Satan’s long war against God, Part 5

Part 5, The fossils, the flood and the future  

Thousands of fish fossils have been discovered.  The only way fish could have fossilised in the rocks, is if they were suddenly covered with sediment that subsequently became rock.  Fish rot quickly.  The fish fossils testify to the flood. 

Why is the flood a controversial issue?

The flood reminds us of the Second Coming of Jesus,

  ‘As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.’  Matthew 24:37; Luke 17:26

If we have the physical testimony of the rocks concerning the flood; if we have the words of Jesus concerning the flood; why is the flood a controversial issue?  Our common enemy, Satan, does not like the message of the flood because it reminds him of the end times that spell out his end.   

God revealed the end in the book of Revelation

  • The introduction to Revelation,

‘The revelation of Jesus Christ, that God gave Him to show His servants what must soon take place….’  Revelation 1:1 

  • The Holy Spirit regards knowledge about the end time events as so important that He promises a special blessing to those who read it, 

‘Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.’  Revelation 1:3

Why must we know about end time events?  

  • Just as it was important that Noah had details about God’s plan to destroy the creation with the flood (so that he obeyed and built the ark to save his family), so it is important for us to know God’s final plan, so that we prepare for it, have an eternal perspective and live accordingly.  The end time prophecy reveals what is going to happen, 

‘The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever.’  Revelation 11:15

  • The Holy Spirit regards this revelation of God’s final accomplishment of His purpose so important that He testifies, 

‘…If anyone adds anything to [these words], God will add to him the plagues described in this book.  And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which is described in this book.’ Revelation 22:18-19 

Conclusion

The universal judgment by water was a real event.  The future universal judgment by fire will be a real event.  The Judgment Throne will be a real event.  Satan will be the loser all the way.  He hates it, and spreads anti-flood propaganda.  It will change nothing of God’s designs.  The followers of Jesus also have an ‘ark,’ Jesus, to see that we land on the ‘new, clean’ earth, just as Noah and his family did. 

Satan’s long war against God, Part 4

Part 4, Is there any physical evidence for a universal flood?

The account of creation in Genesis 1, is conventionally 31 verses.  The account of the flood, without chapter 9, is 68 verses.  With chapter 9, it is 85 verses.   

Why is the flood so important that it takes up so many verses?

The reason is that the world-wide flood in Noah’s time teaches us some very important principles of God’s Kingdom: 

  • God’s righteousness and judgment.  It tells us that we live in God’s moral world.  Therefore, at the end of time, all people will have to give an account before God’s Judgement Seat for what we did while we lived on earth.  
  • God never judges unless there is an ‘escape hatch.’  In that case it was the ark.  In our time we can accept Jesus who took our punishment and death sentence upon Himself so that we can escape eternal condemnation.    
  • God closed the door of the ark when Noah and his family were inside.  One day in future God will close the gates of the New Jerusalem, and those outside will remain outside for all eternity.  
  • God’s purposes will never be thwarted – neither by Satan, nor any of his active co-workers who so stridently war against the Word.  The flood was God’s solution to Satan’s strategy to pollute the human bloodline when his angels married women and had children by them (see Satan’s long war against God, Part 3).   

An important principle: 

Followers of Jesus should not fall into the trap to believe that God will do something as big as the universal flood, and leave no clear evidence for it.  

Evidence for the wide-wide flood – plant fossils

  • The first evidence we want to discuss is fossilised plants.  We know that plants rot fairly fast.  A leaf falls on the ground, and with rain and the action of soil bacteria and other factors, it disappears after a short while.    
  • How do plants fossilise?  Plant fossils cannot form over millions of years when sediment covers it thin layer by thin layer.  It can only happen with fast burial and pressure to exclude bacterial decomposition.    

Conclusion

Fossil plants occurring globally can only be explained by the flood.  Fossil plants are one of God’s exhibits that points to the flood. 

To be continued…. More physical evidence for the universal flood.

Satan’s long war against God, Part 3

Part 3, The Flood, universal Truth or Myth?

In the previous blog we discussed the first of Satan’s pushbacks against God’s promise that the Seed of the woman will crush his head.  His battle strategy was to send his demons to intermarry with women.  His effort was thwarted because God sent a universal flood.  

Satan does not take a loss lightly.  

So he has his strategy ready to malign God.  

  • His first lie is to depict God as a Cosmic Tyrant who destroyed women and innocent children indiscriminately in the flood.  Of course he does not mention that all the people of that generation had the opportunity to join Noah and escape the destruction of the flood on the ark.  
  • His second effort is to deny the universal flood.  For people in the world it is of no consequence whether there was a universal flood or not.  For those who profess belief in God, the situation is different.  We either acknowledge that the witness of Scripture is true and displays God’s power, or we don’t.  Either the Holy Spirit is a truthful Witness or He is not.  The question is, does God have the power to cause a universal flood, or doesn’t He? 

Not a local flood, but a universal flood.  

  • God promised never to flood the earth again.  The next universal destruction of the earth and the universe, is much more serious.  It will be by a devastating fire which will obliterate even the elements and everything on earth, to the deepest core.  The highest heavens will also be destroyed.  2 Peter 3:6-7, 10-13 
  • The universal flood has a direct influence on the final ‘restoration’ of the earth and preparation for the new heaven and earth.  Just as the universal flood brought about a ‘clean’ earth for Noah and his family, so the universal fire will bring about a ‘clean’ earth for the Bridegroom and His Bride.  
  • That means if the followers of Jesus deny the universal flood, they will automatically have to deny the universal fire.  Both have to do with God’s power.  Both have to do with God’s plan of an eternal nation.  

With the flood, God displayed His right to judge.  

If one denies the flood, one directly challenges God’s right to judge.  That means God’s right of a final, universal Judgment Day is denied.  In a sense that impacts on the book of Revelation which describes God’s final days of wrath on Satan’s kingdom of darkness.  

Conclusion 

Either the believer accepts the witness of God in the Bible, or he does not.  

Next blog: Part 4, Is there any physical evidence of a

 universal flood?

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