Last week we saw the incredible security of being in God's Ark of Safety.
This week we see the other side, the outside of that Ark.
The same Hand that shut the door securely protected the eight inside, is the same Hand that sealed the doom of all outside.
God rescued eight, but no one escaped the extinction level event that hit the planet Earth just about 5,000 years ago—it was neither an asteroid nor a comet, it was a Flood.
God says He destroyed the Earth's entire human population. All but eight humans were killed in the flood. Is there really biblical evidence for claims of this nature? Yes, and that is what we will see this morning.
No one could escape the Flood because God caused the earth’s crust to break up at the start of the Flood. Huge eruptions under the oceans for thousands of miles literally boiled the ocean and released steam into the air along with volcanic ash. Immense tidal waves were also created. The steam and the ash that went up precipitated as rain for the entire period of the eruptions. All that are familiar with volcanic eruptions knows this phenomenon. There would be a cooling down of the earth’s atmosphere as well due to the blockage of sunlight. Then oceanic waters not only boiled off and gave the rain, but also swept across all landmass with such force, that the soil and all the trees were uprooted into a muddy soup.
No one escaped, the Lost World perished in the Genesis Flood engineered by God. This is the event we will read about in God's Word. And this event directly caused the death of every man woman, and child on Earth, except 8. It devastated all the forests of earth. It drowned, or suffocated every land animal on earth. It killed every massive and powerful dinosaur. It destroyed every human being. And it left its footprints globally.
How does God's Word describe the Flood?
Job 12:15 The waters overturned the earth.
Psalm 29:10 The Flood testified God as eternal king.
Psalm 104:6-8 Flood terminated by God carving out the ocean beds.
Isaiah 54:9 Waters of Noah went over the earth.
Mt. 24:37 The days of Noah like those when Christ comes.
Mt. 24:39 The Flood took them all away.
Luke 17:27 The Flood destroyed them all.
1 Pet. 3:20 Only eight souls saved on the ark through the Flood.
2 Pet. 2:5 God spared not the old world (Greek kosmos); brought the Flood on the world of the ungodly; the "flood" (Greek kataklusmos) applied solely to Noah's Flood.
2 Pet. 3:6 The world that then was perished by the watery cataclysm.
No one in the Ark perished. No one on the Earth survived. This event is extremely well documented because every New Testament writer refers to the first eleven chapters of Genesis. Plus Jesus Christ referred to each of the first seven chapters of Genesis. And, all but ten New Testament books have references to Genesis 1-11. Every chapter of Genesis 1-11, except chapter 8, is referred to somewhere in the New Testament. Thus we safely conclude that every New Testament writer apparently accepted these early chapters of Genesis as historically accurate.
Last time we started a series on the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood. This series will investigate the six fundamental truths about the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood. What are those truths?
In the 1st message of this World that Perished in the Genesis Flood Series we found they had NO TIME FOR GOD. And that is what we studied last time.
Next, the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood had NO REGARD FOR THEIR AMAZING CREATOR. We will see the planet earth flourishing with life. We will see this globe teeming with plant, animal and human population explosions. And all the time Evil was INTENSIFYING. Simply stated, a life with no time for God soon loses all respect, regard and acknowledgment of their Creator.
Thirdly, the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood had NO MAN LIKE NOAH. This biographical study of the life of Noah will be an amazing time of analyzing what is was that made this hero of the faith tick. Why he saved his family and how he served the Lord.
Number four, in the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood they had NO TESTIMONY MORE VIVID THAN THE ARK. That huge box, sitting in the back of Noah's home with rivers of animals marching two-by-two from every corner of the globe was hard to miss. Yet, in their hardness the whole world missed the message, refusing to even listen! No scene so powerful as ark.
This morning we will see in this World that Perished in the Genesis Flood they had NO ESCAPE FROM GOD'S WRATH. The chilling scenes of the rain, the volcanoes, the geysers, the smoke, the storms, the frantic rushing to ever diminishing higher ground. And then the final moments as men and beasts crowded atop the hills and were cut off from breathing by the raging waters.
Only God's Word revealing the Flood gives the Master Key to Earth’s Riddles
Once we accept the Flood was the most destructive event that ever occurred in the past when there was life on earth, and involved violent eruptions, crustal breakup and complete submersion of all land in water with the destruction and burial of all life, we begin to realize that the Flood is the Master Key to understanding the earth’s past. Would you believe the Flood event could explain the following mysteries of earth’s past and present?
ONLY NOAH'S FLOOD EXPLAINS THE Distribution of continents, earth’s topography, deserts, forests, cold regions
ONLY NOAH'S FLOOD EXPLAINS THE Stratified rock layers, canyons, river systems, petrified rock
ONLY NOAH'S FLOOD EXPLAINS THE Prehistoric life and fossils
ONLY NOAH'S FLOOD EXPLAINS THE supply of coal
ONLY NOAH'S FLOOD EXPLAINS THE Ice ages
ONLY NOAH'S FLOOD EXPLAINS THE Human and animal distribution
ONLY NOAH'S FLOOD EXPLAINS THE Origin of civilizations, cultures, races and languages
THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT OF THE FLOOD
Genesis 7-8 records the following characteristics of the Flood are noteworthy:
The fountains of the deep burst forth and the windows of the heaven were opened (Gen. 7:11).
Forty days and nights of incessant rain (Gen. 7:12). The Ark was lifted up and it floated (Gen. 7:17)
For 150 days the waters rose and covered all land including mountains to a depth of 15 cubits (Gen. 7:19-20; 24)
Then a mighty wind swept the earth over the waters. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were shut (Gen. 8:1-2).
The waters receded for 150 days (Gen. 8:3).
The Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat exactly five months from the start of the Flood (Gen. 8:4).
It was after one year and ten days from the start of the Flood that the earth became completely dry. God commanded Noah to bring every creature in the Ark outside to repopulate the earth (Gen. 8:14; 18-19).
And that is why those who lived right after the Flood clearly knew of the Flood event. Job 22:15-17 Will you keep to the old way Which wicked men have trod, 16 Who were cut down before their time, Whose foundations were swept away by a flood? 17 They said to God, 'Depart from us! What can the Almighty do to them?' (NKJV)
THE BIBLICAL FLOOD EXPLAINED
The Flood described in Genesis stands out as a most mysterious event. It is presented as the greatest catastrophe the earth has ever witnessed. It wiped out the entire human population of the earth; it destroyed all the beasts, and buried all the trees on earth – except those saved in a vessel called the Ark. An estimated billion people were on the earth before the Flood, and immense forests covered the earth. The so-called wild and exotic animals such as the dinosaurs and the mammoths had roamed the earth, but they all perished. If you doubt that these things did happen during the Flood, just read on. You are in for a great surprise.
But that is not all. After the Flood, a new world emerged, the one that we live on. The events of the Flood changed landmarks, topography, climate and food supply drastically. It was more than just a Flood that happened; we shall find what the real event behind the Flood was in the following pages.
Why should you check out the Flood? Because it unfolds earth’s mysterious past called ‘prehistory’. You will realize that the schoolbooks have been covering up the mightiest event since Creation and presenting a totally different explanation for past earth events, based on evolutionary models. You have not been told the real origin of fossils and the real story of prehistoric life.
To get the story straight open with me to Genesis 8:1-5.
God sent a Universal Flood That Destroyed the Earth.
How do we know? Biblical Evidences of a Global Flood
GENESIS 6:13, 17 PORTRAYS MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OF LIFE
All Humans Were Killed. The Bible clearly teaches that all flesh died...every man (http://www.christiananswers.net/bible/gen9.html) Genesis 9:1 confirms that only Noah's family was saved and that every person living today is descended from his family.
All Air-Breathing, Land Animals Killed. The world's entire population of air breathing, land animals died, except those taken into the ark (Genesis 7:21) - "everything on Earth" (Genesis 6:17) - "all living creatures of every kind on the Earth" (Genesis 9:16). The Bible is clear that all the air breathing, land animals perished during the flood, except those preserved with Noah - from which all modern animals are descended.
Mass graveyards of elephants, horses, dinosaurs and other creatures are found worldwide. Dinosaur fossils are distributed worldwide. Fossils are found from mountaintops to riverbeds. And the evolutionist's geological column never exists in complete form anywhere on the earth. In all the digs clams are 95% of all fossils. Of the remaining 5% of the fossils 95% are plants. And of the remaining 5% of the fossils 95% are fish. All the dinosaurs are such a tiny part of the record. But clams, clams are everywhere. But few mammals and humans and so on. Why? Because when humans drown they float and decay. Only a very few were laid down in the record.
GENESIS 7:4 PORTRAYS PETRIFIED FORESTS
Many petrified forests overlaid with lava are found in many parts of the world. Yellowstone National Park in USA has such forests. Petrified logs have been an enigma to many scientists. The evidences point rather clearly to catastrophic conditions that prevailed at the time of the Flood, when these thousands of trunks were transported and grounded in huge logjams. Many of the trunks appear to have the bark intact, indicating rapid burial before rotting could occur. The wood tissue is very well preserved as agate. Foliage has been stripped from the trunks. This was no local catastrophe, because these types of fossil trees from the "Triassic" are widespread over the Southwest. No geologist insists that the "forest" is in situ, and it is obvious that petrified logs are not being formed anywhere in the world today.
Another scientist records: "There lie thousands of fossilized logs, many of them broken up into short segments, others complete and unbroken.... The average diameter of the logs is 3 to 4 feet, and the length 60 to 80 feet. Some logs 7 feet in greatest diameter and 125 feet long have been observed. None are standing in position of growth but, with branches stripped, lie scattered about as though floated by running water until stranded and subsequently buried in the places where they are now found. The original forests may have been scores of miles distant. The cell structure and fibers have been almost perfectly preserved by molecular replacement of silica . . . "
GENESIS 7:6, 10 SHOWS A WORLD WITH RIVER SYSTEMS, WATERMARKS
The earth’s major river systems and deltas do not go back to a long past; only several thousand years. The present topography and river systems of the earth resulted from the topographical changes that occurred during and after the Flood.
Watermarks in old dried up lakes, old river terraces and ancient elevated shorelines found in different parts of the world testify to a watery event and deposition of layers.
All The Mountains Were Covered. The tops of all the high mountains under the entire heavens were at least 20 feet beneath the waters surface (Genesis 7:19-20). It would be absurd to think that a flood covering the highest mountains of the Middle East would not affect the rest of the world. In addition, the waters remained at this awesome, mountain-covering height for five months! (Genesis 7:18-24, 8:1-5).
GENESIS 7:11 SHOWS A WORLDWIDE VOLCANIC ERUPTION
What really happened during the Flood has been a mystery. The biblical account and other ancient records do not shed much light on the Flood event. The reason is, the survivors of the Flood were shut up in the Ark for the entire period of the Flood. God never explained to Noah the details of the Flood. Noah recorded what he experienced while in the Ark. The Flood started with two major events (Gen. 7:11):
The fountains of the deep burst forth
The windows of heaven were opened
This latter event is connected with the 40 days and nights of rain from above. What about the first event? Apparently there were exploding noises from beneath the waters of the ocean. It would seem that water gushed forth from underneath the oceans from explosions. Any time volcanoes erupt, a lot of steam is given off along with other fumes. Did volcanoes erupt under the oceans?
Every fossil dig has volcanic ash in the strata. What does that mean? Global Volcanism. Think of the power of one event 20 years ago. The violent eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington State on May 18, 1980, produced a series of geologic surprises. At 8:32 a.m., an earthquake under the volcano shook the swollen and oversteepened north slope, dislodging a rockslide of more than one-half cubic mile of rock and ice. As the pressure was released by the departure of the rockslide, superheated water inside the volcano flashed to steam creating a twenty-megaton, northward-directed blast of hot gas and rock fragments. In six minutes the blast leveled 3.2 billion board feet of prime forest (enough lumber to build 640,000 houses) over an area in excess of 150 square miles. The nine-hour eruption, which followed, was one of the most photographed and studied volcanic events in history.
The truth is, something far more powerful than a few volcanic eruptions occurred. If you look closely the topographical map of the earth (see below), you will see a chain of mid-ocean ridges on the ocean floor connecting all oceans.
Geologists have recognized that these ridges are fracture lines on the earth’s crust. They have estimated some 200 million years ago the continents were joined together as one piece, and they have named this super continent Pangea.
The scientists are correct about the breakup of a super continent. But they are completely wrong about the dating of the event because they have used evolutionary dating.
The creationist view is that the breakup of the super continent happened some 5000 years ago, and was the main event of the Flood. The super continent that broke up was the Good Earth, which I described under Creation Mysteries.
How can we prove the breakup of the super continent took place just 5000 years ago? The main arguments are given below.
The breaking up of the Crust was an explosive event of unprecedented magnitude, considering the fact that the mid-ocean ridges extend some 40,000 miles. The broken parts did not just move at the rates we see today. The mantle rocks beneath the Crust were so hot that the broken plates could move without much friction for many hundreds of miles per hour initially. As the rocks cooled down, the movement began to slow down. It is this slowed down rate we are seeing today. We can assume an exponential decay in the rate at which the plates moved apart or moved against each other.
GENESIS 7:12 MAKES US ASK, "WHERE DID THE FLOOD WATERS COME FROM?"
Most people assume the Floodwaters came from the 40 days of rain. The question is, was there that much water held up above to pour down and submerge all land mass including the mountains?
It has been estimated that if the atmosphere is water saturated, the total water content when condensed would not create more than 30 ft. Oceans are 71% of total surface area, more than enough to cover the earth 7,500 feet deep. Source of flood? Fountains of the great deep, 150-day breakup, great subterranean water.
Remember, the earth’s crust broke up at the start of the Flood? Huge eruptions under the oceans for thousands of miles literally boiled the ocean and released steam into the air along with volcanic ash. Immense tidal waves were also created. The steam and the ash that went up precipitated as rain for the entire period of the eruptions. All that are familiar with volcanic eruptions knows this phenomenon. There would be a cooling down of the earth’s atmosphere as well due to the blockage of sunlight.
The oceanic waters not only boiled off and gave the rain, but also swept across all landmass with such force that the soil and all the trees were uprooted into a muddy soup.
(These terms are explained here)
Immediately after the rupture, the salty, subterranean water began flowing horizontally toward the rupture. The tremendous pressure in the subterranean chamber accelerated the escaping water to high speeds, rapidly eroding the rock bounding the chamber and rupture. Thus the water expelled up through the rupture and into the atmosphere was filled with dirt fragments of various sizes. Likewise, frictional heating melted the first ice particles falling into the atmosphere.
Muddy rain, accompanied by high winds, fell first, forcing many different animals to higher ground. Some of these high burial grounds are now the Arctic islands containing dense concentrations of mammoth bones and ivory. Prey and predator sought protection from the greater common enemy—rising waters. Larger animals, such as mammoths and rhinoceroses, in rushing to higher ground, may have crushed and buried the smaller animals in warmer sediments. This may explain the antelope skull under the Berezovka mammoth.
Fine sediments in the muddy rain and ice mixed with the torn up surface vegetation and formed muck. This soupy mixture, along with ripped up forests, flowed into valleys and other low areas, smoothing the topography into flat, low plateaus. Later this muck froze, preserving to this day its distinguishing organic component and its loess like inorganic component.
Before the flood, the subterranean water was sealed off from the atmosphere and, therefore, probably contained no dissolved air. As "the fountains of the great deep" exploded up through the atmosphere, the rapid and steady evaporation from the rising liquid forced gases away from, rather than toward, each rising liquid particle. Thus, the water that froze above the atmosphere had no dissolved air but still had dissolved carbon dioxide. Both froze to become a mixture of water ice and frozen carbon dioxide, or "dry ice." Remember Job describes frozen lakes, he was aware of the receding Ice Age. The ice ages followed the flood.
Evidence of Noah's Flood in seen in Mammoth deaths by Suffocation. Suffocation occurred in several ways: (a) physical burial by falling ice particles, (b) breathing too much carbon dioxide gas from evaporating "dry ice," and (c) freezing lung tissue, thereby preventing the diffusion of oxygen into and carbon dioxide out of the lungs.
Evidence of Noah's Flood in seen in Mammoth deaths by Dirty Lungs. The extreme winds beginning at the time of the rupture created a gritty atmosphere for a few hours before the rain and ice reached Dima. This is why his entire digestive and respiratory tracts contained silt, clay, and small particles of gravel.
Evidence of Noah's Flood in seen in Mammoth deaths by -150°F. As the mass of "hail" fell into the atmosphere, it pushed forward and displaced large volumes of air, creating violent down drafts and additional surface winds. Larger, stronger animals, such as mammoths and rhinoceroses, best withstood the driving rain, wind, and cold as they sought safety. They were still standing as the colder hail began piling up at various places—hail whose temperature was about -150°F, corresponding to the temperature above the atmosphere. This "super cold" ice pressing against their bodies rapidly froze even their warm stomachs and internal organs.
Surviving evidence of the Flood shows death by Upright and Vertical Compression. The massive and violent hailstorm buried mammoths and rhinoceroses alive—many standing up and compressed from all sides. Babies were flattened. Exposed parts of adult bodies, unsupported by bone, were vertically flattened. Sometimes even strong bones were crushed by axial compression. Encasement in muddy ice maintained the alignment of Berezovka's leg bone as it was crushed lengthwise.
Only the Flood can explain how the frozen animals were buried in muddy hail at the onset of the flood. During the following months, sedimentary layers and their fossils were deposited on top of this ice and sorted by liquefaction. Nor is there any known report of marine fossils, layered strata, limestone deposits, or coal seams directly beneath any frozen mammoth or rhinoceros remains. Tolmachoff, in his chapter on the geology of the Berezovka site, wrote "Marine shells or marine mammals have never been discovered in [deposits having frozen mammoths]." All the frozen mammoths and rhinoceroses seem to have died at the same time. However, the radiocarbon ages vary.
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A flood preview
On November 17th, 1656 the most disastrous event that has ever happened on earth began. There have been killer quakes over the centuries killing thousands, but nothing like this. There have been deadly plagues over the years killing millions, but never has there been a time that all the inhabitants of the planet except EIGHT were eliminated.
What happened on the ground must have been beyond description. It was not only rain that fell. The fountains of the deep must certainly describe the volcanic activity that surrounded the FLOOD.
A brief description of EXPLODING MOUNTAINS SINCE THE FLOOD can give us a little insight into what the earth did during those horrifying days of judgment. In August of 1883, the island of Krakatoa in the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) "burst with a roar heard more than 2,000 miles away; the resultant aerial vibrations circled the globe several times. Volcanic dust blocked out the sun for a radius of 100 miles. Some of it eventually sifted to earth 1,000 miles from Krakatoa; the rest, ejected with a force that drove it into the stratosphere, dispersed over the entire planet, causing spectacular sunsets through the closing months of 1883.
Finally came the culminating horror-the tidal waves. More than 1 00 feet high and with a velocity in excess of 50 miles an hour, they ravaged the nearby coasts of Java and Sumatra. In places they raged inland of 1,000 yards and were still 30 feet high. They swept away entire towns and villages, almost 300 of them. This disaster crushed the life from more than 36,000 people"
Multiply these crustal paroxysms by hundreds of thousands and a mental picture of the early phase of the Flood year will begin to emerge-"on the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up ... and every living thing was destroyed" (Gen. 7:11, 23).
For just a moment consider the scoffing of our modern days. The apostle Paul asks, "Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" (I Cor. 1:20). Foolishnessin the Biblical sense of that term-is a willful refusal to accept God's explanations of reality in favor of mere human explanations. Uniformitarian geologists today are far less rigid than their nineteenth-century counterparts. They speak of their new freedom and flexibility, even to the point of tolerating major catastrophes. But the trend is somewhat dangerous for their uniformitarian/evolutionary model of earth history.
Can their system absorb the discovery that the earth's magnetic field began less than 15,000 years ago because of its present rate of dissipation?
Or the lack of helium in the atmosphere in spite of rapid accretion through radioactive decay processes?
Or the lack of meteoritic dust on the moon and earth in spite of its present rapid rate of accumulation?
Or the discovery that oil reservoirs are of recent origin because of the impossibility of long maintaining high fluid pressures under the observed permeabilities of reservoir and trap formations?
Or the necessarily sudden and recent formation of all of the earth's vast coal deposits?
Or the rapid formation and excavation of the Grand Canyon, together with the presence of pollen grains in its lowest strata?
Or the presence of human footprints in the same rock layers with the footprints of huge reptilian dinosaurs?
960721 AM TRANSCRIPT
Well, what happened on the ground on the day of the flood, November 17th, about 1650 years after the creation, was beyond description. It wasn’t only rain that fell. The fountains of the deep, it says in chapter seven that the fountains of the deep, verse 11, were broken up.
You know that’s the geological description of volcanic activity. I want to read to you from the Insights of the National Geographic and tell you what happened when one volcano erupted. And I want you to know that the Bible says that the fountains of the deep broke up all over this planet. What I’m going to read to you must have occurred, multiplied hundreds of times around this globe, all instantaneously as God just cut loose and let it go and destroyed this planet. But listen when one volcano, in 1883, the month of August, out in the Netherlands East Indies, that’s Indonesia, when that exploded. This is what the eyewitnesses said that the earth did when a mountain exploded about 113 years ago. “This mountain burst with a roar that was heard more than 2,000 miles away.” People 2,000 miles away heard that mountain explode. The resultant aerial vibrations circled the globe several times. Volcanic dust blocked out the sun for a radius of 100 miles. Some of that dust eventually sifted to the earth 1,000 miles from Kracatoa (that’s the name of the mountain). The rest ejected with a force that drove it into the stratosphere dispersed over the entire planet causing spectacular sunsets through the closing months of 1883. Finally came the culminating horror tidal waves. Over 100 feet high with a velocity in excess of 50 mph they ravaged the nearby coast of Java and Sumatra. In places they raged inland for one-half mile, 30 feet high. They swept away entire towns and villages. Over 300 villages disappeared from the face of the earth. This disaster crushed the life out of over 36,000 people in August of 1883 when one mountain exploded on this planet.
Multiply these paroxysms with hundreds or thousands of other volcanoes erupting and a mental picture of the early phase of the flood year will begin to emerge. Because it says in Genesis 7:11 on that same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up.
And look at verse 23, and it says so he destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground, both man and cattle, creeping things and birds of the air, they were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. God judged a world and every living thing on that world perished except those that were with Noah in the ark.
For just a moment I want you to think about the scoffing of our modern days. The apostle Paul asked, hasn’t God made foolish the wisdom of this world, 1 Corinthians 1:20. Foolishness in the biblical sense of the term is a willful refusal to accept God’s explanation of reality. Have you ever thought about that? Those people that brought their lawn chairs and sat there and made a sport, mocking and scoffing at Noah, and by the way they had mocked and scoffed at his grandfather and his great-grandfather. Did you know Enoch had come as a preacher and a prophet and had preached all over about the Lord, who was coming with 10,000 saints, it says in Jude 14 and 15, and they didn’t accept that. Methuselah had come and his name meant, “When he dies, it comes.” And he was a longest-living man on this planet. And his long life showed how long God’s grace and mercy and patience with the planet would be. Almost a 1,000 years God gave the planet to heed and they didn’t. What’s amazing is that our world is so willing to receive mere human explanations to our world. The concept of uniformitarianism in geology today is a very dangerous view.
Let me just list for you some of the foolishness of our world.
Can the global science system absorb the discovery that the earth’s magnetic field, which by the way, this week they discovered that the core of our earth is spinning faster than the earth is and all of a sudden they’re saying, wow, this is an intricately designed magnetic field builder perhaps that the core is going faster than the earth, and about a quarter of a turn faster, and it’s amazing. But can science absorb the discovery that earth’s magnetic fields began less than 15,000 years ago because of the present rate of dissipation?
Can the modern science community say that the lack of helium in the atmosphere should be much greater because of the rapid accretion through the radioactive decay? In other words, if everything’s been going on for billions of years, there should be an awful lot more helium up there than there is. So what do they say? Well, it’s just going out into space. Oh. That’s a good explanation, you know, for why there isn’t more helium.
Or, how come there is a lack of meteorite dust on this planet and the moon? But just this planet? You say, how do you know there’s a lack? Because every meteorite that comes from outer space is 2.5 % nickel. I mean the element nickel. Did you know the crust of our planet has .008% nickel, so every time a meteorite falls they can tell if they analyze it that it’s not from this planet. So they have tested all over the world looking for meteorite dust. There’s only enough meteorite dust on this planet for it to be a maximum of 900,000 years old. So what do they say? Well, they just say there haven’t been meteorites in the past. Because the earth has to be billions of years old.
Can the scientific community explain the fact that the oil reserves are of recent origin because of the impossibility of long maintenance of high fluid pressures under observed permeability’s of the reservoir formations? Can they absorb that? Oil had to form over 25 million years ago according to their plan. But it couldn’t have.
Or the necessity of a sudden and recent formation of all the earth’s vast coal deposits.
Or the rapid formation excavation of the Grand Canyon. Why did it have to be rapid and recent? Because when they get to the bottom layer, a mile deep, if you look in what’s called the Cambrian layer, you’ll find spores of pine trees. Now what are they doing down there long before pine trees were supposed to have evolved? Because they didn’t evolve. And there was a flood and that mile of sediment laid down quickly, and while it was still moist, a mighty river of all the water from the flood that was on the coastal plain making a huge lake all of a sudden found a weak spot and started rushing down. And thousands and thousands of cubic miles of water rushed down and dug a one mile deep, 25 mile wide canyon that we call the Grand Canyon, which is probably the greatest singular picture of the flood that you could see what was going on this planet.
Or how about the present as we talked about last week of human footprints in the same layers of rock of mighty reptilian monster.
But let’s go back to Genesis chapter six. And what I want to show you this morning is a portrait of grace, not have a science lesson. I know some of you just, you get your clicker and you change channels when I talk about science, and so I’m not going to talk about it anymore. I’m going to talk about Genesis chapter six starting in verses 13 and 14, because I want to show you something and I just introduced this last Sunday night. But I want you, if you are of the clan and tribe of bible markers, to get out your marker because I want to show you what this event portrays about the grace of God and especially about the salvation that God offers the world today, because God says there are going to be two great bookends or two great dividers of history.
The first one is when God stopped all of human history with the flood.
The second one is when He stops all of human history in the tribulation time.
Those are the two markers God has put down. And if you learn about the flood, you will know a lot more about how the world is going to end because the first time He flooded it with water. The last time He’s going to flood it with fire. And it would be very important to listen so you’re not caught on your lawn chair when the door slams shut. Because there’s no way to get in once the door slams shut.
Genesis chapter six in verse 13, “True salvation is divine.”
That’s the first point. You might want to write that down. True salvation, salvation that God provides, is a divine salvation. It’s not something humans can cook up. It’s not something that you can do enough. In fact, I meet people all the time and so do you that are hoping they can do enough stuff to make God happy. I’ll tell you a little secret. You don’t even need to go on an expedition to Nepal and Tibet or talk to some Dalai Lama. I’ll tell you a secret this morning. No one can do enough good to please God. No one. No one. I can’t. You can’t. None of us by our own righteousness can please God.
I remember when the police chief of Los Angeles was preaching one time in another church that we were ministering at, and I remember when he leaned over the pulpit, and this was such a good illustration I’m going to copy it this morning. He says, “You know what? All of our goodness,” he says, “is kind of like a little fizzle.” And he says, “Here’s God up here,” and he says, “you know, here’s Billy Graham.” Can’t quite make it. “And here’s someone that you really admire, some old saint or your parents. And look, they can’t make it.” And then I remember this is what he said, “And here’s Pastor Barnett.” And I was the bad part of the illustration.
But see, none of us can make it to God. None of us. He is eternally holy and separate and no matter how much good we do, it’s like trying to jump to Hawaii from Los Angeles. And you can get the most Olympic athlete of all, and they can run for 50 miles and take a leap off from any one of those beaches on the coast of southern Cal and they will just get 35 or 40 feet out into the water if they’re good. And they’ll never make it to Hawaii. And God’s holiness infinitely separates Him from humanity. And none of us by our good works can propel ourselves close enough to get Him because salvation is divine.
Look what it says in verse 13. “And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh has come before me for the earth is filled with violence through them. And behold I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”
You know what? God divinely made a way of salvation. The scriptures put it this way: John 15:16, you might want to jot that reference down, Christ said you haven’t chosen me. I have chosen you. Salvation is divine. Listen to Ephesians 1:4. It says, “As He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” It’s God’s idea. It’s His plan. It’s divine. He initiated it. Revelation 13:8 says all who dwell on the earth will worship Satan, those whose names have not been written in the book of life of the lamb. But here’s what I want you to hear, listen to this. Revelation 13:8. The lamb, that’s Jesus, slain from the foundation of the world. Salvation is a divine plan. Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan. Oh, the grace that brought it down to man. Oh, the wondrous gulf that God did span, at Calvary. What did He do? God got a plan. And it’s portrayed in the ark. And it’s portrayed with Noah that God says I’m going to save you. And I’ve got this plan and if you follow my plan, you will escape the wrath.
Secondly, look at verse 14. True salvation not only is divine but also verse 14 of chapter six of Genesis, true salvation deals with sin.
You say, what do you mean? Well, the first occurrence of the word atonement is in verse 14, only atonement means to cover over. And so look what it says in verse 14 of Genesis six. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. You know what gopher wood is? I know what gopher wood is. I had a little fire going in the fireplace and I had to keep going for wood all winter long because it burned so fast. That’s gopher wood. It just burns fast. But, sorry that was just to wake some of you up. You needed that. Okay. And make rooms in the ark and listen; cover it inside and outside with pitch. Cover it. Kaphar -- Atone it. Now you say, what do you mean? Well, the only way I can talk about this is the New Testament says that Noah and the ark is a portrait of salvation. And you know what? Salvation is all about that we get inside and outside atoned for our sins. God takes away all external condemnation and God takes away all internal guilt. And he atones for our sins. And so the scriptures tell us that true salvation will always deal with sin. The word for pitch in 6:14 is the same word for atonement used later in the Old Testament. And this is what the New Testament says about our Savior. Matthew 1:21. She, Mary, the virgin, will bring forth a son and you shall call his name Jesus. Why? Why call him Jesus? For He will save His people from their sins. If you’ve never been saved from sin, you’ve never been saved from hell. True salvation deals with sin. The scriptures go on to say this. John 1:29. The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and he turned and pointed to him and said, “Behold, the lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world.” True salvation deals with sin. If you have never dealt with your sin, then you are not saved. My sin on the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin, not in part but the whole, was nailed to the cross and I bear it no more. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, oh my soul! If your sins have never been dealt with, if your sins have never been taken, if my sins were never taken by Jesus Christ and nailed to the cross, then I have no hope of life eternal. True salvation deals with sin. 1 John 3:9,10 says “For whoever’s been born of God does not sin for his seed remains in him. He cannot sin because he’s been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God nor is he who does not love his brother.”
Do you know what the Bible says? Contrary to current theological notions, the Bible says that saving faith is life-changing faith. And if my life and if your life has never turned from the habitual practice of sin, then it’s never turned in faith to Christ.
You say, does that mean we’re eradicated? There’s a whole denomination that teaches eradication. And I remember the keynote speaker at that conference once was down south and this man had the most beautiful white hair. And he had been eradicated. He said he had no sin nature left. And he used to carry around in his pocket a beautiful little mirror and comb set. And whenever he wasn’t speaking about eradication, he’d be off backstage looking in his mirror and fixing his hair. And someone came out and said, “You’re a little vain.” And he got so angry with them, his face turned red and he yelled at them and they said, “A-ha. What happened to your eradication there, brother?” We’re not eradicated. We’re still sinners. The Bible does not say in 1 John 3:9,10 that we will never sin. It says that sin no longer dominates our life that Christ has set us free. The shackles are off. Now we might voluntarily give in to sin. And we might learn to give in to sin by habit. And we might be grieved by sin. The spirit of God might be quenched in our life. But there’s still a struggle against sin. We’re not dominated by sin anymore. The evidence of life eternal is that the back of sin has been broken in our lives. True salvation deals with sin.
Thirdly, true salvation is personal. Look at chapter seven in verse one.
This is very interesting. Then the Lord said to Noah, come in to the ark, you and all your family. Did you know no matter what God had done with the ark being built, with the animal stream going by, with Noah and his wife walking up if Shem, or Ham, or Japheth or their wives would have said, well I’m not sure I want to go in that thing. Might be crowded in there, might be smelly. You know, I might not like the other people in there, you know? Whatever. They wouldn’t have been saved. Salvation is personal. They had to go into the ark made of wood. And I’ll tell you a little secret. Salvation is personal. There’s no group salvation. You, individually, must come into Christ or you don’t have salvation. Mom can’t get you to heaven. Neither can Dad. Neither can your children or your husband or your wife or this church or any of its leaders. It is a personal reception.
You know what Jesus compared salvation to? Eating. I can remember many times driving along, you know, and I’m starving to death. And I hear those bags of stuff crinkling in the back seat and I hear all those little sounds, you know. You know those children can eat all they want. It doesn’t do me any good. I mean, I’m happy they’re eating but I’m still starving. Did you know unless you personally partake, you know what Jesus said? He said salvation is like drinking water. You can be in a swimming pool with people just quaffing all their sodas around you and you can die of thirst if you don’t ever let any in.
If you have never received Christ, this is what the Bible says. Philippians 2:7,8. He made himself of no reputation. He took upon himself the form of a servant and he came in the likeness of man. Found in the likeness of men, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even the death of the cross. Why? Because he came down to bring salvation to us. And he offers it to us. And this morning Christ offers each of us, if we haven’t yet received his gift, with nail-pierced hands; he offers us a free gift. It’s extended to us. Whosoever will let him come. Let him drink of the water of life freely, but it must be personally received. This is life eternal, John 17:3, that they may know you.
The word “know” is the most intimate expression. It’s the word for a husband and a wife when they intimately know one another. They experience the greatest degree of experiencing one another. And you know what the Bible says salvation is? That very same word. Coming into an intimate relationship with God when He comes to dwell within us. Now that doesn’t mean you recognize God, you go to church at Easter or you heard a lot about Him or know lots of facts. You personally experience Him. You know Christ spent the majority of his ministry shaking up religious people and saying, you’re very religious, you give lots of stuff to the temple, and you’re very fastidious in your observance, but you’ve never experienced me. And therefore, you don’t have eternal life.
Another verse, Acts 3:16; his name through faith in His name has made this man strong. You see that man in Acts 3:16, that was lame and sitting in the gate, he had heard all the bustle about the gospel and everything else. He’d never experienced personally, firsthand, the good news of Christ. And when he looked at those apostles, and when they spoke to him and he had faith, he personally experienced the power of God. Now God healed him, but he also personally received the free gift of eternal life and believed, through faith, in Him name.
It says in Acts 26:18 that Jesus Christ is the one who opens our eyes, He turns us from darkness to light, he sets us free from the power of Satan. We personally receive forgiveness of sins, and we have an inheritance among those who are sanctified. Has that ever happened to you? Have your eyes ever been opened spiritually or do you still have this book and you say, man I don’t understand that thing. Been reading it for years and I still don’t understand it. Well, maybe you’d better go to the heavenly eye doctor and ask Him to open your eyes. That’s the first thing that happens when we get saved. We’re no longer loving the darkness, we love the light. We’re set free from the shackles of sin. We know our sins are forgiven. That’s what salvation’s all about.
So, 1) True salvation is divine, Genesis 6:13,14. 2) True salvation deals with sin. 3) True salvation is personal. It’s an intimate, personal relationship with Christ.
4) God saves by invitation. Look at verse two.
You shall take with you seven of everyone. What are they taking them for? Because He says come. It’s a personal invitation. God extends to every one of us, to Noah and his family and to all those that were coming into the ark, and a personal invitation. Listen to how Jesus put it. This is how personal the invitation is. John 6:37. Jesus said, all the Father gives to me will come to me. That’s the joy of the ministry. For each of us, not just me. For you. You can go out into the world and you can just tell people Jesus said whoever will, let him come, and those whom the father has given to Christ as a love gift will respond and come. And I tell you what, there’s nothing greater than to see someone coming out of their darkness and into the light, coming to Jesus. John 6:37 continues, and no one who comes to me will I cast out. John 6:44, no one can come to me, Jesus said, unless the Father who sent me draws him. You say, are you sure about that? Yes. Because he ties together the resurrection with salvation. He says those that God draws out of the graveyard of sin to salvation, God will someday raise them from the dead that they might come into the joys of eternal life in heaven. And they will get their resurrection body. See, the people that fight against God’s initiation of salvation forget that they’re fighting also against the proof of the resurrection. Because the same God that takes us dead in our trespasses and sin will take our moldering bodies and clothe them with immortality and celestial life. So salvation is by invitation. God invited Noah and his family into the ark and if you will come to Christ, it’s at God’s invitation.
Number five. True salvation is exclusive. Look at verse 13 of chapter seven.
And the same day, the very same day, Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark. Did you know there was only one door into that building? Can you imagine Shem or Ham or Japheth saying, well, I don’t want to go in that door? I’m going to try and climb up the outside, you know? Give me a ladder. No, God said come on in the ark. I made one door and I want you to come through that door. Come on. Just where the animals went. Just come up here, you know? Salvation is exclusive. There is only one way of salvation. There is only one ark. There weren’t many arks out there. They weren’t sprinkled all over. You know, all arks lead to, you know, out of the flood. No. Just one ark. There’s one door in that ark. Salvation is exclusive.
Listen to what the scriptures say. Jesus said, John 14:6, I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life. Nobody comes to the Father but through me. That’s exclusive. Listen to what the apostles said. Acts 4:12, Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we may be saved. Salvation is exclusive.
Don’t think that the Moslems are talking to the same God you are, that the Buddhists are talking to the same God you are, that the Hindus are talking to the same God, that the cults are talking to the same God, that those who are practicing a works religion are talking to the same God. They are not. They’re talking to a God of their own making. There’s only salvation in Christ.
Last thing before we go. Verse 16, true salvation is divine. True salvation deals with sin. True salvation is personally received. God saves by invitation. True salvation is exclusive.
God saves eternally. Whew. This is a good one. Look at verse 16.
So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded. And the Lord shut them in. When you and I come into the ark of salvation, when we come to Christ, God shuts the door. You know what Jesus said, he says, all the father gives to me will come to me and no one can pluck them out of my hand. He said, you don’t have to worry you’re holding on tight enough.
I mean, it’s neat when children grow up enough. I remember when there’s a period of time when you’re raising your little ones that you hold them and they just hold on tight. I mean, they think they’re holding themselves to you. And they don’t realize that the strong, loving arms of their parents are around them. But you know what happens? They grow to rest in that security. You know that’s what happens with a lot of people. They think that they’re holding on to God, you know, and they’re hoping that they hold on tight enough so they don’t lose it before the end, you know? And they’re just really thinking about that. But finally, they come to the point where they rest in the arms of the almighty. And they realize that salvation is eternally secure.
What do the scriptures say? Verse 24 and 25 of Jude. Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling, who is able to present you faultless before His presence with exceeding joy to the only wise God to whom be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and evermore. Who is doing the holding? God is. Who is doing the securing? The Lord, Jesus Christ. Hebrews seven says this. But He, that’s Christ, because He continues forever has an unchangeable priesthood, therefore also He is able to save those to the uttermost who come to God through Him since He ever lives to make intercession for them.
Are you resting in the one that saves you to the uttermost? Have you responded to His invitation yet? Have you dealt with or allowed Him to deal with your sin? Have you personally received salvation? Do you know that your eyes have been opened? Do you know that your whole lifestyle has been turned from darkness to light? Do you know that your sins are forgiven? Do you know that the spirit of God has come in to change you from the inside out? Do you know that you have an inheritance and that you’re going to live forever, that you’re eternally secure? Truly the flood is a flood of grace.
Oh, Father, thank you for a personal salvation. Thank you for a divinely, beautifully planned way of us being made right with you, whom we have offended by our sin. Thank you for your grace shown in your personal invitation. Thank you for the incredible security that we have in your marvelous plan. Thank you for your grace. And I pray that if any have not yet experienced the grace of God that leads to salvation, that they will today. And if any believer has kind of gotten out of touch with the marvelous grace that forgives and forgives and forgives, and cleanses and cleanses and cleanses, that they would experience that marvelous, infinite, matchless grace today for Christ’s sake. Amen.
Do most of the people in this world believe that the Creator of the Universe looked down and saw that the world was so evil, that He had to put a stop to it? No, evolutionary thought is based on uniformitarianism. That means no cataclysmic invasions by God. So the notion of a great, global flood as described in the Bible as an eye witness, historical record written by the only survivor and his family is scoffed at and ignored.
Before we examine the evidence that surrounds us every day, for the worldwide, cataclysmic flood that happened just like the Bible said it did—what does the Bible say about people who don’t believe God's Word? We find that God warned us that we are:
LIVING IN A
WORLD OF SCOFFERS
Now join me in II Peter 3. The Lord tells us what to do when you find yourself in a world that denies their Maker!
TRUST THE WORD v. 2
Fossils speak of death, and death speaks of sin and judgment, not of creation and development. When correctly interpreted, whether theologically or scientifically, this world- wide witness in the very earth itself testifies of a sovereign Creator who controls and judges His creation. Rather than evolutionary progress over many ages, these stones cry out concerning a judicial termination of one age.
The Biblical record is complete with a first hand account of that great hydrodynamic convulsion with which God judged the wickedness of the antediluvian world. Whatever geological problems may be suggested, there can no longer be any question that, if the word of God be true, the Genesis Flood was a world covering, cataclysmic judgment imposed by the strong hand of God.
EXPECT THE SCOFFERS v. 3
As people run amok in sin and every form of debauchery and ungodliness, they will become more and more impervious to God’s truth and resentful of His standards of righteousness. They will be so vile, wretched, and preoccupied with sex, drugs, alcohol, materialism, and pleasure seeking that they will believe every explanation for the end–time signs except the one given in Scripture. Rather than turning to God in repentance, they will curse Him (Rev. 9:21).
In the days of Noah before the Flood, they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage. While Noah built the ark, he also preached (2 Pet. 2:5), but the people were just as unconcerned about his preaching as about the ark he was building, thinking both were meaningless and absurd. They laughed when he spoke of the coming flood. They had never seen rain, much less a flood, because until that time the earth was apparently covered by a vapor canopy that provided all the moisture necessary for life to flourish. Because they had never seen such a calamity, they discounted the idea that it could happen. They therefore went about their daily routines of eating and drinking and of marrying and giving in marriage. It was business as usual until the day Noah entered the ark and it started to rain.
The people were so untouched by God’s truth that they did not understand their perilous situation until the flood came and took them all away into a godless eternity. Flood translates kataklusmos, which means deluge or washing away, and is the term from which the English cataclysm is derived. Only after it was too late did the people of that generation understand their tragic destiny.
The times in which Noah grew up were among the most evil and corrupt in history. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). If any man had reason to regret the time in which he lived it was Noah. But he did not complain about when he was born, his lot in life, or his calling. He obeyed as he was and where he was.
Noah’s job was to warn the people of his time that God would soon judge them because of their wickedness and unbelief. They had had the same opportunity to know God and His will as had Noah. The difference between Noah and everyone around him was not a difference in the amount of light but a difference in response to it.
RESIST THE LIE v. 4
Satan’s Gospel = uniformitarianism, evolution, impersonal god, animal ancestry and chance.
God’s Truth = cataclysmic intervention, creation, personal God, image of God and purposeful design.
AFFIRM THE CREATOR v. 5
REMEMBER THE JUDGE v. 6
The people had no excuse for their sin before Noah began building the ark, and they had even less excuse after he finished. One hundred and twenty years, even when men sometimes lived to be nearly a thousand, was more than ample time for anyone to repent who wanted to repent.
Spurgeon said, “He who does not believe God will punish sin will not believe that he will pardon it through atoning blood.” Many people are glad to hear about God’s gracious promises but want to hear nothing of His judgment. Spurgeon went on to say, “I charge you who profess the Lord not to be unbelieving with regard to the terrible threatenings of God to the ungodly. Believe the threat even though it should chill your blood. Believe though nature shrinks from the overwhelming doom. For if you do not believe, disbelieving God at one point will drive you to disbelieve God upon the other points of revealed truth.”
Against that wicked, cruel, and dark world, Noah’s life and testimony shined in glistening condemnation. Black never seems so black as when white is put beside it. The man of faith rebukes the world just by his living, even if he never utters a word of reproach. A young man of Athens told Socrates, “I hate you, because every time I meet you, you show me what I am.”
ESCAPE THE FIRE v. 7
Perhaps the saddest lesson from Noah’s day is that men have not changed in their attitude toward God since then, and will not change until the Lord returns. “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37–39).
The parallels of Noah’s day to our own are sobering. In Noah’s day God’s message was rejected, as it is today. In his day, wickedness, immorality, violence, lewdness, vulgarity, profanity, lying, killing, and blasphemy were rampant, as they are today. In his day a remnant found grace, just as a remnant believes today. In Noah’s day or shortly before it, Enoch was translated, picturing the rapture of believers when the Lord returns, which could be in our day. We can be as sure as they should have been that judgment is coming, because God has promised it just as clearly and men deserve it just as much. Someone has said, “If God doesn’t destroy our world, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” The next judgment will be different in two ways, however. First, it will not be by flood (Gen. 9:15) but by fire (2 Pet. 3:10). Second, it will be the last. And again the only security is refuge in God’s ark, Jesus Christ.
SEEK THE SAVIOR v. 8-9
It will be a moment of sheer terror when unbelievers face a holy God and realize with absolute certainty that they are eternally lost. That must have been the feeling of the people of Noah’s day when they saw the flood waters rise above their heads and knew the door to the ark was unalterably shut.
The ark symbolized many of God’s future dealings with men. The Hebrew word for pitch, for example, has the same root (kpr) as that used for atonement. The pitch kept the waters of judgment from entering the ark just as Christ’s atoning blood keeps judgment from the sinner.
The ark is a beautiful picture of the salvation offered in Jesus Christ. The ark was easily large enough to hold all the animals needed to assure each species’ survival. It had plenty of room for every person who wanted to come to God for safety. The fact that only eight persons came into the ark means that only eight wanted to be saved on God’s terms. God does not wish “for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). God’s nature does not change. His will in Peter’s time was the same in Noah’s time. Only those perished in the Flood who rejected God’s way of salvation. Had more come to Him for safety, we can be sure the ark would have accommodated them. Just so, Jesus’ blood is more than sufficient to atone for all the sins ever committed since the Fall. That no more people are saved than are simply means that these are the only ones who want to be saved. Jesus declared absolutely that no one who comes to Him will be cast out (John 6:37)
TOPIC: "The Flood” Genesis 5-8
These chapters deal with the flood and the faith of Noah. It is impossible for us to mine all of the spiritual treasures here; we will limit ourselves to a fourfold study of this important event in Bible history.
THE FLOOD CONSIDERED
The Genesis record proves the fact of the flood.
Christ taught a literal Flood Matthew 24:37-39 "But as the days of Noah [were,] so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (NKJV), Luke 17:26 "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: (NKJV).
The prophet Isaiah in 54:9 "For this [is] like the waters of Noah to Me; For as I have sworn That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, So have I sworn That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. (NKJV).
The apostle Peter 1 Peter 3:20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while [the] ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (NKJV); 2 Peter 2:5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, [one of] eight [people,] a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; (NKJV) 2 Peter 3:6by which the world [that] then existed perished, being flooded with water. (NKJV) Archaeologists tell us that every ancient civilization had a flood tradition with details paralleling the Genesis account. It is likely that these stories (involving their fanciful gods and goddesses) were corruptions of the original history of the flood that was handed down from generation to generation.
of the flood
The purpose of the flood is stated in Genesis 6:5-13. Man had become corrupt, the earth was filled with violence, and God had to destroy mankind. There must always be judgment and death before there can be a new beginning. We will study the details later.
of the Flood
The ark was not a boat, but was rather a "floating box" made of cypress wood and pitched with bitumen. If we use a 24 inch cubit, its size would be 600' long, wide, and 60' high. With an 18-inch cubit the size becomes 450 x 75 x 45. In either case, the ark was large enough to hold the collection of animals, the food, and Noah's family. We do not know how many species of animals there were in that day. Note that 6:20 indicates that God brought the animals to Noah. There-were three levels to the ark, with a window either in the roof of the top level or running all around the top level (6:16); and there was one door.
The flood itself was caused by the falling rain and the erupting of water from under the earth (7:11). One can well imagine the tremendous effects these would have on the surface of the earth, as well as on the climate. Gigantic tidal waves followed these eruptions. Gen. 2:5-6 suggests that the falling of rain was a new thing on the earth, which makes the faith of Noah even more wonderful.
of the flood
The schedule of the flood is clearly given in the record. If we count the year of Adam’s creation as 1 then Noah was born in the year 1056. Gen. 6:3 indicates that God gave Noah 120 years to preach and build the ark (I Pt. 3:20), which means he was 480 Years old when he started (7:11). This would be the year 1536. The flood came in Noah's 600th year, which would be 1656; and on the 27th day of the second month in the year 1567, Noah and his family were back on dry ground (8:13ff). The daily schedule would look like this:
Month 2 (November) 1656
They enter the ark (7:1-9)
Month 2 (November)
The floods come (7:10-11)
Month 3 (December)
The rains end (7:12)
Month 7 (April) 1657
The ark rests (8:1-4)
Month 10 (July)
Mountain-tops seen (8:5)
Month 11 (August)
Sends out raven and dove (8:6-9)
Month 11 (August)
Dove brings branch (8:10-11)
Month 11 (August)
Dove fails to return (8:12)
Month 1 (October) 1657
Noah opens ark (8:13)
Month 2 (November)
They leave the ark (8:14ff)
We shall see later that the year 1656, and the date that the ark rested on Ararat, are very important.
OF THE FLOOD
CONSIDERED TYPICALLY the ark is a wonderful picture of our salvation in Christ.
It was planned by God, not invented by man.
There was only one way of salvation; there was only one door in the ark.
The ark was made of wood, speaking of the humanity of Christ: He had to be born as man in order to save us.
The word for "pitch" in 6:14 is the same as the word "atonement" used later in the OT.
God invited Noah and his family into the ark (7:2); and once they were in, God shut them in so that they were secure (7:16).
The ark not only saved mankind, but also the creatures within it; just as Christ's death will one day deliver creation from the bondage of sin.
The ark saved them from judgment; Christ saves us from the wrath to come. First Peter 3:18-22 connects the ark with the resurrection of Christ; the waters buried the old world but raised Noah to a new life.
If you will check the Flood schedule, you will see that the ark rested on Ararat on the 17th day of the 7th month. The first month in the Hebrew calendar is October, so the 7th month would be April; and April 17th (three days after Passover, Exodus 12:1-3) is the day our Lord arose from the dead! April was made the first month of the religious year at the Passover, but October remains the first month of the civil year.
Well, let’s consider the flood historically:
the fact of the flood is proved by the Genesis record. Now just because there’s scientific evidence of the flood on every square inch of this planet, just because there’s no way to explain the geological structure of the earth apart from water being involved in a great way, unless you totally deny that and contort these ridiculous scenarios to make it happen, but if you don’t, if you just look as a normal person with a reasoning eye, there’s no way to explain the geology of this planet without a lot of water being involved.
But that’s not why I believe in the flood.
Well, Christ taught about the literal flood. I already read that to you and you can write that down inMatthew 24:37-39. Another reference to put by Christ believing the flood is Luke 17:26. This is what Jesus said when he was preaching, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man.” You see he didn’t even try and prove Noah. He said Noah existed. Noah’s era existed. The wickedness of the world existed, and the wrath of God was dumped upon the world at that time. He didn’t have to prove it; He believed it.
The prophet Isaiah says this, and let me read to you Isaiah 54 in verse 9. It’s interesting how all the writers of scripture agree in their emphasis upon the flood. It says in Isaiah 54, in verse 9, “For this is like the waters of Noah to me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah’s recording God talking - the infinite God, who is truthful and makes no error. And God said, “For this is like the waters of Noah to me for I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, not the delta of the Tigress and Euphrates, not the fertile crescent, the entire planet.”
It says in Psalms 104 that after the flood God raised the mountain. There were not mountains, as we know it right now. That’s why the geologists have so much trouble. They can’t explain some of the over thrusts where there are sedimentary layers and then Cambrian rock and then all this stuff, and they can’t figure it out. And part of it is because after the flood, God thrust up the mountains. But we won’t talk about that until we’re in
But the apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 3:20, believed in Noah. It says in 1 Peter 3:20, “God says those who were formerly disobedient when the divine longsuffering late??? In the days of Noah while the ark was being prepared of which a few that is eight souls were saved. 2 Peter 2:5, “God did not spare the ancient world but He saved Noah.” 2 Peter 3:6 “The world that then existed was flooded.”
Archaeologists have found that every ancient civilization has a flood tradition with details that parallel those that Noah and the scriptures record. They’ve computerized all the legends of the world and they’ve sorted them
a high 90 percentile believe that eight people were in the boat.
down to the 90 percentile and there were animals in the boat.
88% of all the legends in the world say that the water destroyed all the other people on the earth. And that’s just the legends of the Mayans and the Incas and the people that live in the islands of the Pacific and people that live far in the center of Africa. All of them have flood traditions and legends.
Secondly, the flood historically was a fact and it’s literal, but the purpose of the flood is back in our text. And I want to show you in verse five of Genesis six. And if you wonder how God could kill everybody on the planet, Genesis 6:5 says this, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” God looked at the planet and spread out the people and looked at their hearts. And He said, all I can see is that every single person on this planet continually is sinning in his or her hearts. And He found one man that was resisting the world. And that’s verse eight. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Why? Look at verse nine. Because Noah was a just man in his generation, and he walked with God. Noah was one who was a part of that line of the Godly that were walking with God. And God says I will graciously pour out my mercy on him. Man had become corrupt. The earth was filled with violence. God had to destroy mankind. There must always be judgment and death before there can be a new beginning. That’s what the Bible says.
Well, thirdly, if the scriptures prove the fact of the flood, the purpose of the flood is to meet the just requirements of a holy God in his wrath against sin. What was the method? Well, we’ve talked about this many times, that the ark definitely could hold all species. If you take the most conservative cubit, which a cubit is from the fingertips to the elbow. If you take the most conservative size, you would have found out and measured that the ark was between 450 and 600 feet long and about 75-100+ feet wide and about 45 feet high. If you add all this up, that would indicate that there was a minimum of 1.5 million square feet. Now let’s convert that to railroad cars. The ark would hold 569 railroad stock cars. Okay, you know that you put animals in, take them to market. Of which only 208 of the 500, almost 600, cars could hold all 21,000-land animals that we have right now. You only need a third of the cars to hold the land animals. You say, well, what about all of the sea animals and everything else? Well, I looked at the charts this week, and if you look at all the 1.072 million species of animals on the planet, you know an awful lot of them are things like sponges and worms and fish and things like that. If you take all the land animals and put ‘em in a blender and got the average of all of them, the average land animal is the size of a sheep. Did you know that? The average one. There are 21,000 animals that would need to be in the ark and the average size is a sheep. That means that half of them are greater than that size and half of them are smaller. So they would all fit in only 208 railroad cars. So therefore, there’s no problem with this boat holding all the animals. We don’t know how many species there were in that day. I’m sure there were more than there are now. I mean if we’re having stuff die off before our very eyes, they’ve been dying off for a long time. It says in verse 20 of Genesis 6, notice this, it says that the birds after their kind, of the animals after their kind, I’m reading Genesis 6:20, of the creeping things after their kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep alive. Now see, this wasn’t just Noah out there going (…whistle, whistle, whistle). You know, I mean it wasn’t like that, I mean, I just see ‘em with a chain on this gigantic, you know, whatever, “Come on!” No, God, it says there, He caused them, verse 20, you might want to underline that, and they will come to you. God was involved. God created them. He had Adam name them and then God put into them a desire to come to the ark.
And the flood itself, it’s very interesting what caused it. If you look at verse 11 of chapter seven, it says this, “In the 600th year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the 17th day of the month, and we’re going to look at these dates in just a moment, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were open and the rain was on the earth 40 days and 40 nights. What’s interesting, we understand what the windows of heaven are, right? Rain. It’s the fountains of the deep that are very, very interesting. Because this not only is perhaps subterranean water but most likely, and what we see if you look at the planet, you can see that there was some time when the volcanoes were on high, high speed. I mean, there is so much volcanic activity. I mentioned the Colombian plateau in the northwest part of the United States, 200,000 square miles of eruptions. At the current rate, there are 500 active or semi-active volcanoes in the world. There are 1,500 dormant or inactive volcanoes. There are 2,000 altogether. If all 2,000 of them went off right now, they couldn’t do what we have seen as far as the volcanic eruptions that are on this planet. So, God opened the fountains of the deep. And the flood was caused by falling rain erupting water from under the earth as well as the volcanic effect. It must have been a horrific time for those who were here on the planet.
Well, I want to show you tonight real quickly the schedule of the flood because this is, I’ve shared this with someone else, it’s very interesting. This is unusual how the Bible describes to the day when things happen. And maybe you’re someone who just zips along, you don’t even notice this, but I want to show you, starting in chapter seven, verse one, the chronology of the flood, and maybe you’ll kind of get excited like I did. If we count the year of Adam’s creation as year one, then Noah was born about the year 1,056. If we just take all the numbers as they are and they must be in there for some reason, saying that this guy lived so long and this guy was born, etc., etc.; but if you do that, Genesis 6:3 indicates that God gave Noah 120 years to preach and build the ark. Therefore, he was about 480 years old when he started. Why do I say that? Because it says in chapter seven, verse 11 that in the 600th year of his life it all started. So if it started in the 600th year and he had 120 years to build it, then he was 480 when he started and he did it for 120 years. And I just believe they did it in 120 years.
And I was reading someone had calculated how fast people can build. Now some of you are contractors, and you know about that. Just a normal person, it’s just building along and, you know, they’re not in a hurry, and they’re not, you know, at the coffee machine all the time. It would take Noah and his son’s about 90 years to build a 1.5 million cubic foot building, if they just build it by hand. That means they have about 30 years extra. Maybe they had to go out and cut the trees down, I don’t know. Maybe they bought ‘em. Doesn’t matter.
But what it says is that God gave them 120 years to do it. So, the year that Noah went in, look at verse 11 of chapter seven. In the 600th year of Noah’s life, and that would be the 1536th known year afterward, the flood came. And so the flood came on Noah’s 600th year and the 27th day of the second month. What’s the second month in the Hebrew calendar? It’s our present month of November. So you know when the flood happened? November 27th in the 1650-something year after creation. That’s really interesting. Here’s what happened. They entered the ark on November 10th. The floods came on November 17th. And December 26th the rains ended. That’s the twelfth verse. And it says and the rain was on the earth 40 days and 40 nights. So 40 days later the rain stopped. The ark rested. Look at chapter eight, verse one. On April 17th, it says there God remembered Noah and every living thing and all the animals that were with him in the ark, and God made a wind to pass over the earth. The water subsided. The fountains of the deep, the windows of heaven, I’m reading verse two of chapter eight, stopped. The rain from heaven was restrained and the waters receded continually. Look at verse four, then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month on the mountain of Ararat April 17th the ark rested. The next thing that happens is in verse six he sends out a raven and a dove, six through nine. Verse ten of chapter eight; the dove brings back the branch. This is now the month of August. I mean they were in that ark from November to November. I mean they were in that thing a long time. They leave the ark on November 27th, one year later.
Well, why does God give all this detail? Well, let me just share a few things with you and then I want to give you the blessing. If you add up those numbers and again, you know, we don’t have to fight about it, and I’ve read enough books this week. I mean I read so many books about, uh…last week, that there are Godly people that I admire greatly that think that the numbers in the Bible mean nothing. And they think that they just stand for groups of people and they don’t think that there are literal generations and they don’t think the Bible was created in literal 24-hour days. Great. But you know what? They have to build themselves an entire new system. When you cannot believe this just for what it says, and you have to redefine everything else, where do you stop? That’s, I mean that’s just the problem. Once you start, it’s like when I was little, my mom says, don’t pull that thread. And I wondered why am I not supposed to pull that thread. So I started pulling it…on my sweater. And all of a sudden, there was a hole. I put all the thread back. But the hole was still there because it was all interwoven links. You know as soon as you start pulling the thread out, it just all comes loose. And that’s what we find with the Bible.
Now, why is this? It’s because Methuselah, if you add up his numbers, would have died on the very year that the flood started. Why is that? Because Methuselah means that when he dies it comes. That’s what it means in Hebrew. And so God sent Methuselah to live the longest that any man lived on this planet, and the year he died the flood came. Now you say that’s a coincidence. No, it’s not. I think God just planned this whole thing. God let everybody on the planet know this guy’s Methuselah, he’s living on, on, on, you know? And here’s this other man crazily building a boat. And all of a sudden those two converge and Methuselah croaks and Noah floats away and everybody drowns in between.
Okay, what is the ark and real quickly I want to give you all this because I want you to have the joy of this to go home with.
The ark was a wonderful picture of our salvation in Christ. God planned the ark; man didn’t invent it. The way that mankind was saved was God’s invention, not man’s. That’s what salvation is. You know there are two parallel tracks that are going through our world. One is religion. The other is God’s revelation. Religion is man’s invention on how to get to heaven. Revelation is God’s revealed plan. You know what religion says? You can never do enough. Just keep trying and trying and trying. You know what God says? Jesus did it all. Don’t try. He paid the price. One is the human achievement. I’m going to try and be as good as God wants me to be. The other is divine accomplishment. Jesus did it all and I stand in Him complete. God invented the ark, man didn’t.
Secondly, there was only one way of salvation. There’s only one door into the ark. Did you know there’s only one way to Christ? There aren’t many roads that lead to Christ. He isn’t like the other enlightened leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and all the Hindu people…(END OF SIDE ONE) like Buddha and not like Mohammed and not like all the other… No, there are not many roads, and God does not have many names and the people that call him Krishna are going to be right at the same place as the people that call him Jehovah. No. Neither is there any other name under heaven given among men whereby you must be saved other than the name of Jesus Christ. That’s why he’s so offensive.
The ark, there was the only way of salvation; there’s only one door. The ark was made of wood. That’s a picture of the humanity of Christ. He had to be born as a man in order to save us. The ark, look at verse 14 of chapter six. This is neat. Verse 14, make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms and cover it inside and out with pitch.
You know what’s interesting? The Hebrew word for pitch is the word kaphar for atonement. You know what it says? Get an ark of wood and atone it. Cover it. Just coat it with pitch. What’s interesting is that that’s the whole Old Testament. All those blood sacrifices that they offered never got rid of sin. They just covered them over. They atoned. They covered them. They’re still there until Christ came and bore them away. But they were covered. The ark is a picture of our salvation because Jesus Christ took our covered sins and bore them away.
God invited Noah and his family into the ark. Look at chapter seven, verse two of Genesis. And it says, “You shall take with you seven animals and a clean male and female, and verse one, come into the ark and bring all the animals with you.” See the invitation of God in those first two verses? God invited them into the ark and once they were in, look at verse 16, and it says, so those who entered were male and female and they went in as God had commanded him and the Lord shut them in. You see God invited them into the ark and God secured them. Did you know that if you’re truly born again that God invited you into Christ and God shuts the door so you won’t lose it.
Boy, there are a lot of people that don’t know that. They think that that’s an arrogant thing to say. No, that’s what the Bible says. We don’t deserve it. We don’t deserve the invitation or the shut door so we don’t lose it. We don’t deserve either one. But the ark is such a beautiful picture of salvation of our security because God invites us to Christ and God seals us and holds us in Christ. The ark not only saved mankind, but the creatures within, just as Christ’s death will not only deliver us from the bondage of sin but creation will be delivered from the bondage of sin.
The ark saved them from judgment; Christ saves us from the wrath to come. 1 Peter 3 verses 18-22, which I want to read to you, connects Christ to the flood. And let me read to you what it says. I keep alluding to Peter ‘cause he talks about the ark so much.
For Christ also suffered once for our sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. Being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the spirit, by whom also He went and preached the spirits in prison who formerly were disobedient when the divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is eight souls were saved through water.
There is also an anti-type, which now saves us. Baptism. Not the removal of the filth of the flesh. Being baptized does not save us and having our sins washed away, but the answer of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Christ who has gone into heaven, is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
You see, people that believe in baptismal regeneration have the wrong idea. Do you know why? All the people on the planet that got baptized by the flood died. It’s the people that didn’t get into the flood that stayed alive. So all those people that believe that baptism saves you, they’re outside the ark. Because it wasn’t the water that saved them, it was the ark that saved them from the water. And it’s not the water that saves us. It’s Christ that we are in and He is the ark. And the water just portrays the fact that we have identified with his death, his burial and his resurrection. Well, the ark saved them from judgment like Christ does.
And here’s the last thing and we’ll go. If you check your flood schedule that I just read to you, that showed that on the seventh month, in the first four verses of chapter eight on the seventeenth day, the ark rested. Let me read this to you. The ark rested on Mount Ararat on the seventeenth day of the seventh month. The first month in the Hebrew calendar is October so the seventh month would be April. April 17th, three days after Passover, if you want to look at Exodus chapter 12, Passover was supposed to be on April 14th. Three days after April 14th is the day that the ark rested on Mount Ararat. What event took place three days after Passover? Of course. Christ the Lord is risen today. The day that the ark rested on Mount Ararat is the day our Lord arose from the dead. April was made the first month of the religious year Passover. But October remains the first month of the civil year.
The ark totally pictures our salvation.
It pictures our salvation because God planned it.
There was the only way of salvation.
It was made of wood.
It was atoned and covered over.
It was at the invitation of God.
It saved mankind and the creatures within as the death of Christ liberates the universe from sin.
It saved them from judgment as Christ saves us from the wrath to come.
And the ark rested on the day that Christ stepped forth from the tomb. There’s a lot more we’re going to look at how Noah typifies the wonders of our salvation and how the scriptures talk about Enoch and Methuselah and everybody else.
The most compelling reason of all is this first one. Jesus authenticated and affirmed that the book we call the Bible is the very revelation of God's Word. He used it as the foundation for His teaching, quoted from it and ascribed to the Bible His divine imprimatur.
So I believe that Bible can be trusted because our Lord Jesus Christ said so! Over and over we find Him asking those who questioned Him, “Have you never read?”, “It is written” and “Search the Scriptures”. He believed in:
Jesus believed in the verbal (every word) inspiration of the Scriptures [Matthew 5:18]. And used God's Word in His Private Life (Mt 4 quotes Deut); and He uses it in His struggle with Satan; and in His Public Ministry (Mt 5-7 quotes Isaiah 61.2); and He uses it to teach multitudes by the Sea; and in His personal teaching ministry to the disciples (and us by way of extension) such as in Matthew 24 where Jesus quotes Daniel and other prophets, when He uses it to explain the future to His disciples.
Jesus believed in the Inerrancy of the Scriptures (John 10:35; 17:17) so much so that one out of every ten recorded words of Jesus are Old Testament quotes!
Jesus believed in the Historical Reliability of Scripture as in the historicity of Adam and Eve (Mt. 19:4-5); Abel (Mat 23.35); Noah and the account of the global flood (Mt. 24:37-38); Abraham (John 8:56); Moses and the burning bush (Mk 12.26); David (Matthew 12.3); Elijah (Luke 4.25); Daniel (Mt 4.17); and Jonah and the great fish account (Mt. 12:40-41)
Secondly, I believe the Bible is true because the apostles and prophets believe it, it survived, it’s absolutely united, it’s prophetically accurate, it’s scientifically accurate. You know what the last thing is? It’s historically accurate. There has never been proven one historical error in this book.
Let’s bow for a word of prayer.
We thank you for your word, Oh God, forever settled in heaven. Turn our hearts by way of your word to the cross of Christ. Where we first met Christ was in your word. Where we grow with Him is in your word. And the Christ of the word is the only one we’re ever going to know because your word is forever settled in heaven. Open our eyes, behold wondrous things from your word for Christ’s sake, Amen.
Third, from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reads as one book. And there is incredible unity to the Bible. The Bible is one book, and yet it is made up of 66 books, was written by at least 40 different authors over a period of about 1600 years, in 13 different countries and on three different continents. It was written in at least three different languages by people in all professions. The Bible forms one beautiful temple of truth that does not contradict itself theologically, morally, ethically, doctrinally, scientifically, historically, or in any other way.
Fourth, did you know the Bible is the only book in the world that has accurate prophecy? When you read the prophecies of the Bible, you simply have to stand back in awe. There are over 300 precise prophecies that deal with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the New Testament. To say that these are fulfilled by chance is an astronomical impossibility.
Finally, the Bible is not a book of the month, but the Book of the ages. First Peter 1:25 says: “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” No book has ever had as much opposition as the Bible. Men have laughed at it, scorned it, burned it, ridiculed it, and made laws against it. But the Word of God has survived. And it is applicable today as much as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow.
It’s so majestically deep that scholars could swim and never touch the bottom. Yet so wonderfully shallow that a little child could come and get a drink of water without fear of drowning. That is God’s precious, holy Word. The Word of God. Know it. Believe it. It is True.
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WHAT BIBLE DID JESUS USE?
Thus we have here this morning, not only crystal clear details on the opening day of the Cosmos, but also the secret of:
How to live forever (John 10);
How to have a joy-filled marriage (Proverbs 5);
How to experience real love (I Corinthians 13)
How to be prosperous and successful (Josh 1);
How to never fear the future (John 14); and
How to conquer any and every bondage (Hebrews 2).
The Immense God who is vastly beyond all that exists, and has always been before all the Universe began, has revealed Himself in the Scriptures.
The Awesome Creator who has attested to His might by the countless stars, galaxies and mysteries of the Cosmos out there, has opened His mind for us to explore.
The Endless of Days who sees us who are as frail as dust and fleeting as shadows has placed before us the Eternal Word to have, to hold, to love and to live.
But why is it so few have heard and seen this truth? Listen to the apostle Paul:
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)
Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: (KJV)
What does that virtual encyclopedia galactica have to say?
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (KJV)
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, (even) his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (KJV)
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether (they be) thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (KJV)
Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (KJV)
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture (is) given by inspiration of God, and (is) profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV)
2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake (as they were) moved by the Holy Ghost. (KJV)
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received (it) not (as) the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. (KJV)
I believe the Bible is true. It is all it claims to be. There are seven reasons why you can believe this too. The first reason is also the ultimate one. Jesus believed, and taught and practiced personal belief in the book you now hold in your hands!
JESUS CHRIST: Because our Lord Jesus Christ said so! Jesus believed the Scriptures were FLAWLESS from Genesis to Malachi (Matthew 23:35 Jesus refers to the Jewish Scriptures which started with genesis ‘Abel’ and ended with II Chronicles ‘Zechariah’. In this sweeping statement He encompassed all the Old Testament Scriptures and said He believed it as we would say from Genesis to Revelation). The words of our Lord Jesus were filled with the Scriptures. He used them –
To pray His Mighty Intercession of John 17 He uses the Scriptures (Psalm 41:9).
To prepare for Gethsemane He sang from the Scriptures at the Last Supper with His disciples. (Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26 = 5214 humneo singing of paschal hymns these were Psalms 113 - 118 and 136, which the Jews called the "great Hallel")
To endure the horrors of Golgotha He had the words of theScriptures flowing from His lips on the Cross. (Matthew 27:46 and Luke 23:46 quote Psalms 22:1 and 31:5. )
To comfort the confused and sorrowful disciples in Luke 24:44 He reminds them that the Scriptures often speak of Him.
Turn with me to Matthew 5:18. We can learn alot about what Bible Jesus used from this passage. “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shah pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.”
EVERY WORD OF GOD IS ABSOLUTE. Until heaven and earth pass away represents the end of time as we know it, the end of earthly history. As God’s Word, the law would outlast the universe, which someday will cease to exist. “The present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men” (2 Pet. 3:7; cf. v. 10). Even the psalmist knew that “Of old Thou didst found the earth; and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. Even they will perish, but Thou dost endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment; like clothing Thou wilt change them, and they will be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end” (Ps. 102:25–26). Isaiah said, “Lift up your eyes to the sky, then look to the earth beneath; for the sky will vanish like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a garment, and its inhabitants will die in like manner, but My righteousness shall not wane” (Isaiah. 51:6; cf. 34:4; Rev. 6:13–14).
EVERY WORD OF JESUS IS EQUALLY AUTHORITATIVE: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Matthew. 24:35). What was true of the law, in its fullest meaning as the Old Testament, was also true of Jesus’ teaching. It is timeless. It is incredibly foolish to ask, “What does the Bible, a two–thousand–year–old book, have to say to us today?” The Bible is the eternal Word of the eternal God. It “is living and active and sharper than any two–edged sword” (Hebrews. 4:12). Phil Johnson says, “It has long preceded and will long outlast every person who questions its validity and relevancy.”
EVERY WORD WILL COME TO PASS! Not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, Jesus continued. The smallest letter translates the word ioµta, the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet. To Jesus’ Jewish hearers it would have represented the yodh, the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which looks something like an apostrophe. A stroke (keraia) literally means “little horn” and refers to the small marks that help distinguish one Hebrew letter from another. God is Jeremiah 1:12 Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word." (NKJV)
EVERY WORD OF GOD WILL BE PRESERVED. As one noted theologian has stated, “In other words, not only will the smallest letter not be erased, but even the smallest part of a letter will not be erased from the Law. Not even the tiniest, seemingly most insignificant, part of God’s Word will be removed or modified until all is accomplished. But without the smallest exception, every commandment, every prophecy, every figure and symbol and type would be accomplished.”
EVERY LETTER OF GOD’S WORD IS TRUE! No other statement made by our Lord more clearly states His absolute contention that Scripture is verbally inerrant, totally without error in the original form in which God gave it. That is, Scripture is God’s own Word not only down to every single written word, but down to every letter and the smallest part of every letter.
EVERY BOOK OF GOD’S WORD IS TRUE! Jesus referred to the Old Testament at least sixty–four times, and always as authoritative truth. In the course of defending His messiahship and divinity before the unbelieving Jewish leaders in the Temple, He said, “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).
EVERY VERB TENSE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IS TRUE! John MacArthur has stated “When the Sadducees tried to trip Him up by asking which of seven successive husbands would be a woman’s husband in the resurrection, that is in heaven, He replied, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God” (Matthew. 22:29). In that confrontation with the Sadducees, Jesus’ whole argument is based on a single verb tense. In the book of Exodus, which He was here quoting, God told Moses that He is, not was, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (3:6). Hundreds of years after those patriarchs had died, the Lord was still their God. Obviously those men were still alive. God’s Word is therefore authoritative not only down to the smallest part of every letter, but also to the grammatical forms of every word. Because Scripture itself is without error, when it is believed and obeyed it will save us from error.”
EVERY MORAL PRECEPT IS TRUE! Over and over again, Jesus confirmed the accuracy and the authenticity of the Old Testament. He confirmed the standard of marriage that God established in the Garden of Eden (Matthew. 19:4), the murder of Abel (Luke 11:51), Noah and the flood (Matthew. 24:38–39), Abraham and his faith (John 8:56), Sodom, Lot, and Lot’s wife (Luke 17:29), the call of Moses (Mark 12:26), the manna from heaven (John 6:31, 58), and the bronze serpent (John 3:14).
What should be our response to these truths?
YIELD TO THE WORD! Christ and His Word are inextricable. You cannot divide Him from the Scriptures. He spoke them, defended them and affirmed them. To accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is to yield to what He taught about Scripture. Scripture’s authority is Christ’s authority. To obey the Lord is to obey His Word. “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God” (John 8:47). To trust in Christ is to say of Him as Peter did, “You have words of eternal life” (John 6:68).
TRUST THE WORD! The Old Testament cannot contains any errors. If there were any we would have to decide one of two things about Jesus Christ. Either He was ignorant of those errors, in which case He was not omniscient and was therefore not God. Or else He knew of the errors but denied them, in which case He would have been a liar and a hypocrite, and therefore not holy God.
RECEIVE THE WORD! Always remembering that it is “the word implanted, which is able to save [our] souls” (James 1:21). We should receive it because of the infinite majesty of the Author and His authoritative statements about it. We should receive it because of the price that God paid to get it to us, and because it is the standard of truth, joy, blessing, and salvation. And we should receive it because not to receive it brings judgment.
EXALT THE WORD! Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (NKJV) Charles Spurgeon said, “ Is the infallible revelation of the infallible Jehovah to be moderated, to be shaped, to be toned down to the fancies and fashions of the hour? God forbid us if we ever alter His Word.” Martin Luther never feared men, but when he stood up to preach he often felt his knees knock together under a sense of great responsibility to be true to the Word of God.
OBEY THE WORD! We should be diligent to present ourselves approved to God as workmen who do “not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). Like Jeremiah, we should find God’s words and eat them (Jeremiah. 15:16), and “let the word of Christ richly dwell within” us (Col. 3:16).
DEFEND THE WORD! We are to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Like Jude, we should fight for the integrity, purity, and authority of Scripture. Spurgeon said, “The everlasting gospel is worth preaching even if one stood on a burning fagot and addressed the crowds from a pulpit of flames. The truths revealed in Scripture are worth living for and they are worth dying for. I count myself thrice happy, to bear reproach for the sake of the faith. It is an honor of which I feel myself to be unworthy, and yet most truly I can say the words of our hymn, ‘Shall I to soothe the unholy throng, soften Thy truths and smooth my tongue to gain earth’s gilded toys, or flee the cross endured my God by Thee?’”
SHARE THE WORD! We are to have as our constant goal to share the Word. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge [you] therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season [and] out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. (NKJV) Says Spurgeon again, “I cannot speak out my whole heart on this theme which is so dear to me, but I would stir you all up to be instant in season and out of season in telling out the gospel message, especially to repeat such a word as this: ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.’ Whisper it in the ear of the sick, shout it in the corner of the streets, write it on your tablet, send it forth from the press, but everywhere let this be your great motive and warrant. You preach the gospel because the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
The factual statements used in this message are adapted from materials found in several sources: Christians Answers Net, HYPERLINK "http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-c005.html"http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-c005.html, and T. V. Oommen at HYPERLINK "http://www.biblediscoveries.com/" http://www.biblediscoveries.com/, and ICR lectures by Dr. John Morris.
These ten do not: Galatians, Philippians, I and II Thessalonians, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and II and III John.
Adapted from materials found at Christians Answers Net, HYPERLINK "http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-c005.html" http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-c005.html, and T. V. Oommen at HYPERLINK "http://www.biblediscoveries.com/"http://www.biblediscoveries.com/, and ICR lectures by Dr. John Morris.
World that Perished, p. 108.
Raymond C. Moore, Introduction to Historical Geology, 2nd ed.; New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958, pp. 401-02. Italics added.
Adapted from T. V. Oommen at HYPERLINK "http://www.biblediscoveries.com/"http://www.biblediscoveries.com/
Found at HYPERLINK "http://www.icr.org/research/sa/sa-r04.htm" http://www.icr.org/research/sa/sa-r04.htm
Drawn from Dr. Walt Brown's work online at: HYPERLINK "http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/toc.html"http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/toc.html
See HYPERLINK "http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/mammoth/mammoth2.html" \l "table2" Table 2: on page 121 . For an explanation of radiocarbon dating and its assumptions, see HYPERLINK "http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/mammoth/faqtxt.html" \l "11011" page 165 . Those pages explain why 40,000 radiocarbon years (RCY) is a typical radiocarbon age for most frozen remains, and why 40,000 radiocarbon years probably correspond to about 5,000 actual years. A slight amount of contamination of the remains, for example by ground water, would lower their radiocarbon age considerably, especially something living before or soon after the flood. This probably explains why different parts of the first Vollosovitch mammoth had widely varying radiocarbon ages—29,500 and 44,000 RCY. One part of Dima was 40,000 RCY, another was 26,000 RCY, and the "wood found immediately around the carcass" was 9,000 - 10,000 RCY. The lower leg of the Fairbanks Creek mammoth had a radiocarbon age of 15,380 RCY, while its skin and flesh were 21,300 RCY. HYPERLINK "http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/mammoth/mammothrefs.html" \l "143" 143 The two Colorado Creek mammoths had radiocarbon ages of 22,850 ± 670 and 16,150 ± 230 years respectively. Since a bone fragment at one burial site fit precisely with a bone at the other site 30 feet away, and the soil had undergone considerable compression and movement, it seems likely they died simultaneously. PREDICTION 13: Blind radiocarbon dating of different parts of the same mammoth will continue to give radiocarbon ages that differ by more than statistical variations would reasonably permit. ( HYPERLINK "http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/mammoth/ref_not.html" \l "510594" \t "_parent" See page 72 for an explanation of blind testing.) Contamination by ground water will be most easily seen if the samples came from widely separated parts of the mammoth's body with different water absorbing characteristics.
World that Perished. pp. 86-87.
Spyridon Marinatos, "Thera: Key to the Riddle of Minos," National Geographic Magazine, May, 1972, p. 715.
MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
Scroggie says that the Gospels total 3,779 verses. The words of Christ total 1,934 of them. Jesus quotes the Old Testament 180x so just under 10% of His recorded words are Old Testament quotes!
MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.