Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 10, 2022

The Waters of Noah’s Flood

(4 Minute Read. 10Aug2022)

Forty-five centuries ago a mind-boggling flood of water enveloped the earth in the worst storm the world has ever known. With tidal waves crashing over continents, that worldwide flood of judgment from Yahweh makes hurricanes and tsunamis of recent decades look like spring showers.

But from where did all the water come to cover the entire earth?

And to where did all the flood waters eventually go?

From Where Did the Water Come?

Answer: The report of Noah’s Flood in Genesis specifies two sources of the flood waters.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:11-12)

Water came from both above and below the earth’s surface.

Subterranean water from beneath the earth’s crust supplied water for the Flood when the fountains of the great deep burst open initiating the Flood. Even today we know there is still substantial water below the surface of the earth.

This is not surprising in light of the earth having been formed in and from water.
By the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water. (2 Peter 3:5)

The Genesis record reports that on Creation Day Two the Great Creator divided the waters into two portions, one above the heaven and one on earth below the heaven.
Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. (Genesis 1:6-8)

The water above the expanse (heaven) was likely the source of the rain that fell for 40 days and 40 nights.

To Where Did the Water Go?

Answer: The water of Noah’s Flood is still here! It is in the oceans. Today water covers 70% of the earth.

The pre-Flood earth was much different from today’s earth. Obviously, a global flood would have wreaked tremendous damage and caused enormous changes in the topography of the earth.

For example, there was likely only one continent before Noah’s Flood since there was only a single ocean. On Creation Day Three, the Great Creator brought the waters together into one place and dry land emerged.
Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9-10)

Noah’s Flood covered the pre-Flood mountains to a depth of 15 cubits (about 25 feet). This is easily possible with the water contained in today’s oceans, especially since earth’s terrain was likely much flatter with lower mountains and shallower valleys before the Flood.

Today the world’s oceans cover almost three-fourths of the earth’s surface. The average ocean depth beyond the continental shelves is about 12,000 feet, but the ocean trenches are much deeper, even substantially deeper than Mt. Everest’s 29,000 foot height. The Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean is 1,580 miles long with a depth of over 36,000 feet.

That is enough water to easily cover the “smoother” earth of Noah’s day. If the surface of today’s earth were smoothed out by raising the ocean basins and flattening the mountains, then the water currently on the earth would uniformly cover the globe to a depth of two miles.

During Noah’s Flood, the rock layers forming the world’s major mountain chains were laid down by the Flood waters. The marine fossils atop all the mountains, even Mt. Everest, testify to this. Later the continents were separated, mountains were raised, and gorges and ocean basins and trenches formed — all by tectonic forces initiated during the Flood. This facilitated the draining of the Flood waters off the earth.

This process is described poetically in Psalm 104:
He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not totter forever and ever.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.
(Psalm 104:5-9)

The water currently in the oceans is what once covered the “smoother” globe of Noah’s day. The water came from subterranean reservoirs and from rain falling from the sky.

The next time you visit one of the world’s great oceans, remember — you are looking at the water of Noah’s Flood! When you play in the waves, you are playing in the water of Noah’s Flood!

Questions to Ponder

1. What aspect of Noah’s Flood is most amazing to you?
2. Have you ever witnessed the power of rushing water to alter a landscape?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

This is the 19th article in a series on Noah. This Noah Series will suggest answers to many of the questions believers and skeptics have about Noah, Noah’s Ark, and Noah’s Flood.
Read the prequels:
1. Think You Know Noah?
2. Did Jesus Think Noah Was Real?
3. How Long Did It Take Noah to Build the Ark?
4. Could Noah Build the Ark in 75 Years?
5. How Big Was Noah’s Ark?
6. Were Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?
7. Could Noah Fit All the Animals on the Ark?
8. What Was Noah’s Flood Like?
9. Was Noah’s Flood Global or Local?
10. Life on Noah’s Ark
11. Were Zebras on Noah’s Ark?
12. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Canyons
13. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Fossils
14. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Rock Layers
15. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Worldwide Memories
16. Significance of Noah’s Flood
17. How Did Noah’s Kangaroos Get to Australia?
18. Replicas of Noah’s Ark

Read the sequel:
20. How Long Did Noah Live?

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Wednesday August 10, 2022 A.D.

Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.
(Genesis 6:13-17)

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