"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." Genesis 1:6-8
Since God does not say "let the dry land appear" until verse 9, and verse 9 is on the third day we can know the creation was still in a watery state. Also, verse 20 tells us "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." Therefore the text defines firmament as where the birds fly. Thus, on the second day, God separated the primeval deep into two deeps with a great space (the firmament) in between. The waters above the firmament were apparently changed into the vapor state because stars were visible before the flood. How much water was up there? Well, we know there was enough to rain for forty days and forty nights. Such a vapor canopy would shield the earth from harmful radiation from the sun and spread incoming solar heat with a greenhouse effect, providing a constant spring-like climate for the entire earth, including the polar regions. Here, on planet Earth, was an ideal environment for both plant and animal life, with no violent weather, no storms, no rain, everything watered by a mist from the ground. Genesis 1:30 tells us all animals ate vegetation, and 1:31 tells us everything was very good.
It is felt this large water vapor canopy would have caused about double the present atmospheric pressure making it easier to breathe, easier for birds to fly and vegetation to be so lush that it was not necessary to eat meat.
I hope you are beginning to get the picture of fossil remains being remains of pre-flood plants and animals, that were buried by The Flood in Noah's time. Everything would have grown to a larger size before The Flood, and evidence of this is found in the fossil record with fossil dragon flies having a 30 inch wingspan, fossil cockroaches 14 inches long, and fossil cattails 60 feet tall. Dinosaurs are reptiles or were reptiles and reptiles are peculiar in that they never stop growing as long as they live. Alligators, for example, are reptiles and grow larger until they die. How large might an alligator become today if raised in an environment of double atmospheric pressure, no radiation, and a super abundance of food? Tomato plants have been grown in Japan under double atmospheric pressure and shielded from radiation that reach 30 feet in height and have 3,000 tomatoes on each plant, also they become perennial and never need to be replanted.
How large were pre-flood people? We are not told, but we know they lived to great ages: Adam 930, Seth 912, Enos 905, Cainan 910, Mahalaleel 895, Jared 962, Enoch raptured at 365, Methuselah 969, Lamech 777, Noah 950 and then after The Flood the ages rapidly tapered off. Also note that the reference in Genesis 6:4 viz. "There were giants in the earth in those days" is a pre-flood reference.
Did you know that you can take the Bible and add together the dates given for the ages people lived and the ages given for elapsed events and determine the time from creation to the Flood was 1,656 years. Continuing to use the same method, you can determine a figure of approximately 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham. Historians agree Abraham lived about 2,000 B.C. Thus scripture teaches a creation date around 4,000 B.C. Since Christ came almost 2,000 years ago, we have a total elapsed time of nearly exactly 6,000 years since the origin of the universe. This information is useless if you do not believe the Bible, but if the Bible is not accurate in every detail then which parts can we believe? Can we believe the part that says we need a Savior, can we believe the part that says Christ is our savior? Can we believe the part that says he arose on the third day? Can we believe the part that says we are saved by His shed blood on Calvary? What do we tell our grandchildren? Where can we find an anchor if it is not the Bible? Do you carry millions of years to the Bible and try desperately to squeeze it in, thinking such compromise might solve something? Why won't you believe the scripture? Do you think God can't say what he means in clear simple language? When no clear message is given to the people by the Church, do you wonder that people are confused and anarchy stalks our nation? When are we going to quit thinking tolerance of unbelief is some sort of virtue and start to tell the truth? When are we going to stop patting each other on the back and looking pious and telling sweet little Bible stories when actually we are guilty of gross unbelief proven by our fruits. Draw a circle around yourself and say let revival start right here, right now.
The purpose of these Creation Science Messages is to strengthen your faith by giving you ways to easily believe The Bible as it was written under the guidance and direction of The Omniscient God.
Prepared from creation science literature
by Sidney C. Phillips M.D. 1997
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