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Fountains of the Deep

Genesis 7:11: 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.

It must have made a tremendous noise, when the Earth’s crust cracked into pieces.

Genesis 7 tells us that the main event which began the worldwide Flood was the opening of the Fountains of the Deep. We think that this was probably massive volcanic and seismic activity occurring on a worldwide scale. Magma and superheated water would have emerged from these cracks. The superheated water would have been thrown miles into the atmosphere, at supersonic speed, and would then have returned to the Earth as rain – probably what is meant by the windows of heaven. This would also have caused the world’s largest ever tsunamis, bringing devastation and destruction to the pre-Flood world.

There are many models of how the worldwide Flood could have begun. The one, which I have outlined, is called Catastrophic Plate Tectonics, because it explains the existence of the Earth’s tectonic plates, by means of formation catastrophically – that is by the worldwide Flood. This sophisticated model is able to show how the Earth’s great geological forces, including modern day volcanoes, can be explained within a biblical timetable.

While it is interesting and important to research how the Flood began, we should never forget why the Flood began. God sent the Flood as a judgment because of the wickedness of people’s hearts. The only reason that we can discuss this today is because our ancestors escaped the Flood. That is because our ancestors were Noah and his family, saved, we read in Genesis 6:8, by the grace of God. We also can be saved from the judgment to come, when we repent of our sins, and put our trust in Jesus, our Ark of salvation.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for saving me from the judgment to come, by your grace and mercy. Amen.

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