CAN YOU EXPLAIN Where demons come from WITHOUT GAP THEORY?

Can you explain without Gap Theory?
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  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    I know I cant explain where demons came from without Gap Theory How about you Gary Micheal Epping ?

  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Jared Cheshire

    Genesis 6

  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Genesis 1:1-2?

    • Reply January 19, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      There are many that explain demons in Gen 6.

      Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit (Nephesh נֶ֫פֶשׁ‬) shall return unto God who gave it.

      If there were nephilim, they were a perversion of God’s design without a God given nephesh. If their spirit wasn’t of God, it wouldn’t go back to Him.

  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Gary Micheal Epping

    Since the time of Adam and eve, human spirits either go to heaven or hell after death, negating any free roaming demonic spirits. Yet the Bible speaks of demons that are present on the earth. So where did they come from?

  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    pre-Adam?

  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Jared Cheshire

    This is not an endorsement, just an example of another view.

    https://blog.logos.com/2015/10/where-do-demons-come-from/

  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Billy Monroe Poff

    Before Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning” is referencing the beginning of God creating the heavens (1st and 2nd ) and the Earth. The Earth was created with hell in it’s core. Hell was created for Satan and his fallen angels (demons). The humans God created were to replace ( so to speak) the worshippers of heaven ( whom Satan was the lead worshiper) the fall of Lucifer happened before creation. Creation came as a result of that fall.

    • Reply January 19, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Billy Monroe Poff OMG, so the purpose of you & me (creation) is an after thought due to a rebellion in heaven ?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Billy Monroe Poff

      Not an after thought at all. God knew what Satan would do when He created him. God had us in mind even then. There is never an “after thought” with God. He is and always has been omniscient. The Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world signifying how God knew that mankind would fall into sin with the persuasion of Satan so He prepared a way for atonement to be made even before it happened.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      Good point Billy Monroe Poff BTW finally got my chainsaw fixed 🙂 Wanna hear it roar? Need anything cut off nowadays 🙂

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Billy Monroe Poff glad to hear ya say there is no after thought with God. I would just be careful in how we explain things – we really need to identify ideas & presuppositions from Scripture. And explain it that way, my opinion is or I thinks it happened this way – but that is an addition to this portion of Scripture.
      Because the idea that we the Body of Christ are replacing the lead worshiping angel, “Lucifer” & his angels in heaven is a good idea & was first introduced by a guy that I can’t remember his name (but have it in my book), I’m not saying it’s wrong but I am saying the Bible doesn’t teach that – it’s our conclusion – not a bad conclusion/deduction but we must identify that & call it that & NOT teach it as a doctrine!!! – our idea not pure Scripture. That’s all I’m saying here.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Billy Monroe Poff

      Troy Day I figured you would have broke down and bought a new one by now…. Bring it down here to Virginia and see how it holds up cutting some of these downed oak trees….

  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Gary Micheal Epping

    First of all, I have trouble figuring out how an angel whose nature is spiritual can copulate physically with a human woman and reproduce. If it somehow happened, any deceased spirits that did not follow Jesus, including Nephilim, watchers, etc, are taken into hell and do not have an opportunity to wander around on the earth. That is why God created hell. All deceased spirits must go to one place or the other, EXCEPT for any lost souls that died before the creation of hell. So where did these lost souls come from?

  • Reply January 19, 2019

    Robert Franzen

    Folks, I have a whole long detailed chapter on this all that examines many of these theories, given some different options but all within the bounds of Scripture. I identify what is theory/tradition/mans best guesses & Scripture.

    I asked this before; does anybody know what Lester Sumrall & Derek Prince believed about the origin of demons?

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Robert Franzen

    How did the Church explain before there was. Gap theory?

    https://1drv.ms/b/s!An9UOFBJ81vygpJLQvL90h7vp_YcVg

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Gary Micheal Epping

    Sounds like a diversion to me. Why not simply answer the question?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Gary Micheal Epping whatever happened to the old teaching that fallen angels/spirit beings are the demons? Isn’t that answer enough? Can we gather anything else from Scripture?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      Angels already have a spiritual body, and do not need to possess a human body. Certainly they are a dark force, but hardly a demon that needed to possess a flock of pigs when cast out by Jesus.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Gary Micheal Epping ok, so is Satan a fallen angel? Can he enter into someone? Can you provide Scriptural evidence?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      Satan already had an etheral body. Why would he need to live in a human body. But a demon who is a lost soul would.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      I agree with Gary – answering the question with asking irrelevant questions just to state that the irrelevant questions are not answered is truly a strawman diversion

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Gary Micheal Epping

    The gap or what ever you want to call it has been been there in GEN 1:2 since Moses wrote it: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Gary Micheal Epping Gen 1:2 is a creation context – a perfect God creating a perfect earth for you & I to live in – no gap. It’s made up to answer modern scientific questions.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Gary Micheal Epping Were there such a thing as a pre-adamic race?

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Robert Franzen

    So if the gap theory isn’t true, & invented & developed since 1814, there obviously are other answers that carried the Church for centuries – does anyone know what church history has always shown?

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Robert Franzen

    Why should we presuppose the gap theory is true? No church father ever taught it, mentioned it or alluded to it. The burden of proof is on the theory.
    I’m shocked that no one is sharing what the church has always taught on the subject.
    Ever since the Enlightenment, more confusion has entered in on these obscure subjects

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Gary Micheal Epping

    Verse 2 is not a creation context but a description of destruction, without form, void and darkness. How did that get there before God began creating on the 1st day in verse 3?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Gary Micheal Epping all vs 2 means is “formless & empty,” as in “not yet formed & not yet filled.” That’s all it means from the Hebrew. It is a simple sequence of process & it was perfect in its stage. Just like a 2 inch apple tree – fruitless & useless to us but perfect in its stage.
      Theology starts with a perfect flawless God creating a perfect & flawless cosmos & earth.
      Please look thru church history for the gap

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      And the earth (was H1961) without form,….

      הָיָה
      hâyâh
      haw-yaw’

      Strong’s
      1. to exist.
      2. to be or become.
      3. to come into being, i.e. to happen, to occur (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).

      Brown-Driver-Briggs Definition:
      1) to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out
      1a) (Qal)
      1a1) —–
      1a1a) to happen, fall out, occur, take place, come about, come to pass
      1a1b) to come about, come to pass
      1a2) to come into being, become
      1a2a) to arise, appear, come
      1a2b) to become
      1a2b1) to become
      1a2b2) to become like
      1a2b3) to be instituted, be established
      1a3) to be
      1a3a) to exist, be in existence
      1a3b) to abide, remain, continue (with word of place or time)
      1a3c) to stand, lie, be in, be at, be situated (with word of locality)
      1a3d) to accompany, be with
      1b) (Niphal)
      1b1) to occur, come to pass, be done, be brought about
      1b2) to be done, be finished, be gone

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      one MUST follow the proper steps of hermeneutic principles & exegesis – the gap is exegeses not exegesis!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      As in – you’re reading into something that’s not there.

      It is absolutely a creation context – the entire chapter is!

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Robert Franzen It may be Ixegesis! (I-SEE-gesis) LOL

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Jared Cheshire
      There is significantly more proof, such as the testimony of the way the KJV and the Septuagint translate the Hebrew verb hayah. The gap theorists’ go against all ancient and scholarly works and import a different definition to the same verb. The Septuagint (LXX) that was written about 250-200 B.C. does not allow for a gap of any kind in its reading, because the 70 Jewish Translators didn’t recognize any gap in the text, or in their history. Gap theorists, such as Mr. Custance admit this. We could go on by using Jonah 3:3, which prove our case again. It is established by all lexicons and the obvious rendering of hayah that is used in Genesis 1:2 as the verb to be.

      Even after all his arguments to the contrary, Custance had to admit that there are instances in which haya can be used copulatively. Recognized grammarians, lexicographers, and linguists have almost uniformly rejected the translations “became,” or “had become,” (in Gen. 1:2) … a man cannot exempt himself from all recognized Hebrew grammar any more than he can immobilize the ever-moving tide. If we are going to fly in the face of lexicons and grammars, reprimanding them for “ill chosen” examples, then we should be certain we are standing higher above the tide mark than gap theorists are. The tide of Hebrew grammar has inundated the Gap Theory.”

      Most long-age creationists today understand the fallacies of the gap theory because they understand that the only way the word was can be translated as became is if the verb hayah is seen with the preposition to (Hebrew le) on the object of the verb. The only time it can be translated as became is when the combination of haya + le is seen. Genesis 1:2 lacks this preposition, so that is why it cannot be translated became and even less likely had become. In other words, as is known by any real Hebrew scholar, saying Genesis 1:2 can be interpreted as became overlooks a critical distinction in the use of the verb haya in the Hebrew text. The original text of Genesis 1:2, haya appears without the Hebrew preposition le (this why we have to dig beyond the surface of human translation). A good example of this combination is in the appropriate translation of Genesis 2:7, “man became a living soul.”

      Again, a great way to better communicate Genesis 1:2a would be: But the earth was (or came into existence) unformed and empty, and thus, God continued to finish His work, taking six days, showing His care and thought to detail, and also establishing a six day work week for man to follow. Thus, He purposed to form the earth to be inhabited by and for His prize creation, man, (His main purpose for making the earth).

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Robert Franzen I was agreeing with you. I considered the Gap theory years ago and discarded it as a stretch beyond scripture.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      Robert Franzen I do not mind debating with you, but please stop copying and pasting from your book and popping it into the thread. I take the time to write my own response. Please do likewise.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rico Hero

      Robert Franzen Re: the earth was (or came into existence) unformed. How then, can the unformed earth hold the water for the Spirit to hover over? Have you looked at other ways the Hebrew word we translated “without form” in Gen 1:2 was used?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rico Hero

      Jared Cheshire What does the Gap theory say that made it to you a stench beyond scripture?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      The assumption of a previous judgement. Nowhere in scripture have I been able to find that. If it were so why wouldn’t it have been there for us as an example? The very term “Gap Theory” admits it is an assumption because a theory is an idea that has yet been proven.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rico Hero

      Jared Cheshire A hypothesis is and idea that has yet been proven. It becomes a theory when some proof is established. Check out Dakes lecture on Pre Adamite world ( 1:10 min) http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/finis-j-dake-teaching-on-the-pre-adamite-world/?fbclid=IwAR078i0a4zstTupB-ggsuQsLK_ckbypO3_mr_nS3gW9aLV78JDuxC-Vs-xs

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Pre adamite world can easily be explained Genesis 1 after the creation of man Genesis 2 is not a retelling of Genesis one but it’s about a particular man. Did you notice the creation that took place in Genesis 1 and the telling and Genesis 2 or not in the same order. in Genesis 1 everything was created before man and man and woman were created together. And Genesis 2 Man was created then the garden and then woman. A very strong argument could be made that God had created man oh, but that Adam was a special man. Weight Cain left his mother and father and went to wander, who did he marry, and who did he build the city for? Seth was not born until after Cain was gone, other children following that.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Rico Hero
      the·o·ry
      /ˈTHirē/Submit
      noun
      a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.
      “Darwin’s theory of evolution”
      synonyms: hypothesis, thesis, conjecture, supposition, speculation, postulation, postulate, proposition, premise, surmise, assumption, presumption, presupposition, notion, guess, hunch, feeling, suspicion;

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Hypothesis and theory are synonyms not sequential in order

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rico Hero

      Jared Cheshire In science, a hypothesis is an idea or explanation that you then test through study and experimentation. Outside science, a theory or guess can also be called a hypothesis. A hypothesis is something more than a wild guess but less than a well-established theory.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      when I hear someone saying it’s easily explained without I get the feeling there is NO way of really explaining it without

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      I just did.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      I read your writing and you did not You just mentioned Gen 6 This is neither what OP is about nor what pre-Adamic gives an explanation Gen 6 is many many years later

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      The theory I just proposed has more evidence than the Gap theory. All you have to do is read Genesis 1 and compare it to Genesis 2.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      you are proposing a common misconception that demons came from the giants without explaining where the giants came from 🙂 or the sons of God or anything else

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      We’re not on Genesis 6 right now we’re on the Gap theory between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 with this thread. Where the demons come from Genesis 6 can be explained with the synchronized biblically endorsed extra-biblical texts

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      We’re not on Genesis 6 – you are right AND when you say extra-biblical texts I am done listening JUST like I told Link Hudson I was done listening to Heiser when he was proving God had 72 sons with some extra-biblical texts

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Troy Day I did say where the Giants could have come from, but I said don’t trust me study it for yourself.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      which we are dully doing in this group with the BIBLE without extra-Biblical texts and other mantras

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Also, who said that it was extra biblical? The Bible quotes from The book of Enoch, Jude floated a whole paragraph early work from work, almost as if he was copying and pasting. Evidently they gave us some creedence if that least just history

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Gary Micheal Epping

    When God originally created the heavens and the earth, He did so by creating everything from nothing but his spoken word. Verse 2 definitely is not starting from nothing, but is something left over from what looks like a previous judgment from God.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      While that is possible, it is still just an assumption. That is why it is called the Gap **Theory**.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Gary Micheal Epping – God created by His spoken Word – yes. Then you said verse two “LOOKS like a previous judgment.”

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Gary Micheal Epping

    Without form, void, and darkness is hardly an assumption. It is a reality that Moses described before God began to recreate the earth. Why else would it be like that? In the very beginning there was absolutely pure nothingness except for God. The Spirit was moving on the face of the water which is certainly something, and that is where God began. Not trying to argue, but stating what is presented in verse 2. We can not just sweep this verse under the rug and act like this state of earth was not there. This must be dealt with along with the 7 days of creation.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      “Without form, void, and darkness” is not what I called an assumption. The assumption I was referring to is a previous judgment. Prove it is scriptural or it remains an assumption.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      Jared Cheshire References to darkness and void, most often are used in reference to judgment from God. Why else would that state of earth be there. It this were the very beginning, would not God be creating everything in the universe from nothing?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      vs 1

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Jared is correct here: a preconceived idea has made people believe this phrase is a judgment in the middle of a creation context – violating sound hermeneutical principles. “Unformed & Unfilled” is what God was working with in the remainder of the chapter. It is NOT a recreation. The “Darkness” is simply GOD on the scene. I can show you a bunch of Scriptures proving that!

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      the two Hebrew words for darkness are often seen together throughout the OT, (Ex. 20:21; Deut. 4:11, 5:22-23; II Sam. 22:10-12; I Kg. 8:12; Job 38:9; Ps. 97:2; Isa. 60:2; Jer. 13:16; Joel 2:2; Zeph. 1:15), and the TWOT says that the word hoshek in Gen. 1:2 also accompanied God’s appearance on Mt. Sinai (Ex. 14:20; Deut. 4:11; Deut. 5:23). Well, the author used hoshek in a congruent way in context of differentiating from light, and measuring time, with the evening (darkness) and the morning (daylight) cycles. The word was not used in a judgmental way at all in this context and furthermore, the idea that these words were used judgmentally was introduced many centuries later. This is sufficient evidence, proving the word by itself did not mean judgment occurred in Gen. 1:2. Remember, the context controls how the word is used. With the bold print above in mind, the reason for the darkness of Gen. 1:2 is the same reason that the top of Mount Sinai was covered in darkness in Deut. 4:11 and Deut. 5:22, when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. It was the same great darkness that came over Abraham in Gen. 15:12. It is the same darkness in Ex. 20:21, “And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” It is the same reason it was dark around the cross; this darkness is the dark shield created around God Himself. This darkness simply indicates that God was on the scene! It was God moving over the waters in Gen. 1:2 (as the very next clause states). Furthermore, read Gen. 1:1-5 with no periods, because there were no periods in the original Hebrew text. It was one continuous thought, proving that no gap of time occurred. When the darkness came upon the earth, (God coming down upon the earth to finish it) the face of the waters moved and God said, “Let there be light” (a physical light) in verse three. It is a congruent description of the events of creation in systematic order, very simply stated.

      We have learned what transpired in the supernatural realm; but the author of Genesis uses the word for the absence of physical light because the context is that of the origin of darkness, light, and everything else in our physical universe. When God comes down, He comes with a thick dark cloud around Himself that can be positive and/or negative; both blessing and judgment can come forth from Him. After all, mercy and judgment are two balancing aspects of His character. Thus, to say that this darkness represents only judgment is totally inaccurate and ignorant, especially in the Genesis narration of Creation! It is simply God appearing on the scene finishing what He started!

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    I agree with Gary Micheal Without form, void, and darkness is hardly an assumption and is not grammar acrobatics. On the contrary it hits us right at the start of the Bible and we dont know what to do with it except try to explain it. Many have tried without gap theory to NO avail I remember Pete Fiske really struggled when we dissected it point by point a while back

    This time I only chose to bring it back point by point because Rob Franzen published a book claiming that it all could be proven in 10min without Gap Theory He tried on 1-2 points to no avail and seems to have given up on this current point here. At the same time, except of his many questions I am yet to see ANY part of his book that actually deals with Gap theory and disproves it any way whatsoever ON quite the contrary it seems to me the more questions he is asking the more it seems these 10 points cannot be proven without Gap Theory So we wait for the counter proof…

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      My use of the word assumption was specifically addressing the idea of a “previous judgement”. The “without form, void, and darkness” were not in dispute.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Again, taking a judgment context of darkness from say the plagues on Egypt & inferring & forcing it backwards onto a whole different kind of context – a creation context is wrong on every level. Every scholar will tell you cannot do this – violates sound hermeneutics. What you guys are doing is eisegesis – reading something IN that isn’t there, rather than exegesis, pulling out what is there. People tend to do this because of a presupposition, a preconceived idea that we heard & have been taught & interpret Scripture through this lens

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      if darkness is not judgment, then why is it in verse 2? If this was the very beginning of creation, then God would be creating the entire universe from nothing. BUT, we have a big something here, the earth. I am not trying to hermeneuticize or use elsegesis as you imply. When you study the bible, one must deal with what is presented, not sweep it aside, or try to devalue it with a theological explanation. in this case the face of the earth is without form, void, and filled with darkness. That is what the text says. If verse 2 were not there before the start of the 7 creation days, then we would not be having this discussion. But, it is there and must be dealt with in any discussion of creation.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Gary Micheal Epping that is circular reasoning

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    hey Rob Franzen I got to ask you straight again because thus far it aint too clear CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHERE DEMONS COME FROM WITHOUT GAP THEORY or not?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Gen 6

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Robert Franzen

      Now if I can explain the fall of Satan without the gap theory, will you admit it can be done? I’m not saying you will agree with it – doesn’t matter but it can be done – and done without violating any doctrines, hermeneutics or science. Are ya ready?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      To believe in the Gap theory as the starting point of demons seems to hinge on the belief in the Sethite theory of the “sons of God” in Gen 6. Much of Genesis seems to be summarizing a common knowledge. What is the common knowledge that is being referenced? The books of Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees are synchronized with Genesis. While one may or may not believe they were inspired scripture (not debating that here), they are at the very least Biblically endorsed history, as they are quoted, mentioned, or referenced approximately 160 times in the current cannon. The word says that in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses let every word be established, but there are things in the cannon that can only be witnessed in those books. Taking that into account, I believe “sons of God” was referencing the same thing that sons of God was referencing in the book of Job. If that is the case, then the book of Enoch tells where the demons came from, summarized in Gen 6. Don’t believe me, study it for yourself.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      Jared Cheshire Neither Troy or I are talking about any of those books. We are referencing what is said in the bible, and trying to deal with it.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Gary Micheal Epping since the Bible references those books so many times, you have to deal with them in some way.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      Jared I think you are right – partially

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Troy Day, like I said before, on one of the posts, I am not endorcing a Therory, but am saying to study it out. I don’t believe there is a gap between vs 1 and 2, because lack of evidence, but I have some other possibilities with more evidence that I am working to confirm. Some of my comments may have seemed more direct than intended because voice to text isn’t great, but I was trying to provoke thought and study.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      There is no luck of evidence of a gap between vs 1 and 2 On the contrary there is overwhelming Biblical evidence to prove it and no need for any extraBiblical sources to use

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Troy Day I haven’t seen it. I thought I had, but upon investigation it didn’t pan out.

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Jared Cheshire

    I am not claiming these books are inspired scripture, I am simply saying that there is enough evidence just suggest that they do matter, whether you believe they’re inspired scripture or not would have to be based on the leading of the spirit and not the council’s of men

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Rico Hero

    Jared Cheshire Re: Did you notice the creation that took place in Genesis 1 and the telling and Genesis 2 or not in the same order. Rico: It seems to me that Gen 2 is just giving more detail. Perhaps you have answers to the 2 questions I asked Robert Franzen Re: the earth was (or came into existence) unformed. How then, can the unformed earth hold the water for the Spirit to hover over? Have you looked at other ways the Hebrew word we translated “without form” in Gen 1:2 was used?

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Jared Cheshire

    Rico Hero then why are they not in the same order?

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Jared Cheshire

    God is not the author of confusion so why would he add a confusing detail by putting things in a mismatched order?

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Rico Hero

    Jared Cheshire Interesting take. (maybe start a thread ?) It seems to me Gen. 2:4 – Gen. 2:25 is a more detailed account of the work of days two, three, five, and six.

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Jared Cheshire

    Rico Hero but why the reverse order Genesis 2 God created Adam, then prepared the garden, then brought animals to Adam, then created Eve. Genesis 1 he created the plants first then the animals then man and woman simultaneously.

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Rico Hero

    The Gap theory is sound, but I do not know if demons are from the earth before Adam. If they were, why have them roaming around and not jailed like the angels in Tartarus? Why are they disembodied when angels are not?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rob Franzen

      Rico Hero brother, I was taught the gap theory very well, & then I put it to the test only because I just wanted to know if it was true or not. I studied it objectively & would be promoting it if I found it to be true; but I found it, like hundreds of other scholars have, full of holes. Every supporting Scripture is taken way out of context. Please study it objectively;

      Creation Under Fire from within the church https://www.amazon.com/dp/1607916436/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2HqrCbY64YN4K

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rob Franzen

      Rico Hero here’s a short decent overview (I’m not a big advocate of Dr Hovind but the gap theory part is very well done Plus the timing of Satans fall very well done).

      https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A8a9590a9-a22e-4c9a-bdae-259b6ffd19c0

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      Rob Franzen Not looking at the $21 price, the no preview and over a week to get it, eliminates your book from serious discussion at this time.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      There are as many scholars that favor the gap theory as ones like you that want to trash it.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rico Hero

      Rob Franzen Thanks. I will have a look at both previews– creation under fire and Dr Hovid overview. Thanks. I will have a look at both previews– creation under fire and Dr Hovid overview. Re: the earth was (or came into existence) unformed. How then, can the unformed earth hold the water for the Spirit to hover over? Have you looked at other ways the Hebrew word we translated “without form” in Gen 1:2 was used?

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rob Franzen

      Gary Micheal Epping Yeah, I’m sorry about the price, I didn’t set that. It’s being redone anyway. Pulling the chapter out “Where Did Demons Come From” our to be its own book. Also includes the Satans fall & a section on Gen 6.
      I would be happy to send you chapters of it but to large to fit here – I tried.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Gary Micheal Epping

      Rob Franzen Thanks for the effort.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Rob Franzen

      Gary Micheal Epping not anymore my friend

  • Reply January 20, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Sure Jared Cheshire we will take them under consideration of course BUT neither we will count them as divinely inspired nor as Bible and most certainly we will NOT build our theology on it I already condemned the sons of God reasoning in my discussions with Link Hudson and Ricky Grimsley on HEISER and his demonology. When you step out and start using extra-Biblical texts it just turns to a hog wash – wouldnt you agree the Bible is our only standard in doing Pentecostal theology for practical living? http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/are-demons-and-fallen-angels-the-same/

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Troy Day do you throw out Job as well. It has the same terminology for angels.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      I don’t think fallen angels are demons. Used to. Jude addressed that. They are in chains of darkness, held captive until judgement. That said, there are demons. I haven’t heard anything credible other than disembodied spirits that shouldn’t have been because they were a corruption of God’s design

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      Job is good as long as one does not resort to dualism – like Jesus and Lucifer being brothers. Hesier uses Job to explore dualism in the sonship of Christ which is pure heresy

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Troy Day I agree.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      I like Heiser’s 70 son explanation too BUT when he digs into dualis and extraBiblical I draw the line

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      One must understand idiom to discern the difference between Jesus as the Son of God and angels as son’s of God.

    • Reply January 20, 2019

      Jared Cheshire

      Context of the culture of the time must be considered.

  • Reply January 26, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Robert Franzen it is actually very very simple. If your book has the answer for the question in OP just copy paste it so we can read and discuss. If not you cant answer the question without Gap Theory – that’s all It aint the end of the world really

  • Reply November 7, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    NO – not at all

  • Reply November 7, 2019

    George Hartwell

    Do we need the right understanding of how they got here or the right understanding of how to deal with their presence and avoid their presence.

    • Reply November 8, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      do we really

  • Reply March 4, 2020

    Varnel Watson

    DO tell US Isara Mo @Leonard J. Ransil Mitchell Effie Catron Shane Bellamy Steve Losee

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Troy Day “And the great dragon was thrown down, the age-old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, he who continually deceives and seduces the entire inhabited world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. [Gen 3:1, Gen 3:14-15; Zec 3:1; Joh 13:2; 2Co 11:3; Rev 20:8]” Revelation 12:9 (AMP+)

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Varnel Watson

      Shane Bellamy OK when did this happen IYO? during the GAP right?

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      no

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Troy Day
      “And the serpent hurled water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood.” Revelation 12:15 (AMP+)

      The so called flood was not a literal flood but rather like a lizard spitting forth poisonous bile at its enemies.

      Satan hurls continual accusations and falsities in order to attempt to drown the true church but he fails.

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      If the bible meant to say that the demons existed before the earth then it would clearly say it.

      This passage of scripture says they were in heaven and a war broke out and they then got tossed out to earth.

      This war occurred after he declared creation good.

      There is no real proof of a pre-Adamic tribe that is just speculation and opinion

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Varnel Watson

      Shane Bellamy but it does JUST read JOB

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Troy Day yes the heavenly host which includes the morning stars were created in Gen 1 but they were kicked out after creation week.

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Troy Day “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” 1 Corinthians 15:45 (KJV)

      “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26 (KJV)

      “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 (KJV)

      “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12 (KJV)

      “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” Psalms 8:4-5 (KJV)

      Only one race of humans!! no mistakes were created beforehand with earlier races.

  • Reply March 4, 2020

    Shane Bellamy

    They fell from heaven when Lucifer fell after the creation week. They are not disembodied spirits. They are the 1/3 of angels that followed Lucifer.

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Varnel Watson

      WHEN exactly AFTER the creation week? We dont see such fall recorded as part of Biblical history pre-Biblical may be

  • Reply March 4, 2020

    Ricky Grimsley

    No

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Varnel Watson

      BIBLE STUDY on DEMONS RichardAnna Boyce Isara Mo

  • Reply March 4, 2020

    Stan Cooke

    Demons are dis-embodied spirits that were created
    When the giants were destroyed by the flood.
    Sons of God (fallen angels) had sexual relations with human women and produced the Giants – Nephilim. This happen again with four other fallen angels after the flood.
    These giants are named in Genesis between the time of Abraham through David.
    The four angels are now bound under the Euphrates River described in the book of Revelation.

    Giants were beings that were Flesh and Spirit but no Soul.
    Demons are their spirts without bodies.

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Stan Cooke rubbish!!!

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Stan Cooke

      Shane Bellamy
      And your answer is….?

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Stan Cooke just saying I think what you are saying is rubbish.

      About the Sons of God and the Nephilim this is how I read it:

      Gen 6:4 “Of the descendants from the line of Cain, the mighty tyrants & godless egotistical bullies known as the Nephilim were wandering through the earth in those days building up a great name for themselves to become above all others in deliberate defiance to God; and also afterwards: as the generations then grew, the sons of God whom had descended from Seth now had started to covet what they should not covet and they became more & more degenerated and captivated in evil. These once holy men stopped seeking God & were deceived, blinded in their ways and chose to come in unto the seductive daughters of Cain; the fallen. They bare children to them and the same children later became strong valiant men which are now spoken of with the ancient epic tales of these mighty warriors, They became famous as like gods boasting of their worldly achievements & glories much like Lamech from Cains line did”

      This fits in much better with the same theme throughout scripture often godly men would chase after worldly things like the pagan women and God absolutely detests that.

      Another thing that occurs is men’s rebellion against God. Just look at Korah in Numbers 16

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Stan Cooke

      Shane Bellamy both Jewish and Christian Scholars disagree with your opinion.

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Stan Cooke not all!! Lol

    • Reply March 4, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Stan Cooke you don’t need men to interpret scripture!! You need God. Just look at Nicodemus, highly respected expert of Jewish law and Jesus pointed out where he was wrong.

  • Reply March 5, 2020

    Varnel Watson

    Stan Cooke Shane Bellamy Demons are dis-embodied spirits that were created WHEN?

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Troy Day they are not disembodied they were the 1/3 fallen from the host of heaven when Lucifer rebelled!! After creation week.

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Varnel Watson

      Shane Bellamy BUT WHEN? once again By GeN ch 3 you have a fallen angel tempting Adam and Eve IF YOU dont accept GAP theory the only other way to explain HOW satan got there by Gen 3 is to disregard the creation story of Gen 1-2 and call it a MYTH

      A LITERAL exegesis read of Gen 1-2 leaves you with SAtan fallen BEFORE gen 3 so WHEN? Isara Mo Ricky Grimsley

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Troy Day yeah no!! What you saying doesn’t make sense but the way I read it makes sense.

      Lucifer was kicked out of heaven to earth at the time Adam & Eve were living in the garden of Eden.

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Varnel Watson

      Shane Bellamy WHEN exactly? please specify THE BIBLE SAYS nothing about satan being kicked in the very much recorded history of Gen 1-2 Certainly it says NOTHING about satan kicked during Adam and Eve as you say – Wouldnt have Adam known satan was kicked

      Now a little bit of covenant theology 101 here Ricky Grimsley

      IF indeed satan was kicked during Adam in Eden

      then

      HOW did he take over earth given to Adam through a covenant? We do not read nothing like this in the BIBLE – what we read is that satan was already here and GOD placed Adam and Eve to take over Earth from him –

      hence Adam commanded to NAME all creation under the covenant

      hence satan appears as a snake from that creation

      hence etc and so forth – its all pretty clear

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Troy Day Troy Day the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted.

      Lucifer was considered a morning star and Jesus is also a morning star but he is the bright & morning star.

      All the morning stars sang together in choir in unison for joy at creation.

      A morning star is that which proceeds the great light. True planet Venus is the morning star which proceeds the light of the sun.

      Morning stars are harbingers of light.

      The angels are the messengers of light.

      I believe they were created with the host of heaven in gen 1:1 and were able to see the earth form and they did this with joy.

      Heaven and earth completed and Adam & Eve created and God said it was good gen1:31

      At Genesis 2:25 it shows that a relationship developed and innocence was present.

      Adam and Eve though created as adults had a period of time like children with some innocence and they had time to grow!

      Like us all we had to grow from innocence and develop our own conscience and then as young people we start to make our own decisions and that’s when the serpent cane along to trick Eve and like a child Eve learned that what her Daddy had that because the serpent said she could have it she then desired to have it.

      So whatever the day was Satan was obviously there while Eve was innocent and as far as I’m concerned Satan arrived on the scene on Earth after creation week however he was a part of the host of heaven during creation week.

      When Lucifer saw that Gods that creation was good at first he was cool with it but then pride was found in him and he wanted the opportunity to take on this worship and be God himself.

      Come along later a little bit

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Shane Bellamy

      Troy Day the earth was formless and void because basically it was empty and there was no order no system on the earth until God moved.

  • Reply March 5, 2020

    Varnel Watson

    Stan Cooke Shane Bellamy pls NOTE what the BIBLE says about WHEN angels + lucifer were created

    Job 38:4-7 (NIV)
    4 “Where were you when I laid the earth‘s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

    Job Chapters 38 and 39 show God humbling Job, who thought that he had a great fount of knowledge. In the verses above, God challenges Job about his knowledge of the creation of the earth. God did this to make Job acknowledge God’s greatness and to show Job that he knew absolutely nothing about how and when God had created the earth.

    Notice that all the angels sang and shouted for joy when God laid the foundations of the earth. ‘Morning stars’ here also refers to angels.

    The verses above (Job 38:4-7) reveal two important truths:

    God created angels before He created the earth and the universe.
    When God created the earth in the beginning, He created it in such a beautiful and perfect condition that the angels responded with joyful singing and shouting.
    However, shockingly, in the second verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:2, we read that the earth had changed from its beautiful and perfect state, when it was first created in the beginning, to a totally different ruined state. It had become formless, empty, in darkness and submerged under water.

  • Reply March 5, 2020

    Louise Cummings

    How could the Gap Theory explain demons. There is just one devil kicked out of Heaven. He deceived Eve. And she ate if the forbidden tree. And gave to her husband. Then you know the curses. But she had a son named CAIN. And another child named Able. He was driven out. And went to the land of Nod. And knew his wife and they had a son and named him Enoch: I can’t figure out where his wife came from unless he married his sister. I don’t thank thats it. Well I don’t know how it happened. But God has created the world. Before He created Adam. If there was a gap. Where were these people. When God was creating the world ? You explain it to me. Or should I dismiss it
    altogether. I don’t have answers

  • Reply March 5, 2020

    Varnel Watson

    Gap Theory explain demons because There is one devil kicked out of Heaven along with 1/3 of the angels

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