Pre-Flood and Early Post-Flood People, Part Five

Pyramid of Giza (Photo credit: Flemming Ubbesen)

Pyramid of Giza (Photo credit: Flemming Ubbesen)

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In this series, I stated that humanity was able to accomplish a lot early on and that civilization rose rapidly.  I also said that when Noah and his family came off the ark, they brought a lot of practical knowledge and skill with them.  One of the examples of this fact are the underwater cities which were built on the continental shelves during the Ice Age.

When did Noah and his family come off the ark?  It is now thought by creationists to be sometime between 2348 B.C and 2302 B.C.  These dates may be surprising to you, but there are now reasons the older dates for the emergence of post-Flood civilizations, such as the Egyptian civilization, are no longer correct.  I mention the Egyptian civilization because that has been the time line archeologists have used, and their assumptions about that time line have been proven to be incorrect.

Now, we know that from the beginning, God commanded the people to fill the earth. It was God’s will that they scatter. But from the Tower of Babel story, we know they did not. Therefore, all of Noah’s sons and families who were still alive were at the Tower of Babel.

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One of Ham’s sons was Mizraim. When the people were scattered, Mizraim was the one who ended up in Egypt, because he is the father of the Egyptians. Now, we don’t know how long Mizraim lived, because ages are only given for the descendents of Shem, and Mizraim was the son of Ham.

But even though that is true, and even though the time of the Flood was the time when God made the sovereign decision to drastically lower the average life span, the average life span did not decline rapidly, and the people of Mizraim’s generation still lived a fairly long time. His cousin, Arphaxad lived 403 years.  And so, Mizraim could have been in the area where the Tower of Babel would be built for 200 years, and then moved on to Egypt.

This is important because the first time Egypt appears in the Bible is when Abraham went to Egypt during a famine.  And from what the Bible says, Egypt was already established as a civilization when Abraham arrived. That would make sense because Abraham did not arrive in Canaan until 367 years after the Flood. There was ample time for Mizraim and his descendents to build a civilization in Egypt. Notice what I am saying here.  Civilization was re-established within just a couple of hundred years after the Flood.

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That makes a whole lot more sense than living in caves for 100,000 years.  After all, does it make sense to take 100,000 years to figure out how to build a house and engage in industry and commerce, especially in view of the fact that God created humanity with a very good mind, and gave humanity the wisdom and skills to carry out their God-given purpose of filling the earth and subduing it? That doesn’t make sense to me, especially when we have all the evidence that civilization suddenly appeared.

Not only did civilization suddenly appear, but the early post-Flood people accomplished engineering feats which today still cause people to scratch their heads.  For instance, the book, The Genius of Ancient Man reports that careful studies of the Great Pyramid in Egypt, “reveal characteristics of its construction that baffle archeologists. For instance, the pyramid is precisely aligned true north within 3/60 of a degree and its other three sides also directly face the cardinal directions.  The base, covering 13 acres, is only 7/8” ( 7/8 of an inch) out of level.

The Great Pyramid and its two neighbors are also astronomically aligned precisely to the constellation Orion, each one representing a star in the stellar belt.  How the ancient architects were able to achieve such precise measurements and alignments is yet to be determined.   They also used a mortar, stronger than rock, to join the casing stones together—most with less than 1/50” between them. Add to this the problem of moving over a million limestone blocks, averaging  2.5-15 tons each, with the largest about 80 tons, and the Great Pyramid of Giza becomes an even greater mystery.” [1]

The Genius of Ancient Man also reports “Cultures all around the globe had calendars based on the sun, moon, and stars.  The famous Mayan calendar, which some suggest they got from people prior to them, is a great example of ancient and accurate timekeeping.  Consisting of a complex three calendar system, the Mayans had a 365 day year, yet they knew that the year was actually a little longer.  Their estimate of 365.242036 is actually more accurate than the Gregorian calendar that is currently used world wide. [2]

Speaking of huge stones used in construction, in the part of Bolivia known as Puma Punku, the same book says, “Many of these huge stones were cut with many sides, at angles that fit each other perfectly, making an interlocking system that could withstand the earthquakes in the area.The blocks also show highly developed geometric patterns indicating technology much more advanced than later civilizations in the region. The sophisticated workmanship also includes elaborate drainage systems and well-engineered irrigation canals as well as agricultural terraces. The people of Puma Punku were extremely clever and held many secrets that may never be discovered today. [3]

Rhese examples are simply three of many that could be cited, all of them testifying to the fact that the early post-Flood people had skills and knowledge and had come from a very advanced civilization in the pre-Flood world.  In the post-Flood world, civilization suddenly appeared and the earliest works were the best.

When did it suddenly appear? Just shortly after the Flood.  Within 200 years after the Flood. This is the conclusion of David Down and John Ashton, the authors of the book, Unwrapping the Pharaohs, a book on Egyptian archeology which was published in 2006.[4]

In this book, they come up with a new time line for the pharaohs of Egyptian history, which identifies the 21st Century B.C.  as the beginning of Egyptian history. That would be just a couple of hundred years after the Flood, which took place between 2348 and 2302 B.C.

This is quite a change in the time line, for archeologists used to believe Egyptian history started about 3,200 B.C. or even before.  Many who don’t believe in the authority of the Bible still do believe that.

But I ask you again, “Who knows more about history than God?”  The answer is no one. Therefore, if you put God’s time line first, aren’t you showing a knowledge of God?  Isn’t your knowledge of God showing that you have understanding?  Proverbs 9:10b says, “the knowledge of the holy one is understanding.

When you put God’s time line first, aren’t you also showing a proper fear of God?  Isn’t your proper fear of God showing that you are wise? Proverbs 9:10a says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,”

Those things are true, aren’t they?  Therefore, it is wise and understanding people who put God’s time line first.  This is what archeologist David Down and editor John Ashton did.  Therefore, they are wise and understanding men.

Now, let me ask you, “Do you think God is willing to give an archeologist like David Down the wisdom to know how to conduct his research.  As David Down conducts his research, do you think God is willing to give him the knowledge of the historical events he is seeking? The answer to that question must be yes.  David Down is wise in the biblical sense, for he has a proper fear of God. God has promised to give the wisdom to know how to do things to that kind of people.

Secondly, David Down is a man with spiritual understanding who bases his view of history and life in the world on a biblical understanding of God. God has promised to give knowledge to those who base their view of history on that understanding. This series of articles is from Bob Wittstruck’s new book, The Forgotten Factor of History God Rules.

[1]  From (The Genius of Ancient Man) by (Don Landis general editor), (first printing 2012); (page 44), Used with permission from the publisher (Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.)

[2] Ibid., p. 49

[3]  Ibid., p. 70

[4] From (Unwrapping the Pharaohs) by (John Ashton and David Down), (Second printing 2007); (page 7). Used with permission from the Publisher –  (Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group).

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Bob Wittstruck was a pastor for 33 years, was the associate director of the Black Hills Creation Science Association, and is a supporter of both Christian schooling and home schooling. His latest book, The Forgotten Factor of History God Rules, is being printed in February or March of 2016. His email address is [email protected]
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