Ramblings on the Universal Flood

This hub certainly is not for everybody. The die-hard atheist will not profit from this.But for those that have an interest in Scripture I hope this will strengthen your faith in the God of Heaven.

With the apparent discovery of the Ark. these are just various thoughts and ramblings on the topic pf the universal flood. We begin where else, but in the beginning.

Genesis chapter 7:11 brings us to the beginning of the flood. Now chapter 7:11--"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the same day were all the fountains of the deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened". Water began to cover the earth from two sources. Waters from under the sea and waters from the heavens. Remember in Genesis 1:7 that God divided the waters above the firmament from the waters below the firmament. The earth apparently was enveloped in a watery canopy.

This would have given the pre-flood world a very different make up than today. There would have existed a universally mild and pleasant climate. It has been discovered that there have been tropical plants once thriving less than two hundred miles from the South Pole. The land, no doubt, would have been more extensive and flat with a lack of rugged mountains and deep canyons. The fact of the canopy of water also would help to explain the long life of those men listed in chapter 5. Radiation would have been drastically reduced.

As the fountains of the deep were broken up spewing sand and water high into the air breaking the canopy above, the floods quickly rose. Let us take a look at the events and timeline of the flood. The flood began on the 17th day of the second month (7:11). Rain continued to fall for 40 days (verse 12). Water prevailed another 110 days (verse 24). The waters remained 74 days (8:5). Noah waited 40 more days before sending out the raven (8:6, 7). Seven days passed before Noah sent out the dove (8:12). It took another seven days for Noah to send out the dove and have it not returned (8:12). 29 more days elapsed, then another 57 days came and went before the removal of the covering (8:14). That makes a total of 371 days that Noah and his family spent on the ark.

It has often been questioned, was the flood a universal flood or just a local flood? Simply put, it had to be universal. If it had been a local flood there would have been no need for an ark. Noah could have just moved to higher ground. The flood is also compared to the universal coming judgment of fire (II Peter 3:6-10). There is much evidence of marine fossils in mountains throughout the world. And lastly, if it was a local flood God lied to Noah. Genesis 9:11, "And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall ALL flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth".

How could the ark possibly carry Noah, his family, and all those animals? In Genesis 6:14-16 we are given the dimensions of the ark. In today's measurements the ark would have been 450 feet long x 75 feet wide x 45 feet high.

This is equal to 97,200 square feet. Put another way, it covers the square footage of more than 20 standard college basketball courts lined beside each other. Its cubit feet would equal 1,500,000 cubic feet.

Taking that a step further, that would equal the cubic footage of about 522 train stock cars. It is estimated that about 35,000 individual vertebrates were on the ark. Taking sheep as the average size, 240 animals could have fit into one standard double decked stock car. That means that it would take two trains hauling 73 cars apiece to accommodate the animals on the ark. That also means that there was space equal to a total of 376 unused cars on the ark. There was more than enough room!

God makes His covenant with Noah in chapter 9:8-17. The bow over the earth marked a signed covenant (verse 13). God would never send a world wide flood again upon the earth. We can still see the signature of God today as we look through the raindrops and see the prism of the sun on the other side.

Other than what we find in Genesis, Revelation 4:3 and Revelation 10:1 are the only other references to the rainbow in the Bible. The rainbow is seen as "round about". The Greek word "kuklothen" is used which can be translated, "from the circle". In o Arather words, it would seem that what we see today is only a partial glimpse of the bow. The rainbow in Heaven will completely encircle the throne of God and stand as an everlasting promise.

Now, to conclude my ramblings--don't miss the video on the apparent discovery of Noah's Ark atop the mountains of Ararat

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Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Very nice Hub --- up, interesting, useful.

Only one thing, though: It would be a little easier to read if you could organize your text into separate capsules, each with a different heading.

Reading large blocks of text gets difficult on the screen.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author


Thanks for the visit and for the advise. I'll see what I can do with it next time.

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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Once again, I agree with you 100%. You did a very nice job in this hub and I loved the photo. Voted up and interesting.

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for the visit and the vote. I appreciate you, FD! The picture was taken from Mt. Washington--beautiful place to have seen.

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Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Thanks, lifegate. You don't have to wait until next time. You can edit this Hub, also.

God bless.

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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

Thanks Lifegate for upholding the truth of Scripture. God bless you!

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author


What else can I say! Truth is truth is truth--and it never changes for anyone at any time. Thanks for stopping by, Brother.

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aka-dj 4 years ago from Australia

Nice easy read.

I never did have a problem believing in a global flood.

Not sure I understand what issues people (those who don't believe), have with it. :/

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author


I think it's an evolution thing. If evolution can disprove a universal flood (which it can't), then they can discredit the rest of the Bible. It's all about the creature vs. the Creator. We know who wins! Thanks for the visit.

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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Thanks for the Ramble. I simply love this kind of stuff. The Biblical accounts always make so much more sense to me than the evolutionary theories.

I was reading about one scientist who said that there is no evidence of a world wide flood and I gasped because there are so many things that support that there was a world wide flood.

I enjoyed your explanation of God dividing the waters in creation and how the watery canopy made for a quite different environment at that time.

The video was inspiring as well.

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ, thanks for the visit. Glad you enjoyed it. Regardless of what science says, true science is always backed up by the Bible.

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Rina Pinto 4 years ago from Dubai - UAE

Wow! How Great is our God.. Simply Awesome. He is Faithful to those who Obey unto His Blessed Word! God's Knowledge and Wisdom displays the Whole of the Universe!. Who can Fathom His Almighty Works.. I simply stand in Awe of Him, My God and my Creator! The Flood teaches us a lot from the Book of Genesis. Wish to d-Code more of God's message from this beautiful Book - The Holy Bible through His Sweet Spirit & His Beautiful and Awesome Word - Jesus His Son.

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Yes Rina, our is simply awesome. He is so faithful and true and worthy of our praise, honor, and adoration. Thanks for the visit!

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gabgirl12 4 years ago

Cool Hub and very informational. It's nice to see Christians who stick to the word of God and are not dependent on an ultimate source within the confines of their 'religion'.

I have to disagree about the die-hard atheist portion. Atheists are people who have grown sick of religious hypocrisy. And they just don't believe in God. I think they should be left alone and treated with respect. I don't argue with them. On the contrary I'm quite agnostic myself. But in my case I take 'God' out of the equation when speaking to another human being. God is God, and at a higher level. I have decided that if He wants to talk, He'll talk. But I will not put myself or my judgement above the decisions made by another human being, because we are equal. No one better, and no one lesser.

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author


Thanks for stopping by! What I was saying about the "die-hard atheist" is that he will not find this hub interesting and be committed to his belief, he will find a way to excuse the facts. Although this hub has nothing to do with religious hypocrisy or atheists. I will address your thoughts.

1. For sure there is religious hypocrisy in all religions--sad but true. But that's not the only reason people turn to atheism. Actually that is probably a very small part of the equation.

2. I don't think they should be left alone. Remember that I'm coming from a Biblical perspective, and as a Christian I have a mandate from God Himself to share Jesus Christ with the world, not just a few select "religious" people.

3. However, I also won't argue, and I believe I treat them with respect. So often it is the atheist himself that does not show respect. That's not a judgment, just fact that I have seen personally over and over again.

You're so right when you say, "I have decided that if He wants to talk, He'll talk." As a member of the human race we all have decisions to make, and we each own our own decisions--agreed, but some decisions can be wrong or bad decisions. We reap the consequences of every choice we make whether it be right or wrong.

And again I agree with you when you say, "...we are equal. No one better, and no one lesser." The only difference here between the atheist and the born-again Christian is that my sin is forgiven because I recognize the only One capable of forgiving sin--Jesus Christ. I'm sure there are atheists that have lived better lives than myself. that's why I need to turn to Jesus. He and He alone can save.

Thanks for your thoughts and comments.

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gabgirl12 4 years ago

Atheists have also seen 'die hard christians'. I leave them alone if they ask me. If someone tells me not to pray for them, I won't.

I met some just yesterday. I talked to him and listened. Some of them are so frustrated at the intrusion of christianity in their everyday lives they lash out because they are given no escape.

Frankly I have to agree. Whatever judgements they may have will be between them and God. Just like there are christians who probably will be surprised to be kicked out of heaven. I cannot accept that 'all' atheists will be kicked out of heaven. I wonder at the judgemental call of so many, who if they left well enough alone, they'd see that they would become more passive.

The only deciding factor would be God in this case. Because if I am ever led to 'pray' for someone, I wont have to tell this person anything for one, and two when it IS God, it wont EVER fail. God will do the changing when He wants to. I just can't stand to hear them. Some of them are so tired of having religion stuck down their throats, that yes they do fight against it. They have that right and it shouldn't be taken away from them just because people think they have to follow a mandate.

God is a gentleman. He knocks first. If christians don't learn to knock and just dust off their feet, then they become the very 'fundamentalist religious' people who you end up wanting to run from, because its all doctrine, mystical prophecy and an evangelistic crusade...instead of being a real encounter with an awesome God.

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You're absolutely right. The only thing that matters is a real encounter with an awesome God. Thanks for the reply!

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shofarcall 4 years ago

Great informative hub. Thank you. It is astonishing just how many things, articles of antiquity etc are coming to be discovered now in these times to affirm Gods Word.

It was really exciting to watch the video. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You're quite welcome. I was just watching a TV show last night that showed archaeological discoveries that backed up what the Bible says. It's really interesting, and not that I need proof, but it shows just how true the Bible really is. I wish more people would be open to the truth. Thanks again for the visit. You're always welcome here.

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