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The Antediluvian Environment

The Environment

Genesis 2:5-6 states that “the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth” and “a mist from the earth watered the whole face of the ground”. From this description, it seems that the earth was covered with a cloud canopy thereby creating a greenhouse effect. There are also, some questions as to seasons – perhaps the flood changed the tilt of the earth which results in our seasons.  Genesis 8:22 states “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”  Many have speculated that the entire earth was very tropical and was also covered with lush vegetation.  All of this vegetation was turned under during the flood and has become our fossil fuels of oil and coal.  Perhaps, there were no high mountains or deep oceans at this time as these were created from the fountains of the deep.  This means that the whole earth would have been covered with land except for a few scattered shallow lakes.

Fossils show us that very large animals such as the dinosaurs once roamed the earth perhaps during this period of time.

Given the number of years and the long life span of people, there was adequate time for the whole earth to become populated.  Can you imagine living over nine hundred years and producing children well up into your latter years?  We know from the genealogies that many had children well over one hundred years of age.  This means that you would know many generations of your descendants.  Family stories would be passed on verbally throughout the years – and later would be written down.

God created Adam and his descendants with great wisdom. Most scholars believe that throughout the years the people created a great civilization – perhaps greater and more advanced than the one we have today.

“Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah.  And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal.  He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron.” (Gen. 4:19:22).

Lamech was the third great grandson of Cain. The grandsons were working with musical Instruments and metallurgy.  How advanced were they in their fields of study?

Do we have any artifacts of this time period?  It is interesting that perhaps we do.


A Bell embedded in a lump of Coal

“In 1944, as a ten year old boy, Newton Anderson was fueling the coal furnace in his parent’s home. He dropped a lump of coal onto the basement floor and it broke in half, revealing that it contained this bell inside. The bituminous coal that was mined near his house in Upshur County West Virginia is supposed to be about 300 million years old! What is a brass bell with an iron clapper doing in coal ascribed to the Carboniferous Period? According to Norm Sharbaugh’s book Ammunition (which includes several “coal anecdotes”) the bell is an antediluvian artifact (made before the Genesis Flood). The Institute for Creation Research had the bell submitted to the lab at the University of Oklahoma. There a nuclear activation analysis revealed that the bell contains an unusual mix of metals, different from any known modern alloy production (including copper, zinc, tin, arsenic, iodine, and selenium).”

“’The fact that the bell’s metallurgical fingerprint is odd should not be surprising if, indeed, the bell is from pre-Flood times. It would not necessarily be expected to match any mix of known, post-Flood metal workings. The clapper inside the bell is composed of iron and it still rings beautifully. Genesis 4:22 states that Tubal-Cain was “an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron…’ These then were two of the metals with which craftsmen worked in the pre-Flood economy.”



A Pot Embedded in a Lump of Coal

“Wilbert H. Rusch published an account in The Creation Research Society Quarterly 7, 1971 of a rough, cast iron pot that was found in a mid-Pennsylvanian coal seam at the Municipal Electric Plant in Sulphur City, OK. The artifact is now archived at Creation Evidence Museum. This small implement was embedded inside a single large lump of coal. While other coal artifacts have been found, but few have been well documented or analyzed. In this case, there is a notarized letter documenting the authenticity of the find.
The document states the following:

Sulfur Springs Arkansas
Nov. 27 – 1948

While I was working in the Municipal Electric Plant in Thomas, Oklahoma in 1912, I came upon a solid chuck 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 moulds 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 Wilburton, Oklahoma Mines.

Frank J. Kennord

Sworn to before me, in Sulphru [sic] Springs, Arkansas, this 27th day of November, 1948

Julia L. Eldred         N.P. My commission expires May 21, 1951 – Benton Co.”

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