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Saturday, July 27 2013
Genesis 7: The Flood
"Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood"
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; also The Forerunner Of Man and Of God) created all sorts of animals, for a purpose in nature. The designations "clean" and "unclean" were based upon either the intended proper function of the creature (its "nature" e.g. a vulture was classified as "unclean" because its purpose was to rid the Earth of foul carrion, and therefore became a carrier of infection and disease itself), or, like some seed-bearing plants that were corrupted (see Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?), became "unclean" due to a change of nature that occurred in them (e.g. like vultures, rats may have had a legitimate purpose in nature before they became the destructive, disease-carrying vermin, with no obvious useful purpose, that they are today).
Humans were created as vegetarians (Genesis 1:29). Humans did not become meat-eaters until after the Flood (Genesis 9:3). Noah and his family were vegetarians when the LORD told Noah to load "clean" and "unclean" animals on the Ark - a designation that therefore obviously had nothing to do with diet. It was however the basis for determining the LORD's dietary laws of "clean" and "unclean" - which were entirely to do with health, not "religion." It's the reason that the Biblical dietary laws apply to all of humanity e.g. don't eat rats, vultures and pigs is about not getting sick; it's not merely about some people's "religion.".
"7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth." (Genesis 7:1-4 KJV)
Like another Iraqi afterward, Abraham, Noah obeyed the commands of the LORD (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
"7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him." (Genesis 7:5 KJV)
Humans were originally created to live hundreds of years (see Genesis 5: From Adam To Noah). The last generation with the great longevity was that of Noah. From the new beginning at the time of the Flood, the LORD recalibrated the lifespan of humanity to a maximum of 120 years (Genesis 6:3; see also What Makes Physical Life Possible?).
"7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth." (Genesis 7:6 KJV)
No doubt the greatest mocking, by those who were about to drown, and the greatest act of faith, on the part of Noah, was when Noah and his family entered the fully-loaded Ark - while the sun was still shining and before the waters came. "And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth."
"7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, 7:9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth." (Genesis 7:7-10 KJV)
As explained in the Fact Finder question, rain alone could not have caused a worldwide flood, but it happened because "the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up."
"7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights." (Genesis 7:11-12 KJV)
While many have portrayed Noah as having closed the door of that salvation himself when the time was up, it was actually the LORD Who closed the hatch before the launch: "the LORD shut him in."
"7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 7:14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 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." (Genesis 7:13-15 KJV)
So the Flood came upon the Earth "and the mountains were covered."
"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, were covered. 7:20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. 7:21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Fact Finder: How is it that rain alone did not, and could not, cause a worldwide Flood?
This Day In History, July 27
190 BC: Apollonius of Perga died at age 72. He was known to his contemporaries as "The Great Geometer." His treatise "Conics" (conic sections) is one of the greatest scientific works from the ancient world. He introduced the terms parabola, ellipse and hyperbola for the conic sections (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1054: Siward of Northumbria and Malcolm defeated Macbeth at Dunsinane, a peak in Scotland.
1189: During the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Friedrich Barbarossa arrived at Nis, the capital of Serbian King Stefan Nemanja.
1214: Philip II of France defeated an allied English, Flemish and German army under Otto IV, the Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire), at the Battle of Bouvines. This broke up the coalition and secured Philip's position.
1245: Frederick II of France was deposed by a council at Lyons, which found him guilty of "sacrilege."
1299: Osman I invaded the territory of Nicomedia. The date is regarded as the founding day of the Ottoman state. The later Ottoman Empire occupied much of the Middle East, including the land of Israel, until it was liberated by British forces in the early 20th Century (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace)
1540: Thomas Cromwell, principal adviser to King Henry VIII of England, was executed for treason.
1586: Sir Walter Raleigh brought the first tobacco to England from Virginia.
1588: The Spanish Armada reached the Strait of Dover and anchored off Calais. The invasion force position on the coast of the Netherlands that was to arrive was not prepared, which thwarted the entire Spanish plan of a coordinated land and sea invasion of Britain, leaving only a few thousand marines on the ships. The next night, the English launched 6 fire ships (derelict ships set on fire and sailed into the enemy ship formation) into the harbor at Calais, causing the Spanish to irretrievably lose their battle formation. The Royal Navy then attacked. Of the 130 ships originally in the Spanish Armada, only 76 made it back to Spain.
1675: Henri de Turenne, French military leader in the Thirty Years' War, was killed during the Battle of Sasbach during the Dutch War.
1689: General Mackay led troops loyal to William of Orange to subdue the Scottish Jacobites under Dundee. The royal troops were utterly routed at the following Battle of Killiecrankie and over 2,000 were killed.
1694: A Royal charter was granted to the Bank of England.
1742: The Peace of Berlin between Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Prussia ended the first Silesian War.
1866: A transatlantic cable laid by the steamer Great Eastern established reliable communication by telegraph between Britain and the U.S.
1900: Kaiser Wilhelm II ("Kaiser" is the German form of "Caesar"; see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) delivered a speech that referred to Germans as Huns (a warlike people who invaded Europe from Asia). "Hun" thereafter became a disparaging name for Germans.
1921: Canadian medical researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best at the University of Toronto isolated insulin for the first time. It proved an effective treatment for diabetes.
1953: After over 3 years of war, the armistice at Panmunjon was signed between the United Nations and North Korea to end the Korean War. The agreement saw a 4 kilometer buffer zone created to separate the two Koreas. During the war, 116,000 United Nations and 1,500,000 Chinese and North Korean troops were killed.
1954: Britain and Egypt signed an agreement to end British administration of the Suez Canal Zone (that Britain had defended, for Egypt, against Nazi Germany during the Second World War; see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1955: Austria regained its sovereignty after 17 years of occupation by foreign troops (German troops just before and during the Second World War, the primarily U.S., British and Canadian troops after).
1964: Winston Churchill, the longest-serving Member of Parliament in British history, made his last appearance in the House of Commons.
1964: President Lyndon Johnson sent an additional 5,000 U.S. Army "advisers" into the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the people of Vietnam whose nation had been divided into "north" and "south" by French colonial forces in the 1950s; the U.S. resumed the occupation when the French left).
1974: During the Watergate criminal investigations, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment, for obstruction of justice, against President Richard Nixon.
1980: Mohammed Reza Pahlavi died of cancer while in exile in Egypt. The Shah of Iran from 1941, the U.S. stooge-dictator fled the country during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Ayatollah Khomeini succeeded him as Iran's leader, resulting in Iran replacing a puppet thug with a rabid Muslim thug.
1989: Christer Pettersson was found guilty and jailed for life for the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. He was later acquitted and the crime has remained unsolved.
1990: Belarus declared its independence from the Soviet Union.
1996: During the Olympic Games in Atlanta a bomb exploded in an entertainment park, killing two and wounding 110.