Creation - the Gap & Deep
If we want to delve into some of the more obscure viewpoints of religious theology we really need to
take a good, hard look at a few alternate views of early Genesis. It is vital we have these other ancient
stories back in the limelight, to fully understand what
Mystery Babylon is all about. In these following
ten sections, we’ll see what
really makes up the Socio-Cultural side of this system. So, to begin, we
really need to start at the beginning –
in the beginning.


















Evolution? A Six-Day Creation? Which is correct; what
really could have happened “in the beginning?”
Creationists tell us the earth could be up to 12,000 years old; evolutionists say billions. Which is right?
Could there be
still another scenario, somewhere in between these two extremes, something that can
give us an entirely new way to look at our world?

So many of us, in church, were taught that God created the world in six days, and rested on the
seventh. We fully trusted the men who translated our Bible into English
; that the world wasn’t that old.
As we’ll see, however, the best way to truly understand the Bible is to look at it in its original Hebrew.
What if this original language of the Bible could have, perhaps, said something different than what
most of these modern English translators assumed was correct? Once we look at the original Hebrew
in more detail, and discover the other ways these words of Scripture could be interpreted, a
whole
new realm
of possibilities may open up. This will be the permeating theme throughout this website.
Let’s look at these verses, for example:


                    
                    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
                                                                               - Gen. 1:1 (KJV)


The next verse states:


                       
                           And the earth was without form, and void...
                                                                               - Gen. 1:2 (KJV)


According to C.I. Scofield, Thomas Chalmers, and other biblical scholars, something dramatic could
have occurred between the time of these first and second verses. The Gap Theory, the first of these
alternative views, is quite simple: the first verse of the Bible notates the beginning of God’s creation.
Between the first and second verses of the Bible, however, there was a gap in time. The exact
expanse of time between the first and second verse of Genesis is unknown. It was followed by, at
least, one “re-creation,” since.


In the beginning God created numerous worlds, destroying one after the other as they failed to satisfy
Him. All were inhabited by man, a thousand generations of whom He cut off, leaving no record of
them.
                                                                                        (Graves and Patai, 1964, p. 45)[1]  


This destruction-recreation trend could have continued – all the way up to the time of the famous “Six-
Day Creation” of Genesis 1. The translators of our first major English translation (the 1611 KJV) were
probably under the assumption the world was created in six days. Each word of the Hebrew language,
as in many languages, could have a variety of meanings. The translators of the King James Bible
could have easily used the English words which "fit" with their traditional assumptions of creation.
What it all boils down to is this: were the King James translators accurate in their translation, or was
it more or less based upon assumptions?

As stated, Hebrew words could have more than one meaning. In Genesis 1:2, the use of the word
was
(the Hebrew hayah) could help indicate there was indeed something beyond what King James trans-
lators believed. According to
Strong's Concordance - a great guide to Hebrew words – the Hebrew
word can mean "to be," "to come to pass," "to come about," or "fall out." Was the earth created the
way, as Genesis 1:2 stated, or did it
become that way? Did something happen before this time to make
it become that way?

The words
without form, in the above verse, were translated from the Hebrew tohuw, which can mean
"to lie waste," "that which is wasted," "a place of chaos," or "confusion." As well, the Hebrew word for
void in this verse is bohuw, which can also mean "a state of waste" or "emptiness." Put all these
other possible meanings together, and we can have a whole new wording for this verse:


                                        And the earth came to be a place of chaos, and waste.
                                                                                -or-
 
                                  And the earth had fallen from its original form, and became a
                                                              place of chaos and waste.


The question remains: was the earth created in a way ("without form and void"), or did something
happen to
bring it this way? If we look at the above verse, in regards to the Gap Theory, we surmise
there was something of great importance that occurred between the first and second verses of the
Bible. As we’ll see, there could have been more than one
world on our planet. Now, what would that
mean? This could lead us to another anomaly, regarding the word
world:


   
                     Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the
                         earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
                                                                                 - Psa. 90:2 (KJV)
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                                                                                                 Footnotes

[1]  Robert Graves and Raphael Patai,
Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1964), 45.
[2]  J. Preston Eby,
The World System, 1, http://www.theshop.net/giess/world.html (accessed Aug. 17, 2000 4); Strong’s G2889 -
kosmos, http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G2889&t=KJV.html (accessed Dec. 23, 2009).
[3]  Stephen Quayle,
Genesis 6 Giants: The Master Builders of Prehistoric and Ancient Civilizations (Bozeman, Montana: End Time
Thunder Publishers, 2005), 12, 14, 20-2.
[
4]  The First Book of Adam and Eve (The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan), 27:10, trans. S. C. Malan (London: Williams and
Norgate, 1882).
[
5]  Answers.com, light, 1, http://www.answers.com/topic/light (accessed Oct. 3, 2005).
[
6]  Augustine, The City of God, Book 11, Chapter 9 - What the Scriptures Teach Us To Believe Concerning the Creation of the
Angels, http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/120111.htm (accessed Dec. 15, 2009).
[
7]  Robert Graves and Raphael Patai, Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company,
1964), 102; James L. Kugel,
The Bible As It Was, (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1997), 58, 60; The Book
of the Rolls (Kitab Al-Magall)
, 6, trans. Margaret Dunlop Gibson, Apocrypha Arabica (London: C.J Clay and Sons, 1901), 3;
Christian Geology: Science and Scripture,
Introduction: Beyond Gap Theory Interpretation of Genesis, 8, http://kjvbible.
org/gap_theory.html (accessed Aug. 29, 2005 180);
The Lebor Gabala Erren, 2, http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/celtic/irish/lebor.
html (accessed May 26, 2005); James L. Kugel,
Traditions of the Bible (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press,
1998), 76;
The Book of Jubilees, 2:2, trans. R. H. Charles, The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (Oxford,
Clarendon Press, 1913).
[
8]  The Book of the Bee, Chapter 2: Of the Creation of the Seven Natures (Substances) in Silence, trans. Earnest A Wallis
Budge, M.A., http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/bb/bb02.htm (accessed Dec. 23, 2009).
[
9]  The Book of the Mysteries of the Heavens and the Earth and Other Works of Bakhayla Mikael (Zosimas), trans. E.A. Wallis
Budge (London: Oxford University Press, 1935), 13.
[1
0]  Stephen Quayle, Genesis 6 Giants: The Master Builders of Prehistoric and Ancient Civilizations (Bozeman, Montana: End
Time Thunder Publishers, 2005), 16-17.
[1
1]  The Penitence of our Forefather Adam, Adam and Abel’s Funerary Rites [47]39.3, trans. Gary A. Anderson and Michael E.
Stone, http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/anderson/viat/english/vita.arm.html (accessed Dec 26, 2009).
[1
2]  Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, Pre-existence, 1-4, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-existence (accessed May 14, 2007).
[1
3]  Watchmen Bible Study Group, When Was the Beginning?, 8-12, http://biblestudysite.com/begin.html (accessed Dec. 6,
2006), 118a.
The first earth age was inhabited by us, by our souls in a different form… in this earth age we have flesh
bodies because we were created and formed from the dust of the earth… Your spirit (your intellect) and
your soul will either live forever or will be consumed in the lake of fire (hell)… Every soul goes through
each earth age only one time, but it is the same one soul… So this second earth age… became
necessary so as to allow every soul to come through it and make a choice between following God or
following satan… God placed a veil between this earth age and the first so that we cannot know what
side we were on in that revolt, nor do we possess any memory of it… this is not saying there is any
reincarnations… Each soul can only pass through each earth age one time; just like we live in this
earth age but we can also live in the next earth age, referred to as Heaven… what would be the use of
this earth age, which itself is nothing more than a proving ground, a place and a time for us to decide
whom we will love and follow?
                                  (“When Was the Beginning?”, n. d., p. 8-12)[13]


All of the vanquished souls of our previous world swarmed together in the
Darkness; an “existence”
away from God. In the next world - the world beginning after the “Six-Day Creation” - there would be
a number of undecided souls born, as living, human beings. These human beings would be given
another opportunity to make, probably, the greatest decision of their lives: to follow God’s ways, or no.
This is the essence of free will, in regards to a person’s desire to actually make a change of heart in
life, and follow God. As we’ve also theorized, an angelic host may have already been brought up on
the first day, probably from this
Darkness of the Deep. After they came up as Light, the time seemed
right for God to start bringing other souls up from this previous world. What about
human beings?
How did the
people of our world come about, and how were things shaped into the direction of a
world we know of, today?


Prov. 3:
19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by
    understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up…


Any souls placed in the Darkness of the Deep from
the previous world – human or angelic - would event-
ually have to be brought back up, somewhere, some-
time, into God’s new world; the depths of God’s “hold-
ing cell” would be broken up. No, this was not hell; it
was not eternal damnation; it wasn’t even Purgatory.
It was just a place God used to hold future inhabitants
of what would eventually be of His brave new world
(the world we know of today). On the surface, this
concept may begin to sound like reincarnation; there
may seem to be similarities on the surface, but there
are major differences:[1
2]
  O Lord, is there in the world another god besides You, who created angels and filled them with light…
                                                                     - First Book of Adam and Eve 27:10[4]


Supernatural beings – angels - traditionally had the ability to be “of” or “from” this supernatural
light, or
have the supernatural ability to show “
light.” In the dictionary, the word light can also be defined as:


-
spiritual awareness; illumination
- a prominent or distinguished person; a luminary[5]


What exactly does this mean, as far as the “Six-Day Creation” is concerned? In Genesis 1:1, we see
that God is spoken of
in the singular. By the end of the “Six-Day Creation,” however, He has a host of
angels along with Him (Gen 2:1). When did He pick up those angels; where did they come from? The
ancient Christian theologian,
Augustine, made this statement:


Where Scripture speaks of the world's creation, it is not plainly said whether or when the angels were
created… when all things, which are recorded to have been completed in six days, were created and
arranged, how should the angels be omitted, as if they were not among the works of God, from which
on the seventh day he rested?… There is no question, then, that if the angels are included in the works
of God during these “six days” of creation, then they are the light which was called Day… created on
the first day.
                                                                                - Augustine City of God 11:9[6]


Could this “
light” of the first day (Genesis 1:3) actually represent a group of angels He formed (or called
up): beings who had a
light or shine to their face and/or bodies?[7]  We have another interesting
commentary on the first day:


 …He (God) willed, and heaven, earth, water, air, fire, and the angels and darkness, came into being…
                                                                                           - Book of the Bee Ch. II[8]


If this
light could be an angelic host of God’s creation, then, what could be the darkness? If we go back
to Genesis Chapter 1, again, we see:


                                             …and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
                                                                                       - Gen. 1:2 (KJV)


The above verses of Genesis state
the darkness was upon the face of the deep. Darkness is simply
defined as the absence of light. Could the
darkness also have a supernatural meaning? This Darkness
could represent a spiritual place, or holding area, somewhere beneath our world - a place of separation,
away from God.[
9]


                    Thy righteous is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep…
                                                                                       - Psa. 36:6 (KJV)


What judgment are we talking about, here? God, upset with our previous world, could have enacted
His own judgment. As destruction blanketed the planet of old, there poured the souls of every human
and angelic being whose physical body had been destroyed; the righteous with the unrighteous; the
good with the evil; the dedicated with the indifferent. All were bunched together in one place, known as
the
Darkness. It was literally the enactment of that phrase, “Destroy them all. God knows His own.”
What about the word
deep? Interestingly enough, there are a number of other Biblical meanings for
the word
Deep:


-
the deepest part of the sea (e.g. Psalms 69:15)
- the grave or abyss (e.g. Romans 10:7, Luke 8:31)
- the bottomless pit (e.g. Revelation 9:1-2, 11:7, and 20:13)


If we acknowledge how the Deep is portrayed in the Bible, we discover it could mean a lot more than
the deep part of a body of water.


Luke 8:
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he
    (the demon-possessed man) said, Legion: because many
    devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go
    out into the deep.

It is not unreasonable, then, to see “the deep” in Genesis signifying something greater than simply deep
water… it has other shades of meaning as well, including the abyss and the grave… The Deep does refer
to the ocean. But it also symbolic of a judgment against wrongdoing and bolsters the overall feel that all
things are not right in creation as the opening passage of Genesis unfolds.
 (Quayle, 2005, p. 16-7)[10]


Could the
Darkness of the Deep truly be a “Well of Lost Souls,” where the devastated remnants of the
previous world remained, at least for the time being, until God’s commandment on what to do next?[1
1]


Gen. 1:
2 …and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the
  spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.


Most of us understand the common, everyday
meanings of the above words. Could the
darkness,
deep, and light have deeper, more supernatural,
meanings here? As many people believe, there are
two “hemispheres” of existence: natural or super-
natural; corporeal or spiritual. Could
light, first, also
refer to something beyond illumination - maybe the
bright countenance or
shine of one’s face? What
beings, natural or supernatural, would have a
bright
countenance such as this?
was fashioned was created at the same time – our first world. Over time, the harmonized order of
the planet – the organized
world - changed; possibly a number of times. It was destroyed, and re-
fashioned, in this circular, repetitive fashion. We don’t know why God wasn’t satisfied with the
previous world(s), and why they were destroyed. We could only postulate that the
world of our “Six-
Day Creation” - our present world - was reformulated from the ashes of a former world’s undistinguish-
able ruin; which leads us
, again, to this verse:[3]


                  
                                 And the earth was without form, and void…
                                                                                   - Gen. 1:2 (KJV)


The next question might, logically, be: why would God create a world
formless and void, anyway?
Why would He create it
already devastated?


                      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, he formed it to be inhabited; I am the LORD; and there is
                              none else.                                              - Isa. 45:18 (KJV)


Many people believe the Bible never contradicts itself. Therefore, if Isaiah 45:18 tells us God created
our planet "not in vain," then it wasn’t. The translators of the 1611 King James Version most probably
considered the world as created in six days, as many of faith do today. They probably inserted the
English words they
thought were right, to the best of their abilities. They wanted to make verses “flow,”
or follow with what they had always been taught. As we begin to understand these other possible
Hebrew meanings, however, the words of early Genesis can take on a whole new meaning. Could
there have been a previously established "world
," of which God destroyed (for whatever reason), and
then established another, new
world (in our “Six Day Creation”), to replace the former? If this could
actually be possible, what would it all mean?

There are a number of old rocks that seem to tell us our history stems way beyond 6,000 years.
Science tells us the world is much older; maybe it is. That, however, doesn’t necessarily mean the
Bible is incorrect. Maybe the Bible isn’t full of unscientific
myths as many of the learned, today, portray
it as. We continue with the second half of Genesis 1:2:


As we see in the above verse, the words earth and
world seem to be two distinct terms - representing
two different things. Putting it simply, the
world could
very well represent the present, organized order of
things on our planet; the
earth could represent the
planet itself. One of the New Testament Greek words
often translated into the word “world” is
kosmos. The
kosmos, in Classical Greek, represents “a harmonious
order, system or arrangement” – a type of
established
order
.[2]  From this, one could postulate there could
have been at least one formulated
world on our
physical earth – the latest one the “Six-Day Creation
s
of Genesis 1.

Our current “world” is just the latest of these sequences
of “worlds.” If we apply this to the Gap Theory, the phys-
ical planet could have been created by God a long time
ago; an organized, harmonious order of which this earth