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Monday, October 24, 2011
Pete Garcia

"Then 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."  (Genesis 6:5)

T-200 Years

At this time in history, the world was one giant land mass.  For the most part, the earth was flat with hills and valleys, but no major mountain ranges or large oceans.  Mankind had begun with Adam and Eve, but quickly multiplied on the face of the earth.

Instead of spreading out and populating the earth, most people migrated to centralized areas.  Due to man’s long life spans, couples turned into families.  Families turned into clans.  Clans turned into villages, and villages into cities.  Cities began to spread out and connect to other cities.  Mankind had formed alliances amongst familial and tribal lines. 

They fought each other for women, land, precious goods, and sought to lessen the burden of work by making others do it for them.  At this time, mankind was ruled by his and her conscious, in that they did what was right according to their own cultural and moral standings.

Men and women began to quit worshipping God.  It started off small by putting other things and person’s as priorities over worshipping God.  They didn’t like to do what was right; instead they didn’t want to be told what to do or how to raise their children at all.

After hundreds of years, whole generations were born who began to forget who God was or where they came from.  Instead, they turned to worshipping the signs in the heavens, and the astrological phenomena that happened from time to time.   They began to make idols of their own hands in which to worship knowingly (or unknowingly) inviting the ‘Sons of God’ (or fallen angels) into their midst’s.  These fallen angels masqueraded as men and had begun to entice gullible women into marriages. (Gen 6:2, 4; 2 Pet 2:4-5; Jude 6-7)

Their offspring were known as Nephilim and became the object of worship and folklore.  These were half celestial, half terrestrial in nature.  The ‘mighty ones’, (HaGibborim-Hebrew) which translated into the Greek Septuagint as ‘gigantes’, from the Greek root word ‘gigas’ or ‘earth-born’.  These were the hybrid aberrations of nature, which mocked God and taught all kinds of enchantments and sorcery to those who followed them.  It is unknown how long they lived among men, or how wide spread the genetic contamination spread to in the world at that time, but around the 29th century BC (or 12th century Anno Mundi), only one man was found ‘perfect in his generations’.

*Anno Mundi=from Creation

Mankind had long quit fearing or worshipping a silent God, but rather, replaced Him with objects and mighty men of renown in positions of worship.  But as the days grew darker and wicked, one family stood out.  Methuselah’s father had told of a coming judgment on the world.  His name was Enoch, (which means ‘Commencement or Teaching’) and he even prophesied through the naming of his son, that at his son Methuselah’s death, judgment would come.

T-120 Years

Enoch was a godly man, in so much, that he walked with God for 300 years, until one day, he completely disappeared.  Enoch’s disappearance was legendary to his great-grandson Noah.  Noah knew there was a God, and believed the stories of his great-grandfather Enoch.  Noah’s father (Lamech) and grandfather (Methuselah) were still alive during the construction of the Ark, and shared their knowledge of the first man Adam and of Seth (his third son) with young Noah.  They were Noah’s 6th and 7th great-grandfather, and were still alive during Enoch’s and Methuselah’s lifetimes. They had heard it from Adam’s own lips about his creation and relationship with God.  Adam himself had shared with Enoch and to a young Methuselah about what it was like to walk with God in the Garden of Eden.  By the time God told Noah to build a boat, because He was about to destroy the world, Noah had no problem believing Him. (Gen 5:23-31)

The Ark was to be a large enough boat to not only house Noah, Noah’s family, but also two of all the unclean animals and seven of each kind of clean animal.  They also had to house all of the food storage.  The Ark was exactly 450 ft. long, 75 ft. wide and 45 ft. high.  Due to its’ size and nature of becoming, this attracted even the most distant of Antediluvian peoples, eager to see this 100 year project in the making.  * Using the Cubit as = to18 inches (Genesis 6:14-16)


Noah mourns the death of his great-grandfather Methuselah.  His death weighs heavy on his heart as he knows what must follow.

Then the LORD said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation…For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”   (Genesis 7:1, 4)

T-Minus 7 Days

As the last of the animals were loaded up into the Ark, Noah stood outside and began preaching to those who had gathered around to watch the spectacles with the animals marching in uniformly.  He passionately pleaded with the crowd to change their minds and trust him that destruction was coming.  He was met loudly with laughter and mockery.  “What is this rain, that it would destroy us?”  No matter what he said, Noah’s detractors only answered with jeers and taunts about how ridiculous this whole affair was.  If he’d stop now, they wouldn’t be ‘forced’ to burn his boat to the ground.  “Judgment is coming, come with us if you want to live!” Noah replied.  The crowd roared back, “we’ll dance around bonfire of your boat before we come in!”   As Noah reluctantly retreated into the Ark with his family, the giant door was shut behind them, muffling the heckling and laughter.  (2 Peter 3:3-4)

T-Minus 6 Days

Outside the Ark, it was a raucous event.  People had gathered from all over to join the festivities surrounding the giant wooden boat and those ‘crazy’ believers who locked themselves inside of it.  The fires were roaring and people were dancing and drinking, singing songs that mocked this man Noah and his family.  They chanted obnoxious songs about how stupid Noah was.  Times were good and it seemed like the party would never end.  Initially, the crowds had been taken back a little by animals marching into the boat, but that was days ago, and the drink and festivities quickly dulled any apprehension those animals might have represented.

T-Minus 5 Days

Foreboding and trepidation turned into lively debate.  “He must have lured them in with delicious foods!” the pundits of their day quipped.  “No, he trained them to do it!” other ‘wise’ men counseled.  They argued back and forth over who was right all the while, ignoring the small yet, gnawing feeling in their gut over how implausible it all was.  ‘Maybe this man is right’ their conscious’s whispered.  Fear of ridicule and mockery from the crowds quickly expunged any fear that they were in the wrong.  “Besides, it has NEVER rained before, why would it start now?” they reasoned amongst themselves.  All the while, they set up tents on the high ground overlooking the Ark, to get “the best seats in the house”.

T-Minus 4 Days

By the fourth day, the crowds were beginning to become restless. The crowds grew in size and depth, until the whole plain was full of people.  Vainly, there were those drunk or crazy enough in the crowd who attempted to climb to the top of the Ark, only to fall due to the shape of the Ark’s pitched hull and sides.  But not everyone was on the fields with them.  Many folk had long grown weary of this 100 year ship building tirade, and had moved back to where they came from many years before and had forgotten all about Noah and his boat.  They had lives to live, and continued on buying and selling, marrying and given in marriage.  They ate and drank and made plans to expand their villages and cities.  Grand plans for a grand civilization. (Matt 24:37-38)

T-Minus 3 Days

Off in the distance, thousands of underground geysers had begun to burst open, spewing hot steam into the atmosphere.  The peoples who managed to see them marveled at this new happening transpiring before their eyes.  They began to think back to that man Noah, but shrugged it off as some new ‘normal’ phenomena after the initial excitement wore off.  They had forgotten Enoch’s warning about judgment coming some day.  At the plain, everyone was so fixated on getting drunk and partying they never really paid any attention to the silent, white, fluffy things that began to accumulate into the distant horizon.

T-Minus 2 Days 

As Noah’s family was on the boat, the sounds of the crowds outside continued to get louder and angrier.  Their initial sadness at the fact that not a single person had believed them began to turn into fear for their own lives.  They knew if it didn’t rain soon, the crowds would begin to do some serious damage to the boat.  But despite this, Noah had faith and reassured them that God would keep His promise and see them through. 

T-Minus 1 Days

By now, the clouds had been spotted forming and much of the crowds began to point and gawk at the newly discovered oddities in the sky above them.  Yet, they reasoned amongst themselves that all the water that Noah had told them about, couldn’t possibly be floating in the air above them, water came from the ground as dew!  The harmless white clouds that filled the sky grew dark and menacing.  The crowds had thinned out and people began to head for whatever higher ground they could find (just in case).  Many of the people, who had been at the Ark, ran as fast and hard as they could to get away from Noah and his giant boat.

Zero Day

Whether near or far from the boat, the people were terrified at the sound of the rolling thunder moving across the sky.  They hid in fear of this awful and frightening noise coming from above and from below.  They looked up in awe, as the first drops of rain began to softly fall.

Men fell to their knees; arms stretched skyward praying to whatever gods they worshipped to save them.  Noah had noticed the day prior that the crowds had died down somewhat, but now noticed a new sound different from the previous seven days.  It wasn’t laughter, and it wasn’t mocking…it was wailing.  Then, it was wailing and pounding as people completely surrounded the boat, pounding their fists on the door.  They cried out to Noah to let them in, but Noah could not.  He didn’t shut the door, God did.

The sound of rain began to drown out the wailing and pounding.  After a day or so, Noah and his family felt the boat lift off its pylons and began to move.  Before too long, the boat was rocking heavily from side to side.  But Noah, his family, and the animals on board all remained dry, and safe.  God was faithful to Noah, and had kept him from this terrible deluge that swept over the entire world.

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-27)

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