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Saturday, April 29 2017
Biblical Eras: The Flood In The Time Of Noah
"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 ... But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD"
Humanity's descent into savagery and perversion (see Biblical Eras: Satan's Revolution and Biblical Eras: The Rise And Fall Of The First Family and Biblical Eras: Cain's World Before The Flood) had reached modern-day levels just a few centuries after their clean and sinless beginning (see Biblical Eras: In The Beginning).
The day then came when the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) declared that the world that they made for themselves was over. Humanity would begin again from the family of a then-rare righteous man named Noah.
"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.
The new beginning would be accomplished by another worldwide flood (see the Fact Finder question below).
"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.
Humans were originally created to live hundreds of years (see From Adam To Noah). The very last generation with that 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)
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." It was in itself an act of faith.
"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)
Rain alone did not, and could not, have caused a worldwide flood (see How Did The Flood Happen?), 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: Two great worldwide floods have already happened and one great worldwide flood is yet to come. What are they?
This Day In History, April 29
711: During the Islamic conquest of Hispania (the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula i.e. today Spain and Portugal), Moorish troops under Tariq ibn-Ziyad invaded Gibraltar (the "Crusades" were a centuries-long struggle between the followers of the Church of Rome and the followers of Muhammad; see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1289: Qala'un, the Sultan of Egypt, captured Tripoli (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1429: The fabled "Joan of Arc" entered Orleans, France, seven months into the siege of the city during the Hundred Years War.
1483: Gran Canaria, the main island of the Canary Islands, was conquered by the Kingdom of Castile.
1587: English warships under English explorer and naval commander Francis Drake sank at least 23 ships of the Spanish fleet in the Bay of Cadiz. The action became known as "Singeing the King of Spain's Beard."
1607: The first Church of England congregation in the New England colonies was established at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1628: Sweden and Denmark concluded a treaty for the defense of Stralsund, which brought Sweden into the Thirty Years War.
1661: The Chinese Ming dynasty occupied Taiwan.
1672: During the Franco-Dutch War, Louis XIV of France invaded the Netherlands.
1770: English explorer and naval commander James Cook arrived at and named Botany Bay, Australia.
1781: During the New England Revolutionary War, British and French ships clashed in the Battle of Fort Royal off the coast of Martinique. France supported the rebellion for the sole purpose of severing Britain's military connection to New England, which strengthened the military position of France's own colonies in North America (in Louisiana and eastern Canada). While France supported the New England rebellion, it hypocritically tolerated no "freedom" or independence in any of their own colonies.
1813: Rubber was patented.
1852: The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1858: Austrian troops invaded Piedmont.
1881: State-incited pogroms against Jews in Russia began, resulting in major flight of Jews from Russia westwards. Some consider this date in Jewish history to be the most important since the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. Of those emigrants, over 2,000,000 went to the U.S. alone, creating a powerful presence of Jews in the U.S. (New York City is today the largest Jewish-population city on earth; see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1913: The "zipper" was patented by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback as a "separable fastener."
1916: After a siege of 143 days, the British surrendered Kut-el-Amara to the Turks.
1945: Closing events of the Second World War in Europe: the German army surrendered; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies; in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married his mistress Eva Braun just hours before they committed suicide (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1946: At the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted by U.S. occupation forces in Tokyo (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?) for war crimes that included the "water boarding" torture of prisoners - that the U.S. itself did long before, and long after (right to the present day) the Second World War, as documented in the Life magazine article of 1902 below. Some of the Japanese leaders were later executed for water boarding "Americans" (a term now used for people of the United States of America - despite the reality that there are over 30 countries and a billion people in America, from Canada in the north to Argentina in the south). The U.S. definition of water boarding has long been "It's not a war crime if we do it to others, but it is a capital-punishment war crime if anyone does the very same to any of us."
1965: The Australian government announced that it would send troops to Vietnam.
1965: Malta became the 18th member of the Council of Europe.
1967: After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing Muslim religious reasons), Muhammad Ali was stripped of his championship boxing title.
1972: In Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in an abortive coup.
1973: In a futile attempt to stop the Watergate criminal investigation from reaching him, President Richard Nixon requested resignations of two of his top political enforcers, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
1975: At the end of the Vietnam War (a civil war between North and South that began when the border was imposed by France in the 1940s), the U.S. began evacuating U.S. citizens from Saigon prior to the North Vietnamese takeover and victory that brought about the re-unification of Vietnam as it had existed for centuries before French and U.S. interference (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1981: In England, Peter Sutcliffe admitted that he was the "Yorkshire Ripper."
1986: A fire at Los Angeles Public Library damaged or destroyed 400,000 books.
1992: Riots began in Los Angeles, California, after the acquittal of police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King. Over the next week, 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings were burned.
2005: Syrian troops left Lebanon after 29 years of occupation.
2011: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton were married.