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Friday, July 26 2013
Genesis 6: Why Did The Flood Happen?
"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"
Humanity's "fall" from a state of created sinlessness (see Genesis 2: Peace In The Garden and Genesis 3: The Sin Of The Garden) turned the area of Eden into a world of sin ("Eden" was the entire vast area of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers - that later became known as "Babylon"; see The Garden In Eden and A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning; also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). "That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose" isn't merely referring to "freedom" (in its perverted form, Satan and cancer's favorite word; see The Rise Of The Malignant Beast) to marry anyone, but in their lawless, violent state moreover described rape and incest i.e. "of all which they chose."
"6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." (Genesis 6:1-3 KJV)
Some interpret "the sons of God" in this verse to mean that angels had human children with women, but the Messiah plainly and emphatically stated that angels don't marry, just as humans won't marry after salvation in the Kingdom of God: "22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven" (Matthew 22:30 KJV). The word translated as "giants" in this verse, that some say refers to angels, is the Hebrew word, pronounced nef-eel (often rendered into English as "Nephilim"), which means a common bully, or a tyrant - it does not mean an angel, or any other sort of spirit being. There are many of the same sort of nef-eel, as in the time of Noah, on the Earth today too - every single one of them is human.
"6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." (Genesis 6:4 KJV)
It was not merely a matter of evil actions, but an incorrigible, defiant state of mind in which repentance was impossible to them. They had a choice to be good or evil, just as Noah did - but they refused.
"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.
So it was that humanity would begin again from the family of Noah.
"6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 6:10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth." (Genesis 6:9-10 KJV)
The word "violence," both in the English word and the original Hebrew, refers to violation of God's Law, in all ways (see Violence).
"6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." (Genesis 6:11-12 KJV)
The LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) gave the instructions of the building of the Ark - a vessel that was, as specified in the Scriptures, much larger than many realize (see the illustration below).
"6:13 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. 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 6:15 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. 6:16 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. 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. 6:18 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. 6:19 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. 6:20 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. 6:21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
The Flood of water (see also How Did The Flood Happen?) that was used to cleanse the Earth of those who refused to repent in Noah's time was an object-lesson prophecy of the Flood of fire that is coming to cleanse the Earth of those who refuse to repent during all time.
"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 world be like when the Flood of fire has been completed?
This Day In History, July 26
811: The Battle of Pliska. Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus I was killed and his heir Stauracius was seriously wounded.
920: Muslim forces defeated the combined "Christian" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) armies of Leon and Navarre at the Battle of Valdejunquera in Spain.
1309: German King Henry (Heinrich in the actual German) VII was proclaimed "King of the Romans" (Rex Romanorum) by Pope Clement V (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and What Is The Mark Of The Beast?). The map of the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" is shown below.
1469: The Battle of Edgecote Moor during the Wars of the Roses; the forces of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick against Edward IV of England.
1581: The Act of Abjuration (Dutch "Akte Van Verlating"), the declaration of Dutch independence from the rule of King Philip II of Spain.
1603: James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England. It was that King James that authorized an English translation of the Scriptures, first published in 1611 and known since as the "King James (or "Authorized") Version" of the Bible.
1759: The French relinquished Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst.
1822: The Battle of Dervenakia began; forces of the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) under Mahmud Dramali Pasha verses a Greek Revolutionary force under Theodoros Kolokotronis.
1847: Liberia became the first "independent republic of Africa." It was created by the U.S. government in an effort to get all black people in the U.S., including those born in the U.S., to move to Africa.
1858: Lionel Rothschild became the first (known) Jewish member to take his seat in the British House of Commons.
1886: William Gladstone was replaced by Lord Salisbury as Prime Minister of England.
1891: France annexed Tahiti.
1918: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Britain's top war ace, Edward Mannock, was shot down by ground fire on the Western Front.
1947: U.S. President Harry Truman (the only human ever to order the detonation of nuclear weapons on another country i.e. the incineration of the civilian populations of Hiroshima, and then Nagasaki, Japan in 1945) created the Central Intelligence Agency.
1952: King Farouk of Egypt abdicated and was ordered to leave the country, three days after a coup led by General Neguib.
1953: Communist insurgent Fidel Castro led an attack on the Moncada Barracks, thereby beginning the Cuban Revolution against the CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in The Godfather criminal movies are based on historical reality) fascist government of the puppet/stooge dictator Fulgencio Batista. The movement took the name of that date i.e. "The 26th of July Movement."
1956: Egyptian President Nasser declared that Egypt had nationalized the Suez Canal Company, thus ending Western (i.e. U.S. and Britain) control 12 years ahead of the expiry date of the Suez concession; overnight, he became the hero of the Arab world (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1958: Prince Charles was proclaimed Prince of Wales by Queen Elizabeth.
1963: Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous ("marked by an orbit with a period of 24 hours so that a position in such an orbit is fixed with respect to the earth") satellite, was launched.
1974: Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis formed first Greek civil government after seven years of martial law.
2005: The first U.S. space shuttle launch, of Discovery, after the Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry in 2003.
2005: Mumbai, India received 99.5 centimeters of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours.