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Appetizer: Without-Formal Explanation

There is a position that many theologians hold that has to do with the length of time covered in the creation account in Genesis called the "Gap Theory." Here are the basic Scriptures generally used to back the theory; whether you believe it or not, it's interesting to find out about!

Genesis 1:1

1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1  
God created it all. And then:

Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2  
Interesting. But someone noticed this verse:

Isaiah 45:18

For thus says the Lord,
who created the heavens
(he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
(he established it;
he did not create it empty,
he formed it to be inhabited!):
“I am the Lord, and there is no other.

Isaiah 45:18  
Did you notice that in Genesis 1:1 the Earth was created, and in Genesis 1:2 it was "without form and void"... but Isaiah tells us that God "did not create it empty" (same Hebrew word, tohuw)? Was God's work somehow flawed?

Deuteronomy 32:4

“The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.

Deuteronomy 32:4  
Obviously not. So how did it get empty? It may have been because of the fall of Satan to Earth. Here are the most well-known passages about that event:

Isaiah 14:12-17

“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.
Those who see you will stare at you
and ponder over you:
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
who shook kingdoms,
who made the world like a desert
and overthrew its cities,
who did not let his prisoners go home?’

Isaiah 14:12-17  

Ezekiel 28:11-19

Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God:

“You were the signet of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden, the garden of God;
every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond,
beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle;
and crafted in gold were your settings
and your engravings.
On the day that you were created
they were prepared.
You were an anointed guardian cherub.
I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God;
in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
till unrighteousness was found in you.
In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.
Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I exposed you before kings,
to feast their eyes on you.
By the multitude of your iniquities,
in the unrighteousness of your trade
you profaned your sanctuaries;
so I brought fire out from your midst;
it consumed you,
and I turned you to ashes on the earth
in the sight of all who saw you.
All who know you among the peoples
are appalled at you;
you have come to a dreadful end
and shall be no more forever.”

Ezekiel 28:11-19  

Luke 10:17-18

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Luke 10:17-18  
So assuming a gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, what happened? How long of a gap of time was there? We don't know. Maybe a day, maybe many millions of years. Some think that the following verses describe a prehistoric world that was destroyed by a flood:

2 Peter 3:5-7

For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

2 Pet 3:5-7  
On the other hand, some think the whole idea is hogwash. What do you think?

[Special thanks to
Inside Islam, a book by Reza F. Safa, in which I found most of this information conveniently collected. Written in 1996, this book is a must-read for every post-9/11 Christian!]