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Tuesday, July 31 2018
A Bible Journey, 7: The Voyage Of The Last And First Family
"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"
Noah and his family (we only know the names of half of them - see the Fact Finder question below) were the last family alive at the time of the end of the Old World. They thereafter became the first family of the New World. They were so because Noah, unlike the entire rest of humanity that perished, believed and obeyed the LORD. As such, Noah and his family were the first Christians of the world today (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God).
The Earth began with a worldwide flood (see Creation Day 1: Let There Be Light and Creation Day 2: The Heaven Above, The Waters Below and Creation Day 3: Continents And Oceans). Those same waters returned, rose up, not from the sky but from the Earth, in the time of Noah (see How Did The Flood Happen?).
"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 man of Eden (Eden was the entire region, known today as Iraq) afterward, Abraham (see Abraham's Exodus and Biblical Eras: From Abram And Sarai To Abraham And Sarah), 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 A Bible Journey, 5: When Humans Lived For Centuries and A Bible Journey, 6: When Most Humans Were Female). 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)
The greatest mocking, by those who were about to drown, and the greatest act of faith, on the part of Noah, were when Noah and his family entered the fully-loaded Ark (see How Much Did Noah's Ark Weigh?) - 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)
And so the rain began, but moreover the waters rose, not from the rain, but from the Earth: "the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up" (again, see How Did The Flood Happen?).
"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)
The LORD Himself closed the big door of the Ark: "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: What are the three ancestral lines of humanity today that began with Noah and his wife?
This Day In History, July 31
781: The earliest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
904: Muslim forces captured Thessalonica from the Byzantine (East Roman) Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Thessalonica is known in the Holy Bible from the epistles to the Thessalonians (see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition).
1009: Pope Sergius IV became the 142nd pope of the Church of Rome, which was created by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1423: The Battle of Cravant during the Hundred Years' War. The French army was defeated by English forces at Cravant on the river Yonne.
1492: Jews were expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella - the employers of Christopher Columbus that same year.
Ferdinand and Isabella were also the originators of the Spanish Inquisition ("The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition") that tortured, imprisoned or killed many thousands of people who did not follow the Church of Rome. "Water boarding" torture, as also used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the modern era, was an invention of the Spanish Inquisition as a punishment for those who taught the true Biblical method of baptism, by immersion, rather than the Church of Rome's "baptism" (the word "baptism" literally means to immerse) by sprinkling.
1498: Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the New World (all of the voyages of Columbus were to the islands of the Caribbean Sea - Columbus never set foot in the one country of America that today calls itself "America"), discovered an island which he named Trinidad. America (i.e. the continents) was actually discovered by the Vikings 500 years before Columbus was even born.
1588: The Spanish Armada was spotted off the coast of England (see also Send In The Marines).
1687: Fort Niagara was built by Jacques Rene de Brisay de Denonville, the Governor-General of "New France," at the mouth of the Niagara River.
1763: The British garrison at Detroit attempted to break a siege by the Ottawa "Indians" (see The First Chinese American War) under chief Pontiac by launching a night attack on the Ottawa camp at Bloody Run. The attack was repulsed with heavy losses. The Ottawa siege on Detroit was also indecisive, although a general uprising led by Pontiac was successful in taking 8 British forts.
1812: A year after declaring independence, Venezuela fell to the Spanish.
1817: Benjamin Disraeli (a name that literally means "Benjamin the Israeli"), age 12, was baptized into the Church of England. Without that event, Disraeli would not have later become Prime Minister of Britain, because Jews were not admitted to parliament until 1858.
1856: Christchurch, New Zealand was established as a city.
1919: The Weimar Constitution was adopted in post-war Germany, establishing a republic. Parliament, which kept the old name of Reichstag, moved to Weimar to avoid association with the Kaiser (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar).
1938: Archaeologists discovered gold and silver artifacts of King Darius in Persepolis (see Darius The Mede).
1941: Nazi government official Hermann Goering gave a written directive to police chief Reinhard Heydrich to draft a plan for the murder of the Jewish people, Adolf Hitler's so-called "Final Solution" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion)
1957: The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line of radar stations was put into operation as a joint United States-Canada defence project against nuclear attack from the Soviet Union (Canada has the U.S. on its southern border and Russia on its northern border).
1969: Pope Paul VI visited Uganda, the first time a pope of the church of Rome had visited Africa.
1970: The complete New American Standard Version of the Bible (NASB) was first published.
1976: NASA released the controversial "Mars Face" photo taken by Viking 1.
1987: A tornado struck Edmonton, Alberta; 27 people were killed, $330 million in damage.
1993: King Baudouin of Belgium died at age 62.