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The Antediluvians, Past and Present

Antediluvian means before the deluge. The word is generally used to refer to the time before the Flood (e.g. the "antediluvian period") or people who lived before the Flood (e.g. "he was an antediluvian") but the world today is also in a sort of antediluvian period. The flood that is surely coming won't be of water however. For what it will be of, see the Fact Finder question below.

"Noah found grace in the eyes of The Lord"

Noah's Ark There certainly were good people in the world through human history up to then (see also When Did Faith Begin?), but they dwindled in number until by the time of Noah there were none left, except Noah and his family.

"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 the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them." (Genesis 6:5-7 KJV)

It's not that Noah was sinless or perfect. He wasn't. But he was a righteous man who found grace with God:

"But Noah found grace in the eyes of The Lord" (Genesis 6:8 KJV)

And so through Noah and his family, humanity would begin again - leaving that antediluvian world behind.

"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. 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 [see How Big Was Noah's Ark?]. 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 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. But with thee 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." (Genesis 6:11-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: After the Flood in the time of Noah, The Lord stated that never again would He cause another worldwide flood of water. But the Holy Bible plainly says that another Flood is coming. What does the Word of God tell us about it?
See Planet On Fire!

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