Sunday, June 27 2010
The Floods Brought By Christ
The English word "flood" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, flod, which meant to flow (the English word flow was formed from the same root word as flood).
A number of different Hebrew words are translated into English as "flood," however a specific Hebrew word, pronounced mawb-bool, is based upon a root which means to bring a flowing. Other Hebrew words described normal flooding, but the flood in the time of Noah had that word of its own. Some English translations, such as the King James, accurately render the "to bring" meaning of the original Hebrew word:
"6:17 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." (Genesis 6:17 KJV)
"I do bring a flood of waters upon the earth"
Why did "the LORD God" (Who was Jesus Christ - see Christ The Creator and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') bring the flood upon humanity? It was because almost all of humanity (Noah and his family were very special people) had become hopelessly violent, which, in the Bible, means in violation of God's Law. It wasn't only because humans had become physically violent; it was because they were doing violence to His Law in every way (see Violence).
"6:5 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. 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 6:7 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.
When it was over, the LORD (keeping in mind that it was Christ - see 'The God Of The Old Testament') vowed to never again bring a worldwide flood, of water, upon the earth (see Hydrogen to understand how that element is involved in both water and fire).
"9:12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
But there is another flood coming - of fire.
Jesus Christ brought the flood upon the unrepentant of that ancient time - which was a prefigure, a Prophecy, of the greater flood yet to come. The Messiah is returning to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. When the stages of salvation have been completed (see When Will You Be Judged?; also Could Christ Return Tonight?), with the incorrigible unrepentant the only remaining physical humans on earth (as well as those through time who had their opportunity to repent but refused it - who will be resurrected physical at that future time - see Resurrections), Christ will bring a flood of fire to destroy all evil. That purification will be the final task of the Messiah before God comes to earth (see the Fact Finder question below).
"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. 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: 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 will the earth be like when God comes?
This Day In History, June 27
1743: King George II of Britain defeated the French at Dettingen in the War of the Austrian Succession. He was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle.
1759: British General James Wolfe landed his army near Quebec City and blocked the St. Lawrence River to French shipping. After a siege that lasted 75 days, the 33 year-old Wolfe led his troops up the cliff behind Quebec City to the Plains of Abraham (September 13) where they defeated Montcalm's garrison and captured the city. Both commanders died in battle.
1787: Edward Gibbon wrote the last lines of his classic "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."
1801: British forces defeated the French and took control of Cairo, Egypt.
1844: Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, was killed by a mob in an Illinois jail.
1893: A major stock market plunge began in the United States, leading to an economic depression in which 600 banks and 74 railroads went out of business by the end of the year.
1905: Mutinous Russian soldiers seized the battleship Potemkin in the Black Sea, throwing the commander and several other officers overboard.
1918: Two German pilots became the first to be saved by parachutes.
1976: Members of the Baader-Meinhof gang, a German terrorist organization inspired by Soviet anti-Semitic propaganda, hijacked an Air France airliner flying from Paris to Tel Aviv and forced it to land in Idi Amin's Uganda. They then set apart the 83 Israelis to be murdered if Israel did not release 53 Palestinian terrorists being held in Israel. The hostages were rescued by Israeli commandos in the "Entebbe Raid" 6 days later.