The Flood

The Flood

The Flood

Today I want to talk about the Genesis flood. The flood helps us to understand the fossil record and the geological formations we see on earth today, and also helps us to understand God’s ways of dealing with mankind and what is to come in the future. However, belief in a literal, worldwide flood is under attack today, causing many to doubt the Bible and be in danger of losing their salvation. Let’s begin by reading some verses from Genesis.

Events of the Flood

Genesis 6 (5) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (6) And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (7) And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the birds of the air; for it grieves me that I have made them. (8) But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. … (11) The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. (12) And God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its way on the earth. (13) And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (14) Make an ark of gopher wood; rooms shall you make in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without with pitch. … (17) And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy all flesh, in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. …

(7:1) And the LORD said to Noah, Come with all your house into the ark; for you have I seen righteous before me in this generation. … (4) For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy off of the face of the earth. … (7) And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. … (10) And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were on the earth. (11) … the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (12) And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. (13) In the same day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; (14) They, and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. (15) And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. (16) And those that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. (17) And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth. (18) And the waters prevailed, and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark went on the face of the waters. (19) And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. (20) Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. (21) And all flesh died that moved on the earth, both of birds, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man: (22) All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. … (24) And the waters prevailed on the earth a hundred fifty days.

(8:1) And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters decreased; (2) The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; (3) And the waters returned off of the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred fifty days the waters diminished. (4) And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. ... (13) And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up off of the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. … (15) And God spoke to Noah, saying, (16) Go forth from the ark, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives with you. (17) Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you, of all flesh, both of birds, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creeps on the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply on the earth. … (20) And Noah built an altar to the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (21) And the LORD smelled a sweet odor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again strike any more every thing living, as I have done. (22) While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

(9:8) And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, … (11) And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. (12) And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: (13) I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. (14) And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: (15) And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

The flood is also spoken of elsewhere in the Bible, for example,

Psalm 104 (5) Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
(6) You covered it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
(7) At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hurried away.
(8) They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys to the place which you have established for them.
(9) You have set a bound that they may not pass over; that they do not return to cover the earth.

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So we have the corruption of man and animals before the flood. Then Noah was told to build the ark. It was a huge structure – probably at least 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high! The animals came on the ark guided by God, and God closed the door of the ark. Only eight people were saved. Probation had closed for the rest, similar to the close of probation in the last days.

Then water started to come up from the ground, and volcanoes began erupting. These were enormous volcanoes, much bigger than any we have today. The rain came down and water covered the earth. Most of the dinosaurs were killed and all land animals were killed.

Many animals died and were rapidly covered by sediment, forming fossils. There are huge creatures in the fossil record, much larger than any that exist today. Perhaps there was a higher atmospheric pressure before the flood, permitting such creatures to exist.

Before the flood, there seems to have been only one large continent on earth and one large ocean. During the flood, the waters filled the ocean, making it heavier and pushing it down into the earth. This caused the continent to rise up on the other side of the earth, so that the flood waters receded. Then the continent was on a kind of a hill or bulge, so it split in the middle, and parts of it slid in both directions. As this happened, mountain chains were raised up on the leading edges of the continents as they slid away from the Atlantic Ocean.

After the flood, God sent a rainbow to indicate that there would not be another worldwide flood. Seedtime and harvest will continue until the end of time. There will be no global catastrophe until Jesus returns, but there will be local famines and local catastrophes.

After the flood, the oceans were warm because of the eruption of undersea volcanoes, and the continents were cold due to the evaporation of the flood waters. This led to a lot of evaporation from the warm oceans and then enormous precipitation over the cool contients, which caused the ice ages.

Cause of the flood

But what caused the flood? One possibility is an increase in the radioactive decay rate. Radioactive decay produces heat. Then hot rocks melted, volcanoes erupted, and underground water came up out of the earth as steam, In fact, it was recently discovered that the radioactive decay rate is slightly faster in winter than in summer, so in the past it could have been much faster.

This change in the decay rate could also have implications for the dating of fossils, because a faster decay rate could make the fossils appear to be millions of years old when they are only thousands of years old.

Evidence for the Flood

The Bible clearly describes the flood, but the Bible also predicted that people would question the flood in the last days.

2 Peter 3 (3) Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (4) And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (5) For this they deliberately are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: (6) By which the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: (7) But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

Such mocking of the Bible account of the creation and the flood, as these verses describe, is seen today with uniformitarianism and the theory of evolution. Uniformitarianism is the teaching that events in the past are similar to those today, and thus there were no global catastrophes such as the flood, but everything developed gradually. This view is commonly taught in the universities today, and as a result many students are losing their faith in God.

So what evidences do we have that the flood really happened?

First, there are many flood legends from all over the world. Many primitive peoples still remember the flood.

Also, on all continents, bones of SEA animals and LAND animals are found together in great abundance – on land! For example,

Frequently, remains of WHALES and other examples of DEEP-SEA life are found far removed from the sea, MIXED WITH LAND plants, trees and land animals.

Marine fossils are found on mountain tops hundreds of miles inland from any sea, or buried under hundreds of feet of clay, sand, gravel and other debris.

They say it takes about 1,000 years to accumulate one inch of dead diatoms (tiny sea creatures) on the seabed. At a place called Lompoc, the diatom remains are 1,500 feet thick in places.

At a diatom-earth quarry in Lompoc, in 1976, during mining operations, workers uncovered the fossil skeleton of a baleen whale. The whale fossil was STANDING ON END, about 80 feet long.

This whale penetrated a diatom formation that, according to evolutionary theory, is millions of years thick. Clearly this formation was deposited rapidly, not over millions of years; the whale would have decayed if the formation required millions of years to form.

On July 22, 1988, Kent Hovind visited the quarry. The foreman told Kent, “One time we were digging and found a 60-foot wingspan pterodactyl.”

“What happened to it?” asked Kent.

“Oh, we didn’t stop and tell anybody.”

“Why not?”

“If you tell some university, they’re going to make you shut down production while they come and dig out their fossil – and you’re going to lose money. We just dug right through it.”

We see that fossils in every part of the planet testify to a global catastrophe.

This means that the earth’s geological layers were produced rapidly, not over millions of years.

Mount Saint Helens gives some interesting evidence for the flood. In Davis Canyon, formed by the eruption of Mount Saint Helens, there are many thin layers of soil all of which were produced in one day or less, and not over thousands of years as geologists frequently state. Anne and I saw Mount Saint Helens last year.

As we have seen, there are well-preserved fossils all over the earth, which must have been rapidly buried, because otherwise they would not have been preserved. When an animal dies, it decays or is eaten in a few days unless it is rapidly buried.

There is frequently an absence of erosion between geological layers that are supposedly separated by millions of years. How could this be? If a layer had been exposed for millions of years, there would have been erosion and evidences of plants and animals, which are often absent.

There are also polystrate fossils, which are trees and other living things that extend vertically for thirty or forty feet through many layers of soil. These layers had to be laid down suddenly or the trees would have decayed before being buried.

There are sometimes flat layers of sediment underground extending for hundreds of miles in all directions. No lake can produce layers like that. The bottoms of lakes are not flat but curved and do not produce flat layers of sediment.

Such evidences are ignored or explained away by geologists.

Also, there have been many ark sightings throughout history.

Finally, the flood was believed widely in ancient times in many pagan cultures, even by Plato.

It was also widely believed in ancient times that people lived for about 1000 years before the flood.

Lessons from the Flood

These Bible events have lessons for the last days.

Matthew 24 (37) But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (38) For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, (39) And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

2 Peter 2 (4) For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to gloom, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; (5) And did not spare the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; … (9) The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust for the day of judgment to be punished:

Here are some more lessons from the flood:

The Lord gives us a part in the plan of salvation, and this part is essential. Noah had to build the ark. It was not enough for him to believe that the flood would come. Similarly, the Lord has given us instructions to prepare for the troubles of the last days of history, and we need to obey them.

God cares even for the animals.

God’s patience has a limit. Eventually sin will be judged.

Probation will close while men are still living on the earth, but most people will not be aware of it.

In our lives also we need to beware of putting off responding to God for too long. We may not have another chance. We don’t know how long life will last or when our hearts will become too hardened to accept God’s call.

Only a small minority of earth’s population will be saved, like 8 souls of all those existing before the flood.

We should be careful about following the world, because most of them are headed for destruction.

But in absolute terms a very large number will be saved, with many who will accept the truth as the message goes out in power in the last days.

God’s predictions eventually come to pass. He said that the flood would come, and it did.

Noah was not raptured away before the flood, but went through it. Similarly, God’s people in the last days will go through the last-day troubles.

The ark endured the flood. Similarly, God’s people, if they are prepared, will endure the troubles of the last days. However, we may be subject to ridicule because we are different from the world.

The Lord has provided deliverance for us, just as he provided an ark for the people before the flood, but we have to choose to accept it. No one need be lost, except by their own choice. There is salvation in Christ for everyone, through His sacrifice on the cross.

The earth will be destroyed by fire, not water in the last days. Why should we spend time accumulating treasures that will only perish in the fires of the last days? Instead, let us work for the treasure that endures.

The Lord has a new world prepared for us, just as he had a world prepared for Noah and his family after they left the ark. But the world prepared for us will be more wonderful than we can imagine.

No one knows the hour of Christ’s coming and the destruction of this world. Will it be 10 years, or 100 years? We don’t know, but it seems to be getting close.

Let’s have confidence in the reliability of God’s word and not be deceived by false theories that are popular today. And let’s be sure that we are on the last day ark of God and safe in Christ’s protection before it’s too late.