by Kristen C. Strocchia
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month–on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.” Genesis 7:11-12
One hundred years after becoming a daddy, Noah and his three sons all took their wives into the ark that God commanded them to build. Then God sent them animal pairs [7:1-4, 7-9, and 13-16]. As a narrator, God chooses to repeat these details three times. Repetition serves to show the importance of the information and also to help the listener remember it. Why was this information–out of the whole story–important? Because there is no room to question whether anyone or anything else in Creation survived the flood.
Notice that the flood doesn’t come so much from the rain as we think today. Verse 11 tells us that water came from the springs of the great deep as well as from the floodgates of heaven. Remember that the spirit of the Lord hovered over the surface of the deep waters in the beginning [Genesis 1:2], and that He separated the waters with sky in between [1:7].
To this day there is water beneath the crust of the earth. There have even been recent articles about amazing ocean discoveries that talk about under ocean rivers, waterfalls, and an under-ocean-ground ocean. A whole other ocean under the dirt that forms the bottom of our ocean! Isn’t that interesting?
Not only that, but scientists have found lots of water out in space between the stars. Some Creation Scientists believe that there was a water canopy around the earth per the 1:7 description, that this canopy helped to create a different worldwide environment pre-flood, and that this canopy came crashing down as in the floodgates of heaven description of 7:11.
On top of these two deluges–water gushing out of the earth and pouring out of the sky–it also rained for forty full days and nights. One month and ten days of nothing but rain. Talk about a wearying experience. But also one that no one and nothing outside of the ark could’ve survived. Because the whole earth was covered to a depth of a two-story building standing on the highest mountain at the time [7:20]–which was probably not nearly as high as mountains today.
Now many scientists say that the earth was once covered under a vast ocean, one that totally covered the whole planet. They will say that the mountain ranges on the two North American coasts pushed out of this ocean before the lowland plains in the center of the continent did. They’ve even found several lost cities under water off the coasts of several countries, and believe that the sphinx was once submerged in a great ocean. Yet they believe that this ocean existed way before people did. If so, how did the underwater cities and the sphinx get there? Not to mention, if it’s scientifically proven that the whole world was once under water, then why don’t scientists see this as evidence for the biblical flood in Noah’s day?
Quite simply, they don’t want to acknowledge God, so they find other explanations that don’t include Him.
Have you seen flood evidence in textbooks, at national parks, on television or anywhere else? Do you recognize it as such? Do you hide this truth in your heart so that you can share it with others in testimony to the greatness and goodness of God?