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Noah's Raven and Dove
by Wayne Blank
"God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged"
The Flood was no little storm (the end-time "flood" isn't going to be just a little storm either - see Planet On Fire!). Interestingly, the flood wasn't caused by rain alone, "the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened" (Genesis 7:11 KJV). It seems that the waters came as much up from inside the earth as did the rain fall down upon it. In the same way, to end the flood "the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped."
"And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark [see also How Big Was Noah's Ark?]: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
First the raven "which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth."
"And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth." (Genesis 8:6-7 KJV)
The dove was different; the dove was interested in finding things that didn't much interest the "unclean" raven (ravens have their God-designed purpose in nature, as removers of carrion, so ravens are "good" for something - as with all other "unclean" creatures, they just aren't to be eaten; see the Fact Finder question below).
"Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more." (Genesis 8:8-12 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) Did humanity begin as vegetarians, i.e. "every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed"? (b) When did humans become meat eaters i.e. "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things"? (c) Who commanded humans as to what they could eat, both times? (d) But did God say that they could eat anything, or were some creatures "clean" and others "unclean" for human consumption?