● Chapter 7
The Final Days
All things were ready. The Ark was completed. Food for the family and for all the living creatures had been gathered and stored in the Ark. The final days had arrived.
Gen 7:1: And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
2: Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
3: Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
4: For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Yahweh had found Noah righteous before Him in his generation. Noah was favored and he was given the privilege to enter into the Ark with his whole household, his wife and his three sons and their wives. The Lord also reminded Noah to take seven pairs of every clean beast (such as sheep and cattle) and fowl (such as pigeons and chicken), and one pair of every unclean beast (such as lions, and lizards; unclean fowls such as eagles and vultures must be included here), so as to keep their kinds alive upon the Earth after the deluge. God promised Noah that after he had done all that, the rain would not come for yet another seven days.
[Note: To some Bible students, verses 2 and 3 seem to imply that Noah was told to take only seven of each kind of clean animals and fowls, that is, 3 males and 3 females, plus a 7th which was most likely a male to be used as sacrifice. However, the phrase “the male and his female” clearly points to the number of each kind of animal and fowl being paired.]
Gen 7:5: And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
The Open Door
Gen 7:6: And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7: And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8: Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9: There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10: And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11: In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12: And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
14: They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15: And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
16: And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
After all the required numbers of pairs of animals and fowls of every kinds went to Noah two by two into the Ark, the huge door of the Ark stayed open. It stayed open for seven days. In that generation of Noah, though the people were wicked, evil and corrupt, yet God was full of grace and mercy to keep the door open for whosoever would come into the Ark.
The people most certainly laughed at and made fun of Noah during the years when Noah was building the Ark and warning the populace of impending judgment. Without doubt, they called him a fool for building a boat on dry ground. They mocked him for believing that water would fall from the heavens as droplets and flood the Earth. In those days there was no such thing as rain, so why should they believe Noah’s repeated warnings. However, Noah continued in his construction of the Ark until it was finished, and the beasts and creeping things and fowls were gathered in.
“And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.” That day, the huge door of the Ark was shut. Once God shut the door, no man could open it (cf. Rev.3:7). Grace and mercy were over for the people outside of the Ark. No one inside the Ark had control of the door to open and shut it.
Every Sethite, except for all the firstborns of Adam through Seth, had gone the ways of the Cainites. All the firstborns of Adam, through Seth, died before the Flood was sent. Yet when the door of the Ark remained open for 7 days, after Noah and his family, and animals and fowls had entered in, not even one backsliding “son of God” (Sethite) walked through the door ramp into the Ark.
Noah was 600 years old when the Flood came upon the Earth. It came on the 17th day of the 2nd month of Noah’s 600th year of life. That day were “all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” All the water sources of the great deep, that is, the aqueous shell that shrouded the Earth for a greenhouse effect, broke up, and the floodgates of the heaven were opened. The water fell to Earth as rain. [Note: In those days, the sky was always clear. There was never dark skies, dark ‘thunderous’ clouds that hold rain. The Earth was shrouded with a mass of water (great depth of water) like a garment that is spread over and above the mountains (Psm.104:5-6 cf. Job 38:8). Theologians have mistakenly taught that “all the fountains of the great deep broken up” referred to the vast quantities of subterraneous waters of the Earth which God caused to blow skyward to fall as rain.]
Safe inside the Ark were pairs of male and female air-breathing living creatures — Noah and his wife; Japheth and his wife; Ham and his wife; Shem and his wife; the clean male beasts and their mates; the clean male fowls and their mates; the unclean beasts and their mates; and the unclean fowls and their mates. God had shut them all in to safeguard them from a watery death.
Gen 7:17: And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
18: And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
19: And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
20: Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
The rain fell. It was torrential. It fell day after day without ceasing. The waters soon lifted the Ark up above the ground, and the Ark floated above the waters. The rainfall lasted for 40 days and 40 nights. So great was the outpouring of waters from the heaven that it covered all the mountains of the Earth well above their tops for 15 cubits (22.5 feet or 6.86 meters). [Note: The Flood being universal is indisputable. The Hebrew word used for “flood” is “mabbool”, the Greek word is “kataklusmos”. Both words emphasize the flood as being a cataclysm, a great deluge. In his epistle (2Pet.3:5-7), the Apostle Peter delivered a clear global warning confirming that God Who created the Earth, had devastated it by a great flood, and will one day destroy it again by fire. Those who believe that the Flood was localized have mistakenly believed that the Earth’s land and water arrangement, prior to the Flood, is the same as the present day Earth. They believe that Europe, Asia, the continents of Africa, America, and Australia already existed in Noah’s days, and that the Flood was localized in the region of the Middle East. In truth, the present day Earth is actually the result of the Great Deluge.]
Gen 7:21: And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
23: And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
All air-breathing land creatures – birds, livestock, beasts, creepers and men – of the Earth died. God destroyed them all. Only Noah and his family and all the living creatures that were with him in the Ark remained alive. Recall that the Serpent race, Cain and his descendants, built a great empire in those days before the Flood. They were great people who were very imaginative and inventive (Gen.4:16-24). Their intermarriage with the Sethites produced ever greater, but more wicked people, whose entire imagination, desires and purposes of their hearts being evil continually (Gen.6:1-5). For this reason the Flood was sent — to destroy them all. The backsliding Sethites, who had left the true path of Life and gave themselves over to the corruption of the Serpent race, were also destroyed. There remained not one Serpent seed alive on this Earth. No literal physical Serpent seed exists today. [Note: There are two groups of Christians who maintain that physical Serpent people do exist after the Flood, and are on the Earth today. They base their teachings on this phrase of Genesis 6:4 — “and also after that”. One group interprets the phrase to mean that some Serpent people (and even giants) had survived the judgment of God because they had built their own boat, or boats, to carry them over the Flood. The second group claims that the Serpent seed got over the Flood through the women. They believe that any number of those four wives (of Noah and his three sons) must have been unfaithful and had fornicated with the Cainic men prior to entering the Ark, explaining the existence of giants existed after the Flood.]
Gen 7:24: And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
After 40 days and nights, the rain stopped, but the floodwater still covered the Earth. It covered the Earth for another 110 days. The water subsided slowly until the 150th day.