfection.

    Saved Man= Life, Sin, Judgment for sin, Death, Restoration, Future Perfection.

    It is NOT a compromise with the Theory of Evolution. As a veterinarian whose undergraduate speciality was in molecular and cellular genetics, I know something about life and I know life cannot have gotten here any other way than by the non-evolutionary, creative acts of God.
    Science proves that life never evolved. So does the Gap Theory.

    My book can be acquired by going to:

    My underlying belief is that God is smart enough and powerful enough and sovereign enough to make His Works and His Words agree. I believe my book proves it.

    In Christ's matchless Grace,

    Steven Dill, D.V.M.
    Louisville, KY


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