The Flood

The Great Flood and Noah’s Ark

as described in the Bible (Genesis 5, Jude 1 & Hebrews 11)

1. Events before the Flood:

Enoch was descendant of Adam (the 7th from Adam), he became the father of Methuselah. Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years.

A. Enoch the first Prophet in the Bible and the great grandfather of Noah prophesied about the coming judgment on earth (destruction by water) through the global flood.

One day Enoch disappeared, because God took him.

"It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him." (Hebrews 11:5-6)

B. Enoch also prophesied about the second judgment (destruction by fire) of the end times:

"Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." (Jude 1:14-15)

Methuselah became the father of Lamech.

Lamech became the father of Noah, for he said, “May he bring us relief from our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that the Lord has cursed.”

Noah was the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

"It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith." (Hebrews 11:7)

2. Wickedness of Man (Genesis 6:5-8):

  • The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth
  • And that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually
  • But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord

3. Building the Ark:

  • Make yourself an ark of gopher wood
  • Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch
  • Make the ark 300 L X 50 W X 30 H cubits
  • Cubit = 18’’
  • Ark = L (449.6 ft) X W (75.2 ft) X H (44.8 ft) = 1,514,684.416 cubic feet for Ark interior

4. God’s patience (Genesis 6:3 & 1 Peter 3:20):

  • My Spirit shall not strive with man forever
  • For he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be 120 years
  • It took Noah about 120 years to build the ark
  • …God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built

5. Election (Genesis 6:17-18):

  • I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes
  • Everything on earth will die
  • But I will confirm my covenant with you
  • So enter the ark—you and your wife and your sons and their wives (total 8 people)
  • Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the ark with you to keep them alive during the flood

6. Separation (Genesis 7:16 & John 10:9):

  • A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah
  • Then the Lord closed the door behind them

7. Judgment / The Flood (Genesis 7:10-13):

  • After seven days, the waters of the flood came and covered the earth
  • …on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky
  • The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights
  • That very day Noah had gone into the ark (...The Great Flood has been recorded by every culture: ~2348 B.C.)

8. Purification (Genesis 7:17-24):

  • For forty days the floodwaters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the ark high above the earth
  • …The water covered even the highest mountains on the earth
  • …All the living things on earth died—God wiped out every living thing on the earth
  • The only people who survived were Noah and those with him in the ark
  • And the floodwaters covered the earth for 150 days

9. Salvation (Genesis 8 & 4):

  • …At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased
  • Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of ARARAT

10. Salvation through Christ (John 10:9):

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture

Biblical authors communicated actual history by recording lifespans, or measuring the amount of time between certain events

Ancient tablet reveals new details about Noah's Ark prototype

A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia -- modern-day Iraq -- reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle -- as well as the key instruction that animals should enter "two by two."