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Genesis Chapter Seven


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1. And Jehovah said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

The flood represents the beginning of the Gospel Age through our baptism.*

Going into the ark represents our resting place.*

2. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee seven and seven, the male and his female; and of the beasts that are not clean two, the male and his female:

The mention of animals taken into the Ark as being "clean" and "unclean" would rather seem to refer specially to the useful animals, as for instance, the cow and the sheep are clean—proper for human food, as provided by Jewish law, while the horse and the dog would be amongst the unclean, unsuitable for food, but nevertheless useful servants of mankind. R2842 


3. of the birds also of the heavens, seven and seven, male and female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.



4. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the ground.








5. And Noah did according unto all that Jehovah commanded him.


6. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.  In the 600th year of Noah's life (Gen. 7:11), he was 599 years old. In his 601st year, the first month and first day (Gen. 8:13), he was not 601 years old but just beginning his 601st year; consequently up to that date he had lived 600 full years. R2058

7. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

7:6-7 represents the Church being lifted up during the time of trouble for the blessing of mankind.*


8. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creepeth upon the ground,



9. there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, male and female, as God commanded Noah.


10. And it came to pass after the seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.  
11. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

The idea of firmness comes to the English translation from the Latin, and not from the original Hebrew. The Hebrew word from which "firmament" is translated is raqui, which does not contain the thought of firmness. Its true signification is expanse.—See Young's Analytical Concordance.

The air, a gaseous substance, composed chiefly of oxygen and nitrogen, envelops the earth to a distance of about fifty miles from its surface. The above texts tell us that God separated the cloudy vapors from the waters upon the earth, thus creating the expanse ("firmament") or aerial heavens. (See "the fowl of heaven," that "fly in the midst of heaven," many times referred to in the Scriptures.) The word expanse ("firmament") or heavens is also given a wider application at times and made to embrace the infinitude of space. It has been suggested, and apparently with good evidence, that before the deluge the volume of water above the firmament or aerial heavens was much [R1812 : page 117] greater than now, and that the waters below the firmament were correspondingly less: that the earth at that time probably had a ring of water, similar to the several rings of Saturn.  The theory is that precipitation of the waters of that "ring" produced the deluge, and that the increased weight of the waters upon the ocean caused the upheaval of additional mountain ranges, especially in America. R1811

The very minute account of the flood seems to indicate that from the time Noah and his family and his sons' families and the beasts, birds, etc., entered the Ark and the raining began, until the time that the earth was totally dried, was a full year of 365 days. We read that Noah was 600 years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth (Gen. 7:6); and again, "It came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month and the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth." (Gen. 8:13.) [R3934 : page 39] The record seems to be that it rained for forty days and forty nights (Gen. 7:12), and that the great fountains of waters were completely ruptured, broken up (the main body of the flood coming to the earth from the poles), so that the waters continued to increase or prevail upon the earth for 150 days after it ceased raining—a period of six months or more. Then not only was the rain restrained but the windows of heaven were stopped and the fountains of the deep. R3933

12. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.


13. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;


14. they, and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort.


15. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh wherein is the breath of life.




16. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him: and Jehovah shut him in.


17. And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth.




18. And the waters prevailed, and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.



19. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered.




20. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.




21. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both birds, and cattle, and beasts, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:





22. all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, of all that was on the dry land, died.


23. And every living thing was destroyed that was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only was left, and they that were with him in the ark.  
24. And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days. 150 Days are proof that 30 days equals one month.*