The Genesis Flood was not merely regional; it covered the entire world.

The Genesis Flood was not merely regional; it covered the entire world. 

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.  Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.   (Genesis 7:19-20)

The apostle Peter predicted (in 2nd Peter 2:5 & 3:6) that some people would intentionally ignore the historic fact of the worldwide Flood, because that Flood was a haunting reminder that God punishes sin, especially when His forgiveness is rejected.  Before that the Lord Jesus Himself clearly taught that the Genesis Flood destroyed all of the earth, with Noah’s family being the only humans to survive (Matthew 24:39). Jesus also said that Genesis was authoritative (John 5:44-49), and the Genesis record itself (e.g., in Genesis 7:19-20) chronicles how the floodwaters rose and eventually covered the entire earth, so that even the highest mountains were covered by at least 15 cubits (which is about 24 feet).  Also, using the rainbow as a covenant, God promised to never again send a flood like the one Noah and family survived (Genesis 9:11), yet many regional floods have come and gone since then.

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There are 2 other major evidences that the Genesis Flood was global, not just regional: (1) Flood mega-sequences in sedimentary rock layers, documented by Dr. Tim Clarey, cover multiple continents, not just regions of the world; (2) historical memories of the Flood, such as global flood legends and Chinese pictographs, only makes sense if the Flood was worldwide, since Flood memories are transmitted in the lore of many different peoples (e.g., Chinese, Polynesian islands, Alaskan natives, Mayas, Africans, Greeks, etc.) who are separated by language and geography.

It was more than catastrophic; it was a global cataclysm.  For more analysis of this important fact of Earth’s well-documented Flood history, consider these short articles:

HMM: http://www.icr.org/article/2120

HMM: http://www.icr.org/article/days-noah

HMM: http://www.icr.org/article/lasting-noahic-covenant

JDM: http://www.icr.org/article/providential-wind/

JDM: http://www.icr.org/article/vital-doctrine-global-flood


 

Goyim Origins: Divided Languages Caused Ethnic Differences

Goyim Origins: Divided Languages Caused Ethnic Differences

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

By these were the coastlands of the Gentiles divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. … These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations, and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.   (Genesis 10:5 & 10:32)

After the worldwide Flood was over Noah’s family left the Ark, to start a new life in what was really a completely renovated earth. This was followed by more babies being born to Noah’s daughters-in-law.  Those babies eventually grew up and had families of their own, so the human race multiplied as the generations of new descendants of Noah began to fill the earth.  Although God had commanded the human race to “be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1 & 9:7), some people disagreed with that idea – they chose to do the opposite of “filling” the earth – they stayed close together in what is now Babylon (in Iraq, near the Euphrates River).

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TOWER OF BABEL, painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, AD1563 (public domain)

They built a tower (known as the “Tower of Babel”) and even said that their goal was to avoid being spread out over the earth – showing that they were rebelling against God’s commandment.  So God defeated their rebellious unity by changing their common language into 70 different language categories.  Not being able to talk to each other the rebel confederacy split up, based on the 70 different languages.  (Later these original 70 languages would split further.) Since people usually marry only those who speak their language – for obvious reasons – soon the once-common gene pool was split into 70 smaller gene pools, with dominant and recessive genes (“genotype” characteristics) being recycled only within those smaller gene pools.

The results, after many generations of language-group-based inbreeding, was that people who shared the same language tended to share some of the same physical appearances (“phenotype” characteristics), such as skin color, eye color, shape of cheek bones, shape of nose, etc.).  The 70 original languages groups were originally called “nations”, so the term “nation” in Scripture is primarily a category of language-based family history (i.e., genealogy), not geography-defined political entities, which is what we usually think of when we use the English word “nation” nowadays.  [SeeEvery Nation Under Heaven:  Using Scripture to Understand Scripture“, posted at http://www.icr.org/article/every-nation-under-heaven-using-understand  — explaining how Genesis chapters 10 & 11 are connected to Acts chapter 2.]

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TABLE OF NATIONS based on Genesis 10, with Greek term equivalents used by Josephus  (chart by Answers in Genesis)