Hello my friends! I hope you all had a blessed week! My husband and I had a special blessing when we visited our friends’ church. The youth pastor’s uncle came all the way from Virginia to do the worship set. He played a variety of instruments in the bluegrass style. What a treat! And the biblical teachings of the pastor were so faithful to God’s word.
So have you ever wondered, if the bible is so true and full of history and science…why isn’t the Ice Age mentioned? Actually…the better question would be; where in the bible is the Ice Age mentioned?
It is a much better question because the Ice Age is mentioned in God’s word…several times! Let’s take a closer look…
How familiar are you with the book of Job? The book is often placed in a ‘poetic’ category with Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Solomon. However it is anything but poetic! The history and science recorded there is amazing, containing more references to creation, primeval events, and the flood than any other book save Genesis.
Job is most well-known as a man who suffered greatly under the hands of God as satan tried to break Job’s righteousness in God. Job suffered the deaths of his children, loss of wealth, persecution from friends and family, and boils to name a few.
Well a good question to start with is when did Job live? According to Dr. Henry Morris who wrote the commentaries in the “New Defender’s Study Bible; Understanding the Critical Issues of the Faith from a Literal Creationists Viewpoint”, Job lived around the time of Abraham. We have some clues to this as Job never mentions the Mosaic Laws, and he resides in the Land of Uz (later it was called the Land of Edom). Abraham, and therefore Job, lived about four hundred years after the flood. And it seems Job lived at least two hundred years (Job 42:16). So that would put his life span from one hundred years before to one hundred years after glaciation maximum. What an exciting time to have lived!
And you guessed it; it is in the book of Job that the Ice Age is mentioned. Check this out; Job 37:9-10 says “Out of the south cometh the whirlwind; and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.” And again in Job 38:22-23, “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?”
Now I realize, some would say this is just pertaining to normal winter weather. So I ask…well where did the normal winter snow come from to begin with? How did winters set in after the flood? I believe God is telling us in Job!
Michal Oard (meteorologist and creation scientist) believes, and I concur, there is another indirect mention of the Ice Age in the bible. It pertains more to the effects of this event rather than to the event itself. If you recall, when Joseph was exalted over Egypt, it was due to interpreting Pharaoh's dream. A prophetic dream about a famine which later came true (Genesis 41:56). “And the famine was over all the face of the earth…”. Now when deglaciation occurred, there was drought all over the earth! Why? Tune in next week to find out!
So we now know that ice, snow and hail built up after the flood in the northern (and parts of the southern) regions of the earth. And we know it is as a result of the flood. Physical evidence abounds and testifies to this. But now we also know God did tell us about the Ice Age in the bible, first with direct words through Job and then again through Joseph when he mentions a world-wide drought right during the time of deglaciation. Isn’t it awesome how God’s word always matches the physical and historical evidences?
Until next week, take care and God Bless!
PS – on Wednesday, July 25th, you will find the first-quarter Moon appearing for the first time to the left of Spica and Saturn just after sunset. By Thursday, July 26th, the Great Square of Pegasus will balance its southernmost tip on the horizon. Look to the east, around 10:00 to 11:00 pm to see this early sign of the inevitable approach of autumn.
The Revised And Expanded Answers Book, Ken Ham, et. al., March , pgs 205.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2IT848_nS8&feature=relmfu (Michael Oard)