While the Ark Was Prepared
The disloyal course of the angels
apparently continued for centuries without any outward manifestation of
God's ability to check them. Thus all the holy angels were tested, and all
who chose "were disobedient in the days of Noah."--1 Peter 3:20.
Noah's family was singled out as
exceptional, in the statement, "Now Noah was perfect in his
generation"--implying that few or no others were perfectly
generated--of pure Adamic stock. (Genesis 6:9.) Noah's family, therefore,
included all the uncontaminated--only eight persons. They, by Divine
the Ark, and thus witnessed to the world the Divine intention
respecting a Deluge.
Noah's message respecting a Divine judgment
by a Deluge seemed ridiculous. Until the Deluge there was no rain. The
last of the great "rings" which then flooded the Earth was of
pure water. For centuries it was spread out over the firmament. The whole
Earth was a great hothouse. There were practically no changes of seasons,
nor storms, because the great water canopy preserved it in perpetual
Summer. Of that period we read: "For as yet there was no rain on the
Earth." (Genesis 2:5.) Noah,
the preacher of righteousness, was mocked and considered a fool
because of his faith in God's Word, just as others of the Lord's people at
various times have been mocked by those who lacked faith, and are yet
Finally, the Deluge came. "The
fountains of the great deep [canopy] were broken up." The breaking of
the canopy precipitated millions of tons of water at both poles, forming
two great tidal waves, covering the Earth for a great depth, deepening the
ocean beds, and throwing up additional mountains.
The cradle of the world is supposed to have
been in Armenia. Geology tells us that the land of that vicinity was at
one time a quiet settling pond, as evidenced by heavy alluvial deposits.
In this vicinity the Ark floated, and by Divine protection landed on Mt.
Ararat its precious freight for the world's new start.