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Genesis 7:10-16a

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[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 7:10 . . And on the seventh day the waters of the Flood came upon the earth.[/B]

Back in verse 4, God gave Noah seven days to get moved into the ark. The water came right on time, just exactly when God said it would. God's word carries different force in different circumstances. Sometimes He makes predictions, sometimes He makes promises, and sometimes He even makes threats.

Threats are often negotiable; sort of like an "or else". Like when Jonah went to Ninevah and walked around town heralding in the streets that within forty days they would be overthrown. When the people changed their ways, God backed off.

But a prediction isn't negotiable; nor is it open to discussion. When God makes a prediction, you can make bank on it because He's seen the future. The Flood was predicted. He said it was coming in seven days; and sure enough it showed up.

[B][SIZE=1]NOTE[/SIZE]:[/B] The apostle John saw the Great White Throne event depicted at Rev 20:10-15. That event is now inevitable because John's vision is a revelation; viz[B]:[/B] a glimpse into not just one possible future; but the future.

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 7:11a . . In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month,[/B]

The Flood isn't dated according to a calendar; but rather, relative to Noah's life. In other words[B]:[/B] let's say that Noah was born in the month of July. Had that been the case; then the second month of his life would have been August. More about this later.
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[COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 7:11b . . on this day, all the springs of the great deep were split, and the windows of the heavens opened up.[/B]

The word for "deep" is from [I]tehowm[/I] (teh-home') which indicates an abyss (as a surging mass of water) especially the deep (the main sea or the subterranean water-supply). Tehowm occurred very early on in the Bible's texts at Gen 1:1-2.

The difference is that this deep is the great deep. The word for "great" is from [I]rab[/I] (rab) which means abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality), so that this particular deep could be thought of as bottomless; viz[B]:[/B] an abysmal source of water beyond human imagination.

The atmosphere alone holds about 2,900 cubic miles of water at any given time; with the balance of Earth's 340 million cubic miles of water stored in oceans, rivers, lakes, ice caps, glaciers, permafrost, and the ground. Relatively little ground water is stored in subterranean voids. Most of it is soaked in tiny pores and cracks in soil and rocks.

Almost all ground water resides within five to ten miles of the surface. Water below that depth is chemically bound in the rocks and minerals and not readily accessible; but can be released as a result of geologic processes such as volcanism. But for the Flood, water above and beyond the earth's indigenous sources was necessary.

Scientists have long suspected an abundance of water out in the cosmos. Well, it's there alright. In an article I found on the internet dated July 22, 2011; astronomers have discovered the largest and oldest mass of water ever detected in the universe-- a gigantic cloud harboring 140 trillion times more water than all of Earth's oceans combined. Well; I'm pretty sure that's a sufficient quantity of water to inundate the earth to the depth required by the Flood and that's only one of the sources of water in space that I'm aware of.

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 7:12 . . (The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.)[/B]

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 7:13-16a . .That same day Noah and Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, went into the ark, with Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons-- they and all beasts of every kind, all cattle of every kind, all creatures of every kind that creep on the earth, and all birds of every kind, every bird, every winged thing. They came to Noah into the ark, two each of all flesh in which there was breath of life. Thus they that entered comprised male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him.[/B]

Again it's reiterated that the critters "came" to Noah; he didn't have to go on safari to round them up; and then they entered the ark on their own without Noah and his boys having to herd them in. That is really remarkable. It's like those critters somehow knew that there was something terrible brewing and Noah's ark was the only safe haven.

That's another example where a "day" can be longer than twenty-four hours; in fact, the day here in Gen 7:13-16 is a whole week plus forty more days and nights. Thus from the time of God's invitation to come into the ark, and up until it stopped raining, was a day period consisting of 47 calendar days.

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