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

From the Creation Museum

From the Creation Museum

In the second part of this series, I presented the principle of irreducible complexity and the understanding that our supernatural God created humanity in a very good state, indeed a genetically perfect state, gave humanity a purpose, and empowered them to carry out their God given purpose.  This being the case, human beings were not the low-functioning brutes evolutionists claim they were.  Indeed, they were able to accomplish a lot early on. We know they were able to do this because Scripture testifies to this.

We also know this because while a lot of the evidence of the pre-Flood civilization was destroyed by the Flood, out-of-place artifacts have been found. And what are out-of-place artifacts? They are manufactured products, which have been found in coal layers which were formed at the time of the Flood.  They are evidence of what the pre-Flood people were able to do. The reason they are called out-of-place artifacts is because according to the evolution time scale, the coal layers in which these artifacts were found were laid down millions of years before man existed.  Evolutionists haven’t been able to explain this.

The pre-Flood people were able to accomplish a lot more in the first 1656 years than people today think. But the world-wide Flood in the year 1656 was the end of that civilization.  Much was lost due to the flood water and volcanic action of the Flood.  All of that water and the volcanic action of thousands of volcanoes around the world would have obliterated much of that civilization. The book, The Genius of Ancient Man says, “Wiping out almost the entire world population, along with any records and evidence of their abilities, would have severely reduced the technology and development of civilization. There is no doubt that much of pre-Flood man’s discoveries and information was lost at that time.”  [1]

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A good example of great loss given by the book, The Genius of Ancient Man, which helps us to have some understanding of what the loss of knowledge would do to the world is the loss of the library in Alexandria, Egypt. “Several events, both in ancient and modern times, have conspired to plunge the history of ancient nations into darkness. In the first class of those events, may be ranked the destruction of libraries. The famous library of Alexandria, founded by Ptolemny Philadelphus, about 284 years before the Christian era, consisted of vast collections of records, histories, tracts, poems, and works of taste. The Alexandrian library might have comprised half the books in the world, and very many of them with scarcely a duplicate existing.  The loss was reckoned at 400,000 volumes.” [2]

Think of it. Four hundred thousand volumes lost.  Because it was the time before the printing press, almost all of those would have been the only volume on its particular subject.  It was a great loss to the world.

Now think of the Flood of Noah’s day which destroyed the whole world. If they had records and histories and scientific books back then, all would be lost.  And all of the schools of the pre-Flood world would have been destroyed, and all of the men of knowledge except for Noah and his sons would be lost as well.

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Now, certainly knowing the whole world was going to be destroyed, we would think that Noah and his sons would have tried to preserve some of the knowledge of that civilization. However, we also have to realize that in a world which had become totally wicked, much of the knowledge of that day was communicated in the schools of that day through a world view that refused to give God any glory, a world view that would have justified their wicked life style as secular humanism justifies a godless lifestyle today. Therefore, just as the Apostle Paul called for the burning of many books promoting the occult, Noah, no doubt, would have refused to take any books on the ark which promoted a view which did not honor God.  On the other hand, Noah and his family would have had no problem taking practical knowledge with them which could be used in the post-Flood world.  Noah and his wife and their three sons and their wives had lived for many years in that pre-Flood civilization.  Therefore when they came out of the ark, they were not ignorant people.  They were a highly educated people.  And the book, The Genius of Ancient Man, in comparing the biblical account with evolution, says, “The biblical account is a direct contrast. Coming off  the ark, Noah and his family would have had vast amounts of knowledge from their life before the flood, and it would not take long for them to grow, expand, and create a new culture.” [3]

We know this because they had built the ark, which was a tremendous engineering feat. We also know this because shortly after Noah came off the ark, he became a farmer and planted a vineyard. Therefore, Noah and his family came into the post-Flood world not as cave men but as people who had been part of the pre-Flood civilization.  It would be the same today if we knew the world was going to be destroyed, and knew that we were going to be the ones who would survive.  We would be taking as much of our knowledge of this civilization with us as we could.

This is what Noah and his family probably did. The world wide flood was 1,656 years after creation, and by that time civilization was well established.  Therefore, these people who came off the ark were people who had seen cities and had participated in the technology of the pre-Flood civilization.

They probably brought a lot of knowledge with them, knowledge which could have been used to make a new start. The archaeological evidence does support this, for it shows a rapid rise in civilization in the post-Flood world.

Dr. Arthur Custance, in his book, “Genesis and Early Man,” gives the following report about A.H. Sayce who held a chair as Professor of Assyriology at the University of Oxford from 1891 to 1919:  “A.  H. Sayce in 1899, in spite of the fact that he knew nothing of the subsequent finds in the Iranian Plateau to the north of Assyria, was still essentially correct when he said: The history of the ancient East contains no record of the development of culture out of savagery. It tells us indeed of degeneracy and decay in time, but it knows of no period when civilization began. As far as archeology can teach us, the builders of the Babylonian cities, the inventors of the cuneiform characters had behind them no barbarous past.”[4]

Notice the reference to the Iranian Plateau to the north of Assyria. Archeologists tell us that to them the Iranian Plateau is a land formation which runs through Turkey and a large part of Iran.  However, because we are able to narrow it down to the part of the Iranian Plateau that is north of what was Assyria, we are talking about some place on the east side of Turkey or just east of Turkey. And for those of us who believe the Bible, that is quite acceptable, for it would be very close to where Noah’s Ark landed. Therefore, that location on the Iranian Plateau could very well have been the first stop for Noah and his family after the Flood. This would explain why it was not so highly developed.  It was just a stop on the road to the land of Shinar.

Dr.  Custance also refers to Vere Gordon Childe who was an Australian archaeologist.  In confirming and supporting what A. H. Sayce said, Vere Gordon Childe put it this way: “ On the Nile and in Mesopotamia the clear light of written history illumines our path for fully fifty centuries, and looking down that vista we already descry at its farther end ordered government, urban life, writing, and conscious art. The greatest moments—that revolution when man ceased to be a parasite […] have passed before the curtain rises.”[5]

P.J. Wiseman, a British officer who lived from 1888 to 1948 and who visited many active archaeological sites during his career in the Middle East also agrees with Dr. Custance.  Wiseman says, “No more surprising fact has been discovered by recent excavation than the suddenness with which civilization appeared in the world.” [6]

In supporting Wiseman’s statement, Dr. Custance goes on to cite diggings in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Babylonia, Persia, and the Indus Valley.  Everywhere the same fact emerges: civilization suddenly appeared. 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.

[3]  From (The Genius of Ancient Man) by (Don Landis general editor), (first printing 2012); (page 40), Used with permission from the publisher (Master Books            a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.)

[4]  Ibid., p. 69.

[5]  Ibid., p. 71.

[6]  Take from (Ancient Records and the Structure of Genesis ) by (P.J. Wiseman) Copyright © (1985)  by (Donald J. Wiseman)  Used by permission  of Thomas Nelson , p. 39.

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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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