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Articles by Dr. Kent Hovind

(The following are transcripts are taken from Dr. Hovind's video seminar series. To read the full transcripts, go HERE. Or, the actual seminars can be viewed in their entirety HERE.)

 

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The Gap Theory Examined 

 

‘Replenish’ or ‘Plenish’ the Earth?

 

The Gap Theory

Article by Dr. Kent Hovind

 

And it says in the ‘reversed version’ [RSV]: “...there was evening and there was morning, one day.” (v. 5) Now wait just a minute! What happened to ‘the first day’? How many ‘the first days’ are there in history? One. How many ‘one days’ are there in history? All of them, any of them, right? Why did they call it ‘one’ day. Down in verse 8 they called it ‘a second day’ instead of ‘the second day’. Well I found out the guys who did the ‘reviled version’ do not believe in a literal six-day creation. And just about every other translation available changes it from ‘the first day’ to ‘one day’. You can check it out for yourself.

These people, many of them, believe in what's call the Gap theory. How many have ever heard of the Gap theory before? The Gap theory was made up in 1814, by a Scottish preacher named Thomas Chalmers. He said: “There's a gap between verse one and verse two, and there's millions or billions of years in there.” Nobody thought of the Gap theory till the 1800s, until after it became popular to teach the earth was millions of years old. See, in 1795 a book was written that said the earth is millions of years old. And Christians, some of them, believed it and said: “Wow, we've got to make the Bible say that.” And so they scrambled with compromised positions, Gap theory, Day-age theory, Progressive creation... We'll cover more on that in a minute.

But the Gap theory was one of the one's they came up with in 1814, to teach that maybe there's millions or billions of years between the first two verses. That's what I was taught when I went to Bible college. That's what the Scofield Reference Bible teaches too. They say: “Between the first two verses of Genesis, there is ample scope for all the geologic eras.” They say: “There's a pre-Adamite rebellion; and the judgment of Lucifer happened.” Now, just a minute, was anybody here before Adam? Was there a pre-Adamite rebellion?

Genesis 1:2 says: “The earth was without form and void.” In Hebrew that's “tohu waw bohu,” which means unformed and unfilled. Without form means, without form. And void means,void, you know, empty. It doesn't mean destroyed; it just means it's not done yet, that's all, ok. A good book on the table out there. If you want to go down deep, stay down long, and come up dry, you can read this one on Unformed and Unfilled; or if you want a shorter condensed version, get the one that I wrote about The Gap Theory. 

Romans 5 (v. 12) tells us: “By one man sin came into the world and death by sin.” “Death reigned from Adam to Moses.” (Rom. 5:14) “ By man came death.” (I Cor. 15:21) The Bible is real clear. But if the Gap theory's true, and there was a pre-Adamite civilization, and they died when Lucifer fell from heaven, you now have death before sin. 

The Bible says: “Death is an enemy.” (I Cor. 15:26) People say: “Well, don't plants die? If Adam ate the apple, didn't it die?” Oh, you'd better first check out to see if plants are alive. They have no blood, no breath, they wither, they fade. We cover all that on video #7. Plants are not alive in the biblical classification of things, ok.

 

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'Replenish' or 'Plenish' the Earth?

Article by Dr. Kent Hovind


The Bible says that God told Adam to “replenish the earth.” (Gen 1:28) And the Gap theory folks always say: “Well see, right there it says replenish and the word replenish means, fill again.” Look it up in the dictionary. And sure enough, you look it up in a dictionary, and it says,replenish: fill again. Well, you better look up the meaning of the word in 1611, when they translated this. The King James translators came across the word ‘male’ which means, fill, and they chose the word ‘replenish’, because back in 1611 the word replenish only meant, fill. In 1650 an author named Bacon added a second definition to the word, called fill again. It never meant, fill again, until 1650. You get some old dictionaries, like an 1828 dictionary. You can see for yourself, the primary meaning of the word ‘replenish’ is, fill. The secondary meaning is, fill again, recover former fullness, added by Francis Bacon, ok. Here's an 1891 dictionary. The first definition of the word is, fill. The second definition is, recover former fullness. In 1892 the dictionaries switched the definitions. The first one in 1891 is, fill; in 1892 the first one is, fill again, and the secondary meaning becomes, to fill. Huh, what happened here? Modern dictionaries changed it again. 1989 only shows, fill again. They left out what used to be the primary definition of the word, fill. There's a 21st Century Dictionary: Replenish: make full again. See, English words change meanings all the time.

 

When I was a kid, the word ‘cool’ meant, not hot. And ‘gay’ meant, happy. Anybody remember those old-fashioned days? How would you decipher this verse here? James 2 (v. 3): “Ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing.” Would you agree that word has changed meanings in the last 30 years or so? And you probably shouldn't say that to somebody today. “Wow, you have gay clothing on today.” That would not be a good thing to say if you want to keep your teeth, right?, ok. Paul said: “I would have come to you, but I was let hitherto.” (Rom. 1:13) You know the word ‘let’ used to mean, hindered? Now it means, allowed. English words change meanings. You see, God promised to preserve His Word; He did not promise to preserve our English language.

 

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