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The Genesis Gap Doctrine of Creationism

The Genesis Gap Illustrated

The Bible's Mystery of the Void and the Darkness - The Overlooked Wisdom and Purpose!

"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
(2 Peter 3:5-7 KJV)

VIDEO: An Introduction to the Genesis Gap Doctrine

The Bible Timeline Illustrated

Illustration from "Dispensational Truth" by Clarence Larkin circa 1918 - Colorized and red numbers added by this website

"The mighty revelations of the purpose of GOD cannot be apprehended until the issue of believing His Word has been faithfully met."
-- Lewis Sperry Chafer

Part I - Genesis and Regeneration

Four Creations

The Four (4) Bible "Creations" - According to the Holy Bible, there are four distinct creation events - two were in the past and two will happen in the future.

Gap Diagram

The "Gap Theory" - Overview and history of the Genesis Gap Doctrine (Ruin-Reconstruction interpretation) of Old-Earth Creationism.


The Ancient Earth and the Angels - An introduction to the ancient Earth's first inhabitants, the "sons of God".

Caveman on computer

Satan, Sin & Death in Deep-Time - The ancient origin of Lucifer (a.k.a. Satan), the Angelic Rebellion (fall of the "Anointed Cherub") the consequences of the first sin within God's creation, long before Adam's fall.

Word Earth

The "Worlds" and the "Earth" - The Biblical definitions of the words "World" and "Earth" and the interpretation of Biblical ages.

Lord Creating

Catabolism and Regeneration - The seven days of Genesis regeneration event and a process the Greek Scriptures refer to as: "katabole"


The Firmament, Third Heaven, and Structure of All Things Biblical - The Three-Heavens structure of the universe, the division of the waters below and above the firmament, the three-part structural recurring theme revealed in the design of Noah's Ark, Moses' Tabernacle, and Solomon's Temple.

Sun and Earth

The 4th Day of Genesis - Paradox of the Sun and Stars - The sun and stars were very ancient, but were regenerated on the 4th-day during the seven-days of the Genesis.


Observations of Geologic Evidence for the Death of "the World that then Was" - An outline of published works in Victorian literature documenting evidence of a catastrophic extinction episode in the late Pleistocene and how it relates to the waters, darkness and destruction of the old world (as found at Genesis 1:2).

Man ice fishing

Life Forms Just Before End of Ice Age and After Seven Days of Genesis - Comparison of life forms on the earth in the world (prior to the seven-days of Genesis) with the kinds of life forms God made and placed on the Earth at the regeneration. Proof that Man (made in God's image) is unique and has no evolutionary or DNA links to the Pre-Adamite races of "humanoids" which inhabited the old world.

Part II - Science and Scripture


The Sevens of the Bible in Time and Nature - The recurring pattern of sevens in the Holy Bible and nature.

Part III - Lost Rivers of Eden


The Lost Rivers of the Garden of Eden - The location of the Garden of Eden and the four rivers, revealed by the Holy Bible and a forensic study of regional geology.

Part IV - Noah's Flood


The "Fountains of the Deep" of Noah's Flood - The geophysics of Noah's flood. The "fountains of the deep" and the "windows of heaven" and the geologic and atmospheric processes that produced a global flood yet left behind little evidence.


More on the 'Windows of Heaven' of Noah's Flood - Why the life spans of antediluvian mankind were greater than those of man after the flood.


The Days of Peleg and Historical Changes in Sea Level - How the descendants of the three sons of Noah migrated to other parts of the world, the "days of Peleg" event 101 years after the great flood, and evidence of sea level changes before and after Noah's flood.

Animals on Ark

Sedimentary Rocks, Fossils NOT Produced by Noah's Flood - How Noah's flood (although a real and global event) could not have possibly produced all the Earths sedimentary rocks and fossils.

Cold Man

Paleoclimate Indicators and Collapse of Civilizations All Correlate to Date of Noah's Flood - Paleoclimate indicators that match the literal Biblical time of Noah's flood found in Greenland Ice Sheet,  Mount Kilimanjaro and Huascaran glaciers, and bottom sediments of the Sea of Oman. A revelation of post-flood drought and global weather pattern changes.

Part V - Rightly-Divided Theology


The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God; the Doctrinal Difference - Explanation of why the "Kingdom of Heaven" is a reference to a literal future Kingdom on the earth, and how that term differs in meaning from the "Kingdom of God" in doctrinal context. The future of Israel in prophecy is also outlined.

The links

Who and What are the Angels? - Do Angels have DNA? (And other questions).


Bible Doctrine - The Hard Nuts to Crack - Doctrines of the Christian faith, including a comprehensive study of the Doctrines of Grace, the Book of Romans, the Kingdom, and Video Lectures on Rightly Dividing the Bible, Geology, and Prophecy.

Doctor and patient

The Relationship of Flesh and Spirit; Physical Things vs. Spiritual Things - Explains the operation of God in the Salvation process, the three-part nature of man, what happens when you become saved, and how a born-again Christian cannot possibly lose their salvation or commit the unpardonable sin.

Part VI - Prophecy


The Biblical Story Timeline - The past, present and coming milestones of Biblical events.

dead fish

The Dead Sea Geology and End Times Prophecy - Faults and tectonic features of the Middle East, sources of future great earthquakes to come and volcanic activity prophesied near the Dead Sea area in Israel during the end times.


The Book of Daniel is Unsealing - Focus on the Middle East and Prophecy - What comes next according to the End Times visions of Daniel? On this page we move away from the geological and creation issues and turn our attention to the future and the great period of tribulation that will soon descend upon this present world of fallen Mankind.

Part VII - Research Resources

Bible Time Line

Importance of the Exact English Wording of the KJV Bible - Why the King James Bible is still a trustworthy English translation today.

Bible and Light

The King James Bible - An easy to read online version optimized for viewing on smartphones, tablets or desktop terminals.

Gap Portal

Featured Research Links - Links to external study materials concerning the Genesis Gap Doctrine ("Gap Theory").






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