Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 11, 2012

The Flood Changes Everything Part 4, by David Bower

Unparalleled Destruction Rearranges the Surface of the Earth

What we see today around the world is the results of this horrific flood; this includes such things as the Grand Canyon, the deep ocean trenches and the highest mountain ranges. All can be accounted for by the actions of the waters below and the waters above.

The frigid polar extremes are also part of the flood phenomena and were produced by the collapse of the water vapor canopy that had previously enveloped the earth. A question had been raised after the last blog concerning marine life.

I commented that the global tumult that characterized the flood event likely produced tons of sediment which caused much of the marine life to perish. Although the Bible does not specify I believe it possible that God graciously preserved the life of the marine species we have today. It is evident from the fossil record that a great amount of marine life was buried in the sediment as seen in the fossilized remains of many species that no longer exist.

The Flood Covers the Entire Earth 

In Genesis 7:17-24 information is given about the devastation on the earth caused by the flood. In verse 20 we read, “The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet.” When the Bible says that I have absolutely no trouble believing it completely.

Today Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world at 29,035 feet. How high was the highest mountain in the world before the flood? The fact is no one knows and the Bible doesn’t say but those who have studied this from a Biblical perspective estimate the highest mountain before the flood was between 6,000 and 9,000 feet in elevation.

I could easily believe that during the flood the mountains were greatly reduced in height. For more information on the possible mechanics of this process put “hydroplate theory” into your search engine.

In Ezekiel 38:20b we read, “The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground.” This is describing an event yet future but the principle can apply equally to the past where an Omnipotent God is concerned. I could easily believe the mountains were greatly reduced in height because of the violent upheaval caused by the flood.

As the waters below were being shot into space a great upheaval was taking place under the water on the surface of the earth. The masses of rock, up to ten miles thick that covered the waters below were being shoved around and in the process were creating canyons and mountain ranges. This is how the Himalayas and the Grand Canyon were formed as well as the ocean trenches and all other mountain ranges.

There is an interesting DVD which discusses the process by which these geological formations came into being called “Noah’s Ark & The Biblical Flood.” It is available from Amazon for $9.98 and is well worth the money.

This was an enormous event that is impossible for us to imagine today. God, in His grace, has promised to never do that again and has placed his bow in the sky as His guarantee.

Total Destruction of All Life

In Genesis 7:21-24 the most severe loss of life is described in calm understated terms. “Every living thing that moved on the earth perished–birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.”

To be continued.


  1. David: What are your thoughts on the fish that would not perish in a flood. Did they survive and are they unique in the world today? Don


    • Don:

      I believe that all life was created on days five and six and after that no truly new life has been created. That means that those species not specifically preserved by the Lord, either in the Ark or in the water were destroyed. The fossil record shows many species that no longer exist of both land and sea animals. I believe that the species we have today were originally created on either day five or six and were among the species God chose to preserve by His mighty power. I also believe that some of those species that survived the flood have since perished from the earth for other reasons.



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