Monday, April 27, 2009

Genesis 6 part 2, 7 & 8

Genesis 6:8, 14a, 17, 18; 7:11-12, 21 “ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. - Make an ark of gopher wood…- and behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. - In the six hundredth year of Noah‘s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. - And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man.”

1) Noah was the only righteous man left. He found grace in God’s eyes and would be spared the wrath of God that would be visited on the rest of the world. This is a picture of what is going to happen at the end of the age. God will again have to destroy the earth, because of its wickedness and rebellion against Him. But those who find grace in the eyes of the Lord (true believers) will not have to suffer His wrath. Throughout Scripture, God foreshadows future events with other events. In this case, Noah’s flood is in a way a pre-curser of what will happen again, albeit in a slightly different way. In fact, we will see in a reverse way.

2) God establishes the first covenant, known as the Noahic covenant. God gives Noah the details of this covenant a year later, after they leave the ark.

3) Now the fountains of the deep are broken up, and the windows of heaven open and the rains come and come - for forty days and nights. That is a lot of water. We know that there was a water vapor canopy above the atmosphere. Something happened to shatter the hydrogen lattice that supported it, as only in shattering it, would the waters be released. Scientists tell us that the Yucatan Peninsula is the result of a huge crater having been carved in the ground from what could only be an asteroid strike. While there was a lot of upheaval of the earth’s crust during this time, and this is only speculation, it makes sense that this is what happened, whether there or elsewhere it can't be known. God uses and has always used His own creation to carry out His will. This didn’t require some miraculous event, but simply miraculous timing of God’s creation, which is the miracle. If an asteroid came crashing through the canopy (most logical scenario) , the dust caused by the asteroid hitting the earth would have caused the condensation of water, which would no longer be supported by the lattice, as it had been shattered. (Rain is caused by the dust making water vapor too heavy to stay in the air.) Since the entire earth was covered by this canopy, it would have rained everywhere all over the planet. In addition, the underground reservoirs of water would have come shooting forth, from the impact. A TV show that tried to explain how things might have gone down during this event, started with an asteroid impact which they believe actually split the earth by causing a rupture in the earth’s crust which then proceeded to encircle the entire earth. They also speculate that this splitting would have caused the underground reservoirs to shoot high into the sky causing more “rain”. Then the crust would have started slipping with all the upheaval, and the tectonic plates would have overlapped each other, which is what we have today. Earthquakes are caused when they shift. The pressure of overlapping would have caused some sections of the crust to be shoved upward, creating high mountain ranges, and some would have been shoved downward, (filling the spaces left by the emptying of the water reservoirs), causing the deep ocean trenches. This would have happened over the course of months. While again, I must reiterate that this is speculation on the scientists part based on Scripture and the evidence, it certainly fits the scenario. It would explain how the waters abated over the course of the year Noah was in the ark. As the plates shifted creating the mountains and trenches, the waters would drain off into the trenches making the oceans, and the mountains rising would give something for the ark to rest upon until the rest of the water drained down uncovering the rest of the land that would ultimately be uncovered.

4) Everything would have died. Imagine how horrific it was for Noah and his family to hear the screaming of the people as the rain began and the flood waters rose. There would have been millions of corpses floating around in the water. One can only imagine the stench. As the floods moved the soil, the sediment would begin burying the corpses, creating the fossil record. Now before going further, stop and consider how a fossil is scientifically created. A fossil only exists when something is suddenly and catastrophically buried, thus preserving it basically intact and preventing decay. Without this catastrophic burial, bones would just disintegrate. Now, there are fossils all over the world. Including sea fossils on very high mountains. How did they get there? How did fossils get there in fact, if there was no global flood? Evolutionary scientists today point to the fossil record as the basis for evolution, however they have never discovered the so-called geological ages laid down in the order that they teach, anywhere on the planet. (A fact they do not advertise.) In fact, usually it is only a few of the “layers” and not always in the expected order. Added to that is the problem that the fossil record is all mixed up throughout all the layers, not laid out the way they say it is. The way the chart for the geological ages came about was that starting with the premise of how they thought life evolved (the order) and how long that would take, they then created a chart of what they thought should be the geological ages and how long they lasted. Then they put the fossils that they thought should be there in that era. So when they date something, they say it must be a certain age, because that fossil is supposed to be in that era. And it is that era, because they found that fossil which comes from that age. (Because they decided it did.) It’s called circular reasoning. All of it came from some speculation and imagination, nothing from fact. They also disregard any fossil that "doesn't belong" in that strata. And this is science? And yet, they say it is factual science, when in fact, factual science is something that is observable and repeatable by its very definition. Totally illogical. Answers in Genesis puts out a video called Mount St. Helens. It shows how the same geological layers that supposedly took millions of years, was laid down in a matter of a few days (or less) at Mount St. Helens when it erupted. I don’t want to go into too much evolution vs. creation evidence here, as this really is not a Genesis study, even though we are spending some time here. However there is a quote I would like to put in, as I find it so telling of evolutionary scientists’ bias. George Wald, winner of the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize in Science wrote: “When it comes to the origin of life on this earth, there are only two possibilities; creation or spontaneous generation (evolution). There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved 100 years ago, but that leads us only to one other conclusion: that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds (personal reasons); therefore, we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance.” At least he’s honest. It is pure rebellion against God, not any scientific facts, that lead them to promote evolution. That is why they suppress any evidence to the contrary (which is pretty much everything. They simply twist the interpretation). They do not want anything that validates creation to get out for the world to see. And they say we have faith?

5) When Noah and his family walked out of the ark, they found a very different world. During those forty days and nights, the storm that carried on would have been unlike anything they had ever experienced. Besides the rains which were a new event, they would experience high winds, (also new), a climate change to colder weather (the canopy that made it warm was gone), and probably a lot of darkness during the forty day storm. The hydrological cycle would now be a common occurrence. Scientists also believe that the earth was moved out of its orbit, as the impact would have caused it to drift into a different place. This probably was necessary, due to the now lack of canopy, to protect it from the sun. They also believe it may have been tilted on its axis differently than it had been. While I must admit I haven’t done enough research to find out why they believe before the flood there was a 360 day year, that is what they say. Now it would be 365. That makes sense if the earth had been moved from its orbit slightly further from the sun. Considering how meticulous God is about numbers and how they work together, I suspect they are right, that it was a 360 day year, (30 day months) and that the moon orbited every 30 days. God loves order. When we get there, I will show how at the end, Scriptures do say that the earth will be moved out of its present orbit. This seems to confirm that once it was in a different orbit and that it will be moved back. But that’s for later. The sky would no longer be a 6563 angstrom magenta (pink) color. It would now be blue, as the gas the sun shines through is mostly oxygen, not hydrogen. The plant life would be virtually gone. Everything would be barren, not lush. Instead of gentle rolling hills, there would be high mountain ranges, instead of seas there would be vast oceans. The instability of the mantle and crust would probably cause lots of volcanoes and earthquakes. The results of the flood would also bring about a mini ice age, and they would see snow for the first time. The earth would also be a different size, as now it had to hold the water that once rested above the earth. They wouldn’t necessarily notice this though. Cosmic rays would now be able to penetrate and their life spans would quickly decrease from generation to generation (as well as create health problems). Eventually instead of everyplace resembling Hawaii, there would be vast deserts, tundra, massive ice flows, etc.

Genesis 7:11,13; 8:13, 14 “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. In the selfsame 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…..And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. And God spake unto Noah saying, Go forth….”

1) The Jews have two calendars. A civil calendar, which was inaugurated at the beginning of time, (in the fall around the middle of September by reckoning) and the religious calendar which was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. When God created the religious calendar, he made the seventh month of the civil calendar the first month of the religious calendar. The timing of the flood is important enough for God to give us the specific day that it began, and the day Noah walked off the ark. There is reason for this as we will see that God loves to repeat dates. Christ rose from the dead on the seventeenth day of a month, specifically the first month of the religious calendar. According to scholars, the Israelites cross the Red Sea on the 17th of the first month (of the religious calendar). We may see there is more to the dates of Noah than just Noah’s flood.

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