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June 21, 2012
The Flood of Noah, Was it a Local Flood or Was it Universal?
Was the flood of Noah a universal flood? I believe it was. There are those who believe that the flood of Noah was a universal flood. And there are those who think it was a local flood. Let's see what the Bible says concerning this event to see whether it was a local flood or whether it was a universal flood. To find the answer we will need to see who all was involved.
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them." (Gen. 6: 5 - 7)
Both men and animals will die with an exception of those who are on board the ark.
"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect (blameless) in his generation, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat (unto Noah were born) three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." (Gen. 6: 8 - 13)
Notice in the above verses that this involves all flesh and the earth. God instructs Noah as to how to build the ark because He is about to destroy the earth, men, and animals, including the creeping things that creep upon the earth, and the fowl of the air.
"Make thee an ark of gopher wood: rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above: and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third floor stories shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die." (Gen. 6: 14 - 17)
Note once again that these verses indicate very strongly that it involves all flesh that has the breath of life. God is going to make a covenant with Noah. There is an exception to those who will be on board the ark.
"But with thee (Noah) will I establish My covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive." (Gen. 6: 18 - 22)
If this were a local flood as some think, all men and animals would have to do is migrate to another location. I assure you that this was a universal flood, not a local flood. Pay special attention to those phrases such as: "...The end of all flesh is come before Me..." (Gen. 6: 13), "...I will destroy them (men, animals, and etc...) with the earth." (Gen. 6: 13) (This is the whole earth, not just part of it.), "...to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life..." (Gen. 6: 17), "...every thing that is in the earth shall die." (Gen. 6: 17) (See also Gen. 6: 7.). Noah is told to take food along for him and his family and for the animals. He is also instructed to take "...two of every sort..." "...it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he." (See Gen. 6: 21 - 22.).
Noah is told to take seven of every clean beast and seven of every clean fowl with him onto the ark. And he is to take of the unclean beasts of the earth, and of the unclean fowls (Gen. 6: 19 - 20) of the air, two of every sort with him into the ark.
"And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shall take to thee by sevens, the male and his female; and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and his female: to keep seed alive upon the face of the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him." (Gen. 7: 1 - 5)
Here again we have some new phrases: "Every living substance...will I destroy from off the face of the earth." (Gen. 7: 4) This involves the whole earth. It's not a local flood as some think.
"In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;"
Noah, his family, and the animals, birds, etc... all went into the ark on the very same day. Seven days later it began to rain (Gen. 7: 4, 10).
"And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broke up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights." (Gen. 7: 10 - 12)
"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered." (Gen. 7: 17 - 20)
Notice those phrases that are underlined below. They again indicate very strongly that this involves all flesh which dwelt upon the earth, not just a portion of them, the animals, etc.... And not just part of the earth either, but, instead, the whole thing.
"And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days." (Gen. 7: 21 - 24)
Noah, and his wife, and his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives, and all the animals that were with them, remained alive only. All the rest of the men and the animals died in the flood. It indeed was a universal flood, not a local flood.
"And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the Ark:..." (Gen. 8: 1)
"The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was retained; And the waters returned (gone away) from off the earth continually:..." (Gen. 8: 2 - 3)
"And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy song, and thy sons' wives with thee. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him: Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kind, went forth out of the ark." (Gen. 8: 15 - 19)
Then God said,
So, every living thing died that had the breath of life. Only those who were on board the ark survived the great flood. And the fossil record indicates very strongly that this is true. Fossils are found everywhere on earth. Now, the choice is yours, you can believe what God says in the Bible or you can deny what His Word says or you can just simply explain it away. The choice is yours. I believe it was a universal flood and that all flesh died in the flood that had the breath of life with the exception of those who were in Noah's ark.
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