We learned last week that the Pre-Flood people were highly intelligent and had an advanced society that included mining and forging of metals and the making of and of course playing musical instruments.
If we dig a little dipper into the Bible, we find more information about Pre-Flood life. Genesis 2:1-12 (emphasis mine) says “The name of the first [river] is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
Again there is a reference to mining, this time of gold and onyx. Gold for the most part, is used in jewelry and decorations. Something a society considers only if there is an abundance of life giving sustenance’s such a s food, shelter, clothing etc. Onyx is a precious stone also used in jewelry. Not only does the Bible tell us the people mined gold, it tells us that the gold was good. This could mean two things; the quality of the gold was good, or the quantity of the gold was good. Either way, it shows the people of that time understood and appreciated good quality and/or quantity. Something the primordial half ape half humans envisioned as our early ancestors by evolutionist would not be capable of.
The other thing mentioned in this scripture is bdellium. Bdellium is a precious gum and is “likened to the miraculous substance called ‘manna’ in Number 11:7”1 This tells us that the Pre-Flood people knew about the properties of wild herbs and trees for both food and medicine. A gum can be applied to wounds, and since bdellium is likened to manna, it must have been edible. It is reasonable to assume this knowledge had been imparted to Adam and Eve from God Himself and passed on to their descendants.
Is there any extra-biblical evidence to support what the Bible claims? As a matter of fact, the answer is yes!
Coal is the solid form of fossil fuel. The liquid form is petroleum products like oil. Coal and oil were formed from the massive deposits of the Pre-Flood biomass. Evolutionists insist these deposits were formed 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous Period. However in 1944, a lump of bituminous coal broke open when it was dropped and inside of it was…get this…a bell. Hmm, the evolutionists still have no explanation. However such a find fits nicely with the creation theory. As a matter of fact, after a “nuclear activation analysis [it was] revealed that the bell’s exact mix of metal was different from any known modern alloy production.”2 (emphasis mine). On a sadder note, the bell has a molded demon at the top of the bell’s handle. Which unfortunately, also lines up with the recorded history in the Bible.
Other physical evidence of a civilization from the Former World is a cast iron pot found in a coal seam at the Municipal Electric Plant in Thomas, OK. The following text is a letter from Frank Kennard, the man who found an iron pot:
Sulphur Springs, Arkansas
Nov. 27, 1948
While I was working in the Municipal Electric Plant in Thomas, Okla in 1912,
I came upon a solid chunk of coal which was too large to use. I broke it
with a sledge hammer. This iron pot fell from the center, leaving the impression,
or mould of the pot in a piece of the coal. Jim Stull (an employee of the company)
witnessed the breaking of the coal, and saw the pot fall out. I traced the source
of the coal, and found that it came from the Wilburton, Oklahoma Mines.
signed: Frank J. Kennard
Sworn to before me, in Sulphru [sic] Springs, Arkansas, this 27th day of November, 1948.
Jullia L. Eldred N.P. My commission expires May 21, 1951 - Benton Co.3
The pot is now kept in the Creation Evidence Museum’s archives in Glen Rose, Texas.
Another incredible find is the London Artifact. Discovered in 1934 it was named after the area in which it was discovered; London, Texas. “…members of the Hahn family discovered a rock with wood protruding from it. They chiseled it open, exposing the hammer head.”4 The fascinating thing is…this hammerhead was discovered in the Edwards Plateau (rock layer) which also contains dinosaur remains deposited during The Flood. “The wood is partially petrified and the head is made out of a rare iron mixture with chlorine.”5 Something that is not done today. Other discoveries have been made as well including a, small zinc and silver vessel, spear points, and mortars and pestles.
Of course natural catastrophes, wars, disease and even God’s judgment on the wicked rebellions would hinder the advancement of mankind’s technology. One of two huge bottlenecks would have been the Noachian Flood. Two thousand years of technological advancement had pretty much been wiped out. “After the global Flood, there would have been a catastrophic loss of technology. And we don’t know what kinds of technological items, tools, and machines were brought on board the Ark by Noah. But after the Flood, and as people increased in numbers on the earth, no doubt technology once again exploded.”6
The other major bottleneck to advanced knowledge was the confusion of the language at the tower of Babel. Accumulated knowledge of the past would have been either lost or divided into the different people (language) groups at that time. But afterward mankind once again began to rediscover and accumulate information and knowledge that allowed us to be inventive and to develop new technologies. But with the langue barrier it took much longer.
“As we see nations remain on the path of wicked rebellion against the One who created all things and who owns us, we should be reminded that God has provided a way of salvation from our sin and a rescue from eternal separation from God.”7
Now that we understand the advanced technology of the Former World, next week we’ll continue along the time scale and look at early Post-Babel technology.
Until then, God bless and take care!
This week in the night skies; “The big but dark-colored asteroid 324 Bamberga is reaching opposition at magnitude 8.1—an unusually close, once-in-22-years opposition. Seek it out near the Circlet of Pisces…”8 For the southern hemisphere…Nova Delphinus is still visible with binoculars.9
1Morris,Henry. The Genesis Record AScientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1976. Pp 88-89.
2, 4, 5 Woetzel, David. Chronicles of Dinosauria The History and Mystery of Dinosaurs and Man. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2013. P. 27.
Landis, Don, The Genius Of Ancient Man, Evolution’s Nightmare, Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2nd edition 2013, p 79.