Did you know it took 150 days,
after the Great Flood,
for the waters to go down?
“And on the 17th day of the 7th month
the ark came to rest
on the mountains of Ararat.”
“Mount Ararat is located
in the far eastern part of Turkey,
in Armenia, near the border of Iran.
It is the mythical resting place
of Noah's Ark, as mentioned
in the Book of Genesis.”
Today, the Ararat Mountain
is an inactive volcano,
and has 2 ancient volcanic peaks,
located in eastern Turkey,
in the province of Agri."
Mount Ararat stands 16,854 feet tall,
and borders present-day Turkey
to Iran, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.
And it’s known by both
Christian and Muslim religions,
to be the boat’s landing place after the flood.
Can you imagine?
After it rained from Heaven,
and the flood waters opened up on the earth,
It took 2 1/2 months
for the waters to go down,
just so Noah could see
the tops of the mountains.
That’s about 43 days
for land to become seen!
So here’s a question-
Just because land could not be seen,
does it mean land did not exist?
“The waters continued to recede
until the 10th month,
and on the 1st day of the 10th month
the tops of the mountains
“Then after 40 days,
Noah opened a window
he had made in the ark
and sent out a raven,
and it kept flying back and forth
until the water had dried up
from the earth.”
“Then Noah sent out a dove
to see if the water had receded
from the surface of the ground.
But the dove could find nowhere
to perch because there was water
over all the surface of the earth;
so it returned to Noah in the ark.”
“Noah reached out his hand,
took the dove and brought it back
to himself in the ark.”
“Noah waited 7 more days
and again sent out the dove from the ark.”
“When the dove returned to him
in the evening, there in its beak
was a freshly plucked olive leaf!
Then Noah knew the water had receded
from the earth.”
Can you imagine how great
Noah must have felt?
After all the chaos, and all the despair,
a small olive leaf meant
there had to be a small olive tree.
The earth and the remnant -
had been spared!
“Noah waited 7 more days
and sent the dove out again,
but this time it did not return back to him.”
I wonder why not?
“By the 1st day of the 1st month
of Noah’s 601 year,
the water had dried up from the earth.”
That’s a whole year that Noah
(and his wife, his sons and their wives)
was on the boat!
“Noah then removed
the covering from the ark
and saw that the surface
of the ground was dry.”
Has God ever removed
the covering from your eyes?
Imagine how glorious it will be
when He removes the the covering of the sky!
“By the 27th day of the 2nd month
the earth was completely dry.
“Then God said to Noah,”
Come out of the ark, you and your wife
and your sons and their wives.
Bring out every kind of living creature
that is with you -
the birds, the animals, and all the creatures
that move along the ground -
so they can multiply on the earth
and be fruitful
and increase in number on it.”
Genesis 7:11-13 says
Noah entered the ark
in the 600th year of his life,
on the 17th day of the 2nd month
Genesis 8:14-15 says
Noah left the ark
on the 27th day of the 2nd month -
a little over one year later.
So Noah came out, together with his sons
(Shem, Ham and Japheth)
and his wife and the wives of his sons.
Assuming that each man only had one wife,
that would make 8 people
who became the remnant.
“All the animals and all the creatures
that move along the ground
and all the birds -
everything that moves on land -
came out of the ark, one kind after another.”
According to Genesis 6 and 7,
7 pairs of each kind of clean animal -
animals that would be
acceptable for a blood sacrifice;
and 1 pair of each kind
of other animals that were taken on the ark.”
“Then Noah built an altar
to the Lord and, taking some of
all the clean animals and clean birds,
he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”
“The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma
and said in his heart:
Never again will I curse the ground
because of humans,
even though every inclination
of the human heart
is evil from childhood.
And never again
will I destroy all living creatures,
as I have done.
“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night will never cease.”
Can you imagine being the earth?
The place that has to endure
the consequence of it all!
It’s no wonder Jesus said,
Even the rocks cry out!
Some day, at God’s appointed time,
everything we see
will be burned up by fire.
When Jesus returns, for the second time,
he will come as a Lion, not as a meek lamb.
The water baptism is just a precursor
of what is to come.
Fire Baptism - now, that is the One!
The old will pass away,
and finally there will be
a new earth and new Heaven -
and together the Children of God will stand.