And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land (Jonah 2:10).
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay (Matthew 28:6).
These three verses of Scripture speak of three great events of history, widely separated from each other in time, but each involving a mighty miracle. Each testifies of God’s creative power, as well as His judgment on sin and His grace in salvation. The accounts tell of three remarkable specially prepared—yet temporary—domiciles and the amazing experiences of their occupants. Each record has been bitterly attacked by unbelieving skeptics, but the accounts are true and the events were real.
The great Flood (Genesis 6-9) was a global cataclysm of such intensity and duration that “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:6). The record says that “all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground…and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark” (Genesis 7:22-23). This was neither a “local flood” nor a “tranquil flood,” as alleged by certain evangelicals, but a worldwide hydraulic, volcanic and tectonic upheaval that left in its wake a sedimentary graveyard all around the earth which averages a mile in depth, together with a biologically impoverished world on its surface. This fact is indicated by an abundance of geological and paleontological evidence,1 which has been described in detail by creationist scientists. The conclusive testimony, however, is given by the Lord Jesus Christ: “As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be…the flood came, and took them all away” (Matthew 24:37, 39)….
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