120 years from God’s warning to the Ark being built … (Genesis 6:3 and 7:1)
Preliminary tasks after the Ark was built
Noah and his family then had to stock up the Ark with all the food and supplies:
You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”Genesis 6:21
Many people say that it would have been an impossible task in finding every animal and creature, but actually God SENT them to Noah.
All those creepy crawlers and things could have nestled away on the Ark without Noah having to find them and put them on board!
Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.“Genesis 6:20
Only the larger animals would have to be guided to their place.
The fact that all the animals came to Noah without having to be rounded up is repeated in these verses:
Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.Genesis 7:8-10
And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.”
It is also possible that younger pairs came to Noah which would save on space within the Ark.
The great flood starts
all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.Genesis 7:11-13
And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.”
Notice that it wasn’t just rain that caused the flood.
Water was coming up from the ground as well as from the sky.
The Ark started to float and was at the mercy of the currents and wind (obviously the Lord was overseeing their safety!)
After forty days of this thorough drenching, all land was covered.
(Some scientists belief that the taller mountains were pushed up at the end of this world-wide flood – if we date it in the early Cambrian).
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.Genesis 7:17-20
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 fifteen cubits.”
No rain but everywhere flooded!
Slowly the water started to seep away and evaporate.
How long would we give for this to happen?
The Bible tells us:
The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.”Genesis 7:24
- 5 months from the flood waters starting (May 17th) to them subsiding and the Ark grounding on Mt Ararat (Oct 17th).
Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.Genesis 8:2-4
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.”
Grounded to dry soil
So how long would you say from being grounded on Mount Ararat to no flood waters at all?
- 5 and a half months from Ark grounding on Mt Ararat (Oct 17th) to the ground being dry (Apr 1st).
- Then a further 2 months from ground being dry (Apr 1st) to being completely dry enough to come out of the Ark (May 27th). [iii]
By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.Genesis 8:14-17
Then God said to Noah,
‘Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”
Therefore, the total length of time for the flood waters to subside and for the ground to dry out was 7 and a half months.
These are very realistic figures, whereas many myths (as opposed to a true story) would not even consider facts like how long it would take for the land to completely dry out.
See the next article: Why did the Ark ground on Mt Ararat?
Or see the first article on Noah’s Ark: How big was Noah’s Ark with facts and figures