by site founder, Connie Rice
The only way this can be answered is through the lens of God’s revealed Word and His past actions throughout human history. This may be a foreign concept to ponder for some. Most people are more comfortable thinking about the attributes of God that focus on His unconditional love for the crown of His Creation (all people) and His heart of compassion, mercy, graciousness, and patience. Some may not even know that although God promised never to flood the whole world again, there will be a judgment by fire:
“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires, they will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ He promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation’. But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.2 Peter 3:3-7
Beginning about 150 years ago, secular scientists rejected the biblical account of Noah’s Flood, proposing that the geological layers were laid down gradually over millions of years (uniformitarianism), and that the fossils found in sedimentary layers all over the planet died millions of years ago. However, new research is offering evidence that is best explained by a catastrophic global flood that separated Pangea into existing continents quickly through massive earth movement and plate subduction, creating the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the “Ring of Fire” volcanos when fountains of the deep opened up. Other evidences that a global flood has indeed happened only a few thousands years ago include:
- Dinosaur fossils covering huge swaths of North America are buried in ash, sandstone, & water.
- Lack of transitional fossils.
- Existence of living fossils (thought to have died millions of years ago, but found alive with no evolutionary change).
- Marine fossils found on the top of every mountain on earth.
- 95% of all fossils are marine fossils.
- Massive dinosaur graveyards in the same sedimentary layers around the world.
- Fossilized dinosaur tracks.
- Even though not displayed in museums that way, fossils of mammals, distinct bird species (cormorant, loon, etc.), and marine creatures are found with dinosaur fossils.
- Multiple geological anomalies (folded rock, no erosion between rock layers, wave rocks, polystrate fossils, petrified wood, no roots in coal beds, etc.).
- Dating methods offer inconsistent results with rocks of known age.
- Soft tissue and Carbon 14 found in dinosaur fossils.
- Carbon 14 found in coal (“fossil fuel“) and diamonds.
- Historical records of a huge flood with similarities to the biblical account found on every continent.
- Cambrian Explosion shows that every major animal phyla appeared suddenly, fully formed.
Much of this evidence has been compiled in a new book called“Flooded” by Dr. Jeff Miller of “Apologetics Press”. It is a full-color, high-quality, hardbound book and in my opinion, would be an excellent resource for preteens and older (I just purchased it and plan to add a link to it on this website under Creation books). Other great articles, videos, & resources on global flood evidence can also be found at “Genesis Apologetics”, “Institute for Creation Research” (ICR), “Creation Ministries International” (CMI), “Answers in Genesis”, & more. For the past 30 years, Geo-physicist and Engineer, Dr. John R. Baumgardner, has studied and written papers on his theory of how catastrophic plate tectonics from Noah’s Flood best explains existing geology. However, most importantly – Jesus Himself referred to Noah’s Flood as an historical event and explains how it will be when He returns:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come’.”Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:35-42
We are not told when that will be, but we are given hints of what the end times will look like. Do you see any similarity to our present times?
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.”2 Timothy 3:1-3
God told us in His Word that He judged the world with a Flood because of man’s evil. He promised never to flood the whole earth again. God gave us the rainbow as a symbol of that promise. At times, I have tried to imagine what He must think of the rainbow being used in recent years to celebrate what He has called sin. Those who create a game also create the rules of the game. God created us and has the right to determine what is sin and what is not (right vs. wrong). He has also impressed that on every human heart (we all know some things are wrong – murder of innocents, etc.).
“I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”Genesis 9:11
God’s holiness is beyond our comprehension – He is perfect and completely set apart from us and hates sin because He knows the destruction it brings to people. That is why God’s wrath will be poured out on the ungodly. God’s wrath is not like our anger as explained in the article, “Six Things You Need to Know About God’s Wrath” by Pastor Colin Smith for “Unlocking the Bible”. One of the reasons why I love God so much and choose to live for Him with every day He gives me on this earth is because even though I committed a sin that He calls an abomination – when I reached the end of myself and cried out to Him for help, He was right there waiting for me:
“The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking; He rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins.”Psalm 34:18
“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does. The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.”Psalm 145:17-20
Unfortunately, even many Christians do not have an accurate view of God because they do not take the time to read their Bible. God did not have to reveal Himself to us, but He chose to because of His love for mankind. He wanted us to know who He was and told us what was good and what was evil, what pleased Him and brought blessings and what brought negative consequences. John M. Frame for “The Gospel Coalition” explains this in his essay, “Divine Revelation: God Making Himself Known”. In our country, if we break the law, ignorance is no excuse – we are each responsible to be aware of the law and obey it. Likewise, being ignorant of Scripture will not be an excuse when we stand before a holy God who gave us the truth so we could be prepared. God knew we could not save ourselves, so from the beginning, made a way for us to be covered by the righteousness of Jesus Christ. His sacrificial death on the cross and victory over death and sin provides a way for each of us to stand before a holy God without fear of judgment – this is called the “Good News” because those who trust in Him for salvation are no longer dead in their sins in this life and can look forward to a joyous time with our Savior instead of a dreaded one. Those who submit their lives to Jesus as their Lord and Savior will instead give an account and receive the rewards they’ve earned in this life.
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”2 Timothy 1:9-10
Thankfully for us, God is also omniscient (all-knowing), so only He is able to judge people fairly because only He knows our hearts, thoughts, struggles, feelings, actions, and pain. However, we face a serious problem because none of us is perfect and are therefore guilty of sinning against Him. Will you agree with Him that you are not perfect and pray to receive the free gift of eternal salvation made possible through the love of the Father and the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Will you look forward to His return and to receiving rewards from Him OR will you be standing before Him in judgment for your sin? God doesn’t sent people to hell – He gives each of us a choice, but the time to make it is now. As Billy Graham said from the book of 2 Corinthians (see below) and as “Got Questions” explains, “Now is the day of salvation”. How will you choose? If you have already chosen to trust in Jesus for your salvation, you will be in heaven for eternity, but it is always good for us reflect on whether or not we are really following Him, obeying Him, and accurately reflecting Him to others so they can find salvation too, recognizing that God offers us help and power through the Holy Spirit to live a life pleasing to Him.
“As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you’. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Yes, judgment of the world is coming – we just don’t know when. So many individuals, our nation, and even churches have pushed God away, ignoring or mocking His Word, and as was repeated in the Old Testament numerous times before judgment in the book of Judges, “The people did what was right in their own eyes.” or “Everyone did as they saw fit“ (link to article by Daniel Burton of “The Gospel Outpost”). Some of the issues of our time that God’s Word addresses are the definitions of marriage, family, & gender, protecting innocent life (conception to natural death), treating others as we would like to be treated, being honest, being humble, choosing godly leaders, supporting Israel, helping and encouraging others, being respectful of others, hating and turning from evil, and the importance of passing biblical teaching to the next generation. God may continue to show our nation mercy, but the truth is – He has already been incredibly patient with our increasing unfaithfulness and rebellion. Please join me in praying for a great awakening of historic proportion, that the Holy Spirit would soften hearts and minds to the truth for salvation, that our nation and drifting churches would return to the Lord, and that individuals would seek the Lord with all their hearts, minds, soul, and strength while He may be found.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake their waysIsaiah 55:6-7
and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for He will freely pardon.”
© Constance Rice 2021