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The Flood Prophecy
The Biblical account of the Flood in the time of Noah:
"7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. 7:17 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. 7:18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 7:19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven [see Heavens Below, Heavens Above], were covered. 7:20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
"The world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished ... the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men"
The Flood was an actual event. But what was the point? Was it about death (see What Happens When You Die?)? Yes, it surely was, to all of the wicked who were killed, but it was, when all was done, about new life, a new beginning. The symbolism of the Flood was repentance, which means obedience to the LORD and baptism which portrays the death of the old way of life and the beginning of a genuine effort to live the right way, as determined by what the LORD says is right. What does the New Testament say about Noah and the Flood? "God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God" (see below).
"3:16 Having a good Conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls [see Where Is Your Soul?] were saved by water. 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him." (1 Peter 3:16-22 KJV)
Why did Peter (see Peter's Ministry and Peter's Prophecy) refer to Noah when speaking of baptism? For the same reason that Paul (see Paul's Ministry) described baptism as a symbolic act of death, then new life.
"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound [see Grace Into Licentiousness]? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection" (Romans 6:1-5 KJV)
There is even an obvious significance in that righteous Noah was saved by an "ark" (as was righteous Moses centuries later i.e. "she took for him an ark of bulrushes" Exodus 2:3 KJV). The tables of stone, upon which The Ten Commandments, the Laws by which true righteousness is determined, were also transported in an "ark" (the Hebrew words are different, but their meaning is the same - the reason that English translators use "ark" for both).
So, what was the lesson and the warning of the Flood in the time of Noah? How was the Flood in the time of Noah a direct prophecy of a yet-future event in which only the righteous of earth will survive? "3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:3-13 KJV)
"3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation [see Christ The Creator and Creation: The Matter Of Energy]. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water [see Hydrogen]: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Fact Finder: What connection is there between the "ark" (both Noah's ark and the Ark of the Covenant) and Jesus Christ?