LESSON 5

Genesis 6:1-10:32

NOAH AND THE FLOOD & POST FLOOD

 

 

EVIDENCE FOR THE FLOOD  AND QUESTIONS?
 
Dramatic new evidence supports the Bible's account of Noah's Flood. Deep-sea explorers have discovered a coastline on the floor of the Black Sea, providing evidence of a sudden catastrophic flood about 7,500 years ago that spread almost overnight over thousands of square miles of land. Explorers led by Robert Ballard and funded by the National Geographic Society captured the first sonar images of a coastline 550 feet below the surface of the sea. It had been submerged undisturbed for thousands of years, according to radiocarbon dating that placed the remains of freshwater mollusks dredged from the beach at 7,500 years, and saltwater species at 6,900 years. 

The Washington Post said. Ballard said the findings indicate the flood occurred during that 600-year gap. Analysis of Ballard's evidence was done by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. The discovery offers independent verification to an idea advanced by geologists William Ryan and Walter Pitman of Columbia University. They have theorized that the Black Sea, between Ukraine and Turkey, formed when melting glaciers raised the sea level until it broke through a natural dam at what is now the Bosporus strait, which separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Black Sea. That created a deluge that quickly submerged massive amounts of land overnight, probably killing thousands of people and billions of animals, the geologists say. Ballard's discovery backs up the theory, which is based on 30 years of research. Ballard found the ancient coastline this summer, almost exactly where Ryan and Pitman said they would. 

Biblical scholars date the writing of the Book of Genesis, which includes the story of Noah, between 2,900 and 2,400 years ago. A similar event is described in the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh legend, written about 3,600 years ago. Ryan and Pitman dated the flood at 7,600 years ago, and their theory argues that the flood was horrible enough for writers and minstrels to remember it for thousands of years.

Many creationist geologists have proposed that the Grand Canyon (GC) was formed by a catastrophic dam-breach event. This would have released large quantities of water from impounded lakes east of the canyon that had remained on the plateau after the Flood. This event would have carved the GC, starting from the east moving to the west. A better explanation is that the GC was formed while the waters of Noah’s Flood receded from the American continent. As this receding water flowed from east to west, the GC was mainly carved out in the opposite direction, from west to east. This scenario explains many characteristic and unusual features of the GC, such as its location through the top of a ridge, its branching structure, its numerous major and minor side canyons, its meandering and the presence of multiple ‘outflow points’ in its terminal escarpment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, The Earth used to be originally one large landmass (Genesis 1:9; 10:25, Deuteronomy 32:8)

This agrees exactly with what the Bible says occurred during the global Flood. The continents were created as one large land mass (Genesis 1:9-10). Many geologists agree there is strong evidence that the earth was originally one super continent – just as the Bible said in Genesis.

Continental drift inferred (Genesis 7:11). Today the study of the ocean floor indicates that the landmasses have been ripped apart. Scripture states that during the global Flood the “fountains of the great deep were broken up.” This cataclysmic event apparently resulted in the continental plates breaking and shifting.

Vast fossil deposits anticipated (Genesis 7). When plants and animals die they decompose rapidly. Yet billions of life forms around the globe have been preserved as fossils. Geologists now know that fossils only form if there is rapid deposition of life buried away from scavengers and bacteria. This agrees exactly with what the Bible says occurred during the global Flood.

 

 

 

They show you the Great Flood line when doing a deep Grand Canyon exploration.

"O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches." Psalms 104:24 (KJV)

Facts Reviewed:

The Earth used to be originally one large landmass (Genesis 1:9; 10:25, Deuteronomy 32:8)This agrees exactly with what the Bible says occurred during the global Flood.

-The continents were created as one large land mass (Genesis 1:9-10). Many geologists agree there is strong evidence that the earth was originally one super continent – just as the Bible said way back in Genesis.

-Continental drift inferred (Genesis 7:11). Today the study of the ocean floor indicates that the landmasses have been ripped apart. Scripture states that during the global Flood the “fountains of the great deep were broken up.” This cataclysmic event apparently resulted in the continental plates breaking and shifting.

-Vast fossil deposits anticipated (Genesis 7). When plants and animals die they decompose rapidly. Yet billions of life forms around the globe have been preserved as fossils. Geologists now know that fossils only form if there is rapid deposition of life buried away from scavengers and bacteria. This agrees exactly with what the Bible says occurred during the global Flood.

 

 

 

Its official, fossil sites have totaled more than 1 million around the world. 3 Great fossil graveyards that exist in every major continent in the world. In these graveyards vast numbers of creatures are violently mixed together.

Was the Flood Universal or Local?

The Bible leaves no doubt that the Flood was universal and global. It wiped out the corrupt human population (6:5-7, 13). This fact is told here and is reiterated in the New Testament (1Pet. 3:20; 2Pet 2:5).  

What is the evidence in Scripture of a local flood? After the Flood in Genesis 11:1 it says that the “whole earth used the same language and the same words”. The very next verse says that “they journeyed east” to a “plain in the land of Shinar”. The word ”they” obviously refers to “the whole earth (erets)” in the preceding verse.

Were Dinosaurs on the Ark?

 

 

One theory says: The land animals that were not on the Ark, including dinosaurs, drowned. Many were preserved in the layers formed by the Flood—thus the millions of fossils. Presumably, many of the dinosaur fossils were buried at this time, around 4,500 years ago. Also, after the Flood, there would have been considerable catastrophism, including such events as the Ice Age, resulting in some post-Flood formation of fossils, as well.

The disappearance of the great mammoths can be explained more reasonably in terms of the Genesis Flood, than by any of the many theories espoused by evolutionists. 

Many scholars believe there is biblical evidence for the concept that, before the Flood, the earth was encompassed by a canopy of water vapor that diffused sunlight and created a “greenhouse” effect, which resulted in a uniformly warm climate. Too, it is probable that the land/water ratio was more evenly distributed in the antediluvian world. Climatic conditions being altered radically – worldwide (cf. Oard, p. ii; Whitcomb & Morris, pp. 292ff). Following the Flood, for the first time the biblical record mentions “cold and heat, winter and summer” (Gen. 8:22).

As weather conditions changed – abruptly and drastically – the wooly mammoths were quick-frozen in a sudden winter of the polar regions. Many have been discovered. With food still in their mouths.

 

 

There are about 16 theories on what happened to the dinosaurs. One theory says an asteroid struck the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico, and killed them 65 million years ago. 

 

We will continue with Les. 5 next week.

The blessings of our Lord are upon you and all that is yours by blood, adoption and/or assignment.

David & Mary Sue

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