The Great Flood
When Noah got aboard the ark that he and his sons had built, he would never have imagined the deluge that was to follow.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month-on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:11-12)
Nor would he have imagined the magnitude of the flood. What happened wasn't just a few banks overflowing; the whole world went underwater!
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. Every living thing that moved on the earth perished-birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:17-24)
The ark finally grounded on one of the mountains of Ararat on the seventeenth day of the seventh month, or one hundred and fifty days after the Flood began!
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible. (Genesis 8:1-5)
The historical truth of the narrative of the Flood is established by the references made to it by Jesus in Matthew 24:37-39. Peter also speaks of it (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5), as does Isaiah (Isaiah 54:9) where he refers to the Flood as "the waters of Noah."