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The Waters Prevail

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The Waters Prevail


And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lifted 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. (Genesis 7:17-20)

Henry Morris, (who along with John Whitcomb co-authored The Genesis Flood) said: “Not only would all land animals eventually drown, but the plant covering would be uprooted and rafted away, the soils eroded and finally even the mountains and hills swept away.  Complex hydrodynamic phenomena—tsunamis, cyclic erosion, deposition and a variety of geomorphologic activity took place throughout the year.”  He also contends that the fact there are few human or bird fossils found in the rocks is due to their high mobility to escape burial in sediments.  When eventually they drowned, they would remain on the surface until they decayed.

John Whitcomb wrote: “By the time the Flood attained its maximum depth (in six weeks), the highest mountains were submerged to a depth of at least 15 cubits (23 feet).  Since the Ark had a draught of about 15 cubits when fully loaded (half its height), the Lord covered the highest peak by this amount of water to protect the Ark as it floated over the mountains.  In the light of this passage of Scripture, all the efforts of modern commentators to interpret this as merely a local flood in Mesopotamia must be abandoned as hopelessly inadequate.”

The consequence of this vast amount of water and its attending consequences is that every living thing on the earth died. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps 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 150 days. (Gen 7:21-24)

This was a high density of flood waters and it continued for 150 days, or 5 months.  As we look at the fossil record today in the rocks of the earth’s crust, we see the fossil remains of unnumbered billions of plants and animals, buried in water-transported sediments which quickly became stone.

What can we say about these things?  Alexander MacLaren wrote it well: “For a hundred and twenty years the wits laughed, and the common-sense people wondered, and the patient saint went on hammering and pitching at his ark.  But one morning it began to rain; and by degrees, somehow, Noah did not seem quite such a fool.  The jests would look rather different when the water was up to the knees of the jesters; and their sarcasms would stick in their throats as they drowned.”

Just as there was only one ark, there is only one way to be saved.  We must flee to Christ for safety now, for one day it will be too late.   And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many… (Heb 9:27, 28a)

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