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We are going to survey what is probably the most intriguing, fascinating, and informative part of the Bible. Genesis 8-11 lays the foundation for every person on this planet. Every nation, every culture, every legend and myth all come to us from the Brave New World of Noah and His sons. Let’s trace the chapters and what we will study in the next few weeks.
|The Brave New World|
|Ancient History: The Brave New World Overview|
|The Covenant: God’s Plan of the Ages and a Map of History 8:1-22God has a plan of the ages. He has given the first piece of it as “no more global floods”. The last piece is a new Heaven and a new Earth. In between is the age-old war between God and Satan, man and demons, and The Seed of the Woman vs. The Seed of the Serpent. Genesis 8 lays the scene for all future prophetic events.|
|Caveman: The Descent of Man 9:1-19 From digs across the world come bone fragments, teeth and strange pictures depicting apelike creatures fabricated from a few fragments. Where did modern man come from? Where do cave dwellers, fossils, and cave drawings fit into all this? Learn of the Descent of Mankind from Genesis 9 and Romans 1.|
|Canaan: The Curse of Sin 9:20-29 Noah stumbles, Ham sins, and Canaan gets cursed. What is going on here? What was the curse that fell on Canaan? Why did they all (the Canaanites) need to be exterminated? Is the present Arab/Moslem hostility a part of Satan’s long war on God? The last few verses of Genesis 9 explain the Curse of Sin to us.|
|Genealogies: The Table of the Nations 10:1-30 Across the face of our world seethes ethnic rivalry, genocide, ancient hatred, religious and regional warfare. Nationalism is rising from the Balkans to the Orient. Terrorists seek to cause concessions to gain independence in the Basque country, Northern Ireland, Palestinian areas and other places. How did all this start? Genesis 10 gives the birth of the nations.|
|Babel’s Astrology: The Sign Posts to God 11:1-9 Over your head this evening are the bright dots of light we call stars. Many in our world live by the stars, astrologically depending upon the stars for daily guidance. God condemns all such activity as occultic. But do the stars trace an ancient even divine pathway to God? Genesis 11:1-9 shows us the Signposts to God.|
We are part of the Brave New World of Noah and His sons
As we look around us in this planet we find there is no remnant of mankind that can be verified that predates the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood. What that means is, there is no remaining building of any civilization, no pottery fragment, no tool, no giant living tree, no ancient fragment of writing – nothing on the planet older than 4,600 years ago! All scientific study leads to the conclusion that something wiped out surface life on planet earth about 5,000 years ago!
We live in the Brave New World that was founded by Noah after the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood. It is well known that the oldest living things on Earth are trees. Many of the giant sequoias are known to be over 3000 years old and except for unusual catastrophe, seem to be immune to disease and pest attack. A remarkable fact is that these still-living trees seem to be the original trees that grew in their present stands. Note the following very interesting observation:
- Perhaps the most intriguing of the unanswered questions regarding longevity in conifers has to do with Sequoia gigantea trees, which, some believe, may enjoy perpetual life in the absence of gross destruction, since they appear immune to pest attack…. Does this mean that shortly preceding 4000 year ago, (if John Muir’s count was correct) all the then living giant sequoias were wiped out by some catastrophe? 
Has God left a marker that points to the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood? There is no living member of the nearly immortal sequoia trees that dates past the Flood of Noah. All living things date back to the Brave New World of Noah and His sons.
Consider the advance in the study of ancient trees. All findings only further the proof of a recently settled Brave New World. The dendro-chronological laboratory at the University of Arizona recently discovered a stand of trees older than the sequoia trees. These trees are in the White Mountains of California, and are a group of bristlecone pines. Their discoverer says:
Only recently we have learned that certain stunted pines of arid highlands, not the mammoth trees of rainy forests, may now be called the oldest living things on earth. Microscopic study of growth rings reveals that a bristlecone pine tree found last summer at nearly 10,000 feet began growing more than 4,600 years ago and thus surpasses the oldest known sequoia by many centuries…Many of its neighbors are nearly as old; we have now dated 17 bristlecone pines 4,000 years old or more…
So now think with me. Since these, as well as the sequoias and other ancient trees, are still living, it is pertinent to ask why these oldest living things apparently have had time to develop only one generation since they acquired their present stands at some time after the Deluge. There is no record of a tree, or any other living thing, being older than any reasonable date for the Deluge.
Only God’s Word records the dawn of the Brave New World of Noah and His sons
Now ponder the remarkable antiquity of the Bible you hold in your hands this morning. What this book records is seldom appreciated as it should be.
The Greek writer Herodotus is known as the “father of history,” and yet his writings are contemporary with those of Nehemiah and Malachi, the very last of the Old Testament writers!
The writings of Homer are a mixture of mythology and history, and the line of demarcation between them is quite nebulous, but they date from the same period as the sober histories of Samuel, 3,000 years ago.
And yet the Bible records detailed and accurate histories as far back as 42 centuries ago. This is the world of Abraham and beyond. Abraham’s time was at least a thousand years earlier even than Homer!
In the entire world, there is no other book like this. God’s Word recording the dawn of the Brave New World of Noah and His sons stands alone. The sacred books and the ancient records of other nations fade into dim tradition and sheer mythology only a few hundred years before Christ, but the Hebrew Scriptures incorporate great sections of sober history stretching back to the days before Abraham and, for that matter, back to the very Creation itself! No other writing of such antiquity is at all comparable as a book of history, entirely apart from the question of its divine inspiration.
The Covenant: God’s Plan of the Ages and a Map of History Genesis 8:1-22
God has a plan of the ages. He has given the first piece of it as “no more global floods”. The last piece is a new Heaven and a new Earth. In between is the age-old war between God and Satan, man and demons, and The Seed of the Woman vs. The Seed of the Serpent. Genesis 8 lays the scene for all future prophetic events.
“I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed” (2 Peter 1:19).
But no man or angel or demon can predict specific events and personages that will appear scores or even hundreds of years in the future. Only God can do this, because it is He “who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11). Consequently, it is in His Word, the Holy Scriptures, and only there, that prophecies of this sort are found.
The Histories of Nations
The nations of the world come and go, and God controls their rise and fall. “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing” (Isaiah 40:15). “The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will” (Daniel 4:17). Various nations have accordingly frequently been the subject of Biblical prophecies.
The Sequence of Empires
A remarkable fore view of world history was given in Daniel 2, in the form of a dream, which came to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.
The continued existence of the Jews, after centuries of dispersal and persecution unique in human history, is a mute but eloquent testimony to fulfilled prophecy. The restoration of Israel as a nation among nations in our own generation is merely the most recent in a long line of prophecies dealing with the Jewish people, which finally came to pass.
When the nation was first founded, through Abraham, God promised: “I will make of thee a great nation… and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). Not only did Israel become a great nation under David and Solomon, but also it is destined for even greater days in the future. The nations that have befriended the Jews (notably the United States and, to a lesser degree, England, France and others) have indeed been blessed. Those that have persecuted the Jews (Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Rome, Spain, Nazi Germany and others—Russia’s time is coming!) have eventually gone down to defeat and humiliation.
Caveman: The Descent of Man Genesis 9:1-19
From digs across the world come bone fragments, teeth and strange pictures depicting apelike creatures fabricated from a few fragments. Where did modern man come from? Where do cave dwellers, fossils, and cave drawings fit into all this? Learn of the Descent of Mankind from Genesis 9 and Romans 1.
The subject of human origins has been severely distorted for over a hundred years by the theory of evolution. Popular displays in museums and magazines, and unfortunately even in school textbooks, have persuaded most people that man has an animal ancestry, leading back through a long line of intermediate stages to some form of ape-like creature which was also the ancestor of the modern apes.
The reason why Neanderthal Man was somewhat stooped and brutish in structure was not because he was newly evolved from the ape, but because he had health problems.
“August 8, 1970, issue of Nature shows that Neanderthal Man was evidently the victim of his decision to move too far north at the wrong time, which was to deform him for thousands of years to follow.”
This picture of Neanderthal Man fits well with the concept of early post-diluvian man struggling to cope with a difficult environment. The glacial period followed soon after the Flood, and was brought on by the changed climatic conditions occasioned by the Flood, prior to which there had probably been a global mild, sub-tropical climate everywhere. The most probable explanation for such a universal mild climate, which is suggested by the characteristics of the sedimentary rocks and their contained fossils in all the so-called geologic “ages” prior to the late Tertiary, is a worldwide “greenhouse effect.” Such an effect could be produced only by a worldwide canopy of some sort, the most likely nature of which would be a vast thermal blanket of invisible water vapor above the troposphere. Such a canopy is suggested by the “waters above the firmament” of Genesis 1:7, the complete absence of rain suggested in Genesis 2:5, and the establishment of the rainbow only following its dissipation as one cause of the Flood (Genesis 7:11; 9:13).
When the canopy was precipitated at the Flood, the present latitudinal and continental extremes of temperature became established, snow began to fall and the great continental ice caps gradually developed. The resulting glacial epoch probably persisted for many centuries in the northern latitudes, at the same time there were pluvial climates and great civilizations developing in the lower latitudes.
Only God’s Word explains the Brave New World of Noah and His sons
Two chapters of the Bible (Genesis 10 and 11) that contain the Divine Record of the so-called Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic Ages of archaeology. The world was already well into the so-called Bronze Age by the time of Abraham. We also know that all the older “Ages” are conjectural, and only based on evolutionary assumptions. We know that even today some primitive tribes have a Paleolithic (i.e., “Old Stone Age”) culture, using only crude stone implements and tools, at the very same time other parts of the world enjoy an advanced civilization.
In our study of the Lost World we saw man did have a high degree of culture and technology in the pre-Flood world. When all these things perished (2 Peter 3:6) in the Deluge, Noah’s family became the ancestors of all post-Flood history. When the Brave New World of Noah and His sons emerged from the Ark, they faced a drastically changed environment. Armed only with what they had learned and retained in their own minds, along with whatever records and equipment they may have been able to store on the Ark.
At first they were forced to make use of stone and wooden implements, at least until they could discover veins of metallic ores in the rocks of newly formed lands of the world. Caves were often a first resort for shelter, until they could find time and materials with which to build more suitable dwellings. No doubt a considerable part of their time had to be devoted to the essential task of providing food for their sustenance. It is remarkable that they could survive at all, let alone set about to develop great civilizations once again. No doubt a great many of the evidences of the so-called Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures of early man, when rightly interpreted, are merely commentaries on the difficult struggle to survive by small tribes of post-Flood men in the early centuries following the great Flood.
Canaan: The Curse of Sin Genesis 9:20-29
Noah stumbles, Ham sins, and Canaan gets cursed. What is going on here? What was the curse that fell on Canaan? Why did they all (the Canaanites) need to be exterminated. Is the present Arab/Moslem hostility a part of Satan’s long war on God? The last few verses of Genesis 9 explains the Curse of Sin to us.
Genealogies: The Table of the Nations 10:1-30
Across the face of our world seethes ethnic rivalry, genocide, ancient hatred, religious and regional warfare. Where did the races and nations come from? Nationalism is rising from the Balkans to the Orient. Terrorists seek to cause concessions to gain independence in the Basque country, Northern Ireland, Palestinian areas and other places. How did all this start? Genesis 10 gives the birth of the nations.
The Bible is clear in teaching that all present races and nations, tribes and languages, have been derived from Noah’s three sons and three daughters-in-law in the few thousand years since the great Flood. It was shown in the previous chapter that the development of the present world population from this beginning is quite reasonable and conservative. However, it might be questioned whether such extreme variations in physical and linguistic characteristics among different groups of men could develop so rapidly. Presumably before the Flood, all men spoke the same language and were of the same race. At any rate, this was true of Noah’s family at least.
Babel’s Astrology: The Sign Posts to God – Genesis 11:1-9
Over your head this evening are the bright dots of light we call stars. Many in our world live by the stars, astrologically depending upon the stars for daily guidance. God condemns all such activity as occultic. But do the stars trace an ancient even divine pathway to God? Genesis 11:1-9 shows us the Signposts to God. Babel’s Astrology: The Sign Posts to God 11:1-9 Over your head this evening are the bright dots of light we call stars. Many in our world live by the stars, astrologically depending upon the stars for daily guidance. God condemns all such activity as occultic. But do the stars trace an ancient even divine pathway to God? Genesis 11:1-9 shows us the Signposts to God.
Could God have directed that revelations about Him be engraved upon the only indestructible systems they knew about—namely, the starry heavens. And could it be that the distinctive groupings of stars that had become familiar to all who looked at the night skies were an early set of Signposts to God? These constellations proceeded month-by-month across the heavens, returning again in the same order the following year. Did God present to someone that these star groups and movements could be utilized to record the great cosmic narrative. Since the stars would be permanent, so would the great saga, and so, hopefully, the primeval revelations and promises would be preserved for all time to come.
But the key Biblical reference to the Signposts of God may be Job 38:32: “Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?”
We know the word Mazzaroth means the twelve signs of the Zodiac and their associated constellations. All conservative scholars and commentators agree on this. But the context shows that God spoke these words to Job, strongly implies that the “bringing forth of Mazzaroth” each season was something that had been designed and established by none other than God Himself. From this we can conclude that the various star groupings and their symbolic counterparts were originally used, and perhaps even designed, for the purpose of conveying a continuing message to people of all places and times, that message consisting essentially of God’s plans and promises concerning man’s redemption.
No matter what the Bible has revealed about the stars, fallen man has taken it in the opposite direction.
- God always condemns the modern system of interpretation of star meanings—that is astrology—in the Bible so that we must by all means avoid any association with these particular teachings.
- God always condemns the modern system of astrology as essentially synonymous with ancient polytheistic paganism.
- God always condemns the modern system of worshiping “the host of heaven” as worship of the fallen angels, or demons, so that whatever evangelical use may have originally been intended by the “signs” in the stars, they have long since been thoroughly corrupted to the ends of paganism and demonism.
This evening we have surveyed what is probably the most intriguing, fascinating, and informative part of the Bible. Genesis 8-11 lays the foundation for every person on this planet. Every nation, every culture, every legend and myth all come to us from the Brave New World of Noah and His sons.
|The Brave New World|
|God has given the only accurate record of Ancient History: The Brave New World Overview|
|God’s has written The Covenant: His Plan of the Ages and The Map of History 8:1-22|
|God has explained The Caveman: and The Descent of Man 9:1-19|
|God has warned us by Canaan: and The Curse of Sin 9:20-29|
|God has traced Genealogies: and The Table of the Nations 10:1-30|
|God has exposed Babel’s Astrology: vs. The Sign Posts to God 11:1-9|
Lets study in the next few weeks these truths and let them encourage our faith in our Great God who gives us His Divine Word!
 Whitcomb, John C., and Morris, Henry M., The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing CO., Phillipsburg, New Jersey, 1961, p.392.
 Edmund Schulman: “Longevity Under Adversity in Conifers,” Science, Vol. 119, March 26, 1934, p. 399. Of course, no actual evidence of catastrophe was noted, but only the remarkable absence of evidence of any trees of a generation previous to those now growing.
 Edmund Schulman: “Bristlecone Pine, Oldest Living ting,” National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 113, March 1958, p. 355.
 Adapted from Henry Morris, The Bible and Ancient History, Creation Trilogy, Master Books.
 20-9. “Neanderthal Man, Victim of Malnutrition,” Prevention (October, 1971), p. 116.
 Adapted from Henry Morris, The Bible and Ancient History, Creation Trilogy, Master Books.