Satan’s Sin as it Relates to the Gap Theory
Before reading this Update, please review Updates
148A, 148B, and 148C. The purpose of
this Update is two fold – to offer some ideas in support of a hypothesis
concerning the sin that transformed the angelic being Lucifer into the angelic
adversary known today as Satan, the Devil, the Dragon, and the old serpent, and
to supplement the “Gap Theory” of Dr. Thomas Chalmers
as a possible explanation of the numerous species of life known to have
inhabited the earth over a very long period of time. I am in agreement with Dr. Chalmers linguistic claim that Genesis 1:1 does indeed
represent God’s original creation of perfect heavens and a perfect earth, while
Genesis 1:2a represents the chaotic condition of that initial creation brought
about by Satan’s first sin of rebellion against his creator, and that Genesis
1:2b begins the description of God renovating or regenerating the chaotic earth
into a habitable planet, one which could support the biological needs of his
new creation known as Adam, the first human on its surface.
Genesis 1:1,2 – In the beginning God created (bara’) the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was (hayethah - became) without form, and void; and darkness was
upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the
Moses uses the word bara’
to indicate God created the heavens and earth from things that are not seen.
Hebrews 11:3 – Through faith we understand that the
worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not
made of things which do appear.
But in the re-creating or renovation of the bara’ of Genesis 1:1, when God begins the process of
restoring it, he indicates he is making (asah’)
visible things from his first bara’, which he created
from unseen things.
Genesis 1:7 – And God made (‘asah)
the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the
waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Genesis 1:16 – And God made (‘asah)
two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to
rule the night: he made (‘asah) the stars also.
‘Asah’ means to make from
what is seen. Bara’
is often used to identify what is made from things that cannot be seen. God made (‘asah)
the sun, moon, and stars from what he had already created (bara’)
In Exodus 20:11 he uses ‘asah,
rather than bara’, because he is referring to
remaking (‘asah) the earth in six days out of what
had been marred in what he created (bara’) billions
of years before the fall of Satan.
Exodus 20:11 – For in six days the Lord made (‘asah) heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,
and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath
day, and hallowed it.
Vine’s says the following concerning created (bara’) as it relates to made (‘asah):
“The verb bara’ is of profound theological
significance, since it has only God as its subject. Only God can create in the sense implied by bara’: The verb
expresses creation out of nothing on a cosmic scale: In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth.”
In Genesis 2:3, referring back to Genesis 1:1 where
God first created (bara’) the earth, then made (‘asah) the things of verses 4 to 17 out of what he had
previously created, we find the two words used together.
Genesis 2:3 – And God blessed the seventh day, and
sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God
created (bara’) and made (asah’).
I believe God created (bara’)
the heavens and the earth billions of years ago, and Lucifer was placed over
it. I do not know how much time passed
before Lucifer fell. I do know God
rested on the seventh day after he made (asah’) it
such than man could exist on the earth.
One must be careful to explain that there is not a
concrete, infallible rule for distinguishing precise bara’
and ‘asah differences in all cases, and the exact
differences between the usages of bara’ and ‘asha in all sentence structures does have some
variance. But the context in which they
are placed in Genesis 1:1 to 1:17, does allow the distinction to be made.
When I retired from the National Security Agency, I
enrolled in the Missionary Baptist Seminary.
During my undergraduate work there, I was privileged to have Dr. Capell for study of the poetical books. When he was covering the book of Job he gave
two assignments we had to turn in for a grade.
We were allowed to write on any subject that might relate to the
book. The first paper I composed was
basically what you read in Update 148A, which I titled “A Brief History of the
Gap Theory,” and Dr. Capell gave me an “A+” on
it. To be quite honest, since I knew he
was a proponent of the gap theory, I knew he would like it. However, when the second paper was due, my
confidence he would like what I wrote was about a minus 10, but I wrote it
anyway, and much to my surprise, he have me an “A” on it. The second paper was titled “The First Sin.”
What follows is virtually a copy of what I wrote, and what I have taught at
Dardanelle MBC for almost 30 years.
The basic hypothesis that I offer concerning Satan’s
sin against God that caused the earth to become without form and void is as
(1) That Lucifer’s original sin
was to attempt to create a living form of “bios” (life) by his own power.
(2) That most, if not all,
creatures possessing “bios” (life) in the time gap between Genesis 1:1, and the
latter part of 1:2, were Satanic clones of the life forms God placed on the
earth in Genesis 1:1.
(3) That Satan’s basic purpose
in his numerous forms of cloning “bios” (life) over millions of years was to
produce a form of “bios” into which he could transfer his spirit, and sustain “zoe” (eternal life) in his cloned creature.
(4) That Satan was finally able
to clone an inferior non-homosapien form of “bios”
without a living soul, but could not generate “zoe”
Perhaps the most graphic description of Lucifer’s
sin is contained in Isaiah 14:12-15 – How art thou fallen from heaven, O
Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine
heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of
God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the
north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the
most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to
hell, to the sides of the pit.
I Timothy 3:6
– Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation
of the devil.
Verses 13 and 14 from Isaiah, in conjunction with I
Timothy 3:6, reveal the basic problem of Lucifer, pride, and is what his sin of
rebellion most likely entailed. In his
pride Lucifer wanted to be the most High, not in a position of being his
servant, but being equal to him. So how
could it be brought to pass? There is
one thing about God that is absolutely unique – He is the creator all things,
yet he was not created. Before Lucifer’s
sin there were only two categories of existence or being – The Creator, and the
created. The most High was the Creator
and everything else was what he had created.
In order for Lucifer to fulfill the prideful goal of his heart expressed
by his statement, “I will be like the most High,” it was necessary for him to
move into the Creator status that only God held. For only by moving into the Creator status
could he have any possibility of reaching his lofty goal of being “like the
most High.” It is with this idea I
proceed with the hypothesis that Satan’s original sin consisted of attempting
to be the first creation of God who could create life exactly like God
generated life. I contend that God gave
Satan billions of years to accomplish such a feat by experimentation with the
first life forms God placed on the earth he created in Genesis 1:1. I contend that Satan was able to learn how to
clone and manipulate the original life forms God created in Genesis, and that
his counterfeiting endeavors over billions of years are found in the fossil
records of the earth’s layers laid down over that vast expanse of time. I suspect God gave Satan all this time before
a vast audience of his first creation, the angels, so that it would forever be
established in their minds that God along was the giver of life, and all Satan
was ever able to accomplish was the manipulation of the life forms God had
first given life. So, in the end, after
all the angelic host had seen the utter failure of Satan to produce a form of
life to rule over the earth as his children, then God recreated what Satan had
wrecked and marred, and placed a new creature on the earth to rule over it in
righteousness for him, the creation we know as Adam, as man, as anthropos. And, when
Adam sinned, God immediately revealed his plan to have his Seed, his only
begotten Son, to be the one who would buy back Adam’s inheritance by the price
of his own blood on the cross.
Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee
and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and
thou shalt bruise his heel.
Hebrews 2:14,15 – Forasmuch then as the children are
partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;
that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,
the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage.
It is my contention that while Satan was never able
to create such a being as Adam, even by mutation of the species, manipulation
of the DNA, or cloning, it is possible he was eventually successful in
producing a creature with a crude form of animal intelligence. At the end of
the pre-Cambrian age, hundreds of fossil life forms suddenly appeared in the
Cambrian rock strata. These were the
original life forms of Genesis 1:1, and it was from these simple life forms
that Satan’s experimentation produced the heinous creatures that eventually
roamed the earth for millions of years. It is conceivable that Satan hoped
eventually, through experimentation with “bios,” to produce a life form in the
flesh in which his “zoe” could dwell. If so, he failed completely. And, more importantly, all of heaven was a
witness to his failure. I do not believe
Satan has ever been, or ever will be, able to create life as God creates it,
from his very person. But I do believe
he has learned to take what God has created, and manipulate, mutate, and clone
it into something God never intended. I
will take the Scriptures, Lord willing, and make a case for my contention in
the next Update.
Dr. J. Louis Guthrie, in his book, “Christ in Creation,”
says of “bios” and “zoe” on page 17: “bios is a Greek word meaning physical or
tangible life. From it we get many
English derivatives connected with physical life. Zoe is the other
form. It is not so easily defined and
indeed corresponds more closely to what we call spiritual life in common
speech. I cannot recall a single
instance, where the Greek work bios, is ever used for the inner life of God,
his saved, or angels, and I have given it pretty thorough investigation. These words and their meanings seem sometimes
incorporated in the inner life when life is spoken of in the sense of such
things as salvation, regeneration, development of Christian ideals, and the
resurrection. Many times it is implied
that the physical life depends on the spiritual. The living zoe
never seems to have existence alone, the inner life is the sort that is self
sustaining, and has no need of food itself, also it has complete power to give
off eternally and never receive nor demand anything returning to it. This life seems to comprehend the infinity of
matter, mind, and spirit. This is the
complete fullness of divine life. God
then becomes to us a complete personality of material, mind, and spirit.” Neither could I find a single case where
bios, or derivations thereof, were ever used to refer to anything but things
concerned with physical or tangible life.
It was never used for the inner life of God, his saved, or angels. With this in mind, I repeat my original
hypothesis that Satan was able to mutate, manipulate, and clone the cells of
the original life forms of Genesis 1:1 into a low grade form of bios, but never
zoa (eternal life).
In my old seminary composition I wrote, “I would not be surprised to see
scientists produce crude bios in test tube proportions in the next ten
years.” And indeed they did! I told the
members of the church I pastor in Dardanelle 25 years ago that they would clone
a warm blooded mammal before the year 2000, and that it was quite possible they
would clone a soulless human just before the Lord returned.
In my next Update I will give accounts from
Scripture that support my hypothesis that Satan has, can, and will duplicate
life forms. He has been in the process
for a very long time. Hopefully, before
I am finished with this series on the Genesis creation, I will transmit my
explanation as what caused the age of the dinosaurs to abruptly come to an end.