Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 18, 2012

The Flood Changes Everything Conclusion, by David Bower

The Ark is Preserved

The scope of the devastation caused by the flood was severe and completely rearranged the surface of the earth. The Ark was delivered through this devastation by the power of God. It would not surprise me to learn someday that the voyage of the Ark was as if on a tranquil lake; after all He who told the wind and the waves “peace, be still” could just as easily calm the waters in the vicinity of the Ark with no difficulty whatsoever.

This may well be the device used by the Lord to preserve the marine life I mentioned last time. It may be that the marine life the Lord chose to preserve was drawn to the vicinity of the Ark just as the land creatures were drawn to go inside the Ark. Is anything too difficult for God? The Bible doesn’t address this question at all but as most of you know I delight in speculating on what the Lord might have done that He chose not to reveal.

In Chapter 8:1-2 we are told of the mercy and grace of the Lord, “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.”

In Genesis 8:13-14 we read, “By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.”

God then told Noah to come out of the Ark and bring all of the animals in the Ark with him “so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it.” The Bible is silent on the steps God took to distribute the animals around the earth but I’m sure He did exactly what it pleased Him to do. Understanding the Bible is much simpler when one believes that God is truly omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

The Newly Remodeled Earth was Completely Different

From now on the flood would be a part of history; the earth was completely rearranged from what it had been and I’m sure the sky looked vastly different too. It has been calculated that only the larger, brighter stars and planets could have been seen before the collapse of the water vapor canopy. The Sun and the Moon as well as the stars and planets would have all seemed dimmer before the flood as light was filtered through the water vapor canopy.

It is believed that observers would have seen only about 255 stars and planets before the flood due to the reduced visibility caused by the water vapor canopy whereas after the  flood there would have been around 2,500 visible. In addition the moon would have been much brighter at night and the sun brighter by day.

This sudden crystal clarity was actually a danger as the radiation from the sun was soon to greatly reduce the lifespan of mankind from hundreds of years to less than one hundred years on average.

After the flood, the world as we know it today emerged  from what had been a world in a greenhouse; a world protected from the extremes that are now a part of life on this planet. Although the sun, moon, stars, and planets were brighter, the prospects for life were much dimmer.

Further Study Opportunities

I owe a great debt to Joseph C. Dillow for his excellent book, “The Waters Above.” In addition I have found the work of Dr. Walt Brown in his fascinating website, http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/index.html to be a marvelous source of information on the pre-flood world. Dr. Brown’s extensive writings on the flood and the world before the flood are both informative and helpful to any student of the subject. Another website that has much good information is http://www.answersingenesis.org/.

Although “The Waters Above” is out of print, used copies can be obtained if one is determined to have a copy. Dr. Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., in his forward wrote on page xv, “In many sections the book will be difficult to follow, even for those with training in science and mathematics, but it is vital that these sections be included for those who may want to check their validity.” I will freely admit that many sections went right over my head but I found the remainder of the book more than interesting enough to compensate for those more difficult and technical sections which were beyond my understanding.

The two websites I mentioned could probably keep the student busy for the next 5 years if one desired to devote that much time to the subject. What I’m saying is there is no shortage of great information available to the Bible student who wants to learn more about the flood and the pre-flood world. Happy studying!

Next – Spiritual Warfare


Responses

  1. I couldn’t help but think about Lake Houston last summer during the drought. As soon as the lake bed was exposed, vegetation grew immediately. Where was it and how did it survive under water all that time? We have some trees on a sandbar that grew to 6 feet tall in 3 months. Same after the flood, what God put into motion at creation is still there. God can do any and everything. Isn’t it wonderful when we get to see that preservation in motion? thank you, David for this wonderful and informative series not only from a Biblical viewpoint but just plain old common sense. It is one of my favorite things. I am ready for the next series!

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    • Kathy:
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and being so nice about it too. I agree with your observations on the recovery power of God’s creation and I truly hope and pray we don’t see a repeat of the Lake Houston situation this year.

      I have been interested in the progress of the area around Mount St. Helens as it recovers from that devastating eruption in May of 1980. Business compelled me to fly into Seattle just three days after the explosion and that was all anyone wanted to talk about. I recall we had to detour around the ash cloud to avoid damage to the plane’s engines.

      my point in mentioning it was the rapidity of the recovery in the area devastated by the eruption; things are returning to normal much faster than anticipated. It is also interesting how layers of silt and debris were deposited in just a short amount of time. The effect seemed to match the geological layers of sediment which historical geology wants to tell us took millions of years. It seems as if a lot of orthodox geology is being challenged by the progress of events after the eruption there.

      Right now the next blog in line is on Spiritual Warfare; I’ve been working on it awhile and think I may be able to limit it to one blog; we’ll see.

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  2. David,

    That is just amazing about the stars. I lived in Oregon when Mt. Saint Helens blew, we had ash all the way down there.

    A few months ago, I came across an article where the lava dome on Mt. Saint Helens was dated to be 1 million years old (rather than 30) by radioisotope dating.

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    • Carla:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate hearing from you. I had not seen the article on the lava dome on Mr. Saint Helens and just finished reading it and found it very interesting, thank you for bringing it to my attention. I’ve read many articles on the flaws inherent in radiocarbon dating but had not read that one.

      As I mentioned I was in Seattle three days after the explosion and found volcanic ash on sale and bought two samples which I still have; one was darker and one was lighter in color but both were shockingly heavy. When I thought of ash I always thought of the fluffy fireplace ash one encounters after wood is burned; this is nothing like that and is abrasive and heavy. I can see why people in the area were having to wash the ash off the roofs of their houses and were being cautioned not to wipe the ash off their cars as that would seriously scratch the finish as the ash was so abrasive.

      Thanks again,

      David

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