This is part two of a series focusing attention on the Ark and worldwide (global) flood that occurred about 4.400 years ago. In the first blog, the construction, size and cargo capacity of the ark was examined. In this blog, the actual flood, what the sources of water were and how much time Noah and his family spent in the Ark, will be examined.
In God's Word, in the book of Genesis, the account of Noah and his family, the Ark and the flood is straightforward and clearly told.
Genesis 7: 6-10 (KJV)
And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 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. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
Sources of Water
Genesis 7: 11-12
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.
"Suddenly the fountains of the great deep burst open, erupting with such tremendous force that water and debris shoot high into the sky. Earthquakes break open huge cracks in the land. People begin running in all directions trying to escape the cataclysm. Volcanoes erupt, sending plumes of ash and rock into the sky and raining down fireballs for miles in all directions." Quoted from The True Story of Noah's Ark by Tom Dooley
I believe when God broke up the fountains of the great deep, this event gave birth to geysers, earthquakes and volcanoes. Up to 70% or even more of what comes out of volcanoes today is water, often in the form of steam.
The windows of heaven unleashed torrential amounts of rain. This may be the first time it rained on earth. The Bible is not clear on this, but Genesis 2: 6 reads, "but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground." So, we know mist from the earth was the first source God used to water the earth.
Waters Prevail and Prevail
Genesis 7: 17-20
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail: and the mountains were covered.
In no way, shape or form is God describing to us a local or regional flood. The highest hills and even the mountains were covered with water. The flood of Noah's day was global, all the ground on earth, low and high, was covered with water.
All Flesh Die
Genesis 7: 21-24
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: all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth; and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 8: 1-3
And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged. The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped and the rain from heaven were restrained; and the waters returned from the earth continually: and after end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
Ark Comes to Rest on Mountain
Genesis 8: 4-5
And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
Noah Tests Progress of Earth Drying
Genesis 8: 6-12
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: and he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; but the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
Now Noah at 601 Years Old Sees Dry Ground
Genesis 8: 13
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.
God Tells Noah to Leave Ark
Genesis 8: 14-17
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 of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons and thy sons' wives with thee. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth.
Summary of Time Spent in The Ark:
The rain fell for 40 days
The water of the Flood kept rising for an additional 110 days
The waters receded over the next 74 days(assuming 30 days to a month)
After another 40 days, Noah sent a raven out of the Ark
After another 7 days, Noah sent out a dove
After another 7 days, the dove was sent out for the second time
The third sending of the dove was after another 7 days
Another 29 days elapsed
57 days more days elapsed from the time when Noah removed the covering to the final day in the ark.
Total days in the Ark = 371 days Quoted from The True Story of Noah's Ark by Tom Dooley
Noah entered the ark in his 600th year, 2nd month, 17th day. The fountains of the great deep and rain fell upon the earth providing the floodwaters and the waters prevailed for 150 days. All fowl, land animals and creatures and all people on earth died except for those protected in the ark. Another 221 days elapsed while the floodwaters receded and the ground of earth dried up. Noah left the ark in his 601st year, 2nd month, 27th day, after being in the ark for more than a year.
An End of Days Note on God's Wrath: The Day of The Lord and Battle of Armageddon
When God poured out His wrath through the worldwide flood, all, except those protected in the ark, was destroyed. God's wrath will come upon the inhabitants of the earth for the final time during the period referred to in God's Word as The Day of The Lord with the climax being the Battle of Armageddon. God's Word tells us the earth is being reserved for fire. God's wrath comes to destroy what God sees as evil. I believe mankind will be destroyed except for The Church, which will be removed, and the 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel, that will be protected by God. See series: INDEX to Series of Blogs on End Times and Removal of The Church
In the next blog, a look at the changed earth, the splitting of the one large land mass.
Thanks Rev for sharing this blog and the circumvention of this ever being a local flood! It was THE FLOOD! God Bless you! Amen! Dave
I can't imagine ever living to be 601, let alone longer, but Scriptures say Noah did, and I believe it without doubt.
Your blog is inspiring. As you use the gifts of the Spirit given to you in ways which you were born to give to others, may you be very blessed. There is nothing like the sweet sense of peace and well-being we have in our spirit when the Lord shines His face upon us.
Thanks for sharing!