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And that is how it would have been for Noah and his family as they stepped off the ark. For the first time there was no high vapor layer surrounding the earth protecting the inhabitants from the bright rays of sunshine. Perceivably God woke the predatory animals out of their estivation/hibernation state. And while these creatures shook off the affects of a long sleep, logic dictates the prey animals and all their offspring exited the ark and scattered out from its resting place.
Logic also dictates that these prey animals would have moved far away as the ark which once represented safety, now held eminent danger in the form of meat eating predators. For God had given His permission to eat meat. “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything…And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand and accounting from every animal.” (Genesis 9:3-5a)
How could just the prey animals on the ark sustain so many predators? Again common sense tells us that the prey based creatures bred on the ark. Let’s take two mice for example. Every thirty days they can reach sexual maturity. In a hundred and fifty days, the mouse kind (rodents) alone would be over six thousand individuals (assuming all individuals lived and bred unchecked). They may even have begun to split up into different varieties such as smaller and larger individuals (i.e.mice and rats). A single female lagamorph (rabbits and hares) can in one season (9 months long), produce as many as 800 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
On the other hand, the predator animal kinds (feline, Tyrannosaurus, canine, birds of prey, crocodiles, etc) would only have the two individuals who entered the ark, exiting it. And even then it would take several days to shake off the affects of hibernation. They would be moving slowly while their prey base would spread rapidly away from the sense of imminent danger into a land barren of competition and full of newly established vegetation.
The animals and plant life would have continued to increase and multiply broadening their seemingly unlimitless boundaries. Life would have flourished for approximately the first three post-flood generations (one generation being about thirty years). “The Bible gives us an inerrant chronology for marking historical events. It tells exactly how many human generations passed from the Food to Abraham’s birth: eight.” That means there were three generations between the Great Deluge and the Tower of Babel (Arphaxhad, Salah, and Eber).
|Palm fossil from Antarctica|
During Arphaxhad's generation, forests grew in the arctic and even on Antarctica (which would have had a slightly bigger but similar configuration). “Drilling down through Antarctica's ice sheet, scientists have found in sediment layers beneath the ice sheet fossils of a subtropical rainforest, complete with palm trees and macadamia trees. For these to grow, the land would have to be frost-free for a brief time after the Flood.”
But already by Salah’s generation, Antarctica began to freeze over. And at the very end of Eber’s generation, the Ice Age would have begun its snowballing effect (pun intented!), changing the climate and environment uniquely and drastically for the next seven hundred years.
Stay tuned next week for more fascinating information of the next major historical event…The Ice Age!
Until then, God Bless and take care!
This week in the night skies: Wednesday is the dark night of a new moon. Watch each night after that as the thin crescent thickens and gets higher and higher one hour after sunset in the dusky sky. By Sunday it will be slightly above and to the left of Jupiter one hour after sunset.