The Gap Fact!

I'm presenting this document to give the truth concerning the first 5 verses in Genesis. Henry Morris and the Creation Research Fellowship out in California and
Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."Trouble! Verse 2: "And the earth was without form." Well, would God do that?
Would God create a thing without form to it when He created it? I mean, is
that like the Lord? Say, "We made a man out of the dust of the ground." Yeah,
but I'll bet when He formed him, chapter 2 verse 7, I'll bet when He got
through making him, he wasn't without form and void.

     When God made you over in Christ, did He make a mess of things when He
made you over in Christ? There was nothing wrong with His creation. You may
have marred it since then. But the Lord didn't mar it.

     "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the
face of the deep." Didn't say where that came from! "And the Spirit of God
moved upon the face of the" what? "Waters." What? "Waters." Say it again.
"Waters." Now, you want to get that down.

     I mean, Henry Morris and the Creation Research Fellowship out in
California do have a time with their Bible.

     All right, turn to 2 Peter chapter 3. Second Peter chapter 3. Now, I've
got a letter the other day from a kid at Bob Jones; it ran twelve pages. No,
it was about twenty pages--on the "Gap Theory." And all over there at Piedmont
and Pillsbury, they're arguing about, "Is there a Gap Theory? Was there really
trouble between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, or was it all the same?" you
know. And all these fellows pull out their Hebrew lexicon and saying, "The
word tohu and bohu means this, and the verb should have meant that, and the
verb means this," and all this stuff!

     Now, let me show you a shortcut. I mean, let me show you how the King
James infallible Authorized text throws light on the obscure originals, okay?
I get a lot of cussing out for talking the way I'm talking, but I'm not going
to talk that way and just say it with tongue in cheek. I'll show you! You want
to see it? Ok, get your face in the paper there.

     All right, verse 3. Second Peter 3:3; nothing like reading it: "Knowing
this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after
their own lusts,..." watch it! "...And saying, Where is the promise of his
coming? for since the fathers fell asleep,..." watch it! "...all things
continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation." Genesis 1:1. "For
this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens..."
plural "...were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the
water." And you just read in Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God moved upon the
face of the waters. Verse 6: "Whereby the world that then was, being
overflowed with water, perished." There isn't any question about what happened
in Genesis 1:2. There isn't any "gap theory" to it. It was drowned. And if you
had the "original Greek and Hebrew," you couldn't know what you were talking
about if you stayed up all night. Because the English already told you what

     So what do these fellows do? They make their living publishing these
sheets on the Hebrew and Greek lexicons, and trying to make you think "if you
don't know all this stuff that we know, you can't find out all these deep
truths, and you can't possibly get it unless you know all that we know." And
the Lord put it right in front of your face! You don't have to be a high
school graduate to see what I just showed you right then.

     Now, if there's doubt in your mind about it, watch it. Mark it. Verse 5:
"the heavens and earth that were." Verse 5. Got it? All right, verse 7: "the
heavens and earth which are now." Got it? Okay, verse 13: "the heavens and
earth that will be." See it? There are three of them. There isn't four of
them. There are three of them.

     Now, that shows you that the Gap Theory of Genesis 1:2 is not a theory;
it's a fact. And the fellows who think it's a theory don't know what happened.
What happened was, it got drowned--that's what happened.

     Now, you have the heavens and earth that were, the heavens and earth that
are, the heavens and earth that shall be. Now, the heavens and earth that are
are the ones you're on right now, because they were there when Peter wrote the
verse. The heavens and earth that shall be are the new heavens and earth in
Revelation chapter 20. Then, by the process of elimination, dearly beloved,
what was that ("the heavens and earth that were")--Noah's flood? That couldn't
have been Noah's flood! That thing there is the heaven and earth that were in
Genesis 1:1, because he just said, "the beginning of the creation"!

     Now, notice how the King James Bible clears up a college education. And,
by believing what God said as God said it, you can always get more light than
any other way. That's like I told you last night. That's why we teach Hebrew
and Greek; we teach it for spite! There isn't any point in teaching it to give
you light on the text, because it doesn't give anybody light on the text who
has it. You want light on the text? The Author of the Scriptures will give you

     Now, if there's still doubt in some of your minds, I mean, let me show
you how the infallible King James text will straighten the whole thing out.

     All right, there's a world that was in Genesis 1:1, when God first
created it. And here's a world that was before God drowned it out in the days
of Noah.

     All right, after the Lord drowned that thing out in the days of Noah, and
Noah stepped out of that ark, he has three sons--Shem, Ham, Japheth. When Adam
shows up, he has three sons--Abel, Cain, Seth.

     When Noah shows up after that ark, the Lord says, "Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth." When Adam shows up there, He says, "Be
fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth."

     You see that fellow there? One of his sons is a type of Christ; one's
under a curse. You see that fellow there? One of his sons is a type of Christ,
and one's under a curse.

     You see that fellow there? He's naked. You see that fellow there? He's

     See that fellow there? He took something he shouldn't have taken. See
that fellow there? He took something he shouldn't have taken.

     See that fellow there? Right before him was a flood. See that fellow

     I mean, how in the world can u get a theory out of that? Why, somebody is
just as mad as a march hare, man! A fellow going around saying, "The Hebrew
says, the Hebrew says"--the Hebrew ain't gonna show you nuthin'!

     If you have a new bible, that word "replenish" is not in your new bible.
That word "replenish" has been taken out, so you'd miss the cross references.

     Oh, we got 'em. We got 'em.

     All right, Genesis 1:1. We've about got through this verse. "In the
beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without
form." Something went wrong with it. "And void." Turned into nothing.
Something went wrong with it.

     "And darkness was upon the face of the deep." Well, what is that? All
right, lets turn to Job. Job chapter 38. Now, Job is the oldest Book in the
Bible. The events recorded in Genesis take place before the events recorded in
Job, but the Book of Job is written before Moses writes Genesis. So we'd
expect to find a lot of material in Job that applied to Genesis, because Job
was written before Genesis was written. Job was written 'way back there in the
time of Isaac and Jacob, which is 400 years before Moses was born.

     And in Job chapter 38 look at this strange thing here. Job 38 verse 30.
"The waters." Nothing like Scripture with Scripture to get it. "The waters are
hid as [with] a stone,..." watch it: "...and the face of the deep"--that's
what we want--"the face of the deep is frozen." Well, that's a strange thing.
Back there in Genesis chapter 1, he talks about that whole thing being drowned
out. He talks about the deep. And then he says "the face of the deep is
frozen." Like ice.

     All right, let's take Job 26. Job 26. We call this the doctrine of the
great "deeps." If you want to get into the deeper things of God, this will get
you in deep. Job 26. Job 26, verse 5. Job 26:5: "Dead [things] are formed from
under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.  Hell [is] naked before him,
and destruction hath no covering.  He stretcheth out the north over the empty
place, [and] hangeth the earth upon nothing.  He bindeth up the waters in his
thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.  He holdeth back the face
of hi/s throne, [and] spreadeth his cloud upon it.  He hath compassed the
waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end." What a wild
thing! God has a throne, and there's a cloud under that throne, and that cloud
is so far away, there's no time, there's no day and there's no night. And the
cloud under that throne prevents the throne from falling. And the waters under
that cloud hold that thing up so you can't get through it. And the waters that
hold that thing up have a boundary to them. And they're frozen. Verse 13: "By
his spirit he hath garnished the" what? He's been talking about stuff over
your head. "Heavens." See the plural?

     All right, let's turn to Psalms. Psalm 148. Nothing like a King James
Bible to put light on a seminary education. Psalm 148. Psalm 148, verse 1. Now
we start 'way at the top. Paul distinguishes three heavens in 2 Corinthians
12. Three heavens. Now, that beef starts at the top. Psalm 148:1: "Praise ye
the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens." Plural. "Praise him in the
heights.  Praise ye him, all his angels--" they're up there. "Praise ye him,
all his hosts--" they're up there. Step down: "Praise ye him, sun and moon:
praise him, all ye stars of light." Watch it: "Praise him, ye heavens {plural}
of heavens, and ye waters that [be] above the {plural} heavens."

     Then whatever that beef is, it's not the Atlantic or the Pacific. That
water is frozen on top, and that water is above the solar system. It's water
above the heavens.

     All right, now we're going to stop here for tonight, because we're
getting in, as you see, too deep! And we can't exegete properly now the rest
of that verse until we get the next three verses in Genesis. Because the next
three verses talk about dividing the firmament, and putting water above it and
water below it.

     But what you have so far is this--and we'll talk about this more later.
The universe must look like that. Because the answer to everything is three.
So it must have three parts like that, because the answer to everything is
three. So it must be water up here, and water down there, and sun, moon, and
stars, and galaxies, and constellations in there, and the face of the deep
must be frozen with a throne on it--likea that. And that direction must be
north. "He stretcheth out the north over the empty place." "Beautiful for
situation is Mount Zion, the city of the great King, located on the sides of
the north." So, when you leave tonight, you might take a look at the first
chart back there on the wall. The first chart is Genesis 1:1-5. And the first
chart shows the deep. And the water above it and the water below it. And the
frozen place on top. And the throne on the frozen place. And something out
there in that sea, that ocean, that's an aquatic, marine animal, with seven

     All right, now, any question on verse 1 and verse 2? Yes?

     QUESTION: Where does it talk about new heaven and new earth in 2 Peter?

     ANSWER: It's down there in chapter 3 verse 13: "We, according to his
promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth

     QUESTION: In Psalm 46 verse 6, it says: "The heathen raged, the kingdoms
were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted." Was that back then?

     ANSWER: You're on Second Advent. Yes, sir. Second Advent.

     QUESTION: What's the context of "forces" concerning Daniel?

     ANSWER: Oh, in Daniel, when the Antichrist comes, he is said to worship
the God of forces. This will be Daniel chapter 11, verse 38. You'll find that
changed in all the new bibles.

     QUESTION: What about the word "world" in 2 Peter 3:5-7?

     ANSWER: Well, sometimes when the word "world" is used, it means an
organized system with something on it. So he could have used it then. If he
used it then in that sense, the "world that then was," the organized world
system of that time, the devil was over it as the god of this world, and the
inhabitants on it were angels.

     QUESTION: Could you go over that thing briefly again about Adam and Noah?

     ANSWER: Well, there are all kinds of similarities. I just gave you a
brief. There are all kinds of things on it. But the way you spot that thing is
when the Lord made Adam in Genesis 1:27 and 28, He said, "Be fruitful,
multiply, and replenish the earth." When you get to Genesis chapter 9, when
Noah comes out of the ark, Genesis 9:1,2: "Be fruitful, multiply, and
replenish the earth." So it's the same commandment.

     And when you get to Genesis chapter 2, the Lord says in Genesis chapter
2, along about verses 9 and 10: "Of every tree of the garden you are to eat,
but don't eat of this one." When you get over here, He says, "Don't eat the
flesh with the blood." They match.

     On this one over here, he has three sons. Those are Cain, Abel, Seth.
Three sons [over here]: Shem, Ham, Japheth.

     Abel's a type of Christ; Cain's under a curse.

     Shem's a type of Christ; Canaan's under a curse, see? Ham. That's the
thing right there. So those match.

     All right, Adam is naked in the garden. Noah plants a vineyard and is

     And when he is naked, he does something he shouldn't do. He
takes--whatever he took, Adam took. You can't beat that thing. There's nothing
you can do with that thing. Adam takes of a vine tree; he takes wine in it.
It's a vine tree. You can't--no way--you can't avoid that thing no matter what
you do. It ain't no pear or apricot--it's a vine.

     QUESTION: Can "heaven" mean different things?

     ANSWER: Yes, that's true. The term "heaven" can be all inclusive. The
term "Heaven," as such, like "New Jerusalem coming down from God out of
Heaven" can refer to the third heaven. That is, the term "heaven" can refer to
the first heaven, second heaven, or third heaven. And so can "heavens." Either

     Let me show you what I mean. Acts chapter 1: "This same Jesus, which is
taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen
him go into heaven." Remember that thing there? That term "heaven" there was
just a reference to the first heaven.

     All right, 2 Corinthians chapter 12: "I knew a man in Christ above
fourteen years ago..." caught up to paradise "...such an one caught up to the
third heaven." Singular. Again, that refers to the top of it instead of the
bottom of it.

     Another case: The Lord put the sun, the moon, and the stars in
heaven--singular. And yet that refers to the second.

     Any one part can refer to any of the other parts. You have to just know
where they are. Your first heaven is the clouds and the sky, and the second
heaven is the solar system and the stars, and the third heaven is the presence
of God.

     QUESTION: Who wrote that book?

     ANSWER: I wish I had written down the guy's name. I read it in the
library of Wendell Zimmerman when he pastored the Kansas City Baptist Temple,
and I forgot to write the guy's name down. Wendell Zimmerman--he's now
pastoring in Jacksonville, Florida. And that book was written by a Lutheran, a
Lutheran minister. It was a wild one--it's a wild one, boy, that book.

     QUESTION: Why does he say "heavens"?

     ANSWER: The reason why he said that is because he has the ending.
"Shenai..." Have I got that thing right? "Shenai..." Is that right, brother?
Yeah, that's it. See that "im" on the end of that thing? That's like "elohim."
That's a plural ending. "Heavens," "gods," "waters," "bloods." And the
hypocrites use that for an alibi to not translate them consistently. They will
not translate "blood" as "bloods"; they will not translate "water" as
"waters." When you come to a choice of translating a singular or a plural with
that word, you know what you've got to do? You've got to trust that God led
the King James translators to translate it right--and they did--and they were.

     All right, that's all for tonight. That's enough for tonight.

     He said, "I remember many years ago seeing a sign on the corner of Fourth
and Throckmorton in Fort Worth, Texas, that announced, 'The only seminary in
the world teaching the whole English Bible.'" Now, he didn't tell you whose
seminary that was, because he would get kicked out of the fellowship if he
did. That was J. Frank Norris's seminary. But you can't put that in this paper
here, see. That was Norris's seminary. "There was a feeling in those days
among fundamental Baptists that when God called man with a Bible, he was
thoroughly furnished in all good works. I don't want to press the panic
button, but I am fearful we have walked away from that concept. Many of the
voices that declare the whole English Bible concept is great, but little by
little we try to satisfy the demand of the times. The Book is replaced by many
textbooks in most classes. The exposition of God's word is replaced by
academic lectures. The English explanation is changed to a Greek exegesis. The
reason of the Bible is neglected in favor of psychology. Don't misunderstand;
I'm not anti-education. I'm overwhelmingly pro-Bible. In this hour of so many
translations, paraphrases, amplifications, modern thoughts, the truths of
God's word are being forsaken. When I first saw the sign of 'the only seminary
in the world teaching the whole English Bible,' I was impressed. I don't know
if it was true, but I do know there's a need for Bible-believing fundamental
Baptists get back to the position of the whole English Bible. It almost goes
without saying that the ones who hold to the concept of the whole English
Bible would naturally mean the King James Version. It was good enough for
Wesley, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Carey, Livingston, Moody, Finney, Sunday, Jones,
Rolley, and Vick, and it's good enough for me."

     Which is good. Now, of course, you pledge a little. When you put up the
cartoon, you put down God's word--"amazingly profound," all other books,
"limited profundity." Now it would have been much better if he put: "King
James Bible, amazingly profound, all other translations." So it's just a
little bit, you know. But you can't expect them to sail straight. I mean,
we're long past the place where hardly anybody will lay the cards down on the
table face up.

     All right, Genesis 1, verse 3. Now, we got through verse 2? No, we
haven't got through verse 2. In verse 2, we read that darkness was upon the
face of the deep, and we haven't located the deep yet. So we got to locate the

     All right, let's get--no, let's read on down a little bit further, and
then we'll come back to it. Read on down to the firmament first. Verse 3: "And
God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light,
that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God
called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and
the morning were the first day.

     Now, that's absolute day. Absolute night. That isn't like sunlight. The
sun doesn't show up until verse 15, 16, 17. That's absolute day, and absolute
night. So somewhere the face of the deep is frozen like this, and below that
thing it's dark. And that's night. And above that thing it's light, and that's
day. So, when you talk, when you sing these sings about the "land of the
cloudless day," and waking up "in the morning," you're talking about waking up
in a place where it's all day and no darkness and no night and absolute light.
First John says God is light; in Him there's no darkness. Now, that's that
kind of light in verse 4.

     Now, every fundamentalist in the world will make that light sunlight--but
it isn't. God doesn't make the sunlight until verse 16. The earth is made
before the sun is made, according to the Bible. Now, since that runs contrary
to every state university in America, Scofield and his board of editors must
shuffle the deck quickly. Let me have a Scofield Reference Bible. Scofield
will have to line up the world real quick, or he can't sell his Bible. So the
Scofield Bible says this. Sixteen: "And God made two great lights." Marginal
note: "The word does not imply a creative act; Verses 14-18 [the sun, moon,
and stars] are declarative of function merely.

     Your father's moustache!

     Now, that's the kind of a mess a fundamentalist gets into when he tries
to mess the Bible up and make it line up with what he's read in some other
book. And the whole thing is, he's trying to get along with scientists. And
what scientist could possibly countenance? The earth being made before the
sun--I mean, didn't Galileo get us free of all that, you see?

     Footnote: Neither here [verse 3] nor in verses 14-18 is an original
creative act implied. A different word is used. Ah, it isn't a different word
in the English! The sense is, made to appear;....The sun and moon were created
"in the beginning." The 'light,' of course, came from the sun, but the vapour
diffused the light. Later the sun appeared in an unclouded sky.

     Ah, shut up!

     Now, that's what you get into, you see. Now, you know what he said? He
said the sun, the moon, and the stars were there all the time, and they just
didn't show up until the fourth day.

     That isn't what your Bible says.

     Sixteen: "God made two great lights." Verse 14: "And God said, Let there
be lights in the firmament of the heaven." Verse 16: "The greater light to
rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night." Seventeen: "And God set
them in the firmament of the heaven." It was done then.

     Now, when you start this kind of stuff, then all the scientific educated
world will say, "Oh, that bunch of dumb, ignorant and stupid hillbillies,
don't they know this and don't they know that?" We know a lot more than they
think we know! Uh, there isn't any scientist in the world who can prove the
sun was made before the earth. How do you prove it? Anybody care to try?

     Somebody says, "Well, you know, it was slung out--" That's the nebular
hypothesis. That's LaPlank. That's Kant. That's philosophy. You know, the sun
spinned around and threw out the gaseous masses, and they cooled off, you
know, and Mickey Mouse and Disneyland, you know, and Mary had a little lamb,
and puss in boots, and all that stuff. You can't prove that kind of stuff!
That fellow is just sitting around talking; he can't prove that. Somebody
said, "Well it's been here, you know, long, and we can prove that, because
it's older." How do you prove it's older? How do you prove that? You can't
prove it's older. If you go off in the Garden of Eden and saw Adam stand
there, you'd say, "I guess you've been here thirty-three years, haven't you?"

     He said, "No, as a matter of fact I've been here about ten minutes!"

     And you'd say, "Man, you couldn't have been here ten minutes, because
you're a grown man!"


     I mean, the Lord can mess them up so bad, man, they don't know where
they're at! Now, the greatest proof that the earth is made before the sun is
that it is off center. And it's off center four days. The earth goes around
the sun like this, and you'd think, according to that--and I haven't got a
perfect circle here, but if it was--you'd think the sun would be there--in the
center. But the sun is not there. The sun is off four days. The sun is sitting
off in here--like that. And that thing goes around September 20, 21, 22, and
the 23rd day, the sun shows up. It's four days off. You know why it's four
days off? Because the Lord made the sun on the fourth day. That's why it's
four days off.

     Yeah, brother!

     I mean, there's nothing like a King James Bible to clear up a scientific

     All right, Genesis chapter 1. When in doubt, throw scholarship out!
O-U-T. OUT! Genesis 1, where in 1 Timothy there was a warning, "Beware of
oppositions of science falsely so-called." And if you had any bible but a King
James Bible, you'd find the word "science" has been taken out, and the word
"knowledge" has been inserted instead. Why? Because all the new translators
and revisers like to think they are scientific, and they are afraid of
science, and they're afraid of not being scientific. They're all yellow.

     I mean, I have prayed to God for years to find some other way to say it.
There isn't any other way to say it! They just don't have any guts. That's the

     I got a telephone call the other night from some guy up in Carolina. He
said, "Brother Ruckman, we're in trouble up here!" No, it was Kentucky. And he
said, "The Southwide Baptist Fellowship is going to have a big meeting over
here in Louisville, Kentucky, and we got a bunch of defecters who believe the
King James Bible, and they're not going to it. They want to hold a King James
conference three blocks down from the other conference."

     Oh, Ruckman, Ruckman done split the fellowship! Oh, boy, you know.

     So he said, "I want to have you come up here."

     And I said, "Well, I can't make it. I've got a meeting that weekend. I'll
send Brother McGaughey up, and he can represent me. And what he says, I'll
stand with."

     So Brother McGaughey's going up there, and they're going to have a
meeting within three blocks of the Southwide Fellowship, see. Well, that's all
of the "buddies," that's old Lee Roberson, and John R. and Hugh Pyle, and all
the "boys," see. And you know what happened? Last year at the Southwide
Fellowship, a bunch of those King James men tried to get them to take a stand,
and they wouldn't take a stand. You know why? They're yellow! Now, if there's
some other way to say it, tell me how to say it!

     No guts, man!

     And these guys phone up and they say, "Well, now, Brother Ruckman, we're
taking our stand up here, and these people around here think we're crazy and
are making fun of us." And one of them said, "Well, we haven't got any
education, and we can't justify our belief, but we're gonna stand up!" You
know why? He's got guts! That's the difference.

     Now, you tell me why it is a man with no education has more courage than
a man with education. There must be something in that education that's
detrimental. There must be something about education that's degenerate. If you
have more courage before you get it than after you get it, what's it for? I
mean, you'd think a guy with education would be bolder than the fellow who
didn't have it. Boy, not when it comes to the King James Bible! Everybody's
worried about being called a "hillbilly," you know--"ignorant," "fanatic."

     Sticks and stones will hurt my bones, but names will never hurt me, you

     I get to thinking about name-calling, and I think of these little kids
going around, "Yah-hah-hah-hah-HAH-hah! Di-de-di-de-DI-de!" Did you ever stop
to wonder who invented that? Do you know, all kids use that all over the
world, you know? "Da-de-da-de-DAH-da!" I wonder where that came from, anyway?

     Well, anyway, verse 3: "And God said, Let there be light: and there was
light." And that's absolute light. That is not sunlight. "God is light, and in
Him is no darkness."

     "Darkness was on the face of the deep," verse 2. It wasn't on the earth.
It was on the face of the deep.

     "And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light
from the darkness.  And God called the light Day." Absolute day. Not like
"evening" and "morning," small "e", small "m." Absolute day, absolute night.
"And the evening and the morning were the first day."

     Then time begins on God's scale before there was any sun to measure it
off. God measured Himself out some twenty-four-hour periods called "evening"
and "morning" with no sun to tell you whether it was twenty-four hours or not.
That means God is the Author of time. The sun is not the author of time. Once
you make the sun the center of the universe, and the sun before the earth,
you'll start moving toward sun-worship. God is the Author of time.

@blockquote:1:6  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the
waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the
firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were
the second day.