The Gap Theory suggests that the six-day creation in Genesis was actually a re-creation of a previously created earth. Could we reconcile what science (fossils, rock layers, radiometric dating, etc.) tells us about the age of the earth and evolution, with a literal interpretation of the “days” in Genesis 1 as being six 24-hour days as shown below?
– 14 billion years ago (bya) – God created the universe (a big bang?).
– 4.6 bya – God created a perfect earth.
– 3 bya – God created an oxygen-rich atmosphere.
– 475 million years ago (mya) – God created plants.
– 400 mya – God created insects (by evolution?).
– 300 mya – God created amphibians and reptiles.
– 200 mya – God created mammals (dinosaurs?).
– 150 mya – God created birds.
– 2 mya – God created anthropoids–primates (primitive man?).
At some point in the last 2 million years, Satan rebelled against God, and God cast him and his angels out of Heaven and they inhabited the earth (Revelation 12:7-9).
Satan and his angels sinned and ruined the earth. In anger, God removed light from the earth, the Ice Age ensued, and the prehistoric animals and primitive men died (Jeremiah 4:23-29). This is the scene in Genesis 1:2–“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (“The earth was formless and void” (Genesis 1:2) can be translated, “The earth became formless and void.”) Also, Isaiah 45:18 says: “For this is what the LORD says–He who created the heavens, he is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited–He says: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other.'”
About 4000 B.C., God recreated the earth in six 24-hour days:
— Day 1 Light
— Day 2 Sky (Atmosphere?)
— Day 3 Plants and Seeds
— Day 4 Sun and Moon, and the rotation of the earth
— Day 5 Sea Animals and Birds
— Day 6 Land Animals and Man
— Day 7 Rest
By this thinking, our discoveries of prehistoric men are those primitive men who lived on the earth before Satan ruined it, and before it was re-created. Perhaps the intelligence of the man and woman (Adam and Eve) created later was in contrast to the primitive men who had evolved from lower cell forms.
Here’s another possible way to reconcile evolution with creation: www.christiandataresources.com/uniquecreationtheory.